GW2. Skirmishing Support Druid PvP Build. Ranger.
Last Update: September 2023
The Skirmishing Support Druid uses the Quick Draw trait to lower the cooldown of key abilities like the Warhorn 5, Staff 3, or the powerful Celestial Avatar abilities to choose whether to focus on surviving or to focus on supporting allies more.
While it is not the best support for larger fights, it can provide great presence in smaller fights and move around the map quickly to prevent the enemy from getting kills with ranged revives, CC, and stealth combos. There are ways to revive your allies safely with the stealth when leaving Celestial Avatar or when using a blast finisher in your Smokescale’s F2, which can make it very difficult for enemies to keep your teammates down. Also Glyph of the Stars when used while in Celestial Avatar will pulse revive your allies.
Combo Finisher Blasts in Water Fields will heal your allies. Here is a list of all the potential pieces of those combos:
Blast Finisher: Staff 3, Frost Spirit, Stone Spirit, Celestial Avatar 3
Water Field: Healing Spring, Staff 5, Glyph of the Stars, Celestial Avatar 4
CA 4 only provides a water field so long as you channel it, so try to precast the Frost Spirit and Stone Spirit into it since they have a delay.
Celestial Avatar: Place Seeds (2) beneath your Lunar Impacts (3) for extra combo finisher cleanses, but don’t use the Seed early if it will consume your Quick Draw (since Seed is already low cooldown).
Surviving: Sword 2/3 inside Healing Spring, “Protect Me”
Swap to Staff (Quick Draw) Staff 3 > Swap pets right before the animation ends for a second Staff 3
CC: Warhorn 5, Staff 4, Lunar Impact (CA 3), Natural Convergence (CA 5), Jacaranda F2
|Sword / Warhorn||Heal / Utility / Elite|
|Avatar||Sword / Warhorn||Energy/Savagery|
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With the Light on Your Feet trait and Shortbow, the dueling version of the Skirmishing Druid allows you to put more sustained pressure on single targets, and the Flame Trap allows you more on-node pressure to win 1v1s. Dazes from the Shortbow, Celestial Avatar 3, and Entangle helps to lock your target down in your traps and the Jacaranda AoE. You can also use your Sword leaps through your Flame Trap to gain Fire Aura for more passive pressure.
Main Combo: Flame Trap > Shortbow 4/5 > 2 > Celestial Avatar > 3 > 2/5
Use your Smokescale F2 to gain stealth when disengaging from outnumbered situations. Leap with your Sword, or blast with the CA 3 the smoke field.
|Smokescale / Jacaranda|
|Shortbow||Heal / Utility / Elite|
|Sword / Dagger||Celestial Avatar|
|Krait||Sword / Dagger||Energy/Escape|
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