GW2. Best Open World Build. Specter. Thief PvE 2022.
Last Update: November 2022
This Specter build allows supporting a friend while also being self sufficient at siphoning single targets down with torment and poison. Repeatedly use the Scepter 3 with quickness from Haste and Celerity Sigil when disabling enemies. Also you can support your Thieves Guild if you want to share venoms.
- Use Haste/Venoms (save haste if stun break is needed)
- F1 Siphon a target
- If single target spam Scepter 3, and if AoE spam Shortbow 4 and 1 until initiative is depleted
- Enter F2 Shroud and use 2 > 5 > 3 > 4 > 2 then leave shroud once it is safe to do so and repeat
📣 NOTE: The recommended stats for this build are Ritualist but running with full Celestial stats is also very good (especially if you have these stats from booster). Make sure to check the alternatives listed.
|Item||Stat||Rune / Sigil|
Primary Weapon Set
Secondary Weapon Set
- Stats: Full Celestial
- Rune: if using Celestial
|Scepter / Pistol||Heal / Utility / Elite|
- Utility: for more boons and alacrity uptime
- Utility: for more stun breaks or mobility
- Utility: for more stun breaks and initiative
- Trickery: for enemies immune to daze
- Trickery: when using Roll for Initiative and Haste
- Specter: for more damage on torment if you won’t use wells often.
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Why ritualist instead of trailblazer or celestial? Also what are you actually using shortbow for? it feels very weird and weak in comparison to scepter.
Trailblazer and Celestial are offered as alternatives, but Ritualist is more versatile for group play, also the quickness uptime is nice. Shortbow is a versatility weapon used for AoE or mobility, if you don’t need it then don’t swap to it
Would having using Superior Rune of Scavenging be a better option? Then you switch out all accessories to plaguedoctors to gain some healing power? You end up with about 1500 less hp, but gain 300 healing power and 150 condition damage roughly. What do you think?
Sure, in open world you can always adapt the build to your needs.
Is there a gear and accessory option using exotics instead of legendary/ascended stuff? I don’t play fractals or PVP so getting access to top tier items is really difficult for me. I did get the exotic ritualist armor set (with superior rune of the afflicted) for now but my accessories are all still zerker stats from my DD build.
exotic is not much different from legendary/ascended use your exotic ritualist set, but the zerker stats should be swapped to condition damage and vitality, as mentioned that can be carrion trailblazer ritualist or plaguedoctor
I also don’t play fractals or pvp, but you can get ascended weapons by doing pve achievements and exchanging laurels for ascended rings and accessories. In addition the Living World Stories have their own currencies to trade for ascended stuff.
This was actually really helpful. New to the game and looking to pick up specter as my second elite after deadeye, and it’s in a format I don’t have to sit through an hour of video with people fluffing up their vid length with pointless chatter. Always a plus. Thanks!
What’s the reasoning behind using Scepter/Pistol instead of Scepter/Dagger?
its not a raid build where you mash one button while stacking on a group, pistol offers better AoE, utility, and doesn’t lose as much damage since you aren’t always under 100% quickness uptime and you can manage your animations and initiative better