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General Tips

Positioning is key if you want to be truly beneficial to your team. , from Glyphs, only has a 180 radius. Make sure you are actually on top of your party before popping them. All your Glyphs summon a due to the trait in the Druid Trait Line.

Use off cooldown outside of , don’t waste it if the phase is about to end. Don’t waste your cooldowns unless you are on top of the DPS classes. Watching a Druid pop a random is a surefire way to trigger your DPS classes.

Flanking will greatly increase your DPS through , so remember to always position yourself well.

Feel free to take if you find that your party members are going down a lot, you can find this trait in Nature Magic.

Precast before every encounter because saving those precious extra seconds while running to bosses like Sabetha is extremely important (ง ͠° ͟ل͜ ͡°)ง.

Spirit Management

Always summon before . This way you can deactivate manually for the extra Burning once times out.

Remember to deactivate and before every split.

Which Spirits Should You Take?

Spirit variation is really important to help maximise how beneficial you are to your squad.

Although we recommend what spirits to take at which encounters, these are built around the team setups that we recommend. It's highly doubtful that you'll actually run these compositions with unorganised groups. This means you need to understand why you take each spirit.

is your bread and butter spirit. It's just too good, always try to avoid dropping this.

is used to provide Protection to your squad. There are a few situations in which you don't need to take this skill.

The main exception to this general rule is at Soulless Horror as you want to always take .

is used to provide Vulnerability to the boss. A boss that doesn't have 25 stacks of Vulnerability will result in a much slower kill time. There are a few situations in which you don't need to take this skill.

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There is literally no reason to camp staff, aside from maybe at Cairn. You need to provide your Weavers with Weakness from , how are you going to do that if you're camping staff? Sometimes you need to help with Vulnerability uptime by using , which you clearly can't do if you're camping staff.

Your DPS isn't terrible on Healing Druid, ok fine your pet carries you a lot, but still! If you are feeling comfortable with your group and feel like you are overhealing then you can always take instead of .

Does your Subgroup have Fury?

Fury is something that people frequently forget about. If you don't have 100% uptime on Fury, your DPS players will start crying.

Most of the time you will have a Chronomancer playing Chaos - Inspiration meaning that theoretically they should be oozing Fury. Check with your Chronomancer to make sure.

If your Chronomancer isn't running Chaos then you need to consider your options on how you can produce Fury.

  • The easiest solution to providing Fury when playing Healing Druid is from .
  • If you are stil lacking Fury after this, you can take Red Moa. , the F2 skill, produces 15 seconds of Fury. You can open each encounter with this where you feel like you are lacking Fury. Just remember to do it after the boon strip.

Speedrunner’s Demise

If you’re expecting to read something smart here, don’t. With the ever-increasing DPS difference between the top classes and Druid, on encounters with high damage aura, you’re forced to play this.

We can be smart and tell you to apply Weakness if you have Weavers present, but ultimately your goal is to keep everyone above 50% health and 90% health if you have Weavers, Deadeyes and Holosmiths. A friendly reminder that is your Weakness source. You can also precast it before you run into an encounter so your pet's first hit applies Weakness.

In the majority of cases you will probably be running , , , and . Occasionally you'll have thrown in there as well, but the point is that there is no reason to take . is only for when you have Glyphs so you can replace this with whenever you find yourself running a full spirit setup. This will help guide players back from doing mechanics.

Hybrid Builds

Running full Harriers is great but in a lot of circumstances you don't need it.

If you find that you are overhealing in certain encounters then you can start to experiment a bit with swapping gear pieces out for Berserkers. Play around with dropping your Backpiece first, then move onto your Earings, then your Rings and finally your Necklace. If you feel like you are still overhealing, you could consider swapping out your weapons to Berserkers aswell.

Another option is to swap out for in the Nature Magic trait line.

This is something you need to work out for yourself and will be based heavily around your squad. If you have DPS classes that decide they want to tank every auto attack from Slothasor, for example, it will be a pain if you start to drop healing gear or traits.


Spirit Vale

Vale Guardian 22,021,440 687 140 2,000

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

As soon as the boonstrip happens, use and go into to stack Might.

Don't waste your outside of healing through .

Use Electric Wyvern to help CC Vale Guardian when he uses .

Seekers

As Druid, one of your responsibilities is to take . You need to use it to Immobilize the Seekers before they reach your squad.

If you are killing Vale Guardian in the middle then it is extremely important that you use early enough so that your squad doesn't get boxed in.

If you are killing Vale Guardian on the side of the arena, you have much more time to allow the Seekers to get closer.

If you don't have really high squad DPS then you will get two waves of Seekers. This either means that you will need a second class with or you will need to take instead of . Use to push back the second wave to give your squad more time to DPS.

If you have a second Druid or a Condition Soulbeast you can ask them to take . Coordinate as to who will use on each wave.

Spirit Management

Your top priority when you begin the encounter is getting up as soon as possible. Once that's up and you've given Fury and Might then you can cast and .

You want to make sure you have all three spirits up for each boss phase. This means you will need to deactivate them as the split phase begins to ensure that they are back off cooldown for the main phase.

To help your condition classes, summon a bit closer to the Red Guardian, since it’s usually the slowest one during the split.

Distributed Magic

If your group DPS is high enough, you’ll have to outheal only two green circles. You can use , and to heal up your group.

The damage from is ~90% of your squad's health. Occasionally you might need to go into slightly before the explosion to heal them up so they don't get downed.

Remember to always move through the stack to the tank when using .

If you’re outhealing green circles then you need to manage your pets. Your pets will most likely take damage from the green circle, so remember to swap them so your pet doesn’t die.

The same thing applies to your spirits. Although it’s a lot less likely, it is possible if you put them far out of the stack. So try to summon them close to the tanking spot so you can occasionally heal them if needed.

Split Phase

You need to deactivate your spirits as soon as you engage the Blue Guardian during the split phase. If you do this, they will be back up by the time you get back to Vale Guardian.

Since you have more mobility as a Healing Druid, you should weapon swap and use to quickly get to the tile that applies Blue Attunement during the split. Summon your spirits in between Vale Guardian and the Blue Guardian during the first and second phase.

You should go to Blue Guardian during the split and you need to save for the split. Check Vale Guardian’s health so you don’t waste it just as he’s about to phase. Use as soon as you engage the Blue Guardian so your party will be on 25 stacks of Might instantly.

Once second phase starts, wait until all of your DPS classes are grouped up before you go into . You can use as a filler while you’re waiting.

Gorseval the Multifarious 21,628,200 1,374 250 4,500

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

Your Chronomancers should be playing Chaos - Inspiration which means you don't need to worry about Fury.

You don't need to worry about Vulnerability either, as the Holosmith can take care of that.

Go into as soon as the boon strip has happened to give your allies 25 stacks of Might. Leave as soon as they are topped up on Might as you will need it for .

Make sure you move through Gorseval while healing so you also tag the tank as well with .

This is a fairly low pressure fight with the main source of damage coming from . Always have ready for this skill, not only to heal but also to CC.

Spirit Management

Your top priority when you begin the encounter is getting up as soon as possible. Once that's up and you've given Fury and Might then you can cast and .

Use at the start of the second phase as this is when the pressure begins to start. will last for the majority of the third phase aswell.

You should aim to deactivate your spirits ~12 seconds before the split phase. You can delay this if your spirits are close to the first Charged Soul that you go to during the split.

Once the second Charged Soul is at ~40% you should reuse your spirits.

Split Phase

Keep your rotation up even during the splits. Don’t delay your , you should use it after Gorseval envelops himself and after killing the first Charged Soul.

You shouldn’t use on the second Charged Soul if the DPS classes are already preparing for their opening burst on the next phase.

You can use and on the second Charged Soul to slow it down if it is getting close to Gorseval.

If the Charged Souls are getting close to Gorseval you can use to give them Cripple, Slow and Immobilize.

Breakbar Phase

Open up on Electric Wyvern so you can break Gorseval as quickly as possible during . After the breakbar phase, you can swap to Iboga.

Electric Wyvern isn't your only source of CC, you also have access to .

Sabetha the Saboteur 34,015,256 1,374 48

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Red Moa

General Druid Tips

As your Chronomancers will probably be playing Dueling - Illusions, this means that they will not be producing any Fury. This is why we recommend Red Moa.

You can open with Red Moa to provide Fury for your subgroup and then swap to Iboga. Only swap back to Red Moa if you notice that your Fury is getting low.

Go into as soon as the boon strip has happened to give your allies 25 stacks of Might.

Try to watch your party members that are doing cannons, as they will return with very low Might. Make sure to use your as they return.

You will be in charge of doing cannon 1 - 3 and, if you are running the Scourge setup, you will only have to do cannon 3.

Always keep an eye out for Heavy Bombs as it will probably be your job, and the kiter's, to kick them away

Check Sabetha's health before you use . If you see that she's about to phase, don't waste it.

Spirit Management and Celestial Avatar Problems

Your top priority when you begin the encounter is getting up as soon as possible. Once that's up and you've given Fury and Might then you can cast and .

The biggest issue in this fight is generation, so if your squad is phasing the boss rather quickly, taking will help a lot.

Activate at the start of the fight and if your DPS is high enough, you’ll be able to squeeze another one in as Sabetha is coming back from the 25% split or slightly before.

Don’t waste your , but if you need more ask your to step into a so you can generate more.

Take instead of if you’re struggling with survivability during the last 25%.


Salvation Pass

Slothasor 18,973,828 1,374 360 4,000

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

As you are stacking Weavers on this encounter, you don't need to take due to . This frees up a utility slot, allowing you to take to buff your Weavers even more.

For your weapon sets you should take Axe / Axe - Staff.

Precast and make your pet attack right away, so you can go into . You need to keep up Weakness for your Weavers. By precasting , you can ensure instant Weakness as soon as your pet's first attack hits.

You can use to help pull and cleave Slublings. Don't hesitate to interrupt them if you can predict their boon corrupt.

You can also use to reflect the projectile attacks from the Slublings if you are unable to interrupt them.

Spirit Management

You can use at the start, as you won't be starved of when playing Healing Druid. This way your Weavers get an extra boon for their opening bursts.

Make sure to reactivate your spirits after the initial summon, since you’ll be out of buff range once you reach the middle area.

Breakbar Phase

If you have really high group DPS, you might not have ready for two breakbars in a row. This might be the case even with permanent Alacrity. If this is the case, you might want to take Gazelle instead of Electric Wyvern.

You can also deactivate for the CC it provides through .

You can also use and to help CC.

Trait , in the Druid Trait Line, to help with CC everytime you enter .

Bandit Trio

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

Open friend list, roleplay, enjoy life, question yourself, wonder why are you doing this, do it again next week, get depressed, forget about it, get happy, celebrate xmas, get some hoes, get drunk, fall asleep on the street, get mistaken for a homeless dude (not because you’re on the street, but because you’re a fucking dungeon dweller), get arrested, meet Jack, he’s been in prison 3 times already and it wasn’t his fault, it’s the system, get back home, finish trio and contemplate your life existence once again.

Take Axe offhand instead of Staff for the extra cleave and Vulnerability generation. It is also useful for the extra pulls from

Matthias Gabrel 25,953,840 1,374 140 2,500

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

As Healing Druid you can even play in full Minstrels if you need the extra survivability.

As you are taking four spirits, there is no reason to run so you can take instead. will help guide your party members who get mechanics by giving them Superspeed. These are major master traits in the Druid Trait Line.

Use to help heal your squad members that go to do mechanics.

lines up almost perfectly with the Jump Attack - . You need to use underneath Matthias in order to block his attack. You can use "Snap Ground Target to Current Target" to easily use in the right location.

Spirit Management

Summon your spirits near the center of the arena so they have maximum coverage.

Delay using until occurs at 60%. By doing this you can provide Stability to your subgroup through .

If you have a Condition Engineer, Condition Holosmith, Holosmith or Renegade you can take , instead of , to provide Protection. If you are running a Condition Daredevil with Detonate Plasma then you can drop , as Protection will be covered, and take .

Condition Cleanses

You need to run and trait it with to help remove Chilled from your party members. This is a major adept trait in Skirmishing. You can also use to cleanse conditions.

You should camp to remove Chilled from your party members by using .

Take instead of , this will help with mobility as will have a shorter cooldown. will also have a shorter cooldown so you can cleanse conditions more frequently. These are major adept traits in the Druid Trait Line.

Breakbar Phase

You can use and per breakbar.

Going into will also trigger .


Stronghold of the Faithful

Escort

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Jacaranda

General Druid Tips

Use to Immobilize the Warg as it approaches.

Use to cleanse Confusion at the final boss.

Keep Construct 55,053,600 687 200 3,500

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

Playing solo Healing Druid allows you to take an extra DPS class that will make the burst phases a lot smoother.

Watch Keep Construct’s health and don’t go into if he is about to phase. You will need to go into as soon as the burst phase begins so you can give your whole party 25 stacks of Might instantly.

Spirit Management

If you’re tanking Keep Construct in the middle, then you should deactivate your spirits once the illusions start attacking you. If you time it like this, your spirits will be back up in time for the burst phase.

If you’re tanking Keep Construct on the side, deactivate your spirits once the second illusion gets into melee range.

With permanent Alacrity, you should be able to have up for every burn phase, given the fact that you instantly deactivate it as the burn phase is about to end. If you’re lacking some Alacrity, then you can use it for the first and third burn phases.

Orb Pushing

Make sure that your pets are on "Passive" if you’re pushing the orbs, as otherwise they will attack the orb and this could cause it to be pushed out of the arena.

If you’re doing 1 orb, you don't need to worry about pushing as the Chronomancers will cover that.

Breakbar Phase

Only use and , if you're running Axe offhand.

Don't waste your on CC as you will need it for giving instant Might before the burst phase.

Xera 22,611,300 1,374 48 2,000

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Jacaranda

General Druid Tips

When adds are pulled in, in a power setup, you can Blind them with .

As you are solo Healing Druid, you always need to take the portal back to the main platform in the second phase.

Feel free to camp during the 40% and 20% splits, while your team mates are ported away, if extra healing is needed.

Pet Management

You can just camp Iboga in first phase. During phase 2, you will need to use Jacaranda as Xera might be in shard fields. This means her Confusion will be converted to Retaliation if you camp Iboga.

Spirit Management

Use your spirits on the first island and deactivate them right away. You can freely use your as it will be back off cooldown. You should go into as soon as the first shard dies, as the Might will last until the second island.

You can also activate your spirits and instantly deactivate them on the second island.

Once you're on the main platform you should use all your spirits, including .

If you are doing mid strategy then you can summon your spirits in the middle. If you are pulling Xera to the side, then you can summon your spirits between the two tanking spots. Just ask the tank where he will be tanking so you know what to do.

Once Xera phases, deactivate all your spirits, should already be on cooldown. If your Chronomancers share a bit of Alacrity during the split phase, you will get back up again at around 40%. You might have it at the start of the second phase, depending on how fast your first phase was.


Bastion of the Penitent

Cairn the Indomitable 19,999,998 1,374 200

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Jacaranda

General Druid Tips

As Healing Druid you can even play in full Minstrels if you need the extra survivability.

As you are taking 5 spirits, there is no reason to run so you can take instead. These are major master traits in the Druid Trait Line.

This fight can be very pressure heavy on the Healing Druid, you are struggling to keep people up you can consider taking so you can use it with . You probably will end up camping for the majority of the fight and your pet will do most of your DPS.

Spirit Management

Cast at 7:06 remaining based on the boss timer. By doing this, you provide Stability to your subgroup allowing them to move around unhindered and to skip the green AoEs. This is only really doable in high DPS groups.

Shared Agony

You will be tasked with taking the first at 7:37 on the timer.

Use to heal the people with and use to heal yourself.

Use to block to give yourself an easier time.

Mursaat Overseer 22,021,440 1,374 160

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Jacaranda

General Druid Tips

If you are running a Daredevil, you will not need to provide Fury as Detonate Plasma will cover everything for your entire squad. Detonate Plasma will also cover Protection for the entire squad as well. If this isn't the case, and you don't have a Daredevil, you will need to provide Fury as your Chronomancers will be playing Dueling - Illusions.

Spirit Management

If you find yourself starved of you can use .

If you find that you aren't normally starved of here, then you can delay until ~60%.

Samarog 29,493,000 1,374 420 4,500

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

Your Chronomancers should be playing Chaos - Inspiration so you don't need to worry about Fury.

Iboga is recommended to help apply more conditions to Samarog. Your Deadeyes benefit from multiple conditions due to .

Spirit Management

Use in the first and third phase of Samarog. This will help with generation.

Remember to deactivate your spirits roughly 5-6% before the split phases at 66% and 33%. If you want, you can deactivate them at 70% during the CC phase.

Breakbar Phase

You should definitely take to help with CC. This trait will trigger when you go into and can be found in the Druid Trait Line.

Delay your until each breakbar, apart from at the start as you need to give Might and heal up the DPS as they will probably tank a swipe.

Don't waste your if Samarog is going to go into his CC phase. Delay it a little bit and use it to help CC and heal the Fixated squad member.

What should you do on each breakbar;

  • Use which is when you deactivate manually.
  • trait trigger from going into

If you are still struggling with CC then you can drop Iboga and take Gazelle.

Deimos 35,981,456 1,374 140

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

Your Chronomancers should be playing Chaos - Inspiration, so you don't need to worry about Fury.

If there are multiple tears stacking up, swap to Staff and try to mitigate as much damage as possible. This is absolutely required when Unnatural Signet is up to help maintain higher uptime for your DPS classes.

Feel free to camp if needed to keep up during Unnatural Signet bursts.

Don’t forget to put your pet on "Passive" mode whenever you come back from splits or make it attack the boss, because Saul will most likely aggro on your pet. By aggroing to your pet, Saul will not come and stack ontop of the boss meaning lower DPS uptime on Deimos.

Spirit Management

If your squad has decent DPS, you’ll only get to use once during the fight, so use it once you come back from the 50% split because you’ll skip the 25% port.

Deactivate your spirits 7-8% before each split phase, or slightly later if your DPS is suffering.

During the 75% port, you should use and then instantly deactivate your spirits.

For the 50% port, you should use your spirits and then wait for Saul to merge again after splitting. As soon as he merges, you should deactivate your spirits.

Most groups now skip the 25% port, so there is no need to deactivate your spirits before this port. If you do still take the 25% port, then you should use and then instantly deactivate your spirits when ported.


Hall of Chains

Soulless Horror 35,391,600 1,374 160 3,000

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Electric Wyvern

General Druid Tips

As Healing Druid you can even play in full Minstrels if you need the extra survivability.

Make sure you move through the group when using to ensure that you heal the Chronomancers.

You can use , when in , to help cleanse conditions.

If you are struggling with keeping up your team, you can drop for .

You can camp Iboga as a personal DPS boost and to help provide some extra Confusion. Use Electric Wyvern for the breakbars but try to swap away quickly as it can CC the Tormented Dead. If this happens, it may become difficult to push it away.

Spirit Management

Summon your spirits in the middle of the arena. By doing this, they will always be in range on your squad.

Summon at 85% as you will be unable to camp staff. This is because you will need to start pushing the Tormented Dead after ~80%. will help heal your squad while you push the adds away.

Tormented Dead Pushing

You need to take a Longbow and as you will be in charge of pushing away the Tormented Dead.

You will need to take Marksmanship to help with pushing away the Tormented Dead. As you are in a full condition based setup, there is no reason for you to have Skirmishing, so you should swap this for Marksmanship. This is because your condition based DPS classes benefit less from , a trait in Skirmishing.

In Marksmanship you take the following traits:

The trait, , prevents projectiles from being body blocked as they now pierce. This means that when you are pushing away Tormented Dead, you don't need to worry about Soulless Horror body blocking you.

As you will probably be playing with a Scourge, make sure you don't immediately push away. This gives your Scourge a bit of time to use before the Tormented Dead is out of range.

Dhuum 32,000,000 1,374 400

Pet One
Iboga
Pet Two
Brown Bear

General Druid Tips

Swap out for if you are struggling to maintain your squad. This will be the case in lower DPS groups and will make your life a lot easier.

You have Iboga simply as a DPS pet that you can use when you don't need Brown Bear for the condition cleanse.

Delay your if the "Soul Split" () is about to happen. Simply prolong the previous .

During the "Soul Split", you should instantly swap to Brown Bear and cleanse Torment with .

If you were able to cleanse the Torment via , you should use instantly to start the Might and Fury ramp up.

You should use into on top of the souls, because everyone’s bound to pass through it.

Try to position yourself in between as many DPS classes as possible during the "Soul Split" attack so you can heal and cleanse easily. You want to start stacking Might during the attack if you see multiple squad members attacking Dhuum.

Kiting Tips

At the start of the encounter, during the pre-event, you can kite the messengers towards your group. As you get close, you can enter to give your squad Might and heal them a bit. From range, you can use to help them heal up a bit.

You should be taking the third green but not on the first rotation. Ask someone to back you up for the first green so you can continue to kite the messengers.

Spirit Management

Ideally, you’d want to deactivate your spirits ~12 seconds before the boon strip attack () and reposition them as soon as possible. If you're tanking Dhuum at the throne, you can deactive them as soon as he jumps.

Never summon your spirits on top of the squad, always do it inbetween two tanking spots. Communicate with your tank to determine your movement patterns, if any.

For the last 10% phase, make sure your spirits are ready. Use all of them before moving out. You can use to get to your seal quickly.


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