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Build:A/Me Vaettir Farm

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This build is part of the current metagame.

This build has also received an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

Designed to farm Vaettir in Hard Mode for Glacial Stones, mesmer tomes, golds, and event items during holiday events. This build is frequently used to attain the Legendary Survivor title.

Frequency

  • More common than the Elementalist farmer due to speed and ease of use.
  • Frequently seen during holiday events.

Attributes and Skills

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Optionals

  • Mantra of Earth Mantra of Earth - If taken, remove Channeling and bring another of the below optionals. Additionally, the cast sequence changes to Paradox -> SF -> Mantra. You won't usually have time/energy to cast any other Assassin enchantments under the effects of Deadly Paradox.
  • Great Dwarf Armor Great Dwarf Armor - a decent armor bonus.
  • Way of the Master Way of the Master and/or Way of Perfection Way of Perfection - building SF's damage reduction up. Cast on recharge.
  • Dark Escape Dark Escape - Useful for running through Bjora Marches and to speed up the pull. Can also be used to survive with alternative weapon sets (with HSR mod for example).
  • Shadow Sanctuary Shadow Sanctuary (Kurzick) - Great alternative to Great Dwarf Armor, also provides more damage reduction from SF. Also, the hp regen can be a safety net for players who are new to the build.
  • "Finish Him!" "Finish Him!" + Epidemic Epidemic - faster kills.
  • Cry of Pain Cry of Pain - some extra damage.
  • Heart of Shadow Heart of Shadow - to get unstuck if the vaettir surround you during the pull.

Equipment

  • Max armor, Blessed Insignas/Attunement Runes.
  • Sword, Spear, or Axe with +5e/+20% enchantments (for example: Totem Axe).
  • Shield with +10 AR vs. Earth Damage (Inscription: "Like a Rolling Stone").

Usage

  • Equip your Norn title and make sure you are in Hard Mode.
  • Start from Longeye's Ledge to Jaga Moraine by way of Bjora Marches. Don't aggro anything along the way. If a Frost Wurm pops up and knocks you down, cast SF as soon as you get up and you should be able to get away before it can cast anything on you.
  • Take the bounty (if desired). If this is the first time you've encountered this shrine keeper, bring heroes along to quickly defeat him and flag them away from the farm afterwards. You will not need to bring them in future runs.
  • Maintain Channeling/Balthazar's Spirit, SF and SoD (cast both under Deadly Paradox), and your optional skill. (Note: When it says maintain SF you want to recast it before it expires. If you wait too long there is a chance that SF will be off for a split second before you get it back on and this will cause you to lose the damage reduction you've worked up.)
  • Recast Shroud of Distress (and any other Assassin enchantments you have) on recharge to get the damage reduction stack.
  • Group the vaettir up into a tight ball. You can do this in two separate pulls, or in one (see the videos).
  • Kill them with Arcane Echoed Wastrel's Demise (tabbing to a new vaettir after hexing one).
  • Rezone via the portal to Bjora Marches to farm until you've filled your inventory or get bored.

Counters

  • Failure to maintain SF.
  • Taking too much damage (should only happen if you're not using the right equipment).

Survivor Variant

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Equipment

  • Same as above, though you can go without the shield or insignia by following the usage exactly.

Usage

  • Cast 1 through 4 twice before Channeling and starting contact with enemies.
  • Recast 1 through 4 on recharge.
  • Follow the path in the video examples.
  • Heart of Shadow to get unstuck if surrounded.
  • This build does not require healing as the damage reduction stack is sufficient and any damage taken will be healed with natural regen.

Videos

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See also