Build:Any/A General Shadow Form Runner

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This build is provisionally vetted good pending more votes.

This build has received a provisional rating in the range from 3.75 to < 4.75 and thus qualifies for the lower category of working builds: Good.

This build has been designed for the following use:

Uses Shadow Form to provide a safe and fast build for any profession. This works well on any profession, but casters will find it much easier to use due to faster energy regeneration and larger energy pools.

Attributes and Skills

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Any

  • Dwarven Stability Dwarven Stability for permanent anti-KD and very long Drunken Master, requires alcohol.
  • Deadly Paradox Deadly Paradox perma-SF if you can afford the energy
  • Dark Prison Dark Prison for faster runs.
  • Dash Dash for faster runs, you'll need a second IMS to cover the down time. It can also be used to break aggro quickly.
  • "Don't Trip!" "Don't Trip!" can be used as an additional anti-knockdown shout.
  • Feigned Neutrality Feigned Neutrality or Shadow Sanctuary Shadow Sanctuary can be brought if you're in a tough spot.
  • Shroud of Distress Shroud of Distress can be used if you tend to die too fast, however it requires a 1 second cast and will slow you down. Remember that it will be stripped by Guiles.
  • "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!" to interrupt random Ice Golems.

Monk

  • Cure Hex Cure Hex for backup.
  • Remove Hex Remove Hex for backup.

Mesmer

  • Inspired Hex Inspired Hex or Revealed Hex Revealed Hex in case a hex gets through.

Paragon

  • "Fall Back!" "Fall Back!" and Godspeed Godspeed for faster runs.
  • "Can't Touch This!" "Can't Touch This!" to counter touch-skills.
  • Bring Enduring Harmony Enduring Harmony to maintain "I Am Unstoppable!" and other shouts indefinitely.

Ranger

  • Bring Dodge Dodge and Zojun's Haste Zojun's Haste for fast runs and blocking. Chain them with Dash.

Ritualist

  • Bring Vocal Was Sogolon Vocal Was Sogolon to maintain "I Am Unstoppable!" "I Am Unstoppable!" indefinitely.

Warrior

  • Signet of Stamina Signet of Stamina for more health.
  • Balanced Stance Balanced Stance if you're lazy with IAU.
  • "To the Limit!" "To the Limit!" and Soldier's Speed Soldier's Speed if you can manage the cost. Alternatively, take "I Am The Strongest!" "I Am The Strongest!" instead of the other shout - IATS has an infinite duration and is therefore more energy efficient.

Equipment

  • Full Radiant/Survivor/Sentry (Depending which is more necessary for an area).
  • Full Attunement/Vitae (Depending on which is more necessary for an area).
    • High Armor Set
      • Spear.
        • "I Have the Power!" Inscription.
        • 20% longer Enchantments.
      • 16 Armor Shield.
        • -2 (while in stance).
        • +45hp (while in stance).
    • High Energy Set
      • Any staff with +10 energy and 20% halves skill recharge of spells.
        • Defensive, Hale, Swift, or Insightful Staff Head.
        • "Don't think twice", "Hale and Hearty" or "Seize the Day" Inscription.
        • Staff Wrapping of Enchanting (+20% useful for lengthening Shadow Form).

Usage

  • Use Shadow Form Shadow Form only around Ice Golems, Stone Summit Heretics, and Ice Imps.
  • Spam Death's Charge Death's Charge to escape aggro and cover more ground faster.
  • Use Heart of Shadow Heart of Shadow for spike healing and running. Remember to use it when your target is behind you.

Variants

  • Dark Escape Dark Escape if you really, really don't want to use alcohol.
  • Return Return , Death's Retreat Death's Retreat , or Ebon Escape Ebon Escape to shadowstep to dwarves and for healing.


Counters

  • Ice Imps
  • Ice Golems
  • Rubberbanding in narrow passages i.e. the two troll caves
  • Lag causing any of the above

See also