This build is designed for maximized PVE play. This provides a massive amount of AoE, decent survivability, and outputs a large amount of direct and condition damage. It works well solo and in parties, best of all it's easy to use while leveling.
With this build you'll be laughing maniacally as you MELT everything around you.
Precise Sights - Gives you a chance to stack Vulnerability on crit, which means more damage output.
Napalm Specialist - Makes your burn conditions last even longer!
Juggernaut - In a recent update Juggernaut has been changed and is now INCREDIBLY strong with this build: You gain 200 toughness while wielding Flamethrower. In addition, gain might for fifteen seconds every 3 seconds as long as you remain in the weapon kit. That means 6 stacks of might before you even start fighting. Throw in all of you HGH Elixers and you'll be sitting at comfortable 12 might stacks for the majority of the fight.
Fast Acting Elixers - This trait is important because it should enable you to have an Elixer B ready for every fight.
Deadly Mixture - 15% extra damage with my flamethrower? YES PLEASE.
H.G.H. - This is what makes this build SING, every time you use an elixer you become a monster for 20 seconds and you can get in 2 elixers per fight if not more.
Most combat will drop you below 75% HP, meaning that you'll be taking an Elixer B from your passive in 95% of your fights, what this boils down to is multiple stacks of Might, Fury, and Swiftness! That doesn't even take into account you F1, F2, and F3 tossed elixers.
Can you feel that? That's your Energy Conversion Matrix and it's starting to glow!
I take Inventions for two main reason, the first is surviability, that tougness is amazing and compassion makes Elixer H just a little more potent.
Low Health Response System - When you drop below 25% HP you get an added regeneration rate, which is just a bonus.
Energized Armor - The real reason I take Inventions is this bonus, which converts 5% of toughness into power. That's juts FANTASTIC! You're coming away with 100 toughness which puts you at just over 1100 NATURAL toughness at level 80, that alone is a bonus 55-60 Power. Then you have to factor in the toughness your equipment gives you and WOW!
Explosives will give you 100 more power (which could be considerably less than 5% of your toughness converted to power) and 10% Condition Damage (this is really good). Either Incendiary Power which will give you a chance to stack another burn condition or Empowering Adrenaline which will grant your bonus damage when your endurance isn't full. As you can see this is alluring, but for me it's not as strong as Inventions.
Tools will give you 10% crit damage (fantastic) and 10% decresed cooldowns for your toolbelt skills (WOW!). Now those are some SOLID bonuses not to mention that when you use a toolbelt skill you recharge 10% of your lost endurance. Tools loses some of its appeal from your choices for the 10 point trait, none of them are really appealing to me and I'd ultimately settle for static discharge, I almost never take my kit off so Kit Refinement isn't very strong.
Obviously do what you feel works best for your play style, but I'd suggest Inventions as it offers the strongest returns for your 10 points.
Take Elixer B
Initiate with Flame Blast (immediately, you don't want to waste your boons!). Ensure that you're an appropriate distance so that when the ball explodes it damages your target(s).
Spam Flame Jet as the mob(s) approach (you can put this on auto-attack by ctrl+right clicking it)
Drop Napalm down in front of you so that the mob(s) stand in it or at the very least cross through it. I generally don't need this if there's only 1 normal mob, I use this for multiple mobs or veterans.
Make sure that Flame Blast is off cooldown, if it isn't spam a Flame Jet until it is.
Once Flame Blast is off cooldown, hit the mob(s) with Air Blast, knocking them back.
Then immediately hit Flame Blast, if done correctly (fast enough) you should hit the mob(s) with the explosion as they're running back. You can always dodge backwards before firing just to make double sure it hits.
If you're lucky your napalm line will still be up and they'll cross back through it trying to get to you.
Now, if your enemies still have a decent amount of health or you're low (you shouldn't be) hit them with Backdraft, which will blind them. When a mob is blinded it has a high chance of missing its attacks, remember this when you're facing elites or find yourself tanking a group of mobs as this ability is an AoE and will hit everyone in melee range of you.
Spam Flame Jet until everything dies.
Take Elixer C whenever you get a condition or multiple conditions (it's better for multiple conditions), you probably won't need this very often.
There are two major uses for Supply Crate. The first and most important is that it's your OH SHIT! button. Are you close to death? Is your Elixer H on CD? Don't think you'll get a rally? Drop the supply crate! The second use is for Veterans, Champions, and Event Bosses, drop it ON TOP of these enemies once you have aggro or you're sure someone else has aggro so they don't turn and destroy the turrets.
NOTE: this combo is meant for relatively stationary combat, it works for the majority of fights, but there are times when you'll have to kite mobs and this isn't intended for that. If you're kiting just run in a decent circle, spam Flame Jet and Flame Blast and hit them with Backdraft whenever possible and if you need to heal hit the mobs with Air Blast and pop your Elixer H.
Firepower > Alchemy > Inventions
What I mean is that your first 10 points should go into Firepower, your next 10 points should go into Alchemy, and your third ten points should go into Inventions. Once you unlock the second tier of traits, reset and put 20 points into Firepower and 10 points into Alchemy. Once you have 20 points into Alchemy you work on inventions.
It's a fairly simple concept.
Equipment In General:
Power = Condition Damage > Toughness > Precision >> Vitality.
In a perfect world our Power and Condition Damage would be equal. Realistically it's okay if one is higher than the other, just remember that you aren't trying to focus one of those over the other, but both of them at the same time. Toughness is our next most important stat (assuming you followed my suggestion and put 10 points into Inventions for Energized Armor) as it gives us survivability and damage. Precision is also important, because the more precision we have the higher critical chance we have and the more often we critical we'll have a higher likelihood to stack even more conditions. It doesn't fall higher on the list because as an Engineer our precision is naturally pretty high, plus we've already increased it by 300 with our points in Firearms.
An ideal piece of armor will have either Power or Condition Damage, Toughness, and Precision. However if you find a piece that has Vitality but no Toughness or Vitality but no Precision, that's okay, just not ideal.
Amulet, Jewels, & Crest:
in sPVP the perfect amulet is the Rabid Amulet, as it gives a ton of condition damage, toughness, and precision. However, in PVE you'll just want to follow the general rules for equiping yourself above.
You can find Seals/Medallions/Crests of the Rabid for fairly cheap on the Trading Post, which are great to use while leveling and for lowlevel gear because you'll swiftly outlevel armor and should consistently be upgrading, with the right salvage kit you can retrieve the crest and put it in your new armor.
Once you hit 80, and begin to get you final gear you'll want to put in Runes.
There are two major Rune sets that I like for this build. I would consider the first to be the best and most relevant for PVE and the second to work for both PVE and PVP (WvWvW and sPVP)
Superior Rune of the Flame Legion x6
(1) +25 Power
(2) +15% Burn Duration
(3) +50 Power
(4) +5% chance to cause burning for 1s when hit. (5s Cooldown)
(5) +90 Power
(6) +5% Damage against burning foes.
In total that comes out to 165 bonus Power, +15% burn duration, and most importantly +5% damage against burning foes. The chance to cause burning on hit is a nice bonus but not necessarily amazing. But that 5% extra damage against burning foes is FANTASTIC. This Rune set TRULY synergizes with this build.
Superior Rune of the Afflicted x6
(1) +28 Condition Damage
(2) +15% Bleed Duration
(3) +55 Condition Damage
(4) +15% Poison Duration
(5) +100 Condition Damage
(6) +Create a death nova when you go down
There are two issues with this rune. The first is that we don't stack poison in this build (however the PVP build does, more on that in the section below this). When compared to the chance to burn of the Flame Legion rune we aren't losing out on much with this stat. The second problem is that we don't get a 5% damage bonus, instead we get a death nova. The death nova is wonderful for getting that much needed Rally when you go down, but it's just not as powerful as the Flame Legion rune.
Ultimately the choice is simple, if you plan to use my PVP build in WvWvW then pick the Afflicted set, but if you plan on just using this build here and everywhere go with the Flame Legion rune.
There are two major choices for Sigils, others work but I've found these two to be the most useful.
Superior Sigil of Earth - +60% chance on Critical: Inflict Bleed (5s)
Stacking conditions is one of the main focuses of this build and adding a high likelihood of stacking more bleeds on multiple targets is just too good for me to pass up.
Superior Sigil of Ice - +30% chance on Critical: Inflict Chill (2s)
Chill is a wonderful tool for kiting/slowing down foes. This makes fighting Veteran mobs solo a lot easier.
This build has small PVP capabilities. It can work, it's just not as strong as it could be. I do like to go into WvWvW with this build with my rifle out to draw someone into a 1v1 situation, where they underestimate me because of my relatively low damage with the rifle. Once they get into range I swap to the Flamethrower and they stand no chance. I also like that you can easily tag and damage multiple players with this resulting in quite a few Badges of Honor. However, this build ultimately falls flat and is a little on the boring side in PVP.
I have created a PVP build that uses the same three talent trees (30 in Firearms, 30 in Alchemy, and 10 in Inventions) that works in BOTH WvWvW and sPVP. I would recommend checking it out as it's incredibly fun to use:
All it requires is that you invest in a pistol, a shield, and swapping your abilities and traits when you go into WvWvW. This takes all of 45 seconds to accomplish!
This is a very strong build that provides you room to customize to your play style as well as grow into as you level your character. This is by no means a PVP build and shouldn't be used as such.
If you would like to see my PVP build it's here: http://www.gw2build.com/builds/engineer-the-alchemical-drunk-pvp-pvp-alchemy-elixers-5339.html
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