WvW Support Scrapper guide
Text from discontinued Vabbi website
Edited by: Lyra (Nicksorr)
Med kit General tips:
- Always stay right behind the commander and face towards the commander. This way the cone shaped skills hits the players on tag.
- Spam #1 and #2 on med kit.
- Use the med kit when you see allies on low health, time it correctly and don’t waste it.
- Don’t forget to use med kit 4 and 5.
- Optimize your usage of Elixir Gun.
- Combo Elixir Gun 5-4 weapon swap to area condi cleanse.
- Use Elixir Gun 3 whenever it’s up.
- Block damage with hammer 4.
- Use your hammer 5 as ranged cc for allied bubbles/bombs as often as possible.
- Use defense field for stability and protection with the over shield trait
- Learn to not overlap Gyros. It is easy to panic pop them at the start but eventually when you feel more confident you should be able to rotate them more smoothly for maximum superspeed upkeep.
- Your hammer 2 is a whirl finisher, so applying this in a light field (for cleansing bolts) will be an additional help in condition converting and also acts as reflect against projectiles. Optimal for regroups if you use elixir gun 5 for the cleanse and light field.
- Use your function gyro for superspeed mainly, check with the commander if he or she calls for superspeed upon engage. You then pop it when entering combat.
- Recognize moments to use superspeed, i.e. at the edge of an enemy bubble, during push, on retreat, etc..
- Place the superspeed so it’ll hit the people who need it, and can also be used for pushes to skip most of the damage by walking quickly over it.
- Use your superspeed as often as you can because of the short cooldown. With the scrapper trait Speed of Synergy you now apply superspeed to allies upon performing any type of blast finisher on any field, not only lightning field. This way you can medkit 5 and elixir gun 4 (weapon swap to cancel the jump animation) a field and give superspeed in addition to the gyro rotations. The reworked function gyro on f5 now gives superspeed upon casting and leaves a lightning field for blasting.
- Use your function gyro to double res, res from ranged.
- While in the med kit you get an extra bonus to all outgoing healing [7%] And to incoming heals [10%] stay in it as much as possible.
- Abuse - the more ~650 regen ticks you get, the better
DO NOT use superspeed out of combat. Superspeed out of combat caps at 40% movement speed increase instead of the full 100% in combat. You should be fine with swiftness / mount while out of combat.
DO NOT waste all your cleanses at once, while Scrapper skills have a fairly low cooldown it is essential that you know how to rotate the cleanses so you have it up and going constantly.
Do however recognize the time gates at which you should actually perform the heavy cleanses so that you get the most out of your cleansing.
How to Play
The role of a Med Kit Scrapper in both large and small scale fights is to support your allies, similar to other supportive roles such as the Firebrand. As such, your focus in the fights need to be on your allies rather than your enemies.
That being said, don’t forget where the enemy is or what they’re doing, just focus more on helping your allies. Some of the support provided by the Scrapper is, similar to the Firebrand, cone-based. What this means is that certain skills affect targets in a cone in front of you, rather than in a big area around you. Notably, Med Kit #1, #2 and Elixir Gun #3 are of this type.
One way to look at the purpose of a Scrapper is to look at what it uniquely offers to the group. Simplifying it, there are three aspects that Scrapper does well and makes it worthwhile to have in a group.
- Consistently high healing per second
- High amount of condition cleanses (thus a lot of boon application due to the Purity of Purpose trait)
- Great access to Superspeed
When playing, your goal is to maximize these three aspects in all ways possible. A key trait in the build is that the Purity of Purpose trait which makes each condition cleanse you provide, to yourself or an ally, convert that condition into its corresponding boon (https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Condition#Condition_conversion for a handy guide).
Regarding the first aspect, your Med Kit provides great sustained healing for your allies with just the auto attack (#1). Just #1 doesn’t allow your allies to sustain through a spike however, so make sure to weave in bursts of healing available through #2, #4 and the toolbelt skill (F1) between your #1 spam when necessary.
It’s worth noting that both the Med Kit #1 and #2 only apply to allies and not yourself.
The key to utilizing the Med Kit properly is to realize what each ability actually does and what your other options are to tackle any given situation. For example, Med Kit #3 is an AoE field that is put at your feet and pulses a few times cleansing a condition each pulse. Elixir Gun #3 also cleanses conditions, but it does so in a cone in front of you and cleanses one condition per pulse for five pulses.
The important difference between these two skills, AoE type aside (cone vs field), is that Elixir Gun #3 doesn’t apply to yourself. When your allies need condi cleanses but you don’t, it’s better to use the Elixir Gun #3 and save Med Kit #3 for when you need those cleanses yourself. If a specific person needs a burst of healing, it may not be necessary to use Med Kit #4 (unless you’re low yourself), rather aim your Med Kit #2 towards them (an ally can be hit by multiple bandages, so the closer you are to the person the more you can heal them with #2).
Similarly, if you only need to cleanse a couple of conditions for your allies and they also need healing, throwing out Elixir Gun #5 and possibly using F1 next to them, gives them the cleansing they need without wasting the better condi cleanses available through Elixir Gun #3 or Med Kit #3. Finally, to be a pro with the Med Kit you need to spam #1 as soon as you’re not doing anything else more important.
In short, condition cleanses are to be utilized in the following way:
Conditions on yourself and allies: Med Kit #3 -
Conditions on allies: Elixir Gun #3 -
Low number of conditions on yourself and/or allies: Elixir Gun #5 -
The third aspect of the Med Kit Scrapper is the regular Superspeed application it provides. By blasting fields with medkit 5 - or elixir gun 4 you apply super speed to allies.
Do note that by performing leap finishers with your hammer 3 you only apply super speed to yourself, so blasting is still the way to go for aoe super speed.
You can blast any field for super speed.
Your gyros give aoe superspeed upon the final pulse. So make sure to not overlap gyros as superspeed does not stack.
For optimal use of superspeed with the gyro rotation you will have to pop the gyros after each other in a proper rotation, so that your cooldowns on them will be done and that you then can keep the sustain up with the gyros. Your stealth gyro, while it helps with stealthing allies who might need help, also gives super speed on final pulse. Do not be afraid to pop it in the rotation.
Do note that if your commander is prone to use stealth gyro for the engages when veil is not present then you should keep it saved pre-engage. (Do ask the commander how he prefers the stealth gyro to be used or if you have free reigns in using it whenever.)
Your function gyro gives aoe superspeed upon casting, do pay attention to if the commander calls for this upon engage or not.
Otherwise you take your own initiative to use it. Just make sure to not use it too early when out of combat, otherwise you waste the superspeed, (Out of combat superspeed is capped at 40% movement speed increase vs 100% movement speed increase in combat.).
You shouldn’t be in hammer for 99 % of the fights, but there are still great uses for it. Firstly, - should be used to stun enemy targets that have no stability to help the group kill them. The most typical situation is when a warrior of ours puts down a bubble stripping the boons of all enemies inside it.
Skills #2 - , #3 - and #4 - on the hammer are all situational and can be used to save yourself or others in various ways. #2 reflects projectiles and can be used while you’re trying to get out of danger or to body block for an ally being targeted by projectiles. Same goes for #4, which instead of reflecting projectiles, blocks attacks for 2 seconds. The leap (#3) can be used to get away from enemies while in combat.
The #1 - and #2 - on Elixir Gun - are fairly useless and #3 and #5 have already been discussed.
However, #4 - is a great positioning tool to master. It’s a 550 range backwards leap, as well as a blast finisher. To best utilise this skill, you should bind “About Face” in the control options to an easily accessible key. It allows you to quickly move out of danger or to reach an ally in need quicker.
There are two ways to start your gyro rotation and it depends on what party you are in.
- - : If you are in a commander group -> Start off with Bulwark Gyro to absorb as much damage from, not only your party but essentially your commander, as possible to ensure that he/she survives the engage. Do however look out for if the commander party has scourges in it. They will most likely pop their party barrier so you might be able to use Purge Gyro instead to not waste Bulwark. If no scourges, then pop Bulwark.
- - : If you are in another party which most likely has scourges -> Start with Purge Gyro to ensure that your casters do not get any movement impairing conditions that could potentially lag them behind in the push. Important to cleanse them early on in the engage to make sure that they are receiving as little condition pressure as possible. The scourges also have party barrier that they should be popping, so using bulwark instead at first can be wasteful. Good to know that the Purge Gyro pulses 5 times, meaning the condition removal goes in pulses over 5 seconds and is not a one time cleanse burst. It is also a light field that moves with you so you can whirl it for additional condition conversion in general.
- Remember that all Gyros apply super speed at the final pulse.
Once you have popped either of the gyros you then continue the rotation by popping the next gyro if still in fight to ensure a continuous superspeed upkeep since they have a fairly low cooldown of 20 seconds (excluding the uptime of each popped gyro). Do make sure to not overlap Gyros, as superspeed time does not increase like swiftness would if you apply it over each other. It simply replaces the older superspeed, causing you to lose out on the previous leftover superspeed. You want to chain your Gyros,
- - : Do note that if the commander does not actively call for your Stealth Gyro then you are free to use it at your own initiative during fights to stealth targeted allies who might be receiving too much pressure, causing enemies to lose their target. And super speed at last pulse!
If you can keep the Gyro rotation steady then you can have a very high upkeep of superspeed, not even mentioning the blasts you can do in ANY field for additional superspeed and the function gyro superspeed upon cast.
Tool belt skills:
- - is a big heal, both for personal and supportive use. Remember that the cool down on this resets if you hit 25 % health. (With Automated Medical Response - trait)
- - is a personal stun break. Save this for when you really need it, it’s your only reliable stun break.
- - applies a poison area that pulses 4 times. (33% less healing effectiveness) This is optimal to use on downed enemies that you pass by.
- - provides not only an aoe revive/stomp but its main selling point in zerg fights is the access to instant aoe super speed upon casting. Use this as mentioned in the text above.