This is a very simple, short and to the point guide to help you be an effective DPS in Wildstar.
Engineer DPS is a simple thing, that said all classes are simple as the complexity of the game stands in the movement — pun totally intended. In a few words, the Engineer tries to build enough volatility to use their big volatility spenders, which are two.
Finesse is your main source of pain dealing statistic and as it stands at the moment it’s your best friend. If you are close to a milestone, you can gear also for Moxie and Brutality, but your main focus is Finesse.
Here is the AOE build I am aiming for.
Here is the single target build I am aiming for.
I still need to play with the tiers, so those are not final, but Tier 8 Electrocute/Bolt Caster and Tier 4 Artillery Bot are a must.
Electrocute or Bolt Caster?
Simple answer: Electrocute for AOE, Bolt Caster for single target. These are your two main Volatility spenders and your aim is to use either one of these as much as you can. How do you do that?
Contrary to what you are led to believe by the starting skills, Pulse Blast is a lousy way of building volatility and it is never used once you get Reckless Dash, Volatility Rising, Bio Shell or Shock Pulse.
Engineer builds volatility by dashing (Reckless Dash). And since you have to move a lot in this game, this is a blessing. However it can be annoying to have used a dash to gain volatility, only to be stuck into a red telegraph you can’t avoid, so it takes some getting used to. That is why you pick dash regeneration in your AMP build and have Bio Shell or Shock Pulse in your skill build, so that you can shoot them once to get enough Volatility to start shooting either Bolt Caster or Electrocute, while Volatility Rising helps you keep up that Volatility a little longer.
Note that most builds I have seen use either Bio Shell or Shock Pulse, you don’t need both.
The good news is that the game doesn’t force you to use bots. The bad news is that Artillery Bot’s tier 4 evolution is too good to pass up, so you wind up needing to have at least Artillery Bot. A lot of builds also use Diminisher Bot.
So while theoretically botless builds are possible, running without Artillery Bot means you are gimping yourself.
As a DPS you are expected to have at least one interrupt. Without counting your Bruiser Bot (more on that later), you have two interrupts, one of which is a stun. Zap is your stun and Obstruct Vision consumes an interrupt armour and debuffs the mob so that it has a 50% chance to be deflected. Some people bring both. When you know you don’t need both you can slot something else instead of Obstruct Vision. For example you could have both Electrocute and Bolt Caster in the action bar so you can adapt to the situation, however you won’t be able to have both at Tier 8.
Tanks can also interrupt and frankly, being a tank myself, I don’t understand some people’s resistance to bringing an interrupt as a tank. Zap is great damage reduction when the mobs can be stunned with one interrupt, and usually in situations where you get adds you can.
Just don’t ever ask a healer to interrupt. They might be able to but don’t expect them to, because they have probably the hardest role in the group, and if you want to stay alive, you better not get their hands full with other stuff you should be doing as a DPS. All you got to do is shoot people in the face. Everyone has to dodge things, so that is not an extra thing you are doing, nice try.
I just run with either of the aforementioned builds, but I have both Electrocute and Bold Caster and lose Obstruct Vision (mainly because I don’t have it yet).
The Bruiser Bot, while useful on paper, is lackluster for both tanking and DPS/levelling. I have both a damage and a threat meter and the Bruiser Bot generates less threat than the Artillery Bot, as well as doing less damage. The only reason you’d want the Bruiser Bot is for the extra interrupt in early levelling when you don’t have Obstruct Vision or the occasional taunt. Or you are feeling bold and want to take on some elite that has 2 interrupt armour, so you bring 3 interrupts with you… Good luck with that, send me a screenshot to celebrate.
As a tank I have never had the need to bring the Bruiser Bot. I want to be the center of the attention when I tank, I don’t share. You do get a passive deflect buff at Tier 4, but that’s a whole other discussion that doesn’t belong to a DPS guide.