67-powertech

Powertech Hybrid DPS inspired by C-tor

Header art by Paul Adam, who has sketch books on sale here.

ABILITIES

railshot gut incendiarymissile explosivefuel shouldercannon flameburst flamethrower rocketpunch

This spec is proc dependent and involves managing your procs and spamming the rest of the time.  Dependent on a ~3 second channel for MAX single target and AE DPS.  Great spec for single target and multiple target boss fights.  Breaking down a top Vanguard DPS parse from  C-tor of Severity Gaming.


SKILL TREE AND STATS

  1. 8/22/16 – Pure power/Main Stat build
  2. 2/22/22 – Crit oriented build
  3. 4/6/36 – Full Pyrotech

C-tor:

I run 8/22/16 on: CZ, Grob
2/22/22 on: Nefra, Draxus, Bestia,
Cal 4/6/36 on: Raptus, Tyrans, Brontes, Dread Masters

I run 110 crit from my earpiece right now, but I plan on buying the power/surge earpiece. If you run 2/22/22, you should definitely have a little crit. I plan on trying 8/22/16 on my 2/22/22 bosses next week. The extra bonus to mainstat from my FR relic in 8/22/16 seems to be pretty decent so far, so I am most likely going to just run full power. Crit rating kinda sucks with 8/22/16. I dummy parsed a couple times with the new relics and 8/22/16 is significantly better now.3

  • If you plan on investing on some crit, use 2/22/22
  • If you plan to go full power, use 8/22/16
  • If you plan to use the FR relics (+Main Stat), go with 8/22/16 because it picks up the mainstat talent

PRIORITIES

Maintain 4 PIPS OF ENERGY REGEN 1. explosivefuel Explosive Fuel and shouldercannon Shoulder Cannon on cooldown 2. retractableblade Keep Retractable Blade up for the bloodtracker Bloodtracker debuff. 3. flamethrower Flamethrower with 3 stacks of  flamethrower Prototype Flamethrower. 4. ionicaccelerator railshot Rail Shot every 6 seconds

    • rocketpunch with flamebarrage
    • incendiarymissile with reservepowercells
    • incendiarymissile with flamebarrage ionicaccelerator

5. flameburst Flame Burst to PROC flamethrower, ionicaccelerator and flamebarrage


MAX DPS OPENER

C-tor – Vanguard – Severity Gaming – Hybrid – 3553 DPS Nefra 16m HM

railshot gut tso incendiarymissile explosivefuel shouldercannon (spam), flameburst flameburstflameburst ionicaccelerator railshot flamethrower rocketpunch


PATTERN

1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9

8 is the signal to use Retractable Blade.  9 is Flamethrower with 3 stacks and then start counting back up again.

ROTATION

Disclaimer: Does not line up with C-tor’s opener above.  I follow his opener but either clip Gut or move Gut just before Pulse Cannon so I can sync them together.  It is a slight DPS loss but a huge QoL gain for me that way. Personal preference.

  • Retractable Blade guts the target with a knuckle-plate vibroblade, dealing 1023 – 1384 kinetic damage and causing the target to bleed for 1941 internal damage over 15 seconds.
  • Flamethrower torches everything in a 10-meter cone, dealing 3601 elemental damage over the duration. 15 second cooldown.

Using his opener (with slight modifcation):

railshot gut tso incendiarymissile explosivefuel shouldercannon (spam), flameburst flameburstflameburst ionicaccelerator railshot retractableblade flamethrower rocketpunch

Pattern:
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower…
Count back up.
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → Flamethrower …

Inputting abilities into the Pattern and according to the Priority list:

 

rocketpunchrailshotflameburstflameburstflameburstrailshothammershotretractablebladeflamethrower flameburstionicacceleratorflamebarrageincendiarymissileflameburstflameburstrailshotretractablebladeflamethrower rocketpunchrailshotflameburstflameburstflameburstflameburstrailshotretractablebladeflamethrower

 

The position of abilities in 1 → 7 may change depending on your procs.  The only constants in the rotation are Retractable Blade and Flame Thrower.  You should always do 3 Flame Bursts and 2 Railshots in each line (or 2 Railshots every 6 seconds)

MAXIMIZE DPS – READING THE LOGS

Reference: C-tor – Vanguard – Severity Gaming – Hybrid – 3553 DPS Nefra 16m HM

1. Keep Flamethrower with 3 stacks of flamethrower on cooldown.
  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Flamethrower 1. 15 seconds later
  • …..
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Flamethrower 2.

2. Use 2 Rail Shots railshot railshot in between your  flamethrower Flamethrower

  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Flamethrower. 1
  • 16:39:54 C-tor activates Rail Shot. 1
  • ….
  • 16:40:02 C-tor activates Rail Shot. 2
  • ….
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Flamethrower 2

3. Use 3  flameburst flameburst flameburst Flame Bursts in between your Flamethrower  flamethrower before it comes back up on cooldown.

  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Flamethrower. 1
  • 16:39:53 C-tor activates Flame Burst 1
  • 16:39:54 C-tor activates  Rail Shot. 1
  • 16:39:58 C-tor activates Flame Burst. 2
  • 16:40:02 C-tor activates Rail Shot. 2
  • 16:40:04 C-tor activates Flame Burst. 3
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Flamethrower 2

4.  Retractable Blade, Flamethrower, Flame Burst x 3, Rail Shot x 2 in total takes up 7 slots of 1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → FT rotation. You have 2 more slots to fill with whatever is best for your situation.

  • tso incendiarymissile + flameburst
  • tso reservepowercellsrocketpunch
  • rocketpunch + flameburst
  • flameburst + flameburst
  • Auto attack + Auto attack if you need energy…
  • et cetera

5. Some things to note about the above parses and C-tor’s rotation.

  • Incendiary Missile was not kept up at all times.  It seemed to be a conditional-use ability and often used in conjunction with TSO
    • 16:38:54 C-tor gains Reserve Powercell / TSO.
    • 16:38:55 C-tor activates Incendiary Missle.
  • The same can be said for Stockstrike or Rocket Punch.  He does not use Rocket Punch on cooldown but focuses on his other priority abilities instead
    • 1st  @ 16:39:04 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 0 seconds.
    • 2nd @ 16:39:21 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 17 seconds.
    • 3rd @ 16:39:37 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 16 seconds.
    • 4th  @ 16:39:51 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 14 seconds.
    • 5th @ 16:40:01 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 10 seconds.
    • 6th @ 16:40:13 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 12 seconds.
    • 7th @ 16:40:36 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 23 seconds.
    • The cooldown of Stockstrike or Rocket Punch is ~9 seconds.
  • Shoulder Cannon spam/on cooldown
  • Always opens with High Impact Bolt or Railshot at the beginning of the fight so it gets reset as soon as Ion Pulse or Flame Burst spam begins
  • Why use C-tor’s parses as example?  His are currently the highest known Vanguard/PT Hybrid parse in torparse and the swtor forums.  Check and do research yourself (torparse.com)

ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND INCENDIARY ROUND

Everything is situational and dependant on procs. When the stars align you will have super high numbers. Also, in the majority of these fights position is everything: when to save cooldowns, pulse cannon, burn phases etc. The thing that kills dps the most is if you fall below 4 pips and don’t have a recharge cells or a way to get back to 4 pips (free stockstrike + high impact proc). Also regarding dots, you aren’t going to maintain them always unless its nefra or something. You should definitely make an effort to have them up as much as possible. Your priorities should be [aside from Pulse Cannon x3 on cooldown] (1) 4 pips, (2) Retractable blade, (3) 6 second Rail Shots, #4 Other dots.  It’s just a matter of pushing your energy to the absolute limit while maintaining a fluid use of skills at the right times.

-Ctor 

This is one area where you will get accustomed to the more you play the spec.  In the beginning I was having a lot of energy problems.  The key is to run the spec and practice!  Managing energy comes with how you play around with

  1. flamebarrage
  2. ionicaccelerator

It is an energy gain if you only use rocketpunch when flamebarrage is up.

You will often find yourself in situations when both flamebarrage ionicaccelerator

are up together or proc one after the other and this is a net energy gain as well. Don’t be afraid to auto attack.  When tight in ammo, remember to stick to 1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → RB → FT rotation to at least keep your DPS up while regenning energy.  You can do

flameburstflameburstionicacceleratorhammershothammershothammershothammershotretractablebladeflamethrower

if you have to just keep Flamethower with 3 stacks on cooldown.

Incendiary Round

One problem I had before was incendiarymissile. I would try to keep it up as much as I can but it is not possible when you take into account the energy cost.  Even in C-tor’s parses he does not keep Incendiary Missile up 100% of the time.  Incendiary Round however is a very high DPS ability so you should use it whenever you can while maintaining 4 pips of energy.  This is possible when you have energy cooldowns and alternatively when you have BOTH

ionicaccelerator and flamebarrage procs up.

See this example below:

flameburstionicacceleratorflamebarrageincendiarymissileflameburstflameburstrailshotretractablebladeflamethrower


COOLDOWNS

shouldercannon Shoulder Cannon – high burst DPS cooldown that is off the GCD. Keep ability on cooldown.

explosivefuel Explosive Fuel – make sure you always get one Flame Thrower inside the buff window.  Keep on cooldown.

Vent Heat Instant Cooldown: 120s Rapidly vents 50 heat over 3 seconds. reservepowercells Thermal Sensor Override – are your energy cooldowns. Vent Heat Can bring you from ~10% ammo to ~90% with ionicaccelerator and flamebarrage

mortarvolley Death From Above – your AE cooldown.  Extremely high burst AoE DPS with:

stickygrnade explosivefuel → flamethrower → mortarvolley


VANGUARD RAID PARSES 2.4

16-m HM Dread Fortress and Dread Palace Patch 2.4 11/15/13

  1. Nefra, Who Bars the Way – 3565 DPS
  2. Gate Commander Draxus – 3323 DPS
  3. Grob’thok, Who Feeds the Forge – 3708 DPS
  4. Dread Master Brontes – 2444 DPS
  5. Dread Master Tyrans – 3252 DPS

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  • whynerfus

    How does the changes coming in 2.6 impact this hybrid spec? Seems like it forces us back to a full tree kind of deal.

    • http://swtorboard.org Paowee

      It’ll force everyone to run Pyro now :) There’s a new thread on the forums about the Full dps trees of Vanguard/Powertechs check it out

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  • http://swtorboard.org/ Paowee

    Disregard the spec in the guide. I will update that soon with this one. Quote from C-tor

    ===========
    I run 8/22/16 on:

    CZ, Grob

    2/22/22 on:

    Nefra, Draxus, Bestia, Cal

    4/6/36 on:

    Raptus, Tyrans, Brontes, Dread Masters

    I run 110 crit from my earpiece right now, but I plan on buying the
    power/surge earpiece. If you run 2/22/22, you should definitely have a
    little crit. I plan on trying 8/22/16 on my 2/22/22 bosses next week.
    The extra bonus to mainstat from my FR relic in 8/22/16 seems to be
    pretty decent so far, so I am most likely going to just run full power.
    Crit rating kinda sucks with 8/22/16. I dummy parsed a couple times
    with the new relics and 8/22/16 is significantly better now.

    ===========

  • Caius

    Dude, you’ve got half of the stuff from VG icons and the other half are from PT. pick one!

    • http://swtorboard.org/ Paowee

      Updated thanks!

  • Kagerro

    Hi boarder, thanks to you and Ctor for this guide, but I’ve some question:
    - firstly why do you use the 8/22/16 spec instead of 2/22/22 ?
    - which relic should I take ? ATM I’ve got the power proc and the cliky power
    - and what is you pattern system ? I don’t see what you mean with it.

    Thanks :)

    • ender

      yes, is it 8/22/16 or 2/22/22?

      • http://swtorboard.org Paowee

        its 8/22/16

      • http://swtorboard.org/ Paowee

        8/22/16 afaik

        • ender

          any advantages of the new build to the 2/22/22? just saw the 2.4 dps leaderboard and they’re still at 2/22/22

          • http://swtorboard.org Paowee

            I don’t know how recent C-tor’s parses there were but i’ll ask him again and see what he uses right now

          • http://swtorboard.org/ Paowee

            hey ender i got news from c-tor and posted his specs above. Apparently he uses more than 1 hybrid specs and crit ratings as well

  • QQmore

    Someone C&P’d from one guide to the other.

    • http://swtorboard.org Paowee

      Where o_O?

  • Blu

    You have pneumatic boots instead of flame barrage throughout the guide

    • http://swtorboard.org/ Paowee

      Oh boy thanks for the correction! (Looks like battering ram >_<)