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Six Best Utility Buffs to Dominate With

April 4, 2014 - 4:44pm -- Lee B.
Six Best Utility Buffs to Dominate With

Utility buffs are usually a bit harder to choose from when comparing them to Food Buffs. Utilities generally require other stats to be really high to get the best benefit out of the buff, or they are incredibly situational. Here we gathered up all the best Utility Buffs in the game to help cut out the guessing game and tell you exactly why they are the best for what they do.

Potion of Karka Toughness

Potion of Karka Toughness

  • One hour duration.
  • +150 toughness

This potion is great for team gameplay like fractals and dungeons. It will give some of the squishier classes just a bit more survivability or really make a tougher class truly unstoppable. It can also synergize well with traits to give you some boost to another stat like power or precision depending on your class.

Powerful Potion of Undead Slaying

Powerful Potion of Undead Slaying

  • One hour duration.
  • +10% damage vs. undead
  • -10% damage from undead

While all of the “Power Potion of X Slaying” are good in their own rights this particular one will see the most use if you want to do map completion. Additionally, if you’re heading into Orr you should carry this to make sure you can clear the annoying undead mobs quickly. Practically a must if you plan on heading into the Arah dungeon to help you drop Giganticus Lupicus all the more quickly.

Skale Venom

Skale Venom

  • Ten minute duration.
  • 10% chance to inflict weakness and vulnerability for 5 seconds.

This is a buff that you should use on all of your pre-80 characters as it will give you an edge against any mob. The percent chance may seem low, but there is no internal cooldown on the effect. You could end up stacking some long lasting weakness on a veteran mob if you happen to be lucky enough and thereby ignoring a lot of the damage they deal.

Superior Sharpening Stone

Superior Sharpening Stone

  • Thirty minute duration.
  • Gain power equal to 6% of your toughness.
  • Gain power equal to 4% of your vitality.

This is the most commonly used utility buff that is used in practically every aspect of the game. You can’t go wrong with additional power in any situation. It is an absolute must have if you plan on doing WvW for any length of time because additional damage is always needed. This item also synergizes incredibly with the Soldier stat set.

Swift Moa Feather

Swift Moa Feather

  • Thirty minute duration.
  • Movement speed increased.

This item is incredibly useful for resource gathering runs, WvW zerging, map completion, and any Necromancer ever. The increased speed appears to be equivalent to the Swiftness boon. You can’t go wrong with this if you feel you need to move fast and your build just can’t afford to lose any another skill.

Toxic Focusing Crystal

Toxic Focusing Crystal

  • Thirty minute duration.
  • +100 Condition Damage
  • Condition Duration increased by 10%

This crystal is solely used by condition specialized characters to give them a strong push towards some serious damage. It’s a bit better than the Master Focusing Crystal counterpart in that most condition builds won’t be building the stats that the Master Focusing Crystal uses for the stat boost. You also just can’t go wrong with that 10% increase to the durations.

Use this guide in combination with our Six Best Food Buffs to be Tough Stuff guide to truly give you the best advantages possible with these consumable buffs.