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== General tactics ==
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==General tactics==
You must defeat five opponents in order to reach [[Magni the Bison]], so your build and tactics must be flexible enough to handle them all (or at least a notable subset). The most important general concepts are:
 
* Builds must be self-sufficient: you must be able to heal and regain energy quickly.
 
* Most battles are against a single opponent, making AoE and multi-target skills less effective.
 
* Your opponents' builds tend to either focus on massive damage or massive healing/regeneration; bring counters to both.
 
** Health degeneration skills are especially useful.
 
* Be prepared to counter interruption when using long-activation time skills.
 
* Activate your [[Norn Title Track|Norn Title]], which will increase your maximum health.
 
   
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===Magni the Bison===
== Defeating specific opponents ==
 
These next tips focus on the harder opponents; the others can be beaten using the same builds/tactics.
 
   
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[[Magni the Bison]] is a level 24 warrior boss, with all that being a boss entails: very high health (killing him requires dealing around 1300 HP to him), double damage, +3 health regeneration, and half skill activation time. If you don't have any defensive skills but try to trade hits, you'll probably die within ten seconds. As such, any strategy to beat the tournament must start with a way to beat him. There are at least five basic approaches that can usually work:
=== Magni the Bison ===
 
   
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* Keep him [[blind]]ed so he rarely hits you.
[[Magni the Bison]] is a level 24 [[warrior]] boss: he deals double damage, has +3 health regeneration, his skills activate faster, and he has around 1300 health. You must be able to survive his knockdowns and damage spikes and be able to out-damage him. His [[Purge Signet]] will remove all [[hex]]es and [[condition]]s, but he rarely uses it solely to remove [[crippled]] or [[bleeding]]; apply other conditions thoughtfully. Expect to get interrupted: one of his skills knocks you down (and interrupts you) if you block him.
 
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* Keep him [[crippled]] and kill him from a distance.
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* Keep him [[weakness|weakened]] to limit damage and bring copious healing.
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* Bring a myriad of [[block]]ing skills to block most of his attacks.
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* Keep [[Protective Spirit]] on yourself to limit his damage.
   
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Bison has two knockdown skills, so even some skills will be interrupted if he hits you. He also has a third skill which will knock you down if you block it, so blocking skills don't reduce his knockdowns by much. This means that relatively few builds can invariably beat him, though many can beat him most of the time, so long as you aren't interrupted by one of his knockdowns at a particularly inopportune time.
These basic approaches have worked for veterans:
 
   
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Furthermore, Bison has [[Purge Signet]] which will remove all hexes and conditions from him. He won't use it just to remove crippled or bleeding, but will use it as often as the cooldown allows to remove blindness, weakness, burning, dazed, and/or poison. As such, if you're relying on kiting, it may be best to avoid using conditions other than crippled and bleeding, so that he doesn't use Purge Signet and thereby remove crippled.
* Reduce his ability to hit (e.g. by [[blind]]ing often);
 
* Attack at a distance (e.g. using [[snare]]s, such as [[crippled|crippling]] him).
 
* Reduce his damage via [[weakness]] or [[enchantment]]s such as [[Protective Spirit]];
 
* Prevent his attacks via [[block]]ing skills.
 
* For martial weapons, include a weapon set that adds elemental damage, which can help shorten the time to defeat him.
 
   
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As he is a warrior, if you use a martial weapon, switching to one that does elemental damage can make the battle go faster. This is rarely the difference between winning and losing, but it can substantially shorten the time it takes to defeat him.
=== Other opponents ===
 
Most of the early opponents can be defeated by either a quick spike or by killing them at your leisure after surviving long enough for their most significant skills to become useless (e.g. through loss of energy or because they wear off).
 
   
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===Assembling a build===
; [[Danika]] (+[[Sheena]] and [[Brutus]])
 
   
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As you must beat five other opponents in order to reach Bison, any build that can beat him but not the preceding opponents is useless. As such, your build will need to be well-rounded.
* These three are fought together. You can either try to kill Danika first (to prevent her from healing the others), but it is probably safer to take out the other two first by spiking damage before she can heal them. Left on her own, Danika will present no problem.
 
   
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Keep in mind that skills whose value lies in the fact that they affect multiple opponents or multiple allies tend to be less useful here, as there is usually only one opponent and only one ally (namely, you). Conversely, skills typically limited by the fact that they only affect one opponent can be highly useful.
; [[Zho]] (+[[Onyx (pet)|Onyx]])
 
   
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The polar opposite of Bison's massive damage with no healing approach is the opponents who have little interest in killing you, but will spam self-heals to try for a stalemate. You'll have to bring skills to either cause a substantial damage spike of 200+ HP within several seconds, or else bring interrupts or some other way to stop their healing.
* Bring counters to Onyx's ability to interrupt/disable skills via [[Disrupting Lunge]], but focus on Zho; killing her wins the match.
 
   
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It is also vital that you bring self-healing skills. Many mobs cannot be finished off before they'll do enough damage to kill you if you can't heal yourself. For several opponents, it is necessary to wait until they are low on energy before you can do much damage, and you'll have to spend a lot of time healing before that.
; [[Old Mac]] (+[[Joe]])
 
   
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Health degeneration hexes and conditions are useful, as, unlike a lot of PvE combat where, when you put a 20 second condition on a mob and it dies 5 seconds later, you often get the full duration of health degeneration on the opponent--and if you don't, it usually means you won.
* Killing either of these guys wins the match. Casters should be careful of Joe's [[Broad Head Arrow]].
 
   
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Opponents with interrupts can reliably interrupt skills with an activation time of 1 or more seconds if you don't have a way to prevent them from doing so. Skills with a 3/4 second activation time are only infrequently interrupted. Skills that activate faster than that are pretty safe to cast, and generally interrupted only by dumb luck when an opponent knocks you down without trying to interrupt anything in particular. If you need to get a longer cast off, choose your timing wisely.
; [[Kisai]], [[Headmaster Vhang]], and [[Argo]]
 
   
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A simple trick to increase your maximum health at least a little, is to activate your [[Norn Title Track|Norn Title]]. Even a rank of 1 will provide you with an additional 53 HP.
* These three separate fights can be fought using similar tactics. If you can, spike them for a quick win. However, for most players, the trick is to stay alive until these casters run out of energy, causing them cast only spells costing less than 5{{energy}}. At this point, their attacks are weak and they have no defense, making them easy to mop up.
 
   
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===Earlier tournament opponents===
; [[Eve]] and [[Norgu]]
 
   
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Some opponents are pretty easy to beat with any reasonable build. Here are some tips against the ones that can be hard.
* These two distinct battles can be won using similar tactics. They both use hexes that are nasty for some builds (but no problem for others); be careful of [[Spiteful Spirit]] and Eve's interrupts (which also restore her energy). As above, stay alive until they run out of blue bar.
 
   
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====[[Danika]], [[Sheena]], and [[Brutus]]====
; [[Mhenlo]]
 
   
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You have to fight all three at once. Danika does virtually no damage, but spams heals on the others. Sheena and Brutus do some damage, but are only level 10. Killing Danika first is probably impractical, but once Sheena and Brutus are dead, finishing off Danika is just a matter of time. Killing Brutus and/or Sheena does not end the match; you have to beat Danika, too.
* Mhenlo runs a [[55 Monk]] build, limiting most damage to 5. His [[Protective Spirit]] is permanent, he has intense health regeneration, and cannot, therefore, be killed by normal attacks alone. However, this makes him weak on attacks and vulnerable to health degeneration, life stealing, and enchantment removal. Use [[Energy denial]] or interrupts to prevent his [[Healing Breeze]]s and you will win the battle through attrition.
 
   
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====[[Zho]] and [[Onyx (pet)|Onyx]]====
; [[Razah]]
 
   
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You fight both at once. Killing Zho wins the match, while killing Onyx doesn't matter. They don't hit very hard, but Onyx will interrupt/disable skills. Focus on Zho, and avoid using vital skills when Onyx activates [[Disrupting Lunge]].
* Razah is a [[Spirit Spammer]], but doesn't move from the spirits. Watch out for [[Shadowsong]] and [[Wanderlust]]. If you cannot make a quick kill before the spirits are invoked, keep out of their range. Use AoE or anti-spirit skills to take them out.
 
   
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====[[Old Mac]] and [[Joe]]====
; [[Melonni]]
 
   
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You fight both at once and killing either one wins the match. If you're playing as a caster, it's often vital that you find a way to avoid [[Broad Head Arrow]] (used by Joe).
* Try to outlast Melonni's [[Avatar of Dwayna]] with its strong healing and hex removal. After it wears off, she is easy pickings.
 
   
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====[[Kisai]], [[Headmaster Vhang]], and [[Argo]]====
; [[Lukas]]
 
   
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These are three separate fights, but similar in style. Killing them immediately will be impractical for some classes. Focus on keeping yourself alive until they run out of energy, at which point they'll stop casting anything with an energy cost above 5. That reduces them to casting some weak attacks and no defensive spells, at which point it is easy to defeat them.
* Lukas' anti-melee build makes him vulnerable to casters. His [[Riposte]], [[Deadly Riposte]], and [[Auspicious Parry]] are dangerous to close-up opponents. Make sure you have counters or an alternative strategy to overcome those skills.
 
   
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====[[Eve]] and [[Norgu]]====
; [[Alesia]]
 
   
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These are two separate fights, but similar in style. Both will cast some hexes on you that can be pretty nasty depending on your build. They run out of energy after a while, and their casting slows considerably. You may only be able to attack or cast spells intermittently because their damage is produced primarily by hexes like [[Spiteful Spirit]]. Sometimes you'll want to finish off an opponent by attacking through [[Empathy]] or [[Spiteful Spirit]] and just taking the damage. Be careful when using spells with long cast times when fighting Eve since her interrupt skills also restore her energy.
* Although she deals little damage, Alesia's use of [[Mending]], [[Healing Breeze]], and [[Healing Hands]] can prevent you from defeating her. Use energy-denial, interrupts, or [[daze|dazing]] to reduce her healing powers.
 
   
; [[Devona]]
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====[[Mhenlo]]====
   
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Mhenlo is a [[55 Monk]], so he'll only take 5 damage from normal attacks. He has a permanent [[Protective Spirit]], so you can't just wait for it to wear off. Additionally, he uses skills which provide health regeneration, attempting to beat him via damage alone (at 5 damage per attack) is impractical. However, because his healing is produced by health regeneration, Mhenlo gets destroyed by health degeneration, lifestealing, and/or enchantment removal, so he's very easy if you have any of those. [[Energy denial]] to prevent his healing, or repeatedly interrupting [[Healing Breeze]] works too, provided that he doesn't cast [[Mending]]. It may take a while to interrupt enough of his vital skills successively, so you'll need to be able to interrupt him on demand.
* Devona brings three self-heals, making her also tough to defeat. Since she only uses them when she gets down to 50% of her red bar, you can try spiking her before she starts restoring her health. However, be mindful of her two knockdowns, which can throw off your timing.
 
   
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====[[Razah]]====
; [[Warmaster Tydus]]
 
   
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Razah is a [[Spirit Spammer]] who won't move far from its spawn point, so you can't just lure it away from its spirits. [[Shadowsong]] and [[Wanderlust]] are its nastiest spirits, and can make killing it very difficult if you sit back and let it cast its spirits. An area of effect attack to kill all of the spirits can be very effective. Some builds are able to simply ignore the spirits and kill Razah before it can get very many of them up.
* Tydus brings massive health degeneration and can interrupt your attempts at healing yourself. Interrupt his [[Troll Unguent]] and he dies pretty quickly.
 
   
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====[[Melonni]]====
; [[Ghostly Hero]]
 
   
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Killing Melonni while she has [[Avatar of Dwayna]] up is often impractical, as it provides considerable healing and hex removal. Keep yourself alive until it wears off and then she's easy to kill.
The Ghostly Hero uses a bow at a distance and a sword in melee range, much like the [[Doppelganger]]. He has immunity to 3 conditions (bleeding, poison, and disease), but is otherwise relatively easy.
 
   
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====[[Lukas]]====
== Single class builds ==
 
   
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Lukas is purely anti-melee and thus quite easy for any non-melee class to defeat. His [[Riposte]], [[Deadly Riposte]], and [[Auspicious Parry]] will block many melee skills however, and can cause a lot of damage as well. Melee classes will have to strike an effective balance between attacking him and healing themselves.
Any character is capable of beating the tournament using only skills from their primary profession. If you want to farm the quest for for [[Bison Championship Token]]s, see [[#Two class builds|Two class builds]] below. Gear is less important for these battles, but it pays to take along multiple weapon sets to fit the various circumstances.
 
   
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====[[Alesia]]====
   
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Alesia doesn't deal very much damage, but her use of [[Mending]], [[Healing Breeze]], and [[Healing Hands]] may force a stalemate, as she has at least 13 points in Healing Prayers. Energy denial and interrupts (especially from dazed) help greatly, though dragging out the fight until she loses her energy and then killing her will also work.
; {{w}} Warrior
 
{{mini skill bar|Deadly Riposte|Riposte|Bonetti's Defense|Defensive Stance|Disciplined Stance|Lion's Comfort|Healing Signet|Distracting Blow}}
 
Sword build: with attributes divided between [[Swordsmanship]], [[Tactics]], and [[Strength]]
 
* Block the Bison's attacks and keep your stances up. Spam your ripostes, Lion's Comfort, and Bonetti's. You will win most of the battles through attrition.
 
   
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====[[Devona]]====
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Devona brings three self-heals, so outdamaging her healing over the long run may be impractical. She won't use them until she gets to about half life, though, so you can try to finish her off by spiking her quickly and/or interrupting a couple heals. She also brings two knockdowns, which can interfere with your attempts at producing a spike, so it sometimes takes a number of tries to finish her off.
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====[[Warmaster Tydus]]====
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Tydus brings massive health degeneration and can interrupt your attempts at healing yourself. His only healing skill is [[Troll Unguent]] however, so if you can interrupt that, he dies pretty quickly.
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====[[Ghostly Hero]]====
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The Ghostly Hero is level 28, which turns out to not be terribly consequential. He'll use a bow at a distance and a sword in melee range, much like the [[Doppelganger]]. His immunity to bleeding, poison, and disease can mess up some builds, but that's the only thing that can make him much of a challenge.
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==Single class builds==
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Often when people ask how to beat the tournament, they get a reply of, take a different secondary profession and buy or capture a bunch of skills for it. That can be perfectly sensible if you wish to farm the tournament and get dozens of [[Bison Championship Token]]s, but it is probably impractical if you only want to beat it once.
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Any class is capable of beating the tournament using only skills from its primary profession. The purpose of this section is to provide builds that use skills from only one class, so they are skills that you likely already have, and should probably consider getting if you don't.
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If you don't have all of the campaigns, that may make some of the skills in the builds listed unavailable to you. Some skills are easily swapped out for others (e.g., if you don't have Prophecies, replace Disciplined Stance with some other blocking stance) while others are essential to the build (e.g., the Mesmer requires [[Signet of Midnight]]).
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Many of the builds listed here have been tested and they are all capable of defeating Bison if used properly. In most cases, gear isn't terribly important, provided that it's reasonable. Obviously, you want max armor, max damage weapons, perfect or near-perfect mods that are sensible for your build, and useful insignias and runes in all slots. Although not necessary, bringing several kinds of weapons (e.g. elemental, physical, vampiric, etc.) will shorten the fights. Cases in which gear ''does'' matter are expressly pointed out.
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Minor Runes are generally more useful here, since you're dueling and the participant with higher maximum health may win by default. If you decide to go with Major or Superior Runes, be sure to have sufficient defense to counter the health loss.
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===Warrior===
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{{mini skill bar|Deadly Riposte|Riposte|Bonetti's Defense|Defensive Stance|Disciplined Stance|Lion's Comfort|Healing Signet|Distracting Blow}}
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*12 [[Swordsmanship]]
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*12 [[Tactics]]
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*11 [[Strength]]
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This build requires use of a sword.
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The idea is to block most of Bison's attacks. One of the three stances should be kept up at most times. As each particular stance can only be up a minority of the time, take care not to end a stance until it was about to end on its own, anyway. Use Riposte, Deadly Riposte, and Lion's Comfort as often as available, and Bonetti's Defense rather than one of the energy-using stances as often as it is available, to recharge your energy. You do damage mainly with Riposte and Deadly Riposte, and while this build can't keep you alive forever, it can outlast Bison. Using Healing Signet against Bison takes a large risk of him hitting you and finishing you off during the cast.
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Some of the enemies like to spam heals and take quite a while to wear down, but it can eventually finish off opponents like Mhenlo or Danika.
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===Ranger===
   
; {{r}} Ranger
 
 
{{mini skill bar|Apply Poison|Pin Down|Hunter's Shot|Burning Arrow|Troll Unguent|Distracting Shot|Whirling Defense|Nature's Renewal}}
 
{{mini skill bar|Apply Poison|Pin Down|Hunter's Shot|Burning Arrow|Troll Unguent|Distracting Shot|Whirling Defense|Nature's Renewal}}
With 13 [[Expertise]] and 11 each in [[Marksmanship]] and [[Wilderness Survival]]
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*11 [[Marksmanship]]
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*13 [[Expertise]]
   
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The approach here is to keep Bison perpetually crippled, so that you can avoid getting hit. If you avoid using poison and burning, Bison won't use purge signet, which makes him easier to kite, though these will finish him off faster. Baiting Purge Signet is easy, and if your reflexes are good, it can be interrupted. If you run around some, Bison often runs back to his spawn point while crippled before coming back to attack you, so kiting is practical. Bleeding from Hunter's Shot will negate his natural regeneration while you slowly wear him down.
* Keep Bison permanently crippled by avoiding poison and burning. If you must use them (to speed his demise), be prepared to interrupt Purge Signet. Kiting works well here.
 
* Danika is very tough to defeat using this build, but others go down quickly. As noted above, survive their initial attacks to make them easier to defeat.
 
* Use Whirling Defense against the Ghostly Hero, since he is immune to your primary conditions.
 
* Drop Nature's Renewal behind a wall; distance attackers will waste time trying to attack it instead of you.
 
* Not tested against Palawa Joko.
 
   
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Danika cannot be defeated, at least not easily, using this build. Most other opponents should go down quite quickly. For casters with a lot of defense like Argo, you will need to wait for their energy to run out. Casters using blind will exhaust their energy fairly quickly, and won't be able to outdamage Troll Unguent. The Ghostly Hero is immune to poison and bleeding, and will outdamage you easily if you forget to use Whirling Defense. Otherwise, he is easy to take down.
   
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Nature's Renewal is a critical part of the build, as it really messes with the AI if you drop it behind the wall before entering the arena. The only reason this build can beat Tydus is that instead of attacking you, he mostly stands there and shoots the wall, trying to kill the spirit. Some enemies won't even bother trying to cast potentially nasty hexes, and those that do are much easier to interrupt with the doubled casting time. Gwen in particular doesn't use any skills, but just stands there wanding.
; {{mo}} Monk
 
{{mini skill bar|Reversal of Damage|Signet of Judgment|Stonesoul Strike|Bane Signet|Holy Strike|Castigation Signet|Reversal of Fortune|Protective Spirit}}
 
With 12 in [[Smiting Prayers|Smiting]] & [[Protection Prayers]], plus 11 [[Divine Favor]].
 
   
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Opponents not attempted: Palawa Joko
* Use knockdown-strike chains for damage, Protective Spirit for damage reduction, and Reversal of Fortune for healing. Use Reversal of Damage when (a) you have enough energy and (b) just before an attack.
 
* Again, outlast your casters by forcing them to run out of energy, allowing you to use your KD chain.
 
* Some opponents can take a long time to take down: Alesia, Tydus, Palawa Joko, Norgu, and Razah.
 
* This build requires luck to defeat Danika or Mhenlo.
 
   
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===Monk===
   
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{{mini skill bar|Reversal of Damage|Signet of Judgment|Stonesoul Strike|Bane Signet|Holy Strike|Castigation Signet|Reversal of Fortune|Protective Spirit}}
; {{n}} Necromancer
 
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{{mini skill bar|Blood Renewal|Grenth's Balance|Insidious Parasite|Enfeeble|Enfeebling Touch|Parasitic Bond|Necrosis|Strip Enchantment}}
 
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*12 [[Protection Prayers]]
With 14 [[Blood Magic]] & 13 [[Curses]]
 
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Use the knockdown-Strike chains to deal damage to Bison. Protective Spirit will keep him from dealing too much damage, and Reversal of Fortune is your healing skill. Castigation Signet is used to regain energy; use it whenever possible. Reversal of Damage can be used if energy permits, though it's best to save for when Bison is about to use an attack skill so as to reap the maximum benefits.
* The PvE skill Necrosis is highly advised here, as Necromancers lack helpful direct damage skills.
 
* Melee opponents will hit you a lot, so keep them weakened (using both Enfeeble and Enfeebling Touch) and be prepared to heal, heal, and heal some more. Use Blood Renewal often followed by Grenth's Balance (which will be your main damage skill against most opponents). Use Parasitic Bond whenever you have the energy.
 
* Can be troublesome facing Old Mac or Danika.
 
   
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This build works against most other foes, though some will take a long time. Against some, you will have to spam Reversal of Fortune and wait for them to run out of Energy before you can start to deal serious damage; as otherwise they will spam heals instead of attacking, and thus you can't use Bane Signet effectively. Argo in particular takes some time to wear down.
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Among the more difficult foes are Alesia (due to her healing); Warmaster Tydus (interruption, damage through degeneration); Palawa Joko; Norgu (Visions of Regret/Backfire); and Razah (Spirits). Though it is possible to beat them with patience and persistence, they take some getting used to before they can be beat reliably.
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Foes which cannot be beaten except with incredible luck are Danika and Mhenlo.
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===Necromancer===
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{{mini skill bar|Blood Renewal|Grenth's Balance|Insidious Parasite|Enfeeble|Enfeebling Touch|Parasitic Bond|Necrosis|Strip Enchantment}}
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Sorry to use a PvE-only skill here, but without a decent direct damage skill, it simply wasn't possible to do adequate damage against some opponents. Having a reasonably high [[Sunspear rank]] (approximately rank 8) is only necessary against a couple opponents like Devona and Alesia that play for the stalemate, not the win.
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You're going to get hit a lot, so you must keep Bison weakened at all times, and you'll still need massive healing. Enfeeble and Enfeebling Touch are both necessary to ensure that one is always available, as otherwise, Bison could get a few hits off right after purging weakness. Use blood renewal as often as available, and Grenth's Balance right after blood renewal, to fully heal yourself after the substantial sacrifice. Use parasitic bond for additional healing as energy allows. You mainly damage Bison with Grenth's Balance.
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Of those opponents not faced, only Old Mac and Danika look potentially troublesome.
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===Mesmer===
   
; {{me}} Mesmer
 
 
{{mini skill bar|Empathy|Backfire|Signet of Midnight|Ignorance|Power Return|Spirit of Failure|Spirit Shackles|Ether Feast}}
 
{{mini skill bar|Empathy|Backfire|Signet of Midnight|Ignorance|Power Return|Spirit of Failure|Spirit Shackles|Ether Feast}}
With 14 in [[Domination Magic]], 12 in 12 [[Inspiration Magic]] and 7 [[Fast Casting]].
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Keep Ignorance on Bison at all times, so that he can't purge blindness. Remember to keep him perpetually blinded with Signet of Midnight. Spirit of Failure is great energy management, as at 12 inspiration magic, it's +3 energy every time he misses, which is 92.5% of the time. Empathy is how you do damage, and use Ether Feast to heal as needed.
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The only opponent that was faced and not beaten was Danika, though she may be beatable with alternate tactics. Razah is difficult, but beatable. This build handily destroys every other opponent. Potentially annoying enemy healing is blocked with either Spirit Shackles or Ignorance, depending on the opponent. Of those not fought, Gwen may prove to be a trouble.
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===Elementalist===
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{{mini skill bar|Air Attunement|Aura of Restoration|Kinetic Armor|Conjure Lightning|Glyph of Lesser Energy|Blinding Surge|Gale|Lightning Orb}}
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The idea is to spam Blinding Surge on Bison to keep him blinded most of the time. Kinetic Armor reduces the damage you take when hit, and should be easy to cast once and keep up for the rest of the battle after that. Aura of Restoration can outheal the damage that Bison does when he occasionally lands a hit. Air Attunement and Glyph of Lesser Energy are for energy management, and should be used as often as possible.
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This build should be able to overcome all opponents, even those that haven't been tried. Mhenlo takes long enough that if you draw him as an opponent, it may be quicker to just give up. Beating Mhenlo requires interrupting two consecutive casts of Healing Breeze, which can take many tries, as you must start casting Gale before he starts casting Healing Breeze in order to interrupt it.
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===Assassin===
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{{mini skill bar|Jagged Strike|Disrupting Stab|Wild Strike|Temple Strike|Death Blossom|Blinding Powder|Shadow Refuge|Smoke Powder Defense}}
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Start the fight by using Smoke Powder Defense. When Bison first hits you, he'll be blinded, and immediately purge it. Be ready with Temple Strike immediately after he purges his blindness. Wait until right about when that wears off to hit him with blinding powder. If you wait long enough, he'll waste Purge Signet removing blindness right as it is about to wear off, at which point you hit him with Temple Strike again and repeat the process. If you wait too long, you'll have to use Smoke Powder Defense to re-blind him in order to get him to waste Purge Signet. Shadow refuge is your healing skill. Jagged Strike is recommended for its very quick recharge, low energy cost, and ability to do massive damage from bleeding since you can only use it infrequently due to energy constraints and the large energy cost of Temple Strike.
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Most of the opponents can be beaten with this build, but Lukas can be a challenge. Time your Disrupting Stab correctly to interrupt his Healing Signet.
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===Ritualist===
* Ignorance will keep Bison from purging blindness caused by Signet of Midnight. Use Spirit of Failure to maintain energy, and Empathy for damage.
 
* Danika can be tough unless you can Backfire her at the right moments. Similarly, Razah's spirits can present a problem, since this build has no real counters. The rest of the opponents are easy.
 
* Not tested: Gwen (likely trouble) and Mhenlo (should be easy).
 
   
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{{mini skill bar|Ritual Lord|Boon of Creation|Bloodsong|Pain|Anguish|Shadowsong|Painful Bond|Spirit Rift}}
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*13 [[Channeling]]
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*11 [[Communing]]
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*11 [[Spawning Power]]
   
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Start by casting Ritual Lord and Boon of Creation before the battle starts, so that if something goes wrong, you can recast spirits later. Stand in the doorway before entering the arena and cast the four spirits in order. You should position yourself such that when the door closes, the spirits will be inside of it--and not behind it, or it will block their attacks. Cast Painful Bond on your opponent when he comes over, and the spirits will promptly destroy him. Against Bison, wait for him to use Purge Signet once before casting Painful Bond so he doesn't immediately remove it. When you enter the arena, it's a good idea to run sideways a bit to put some space between you and the spirits. Several of your opponents may open with an AoE attack which will quickly destroy the stationary spirits.
; {{e}} Elementalist
 
{{mini skill bar|Air Attunement|Aura of Restoration|Kinetic Armor|Conjure Lightning|Glyph of Lesser Energy|Blinding Surge|Gale|Lightning Orb}}
 
With 14 [[Air Magic]], 13 in [[Energy Storage]] and 9 [[Earth Magic]]
 
   
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[[Vampirism]] can replace one of the spirits if you have high Sunspear rank, or if you're missing one of the binding ritual skills. In case you find placing spirits inside the door difficult, you can bring [[Summon Spirits]] to pull the spirits through the door (you must cast after you cross the threshold but before the gate fully closes or they will remain outside).
* Spam Blinding Surge and use Kinetic Armor to reduce damage against you (the first cast is the only tricky one). Aura of Restoration should exceed your healing needs.
 
* Mhenlo can be tough because you need to interrupt his multiple Healing Breezes, so it can be faster to restart.
 
* Not tested against Danika, who should be easy.
 
   
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Mhenlo, Norgu, and Razah have funky AI, so the battle proceeds a little differently, but they're quite beatable. Argo will destroy the spirits while taking minimal damage, making for a harder fight. Most opponents should be easy unless they have unusual AI, causing them to not die in the normal manner.
   
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===Dervish===
; {{a}} Assassin
 
{{mini skill bar|Jagged Strike|Disrupting Stab|Wild Strike|Temple Strike|Death Blossom|Blinding Powder|Shadow Refuge|Smoke Powder Defense}}
 
With attributes divided between [[Shadow Arts]], [[Dagger Mastery]], and [[Critical Strikes]]
 
   
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{{mini skill bar|Ebon Dust Aura|Mystic Regeneration|Vital Boon|Aura of Thorns|Signet of Pious Light|Mystic Sweep|Radiant Scythe|Conviction}}
* Use Smoke Powder Defense against melee opponents, which causes them to blind themselves. Bison will immediately purge, so follow up with Temple Strike and hit him with Blinding Powder. If you time it right, he'll be using Purge Signet just as blindness wears off, allowing you to repeat the sequence. If your timing is off, repeat from the beginning.
 
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*12 [[Mysticism]]
* Use Jagged Strike sparingly so you have enough energy for Temple Strike whenever you need it.
 
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*12 [[Scythe Mastery]]
* Lukas can be a challenge; time your Disrupting Stab correctly to interrupt his Healing Signet.
 
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*11 [[Earth Prayers]]
* Not tested against Kilroy, who should be easy.
 
   
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It is absolutely essential to use an [[ebon]] scythe. If you don't have one, you can try to compensate with [[Dust Cloak]] or [[Staggering Force]], however both skills cost 10e which would make energy management difficult.
   
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Stay enchanted with Ebon Dust Aura at all times, use scythe attack skills as often as necessary to keep Bison virtually always blinded. Mystic Regeneration, Vital Boon, and Signet of Pious Light are your healing skills to keep yourself alive. Scythe attacks do adequate damage to slowly wear Bison down, though the bleeding from Aura of Thorns would hasten it. It is important to not zealously recast enchantments before they expire. Doing so would deprive you of energy gained from Mysticism.
; {{rt}} Ritualist
 
{{mini skill bar|Ritual Lord|Boon of Creation|Bloodsong|Pain|Anguish|Shadowsong|Painful Bond|Spirit Rift}}
 
With 13 [[Channeling]] and 11 each in [[Communing]] & [[Spawning Power]]
 
   
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During testing, it was discovered that Mhenlo was only beatable if he did not cast Mending early on in the battle. His Healing Breeze still makes it difficult. It is difficult to beat strong healers such as Danika, but they can be defeated with multiple well timed spikes.
* Cast Ritual Lord & Boon of Creation during the pause before battle. Stand in the doorway before entering the arena and cast the four spirits in order. You should position yourself such that when the door closes, the spirits will be inside rather than behind it (otherwise it will block their attacks). Run sideways from the door when you enter the arena, to avoid letting the spirits get pasted by any AoE attacks against you.
 
* Cast Painful Bond as your opponent approaches and the spirits will promptly destroy them. Against Bison, wait for him to use Purge Signet once before casting it otherwise it will be removed immediately.
 
* [[Vampirism]] can replace one of the spirits. [[Summon Spirits]] is useful to place the spirits correctly and/or heal them (cast after you cross the threshold but before the gate fully closes or they will remain outside).
 
* Argo presents the hardest fight, so you might want to move the spirits around. Mhenlo, Norgu, and Razah require more time, but will go down just fine in the end.
 
   
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===Paragon===
   
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{{mini skill bar|Stunning Strike|Blazing Spear|Barbed Spear|Maiming Spear|Disrupting Throw|Mending Refrain|Chorus of Restoration|Ballad of Restoration}}
; {{d}} Dervish
 
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*14 [[Spear Mastery]]
{{mini skill bar|Ebon Dust Aura|Mystic Regeneration|Vital Boon|Aura of Thorns|Signet of Pious Light|Mystic Sweep|Radiant Scythe|Conviction}}
 
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*13 [[Motivation]]
With attribute points evenly divided between [[Mysticism]], [[Scythe Mastery]], and [[Earth Prayers]].
 
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*4 [[Leadership]]
   
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Start by quickly charging Barbed Spear, then use it, followed by Maiming Spear to cripple Bison. You can then run around to kite him, periodically stopping to use Barbed Spear and Maiming Spear again. Use Mending Refrain if you get hit, but Maiming Spear lasts long enough that you should rarely get hit other than his initial flurry. Avoid using Stunning Strike or Blazing Spear, as these will lead him to use Purge Signet, and thus remove both bleeding and crippled. You can use Disrupting Throw for its 1/2 second activation time as a quick extra attack to charge Barbed Spear a little faster if needed.
* Use an [[ebon]] scythe. You can compensate with [[Dust Cloak]] or [[Staggering Force]], but their 10{{energy}} cost makes it hard to manage energy.
 
* Keep up Ebon Dust Aura; use scythe attack skills to keep Bison blinded as often as possible. Scythe attacks do adequate damage to slowly wear Bison down, though the bleeding from Aura of Thorns would hasten it.
 
* Heal using Mystic Regeneration, Vital Boon, and Signet of Pious Light.
 
* Avoid overcasting your enchantments; let them wear down otherwise you will run out of energy.
 
* Beating Mhenlo is a matter of luck: if he casts Mending early, it might be faster to restart.
 
* Other healers are also tough, unless you time your spikes well.
 
   
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Of all the opponents, only Razah will be troublesome if it lays down spirits of Wanderlust and Shadowsong first. Among those not fought, Danika and the Ghostly Hero look troublesome, the latter because immunity to bleeding really messes up this build.
   
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Opponents not attempted: Kilroy, Danika, Ghostly Hero, Nika
; {{p}} Paragon
 
{{mini skill bar|Stunning Strike|Blazing Spear|Barbed Spear|Maiming Spear|Disrupting Throw|Mending Refrain|Chorus of Restoration|Ballad of Restoration}}
 
With 14 [[Spear Mastery]], 13 [[Motivation]], and 4 [[Leadership]].
 
   
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==Other builds==
* Start with Barbed Spear followed by Maiming Spear to cripple Bison. Kite him, slowing down for Barbed and Maiming Spear attacks. Mending Refrain is your heal, but you should not need it often. Avoid Stunning Strike or Blazing Spear until just before blinding wears off, lest Bison use Purge Signet too soon.
 
* Disrupting Throw is good for a quick extra attack and to help charge Barbed Spear.
 
* Only Razah presents a challenge and then only if invoking Wanderlust and Shadowsong first.
 
* Not tested: Danika (possibly a challenge) and Ghostly Hero (bleeding immunity); also not likely to be difficult: Kilroy, Danika, Nika.
 
   
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Right 4 skills are for Round 1 to Round 5. Cast either resistance before round starts. Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support is not necessary but he does his job and you can cast Ursan Blessing safely. Then you can defeat opponent by using Ursan Skills.
 
Right 4 skills are for Round 1 to Round 5. Cast either resistance before round starts. Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support is not necessary but he does his job and you can cast Ursan Blessing safely. Then you can defeat opponent by using Ursan Skills.
   
Left 4 skills are for Magni the Bison. After the gate has opened, cast Shrinking Armor to make him use Purge Signet to remove the hex. You can interrupt by using "You Move Like a Dwarf!",either way he suffers crippled. Then cast Conjure Phantasm to reduce his HP. After that, run and repeat casting "You Move Like a Dwarf!" and Conjure Phantasm. It takes about 3 minutes to defeat him.
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Left 4 skills are for Magni the Bison. After the gate has opened, cast Shrinking Armor to make him use Purge Signet to remove the hex. You can interrupt by using "You Move Like a Dwarf!",either way he suffers crippled. Then cast Conjure Phantasm to reduce his HP. After that, run and repeat casting "You Move Like a Dwarf!" and Conjure Phantasm. It takes about 3 minutes to defeat him.
   
 
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General tactics

Magni the Bison

Magni the Bison is a level 24 warrior boss, with all that being a boss entails: very high health (killing him requires dealing around 1300 HP to him), double damage, +3 health regeneration, and half skill activation time. If you don't have any defensive skills but try to trade hits, you'll probably die within ten seconds. As such, any strategy to beat the tournament must start with a way to beat him. There are at least five basic approaches that can usually work:

  • Keep him blinded so he rarely hits you.
  • Keep him crippled and kill him from a distance.
  • Keep him weakened to limit damage and bring copious healing.
  • Bring a myriad of blocking skills to block most of his attacks.
  • Keep Protective Spirit on yourself to limit his damage.

Bison has two knockdown skills, so even some skills will be interrupted if he hits you. He also has a third skill which will knock you down if you block it, so blocking skills don't reduce his knockdowns by much. This means that relatively few builds can invariably beat him, though many can beat him most of the time, so long as you aren't interrupted by one of his knockdowns at a particularly inopportune time.

Furthermore, Bison has Purge Signet which will remove all hexes and conditions from him. He won't use it just to remove crippled or bleeding, but will use it as often as the cooldown allows to remove blindness, weakness, burning, dazed, and/or poison. As such, if you're relying on kiting, it may be best to avoid using conditions other than crippled and bleeding, so that he doesn't use Purge Signet and thereby remove crippled.

As he is a warrior, if you use a martial weapon, switching to one that does elemental damage can make the battle go faster. This is rarely the difference between winning and losing, but it can substantially shorten the time it takes to defeat him.

Assembling a build

As you must beat five other opponents in order to reach Bison, any build that can beat him but not the preceding opponents is useless. As such, your build will need to be well-rounded.

Keep in mind that skills whose value lies in the fact that they affect multiple opponents or multiple allies tend to be less useful here, as there is usually only one opponent and only one ally (namely, you). Conversely, skills typically limited by the fact that they only affect one opponent can be highly useful.

The polar opposite of Bison's massive damage with no healing approach is the opponents who have little interest in killing you, but will spam self-heals to try for a stalemate. You'll have to bring skills to either cause a substantial damage spike of 200+ HP within several seconds, or else bring interrupts or some other way to stop their healing.

It is also vital that you bring self-healing skills. Many mobs cannot be finished off before they'll do enough damage to kill you if you can't heal yourself. For several opponents, it is necessary to wait until they are low on energy before you can do much damage, and you'll have to spend a lot of time healing before that.

Health degeneration hexes and conditions are useful, as, unlike a lot of PvE combat where, when you put a 20 second condition on a mob and it dies 5 seconds later, you often get the full duration of health degeneration on the opponent--and if you don't, it usually means you won.

Opponents with interrupts can reliably interrupt skills with an activation time of 1 or more seconds if you don't have a way to prevent them from doing so. Skills with a 3/4 second activation time are only infrequently interrupted. Skills that activate faster than that are pretty safe to cast, and generally interrupted only by dumb luck when an opponent knocks you down without trying to interrupt anything in particular. If you need to get a longer cast off, choose your timing wisely.

A simple trick to increase your maximum health at least a little, is to activate your Norn Title. Even a rank of 1 will provide you with an additional 53 HP.

Earlier tournament opponents

Some opponents are pretty easy to beat with any reasonable build. Here are some tips against the ones that can be hard.

Danika, Sheena, and Brutus

You have to fight all three at once. Danika does virtually no damage, but spams heals on the others. Sheena and Brutus do some damage, but are only level 10. Killing Danika first is probably impractical, but once Sheena and Brutus are dead, finishing off Danika is just a matter of time. Killing Brutus and/or Sheena does not end the match; you have to beat Danika, too.

Zho and Onyx

You fight both at once. Killing Zho wins the match, while killing Onyx doesn't matter. They don't hit very hard, but Onyx will interrupt/disable skills. Focus on Zho, and avoid using vital skills when Onyx activates Disrupting Lunge.

Old Mac and Joe

You fight both at once and killing either one wins the match. If you're playing as a caster, it's often vital that you find a way to avoid Broad Head Arrow (used by Joe).

Kisai, Headmaster Vhang, and Argo

These are three separate fights, but similar in style. Killing them immediately will be impractical for some classes. Focus on keeping yourself alive until they run out of energy, at which point they'll stop casting anything with an energy cost above 5. That reduces them to casting some weak attacks and no defensive spells, at which point it is easy to defeat them.

Eve and Norgu

These are two separate fights, but similar in style. Both will cast some hexes on you that can be pretty nasty depending on your build. They run out of energy after a while, and their casting slows considerably. You may only be able to attack or cast spells intermittently because their damage is produced primarily by hexes like Spiteful Spirit. Sometimes you'll want to finish off an opponent by attacking through Empathy or Spiteful Spirit and just taking the damage. Be careful when using spells with long cast times when fighting Eve since her interrupt skills also restore her energy.

Mhenlo

Mhenlo is a 55 Monk, so he'll only take 5 damage from normal attacks. He has a permanent Protective Spirit, so you can't just wait for it to wear off. Additionally, he uses skills which provide health regeneration, attempting to beat him via damage alone (at 5 damage per attack) is impractical. However, because his healing is produced by health regeneration, Mhenlo gets destroyed by health degeneration, lifestealing, and/or enchantment removal, so he's very easy if you have any of those. Energy denial to prevent his healing, or repeatedly interrupting Healing Breeze works too, provided that he doesn't cast Mending. It may take a while to interrupt enough of his vital skills successively, so you'll need to be able to interrupt him on demand.

Razah

Razah is a Spirit Spammer who won't move far from its spawn point, so you can't just lure it away from its spirits. Shadowsong and Wanderlust are its nastiest spirits, and can make killing it very difficult if you sit back and let it cast its spirits. An area of effect attack to kill all of the spirits can be very effective. Some builds are able to simply ignore the spirits and kill Razah before it can get very many of them up.

Melonni

Killing Melonni while she has Avatar of Dwayna up is often impractical, as it provides considerable healing and hex removal. Keep yourself alive until it wears off and then she's easy to kill.

Lukas

Lukas is purely anti-melee and thus quite easy for any non-melee class to defeat. His Riposte, Deadly Riposte, and Auspicious Parry will block many melee skills however, and can cause a lot of damage as well. Melee classes will have to strike an effective balance between attacking him and healing themselves.

Alesia

Alesia doesn't deal very much damage, but her use of Mending, Healing Breeze, and Healing Hands may force a stalemate, as she has at least 13 points in Healing Prayers. Energy denial and interrupts (especially from dazed) help greatly, though dragging out the fight until she loses her energy and then killing her will also work.

Devona

Devona brings three self-heals, so outdamaging her healing over the long run may be impractical. She won't use them until she gets to about half life, though, so you can try to finish her off by spiking her quickly and/or interrupting a couple heals. She also brings two knockdowns, which can interfere with your attempts at producing a spike, so it sometimes takes a number of tries to finish her off.

Warmaster Tydus

Tydus brings massive health degeneration and can interrupt your attempts at healing yourself. His only healing skill is Troll Unguent however, so if you can interrupt that, he dies pretty quickly.

Ghostly Hero

The Ghostly Hero is level 28, which turns out to not be terribly consequential. He'll use a bow at a distance and a sword in melee range, much like the Doppelganger. His immunity to bleeding, poison, and disease can mess up some builds, but that's the only thing that can make him much of a challenge.

Single class builds

Often when people ask how to beat the tournament, they get a reply of, take a different secondary profession and buy or capture a bunch of skills for it. That can be perfectly sensible if you wish to farm the tournament and get dozens of Bison Championship Tokens, but it is probably impractical if you only want to beat it once.

Any class is capable of beating the tournament using only skills from its primary profession. The purpose of this section is to provide builds that use skills from only one class, so they are skills that you likely already have, and should probably consider getting if you don't.

If you don't have all of the campaigns, that may make some of the skills in the builds listed unavailable to you. Some skills are easily swapped out for others (e.g., if you don't have Prophecies, replace Disciplined Stance with some other blocking stance) while others are essential to the build (e.g., the Mesmer requires Signet of Midnight).

Many of the builds listed here have been tested and they are all capable of defeating Bison if used properly. In most cases, gear isn't terribly important, provided that it's reasonable. Obviously, you want max armor, max damage weapons, perfect or near-perfect mods that are sensible for your build, and useful insignias and runes in all slots. Although not necessary, bringing several kinds of weapons (e.g. elemental, physical, vampiric, etc.) will shorten the fights. Cases in which gear does matter are expressly pointed out.

Minor Runes are generally more useful here, since you're dueling and the participant with higher maximum health may win by default. If you decide to go with Major or Superior Runes, be sure to have sufficient defense to counter the health loss.

Warrior

Deadly Riposte.jpg Riposte.jpg Bonetti's Defense.jpg Defensive Stance.jpg Disciplined Stance.jpg Lion's Comfort.jpg Healing Signet.jpg Distracting Blow.jpg

This build requires use of a sword.

The idea is to block most of Bison's attacks. One of the three stances should be kept up at most times. As each particular stance can only be up a minority of the time, take care not to end a stance until it was about to end on its own, anyway. Use Riposte, Deadly Riposte, and Lion's Comfort as often as available, and Bonetti's Defense rather than one of the energy-using stances as often as it is available, to recharge your energy. You do damage mainly with Riposte and Deadly Riposte, and while this build can't keep you alive forever, it can outlast Bison. Using Healing Signet against Bison takes a large risk of him hitting you and finishing you off during the cast.

Some of the enemies like to spam heals and take quite a while to wear down, but it can eventually finish off opponents like Mhenlo or Danika.

Ranger

Apply Poison.jpg Pin Down.jpg Hunter's Shot.jpg Burning Arrow.jpg Troll Unguent.jpg Distracting Shot.jpg Whirling Defense.jpg Nature's Renewal.jpg

The approach here is to keep Bison perpetually crippled, so that you can avoid getting hit. If you avoid using poison and burning, Bison won't use purge signet, which makes him easier to kite, though these will finish him off faster. Baiting Purge Signet is easy, and if your reflexes are good, it can be interrupted. If you run around some, Bison often runs back to his spawn point while crippled before coming back to attack you, so kiting is practical. Bleeding from Hunter's Shot will negate his natural regeneration while you slowly wear him down.

Danika cannot be defeated, at least not easily, using this build. Most other opponents should go down quite quickly. For casters with a lot of defense like Argo, you will need to wait for their energy to run out. Casters using blind will exhaust their energy fairly quickly, and won't be able to outdamage Troll Unguent. The Ghostly Hero is immune to poison and bleeding, and will outdamage you easily if you forget to use Whirling Defense. Otherwise, he is easy to take down.

Nature's Renewal is a critical part of the build, as it really messes with the AI if you drop it behind the wall before entering the arena. The only reason this build can beat Tydus is that instead of attacking you, he mostly stands there and shoots the wall, trying to kill the spirit. Some enemies won't even bother trying to cast potentially nasty hexes, and those that do are much easier to interrupt with the doubled casting time. Gwen in particular doesn't use any skills, but just stands there wanding.

Opponents not attempted: Palawa Joko

Monk

Reversal of Damage.jpg Signet of Judgment.jpg Stonesoul Strike.jpg Bane Signet.jpg Holy Strike.jpg Castigation Signet.jpg Reversal of Fortune.jpg Protective Spirit.jpg

Use the knockdown-Strike chains to deal damage to Bison. Protective Spirit will keep him from dealing too much damage, and Reversal of Fortune is your healing skill. Castigation Signet is used to regain energy; use it whenever possible. Reversal of Damage can be used if energy permits, though it's best to save for when Bison is about to use an attack skill so as to reap the maximum benefits.

This build works against most other foes, though some will take a long time. Against some, you will have to spam Reversal of Fortune and wait for them to run out of Energy before you can start to deal serious damage; as otherwise they will spam heals instead of attacking, and thus you can't use Bane Signet effectively. Argo in particular takes some time to wear down.

Among the more difficult foes are Alesia (due to her healing); Warmaster Tydus (interruption, damage through degeneration); Palawa Joko; Norgu (Visions of Regret/Backfire); and Razah (Spirits). Though it is possible to beat them with patience and persistence, they take some getting used to before they can be beat reliably.

Foes which cannot be beaten except with incredible luck are Danika and Mhenlo.

Necromancer

Blood Renewal.jpg Grenth's Balance.jpg Insidious Parasite.jpg Enfeeble.jpg Enfeebling Touch.jpg Parasitic Bond.jpg Necrosis.jpg Strip Enchantment.jpg

Sorry to use a PvE-only skill here, but without a decent direct damage skill, it simply wasn't possible to do adequate damage against some opponents. Having a reasonably high Sunspear rank (approximately rank 8) is only necessary against a couple opponents like Devona and Alesia that play for the stalemate, not the win.

You're going to get hit a lot, so you must keep Bison weakened at all times, and you'll still need massive healing. Enfeeble and Enfeebling Touch are both necessary to ensure that one is always available, as otherwise, Bison could get a few hits off right after purging weakness. Use blood renewal as often as available, and Grenth's Balance right after blood renewal, to fully heal yourself after the substantial sacrifice. Use parasitic bond for additional healing as energy allows. You mainly damage Bison with Grenth's Balance.

Of those opponents not faced, only Old Mac and Danika look potentially troublesome.

Opponents not attempted: Old Mac, Danika

Mesmer

Empathy.jpg Backfire.jpg Signet of Midnight.jpg Ignorance.jpg Power Return.jpg Spirit of Failure.jpg Spirit Shackles.jpg Ether Feast.jpg

Keep Ignorance on Bison at all times, so that he can't purge blindness. Remember to keep him perpetually blinded with Signet of Midnight. Spirit of Failure is great energy management, as at 12 inspiration magic, it's +3 energy every time he misses, which is 92.5% of the time. Empathy is how you do damage, and use Ether Feast to heal as needed.

The only opponent that was faced and not beaten was Danika, though she may be beatable with alternate tactics. Razah is difficult, but beatable. This build handily destroys every other opponent. Potentially annoying enemy healing is blocked with either Spirit Shackles or Ignorance, depending on the opponent. Of those not fought, Gwen may prove to be a trouble.

Opponents not attempted: Gwen, Mhenlo

Elementalist

Air Attunement.jpg Aura of Restoration.jpg Kinetic Armor.jpg Conjure Lightning.jpg Glyph of Lesser Energy.jpg Blinding Surge.jpg Gale.jpg Lightning Orb.jpg

The idea is to spam Blinding Surge on Bison to keep him blinded most of the time. Kinetic Armor reduces the damage you take when hit, and should be easy to cast once and keep up for the rest of the battle after that. Aura of Restoration can outheal the damage that Bison does when he occasionally lands a hit. Air Attunement and Glyph of Lesser Energy are for energy management, and should be used as often as possible.

This build should be able to overcome all opponents, even those that haven't been tried. Mhenlo takes long enough that if you draw him as an opponent, it may be quicker to just give up. Beating Mhenlo requires interrupting two consecutive casts of Healing Breeze, which can take many tries, as you must start casting Gale before he starts casting Healing Breeze in order to interrupt it.

Opponents not attempted: Danika

Assassin

Jagged Strike.jpg Disrupting Stab.jpg Wild Strike.jpg Temple Strike.jpg Death Blossom.jpg Blinding Powder.jpg Shadow Refuge.jpg Smoke Powder Defense.jpg

Start the fight by using Smoke Powder Defense. When Bison first hits you, he'll be blinded, and immediately purge it. Be ready with Temple Strike immediately after he purges his blindness. Wait until right about when that wears off to hit him with blinding powder. If you wait long enough, he'll waste Purge Signet removing blindness right as it is about to wear off, at which point you hit him with Temple Strike again and repeat the process. If you wait too long, you'll have to use Smoke Powder Defense to re-blind him in order to get him to waste Purge Signet. Shadow refuge is your healing skill. Jagged Strike is recommended for its very quick recharge, low energy cost, and ability to do massive damage from bleeding since you can only use it infrequently due to energy constraints and the large energy cost of Temple Strike.

Most of the opponents can be beaten with this build, but Lukas can be a challenge. Time your Disrupting Stab correctly to interrupt his Healing Signet.

Opponents not attempted: Kilroy

Ritualist

Ritual Lord.jpg Boon of Creation.jpg Bloodsong.jpg Pain.jpg Anguish.jpg Shadowsong.jpg Painful Bond.jpg Spirit Rift.jpg

Start by casting Ritual Lord and Boon of Creation before the battle starts, so that if something goes wrong, you can recast spirits later. Stand in the doorway before entering the arena and cast the four spirits in order. You should position yourself such that when the door closes, the spirits will be inside of it--and not behind it, or it will block their attacks. Cast Painful Bond on your opponent when he comes over, and the spirits will promptly destroy him. Against Bison, wait for him to use Purge Signet once before casting Painful Bond so he doesn't immediately remove it. When you enter the arena, it's a good idea to run sideways a bit to put some space between you and the spirits. Several of your opponents may open with an AoE attack which will quickly destroy the stationary spirits.

Vampirism can replace one of the spirits if you have high Sunspear rank, or if you're missing one of the binding ritual skills. In case you find placing spirits inside the door difficult, you can bring Summon Spirits to pull the spirits through the door (you must cast after you cross the threshold but before the gate fully closes or they will remain outside).

Mhenlo, Norgu, and Razah have funky AI, so the battle proceeds a little differently, but they're quite beatable. Argo will destroy the spirits while taking minimal damage, making for a harder fight. Most opponents should be easy unless they have unusual AI, causing them to not die in the normal manner.

Dervish

Ebon Dust Aura.jpg Mystic Regeneration.jpg Vital Boon.jpg Aura of Thorns.jpg Signet of Pious Light.jpg Mystic Sweep.jpg Radiant Scythe.jpg Conviction.jpg

It is absolutely essential to use an ebon scythe. If you don't have one, you can try to compensate with Dust Cloak or Staggering Force, however both skills cost 10e which would make energy management difficult.

Stay enchanted with Ebon Dust Aura at all times, use scythe attack skills as often as necessary to keep Bison virtually always blinded. Mystic Regeneration, Vital Boon, and Signet of Pious Light are your healing skills to keep yourself alive. Scythe attacks do adequate damage to slowly wear Bison down, though the bleeding from Aura of Thorns would hasten it. It is important to not zealously recast enchantments before they expire. Doing so would deprive you of energy gained from Mysticism.

During testing, it was discovered that Mhenlo was only beatable if he did not cast Mending early on in the battle. His Healing Breeze still makes it difficult. It is difficult to beat strong healers such as Danika, but they can be defeated with multiple well timed spikes.

Paragon

Stunning Strike.jpg Blazing Spear.jpg Barbed Spear.jpg Maiming Spear.jpg Disrupting Throw.jpg Mending Refrain.jpg Chorus of Restoration.jpg Ballad of Restoration.jpg

Start by quickly charging Barbed Spear, then use it, followed by Maiming Spear to cripple Bison. You can then run around to kite him, periodically stopping to use Barbed Spear and Maiming Spear again. Use Mending Refrain if you get hit, but Maiming Spear lasts long enough that you should rarely get hit other than his initial flurry. Avoid using Stunning Strike or Blazing Spear, as these will lead him to use Purge Signet, and thus remove both bleeding and crippled. You can use Disrupting Throw for its 1/2 second activation time as a quick extra attack to charge Barbed Spear a little faster if needed.

Of all the opponents, only Razah will be troublesome if it lays down spirits of Wanderlust and Shadowsong first. Among those not fought, Danika and the Ghostly Hero look troublesome, the latter because immunity to bleeding really messes up this build.

Opponents not attempted: Kilroy, Danika, Ghostly Hero, Nika

Other builds

This section is for the various other builds that others have posted on this page. GuildWiki can make no promises about their effectiveness, and only relabeled the headings for truth in advertising on which classes and title tracks are needed.

Assassin

Way of the Assassin.jpg Critical Eye.jpg Critical Defenses.jpg Way of Perfection.jpg Golden Phoenix Strike.jpg Horns of the Ox.jpg Falling Spider.jpg Critical Strike.jpg
  • 15 Critical Strikes
  • 12 Dagger Mastery
  • 9 Shadow Arts

A standard Critical Strike assassin will also beat many opponents, including Magni. You may have to retry should you meet Gwen or some few others, however. Put the maximum you can in Critical Strikes, Daggers at 12 and enough Shadow Arts to get some decent healing from Way of Perfection. Keep the four first effects active at all time (Critical Defenses should take care of itself as it recharges at every critical you land) and everything should be fine: Critical Defenses will stay active throughout the fight, giving a constant 75% block chance, while Way of Perfection should be able to heal whatever gets through. Be aware that Critical Strike is a sure way to both heal you and recharge your energy. Be sure to land the Horns of the Ox/Falling Spider as often as you can.

Warrior/Necromancer/Norn/Deldrimor

Enraging Charge.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg "For Great Justice!".jpg Flail.jpg Dragon Slash.jpg Brawling Headbutt.jpg Plague Touch.jpg Lion's Comfort.jpg
  • 12+1+1 Swordsmanship
  • 12+1 Strength

(Also requires a stonefist insignia on a armor piece) This build requires use of a sword.

This build uses a infinite KD lock to defeat opponents. At the start of the match, run into the ring with Enraging Charge, shouting "You Move Like a Dwarf!" as soon as you are in range (it will take a few practice tries to gauge where this point lies) in order to their interrupt their first skills, which are usually the deadliest. Use "For Great Justice!" right before making contact with the opponent, then Flail. The foe should just be getting up from "You Move Like a Dwarf!" As soon as you hit the first time, you will gain enough adrenaline to use Brawling Headbutt. Use it, and immediately follow with Dragon Slash to prime another Brawling Headbutt. (Other versions of this build recommend Steelfang Slash, but with "For Great Justice!" and Dragon Slash, this is a waste of a slot.) Repeat the combo until the match is over. Most will end in seconds. Always keep up Flail, and use Plague Touch to pass back any negative conditions. Lion's Comfort may be necessary sometimes against Magni and other difficult opponents.

Opponents not attempted: Palawa Joko

Link to where the build originated

Warrior/Necromancer/Sunspear

Deadly Riposte.jpg Riposte.jpg Barbarous Slice.jpg Necrosis.jpg Final Thrust.jpg Dolyak Signet.jpg Bonetti's Defense.jpg Grenth's Balance.jpg

Works very well against melee and OK against the others though you do need to be a bit more careful and watch your timing and bars. The only opponents where this possibly fails is Mhenlo and Argo. When you get to Magni the Bison the easiest approach is to run around until the bear form wears off then turn and face him. You will be able to take him down well before he tries to re-cast.

Warrior/Norn/Ebon Vanguard/Asura

Ursan Blessing.jpg Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpg Summon Mursaat.jpg Deadly Riposte.jpg Riposte.jpg Bonetti's Defense.jpg Optional.jpg Optional.jpg
  • 13 Strength
  • 11 Tactics
  • 11 Swordsmanship

Use Summon Mursaat and Assassin Support. Then run in and attack using defense skills until your energy is at 10. Finish with Ursan Blessing. Be careful of his Irresistible Blow, this will knock you down when blocked.

Warrior/Norn

Ursan Blessing.jpg Endure Pain.jpg Dolyak Signet.jpg Deadly Riposte.jpg Riposte.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Enraging Charge.jpg Optional.jpg

With Bison (and some others like Kahmu) target them as soon as possible and shout "You Move Like a Dwarf!" whilst running in with Enraging Charge, this interrupts Bear Form/Elite Form and enchantments.

With melee and melee caster opponents start by alternating Riposte and Deadly Riposte and switch to Ursan Blessing to finish them off.

With pure casters, interrupt and change form as soon as possible.

For the optional skill, either take a pet along for extra damage and the distraction factor, extra damage buffs, self heal skills (Healing Signet/Lions Comfort) or, if you are lucky enough to be a necro secondary, a life stealing skill (Vampiric Gaze) for use against Mhenlo.

If you miss with "You Move Like a Dwarf!" the first time and have Norn level 5 or greater don't despair. The recast time is shorter than the duration allowing you to keep Bison crippled long enough to easily keep out of his way until his bear form wears off. If you are lower than rank 5 run around using Riposte and Deadly Riposte as above or trying to avoid his attacks until bear form runs out.

Ranger/Mesmer/Norn

Ursan Blessing.jpg Energizing Wind.jpg Quickening Zephyr.jpg Serpent's Quickness.jpg Dust Trap.jpg Barbed Trap.jpg Flame Trap.jpg Ignorance.jpg

Use Ursan Blessing for all the fights except Magni. While using it, equip a melee weapon to help you stay in range while using Ursan Rage and Ursan Roar. Spam the first two skills in the Ursan skillbar as often as possible (perhaps timing the knockdowns to interrupt healing). The other 7 skills are needed only to defeat Magni, although they will work on all of the melee opponents. Simply stand at the entrance, far enough out to so that the doors don't close but that if you step forward a little they will. Lay down the two spirits, then use Serpent's Quickness and spam the traps until Energizing Wind dies. Once it is dead recast it and lay down a couple more traps whilst keeping Serpent's Quickness up. Hopefully only ~15 seconds will have past since you recast Energizing Wind... that means you have about 15 seconds to lure Magni onto your traps (easily done). The essential bit here is that you'll need 25 energy spare for your next move. Simply step forward, let the doors close and he will come to you. Once he is within range cast Ignorance (to prevent him removing your lovely conditions) and then Ursan Blessing. Once he gets within melee distance of you simply use Ursan Rage to knock him down and he will be helpless to your traps. If he survives your traps then use your Ursan skills to quickly bring him down the rest of the way.

Ranger/Norn

Ursan Blessing.jpg Sloth Hunter's Shot.jpg Troll Unguent.jpg Throw Dirt.jpg Dust Trap.jpg Apply Poison.jpg "I Am the Strongest!".jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg

First, use "I Am The Strongest!" as it has infinite duration. Apply poison, lay Dust Trap, use "You Move Like a Dwarf!" to knock down and cripple him, and shoot Bison with Sloth Hunter's Shot as many times as you can. Keep Shooting him without using any other skills. When he hits the dust trap, he'll be blinded for about 5-12 seconds depending on your Wilderness Survival level. If he uses Purge Signet or blind wears off, use throw dirt until that wears off.

Now for the tricky bit. If "You Move Like a Dwarf!" has recharged or you haven't used it yet, use it now to buy some time. Now you should start running and use Ursan Blessing. Use Ursan Rage along with Ursan Force to knock him down if you can't with YMLaD. Run, and whenever Ursan Rage recharges, use it. But make sure Bison is right behind you. If he is, by the time Rage activates, he will be right next to you and it will knock him down. Keep doing this. When you use Ursan Force, he will run to the opposite side of the arena if you are too far ahead.

Ranger/Warrior/Norn

Riposte.jpg Deadly Riposte.jpg Lightning Reflexes.jpg Poison Tip Signet.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Healing Signet.jpg Antidote Signet.jpg Greater Conflagration.jpg
  • Swordsmanship 10
  • Tactics 9
  • Expertise 9+3
  • Wilderness Survival 8+3

You will need Pyrebound Insignia

Lay Greater Conflagration before entering the arena. Then, run straight in shouting YMLaD as soon as you get in range. This interrupts Bison's Bear Form and important buffs of other opponents. Then use Lightning Reflexes, Riposte, and Deadly Riposte to block most of his attacks while still dealing 50-60 damage. Use Poison Tip Signet to inflict degen (This comes in handy during the first 5 rounds). Use Healing Signet as much as possible, and try to knock Bison down before using it.

Ranger/Ritualist/Sunspear

Serpent's Quickness.jpg Shelter.jpg Wanderlust.jpg Anguish.jpg Shadowsong.jpg Vampirism.jpg Painful Bond.jpg Essence Strike.jpg
  • 8+4 Expertise
  • 8 Wilderness Survival
  • 11 Communing
  • 9 Channeling Magic

Use a staff or wand/focus and Radiant/Attunement armor for as much energy as possible. The only truly necessary skills here for defeating Magni are Serpent's Quickness, Shadowsong, and Painful Bond, though using only these skills will take a long time. The remaining skills are for defeating the previous opponents as well as speeding up the process of killing Magni. Activate Serpent's Quickness, then lay all the spirits at the very front of the doorway, BEFORE the doors close. Once all spirits have been activated, run forward enough to aggro the opponent. From there, the spirits will do the killing, though make sure to relay them as necessary. For opponents with AoE (such as Argo), you should let them hit you before they hit the spirits, otherwise the spirits will die and you will be overpowered.

Monk/Assassin

Signet of Judgment.jpg Falling Spider.jpg Horns of the Ox.jpg Holy Strike.jpg Impale.jpg Iron Palm.jpg Stonesoul Strike.jpg Reversal of Damage.jpg
  • Smiting Prayers 16
  • Deadly Arts 9
  • Dagger Mastery 9

Against any enemy just use the chain, and they should die before using Iron Palm. For Magni, precast Reversal, and cast it once more after Holy Strike, then continue the chain and finish with Reversal. Then kite away and keep casting reversal on recharge. Rinse and repeat. Blind can give this build trouble.

Necromancer/Mesmer/Norn/Ebon Vanguard

Signet of Agony.jpg Angorodon's Gaze.jpg Grenth's Balance.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Strip Enchantment.jpg Faintheartedness.jpg Arcane Echo.jpg Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpg
  • 16 Blood Magic
  • 12 Curses
  • 5 Norn Rank
  • 5 Ebon Vanguard Rank

Start each round with Signet of Agony and then Arcane Echo before the door even opens. The amazing power of Echoed Assassins should see you through the first six rounds, most fights taking less than ten seconds. Against Bison the most important skill is YMLAD, which will allow you to play keep away and attack with Echoed Angorodons. Grenth's Balance is there for emergencies; if you're feeling brave you can allow Bison to hit you once and then Balance him for a bunch of damage.

Faintheartedness is there so melee chars don't kill off your dual assassins too quickly, and Strip Enchantment is there specifically for Alesia. The only opponents that give this build trouble are Alesia (too much healing, kills assassins quickly) and Gwen (interrupts).

You can also get it to work with 15 blood magic, 11 soul reaping and norn rank 2, and 3 ebon vanguard

you need, to cast archane echo first, then spam Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support, then use necrosis and spoil victor or grenth's balance whichever ya have acess to,

grenth's balance doesnt' work against other characters as well as spoil victor does, keep running around and spam you move like a dwarf to avoid melee situations and keep crippling him and spam necrosis when he's crippled, he can remove hexes though pretty easily , so keep crippling him, with you move like a dwarf and ya'll get him.

Necromancer/Monk

Spoil Victor.jpg Necrosis.jpg Parasitic Bond.jpg Vampiric Gaze.jpg Rend Enchantments.jpg Protective Spirit.jpg Healing Breeze.jpg Mending.jpg

Based on the 55 monk, this build requires 55 gear.

When entering a new round, cast Mending. Approach the enemy and cast Protective Spirit. Cast Spoil Victor on foe and just wait until he/she dies. If necessary, finish foe with Necrosis. Use Healing Breeze to counter quick damage or health degeneration.

Notes:

  • Mhenlo will only die using Vampiric Gaze. One single cast of that skill should be enough.
  • Use Rend Enchantments on enemies such as dervishes or earth elementals to make them easier to kill.
  • Razah doesn't attack so he'll only go down by spamming Necrosis.
  • Mesmers are easy, just cast Spoil Victor before they can interrupt you. They`ll go down without having to cast any other spell. Use Healing Breeze as a cover enchantment if needed.
  • For Magni, cast Parasitic Bond, wait until he removes it with Purge Signet, then cast Spoil Victor. Recast it when he uses Purge Signet again.

Mesmer/Norn/Ebon Vanguard

Shrinking Armor.jpg Imagined Burden.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Conjure Phantasm.jpg Physical Resistance.jpg Elemental Resistance.jpg Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpg Ursan Blessing.jpg

Right 4 skills are for Round 1 to Round 5. Cast either resistance before round starts. Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support is not necessary but he does his job and you can cast Ursan Blessing safely. Then you can defeat opponent by using Ursan Skills.

Left 4 skills are for Magni the Bison. After the gate has opened, cast Shrinking Armor to make him use Purge Signet to remove the hex. You can interrupt by using "You Move Like a Dwarf!",either way he suffers crippled. Then cast Conjure Phantasm to reduce his HP. After that, run and repeat casting "You Move Like a Dwarf!" and Conjure Phantasm. It takes about 3 minutes to defeat him.

Mesmer/Necromancer/Norn/Ebon Vanguard/Sunspear

Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Fetid Ground.jpg Vile Miasma.jpg Necrosis.jpg Grenth's Balance.jpg Ignorance.jpg Optional.jpg
  • 12 Death Magic
  • 9 Fast Casting

For most enemies, hitting the first 4 skills in a row and spamming Necrosis kills almost all of them very quickly. With Bison, start with "You Move Like a Dwarf!" to interrupt bear form, then Fetid Ground, Vile Miasma and Necrosis. His purge signet will clear the conditions but they still do a good amount of damage. Kite until the energy is back and repeat. Use Grenth's balance when he gets a few hits in to heal and do damage to him. Ignorance is good if energy permits.

Elementalist/Necromancer/Sunspear

Lightning Javelin.jpg Blinding Surge.jpg Lightning Strike.jpg Enervating Charge.jpg Necrosis.jpg Air Attunement.jpg Aura of Restoration.jpg Shell Shock.jpg

Given that you are inflicting a lot of conditions, Necrosis gives good damage every cast. Just keep him blind/weakened and apply cracked armor as often as you can. Javelin is handy for an interrupt. Of all opponents only Argo is potentially troublesome.

The inclusion of Shock or Gale is beneficial against Bison (substitute for javelin). It will give you enough time to re-blind him after purge (or can be used as an interrupt of course).

A slightly different build:

Blinding Surge.jpg Shell Shock.jpg Shock Arrow.jpg Gale.jpg Enervating Charge.jpg Necrosis.jpg Aura of Restoration.jpg Air Attunement.jpg

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Elementalist/Necromancer

Elemental Attunement.jpg Air Attunement.jpg Aura of Restoration.jpg Glyph of Elemental Power.jpg Lightning Hammer.jpg Lightning Orb.jpg Blinding Flash.jpg Gaze of Contempt.jpg

Before you aggro, cast your Enchantments. AoR is there as a cover, and for self-heal against a random hit from Bison. This build worked against most opponents. For Danika: Wear her out a bit, and when she gets BR'd by Brutus, spike Sheena with Lightning Hammer, Lightning Orb. For Bison: Begin with Enchantments and such. Open your attack chain with Blinding Flash. He will immediately remove it, but that won't matter. Once he is in melee range, your Blinding Flash should be recharged, and thus he won't score a hit. If your Flash is recharged, count to 4 and recast. If you see him casting Purge Signet, or know it's about to come, time a Flash so he had just casted Purge Signet, and is blinded again. If he manages to score a hit, just keep casting, the wounds will heal due to AoR.

Elementalist/Monk/Norn

Stone Daggers.jpg Sandstorm.jpg Sliver Armor.jpg Stoneflesh Aura.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Earth Attunement.jpg Aura of Restoration.jpg Vigorous Spirit.jpg

Cast Earth Attunement and Aura of Restoration while in the starting chamber, then Vigorous Spirit and Stoneflesh Aura while the enemy moves closer; YMLaD will interrupt their first spell, and let you drop Sandstorm on them. You can use YMLaD to keep them in the area of Sandstorm or interrupt heals - particularly valuable on Alesia / Danika / Mhenlo - and once you get to Magni, you can keep him crippled and just wear him down with Stone Daggers; he will not remove Crippled status with Purge Signet.

Assassin/Dervish/Ebon Vanguard

Sneak Attack.jpg Golden Lotus Strike.jpg Wild Strike.jpg Twisting Fangs.jpg Moebius Strike.jpg Critical Agility.jpg Vital Boon.jpg Mystic Regeneration.jpg

Most important is blind, it helps greatly against Bison and other martial characters.

By far not a perfect build but it is able to kill everyone, Mhenlo can be hard, but if you are fast enough with twisting fangs he too can be beaten. The rest is a question of spamming Sneak attack and keeping your hp regen skills up which will out-heal most damage.

Assassin/Dervish

Golden Phoenix Strike.jpg Critical Strike.jpg Moebius Strike.jpg Twisting Fangs.jpg Critical Defenses.jpg Critical Agility.jpg Mystic Regeneration.jpg Fleeting Stability.jpg
  • 11+2 Dagger Mastery
  • 12+1 Critical Strikes
  • 8 Earth Prayers

Mystic Regeneration, Critical Agility, and Critical Defenses will counter melee opponents. The only tricky fights are Eve and Vhang. Argo flatly cannot be beaten with this build unless you substitute Expunge Enchantments for Fleeting Stability. Gwen also can't be beaten with this build unless you substitute condition removal for Fleeting Stability. For Bison, keep up Fleeting Stability and use Critical Strikes frequently to keep your energy up.

Dervish/Assassin

Disrupting Dagger.jpg Mystic Sweep.jpg Heart of Fury.jpg Ebon Dust Aura.jpg Vital Boon.jpg Mystic Regeneration.jpg Eternal Aura.jpg Faithful Intervention.jpg

An Ebon Scythe Snathe is needed.

When he purges his blind your enchantments should keep you alive long enough for you to use Mystic Sweep (IF you kept track of the purge recharge and didn't just use it) and blind him again. Use Eternal Aura to Keep up Heart of Fury 3 times in a row.

Paragon/Warrior/Deldrimor/Norn

Bonetti's Defense.jpg Barbed Spear.jpg Blazing Spear.jpg Merciless Spear.jpg Healing Signet.jpg Brawling Headbutt.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Awe.jpg
  • 12 Tactics
  • 12 Spear Mastery
  • 10 Leadership

Keep casters Dazed with Awe and feel free to use both knockdown skills. Immediately knock Bison down with YMLAD to prevent his Bear Form.

Ranger/Monk/Norn

Melandru's Shot.jpg Distracting Shot.jpg Savage Shot.jpg Apply Poison.jpg "You Move Like a Dwarf!".jpg Natural Stride.jpg Mending Touch.jpg Nature's Renewal.jpg
  • 14 Expertise
  • 10 Marksmanship
  • 10 Wilderness Survival
  • 3 Protection Prayers

Prior to entering the arena, use Nature's Renewal then Apply Poison. If the foe is melee, immediately use Melandru's Shot. If the foe is ranged, run into earshot range, then use YMLaD and Melandru's Shot at the same time; you can time it to interrupt a skill. Maintain Apply Poison, and use Melandru's Shot as it recharges.

For Bison, you'll need Natural Stride to rush in to use YMLaD to interrupt his Bear Form in time. As soon as he gets up, get ready to use Distracting Shot to interrupt his Purge Signet.

The only foe that will give you problems is Kisai, since she will spam Blinding Surge, and Mending Touch won't keep up. Since she comes in round 1, it is recommended to start over if you face her.

Assassin/Elementalist (perma)

Glyph of Swiftness.jpg Deadly Paradox.jpg Shadow Form.jpg Golden Lotus Strike.jpg Lotus Strike.jpg Death Blossom.jpg Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpg Shadow Refuge.jpg

Required attributes and equipment:

  • 12+1+3 Shadow Arts
  • 12 Dagger Mastery
  • 3 Critical Strikes
  • A weapon of Enchanting 20%

Simply maintain Shadow Form and attack with the other skills. Use Shadow Refuge if an opponent has some damage that goes through Shadow Form. Most opponents are easily beaten, but a few have enough self-healing to bring the match to a stalemate. These include Alesia, Cynn, Kilroy, Melonni, and Mhenlo. Gwen is also unbeatable, as she will keep you blinded indefinitely and can interrupt you with Leech Signet.