WildStar SpellSlinger Class Guide – Builds, Abilities and AMPs

By   /   Jun 16, 2014

The Spellslinger is a great class that utilizes Spell Surge to amplify its abilities. It’s also a great Support class because it can make useful hybrids and tanks that can heal and take in damage.

If the Medic is too passive and the Warrior too direct for you, Spellslinger’s variety might just be the right thing in Wildstar to keep your RPG satisfaction up to the mark.

This guide will cover the basics of playing as a Spellsligner, with heavy emphasis on the abilities and AMPs of the class. Note that we are not going into statistical detail of the skills, but only suggesting their usefulness/uselessness and circumstances in which they would come.

WildStar SpellSlinger Class

If you wish to have an overview of all the skills and their statistical data, we recommend you visit the thorough WS-Base Builder, which we have also used for the sample builds.

Before heading towards the core abilities and AMPs, let’s have a look at some basic elements of the Spellslinger first.

Spell Surge
Spell Surge is the innate ability of the Spellslinger. It’s an ability that determines between a good Spellslinger and a bad one – manage it properly and you’ll enjoy a lot of success, but deal with it poorly and you’ll be a Spellslinger who is looked down.

Spell Surge will modify an ability in a specific way, usually doing so to greatly improve its effectiveness and impact. You can see the individual effects of Spell Surge for each ability in the WS Base Builder we have linked above.

The reason the Spellslinger would be rated as a slightly difficult class to play with is because of its Spell Surge ability.

Understanding when and where to use it, and also on which skill is something one can only figure out through trial and error and by gaining play-time experience.

The more you play as a Spellslinger, the better you tend to get, so if you’re looking for short-time or immediate success, this may not be the right class for you. However, those of you who are looking to build a long and prosperous character who will have an arsenal of abilities to choose from, the Spellslinger can become exactly that with a bit of patience.

Attributes
The core attributes of the Spellslinger are sorted in the following way, depending on how you use the class:

  • DPS: Finesse, Moxie, Brutality
  • Healer: Insight, Grit, Tech

For more details on Attributes in WildStar, read our Attributes Guide.

Assault Abilities

Quick Draw
If you’re looking to build a DPS Spellslinger, this is probably the most important ability to grab from the Assault tree. This skill will deal a certain amount of damage to 5 foes every 0.3 seconds, and the damage of the attack is increased with the Spell Surge.

The T8 version of this is amazing, which makes Quick Draw a must-have skill if you’re playing a DPS version of the SS.

At Tier 4 you’ll be acquiring Swiftness with up to 20% increased movement speed, while on Tier 8 you’ll be getting Empowered after the end of the channel, increasing your Assault Power by 10%.

Charged Shot
This is another core ability if you’re looking for a DPS build with the Spellslinger. The only real issue with this ability is the large charge-time, which is reduced to a decent level only with Spell Surge. The ability is a bit difficult to take full use of until you reach higher tier.

At Tier 4 you’ll have a telegraph width by 1m and you’d be able to cast while moving. At Tier 8 the damage is greatly amplified, making it truly standout. Late bloomer this one.

Ignite
An okay spell at best – it’s one I wouldn’t look towards unless you’re going all-out. The DoT duration isn’t long enough to be impressive, so I such you skip this one and focus on the others.

Wild Barrage
This is a pretty good offensive ability, especially when Spell Surged. There is 100% armor piercing with Spell Surge, and otherwise it has similarities to Quick Draw in dealing damage to multiple foes.

It’s an ideal ability for mobs as at Tier 4 the effect increases from 5 foes to 10, while at Tier 8 foes also get snared by 50%.

Chill
This is an underrated ability that is fantastic for PvP and solo leveling. PvE on the other hand may not take much use of this all the time, though it can still be lethal with its snare.

At Tier 4 the cool-down of the skill is reduced to 1 second, whereas at Tier 8 the snare is increased by 50% (65% during Spell Surge).

Rapid Fire
You’ll either hate this ability or completely love it, depending on your play-style. If you rely on Spell Surges a lot, then this ability can provide a lot of burst damage for you to utilize. Otherwise it is okay at best. Used best with Carbines.

Tier 4 will reduce a 25% of Dash Encounter, while at Tier 8 each tap will reduce the cooldown of True Shot by a second.

Flame Burst
Another excellent PvE ability that is a must-have in any DPS Spellslinger build. In PvP you might struggle with this ability in your LAS early on, but once you progress make sure you make it a part of your build.

Tier 4 will reduce the cooldown of the ability by 0.5 seconds every time you land a magic attack. Sadly this is bugged for now, so we’re hoping for a fix which will bring the skill to its full potential.

Tier 8 words in tandem with Ignite, allowing you to deal 35% additional damage every second for 2 seconds.

Assassinate
Great PvP ability, but I can’t really say the same for PvE, since it deals damage to a single target.

The full potential of the ability is only visible against an enemy below 30% health, so this is more of a finish-off skill than being a bust damage one – unless of course you’re using it during Spell Surge, in which case it will deal full damage irrespective of target health.

Tier 4 will increase the ability charges to 3, while Tier 8 will allow you to restore all charges if Assassinate kills the target.

True Shot
I wouldn’t really be relying on this ability for good DPS damage. It’s meh at best and has more downsides than it has ups.

Arcane Missiles
Pretty useless, especially when you have multiple targets. It’s best not to waste an action slot on it.

Support Abilities

Runic Healing
This ability has been nerfed a lot of times, but still can have its use when Spell Surged.

It’s a useful single-target healing when you have a team that is playing with a single heavy tanker who is taking all the aggro and damage. Apart from that, there are better healing skills available in this tree.

Tier 4 grants a Defense bonus with the ability, while Tier 8 will allow you to affect one additional ally within 5 meters of your main target.

Rune of Protection
Even though this ability got a nice buff, I still don’t rate it good enough for either a healer Spellslinger or a DPS one. If you’re planning on making a hybrid, then it might not be a bad choice, but otherwise it can be swapped for much better skills.

Vitality Burst
This is an absolute must-have skill when it comes to healers and support. It’s a brilliant ability when you’re playing with a small group where you must be either the tank or the healer at the back.

Tier 4 will grant Bastions for each charge level, while Tier 8 will boost HPS while under the effect of Spell Surge.

Astral Infusion
Astral Infusion is meh at best, because it’s single target healing and has an awfully large cool-down. I would just ignore it and focus on the much more interesting stuff instead.

The Tier 4 is practicality useless on the skill, and Tier 8’s defense bonus just isn’t worth the ridiculous investment.

Healing Salve
This is a very good defensive skill when you know how to use it. It’s been patched up quite well, and has a useful proc that is great when you’re expecting a lot of incoming damage.

Plus, it also targets plenty of players, making it a great team-focused ability for your healer Spellslinger. I would grab onto this if I were you.

Tier 4 will reduce the healing frequency to 1 second, make it all that sweeter and proc more frequently. Tier 8 will actually give you a 2% increase in maximum health.

Dual Fire
Despite a numerous bit of buffs, this ability is just charming on paper. By the time you get it to Tier 8 everyone will have good enough gear to make it utterly useless. Don’t even bother with it.

Healing Torrent
This is the bread and butter along with Vitality Burst for any healer. Even though it has been nerfed, the overall healing and effectiveness is enough for it to still remain an essential part of your healer/support build.

I would recommend avoiding the Tier 8 of the build, since it’s pretty useless. Level it up to T7 and leave it there – you’ll be satisfied with it and won’t have any unnecessary points invested.

Voidspring
If this ability gets buffed, you might want to consider making it a part of your build. Other than that, I wouldn’t really waste my time on it, because of its low healing and low AoE. The Spell Surged version is pretty nice, but you won’t be landing that too frequently to make it useful.

Regenerative Pulse
One word: No.

Sustain
Another excellent spell that needs quite a bit of attention, because it’s fairly underrated.

The healing is excellent and plenty, and what’s great about this ability is that it has a low cool-down, and also has a very useful Spell Surge that allows it to fully charge quite fast.

Along with Vitality Burst and Healing Torrent, this is the best ability in the tree.

Tier 4 will make it prioritize players with the lowest health – very useful in my opinion, while Tier 8 will increase the max range and also increase the number of players it can affect to 9.

Utility Abilities

Flash Freeze
This is a great ability to have whether you’re playing a supportive role or going out pure DPS. It’s simple and effective, and when playing with a party can really aid other teammates. It also has plenty of benefits in solo leveling and PvP.

At Tier 4 the cooldown will be reduced by 3, while at Tier 8 after the root ends foes will be snared by 45% for three seconds.

Gate
This is an okayish skill that really requires some unnecessary amount of practice to get used to. If you enjoy mobility, this should eventually make it to the final build of your Spellslinger, whether you’re playing as a DPS or a Support.

Void Slip
On paper this is a pretty good ability, but in practicality this crowd-control break skill isn’t all that attractive. The Tier bonuses are mediocre and this is probably the worst CC break skill in the game (sadly the only one for the Spellslinger).

If you want it to be half-decent you’ll have to go all the way up to Tier 8 where it gives you additional HPS (health per second), but it’s really not worth the investment.

Arcane Shock
This is a pretty useful ability against certain PvE foes, but it’s near-to-worthless when it comes to PvP. The skill does a list of things, with the highlight being that it completely interrupts cast-time abilities from being used once the target is affected.

The problem is you won’t come across a situation where you’ll need this ability, irrespective of whether you’re running a DPS build or playing as a Support.

Tier 4 will reduce the cool-down to 15 seconds, while Tier 8 will purge 2 buffs on the enemy.

Purify
Great defensive healing ability for Support, and not so much for DPS. It depends on how you’ve set up your LAS. Tier 4 will cure Snare and Root, while Tier 8 will cleanse three debuffs. A must-have for Support Spellslingers but ignorable for DPS.

Gather Focus
A completely useless ability even though it gives you 60 Focus. Why? Because it reduces all healing effects by 35% for the next 6 seconds. That’s a pretty bad bargain. Ignore this.

Void Pact
Void Pact is a fantastic co-op ability and an absolute must-have for anyone running a Support build. In fact, this ability can be pretty useful even for Assault-based builds.

The downside? It serves little purpose in solo play. The Empower and Swiftness buff to allies makes it a must-have for Support Spellslingers. Tier 4 will increase the radius to 12m while Tier 8 will increase the Assault Power bonus.

Spatial Shift
You’ll swap positions with your foe with this ability, which can be useful in certain situations, particularly in PvP.

If you’re playing as a Support in PvP, you’ll find it to be quite useful, but apart from that it doesn’t really need to take a place in your action slot.

Tier 4 increases the maximum range, while Tier 8 will grant you immunity to CC after completing the shift.

Phase Shift
Playing PvP? Awesome ability. Playing PvE? Terrible ability. It really doesn’t matter what your build is – the rules of the first few sentences of this description apply unconditionally to the ability.

Tier 4 will reduce the cooldown of the ability by 4 seconds after a Deflection (can only happen once), while Tier 8 will grant you health whenever you reflect.

Affinity
This is a fantastic ability if you’re playing as a Support with a group, but absolutely useless when you’re playing solo or as an Assault DPS. Affinity will greatly boost the healing the target will take, which is super-sweet for a Support.

Tier 4 will reduce the cooldown to 9 seconds, while Tier 8 will give an absorb of 45% for Attack Power/Support Power.

AMPS

When you’re playing as a Spellslinger, you want to focus more on the Assault, Support, Utility, and A/S hybrid AMPs. The rest of the hybrids aren’t that great, save for maybe S/U if you are planning to use a tanky build with the Spellslinger.

Here are a few AMPs that you should probably consider during your playthrough.

Assault

  • Critical Surge – Landing a critical hit generates 6 spell power.
  • Trigger Fingers – Using Quick Draw Reduces your cooldowns by 0.5s
  • Withering Magic – Landing a hit while Spell Surged applies an Expose for 8s.
  • Vengeance – When your attack is deflected it grants an Empower for 5s
  • Deadly Chain – Landing a physical or magical attack grants 1 stack of Empower based on damage type.
    • Physical assault empower – Increases physical damage by 1.5% for 15s. Stacks 3 times
    • Magical attack empower – increases magical damage by 1.5% for 15s. Stacks 3 times
  • Surge Damage – Using a Spell Surged ability grants an Empower for 4s.
  • Assassinate – Unlocks the Assassinate ability
  • Gunslinger – Using an ability with a cooldown grants an Empower. Stacks 3 times.

Support

  • Support Power – Increases SP by 2.5% of your current maximum
  • Focus Cost – Reduces Focus cost on spells by 2%.
  • Focus Recovery – Increases Focus recovery rate by 0.1/s
  • Savior – Landing a heal on an ally that is below 30% grants a 10% chance to heal for an additional 3201% health every 2s for 4s.
  • Clarity – Using an ability grants a 10% chance to gain Efficiency
  • Burst Power – Landing a critical heal generates 6 Spell Power.
  • Healing Torrent – Unlocks the Healing Torrent ability.
  • Healing Aura – Using a Spell Surged ability causes you and 4 allies within 35m to restore 654 health every 1s for 5s.
  • Desperation – While your Focus is below 100, after 10s generate 60 Focus ever 2s for 8s. Can only occur every 120s.

Utility

  • Cooldowns – Increases CD reduction by 5%.
  • Dash Regen – Increases Dash regeneration by 7%.
  • CC Resilience – Increases CC Resilience by 10%.
  • Reorient – Dashing removes Daze, and restores 40% endurance.
  • Evasive Maneuvers – Dashing grants a Defense for 0.5s. Defense: Decreases damage received by 32%
  • Void Pact – Unlocks the ability Void Pact.

WildStar SpellSlinger Builds

Below are a couple of sample builds. The first one is a Physical build that utilizes the DPS aspect of the Spellslinger, followed by a purely support/healing build.

Finally, we also have a tank build for anyone looking to play the SS as a tank.

Note that these builds are only mere references and may not be according to everyone’s taste, so adjust them accordingly and make sure to share your own in the comments section below.

Build #1 – Assault Demon

This is the first build, and a physical one. It utilizes Quick Draw and reducing cooldowns from the skill by almost completely investing in the Assault AMPs grid.

I’m not a huge fan of the True Shot skill, but it works quite well if you manage to use it as a burst-damage ability only after your Quick Draw.

Assassinate is nice in PvE to finish off enemies, but the obvious focus of the build is on the combination of Quick Draw and True Shot.

Build #2 – Tank Healer

This is a pure healing build that gives you a bit of tankiness, so you’re not entirely at the back and a one-shot target.

The obvious emphasis here is to combine Runic Healing, Healing Torrent, and Sustain to create an LAS that allows plenty of healing arsenal. I’m not a huge fan of Void Spring, but it can have its ups – replace it with anything you wish.

Build #3 – Hardcore Team Tank Healer

You might be wondering, “What the hell is the difference between the build and the one above?” Well, the above one is tanky but just enough to make you stay alive, but this one is when you’re playing with a pack of infants alongside you.

With this build you should be completely relying on yourself as the main tank and as the healer. You’re the savior for your team, and for yourself. The rest are just below your skill and you need to cater and care for them.

Use this build if you enjoy the front role that also involves excessive benevolence.