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This build has been designed for the following use:

The Famine Farmer is a Ranger build meant to easily solo many bosses in the Factions and Nightfall campaigns by using Famine combined with energy denial provided by Mesmer skills.

Attributes and skills

<pvxbig> [build name="famine farmer" prof=range/mesme wilder=12+1+3 exp=2 inspir=10 domina=8][famine][mind wrack][spirit shackles][spirit of failure][empathy][troll unguent][storm chaser][whirling defense][/build] </pvxbig>



  • Run to the boss and pull him into a location where he and his mobs cannot hit you with their attacks (Behind a tree, around a ledge, etc).
  • Set Famine and put Spirit Shackles, Spirit of Failure, and Empathy on the boss. Refresh these as needed.
  • If the boss can cast spells on you, keep Troll Unguent up during this time.
  • Once the boss is out of energy due to Spirit Shackles begin to spam Mind Wrack on him in addition to the hexes.
  • Most bosses fall very quickly after their energy is gone, in under a minute.


  • Because of the nature of how the build works it is only effective against bosses that use ranged attacks and have poor spell damage.



This build has been used to farm the following bosses:

  • Necromancer-icon-small Craw Stonereap (Bring Henchmen to kill the wardens, then flag them away.)
  • Elementalist-icon-small Zarnas Stonewrath (He commonly has a huge energy pool and spams Stone Daggers instead of attacking with his wand. Because of this it is quicker to take Backfire on this run and kill him that way, noting that he will not kill himself through Backfire so you have to use Empathy on him when he is low. Diversion can also work, as Zarnas will resort to attacking when his Stone Daggers is disabled. His energy can be drained quite easily after.)
  • Monk-icon-small Meril Stoneweaver (The pillars in the room will not stop her from wanding you. Use the wall at the entrance for cover. Cover your hexes with Mind Wrack.)
  • Ritualist-icon-small Ritualist's Construct (easier in Hard Mode, Song of the Mists slows down in NM, he attacks often enough in HM for it not to be a problem. He can be pulled alone)

With the Advent of Henchman Flagging (killing the mobs around the boss, then sending them off your screen to solo the boss and get the drop) there are probably many more bosses that can potentially be farmed with this. So far the following have been tried and were successful:

  • Monk-icon-small Chidehkir (Use Ignorance for faster kill, sometimes his energy regen is unnaturally high and Shackles isn't enough to keep him down)
  • Paragon-icon-small Eshau Longspear (Theres a giant rock you can glitch him around so he cant hit you)
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