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This rotation makes use of the Blackrose Prison Dual Wield Axes on the backbar, and a 2H weapon on the frontbar.

The Blackrose Prison Axes are used on the backbar to increase the twin blunt and blade bleeding effect. The main priority skills are Deadly Cloak and, if slotted, Stone Giant. Stone Griant provides a very useful debuff, which allows all abilities from everyone in your team to do slightly more damage (a baseline of 65 per stack (x3) for a maximum of 5 seconds).

The baseline of this rotation lasts 10 seconds, since Deadly Cloak, Rending Slashes and Consuming Trap each last 10 seconds. These skills, therefore, form the backbone of the rotation.

If you need to reapply skills which are longer than the 10 seconds, such as Barbed Trap, Noxious Breath, Flames of Oblivion or Venomous Claw, you can do so dynamically after they expire, or in many cases where you have clashes, slightly early or slightly late. You won't be able to avoid this. Do try to ensure Stone Giant doesn't drop off though.

Use Executioner as an execute, as early as 30% but definitely after 25% and reapply all DOTs, after that only keep your main skills active: Deadly Cloak, Barbed Trap, Venomous Claw and Stone Giant (if the buff is required). In short fights where you won't get a full duration of DOT recasts, ensure DOTs are running one last time before 25%, then use Executioner the rest of the way.

Static Rotation

Simple 10-second rotation - favouring overcasting of Flames of Oblivion, Venomous Claw and Noxious Breath over something more complex.


- Barbed Trap


- Flames of Oblivion - Deadly Cloak - Rending Slashes - swap

- Stone Giant - Soul Trap - Venomous Claw - swap

- Noxious Breath - swap

- Stone Giant - Stone Giant - Stone Giant / Barbed Trap (every other rotation) - swap

At 30% and below, replace Stone Giant with Executioner (keep up Stone Giant once in a while for the buff, until less than 5 seconds left)