Life Staff Splash of Light AoE Healing PvP Build for New World
The following is a PvP Splash of Light healing build for Life Staff in New World. It is a niche build that capitalizes on using Splash of Light to heal group members who are a far distance away, or who are out of line of sight. This great for groups who dedicate to backline dive, for healers who are tasked with healing Bows and Muskets, or for anyone who struggles with a targeted healing build. It mixes together the strength of AoE healing, but has some slight burst potential.
The Splash of Light AoE PvP healing build is a very niche setup that is primarily used by 1-2 two healers in a war. For healers assigned to being able to provide a small amount of healing to ranged Dexterity players, or healers who are tasked with healing allies who are very spread out like a specialized dive team, it is advantageous to use Splash of Light. This ability does not require line of sight, it has a 100-meter range, and it will give a significant amount of health back to players in these teams since they typically play with lower constitution. In all, the build will play similar to an Area of Effect (AoE) build since this role will be given the duty of healing main clumps with the occasional Splash to top off their 5-player group.
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Splash of Light is a very interesting ability. It has 100m range, but it also does not require line of sight. The problem is that you are locked into an animation that makes you very vulnerable. It can be an effective option when you have a group that will be very spread out, or it can be used when playing inside of a Fort and it is easy to lose track of group members.
This build can be an effective option for groups that are playing in light armor and who are highly mobile. It can also be an option if you want to dedicate all of your healing to your dedicated group.
This build can be great for when you are tasked with healing a group, such as a Dex group, that is not playing near you. This allows you to then still contribute fantastic AoE healing to point groups.
Rapier is the premiere PvP secondary as it offers defensiveness and mobility with all of its abilities to help escape enemies and reposition. Riposte will stun targets and completely block and incoming attack. Evade allows for dodging abilities, a quick invulnerability frame, and a way to get haste and stamina back. Fleche dashes a far distance to escape and quickly reposition.
200 Constitution will be your baseline for all types of healing in both PvP and PvE. It gives you enough defensiveness while still maintaining great healing output. The additional points from higher gearscore sets can go into Focus for increased healing, or Constitution for more survivability.
100 Constitution will be your baseline for having optimal healing output. This is great for strict AoE healing and due to the similarities with this build it makes sense to also play with these attributes to take advantage of Splash of Light and the AoE abilities that are chosen. With that being said, if you are not comfortable playing this low then you can play 150 Constitution or more. The additional points from higher gearscore sets can go into Focus for increased healing, or Constitution for more survivability.
|Life Staff||Cut Pristine Diamond||-||Focus||Dynasty* or Crafted/BoE|
|Rapier||Cut Pristine Amber||-||Focus||Crafted/BoE|
|Helmet||Cut Pristine Opal||Light||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Gloves||Cut Pristine Opal||Light||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Chest||Cut Pristine Opal||Medium||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Pants||Cut Pristine Opal||Light||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Boots||Cut Pristine Onyx||Light||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Amulet||Cut Pristine Onyx||-||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Ring||Cut Pristine Onyx||-||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
|Earring||Cut Pristine Onyx||-||Focus or Constitution||Crafted/BoE|
*: Glowing Lifecrystal Staff is a best in slot drop from any version of Mutated Dynasty Shipyard or it can be crafted with Materia.
**: Ability perks can go anywhere that you are able to fit them. These slots are just a suggestion. Note that it may be better to not use Fortifying Sacred Ground because of its interaction with Invigorated Punishment and the Fortify nerf. But you can use it if you wish. It can also be beneficial to use Light's Embrace.
Overall with gearing, this is the ideal loadout of perks for a best in slot healing build. With that being said, be sure to refer to the Life Staff Perks guide to have a better understanding of other flexible perk options to fit into your build. You can decide what you are most comfortable with. Perhaps you feel that you need more cooldown reduction, then opt to take more Refreshing.
When running Freedom you should run 5 stacks for the most optimal CC reductions. If you choose to use less, it is more beneficial to play at 3 stacks and use other perks.
In PvP combat it is best to run 5 stacks of Resilient for maximum damage reduction, but you can definitely get away with 4 stacks.
Refreshing is valuable, but do not over value it on a gear piece. Remember, you can fit it in on jewelry too. You should always have 5 stacks.
Heartrune Usage Tips
Your Heartrune will be used similarly in PvP and PvE scenarios. As such, please refer to the Heartrune section of our Life Staff guide for tips on how it can be used most effectively.
The theoretical healing rotation for this build is as follows:
- (If Chosen) Stack Intensify 1-3 stacks depending on combat
- Dodge to receive Bend Light
- Cast Sacred Ground to increase the target's healing received through Anointed.
- Cast Beacon to provide additional AoE healing coverage.
- Cast Splash of Light when party members are missing health or if you need a quick burst heal.
- Light attack as a filler ability when cooldowns are not up, or not needed, this provides healing through Blissful Touch.
When using the Life Staff in PvP and PvE there are many similar nuances to a healer's mechanics and gameplay decisions. To learn more about how you can improve your gameplay, use certain secondary weapons, or additional information on specific abilities, please refer to the gameplay section of the Life Staff guide.
For more information on the most frequently asked Life Staff questions please refer to the FAQ section of the Life Staff guide for answers on PvP and PvE topics!
- 28 Mar. 2023: Updated builds, gearing, gems, and heartrune.
- 18 Jan. 2023: Guide added.
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