Yellow Minstrel

Yellow Minstrel ‘Song Protector’ Build

By Araphorn – Updated for Blood of Azog, U30.2

Table of Contents

Introduction

Welcome, here you will find a good build you can have for Yellow Minstrel. It’s built specifically for having the max DPS support, while having decent healing capacity and being able to remove corruptions efficient in high-end Raids and Instances.

Yellow Minstrels are a niche spec and groups use them when they need extra DPS on a particular fight, as Yellow Minstrels get an unique Anthem of Prowess skill, which is not available while in Blue line. Furthermore, Yellow Line also enhances Anthem of the Third Age, making it give additional damage and gives a passive Tale bonus, which can be quite useful for the Fellowship.

With everything considered, Yellow Minstrels make a great Off-Healer and a very good asset to the team if group DPS is a important requirement.

Stat Goals

The best stat to have as a Healer in general is Critical Rating, along with Outgoing Healing. Vitality is pretty important as well, so you don’t waste valuable time healing yourself instead your group members. Yellow Minstrels can also use a good amount of Finesse if Corruption Removal is a requirement. Generally they keep some Finesse swap items, which they replace Vitality with.

Critical Rating > Outgoing Healing > Vitality > Finesse

(These stats are acquired from Essences, Virtues, LIs, etc.)

With Endgame gear and correct placement of Essences, Virtues and so on, self buffed stats should be around:

Critical Rating~580,000
Outgoing Healing75%
(Hover on Tactical Mastery)
Morale~400,000+
Finesse30% (If manageable)

* While you are gearing up, first remove all Essences from your current Gear. Then slot the right Virtues (more down on that down below) and then slot Essences as per the Stat goals. This way you can plan your setup better, and utilize Essences perfectly, and can dump the remaining Essences in Vitality or other Stat of your choice after meeting Stat goals mentioned above.

Gear

The Armour Set from Remmorchant Raid called ‘Unmatched Prowess’ is really good for making Anthem of Prowess even stronger. It increases the buff gained by the Anthem by additional 5% Attack Speed. So, 4x of that set and 3x of the new Healing set from FoKD Raid, which also reduces Induction times by 10%.

As for the Jewels, the Best in Slots are from different content, please refer to the tables below.

*NEW: Builds now include a Starter setup, which contains gear from no raids/instances, a beginner friendly setup which can be acquired just from Landscape/Daily questing, such as from U28 Missions and U26 Wilderland Dailies. This Build can be found below the End-game Builds.

End-game Build

Armour Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
HelmRemmorchant Raid Barter
ChestRemmorchant Raid Barter
Shoulders Remmorchant Raid Barter
GlovesFoKD Raid Barter
LegsRemmorchant Raid Barter
BootsFoKD Raid Barter
CloakFoKD Raid Barter
Off-handEmbers Lootbox Barter
Class ItemCrafted, Woodworker

Jewelry Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
Earring 1Shadowed King T4/T5
Earring 2Shadowed King T4/T5
Necklace AD Raid T4/T5
PocketMissions/AD Raid T4/T5
Bracelet 1Remmorchant Raid T5
Bracelet 2Remmorchant Raid T5
Bracelets AlternativeAD Raid. Use 2
of these if no
Remmo Bracelets
Ring 1AD Raid T4/T5
Ring 2 AD Raid T4/T5

Starter Build

This Build is intended for those who just want to play solo and do not wish to participate in Instances, Raids and Lootboxes. The 130 Level Gear from this Build can be acquired just by doing Solo dailies (and some Crafting) from different late-game Zones, such as from Wilderland and Elderslade. As for Essences, you can drag/drop ones you get from Questing or Crafting (whichever Tier is fine), just try to follow the Stat Goals above and Slot the ones which are needed by your Class.

Armour Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
HelmCrafted, requires
Ithiligalad Boxes
ChestWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
Shoulders War of the Three
Peaks Missions
GlovesWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
LegsWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
BootsWar of the Three
Peaks Missions
CloakWilderland Dailies
Off-handEmbers Lootbox Barter
Class ItemCrafted, Woodworker

Jewelry Pieces

Gear SlotSet PieceLocation
Earring 1Wilderland Dailies
Earring 2Wilderland Dailies
Necklace Wilderland Dailies
PocketWilderland Dailies
Bracelet 1Wilderland Dailies
Bracelet 2Wilderland Dailies
Ring 1Wilderland Dailies
Ring 2 Wilderland Dailies

Essences

Essence NameEssenceNote
Critical RatingUse these to reach
~600K+ Critical Rating.
Outgoing HealingUse these to reach ~75%
Outgoing Heal Rating.

Check tooltip under
Tactical Mastery.
VitalityUse these to reach ~400K+
Morale.
FinesseUse these to reach ~300k
Finesse.

Only if you plan on removing
Corruptions for group.
Heal Trigger 1Use 1 of these.
Heal Trigger 2Use 1 of these.
Heal Trigger 3Use 1 of these.
Frost TriggerUse 1 of these if there’s room.
Fire TriggerUse 1 of these if there’s room.

*Note: If you do not have the resources/solvents for Slade-wrought (Tier 6) Essences, then you can use Tier 4 or Tier 5 Essences, and they are still good enough for all content!

Trait Trees

There’s generally two ways of traiting a Yellow Minstrel, first way is to build for a balanced Heals and Anthems setup, and the second is to build purely for complete Yellow, which gives access to more utility such as Call to Greatness etc.

First Tree for better healing while in Yellow:

Yellow tree for healing.

In this Tree, you get the best healing and induction times possible, while being in Yellow Line.

Next, here is the second Tree, which gives all utilities from Yellow Line:

Yellow Buff Tree for Max Utility.

This Tree has all the utility from Yellow Tree, such as a little extra damage from Ballads which will be shared to the group, extra targets for Bubbles, some damage reflects, Call to Greatness skill and lastly much more Corruption Removal capacity, as Critical Ballads will reset the cooldown of Piercing Cry.

35 Trait Points Build for Legendary Servers

35 Points Build

60 Trait Points Build for Beginners

60 Points Build

Virtues

These are the virtues I use to reach the Stat Goals. You can play around with these to get the numbers you want, but I would not recommend using any Mits virtues (apart from Fidelity) as you don’t gain much from them.

Virtues for Minstrel.

By using these Virtues, I reach my Stat Goals, while still maintaining a good Morale pool.

  1. Honesty (Great for extra Outgoing Healing (through Tactical Mastery) and Critical Rating)
  2. Confidence (Great for extra Critical and some Finesse)
  3. Honour (Excellent for extra Morale and Critical Defence) *Swap this with Wit if you need more Finesse.
  4. Loyalty (Number 1 virtue for Morale, for any class)
  5. Fidelity (Gives decent Morale + Tactical Mits)

If you don’t have these virtues, here are some alternatives:

  • Wit
  • Wisdom
  • Innocence
  • Compassion

Legendary Items

These are pretty straight-forward for Yellow Minstrel, they use the same LIs from Blue Line and there’s no need to make any dedicated LIs for Yellow Minstrel.

*Note: Please use Word of Craft Traceries as per Stat Goals. Generally Critical Rating is better to take from Word of Crafts, as you get more passive Mastery from Primary Stats. So Critical Rating from WoC will be better in the long-term.

1-Hander Weapon

TypeSockets
Heraldic TraceryHeraldry of the Owl
Word of PowerArea Effect Healing
Word of PowerArea Effect Healing Criticals
Word of MasteryAnthem of Composure Resistance
& Tactical Mitigation
Word of MasteryAnthem Duration
Word of MasteryAnthem of War Damage Buffs
Word of MasteryCall to Ioreth Cooldown
& Critical Multiplier Bonus
Word of MasteryCry of the Chorus Cooldown
Word of MasteryRally Cooldown
Word of CraftAscendent Light
Word of CraftAscendent Light
Word of CraftEmpowered Destruction
(To be unlocked with Gundabad)
The only thing you don’t need is Call to Ioreth, as it’s not available in Yellow Line, but it’s a good Blue Line legacy, so you can keep it.

Minstrel’s Songbook (Class Item)

TypeSockets
Heraldic TraceryHeraldry of the Owl
Word of PowerHealing Over Time Criticals
Word of PowerSingle Target Healing Criticals
Word of PowerSkill Induction Speed
Word of MasteryBolster Courage Healing
Word of MasteryHealing Skills Induction Time
& Critical Chance
Word of MasteryInspire Fellows Healing
Word of MasteryRaise the Spirit Healing
Word of MasterySoliloquy of Spirit Healing
Word of MasteryTriumphant Spirit Cooldown
& Critical Magnitude
Word of CraftAscendent Light
Word of CraftAscendent Light
Word of CraftEmpowered Destruction
(To be unlocked with Gundabad)

Rotation

Here is what I do on Minstrel, but before I proceed I will give a little bit of important information which is required to know in order to be a good and effective healer.

Following a strict rotation will not make you an effective healer, but what will is your capacity and timing to react, to heal the person which needs the heal. For that, you need to be on the constant lookout (knowing mechanics helps you predict who will take the next big hit also), you need to be able to select that person which needs attention fast enough. So, to conclude, being able to react fast enough to who’s taking damage and following a good rotation to counter that damage, makes an effective healer.

Pre-combat buffs:

  • Swap to the 2nd Yellow Buff Tree which has all the buffs and give all Anthems to your group:
    • Use Anthem of War
    • Use Anthem of Prowess
    • Use Anthem of Composure
    • Now use Anthem of Melody
    • Lastly, use Call to Greatness
    • Swap back to Yellow-Blue Healing Tree

In-fight Rotation:

  1. You do not have access to some of the good things from Blue in this spec, such as Bolster AoE healing and SoS skill, so healing will be limited to mostly Single-target and most of the AoE healing will come from Inspire Fellows, so pretty much try to keep that skill on cooldown if the group is taking sustained damage.
  2. If someone needs focused/emergency healing, this could be your tank or some DPS class, I use a Single-target bubble (Song of Hammerhand) if I have it available. Next I use Coda – Chorus – RtS – Bolster – Chord. This usually brings them up back to a safe level.
  3. For emergency group heals, where everyone needs a top up, I use Triumphant Spirit – Chord – Inspire Fellows. Use Fellowship’s Heart if you still cannot keep up with group damage.
  4. Refresh Anthem of War and all other Anthems every 2 minutes when idle.
  5. Use Inspire Fellows often to keep the -incoming damage buff on group going.
  6. Try to mix Cry of Chorus into rotation as much as you can, it cuts animation of skills, gives you a +40% outgoing healing boost for 10s. It really should never be off cooldown for long, keep using it.
  7. If you yourself need healing, use Self bubble first (Gift of Hammerhand), and then Bolster – Chord – RtS.

Short Corruption Removal Rotation:

  1. Pre-buff with 3 Ballads always (if they are not already up).
  2. Use Anthem of Prowess and now Coda (doing so will make your next 3 Hero’s Strike skills have no cooldown).
  3. Cut Coda’s animation with Cry of the Chorus.
  4. Use Hero’s Strike x4 now.
  5. Use Piercing Cry now.
  6. Now use Anthem of Prowess again (using Cry of Chorus earlier opened this again)
  7. Now use Coda.
  8. Can use Hero’s Strike again x4 now, finish with another Piercing Cry.
  9. Lastly, use some Ballads, if they crit, they will reset Piercing Cry cooldown, so you can alternate with those 2 skills like that, Ballad – Piercing Cry – Ballad – Piercing Cry. This is assuming you are traited deep down in Yellow for this trait to work.

Consumables

There are the consumables I use on Minstrel:

Updated as of U30.

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