Sniper Virulence Basics Guide

Virulence

Some Agents prefer a less direct method of eliminating a target, such as administering poison. Lethal toxins and all-consuming microbes are the domain of the walking biohazard known as the Virulence Sniper, who inflicts lethal shots and lobs corrosive grenades from a safe distance where they can witness the results of their handiwork.

  • Role: Damage
  • Type: Damage Over Time
  • Weapon: Sniper Rifle
  • Distance: Long Range
  • Mirror: Gunslinger – Dirty Fighting

Virulence for New Players

  • Virulence requires that you take cover and not move for many of your abilities to work. Cover makes Marksmanship a very difficult class for newer gamers to learn, as many fights require moving around – but you can ignore the cover mechanic while learning Virulence if you want as all but one ability can still be used out of cover.
  •   Virulence is long range – if you can handle the cover mechanic, you can hit targets very, very far away compared to most classes which makes it easier to find targets to hit than short-range classes.
  •  If you are able to watch your debuff timers, this discipline is decently easy to learn with a guide.
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How to play a Virulence Sniper

You can start playing Virulence at level 1. To start playing Virulence, you will need to first create a Sniper character, which can be played by Troopers, Bounty Hunters, Smugglers or Imperial Agents.

Once you are ingame, press K on your keyboard to open the Combat Style tab, and choose Virulence from the three options. This choice is not permanent, you will be able to switch between all three options by finding a rest location like a cantina.

Below Level 80

Below Level 80

If you are below level 80, there are no true guides available to tell you what specific abilities you should be using, because the ideal rotation would change every level.

Instead, you can use this guide to figure out which of your abilities are attacks, which are defensive, and which are just useful.

Level 80

5 Ability Basic Rotation

Not quite ready to learn all your abilities yet? Use this quick 5-ability rotation for the Virulence Sniper until you’re ready to read and learn from a true level 80 guide.

  • Corrosive Dart & Corrosive Grenade are your two main Damage over Time abilities, and it is vital that you have this debuffs on the target as close to 100% of the time as you possibly can. Use every 18 seconds, do not use them over and over!
  •  Weakening Blast is a unique Virulence Ability. Use whenever it’s available if you’ve already applied your two DoTs, it causes extra damage every time your DoTS do damage!
  •  Cull is a channeled attack and each time it deals damage it ticks every one of your dots, so as long as your DoTs are applied use it as much as possible.
  •  Lethal Shot is your “filler” ability when you don’t have your other abilities ready.

More than 3 Enemies

  • Corrosive Dart followed by Grenade is still a great combo in situations with many enemies because Grenade can spread your Dart to every extra target nearby!
  • If you still need more area damage, Orbital Strike (a choice at level 68) can be taken for a huge amount of damage over a set area.

Extra Tips

  • Crouch and stay in cover as much as you can! You can be very far from your enemy and still hit them.
  •  Feeling spicy? Use your green Viral Targeting buff to do automatic critical damage – use it before Cull.
  • Want to add some extra damage? Takedown should be used whenever it’s sparkling! It will sparkle after using Cull.
  • Adrenaline Probe restores energy if you run out.
Level 80

Before you play…

Making your Corrosive Dart and Corrosive Grenade debuffs more visible on your enemy can make it easier to know when they are about to fall off.

  1. Press ESC on your keyboard, choose Interface Editor from the menu
  2. Select the “Target Frame” box where the portrait of your enemy would appear
  3. In the center box, scroll down and check 🔲 Highlight Debuff, then scroll down more and check 🔲 Personal Debuffs
  4. Save. This will show your own debuffs highlighted in gold so you don’t mix them up with your groups’!
Level 80 Gear Recommendations
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Level 80 In-Depth Community Guides

Ready to learn more about your class, and how to play at a higher skill level? These guides by other players break down your class's abilities and your full rotation!

Guides

Attacks

  • Rifle Shot - Basic AttackLevel 1
  • Snipe - AttackLevel 1
  • Takedown - AttackLevel 1
  • Fragmentation Grenade - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Suppressive Fire - Area AttackLevel 7
  • Corrosive Dart - AttackLevel 7
  • Leg Shot - AttackLevel 10
  • Corrosive Grenade - Area AttackLevel 15
  • Cull - AttackLevel 35
  • Series of Shots - AttackLevel 37
  • Weakening Blast - AttackLevel 47
  • Lethal Shot - AttackLevel 60 REPLACES Snipe at Level 60+
  • Orbital Strike - Optional Area Attack Level 68 Option 2/3Level 68

Multiple Enemy Attack Abilities

These Virulence attacks are useful for attacking groups of enemies.

  • Fragmentation Grenade - Area AttackLevel 4
  • Suppressive Fire - Area AttackLevel 7
  • Corrosive Grenade - Area AttackLevel 15
  • Orbital Strike - Optional Area Attack Level 68 Option 2/3Level 68

Buffs

You can combine your Virulence buffs with your attacks to create powerful combinations.

  • Coordination - Passive Class BuffLevel 1
  • Adrenaline Probe - BuffLevel 15
  • Viral Targeting - BuffLevel 15
  • Target Acquired - Optional Buff Level 43 Option 2/3Level 43
  • Meticulous Preparation - BuffLevel 67

Defensive & Healing Abilities

Use these abilities to help yourself stay alive. The Sniper has these defensive and healing abilities and you'll want to know where they are in a difficult fight.

  • Diversion - DefensiveLevel 35
  • Entrench - DefensiveLevel 35
  • Shield Probe - DefensiveLevel 47
  • Ballistic Shield - Optional Defensive Level 68 Option 3/3Level 68

Useful Abilities

These abilities may not be directly for attacking, but they are used heavily by skilled Snipers in combat to turn the tide of a fight.

  • Crouch - Cover - You must be in cover to take advantage of some of you abilities. Your Crouch will allow you to take cover where you are standing.Level 1
  • Take Cover - Environment Cover - You must be in cover to take advantage of some of you abilities. You have two ways to enter Cover - your normal Cover in place ability, and your Environment Cover, which you can only use if there is terrain to take cover behind nearby, indicated by a holographic green figure crouching in front of a rock or barricade.Level 1
  • Recuperate - Regeneration - Regain health out of battle.Level 1
  • Escape - Stun Break - If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.Level 10
  • Distraction - Interrupt - Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts and can be interrupted and the ability will be stopped, but castbars that go from right to left deal damage the entire time they are channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!Level 19
  • Countermeasures - Detaunt - Your detaunt ability will cause enemies to lose interest in your character, at least for a short time. This is most useful if you're getting attacked during group fights when your tank is supposed to be taking the damage, or when your companion is set to tank.Level 23
  • Maim - Optional Stun Level 27 Option 1/3 - You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.Level 27
  • Cover Pulse - Knockback - Pushes enemies back.Level 31
  • Covered Escape - Movement - Roll forward 18 meters, purging movement-impairing effects and landing crouched behind cover. While rolling, your chance to dodge attacks is increased by 100%.Level 60
  • Hololocate - Optional Teleport Level 68 Option 1/3 - Activating the ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Hololocate goes on cooldown for 120 seconds when use to return to the marked location.Level 68

Tree Choices

As you level up, you will be able to make choices about how you play your Virulence Sniper with the Ability Tree, which can be opened with the K key on your keyboard. If you do not choose one, a default option will be chosen for you.

You will have eight choices to make as you level up, at levels 23, 27, 39, 43, 51, 64, 68 and 73. All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent choices and can be changed later. If you are following a Level 80 guide on how to play your Virulence Sniper, you will need to make sure to choose the same options as they have. You may not have the same choices chosen as a friend who is also playing a Virulence Sniper.

Solo Suggestions
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68
64
51
43
39
27
23
Flashpoint Suggestions
73
68
64
51
43
39
27
23
Operation Suggestions
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68
64
51
43
39
27
23

Level 23 Choice: Corrosive Grenade Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Corrosive Grenade to change at level 23. Your options are Corrosive Technologies, Critical Grenade, and Corrosive Refund.

Corrosive Grenade

Hurls a grenade that spews poisonous acid in a 5-meter radius, dealing internal poison damage on impact and internal poison damage over 24 seconds to up to 8 targets. Targets damaged this way are slowed by 30% for the duration.

Corrosive Technologies

Corrosive Grenade deals 10% more initial damage. In addition, Corrosive Grenade extends the duration of Integrated Toxins by 1 second for each target it hits.

Corrosive Grenade deals 10% more initial damage. In addition, Corrosive Grenade extends the duration of Integrated Toxins by 1 second for each target it hits.

Critical Grenade

Corrosive Grenade increases the critical hit damage of your periodic poison effects to targets it affects by 10%.

Corrosive Grenade increases the critical hit damage of your periodic poison effects to targets it affects by 10%.

Corrosive Refund

Corrosive Grenade refunds 2 energy for each target it hits.

Corrosive Grenade refunds 2 energy for each target it hits.

General Suggestion: Critical Grenade - As Virulence, most of your damage will come from periodic damage effects. Critical Grenade increasing the damage of their crits is by far the best boost to your damage you can take at 23.

Level 27 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 27, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 27 choice are Maim, Shatter Snipe, and Evasive Maneuvers.

Maim

Hurl a virbroknife with debilitating precision, dealing energy damage and stunning the target for 4 seconds and allowing your next Takedown to be used regardless of the target's remaining health and deal 15% additional damage. Requires dual blasters.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

Shatter Snipe

The critical hit damage of Snipe is increased by 20%. Dealing damage to a target with Snipe inflicts trauma for 10 seconds, reducing all healing the target receives by 20%.

The critical hit damage of Snipe is increased by 20%. Dealing damage to a target with Snipe inflicts trauma for 10 seconds, reducing all healing the target receives by 20%.

Evasive Maneuvers

Countermeasures grants Evasive Maneuvers, increasing your chance to dodge melee and ranged attacks by 200% and reducing the damage you take from Force and Tech attacks by 75% for 3 seconds. Additionally, activating Countermeasures resets the cooldown of Covered Escape.

Countermeasures grants Evasive Maneuvers, increasing your chance to dodge melee and ranged attacks by 200% and reducing the damage you take from Force and Tech attacks by 75% for 3 seconds. Additionally, activating Countermeasures resets the cooldown of Covered Escape.

General Suggestion: Shatter Snipe - Unfortunately at level 27 a damage increase is competing against a better defensive passive and an optional stun, and as a DPS-only combat style, you should really be taking the DPS increase. If you really need a 4 second stun for something, Maim is there, but ultimately, take Shatter Snipe by default.

Level 39 Choice: Cull Change

Choose from one of three ways that you want Cull to change at level 39. Your options are Corrosive Impair, Winnow, and Corrosive Targeting.

Cull

Fires a volley of bolts at the target, dealing weapon damage and spending 6 energy each second. When you deal damage with Cull, each of your poison effects on the target also deal damage.

Corrosive Impair

Cull deals 10% more weapon damage and slows the target by 50% for 6 seconds.

Cull deals 10% more weapon damage and slows the target by 50% for 6 seconds.

Winnow

Killing a target during Cull resets the cooldown of Cull and deals poison damage to nearby enemies if the target was affected by one of your poisons.

Killing a target during Cull resets the cooldown of Cull and deals poison damage to nearby enemies if the target was affected by one of your poisons.

Corrosive Targeting

The armor penetration, critical hit chance, and critical hit damage of Cull is increased by 20% while Integrated Toxins is active.

The armor penetration, critical hit chance, and critical hit damage of Cull is increased by 20% while Integrated Toxins is active.

General Suggestion: Corrosive Targeting - Increasing armor penetration on an attack that does weapon damage is a huge boost to damage, because unlike your internal poisons, weapon damage is stopped by armor. Top that off with extra crits and Corrosive Targeting is by far your biggest damage increase at 39. If you tend to forget to use Viral Targeting to boost your damage, Corrosive Impair is a nice flat 10% increase as well. Not as strong, but simpler!

Level 43 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 43, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 43 choice are Focused Integration, Target Acquired, and Critical Compounds.

Focused Integration

Viral Targeting's cooldown is extended by 30 seconds but its Integrated Toxins effect lasts twice as long.

Viral Targeting's cooldown is extended by 30 seconds but its Integrated Toxins effect lasts twice as long.

Target Acquired

Increases ranged and tech accuracy by 30% and armor penetration by 15% for 10 seconds and immediately restores 15 energy. In addition, Target Acquired generates one charge of Laze Target.

Increases ranged and tech accuracy by 30% and armor penetration by 15% for 10 seconds and immediately restores 15 energy. In addition, Target Acquired generates one charge of Laze Target.

Critical Compounds

Critically hitting with periodic damage generates 1 energy.

Critically hitting with periodic damage generates 1 energy.

General Suggestion: Target Acquired - With the change to Target Acquired giving it an extra usage of Viral Targeting, you will get more use out of the buff taking Target Acquired than you would with Focused Integration's longer duration. Take Target Acquired and remember to use it!

Level 51 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 51, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 51 choice are Snap Shot, Ballistic Dampers, and Pillbox Sniper.

Snap Shot

Entering cover makes the next Snipe or Lethal Shot activate instantly. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

Entering cover makes the next Snipe or Lethal Shot activate instantly. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

Ballistic Dampers

Entering cover grants 3 charges of Ballistic Dampers. Each charge absorbs 30% of the damage dealt by incoming attacks. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds. Ballistic Dampers can only be gained once every 6 seconds.

Entering cover grants 3 charges of Ballistic Dampers. Each charge absorbs 30% of the damage dealt by incoming attacks. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds. Ballistic Dampers can only be gained once every 6 seconds.

Pillbox Sniper

Reduces the cooldown of Entrench by 15 seconds and Cover Pulse knocks targets back an additional 5 meters.

Reduces the cooldown of Entrench by 15 seconds and Cover Pulse knocks targets back an additional 5 meters.

General Suggestion: Ballistic Dampers - Ballistic Dampers is a great method of reducing damage done to your squishy sniper in any content! 30% less damage taken for the next few hits every time you enter cover will immediately show noticeable tankiness as soon as you reach this choice at 51. Always be taking cover!

Level 64 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 64, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 64 choice are Reestablish Range, Ruthless Efficiency, and Over-Prepared.

Reestablish Range

Countermeasures purges all movement-impairing effects when activated and grants Reestablish Range, increasing your movement speed by 75% for 6 seconds. Additionally, the final shot of Series of Shots and Penetrating Blasts knocks back the target if they are within 10 meters.

Countermeasures purges all movement-impairing effects when activated and grants Reestablish Range, increasing your movement speed by 75% for 6 seconds. Additionally, the final shot of Series of Shots and Penetrating Blasts knocks back the target if they are within 10 meters.

Ruthless Efficiency

Increases the damage dealt by Suppressive Fire by 25%.

Increases the damage dealt by Suppressive Fire by 25%.

Over-Prepared

Reduces the cooldown of Meticulous Preparation by 45 seconds and increases your damage reduction by 15% for 15 seconds after activating Meticulous Preparation.

Reduces the cooldown of Meticulous Preparation by 45 seconds and increases your damage reduction by 15% for 15 seconds after activating Meticulous Preparation.

Solo Suggestion: Reestablish Range - Adding a 75% movement speed increase and knockback to your detaunt is great because not only can you get out of danger faster in group content where you may accidentally get aggro, it also gives you a free sprint button in solo content! You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

Flashpoint Suggestion: Over-Prepared - If that speed boost from Countermeasures in the "Reestablish Range" choice isn't needed, Over-Prepared will greatly increase your survivability in group content and make you easier to heal. You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

Operation Suggestion: Over-Prepared - If that speed boost from Countermeasures in the "Reestablish Range" choice isn't needed, Over-Prepared will greatly increase your survivability in group content and make you easier to heal. You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

Level 68 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 68, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 68 choice are Hololocate, Orbital Strike, and Ballistic Shield.

Hololocate

Activating the ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Hololocate goes on cooldown for 120 seconds when use to return to the marked location.

Activating the ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Hololocate goes on cooldown for 120 seconds when use to return to the marked location.

Orbital Strike

Calls in support from orbiting warships, dealing elemental damage over 9 seconds to up to 8 enemies within 8 meters of the targeted area. Additionally, standard and weak enemies are knocked down by the blasts.

Calls in support from orbiting warships, dealing elemental damage over 9 seconds to up to 8 enemies within 8 meters of the targeted area. Additionally, standard and weak enemies are knocked down by the blasts.

Ballistic Shield

Deploys a Ballistic Shield that spans 10 meters around you, reducing the damage taken by all allies that remain inside by 20%. Lasts 25 seconds.

Deploys a Ballistic Shield that spans 10 meters around you, reducing the damage taken by all allies that remain inside by 20%. Lasts 25 seconds.

Solo Suggestion: Orbital Strike - Orbital Strike is a great source of free damage even in single target scenarios if you drop it on the enemy right at the beginning of a fight. Open up with this if you take it! If you find you really dont need an extra Area Attack or maybe really need some group utility, Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed.

Flashpoint Suggestion: Orbital Strike - Orbital Strike is a great source of free damage even in single target scenarios if you drop it on the enemy right at the beginning of a fight. Open up with this if you take it! If you find you really dont need an extra Area Attack or maybe really need some group utility, Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed.

Operation Suggestion: Ballistic Shield - Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed. If you find that you need a little more damage, you could take Orbital Strike instead and have it do some extra damage over time at the beginning of a fight.

Level 73 Choice

Choose from one of three Sniper abilities at Level 73, you can only have one of these options at any given time. Your options as a Virulence Sniper for the Level 73 choice are Augmented Shields, Calculated Pursuit, and Seek Cover.

Augmented Shields

Increases the amount of damage absorbed by Shield Probe by 30%. In addition, when taking damage while Entrench is active the cooldown on Meticulous Preperation is reduced by 2 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 3 seconds.

Increases the amount of damage absorbed by Shield Probe by 30%. In addition, when taking damage while Entrench is active the cooldown on Meticulous Preperation is reduced by 2 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 3 seconds.

Calculated Pursuit

You gain 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit upon exiting cover, which allow Snipe and Lethal Shot to be activated while moving. Each use of Snipe or Lethal Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts up to 15 seconds, but reentering cover removes the effect prematurely.

You gain 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit upon exiting cover, which allow Snipe and Lethal Shot to be activated while moving. Each use of Snipe or Lethal Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts up to 15 seconds, but reentering cover removes the effect prematurely.

Seek Cover

When Entrench ends or you leave cover while Entrench is active, you gain Seek Cover, which increases your movement speed by 50% and grants immunity to movement impairing effects. Lasts 6 seconds.

When Entrench ends or you leave cover while Entrench is active, you gain Seek Cover, which increases your movement speed by 50% and grants immunity to movement impairing effects. Lasts 6 seconds.

Solo Suggestion: Augmented Shields - Augmented Shields takes the strongest defensive that snipers have and makes it better! This should be the default choice for any sniper taking damage.

Flashpoint Suggestion: Seek Cover - If you aren't taking much damage and would rather some utility over Augmented Shields' increase to reduction, calculated pursuit is a great addition of mobility for snipers that may need help dodging area attacks or standing in the right place for mechanics.

Operation Suggestion: Seek Cover - If you aren't taking much damage and would rather some utility over Augmented Shields' increase to reduction, calculated pursuit is a great addition of mobility for snipers that may need help dodging area attacks or standing in the right place for mechanics.

All Abilities

All your abilities for the Virulence Sniper.

LvlIconAbility
LvL1
CrouchCover

Crouches in place, taking cover if used behind an object that provides cover. Crouching enables the use of cover-only abilities, and so long as you remain down behind a cover object, most ranged attackers strike your cover instead.

You must be in cover to take advantage of some of you abilities. Your Crouch will allow you to take cover where you are standing.

LvL1
Take CoverEnvironment Cover

Roll into the selected cover point. If no cover point is available, you will crouch in place. Taking cover enables the use of cover-only abilities, and so long as you remain down behind a cover object, most ranged attackers strike your cover instead.

You must be in cover to take advantage of some of you abilities. You have two ways to enter Cover - your normal Cover in place ability, and your Environment Cover, which you can only use if there is terrain to take cover behind nearby, indicated by a holographic green figure crouching in front of a rock or barricade.

LvL1
Rifle ShotBasic Attack 35m

Shoots your rifle at the target, dealing weapon damage.

Shoots your rifle at the target, dealing weapon damage.

LvL1
SnipeAttack 35m

Shoots a target for weapon damage.

Shoots a target for weapon damage.

LvL1
TakedownAttack 35m

Attempts to take the target down with a single powerful shot that deals weapon damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

Attempts to take the target down with a single powerful shot that deals weapon damage. Only usable on targets at or below 30% max health.

LvL1
RecuperateRegeneration

Allows you to catch your breath, recovering your health and energy over 15 seconds. This is only usable out of combat.

Regain health out of battle.

LvL1
CoordinationPassive Class Buff

Increases critical hit chance by 5%.

Increases critical hit chance by 5%.

LvL1
Lethal DosePassive

Increases the critical hit chance of all periodic effects by 5%.

Increases the critical hit chance of all periodic effects by 5%.

LvL1
Adhesive CorrosivesHidden Passive

Corrosive Grenade reduces the movement speed of all affected targets by 30% for its full duration.

Corrosive Grenade reduces the movement speed of all affected targets by 30% for its full duration.

LvL1
Lethal InjectorsHidden Passive

Increases the duration of Corrosive Dart by 6 seconds.

Increases the duration of Corrosive Dart by 6 seconds.

LvL1
Razor RoundsHidden Passive

Increases the critical chance of Cull and Series of Shots by 10%.

Increases the critical chance of Cull and Series of Shots by 10%.

LvL1
Accurized RiflePassive

Increases the critical chance of Suppressive Fire by 15% and increases its critical damage by 30%.

Increases the critical chance of Suppressive Fire by 15% and increases its critical damage by 30%.

LvL1
Elite AssassinPassive

Increases the critical damage dealt by Ambush, Penetrating Blasts, Followthrough, Snipe, and Takedown by 10%.

Increases the critical damage dealt by Ambush, Penetrating Blasts, Followthrough, Snipe, and Takedown by 10%.

LvL4
Fragmentation GrenadeArea Attack 35m

Deals kinetic damage to the primary target and kinetic damage to up to 7 standard or weak enemies within 5 meters of the primary target. If the primary target is a standard or weak enemy, it is knocked to the ground.

Deals kinetic damage to the primary target and kinetic damage to up to 7 standard or weak enemies within 5 meters of the primary target. If the primary target is a standard or weak enemy, it is knocked to the ground.

LvL4
Hold PositionPassive

While in cover, ranged defense is increased by 20%, you cannot be leapt to or pulled, and you are immune to interrupts and ability activation pushback.

While in cover, ranged defense is increased by 20%, you cannot be leapt to or pulled, and you are immune to interrupts and ability activation pushback.

LvL7
Suppressive FireArea Attack 35m

Sprays a wave of bolts over the target area, dealing weapon damage and spending 45 energy over the duration to up to 8 targets within 8 meters. Can only be used from cover.

Sprays a wave of bolts over the target area, dealing weapon damage and spending 45 energy over the duration to up to 8 targets within 8 meters. Can only be used from cover.

LvL7
Corrosive DartAttack 35m

Fires a dart at the target that deals internal poison damage over 18 seconds.

Fires a dart at the target that deals internal poison damage over 18 seconds.

LvL10
EscapeStun Break

Purges incapacitating and movement-impairing effects.

If you are stunned and can’t move, you can use this ability to unstun yourself.

LvL10
Leg ShotAttack 35m

Fires a shot that deals weapon damage and immobilizes the target for 5 seconds. Direct damage dealt after 2 seconds ends the effect prematurely.

Fires a shot that deals weapon damage and immobilizes the target for 5 seconds. Direct damage dealt after 2 seconds ends the effect prematurely.

LvL15
Adrenaline ProbeBuff

Summons a droid that helps you recover 50 energy over 3 seconds.

Summons a droid that helps you recover 50 energy over 3 seconds.

LvL15
Efficient TargetingPassive

Increases the range of Quick Shot, Flash Grenade, and Distraction to 30 meters, and additionally increases the range of all blaster, grenade, and charge attacks by 5 meters. In addition, Corrosive Dart marks its target for 45 seconds. Marked targets take 5% more damage from ranged weapon attacks.

Increases the range of Quick Shot, Flash Grenade, and Distraction to 30 meters, and additionally increases the range of all blaster, grenade, and charge attacks by 5 meters. In addition, Corrosive Dart marks its target for 45 seconds. Marked targets take 5% more damage from ranged weapon attacks.

LvL15
Viral TargetingBuff

Increases the critical hit chance of your next Cull or Takedown by 100%. When Viral Targeting is utilized it grants Integrated Toxins for 10 seconds, and causing poisons to automatically critically hit.

Increases the critical hit chance of your next Cull or Takedown by 100%. When Viral Targeting is utilized it grants Integrated Toxins for 10 seconds, and causing poisons to automatically critically hit.

LvL15
Corrosive GrenadeArea Attack 35m

Hurls a grenade that spews poisonous acid in a 5-meter radius, dealing internal poison damage on impact and internal poison damage over 24 seconds to up to 8 targets. Targets damaged this way are slowed by 30% for the duration.

Hurls a grenade that spews poisonous acid in a 5-meter radius, dealing internal poison damage on impact and internal poison damage over 24 seconds to up to 8 targets. Targets damaged this way are slowed by 30% for the duration.

LvL15
Toxic RegulatorsPassive

Your periodic damaging effects don't tick on targets affected by any of your sleep effects. In addition, you always take 30% reduced damage from periodic effects, and your damage reduction is increased by 15% for 6 seconds after Shield Probe ends.

Your periodic damaging effects don't tick on targets affected by any of your sleep effects. In addition, you always take 30% reduced damage from periodic effects, and your damage reduction is increased by 15% for 6 seconds after Shield Probe ends.

LvL15
Integrated ToxinsHidden Passive

Viral Targeting grants Integrated Toxins to you after it is utilized, causing all poison effects to critically hit for 10 seconds.

Viral Targeting grants Integrated Toxins to you after it is utilized, causing all poison effects to critically hit for 10 seconds.

LvL19
DistractionInterrupt 35m

Interrupts the target's current action and prevents that ability from being used for 4 seconds.

Every class has an interrupt ability that allows them to interrupt an enemy while they are casting. Enemy castbars that fill up from left to right are called casts and can be interrupted and the ability will be stopped, but castbars that go from right to left deal damage the entire time they are channeling. Using your interrupt in combat is very useful as it can prevent the enemy from damaging you, or sometimes even prevent them from stunning you or knocking you back!

LvL23
CountermeasuresDetaunt

Activates countermeasures, instantly lowering your threat by a moderate amount.

Your detaunt ability will cause enemies to lose interest in your character, at least for a short time. This is most useful if you're getting attacked during group fights when your tank is supposed to be taking the damage, or when your companion is set to tank.

LvL23
SpotterPassive

Upon entering cover, your stealth detection level begins to increase gradually, reaching up to 30 additional levels of stealth detection over the following 30 seconds. This effect ends when you leave cover.

Upon entering cover, your stealth detection level begins to increase gradually, reaching up to 30 additional levels of stealth detection over the following 30 seconds. This effect ends when you leave cover.

LvL23
Corrosive TechnologiesOptional Passive Level 23 Option 1/3

Corrosive Grenade deals 10% more initial damage. In addition, Corrosive Grenade extends the duration of Integrated Toxins by 1 second for each target it hits.

Corrosive Grenade deals 10% more initial damage. In addition, Corrosive Grenade extends the duration of Integrated Toxins by 1 second for each target it hits.

LvL23
Critical GrenadeOptional Passive Level 23 Option 2/3

Corrosive Grenade increases the critical hit damage of your periodic poison effects to targets it affects by 10%.

Corrosive Grenade increases the critical hit damage of your periodic poison effects to targets it affects by 10%.

General Suggestion: As Virulence, most of your damage will come from periodic damage effects. Critical Grenade increasing the damage of their crits is by far the best boost to your damage you can take at 23.

LvL23
Corrosive RefundOptional Passive Level 23 Option 3/3

Corrosive Grenade refunds 2 energy for each target it hits.

Corrosive Grenade refunds 2 energy for each target it hits.

LvL23
Corrosive DispersionPassive

Corrosive Grenade spreads your Corrosive Dart to the targets it damages, as long as it damages at least one target already affected by your Corrosive Dart.

Corrosive Grenade spreads your Corrosive Dart to the targets it damages, as long as it damages at least one target already affected by your Corrosive Dart.

LvL27
Energy TanksPassive

Increases maximum energy by 10.

Increases maximum energy by 10.

LvL27
MaimOptional Stun 10m (short range) Level 27 Option 1/3

Hurl a virbroknife with debilitating precision, dealing energy damage and stunning the target for 4 seconds and allowing your next Takedown to be used regardless of the target's remaining health and deal 15% additional damage. Requires dual blasters.

You can use your short stun on weaker enemies to stop them from running around, from casting abilities, to stop them from damaging you, or just to keep them out of the fight in general.

LvL27
Shatter SnipeOptional Passive Level 27 Option 2/3

The critical hit damage of Snipe is increased by 20%. Dealing damage to a target with Snipe inflicts trauma for 10 seconds, reducing all healing the target receives by 20%.

The critical hit damage of Snipe is increased by 20%. Dealing damage to a target with Snipe inflicts trauma for 10 seconds, reducing all healing the target receives by 20%.

General Suggestion: Unfortunately at level 27 a damage increase is competing against a better defensive passive and an optional stun, and as a DPS-only combat style, you should really be taking the DPS increase. If you really need a 4 second stun for something, Maim is there, but ultimately, take Shatter Snipe by default.

LvL27
Evasive ManeuversOptional Passive Level 27 Option 3/3

Countermeasures grants Evasive Maneuvers, increasing your chance to dodge melee and ranged attacks by 200% and reducing the damage you take from Force and Tech attacks by 75% for 3 seconds. Additionally, activating Countermeasures resets the cooldown of Covered Escape.

Countermeasures grants Evasive Maneuvers, increasing your chance to dodge melee and ranged attacks by 200% and reducing the damage you take from Force and Tech attacks by 75% for 3 seconds. Additionally, activating Countermeasures resets the cooldown of Covered Escape.

LvL31
Cover PulseKnockback

Detonates an emergency charge that knocks all nearby targets back several meters and immobilizes them for 5 seconds. Damage dealt after 2 seconds ends the effect prematurely. Only usable in cover.

Pushes enemies back.

LvL35
DiversionDefensive 35m

Reduces the accuracy by 45% and exposes from cover of up to 8 enemies within 8 meters for 6 seconds. Cannot be used on Operation Bosses.

Reduces the accuracy by 45% and exposes from cover of up to 8 enemies within 8 meters for 6 seconds. Cannot be used on Operation Bosses.

LvL35
EntrenchDefensive

Entrenches you into cover, becoming immune to all controlling effects and reducing all area effect damage taken by 60%. Only grants protection while in cover. Lasts 20 seconds.

Entrenches you into cover, becoming immune to all controlling effects and reducing all area effect damage taken by 60%. Only grants protection while in cover. Lasts 20 seconds.

LvL35
CullAttack 35m

Fires a volley of bolts at the target, dealing weapon damage and spending 6 energy each second. When you deal damage with Cull, each of your poison effects on the target also deal damage.

Fires a volley of bolts at the target, dealing weapon damage and spending 6 energy each second. When you deal damage with Cull, each of your poison effects on the target also deal damage.

LvL35
Lethal PurposePassive

Reduces the cooldown of Adrenaline Probe by 15 seconds. In addition, dealing damage with a poison effect restores 1 energy.

Reduces the cooldown of Adrenaline Probe by 15 seconds. In addition, dealing damage with a poison effect restores 1 energy.

LvL37
Series of ShotsAttack 35m

Unleashes a series of shots that deals weapon damage and uses 20 energy over the duration.

Unleashes a series of shots that deals weapon damage and uses 20 energy over the duration.

LvL39
Steady ShotsPassive

Increases the damage dealt by Snipe, Lethal Shot, Series of Shots, and Penetrating Blasts by 5%.

Increases the damage dealt by Snipe, Lethal Shot, Series of Shots, and Penetrating Blasts by 5%.

LvL39
Corrosive ImpairOptional Passive Level 39 Option 1/3

Cull deals 10% more weapon damage and slows the target by 50% for 6 seconds.

Cull deals 10% more weapon damage and slows the target by 50% for 6 seconds.

LvL39
WinnowOptional Passive Level 39 Option 2/3

Killing a target during Cull resets the cooldown of Cull and deals poison damage to nearby enemies if the target was affected by one of your poisons.

Killing a target during Cull resets the cooldown of Cull and deals poison damage to nearby enemies if the target was affected by one of your poisons.

LvL39
Corrosive TargetingOptional Passive Level 39 Option 3/3

The armor penetration, critical hit chance, and critical hit damage of Cull is increased by 20% while Integrated Toxins is active.

The armor penetration, critical hit chance, and critical hit damage of Cull is increased by 20% while Integrated Toxins is active.

General Suggestion: Increasing armor penetration on an attack that does weapon damage is a huge boost to damage, because unlike your internal poisons, weapon damage is stopped by armor. Top that off with extra crits and Corrosive Targeting is by far your biggest damage increase at 39. If you tend to forget to use Viral Targeting to boost your damage, Corrosive Impair is a nice flat 10% increase as well. Not as strong, but simpler!

LvL43
Focused IntegrationOptional Passive Level 43 Option 1/3

Viral Targeting's cooldown is extended by 30 seconds but its Integrated Toxins effect lasts twice as long.

Viral Targeting's cooldown is extended by 30 seconds but its Integrated Toxins effect lasts twice as long.

LvL43
Target AcquiredOptional Buff Level 43 Option 2/3

Increases ranged and tech accuracy by 30% and armor penetration by 15% for 10 seconds and immediately restores 15 energy. In addition, Target Acquired generates one charge of Laze Target.

Increases ranged and tech accuracy by 30% and armor penetration by 15% for 10 seconds and immediately restores 15 energy. In addition, Target Acquired generates one charge of Laze Target.

General Suggestion: With the change to Target Acquired giving it an extra usage of Viral Targeting, you will get more use out of the buff taking Target Acquired than you would with Focused Integration's longer duration. Take Target Acquired and remember to use it!

LvL43
Critical CompoundsOptional Passive Level 43 Option 3/3

Critically hitting with periodic damage generates 1 energy.

Critically hitting with periodic damage generates 1 energy.

LvL43
Corrosive MicrobesPassive

Corrosive Dart and Corrosive Grenade have a 10% chance to deal their damage twice whenever they harm a target. In addition, Corrosive Grenade makes its targets assailable for 45 seconds. Assailable targets take 7% more elemental and internal damage.

Corrosive Dart and Corrosive Grenade have a 10% chance to deal their damage twice whenever they harm a target. In addition, Corrosive Grenade makes its targets assailable for 45 seconds. Assailable targets take 7% more elemental and internal damage.

LvL43
Caustic SubstancesHidden Passive

Weakening Blast deals 5% more damage and Corrosive Grenade has a 10% chance to deal its damage twice whenever it harms a target.

Weakening Blast deals 5% more damage and Corrosive Grenade has a 10% chance to deal its damage twice whenever it harms a target.

LvL47
Shield ProbeDefensive

Projects a defense field around yourself for up to 10 seconds, which absorbs damage. Does not break stealth.

Projects a defense field around yourself for up to 10 seconds, which absorbs damage. Does not break stealth.

LvL47
Weakening BlastAttack 35m

Deals weapon damage and for the next 10 seconds causes the target to take additional weapon damage whenever it takes damage from one of your poison effects.

Deals weapon damage and for the next 10 seconds causes the target to take additional weapon damage whenever it takes damage from one of your poison effects.

LvL51
Snap ShotOptional Passive Level 51 Option 1/3

Entering cover makes the next Snipe or Lethal Shot activate instantly. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

Entering cover makes the next Snipe or Lethal Shot activate instantly. This effect cannot occur more than once every 6 seconds.

LvL51
Ballistic DampersOptional Passive Level 51 Option 2/3

Entering cover grants 3 charges of Ballistic Dampers. Each charge absorbs 30% of the damage dealt by incoming attacks. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds. Ballistic Dampers can only be gained once every 6 seconds.

Entering cover grants 3 charges of Ballistic Dampers. Each charge absorbs 30% of the damage dealt by incoming attacks. This effect cannot occur more than once every 1.5 seconds. Ballistic Dampers can only be gained once every 6 seconds.

General Suggestion: Ballistic Dampers is a great method of reducing damage done to your squishy sniper in any content! 30% less damage taken for the next few hits every time you enter cover will immediately show noticeable tankiness as soon as you reach this choice at 51. Always be taking cover!

LvL51
Pillbox SniperOptional Passive Level 51 Option 3/3

Reduces the cooldown of Entrench by 15 seconds and Cover Pulse knocks targets back an additional 5 meters.

Reduces the cooldown of Entrench by 15 seconds and Cover Pulse knocks targets back an additional 5 meters.

LvL51
Targeted DemolitionHidden Passive

Increases the damage dealt by Corrosive Grenade by 5% and reduces the energy cost of Series of Shots by 1 per tick.

Increases the damage dealt by Corrosive Grenade by 5% and reduces the energy cost of Series of Shots by 1 per tick.

LvL51
DecayPassive

Increases the damage dealt by Snipe, Lethal Shot, Cull, and Corrosive Grenade by 5% and reduces the energy cost of Series of Shots by 1 per tick. Additionally, when Corrosive Grenade and Corrosive Darts end they are replaced by a lingering version for 5 seconds that will only deal damage when Cull deals damage.

Increases the damage dealt by Snipe, Lethal Shot, Cull, and Corrosive Grenade by 5% and reduces the energy cost of Series of Shots by 1 per tick. Additionally, when Corrosive Grenade and Corrosive Darts end they are replaced by a lingering version for 5 seconds that will only deal damage when Cull deals damage.

LvL60
Covered EscapeMovement

Roll forward 18 meters, purging movement-impairing effects and landing crouched behind cover. While rolling, your chance to dodge attacks is increased by 100%.

Roll forward 18 meters, purging movement-impairing effects and landing crouched behind cover. While rolling, your chance to dodge attacks is increased by 100%.

LvL60
Lethal ShotAttack 35m

Shoots a target for weapon damage and internal poison damage. Replaces Snipe.

Shoots a target for weapon damage and internal poison damage. Replaces Snipe.

LvL60
Lethal TakedownPassive

Damage dealt by Cull has a 80% chance to trigger Lethal Takedown, which finishes the cooldown of Takedown and makes your next Takedown usable on a target with any health level and cost 3 less energy.

Damage dealt by Cull has a 80% chance to trigger Lethal Takedown, which finishes the cooldown of Takedown and makes your next Takedown usable on a target with any health level and cost 3 less energy.

LvL64
Reestablish RangeOptional Passive Level 64 Option 1/3

Countermeasures purges all movement-impairing effects when activated and grants Reestablish Range, increasing your movement speed by 75% for 6 seconds. Additionally, the final shot of Series of Shots and Penetrating Blasts knocks back the target if they are within 10 meters.

Countermeasures purges all movement-impairing effects when activated and grants Reestablish Range, increasing your movement speed by 75% for 6 seconds. Additionally, the final shot of Series of Shots and Penetrating Blasts knocks back the target if they are within 10 meters.

Solo Suggestion: Adding a 75% movement speed increase and knockback to your detaunt is great because not only can you get out of danger faster in group content where you may accidentally get aggro, it also gives you a free sprint button in solo content! You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

LvL64
Ruthless EfficiencyOptional Passive Level 64 Option 2/3

Increases the damage dealt by Suppressive Fire by 25%.

Increases the damage dealt by Suppressive Fire by 25%.

LvL64
Over-PreparedOptional Passive Level 64 Option 3/3

Reduces the cooldown of Meticulous Preparation by 45 seconds and increases your damage reduction by 15% for 15 seconds after activating Meticulous Preparation.

Reduces the cooldown of Meticulous Preparation by 45 seconds and increases your damage reduction by 15% for 15 seconds after activating Meticulous Preparation.

Flashpoint Suggestion: If that speed boost from Countermeasures in the "Reestablish Range" choice isn't needed, Over-Prepared will greatly increase your survivability in group content and make you easier to heal. You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

Operation Suggestion: If that speed boost from Countermeasures in the "Reestablish Range" choice isn't needed, Over-Prepared will greatly increase your survivability in group content and make you easier to heal. You may wonder why a 25% increase to suppressive fire isnt suggested: It's simply not a big source of damage for Virulence even in AoE situations. You'd be better off spreading your damage over time effects to multiple targets to do damage!

LvL67
Meticulous PreparationBuff

Immediately finishes the active cooldowns on Countermeasures, Shield Probe, Cover Pulse, and Entrench.

Immediately finishes the active cooldowns on Countermeasures, Shield Probe, Cover Pulse, and Entrench.

LvL68
HololocateOptional Teleport 60m Level 68 Option 1/3

Activating the ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Hololocate goes on cooldown for 120 seconds when use to return to the marked location.

Activating the ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Hololocate goes on cooldown for 120 seconds when use to return to the marked location.

LvL68
Orbital StrikeOptional Area Attack 35m Level 68 Option 2/3

Calls in support from orbiting warships, dealing elemental damage over 9 seconds to up to 8 enemies within 8 meters of the targeted area. Additionally, standard and weak enemies are knocked down by the blasts.

Calls in support from orbiting warships, dealing elemental damage over 9 seconds to up to 8 enemies within 8 meters of the targeted area. Additionally, standard and weak enemies are knocked down by the blasts.

Solo Suggestion: Orbital Strike is a great source of free damage even in single target scenarios if you drop it on the enemy right at the beginning of a fight. Open up with this if you take it! If you find you really dont need an extra Area Attack or maybe really need some group utility, Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed.

Flashpoint Suggestion: Orbital Strike is a great source of free damage even in single target scenarios if you drop it on the enemy right at the beginning of a fight. Open up with this if you take it! If you find you really dont need an extra Area Attack or maybe really need some group utility, Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed.

LvL68
Ballistic ShieldOptional Defensive 10m (short range) Level 68 Option 3/3

Deploys a Ballistic Shield that spans 10 meters around you, reducing the damage taken by all allies that remain inside by 20%. Lasts 25 seconds.

Deploys a Ballistic Shield that spans 10 meters around you, reducing the damage taken by all allies that remain inside by 20%. Lasts 25 seconds.

Operation Suggestion: Ballistic Shield is a very strong group-wide defensive that should be taken whenever needed. If you find that you need a little more damage, you could take Orbital Strike instead and have it do some extra damage over time at the beginning of a fight.

LvL68
Devouring MicrobesPassive

Increases the damage dealt by poisoning effects by 15% on targets below 30% of max health. In addition, if a target dies with Weakening Blast, it finishes the cooldown of Weakening Blast.

Increases the damage dealt by poisoning effects by 15% on targets below 30% of max health. In addition, if a target dies with Weakening Blast, it finishes the cooldown of Weakening Blast.

LvL73
Augmented ShieldsOptional Passive Level 73 Option 1/3

Increases the amount of damage absorbed by Shield Probe by 30%. In addition, when taking damage while Entrench is active the cooldown on Meticulous Preperation is reduced by 2 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 3 seconds.

Increases the amount of damage absorbed by Shield Probe by 30%. In addition, when taking damage while Entrench is active the cooldown on Meticulous Preperation is reduced by 2 seconds. This effect can only occur once every 3 seconds.

Solo Suggestion: Augmented Shields takes the strongest defensive that snipers have and makes it better! This should be the default choice for any sniper taking damage.

LvL73
Calculated PursuitOptional Passive Level 73 Option 2/3

You gain 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit upon exiting cover, which allow Snipe and Lethal Shot to be activated while moving. Each use of Snipe or Lethal Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts up to 15 seconds, but reentering cover removes the effect prematurely.

You gain 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit upon exiting cover, which allow Snipe and Lethal Shot to be activated while moving. Each use of Snipe or Lethal Shot consumes 1 charge, and consumption of the first charge triggers a 20 second rate-limit on this skill. This effect lasts up to 15 seconds, but reentering cover removes the effect prematurely.

LvL73
Seek CoverOptional Passive Level 73 Option 3/3

When Entrench ends or you leave cover while Entrench is active, you gain Seek Cover, which increases your movement speed by 50% and grants immunity to movement impairing effects. Lasts 6 seconds.

When Entrench ends or you leave cover while Entrench is active, you gain Seek Cover, which increases your movement speed by 50% and grants immunity to movement impairing effects. Lasts 6 seconds.

Flashpoint Suggestion: If you aren't taking much damage and would rather some utility over Augmented Shields' increase to reduction, calculated pursuit is a great addition of mobility for snipers that may need help dodging area attacks or standing in the right place for mechanics.

Operation Suggestion: If you aren't taking much damage and would rather some utility over Augmented Shields' increase to reduction, calculated pursuit is a great addition of mobility for snipers that may need help dodging area attacks or standing in the right place for mechanics.

LvL73
Corrosive MinePassive

Increases the duration of your Ballistic Shield by 5 seconds. In addition, when you activate Covered Escape, you detonate an Corrosive Mine that deals internal damage to all nearby enemies over the duration. Targets that remain within are additionally slowed by 70% for the duration. Lasts 8 seconds. Does not affect sleeping or incapacitated targets.

Increases the duration of your Ballistic Shield by 5 seconds. In addition, when you activate Covered Escape, you detonate an Corrosive Mine that deals internal damage to all nearby enemies over the duration. Targets that remain within are additionally slowed by 70% for the duration. Lasts 8 seconds. Does not affect sleeping or incapacitated targets.

LvL78
Toxic SurgePassive

Weakening Blast applies Toxic Surge to the target, which causes internal damage the next time the target takes damage from your Corrosive Grenade.

Weakening Blast applies Toxic Surge to the target, which causes internal damage the next time the target takes damage from your Corrosive Grenade.

Milestones

  • At Level 15 you will get your first exclusive ability only the Virulence Sniper has, it will be called Corrosive Grenade.
  • At Level 23 you will get to choose a way to change how Corrosive Grenade works from three different options. This is your first Ability Tree choice, and you can make it by pressing K on your keyboard and selecting an option from the Virulence Ability Tree on the right.
  • At Level 27 you will get your second choice between three options in your Ability Tree. These options may be useable abilities you can click, or they can be passive abilities which give you a boost to your existing abilities.
  • At Level 47 you will get your second exclusive ability only the Virulence Sniper gets, it will be called Cull.
  • At Level 39 you will get to choose a way to change how Cull works from three different options in your Ability Tree.
  • At Level 47 and 60 you will get your last two exclusive abilities only the Virulence Sniper has, Weakening Blast and Lethal Shot.
  • At Level 73, you will get to make an important choice between three major abilities. This is a big choice all players need to make for their character.
  • At Level 43, 51, 64, 68 you will get to make additional choices for your Sniper.
  • All of these Ability Tree choices are not permanent. You can change them any time you are not in combat and are not in a queue for Flashpoints, Operations or PvP.
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Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
SentinelWatchman DOT DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat Burst DamageCarnage
Concentration Burst DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DOT (AOE) DamageVengeance
Focus Burst DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration Burst DamageDeception
Serenity DOT DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics Burst DamageLightning
Balance DOT DamageMadness
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DOT DamagePyrotech
Tactics
Burst DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery Burst DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DOT DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper Burst DamageConcealment
Ruffian DOT DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter Burst DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DOT DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DOT DamageVirulence
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Combat StyleDisciplineRoleDisciplineCombat Style
VanguardShield SpecialistTankShield
Tech
Powertech
Plasmatech DamagePyrotech
Tactics
DamageAdvanced Prototype
CommandoCombat Medic HealerBodyguardMercenary
Gunnery DamageArsenal
Assault Specialist DamageInnovative Ordnance
ScoundrelSawbones HealerMedicineOperative
Scrapper DamageConcealment
Ruffian DamageLethality
GunslingerSharpshooter DamageMarksmanshipSniper
Saboteur DamageEngineering
Dirty Fighting DamageVirulence
SentinelWatchman DamageAnnihilationMarauder
Combat DamageCarnage
Concentration DamageFury
GuardianDefenseTankImmortalJuggernaut
Vigilance DamageVengeance
Focus DamageRage
ShadowKinetic CombatTankDarkness
Assassin
Infiltration DamageDeception
Serenity DamageHatred
SageSeer HealerCorruptionSorcerer
Telekinetics DamageLightning
Balance DamageMadness

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