Holosmith - Protection Holo

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Focused on: Direct damageSupport.

Designed for:


A tanky sPvP Holosmith build made to win duels and occasionally help out in team fights by bringing both damage and support to the table.

Skill Bar

Elite Mortar Kit

Slot Changes


  • - only an option with .


  • - 3 blast finishers, Protection Protection synergy and some CC. Take on Inventions.

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  • The first trait depends on who you're facing. If you're expecting to be dueling Power based specs, take .


Superior Sigil of Intelligence
Superior Sigil of Intelligence.pngSuperior Sigil of Intelligence
Your next three attacks after swapping to this weapon while in combat has a 100% critical chance. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Rune of Resistance
Superior Rune of Resistance.pngSuperior Rune of Resistance
(1): +25 Toughness (2): -5% Incoming condition duration (3): +50 Toughness (4): -10% Incoming condition duration (5): +100 Toughness (6): -10% Incoming condition duration; gain resistance for 4 seconds after activating an elite skill. (Cooldown: 20s)
Berserker Amulet
Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
+1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity

Equipment Changes


  • is a tanky amulet in general with a 6th bonus that has nice trait synergy.
  • offers higher overall boon duration than any other rune on this list plus an instant source of cleansing, but it's less tanky.
  • is also decent.


  • Superior Sigil of Cleansing Superior Sigil of Cleansing
    Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
    Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    over Intelligence.


  • Demolisher's Amulet Demolisher's Amulet
    Demolisher's Amulet.pngDemolisher's Amulet
    +1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Ferocity
    is a more tanky option, should you want to focus more on sustain.


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11 Ratings
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Hanz gave this build 5 stars March 2020

One of the best holo builds atm, great sustain/utility and decent damage. Looks like the shield buffs may be enough to bring this archetype back.

EDIT: updated for the February patch. Will fix the usage sometime next week.

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Greens gave this build 5 stars October 2019

A great, easy and versatile build for duels and support.

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DeDoctor gave this build 5 stars August 2019

This build has great sustain, good damage, and pretty good support with boons and cleanses from protection. A great side node duelist!

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Katzenfutter gave this build 5 stars March 2019

A great build. It got a lot of sustain, decent damage and is a great addition to teams which rely on boons.

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Ulkhan gave this build 5 stars January 2019

Amazing at matches, a bit slow at duels but win them all. Nice variant for everything, and especcially- condi.

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Bobruler0896 gave this build 5 stars August 2018

In my honest opinion though; the basic build is 'okay', you just have to re-tune it to your playstyle. I do honestly believe the S/Sh works a lot better for this build. Rifle is too lack-luster and useless for anything other than auto-spamming. Plus you get a lot more tankiness and easy access cleansing with shield o/h.

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Shirin gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Great build ton of sustain and lots of fun to play!

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AlekSeven gave this build 5 stars April 2018

A good build that helped me and team to survive the condi bomb of 2 Scourges. Good mobility with PH 2 and a lot of boons with convert and Supply crate with Exp Turrets. Ran this in ranked it it deserves its good note.

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Zoopop44 gave this build 5 stars April 2018

great to play and throw you enemies off by not expecting a build like this.

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Filthi gave this build 5 stars March 2018

as of my own understanding of gw2 mechanics/meta right now, i cant see why maurader isnt present as the main or secondary choice for amulet using this build. My Decision for marauder factors on the low health pool vs meta condi scourge. Having the extra hp for fighting condi is a big help. more hp = more time to kill them before healing yourself for a bigger burst. the time givin in fighting condi builds is helpful.

toughness counters power ---> but does not mitigate condi damage

vit counters condi --->but higher hp pool requires more heal

once the condi gets toned down i could perhaps see demolisher ammy as more viable

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CGSN gave this build 5 stars February 2018

This score reflects how powerful Hard Light Arena with the inventions/alchemy condition converting is. We talked a bit about how great the toolbelt for Medic Gyro was with inventions/alchemy as a 5X protection pulse while Hard Light Arena with its 12 pulses initially escaped our theorycrafting.

Thumper turret is pretty clever with the smoke bomb offering a double smoke blast escape from CC.

The third utility slot is real difficult to find something that feels great. I haven't tried Photon Wall in this build yet but it was nice to play with in the SD build, so I'll try that out for a bit.

Regardless of the small details though, Hard Light Arena is one of the strongest condition-hate skills in the game now with inventions/alchemy and will hard carry teamfights on its own.