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Catalyst - Staff Backline

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Strike damageUtility and Crowd control

Designed for: WvW Zerg

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns buildsEnd of Dragons builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on May 12, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A backline zerg WvW DPS build for Elementalist providing damage, CC and field support. Requires a precise usage of skills and positioning to survive.


Skill Bar

Staff
Staff
Utility


Variants

Heal
  • Arcane Brilliance extra combo finisher, if needed for Elemental Empowerment


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Specializations

Variants
  • Energized Elements if Elemental Empowerment can be maintained
  • Evasive Empowerment only if you can't reach 10 stacks of Elemental Empowerment


Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Amulet
Dragon
Ring
Dragon
Ring
Marauder
Staff
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Staff
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic


Equipment Variants

Relics
  • Relic of Speed
  • Relic of the Thief


Consumables

    • personal option


Usage

General

  • As soon as you get 25 stacks of Sigil of Superior Sigil of Bloodlust and get out of combat, swap back to the Staff without a stacking sigil
  • You are much stronger with full stacks of Elemental Empowerment and Empowering Auras
    • Make sure to use Frozen Ground on yourself to help maintain stacks
  • Staff Catalyst uses an attunement rotation for maximum burst damage
    • You are not locked into this rotation, while it is optimal for DPS, change the order based on your needs:
      • Water Attunement - healing and cleanse
      • Air Attunement - CC, Immobilize Immobilize clear, single target damage
      • Earth Attunement - CC, projectile reflect
Attunement rotation Toggle
  1. Fire Attunement
  2. Earth Attunement
  3. Water Attunement
  4. Air Attunement
  5. Repeat from step 1


Priorities

High
  • Meteor Shower
Moderate
  • Sustained damage
  • CC
Low
  • Support


Surviving

  • This build has low passive defense
  • This build has moderate mobility skill access
    • An About Face keybind can be useful for Burning Retreat
    • Avoid using Lightning Flash for mobility unless nessecary to survive
  • This build has moderate active defenses
Active defense priority Toggle
  • Windborne Speed - for Immobilize Immobilize
  • Magnetic Aura - for projectiles
  • Dodge
  • Burning Retreat
  • Lightning Flash
  • Soothing Water


Detailed Explanations

Meteor Shower

  • Place Meteor Shower where the enemy group is moving to, not where they are when you begin the cast
  • Activate Relentless Fire after casting Meteor Shower
  • Use Elemental Celerity to reset the cooldown of Meteor Shower and Lava Font after your first cast
  • There are two ways to move during the cast of Meteor Shower:
    • Cast Meteor Shower immediately after casting Burning Retreat and the Meteor Shower will be queued to cast at the target location after the rollback ends
    • Use Lightning Flash after you start casting it


Sustained damage

  • When using ground AoEs like Lava Font, place them so that one edge is on the enemy group and the other edge is in the direction they are moving to
  • Your 2 skills (Eruption/Ice Spike)/Lightning Surge) have very long delays or cast times
    • Predict the enemies movement, as with Meteor Shower
    • If you rotate quickly enough from Earth Attunement Water Attunement Air Attunement you can have all three skills land at the same place and time for burst damage. Sync them up as much as possible
  • Use Glyph of Storms in Fire Attunement if you expect the fight to last at least 25 seconds
    • Otherwise Air Attunement has more damage but with a much longer cooldown
Skill priority Toggle
  • Meteor Shower
  • Lava Font
  • Glyph of Storms
  • Lightning Surge/Eruption/Ice Spike
  • Autoattacks


CC

  • Your three ground CCs are Static Field, Unsteady Ground and Frozen Ground, in order of strength
    • Frozen Ground should normally be saved to give yourself and allies Frost Aura instead of being used as a CC
  • Drop your target when casting Shock Wave to make it easier to aim, don't cast it into projectile reflect
  • You shouldn't interrupt your rotation to try and CC, instead just use whichever CC you have available for the attunements you're in
  • Use your CC when:
    • Your group calls a spike:
      • Winds - Winds of Disenchantment
      • Wells - Well of Corruption+Well of Suffering
      • Shades - Desert Shroud
      • Traps - Procession of Blades+Test of Faith
    • On top of enemy downs (while alive players are on top of them)
    • Enemy groups moving defensively while your group is pushing


Support

  • Focus on using Windborne Speed when your group is pushing or disengaging from the enemy
  • Cast Healing Rain on clashes, targeting the ground AoE so that one edge is on your group and the other edge is where they are moving to
  • If a player in your party is going to die because of Immobilize Immobilize, save them with Windborne Speed
  • Cast Geyser where your team is regrouping
  • Use Frozen Ground on your group before pushes to give Frost Aura
  • Use your Jade Sphere in Air Attunement, on your group, for Quickness Quickness


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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5 stars
Alexkz gave this build 5 stars • December 2023
pretty good dps on this one, let's you hit many targets quickly. Can't get as much dps with staff weaver
5 stars
DEL gave this build 5 stars • July 2023
I play this and variations of it and if you can handle the APM and know where to put your stuff it is pretty much the #1 stat padder build out there.
4 stars
Arete gave this build 4 stars • April 2023
Solid build, has much more control over its attunement access and weapon skills than weaver, but maintaining elemental empowerment can be pretty challenging. With extra auras on staff now it can compete with weaver pretty well.

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