Elementalist - Basic Fresh Air

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Focused on: Direct damageMobilityDpsSurvivalRoaming.

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build archived 3/15/21, see Elementalist - Basic Elementalist


This is a good starting place for any elementalist that wants to learn the Fresh Air playstyle, which is a core component of the elementalist class. While it doesn't have the same upfront power as its Tempest or Weaver cousins, Core Ele is still a potent class that can complete most open world content without issue.

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Weapon Variants

  • You can run Focus for more defensive skills such as and .
  • You can use Scepter for ranged damage, but note that this is a significant damage loss.
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - burst heal.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
Utility Skills
  • or - more damage.
  • - heavy defiance bar damage via .
  • - for mobility.
Elite Skills
  • - for mobility.


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Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - higher dps, much less survivability
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - lower dps, more survivability
  • Celestial stat icon.png Celestial - fun and effective option that can change your playstyle up a lot
  • , - good defenseive runes
  • - strong burst option


  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
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  • , - Damage
  • - Damage


This build relies on the trait . You can swap from Air to any attunement and use the skills you need, then reset the cooldown on with any critical hit and immediately attune back to Air. This lets you spam and for DPS while still getting the utility of your other attunements.
The attunement you swap to depends on the situation:
  • has powerful burst damage skills in and .
  • grants and for sustain.
  • grants for mobility and for crowd control.
After using the skills you need, you should swap back to and autoattack while waiting for your attunements to recharge.


  • DPS is mostly passive with this build; just make sure you're hitting things with your .
  • You can use to help maintain Fury Fury.
  • Weave in and when you can for more damage.
  • in Fire or Air can be used as a high-damage opener.
    • deals more damage, but has a much shorter cooldown allowing you to throw it out liberally.


  • The best defense is always to dodge or sidestep attacks. Use the high Vigor Vigor uptime of this build to your advantage.
  • continuously blinds enemies for 10 seconds when used in .
  • You can use , , and to interrupt enemies.
    • In desperate circumstances, can also be used as a dodge.
  • can be used to mitigate pressure.
  • and have no cast time; use them if you need them.
  • , used in , creates a tanky elemental that can help take pressure off you.


  • Always be spamming or other skills to maximize the healing from .
  • is a good source of healing and condition cleanse. If running Arcane, you can dodge in to get a second from , which only has a 10-second cooldown.
  • You can run or to better deal with condition pressure.
  • , used in , creates an elemental with strong healing and condition cleanse on a short cooldown.

Crowd Control

  • (from Ice Elemental)
  • (from Air Elemental)
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4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars July 2020

Core Ele is one of the stronger options from the core classes due to its versatility and relatively high damage. While the build is a little squishy for solo farming, it can handle its own against hero points or general open world mobs. Both the Tempest and Weaver fresh air variants outclass the core variant, but it gains bonus points for being easily accessible to new players.