Elementalist - Basic Staff Ele

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damageArea damageRanged damageDpsGroup playRoaming.

Designed for:


Expansions required:

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This build is an excellent starting spot for anyone who wants to play a Staff Elementalist in open world. Even without access to the expansions, this build holds its own in a zerg.


This bulid revolves around using your many area of effects, such as to deal large splash damage to groups of mobs very quickly. This build offers a relatively relaxed playstyle, even in fast-paced groups, though in very fast zergs such as the Mad King's Labyrinth it can fall behind other builds. In cases where your tagging speed matters more than your raw DPS, the scepter tagging tempest build is recommended.

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Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if conditions are a problem. Synergizes with covering its long channel time.
  • - allows you to make good use of combo fields.
Utility Skills
  • - excellent for when you're left without a group
  • - more single-target damage than .
  • - good AOE damage
  • - higher damage than if you don't need the defense.
  • - more mobility.
  • - get out of jail free card.
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and mobility.


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  • provides good defensive abilities on dodging while in or


Ascended gear is not required. You can run Exotic with the same stats instead.

Standard Equipment

This set is ideal for open world.
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Superior Rune of Strength
Mighty Infusion
  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's 's stats can be used in place of Marauder stat icon.png Marauder for a small boost to DPS at the cost of defense. This is recommended if you are purely Core or F2P.
  • grant higher burst but lower overall DPS.
  • and offer cheaper alternatives.
  • offers incredible sustain but a significant damage loss. These are not recommended for roaming or solo play, only zerging.


  • 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



Abuse your skills. Your goal is to tag large groups of mobs quickly. , , and are your bread and butter.

    • Against static groups, is an incredible damage tool. It also works very well against bosses, especially those with a large hit box.
      • You can use during your channel to prevent being interrupted. You can also abuse before you cast to blind groups of mobs.
  • and allow you to trap enemies for your AOEs.

Defense & Support

  • provides significant condition removal to both yourself and allies.
  • is a decent area heal.
  • is a large area blind.

Crowd Control

  • and (in Lightning Hammer)
  • (from Ice Elemental)
  • (from Air Elemental)
Build rating - 5 stars
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5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars last month

This build is surprisingly strong for a basic build. It stands up to its Tempest and Weaver variants easily and is very easy to play.