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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 playRoamingCore.

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Overview

An excellent Core Elementalist build meant for roaming and zerging.

Playstyle

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.

Skill Bar

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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
  • - for defense
  • - strong area damage or an area blind
  • - more mobility.
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and mobility.

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • provides good defensive abilities on dodging while in or

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty Infusion

Variant Equipment

The gear with this build is relatively flexible.

Gear

  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - slightly higher dps, much lower defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - can be mixed into a set to provide higher defense at the cost of DPS. Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's armor and weapons with Knight stat icon.png Knight's trinkets is a common replacement for Marauder stat icon.png Marauder .

Runes

Zerging
  • - provides extreme sustain when running in a zerg, best defensive rune when zerging
  • , , - higher burst, lower DPS rune alternatives
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune
  • , , - Defensive rune alternatives
  • - Defensive + Utility option, combine with
Solo
  • - higher burst than but lower DPS
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune

Sigils

Zerging
  • , , - defensive
  • - makes permanent and reduces 's CD drastically.
  • , - useful on-kill sigils
  • - combine with for extreme mobility
Solo
  • It is strongly recommended to stick with + when solo.

Consumables

Farming

Food
  • 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.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo

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

Usage

Damage

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)
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Build rating - 4 stars
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1 Ratings
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars 3 weeks ago

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.

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