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Elementalist - D/D Burn Burst Bruiser

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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

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Overview

The DDBBB is a somewhat survivable, very damaging variation of the Elementalist. It brings linear, but abhorrent five-digit area-damage to the table while keeping a slight notion of the survival and healing the Elementalist is absolutely hated for. You start with your best, and you finish with your best, but the creamy middle is slightly trite, yet none less tasty.

Skill Bar

First Weapon Set

Dagger/Dagger Fire
Utility
Elite
Dragon's Claw
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Dragon's Claw
Fling fire in a claw-shaped spread at your foe.
Damage.pngDamage per Projectile: 91
Range.pngRange: 400
Drake's Breath
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Drake's Breath
Spray a cone of fire at foes while on the move.
Damage.png4Damage: 712
Burn.png4Burning (2½s): 1,048 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 400
Burning Speed
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Burning Speed
Slide forward and blast the area, leaving behind a line of fire that burns foes.
Damage.pngBlast Damage: 710
Damage.pngFire Wall Damage: 36
Burn.pngBurning (1½s): 131 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngFire Wall Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngBlast Radius: 240
Book.pngEvade: ¾ seconds
Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
Range.pngRange: 600
Ring of Fire
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Ring of Fire
Damage nearby foes with a ring of fire, burning foes that pass through it.
Damage.pngDamage: 441
Burn.png2Initial Burning (4s): 1,048 Damage
Burn.pngPass-Through Burning (2s): 262 Damage
Duration.pngRing of Fire Duration: 5 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
Fire Grab
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Fire Grab
Damage foes in a cone in front of you. Deal more damage to burning foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 426
Damage.pngDamage vs. Burning: 682
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 300
Arcane Brilliance
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Arcane Brilliance
Arcane. Blast the area, hitting foes with critical damage and healing yourself. Healing effectinevess is increased per target hit.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Heal.pngHealing: 3,560
Heal.pngHealing Increase per Target: 20%
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Arcane Power
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Arcane Power
Arcane. Your next five attacks do critical damage.
Arcane Power.png5Arcane Power (30s): Attacks do critical damage.
Arcane Shield
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Arcane Shield
Arcane. Block attacks with an energy shield. If it blocks three attacks, it explodes for critical damage.
Damage.pngDamage: 365
Arcane Shield.png3Arcane Shield (5s): Block attacks. Explodes after blocking three attacks.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 360
Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
Signet of Earth
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Signet of Earth
Signet Passive: Improves toughness.
Signet Active: Immobilize your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Signet of Earth.pngSignet of Earth: 180 Toughness
Bleed.png5Bleeding (7s): 1,488 Damage
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (3s): Unable to move.
Range.pngRange: 1,200
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Dagger/Dagger Water
Vapor Blade
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Vapor Blade
Cast a vapor blade that inflicts vulnerability and returns to you.
Damage.pngDamage: 80
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (6s): 1% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 600
Cone of Cold
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Cone of Cold
Spray an icy blast in a cone that damages foes and heals allies.
Damage.png4Damage: 488
Heal.pngHealing: 740
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 400
Frozen Burst
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Frozen Burst
Detonate a burst of ice that chills nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 103
Chill.pngChilled (3s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Frost Aura
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Frost Aura
Protect yourself with frost armor that reduces incoming damage by 10%. While active, it chills foes that hit you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once per second.
Frost Aura.pngFrost Aura (7s): -10% Incoming Damage
Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Cleansing Wave
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Cleansing Wave
Heal yourself and nearby allies, curing a condition.
Heal.pngHealing: 1,302
Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Dagger/Dagger Air
Lightning Whip
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Lightning Whip
Lash your foe with lightning.
Damage.png2Damage: 344
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 300
Lightning Touch
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Lightning Touch
Shock your foe and inflict weakness.
Damage.pngDamage: 146
Weakness.pngWeakness (5s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 300
Shocking Aura
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Shocking Aura
Envelop yourself with electrical energy that stuns nearby foes if they attack you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once every 2 seconds.
Shocking Aura.pngShocking Aura (4s): Stun nearby attacking foes with an electric shock (only once per 2 seconds for each attacker).
Stun.pngStun (1s): Unable to use skills or move.
Ride the Lightning
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Ride the Lightning
Ride the lightning to your foe, then strike all nearby foes with an electrical burst. If a foe is hit by the burst, the skills's recharge is halved.
Damage.pngDamage: 244
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 180
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Updraft
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Updraft
Gain swiftness from a gust of wind that launches nearby foes.
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (10s): 33% Movement Speed
Launch.pngLaunch: 200
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 180
Book.pngEvade: 1 second
Dagger/Dagger Earth
Impale
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Impale
Spear your foes on a giant stone spike.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Bleed.pngBleeding (8s): 340 Damage
Range.pngRange: 300
Ring of Earth
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Ring of Earth
Bleed foes with a ring of rocky spikes.
Damage.pngDamage: 306
Bleed.pngBleeding (12s): 510 Damage
Cripple.pngCripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Book.pngBlock Missiles
Magnetic Grasp
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Magnetic Grasp
Immobilize your foe, making them vulnerable to a Magnetic Leap attack.
Damage.pngDamage: 24
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Earthquake
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Earthquake
Trigger a quake at your location, knocking down foes and dealing massive damage.
Damage.pngDamage: 244
Knockdown.pngKnockdown: 2 seconds
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Churning Earth
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Churning Earth
Make the earth churn, crippling nearby foes before unleashing a seismic wave that damages and bleeds them.
Damage.pngDamage: 792
Bleed.png8Bleeding (8s): 2,720 Damage
Cripple.png4Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 360
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast

Slot Changes

Skill variants go here.

  • Arcane Brilliance Arcane Brilliance
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    Arcane Brilliance
    Arcane. Blast the area, hitting foes with critical damage and healing yourself. Healing effectinevess is increased per target hit.
    Damage.pngDamage: 122
    Heal.pngHealing: 3,560
    Heal.pngHealing Increase per Target: 20%
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Ether Renewal Ether Renewal
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    Ether Renewal
    Cantrip. Heal yourself and cure a condition with every pulse.
    Heal.pngHealing: 625
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
    Book.pngPulses: 8
    if you don't have the Skill Points for Arcane Brilliance yet, or you want some massive Condition cleansing in place of yet another Arcane skill.
  • Signet of Earth Signet of Earth
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    Signet of Earth
    Signet Passive: Improves toughness.
    Signet Active: Immobilize your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 122
    Signet of Earth.pngSignet of Earth: 180 Toughness
    Bleed.png5Bleeding (7s): 1,488 Damage
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (3s): Unable to move.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Arcane Blast Arcane Blast
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    Arcane Blast
    Arcane. Blast your foe with energy for critical damage.
    Damage.pngDamage: 341
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,500
    or
    Arcane Wave Arcane Wave
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    Arcane Wave
    Arcane. Blast foes in the target area with an energy wave for critical damage.
    Damage.pngDamage: 341
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 900
    if you want to be all-out damage, but the Signet of Earth is to make sure the opponent doesn't out-kite you and your massive-but-linear burst damage.

Specializations

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Weapons

First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Dagger
Superior Sigil of Torment Superior Sigil of Torment
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50% Chance on critical: Apply AoE torment (5 seconds, 180 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
  • Off Hand
Dagger
Superior Sigil of Strength Superior Sigil of Strength
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Superior Sigil of Strength.pngSuperior Sigil of Strength
60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 1s)

Equipment

Rune:

Superior Rune of the Wurm Superior Rune of the Wurm
Superior Rune of the Wurm.pngSuperior Rune of the Wurm
(1): +25 Vitality (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Vitality (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Vitality (6): +7% Ferocity; 7% of vitality is converted to ferocity.


Amulet:

Berserker Amulet Berserker Amulet
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+1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity

Equipment Variants

  • PvP Valkyrie's Amulet PvP Valkyrie's Amulet
  • Superior Rune of Altruism Superior Rune of Altruism
    Superior Rune of Altruism.pngSuperior Rune of Altruism
    (1): +25 Healing Power (2): When using a heal skill, grant 3 stacks of might to nearby allies for 8 seconds. (Cooldown: 10s) (3): +50 Healing Power (4): +10% Boon Duration (5): +100 Healing Power (6): When you use a heal skill, grant fury to nearby allies for 8 seconds. (Cooldown: 10s)

Usage

The idea of the build is to initially nuke your opponent down, then to outlast them until you are ready to nuke again. The typical, core rotation is to use the Signet of Earth to keep the opponent from moving, then to use Arcane Power right before running right into them with Burning Speed, then crit-nuking them with Fire Grab. Since they'll be Burning, they'll have 22+ stacks of Vulnerability on them, and they'll be frozen in place, they usually end up losing a large bit of their health, if they don't outright die from it in the first place. Or, if you choose to take Arcane Wave or Arcane Blast over Signet of Earth, you can attune to Earth, use Magnetic Grasp, leap to them, knock them down, then attune to Fire and then start on your one-shot rotation.

You may not be as tank-like as a Guardian, but you won't need it. They'll be too focused on cleansing the Burning to make sure they don't die, or healing up all of the damage you just dealt to them. Even if they do Leeroy Jenkins you, you have the Health, Healing, and CC to take care of them until your nuke-em combo is ready to use once again.

Counters

Counters? Generally a Guardian with Radiance's Trait line, or a person with good Reflexes that can cleanse the Immobilize before you have the time to land the 3-hitter combo. If you play smart, it's generally not a problem, as you catch them with the Immobilize when they least expect it.


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