Elementalist - Dagger/x Fresh Air

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

Focused on: Direct damageAoe.

Designed for:



A good starter fresh air ele build. This build doesn't compare well to its Tempest variant, but can still hold its own decently well in open world.

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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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  • - if you need condition cleanse.
  • - provides more Blind Blind if having trouble with trash mobs.


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
Mighty Infusion
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder gear is superior to Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's / Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's for open world farming due to its tiny loss of damage but massive defense increase.
    • If you don't have access to Marauder stat icon.png Marauder , you can add a few peices of Knight stat icon.png Knight's or Valkyrie stat icon.png Valkyrie gear.
  • is a powerful defensive option if you're having trouble surviving.
  • is a standard PvE rune which offers higher burst damage but lower DPS.
    • If running Scholars, swap for .


  • 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 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)
Build rating - 4 stars
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4 Ratings
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars November 2019

Arguably one of the most powerful core specs for soloing open world or story content. Super fun to play!

4 stars
Hiigara1356 gave this build 4 stars February 2019

This build in close-up Action Camera mode is so incredibly fun to play that it's what got me to commit to GW2. I picked up the expansions after having so much fun zipping around with this setup.

3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars October 2018

The best build for core Elementalist with great sustained damage, mobility, and survivability.

1 More Rating
5 stars
L I I O U S gave this build 5 stars August 2018

has very good mobility and damage and makes the game super easy for new players

very effective against pve content

a very good start with no expansions