Elementalist - Dagger/x Fresh Air

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

Focused on: Solo contentEventsDirect damage.

Designed for:

This build is up to date as of October 5, 2019.


Overview

Variant of Tempest - Dagger/x Fresh Air for players without access to the Heart of Thorns expansion. This build is highly mobile and has good sustained damage. It is best used for Solo Content and Event farming, but with a Staff it can Tag as well.

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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.

Specializations



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

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Weaver - Power DPS Fresh Air Sword build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty Infusion

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder's stats. You lose some damage but gain a massive health boost. This variant is highly recommended for general open world players.
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Precise Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage. Run instead of Strength if running these runes.

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
15x
Mighty Infusion
3x
Precise Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage. Run instead of Strength if running these runes.

Consumables

Food
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    is highly recommended for this build.
  • or
    for more damage.
  • for playing with groups.
  • is a good budget option.
  • for more dodges.
  • for more healing.
  • is a great option when you do not need any extra damage or sustain.
Utility
  • or
    is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.

Usage

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.

Damage

  • 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.

Defense

  • 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.

Sustain

  • 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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3 Ratings
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.

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

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