Elementalist - Dagger/x Fresh Air


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

Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defenseSustain.

Designed for:

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.

Skill Bar

Dagger/DaggerHealingUtilityElite

Weapon Variants

  • You can run Focus for more defensive skills such as Swirling Winds.png Swirling Winds and Obsidian Flesh.png Obsidian Flesh.
  • 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
Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Variants

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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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
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Ascended Feet (Light).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Strength.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty Infusion.png18x
Mighty Infusion

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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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Strength.png
Superior Rune of Strength.png6x
Superior Rune of Strength
Mighty Infusion.png15x
Mighty Infusion
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Precise Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder's stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by almost 60%.
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
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Ascended Feet (Light).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Accessory2.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Sigil of Strength.png
Superior Rune of Strength.png6x
Superior Rune of Strength
Precise Infusion.png18x
Precise Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Fried Golden Dumpling Fried Golden Dumpling
    Fried Golden Dumpling.pngFried Golden Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Concentration+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year33% Chance for Might (5 seconds) on Crit
    Consumable
    or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

This build relies on the trait Fresh Air.png Fresh Air. You can swap from Air to any attunement and use the skills you need, then reset the cooldown on Air Attunement.png Air Attunement with any critical hit and immediately attune back to Air. This lets you spam Electric Discharge.png Electric Discharge and Lightning Whip.png Lightning Whip for DPS while still getting the utility of your other attunements.
The attunement you swap to depends on the situation:
After using the skills you need, you should swap back to Air Attunement.png Air Attunement and autoattack while waiting for your attunements to recharge.

Damage

Defense

Sustain

Crowd Control

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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