Elementalist - S/F Fresh air roamer

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

Focused on: Direct damageMobility.

Designed for:


S/F Fresh Air is a WvW roaming build which focuses on burst damage whilst avoiding damage by utilizing superspeed, projectile hate and invulnerabilities to make up for its squishiness.

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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion



  • The ratio of Marauder stat icon.png Marauder and Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's gear can be changed based on personal preferences. More experienced players can replace some Marauder pieces with Berserker ones.


  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
  • Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
    Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration



There are plenty of viable choices:

  • - passive damage mitigation and strong offensive stats.
  • - armor ignoring damage and a bit of extra healing, a suitable budget option.
  • - defensive option with more evasion.
    • Budget version:


  • or .



  • Much of this build's damage comes from swapping to , as this triggers , followed by . To capitalize on this, you should generally swap out of air immediately or soon after casting Lightning Strike into any other attunement, get a Fresh Air proc and jump back into Air Attunement.
  • Recharging Air: to take advantage of you need to score a critical hit. The fastest way to do it on attunements with slower skill is to start channel the air autoattack just before leaving . Swapping attunements doesn't break the channeling and Arc Lightning is almost guaranteed to critically hit at least once.
  • should usually be used while in for the Immobilize Immobilize, which makes it harder to avoid your burst. Alternatively, cast while still in then switch over to Earth before the projectile hits - this will root the target and you can get back into Air without skipping a beat as Arcane Blast is always a critical hit. With 1.5k range this is also your best ranged option.
  • This build can self-stack might by blasting the fire field created by . Do not prioritize might-stacking, but do take advantage of the incidental opportunities which arise. Your blast finishers are:
  • The build's most dangerous above 90% HP where the and bonuses are active. These bonuses are active in any attunement, but to maximize bursts most of your hard hitting abilities should go off while attuned to Air to benefit from and .
  • 's purpose is twofold.
    • Mobility: and are excellent movement skills that can help you disengage from fights if your defensive CDs ran out, or if you want to get to the other capture point as soon as possible.
    • Cleave: AoE in the build is rather clumsy, except for and . Use these whenever you need to cleave a downed enemy or want to take a camp (ball up the NPCs in a corner beforehand).

Notable burst combos

These are some potential combos you can use based on the techniques outlined above. The quicker you pull these chains off, the better.

From Fire:

  1. (optional, easy to avoid so use it only when the target is CC'd or downed)
  2. - optional: right at your target before Phoenix Goes off
  3. - swap to this just before Phoenix and Arcane Blast are about to land

From Earth:

  1. - projectile must land right before attuning to Air to get the Immobilize Immobilize

From Water:

  1. + right at your target before the trident goes off
  2. just before Shatterstone and Water Trident does damage


  • makes it easy to kite most specs. Avoid melee range at all costs!
  • CCs can be used for shaking off pursuers.
  • and provide excellent protection against enemies who use projectiles. These however do not work against unblockable projectiles, and some ranged builds - such as this one - are mostly unaffected by projectile reflects and blocks.
  • is the build's best condition cleanse which can also be used while stunned.
  • gives invincibility for a short while, and can be used to survive bursts or to create a window where you can pressure targets in the ehat of battle without any hinderance.
  • Regeneration Regeneration applications remove conditions.
Build rating - 4 stars
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3 Ratings
3 stars
Hanz gave this build 3 stars August 2021

This build is almost as old as the game but still works. It was never amazing, but remains the best burst archetype ele has access to. Weaver does more damage, but this is easier to play.

5 stars
InvisableYam gave this build 5 stars January 2017

Still loving this build and small variations to it, S/F ele is all about timing and this build can be very rewarding if you time it right. It's possible to experiment with a Tempest variation, keeping in mind the fresh air aspect and overloading, that's also about right time right place. Great build.

5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars July 2016

Very difficult to play, but with a very high skill cap and high amount of outplay potential. Struggles against some of the new HoT specs such as herald and daredevil but has the potential to win almost all matchups if played well enough.