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Holosmith - Celestial Elixir Holo Roamer

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Hybrid damageMobility and Sustain

Designed for: WvW Roaming

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

Difficulty:
Normal
This build was last updated on July 08, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A Celestial Holosmith build for WvW roaming built around Relic of Vass and elixir synergy.


Skill Bar

Pistol/Shield
Utility


Skill Variants

Utility

Viable choices for the optional slot:

  • Photon Wall - another block to use.
  • Elixir R - endurance refill on low CD, has synergy with various offensive traits. The toolbelt skill is the strongest part of this, Toss Elixir R allows you to revive yourself if you'd lose a duel provided that you can drop it under your character at the right moment.
  • Elixir C - if you're struggling against conditions a lot then this could solve your problem.


Weapons

  • Sword - focuses more on the strike damage aspect of the build. Better burst damage, worse sustain and range. Also adds an extra leap finisher.


Elite

  • Prime Light Beam - unblockable CC to set up burst.


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Specializations

Variants

  • You could consider taking Prismatic Converter if you're having trouble dealing with conditions, but you're going to have to sacrifice some damage for it.


Specialization Variants

Firearms Firearms over Explosives Explosives is also a viable option. While this makes your condi bursts a bit stronger, you lose the Fury Fury and Explosive Entrance procs to even it out and your sustain's going to be a bit weaker due to the loss of frequent Blind Blind and barrier procs:


Equipment

Head
Celestial
Shoulders
Celestial
Chest
Celestial
Hands
Celestial
Legs
Celestial
Feet
Celestial
Backpiece
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Amulet
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Pistol
Celestial
Shield
Celestial
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18
Relic


Equipment Variants

Runes

  • Rune of Superior Rune of Balthazar - makes your burning sources stronger but everything else a bit weaker. Increases the damage of your best burst skill slightly. In terms of effectiveness Trapper and Balthazar aren't far apart.
  • Rune of Superior Rune of the Sunless - budget option with great stats and some extra defense against conditions.


Consumables

Food

  • - defensive option with Explosive Entrance and Thermal Release Valve synergy.
    • - budget version.
  • - defensive ascended choice with passive damage mitigation while also providing a decent amount of offensive stats.


Utility

  • or


Usage

Elite specialization basics

  • Holosmith grants access to the Photon Forge (sometimes referred to as holo mode) and introduces a new resource: heat. Heat is generated passively while the forge is active and also by activating forge skills. Higher CD skills generate more heat.
  • Reaching maximum heat (100) should be avoided as Overheating damages you and locks you out of the forge until heat goes back to 0.
  • Engage Photon Forge is used to activate the forge, after which your weapon skills will be replaced by 5 new ones. You can't exit the forge for at least 6 seconds, so think twice before reentering with high heat levels. You can however manage heat levels by dodging, both in and out of holo mode.
  • Both Engage Photon Forge and Disengage Photon Forge count as toolbelt skills and will work with related traits. Both skills can proc weapon swap sigils too.


General

  • Every elixir you use makes your next 3 attacks apply Poison Poison thanks to Relic of Vass.
    • Your healing skill applies 6 stacks of Vass instead of 3.
  • Vass works with toolbelt and kit elixirs too, giving the builds a constant stream of Poison applications.
  • Your best burst skill is Photon Blitz. It does high damage and hits several times over its duration, making it ideal for unloading Vass stacks.
  • Elixirs provide a steady stream of cleansing via Compounding Chemicals. There's also Sigil of Superior Sigil of Cleansing (which you can activate by entering/leaving holo mode or swapping in and out of kits) and the Super Elixir + Acid Bomb combo. You might need to be more careful against condition builds so make good use of your blocks, blinds and CC effects.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 1 votes.
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5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars • February 2024
Vass elevated this build significantly, Holo needed these new condi sources badly and got them for basically free. Single target damage is great, mobility is fine. Sustain could be better, there's not a whole lot of healing for a Cele build, but it's still one of the better things to play on Engi right now.

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