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Holosmith - DPS Holo

Part of the current metagame

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: WvW Zerg

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

Difficulty:
Hard
This build was last updated on July 04, 2024 and is up to date for the June 25, 2024 patch.

Overview

A power damage Holosmith WvW build meant to do massive damage within melee range, overwhelming the enemies with copious amounts of burst hits, causing great pain and harm to their bodies and souls and health bars, while having no meaningful downtime, unlike their other DPS such as reaper or berserker which struggle outside of Reaper's Shroud and Berserk.


Skillbar

Rifle/Rifle
Utility


Variants

Weapon
  • Hammer
Heal
  • Med Kit more team utility but less personal survivability
Utility
  • Elixir S


Template Code

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Specializations

Variants
  • Solar Focusing Lens
  • Photonic Blasting Module


Equipment

Head
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Chest
Marauder
Hands
Marauder
Legs
Marauder
Feet
Marauder
Backpiece
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Amulet
Marauder
Ring
Marauder
Ring
Marauder
Rifle
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rifle
Marauder
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6


Relic


Variants

Stats
  • Feel free to use as much Berserker's gear as you can without dying


Relics
  • Relic of Fireworks - with Hammer
  • Relic of Isgarren
  • Relic of Speed


Sigil
  • Sigil of Superior Sigil of Stamina for activating Explosive Entrance


Consumables

    • feast option with additional power and ferocity.


Usage

General

  • As soon as you get the 25 stacks of Sigil of Superior Sigil of Bloodlust and get out of combat, swap back to the Rifle without it


Overall Priorities

High
  • Damage
Moderate
Low
  • CC


Surviving

  • This build has moderate passive defense
  • This build has moderate mobility skill access
    • Holo Leap will leap towards your target if you have one, make sure to drop your target when using it for mobility
  • This build has moderate active defenses
Active defense priority Toggle
  • Holo Leap or Overcharged Shot - for Immobilize Immobilize
  • Dodge
  • Elixir U
  • A.E.D.


Detailed Explanations

Damage

  • In Engage Photon Forge prioritize Corona Burst and Light Strike for damage
    • Use Holo Leap as needed for mobility
  • Use Acid Bomb whenever the enemy group will be in the AoE for multiple ticks, the CD is very short
    • The backwards leap can be canceled by using a Weapon Swap keybind during the animation
  • UseLaser Disk whenever you are sure you are going to be able to sit in melee for a long time
  • Prime Light Beam is best suited for chokes or scenarios where the enemy is pushing at you, since it goes beyond the standard 5man target cap
    • Prime Light Beam roots you for a while during the cast so be careful to not greed
  • Try to use both Exceed skills within Photon Forge, to grant them the Laser's Edge modifier
  • During Photon Forge downtime:
    • Use your rifle skills, mainly Blunderbuss and Jump Shot for burst damage
    • Spam Flame Jet
Skill priority Toggle
  • Prime Light Beam - over 50 heat
  • Acid Bomb
  • Corona Burst
  • Laser Disk - over 50 heat
  • Jump Shot
  • Blunderbuss
  • Dodge - for Explosive Temper (Explosive Entrance)
  • Flame Jet


Superspeed

  • Holo Leap gives Superspeed Superspeed to an unlimited amount of allies
    • Use Holo Leap in the direction your commander is pushing whenever you use it
    • Cast Holo Leap behind the commander to keep the group together
    • Pair Holo Leap with Veil if your group isn't out of combat on Veil cast


CC

  • Use your Holographic Shockwave when:
    • Your group calls a spike:
      • Winds - Winds of Disenchantment
      • Wells - Well of Corruption+Well of Suffering
      • Shades - Desert Shroud
      • Traps - Procession of Blades+Test of Faith
    • On top of enemy downs (while alive players are on top of them)
    • Enemy groups moving defensively while your group is pushing


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