Holosmith - DPS Holosmith

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Focused on: Direct damageBurst damageControl.

Designed for:


A build that deals massive amounts of flat damage, with some of the highest power coefficients in the game letting it deal upwards of 20,000 with single blows reliably.

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Skill Variants




Ascended Head (Medium).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Medium).png
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Ascended Chest (Medium).png
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Ascended Hands (Medium).png
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Ascended Legs (Medium).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Medium).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Accessory2.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Rifle.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
Superior Rune of the Pack.png6x
Superior Rune of the Pack
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion



  • "Berserker" Trade Vitality for DPS
  • "Soldier" Trade DPS for survivability

Food & Consumables


  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    - Defensive + Offensive Option


  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills


Overview This build relies heavily upon direct damage mitigation to avoid getting 1shot by power spikes, however stacking Iron Blooded.png Iron Blooded, 24px Light Density Amplifier, Spectrum Shield.png Spectrum Shield, Coolant Blast.png Coolant Blast and its subsequent Frost Aura.png Frost Aura give it modest abilities to sustain through pushes, so long as it is given breaks to regain cooldowns.

Condition pressure is a great weakness to this build, relying heavily on Elixir Gun.png Elixir Gun as its primary condition cleanse, using 24px Cauterize if absolutely needed. The best way to avoid both damage and conditions however is to position well and utilise Elixir S.png Elixir S and Static Shield.png Static Shield before you are struck.

Build rating - 2 stars
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5 Ratings
0 stars
Xivor gave this build 0 stars September 2018

This build guide does not match the build. DPS Holosmith in itself is a 4 star class, but this guide does not reflect that.

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Lvis gave this build 0 stars April 2018

This build is not correct. Traitlines as well as traits are completely wrong ! Usage is talking about Iron Blooded but the build is using the firearms traitline.

Also, PBM Module is not selected.

Static shield is mentioned in the description but the build has a rifle selected.

Please fix.

0 stars
Angeelss gave this build 0 stars October 2017

This build is highly limited. Rifle brings better ranged pressure, as well as higher burst damage. Explosives brings less use than Tools, and this build lacks mobility as well as utility because of it.

Additionally, Light Density Amplifier and Photonic Blast Module are the worst options to take in a WvW focused Holosmith build. Prismatic Converter and either Thermal Release Valve or Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit are superior in pretty much every way. Whilst the self detonate and high uptime of Laser's Edge are nice, the low uptime of holoforge, as well as the low ranged pressure really limits it - and requires it to be carried really hard in order for it to be effective.

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5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars October 2017

A super powerful build, able to take out top spot for DPS consistantly, but with an extremely high skill ceiling due to limited sustain and cleanse options. A well played holosmith can generate fight changing downs and secure cleave.

5 stars
Vovoid gave this build 5 stars September 2017

This is a fantastic build that is challenging and enjoyable to play. I mainly roam in WvW, and have consistently won 1v1s, 1v2s, and even 1v3s. Currently, I have three pieces of Soldier gear, with the rest being Marauders. This build offers an abundance of self-sustain, damage. Unfortunately, mobility will be your worst enemy. To counter this, I gave up Elixir S for Rocket Boots, but the tool belt Elixir S skill is extremely pivotal to your survival so I reverted. Inventions is a great alternative as well. Also, your overheating mechanic hits incredibly hard. When you're fighting Thieves, try to time PBM so that they teleport into your blast. Fun stuff. Overall, a very solid build that I'll proceed to use.

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