Holosmith - P/S Hybrid Holosmith

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This is a rough draft. Once adequately written, it will progress to the testing stage, where it can be rated by the community. You can help by proposing changes with a Comment or on the Discussion page.

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A high damage roaming build that inflicts both power and conditions, aided by high might stacks.





Chemical Rounds.png Chemical Rounds

No Scope.png No Scope

Incendiary Powder.png Incendiary Powder


Invigorating Speed.png Invigorating Speed

Emergency Elixir.png Emergency Elixir



Prismatic Converter.png Prismatic Converter

Crystal Configuration- Eclipse.png Crystal Configuration- Eclipse

Thermal Release Valve.png Thermal Release Valve



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Superior Rune of the Pack
Vitality +5 Agony Infusion



  • over Superior Sigil of Doom. Against condition heavy opponents, or if you drop Prismatic Converter trait for Solar Focusing Lens.






Flamethrower.png Flamethrower - This kit provides damage and serves multiple functions

  • Flame Jet.png Flame Jet - Deals power and condition damage. Is able to rapidly apply stacked effects such as Incendiary Ammo.png Incendiary Ammo and Solar Focusing Lens.png Solar Focusing Lens whilst rapidly removing effects that help your opponent, such as blind blind and aegis aegis , as well as profession specific skills such as Shield of Wrath.png Shield of Wrath. As a conal skill that channels, it is not affected by skills such as Swirling Winds.png Swirling Winds and channels/locks onto opponents when they enter stealth stealth.
  • Flame Blast.png Flame Blast - Deals damage when the project itself strikes and then damages upon exploding. The projectile deals one burn burn stack, whilst the blast deals two. As a blast finisher, be sure to combo this skill with Healing Turret.png Healing Turret, Regenerating Mist.png Regenerating Mist, and Napalm.png Napalm.
  • Air Blast.png Air Blast - Reflects projectiles, knocks back, and adds burn burn if the target is already burning.
  • Napalm.png Napalm - A long duration, AoE fire field that applies damage and burn burn. Use with Flame Blast.png Flame Blast before a fight. Useful to use on a downed opponent to prevent them resurrecting. Use holo leap (skill #2 in Photon Forge) through it to trigger Fire Aura which grants 1 might might stack for 10 seconds when struck per second per opponent and a 1 second burn burn stack when struck per second per opponent.
  • Smoke Vent.png Smoke Vent - An AoE blind. Useful for denying dangerous skills such as Eviscerate.png Eviscerate and the Herald elite skill Chaotic Release.png Chaotic Release, in addition to blinding down state CC skills.
  • Beware of retaliation retaliation as Flame jet (the auto attack) does multiple attacks per channel.

Off-hand Shield

  • 24px Magnetic Shield - Reflects projectiles and can be exploded for an AoE knockback, which is also a blast finisher.
  • Static Shield.png Static Shield - A 2-second block which also inflicts stun. Particularly useful against skills such as the revenant's Unrelenting Assault.png Unrelenting Assault, soulbeast's Smoke Assault, and thief's Dagger Storm.png Dagger Storm. Whenever possible, be sure to throw the shield just before the skill/block channel finishes, as it becomes a boomerang that dazes both ways.


  • 'Bait' your opponent with skills that have obvious animations, such as Prime Light Beam.png Prime Light Beam and Holographic Shockwave.png Holographic Shockwave. This is done by assigning a hotkey to the stow weapon command. Stowing your weapon cancels the skill. If you are having trouble cancelling Holographic Shockwave.png Holographic Shockwave, try a movement key, or a movement key and dodge.
  • Holo Leap.png Holo Leap - A low cooldown, high damage, leap finishing movement skill. This will be your main movement skill. Always try to combo with combo fields such as Regenerating Mist.png Regenerating Mist, Healing Turret.png Healing Turret, and Napalm.png Napalm. Against melee heavy opponents, do not be afraid to use this skill a couple times or more to gain distance, or to gain distance in general.
  • Corona Burst.png Corona Burst - Your main source of stability stability.
  • Photon Blitz.png Photon Blitz - The main damage source from entering Photon Forge, thanks to its good power damage and several burn burn stacks
  • Be sure to regularly swap in and out of flamethrower to trigger your sigils.


  • Heavy CC. The build has two stun breaks. Elixir U.png Elixir U is one but should be used offensively to gain quickness and might. The other is Elixir S.png Elixir S. Once this expires, trying your best to gain stability from Corona Burst.png Corona Burst or even use Toss Elixir S.png Toss Elixir S to buy time and scare your opponent into going defensive.
  • Boon strip. The build is heavily reliant on boons.
  • Heavy conditions. The build has good cleanse, but builds such as condition mesmer are too much.
  • Long and high damage ranged builds. The build's range is 900, excluding prime light beam, and its main movement skill forces it into Photon Forge mode which is predominantly a melee focused function. Toss Elixir U.png Toss Elixir U does help to close the gap whilst dealing ranged damage.
  • The build naturally struggles against meta Holorifle. Holorifle deals better damage in Photon Forge mode, and has better movement and ranged damage. It is not a complete counter, but it is difficult to deal with.

Final Note

This is just one variation of the build, there are almost endless variants. Have fun tinkering!

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