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Holosmith - Power DPS

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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: Direct damage.

Designed for:

 

Expansions required:

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Overview

A power DPS build with the option to bring the
aura to increase group condition damage. This build outperforms condition engineer in most cases, though it needs many unique conditions to be on the boss.

Skill Bar

RifleHealingUtilityElite

Kits

Grenade Kit
Grenade
½Activation.png
Grenade
Throw several grenades that explode.
Damage.pngDamage: 117
Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 120
Range.pngRange: 900
Shrapnel Grenade
½Activation.png
5Recharge.png
Shrapnel Grenade
Throw grenades that explode in a hail of shrapnel, causing bleeding.
Damage.pngDamage: 196
Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
Range.pngRange: 900
Flash Grenade
½Activation.png
10Recharge.png
Flash Grenade
Throw grenades that explode in blinding flash.
Damage.pngDamage: 36
Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
Range.pngRange: 900
Freeze Grenade
½Activation.png
20Recharge.png
Freeze Grenade
Throw grenades that chill foes with a frigid blast.
Damage.pngDamage: 178
Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 240
Range.pngRange: 900
Poison Grenade
½Activation.png
25Recharge.png
Poison Grenade
Throw several grenades that explode in poisonous cloud.
Damage.pngDamage: 178
Poison.pngPoison (8s): 268 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 900
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Bomb Kit
Bomb
½Activation.png
Bomb
Set a timed charge that damage nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 407
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Fire Bomb
½Activation.png
10Recharge.png
Fire Bomb
Set a timed charge that burns nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 71
Burn.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulses: 4
Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
Concussion Bomb
½Activation.png
18Recharge.png
Concussion Bomb
Set a timed charge that causes confusion to nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 163
Confusion.png5Confusion (5s): 325 Damage On Skill Use
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Smoke Bomb
½Activation.png
25Recharge.png
Smoke Bomb
Set a timed charge that creates a cloud of smoke, blinding nearby foes.
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulses: 3
Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngInterval: 2 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Smoke
Glue Bomb
½Activation.png
25Recharge.png
Glue Bomb
Set a timed charge that creates a puddle of glue, immobilizing and crippling nearby foes.
Cripple.pngCripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Duration.pngGlue Puddle Duration: 3 seconds
Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Unblockable.pngUnblockable

Variants

  • if condi cleanse is demanded.
  • if extra CC is needed.

Specializations

Variants

  • Take
    over
    only if you are in a group of exclusively condition damage other than yourself and support roles.
  • Take
    over
    if there is very little fury generation in your group.
  • Take
    over
    for encounters where you will be hitting adds frequently (e.g. Gorseval, Xera).

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

Food

  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Utility

  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

DPS Rotation

  1. Engage Photon Forge Engage Photon Forge
  2. Corona Burst Corona Burst
  3. Photon Blitz Photon Blitz
  4. Light Strike Light StrikeBright Slash Bright SlashFlash Cutter Flash Cutter x5
  5. Corona Burst Corona Burst
  6. Photon Blitz Photon Blitz
  7. should trigger provided you have followed the correct rotation so far
  8. Laser Disk Laser Disk
  9. Prime Light Beam Prime Light Beam
  10. Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
  11. Jump Shot Jump Shot
    1Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Jump Shot
    Blast the ground, damaging nearby foes and leaping to your target.
    Damage.pngLeap Damage: 219
    Damage.pngLanding Damage: 438
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (7s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 800
  12. Blunderbuss Blunderbuss
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Blunderbuss
    Fire a cloud of shrapnel that causes more damage the closer you are to foes.
    Damage.pngDamage at 0-250 Range: 390
    Damage.pngDamage at 250-400 Range: 341
    Damage.pngDamage at 400-550 Range: 292
    Damage.pngDamage at 550-700 Range: 244
    Bleed.png4Bleeding at Range 0-250 (4s): 680 Damage
    Bleed.png3Bleeding at Range 250-400 (4s): 510 Damage
    Bleed.png2Bleeding at Range 400-550 (4s): 340 Damage
    Bleed.pngBleeding at Range 550-700 (4s): 170 Damage
    Range.pngRange: 700
  13. Grenade Kit Grenade Kit
    Grenade Kit
    Device Kit. Equip a kit that replaces your weapon with grenade skills.
  14. Shrapnel Grenade Shrapnel Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    5Recharge.png
    Shrapnel Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in a hail of shrapnel, causing bleeding.
    Damage.pngDamage: 196
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
  15. Bomb Kit Bomb Kit
    Bomb Kit
    Device Kit. Equip a kit that replaces your weapon with bomb skills.
  16. Fire Bomb Fire Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Fire Bomb
    Set a timed charge that burns nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 4
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
  17. Bomb Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    Bomb
    Set a timed charge that damage nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 407
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    until 5s cooldown on
    Fire Bomb Fire Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Fire Bomb
    Set a timed charge that burns nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 4
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
  18. Grenade Kit Grenade Kit
    Grenade Kit
    Device Kit. Equip a kit that replaces your weapon with grenade skills.
  19. Shrapnel Grenade Shrapnel Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    5Recharge.png
    Shrapnel Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in a hail of shrapnel, causing bleeding.
    Damage.pngDamage: 196
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
  20. Poison Grenade Poison Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Poison Grenade
    Throw several grenades that explode in poisonous cloud.
    Damage.pngDamage: 178
    Poison.pngPoison (8s): 268 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
  21. Freeze Grenade Freeze Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Freeze Grenade
    Throw grenades that chill foes with a frigid blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 178
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
  22. Bomb Kit Bomb Kit
    Bomb Kit
    Device Kit. Equip a kit that replaces your weapon with bomb skills.
  23. Bomb Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    Bomb
    Set a timed charge that damage nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 407
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  24. Fire Bomb Fire Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Fire Bomb
    Set a timed charge that burns nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 393 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 4
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
  25. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  26. Blunderbuss Blunderbuss
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Blunderbuss
    Fire a cloud of shrapnel that causes more damage the closer you are to foes.
    Damage.pngDamage at 0-250 Range: 390
    Damage.pngDamage at 250-400 Range: 341
    Damage.pngDamage at 400-550 Range: 292
    Damage.pngDamage at 550-700 Range: 244
    Bleed.png4Bleeding at Range 0-250 (4s): 680 Damage
    Bleed.png3Bleeding at Range 250-400 (4s): 510 Damage
    Bleed.png2Bleeding at Range 400-550 (4s): 340 Damage
    Bleed.pngBleeding at Range 550-700 (4s): 170 Damage
    Range.pngRange: 700
  27. Grenade Kit Grenade Kit
    Grenade Kit
    Device Kit. Equip a kit that replaces your weapon with grenade skills.
  28. Shrapnel Grenade Shrapnel Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    5Recharge.png
    Shrapnel Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in a hail of shrapnel, causing bleeding.
    Damage.pngDamage: 196
    Bleed.pngBleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
  29. Repeat from Step 5

Notes:

  • Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
    can be used after exiting Photon Forge for a DPS increase if you have stability remain from Corona Burst Corona Burst. Avoid using it without stability. Be mindful that
    Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
    is a a powerful breakbar contribution, so if there is a breakbar coming up soon it should be saved.
  • Use
    Big Ol' Bomb Big Ol' Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Big Ol' Bomb
    Set a timed charge with a big blast that launches nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 799
    Launch.pngLaunch: 400
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    and
    Grenade Barrage Grenade Barrage
    ½Activation.png
    30Recharge.png
    Grenade Barrage
    Throw several grenades at once.
    Damage.pngDamage: 122
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 6
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    in place of autoattacking whenever possible. Try not to interrupt your to cast them though.
  • should be used off cooldown, as long as you're above 51 heat. Try to stand inside the boss' hitbox when you cast this, to ensure all projectiles hit the boss.

Encounter Specific Tips

Forsaken Thicket

Spirit Vale

Dark-icon-raid.png Sabetha the Saboteur

  • Use
    Smoke Bomb Smoke Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Smoke Bomb
    Set a timed charge that creates a cloud of smoke, blinding nearby foes.
    Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 2 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Smoke
    and
    Flash Grenade Flash Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Flash Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in blinding flash.
    Damage.pngDamage: 36
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
    to blind the adds during the Flame Wall attack so they don't get a chance at knocking one of your allies into the flames.
  • You can use
    Jump Shot Jump Shot
    1Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Jump Shot
    Blast the ground, damaging nearby foes and leaping to your target.
    Damage.pngLeap Damage: 219
    Damage.pngLanding Damage: 438
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (7s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 800
    to move around faster if you're on cannon duty.


Salvation Pass

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor

  • Use
    Big Ol' Bomb Big Ol' Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Big Ol' Bomb
    Set a timed charge with a big blast that launches nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 799
    Launch.pngLaunch: 400
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    and
    Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
    during the breakbar phase.


Dark-icon-raid.png Bandit Trio

  • Use
    Big Ol' Bomb Big Ol' Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Big Ol' Bomb
    Set a timed charge with a big blast that launches nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 799
    Launch.pngLaunch: 400
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    or
    Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
    to CC the Saboteurs when they reach the cage.


Stronghold of the Faithful

Dark-icon-raid.png Escort

  • In the escort team, blind the mobs with
    Smoke Bomb Smoke Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Smoke Bomb
    Set a timed charge that creates a cloud of smoke, blinding nearby foes.
    Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 2 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Smoke
    and
    Flash Grenade Flash Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Flash Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in blinding flash.
    Damage.pngDamage: 36
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
    .
  • Slow down the Wargs with
    Freeze Grenade Freeze Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Freeze Grenade
    Throw grenades that chill foes with a frigid blast.
    Damage.pngDamage: 178
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 900
    ,
    Net Shot Net Shot
    10Recharge.png
    Net Shot
    Immobilize foes with a net shot.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    and
    Glue Bomb Glue Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Glue Bomb
    Set a timed charge that creates a puddle of glue, immobilizing and crippling nearby foes.
    Cripple.pngCripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngGlue Puddle Duration: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    or use the Condi Build for even longer Cripple, Chill and Immobilize.


Dark-icon-raid.png Keep Construct

  • Make sure to keep all your most damaging skills for the burst phase
  • Leave your
    Healing Turret Healing Turret
    ½Activation.png
    20Recharge.png
    Healing Turret
    Turret. Deploy a turret that heals you briefly, then regenerates you and your allies.
    Heal.pngHealing: 2,520
    Regeneration.pngRegen (3s): 390 Heal
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 480
    in the center of the room during the Core phase to help your healers have everyone over 90% HP for the burst phase and keep it there during the colored orbs phase as well.
  • CC with
    Big Ol' Bomb Big Ol' Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Big Ol' Bomb
    Set a timed charge with a big blast that launches nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 799
    Launch.pngLaunch: 400
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    , and
    Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600


Dark-icon-raid.png Xera

  • Use
    Smoke Bomb Smoke Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Smoke Bomb
    Set a timed charge that creates a cloud of smoke, blinding nearby foes.
    Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 2 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Smoke
    and
    Flash Grenade Flash Grenade
    ½Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Flash Grenade
    Throw grenades that explode in blinding flash.
    Damage.pngDamage: 36
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Book.pngNumber of Grenades: 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngExplosion Radius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 900
    to blind the adds.
  • Use
    Big Ol' Bomb Big Ol' Bomb
    ½Activation.png
    25Recharge.png
    Big Ol' Bomb
    Set a timed charge with a big blast that launches nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 799
    Launch.pngLaunch: 400
    Radius.pngRadius: 300
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    and
    Overcharged Shot Overcharged Shot
    15Recharge.png
    Overcharged Shot
    Fire a blast so strong it launches your foe as you fall backward and cures immobilized, crippled, and chilled.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngFoe Launch Distance: 450
    Knockback.pngSelf Knockback Distance: 300
    Range.pngRange: 600
    during the breakbar phase.
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2 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Ivanyeil Emmixert said this build was great December 2017

The new King for Engineers when it goes about giving their best damage output, improving the archetype of the old Power Bomb build with the introduction of the Holo Spec, puts this build in a more respectable difficulty and damage as well.

Gold Medal - Great
Troupe said this build was great December 2017

Strong burst and sustained DPS as well as a passive aura buff and strong CC make this build a great pick for filling DPS slots in a raid group

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