Holosmith - Power Sword DPS

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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

 

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Overview

A power DPS Holosmith build for fractals and raids. This build brings good burst and sustained AoE damage.
While this build deals good damage on its own, it excels when there are lots of conditions on the boss for .

Skill Bar

Sword/PistolHealingUtilityElite

Skill Variants

Weapons
  • Shield can be used in the offhand slot of extra CC and/or survivability for a very minor DPS loss.
Healing Skills
  • provides a massive amount of healing if you can predict damage spikes (e.g. specific mechanics in raids). It also provides CC with .
Utility Skills
Swapping out your utility skills is a large DPS loss and should only be considered as a last ditch option.
  • can be useful in uncoordinated groups for the protection and pull.
  • if you don't trust your healer to keep you alive or stunbreak you in high pressure fights.

Specializations

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Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • or slaying sigils when applicable.

Consumables

Food

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

Utility

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

Usage

The logic behind this rotation is to maximize your Photon Forge and uptime. First you build heat in Photon Forge with , , and autoattack chains. After you overheat, you use your highest damage skills together with , then fill with Sword auto-attacks and your high damage skills such as and . Rinse and repeat when Photon Forge is available again.

Opening Rotation

Start with 75% heat.

Loop Rotation

  1. -> ->
  2. -> ->
  3. -> ->
  4. -> ->

Notes

  • Under no circumstances should you ever overheat as it will massively reduce your damage output. Try to exit photon forge as close to 149 heat as possible.
  • Never interrupt your Photon Forge auto-attack chain.
  • should be used off cooldown. Try to stand inside the boss' hitbox when you cast this, to ensure all projectiles hit the boss.
    • , and should also be used off cooldown.
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
DeDoctor gave this build 5 stars October 2019

Still very much holds up in fractals. Great burst and sustained damage. Excellent utility with cleave and vulnerability. Very great and underrated build.

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Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A very solid DPS in its own right, Holosmith becomes amazing when you take into account the amount of utility it brings: vulnerability, cleave, CC, and high mobility for doing mechanics.

5 stars
Ivanyeil Emmixert gave this build 5 stars 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.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars 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