Holosmith - Power Sword DPS

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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: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on December 15, 2022 and is up to date for the November 29, 2022 game patch.


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 .

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Weapon Variants

  • Shield can be used in the offhand slot of extra CC and/or survivability for a very minor DPS loss.

Skill Variants


  • provides a massive amount of healing if you can predict damage spikes (e.g. specific mechanics in raids). It also provides CC with .


  • You can swap out for at a small DPS loss, but with a simpler rotation. The difference is smaller against targets with smaller hitboxes (where you might not hit with all the mines from ), but rifle turret can be body blocked on fights with adds and you lose access to the CC and boon rip.
  • You can also swap out for more utility, though it 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.

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Equipment Variants




  • Slaying potions when applicable.



The logic behind this rotation is to maximize your Photon Forge and uptime. You build heat in Photon Forge with , , and autoattack chains. Using as your last skill and exiting Photon Forge will continue to generate heat for a few seconds without causing you to overheat. Then fill the time cooling down with Sword auto-attacks and your high damage skills such as and . Rinse and repeat when you fall below 100 heat.


Holosmith can vary the length of its opener by starting at different heats. This enables them to maximise damage by ending a phase just after their Photon Forge burst. Choosing the correct opener for the fight is a matter of experience, so two options are offered here:

40% Heat opener

Try to start with and pre-placed

  1. - optional, more damage but you need to be fast enough to pull it off
  2. x3
  3. if the boss didn't already trigger it
  4. directly onto the boss (see Notes below for details on how to use this during the rest of the rotation)
  5. and

90% Heat opener

Try to start with and pre-placed

  1. x2
  2. if the boss didn't already trigger it
  3. directly onto the boss (see Notes below for details on how to use this during the rest of the rotation)
  4. and

Loop Rotation

  1. - skip if it's not off cooldown
  2. - This will drift backwards in the loop over time, so use whenever it is available
  3. -> -> x2
  4. -> -> x2
  5. - skip if it's not off cooldown
  6. - This will drift backwards in the loop over time, so use whenever it is available
  7. - This will drift backwards in the loop over time, so use whenever it is available
  8. x2 - ideally you want to be above 140 heat when you use Corona Burst so depending on your speed you may need to use more or fewer autoattack chains
  9. and
  10. Return to start of loop

Video example (with Throw Mine and shield)


  • 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.
  • will continue to generate heat for a short time after it finishes, but it will not trigger an overheat if you are not in forge. For this reason, it should be the last skill you use while in Photon Forge.
  • Never interrupt your Photon Forge auto-attack chain.
  • If you are a little slow with the rotation outside of Photon Forge, you may find that you are not close to 149 heat when you would normally exit. In this case, perform an extra Photon Forge auto-attack chain.
  • Use off cooldown. To avoid it detonating instantly, you will need to throw the mine to the edge of the target's hitbox. If you struggle with this, just replace with at step 19 in the loop.
  • The cooldown on is longer than the loop, so it will change position in the rotation. Whenever you enter , use if it is available. If it is still on cooldown the third time you enter in the loop (just before going into Photon Forge), use instead. Both and may be omitted from the rotation if you are losing too much heat between Photon Forge uses.
  • Use , and off cooldown, but only while in Photon Forge so that you benefit from .
  • (if using) should be used off cooldown.


This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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4 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 4 stars • November 2022
Decent burst and incredible cleave, holosmith still holds it own even with mechanist existing. Performs better in fractals than in raids, but solid nonetheless.
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.
5 stars
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.


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