Holosmith - Power Sword 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.

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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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Skill Variants

  • 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.




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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion


  • or slaying sigils when applicable.




  • 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.

Opening Rotation

Start with 90% heat.
  1. x2

Loop Rotation

  1. -> -> x2
  2. -> -> x2
  3. x3


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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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.

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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.

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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