Holosmith - Protection Sword/Shield


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

Focused on: Direct damageControlTanking.

Designed for:

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Overview

A Holosmith build for running around in open world. This build comes with the strong baseline AoE damage and crowd control Holosmith is known for, while also providing the ability to sustain through heavy damage with Protection Protection and Iron Blooded.png Iron Blooded. This makes it a good choice against enemies with very high damage or for players who aren't confident in their dodging skills.
For a similar build that sacrifices defense for more damage, see Holosmith - Static Sword/Shield.

Skill Bar

Sword/ShieldHealingUtilityElite

Skill Variants

Utility Skills
  • Photon Wall.png Photon Wall - provides a block on demand and a toolbelt skill that deals good damage.
  • Elixir Gun.png Elixir Gun - versatile utility kit with condition cleanse, AoE damage, and a stun break.
  • Thumper Turret.png Thumper Turret - provides a reflective shield and higher protection uptime if running Inventions, see below.
  • Personal Battering Ram.png Personal Battering Ram - heavy crowd control on a short cooldown.
  • Rocket Boots.png Rocket Boots - for running away from things.
  • Flamethrower.png Flamethrower - for tagging mobs in group events with Flame Jet.png Flame Jet.
Elite Skills

Specializations

Variants

Inventions Variant

You can run Inventions instead of Firearms to be even tankier. This sacrifices a lot of damage and usually isn't worth running, but is included for the sake of completeness. If you take this run Thumper Turret.png Thumper Turret instead of Elixir U.png Elixir U.
Variants

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Holosmith - Power DPS No Kit build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Mighty Infusion

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Mighty Infusion

Marauder/Valkyrie Variant

For an even tankier option you can run this mix of Marauder and Valkyrie stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by over 40%.
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Mighty Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Precision+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    , or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
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

Damage

  • Try to stay between 50% and 150% heat at all times.
  • Your highest damage skills are Photon Blitz Photon Blitz, Corona Burst Corona Burst, and your Photon Forge autoattack chain; use them whenever available.
  • While not in Photon Forge, just use your sword skills off cooldown.
  • Never interrupt your autoattack chain as most of the damage is in the 3rd hit. This applies both inside and outside Photon Forge.
  • Elixir U.png Elixir U provides Quickness Quickness for a large damage increase.
  • Use 24px Prismatic Singularity to pull mobs together.
  • If you can't get close to your target, you have a decent ranged autoattack in Elite Mortar Kit.png Elite Mortar Kit. If you plan to stay ranged for the whole fight consider slotting Grenade Kit.png Grenade Kit and 24px Crystal Configuration: Storm.

Defense

  • Holographic Shockwave.png Holographic Shockwave is an incredibly powerful AoE crowd control skill. Use it to keep enemies knocked down while you unload your damage. 24px Prismatic Singularity is another useful skill for interrupting enemies and pulling them into your zone of control.
  • Hard Light Arena.png Hard Light Arena provides a zone of heavy damage reduction and healing over time.
    • If running Thumper Turret.png Thumper Turret you can place it for even more pulsing protection.
  • Static Shield.png Static Shield can be used to block attacks.
  • Spectrum Shield.png Spectrum Shield is a versatile defensive skill. You can use it to mitigate incoming damage or save it to use as a stun break.
  • Use Magnetic Shield (engineer).png Magnetic Shield to counter projectiles.
  • Flash Shell.png Flash Shell (from Elite Mortar Kit.png Elite Mortar Kit) can be used to blind enemies.
  • Remember to always dodge and sidestep attacks if possible. Don't get hit by anything you can move out of.

Sustain

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Pleasebean gave this build 5 stars December 2018

This build is outright strong as hell, It gives the feeling of the true sword and shield warrior that i've been wanting for so long. Lots of sustain, regen, boons, CC, decent damages, perfect for any open world contents. I'm using marauder variant with 23k HP it is so tanky and so reliable under any circumstances although dps is lower than others but that's what to expect about sword/shield theme. This build deserved 5 stars rating without a question.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars November 2018

A defensive variant of Holosmith which maintains the same great AoE damage while adding tons of bulk. This makes it a safe choice for soloing champions where you might otherwise get one-shot.

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