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Tempest - Celestial Staff

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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

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Overview

Building off the Celestial Staff Bunker Elementalist, trading Arcana for the Tempest specialization enhances the Elementalist's ability to bunker points while still dealing damage and providing party support (healing, regen, vigor, protection, CC, auras). It is less mobile, and slightly more vulnerable to CC compared to the original Celestial Staff Elementalist. However, it is vastly more valuable in team fights and more difficult to kill.

Skill Bar

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Slot Changes

  • Conjure Fiery Greatsword Conjure Fiery Greatsword
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    Conjure Fiery Greatsword
    Conjure. Manifest a fiery greatsword in your hands and at the target location. When it lands, it damages and burns foes. Wielders of this weapon gain increased power and condition damage.
    Damage.pngDamage: 246
    Conjure Fiery Greatsword.pngConjure Fire Attributes: 260 Power, 180 Condition Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Charges: 15
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 984 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    over Rebound. While Earth attunement provides tremendous amounts of damage resistance, it lacks damage and mobility - two things easily remedied by the Fiery Greatsword.

Specializations




Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Purity
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Superior Sigil of Purity.pngSuperior Sigil of Purity
60% Chance on Hit: Remove a Condition. (Cooldown: 10s)
Superior Sigil of Generosity
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Superior Sigil of Generosity.pngSuperior Sigil of Generosity
60% chance to transfer a condition to your foe on a critical hit. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Rune of the Soldier
Superior Rune of the Soldier.pngSuperior Rune of the Soldier
(1): +25 Vitality (2): +35 Toughness (3): +50 Vitality (4): +65 Toughness (5): +100 Vitality (6): Shouts remove a condition from each affected ally.
Celestial Amulet
Celestial Amulet.pngCelestial Amulet
+460 Power +460 Precision +460 Toughness +460 Vitality +460 Ferocity +460 Healing Power +460 Condition Damage

Variants

Staff

  • Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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    Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
    Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    over Purity.

Usage

General

  • You can use
    Burning Retreat Burning Retreat
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    Burning Retreat
    Quickly roll backwards, leaving behind a line of fire that burns.
    Damage.pngDamage: 24
    Burn.pngBurning (1s): 328 Damage
    Duration.pngDuration: 6 seconds
    Book.pngEvade: 1 second
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    for both mobility (it's a huge & fast roll) and avoiding damage - if you're Immobilize Immobilized, you can still use this skill and evade potential burst.
  • Most of your skills are slow / deal damage over time such as
    Meteor Shower Meteor Shower
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    Meteor Shower
    Call down a meteor shower onto the target area.
    Damage.pngDamage: 317
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 24
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 9 seconds
    Radius.pngDamage Radius: 120
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    or
    Lava Font Lava Font
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    Lava Font
    Make lava erupt from the target area.
    Damage.png4Damage: 780
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 120
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    . Some ways to increase damage:
    • Try to keep enemies in your AoEs with CCs like
      Static Field Static Field
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      Static Field
      Create an electrical field that stuns foes crossing it.
      Damage.pngDamage: 122
      Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
      Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
      Radius.pngRadius: 180
      Combo.pngCombo Field: Lightning
      Range.pngRange: 1,200
      Unblockable.pngUnblockable
      .
    • Swapping Attunements while channeling a skill or even when the skills starts dealing damage in order to trigger
      Arcane Fury Arcane Fury
      Arcane Fury
      Gain fury when you switch attunements.
      Fury.pngFury (2s): 20% Critical Chance
      .
  • Every Cantrip (so basically every utility skill you have) applies Vigor Vigor and Regeneration Regeneration. Gaining regeneration also removes a condition.
  • Peel for your team with CCs! (help them leave enemies behind)
  • Use
    Burning Retreat Burning Retreat
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    Burning Retreat
    Quickly roll backwards, leaving behind a line of fire that burns.
    Damage.pngDamage: 24
    Burn.pngBurning (1s): 328 Damage
    Duration.pngDuration: 6 seconds
    Book.pngEvade: 1 second
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    , as you're rolling back place
    Meteor Shower Meteor Shower
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    Meteor Shower
    Call down a meteor shower onto the target area.
    Damage.pngDamage: 317
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 24
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 9 seconds
    Radius.pngDamage Radius: 120
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    and as you are still you will start casting it from a further distance than usual. Do not use this if nobody is standing on the point to prevent its capture.
  • Use
    Armor of Earth Armor of Earth
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    Armor of Earth
    Cantrip. Protect yourself with earth armor and gain protection and stability.
    Protection.pngProtection (6s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Stability.png10Stability (6s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Duration.pngDuration: 6 seconds
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    or
    Arcane Shield Arcane Shield
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    Arcane Shield
    Arcane. Block attacks with an energy shield. If it blocks three attacks, it explodes for critical damage.
    Damage.pngDamage: 365
    Arcane Shield.png3Arcane Shield (5s): Block attacks. Explodes after blocking three attacks.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    while casting
    Meteor Shower Meteor Shower
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    Meteor Shower
    Call down a meteor shower onto the target area.
    Damage.pngDamage: 317
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 24
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 9 seconds
    Radius.pngDamage Radius: 120
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    to prevent interrupts.
  • Conjure Fiery Greatsword Conjure Fiery Greatsword
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    Conjure Fiery Greatsword
    Conjure. Manifest a fiery greatsword in your hands and at the target location. When it lands, it damages and burns foes. Wielders of this weapon gain increased power and condition damage.
    Damage.pngDamage: 246
    Conjure Fiery Greatsword.pngConjure Fire Attributes: 260 Power, 180 Condition Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Charges: 15
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 984 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 150
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    over
    Glyph of Elementals Glyph of Elementals
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    Glyph of Elementals
    Glyph. Summon an elemental based on your attunement.
    Fire Attunement.pngGlyph of Elementals (fire).pngFire Elemental: Deals damage.
    Water Attunement.pngGlyph of Elementals (water).pngIce Elemental: Deals damage and heals.
    Air Attunement.pngGlyph of Elementals (air).pngAir Elemental: Deals damage and stuns.
    Earth Attunement.pngGlyph of Elementals (earth).pngEarth Elemental: Deals damage and is hard to kill.
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    is a good option for mobility.
    Fiery Whirl Fiery Whirl
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    Fiery Whirl
    Advance forward, slashing foes in your way.
    Damage.pngDamage: 224
    Cripple.pngCripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 8
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Radius.pngRadius: 130
    Book.pngEvade: 1.25 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 900
    is an excellent evasion skill; it can be used while Immobilize Immobilized.
    Fiery Rush Fiery Rush
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    Fiery Rush
    Charge at your foe, leaving a line of fire behind you.
    Damage.pngDamage: 895
    Damage.pngFire Wall Damage: 45
    Chill.pngCondition Effect Ignored
    Cripple.pngCondition Effect Ignored
    Duration.pngFire Wall Duration: 3 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 900
    can often let you escape quickly from a dangerous situation.

Supporting

  • This build offers excellent sustain, both for you and your team.
  • Overload Earth Overload Earth
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    Overload Earth
    Overload. Ride your stored earth magic around, granting protection to other allies you move over and crippling enemies, then deliver a final blast of power to the area. Using this skill causes the attunement to have a longer recharge.
    Damage.pngDamage: 275
    Cripple.pngCrippled (3s): -50% Movement Speed
    Bleed.pngBleeding (9s): 198 Damage
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (4s): Unable to move.
    Protection.pngProtection (1s): -33 Incoming Damage
    Stability.png3Initial Stability(3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngStorm Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    provides generous amounts of Protection to those who stay in the sand tornado that lingers after the Overload finishes.
  • All of your auras apply healing, cleansing, Protection, Vigor, and Regeneration.
  • Blasting
    Frozen Ground Frozen Ground
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    Frozen Ground
    Coat the target area in ice, chilling foes that enter it.
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Ice
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    gives you and your allies
    Frost Aura Frost Aura
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    Frost Aura
    Protect yourself with frost armor that reduces incoming damage by 10%. While active, it chills foes that hit you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once per second.
    Frost Aura.pngFrost Aura (7s): -10% Incoming Damage
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    .
  • Your Shouts cleanse an additional condition for you and your allies.
  • You can cast
    Eruption Eruption
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    Eruption
    Shake the ground until it erupts and damages foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 304
    Bleed.png6Bleeding (12s): 3,060 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    before switching to Water and then put a water field on it for Area Healing via water field blast finisher.
  • Swapping to
    Water Attunement Water Attunement
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    Water Attunement
    Attune to water, gaining superior support and healing abilities.
    heals allies in a 240 range radius.
  • You can cast
    Unsteady Ground Unsteady Ground
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    Unsteady Ground
    Create unsteady ground that foes cannot cross.
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    strategically beside your downed ally, to prevent your enemies from stomping your ally.
  • Use
    Gust Gust
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    Gust
    Push foes backwards with a burst of air.
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 400
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    to protect your downed allies from getting stomped.
  • Overload Fire Overload Fire
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    Overload Fire
    Overload. Unleash all flames you've accumulated, searing enemies and strengthening allies. Finishing the cast leaves a tornado behind. Using this skill causes the attunement to have longer recharge.
    Damage.pngPulse Damage: 367
    Burn.pngPulse Burning (3s): 393 Damage
    Might.pngPulse Might (12s): +30 Power, +30 Condition Damage
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Fire
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 180
    pulses Might, and also does massive damage provided that enemies stay within its area of effect.
  • Overload Water Overload Water
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    Overload Water
    Overload. Create a surge of accumulated water magic, healing and cleansing allies. When the cast ends, heal the area and apply regeneration. Using this skill causes the attunement to have a longer recharge.
    Heal.pngHealing: 392
    Heal.pngFinal Healing: 2,132
    Regeneration.pngRegeneration (8s): 1,040 Heal
    Book.pngConditions Removed per Pulse: 1
    Book.pngWater Attunement Recharge: 20 seconds
    Radius.pngInterval: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    pulses Regeneration and cleansing, and also provides a burst heal if it finishes.

Stack Swiftness for your team before the match starts!

  • Start on
    Earth Attunement Earth Attunement
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    Earth Attunement
    Attune to earth, gaining superior damage-over-time and defensive abilities.
    and use
    Eruption Eruption
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    Eruption
    Shake the ground until it erupts and damages foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 304
    Bleed.png6Bleeding (12s): 3,060 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    which is a blast finisher.
  • Then Swap to
    Air Attunement Air Attunement
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    Air Attunement
    Attune to air, gaining heavy damage and control abilities.
    and put
    Static Field Static Field
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    Static Field
    Create an electrical field that stuns foes crossing it.
    Damage.pngDamage: 122
    Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Lightning
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    on Eruption -> this combo will give Swiftness. While waiting for Eruption to do its job, use
    Windborne Speed Windborne Speed
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    Windborne Speed
    You and nearby allies gain swiftness, while curing crippled, immobilized, and chilled.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (10s): 33% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    .
  • Any teammate with a blast finishers can help you stack more Swiftness, for example Thieves with
    Cluster Bomb Cluster Bomb
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    Cluster Bomb
    Fire a cluster bomb at the target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
    Damage.pngLarge Explosion: 353
    Bleed.pngBleeding (4s): 170 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 900
    .

Counters

  • Constant Knockback Knockback and Launch Launch can force the Elementalist off the point since the build relies solely on Overloads for stun-breaks. Saving Overload (especially Overload Earth with its natural stability) and dodges for launch and knockback skills is recommended.
  • Without ample access to Swiftness, it is possible for this build to simply be outmaneuvered by coordinated point-capping.

Notes

  • When in downed state, you can
    Mist Form Mist Form
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    Mist Form
    Cantrip. Morph into an invulnerable, vaporous mist for a brief time.
    Book.pngMovement Speed Increase: 66%
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Book.pngPrevents Capture-Point Contribution
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    through a
    Portal Entre Portal Entre
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    Portal Entre
    Glamour. Create an entry portal at your location that teleports allies to your exit portal.
    Book.pngRange Threshold: 5,000
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    to get to a safe zone and ress yourself up.
  • You can change the orientation of
    Unsteady Ground Unsteady Ground
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    Unsteady Ground
    Create unsteady ground that foes cannot cross.
    Duration.pngDuration: 3 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    by changing the direction your character is facing while casting the ability. By default the wall will appear perpendicular to the direction your character is facing, but by quickly turning your character while casting, you can pivot its orientation at will.
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