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Tempest - Condi Tempest

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

Focused on: Condition damageDefense.

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Overview

A high-DPS, high-Defense Elementalist build that is relatively easy to begin learning. This build relies heavily on its very high Burning Burning output and its personal Might Might generation. It has considerable amounts of area damage which results in excellent cleave. It has both melee and ranged DPS options, and several viable build variants that allow the build to reach high levels of versatility and offer a multitude of playstyles.

This build is recommended for new players due to its ease of use, though they may struggle with the class's low HP and active playstyle at first.

Pros
  • Easy to play
  • High DPS and defense
  • Many build variants
  • High utility
Cons
  • Poor sustain
  • Very low natural Defense / relies heavily on active defense.
  • Elementals disappear when you mount
  • Some Variants rely heavily on Burning, which can be annoying against Destroyers or Fire Elementals

Skill Bar

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Weapon Variants

  • Scepter - Ranged alternative to mainhand dagger.
  • Staff - Use in zergs for ranged AOE
  • Dagger (offhand) - Lower DPS but more mobility than warhorn

Skill Variants

Healing

  • - burst heal.
  • - blast finisher.

Utilities

  • - Provides powerful pets that can be buffed by your boons.
  • or - more defense and support for nearby allies.
  • - AoE burst damage from or pulsing blind with .
  • - breaks stun and blocks attacks.
  • - for mobility.

Elites

  • - high AoE damage on a long cooldown, mobility
  • - strong defensive elite

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • A note on - this trait does not interact with the fire field creation from . As a result, this trait is an extremely poor choice for this build.
  • - more Blind Blind if having trouble with trash mobs.
  • - passive defensive stunbreak; very valuable in groups

Arcane

It is possible run Arcane over Earth for an increase to sustain.


  • - extra boons

Equipment

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

Standard + General PvE

This set uses gear similar to this build's instanced PVE counterpart and works well for general PVE. Viper offers the highest damage, but no defense or sustain.

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Superior Rune of the Elementalist
  • - drastic increase in Defense without a huge loss of DPS, recommended for players just picking up the build.

Trailblazer

This set is useful for soloing especially difficult content.

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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare
  • If using exotics, replace the Dire accessory with a Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's one.

Hybrid

An open world specific variant with higher burst but lower peak DPS.

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  • If using exotics, replace the second accessory with a Viper stat icon.png Viper's one
  • This set should spend much less time in when compared to other sets. Instead, focus on and .

Gear Variants

Variants

Gear

  • Dire stat icon.png Dire - useful budget option; combine with
  • Celestial stat icon.png Celestial - offers a boost to healing power and boon support at the cost of damage and defense

Runes

  • - simple and cheap alternative
  • - use with the Greiving build to increase burst
  • - use if running Dire stat icon.png Dire

Sigils

Always keep

  • - more condi cleanse
  • - more dodges / defense

Consumables

Event Farming

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo Play

Food
  • , , - DPS
  • , - highest DPS option if proc'd off cooldown
  • - can be run in zergs for massive sustain, as this has no internal cooldown
  • - Budget DPS
  • - Lifesteal + Expertise (requires crit chance)
  • , - Dodges + Might
Utility
  • - +DPS and increased Karma gains
  • - +DPS
  • / - +DPS for the Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's variant

Usage

  • can provide a high damage elemental in Fire or excellent defensive options in Earth or Water.
  • Use blast finishers like and over Fire Fields to grant Might Might.
  • Use at 15+ might
  • It can be beneficial to use just before leaving for added Vulnerability Vulnerability application.

Damage

Dagger

  • Don't interrupt . Attunement swapping will not interrupt it.
  • Activate and .
  • Your primary damage skills are:
  1. (against large targets or groups)
  • Fill gaps in cooldowns with basic attacks.

Scepter

  • Activate and off-cooldown.
  • Your primary damage skills are:
  1. (against large targets or groups)
  • Fill gaps in cooldowns with basic attacks.

Zerg Support

It is possible to play this build as an extremely effective boon support in large zergs by casting any time you have 25 might.

Defense

  • Constantly spam skills to get the benefit from
  • is a powerful defensive skill. Combine this with and for additional healing.
    • While in Water, you can on a Fire field for Might Might or inside your for more burst healing.
  • grants Protection Protection in addition to projectile hate and increasing the duration of your existing boons.
  • is a useful blind, very strong against groups of trash mobs.
  • Your overloads break stun.
  • When taking the Arcane traitline, doding in Water attunement will cleanse conditions and provide a significant heal. Additionally, it is recommended you attunement swap often to benefit from

CC

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Video Examples

Scepter Tempest vs Chak Lobber

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Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars last month

Condi Tempest is one of the strongest solo builds in the game right now and can easily compete with its Condi Weaver cousin. On top of this, it has great burst for a condi build and the hybrid variant has relatively low ramp, which means it can even compete with power builds when it comes to farming trash or zerging.

5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars October 2020

This is a super build. Lots of abilities for handling many situations and probably the best damage of the builds I've tried in full defensive gear (Trailblazer + Dire with Undead runes in my case). There's a bit of a learning curve due to how many options there are, since all weapons skills and many of the other skills have 4 variants, one for each attunement, but after you get the hang of things the multitude of choices is a big advantage. In theory I'd prefer there to be a more compelling ranged option, but in practice I mostly don't miss it. Good stuff.

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