Tempest - Farming Power Staff

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

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

This build was last updated on September 09, 2022 and is up to date for the June 30, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A long-ranged staff build for elementalist for open world farming with a zerg. This build is primarily focused on dealing area damage in group farms and does not function well solo. Most of the damage of this build comes from AoE pulsing ground attacks, so this build can struggle against very mobile targets.

There are two variants of this build:

  • Weaver: this is the default variant, a fully ranged build with even more pulsing AoE ground attacks through and more long range attacks with . On top of that, as a weaver, the cooldown for swapping attunements is much shorter, which greatly benefits this build that, while wanting to use different attunements like all elementalist builds, has the bast majority of its damage tied to Fire Attunement so it wants to return to Fire as soon as possible.
  • Tempest: this variant has to be played in melee range but is simpler and provides more melee AoE attacks through and , better tagging potential by using shouts like or , and some boons to your subgroup. However, it greatly suffers from the increased recharge to attunements. If you leave Fire Attunement, it goes on cooldown for 10 seconds, or 20 if you overload, and the bast majority of this build's damage comes from Fire Attunement. But if you never leave Fire Attunement, you obviously cannot cast skills from the other attunements.


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Skill Bar

Staff
Utility


Skill Variants

Let's explain why we recommened these skills, and alternatives you can consider:

Healing

is a great burst heal and povides a boon.

  • - potentially the strongest heal if there are 5 enemies in range, plus a blast finisher, but very weak healing if there are no nearby enemies.
  • - very situational heal that removes up to 8 conditions throughout its long channeling time. Arcane Shield can help with channellig it without getting interrupted.
  • - passive healing over time, but very weak heal on demand, leaving you vulnerable to burst damage.
  • When playing the tempest variant, is a weak AoE heal, but also cleanses 1 condition.

Utility Skills

provides ranged AoE damage, use it on Fire. provides ranged AoE burst damage. is a stun break and blocks 3 attacks.

  • - Good single target damage.
  • - great AoE damage but in melee range.
  • - Mobility.
  • When playing the tempest variant, or provide good AoE tagging and support.

Elite Skills

- provides high damage with skills 4 and 5, and mobility with skill 3.

  • - Cast it on Fire for damage, on Water for support, healing and Knockback Knockback, on Air for a Stun Stun, or on Earth for defense.


Specializations

Trait Variants
  • - If conditions are a problem.
  • - If you lack Fury and swiftness and are using aura traits/utilities.
  • - Bonus vitality at the expense of the 10% critical chance from Superior Elements.

Arcane

Replaces Air. Adds defense and utility at the cost of damage.

  • - Improves revive power in zergs.
  • - Use this when running with a group that grants lots of boons.
  • - Provides good defensive abilities on dodging while in or .

Tempest

The tempest variant has to be played in melee range but is simpler and provides more melee AoE attacks through and and better tagging potential by using shouts like or , and some boons to your subgroup. However, it greatly suffers from the increased recharge to attunements. If you leave Fire Attunement, it goes on cooldown for 10 seconds, or 20 if you overload, and the bast majority of this build's damage comes from Fire Attunement. But if you never leave Fire Attunement, you obviously cannot cast skills from the other attunements.


Equipment

This build uses the same gear as Build:Weaver_-_Power_DPS, making it a good option for general PVE.

  • Ascended gear is not required for open world, exotic works fine.
  • Note the second staff is for stacking sigil purposes and is not required.
Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Assassin
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Berserker
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Staff
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
staff
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x14
Infusion
x4
  • This setup provides 100% critical chance with Fury Fury thanks to , , and .
    • Nearby allies will help maintain Weakness Weakness for the bonus of Superior Elements. Your Earth autottacks will also help.
    • If you don't have infusions, use an Assassin Assassin head armor.
  • If you are only going to play the tempest variant, use the gear from Build:Tempest _-_Fresh Air.

Variant Equipment

Gear
  • Marauder Marauder - Trades 10% damage for +60% effective health.
  • Knight Knight - Defensive (trinkets only).
Runes
  • - provides a huge increase to sustain in a zerg.
Sigils
  • - Extra defense in a zerg.
  • - Option for more self Might Might generation.


Consumables

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions. Budget versions of these foods exist and are acceptable.
  • - farming.
  • - DPS.
  • - defense.
  • - Damage buff against groups of weaker enemies.
  • / - Budget DPS food.
Utility
  • (and variants) - farming.
  • / - DPS.
  • - Budget DPS utility.


Usage

Damage / Tagging

  • Your damage skills are , , , , , , and . Fill in the gaps with auto attacks.
  • Use and on large, static groups of enemies or bosses.
  • - Very fast small AoE tagging.
  • Instant cast single target tagging when attuning to Air in combat.
  • - Instant cast wide AoE tagging.
  • When playing the tempest variant, is an instant cast AoE tagging. And other shouts are fast cast AoE tagging.
  • - Instant cast single target tagging. (if equipped)


Defense & Support

  • The best defense is to dodge attacks or get out of the way. Your Dual Attacks provide Swiftness Swiftness thanks to to help run out of attacks.
  • is a powerful defensive evade and movement skill, can be used in any direction by rotating your character.
  • inflicts Blinded Blinded in a large AoE, useful against groups of trash mobs.
  • You can attune to Water and then to another element to access to remove conditions, provide Regeneration Regeneration, and a water field. You can double attune to Water to use for healing and a water field.
  • , and can be used on water fields for additional area healing or on fire fields for extra might.
  • provides Magnetic Aura Magnetic Aura for projectile reflection.
  • If you need more defense, you can slot and use .
  • provides 1 stack of personal Stability Stability.
  • can be used to block dangerous attacks.


Crowd Control

  • - Knockback Knockback
  • - Daze Daze
  • and - Stun Stun and Knockback Knockback, respectively. These only work if an enemy crosses the edge of the skill, they have no effect on targets that don't cross it.
  • and - Soft CC options.
  • - From Ice Elemental if equipped.
  • - From Air Elemental if equipped.
  • If you need a lot of crowd control you can use so that you and an ally can use .


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 4 votes.
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4 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 4 stars • August 2022
The AoE of staff makes this a good farming build. With weaver you can go full dps and can stay at range, and with tempest you can provide more boons and have more tagging potential, but you have to stay in melee range for overloads
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars • August 2021
This build is an excellent option for zerging with an elementalist. It brings high area damage at 1200 range, which is valuable in most meta event farms.
5 stars
Timekeeper gave this build 5 stars • June 2021
This is a great build for PvE and Story-Line Soloing! I highly recommend this build if your having issues staying alive while trying to solo anything.
5 stars
Tao101 gave this build 5 stars • May 2020
An excellent Open world staff Tempest build. Great tagging, control and good damage. Surprisingly good for solo stuff, if you're used to using staff and good fun to boot.

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