Tempest - Fresh Air Auramancer

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

Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defenseSustain.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Tempest build for running around in open world. This build is highly mobile, difficult to kill, and deals high AoE damage with
. In addition, it provides lots of buffs and damage reduction to itself and nearby allies through its auras.

Skill Bar

Dagger/WarhornHealingUtilityElite

Weapon Variants

  • You can use Scepter for ranged damage, but note that this is a significant damage loss.
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - burst heal.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
Utility Skills
  • - flat damage increase.
  • - both high AoE damage and a strong defensive skill.
  • - breaks stun and blocks attacks.
  • - for mobility.

Specializations

Variants
  • - if you don't need condition cleanse.
  • - more damage.

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 Weaver - Power DPS Fresh Air Sword 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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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
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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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
15x
Mighty Infusion
3x
Precise Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Marauder Variant

For a tankier option you can run full Marauder's stats. You lose about 10% damage but your health is increased by almost 60%.
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Precise Infusion

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Fried Golden Dumpling Fried Golden Dumpling
    Fried Golden Dumpling.pngFried Golden Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Concentration+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year33% Chance for Might (5 seconds) on Crit
    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

General

This build relies on the interaction between
and
. After using
, you can swap to another attunement and reset the cooldown on
with any critical hit. This lets you spam
and
to powerful effect.
The attunement you swap to after
depends on the situation:
  • has high-damage skills in
    and
    .
  • provides healing and
    , which you can use to blast the water field from
    for more healing.
  • grants protection and
    for crowd control.
After using the skills you need, you should swap back to
and use
and
while waiting for
to recharge.

Damage

  • DPS is mostly passive with this build; just make sure you're hitting things with your
    and
    .
    • Never interrupt
      .
  • You can use
    to maintain Fury Fury.
  • Weave in
    ,
    , and
    when you can for more damage.
  • does good damage and should be cast off cooldown.

Defense

  • The best defense is always to dodge or sidestep attacks. Use the high Vigor Vigor uptime of this build to your advantage.
  • This build has a ton of protection from auras. You get an aura whenever you use
    ,
    ,
    , or any of your shouts. Use this to your advantage to soak up incoming damage.
    • provides even more damage mitigation on top of that with
      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
      .
  • constantly blinds enemies for 5 seconds.
  • You can use
    ,
    ,
    to interrupt enemies.
  • and
    give you a projectile-reflecting aura.
  • , used in
    , creates a tanky elemental that can help take pressure off you.

Sustain

  • is the key to sustain with this build. Use
    and
    for healing. You can use
    to blast the water field from
    for more healing.
  • Always be spamming
    or other skills to maximize the healing from
    .
    • If running
      , you can activate
      and still get the passive healing.
  • Your main source of condition cleanse comes from
    . If you're having a lot of trouble with conditions, you can run
    .
  • , used in
    , creates an elemental with extremely powerful healing on a short cooldown.
  • If you need healing really badly, you can run away and
    .

Crowd Control

  • (from Ice Elemental)
  • (from Air Elemental)
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1 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

One of the toughest Ele builds in open world, this build maintains the high damage of Fresh Air Tempest while gaining enough bulk to solo/duo HoT hero points.

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