Tempest - Power DPS



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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

GW2 Heart of Thorns logo.png

Overview

Also known as Fresh Air Scepter/Warhorn Tempest, this is an old Heart of Thorns build which has now become one of the best AoE burst damage builds in the game.
Fresh Air Tempest relies on spamming Overload Air.png Overload Air and resetting its cooldown with Fresh Air.png Fresh Air. This, combined with its high damage AoE skills, makes it excel at killing adds and trash mobs. In addition, Tempest provides a lot of Vulnerability Vulnerability, deals excellent burst damage on large hitboxes, and provides a unique damage buff to its party through Overload Air.png Overload Air's Static Discharge.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Tempest - Power DPS (Fractal).

Skill Bar

Scepter/WarhornHealingUtilityElite

Slot Changes

Healing

Utilities

Specializations

Air:


Ferocious Winds.png Ferocious Winds



Aeromancer's Training.png Aeromancer's Training



Fresh Air.png Fresh Air



Arcane:


Arcane Precision.png Arcane Precision



Elemental Contingency.png Elemental Contingency



Bountiful Power.png Bountiful Power



Tempest:


Gale Song.png Gale Song



Harmonious Conduit.png Harmonious Conduit



Imbued Melodies.png Imbued Melodies


Variants

Fire Variant

Use Fire instead of Arcane if you don't have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support providing you with 6 or more boons for Bountiful Power.png Bountiful Power.


Fire:


Burning Precision.png Burning Precision



Pyromancer's Training.png Pyromancer's Training



Persisting Flames.png Persisting Flames



Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Assassin stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Scepter.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Warhorn.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
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    on Keep Construct.

Usage

Video rotation example by Roul

Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Dauphin gave this build 4 stars October 2018

I used this build raiding with my guild today, and it performed spectacularly. Great damage output, and it can react to mechanics with minimal disruption to the rotation.

It is somewhat lacking in survivability. If you're in a good raiding guild your healer should be able to keep you alive anyway, but in an average group a substitution might be a good idea. I ended up substituting Lightning Flash for Conjure Lightning Hammer just so I could blink out of damage zones in an emergency, but Arcane Shield would also work if mobility isn't required or feasible for a fight.

Another weakness obviously is CC, but that's more a weakness of the class than the build. Even though it's possible to be carried by a CC-heavy raid, in a fight where hard CC is vital (such as Samarog) it might be a good idea to switch to a different class if your raid is consistently failing CC phases.

The build has no active stun breaks, but if you're good at avoiding telegraphed attacks the auto-break from Gale Song is enough.

Overall though I'd definitely recommend this build. Lots of fun and very viable.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

One of the best power DPS builds at the moment, with unparalleled large hitbox burst as well as high raid utility. Best in slot on Keep Construct and a solid option for power DPS anywhere.

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