Tempest - Power DPS (Fractal)

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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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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 and resetting its cooldown with . 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 's Static Discharge.
This guide is focused on fractals. For the raid version see Tempest - Power DPS.

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Slot Changes


  • will provide the highest uptime in very low damage fights (i.e. fights where you never press your healing skill).
  • for a strong group heal.
  • if extra condition cleanse is needed.


  • over if you have very high Agony Resistance and get enough precision from your Mist Offensive Potion to cap crit chance.
  • over if having trouble staying alive in high-pressure fights, or if your Overloads are getting interrupted.



  • if you aren't hitting defiance bars consistently.
  • if you have no other source of vigor.
  • if you need the shield.

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 .


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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
  • or slaying sigils if applicable.


See Tempest - Power DPS for rotation information.


Elementalist has a lot of combo fields and finishers you make use of to assist your party out of combat.

  • Use switch to and use over the then and to give Swiftness Swiftness to your party.
  • If your party is using blast finishers in a smoke field to stealth, switch between your attunements and weapons and use skills that are blast finishers.
    • for example switch to mainhand scepter in and use
    • switch to offhand dagger in and use
    • switch to mainhand dagger in and use

Stacking Might

  • Start in with Scepter/Focus
  • Use and aim bellow it
  • Place your character on top of the fire field and use in it
  • Swap to while using
  • Aim your camera above your character and cast
  • Switch to dagger mainhand and use
  • Swap to and use
  • Switch to offhand dagger and use and
  • This is going to give your party 24 stacks of might, to get 25 stacks you can use while is channeling.


  • Use for swiftness.
  • Switch to offhand dagger in and use without a target.
  • While in use backwards.
  • Use
  • In long runs cast and use and .
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Ether gave this build 4 stars May 2020

just overall better than weaver in general pug groups. Your might stack/firefield uptime can rly help the team's boons if your FB has issues w/ maintaning might stacks in longer fights. Excellent AOE cleaving that's just the perfect recipe for over 90% of fractal encounters and other good utilies that can be changed back and forth on the fly. Depending on the instance you're dealing w/, u can even serve as an excellent albeit extremely offensive support without having to swap equipments. If you're team struggles w/ projectile heavy fights or need additional lock down on enemies, after shock is a great alternative to fire signet, as it provides entire team w/ reflect aura as well as a cripple+immobilize.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Top tier burst damage, cleave, and CC/utility make Tempest a strong contender for fractals.