Tempest - Power DPS (Fractal)

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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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
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.

Skill Bar

Scepter/WarhornHealingUtilityElite

Slot Changes

Healing

  • 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.

Utilities

  • 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.

Specializations

Variants

  • 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
.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • or slaying sigils if applicable.

Usage

Video rotation example by Roul

Blasting Out of Combat

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.

Running

  • 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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1 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Top tier burst damage, cleave, and CC/utility make Tempest easily meta in fractals.

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