Tempest - Staff Tempest

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

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Overview

This build is focused on dealing area cleave damage at range in meta events. Its use of a staff brings decent area DPS at a very long range, making it easy to tag enemies in normal meta events such as Drizzlewood Coast and Dragonfall. Note that this is a farming build and is not designed to be used solo.

Pros
  • Long range AOE
  • Easy to play
  • Decent cleave DPS
Cons
  • Low defense
  • Low sustain
  • Low single target DPS

Skill Bar

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Skill Variants

Healing Skills

  • - if conditions are a problem. Synergizes with covering its long channel time.
  • - Powerful burst heal.

Utility Skills

  • - good AOE damage
  • - more single-target damage than .
  • - more tagging
  • - excellent stunbreak
  • - more mobility.

Elite Skills

  • - high damage and mobility.

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • - higher might uptime; use if taking this trait

Arcane Variant

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


  • use this when running with a group that grants lots of boons.
  • provides good defensive abilities on dodging while in or
  • If running this variant, replace with

Equipment

Ascended gear is not required for open world, exotic works fine.

Berserker

This setup provides high damage and uses gear similar to Tempest - Power DPS, making it a good option for general PVE

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Marauder Equipment

This set trades -10% damage for +60% health.

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Variant Equipment

The gear with this build is relatively flexible.

Gear

  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's , Soldier stat icon.png Soldier - can be mixed with other sets for increased defense

Runes

  • - provides a huge increase to sustain in a zerg
  • - use with the Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's variant to fine-tune crit chance
  • - budget option

Sigils

  • - cheap offhand sigil
  • - extra defense in a zerg

Consumables

These consumables increase profit per hour.

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


Usage

Damage / Tagging

  • Use off cooldown on groups of enemies.
  • Use and on large, static groups of enemies or bosses

Defense & Support

  • and provide significant condition removal to both yourself and allies.
  • is a decent area heal.
  • is a large area blind.

Crowd Control

  • and (in Lightning Hammer)
  • (from Ice Elemental)
  • (from Air Elemental)
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Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
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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