Tempest - Staff Tempest

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A standard staff tempest build built for high area damage at long range. This build excels in a large zerg, such as Dragonfall, Drizzlewood Coast, or LS4 Trains. An experienced Elementalist player can also make this build work in a solo roaming scenario, though it may struggle against extremely difficult enemies.

  • Low difficulty
  • Long Range
  • Lots of area damage
  • Moderate self-might
  • Squishy
  • Low single-target DPS
  • Lack of sustain


The general playstyle of this build revolves around Elementalist's Staff's very high area damage via , and . It can deal significant area damage at 1200 range, making it ideal for running in a group or zerg. Most of your time will be spent in , however when in melee range abusing can be extremely powerful as well - especially if combined with .

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if conditions are a problem. Synergizes with covering its long channel time.
  • - Powerful burst heal.
  • - allows you to make good use of combo fields.
Utility Skills
  • - strong option when not zerging
  • - more single-target damage than .
  • - good AOE damage
  • - higher damage than if you don't need the defense.
  • - more mobility.
  • - get out of jail free card.
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and mobility.


Build Code


  • and - higher damage, lower defense
  • - better for solo play
  • - higher might uptime

Arcane Variant

Can replace Fire, offers more consistent burst damage and higher Defense at the cost of DPS.

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


Ascended gear is not required for open world, but is recommended.

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
Mighty Infusion

Variant Equipment

The gear with this build is relatively flexible.


  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - slightly higher dps, much lower defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - can be mixed into a set to provide higher defense at the cost of DPS. Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's armor and weapons with Knight stat icon.png Knight's trinkets is a common replacement for Marauder stat icon.png Marauder .


  • - provides extreme sustain when running in a zerg, best defensive rune when zerging
  • , , - higher burst, lower DPS rune alternatives
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune
  • , , , - Defensive rune alternatives
    • Replace or and if running
  • - Defensive + Utility option, combine with
  • - higher burst than but lower DPS
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune


  • , , - defensive
  • - makes permanent and reduces 's CD drastically.
  • , - useful on-kill sigils
  • - combine with for extreme mobility
  • It is strongly recommended to stick with + when solo.



  • 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.
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
  • - Damage



Use your skills. Your goal is to tag large groups of mobs quickly. , , and are your bread and butter.

    • Against static groups, is an incredible damage tool. It also works very well against bosses, especially those with a large hit box.
      • You can use during your channel to prevent being interrupted. You can also abuse before you cast to blind groups of mobs.
  • and allow you to trap enemies for your AOEs.

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)
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
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.

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars November 2019

One of the best open world event builds. High AOE damage at a distance with a low skill floor and a high skill ceiling.