Tempest - Tagging Tempest

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageArea damageRanged damageMobilityFast tagging.

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IMPORTANT: You must have "Allow Skill Retargeting" checked for this build to function.
This build specializes in tagging multiple enemies very quickly. It has relatively low damage, and so is generally inferior to Staff builds for farming large groups of mobs. It excels at farming in extremely fast-paced trains where damage matters less, such as the Mad King's Labyrinth or Lake Doric Leather Farm.k


This build revolves around use SCEPTER 1 in , . When combined with TAB TARGETING while the "Allow Skill Retargeting" option is checked, you can force the beam to affect a new enemy every tick, cycling between any targets within 900 range of you. Combined with a this means you will frequently be able to tag nearly any mob that you can see on your screen well before they die. With your , , and , you can even keep up with Daredevils and Mirages in zergs.

Editor's Note

This build is very active, as you will be constantly spamming your TAB key in order to force to retarget. I found it fun for the first hour or two, but the constant tab spam will eventually wear most people down. Consider this when choosing a tagging build. The short range also makes this build an inferior version of Druid - Staff Farmer, as the mechanic behind the two is identical (beam retargeting). However, this is the best possible tagging build for elementalist when it comes to fast-paced zergs like Lab and Lake Doric. Tempest was chosen because of its many stunbreaks, group support, and access to superspeed and is the superior option between the three elementalist specs.

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Skill Variants

Utility Skills
  • You can run over for stunbreak.

Weapon Variants

  • You can run Warhorn for more utility at bosses at the cost of mobility.


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Standard Equipment

This is the standard variant of the build.
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Superior Rune of Speed
  • You can use a few pieces of Knight stat icon.png Knight's or use Marauder stat icon.png Marauder gear for extra defense.


  • Use ascended food before using any other food below.
  • Use for general farming.
  • for maxing out magic find.
  • if you need more healing.



  • Camp Air Attunement and use , , and . Use Overload Air when you can get on top of groups of mobs. Use TAB to constantly retarget, ensuring you hit as many groups of mobs as possible.
    • You can swap to other attunements and then swap back quickly to proc . This is recommended on bosses.
  • Use your shouts off cooldown
  • Use for mobility or for extra AoE while skills are on cooldown.
  • You can use for mobility.

Crowd Control

Build rating - 4 stars
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3 Ratings
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars September 2020

The instant-hit of Arc Lightning creates a very powerful synergy with Sigil of Fire provided you have a little crit chance. Very strong build for tagging.

4 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 4 stars April 2020

This build provides tagging potential at a safe distance, allowing the Tempest to earn loot without putting their life at a risk. While overall this build deals poor damage and is underwhelming for solo play, it excels at what it was designed or, tagging mobs in large group events, such as farming Silverwastes, Dragonfall, or the Halloween Labyrinth. However, Tempest itself is overshadowed by other classes with better tagging potential like Mirage or Daredevil.

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Elthari gave this build 5 stars October 2019

Strong, reliable farming build with lots of self-buffs and utility when needed. Hitscan AA makes for some lazy tagging. Only slight disadvantage is 900 range. Can advise Arcane Shield for safe Lake Doric farm.