Weaver - Power DPS Staff

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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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Overview

A power DPS build for Weaver. This build deals heavy AoE burst damage with
and
, which makes it one of the best builds for cleaving adds. It also deals good damage on bosses with large hitboxes and shares a small amount of Might Might and Protection Protection to nearby allies.
Note that Staff Weaver is heavily dependent on Alacrity Alacrity, so make sure you have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support for support. For max DPS it should also have as many boons as possible for
.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Weaver - Power DPS Staff (Fractal).

Skill Bar

StaffHealingUtilityElite

Variants

Healing Skill

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

Utility Skills

  • instead of
    if you are struggling to use lightning hammer correctly.
  • over
    is technically the highest DPS option but makes your rotation incredibly difficult and conjure dependent; you can take it if you want to put your Weaver skills to the test.

Elite Skills

  • over
    for higher burst damage, particularly useful on Keep Construct.

Specializations

Variants

  • if you have no other source of Vigor Vigor.
  • if you need the shield.

Air Variant

Use Air if you can make use of
on Keep Construct, or if you don't have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support in your party to provide you with boons for
.

Variants

  • for high damage on Keep Construct.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Consumable

Food:

  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Utility:

  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

DPS Rotation

Written Rotation (Arcane)

Weaver's DPS rotation is complex, however it can be broken down into small chunks for easier memorization. The main goal of the rotation being to maximise the damage from three main skills -
,
and
while filling gaps with high damage autoattacks and low-cooldown skills like
and
. The following rotation is a good starting point to begin learning the class.
Start in
/
  1. Lightning Swing Lightning Swing
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    Lightning Swing
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Static Swing Static Swing
    ½Activation.png
    Static Swing
    Strike your foe again.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Thunderclap Thunderclap
    ½Activation.png
    Thunderclap
    Smash the ground and damage nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 533
    Blind.pngBlind (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 150
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
From here, you enter a section that is more or less looped with small modifications for the rest of the fight
  • off cooldown while you are attuned to fire and auto attack in downtime.
  • When
    is off cooldown, start the following sequence of skills
  • After your second
    you can begin cycling through
    into double
    to cast
    and
    , every ~10 seconds after finishing your meteor shower channel. You can use
    as filler over
    while attuned to earth - cast
    before dropping it.
  • After casting each meteor shower you should pick up/recast
    and cycle through
    and
    Lightning Swing Lightning Swing
    ½Activation.png
    Lightning Swing
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Static Swing Static Swing
    ½Activation.png
    Static Swing
    Strike your foe again.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    Thunderclap Thunderclap
    ½Activation.png
    Thunderclap
    Smash the ground and damage nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 533
    Blind.pngBlind (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 150
    once before dropping it.
  • Cast
    whenever possible while
    is active.

Finisher Rotation

When the boss will die in the next ~20s instead of the standard usage of
and
you can do the following:
  1. Double attune to fire to trigger
    before immediately casting

before resuming your standard rotation until the boss dies.

Breakbars

Staff Weaver has very little prompt access to reliable hard-hitting CC skills for breakbars - many of its CC skills are gated behind double-attuning or will be unavailable due to the DPS rotation.
  • available in double
  • available when
    is in your second attuement slot, only stuns if you are able to land the edge of it on the boss.
  • if you are in
    while the breakbar is up.
  • available as the dual Air/Earth skill
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Once the be-all and end-all of DPS builds, Staff Weaver is now "merely" a good power DPS with high cleave. Currently it's worse than Tempest for pure DPS, but its 1200 range cleave makes it a solid option for things like clearing shards on Xera.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Has taken repeated nerfs yet still puts out excellent damage on several boss fights in the hands of a good player. Does take practice to learn the ins and outs of the rotation across each encounter, especially for conjured weapon placement.

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