Weaver - Power DPS Staff


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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 Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer and Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower, 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 Bountiful Power.png Bountiful Power.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Weaver - Power DPS Staff (Fractal).

Skill Bar

StaffHealingUtilityElite

Variants

Healing Skill

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

Utility Skills

Elite Skills

Specializations

Variants

Air Variant

Use Air if you can make use of Can't find such trait "Tempest Defense"! Please refer to our trait index on Keep Construct, or if you don't have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support in your party to provide you with boons for Bountiful Power.png Bountiful Power.

Variants

  • Can't find such trait "Tempest Defense"! Please refer to our trait index for high damage on Keep Construct.

Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Staff.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
48px18x
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 - Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower, Glyph of Storms.png Glyph of Storms and Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer while filling gaps with high damage autoattacks and low-cooldown skills like Lava Font.png Lava Font and Eruption.png Eruption. The following rotation is a good starting point to begin learning the class.
Start in Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement/Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  1. Eruption.png Eruption
  2. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  3. Lava Font.png Lava Font
  4. Pyroclastic Blast.png Pyroclastic Blast
  5. 24px Firestorm
  6. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  7. Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower
  8. Primordial Stance.png Primordial Stance
  9. Lava Font.png Lava Font
  10. Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer
  11. 24px Invoke Lightning
  12. 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
  13. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  14. Lava Font.png Lava Font
  15. Flame Burst.png Flame Burst
  16. Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement
  17. Eruption.png Eruption
  18. Conjure Fiery Greatsword.png Conjure Fiery Greatsword
  19. Fiery Rush.png Fiery Rush
  20. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  21. Firestorm.png Firestorm
  22. 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
  • Lava Font.png Lava Font off cooldown while you are attuned to fire and auto attack in downtime.
  • When 24px Firestorm is off cooldown, start the following sequence of skills
  1. 24px Firestorm
  2. Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement
  3. Eruption.png Eruption
  4. Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower
  5. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  6. Lava Font.png Lava Font
  7. Pyroclastic Blast.png Pyroclastic Blast
  8. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement

Finisher Rotation

When the boss will die in the next ~20s instead of the standard usage of Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower and Glyph of Storms.png Glyph of Storms you can do the following:
  1. Double attune to fire to trigger 24px Elements of Rage before immediately casting Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower
  2. Air Attunement.png Air Attunement
  3. 24px Lightning Storm
  4. Lightning Surge.png Lightning Surge
  5. Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
  6. Lava Font.png Lava Font
  7. Plasma Blast.png Plasma Blast

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.
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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