Weaver - Power DPS Staff (Fractal)

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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 and , which makes it one of the best builds for killing trash and 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.
In dungeons and fractals, Weaver is particularly useful for the constant Blind Blind it provides with . Experienced groups can pick up the Weaver's to push out more burst DPS in short fights, or the Weaver's for increased mobility in speed clears.
Note that Staff Weaver is heavily dependent on Alacrity Alacrity, so make sure you have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support for support.
This guide is focused on fractals. For the raid version see Weaver - Power DPS Staff.

Skill Bar

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Variants

Healing Skills

  • for minor group healing and better uptime when in a group with low healing.
  • if extra condition cleanse is needed.

Utility Skills

  • over against enemies you are able to rapidly burst down.
  • over if having trouble staying alive in high-pressure fights.

Elite Skills

  • over for encounters with very short phases.

Specializations



Variants

  • if you can't break defiance bars consistently for Can't find such trait "Tempest Defense"! Please refer to our trait index. You can also consider running "Arcane Variant" below.
  • if you have no other source of Vigor Vigor.
  • if you need the shield.

Arcane Variant

Use Arcane instead of Air if you can't break defiance bars consistently for Can't find such trait "Tempest Defense"! Please refer to our trait index, but you have a Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support in your party to provide you with boons for .


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Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • on night time encounters.
  • Slaying sigils if applicable.

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
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    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
    ½Activation.png
    Lightning Swing
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    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
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    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
    ½Activation.png
    Lightning Swing
    Bash your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 355
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 150
     Forward arrow.png 
    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
    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.

General Tips

  • Most of the time, you can't follow the full rotation in fractals due to boss mechanics. Instead, focus on timing , , and to coincide with your group breaking the boss's defiance bar. This also prevents the boss from moving out of your attacks.
  • mitigates almost all damage from trash mobs. If you coordinate with other Weavers you can keep enemies blinded for a very long duration.
  • In very short fights you won't be able to pick up your or a second time. In these cases, you can tell your teammates to pick them up and use or - these skills deal insane burst damage and are often DPS increases over your teammates' normal skills.
  • If you have trouble surviving high-pressure fights like Mai Trin or Artsariiv, you can slot for more personal defense. This is a DPS loss but it's better than dying.
  • can be used for mobility (e.g. Thaumanova heat room) and faster movement between fights. Since it's a conjured weapon you can also give it to teammates to use. Use a Mistlock Singularity or /gg once you reach a checkpoint to reset its cooldown.

Stacking Might

Video tutorial

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
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5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Staff Weaver is still one of the strongest fractal DPS builds with high burst and cleave damage.