Weaver - Power DPS Staff (Fractal)


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Focused on: Direct damage.

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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 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 Sandstorm.png Sandstorm. Experienced groups can pick up the Weaver's Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer to push out more burst DPS in short fights, or the Weaver's Conjure Fiery Greatsword.png Conjure Fiery Greatsword 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

  • 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

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 Bountiful Power.png Bountiful Power.

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Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
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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
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
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
    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.

General Tips

  • Most of the time, you can't follow the full rotation in fractals due to boss mechanics. Instead, focus on timing Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower, 24px Firestorm, and Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer to coincide with your group breaking the boss's defiance bar. This also prevents the boss from moving out of your attacks.
  • Sandstorm.png Sandstorm 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 Conjure Lightning Hammer.png Conjure Lightning Hammer or Conjure Fiery Greatsword.png Conjure Fiery Greatsword a second time. In these cases, you can tell your teammates to pick them up and use 24px Invoke Lightning or Firestorm.png Firestorm - 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 Arcane Shield.png Arcane Shield for more personal defense. This is a DPS loss but it's better than dying.
  • Conjure Fiery Greatsword.png Conjure Fiery Greatsword 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.
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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.

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