Elementalist - Basic Staff Ele

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archived on 3/15/21, see Elementalist - Basic Elementalist


An excellent Core Elementalist build meant for roaming and zerging.


This bulid revolves around using your many area of effects, such as to deal large splash damage to groups of mobs very quickly. This build offers a relatively relaxed playstyle, even in fast-paced groups, though in very fast zergs such as the Mad King's Labyrinth it can fall behind other builds. In cases where your tagging speed matters more than your raw DPS, the scepter tagging tempest build is recommended.

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if conditions are a problem. Synergizes with covering its long channel time.
  • - allows you to make good use of combo fields.
Utility Skills
  • - excellent for when you're left without a group
  • - for defense
  • - strong area damage or an area blind
  • - more mobility.
Elite Skills
  • - high damage and mobility.


Build Code


  • provides good defensive abilities on dodging while in or


Ascended gear is not required. You can run Exotic with the same stats instead.

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of Strength
Mighty Infusion

Variant Equipment

The gear with this build is relatively flexible.


  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , Assassin stat icon.png Assassin's - slightly higher dps, much lower defense
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - can be mixed into a set to provide higher defense at the cost of DPS. Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's armor and weapons with Knight stat icon.png Knight's trinkets is a common replacement for Marauder stat icon.png Marauder .


  • - provides extreme sustain when running in a zerg, best defensive rune when zerging
  • , , - higher burst, lower DPS rune alternatives
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune
  • , , - Defensive rune alternatives
  • - Defensive + Utility option, combine with
  • - higher burst than but lower DPS
  • - DPS/Defense hybrid rune


  • , , - defensive
  • - makes permanent and reduces 's CD drastically.
  • , - useful on-kill sigils
  • - combine with for extreme mobility
  • It is strongly recommended to stick with + when solo.



  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
  • - Damage



Abuse your skills. Your goal is to tag large groups of mobs quickly. , , and are your bread and butter.

    • Against static groups, is an incredible damage tool. It also works very well against bosses, especially those with a large hit box.
      • You can use during your channel to prevent being interrupted. You can also abuse before you cast to blind groups of mobs.
  • and allow you to trap enemies for your AOEs.

Defense & Support

  • provides significant condition removal to both yourself and allies.
  • is a decent area heal.
  • is a large area blind.

Crowd Control

  • and (in Lightning Hammer)
  • (from Ice Elemental)
  • (from Air Elemental)
Build rating - 4 stars
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1 Ratings
4 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 4 stars September 2020

This build is surprisingly strong for a basic build. It stands up to its Tempest and Weaver variants easily and is very easy to play.