Elementalist - S/F Fresh air roamer

The Official API is experiencing issues; skill, trait and item data cannot be loaded at the moment.
Note: Please note that builds will default to plain icons, these may not be as accurate. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Platinum.png

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Designed for:


Overview

S/F fresh air is a very competent duelist and small group roamer. The build can be very hard to both pick up as well as master. It doesn't scale well into larger fights so consider running another spec when faced with larger groups.

Even though your defensive stats are absolutely bottom of the barrel, you can be incredibly hard to kill. S/F Fresh Air focuses on avoiding damage by making use of the builds superspeed, projectile hate and invulnerabilities rather than mitigating or sustaining it.

Skill Bar

Scepter/FocusHealingUtilityElite

Specializations




Equipment

Marauder stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Marauder stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Berserker stat icon.png
6x
Superior Rune of the Pack
18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Use Marauder's until you reach a comfortable amount of HP, usually 16-17k, fill out with berserker.

Runes

  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
  • Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
    Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
    (1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Superior Rune of the Eagle Superior Rune of the Eagle
    Superior Rune of the Eagle.pngSuperior Rune of the Eagle
    (1): +25 Precision (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Precision (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Precision (6): +125 Ferocity; damage targets with less than 50% health for 10% more.
  • Superior Rune of Rage Superior Rune of Rage
    Superior Rune of Rage.pngSuperior Rune of Rage
    (1): +25 Ferocity (2): +10% Fury Duration (3): +50 Ferocity (4): 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30s) (5): +100 Ferocity (6): +20% Fury Duration; While under the effects of fury gain +5% damage.

Consumables

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
    Highest damage option.
  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    Alternate offensive option.
  • Omnomberry Ghost Omnomberry Ghost
    Omnomberry Ghost.pngOmnomberry Ghost
    Nourishment (45 m):
    Food.png66% Chance to Steal Life on Critical+70 Precision+15% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    If you feel you can efficiently make use of the extreme amount of dodging provided by energy sigil, vigor and this food.

Utility

  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    Offensive option.
  • Magnanimous Maintenance Oil Magnanimous Maintenance Oil
    Magnanimous Maintenance Oil.pngMagnanimous Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your VitalityGain Concentration equal to 3% of your Toughness+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    Support option.

Usage

Offensive

  • Much of this build's damage comes from and . Swap into as often as possible then swap out immediately or soon after casting and cast quick skills in order to get a critical hit. This refreshes air attunement, allowing the process to be repeated rapidly.
    • Generally you should favor putting on cooldown first to keep up as well as general sustain. Once water is on cooldown use the other attunements based on what you expect to need in the next 10 second of the fight, has defensive cooldowns while has your burst skills.
  • will continue casting after swapping attunements once the channel is started, use it to get fast crits to reset Air cooldown and build the channel damage.
  • Swap into after using and/or to benefit from (and if you take it).
  • Use to interrupt opponents, especially healing.
  • and can both be used to proc or add additional burst if needed.

Defensive

  • S/F relies on avoiding damage as much as possible
    • Utilize the superspeed from to avoid damage from melee attackers. Use abilities that don't require facing your target to keep full speed while resetting air attunement cooldown.
      • , , , , and can all be cast behind you.
    • Make use of and to avoid projectiles
  • is a strong condition cleanse, use it with in water as well as your cantrips and against condition builds.

General

  • is usually best used in for the heal and cleanse or as a burst tool. If a proc is desperately needed it can be used it , but should always be avoided if possible.
    • will proc from dodge rolls used in
    • The proc is dependent on which attunement you finish the dodge roll in, changing attunements during the dodge roll will change the proc.
  • Track stealthed opponents with . Begin the skill before your opponent stealths and let the channel fully finish (and don't move to allow the game to track circularly)
  • You can secure stomps by:
    • Blinding your enemy's downed interrupting skill with .
    • Activating or after beginning the stomp
    • Using and while stomping Engineers and Warriors.

Combos

  • + +
  • . This is your highest damage combo and is critical to winning match ups against high sustain builds. Keep careful track of your opponents stun-breaks and use this combo when they have none available.
    • A safer execution is to swap the order of and , to ensure that the Phoenix will land and force a dodge roll against the Dragon's Tooth.
  • Combining with during the quarter second cast-time of phoenix is your highest dps burst combo. It is difficult to execute and extremely risky since is one of your most important defensive cooldowns.

Weaknesses

  • Bunker Elementalists (Especially with ) and Druids are essentially unkillable, though they shouldn't pose a major threat to you.
  • Bad matchups against power Revenant, condition and power Thief, condition and power Mesmer

Gameplay Videos

  • YouTube:
    Vyxev
  • YouTube:
    Elemelentalist
Build rating - 4 stars
Only registered users can vote. Log in or Register. (It only takes a few seconds!)
3 Ratings
3 stars
Hanz gave this build 3 stars September 2018

Dusted off this build and brought it back from the archives with a couple of updates. Will rewrite the usage soon enough. It's still a very effective roamer with great burst damage, although sustained damage/cleave are lacking, so it's mostly just for 1v1s.

5 stars
InvisableYam gave this build 5 stars January 2017

Still loving this build and small variations to it, S/F ele is all about timing and this build can be very rewarding if you time it right. It's possible to experiment with a Tempest variation, keeping in mind the fresh air aspect and overloading, that's also about right time right place. Great build.

5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars July 2016

Very difficult to play, but with a very high skill cap and high amount of outplay potential. Struggles against some of the new HoT specs such as herald and daredevil but has the potential to win almost all matchups if played well enough.