Elementalist - Staff Backline

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageSupportControl.

Designed for:


Overview

A backline build providing great damage, CC and field support to the zerg. Requires a precise usage of skills and positioning to survive.

Skill Bar

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StaffHealingUtilityElite

Skill Variants

Heal

  • for Tempest variants.

Utility

  • trade a defensive cooldown for instant AoE burst and a blast finisher
  • for Tempest variants.

Elite

  • Summon Druid Spirit Summon Druid Spirit is a strong elite for Sylvari Elementalists. Affects up to 5 enemies within a radius of 900' around the Druid Spirit. Sends one slow-moving projectile towards each affected target. Each projectile deals ~1800 damage and can result in a critical hit which deals +50% damage. Struck foes are immobilized for 1 second.
  • for Tempest variants.

Specializations

Main

Variants

  • for more condition clear and boons from .


Variants

  • Can't find such trait "Tempest Defense"! Please refer to our trait index Tempest Defense and Lightning Rod add significant damage but only if you can catch the enemy in your CCs (Especially Static Field) without Stability Stability.


Variants

  • for more evasion.

Variants

Swap Air for Water for more group support and sustain at the cost of damage.



Trade Arcane for Tempest for access to strong heal, utility and elite skills as well as some utility from overloads.

Equipment

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Berserker stat icon.png
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6x
Superior Rune of Strength
18x
Mighty WvW Infusion
First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Staff
Stats: Marauder
Superior Sigil of Fire Superior Sigil of Fire
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Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust Superior Sigil of Bloodlust
Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.pngSuperior Sigil of Bloodlust
Gain a charge of +10 power each time you kill a foe, five if you kill an enemy player.
Armor
  • Head
Stats: Marauder
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.
  • Shoulders
Stats: Marauder
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.
  • Chest
Stats: Marauder
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.
  • Hands
Stats: Marauder
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.
  • Legs
Stats: Marauder
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.
  • Feet
Stats: Marauder
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.


Accessories
  • Amulet
Stats: Marauder
  • Ring 1
Stats: Marauder
  • Ring 2
Stats: Berserker
  • Earring 1
Stats: Berserker
  • Earring 2
Stats: Berserker
  • Back
Stats: Berserker

Infusions

  • 18x
    Mighty WvW Infusion Mighty WvW Infusion
    Mighty WvW Infusion.pngMighty WvW Infusion
    +5 Power +1% Damage to Guards and Lords

Variants

Stats

  • Use as much Marauder's as you feel is necessary then fill out with Berserker's
  • Avoid inefficient stats like Valkyrie's. Marauder's is strictly better than Valkyrie's when considering effective power and health.

Sigils

  • Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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    Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
    Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    Extra survivability - Pairs well with
  • Superior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Force
    Superior Sigil of Force.pngSuperior Sigil of Force
    +5% Damage
    Highest overall damage but with less burst compared to Fire.
  • Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
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    Superior Sigil of Battle.pngSuperior Sigil of Battle
    Gain 2 stacks of might (20 seconds) when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    or
    Superior Sigil of Strength Superior Sigil of Strength
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    Superior Sigil of Strength.pngSuperior Sigil of Strength
    60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 1s)
    . Only if running Strength runes.

Runes

  • Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
    Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration
    Better Fury Fury uptime in situations where it is not provided by the group.

Consumables

Food

  • Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable

Utility

  • Furious Maintenance Oil Furious Maintenance Oil
    Furious Maintenance Oil.pngFurious Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Healing Power equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    is optimal.
  • 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
    adds the most damage.

Usage

The general purpose of the build is to use CC to trap enemies into your zerg's burst and then use damage skills to contribute to the burst. Which opening to use depends on commander's/own's preferences and zerg numbers.

General:

  • This build requires to rapidly switch between attunement. You can reduce the time on an attunement by switching it while you are still casting a skill (this will not interrupt it).
  • Meteor shower is your main damage source, but it has a long cast time and by the end of it you can find yourself out of position or focused by enemies. You can avoid this in two ways:
    • Use after you start casting it.
    • Use the "burning retreat trick" (see GYF). This way avoids using but you can find yourself even further away from your zerg. Gfycat:
      Burning Retreat Trick
  • If you are alone and have to run somewhere, you can stack swiftness: Use in Air Attunement and switch out and into air to proc . You can also blast with by using Eruption before swapping to air attunement.
  • 's direction is based on your where your character is looking. Turn briefly while casting the skill to aim it and effectevily blocking the passage. Gfycat:
    See GYF for explaination
  • You can interrupt by using stow weapon as soon as you are full healed in order to save time.
  • provides great mobility and a damage boon when wielded. It can be used after casting to increase the damage.

Defensive opening

  • Start on Water. Use to slow down enemies, place so that the melee train will either heal and remove condition or gain
    Frost Aura Frost Aura
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    Frost Aura
    Protect yourself with frost armor that reduces incoming damage by 10%. While active, it chills foes that hit you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once per second.
    Frost Aura.pngFrost Aura (7s): -10% Incoming Damage
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    and finally for great damage and vulnerability for your zerg burst.
  • Switch to fire and deliver your burst/bombing: , to ensure bonus damage from and finally .
  • Switch to Air and use: to separate enemies from their zerg, . If you or your allies are slowed, use .
  • Switch to Earth, use to separate enemies from their zerg. If your zerg is attacking use to immobilize enemies. Place on the commander.
  • Switch to Water, place on the commander (if possible where you just put ) to provide area healing.

Aggressive opening

  • Start on Air. Use: to separate enemies from their zerg.
  • Immediately switch to Fire and use: , to ensure bonus damage from and finally .
  • Switch to Earth, use to separate enemies from their zerg. If your zerg is attacking use to immobilize enemies. Place on the commander.
  • Switch to Water, place on the commander (if possible where you just put ) to provide area healing and condition cleanse. Use and proceed with rotation from Fire.

Gameplay Videos

  • YouTube:
    Reta del Bratfish
  • YouTube:
    Aghars
  • YouTube Channel: Chemsorly Youtube
  • YouTube:
    TNG vs aX

Streamer(s)

Build rating - 4 stars
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7 Ratings
5 stars
Xivor gave this build 5 stars November 2017

I don't believe this build is bad enough to rate down to Basic, but it is definitely out-classed by Weaver. That being said, this build does still hold its own in DPS. Once the primary provider of healing through blasts on the water fields, now this build can be used primarily as a DPS option. I wouldn't run this is a 15-man comp, but I would run this in open-raid / public-raid zergs.

5 stars
Arete gave this build 5 stars January 2017

No longer viable in GvG/Small scale situations but still viable in large scale fights where it can land damage without being trained down. Fairly difficult to play due to widespread damage reduction reducing its impact and high damage ranged abilities like Coalescence of Ruin with the potential to kill from very high health percentages. Mostly outclassed as a damage dealer by other backliners such as Backline Hammer Revenant but still useful for its utility skills. The build brings the strongest set of AoE CCs in the game with Frozen Ground, Static Field, Unsteady Ground and Shockwave as well as strong water field access.

0 stars
Gigas gave this build 0 stars January 2017

A now completely out of date build with a terrible armor set in the first place. Staff ele has the highest damage AA in the game with Fire 1, so you want as much power as possible. Go with a valk/zerk mix, you don't need that much crit chance anyway since you hit like a truck.

Lightning Rod is no longer needed so instead change to Bolt To The Heart, you will do significantly more damage with it.

Arcane traitline is not a good choice anymore. Always go with Air/Fire/Water since it covers every need a staff ele has and provides all the good stuff for your guild/zerg/whatever.

Sigils are outdated too, Air and Force/Strength/Energy are your only choice.

4 More Ratings
5 stars
Billaboong gave this build 5 stars May 2016

A foundamental build for any wvw zerg. Gives field-support, CC and massive damage.

5 stars
Haru gave this build 5 stars April 2016

Completely pushed out of a meta but a classic build nonetheless.

5 stars
J0ttem gave this build 5 stars September 2015

Good DPS, lots of CC and excellent support. Essential to every medium & large sized WvW group.

5 stars
Chase gave this build 5 stars September 2015

Excellent DPS, sustaining better than necros even (but lacking their burst), great party wide support, and good control options help secure this build in any zerg/gvg.