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Holosmith - Power Holo

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

Focused on: Strike damage and Mobility

Designed for: Open World and Open World General

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on June 14, 2024 and is up to date for the March 19, 2024 patch.


A power Holosmith build for open world. Engage Photon Forge to cauterise enemies with the power of concentrated sunlight. This build has great damage both in AoE and single target, decent mobility, and is slightly resilient. Compared to scrapper and mechanist, this build is harder to play but does higher damage after learning to play it. However, it isn't that great for soloing as it doesn't have barriers like scrapper or a very tanky pet like mechanist.

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Skill Variants


The choice of heal skill is very open. We recommend Healing Turret because it provides very high healing and cleanses 2 conditions when first deployed, while creating a water field where you can detonate the turret to provide even more healing (See: Guide:What are Combo Fields). Always pick up the turret or detonate it, as it will provide more healing over time than the super weak regeneration that leaving the turret deployed provides. Other options can be considered.

  • Med Kit provides a decent heal with a low cooldown with the toolbelt skill Bandage Self, a Blast finisher with Infusion Bomb, condition cleanse and water field with Cleansing Field, and some ally healing.
  • A.E.D. - helpful to negate a big attack or a oneshot, and has a helpful 2 second stun on the toolbelt skill Static Shock. This skill requires a bit more skill to use, as it only provides large healing if you were to take lethal damage.
  • Coolant Blast - good healing when used above 100 Heat, but not too good at low Heat. Its toolbelt skill is quite niche, transforming the conditions you suffer from into Burning (transforming more conditions at higher Heat levels), which can do more harm than good.

Utility Skills

Throw Mine has great damage and crowd control. Don't replace it.
Laser Disk is great for damage. Don't replace it.
Grenade Kit provides great damage through the kit and its toolbelt skill. You can replace Grenade Kit if you don't like it.

  • Spectrum Shield - great stun break and damage reduction with a low cooldown, even lower if used at high Heat.
  • Photon Wall - provides a projectile block on demand and a toolbelt skill that deals good damage. Situational since you are already using a shield, and this skill only blocks frontal attacks.
  • Personal Battering Ram - heavy melee range crowd control on a short cooldow, in case you need more crowd control than what Throw Mine provides (though it does almost no damage). Its toolbelt skill does a little ranged crowd control.
  • Hard Light Arena - provides boons to yourself and nearby allies, and its toolbelt skill pulls nearby enemies, though sadly it has a small range.

Elite skill

Prime Light Beam deals great damage and Crowd Control.

  • Supply Crate inflicts more crowd control but has less damage and a longer cooldown.


Specialization Variants

  • Glass Cannon - DPS increase in group events when allies are providing Fury Fury.
  • Light Density Amplifier - trades some damage for defense,
  • Prismatic Converter - more condition cleanse.

Fast Tagging

In events that require fast AoE damage, take Thermal Release Valve and Crystal Configuration: Storm with a Sigil of Superior Sigil of Stamina for higher tagging potential.


Ascended gear is not required; exotic gear with the same stats will work.

Standard Equipment

This gearset is useful across all of PVE.


  • You can use Relic of Zakiros to trade a minor amount of damage for sustain, Relic of the Cavalier to start combat with boons, or Relic of Durability for a little extra defense.
  • For defense, equip the highest tier Jade Core you can afford. Use defensive food, traits, or skills if required. If necessary, use Knight Knight trinkets.


Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.


  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • (and variants)


Photon Forge

Most of your damage comes from Photon Forge, the holosmith's profession mechanic. Using skills inside the Forge generates Heat, some Heat is also gained over time. Having high Heat is great, as it increases your damage through Laser's Edge and Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit. However, you must exit Photon Forge before you accumulate 150 Heat, or you will Overheat, which does great damage to yourself, prevents you from accessing the Forge until it cools down, and puts your toolbelt skills on cooldown, so a terrible thing to happen.

When you exit Photon Forge, it will begin to cool down after a few seconds, and you will slowly lose Heat and heal yourself a little through Heat Therapy. Once the Forge has cooled a bit (but not all the way down), you will enter it again. This way, you will always have some good amount of Heat to benefit from the aforementioned traits.


As mentioned, having high Heat is great, and your Photon Forge skills not only generate Heat but also do great damage. You should open fights with your Photon Forge, use your Forge skills until you're very close to overheating, then exit the forge and fight with your sword and Grenade Kit. Once your Heat cools down to about 80, you should enter the Forge again. Your highest damage skills are:

  • Throw Mine
  • Photon Blitz
  • Corona Burst
  • Grenade Barrage
  • Laser Disk


Against bosses and other durable enemies, try to follow this rotation. If possible, start with high Heat, about 80. You can use Holographic Shockwave to quickly generate a lot of heat. If possible, use Throw Mine before the fight, so you can detonate it later once you have high Heat so it does more damage (the skill begins to cool down when you place the mine).

  1. Corona Burst
  2. Photon Blitz
  3. Photon Forge auto attacks.
  4. Corona Burst
  5. Deactivate Photon Forge
  6. Refraction Cutter
  7. Radiant Arc (skip if a nearby ally is providing you with Quickness)
  8. Shrapnel Grenade + Poison Grenade
  9. Sword auto attacks.
  10. Refraction Cutter
  11. Sword auto attacks.
  12. Refraction Cutter
  13. Engage Photon Forge
  14. Repeat
  • Use the following skills off cooldown inside Photon Forge when above 100 Heat instead of Forge auto attacks: Grenade Barrage, Laser Disk, Prime Light Beam, Throw Mine.

Notes and tips

  • If you enter Photon Forge at about 80 heat as recommended, your second Corona Burst will be used very close to overheating. But this won't be a problem because you can leave Photon Forge right after the yellow casting bar of Corona Burst disappears. This might cause you to reach 150 Heat outside of Photon Forge as Corona Burst generates its Heat over 1.5 seconds after casting, but you can't overheat outside of the Forge.
  • If possible, precast Throw Mine and Mine Field before fights.
  • You can enter and leave Engineer Kits without interrupting your current action. So you can press the key for Refraction Cutter and equip the kit immediately and it won't get interrupted. This is great for when you are only going to use Shrapnel Grenade and exit the kit, as you have to wait 1 second before you can exit the kit, this way that one second will pass by as you finish casting Refraction Cutter and cast Shrapnel Grenade, making the rotation much more fluid. Do note that Stow Kit does not interrupt your ongoing action but Weapon Swap Weapon Swap does, so don't use weapon swap.
  • To quickly generate Heat before fights you can use Corona Burst, Holo Leap, and auto attacks. You can also use Holographic Shockwave if you won't be needing the Crowd Control.
  • Remember to try to stay always at high Heat to benefit from Laser's Edge and Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit. Even your sword skills are more powerful when used at high Heat.
  • Static Shield only stuns enemies that attack you while you from melee range.
  • Photon Forge auto attacks have been bugged since launch and are much slower if you manually press the key. Instead, just rely on auto attack and don't press the key.

Defense and Sustain

  • Heat Therapy and Big Boomer provide a little sustain in long fights, but you're vulnerable to burst damage.
  • You can block attacks and reflect projectiles with your shield.
  • With your great burst damage, you will kill trash mobs before they kill you. You can also use your CC to incapacitate them so they can't fight back.
  • In longer fights, if you need more defense, you can consider using the defensive utilities Hard Light Arena and/or Spectrum Shield at a dps loss.
  • Remember that Healing Turret cleanses 2 conditions. If you need even more cleansing, use Prismatic Converter.

Crowd Control

  • Magnetic Inversion
  • Static Shield
  • Throw Shield
  • Throw Mine
  • Holographic Shockwave
  • Prime Light Beam
  • Static Shock (if using A.E.D.)


This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 1 votes.
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4 stars
Starlitjupiter gave this build 4 stars • August 2023
A fantastic build with good mobility and burst damage.


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