Elementalist PvE | Dungeon Dagger/Focus | Damage Arcana Burner

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Summary

This is not really my build.

 

It is based on one by Wooden Potatoes but with a little more self preservation built in.

 

It focuses on Critical Burns using Arcana.


I. Weapons and Skills

Dire Dagger
  • Weapon Strength: 924-981
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Dire Focus
  • Weapon Strength: 832-883
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Dire Trident
  • Weapon Strength: 905-1000
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
  • Fire Attunement
    Attunement. Attune to fire, gaining heavy damage and burning abilities.
    Fury: 2 sMight: 15 s
  • Water Attunement
    Attunement. Attune to water, gaining superior support and healing abilities.
    Fury: 2 sRegeneration: 5 s
  • Air Attunement
    Attunement. Attune to air, gaining heavy damage and control abilities.
    Fury: 2 sSwiftness: 8 s
  • Earth Attunement
    Attunement. Attune to earth, gaining superior damage-over-time and defensive abilities.
    Crippled: 3 sFury: 2 sProtection: 5 s
  • Dragon's Claw½
    Fling fire in a claw-shaped spread at your foe.
    Damage per projectile: 126Range: 400
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Drake's Breath5
    Spray a cone of fire at foes while on the move.
    Damage (4x): 672x4Burning: 2.5 s (3936 damage)Range: 400
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Burning Speed¾ 15
    Slide forward and blast the area, leaving behind a line of fire that burns foes.
    Fire wall damage: 34Duration: 4Burning: 1.5 s (328 damage)Blast radius: 240Blast damage: 672Combo Field: FireRange: 600
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Flamewall½ 20
    Create a wall of flame at the target area that burns foes.
    Damage: 95Duration: 8Burning: 2.5 s (328 damage)Combo Field: FireRange: 900
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Fire Shield40
    Aura. Envelop yourself in a shield of fire that burns foes.
    Duration: 5Burning: 1 s (328 damage)
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Arcane Brilliance¾ 20
    Arcane. Blast the area, hitting foes with critical damage and healing yourself. Healing effectiveness is increased per target hit.
    Damage: 242Healing: 3,560Healing Increase Per Target: 20%Number of Targets: 5Radius: 240Combo Finisher: Blast
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Glyph of Storms 60
    Glyph. Create a storm based on your attunement.

    Fire: Firestorm
    Water: Ice Storm
    Air: Lightning Storm
    Earth: Sandstorm
    Radius: 240Range: 900
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Arcane Blast16
    Arcane. Blast your foe with energy for critical damage.
    Damage: 363Combo Finisher: ProjectileRange: 1,500
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Arcane Power36
    Arcane. Your next five attacks do critical damage.
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s
  • Conjure Fiery Greatsword 1 180
    Conjure. Manifest a fiery greatsword in your hands and at the target location. When it lands, it damages and burns foes. Wielders of this weapon gain increased power and condition damage.
    Damage: 244Burning: 3 s (984 damage)Radius: 150Conjure Fire Attributes: 260 Power, 180 Condition DamageDuration: 60Range: 1,200
    • 0
      Fury: 2 s

Weapon and Skill Details

Same as Wooden Potatoes setup, except:

 

Taking Arcane Blast which when traited will still give same output as Elemental Power but with a shorter recharge and more predictability.

 

Also, run with Elemental as Elite if you are not in a group.


Traits

Fire Magic

  • Empowering Flame
    Gain 150 power while in fire attunement.
    • Burning Precision
      Critical hits have a 33% chance to cause 2 seconds of burning. Burning duration is increased by 20%.
    • Conjurer
      Gain fire aura for 5 seconds when an ally picks up a conjured weapon; Conjured weapons have 10 more charges.
    • Burning Fire
      Use cleansing fire automatically when you have 3 conditions on you.
  • Sunspot
    Inflict damage at your location when you attune to fire, and gain 3 seconds of fire aura.
    • Pyromancer’s Training
      Deal 10% more damage while attuned to fire. Fire abilities have a 33% reduced recharge.
    • One with Fire
      Fire auras you apply last 33% longer and grant 2 stacks of might for 10 second when applied.
    • Power Overwhelming
      Gain condition damage based on 10% of your total power attribute.
  • Burning Rage
    Deal 10% more damage to burning foes.
    • Persisting Flames
      Executing blast finishers on fire fields grant 10 seconds of fury. Fire fields last 2 seconds longer. Create a lava font on your position when you go down.
    • Pyromancer’s Puissance
      Each skill you use while attuned to fire grant you 15 seconds of might. This effect works in combat only.
    • Blinding Ashes
      Blind foes for 4 seconds when you burn them. 8 second internal cooldown.

Earth Magic

  • Stone Flesh
    Gain 150 toughness while attuned to earth.
    • Earth’s Embrace
      Gain armor of earth when struck while below 50% health.
    • Serrated Stones
      Bleeds you apply last 20% longer; deal 5% more damage to bleeding foes.
    • Elemental Shielding
      Grant 3 seconds of protection when applying an aura to yourself or an ally.
  • Earthen Blast
    Damage foes and cripple them for 3s when attuning to earth.
    • Strength of Stone
      Gain condition damage based on 10% of your toughness attribute.
    • Rock Solid
      Grant 2 seconds of stability to nearby allies when attuning to earth.
    • Geomancer’s Training
      You recover 33% more quickly from chilled, cripple and immobilize. Earth abilities recharge 33% faster.
  • Geomancer’s Defense
    You take 10% less damage from foes within 360 range of you.
    • Diamond Skin
      Conditions cannot be applied to you when your health is above the threshold (90%)
    • Written in Stone
      Maintain the passive effects of signets when you activate then. Reduces recharge of signets by 20%.
    • Stone Heart
      You cannot be critically hit while attuned to earth.

Arcana

  • Arcane Fury
    Gain fury for 2s when you switch attunements.
    • Arcane Precision
      Skills have a chance to apply a condition, based on your current attunement, on critical hits.
    • Renewing Stamina
      Gain vigor for 5s when you deliver a critical hit. 5 second internal cooldown.
    • Arcane Abatement
      Take less damage from falling. Create a spell when you take falling damage, based on your attunement.
  • Elemental Attunement
    When attuning to an element, you and nearby allies gain a boon.
    • Arcane Resurrection
      You have increased 10% revive speed. When you revive an ally, you and the revived ally gain an aura based on your attunement.
    • Elemental Contingency
      Gain a boon when you are struck, based on your current attunement
    • Final Shielding
      Create an Arcane Shield for 5s when your health drops below the threshold (25s)
  • Elemental Enchantment
    Boon duration is increased by 10% and attunements recharge 15% faster.
    • Evasive Arcane
      Create an attunement-based spell at end of your dodge. Fire: Flame Burst. Water: Cleansing Wave. Air: Blinding Flash. Earth: Shockwave
    • Elemental Surge
      Based on your current attunement, arcane skills inflict a condition on foes that they hit. Gain 150 more ferocity for 15 seconds when you use an arcane skill. Arcane abilities recharge 20% faster.
    • Bountiful Power
      Deal 2% more damage for each boon on you.

Trait Details

Here you can see the adjustments I have made in order to live longer.

 

If you are a faster player than me, you may not need the extra protection.


III. Stat Specifics & Effects

Primary Stats

  • Health 19735 (+8090)
  • Vitality 1809 (+809)
  • Armor 2819 (+899)
  • Toughness 1899 (+899)
  • Attack 2082 (+150)
  • Power 1150 (+150)
  • Critical Hit 12% (+12%)
  • Precision 1160 (+160)

Secondary Stats

  • Boon Duration 10% (+10%)
  • Burning Duration 65% (+65%)
  • Condition Damage 2178 (+2178)
  • Damage 932 (+0%)
  • Defense 920 (+0)
  • Experience from Kills 20% (+20%)

Boons

  • Aegis
    Block the next attack.
  • Distortion
    Allows mesmers to evade attacks for some time.
  • Frenzy
    Increases damage taken by 25%. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Frosty Armor
    Chills foes that hit you.
  • Fury
    20% critical chance increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Haste
    Regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness when under the effects of this skill. It's typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Invulnerability
    Prevents the target from taking damage or receiving conditions. It is also placed on rallied players for one second.
  • Might
    X damage per attack increase. Stacks intensity.
  • Protection
    33% damage reduction. Stacks in duration.
  • Quickening Zephyr
    Prevents healing. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Quickness
    Makes all skills and actions 50% faster.
  • Regeneration
    Regenerates X health per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Rejuvenation
    Regenerates health. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession through the Virtue of Resolve.
  • Resistance
    Resistance temporarily negates the affected target of all effects caused by conditions.
  • Retaliation
    Does X damage to an opponent each time they hit you. Stacks in duration.
  • Smiting
    Causes every fifth attack to apply burning. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession.
  • Stability
    Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.
  • Stealth
    Allows the user to be invisible to enemy players and avoid being spotted by enemy NPCs.
  • Swiftness
    33% movement speed increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Vigor
    Faster endurance regeneration. Stacks in duration.

Conditions

  • Agony
    Agony is an effect unique to Fractals of the Mists that removes a percentage of the player's health every second and reduces received healing by ~50%.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a stackable condition that deals damage over time.
  • Blind
    Causes the target's next hit to miss instead.
  • Burning
    Inflicts X damage per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Chilled
    Reduces movement speed and skill recharge by 66%. Stacks in duration.
  • Confusion
    Inflicts X damage each time a foe uses skill. Stacks in intensity.
  • Crippled
    Crippled is a condition which decreases movement speed by 50%. Stacks in duration.
  • Fear
    Causes the target to run directly away from the caster.
  • Immobilized
    Immobilized is a condition which prevents movement and dodging. Victims also can't turn. Stacks in duration.
  • Poison
    Inflicts X damage per second. Reduces outgoing heals by 33%. Stacks in duration.
  • Slow
    Slow is a condition that reduces the activation time of skills and abilities.
  • Taunt
    Taunt is a control effect that forces the affected target to run towards the source of taunt with all skills except stun breakers disabled while using their auto-attack skill.
  • Torment
    Deals damage every second; deals additional damage if moving; stacks intensity.
  • Vulnerability
    Increases damage the target takes by 1%. Stacks in intensity.
  • Weakness
    Causes 50% of attacks to be glancing and reduces endurance regeneration by 50%. Stacks in duration.

Control

  • Break Stun
    Stun break is an effect which can break control effects on a character.
  • Daze
    Interrupts and prevents the target from using skills for a period of time.
  • Float
    Forces the affected target(s) to move towards the surface.
  • Knockdown
    Interrupts and causes the foe to be unable to move or use skills for a short duration. Knocked down foes fall to the ground.
  • Launch
    Interrupts and tosses a character into the air.
  • Pull
    Shortens the distance between the user and the foe by drawing one of them to another. If a foe is pulled, this can result in an interrupt.
  • Push
    Physically pushes foes away from the player and interrupts them.
  • Sink
    Forces the affected target(s) to move away from the surface.
  • Stun
    Interrupts, immobilizes, and incapacitates foes for a short duration.
  • Teleport
    Teleport to target location.
  • Teleport
    Teleport (alternatively, flash) is a mechanic that causes the user or target(s) to instantly move from one location to another.

Fields & Finishers

  • Dark Field
    Dark Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Blindness
    Leap Finisher: Blindness
    Projectile Finisher: Life stealing
    Whirl Finsher: Leeching Bolts
  • Ethereal Field
    Ethereal Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Chaos Armor
    Leap Finisher: Chaos Armor
    Projectile Finisher: Confusion
    Whirl Finsher: Confounding Bolts
  • Fire Field
    Fire Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Might
    Leap Finisher: Fire Shield
    Projectile Finisher: Burning
    Whirl Finsher: Burning Bolts
  • Ice Field
    Ice Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Frost Aura
    Leap Finisher: Frost Aura
    Projectile Finisher: Chilled
    Whirl Finsher: Chilling Bolts
  • Light Field
    Light Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Retaliation
    Leap Finisher: Retaliation
    Projectile Finisher: Remove Condition
    Whirl Finsher: Cleansing Bolts
  • Lightning Field
    Lightning Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Swiftness
    Leap Finisher: Dazing Strike
    Projectile Finisher: Vulnerability
    Whirl Finsher: Brutal Bolts
  • Poison Field
    Poison Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Weakness
    Leap Finisher: Weakness
    Projectile Finisher: Poison
    Whirl Finsher: Poison Bolts
  • Revealed
    Revealed is an effect applied when stealth is broken, for example by entering combat or exiting a Shadow Refuge circle prematurely.
  • Smoke Field
    Smoke Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Stealth
    Leap Finisher: Stealth
    Projectile Finisher: Blindness
    Whirl Finsher: Blinding Bolts
  • Super Speed
    Activate your slick shoes, enabling you to move at superior speeds.
  • Water Field
    Water Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Healing
    Leap Finisher: Healing
    Projectile Finisher: Regeneration
    Whirl Finsher: Healing Bolts
Combo
  • Blast Finisher
    Blast Combo Effects

    Dark: Area Blindness
    Ethereal: Area Chaos Armor
    Fire: Area Might
    Ice: Area Frost Aura
    Light: Area Retaliation
    Lightning: Area Swiftness
    Poison: Area Weakness
    Smoke: Area Stealth
    Water: Area Healing
  • Leap Finisher
    Leap Combo Effects

    Dark: Blindness
    Ethereal: Chaos Armor
    Fire: Fire Shield
    Ice: Frost Aura
    Light: Retaliation
    Lightning: Dazing Strike
    Poison: Weakness
    Smoke: Stealth
    Water: Healing
  • Projectile Finisher
    Projectile Combo Effects

    Dark: Life stealing
    Ethereal: Confusion
    Fire: Burning
    Ice: Chilled
    Light: Remove Condition
    Lightning: Vulnerability
    Poison: Poison
    Smoke: Blindness
    Water: Regeneration
  • Whirl Finisher
    Whirl Combo Effects

    Dark: Leeching Bolts
    Ethereal: Confounding Bolts
    Fire: Burning Bolts
    Ice: Chilling Bolts
    Light: Cleansing Bolts
    Lightning: Brutal Bolts
    Poison: Poison Bolts
    Smoke: Blinding Bolts
    Water: Healing Bolts

IV. Food, Armor, Trinkets & Upgrade Items

Food Nourishment

Bowl of Truffle Risotto
Duration: 30min
Condition Damage: 100
Precision: 70
Experience from Kills: 10%
  • (30min)
  • Condition Damage: 100
  • Precision: 70
  • Experience from Kills: 10%

Utility Nourishment

Master Tuning Crystal
Duration: 30min
Gain Condition damage equal to 6% of your toughness
Gain Condition damage equal to 4% of your vitality
Experience from Kills: 10%
  • (30min)
  • Gain Condition damage equal to 6% of your toughness
  • Gain Condition damage equal to 4% of your vitality
  • Experience from Kills: 10%

Armor & Runes

Dire Exalted Masque
  • Defense: 73
  • Condition Damage: 60
  • Toughness: 43
  • Vitality: 43
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)
Dire Exalted Mantle
  • Defense: 73
  • Condition Damage: 45
  • Toughness: 32
  • Vitality: 32
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)
Dire Exalted Coat
  • Defense: 314
  • Condition Damage: 134
  • Toughness: 96
  • Vitality: 96
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)
Dire Exalted Gloves
  • Defense: 133
  • Condition Damage: 45
  • Toughness: 32
  • Vitality: 32
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)
Dire Exalted Pants
  • Defense: 194
  • Condition Damage: 90
  • Toughness: 64
  • Vitality: 64
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)
Dire Exalted Boots
  • Defense: 133
  • Condition Damage: 45
  • Toughness: 32
  • Vitality: 32
Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)

Armor Stat Totals

  • Defense 920
  • Condition Damage 594
  • Burning Duration 45%
  • Toughness 299
  • Vitality 299

Rune Bonuses

Superior Rune of Balthazar
  1. Condition Damage: 25
  2. Burning Duration: 10%
  3. Condition Damage: 50
  4. +15% Burning Duration; when you’re struck below 20% health, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 90 seconds)
  5. Condition Damage: 100
  6. +20% Burning Duration; when you use a heal skill, nearby foes are burned for 3 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 seconds)

Accessories & Jewels

Dire Amulet
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15
Dire Back
  • Condition Damage: 30
  • Toughness: 21
  • Vitality: 21
(Infused)
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15
Dire Ring
  • Condition Damage: 90
  • Toughness: 64
  • Vitality: 64
(Infused)
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15
Dire Ring
  • Condition Damage: 90
  • Toughness: 64
  • Vitality: 64
(Infused)
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15
Dire Earring
  • Condition Damage: 75
  • Toughness: 53
  • Vitality: 53
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15
Dire Earring
  • Condition Damage: 75
  • Toughness: 53
  • Vitality: 53
Rabid Jewel
  • Condition Damage: 25
  • Precision: 15
  • Toughness: 15

Accessory Totals

  • Toughness:430
  • Vitality:340
  • Condition Damage:630
  • Precision:90

Weapon Set Sigils

Dire Dagger
  • Weapon Strength: 924-981
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Dire Focus
  • Weapon Strength: 832-883
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Superior Sigil of Bursting
+6% Condition Damage
Sigil of Superior Restoration
Gain Health on Killing a Foe.

Weapon Set I

Superior Sigil of Bursting

+6% Condition Damage

Sigil of Superior Restoration

Gain Health on Killing a Foe.

Dire Trident
  • Weapon Strength: 905-1000
  • Condition Damage: 120
  • Toughness: 85
  • Vitality: 85
Sigil of Superior Restoration
Gain Health on Killing a Foe.

Water Weapon I

Sigil of Superior Restoration

Gain Health on Killing a Foe.


V. Basic Gameplay

Unusually for Elementalist, you will be getting in close to both reduce damage and to make sure that the enemy does not exit your fire skills.


Main Skill Rotation


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