Hello all! I wanted to share with everyone my elementalist build that I rarely see people use when I come across other elementalists in dungeon runs at level 80.
My build centers on the Staff skill Eruption, which is a long-delay area bleed and burst damage skill with a rather large range and doubles as a Blast finisher.
Anyone could just link a build and say "I play it like this" but I wanted to give some very lengthy, in depth rationale behind why I love my Krakatoa Eruption build. Also, while I don't focus on it in this guide, this build is also what I use in WvW and is exceptionally good while attacking or defending a keep to take people and take them out when they attempt to revive their allies
Everything is sectioned off with [ Spoiler] tags for ease of reading, I hope you enjoy!
Why I Love Eruption
Why I Love Bleed Duration Runes
Damage Per Action
Why Eruption can potentially out damage 100-Blades
Benefits of Raw vs Condition Damage
How To Deal With the Non-Living (Behold the Meatball!)
Combo Finisher Blast
Conclusion: How it Plays
With the potential to reach over 20 bleed stacks on up to 5 targets, this build is easily one of my favorites in the game. In gives moderate survivability with the built in toughness and vitality, while providing object destruction that surpasses almost any other build in the game.
It requires a decent amount of predictive skill and control usage to get the most out of it, and it doesn't play nice with other bleed stacking condition builds obviously, but I think most players will enjoy the kaboom of eruption followed by the wonderful fountain of numbers you will see on your screen
You still can take advantage of switching attunements, and I do frequently, but it will be very purposeful uses. You will primarily want to stay in Earth spamming your control skills during eruptions cooldown, but if an ally needs help, don't hesitate to swap to fit the needs of the situation.
Thats the lovely part of this build, during eruptions cooldown / delayed blast time, you can swap attunements, channel Ether Feast, or do any of your many options available to you, while keeping up your damage with Bleeds.
I hope this build proves useful to any other elementalists looking to capitalize on one of our strongest skills
Edited by Kitsune, 16 October 2012 - 10:04 PM.