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Holosmith Open World Build

GW2. Best Open World Build. Grenade Holosmith. Engineer PvE.


Last Update: December 2023


Overview

This Holosmith build has mobility, self buffing might, stability, and heavy burst damage from melee and ranged for a fast paced playstyle.

Going into Photon Forge grants powerful abilities like the Photon Blitz and Corona Burst, but it also generates Heat which can give many modifiers to Sword abilities and Holo Utilities. Also when you lose Heat you heal, however if you reach maximum heat level you Overheat and lose health and access to your tool belt. So you want to get as close to Overheating as possible without actually reaching it. One trick that is useful for maximizing your heat is using Corona Burst right before leaving Photon Forge and since the heat gained is gradual, it will stop at maximum so long as it happens after you exit.

After leaving Forge, use Grenades or Sword abilities depending on the range you are at. Fill in the gaps when waiting for skill cooldowns with Elixirs.

Skill Rotation:

Photon Forge 3 > 4 > (5 if low on heat) > 111 > Grenade Barrage 3 > Exit

Grenade 2 > 4 > 5 > Swap

Sword 3 > 2 > 111 > Reenter Forge at half heat


Grenade Tips:

Setup your Ground Targeting option as ‚ÄúInstant‚ÄĚ as well as enabling ‚ÄúSkill Retargeting‚ÄĚ and practice aiming with your Grenade Kit while moving for better accuracy. This improves your damage output while under pressure or kiting drastically. If you still have issues to land grenades you can try using the option ‚ÄúSnap Ground Target to Current Target‚ÄĚ and the grenades will go to your target as long you are in range, just make sure to detarget before using any other AoE like if you want to throw an elixir at your location. You can see a tutorial on this at the start of this video: Click!


Difficulty
75%

Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Coat
Berserker
Gloves
Berserker
Leggings
Berserker
Boots
Berserker

Primary Weapon Set

Sword
Berserker
Shield
Berserker

Optional Weapon Set

Rifle
Berserker

ItemStat
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Accessory
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Optional
x18

Alternatives

  • Jade Bot Core: for extra vitality
  • Stats: Some mix with Marauder for more sustain and precision

Skills

Sword / ShieldHeal / Utility / Elite
Grenade KitPhoton Forge

Alternatives

  • Heal: for more cleansing

Traits


Alternatives

  • Explosives: for Fury
  • Holosmith: for more cleanse
  • Holosmith: to release heat at dodge

Build Template

Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)

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Gameplay

Full Video Guide:

Credit to Vallun for the video.

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