GW2. Best Open World Build. Grenade Holosmith. Engineer PvE.
Last Update: October 2023
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.
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
Setup your Ground Targeting option as “Instant” as well as enabling “Skill Retargeting” 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 “Snap Ground Target to Current Target” 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!
|Item||Stat||Rune / Sigil|
Primary Weapon Set
Optional Weapon Set
- Jade Bot Core: for extra vitality
- Stats: Some mix with Marauder for more sustain and precision
|Sword / Shield||Heal / Utility / Elite|
|Grenade Kit||Photon Forge|
- Heal: for more cleansing
- Explosives: for Fury
- Holosmith: for more cleanse
- Holosmith: to release heat at dodge
Chat Code: (copy/paste into in-game chat)
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