The Elementalist or “Ele” in GW2 features an unusual mechanic. Instead of swapping weapon sets, you swap between four different “attunements.” (Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.) These attunements offer different attacks for each weapon you equip. As you might imagine, it can be difficult to keep track.
From a practical standpoint, this means that a basic Elementalist attack rotation will involve juggling attunements and cooldowns. Frankly, it often seems like it’s not worth the hassle.
Best Ele Builds
One notable feature of Elementalist is that it offers the best healing skills in the game from the early character levels. Water attunement offers a wide selection of heals, based on the weapon chosen. Druid is arguably better at healing, but as a an Elite Specialization of the Ranger class, it is only available for max-level characters of players who have the expansion packs.
It used to be that the Elementalist Lava Font and Meteor Attack were two of the strongest attacks in the game. These have been nerfed, bringing Elementalist more in line with other classes when it comes to damage.
Farming Mobs With Elementalist
Although Elementalist is overall a complicated class to play well, there is a notable exception: Mirage Greatsword Farmer build This is, or should be, your go-to for farming mobs. This is the build I personally use for farming, due to its efficiency and ease of use.
Most players choose Staff for the Elementalist, although Dagger/Focus is also good for condition (“condi”) damage.
Tempest: The ability to overload attunements for a burst attack is a big improvement for this class.
Weaver: Stock Elementalist not complicated enough for you? Unlock Weaver, and dual-wield attunements. Probably the most complicated class to play in the entire game.