Power Holosmith Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Power Holosmith Guide for Guildwars 2. Here you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Power Holosmith in a raid environment.

Class Overview

Personal DPS
Crowd Control (CC)
Meta Effective Not Recommended
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1. Strength

  • Provides a lot of hard CC
  • Brings ‘Pinpoint Distribution’, which gives your subgroup 150 Condition Damage and is considerably DPS increase for Condi classes
  • Small Barrier with ‘Crystal Configuration: Eclipse’ helps with Scholar Uptime
  • Gains a small damage increase with more than 10+ average conditions due to “Modified Ammunition” 
  • Strong burst in combination with Vulnerability makes it an ideal choice to deal with split-phases (Vale Guardian, Gorseval Spirits, Saul on Deimos, etc.)

2. Weaknesses

  • If you can’t keep up 10 average conditions, you will lose DPS due to ‘Modified Ammunition’
  • You have to be inmelee range to maximize your damage
  • Cannot compete with Weaver or Dragonhunter on larger hitboxes

3. Current Viability

With the Path of Fire ExpansionSeptember 22, 2017, the Holosmith elite specialisation was added to the game. Power Engineer received quite a DPS increase from taking Holosmith instead of Tools, because of the new abilities, and no longer having to dodge to get a damage modifier.  Its rotation now revolves around using burst skills, overheating Photonforge as much as possible, and then filling in the gaps with bomb auto attack. The new traits Laser’s Edge and Photonic Blasting Module are really powerful and synergise well with each other:

  • gives a 15% damage modifier while over 50% heat.
  • makes heat only fade away after overheating. The initial damage from overheating is now dealt to enemies instead of yourself, and while cooling down you gain the laser’s edge buff.

This gives you at least ~80% uptime on laser’s edge after it’s been applied for the first time, and has also been replaced by .

Since the November 28, 2017 Balance Patch, Holosmith has essentially replaced Condi Engineer.
It does everything its vanilla counter-part does, but simply better, more reliably all the while having a much easier and lenient rotation.

4. Contents

  • Build Guide: shows traits, gear, consumables and rotation for the build;


  • 04 October 2017:  Added section
  • 16 December 2017: Added 'Tips and Boss examples' section, updated Rotation

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