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Build:E/any Lightning Surge Split Ele

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This build is part of the current metagame.

The community has decided this build is in the current metagame and deserves to be stored. It has not yet received a rating through the PvXwiki vetting system.

This build has been designed for the following use:

Extremely strong split character that outputs large bursts of damage with knockdown(s). Especially effective against healers.


  • Solosplit variant is common as the best bar in that role.
  • Duo split version is somewhat common as an alternative to Mind Shock. The duo split partner is usually a Mind Burn Elementalist.

Attributes and Skills

Solosplit variant:

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Duo split variant:

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  • 5x Blessed Insignia. Aeromancer if anticipating to play against other lightning surge elementalists.
  • Superior Vigor
  • Air rune (Minor/Major/Superior are all acceptable according to personal taste)
  • Minor Energy Storage
  • Restoration
  • Vitae


  • Air Wand of Memory, 20% cast time
  • Air Focus of Aptitude, 20% recharge
  • Air Wand of Memory, +15/-1 energy
  • Energy Storage Focus of Fortitude, +15/-1 energy
  • Adept Air Staff of Enchanting, 20% cast time
  • Spear of Defense, +5 energy or 10% recharge or 10% cast time
  • Strength Shield of Fortitude, -20% cripple
  • Strength Shields of Fortitude, +10 armor vs each damage type


  • Maintain Air Attunement, cover with Aura of Restoration.
  • Use Lightning Surge both as a source of damage and a knockdown (e.g. against split characters being collapsed on, or on the enemy healer on splits, or as a leadup to a spike).
  • Cover Lightning Surge with Lightning Strike if needed (e.g. against monks who are actively removing Lightning Surge before the 3-second delay). Make sure to have some Overcast so that Lightning Strike has its hex effect.
  • Use Windborne Speed as needed.
  • If Shock Arrow is being used, try to land its conditional effect as often as possible for energy management. Bear in mind that Cracked Armor from Lightning Surge has a long duration, and Shock Arrow does not need to be used in sequence with other offensive spells.
  • If Gale is being used, use it to set up Lightning Surge on a kiting target or to quarterknock after Lightning Surge's knockdown.
  • If Teinai's Wind is being used, quarterrupt with it after knockdowns, or simply use it as a large nuke. Make sure to coordinate with your split partner about when Mind Burn is being used (or confirm the burning effect visually if possible).


  • Enchantment removal
  • General Anti-Caster
  • Hex removal

See also