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Power Catalyst
November 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps

Armor

Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's HelmSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's ChestSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's LegsSuperior Rune of the Scholar
Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Scholar icon
Berserker's BootsSuperior Rune of the Scholar

Weapons & Sigils

Hammer icon Superior Sigil of Force icon Superior Sigil of Impact icon
Berserker's HammerSuperior Sigil of Force Superior Sigil of Impact

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Berserker's Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Berserker's Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Berserker's Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Berserker's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Berserker's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Berserker's Ring

Food

Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak icon Potent Superior Sharpening Stone icon
Cilantro Lime Sous-Vide Steak Potent Superior Sharpening Stone

Infusions

Mighty WvW Infusion icon
18xMighty Infusion

Weapon Skills

Utility Skills

copied

Rotation

Always activate Hammer 3 as soon as you can in every new Attunement.

Precast:
Hammer 3 in Fire Attunement Air Attunement Water Attunement Earth Attunement

Opener:
Earth Attunement:
Deploy Jade Sphere
Ground Pound

Fire Attunement:
Deploy Jade Sphere
Relentless Fire
Grand Finale
Molten End
Triple Sear
Surging Flames

Air Attunement:
Shock Blast
Lightning Storm
Hurricane of Pain
Deploy Jade Sphere

Water Attunement:
Deploy Jade Sphere
Shattering Ice
Crashing Font
Rain of Blows
Cleansing Typhoon swap to earth during its cast

Earth Attunement:
About 4 Earth Autoattacks
Conjure Fiery Greatsword
Firestorm
Deploy Jade Sphere
Whirling Stones swap to fire during its cast

Fire Attunement:
Deploy Jade Sphere
Relentless Fire
Grand Finale

Loop:
Attune through your elements as you already did in the opener.
You will be gatekept in speed by Molten End +Shock Blast. Wait for those two skills to come off cooldown if your loop is too fast.
Ground Pound and Cleansing Typhoon will only be up every second loop, don’t wait for them.
Always use Relentless Fire before Grand Finale, this will mark the end of every loop.

Power Catalyst is an extremely strong and fast-paced Power DPS build, that will also passively provide your group with boons.
It comes at the price of being one of the hardest builds in the game with a lot of intricacies.

Build fundamentals

The first thing to do when enterting any attunement is activate Hammer 3.This will not only activate our spinning orbs for huge damage but also give us passive buffs. Be careful to not release your orbs prematurely as this will lose you both of their very valuable components just mentioned.
Use Grand Finale with all the orbs at the end of your rotation or right before an enemy phases.

Precasting hammer 3s gives a slight damage increase but even more importantly ensures you will not accidentally release your hammers before you want to. While you have a lot of leeway for the precast it is completely fine to skip this step, just make sure to either be very careful to press your hammer 3 only once or to use it during the cast time of another skill.

In order to place 4 spheres in one loop use Deploy Jade Sphere + Deploy Jade Sphere and Deploy Jade Sphere + Deploy Jade Sphere right after one another. This is because you will be locked out of gaining energy while a sphere is on the ground.
Wait to use Deploy Jade Sphere until you have full 30 energy; wait to use Deploy Jade Sphere until you have at least 20 energy.

Using the F5 in Fire and Water allows you to activate Relentless Fire and Shattering Ice in their respective sphere to extend the duration of their buffs.
If you ever find yourself low on energy for any reason prioritize those two spheres as pressing F5 in Air and Earth will only give a bit of ticking damage and minor boons.

Elemental Empowerment is one of the strongest buffs Catalyst gives itself increasing all stats by 1% per stack up to a maximum of 10%. At maximum stacks this effect will double to 20% because of Empowered Empowerment. This will lead you to have 1200 toughness and a lot of extra damage. Be careful to not tank a raidboss by accident with your newly acquired 1200 toughness.
Most of the stacks will come through Elemental Epitome and Vicious Empowerment.

Empowering Auras will give up to 15% increased damage. To upkeep this buff we give ourselves auras from Elemental Epitome andSunspot. This will happen naturally during your rotation.

Crowd Control

Alternatives

Utility Skills

You can swap out Conjure Fiery Greatsword for Glyph of Elementals and spawn it in Air Attunement and use it, if your squad is lacking CC or Elemental Celerity if you aren’t able to use neither Conjure Fiery Greatsword or need the extra CC from Glyph of Elementals

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