[] Wrath of the Wind Witch - lightning retal Elementalist [SR 90 + easy SR 75/76 farming] [Ravager, Callagadra]

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~Art credit goes to owlyjules~

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Stats with self-buffs + Savagery stacks

What is this build?

I wanted to make a build that focused on using the two Demo bomb abilities, Grenado and Canister Bomb, with RATA. For that, the build uses Mythical Scion of Burning Vengeance as its centerpiece, and then the Demolitionist + Shaman combo for full lightning synergies with the pistol. I tried other class combos for this including Shieldbreaker, but they weren’t as good.

I haven’t played much retal, and the last couple retal builds I tried to make were all pretty “meh.” I’m quite proud of how this one turned out, though. Performance is nice – it is tanky, strong, and actively very fun with the amount of abitilies to rotate. Melee mobs in particular will melt from the combination of your RATA skills and retal damage.



  • Tanky with 24-25k HP and ~4k armor; over 5k with Shield Wall proc up
  • Fun, fast, active playstyle with lots of RATA abilities to sling
  • Double RR class
  • Lots of healing, especially in the “extra healing” spec
  • Satisfaction of knowing you’re playing a hipster build that’s probably as far from the meta as you can get :stuck_out_tongue:
  • BAMBS :bomb: :damage_lightning:
  • Not actually as tanky as a retal warder/warlord, which I mean only makes sense. But it’s tanky enough for the vast majority of content
  • CC resists aside from stun aren’t as nice as I would like, ideally (at least there are Hoarfrost potions for freeze)
How It Works

Grenado has built-in RATA from Shattering Blast as well as a big chunk of additional RATA from the pistol. Canister Bomb gets RATA from the helmet, which also has another fantastic ability of its own: Flame Breath. We use these three abilities whenever they are off cooldown, with Wind Devils and Thermite Mines to debuff, Will of the Fallen Kings from the movement augment for another big RATA hitter, and Wendigo Totems for extra healing if needed (it sounds like a terrible piano build but I promise it’s really not that bad in practice). The build uses as much OA as it can get, not only to do more RATA damage generally, but also to take full advantage of Shattering Blast %crit damage. My highest damage dealt so far is over 2 mil.

Sustain comes from health regen and healing from Dryad + Tree of Life, with a bit of Wendigo Totem on top, though that’s more of an extra comfort than a necessity usually. Demolitionist and Shaman are a great combo for that, since they both have regen in them. You’ll have between 900-2k regen depending on procs. Incidentally, Tree of Life also takes care of our energy problems.

Gameplay is basically facetanking most stuff while throwing bombs and breathing fire.

Devotions The use of Dryad + Tree of Life for healing has been covered above. I also took Targo the Builder, because especially after the buffs last patch, both its nodes and its proc are amazing and will greatly boost this build's survivability and damage. The rest of the picks should be fairly self-explanatory for retal.

Note: helm crafted for %armor

As can be expected for lightning retal, we combine pieces of the Dawnbreaker and Dawnguard sets. The exceptions are the pistol, which is a build-defining item, and the chestpiece. The stand-alone Mythical Dawnshard Hauberk sees use here rather than the Dawnguard Plate, because its fire to lightning conversion is actually useful for this build. Plus it has quite nice stats and a pretty nice proc too.

It might be sacrilege, but I’m not wearing Thornhide pants mainly because it would require too much rebalancing of other gear to compensate for the missing stats. Also though, flat elemental retal damage is better for us anyway than physical (we have double elemental RR, and only convert a little physical), and the proc/pants themselves also aren’t terrible.

Eye of the Storm is used instead of other retal relics because it gives a massive amount of flat damage (especially after as well as +1 to all skills in Shaman.

Performance For the stuff below, I use the 2nd GT link - the "extra healing" one. There is no change in gear or devotions involved. Basically the one change is that I take points out of Storm Touched/Ulzuin's Chosen and put them into Wendigo Totem and Blast Shield for more survivability.

SR 90 is actually surprisingly comfortable with pots if you play carefully. I did a couple of 90 runs. (Got Grava’Thul in boss rooms twice in a row, FML lol). I think the build is capable of climbing higher, but I haven’t the patience to try right now.

SR 75-76 are very easy farming with the normal setup.

SR 90 Boss Room, first run
SR 90 Boss Room, second run Lost the timer in this one due to a careless death in the shards, oh well.
Callagadra Calla can be tricky, you can't just stand and facetank the whole way and expect to live. Especially in the second phase, you have to kite out of stuff a bit. It's a fun challenge though, and very doable.
Ravager of Minds Easy facetank, you can actually just use the normal setup for it; I did the first time.
Final words

As always, thanks for reading, and please let me know if you have any questions or feedback. :smiley:


you are 1pt away from next canister breakpoint that adds 2 more frags, likewise adding 1pt into Improved casing will bump up your aoe, giving you more rata application/aoe


This is true, honestly I didn’t really look at the base skills for breakpoints aside from 1-pointing them, cause RATA. I didn’t look much at Canister Bomb in particular because it’s the lowest damage ability in the rotation anyway, with the lowest RATA of the three four skills. But I will do testing, thanks. :+1:

Addition: Yeah it might not make a big difference but I see no harm in shifting two points out of Blast Shield into those nodes, since it’s not like those BS points are desperately needed in normal content. Cheers mate.

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Nice build! I tried this concept on my Elementalist several patches ago, but it didn’t pan out very well for me. You seem to have solved it much better than I managed. And I guess the buffs since then have also helped :slight_smile:

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Thank you! :heart: And yes for sure, the buffs have most definitely helped. What can I say, post- is an amazing time to make off-meta builds. :smiley:


What do you thing about a lightning retal Warder, can It work fine?

For sure, a lightning retal warder is the “classic” lightning retal build for which the Dawnguard/Dawnbreaker sets were designed. I’d say it will definitely still work fine- compared to this ele, it will be tankier but likely a lot slower. I know there was this one that was made several patches ago.

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Congratulations on the deepest Elementalist Shard pusher ( I think).
And Callagadra killer.

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I’m on my first playthrough - total noob. However, I’ve been moving towards this build incrementally because . . . well, hipster?

A question . . . I got Golemborn Greaves, which the GT database shows as 2210 retal. But, I’m seeing about 18K retal in game on the tool tip. Is GT wrong here, or is the tool tip for the on hit adding in my retal multipliers?

At 18K retal with the bonuses to tanking, golem greaves seem a huge win over the titan boots in this build. Maybe I’m missing something here.

Possibly that its internal trauma and DOT retal doesn’t factor?

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In-game damage is shown multiplied by appropriate %damage bonuses whereas in Grim Tools it’s not.

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Ye, what tqFan said. The Golemborn Greaves also don’t have any bonuses to retal aside from on the proc (which is an IT proc, at that), so they most definitely aren’t better for this build. The end goal will be elemental retal, especially lightning retal-- that’s the type that will be scaled highest in damage due to gear and passives.

I’m happy to hear you’re following the build, though. :star2: Feel free to ask any more questions if you have them.

Hello, is this build up to date in

Sorry for the necro post, but afnasenkov26’s build still seems to work just fine.

Dawnguard/Dawnbreaker sets

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ehhh, I can’t say that build is fine as I played it more than two years ago and not very amused to try again. (if you’re referring to li retal warder)

But this one is alright?