Wind Devils are Awful

Having to press the button to summon them every 4.5s for the entire duration of a character’s play time is going to give me RSI.

Any chance we can get some changes for it, because it really makes me not want to play elemental Shaman.

Suggested change 1:
Summon all 3 with one cast. This means you can just summon them at the start of a fight and then not worry about them until they disappear.

Suggested change 2:
Just make them permanent ala Guardians of Empyrium. Having to resummon them every 4.5s is just busy work and doesn’t actually add anything.

Thanks for considering!

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This feature has been requested for a long time now. Unfortunately Crate is standing firm and usually the advise is to use the Mythical Codex of Eternal Storms. I love Wind Devils too and together with a good crafted Stormsurge Pistol and Yeti offhand MI, it’s really fun playing to have high uptime on Wind Devils tbh.

There are items that do that.

There is an item that does that.

I still don’t like WD but it’s not like we don’t have options. If your build uses them only for resistance reduction - you don’t need more than one on the field (since they usually clump together anyway so your coverage is the same). If your build uses them as damage then… press that button every 4.5s to deal more damage - just like every other build and/or use an items that gives you burst summon, increases their duration.

Also, afaik, if WD are in your build for damage, you want to constantly resummon them anyway because of Maelstrom.

Perhaps a transmuter that makes them permanent but reduces their damage by 95% would be an elegant solution. This way WD could function both as Guardians and as damaging skill. TBH I would like Guardians and Blade Spirits to be the same way - you can either have them as a passive, permanent DoT or make them short-lived but deal more damage.

been requested many times, so far been rejected everytime
have to mod it in yourself (rather easy) or use a tool like tqfan’s auto caster

This mod makes them permanent and does away with a few other things that I find annoying:

I was just thinking about this yesterday while playing my Elementalist. I have Hand of Ultos attached to wind devil, which is freaking amazing because 3 of them together crit way more often than most attacks. But you can’t do this with the item-granted wind devils, so that option is useless to me. I think if wind devils were permanent, they would have to be nerfed a bit, but seeing that the devs don’t want to make them permanent, I think they should be improved in other ways. Like not stopping to cast (seriously, wtf), and a small signal for when the cooldown has ended. Maybe I’ll make a suggestion post for this.

This will be part of the upcoming patch 1.2. Every Cooldown is indicated with a countdown so it becomes very clear when the skill is ready to be cast again.

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