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Is There a Range For Everyone?

ElementalistI have played the Elementalist now for a second day (still unlocking skills on weapons, currently the Focus as the final weapon) and I have to say that I am starting to get a favourite range: not too close, not too far.

Switching to main hand dagger this morning showed me how limited the range with this weapon is. You pretty much have to run up close to the enemy, which is a bad idea, once warrior e.g. start knocking down stuff. Water with Vapor Blade was the element which I liked best there: the skill offered a good range and the vulnerability stacking was nifty. But as a final verdict: I liked to be a little bit less marked with a “hit me” sign.

The staff, which I have talked about before is an OK weapon, but using the #1 skill most of the time, while #3-#5 recharge is not as engaging as the midrange: Scepter + Dagger or Focus. The range of your Scepter skills is decent, which provides you with the ability to kite on the mid-line of bigger battles and you have a much better battlefield awareness than standing up font and being distracted by all the flashy skill effects around you.

Conclusion on Best Range to Play an Elementalist

Mid range is the most fun, as it requires active game play with fast recharging skills plus a good overview over the battlefield.


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  • I think it depends on personal preference and situation. Low-danger 1vs1 might work better with daggers, but I’d switch to long range in WvW zerglings.

    Generally though, I’ll try to take weapons with different ranges, switching as appropriate. I like the idea of having a melee and a long range weapon.

    • Keep in mind that the Elementalist does not have a weapon switch, so you can’t switch from a long ranged weapon (staff) to a close range weapon (dagger) just like that…
      … which reminds me of the fact that I did not try to open my inventory during combat and checked if it is possible to swap out the weapon via the hero panel. Even if that worked, it would be not very practical.

  • Right right. No weapon swaps for elementalists. Did you get to try other professions that can swap weapons to change range? And if so, how did it feel being stuck with one range?