I have created an elementalist, and I have problems to understand why my spells do different amount of damages to different foes. I am level 9 now, and in Fort Ranik.
To clarify where my problems origin from: I have a mesmer, a necro, a ranger - all of them dealt more or less fixed amounts of damages. If the spell description for vampiric gaze for instance says that it's going to hit for 60, then this is the damage number I will see when I use it. I've also got a ritualist and a monk who never cared much about damage dealing. My assassin got trashed for this elementalist, but her skill descriptions were accurate, too.
So, here is my problem.
Lets take for instance the skill I was forced to start with: Flare.
According to the skill description, it should deal 41 damages.
When I hit a lowlevel plague devourer or an aloe plant, it deals obscene amounts of damage (up to 75, last time I looked).
When I hit a Charr Spellcaster of approximately my own level, it dealt 39 damages.
When I hit a Charr Warrior of approximately my own level, it only dealt 22 damages.
I need an explanation why it deals these variations of damage (level difference between target and me? armorlevel of the target?), and how I can estimate how much damages I will be dealing before entering some mission with a build that might be totally unusable because I only deal 10-20 damages with my skills?
Also, are there any guides about elemental vulnerability/resistance of the monsters? Am I right to assume that these vulnerabilities/resistances actually do exist? When hitting ice golems in presearing with fire skills, they seemed to take 2x the normal amount of damages. It would be nice to know if I could hit the Charr or other monsters for more than the normal amount of damages with certain elements, too.
So far, they took less damages than in the skill description with anything I tried (did not try earth yet, I have no earth offense yet except Eruption.)
So far, I'm quite confused. And the starter ele skills (Flare and Firestorm (!) ) don't really help me to appreciate the class...