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Starburster refers to a type of elementalist using builds based around the original functionality of Star Burst.

General Principle[edit]

Star Burst (large).jpg

A Starburster quickly applies multiple PBAoE skills from the fire magic line, attempting to overwhelm foes with a fast burst of damage, thus killing the opponents before they have time to react.


Typically, Starbursters use shadow stepping skills to close the distance to target before they can kite, followed by their PBAoE chain, including Starburst. Other skills commonly included in the build are:

Energy management


  • The primary strength of the Starburster is to quickly inflict massive amounts of damage to a small area, quickly killing foes and/or putting pressure on enemy healers.
  • the build is poorly equipped to survive prolonged battles, due to the long recharge times required, its lack of self-healing, and the lower armor of elementalists.

Battle usage[edit]

Alliance Battles

The build saw heavy use during Alliance Battles, reaping benefits from the usually large concentration of enemies found there and the lack of proper kiting often prevalent. Additionally, the starburster with Meteor Shower could solo enemy control points.

Heroes' Ascent

Teams of starbursters worked well in Heroes' Ascent against unprepared teams, but had trouble against skilled opponents.


Although the principles behind starbursting builds apply to PvE, there are other builds that were safer and more effective.


  • The primary skill of this build was changed in the January 5, 2012 update.
  • This build has regained renewed meta team popularity. Starbursters are found in 90% of the teams of 2015 HA.

Team roles (edit)
Type General team roles Specific team roles Hero team roles
Damage SpikerNuker BomberDagger spammerTouch rangerStarbursterTrapper
Pressure Lineback BarragerBeast masterCripshot RangerPressure Ranger
Support HealerProtection BatteryBonderFlag runnerHybrid monkImbagonInfuserOrders
Control ShutdownTank Minion masterPermaSpirit spammer Mesmer Midline
Utility CallerToolbox Gimmick