Chronomancer - Power DPS

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct Damage.

Designed for:


A power DPS Chronomancer build for raids. This build deals very high burst and sustained damage against single targets. In addition it has very good CC, utility, and personal defense, and is capable of generating its own Might Might, Fury Fury, Quickness Quickness, and Alacrity Alacrity.
Be aware that this build requires high uptime of Slow Slow on your target - you can ask a Support Chronomancer to bring the trait if uptime is low, and/or you can take and use it during your .




The Focus offhand can be replaced with a Greatsword for an alternative build, with similar damage but a different rotation.

  • instead of if playing the Greatsword variant.
  • instead of if your target has more boons than can be removed.
  • instead of if extra boon uptime is needed.
  • instead of for better slow uptime.
  • if extra CC is required. Be aware of the long cooldown.




  • if using the Greatsword variant.


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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion


  • Only a single mainhand sword is required
  • If using the Greatsword variant, use a Greatsword instead of the Focus offhand with and .



  • if you don't have a ranger giving you



The goal of the rotation is to get as many casts of your phantasm summons as possible, filling downtime with autoattack chains and . In order to do this you can make clever use of and , which when used together and timed correctly can effectively allow you to reset your phantasm cooldowns 3 times in short succession. This is achieved by entering during the aftercast of , which will give you refreshed phantasm cooldowns for the duration of your continuum split as well as refreshing the cooldowns outside of continuum split, all while leaving off cooldown once your continuum split ends.

Illusions Rotation

Opening burst

Start on Sword/Focus.

  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. - enter during the cast of this skill.
  3. - should end during this cast
  4. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  5. Proceed to Loop rotation


  1. Auto attack until is available
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. Auto attack until is available
  4. Auto attack until is available
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Repeat from step 1

Video Example


  • Greatsword - Lower DPS, but stronger in encounters with lots of adds as targets nearby enemies at random.


  • Once is available, jump to step 4 of the opening burst next time you swap to Sword/Sword.
  • Fill gaps in between skills listed in the rotation with auto-attack chains.
  • Make sure not to interrupt your autoattack chain as the damage from it is heavily loaded into the final strike, .
  • Use whenever you have 3 clones up. If you have 3 clones up and is on cooldown, you can shatter them with instead.
  • Save clones to shatter with if you will need to CC in the immediate future.
  • You can use to pull adds onto the boss if needed.
  • should be cast as soon as there is a charge available, but make sure to never use the last charge to avoid having to re-cast the long channel.
Build rating - 5 stars
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6 Ratings
4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

A strong, self-sufficient power DPS, but has worse burst than most power classes thanks to the "delayed burst" nature of its phantasms, and suffers on any fight where you have to switch targets.

5 stars
AlekSeven gave this build 5 stars June 2018

Finally a good DPS build for Chrono/Mesmers.

5 stars
Nacho Replay gave this build 5 stars April 2018

This is a great power DPS build for Chrono, really good CC, strong burst, and really good damage output thats consistent. 9/10

3 More Ratings
5 stars
Kinomori gave this build 5 stars February 2018

This is by far my favorite build now, it just feels great on almost every single boss, it has amazing burst, great CC, and still has good sustainable damage. For sure going to be used as my main power DPS spec now.

5 stars
Kickass gave this build 5 stars February 2018

Great build. Finally nice to have a Chronomancer build that we can compete for damage with Mirage.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars February 2018

Strong burst and sustained DPS thanks to the recent buffs to the chronomancer trait line and the phantasm changes have led to the evolution of the old fire and forget power mesmer build into this heavily involved but rewarding build.