Build

Chronomancer - Burst Shatter

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

 

Overview

This build gives you a huge spike damage and at the same time high survivability if you play your skills well. It's optimal for small scale roaming.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Torch

Weapon Variants

Shield

Sword/Shield
Healing
Utility
Elite
Mind Slash
Mind Slash
Chain. Slash your foe to make them vulnerable.
Damage.pngDamage: 242
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (5s): 1% Incoming Damage, 1% Incoming Condition Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Blurred Frenzy
½Activation.png
12Recharge.png
Blurred Frenzy
Strike your foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around you, making you evade attacks.
Damage.pngDamage (8x): 880
Distortion.pngBlur (2½s): Evade all attacks.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Illusionary Leap
½Activation.png
12Recharge.png
Illusionary Leap
Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.
Damage.pngDamage: 1
Crippled.pngCrippled (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Vulnerability.png2Vulnerability (5s): 2% Incoming Damage, 2% Incoming Condition Damage
Range.pngRange: 600
Echo of Memory
Activation.png
30Recharge.png
Echo of Memory
Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants alacrity to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time.
Damage.pngDamage: 347
Alacrity.pngAlacrity (2s): Skills recharge 33% faster.
Slow.pngSlow (2s): Skills and actions are slower.
Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Range.pngRange: 900
Tides of Time
½Activation.png
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Tides of Time
Launch a wave of temporal energy that damages and stops enemies it passes through and buffs allies. The wave then returns to you. Touching the returning wave reduces the recharge of this skill.
Damage.pngDamage: 264
Quickness.pngQuickness (1½s): Skills and actions are 50% faster.
Stun.pngStun: 1 second
Book.pngBlocks Missiles
Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 10%
Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
Range.pngRange: 600

Skill Variants

Heal

  • if you are running the Inspiration variant, you get the most use out of the mantra heal with it's
    and
    synergy.
  • for condi cleanse without having to trait or use mantras.

Utility

  • for condi cleanse when not running the Inspiration trait line.
  • for more burst damage.
  • Used back in the days, still useful for more burst (use right before Mindwrack) and also adds a stun break.

Elite

  • useful for group play. It can also be useful when playing outnumbered but is more situational than
    's escape utility.

Specializations

Variants

  • is best used with a shield.

Variants

Variants

  • can be taken for more Mantra synergy.

Replace Dueling with Inspiration for more sustain and condi cleanse. Better against condi-based builds.

Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).pngMarauder's Insignia.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Chest (Light).pngMarauder's Insignia.png
Ascended Hands (Light).pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Legs (Light).pngMarauder's Insignia.png
Ascended Feet (Light).pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Back.pngMarauder's Insignia.png
Ascended Accessory1.pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Accessory2.pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Amulet.pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Ring1.pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Ring2.pngBerserker's Insignia.png
Ascended Greatsword.pngBerserker's Inscription.png
Superior Sigil of Air.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Sword.pngBerserker's Inscription.png
Ascended Torch.pngBerserker's Inscription.png
Superior Sigil of Generosity.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats Any mix of Marauder's or Berserker's should suffice, Marauder's will cost you some burst but give you more survivability and is recommended for players less comfortable with the glassy high risk/high reward of this build. It is entirely possible to run full Berserker's but you will be weaker and require more awareness and good reflexes.

Sigils

  • Superior Sigil of Bloodlust Superior Sigil of Bloodlust
    Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.pngSuperior Sigil of Bloodlust
    Gain a charge of +10 power each time you kill a foe, five if you kill an enemy player.
  • Superior Sigil of Fire Superior Sigil of Fire
    5Recharge.png
    Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
    50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
  • Superior Sigil of Blood Superior Sigil of Blood
    5Recharge.png
    Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
    50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
  • Superior Sigil of Absorption Superior Sigil of Absorption
    Superior Sigil of Absorption.pngSuperior Sigil of Absorption
    Steal a boon when interrupting an enemy.
    Best synergy with Shield.

Runes

  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): +15% Might Duration; 25% chance when struck to gain might for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 5s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
  • Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
    Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration

Consumables

Food

  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Adds some lifesteal.
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    .
  • Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    (cheap alternative).

Utility afford a small increase to power, precision, or condition damage.

  • Furious Sharpening Stone Furious Sharpening Stone
    Furious Sharpening Stone.pngFurious Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Ferocity equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or
    Furious Maintenance Oil Furious Maintenance Oil
    Furious Maintenance Oil.pngFurious Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Healing Power equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    is optimal.
  • Bountiful Sharpening Stone Bountiful Sharpening Stone
    Bountiful Sharpening Stone.pngBountiful Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 6% of your Healing PowerGain Power equal to 8% of your Concentration+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or
    Bountiful Maintenance Oil Bountiful Maintenance Oil
    Bountiful Maintenance Oil.pngBountiful Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain 0.6% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Healing PowerGain 0.8% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Concentration+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
  • Toxic Sharpening Stone Toxic Sharpening Stone
    Toxic Sharpening Stone.pngToxic Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Power equal to 6% of your Condition DamageGain Power equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or
    Toxic Maintenance Oil.png Toxic Maintenance Oil
    Toxic Maintenance Oil.pngToxic Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Concentration equal to 3% of your PowerGain Concentration equal to 6% of your Condition Damage+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

General

  • is mainly for boon stripping in this build.

Setting up your burst

  • Dazing and interrupting foes applies Vulnerability Vulnerability - this makes
    even stronger. Learn to set up a Diversion chain:
  • You can set up burst by building up 20-25 stacks of Vulnerability on your target (at the price of wasting a very strong CC). To unleash Diversion's full potential, always try to position your clones in a way that they don't hit your target at the same time - Vulnerability can stack, but Daze Daze cannot stack - however you can land multiple consecutive dazes if you do it right.

Sword

  • isn't only for dealing damage - it's your second, short CD
    which can be handy when you are expecting a burst but ran out of dodges.
  • The chain skill of
    ,
    is one of your key skills. You can Immobilize Immobilize the target so he can't dodge your burst - the shorter version is simply using the Swap Blurred Frenzy Mind Wrack combo. But you can also switch weapons after the Immob to Greatsword and land a much more significant burst.

Greatsword burst:

  • Stand close to your target for max damage and have at least 2 clones up (also near to your opponent - it's enough if you have 2 clones because Mirror Blade will summon a clone anyways).
  • Use
    and
    simultaneously, immediately followed by a
    .
  • If your enemy's trying to heal after your burst, use
    to interrupt it.
  • Use
    before or after the burst, it's up to you.

Escape

does NOT interrupt any skill cast, there for you can use
and Blink to make the enemey lose your tracks, followed by
or
for more stealth.

Weaknesses

  • Heavy Condition pressure when not running Inspiration.
  • Very glassy.

Gameplay Videos

  • YouTube:
    Guild Wars 2 Epic Mesmer WvW Montage Vol.16 "new patch"
  • YouTube:
    Cormix
Build rating: 90%
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6 Ratings
Silver Medal - Good
Forgotmypasswordlulz said this build was good June 2017

Fun with good damage, easy to assemble, but burst is predictable and mobiliy could be better.

Phantasmal bers buff kills it a bit because it now reveals the mesmer.

Gold Medal - Great
Kthen said this build was great June 2017

Been having a lot of fun going full glass on this build and literally 100-0ing thieves (my mortal enemy) before they can react! Although the build doesn't offer much sustain damage if the burst fails, the sheer satisfaction you get when you instantly down an unsuspecting individual is downright addictive. Overall an incredibly fun build and I highly recommend it to any ganking/stealth assassin lovers or those who just want to hunt thieves

Silver Medal - Good
Specialist said this build was good May 2016

A good build, hard one to master. It's good for roaming and single target focus.

Sometimes it might be good to switch Mental Anguish for Power Block, if you are using Mantra of Distraction for an interrupt.

A good thing to have with the build is about 2300 armor (someone told me, since HoT came out, it's better to have 2700 armor, but i find that a lot, and sacrifices a lot of offense), which gives you some survival. Rest of stats berserk.

If you like roaming, focusing on single targets and don't have Chronomancer unlocked, I recommend this build.

3 More Ratings
Silver Medal - Good
Sadrien said this build was good April 2016

Another outdated build at a point in time where literally every decent guild is using boonshare mesmers or mantra gank and not PU.

Gold Medal - Great
Grayclay said this build was great February 2016

This is a fantastic build. You basically play like a sniper - stay in the backline and spam 2-3-4 and F1 and literally blow people up in one rotation. When the fight gets too close, you have interrupts on 5 and F3, then 3 forms of stealth to escape, and the longest blink in the game. In solo roaming, you can basically choose every fight you want or don't want to engage in, and you can keep constant pressure up with your dodge clones. All in all, very fun and quite strong.

Gold Medal - Great
Hanz said this build was great July 2015

One of the strongest builds right now. Excellent burst and engage/disengage options, bit weak against condi damage but mesmers got used to that long ago.