Mesmer - Phantasm DPS

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Overview

This build focuses on utilizing the damage of phantasms to their full potential. Provides better sustained damage than Shatter builds, still does respectable shatter damage, and has better survivability.

Skill Bar

First Weapon Set

Greatsword
Utility
Elite
Spatial Surge
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Spatial Surge
Shoot a beam at your foe. The farther away they are, the more damage you deal.
Damage.png3Damage if range is less than 300: 132
Damage.png3Damage if range is between 300-600: 165
Damage.png3Damage if range is between 600-900: 198
Damage.png3Damage if range is greater than 900: 231
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Mirror Blade
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Mirror Blade
Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
Damage.pngDamage: 273
Might.png3Might (10s): 90 Power, 90 Condition Damage
Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (3s): 3% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Mind Stab
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Mind Stab
Thrust your greatsword into the ground, damaging foes and removing 1 boon.
Damage.pngDamage: 246
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Phantasmal Berserker
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Phantasmal Berserker
Phantasm. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
Damage.png4Damage: 812
Cripple.png4Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 4
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Illusionary Wave
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Illusionary Wave
Push back all foes in front of you with a wave of magical energy.
Damage.pngDamage: 73
Knockback.pngKnockback: 450
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Range.pngRange: 450
Signet of the Ether
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Signet of the Ether
Signet Passive: Gain health every few seconds, based on the number of active illusions you control.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and refresh all phantasm skill recharges.
Heal.pngHealing: 5,560
Heal.pngPassive Heal - 3 Illusions: 980
Heal.pngPassive Heal - 2 Illusions: 660
Heal.pngPassive Heal - 1 Illusion: 340
Radius.pngInterval: 3 seconds
Blink
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Blink
Manipulation. Teleport to a target location.
Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Portal Entre
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Portal Entre
Glamour. Create an entry portal at your location that teleports allies to your exit portal.
Book.pngRange Threshold: 5,000
Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
Decoy
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Decoy
Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe.
Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Polymorph Moa
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Polymorph Moa
Transform. Turn your foe into a moa bird.
Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
Range.pngRange: 1,200

Second Weapon Set

Sword/Pistol
Mind Slash
Mind Slash
Chain. Slash you foe to make them vulnerable.
Damage.pngDamage: 146
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (5s): 1% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Blurred Frenzy
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Blurred Frenzy
Strike your foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around you, making you evade attacks.
Damage.png8Damage: 584
Distortion.pngBlur (2½s): Evade all attacks.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
Illusionary Leap
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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
Cripple.pngCripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Vulnerability.png2Vulnerability (5s): 2% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 600
Phantasmal Duelist
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Phantasmal Duelist
Phantasm. Create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe.
Damage.png8Damage: 744
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Magic Bullet
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Magic Bullet
Hit up to four foes with a single shot. The first target is stunned, the second is dazed, and the third is blinded, and the forth is confused.
Damage.pngDamage: 71
Confusion.pngConfusion (5s): 50 damage on skill use, 50 damage
Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Daze.pngDaze (2s): Unable to use skills.
Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 1,200

Or

Staff
Winds of Chaos
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Winds of Chaos
Bounce an orb of energy between foes and allies that applies random boons to allies and random conditions to foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 117
Fury.pngFury (2s): 20% Critical Chance
Might.pngMight (5s): 30 Power, 30 Condition Damage
Bleed.pngBleeding (7s): 154 Damage
Burn.pngBurning (1s): 131 Damage
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (5s): 1% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 2
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Phase Retreat
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Phase Retreat
Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos.
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Phantasmal Warlock
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Phantasmal Warlock
Phantasm. Summon an illusion that deals extra damage for each unique condition on the target foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 544
Book.pngExtra damage per condition: 10%
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Chaos Armor
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Chaos Armor
Give yourself chaos armor, which gives yourself random boons and your foe random conditions whenever you are struck.
Chaos Armor.pngChaos Armor (5s): Give yourself random boons and your foe random conditions whenever you are struck.
Protection.pngProtection (5s): -33% Incoming Damage
Regeneration.pngRegen (3s): 390 Heal
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
Blind.pngBlindness (3s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Confusion.pngConfusion (3s): 65 Damage On Skill Use
Cripple.pngCripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Chaos Storm
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Chaos Storm
Create a magical storm at the target location that applies random conditions to foes and random boons to allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 129
Aegis.pngAegis (3s): Block the next incoming attack.
Retaliation.pngRetaliation (3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source.
Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
Chill.pngChilled (1s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
Poison.pngPoison (4s): 134 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Weakness.pngWeakness (2s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, 50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Daze.pngDaze (1s): Unable to use skills.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
Range.pngRange: 1,200

Slot Changes

  • Portal Entre Portal Entre
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    Portal Entre
    Glamour. Create an entry portal at your location that teleports allies to your exit portal.
    Book.pngRange Threshold: 5,000
    Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
    or
    Decoy Decoy
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    Decoy
    Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe.
    Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Mantra of Resolve Mantra of Resolve
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    Mantra of Resolve
    Mantra. Meditate, charging a spell that will cure conditions for you and nearby allies.
    Attribute bonus.pngExtra Toughness While Channeling: 600
    Book.pngNumber of Casts: 2
    or
    Null Field Null Field
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    Null Field
    Glamour. Create a field of energy that rips all boons from foes, and cures all conditions on allies.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    for condition removal or disorganized parties.
  • Polymorph Moa Polymorph Moa
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    Polymorph Moa
    Transform. Turn your foe into a moa bird.
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Mass Invisibility Mass Invisibility
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    Mass Invisibility
    Manipulation. You and all allies gain stealth for a short time.
    Stealth.pngStealth (5s): Invisible to foes.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 10
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,200


Specializations

Sword/PistolAdeptMasterGrandmaster

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Trait Variants

  • One point from Chaos to Inspiration for Retaliation on Phantasms.
  • Compounding Celerity Compounding Celerity
    Compounding Celerity
    Move faster for each active illusion.
    Book.pngMovement Speed Increase: 10%
    over
    Illusionary Defense Illusionary Defense
    Illusionary Defense
    Take reduced damage for each illusion you have in the world.
    Damage.pngDamage Reduced: 3%
    when using Sword/Pistol set.


Weapons

First Weapon Set


  • Main Hand
Staff
Superior Sigil of Generosity Superior Sigil of Generosity
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Superior Sigil of Generosity.pngSuperior Sigil of Generosity
60% chance to transfer a condition to your foe on a critical hit. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)


  • Main Hand
Sword
Superior Sigil of Strength Superior Sigil of Strength
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Superior Sigil of Strength.pngSuperior Sigil of Strength
60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 1s)
  • Off Hand
Pistol
Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
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Superior Sigil of Battle.pngSuperior Sigil of Battle
Gain 2 stacks of might (20 seconds) when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Second Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Greatsword
Superior Sigil of Strength Superior Sigil of Strength
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Superior Sigil of Strength.pngSuperior Sigil of Strength
60% Chance on Critical: Gain Might (10 seconds). (Cooldown: 1s)
Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
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Superior Sigil of Battle.pngSuperior Sigil of Battle
Gain 2 stacks of might (20 seconds) when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)


Equipment

Rune:

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): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.


Amulet:

Berserker Amulet Berserker Amulet
Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
+1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity

Equipment Variants

  • Superior Rune of the Traveler Superior Rune of the Traveler
    Superior Rune of the Traveler.pngSuperior Rune of the Traveler
    (1): +8 All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 All Stats (4): +10% Condition Duration; +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed
    - more mobility, less might stacking.


Usage

  • Your main source of damage comes from phantasms and greatsword 2. Don't forget that even though your shatters are untraited, you can use them to finish off an enemy, daze an opponent or gain distortion.
  • Most of your skills have 1200 range, so try to use that advantage.
  • You can get to 25 stacks of might ideally, and keep ~15 during fights.
  • Phase Retreat Phase Retreat
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    Phase Retreat
    Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    is great for getting to hard to reach locations and is on a 5 second cooldown.

Rotations:

  1. Phantasmal Duelist Phantasmal Duelist
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    Phantasmal Duelist
    Phantasm. Create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe.
    Damage.png8Damage: 744
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
  2. Magic Bullet Magic Bullet
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    Magic Bullet
    Hit up to four foes with a single shot. The first target is stunned, the second is dazed, and the third is blinded, and the forth is confused.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Confusion.pngConfusion (5s): 50 damage on skill use, 50 damage
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Daze.pngDaze (2s): Unable to use skills.
    Stun.pngStun (2s): Unable to use skills or move.
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
  3. Illusionary Leap Illusionary Leap
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    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
    Cripple.pngCripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
    Vulnerability.png2Vulnerability (5s): 2% Incoming Damage
    Range.pngRange: 600
  4. Mirror Blade Mirror Blade
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    Mirror Blade
    Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
    Damage.pngDamage: 273
    Might.png3Might (10s): 90 Power, 90 Condition Damage
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (3s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
  5. Phantasmal Berserker Phantasmal Berserker
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    Phantasmal Berserker
    Phantasm. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
    Damage.png4Damage: 812
    Cripple.png4Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 4
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
  6. Auto-Attack until Mirror Blade is off CD
  7. Illusionary Wave Illusionary Wave
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    Illusionary Wave
    Push back all foes in front of you with a wave of magical energy.
    Damage.pngDamage: 73
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 450
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 450
  8. Mirror Blade Mirror Blade
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    Mirror Blade
    Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
    Damage.pngDamage: 273
    Might.png3Might (10s): 90 Power, 90 Condition Damage
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (3s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable


Counters

  • Condition pressure.
  • Large fights.
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