Mesmer - Mantra Lockdown

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Focused on: Direct damageControl.

Designed for:


A mix of damage, sustain and heavy CC for free-to-play players.

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Superior Sigil of Exploitation
Superior Sigil of Exploitation.pngSuperior Sigil of Exploitation
Deal 5% extra damage to targets below 50% health.
Superior Sigil of Exposure
Superior Sigil of Exposure.pngSuperior Sigil of Exposure
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Absorption
Superior Sigil of Absorption.pngSuperior Sigil of Absorption
Steal a boon when interrupting an enemy.
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Rune of the Lynx
Superior Rune of the Lynx.pngSuperior Rune of the Lynx
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Condition Damage (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Condition Damage (5): +100 Power (6): +25% Movement Speed
Marauder Amulet
Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity



  • Superior Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
    Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
    (1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • Superior Rune of Vampirism Superior Rune of Vampirism
    Superior Rune of Vampirism.pngSuperior Rune of Vampirism
    (1): +25 Power (2): +35 Vitality (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Vitality (5): +100 Power (6): +10% Maximum Health; restore 10% of your health upon killing a foe.
  • 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% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed; +10% Condition Duration
  • 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.


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



  • Lack of makes this Mesmer build unique. For shatters you'll rely even more on clones created by weapon skills.
  • Your main source of damage comes from proccing with your various interrupts. This trait also puts the interrupted skill on a high CD which can be used to lock out important abilities.
  • Daze Daze you apply will instead Stun Stun the target (this has a 5 sec CD). Note: a 2nd Daze can override Stun, keep this in mind when using which could potentially cause a chain of 4 dazes (or 1 Stun and then 3 Dazes).

Setting up your burst

  • Secure bursts by stunning the target with - also increases damage dealt by 3% for each mantra charge consumed, further increasing your damage after the stun. Using once or twice before bursting can also pay off, but don't waste your heal if you are already on max HP because that can backfire. Try to interrupt skills with your CCs as the damage from Power Block is a crucial part of your burst.
  • In smaller fights try not to shatter after using - this phantasm usually gets dodged when summoned, but a couple seconds later it'll attack again, if you can lock your enemies into this attack and then execute a combo simultaneously that could mean the end of the encounter.


  • Using a healing skill removes 2 conditions, which synergizes well with
    Mantra of Recovery Mantra of Recovery
    Mantra of Recovery
    Mantra. Meditate, charging a spell that will instantly heal you when activated.
    Attribute bonus.pngExtra Toughness While Channeling: 600
    Book.pngNumber of Casts: 2
    as each mantra charge used counts as a healing skill.

Recharging Mantras in combat

  • Avoid recharging when engaging a high damage enemy with many interrupts (notably thieves and other mesmers). Casting important skills inside is always a good idea.
  • Many skills can be used mid-cast to prevent interference -
    Diversion Diversion
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets.
    Daze.pngDaze (1s): Unable to use skills.
    Book.pngEnemies Dazed: 1
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Distortion Distortion
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining distortion for each one shattered.
    Distortion.pngDistortion (1s): Evade all attacks.
    Book.pngPrevents Capture-Point Contribution
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Power Lock Power Lock
    Power Lock
    Daze your foe.
    Daze.pngDaze (1s): Unable to use skills.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Phase Retreat Phase Retreat
    Phase Retreat
    Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Blink Blink
    Manipulation. Teleport to a target location.
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    and even
    Portal Entre Portal Entre
    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


  • Constant interrupts while reloading mantras.
Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars June 2017

I've brought it back from the archives to provide something for F2P users interested in PvP. Nowhere near as effective as a chronomancer, but it has a strong burst combo, boon stripping, and a bunch of CCs.

5 stars
Eloid gave this build 5 stars February 2016

by far the most fun build for me, but need some buff.

5 stars
Toeofdoom gave this build 5 stars September 2015

This is quite effective - It deals lots of damage from long range and yet tends to be better at contesting a point than other mesmer marauder builds (Not saying much, I know). Advantages are exceptional condition removal & better sustained healing, but a typically less devastating offense.

Not really relevant for conquest or meta things in general, but I think it pulls ahead of regular shatter in deathmatch if portal is swapped for mantra of pain - offers significant sustained healing.