Chronomancer - Greatsword Burst


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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

Focused on: Direct damageControl.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Chronomancer build for running around in open world. This build deals high burst damage and has access to a good variety of defensive skills.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Sword

Weapon Variants

  • You can run Focus to group up enemies with Temporal Curtain.png Temporal Curtain.
  • You can run Shield for more crowd control.
  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
Utility Skills
Elite Skills
  • Signet of Humility.png Signet of Humility - if fighting champions or bounties with defiance bars.
  • Time Warp.png Time Warp - for sharing quickness when fighting bounties or other bosses.

Specializations

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Chronomancer - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Precise +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food:
  • Fried Golden Dumpling Fried Golden Dumpling
    Fried Golden Dumpling.pngFried Golden Dumpling
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Concentration+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year33% Chance for Might (5 seconds) on Crit
    Consumable
    or
    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
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility:
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

General Tips

  • When roaming around a map, try to stagger heavy-hitting skills to avoid running out of steam between weaker mobs.
  • Keep your Mantras prepared for instant damage and defensive skills.
  • When approaching a boss or veteran, discard all charges of Mantra of Pain.png Mantra of Pain by casting Power Spike.png Power Spike without a target selected. This allows Mantra of Pain.png Mantra of Pain to be prepared again for Might.
  • Continuum Split.png Continuum Split is an amazingly powerful skill. You can use it to spam free Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether, Power Spike.png Power Spike, Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack, and phantasm casts for more damage. Alternatively, you can double Gravity Well.png Gravity Well to control enemies.

Burst Opener

Prepare Mantra of Pain.png Mantra of Pain beforehand for Might.
  1. Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman from range
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap before entering combat
  3. Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker
  4. Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether
  5. Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker
  6. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  7. Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman in melee
  8. Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy
  9. Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack
Cast Power Spike.png Power Spike after you enter combat, but before your target starts casting abilities, in order to apply Vulnerability.

Rotation

Begin with the Burst Opener denoted in the above section.
  1. Mind Slash 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
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Mind Gash Mind Gash
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    Mind Gash
    Chain. Gash your foe to make them vulnerable.
    Damage.pngDamage: 242
    Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (5s): 1% Incoming Damage, 1% Incoming Condition Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Mind Spike Mind Spike
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    Mind Spike
    Chain. Stab your foe and rip a boon off of them. Does additional damage when the target has no boons.
    Damage.pngDamage without Boons: 484
    Damage.pngDamage with Boons: 330
    Book.pngBoons Removed: 1
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
    until Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman is available again.
  2. Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman - interrupt autoattack chain
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker
  5. Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade and Spatial Surge.png Spatial Surge until Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether is ready
  6. Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker
  7. Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether
  8. Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker
  9. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  10. Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman
  11. Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy
Repeat from step 1.
Notes:

Crowd Control

  • Gravity Well.png Gravity Well
  • Diversion.png Diversion
  • Illusionary Wave.png Illusionary Wave
  • Illusionary Riposte Illusionary Riposte
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    Illusionary Riposte
    Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
    Damage.pngDamage: 734
    Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2½ seconds
    Range.pngRange: 900
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    Counter Blade Counter Blade
    ¾Activation.png
    Counter Blade
    Shoot out a bolt that dazes foes in a line.
    Damage.pngDamage: 37
    Daze.pngDaze: 1 second
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 900
  • You can use Continuum Split.png Continuum Split to use any of the above without it going on cooldown.
Build rating - 4 stars
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5 Ratings
5 stars
Lejon gave this build 5 stars February 2019

This build deserves a better rating.

a really awesome solo build, compared to the other Sword/x Phantasms build this is just as good for openworld content and using GS means u can kill things at range effectively aswell.

Its very bursty and with the right combination of abilitys its also easy to manage, i use Phantasmal Defender, Phantasmal Disenchanter and Well of calamity with this build and i can solo most champs in openworld with ease even HoT.

this is without a doubt my favorite openworld build for mesmer right now 5/5

4 stars
Saizuyuki gave this build 4 stars February 2019

A solid solo build. The initial burst is more than enough to clear out most veterans. While longer fights are more difficult, you can maintain damage by rotating out to S/S from Great-sword.

This build does require defense mastery. If you are unable to dodge or kite well, you will spend large amounts of time in a downed state.

Core Tyria 5/5

HoT 2/5

Pof 4/5

4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

This build has good burst damage for farming and has the ability to fight from range with Greatsword. However, it has poor sustained damage, which makes it non-ideal for soloing more difficult fights. Its personal sustain is also pretty poor.

2 More Ratings
0 stars
Rfmnt gave this build 0 stars July 2018

This build overvalues Imagined Burden. Imagined Burdened Phantasmal Berserker deals less damage than Phantasmal Forced Phantasmal Swordsman.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

An extremely fun build. Between Imagined Burden, Chronophantasma, Signet of the Ether, and Continuum Split, you can end up with a load of Phantasmal Bersekers bursting something down, which is an extremely satisfying sight, meaning this build is extremely effect at bursting down most enemies, while also being easy enough to use.

However, on longer fights, such as HoT/PoF champions, it suffers - your burst is very much packed together, and the longer a fight is the more likely it is you'll struggle. However, because of Mesmer's nature, it does have tools to help with that such as Diversion and Distortion and Blurred Frenzy, all of which can help survivability.

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