Chronomancer - Minstrels Tank

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Focused on: Direct damageUtilityBoon support.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

Variant of Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support, specialized for tanking in high-damage raid encounters. This build provides the same amount of boon coverage while also having very high personal survivability and good group healing. In fights that place a large amount of damage pressure on the tank, this build can self-sustain indefinitely, placing less pressure on the healer(s) and ensuring a safer (if slightly slower) clear.

Skill Bar

Sword/ShieldHealingUtilityElite
X/Focus

Weapon Variants

Sword/Shield is mandatory but Focus can be replaced if there's nothing to pull with
:


x/Sword
Illusionary Riposte
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Illusionary Riposte
Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
Damage.pngDamage: 487
Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2.5 seconds
Range.pngRange: 900
Phantasmal Swordsman
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Phantasmal Swordsman
Phantasm. Create an illusion that attacks your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 646
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
Range.pngRange: 1,200
  • Sword provides a personal block.


x/Pistol
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
  • Pistol provides 200 extra breakbar damage from
    (260 with
    ). This is useful if you have really bad CC or if you need to CC a lot.

Slot Changes

Healing

  • Well of Eternity Well of Eternity
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    Well of Eternity
    Well. Creates a well that rewinds time, removing conditions from allies. When it expires, the well heals all allies in the area.
    Heal.pngInitial Self Heal: 3,230
    Heal.pngEnd Heal: 3,870
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    Range.pngRange: 900
    can be used for fights where the extra healing from the mantra is not needed or condition clear is helpful.
  • Signet of the Ether 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
    can be used for extra distortion if using Domination or extra shield phantasms.

Utility

In fights
should always be on your skill bar. If you need a utility skill you can swap out one well (preferably
since you can fill quickness with
):
  • Feedback Feedback
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    Feedback
    Glamour. Create a dome around your foes that reflects projectiles.
    Duration.pngShield Duration: 6 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    helps with reflects.
  • Well of Precognition Well of Precognition
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    Well of Precognition
    Well. Creates a well that gives allies the ability to see the future and allows them to evade all incoming attacks. When the well ends, allies within the well regain endurance.
    Distortion.pngDistortion (1s): Evade all attacks.
    Stability.pngStability (1s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Book.pngEndurance Gained: 30
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
    Range.pngRange: 900
    provides aegis to your subgroup, useful for fights like Deimos CM.

Elite

  • Signet of Humility Signet of Humility
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    Signet of Humility
    Signet Passive: Reduces incoming duration of stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
    Signet Active: Transform your foe into a moa bird.
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 20%
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    should be used if an encounter involves large breakbars.
  • Gravity Well Gravity Well
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    Gravity Well
    Well. Create a powerful well that warps space in an area, knocking down, floating, and pulling foes caught in its event horizon. When it expires, foes still inside the well take heavy damage.
    Damage.pngPulse Damage: 160
    Damage.pngFinal Damage: 798
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Float.pngFloat: 1s
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
    Range.pngRange: 900
    can be used if an encounter has many small breakbars.
  • Time Warp Time Warp
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    Time Warp
    Glamour. Create an area that warps time, granting you and your allies quickness while slowing enemies.
    Quickness.pngQuickness (1s): Skills and actions are 50% faster.
    Slow.pngSlow (1s): Skills and actions of enemies are 50% slower.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 11
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    can be used when the CC from
    Gravity Well Gravity Well
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    Gravity Well
    Well. Create a powerful well that warps space in an area, knocking down, floating, and pulling foes caught in its event horizon. When it expires, foes still inside the well take heavy damage.
    Damage.pngPulse Damage: 160
    Damage.pngFinal Damage: 798
    Radius.pngPull: 240
    Float.pngFloat: 1s
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 3
    Duration.pngDuration: 3s
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
    Range.pngRange: 900
    /
    Signet of Humility Signet of Humility
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    Signet of Humility
    Signet Passive: Reduces incoming duration of stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
    Signet Active: Transform your foe into a moa bird.
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 20%
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    is not required. If you swapped out
    this skill is mandatory to maintain quickness in long fights.


Specializations

Variants

  • if you have trouble staying alive.
  • if running a focus.

Equipment

There are many variations of gear for chronomancer and some of them can be difficult to acquire, however they all share a common goal in their stat choices which is to reach as close as possible to 100% boon duration while under the effect of

.

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6x
Superior Rune of Durability
18x
Resilient +5 Agony Infusion

Food/Utility

    • 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
      /
      Chocolate Omnomberry Cream Chocolate Omnomberry Cream
      Chocolate Omnomberry Cream.pngChocolate Omnomberry Cream
      Nourishment (30 m):
      Food.png+40% magic find while under the effect of a boon+100 Concentration+10 Experience from kills
      Consumable
      /
      Spring Roll Spring Roll
      Spring Roll.pngSpring Roll
      Nourishment (30 m):
      Food.png+20% Boon DurationSwiftness for 30 Seconds on Kill+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
      Consumable
      can be used as an option that is easier to acquire

Healing Usage

  • Charging a mantra gives a large group heal via
    .
  • If using
    Mantra of Recovery Mantra of Recovery
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    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
    , charge the mantra when the group needs healing and activate the charges immediately to put the mantra on cooldown.
  • The internal cooldown on
    lines up with the cooldown of
    Mantra of Recovery Mantra of Recovery
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    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
    .

Rotation and Encounters

  • You will almost always have the highest toughness in your group when using this build, so you should be prepared to have boss aggro when using this build in encounters with toughness-based aggro.
  • See Chronomancer - Utility Boon Support for rotations and encounter specific tips.
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The default tanking build for Chronomancer in pugs. Even if you don't go full tank (e.g. on Gorseval or Keep Construct where you're unlikely to die) it's useful to have a few Minstrel or Nomad pieces on hand, so that you can swap them in to have higher toughness if needed.

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