Chronomancer - Power DPS

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

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Raids

Overview

A power DPS Chronomancer build for raids. This build deals very high burst and sustained damage against single targets. In addition it has very good CC, utility, and personal defense, and is capable of generating its own Might Might, Fury Fury, Quickness Quickness, and Alacrity Alacrity.

Be aware that this build requires high uptime of Slow Slow on your target - you can ask a Support Chronomancer to bring the trait if uptime is low, and/or you can take and use it during your .


Skill Bar

Sword/Sword
Sword/Focus
Utility


Weapon Variants

The Focus offhand can be replaced with a Greatsword for an alternative build, with similar damage but a different rotation.


Skill Variants

  • instead of if playing the Greatsword variant.
  • instead of if your target has more boons than can be removed.
  • instead of if extra boon uptime is needed.
  • instead of for better Slow Slow (and Quickness Quickness) uptime.
  • if extra CC is required. Be aware of the long cooldown.


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Specializations

Specialization Variants

  • if using the Greatsword variant.
  • on encounters where Slow Slow uptime is too low (~30% or less).


Equipment

Head
Berserker
Shoulders
Berserker
Chest
Berserker
Hands
Berserker
Legs
Assassin
Feet
Berserker
Backpiece
Berserker
Accessory
Assassin
Accessory
Assassin
Amulet
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Ring
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sword
Berserker
Sigil
Sigil
Focus
Berserker
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Equipment Variants

  • Only a single mainhand sword is required
  • If using the Greatsword variant, use a Greatsword instead of the Focus offhand with and .
  • If running with , swap runes to . You will undercap crit chance by 15 precision, so you could also swap an armour piece to Assassin stats to make up the difference.


Consumables

Food

  • if you don't have a ranger giving you

Utility


Usage

The goal of the rotation is to get as many casts of your phantasm summons as possible, filling downtime with autoattack chains and . In order to do this you can make clever use of and , which when used together can effectively allow you to reset your phantasm cooldowns 3 times in short succession. This is achieved by casting during , which will give you refreshed phantasm cooldowns for the duration of your continuum split, and leaving off cooldown once your continuum split ends.


Opening burst

Start on Sword/Focus.

  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. - enter during the cast of this skill.
  3. x2
  4. - should end during this cast
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Proceed to Loop rotation


Loop

  1. Auto attack until is available
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  3. Auto attack until is available
  4. Auto attack until is available
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  6. Repeat from step 1


Second Continuum Split

On the loop before becomes available again, skip steps 10 and 16 and on the next loop:

  1. - enter during the cast of this skill.
  2. + during cast (shattering helps prevent a bug with )
  3. should end during here
  4. + during cast (shattering helps prevent a bug with )
  5. When Weapon swap Weapon swap is available, resume the loop from step 5 - you may need to wait on sword slightly longer for to come off cooldown.

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Variants

  • Greatsword - Lower DPS, but stronger in encounters with lots of adds as targets nearby enemies at random.


Notes

  • Fill gaps in between skills listed in the rotation with auto-attack chains.
  • Make sure not to interrupt your autoattack chain as the damage from it is heavily loaded into the final strike, .
  • Use whenever you have 3 clones up. If you have 3 clones up and is on cooldown, you can shatter them with instead.
  • Save clones to shatter with if you will need to CC in the immediate future.
  • You can use to pull adds onto the boss if needed.
  • should be cast as soon as there is a charge available.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 6 votes.
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4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars • September 2018
A strong, self-sufficient power DPS, but has worse burst than most power classes thanks to the "delayed burst" nature of its phantasms, and suffers on any fight where you have to switch targets.
5 stars
AlekSeven gave this build 5 stars • June 2018
Finally a good DPS build for Chrono/Mesmers.
5 stars
Nacho Replay gave this build 5 stars • April 2018
This is a great power DPS build for Chrono, really good CC, strong burst, and really good damage output thats consistent. 9/10
5 stars
Kinomori gave this build 5 stars • February 2018
This is by far my favorite build now, it just feels great on almost every single boss, it has amazing burst, great CC, and still has good sustainable damage. For sure going to be used as my main power DPS spec now.
5 stars
Kickass gave this build 5 stars • February 2018
Great build. Finally nice to have a Chronomancer build that we can compete for damage with Mirage.
5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars • February 2018
Strong burst and sustained DPS thanks to the recent buffs to the chronomancer trait line and the phantasm changes have led to the evolution of the old fire and forget power mesmer build into this heavily involved but rewarding build.

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