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Chronomancer - Support Chrono

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: SupportUtilityHealing.

Designed for:

Overview

Support Chrono is a frontline, boon focused support with high utility and moderate healing. It has various utility options which makes it a very adaptable build.

Skill Bar

Sword/FocusHealingUtilityElite
Staff

Weapon Variants

Weapon
Healing
Utility
Elite
Echo of Memory
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Echo of Memory
Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants alacrity to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time.
Damage.pngDamage: 347
Alacrity.pngAlacrity (2s): Skills recharge 33% faster.
Slow.pngSlow (2s): Skills and actions are slower.
Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Range.pngRange: 900
Tides of Time
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Tides of Time
Launch a wave of temporal energy that damages and stops enemies it passes through and buffs allies. The wave then returns to you. Touching the returning wave reduces the recharge of this skill.
Damage.pngDamage: 264
Quickness.pngQuickness (1½s): Skills and actions are 50% faster.
Stun.pngStun: 1 second
Book.pngBlocks Missiles
Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 10%
Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
Range.pngRange: 600

Swap staff to an offhand Shield for a powerful block and moderate short range CC and Alacrity.

Skill Variants

Heal

  • for non-
    builds.

Utility

  • personal escape/defensive CD and blink stomp option. Essential for GvG.
  • good for all builds but always take for
    builds.
  • combo with
    for more boon support.
  • for larger scale fights or when there is absolutely no other stealth access.
  • portal gives very strong utility in open field but requires coordination and a team playing around the skill.
  • highest healing per second, competes with other mantras for
    .
  • for quick resurrects to save out of position allies.
  • a quick AoE condition cleanse

Elite

  • AoE boon support for
    builds.
  • For single target focus.

Specializations

Variants

  • If running any manipulation skills.
  • If not using Staff.
  • For additional CC, strong with grav well and focus pulls.

Variants

Variants

  • Both of your adept traits are about equally useful, personal preference.

Variants

Swap Chaos to Domination if you don't need the boons from

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Revenant
18x
Healing WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Keep boon duration in mind if changing any gear.
  • Add Wanderer's for damage at the cost of support.

Sigil

  • easier to use than
    but falls slightly short of boon duration cap under normal conditions.

Runes

  • healing with boon duration option if not using
  • high boon duration option

Consumables

Food

  • Delicious Rice Ball Delicious Rice Ball
    Delicious Rice Ball.pngDelicious Rice Ball
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png100 Healing Power+10% Healing Effectiveness (Outgoing)+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
    Consumable
  • Plate of Mussels Gnashblade Plate of Mussels Gnashblade
    Plate of Mussels Gnashblade.pngPlate of Mussels Gnashblade
    Nourishment (30 min):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Concentrationn+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    alternate option if in need of boon duration.

Utility

  • Bountiful Maintenance Oil Bountiful Maintenance Oil
    Bountiful Maintenance Oil.pngBountiful Maintenance Oil
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain 0.6% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Healing PowerGain 0.8% Outgoing Healing Increase for Every 100 Concentration+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

General

  • This build uses
    to maintain 100% boon duration. 6 Boons are needed to keep 100% duration, this is a fairly safe number though you may have more or less at any particular time.
  • Focus on maximizing boon output with
    , using it off cooldown and in continuum split as much as possible.
    • Make sure to swap weapons before casting to proc
      Superior Sigil of Concentration Superior Sigil of Concentration
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      Superior Sigil of Concentration.pngSuperior Sigil of Concentration
      Boons you apply last 33% longer for 7 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    • Use
      /
      to proc Resistance Resistance before boonsharing.
    • Make sure to use your shatters to proc
      and
      if you are missing boons before a
  • The build relies on proccing
    frequently. Use your charges so you can recast your mantras as often as possible.
    • Try to fit your other skills in the time when you are using up the flip skill charges since they do not interrupt other skill casts.
  • Activate
    at the end of the cast time of a skill, rather than before casting, to fit more skills inside the split window.
    • Try to split your longer cooldown abilities so you get more usage, generally the elite,
      ,
      and
      .
    • Shatter skills can be used inside
      without disrupting the use of other skills
    • Consider usage of
      and
      without
      carefully, unless the skill will make a decisive impact on the fight it is often better to wait and use it inside split for the shorter cooldown.
    • Try to use the last charge of your mantra skills inside split to reduce the cooldown.
  • All of your shatters give a stack of Stability Stability, don't be afraid to use them just to keep yourself safe.
  • Don't feel the need to max illusions before shattering, it is perfectly acceptable to shatter with one or no illusions out.
  • Try to land
    in places where the last tick will be able to heal your frontline such as regroups or while cleaving downs. Be careful not to obstruct Water Fields with it however.

Sword/Shield

  • isn't only for dealing damage - it's your second, short CD
    which can be handy when you are expecting a burst but ran out of dodges.
  • The chain skill of
    ,
    is a powerful skill. You can Immobilize Immobilize the target so he can't dodge your team's burst.
  • Don't be afraid to hold on to
    if it isn't immediately needed, you have 10 seconds until the buff expires.
  • has no target cap and hits both allies and enemies.

Staff

  • Make use of the About Face keybinding to
    forwards quickly.
  • 's Ethereal Field is powerful at the beginning of fights, but be careful not to disrupt Water Fields later on.
  • can be used on downed players to fish for interrupts on stomps and rezzes.
  • can be combined with
    to safely finish downed players. Use
    after starting the stomp then just before the cast time finishes use
    to move back to the downed player.

Videos

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Build rating: 98%
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8 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Dekong said this build was great Yesterday

A strong support build that provides strong boon uptime, alot of utility/CC and some moderate healing if the user knows what they doing.

Atm the combo of focus pull + GravWell + Spellbreaker Bubble is insane!

It requires a bit of practice to know when to pop the skills, but it's a rewarding Support Playstyle that doesn't make you feel like you are just spamming buttons to keep everyone healed.

However it's not as important as a Firebrand on a 5-man group ofc, but Very strong none the less. 1 good boonshare mesmer can change the outcome of a fight.

Gold Medal - Great
Elbritil said this build was great January 2018

Great build, with great boon duration, but if you switch out minstrel armor and weapon to giver, you just lose 2,5K hp (practically nothing), nealry nothing healing power but get higher toughness and 11%+ boon duration. With Rune of Leadership the build loses just 42 toughness, but the boon duration is 21% more. Switching out minstrel accessories to exotic (sadly no ascended) giver, you get lower hp (16-17K), but get 6 more toughness and 30% more boon duration. Anyway great build.

Gold Medal - Great
Freya said this build was great October 2017

If i could edit my previous comment i would.

EDIT: I guess it edits when i submit anew, well this rating is from june 2018 and not october 2017 as it's stated.

Well as warrior bubble was nerfed (that's when i already considered this build as great again) and now even scourge f1 cooldown with sand savant (this is where 100% boon duration started to shine again) this build is great, you can once again maintain full duration of boons. Even when bubble is dropped on top of you, you will not neceserly lose all boons you have, which in turn makes this a sort of counter to bubble lockdown, because there is a chance that stability/resistance won't get stripped in first strike (you still have to dodge quickly,). You can also reapply all boons after your people get out of the bubble.

Gravity, focus pull and shield 5 are all some of the strongest CC to exist in the game, which in my oppinion has been primary duty of a mesmer in these last few months, even more important than spamming boons.

I've been playing all forms of boonshare in last 3 months, minstrel, commanders, zerker,... chaos/inspiration/illusions/domination. All are situational on what you need, but on everything but minstrel you have to position yourself very agressivly, because you have to be in range of your sword auto attack.

I still find healing on this build lacking and wouldn't not recommend minstrel, but i guess that it is easiest to play.

5 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
The Blue Rangerr said this build was great October 2017

Despite the release of Path of Fire, this build retains its status as the most versatile and unique support in the game. The ability to veil, portal, boonshare, reflect, distort, stomp, pull, chain CC, as well as a strong amount of healing and cleanse support, is unparalleled. Even with the decline of boon dominance, the versatility makes this build impossible to give up, with at LEAST 1 required in any organized group.

Silver Medal - Good
Freeman said this build was good October 2017

For a long time, I have loved the boonshare (BS) chrono. The BS chrono fulfilled additional support areas between the AH midline guardian and sustain revenant. When roaming, the sheer durability of it allowed players to easily fight multiple opponents by substituting the elite and a utility for more offensive skills. The combinations were relatively mild and provided great support for medium and large groups. However, with the release of the new specializations the build has become a liability for core groups. I do not recommend this build for higher tier servers.

Gold Medal - Great
Forgotmypasswordlulz said this build was great June 2017

Gearing my chrono for raids and WvW, loving this so far it's so strong. Invaluable boon spammer.

Gold Medal - Great
Deficit Owl said this build was great June 2017

Very powerful build bringing unmatched support in the form of boons (particularly resistance and quickness), along with access to stability/strong direct condition cleanse/strong crowd control with time warp. Has a massive amount of build diversity to match a variety of situations. Has a steep learning curve compared to other classes but it's well worth it.

Gold Medal - Great
Expandas said this build was great May 2017

This is a very solid build for anyone looking to play Mesmer in open-field combat with a medium or larger sized group. It provides superb boon support for your allies and its access to resistance is one of the few hard counters to condition play in the current meta. With the new living story nourishment and concentration stacking sigil, the barrier to entry is lower than it ever has been before. Although not a direct replacement for front line Guardian or Herald, this build comfortably fills in the gaps and should be considered essential for organized play.

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