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Mesmer - Basic Mesmer

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Overview

A solid build for core mesmer that deals great damage and has good dueling capability against single targets.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Sword

Weapon Variants

  • Focus - CC and area damage / vuln

Skill Variants

Utility Skills
  • - phantasm that taunts
  • is an incredibly powerful tool available to Mesmers. Use it to transport others to places they might not normally be able to reach or to shorten distances when looping back to areas.
  • - if having trouble with projectiles.
  • - if you need multiple successive stun breaks.
Elite Skills
  • - if fighting champions or bounties with defiance bars.

Specializations

Build Code

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  • - for better clone generation

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Eagle

Variant Equipment

Gear

  • Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's - Budget option
  • Marauder stat icon.png Marauder - Trades a small amount of damage for a large increase to HP, can be worth using if you have access to it.
  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - use a few pieces of this for extra defense at the cost of damage. Marauder stat icon.png Marauder is much more efficient, but Knight stat icon.png Knight's is much cheaper.

Rune

  • - alt budget option
  • , , - great defensive options
  • - cheap defense

Consumables

Farming

This food is used to maximize profit when farming events.
Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Solo

This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties.
Food
  • , - Defense/Damage
  • , - Damage
Utility
  • - Damage

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 by casting without a target selected. This allows to be prepared again for Might.

Burst Opener

Prepare beforehand for Might.
  1. from range
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap before entering combat
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. in melee

Rotation

Begin with the Burst Opener denoted in the above section.
  1. 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
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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
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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 is available again.
  2. - interrupt autoattack chain
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  4. and until is ready
  5. Weapon swap Weapon swap
Repeat from step 1.
Notes:
  • Cast when 3 clones are active.
  • Cast when 3 clones are active and will not be available for several seconds.
  • Cast at 2 charges.

Crowd Control

  • 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
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    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
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Build rating - 4 stars
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2 Ratings
4 stars
Melts Into Air gave this build 4 stars December 2020

Solid build that is impressively strong for core. Can get you to the elite specs quickly and easily, soloing nearly every hero point (can just kite with greatsword if you have issues).

My only real issue is the emphasis on shattering traits, as I've found them unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

Instead I would recommend:

- Domination t1 - Bountiful Blades: makes it so Greatsword 4 and 2 massacre most things without needing to do anything else

- Domination t3 - Vicious Expression: straightforward damage boost on most enemies, especially given you have a lot of built in boon removal

- Illusions t1 - Persistence of Memory: this has great synergy with the rest of the build. Extra quickness uptime, insane fury duration, and some other shenanigans (see below).

There's a very powerful interaction with Persistence of Memory and Rune of the Pack here. If you use GS4 to open combat at close-mid range, your phantasm(s) will gain the Rune buff, and then transfer it to you. With Bountiful Blades creating 2 phantasms, they each get the buff, vaulting you to 20+ might stacks (without Mantra of Pain!) almost immediately. Overall, this synergy not only boosts your damage significantly, but also your swiftness uptime when chaining kills. With these changes, Phantasmal Disenchanter is a good option over Mantra of Pain, especially if you're like me and only rarely end up charging Mantra in open world anyway.

4 stars
X Zeyrox X gave this build 4 stars August 2020

This build is very good for core content it's very easy and fun, I use it and it works great for me

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