Mesmer - Core Shatter

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Direct damage

Designed for: PvP Conquest

This build was last updated on March 02, 2023 and is up to date for the May 02, 2023 game patch.


A glass cannon core Mesmer burst build for PvP, meant to roam from teamfight to teamfight and +1 them by bursting down targets.

Usable by F2P players as well, but be warned that power shatter builds are generally unforgiving to play - although they are rewarding and satisfying to pull off.

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Slot Changes


can be replaced by either the following skills:

  • - longer stealth duration but also on a longer cooldown. Generates a clone so it could even be used offensively on rare occasions. Unlike the signet, this skill does interrupt your skill casting which is a major downside.
  • - higher burst potential which can be critical to reach a kill in a +1 situation

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  • is also a viable option.


  • is also a viable option.

Specialization Variants

Replacing Chaos with Illusions provides a way more important damage output, but this reduces survival and roaming capabilities by a lot which will make your life harder against other roamers (such as thief, rev, mes, ranger).



Equipment Variants


  • or or - if you're willing to give up mobility for more damage.



  • Playstyle: roam the map looking for a fight to +1, don't try to 1v1 unless absolutely necessary. Leave fights as soon as your cds are going down and you become a target.
  • is a very long duration AoE stealth, get creative! Couple of applications include stealthing yourself or the entire team in order to get to open on the enemy team, or cloaking downed allies to prevent a stomp.
  • Your manipulation skills , and have shorter cooldown and they give Superspeed Superspeed.
  • Your condition cleanses are , and .
  • Poke with and in teamfights if you don't see an opening.
  • reflects projectiles while the skills is being channeled. To an extent, this can be abused. If you stow your weapon before the channeling finishes, you get to reflect projectiles while only sending your healing skill on a 4 second CD. Of course if you do this, you won't be healed. It's a niche use but might be worth knowing.
  • The build is all about pulling off a major burst combo and getting a kill with it. There's a downtime between bursts where you should primarily just focus on personal survival and rotations.
  • 's true value lies in trait synergy. blinds targets it strikes, so in melee this could be used preemptively to avoid getting hit by something dangerous. It also removes boons via which is great at softening up targets shortly before a burst or just stripping Stability Stability and opening up the target for interrupts.
  • or are a great synergy with . They allow to mess with the opponent skill cd while disrupting his playstyle on one hand. But on another hand, it also applies weakness which gets life saving against zerker opponents who usually are roamers trying to counter your play. Being able to weaken them will give you the opportunity to survive those countering classes.


  • What the build lacks in sustained damage, it makes up for in bursts.
  • There are two important damage modifiers to note, (when not using ) and . In a way both are tied to your opponent being inactive. The best way to ensure that both of these traits are going to take effect is to CC the target with or right before bursting them. Diversion itself may proc various traits on Domination for Vulnerability which translates to even more damage modifiers, but it does consume your clones so loses some damage.
  • The burst combo is best done in melee range for various reasons. One, to get the most out of the bounces and two, to make yourself act as an extra clone for shatters.

Basic combo:

  1. in melee range.
  2. or before the blade connects to the target.
  3. once the clone appears from Mirror Blade.
  4. as soon as you can.

Extended burst combo:

  1. Optional - start from stealth to make the burst less predictable. If you're using you could time your burst in a way that the stealth runs out in the middle of the combo as The Prestige does AoE damage after it runs out. Breaking the stealth doesn't cause the damage to go off any sooner.
  2. Optional - if you start from Sword/Torch you could try rooting the target with .
  3. Optional - right before the combo, boosting your damage through various Grandmaster traits. It's a rather short window however, the best scenario would be bursting a target that's already CC'd by one of your teammates and saving Diversion for later.
  4. Optional - if you can afford to discard a strong defensive CD, using right before the burst spawns another clone that can be shattered by for extra damage. Just keep in mind that Decoy interrupts skill casting so don't try to squeeze it in in the middle of casting Mirror Blade.
  5. in melee range.
  6. or before the first bounce of Mirror Blade.
  7. as the clone from Mirror Blade appears.
  8. as soon as you can.
  9. If the opponent is still alive, you can use / / , whatever extra damage is available. If they try to heal follow up with or .

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This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 4 votes.
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3 stars
Azethys gave this build 3 stars • May 2022
The very definition of a one trick pony. The burst is decent, but overall falls short of being anywhere close the current rating (4 stars). The builds damage is too loaded on certain, very predictable, combos. Is simply a worse version of Power chrono or power mirage, where chrono provides a bigger burst, and mirage gives better traits for cleansing + better overall mobility with jaunt and mirage leap.
4 stars
Jyaim gave this build 4 stars • March 2022
Still fun but too easily countered when going organised pvp. Build wise : using powerblock, sword duelist buff, fury on fantasm, and distraction mantra are just MANDATORY. Interrupting properly is the key to commit for any actual kill.
4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • March 2020
Best core mesmer build out there. Surprisingly good sustan for a zerker build, excellent damage. Fun to play in general. EDIT: updated for the February balance patch.
4 stars
Redavi gave this build 4 stars • December 2018
Core Power Shatter mes is kinda in an odd spot. This build is outclassed by power mirage due to split surge giving it teamfight potential and the increased mobility of mirage thrust. That being said, I play power shatter with zerker ammy and scholar rune(and mantras ofc). You can go toe to toe with almost anything out there as you have more stealth than anyone but thief and can oneshot any build in the game. Good choice for those who like to play power shatter.


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