Mesmer - Greatsword Burst

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Focused on: Direct damageControl.

Designed for:

Overview

Variant of Chronomancer - Greatsword Burst for PvE players without access to the Heart of Thorns expansion. This build deals high burst damage and has access to a good variety of defensive skills.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Sword

Weapon Variants

  • You can run Focus to group up enemies with
    .

Skill Variants

Utility Skills
  • or
    - alternative damage skills.
  • - if having trouble with projectiles.
  • - if you need multiple successive stun breaks.
Elite Skills
  • - if fighting champions or bounties with defiance bars.

Specializations

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Chronomancer - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Precise +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food:
  • Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility:
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

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
Cast
after you enter combat, but before your target starts casting abilities, in order to apply Vulnerability.

Rotation

Begin with the Burst Opener denoted in the above section.
  1. Mind Slash 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 Mind Gash
    ½Activation.png
    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 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 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 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
Video:
Build rating - 3 stars
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1 Ratings
3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

This build has good burst damage for farming and has the ability to fight from range with Greatsword. However, it has extremely low sustained damage, which makes it non-ideal for soloing more difficult fights. Its personal sustain is also pretty poor.

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