Mesmer - Shatter Build

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Focused on: Direct damageMobilityControl.

Designed for:


Overview

A PvP Shatter Mesmer burst build.

Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Torch


Slot Changes

Elite skill options:

  • Signet of Humility Signet of Humility
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    Signet of Humility
    Signet Passive: Reduces incoming duration of stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
    Signet Active: Transform your foe into a moa bird.
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 20%
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    - effective at shutting down enemy players and countering transformations such as
    Rampage Rampage
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    Rampage
    Physical. Take the form of a massive juggernaut, reducing the damage you take and the duration of incoming movement-impeding conditions.
    Damage.pngDamage Reduced: 25%
    Stability.png2Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
    Immobilize.pngDuration Decreased
    Cripple.pngDuration Decreased
    Chill.pngDuration Decreased
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 33%
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    or
    Plague Plague
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    Plague
    Corruption. Become a virulent cloud and inflict multiple conditions on foes you touch. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes spectral effects.
    Damage.pngDamage: 104
    Stability.png3Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Poison.pngPoison (2s): 67 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Bleed.pngSelf-Bleeding (10s): 220 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 20 seconds
    Radius.pngDamage Pulse: 1 second
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
  • Mass Invisibility Mass Invisibility
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    Mass Invisibility
    Manipulation. You and all allies gain stealth for a short time.
    Stealth.pngStealth (5s): Invisible to foes.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 10
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,200
    - AoE stealth can be used to set up burst or hide group movements.
  • Mantra of Distraction Mantra of Distraction
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    Mantra of Distraction
    Mantra. Meditate, charging a spell that will daze your target.
    Attribute bonus.pngExtra Toughness While Channeling: 600
    Book.pngNumber of Casts: 2
    - Good for initial stun and interrupts.

Specializations



Chaos Variant

Good for surprise burst and stealth



Inspiration Variant

To gain some condition defense and team support.



Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Air
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Superior Sigil of Air.pngSuperior Sigil of Air
50% Chance on Critical: Cause a Lightning Strike. (Cooldown: 3s)
Superior Sigil of Blood
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Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
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Sword.png
Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Generosity
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Superior Sigil of Generosity.pngSuperior Sigil of Generosity
60% chance to transfer a condition to your foe on a critical hit. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
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Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Rune of the Traveler
Superior Rune of the Traveler.pngSuperior Rune of the Traveler
(1): +8 All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 All Stats (4): +10% Condition Duration; +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed
Marauder Amulet
Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity

Variants

Greatsword

  • Superior Sigil of Fire Superior Sigil of Fire
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    Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
    50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
    over Blood.

Sword/Torch

  • Superior Sigil of Blood Superior Sigil of Blood
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    Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
    50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)

Rune

  • Superior Rune of the Traveler Superior Rune of the Traveler
    Superior Rune of the Traveler.pngSuperior Rune of the Traveler
    (1): +8 All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 All Stats (4): +10% Condition Duration; +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed
  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.

Amulet

  • Berserker Amulet Berserker Amulet
    Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
    +1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity
    - a harder, less competitive but more bursty option.
  • Paladin's Amulet Paladin's Amulet
    Paladin's Amulet.pngPaladin's Amulet
    +1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Vitality
    - a less damage, higher defense option.

Usage

General

  • Cry of Frustration Cry of Frustration
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    Cry of Frustration
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 117
    Confusion.pngConfusion (3s): 65 Damage On Skill Use, 30 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    is mainly for boon stripping and blinding (useful to safe stomp) in this build.
  • Using
    Mass Invisibility Mass Invisibility
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    Mass Invisibility
    Manipulation. You and all allies gain stealth for a short time.
    Stealth.pngStealth (5s): Invisible to foes.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 10
    Radius.pngRadius: 1,200
    will give you
    Mirror Mirror
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    Mirror
    Manipulation. Reflect projectiles and heal yourself.
    Heal.pngHealing: 3,915
    Duration.pngReflection Duration: 2 seconds
    , therefore, if an enemy is shooting projectiles at you (like
    Rapid Fire Rapid Fire
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    Rapid Fire
    Fire multiple arrows at your foe.
    Damage.png10Damage: 1400
    Vulnerability.png10Vulnerability (10s): 10% Incoming Damage
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,500
    ), you'll immediately be revealed and loose stealth.
  • Dazing a foe every 5 seconds will inflict stun instead - note: if you use
    Diversion Diversion
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    Diversion
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets.
    Daze.pngDaze (1s): Unable to use skills.
    Book.pngEnemies Dazed: 1
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    and manage to hit your target with more than 1 clone the 2nd daze will override the stun.

Setting up your burst

  • Dazing and interrupting foes applies Vulnerability Vulnerability - this makes
    Diversion Diversion
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    Diversion
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets.
    Daze.pngDaze (1s): Unable to use skills.
    Book.pngEnemies Dazed: 1
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    even stronger. Learn to set up a Diversion chain:
  • You can set up burst by building up 20-25 stacks of Vulnerability on your target (at the price of wasting a very strong CC). To unleash Diversion's full potential, always try to position your clones in a way that they don't hit your target at the same time - Vulnerability can stack, but Daze Daze cannot stack - however you can land multiple consecutive dazes if you do it right.

Sword

  • Blurred Frenzy Blurred Frenzy
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    Blurred Frenzy
    Strike your foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around you, making you evade attacks.
    Damage.png8Damage: 584
    Distortion.pngBlur (2½s): Evade all attacks.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
    isn't only for dealing damage - it'll serve as your second
    Distortion Distortion
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    Distortion
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining distortion for each one shattered.
    Distortion.pngDistortion (1s): Evade all attacks.
    Book.pngPrevents Capture-Point Contribution
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    which can be handy when you are expecting a burst but ran out of dodges.
  • The chain skill of
    Illusionary Leap Illusionary Leap
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    Illusionary Leap
    Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1
    Cripple.pngCripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
    Vulnerability.png2Vulnerability (5s): 2% Incoming Damage
    Range.pngRange: 600
    ,
    Swap Swap
    Swap
    Swap places with your clone. Immobilize nearby foes.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Leap
    Range.pngRange: 600
    is one of your key skills. You can Immobilize Immobilize the target so he can't dodge your burst - the shorter version is simply using the Swap Blurred Frenzy Mind Wrack combo. But you can also switch weapons after the Immob to Greatsword and land a much more significant burst.

Greatsword burst:

  • Stand close to your target for max damage and have at least 2 clones up (also near to your opponent - it's enough if you have 2 clones because Mirror Blade will summon a clone anyways).
  • Use
    Mirror Blade Mirror Blade
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    Mirror Blade
    Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
    Damage.pngDamage: 273
    Might.png3Might (10s): 90 Power, 90 Condition Damage
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (3s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    and
    Mind Wrack Mind Wrack
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    Mind Wrack
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes.
    Damage.png1 Illusion: 409
    Damage.png22 Illusions: 550
    Damage.png33 Illusions: 720
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    as your clone appears, immediately followed by a
    Mind Stab Mind Stab
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    Mind Stab
    Thrust your greatsword into the ground, damaging foes and removing 1 boon.
    Damage.pngDamage: 246
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    .
  • If your enemy's trying to heal after your burst, use
    Illusionary Wave Illusionary Wave
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    Illusionary Wave
    Push back all foes in front of you with a wave of magical energy.
    Damage.pngDamage: 73
    Knockback.pngKnockback: 450
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 450
    to interrupt it.
  • Use
    Phantasmal Berserker Phantasmal Berserker
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    Phantasmal Berserker
    Phantasm. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
    Damage.png4Damage: 812
    Cripple.png4Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
    Book.pngNumber of Impacts: 4
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    before or after the burst, it's up to you.
  • After this chain, try to disengage a bit, you are not suitable for spending time in the middle of a fight for more than some seconds.

Stomp:

  • Portal Stomp: Open your portal, start the finish, take portal, take portal again. Gfycat:
    Portal Stomp

Counters

  • Condition pressure
  • Daredevils

Notes

  • Signet of Humility Signet of Humility
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    Signet of Humility
    Signet Passive: Reduces incoming duration of stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
    Signet Active: Transform your foe into a moa bird.
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 20%
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    overrides other transforms used by enemy players which makes it very effective at shutting down skills such as
    Lich Form Lich Form
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    Lich Form
    Spectral. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
    Stability.pngStability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Book.pngLife Force When Ending: 15%
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    and
    Rampage Rampage
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    Rampage
    Physical. Take the form of a massive juggernaut, reducing the damage you take and the duration of incoming movement-impeding conditions.
    Damage.pngDamage Reduced: 25%
    Stability.png2Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
    Swiftness.pngSwiftness (3s): 33% Movement Speed
    Immobilize.pngDuration Decreased
    Cripple.pngDuration Decreased
    Chill.pngDuration Decreased
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Radius.pngDuration Decreased: 33%
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    .
  • Phantasms are not affected by Might Might that is applied to them. They are, however, affected by might which is applied to the caster, meaning that as long as the mesmer has might, their phantasms will hit harder as well.
  • Casting Phantasms while in stealth will not reveal the mesmer.
  • Illusions will move towards their own targets e.g. the foe the mesmer targeted when casting the illusion, and not the enemy who is currently being targeted by the mesmer while activating the shatter skill.
Build rating - 2 stars
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3 Ratings
0 stars
JustBanjo gave this build 0 stars February 2016

There are better marauder alternatives out there atm. Your use of chaos line is kind of debatable. Without crono, going full mantra is better and you can use the inspiration line more effectively with it. But that means not using portal and playing a more selfish build which like I said, a thief can do it a lot better. The feedback rez is kind of pointless since you will just get cleaved down specially w/o quickness.

0 stars
Momc gave this build 0 stars February 2016

Utterly outclassed by all meta professions.

5 stars
Manumotate gave this build 5 stars February 2016

- High burst damage.

- Good at team fights.

- Great disengage capabilities.

- Good points control with portal if coordinated well with team.