Build

Mesmer - Traditional Shatter

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Overview

An effective PvP Shatter mesmer burst build.

Skill Bar

First Weapon Set

Greatsword
Utility
Elite
Spatial Surge
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Spatial Surge
Shoot a beam at your foe. The farther away they are, the more damage you deal.
Damage.png3Damage if range is less than 300: 132
Damage.png3Damage if range is between 300-600: 165
Damage.png3Damage if range is between 600-900: 198
Damage.png3Damage if range is greater than 900: 231
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 1,200
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
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
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
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
Ether Feast
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Ether Feast
Heal yourself. Gain additional health for each active illusion.
Heal.pngHealing: 5,560
Heal.pngHeal per Illusion: 640
Blink
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Blink
Manipulation. Teleport to a target location.
Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Decoy
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Decoy
Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe.
Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Portal Entre
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Portal Entre
Glamour. Create an entry portal at your location that teleports allies to your exit portal.
Book.pngRange Threshold: 5,000
Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
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

Second Weapon Set

Sword/Torch
Mind Slash
Mind Slash
Chain. Slash you foe to make them vulnerable.
Damage.pngDamage: 146
Vulnerability.pngVulnerability (5s): 1% Incoming Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Range.pngRange: 130
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
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
The Prestige
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The Prestige
Disappear in a cloud of smoke blinding nearby foes. Reappear three seconds later, burning nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 244
Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Burn.pngBurning (3s): 984 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Phantasmal Mage
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Phantasmal Mage
Phantasm. Create an illusion that burns foes and grants fury to allies.
Damage.pngDamage: 252
Fury.pngFury (3s): 20% Critical Chance.
Burn.pngBurnig (6s): 786
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
Range.pngRange: 1,200

Slot Changes

  • Polymorph Moa Polymorph Moa
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    Polymorph Moa
    Transform. Turn your foe into a moa bird.
    Duration.pngDuration: 10 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    over
    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
    .
  • Against condition-heavy teams:
    • Null Field Null Field
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      Null Field
      Glamour. Create a field of energy that rips all boons from foes, and cures all conditions on allies.
      Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
      Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
      Radius.pngRadius: 240
      Combo.pngCombo Field: Ethereal
      Range.pngRange: 1,200
      /
      Mantra of Resolve Mantra of Resolve
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      Mantra of Resolve
      Mantra. Meditate, charging a spell that will cure conditions for you and nearby allies.
      Attribute bonus.pngExtra Toughness While Channeling: 600
      Book.pngNumber of Casts: 2
      over
      Decoy Decoy
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      Decoy
      Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe.
      Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
      Stun-Break.pngBreaks Stun
      Range.pngRange: 1,200
      (or even over
      Portal Entre Portal Entre
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      Portal Entre
      Glamour. Create an entry portal at your location that teleports allies to your exit portal.
      Book.pngRange Threshold: 5,000
      Duration.pngDuration: 60 seconds
      for beginners and less competitive matches).

Specializations

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Trait Variants

  • Compounding Power Compounding Power
    Compounding Power
    Gain increased damage for each of your active illusions.
    Damage.pngDamage Increase: 3%
    over
    Masterful Reflection Masterful Reflection
    Masterful Reflection
    Distortion grants reflection.
    Distortion.pngBook.pngReflects Missiles
  • Illusionary Invigoration Illusionary Invigoration
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    Illusionary Invigoration
    Recharge all of your shatter skills when your health drops below the threshold.
    Radius.pngHealth Threshold: 50%
    over
    Illusionary Elasticity Illusionary Elasticity
    Illusionary Elasticity
    Bouncing attacks have one additional bounce.
    Book.pngMaximum Additional Bounces: 1
You can swap
Far-Reaching Manipulations Far-Reaching Manipulations
Far-Reaching Manipulations
The range of your manipulation skills is increased.
Book.pngRange Increase: 300
for:
  • Blade Training Blade Training
    Blade Training
    Increased precision while wielding a one-handed sword or a spear. Reduces recharge on sword and spear skills.
    Attribute bonus.pngPrecision: +50
    Book.pngRecharge Reduced: 20%
  • Phantasmal Fury Phantasmal Fury
    Phantasmal Fury
    Your phantasms have fury.
    Fury.pngFury (10s): 20% Critical Chance
    Radius.pngInterval: 10 seconds

Weapons

First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
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)
Superior Sigil of Air 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)
Second Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Sword
Superior Sigil of Energy 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)
  • Off Hand
Torch
Superior Sigil of Generosity 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)

Sigil Variants

Sword/Torch

  • Superior Sigil of Doom Superior Sigil of Doom
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    Superior Sigil of Doom.pngSuperior Sigil of Doom
    Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts poison (6 seconds). (Cooldown: 9s)
  • Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
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    Superior Sigil of Battle.pngSuperior Sigil of Battle
    Gain 2 stacks of might (20 seconds) when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
  • 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)

Equipment

Rune:
Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration

Amulet:
Berserker Amulet Berserker Amulet
Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
+1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity

Equipment Variants

  • 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): +15% Might Duration; 25% chance when struck to gain might for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 5s) (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
  • Superior Rune of Vampirism Superior Rune of Vampirism
    Superior Rune of Vampirism.pngSuperior Rune of Vampirism
    (1): +25 Power (2): 15% chance when struck to cause your next attack to steal life. (Cooldown: 25s) (3): +50 Power (4): After using a healing skill, your next attack steals health. (Cooldown: 10s) (5): +100 Power (6): When struck below 25% health, you steal health from nearby foes. (Cooldown: 40s)

Usage

General

  • Illusionary Persona Illusionary Persona
    Illusionary Persona
    Shattering illusions creates the shatter effect on you as well.
    will make you count as a 4th clone, which means if you stand close to your target your burst will be even higher (also allows you to use Shatter skills without having any clones, especially handy if you need
    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
    ).
  • 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 in this build.

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
    simultaneously, 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.

Counters

  • Thieves (any Power based thief build due to their teleports and burst, leaving no ways to disengage or make gap).
  • Condition pressure.

Top Streamers

Notes

  • Polymorph Moa Polymorph Moa
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    Polymorph Moa
    Transform. Turn your foe into a moa bird.
    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
    . It can also be used on Foefire to prevent the Guild Lord from using his healing skill.
  • Sword #3's chain skill,
    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
    breaks stun after you shadowstep to the clone's location.
  • 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, his phantasms will hit harder as well.

See Also

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