Mesmer - Vanilla Shatter

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Focused on: Direct damageControlMobility.

Designed for:


A PvP Mesmer burst build created for F2P users.

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Slot Changes


  • Mantra of Distraction.png Mantra of Distraction - a strong offensive choice that can set up burst and has synergy with several traits.
  • Signet of Midnight.png Signet of Midnight - similar to Decoy, but on a lower cooldown in exchange for a shorter stealth duration.


Specialization changes

Both Dueling and Illusions can be replaced by Chaos for a more defensive build:


Superior Sigil of Agility
Superior Sigil of Agility.pngSuperior Sigil of Agility
Gain 5 seconds of swiftness and 1 second of quickness when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Exposure
Superior Sigil of Exposure.pngSuperior Sigil of Exposure
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Escape
Superior Sigil of Escape.pngSuperior Sigil of Escape
Remove movement-impairing effects from yourself when swapping to this weapon while in combat.
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Rune of the Lynx
Superior Rune of the Lynx.pngSuperior Rune of the Lynx
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Condition Damage (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Condition Damage (5): +100 Power (6): +25% Movement Speed
Marauder Amulet
Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity


Sigils Greatsword

  • Superior Sigil of Exploitation Superior Sigil of Exploitation
    Superior Sigil of Exploitation.pngSuperior Sigil of Exploitation
    Deal 5% extra damage to targets below 50% health.
  • Superior Sigil of Battle Superior Sigil of Battle
    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 Rune of the Scholar Superior Rune of the Scholar
    Superior Rune of the Scholar.pngSuperior Rune of the Scholar
    (1): +25 Power (2): +35 Ferocity (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Ferocity (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Ferocity, +5% damage while your health is above 90%.
  • 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.


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



  • The build has a hit-and-run playstyle, it's all about landing one major burst with Greatsword and then surviving until the next one.
  • Cry of Frustration.png Cry of Frustration is mainly for boon stripping and blinding (useful to safe stomp) in this build.
  • Chaos-only: using Mass Invisibility.png Mass Invisibility will give you
    Mirror 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.png Rapid Fire), you'll immediately be revealed and loose stealth.


  • Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy isn't only for dealing damage - it'll serve as your second Distortion.png Distortion which can be handy when you are expecting a burst but ran out of dodges.
  • Illusionary Leap.png Illusionary Leap and Swap.png Swap are great tools for repositioning yourself or occasionally rooting people into your burst.

Greatsword burst:

  1. Stand close to your target.
  2. Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade for damage, Might, and an extra clone.
  3. Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack as soon as your clone from Mirror Blade appears, immediately followed by a Mind Stab.png Mind Stab.
  • Use Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker before or after the burst, it's up to you. Keep in mind that it fires a boomerang projectile too which can break stealth.
  • If you were already in combat, the burst combo can be extended: before you begin be on Sword/Torch, use The Prestige.png The Prestige - just before the stealth runs out be in melee range, switch weapons, and do the rest of the burst. The Prestige will add some extra damage while making the burst harder to dodge. Your GS sigils will also trigger, granting Quickness and applying Vulnerability.
  • After the chain try to disengage a bit, you are not suitable for spending time in the middle of a fight for more than mere seconds.


  • Condition pressure
  • Thieves
Build rating - 4 stars
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2 Ratings
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.

4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Moved to good despite the current lack of votes. To explain, we're aiming to have at least 1 up to date core build for each profession in conquest and had to replace the mesmer one twice recently.

This is the new recommended F2P build. Somewhat hard to play because it's not very forgiving but has a decent burst combo and group utility. Power mes isn't in a great spot right now especially not core power mes, but it still does the trick and can be quite effective with some practice.

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