How to Build a Damage-Focused Mesmer
The Chronomancer specialization was given to Mesmers with the release of Guild Wars 2’s very first expansion, Heart of Thorns. He quickly became an invaluable addition to any group or team and has remained in the meta to this day.
This version focuses on creating and destroying many clones at once while providing you with enough eagerness and speed to take out your attacks (and your teammates’ attacks) even faster.
He is ideal for…
… but with some changes (which we have detailed!) works easily for fractals, dungeons, and the open world.
To note: The build detailed in this guide is based on the Guild Wars 2 meta at the time the guide was written.
This version uses the Chronomancer specialization, which is only available to players with the Heart of Thorns expansion.
Use the following specializations and traits:
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Here are the skills you should use for this build:
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Weapons and armor
For raids and strikes, some of your armor and accessories should have Berserker stats (primary focus on + Power, with a secondary focus on + Accuracy and + Ferocity) and some of them should have Assassin stats (mostly + Accuracy, with some bonuses to + Ferocity and + Power).
- Should have Berserker stats: Helmet, Shoulder Armor, Breastplate, Gloves, 2 Ring Shoes, Necklace, Back
- Should have assassin stats: Leg armor, 2 trinkets
For Fractals / Dungeons or the Open World, your armor and accessories should all have Berserker stats.
The Runes that you use are the same for Fractals and Raid / Strike: Use Runes of the Scholar unless you chose to take the Improve Alacrity trait (in this case, use Runes of the Thief). If you’re in the open world and want a little more defense, you can pick up Durability Runes or Herald Runes.
For Fractals, Raids, Strikes, and Dungeons, your first armed the set should be dual-wielding swords and the second set should be a sword and focus (you actually only need to own two swords in total; just place the focus in the secondary hand of the second set of weapons).
In the open world, we recommend using a swordfish as a second weapon set instead of the focus, as it offers a ranged option.
Use a Seal of Strength and an Impact Seal in your swords, and an Impact Seal in your Focus. If you are using a swordfish, you can also give it a seal of strength and a seal of impact.
The ideal consumables for this construction are:
Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
Bowl of Butternut Squash Curry Soup
Superior sharpening stone
However, as any experienced Guild Wars 2 player will tell you, any food is better than no food! If ideal foods are too hard / expensive for you to acquire, just look for something that provides similar and relevant improvements to your stats. Some examples include …
Bowl of Basic Vegetable Soup (+ Ferocity)
Minotaur Steak (+ Ferocity, + Might)
Mushroom bread (+ Power, + Vitality)
Bowl of Cold Wurm Stew (+ Power)
Rice Ball (+ Power)
Kodan Incense (+ Precision)
Bowl of Tomato Soup (+ Precision)
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