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Overview
Information:
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Key Skills

Viability:
Synergy low
DPS high
Independence high
Acquiring basicsaverage
Achieving masterydifficult

The Power Chronomancer is the strongest (and only) build for Mesmer in fractals. Despite having one of the highest benchmarks in the game, this build is not that great in fractals due to long rampup times which make it strong for PuGs and a suboptimal pick for faster groups. If necessary the build can bring its own

and
making it rather self sufficient.

To succeed as a Power Chronomancer in higher-end groups you'll need to be able to adapt your rotation on the go and push the limits of your class, but even then you will probably be a hinderance for your group.

You'll provide boon removal through your clones, auto-attack chains,

and
.

The Mesmer provides an optimal skipping toolset for T4 fractals which should be utilized.

This build profits from sigils like as well as slaying potions such as .

Equipment

Check the gear optimizer for more gear variants!

The goal of this build is to reach 100% critical chance when the boss is under the effects of

to do this you will require to have either
or
. If you'd rather not rely on having those you need 200 AR to reach 100% with just
and
, assuming
.

Armor
  • Berserker

    Scholar

  • Berserker

    Scholar

  • Berserker

    Scholar

  • Berserker

    Scholar

  • Berserker

    Scholar

  • Berserker

    Scholar

Weapons
  • Berserker Sword

    Force

  • Berserker Sword

    Impact

  • Berserker Sword

    Force

  • Berserker Focus

    Impact

Consumables
Food
Utility
Infusion

Back and trinkets
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Extra Weapons
  • Swords and Foci with , and other slaying sigils.

  • Torch for stealth, blasting and precasting

  • Greatsword for precasting at certain bosses.

    • Safer but lower DPS alternative than Focus on Arkk.
  • Staff for precasting at certain bosses

  • Shield for CC, blocks and precasting

  • Pistol for CC and precasting

Build
Traits
  • Dueling

  • Domination

  • Chronomancer

Situational Traits
  • Illusions

You can go this Illusions variant over the Domination traitline when you're facing

uptime issues to be more sulf-sufficient in bad groups, if you're also lacking
and
consider going
as well.

If you're playing with Greatsword instead of Focus.
If you can't phase the boss with just the
from
and
, then this could be better.

  • Mirage

Utilize Mirage for skips!

,
and
along with the typical Mesmer toolset makes it really good for mobility and skips.

Skills
Heal
Utilities
Elite
Situational Skills

Swap out

before any other skill.

For MAMA CM and situational uses in T4.
Faster and slightly higher defiance bar damage than
For precasting
at bosses, and for double casting
for skips.
When you have issues with boons on the boss(should only be used in extreme cases).
For precasting before the boss.
Mainly for Artsariiv to reflect Taw Shot.
Alternative to
on shorter phases, where you can't make use of the charges of the mantra.
Skips
For skipping sections of the fractal for your party.
1200 range blink, use it for skips!
For stealthing your party for skips, can be combined with
and
for 18 seconds of stealth.
Situational uses such as the Underground Facility door.
600 range leap, can be cancelled mid-air for slightly more range.
450 range blink, 3 charges.
1200-2400(1500 activation) range targeted teleport. This skill is tricky because of its random nature but allows for some skips.
Details
Skill priority

The idea behind playing Power Chronomancer in fractals is to provide

during your bursts. Try to optimize your
generator skills for each phase with this in mind.

If you lose yourself in the rotation follow this priority list.

  1. Cast your phantasms whenever ready

  2. Use

    to recharge them all

  3. Use

    but always keep one charge except at the end of the fight (if possible during
    )

  4. Use

    with three clones as much as possible only delay it for

  5. Use

    whenever you don't have any clones, situationally you can shatter it with three clones such as in your burst rotation or when a phase is about to end and
    is on cooldown.

    1. has higher priority for slow uptime if you have clones to spare mid-phase.
  6. Use

    and
    (if used) off recharge

  • is a DpS increase if you time it well, and don't interrupt other casts.

Remember that your personal damage skills are faster than phantasms, but that they deal more damage over time, this means that

and Auto-Attacks get higher priority if the boss is close to phasing.

Apart from doing DPS, you'll also have access to a wide range of utilities which can all be used twice with

if needed. Cast
to quickly get up another illusion.

CC skills
100-400 damage
200 damage
150 damage
550 damage
600 damage
150 damage
200 damage
250 damage
100 damage
50 damage per second
Rotation / Skill usage
Information

Golem rotations out of the raid builds are generally suboptimal in fractals due to

and phases being much shorter compared to raids. The raid rotations are optimized for sustained DPS while in fractals a player needs the ability to adapt a rotation to the amount of time a group needs to finish a phase.
For that reason you can find a video with openers, that are efficient to use here.

It's important to note that phantasms do not benefit from most modifiers, unless it is stated to be the case.

They do however benefit from

.

Chronomancer openers
by Tipcat, edited by [dT] Vince
Precasting

At the Mistlock Singularity

  • Blast firefields with
    .
  • Extend boons with
    if you have time.
  • Precast
    and take the singularity when your group is done pre-buffing.
  • Additionally you can precast a
    on the boss and take the singularity as well on bosses like Skorvald, or any boss if you use portals.

At the boss(spawnable bosses)

  • You can precast
    ,
    and
    to squeeze out a little more burst, if your group coordinates.

At the boss(prespawned bosses)

  • Precast rotation. Start on Staff or Shield.
    1. Omit this step if
      is precasted
  1. Swap to Greatsword from inventory

  2. Swap to Focus and proceed with the regular rotation

  • If you start on Shield use
    before step 1.
  • Precasting phantasms on MAMA is possible but the timing is trickier in PuGs as combat starts once your group hits the boss.

(Optional)

If you want to be more self-sufficient in fractals you can get a 100% boon duration set and take

.

Then enter

, cast all shatters, exit
, cast all shatters again and use
. Precast
and take the singularity.

Alternatively you can also precast

to help with
uptime.

Opener

These are basic openers, refer to the video for more advanced openers(video description for written rotation).

  • With
    , Start on Sword/Focus
    1. mid-cast.
  1. Weapon Swap

    1. (if you precasted
      )
    • You can delay your
      towards the end of the cast of
      to give yourself more time.
  2. into

    • You want to use
      as soon as you see a clone spawn from
      .
    1. You'll want to cast
      ,
      and
      between this step and the next.
  3. (
    ends)

    • It's important that you use
      to cancel the aftercast of
      .
  • Without
    , Start on Sword/Focus
    1. mid-cast.
  1. Weapon Swap

  2. into

    • You want to use
      as soon as you see a clone spawn from
      .
    1. You'll want to cast
      and
      between this step and the next.
Golem Rotation
by Tipcat