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 Quickness and Might 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.
The Mesmer provides an optimal skipping toolset for T4 fractals which should be utilized.
Check the gear optimizer for more gear variants!
This is a budget variant, aim for at least 212 Agony Resistance. Utilize the gear optimizer if you are somewhere between 162 and 212 Agony Resistance. If you are going to play without Spotter or Banner of Discipline you will be missing 100 precision. To crit cap you can either adjust your gear using our gear optimizer linked below, or simply use Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.
Swords, Pistols and Foci with , and other slaying sigils.
Pistol is faster but lower burst so swap accordingly depending on your group.
Torch for stealth, blasting and precasting
Greatsword for precasting at certain bosses.
Staff for precasting at certain bosses.
Shield for CC, blocks and precasting.
You can go this Illusions variant over the Domination traitline when you're facing Quickness uptime issues to be more self-sufficient in bad groups, if you're also lacking Might and Fury consider going Persistence of Memory as well.
|If you're playing with Greatsword instead of Focus.|
Swap out Mantra of Pain before any other skill.
|Higher DPS but slower and less CC|
|For precasting Mirror Images at bosses, and for double casting Blink 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.|
|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 Continuum Split and Prismatic Understanding 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.|
To play Power Chronomancer in fractals you need to adapt on the go as phantasms are our main damage source but they are slower than skills from other classes
If you lose yourself in the rotation follow this priority list.
Use Signet of the Ether to recharge them all.
Remember that your personal damage skills are faster than phantasms, but that they deal more damage over time, this means that Blurred Frenzy and auto-attacks get higher priority if the boss is close to phasing.
Utilize Time Sink for CC, but also remember to not use too much CC on the breakbar and space out your big CC cooldowns like Signet of Humility or Gravity Well so they don't overlap with other powerful CC skills.
Golem rotations out of the raid builds are generally suboptimal in fractals due to Exposed 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 Exposed.
At the Mistlock Singularity
Blast fire fields with The Prestige.
Extend boons with Signet of Inspiration if you have time.
Precast Mimic and take the singularity when your group is done pre-buffing.
Additionally you can precast a Time Warp 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)
At the boss (prespawned bosses)
Swap to Greatsword from inventory
Swap to Focus and proceed with the regular rotation
If you start on Shield use Echo of Memory 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.
If you want to be more self-sufficient in fractals you can get a 100% boon duration set and take Bountiful Disillusionment.
These are basic openers, refer to the video for more advanced openers (video description for written rotation).