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  • November 1, 2022
  • 24 min to read
Overview
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Conditions
Role
  • Power Damage
Synergy average
DPS high
Independence average
Acquiring basicsaverage
Achieving masterydifficult
The Power Virtuoso is currently the strongest power build for Mesmer in fractals. It can bring a decent amount of CC while offering good burst damage and great sustained DPS, as well as being able to adapt to bring a ton of extra utility such as Stability or a reflect from the Mesmer toolkit.
The beginner version of the guide will focus on the most important utility options and try to teach the Greatsword version of the build which has a good amount of extra burst while also having notes for the Sword/Focus variant which can be useful for slightly more sustained damage and nice utility through
.
The advanced page provides a more complete overview of all the utilities the Mesmer has to offer. Once you can execute the step-by-step rotation provided below without spending too much thought on it and are confident with the utility options provided here, head over and check out the advanced page for some extra information. Feel free to swap to the advanced page early if you feel like you are missing some information on additional (less common) utility skills or trait swaps.
Equipment
For fractals due to Exposed, it is worth to adjust the build to make use of
. However, if you do not want to use multiple builds for different content, the raid and strike build using
is also great to run.
Check the gear optimizer for more gear variants!
  • Assassin
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker
  • Berserker

Any item with the same stats may be used!

Heal
Utilities
Elite
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Food
Utility
Build
Extra Weapons
  • You can run Sword/Focus instead of Greatsword. This will result in lower burst damage but slightly higher sustained damage. Therefore, it can make sense to run this version when bosses have long phases. Above 10 seconds into the phase, they will be roughly equal, at 25 seconds, the Sword/Focus variant will pull ahead slightly.
  • If you want to run one variant on all fights, Greatsword is highly recommended.
  • Focus specifically is very useful to use in T4 fractals to pull groups of enemies together with
    to cleave them down more easily.
Traits
  • Dueling
  • Domination
  • Virtuoso
Situational Traits
Take this trait if you're playing with Sword/Focus instead of Greatsword.
  • Illusions
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
as well.
Situational Skills
Swap out
before any other skill.
A nice source of party-wide Stability.
For prestacking blades before the fight
Mainly for Artsariiv to reflect Taw Shot.
Can be used instead of
if no CC is needed.
CC Skills
50 damage (per Blade)
200 damage
150 damage
600 damage
150 damage
Slow50 damage per second
Rotation / Skill usage
Step by Step Begginer Rotation
Step 1: Opener
We'll start with the basic dagger/sword opener.
  1. Start on Dagger/Sword and use
    ,
    ,
    , then swap to Greatsword.
Step 2: Signet of Ether
Next ,we will start with the basic loops. This is the backbone of the rotation and practicing this part for a bit will get you set up well for almost the rest of the rotation.
  1. Do Step 1.
  2. Use
    ->
    .
  3. Reset your cooldowns with
    and cast
    ->
    .
  4. Wait on Greatsword until you can cast one more
    , then swap to Dagger/Sword.
  5. Use
    right away.
  6. Wait for
    and then swap back to Greatsword.
  7. Repeat from Step 2.
Step 3: Weapon Skills
In Step 3, we will incorporate other Weapon Skills. We will add multiple skills at once so take your time if you feel like you struggle with this.
  1. Do Step 1.
  2. Do
    ->
    ->
    from Step 2.
  3. Use
    ->
    ->
    .
  4. Wait until
    off cooldown and cast it
  5. End your Greatsword loop with
    ->
    ->
  6. Weapon Swap
  7. Start you Dagger/Sword loop with
    ->
    ->
    .
  8. Wait until
    off cooldown and cast it
  9. End your Dagger/Sword loop with
    ->
    ->
Step 4: F1 Shatter
In Step 3, we will incorporate other Weapon Skills. We will add multiple skills at once so take your time if you feel like you struggle with this.
Next, we will incorporate our F1 Shatter
.
  • Use it only when you have 5 Blades stocked.
  • Use it for the first time after your initial
    .
  • Use it off-cooldown but only with 5 Blades afterward and after weapons skills.
  • Example of use on Greatsword Loop
    ->
    ->
    ->
  • Example of use on Dagger/Sword Loop
    ->
    ->
    ->
    .
Step 5: Utility Skills
Lastly, we will add the remaining Utility Skills to the rotation.
  • Cast
    at the start of the fight and then use it off-cooldown.
  • Cast
    off-cooldown as well. This skill is an instant cast and can therefore be used while casting other skills.
Improving Further
Once you are comfortable with the above steps, you are already doing most of the full rotation and will be able to deal great damage.
There will be a few additional things on the advanced page to improve further but if you got here, you already know the most important things and these will have a smaller impact than what you learned so far.
The additional steps are:
  • Use other Shatter skills (F2/F3) for extra damage and to keep up the buff from
    . Make sure to always have 5 Blades back for when your
    comes back.
  • Precast additional skills before the encounter starts to get a bigger spike of damage at the start of the fight.
Golem Rotation
This video shows the full rotation for the Greatsword variant on the golem.
by beng / L3m0n