Fractal Basics

Guide

Team Composition

The current "meta" group setup for fractals consists of the following builds:

ChronomancerThe Chronomancer's role consists of providing 100% Quickness uptime, good Alacrity uptime, strong utilities in terms of heavy crowd control, reflects, shared Aegis, skips, group Stealth and medium power DPS. It is by far the most important profession in the team offering a combination of abilities like no other profession does.
The Boon Chronomancer is even capable of providing every single boon in the game which has great synergy with traits like .
WarriorThe Warrior is still essential to any team, providing strong party buffs in the form of , and . The currently favored build is the Banner Warrior with immense CC capabilities and good burst DPS. Spellbreaker is only used for No Pain, No Gain, boon heavy fractals and projectile destruction.
WeaverThe Weaver is the typical damage dealer. Its main purpose is to deal as much damage as possible while providing minor utilities with AoE Blind, and Might pre-stacking. Ideally you want as many Weaver as possible in your party. Good groups usually go with 2 Weavers and one Power Soulbeast ( for extra CC and ) .
DruidThe Druid significantly buffs the group's damage output with , , , 25x Might, Fury and while also providing party heals and condition cleanses. If required, it can even provide permanent Protection and Stability when needed.
ChronomancerThe Chronomancer's role consists of providing 100% Quickness uptime, good Alacrity uptime, strong utilities in terms of heavy crowd control, reflects, shared Aegis, skips, group Stealth and medium power DPS. It is by far the most important profession in the team offering a combination of abilities like no other profession does.
The Boon Chronomancer is even capable of providing every single boon in the game which has great synergy with traits like .
WarriorThe Warrior is still essential to any team, providing strong party buffs in the form of , and . The currently favored build is the Banner Warrior with immense CC capabilities and good burst DPS. Spellbreaker is only used for No Pain, No Gain, boon heavy fractals and projectile destruction.
WeaverThe Weaver is the typical damage dealer. Its main purpose is to deal as much damage as possible while providing minor utilities with AoE Blind, and Might pre-stacking. Ideally you want as many Weaver as possible in your party. Good groups usually go with 2 Weavers and one Power Soulbeast ( for extra CC and ) .
SoulbeastThe Power Soulbeast takes over the Druid's or 3rd DPS's place in the party, buffs the group's damage output with while also providing extra CC. If additional condition cleanse or a group damage boost is valuable (e.g. Molten Effigy Event in Molten Boss fractal), , can be taken instead of .

The only interchangeable slots in the prevailing team composition depends on whether you are using a Druid or not:

  • with Druid, both DPS slots can be filled with any DPS
  • without Druid, Elementalists (or other might-generating builds) are required to keep up 25 stacks of Might

While condition-based team setups are perfectly viable, power setups tend to outperform them in fractals due to and Slaying Potions like . Fights are also shorter than in raids and power classes usually benefit more from the additional precision from the .


Usage of /gg

You can use the chat command /gg within fractals to immediately kill your character (dead, not downed). This can be used generously in fractal skips, as it allows the entire party to teleport to a checkpoint once one player activates it.If everyone in the party is dead at the same time, cooldowns will reset for all players. Therefore it is advised for the entire group to use /gg at certain key positions to reset long cooldowns, like between Siax (2nd boss) and Ensolyss (3rd boss) in 99CM. Never resurrect as long as another player is still alive.

Note that the Druid's will fully recharge after the resurrection.

A dead player

Mistlock Instabilities

Tier 4 fractals always have three Mistlock Instabilities active which add additional mechanics to the fights. The selection is fixed for each difficulty level and specified in the top panel of each fractal guide.

Below is a list of all current instabilities and their possible countermeasures.

Adrenaline RushEnemies deal 50% more damage below 10% health. This also enhances special boss abilities, so be sure to finish mobs off quickly.
AfflictedEnemies apply random damaging conditions ( Bleeding, Burning, Confusion, Poison and Torment). A good countermeasure is to have the Druid use in combination with .
Flux BombCauses players in combat to be randomly marked with Flux Bombs which leave a damaging and blinding AoE field behind. Do not place those inside the combat area, learn to dash away right before the field deploys. If you keep walking forward while marked you wont get any damage from the bomb.
Last LaughEach enemy killed explodes within a 180 radius 1.75 seconds after its death, dealing high damage and apply Daze to foes around it. Recognizable by a yellow zone after a mob's death.
Mists ConvergenceCauses a set of effects from other fractals to spawn, including The Mossman, a deadly Champion Rabbit, Veteran Jade Maw Tentacles, an air strike from the PvP map Skyhammer and the cannon assault from Captain Mai Trin Fractal.
No Pain, No GainEnemies receive Protection, Might and Fury when you hit them. Has a 20 second internal cooldown per enemy, conveniently lining up with the Mesmer's .
Social AwkwardnessPlayers receive 1 stack of Agony and 10% health damage when they attack enemies while an ally is within a 44 unit range. This is the most annoying instability and active in almost all relevant T4 fractals. Spread out to prevent killing each other, but stay in melee range to keep benefiting from group buffs.
Toxic TrailEnemies leave a trail of poison behind them which inflicts direct damage and the Poison condition. Can be very dangerous when fighting multiple mobs.
Fractal VindicatorsFractal Avengers are replaced by hard-hitting Fractal Vindicators. Those need to be killed as fast as possible to prevent further chaos.
HamstrungThe lower your health, the slower you move. Heal yourself!