Mesmer PvE | Dungeon Greatsword, Sword/Focus | Damage Generic Phantasm Build

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Summary

This phantasm build focuses on high damage and team support for dungeons or fractal runs.


I. Weapons and Skills

Zojja's Claymore
  • Weapon Strength: 1045-1155
  • Power: 251
  • Precision: 179
  • Ferocity: 179
  • Weapon Strength: -
Zojja's Blade
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Zojja's Artifact
  • Weapon Strength: 873-927
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Zojja's Impaler
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Zojja's Trident
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
  • Mind Wrack10¼
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes.
    Damage: 280Damage (2x): 378Damage (3x): 492Range: 1,200
  • Cry of Frustration21¼
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes.
    Confusion: 3 s (65 damage on skill use)Damage: 80Range: 1,200
  • Diversion32¼
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets.
    Daze: 1 sRange: 1,200
  • Distortion42½
    Shatter. Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining distortion for each one shattered.
    Distortion: 1 sRange: 1,200
  • Spatial Surge
    Shoot a beam at your foe. The farther away they are, the more damage you deal.
    Damage <300 (3x): 201Damage 300-600 (3x): 249Damage 600-900 (3x): 300Damage > 900 (3x): 348Range: 1,200
    • 0
    • 0
  • Mirror Blade¾
    Clone. Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
    Damage: 259x3Might: 10 sx3Vulnerability: 3 sNumber of bounces: 3Combo Finisher: ProjectileUnblockableRange: 1,200
    • 0
    • 0
  • Mind Stab¼
    Thrust your greatsword into the ground, damaging foes and removing 1 boon.
    Damage: 314Radius: 120Number of targets: 5Range: 1,200
    • 0
    • 0
  • Phantasmal Berserker¾ 12
    Phantasm. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
    Damage (8x): 200Damage: 259Range: 1,200
    • 0
    • 0
  • Illusionary Wave½ 24
    Push back all foes in front of you with a wave of magical energy.
    Damage: 111Knockback: 450Range: 600
    • 0
    • 0
  • Signet of the Ether1 28
    Signet Passive: Gain Health every few seconds, based on the number of active illusions you control.
    Signet Active: Heal yourself and refresh all phantasm skill recharges.
    Healing: 5,560Passive Heal—0 Illusion: 120Passive Heal—1 Illusion: 340Passive Heal—2 Illusion: 660Passive Heal—3 Illusion: 980Interval: 3 s
    • 0
  • Mantra of Resolve20
    Mantra. Meditate, charging a spell that will cure all of two conditions.
    Number of casts: 2
    • Power Cleanse1
      Remove 2 conditions.
      Range: 1,200
    • 0
    • 0
  • Time Warp ¼ 210
    Glamour. Create an area that warps time, granting you and your allies quickness while slowing foes.
    Quickness: 1 sDuration: 10Combo Field: EtherealRange: 1,200
    • 0

Weapon and Skill Details

The current setup allows for fast switching between melee and ranged damage. A common variant uses offhand sword instead of greatsword for higher damage. The player is advised to change weapon sets depending on the encounter.

 

Utility skills depend highly on the situation. More mantras could be added to benefit more from the "Harmonious Mantras" trait.

 


Traits

Domination

  • Illusion of Vulnerability
    Interrupting a foe inflicts 3 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds.
    • Confounding Suggestions
      Increases daze and stun duration on foes by 25%. When you would daze a foe, you stun them instead (5s ICD).
    • Empowered Illusions
      Your illusions deal 15% more damage.
    • Rendering Shatter
      Shatter skills inflict 1 stack of vulnerability for 8 seconds on foes they hit.
  • Dazzling
    Dazing a foe inflicts 5 stacks of vulnerability for 8 seconds.
    • Shattered Concentration
      Shatter skills remove 1 boon from foes they hit.
    • Blurred Inscriptions
      Reduces recharge of signet skill by 20%. Gain distortion and remove 1 condition when you use a signet.
    • Furious Interruption
      Gain quickness for 3 seconds whenever you interrupt a foe (5s ICD).
  • Fragility
    Deal 0.5% more damage to foes for each stack of vulnerability on them.
    • Imagined Burden
      Reduces recharge of Greatsword skills by 20%. Gain 2 stacks of might for 5 seconds whenever you or an illusion uses Spacial Surge. All of your other greatsword skills inflict cripple for 2s when they hit.
    • Mental Anguish
      Shatter skills deal 15% more damage. This bonus damage is doubled on foes that are not activating skills.
    • Power Block
      Interrupting a foe inflicts damage and causes weakness for 5s. Additionally if the interrupted skill has a recharge time greater than 0 it is put on a 15 second recharge.

Dueling

  • Critical Infusion
    Gain vigor for 5s when you critical hit.
    • Phantasmal Fury
      Your phantasms gain 10 seconds of fury every 10 seconds.
    • Desperate Decoy
      Cast Decoy when you are struck while below 50% health. This trait benefits from the recharge bonus provided by Master of Manipulation.
    • Duelist Discipline
      Pistol skills recharge 25% of their full recharge when you interrupt a foe. Pistol attacks from you and your illusions have a 33% chance to inflict 1 stacks of bleeding for 5 seconds.
  • Sharper Images
    Your illusions inflict 1 stack of bleeding for 5s when they critical hit.
    • Blinding Dissipation
      Whenever you use a shatter skill you blind foes around you for 3 seconds.
    • Evasive Mirror
      Whenever you successfully evade an attack, gain a projectile reflecting barrier for 1.5 seconds (1.5s ICD).
    • Fencer’s Finesse
      Reduces recharge of sword skills by 20%. Whenever you or an illusion hits with a sword attack you gain a stack of Fencer’s Finesse that gives 15 ferocity for 6 seconds (maximum 10 stacks).
  • Confusing Combatants
    You and your illusions inflict 1 stack of confusion for 3 seconds on critical hit (33% chance).
    • Harmonious Mantras
      Mantra skills can be activated 3 times before needing to be channeled again. Whenever you use a mantra skill gain a stack of Harmonious Mantras for 10 seconds which increases your damage by 4% per stack (maximum 5 stacks).
    • Mistrust
      Whenever you interrupt a foe inflict 2 stacks of confusion for 6 seconds to foes in a radius around your target.
    • Deceptive Evasion
      Whenever you use a dodge roll you create a clone.

Illusions

  • Illusionary Retribution
    All shatter skills inflict 1 stack of confusion for 3 seconds when they hit.
    • Compounding Power
      Deal 3% increased damage and gain 50 condition damage for each illusion you control.
    • Persistence of Memory
      When a phantasm shatters all phantasm skills have their recharge reduced by 2 seconds.
    • The Pledge
      Torch skills remove 1 condition from you when activated. While you are stealthed torch skills recharge 1.5% of their maximum recharge every second.
  • Illusionist’s Celerity
    Reduce recharge on illusion-summoning skills by 20%
    • Shattered Strength
      Gain 1 stack of might for 10 seconds per illusion when you use a shatter skill.
    • Phantasmal Haste
      Phantasms attack skill recharge is reduced by 20%, causing them to attack more often.
    • Maim the Disillusioned
      Shatter skills inflict 1 stack of torment for 6 seconds on foes they hit.
  • Master of Misdirection
    Confusion you inflict lasts 33% longer. Reduces recharge on shatter skills by 15%.
    • Ineptitude
      Inflict 1 stack of confusion for 4 seconds whenever you blind a foe. Whenever you successfully block or evade an attack your attacker is blinded for 3 seconds (10s ICD per foe).
    • Master of Fragmentation
      Enhances the effect of shatter skills. Mind Wrack has a 10% increased critical hit chance. Cry of Frustration inflicts cripple for 3 seconds on struck foes. Diversion hits up to 5 targets. Distortion reflects projectiles.
    • Malicious Sorcery
      Reduces recharge of scepter skills by 20%. Increases attack speed by 15% while wielding a scepter.

Trait Details

Generic setup to maximise phantasm damage. Variants could include "Master of Fragmentation" or "Mental Anguish" for higher shatter damage.


III. Stat Specifics & Effects

Primary Stats

  • Health 15922 (+0)
  • Vitality 1000 (+0)
  • Armor 1967 (+0)
  • Toughness 1000 (+0)
  • Attack 3770 (+1615)
  • Power 2557 (+1557)
  • Critical Hit 57% (+57%)
  • Precision 1960 (+960)

Secondary Stats

  • Critical Damage 70% (+70%)
  • Damage 1213 (+5%)
  • Defense 967 (+0)
  • Ferocity 1060 (+1060)

Boons

  • Aegis
    Block the next attack.
  • Distortion
    Allows mesmers to evade attacks for some time.
  • Frenzy
    Increases damage taken by 25%. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Frosty Armor
    Chills foes that hit you.
  • Fury
    20% critical chance increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Haste
    Regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness when under the effects of this skill. It's typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Invulnerability
    Prevents the target from taking damage or receiving conditions. It is also placed on rallied players for one second.
  • Might
    X damage per attack increase. Stacks intensity.
  • Protection
    33% damage reduction. Stacks in duration.
  • Quickening Zephyr
    Prevents healing. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Quickness
    Makes all skills and actions 50% faster.
  • Regeneration
    Regenerates X health per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Rejuvenation
    Regenerates health. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession through the Virtue of Resolve.
  • Resistance
    Resistance temporarily negates the affected target of all effects caused by conditions.
  • Retaliation
    Does X damage to an opponent each time they hit you. Stacks in duration.
  • Smiting
    Causes every fifth attack to apply burning. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession.
  • Stability
    Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.
  • Stealth
    Allows the user to be invisible to enemy players and avoid being spotted by enemy NPCs.
  • Swiftness
    33% movement speed increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Vigor
    Faster endurance regeneration. Stacks in duration.

Conditions

  • Agony
    Agony is an effect unique to Fractals of the Mists that removes a percentage of the player's health every second and reduces received healing by ~50%.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a stackable condition that deals damage over time.
  • Blind
    Causes the target's next hit to miss instead.
  • Burning
    Inflicts X damage per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Chilled
    Reduces movement speed and skill recharge by 66%. Stacks in duration.
  • Confusion
    Inflicts X damage each time a foe uses skill. Stacks in intensity.
  • Crippled
    Crippled is a condition which decreases movement speed by 50%. Stacks in duration.
  • Fear
    Causes the target to run directly away from the caster.
  • Immobilized
    Immobilized is a condition which prevents movement and dodging. Victims also can't turn. Stacks in duration.
  • Poison
    Inflicts X damage per second. Reduces outgoing heals by 33%. Stacks in duration.
  • Slow
    Slow is a condition that reduces the activation time of skills and abilities.
  • Taunt
    Taunt is a control effect that forces the affected target to run towards the source of taunt with all skills except stun breakers disabled while using their auto-attack skill.
  • Torment
    Deals damage every second; deals additional damage if moving; stacks intensity.
  • Vulnerability
    Increases damage the target takes by 1%. Stacks in intensity.
  • Weakness
    Causes 50% of attacks to be glancing and reduces endurance regeneration by 50%. Stacks in duration.

Control

  • Break Stun
    Stun break is an effect which can break control effects on a character.
  • Daze
    Interrupts and prevents the target from using skills for a period of time.
  • Float
    Forces the affected target(s) to move towards the surface.
  • Knockdown
    Interrupts and causes the foe to be unable to move or use skills for a short duration. Knocked down foes fall to the ground.
  • Launch
    Interrupts and tosses a character into the air.
  • Pull
    Shortens the distance between the user and the foe by drawing one of them to another. If a foe is pulled, this can result in an interrupt.
  • Push
    Physically pushes foes away from the player and interrupts them.
  • Sink
    Forces the affected target(s) to move away from the surface.
  • Stun
    Interrupts, immobilizes, and incapacitates foes for a short duration.
  • Teleport
    Teleport to target location.
  • Teleport
    Teleport (alternatively, flash) is a mechanic that causes the user or target(s) to instantly move from one location to another.

Fields & Finishers

  • Dark Field
    Dark Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Blindness
    Leap Finisher: Blindness
    Projectile Finisher: Life stealing
    Whirl Finsher: Leeching Bolts
  • Ethereal Field
    Ethereal Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Chaos Armor
    Leap Finisher: Chaos Armor
    Projectile Finisher: Confusion
    Whirl Finsher: Confounding Bolts
  • Fire Field
    Fire Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Might
    Leap Finisher: Fire Shield
    Projectile Finisher: Burning
    Whirl Finsher: Burning Bolts
  • Ice Field
    Ice Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Frost Aura
    Leap Finisher: Frost Aura
    Projectile Finisher: Chilled
    Whirl Finsher: Chilling Bolts
  • Light Field
    Light Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Retaliation
    Leap Finisher: Retaliation
    Projectile Finisher: Remove Condition
    Whirl Finsher: Cleansing Bolts
  • Lightning Field
    Lightning Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Swiftness
    Leap Finisher: Dazing Strike
    Projectile Finisher: Vulnerability
    Whirl Finsher: Brutal Bolts
  • Poison Field
    Poison Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Weakness
    Leap Finisher: Weakness
    Projectile Finisher: Poison
    Whirl Finsher: Poison Bolts
  • Revealed
    Revealed is an effect applied when stealth is broken, for example by entering combat or exiting a Shadow Refuge circle prematurely.
  • Smoke Field
    Smoke Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Stealth
    Leap Finisher: Stealth
    Projectile Finisher: Blindness
    Whirl Finsher: Blinding Bolts
  • Super Speed
    Activate your slick shoes, enabling you to move at superior speeds.
  • Water Field
    Water Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Healing
    Leap Finisher: Healing
    Projectile Finisher: Regeneration
    Whirl Finsher: Healing Bolts
Combo
  • Blast Finisher
    Blast Combo Effects

    Dark: Area Blindness
    Ethereal: Area Chaos Armor
    Fire: Area Might
    Ice: Area Frost Aura
    Light: Area Retaliation
    Lightning: Area Swiftness
    Poison: Area Weakness
    Smoke: Area Stealth
    Water: Area Healing
  • Leap Finisher
    Leap Combo Effects

    Dark: Blindness
    Ethereal: Chaos Armor
    Fire: Fire Shield
    Ice: Frost Aura
    Light: Retaliation
    Lightning: Dazing Strike
    Poison: Weakness
    Smoke: Stealth
    Water: Healing
  • Projectile Finisher
    Projectile Combo Effects

    Dark: Life stealing
    Ethereal: Confusion
    Fire: Burning
    Ice: Chilled
    Light: Remove Condition
    Lightning: Vulnerability
    Poison: Poison
    Smoke: Blindness
    Water: Regeneration
  • Whirl Finisher
    Whirl Combo Effects

    Dark: Leeching Bolts
    Ethereal: Confounding Bolts
    Fire: Burning Bolts
    Ice: Chilling Bolts
    Light: Cleansing Bolts
    Lightning: Brutal Bolts
    Poison: Poison Bolts
    Smoke: Blinding Bolts
    Water: Healing Bolts

IV. Food, Armor, Trinkets & Upgrade Items

Food Nourishment

Duration:

Utility Nourishment

Duration:

Armor & Runes

Zojja's Masque
  • Defense: 77
  • Power: 63
  • Precision: 45
  • Ferocity: 45
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.
Zojja's Epaulets
  • Defense: 77
  • Power: 47
  • Precision: 34
  • Ferocity: 34
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.
Zojja's Doublet
  • Defense: 330
  • Power: 141
  • Precision: 101
  • Ferocity: 101
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.
Zojja's Wristguards
  • Defense: 140
  • Power: 47
  • Precision: 34
  • Ferocity: 34
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.
Zojja's Breeches
  • Defense: 203
  • Power: 94
  • Precision: 67
  • Ferocity: 67
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.
Zojja's Footwear
  • Defense: 140
  • Power: 47
  • Precision: 34
  • Ferocity: 34
Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.

Armor Stat Totals

  • Defense 967
  • Power 614
  • Ferocity 415
  • Precision 315

Rune Bonuses

Superior Rune of the Scholar
  1. Power: 25
  2. Ferocity: 35
  3. Power: 50
  4. Ferocity: 65
  5. Power: 100
  6. +10% damage while health is above 90%.

Accessories & Jewels

Distinguished Circle of LogicUtility Slot
  • Power: 157
  • Precision: 108
  • Ferocity: 108
Berserker's BackOffensive Slot
  • Power: 63
  • Precision: 40
  • Ferocity: 40
(Infused)
Ring of Red DeathOffensive Slot
  • Power: 126
  • Precision: 85
  • Ferocity: 85
(Infused)
Crystalline BandDefensive Slot
  • Power: 126
  • Precision: 85
  • Ferocity: 85
(Infused)
Magister's Field JournalDefensive Slot
  • Power: 110
  • Precision: 74
  • Ferocity: 74
Althea's AshesOffensive Slot
  • Power: 110
  • Precision: 74
  • Ferocity: 74

Accessory Totals

  • Power:692
  • Precision:466
  • Ferocity:466

Weapon Set Sigils

Zojja's Claymore
  • Weapon Strength: 1045-1155
  • Power: 251
  • Precision: 179
  • Ferocity: 179
  • Weapon Strength: -
Sigil of Superior Force
+5% damage.
Sigil of Superior Accuracy
+7% crit chance.

Weapon Set I

Sigil of Superior Force

+5% damage.

Zojja's Blade
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Zojja's Artifact
  • Weapon Strength: 873-927
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Sigil of Superior Force
+5% damage.
Sigil of Superior Accuracy
+7% crit chance.

Weapon Set II

Sigil of Superior Force

+5% damage.

Sigil of Superior Accuracy

+7% crit chance.

Zojja's Impaler
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Zojja's Trident
  • Weapon Strength: 950-1050
  • Power: 125
  • Precision: 90
  • Ferocity: 90
Sigil of Superior Force
+5% damage.
Sigil of Superior Force
+5% damage.

Water Weapon I

Sigil of Superior Force

+5% damage.

Water Weapon II

Sigil of Superior Force

+5% damage.

Upgrade Item Details

Variants include "Sigil of Fire" instead of "Sigil of Force".
Other runes can be used (or even Ruby Orbs) as long as they are damage-oriented.


V. Basic Gameplay

The idea is to maintain three phantasms. Caution should be taken not to overwrite phantasms with clones. Shattering should be put off until the target is nearly dead.


Main Skill Rotation

Phantasmal Berserker¾ 12
Phantasm. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
Damage (8x): 200Damage: 259Range: 1,200
Phantasmal Warden1 20
Phantasm. Create a phantasm that attacks your target and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles.
Damage: 30Range: 1,200
Signet of the Ether1 28
Signet Passive: Gain Health every few seconds, based on the number of active illusions you control.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and refresh all phantasm skill recharges.
Healing: 5,560Passive Heal—0 Illusion: 120Passive Heal—1 Illusion: 340Passive Heal—2 Illusion: 660Passive Heal—3 Illusion: 980Interval: 3 s
Phantasmal Warden1 20
Phantasm. Create a phantasm that attacks your target and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles.
Damage: 30Range: 1,200
Mind Slash
Slash your foe to make them vulnerable.
Damage: 202Vulnerability: 5 sRange: 130

Possible rotation for greatsword and sword/focus. "Signet of the Ether" should be used after the casting of two phantasms so both will recharge.


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