Guild Wars 2 Mesmer Builds Guide – Dungeons, PvE, PvP and WvW


The Mesmer is a powerful and highly influential profession in Guild Wars 2.

Who wouldn’t want to have a bag filled with tricks that could make your enemies go insane? The Mesmer tends to do exactly that, and with more than just a bag.

In this guide we’ll go over various builds for different game types, using the GW2Skills.net builder. Do note that armor and items are NOT covered in this build.

For more help on Guild Wars 2, read our Mesmer Profession, Necromancer Builds and Engineer Builds Guide.

Mesmer Dungeon Builds

Life is a Mantra:

This is a dungeon build that uses the Mesmer’s Mantras for achieving almost everything. The Mantras allow for a combination of different effects that can be both aggressive and defensive. Hence, this build provides good survivability to the Mesmer.

Sword and Pistol gives a good mix of Illusions and Phantasms to play with, and are further buffed with the traits that have been used.

Most of the points are being invested in Domination to maximize the effectiveness of the clones and Shatter skills, and to enhance the usage of Mantras.

In Dueling, we are once again utilizing the Mantra aspect of the builds, and Inspiration traits are more defense focused.

Balanced Mastery:

This is a relatively balanced test build that utilizes all major traits of the Mesmer.

Though Greatsword has been chosen as the secondary weapon in this build, you might want to consider using it as your main weapon, since the traits have been selected to increase its damage.

We’re taking a fine mix of offensive and defensive spells in the Utility Skills for the Mesmer. However, it is your main weapon skills that should do the most damage, and also your Cloning ability.

Because of these two targeted offensive abilities, we will select traits that maximize the effectiveness of Clones. For that, we have invested 20 points in Dueling and 10 in Chaos. These will ensure that there is enough Cloning going on at critical situations to not have you over-worried.

Additionally, Inspiration takes traits that give utility buffs to your Phantasm and you.

Illusive Domination:

This is an illusion-based build that takes use of cloning for tricking and defeating enemies.

The Utility skills have been chosen to give you an additional bit of clones and defensive abilities to play around with, and to grant you the Elite skill Mass Invisibility which can really turn a fight around.

For traits, we’re once again maxing Domination, this time to enhance clones, the Greatsword, and also the Torch abilities which can prove very useful.

Similarly, Illusions has twenty points invested to increase your effectiveness when using them.

Mesmer PvE Builds

Phantasm Lord:

This build utilizes phantasms and clones. The main damage source is the mix of phantasms you will get with the weapon set that has been chosen, and the usage of clones for increased domination in the battlefield and for forcing miss-focus.

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