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This build is provisionally vetted good pending more votes.

This build has received a provisional rating in the range from 3.75 to < 4.75 and thus qualifies for the lower category of working builds: Good.

This build has been designed for the following use:

This build uses a Keystone Signet mesmer hero's high fast casting attribute value for death magic spells.

Attributes and Skills

You activate Spells and Signets 53% faster. (No effect for non-Mesmer skills with a cast time less than 2 seconds.)
In PvE, the recharge time of your Mesmer Spells is reduced by 48%.
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Fill the remaining free slots with signets fitting your team build and the area this hero is going to be used for.

  • Signet of Clumsiness Signet of Clumsiness – reliable damage.
  • Unnatural Signet Unnatural Signet – additional AoE damage if team mates provide hexes.
  • Signet of Weariness Signet of Weariness – for Weakness.
  • Signet of Disruption Signet of Disruption – with additional damage.
  • Signet of Distraction Signet of Distraction – disables interrupted spells.
  • Leech Signet Leech Signet – energy gain.
  • You may drop Animate Bone Minions in favour of another signet if your team already has enough minions.


Purpose, team integration

  • Release your necromancer minion master from Death Nova so it can cast more useful skills instead, such as Discord. Due to 16 fast cast this mesmer casts death nova in less than a second with 36% chance of a further casting time reduction to less than half a second. This results in less time lost casting death nova compared to a necromancer. It will also lead to a faster distribution of death nova, increasing its total damage output compared to a necromancer's despite the mesmer's lack of death magic attribute runes.
  • Instead of using this hero mainly for the death nova distribution they can also be used as a minion bomber by adding animate bone minions, which the mesmer will cast considerably faster than a necromancer. The resulting level 10 bone minions are ideal for minion bombing purposes, as they will get targeted with high priority and quickly die, usually triggering death nova. The increased energy demand can be met with external energy support such as Blood is Power or using signet of lost souls and leech signet.
  • Never use this hero in team builds featuring Shelter.


  • Lack of exploitable corpses.
    • Due to the mesmer's fast minion creation opposing corpse exploitation is barely an issue.
  • Mirror of Disenchantment Mirror of Disenchantment removing death nova from minions.
  • Symbolic Celerity Symbolic Celerity being removed results in less useful signets, but barely decreases the AoE damage output.

Exemplary Videos

Examples of team builds which rely on this hero:

Build used for death nova distribution:

Build used in synergy with discord necromancers:

Build used to distract opponents from party members with level 10 bone minions:

See also