Power Chrono Guide

General Information

Welcome to our Power Chrono Guide for Guildwars 2. Here you will learn everything you need to know about playing a Power Chrono in a raid environment.

Class Overview

Difficulty
Personal DPS
Crowd Control (CC)
MetaEffectiveNot Recommended
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1. Strengths

  • Provides very high if not permanent uptime of 2 offensive buffs, Quickness and Alacrity.
  • Capable of dealing more breakbar damage than any other raid build.
  • Can allow your team to completely ignore certain mechanics by granting AoE Distortion.
  • Lots of access extra block, evade and invuln frames make it the best tank in the game.

2. Weaknesses

  • Extremely low personal DPS.
  • Expensive to gear compared to most other builds.
  • Long and complex rotation which doesn’t flow very well.
  • Hard to learn because it’s often assigned to deal with a lot of encounter specific jobs.

3. Current Viability

With the August 8, 2017 Balance Patch Power Chrono received 2 new grand-master traits. To make room for these new traits Harmonious Mantras was removed from the game, along with Mistrust. Ineptitude received a small but insignificant buff and moved from Illusions to Dueling (where Mistrust used to be). With the remaining slots Superiority Complex was added to Dueling, and Phantasmal Force to Illusions. The new traits are a good DPS increase over the previous grand-master options, they have been given the following functionality:

  • :  Increases critical-hit damage by 15%. This bonus is further increased to 25% against foes below 50% health or foes who become disabled by stun, daze, taunt, fear, knockdown, etc.
  • : Phantasms gain a 1% damage boost whenever might is applied to them, and a 4% damage boost whenever they attack (maximum bonus 25%). This bonus damage lasts until the phantasm is destroyed.

Another change that happened in this patch, is a nerf to all boon duration food and platinum doubloons. Which lost us around 20% boon duration, that now has to make up for with commander’s gear. This is unfortunate because now more stat points are wasted on toughness instead of ferocity, lowering the DPS even further. However, overall DPS loss from the new gear is not nearly enough to push Power Chrono out of the meta. It is still optimal to have two players using this build (or a variant of it) on every raid boss.

4. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 4 pages:

Changelog

  • 7 September 2017:  Added trait and rotation variations to the build guide
  • 17 August 2017:  Updated wording on consumables, Added Stat Infusions
  • 12 August 2017:  Added section

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