Fast Casting

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Fast Casting is the primary attribute of Mesmers.

Fast Casting decreases the activation time of your Spells and Signets. (No effect for non-Mesmer skills with an activation time less than 2 seconds.) In PvE, each rank of Fast Casting decreases the recharge time for your Mesmer Spells by 3%.

— in-game description

Inherent effect[edit]

Spells
Fast Casting 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Casting time 100% 95% 91% 87% 83% 79% 76% 72% 69% 66% 63% 60% 57% 55% 52% 50% 48% 46% 44% 42% 41%
Casting speed 100% 105% 110% 115% 120% 126% 132% 138% 145% 152% 159% 166% 174% 182% 191% 200% 209% 219% 229% 240% 251%
Recharge time (PvE) 100% 97% 94% 91% 88% 85% 82% 79% 76% 73% 70% 67% 64% 61% 58% 55% 52% 49% 46% 43% 40%
Base recharge 1s 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Base recharge 2s 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Base recharge 3s 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1
Base recharge 5s 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2
Base recharge 6s 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2
Base recharge 7s 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3
Base recharge 8s 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 3 3
Base recharge 10s 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4
Base recharge 12s 12 12 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 5
Base recharge 15s 15 15 14 14 13 13 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6
Base recharge 20s 20 19 19 18 18 17 16 16 15 15 14 13 13 12 12 11 10 10 9 9 8
Base recharge 25s 25 24 23 23 22 21 20 20 19 18 17 17 16 15 14 14 13 12 12 11 10
Base recharge 30s 30 29 28 27 26 25 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 17 16 15 14 13 12
Signets
Fast Casting 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Activation time 100% 97% 94% 91% 88% 85% 82% 79% 76% 73% 70% 67% 64% 61% 58% 55% 52% 49% 46% 43% 40%
Cast times are rounded to the nearest 10th of a second. Recharge times are rounded to the nearest second.

Fast casting chart.png

Game Mechanics[edit]

  • Fast Casting increases casting speed by ~4.73% per rank, increasing exponentially so that at rank 15, Mesmers take only half the time to cast spells as everyone else.
    • The casting time is reduced to 0.955^Rank = 0.5½^(Rank/15).
    • The percentages used in the table above have been rounded to whole numbers; the game mechanics uses full precision when calculating the casting times, rounding the results to the nearest millisecond.
Activation time
  • Activation time reduction for Signets progresses additively, rather than multiplicatively (as it does for spells), e.g. at Rank 5, activation time for Signets is 85% of the stated time while spells take only 79% of the time to cast.
  • Items and skills that improve skill activation time cannot stack higher than 25%. Single effects that improve skill activation over 25% can exceed this cap. (Fast Casting is not included in this cap.)
Recharge time
  • Recharge time reduction rounds to the nearest decimal number, e.g. at Rank 12, recharge time for a spell with a base 15 second Recharge becomes 9.6 which rounds to 10, while at Rank 13, a base 15 second Recharge becomes 9.15 which rounds to 9.
  • Fast Casting isn't taken into account in the 50% recharge time reduction cap.
PvE gameplay
Equipment
  • Swiftspell's Staff is the only weapon (or offhand) to grant Fast Casting +1 (20% chance while using skills). However, as with all Of Mastery effects, the +1 does not affect Fast Casting's inherent benefits.

Fast Casting skills[edit]

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Campaign
Arcane Languor.jpg

Arcane Languor

Elite Hex Spell. (1...8...10 second[s].) Target foe's spells cause 10 Overcast. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Keystone Signet.jpg

Keystone Signet

Elite Signet. (20 seconds.) Your next 0...5...6 signet[s] interrupt [sic] and deal 15...51...60 damage to other foes adjacent to your target. Initial Effect: [sic] recharges all of your other signets. 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Prophecies
Mantra of Recovery.jpg

Mantra of Recovery

Elite Stance. (5...17...20 seconds.) Your spells recharge 33% faster. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Core
Persistence of Memory.jpg

Persistence of Memory

Enchantment Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Your interrupted spells recharge instantly. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Nightfall
Power Return.jpg

Power Return

Spell. Interrupts a spell or chant. Interruption effect: target foe gains 10...6...5 Energy. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Psychic Instability.jpg

Psychic Instability

Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, cause knockdown for 2...4...4 seconds on target foe and all nearby foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Psychic Instability (PvP).jpg

Psychic Instability (PvP)

Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, causes knockdown for 2...3...3 seconds on target foe and all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Stolen Speed.jpg

Stolen Speed

Elite Hex Spell. Also hexes adjacent foes (1...8...10 seconds). Doubles spell casting time. Spells cast by you or your allies have -50% casting times. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Stolen Speed (PvP).jpg

Stolen Speed (PvP)

Elite Hex Spell. Also hexes adjacent foes (1...8...10 second[s]). Doubles spell casting time. Spells you cast on hexed foes have -50% casting time. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Symbolic Celerity.jpg

Symbolic Celerity

Enchantment Spell. (36...55...60 seconds.) Your signets use your Fast Casting attribute. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Nightfall
Symbolic Posture.jpg

Symbolic Posture

Stance. (5...17...20 seconds.) Your next signet recharges 20...68...80% faster. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Nightfall
Symbols of Inspiration.jpg

Symbols of Inspiration

Elite Skill. (1...25...31 seconds.) This skill becomes the Elite of target foe. Elite spells you cast use your Fast Casting attribute instead of their normal attributes. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Nightfall