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Disambig icon.png This article is about the profession mechanic. For the specialization, see Illusions. For the weapon, see Illusion (spear).

An illusion is a type of creature summoned by a mesmer that serves to draw aggro and fight alongside the caster. They attack only one foe — generally the one targeted by the mesmer when created — until one or the other is destroyed. If the target runs away, the illusion will lock on the next nearest target. Illusions can cause additional effects when shattered. You can however have multiple illusions attacking separate targets by casting spells that create illusions on three targets separately.

There are two kinds of illusions, clones and phantasms:

  • Clones are visual copies of the caster: they have the same name and wield the same weapon, but have little health and do hardly any damage. Their primary purpose is to distract foes and draw aggro.
  • Phantasms look similar to their creator, but are more obviously illusions: they are nearly transparent with a purple glow, have a unique name, and use unique skills. Phantasms are more durable than clones and tend to do considerably more damage.



Illusion PvE PvP/WvW
Clone 4,171 2,433
Phantasm 5,821 3,396
Phantasmal Defender 12,476 7,278

List of illusion skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Weapon

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Mirror Blade.png
 Mirror Blade
Clone 0.75¾ 8 Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target. Greatsword
Phantasmal Berserker.png
 Phantasmal Berserker
Phantasm 0.75¾ 20 Throw an illusionary greatsword that inflicts vulnerability in a line and then returns to you. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
Phase Retreat.png
 Phase Retreat
Clone 10 Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos. Staff
Phantasmal Warlock.png
 Phantasmal Warlock
Phantasm 0.75¾ 18 Cast winds of chaos on nearby foes. Summon an illusion that deals extra damage for each unique condition on the target foe.
Ether Clone.png
 Ether Clone
Clone 0.75¾ Deliver a damaging attack directly to your target. Summon a clone that casts Ether Bolt. Inflict torment instead if you have the maximum number of illusions. Scepter
Illusionary Counter.png
 Illusionary Counter
Clone 2 8 Block the next attack. Counter by applying Torment and creating a clone that casts Ether Bolt.
Illusionary Leap.png
 Illusionary Leap
Clone 0.5½ 12 Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain. Sword
Illusionary Riposte.png
 Illusionary Riposte
Clone 20.25¼ 12 Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
Phantasmal Swordsman.png
 Phantasmal Swordsman
Phantasm 1 20 Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you and all Phantasmal Swordsmen gain might.
Phantasmal Warden.png
 Phantasmal Warden
Phantasm 1 25 Throw a phantasmal axe that immoblizes your target. Create a phantasm that attacks your target and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles. Focus
Phantasmal Duelist.png
 Phantasmal Duelist
Phantasm 1 20 Fire a slow homing bullet that cripples and create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe. Pistol
Phantasmal Mage.png
 Phantasmal Mage
Phantasm 0.75¾ 30 Strike and burn nearby foes. Create an illusion that burns foes and grants fury to allies. Torch
Feigned Surge.png
 Feigned Surge
Clone 10.75¾ 8 Surge forward, attacking foes in front of you, then teleport back to your starting location, creating a clone. Spear
Illusionary Mariner.png
 Illusionary Mariner
Phantasm 0.5½ 20 Perform an evasive strike and create an illusion that evades while attacking your foe in a flurry.
Spinning Revenge.png
 Spinning Revenge
Clone 0.75¾ 12 Grant retaliation to nearby allies and summon a clone to attack your foe. You gain chaos armor. Trident
Illusionary Whaler.png
 Illusionary Whaler
Phantasm 0.5½ 20 Cast Siren's Call on nearby foes and create an illusion that confuses foes with a harpoon gun.
Vanish in the Deep.png
Clone 0.5½ 15 Create a downed clone of yourself to attack your target. Downed
Phantasmal Rogue.png
 Phantasmal Rogue
Phantasm 1 20 Strike your target and apply conditions, then summon a phantasmal rogue that deals double damage from behind.

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer[edit]

Echo of Memory.png
 Echo of Memory
Phantasm 10.5½ 30 Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants alacrity to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time. Shield
4 Echo of Memory, Deja Vu chainRedirect Arrow.png
Deja Vu.png
 Deja Vu
Phantasm 10.5½ Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants alacrity to allies.

Slot skills[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Slot

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Clone 4 40 Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe. Utility
Mirror Images.png
 Mirror Images
Clone 2 30 Summon two clones to attack your foe.
Phantasmal Defender.png
 Phantasmal Defender
Phantasm 3 1 20 Apply boons in an area, and then summon an illusion that gives Illusion of Defense to nearby allies when it attacks.
Phantasmal Disenchanter.png
 Phantasmal Disenchanter
Phantasm 4 1 20 Deliver an attack around your target that nullifies boons on enemies and conditions on allies, and then summon an illusion whose attacks do the same.

Related skills[edit]

Related traits[edit]

See also: Clone#Related traits
See also: Phantasm#Related traits