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Shattering is the primary profession mechanic of the mesmer profession. It consists of shatter skills occupying the F1-F4 slots of the mechanic bar which are used to destroy any illusions the mesmer has cast prior to shattering to cause a variety of effects like confusion or daze.

There are four shatter skills, all of which are instant-cast and have different cooldowns. Activating any of them will cause all illusions run to their respective assigned targets and shatter, causing effects around each illusion and the caster corresponding to the shatter skill used. However, Distortion causes all illusions to shatter immediately without running towards their targets. Shatter skills are more powerful the more illusions the mesmer had active; for instance, Distortion will last longer for each shattered illusion.

Note that illusions will move towards their own targets e.g. the foe the mesmer targeted when casting the illusion, and not the enemy who is currently being targeted by the mesmer while activating the shatter skill. The illusions can still be killed while they are moving towards their targets, effectively preventing the shattering effect from being caused by that illusion.

List of shattering skills[edit]

Skill Level Unlocked[1] Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Mind Wrack.png
 Mind Wrack
5 12 Recharge time Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
Cry of Frustration.png
 Cry of Frustration
11 25 Recharge time Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
15 38 Recharge time Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
19 50 Recharge time Gain distortion and destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining additional distortion for each one shattered.


Continuum Split.png
 Continuum Split
80 90 Recharge time Destroy all your illusions and create a rift in the time space continuum. When it expires, you will revert back to this point with your previous health, endurance and skill recharges. Duration increases per illusion shattered.
Redirect Arrow.png
Continuum Shift.png
 Continuum Shift
Revert back to the previous timeline. Your health, endurance and cooldowns are reverted to their previous states. You are transported back prematurely if the rift is destroyed.

Related traits[edit]

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination
Domination Rending Shatter - Shatter skills inflict vulnerability on hit.
Domination Shattered Concentration - Shatter skills also remove a boon on hit.
Domination Mental Anguish - Shatter skills deal more damage. This damage increase is doubled against foes that are not activating skills.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Dueling Blinding Dissipation - Blind foes around you whenever you use a shatter skill.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos
Chaos Bountiful Disillusionment - When you use a shatter, you will gain stability. You and nearby allies gain boons based on which shatter was used.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Inspiration
Inspiration Protected Phantasms - Phantasms gain distortion briefly upon creation. Illusions gain protection when you activate a shatter skill.
Inspiration Restorative Illusions - Heal yourself and lose conditions when you use a shatter skill.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions
Illusions Illusionary Retribution - Shatter skills inflict confusion on hit.
Illusions Persistence of Memory - Shattering a phantasm recharges all phantasms by a small amount.
Illusions Shattered Strength - Shattering illusions grants you might per illusion.
Illusions Maim the Disillusioned - Shatter skills inflict torment on hit.
Illusions Master of Misdirection - Confusion you inflict lasts longer. Reduces recharge of shatter skills.
Illusions Master of Fragmentation - Your shatter skills are improved.
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer
Chronomancer Time Splitter - Gain access to Continuum Split/Shift, which allows you to revert to an earlier point in time.
Chronomancer Time Catches Up - Activating a shatter gives your illusions superspeed.
Chronomancer Flow of Time - Gain alacrity for each illusion you shatter.
Chronomancer Illusionary Reversion - Shattering at least two illusions generates a clone.
Chronomancer Seize the Moment - Gain quickness for each illusion you shatter.
Chronomancer Chronophantasma - Your phantasms are resummoned after the first time they are shattered.
(Resummoned phantasms are briefly dazed.)


  • Illusions do not carry out the command to shatter if the target dies before they are able to shatter; even in melee range, and if the shatter skill was used prior to the target's death, the function still fails in this situation.
  • The illusion(s) still show the animation of shattering if their target dies, and they do not carry out the shatter affect.


  1. ^ June 23, 2015 Game Update