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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. Functionality for these skills unlock as players level. F3 unlocks at level 17, F4 at level 19.[1]

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 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]

Type Skill Level Unlocked Recharge Description
Mind Wrack.png
 Mind Wrack
1 Tango-recharge-darker.png15 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes.
Cry of Frustration.png
 Cry of Frustration
2 Tango-recharge-darker.png30 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes.
3 Tango-recharge-darker.png45 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their target.
6 Tango-recharge-darker.png60 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining Distortion for each one shattered.

Related traits[edit]

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Inspiration
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions


  1. ^ Sept 16, 2014 Game Update