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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.png12 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes.
Cry of Frustration.png
 Cry of Frustration
2 Tango-recharge-darker.png25 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes.
3 Tango-recharge-darker.png38 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their targets.
6 Tango-recharge-darker.png50 Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining distortion for each one shattered.

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 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.


  1. ^ Sept 16, 2014 Game Update