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Axes of Symmetry (virtuoso)

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the skill used by virtuosos thanks to Weaponmaster Training. For the original version, see Axes of Symmetry.

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Axes of Symmetry

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Virtuoso icon small.png Virtuoso
Main hand axe
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngNo related skill available in slot 4No related skill available in slot 5
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0.75¾ Activation time  
8 Recharge time
12 Recharge time
Axes of Symmetry

Shadowstep to a random location around your target and strike, applying confusion. Stocked blades apply extra stacks of confusion. This attack breaks enemy targeting, and your illusions change focus to the targeted foe.

Damage.png Damage: 458 (1.25)?
Damage.png Damage: 642 (1.75)?
Confusion.png3 Player Confusion (6s): 198 Damage, 148 Damage on Skill Use
Confusion.png3 Player Confusion (3s): 99 Damage, 148 Damage on Skill Use
Confusion.png Confusion per Stocked Blade (6s): 66 Damage, 49 Damage on Skill Use
Confusion.png Confusion per Stocked Blade (3s): 33 Damage, 49 Damage on Skill Use
Breaks Enemy Targeting.png Breaks Enemy Targeting
Evade.png Evade: 0.75¾ seconds
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Leap
Range.png Range: 600

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Dueling Dueling

Illusions Illusions

Virtuoso Virtuoso


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
December 12, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that caused this skill to have a higher cooldown than intended for virtuosos.
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the cooldown from 10 seconds to 8 seconds in PvE and from 15 seconds to 12 seconds in PvP and WvW.
August 22, 2023 Secrets of the Obscure release:
  • Axes of Symmetry has been added to the game.
June 27, 2023
  • Axes of Symmetry was available during the beta event.

See also[edit]