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Disambig icon.png This article is about the skill type. For the Wintersday activity skill given to Mesmers, see Clone (Snowball Mayhem).

A clone is one of the two types of illusions created by the mesmer, primarily intended to distract the enemy: Clones mimic the appearance and basic behavior of the caster, but have significantly lower health and do relatively little damage. Upon creation, clones focus only on their targeted foe, persisting until the clone's target is defeated or the clone expires through damage, being shattered or being replaced by a new clone.


  • Clones are created by any skill with a type of clone.
  • A clone is also created when a phantasm expires after its attack has been completed or interrupted.
  • Unlike phantasms, clones display the same name and targeting badge as the mesmer who created them.
  • They are affected by boons, area effects, and conditions, but not by environmental hazards such as lava.
  • A clone's basic attack is the same as the caster's first weapon skill, e.g. Spatial Surge for clones created while wielding a greatsword. Clones have approximately 1 second of delay between attacks, meaning they attack slower than the player. All effects of attacks such as conditions caused by Winds of Chaos still apply.
    • Clones summoned while holding a bundle will default to wielding a sword.
    • Clones summoned while under a transformation that replaces one's weapon will sometimes replicate the skills of the transformation.
  • Although base damage of clones is near zero, they can apply conditions and boons depending on traits selected and their attack skill. Their purpose is to distract opponents, attract aggro, and be shattered by the mesmer to produce damage and other effects.

List of clone skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Mirror Blade.png
 Mirror Blade
Greatsword 0.75¾ 8 Clone. Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target.
Phase Retreat.png
 Phase Retreat
Staff 10 Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos.
Ether Clone.png
 Ether Clone
Scepter 0.75¾ Clone. 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.
Illusionary Counter.png
 Illusionary Counter
Scepter 2 8 Clone. Block the next attack, and counter by inflicting torment and creating clones that cast Ether Bolt.
Illusionary Leap.png
 Illusionary Leap
Sword 0.5½ 12 Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.
Illusionary Riposte.png
 Illusionary Riposte
Sword 20.25¼ 12 Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
Feigned Surge.png
 Feigned Surge
Spear 10.75¾ 8 Clone. Surge toward your foe, striking enemies on the way and creating a clone upon reaching your initial target.
Imminent Voyage.png
 Imminent Voyage
Trident 0.75¾ 12 Clone. Retreat back, summoning a clone to attack your foe while granting chaos armor to nearby allies.
Vanish in the Deep.png
0.5½ 15 Clone. Create a downed clone of yourself to attack your target.

Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage[edit]

Lingering Thoughts.png
 Lingering Thoughts
Axe 0.75¾ 0.25¼ Clone. Spin forward and strike multiple times, inflicting conditions and leaving a mirage at your starting position. If an enemy is near the mirage when it expires, a clone is summoned.

Utility slot skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

4 40 Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe.
Mirror Images.png
 Mirror Images
2 30 Clone. Summon two clones to attack your foe.

Related skills[edit]

See also: Illusions#Related skills
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Slot skills
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Shatters
Mirage tango icon 20px.png Weapon skills
  • Axes of Symmetry.png
     Axes of Symmetry — You and all your axe clones shadowstep to a random location around your target and strike, applying confusion. This attack breaks enemy targeting, and your illusions change focus to the targeted foe.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Illusion#Related traits
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer
Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage


  • Clones summoned automatically, such as by Deceptive Evasion, target the enemy nearest to them upon creation.
  • The approximate Weapon strength of each clone is listed below:
Weapon Weapon Strength
Min Max Midpoint
Axe 26 31 28.5
Scepter 31 37 34
Sword 19 22 20.5
Greatsword 26 27 26.5
Staff 25 27 26

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
February 06, 2018
  • Phantasms can no longer be shattered and no longer count toward your maximum illusion count. Phantasms are destroyed and then replaced by clones after completing their unique attack or if their attack is interrupted.
  • Fixed a bug in which downed clones could persist after a rally. Fixed a bug in which downed clones could exceed the illusion limit.
August 25, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to rally off mesmer clones.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Summoned clones will now show your equipped off-hand weapon.
  • Fixed a bug in which underwater clones did not show tridents.
September 09, 2014
  • Mesmer clones now spawn with the correct weapon even if the casting player swaps weapons.
April 18, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mesmer clones to receive rune bonuses from their master.
February 05, 2014
  • Fixed a bug in which mesmer clones and phantasms would shatter prematurely if their target went into stealth.
October 01, 2013
  • Enabling player nameplates now causes mesmer clone nameplates to display.
June 25, 2013
  • Mesmers can no longer create clones of siege golems.
May 28, 2013
  • Clones now attack ranger pets even if the ranger is out of range.
April 30, 2013
  • Decreased the clone base hit points by 25% in PvP and WvW.
  • Increased the clone base hit points by 28% in PvE.
March 01, 2013
  • Mesmer clones in WvW once again display their weapons.
December 17, 2012
  • Fixed an issue where Mesmer clones and illusions would spawn in with no equipment during tournaments.
October 22, 2012
  • Fixed a crash when resurrecting a Mesmer clone created with the Deception skill.
October 01, 2012
  • Updated all phantasms and clones available to the mesmer to ensure they activate within their range.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Clones have been added to the game.