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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 illusion.


  • Clones are created by any skill with a type of clone.
  • 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.
  • 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 Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Weapon

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Mirror Blade.png
 Mirror Blade
Clone 0.75¾ 8 Throw an illusionary greatsword that bounces between targets, damaging foes and giving might to allies. It creates a clone at its first target. Greatsword
Phase Retreat.png
 Phase Retreat
Clone 10 Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos. Staff
Ether Clone.png
 Ether Clone
Clone 0.75¾ 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. Scepter
Illusionary Counter.png
 Illusionary Counter
Clone 2 8 Block the next attack. Counter by applying Torment and creating a clone that casts Ether Bolt. Scepter
Illusionary Leap.png
 Illusionary Leap
Clone 0.5½ 12 Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain. Sword
Illusionary Riposte.png
 Illusionary Riposte
Clone 20.25¼ 12 Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked. Sword
Feigned Surge.png
 Feigned Surge
Clone 10.75¾ 8 Surge forward, attacking foes in front of you, then teleport back to your starting location, creating a clone. Spear
Spinning Revenge.png
 Spinning Revenge
Clone 0.75¾ 12 Grant retaliation to nearby allies and summon a clone to attack your foe. You gain chaos armor. Trident
Vanish in the Deep.png
Clone 0.5½ 15 Create a downed clone of yourself to attack your target. Downed

Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage[edit]

Lingering Thoughts.png
 Lingering Thoughts
Clone 0.75¾ 0.25¼ 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. Axe

Slot skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

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

Related traits[edit]

See also: Illusion#Related traits


  • Clones summoned automatically, such as by Deceptive Evasion, target the enemy nearest to them upon creation.

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
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.