Deception (mesmer skill)

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the mesmer downed skill. For the utility skill type, see Deception.

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0.5½ Activation time  15 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot 2
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Clone. Create a downed clone of yourself to attack your target.

 Stealth.png Stealth (2s): Invisible to foes.
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Chaos Chaos[edit]


  • Does not require a target in order to be cast.
  • You teleport to a random nearby location and gain stealth for 2 seconds upon using the skill.
  • The clone will attack with Mind Blast and inflict 5 seconds of confusion.
  • As with all other mesmer skills that say they apply stealth, this skill does not actually provide Stealth. It provides Hide in Shadows, an effect with the same functionality as stealth. Hide in Shadows does not stack with stealth.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 06, 2018
  • Fixed a bug in which downed clones could persist after a rally.
  • Fixed a bug in which downed clones could exceed the illusion limit.
January 27, 2015
  • This skill no longer requires a target in order to cast.
October 22, 2012
  • Fixed a crash when resurrecting a Mesmer clone created with the Deception skill.
September 14, 2012
  • Movement now allowed after casting underwater.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Deception has been added to the game.