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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Mesmer skill. For the effect, see Distortion (effect).



Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Profession mechanic
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50 Recharge time  

Shatter. Gain distortion and destroy all your clones, gaining additional distortion for each one shattered.

Distortion.png Distortion (1s): Immune to conditions and damage.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 1
Radius.png Radius: 240
Miscellaneous effect.png Prevents Capture-Point Contribution
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Chaos Chaos

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Mirage Mirage


Although the description says "Immune to conditions and damage" it actually makes the player invulnerable, also making them immune to Control effects

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 04, 2022
  • Chronomancer:
    • Continuum Shift has been moved to slot 5 of the profession mechanic bar. Distortion is now accessible in slot 4.
  • Virtuoso:
    • Bladeturn Requiem has been moved to slot 5 of the profession mechanic bar. Distortion is now accessible in slot 4.
July 16, 2019
  • Chronomancer:
    • Continuum Shift now replaces Distortion in the F4 slot instead of taking the F5 slot.
March 27, 2018
  • Updated the tooltip description of this effect to better reflect its functionality.
February 06, 2018
  • Shatter skills now only shatter clones. Descriptions have been updated to reflect their new functionality.
September 29, 2015
  • Updated the description of these skills to include the effects added when Illusionary Persona functionality was made baseline.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Using any shatter skill now creates the shatter effect on you as well by default.
  • Reduced the recharge to 50 seconds.
  • When affected by traits such as Maim the Disillusioned and Illusionary Retribution, this skill now strikes 1 target.
May 21, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused this buff to grant evasion instead of invulnerability.
  • Updated the description of this buff to indicate invulnerability.
April 30, 2013
  • This skill no longer allows capture of control points in all formats or communing in PvP.
January 03, 2013
  • Shatter skills now share a global 0.25 second recharge, to prevent multiple shatter effects triggering on the same illusion.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Distortion has been added to the game.


See also[edit]