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Disambig icon.png This article is about the profession mechanic. For the specialization, see Illusions. For the weapon, see Illusion (spear).

An illusion is a type of creature summoned by a mesmer that serves to draw aggro and fight alongside the caster. They attack only one foe — generally the one targeted by the mesmer when created — until one or the other is destroyed. If the target runs away, the illusion will lock on the next nearest target. You can however have multiple illusions attacking separate targets by casting spells that create illusions on three targets separately.

There are two kinds of illusions, clones and phantasms:

  • Clones are visual copies of the caster: they have the same name and wield the same weapon, but have little health and do hardly any damage. Their primary purpose is to distract foes and draw aggro. They can also be shattered for additional effects.
  • Phantasms look similar to their creator, but are more obviously illusions: they are nearly transparent with a purple glow, have a unique name, and use unique skills. Phantasms are converted to clones once they perform their attack, which does considerably more damage than clones'.



Illusion PvE PvP/WvW
Clone 4,171 2,433
Phantasm 5,821 3,396
Phantasmal Defender 12,476 7,278

List of illusion skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Mirror Blade.png
 Mirror Blade
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. Greatsword
Phantasmal Berserker.png
 Phantasmal Berserker
0.75¾ 15 Phantasm. Throw an illusionary greatsword that inflicts vulnerability in a line and then returns to you. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes.
Phase Retreat.png
 Phase Retreat
10 Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos. Staff
Phantasmal Warlock.png
 Phantasmal Warlock
0.75¾ 18 Phantasm. Summon two illusions that deal damage and inflict vulnerability.
Ether Clone.png
 Ether Clone
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. Scepter
Illusionary Counter.png
 Illusionary Counter
2 8 Clone. Block the next attack and counter by inflicting torment and creating two clones that cast Ether Bolt.
Illusionary Leap.png
 Illusionary Leap
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. Sword
Illusionary Riposte.png
 Illusionary Riposte
20.25¼ 12 Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
Phantasmal Swordsman.png
 Phantasmal Swordsman
1 15 Phantasm. Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you gain might.
Phantasmal Warden.png
 Phantasmal Warden
0.5½ 20 Phantasm. Create a phantasm that throws axes at nearby targets and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles. Focus
Phantasmal Duelist.png
 Phantasmal Duelist
0.5½ 20 Phantasm. Fire multiple crippling bullets at your target and summon an illusion that unloads its pistols on your target. Pistol
Phantasmal Mage.png
 Phantasmal Mage
0.75¾ 30 Phantasm. Strike and burn nearby foes. Create an illusion that releases a massive wave of fire that burns, confuses, and interrupts foes. Torch
Feigned Surge.png
 Feigned Surge
10.75¾ 8 Clone. Surge toward your foe, striking enemies on the way and creating a clone upon reaching your initial target. Spear
Phantasmal Mariner.png
 Phantasmal Mariner
0.5½ 10 Phantasm. Perform an evasive strike and create an illusion that evades while attacking your foe in a flurry.
Imminent Voyage.png
 Imminent Voyage
0.75¾ 12 Clone. Retreat back, summoning a clone to attack your foe while granting chaos aura to nearby allies. Trident
Phantasmal Whaler.png
 Phantasmal Whaler
0.5½ 5 Phantasm. Cast Siren's Call on nearby foes and create an illusion that confuses foes with a harpoon gun.
Vanish in the Deep.png
0.5½ 15 Clone. Create a downed clone of yourself to attack your target. Downed
Phantasmal Rogue.png
 Phantasmal Rogue
0.5½ 8 Phantasm. Summon a phantasmal rogue that deals increased damage from behind. If the rogue hits, the recharge of this skill is reduced.

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer[edit]

Echo of Memory.png
 Echo of Memory
10.5½ 30 Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time. Shield
4 Echo of Memory, Deja Vu chainRedirect Arrow.png
Deja Vu.png
 Deja Vu
10.5½ Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies.

Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage[edit]

Lingering Thoughts.png
 Lingering Thoughts
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. Axe

Slot skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

4 40 Clone. Gain stealth and summon an illusion to attack your foe. Utility
Mirror Images.png
 Mirror Images
2 30 Clone. Summon two clones to attack your foe.
Phantasmal Defender.png
 Phantasmal Defender
3 1 40 Phantasm. Summon an illusion that taunts your target and all nearby targets while blocking. When it finishes blocking, the illusion explodes, dealing increased damage for each attack it blocked.
Phantasmal Disenchanter.png
 Phantasmal Disenchanter
4 1 20 Phantasm. Summon an illusion that removes boons from targets it hits. This attack deals increased damage against foes without boons.

Related skills[edit]

See also: Clone#Related skills
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Slot skills

Related traits[edit]

See also: Clone#Related traits
See also: Phantasm#Related traits
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions