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Illusionary Ambush

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Illusionary Ambush

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Mirage icon small.png Mirage
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link
20 Recharge time
35 Recharge time
Illusionary Ambush

Deception. You and all your illusions shadowstep to a random point around your target and gain Mirage Cloak. Illusions' actions are interrupted when they change focus to the targeted foe.

Mirage Cloak (effect).png Mirage Cloak (0.75¾s): +66% Movement Speed
Breaks Enemy Targeting.png Breaks Enemy Targeting
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Mirage Mirage


  • Phantasms are affected by the shadowstep, but do not change focus.
  • If Self-Deception is traited, you create a clone before the ambush attack launches.
  • This skill must target an enemy within 1200 units, and attempts to teleport the mirage to a random location around the target if it finds valid pathing to it. If no valid pathing is found, the skill is still performed, but without the teleport.
  • The mirage will turn to face the target after the teleport, and is teleported at a distance from the target. This distance is never greater than the Ambush attack range of the equipped weapon, and no shorter than the size of the target's hitbox.
    • Because of this, this skill can potentially be the longest distance teleport skill in the game (not considering portals), being capable of teleporting the mirage up to 2400 units.
    • If the skill cannot find valid pathing to the randomly selected teleport location in range of the target, but it did find valid pathing to the target, the skill will resort instead to teleporting the mirage directly on top of the target, inside their hitbox.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 05, 2019
  • Increased the recharge time of this skill from 20 seconds to 35 seconds in PvP and WvW only.
February 08, 2018
  • This skill no longer interrupts phantasms.
November 07, 2017
  • Increased Mirage Cloak duration to 1 second to be consistent with other skills.
  • This skill now takes into account your currently wielded weapon when determining maximum shadowstep distance from the target.
  • Updated minimum and maximum distances from target for random shadowstep calculations.
  • This skill will now rotate the camera to face your target after the shadowstep.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Illusionary Ambush has been added to the game.