Illusionary Counter

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Illusionary Counter

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngNo related skill available in slot 4No related skill available in slot 5
Activ. type
Illusionary Counter.png
 → Counterspell.png
Game link
2 Activation time  
6 Recharge time
12 Recharge time
Illusionary Counter

Clone. Block the next attack, and counter by inflicting torment and creating clones that cast Ether Bolt.

Damage.png Damage: 550 (1.5)?
Torment.png5 Torment (8s): 880 Damage, 1,272 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Duration.png Evade: 0.5½ seconds
Miscellaneous effect.png Clones Created: 2
Miscellaneous effect.png Clones Created: 1
Duration.png Block Duration: 2 seconds
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description


  • This skill will affect the source of the attack that was blocked unless the option "Allow Skill Retargeting" is enabled (in Options#Combat/Movement) in which case it will instead affect your current target if they are hostile.
  • The skill can be cast again before the block timer has finished to end the block and cast Counterspell.

Related traits[edit]

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the cooldown from 8 seconds to 6 seconds in PvE only.
May 11, 2021
  • This skill no longer displaces the player when summoning a clone.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Increased cooldown from 8 seconds to 12 seconds. WvW will now use the PvP version of the skill, which creates 1 clone.
December 03, 2019
  • Reduced the number of clones created from 2 to 1 in PvP only.
April 23, 2019
  • This skill now uses an 8-second cooldown in all game modes.
October 02, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the clones summoned by this skill from being equipped with the mesmer's off-hand weapon.
August 28, 2018
  • This skill now summons two clones instead of one if the mesmer successfully blocks a strike.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the cooldown from 8 seconds to 6 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 22, 2017
  • This skill now evades attacks during the counterattack animation.
April 19, 2016
  • The cooldown of this skill has been reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
  • The damage from this skill has been increased by 50% when an attack is blocked.
  • The attack activation time has been reduced by 0.2 seconds.
  • The aftercast delay has been reduced by 0.24 seconds.
September 09, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from receiving reduced recharge when traited with Malicious Sorcery in certain situations.
October 15, 2013
  • Reduced the recharge from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
June 25, 2013
  • This skill damage has been reduced to 50% of what it was.
  • It now applies 5 stacks of torment for 8 seconds.
February 26, 2013
  • The range of the reactive part of this ability is now consistent with its indicated range.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Illusionary Counter has been added to the game.