Illusionary Counter

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Illusionary Counter

2 Activation time  8 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot 2
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Clone. Block the next attack and counter by inflicting torment and creating two clones that cast Ether Bolt.

 Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
 Torment.png5 Torment (8s): 880 Damage, 1272 Damage if Moving
 Duration.png Evade: 0.5½ seconds
 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 Skill Retargeting is enabled in which case it will instead affect your current target if they are hostile.

Related traits[edit]

Inspiration Inspiration
Mental Defense Mental Defense - Cast Lesser Phantasmal Defender on your attacker when you successfully block or evade an attack.
Illusions Illusions
Malicious Sorcery Malicious Sorcery - Increases attack speed while wielding a scepter. Reduces recharge on scepter skills.
Dueling Dueling
Ineptitude Ineptitude - Interrupting a foe inflicts blind, and blinding a foe inflicts confusion. This trait can only activate on enemies with defiance bars once per interval.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
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.