Illusionary Defense

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Illusionary Defense

Mesmer icon small.png Chaos (trait list)
Training cost
3 Hero points
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Gain a stacking damage reduction whenever you summon an illusion.

Virtuoso: Triggers when stocking a blade.

 Illusionary Defense.png Illusionary Defense (5s): -5% Incoming Damage
 Illusionary Defense.png Illusionary Defense (5s): -2% Incoming Damage
 Maximum Count.png Maximum Stacks: 5

— In-game description

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Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

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Trait skills that are improved by this trait

Related traits[edit]

Traits that are improved by this trait

Dueling Dueling

Illusions Illusions

Virtuoso Virtuoso


Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 30, 2021
  • Added clarifying text stating that for Virtuoso, this trait triggers when stocking a blade.
October 26, 2021
  • Multiplicative damage reduction enhancements have been updated to display how much damage was reduced by rather than displaying how much the damage is multiplied by. For example, protection now displays "-33% Damage" instead of "67% damage." This is not a change to functionality; it is only a change to display the bonus in a more intuitively understandable way.
October 05, 2021
  • All effects that provide a percentage reduction to incoming damage have been standardized to stack multiplicatively.
May 22, 2018
  • The damage reduction per stack this trait applies is now split between game modes and has been reduced from -5% per stack to -2% in PvP and WvW.
February 06, 2018
  • This trait now grants a stacking 5% damage-reduction enhancement (maximum of 5 stacks) for 5 seconds whenever you summon an illusion.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
October 15, 2013
  • Fixed this trait to properly decrease damage taken by 3% per illusion.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Illusionary Defense has been added to the game.