Illusionary Leap

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Illusionary Leap.png

Illusionary Leap

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Main hand sword
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Illusionary Leap.png
 → Arcane Thievery.png
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0.5½ Activation time  12 Recharge time  
Illusionary Leap

Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.

Damage.png Damage: 1 (0.003)?
Crippled.png Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Vulnerability.png2 Vulnerability (5s): +2% Incoming Damage, +2% Incoming Condition Damage
Range.png Range: 600

— In-game description


  • Grants Illusionary Leap for 5 seconds.
  • This skill creates the clone adjacent to the mesmer’s target.
  • Upon activation, a sword clone is created and only all existing clones created by this skill will dash ~800 range units towards the target, each applying 1s crippled to the target if they hit.
  • If this skill is used outside of range, no clone will be created and Swap will be unavailable. However, any pre-existing clones made from this skill will still dash ~800 range units towards the skill's target and cripple.
  • This skill does not apply vulnerability; the Mind Slash used by the clone does.
  • This skill may be cancelled nearly immediately after activation with no loss in functionality, resulting in ~1.5s faster total recharge.
  • This skill is replaced by  Illusionary Leap.png Blade Leap for Virtuoso icon small.png Virtuoso.

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer


  • Early beta versions of this skill used the following icon: Leap.png

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 06, 2018
  • Reduced the aftercast by 0.15 seconds.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Increased the delay before the clone is summoned by about 0.25 seconds to allow players to start casting this skill while moving within range and not have it fail.
  • The speed of attack of Illusion has been increased by about 0.35 seconds to allow for better tracking against moving targets.
January 13, 2015
  • Removed the ability to use this skill in midair.
September 09, 2014
  • This skill now creates the clone adjacent to the mesmer's target instead of at the mesmer's location.
  • The initial cast of this skill no longer acts as a Leap finisher, though Swap retains its leap functionality.
  • Added messaging if the skill is cast out of range of the target.
July 01, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to swap places with their clone after it was destroyed.
June 25, 2013
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed for more clone generation than intended.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Illusionary Leap has been added to the game.