Illusionary Riposte

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Illusionary Riposte

20.25¼ Activation time  
12 Recharge time
15 Recharge time
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Off hand sword
Weapon slot 4
Activ. type
Illusionary Riposte.png → Counter Blade.png
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Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.

 Damage.png Damage: 734 (2.0)?
 Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
 Evade.png Evade: 0.5½ seconds
 Duration.png Block Duration: 20.5½ seconds
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Mirage Mirage


  • On counter, creates a clone while dealing damage. The counter-damage and clone creation happen until 900 range.
  • The block is always canceled after 1 hit, then the evade frame starts after.
  • The illusion created is a clone, though the skill doesn't specify.
  • The clone created depends on the main-hand weapon slot.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 11, 2021
  • This skill no longer displaces the player when summoning a clone.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 2.0 to 1.0.
March 27, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Counter Blade from activating under certain circumstances.
  • Increased the cooldown from 12 seconds to 15 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 22, 2017
  • This skill now evades attacks during the counterattack animation.
April 19, 2016
  • Reduced the cooldown of this skill from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.
  • The attack activation time has been reduced by 0.4 seconds.
  • The aftercast delay has been reduced by 1 second.
August 25, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to fail to summon a clone while the player had a scepter equipped as their main-hand weapon.
May 20, 2014
  • Changed the blocking skill fact and the buff gained while blocking to display the correct duration.
February 26, 2013
  • The reactionary strike that occurs when this skill blocks an attack now has the correct distance of the ability instead of half the distance.
  • Added a ranged fact to this skill.
October 01, 2012
  • This skill now functions properly with the Dueling trait Blade Training.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Illusionary Riposte has been added to the game.