Illusionary Riposte

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Illusionary Riposte.png

Illusionary Riposte

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Off hand sword
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Activ. type
Illusionary Riposte.png
 → Counter Blade.png
Game link
20.25¼ Activation time  
12 Recharge time
15 Recharge time
Illusionary Riposte

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


  • This skill grants Illusionary Riposte.png Riposte.
  • 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 clone created depends on the main-hand weapon slot.
  • The skill can be invoked again before the block timer has finished, which will end the block and cast Counter Blade.
If the source of the attack blocked is different from your currently selected target, the counter-damage and clone creation will sometimes happen on your current target instead of the source that actually hit you.

Related traits[edit]

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso

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.