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Imaginary Axes

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Imaginary Axes

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Mirage icon small.png Mirage
Main hand axe
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngNo related skill available in slot 4No related skill available in slot 5
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0.5½ Activation time  1 Recharge time  
Imaginary Axes

Ambush. [sic]Release phantasmal axes that seek out the nearest target after a short delay.

Damage.png Damage (2x): 366 (1.0)?
Miscellaneous effect.png Seek Range: 480
Torment.png3 Player Torment (4s): 264 Damage, 382 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Torment.png Player Torment (4s): 88 Damage, 127 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Torment.png Clone Torment (30.5½s): 77 Damage, 111 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Torment.png Clone Torment (2s): 44 Damage, 64 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Range.png Range: 200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Mirage Mirage


The axe auto-attack chain resets if Imaginary Axes is cast inside an enemy's hitbox.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
January 30, 2024
  • Reduced the clone torment duration from 4 seconds to 3.5 seconds in PvE only.
July 20, 2023
  • Fixed a bug that caused clones to apply more torment than intended.
June 27, 2023
  • Reduced clone torment duration from 4 seconds to 2 seconds in PvP and WvW.
December 13, 2022
  • Fixed an issue that caused Mirrored Axes to prevent Imaginary Axes from activating.
March 05, 2019
  • Reduced the amount of torment stacks applied in PvP and WvW from 3 to 1. This skill can no longer be used on targets behind the mesmer.
July 10, 2018
  • Inflicted torment duration has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds.
May 08, 2018
  • The torment duration of this skill is no longer split between game modes and will now use the higher 5-second duration in all modes.
February 08, 2018
  • Now applies torment instead of confusion. Previous durations unchanged.
February 06, 2018
  • The confusion aspect of this skill has been split, and the confusion duration has been reduced from 5 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP and WvW only.
December 12, 2017
  • Increased confusion stacks from player to 3
  • Increased confusion duration to 5 seconds for both player and clone attacks
November 28, 2017
  • This skill will no longer hit the same target twice with the same axe.
November 07, 2017
  • Increased seek distance for the follow-up attack by 20%.
  • Increased stacks of confusion for the player version of this skill from 1 to 2 (clones still apply 1 stack).
  • Increased damage by 20%.
  • This skill no longer requires you to face your target.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Imaginary Axes has been added to the game.


  • The skill name is a wordplay on imaginary axis (a mathematical concept), and the plural of axis (a homograph for the plural of axe).