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Mesmer icon small.png Dueling (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
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Interrupting a foe inflicts blind, and blinding a foe inflicts confusion.
This trait can only activate on enemies with defiance bars once per interval.

Blinded.png Blindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Confusion.png2 Confusion (5s): 110 Damage, 99 Damage on Skill Use
Confusion.png2 Confusion (2s): 44 Damage, 99 Damage on Skill Use
Interval.png Interval: 3 seconds

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve this trait

Illusions Illusions

Virtuoso Virtuoso

Traits that are improved by this trait

Dueling Dueling

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

Utility skills that are improved by this trait

Elite skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait

Trait skills that are improved by this trait


  • While this trait is equipped, all skills that apply blind will show "This skill is unique per game mode" to reflect the different duration of confusion through different game modes that this trait provides to them.
Blinding Dissipation Blinding Dissipation does not show the correct duration in all game modes.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 05, 2019
  • The confusion duration of this trait has been reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 06, 2018
  • This trait has been split, and now confusion has been reduced from 5 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP and WvW only.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This trait has been moved to the Grandmaster trait line in Dueling, to the slot previously taken by Mistrust, and its effects have changed.
  • This trait now causes interrupts to inflict blind for 5 seconds, and applies blind to inflict 2 stacks of confusion for 5 seconds.
July 26, 2016
  • This trait will now track the internal cooldown for confusion application on a per-target basis.
  • The blind earned from dodging and evading will now properly apply confusion as well.
August 25, 2015
  • Fixed a crash bug.
July 28, 2015
  • This trait no longer penetrates through defenses such as block and evasion.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Ineptitude has been added to the game.


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