List of mesmer traits

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This is a list of mesmer traits.

Domination.png Domination[edit]

"My mind is a dangerous place."

Specializing in Domination gives the mesmer relentless prowess in battle, focusing on disrupting foes before they can strike. They chip away at their enemy's boons, inflicting vulnerability and weakening them.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Illusion of Vulnerability.png Illusion of Vulnerability Inflict vulnerability when you interrupt a foe.
This trait can only affect enemies with defiance bars once per interval.
Major Adept Imagined Burden.png Bountiful Blades Improves greatsword skills. Mirror Blade bounces additional times, and Phantasmal Berserker summons an additional berserker and deals less damage.
Major Adept Empowered Illusions.png Empowered Illusions Illusions deal increased strike damage.
Major Adept Rending Shatter.png Rending Shatter Shatter skills inflict vulnerability on hit.
Minor Master Dazzling.png Dazzling Dazing or stunning a foe also applies vulnerability.
Major Master Shattered Concentration.png Shattered Concentration Shatter skills also remove a boon on hit.
Major Master Temporal Enchanter.png Egotism Deal increased strike damage to foes with a lower health percentage than you.
Major Master Furious Interruption.png Furious Interruption 3 Gain quickness when you interrupt a foe.
Minor Grandmaster Fragility.png Fragility Deal increased strike damage for each stack of vulnerability on your target.
Major Grandmaster Confounding Suggestions.png Vicious Expression You and your illusions deal increased strike damage to foes without boons. Disabling a foe removes boons from them.
Disables include stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.
Major Grandmaster Mental Anguish.png Mental Anguish Shatter skills deal more damage. This bonus damage is doubled against foes that are not activating skills.
Major Grandmaster Power Block.png Power Block Interrupts deal damage and inflict weakness. Enemy skills that you interrupt have an increased cooldown.
Cannot increase recharge of skills with no recharge or skills on creatures with defiance bars.
This trait can only damage enemies with defiance bars once per interval.

Dueling.png Dueling[edit]

"Dancing through the battlefield, swift as a fleeting memory."

Swift and ruthless, Dueling enhances your phantasm's damage output as well as your overall critical hit capability. Dodge your enemies with ease and gain additional bonuses after successfully evading attacks.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Critical Infusion.png Critical Infusion 10 Gain vigor when delivering a critical hit.
Major Adept Phantasmal Fury.png Phantasmal Fury Your phantasms have fury.
Major Adept Desperate Decoy.png Desperate Decoy Cloak and leave a clone of yourself behind when struck while below the health threshold.
Major Adept Duelist's Discipline.png Duelist's Discipline Pistol attacks from you and your illusions have a chance to cause bleeding. Interrupting a foe recharges pistol skills.
This trait can only reduce recharge on enemies with defiance bars once per interval.
Minor Master Sharper Images.png Sharper Images Illusions inflict bleeding on critical hits.
Major Master Blinding Dissipation.png Blinding Dissipation Shatter skill 2 inflicts blindness.
Major Master Evasive Mirror.png Evasive Mirror 10.5½ Reflect projectiles after a successful evasion.
Major Master Fencer's Finesse.png Fencer's Finesse Gain a stacking ferocity effect when you or one of your illusions strikes with a one-handed sword or a spear. Reduces recharge on sword and spear skills.
Minor Grandmaster Master Fencer.png Master Fencer 8 Grant fury to yourself and nearby allies when you critically strike an enemy.
Major Grandmaster Harmonious Mantras.png Superiority Complex Your critical hits deal more damage. Critical hit damage against disabled foes, or foes below the health threshold, is further increased.
Disabled foes are affected by stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, fear, taunt, or launch.
Major Grandmaster Ineptitude.png Ineptitude Interrupting a foe inflicts blind, and blinding a foe inflicts confusion.
This trait can only activate on enemies with defiance bars once per interval.
Major Grandmaster Deceptive Evasion.png Deceptive Evasion Create a clone at your current position when you dodge.

Chaos.png Chaos[edit]

"Where some see chaos, I see opportunity."

Focusing heavily on disorienting their enemies at the height of battle, a mesmer's chaos magic enhances the application of boons—often at random—and other improvements to personal defense. It also provides bonuses to condition and boon duration.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Metaphysical Rejuvenation.png Metaphysical Rejuvenation 15 Gain regeneration when struck while below the health threshold.
Major Adept Method of Madness.png Method of Madness Cast Lesser Chaos Storm when you use a healing skill.
Major Adept Illusionary Defense.png Illusionary Defense Gain a stacking damage reduction whenever you summon an illusion.

Virtuoso: Triggers when stocking a blade.
Major Adept Master of Manipulation.png Master of Manipulation Manipulations grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies.
Minor Master Illusionary Membrane.png Illusionary Membrane While you have regeneration, condition damage you deal is increased, and condition damage you take is reduced.
Major Master Auspicious Anguish.png Auspicious Anguish Convert damaging conditions to boons whenever you gain Distortion or become disabled.
Disables include stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.
Major Master Chaotic Transference.png Chaotic Transference 15 Chaos Armor grants protection when cast. When you gain protection, also gain regeneration.
Major Master Chaotic Potency.png Chaotic Potency Gain condition damage. Gain additional condition damage while wielding a staff. Staff and trident skills gain reduced recharge.
Minor Grandmaster Chaotic Persistence.png Chaotic Persistence Gain concentration and expertise while affected by regeneration.
Major Grandmaster Chaotic Interruption.png Chaotic Interruption 1 When you interrupt a foe, recharge one of your equipped-weapon skills at random.
Only affects weapon skills that are recharging.
Major Grandmaster Prismatic Understanding.png Prismatic Understanding Increased stealth duration from mesmer skills. Gain random boons while you are in stealth.
Major Grandmaster Bountiful Disillusionment.png Bountiful Disillusionment Gain stability when you use a Shatter skill. Gain an additional boon based on which Shatter is used.

Inspiration.png Inspiration[edit]

"True beauty is an inspiration to all who behold."

Inspiration magic focuses on healing yourself and nearby allies, as well as improving the potency of your phantasms. It also grants access to additional reflection abilities and strengthens your mantra and signet-based skills.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Mender's Purity.png Mender's Purity Cast Lesser Power Cleanse when you use a healing skill.
Major Adept Medic's Feedback.png Medic's Feedback Cast Feedback while reviving an ally. Feedback revives allies inside its dome.
Major Adept Restorative Mantras.png Restorative Mantras Heals allies around you when you cast a Mantra.
Major Adept Sympathetic Visage.png Sympathetic Visage Phantasms take your conditions when they are first summoned.
Minor Master Inspiring Distortion.png Inspiring Distortion Grant aegis to other nearby allies whenever you give yourself distortion or use Shatter skill 4.
Major Master Warden's Feedback.png Warden's Feedback Focus weapon skills reflect projectiles. Reduces recharge on focus weapon skills.
Major Master Restorative Illusions.png Restorative Illusions Heal yourself and lose conditions when you use a Shatter skill.
Major Master Protected Phantasms.png Temporal Enchanter Glamour skills last longer. When you cast a glamour, allies near the glamour gain resistance and superspeed.
Minor Grandmaster Healing Prism.png Healing Prism 10 When healing yourself, nearby allies are also healed. Gain healing power based on a portion of your power.
Major Grandmaster Mental Defense.png Mental Defense Cast Lesser Phantasmal Defender on your attacker when you successfully block or evade an attack.
Major Grandmaster Illusionary Inspiration.png Illusionary Inspiration Summoning an illusion heals all allies around you.

Virtuoso: Triggers when stocking a blade.
Major Grandmaster Blurred Inscriptions.png Blurred Inscriptions Signets have improved active effects, and activating one grants you distortion.

Illusions.png Illusions[edit]

"Or am I an illusion, too?"

Illusion magic specializes in the creation and enhancement of your clones and phantasms. It also improves the power of your shatter skills, granting a vicious and elusive advantage in battle.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Adept Cry of Pain.png Cry of Pain Shatter skill 2 inflicts more stacks of confusion for an increased duration.
Major Adept Shattered Strength.png Shatter Storm Shatter skill 1 becomes an ammo skill.
Major Adept Persistence of Memory.png Persistence of Memory When a phantasm becomes a clone, it transfers its boons to you.
Major Adept The Pledge.png The Pledge Reduces recharge on torch skills. Flame bursts from torch skills inflict additional burning.
Minor Master Compounding Power.png Compounding Power Creating an illusion increases your outgoing damage and gives increased condition damage for a short duration.

Virtuoso: Triggers when stocking a blade.
Major Master Escape Artist.png Escape Artist Create a clone when you gain stealth.
Major Master Phantasmal Haste.png Phantasmal Haste Phantasms spawn with quickness. Gain quickness when you create a phantasm.
Major Master Maim the Disillusioned.png Maim the Disillusioned Shatter skills inflict torment on hit.
Minor Grandmaster Master of Misdirection.png Master of Misdirection Shatter skills gain recharge reduction.
Major Grandmaster Mistrust.png Phantasmal Force Phantasms deal increased strike damage for each stack of might you have. Gain might when your phantasms become clones.
Major Grandmaster Master of Fragmentation.png Master of Fragmentation Your Shatter skills are improved.
Major Grandmaster Malicious Sorcery.png Malicious Sorcery Increases attack speed while wielding a scepter. Reduces recharge on scepter skills.

Chronomancer.png Chronomancer[edit]

"And once more..."

Chronomancers manipulate the battlefield through the use of wells, creating brief ripples in time that give their allies various boons and slowing your enemies. They also have access to the powerful alacrity boon, reducing skill cooldowns.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Shield Proficiency.png Shield Proficiency You can wield shield items.
Minor Adept Time Splitter.png Time Splitter Gain access to chronomancer shatter skills and Wells.
Major Adept Delayed Reactions.png Delayed Reactions Disabling a foe slows them.
Disables include stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.
This trait can only affect the same enemy with once per interval.
Major Adept Time Catches Up.png Time Catches Up Activating a Shatter gives your illusions superspeed. Shatters deal increased damage to movement-impaired foes.
Major Adept All's Well That Ends Well.png All's Well That Ends Well Wells heal allies when they end.
Minor Master Flow of Time.png Flow of Time Gain alacrity for each clone you shatter.
Major Master Danger Time.png Danger Time Gain additional critical-hit chance against slowed enemies. This bonus also applies to your illusions.
Major Master Illusionary Reversion.png Illusionary Reversion Shatter skills generate a clone if you have enough clones present.
Major Master Improved Alacrity.png Improved Alacrity Alacrity applied to you is stronger but has a reduced duration. Gain increased critical-strike damage when you have alacrity.
Minor Grandmaster Time Marches On.png Time Marches On You move 25% faster. The duration of incoming movement-impairing conditions is reduced by 25%.
Major Grandmaster Stretched Time.png Stretched Time 3 The first pulse of a well also applies alacrity to allies near the well. Tides of Time now also applies alacrity in an area when cast.
Major Grandmaster Seize the Moment.png Seize the Moment You and nearby allies gain quickness for each clone you shatter. Tides of Time now also applies quickness in an area when cast.
Major Grandmaster Chronophantasma.png Chronophantasma The first time a phantasm would become a clone, it instead resummons itself and attacks again. Resummoned phantasms inflict a percentage of the original's damage.
(Resummoned phantasms are briefly dazed.)

Mirage.png Mirage[edit]

"A ripple in the sand, you see me no more."

Cloaking themselves in rich desert sands, the mirage can execute skills and strike their foes while simultaneously dodging incoming attacks. You dance between your illusions, taking their place and deceiving your enemies.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Axe Proficiency.png Axe Proficiency You can wield an axe in your main hand.
Minor Adept Mirage Cloak.png Mirage Cloak Gain Mirage Cloak instead of dodge rolling. Ambush skills become available for a short time whenever you gain Mirage Cloak. Gain access to Deception skills.
Major Adept Self-Deception.png Self-Deception Using a Deception skill will create a clone if you have any other clones active.
Major Adept Renewing Oasis.png Renewing Oasis Gain regeneration when you gain Mirage Cloak. The duration of incoming damaging conditions is reduced while you are regenerating.
Major Adept Riddle of Sand.png Riddle of Sand When entering combat, your first Ambush attack applies confusion. This ability refreshes when you use a Shatter skill.
Minor Master Nomad's Endurance.png Nomad's Endurance Shatter skills give vigor, and vigor grants condition damage.
Major Master Shards of Glass.png Desert Distortion Illusions shattered by Distortion become Mirage Mirrors. Ambush skills become available for a short time whenever you grant distortion to yourself.
Major Master Mirage Mantle.png Mirage Mantle Gain protection when Mirage Cloak ends.
Major Master Mirrored Axes.png Mirrored Axes Reduce recharge of axe skills. Axe skills generate an additional phantom axe.
Minor Grandmaster Speed of Sand.png Speed of Sand Mirage Cloak increases your movement speed.
Major Grandmaster Infinite Horizon.png Infinite Horizon When you gain Mirage Cloak, your illusions also gain it.
Major Grandmaster Elusive Mind.png Elusive Mind Dodging removes conditions.
Major Grandmaster Dune Cloak.png Dune Cloak Use Sand Shards when Mirage Cloak ends.

Virtuoso.png Virtuoso[edit]

"I imagine blades, you bleed."

The Virtuoso forgoes traditional illusions in favor of psychic daggers, wielded by the sheer power of the mind. Unleash a volley of sharp blades, then outwit your foes with a sharp mind.

— In-game description

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Dagger Proficiency.png Dagger Proficiency You can wield daggers.
Minor Adept Psychic Blades.png Psychic Blades Whenever a clone would be summoned, you instead stock a blade. Blades persist indefinitely until used. Your shatters are replaced with Bladesongs that consume your stocked blades, but still count as shatters for the purposes of core traits.

While out of combat, you will automatically stock a blade every 10 seconds.
Major Adept Bladeturn Refrain.png Bladeturn Refrain Bladesongs grant aegis.
Major Adept Mental Focus.png Mental Focus Strike damage is increased against foes within the range threshold.
Major Adept Jagged Mind.png Jagged Mind Blade attacks inflict bleeding on critical hits. A percentage of your condition damage dealt heals you.
Minor Master Deadly Blades.png Deadly Blades Blades inflict vulnerability on critical hits. After successfully casting a Bladesong, increase all damage dealt for a short time. This does not stack.
Major Master Duelist's Reversal.png Duelist's Reversal 3 Blocking or dodging an attack grants boons.
Major Master Phantasmal Blades.png Phantasmal Blades Phantasms that successfully complete their attack launch a blade at their target and grant you fury when they expire.
Major Master Sharpening Sorrow.png Sharpening Sorrow Gain fury when you activate Bladesong Sorrow. Fury increases your expertise.
Minor Grandmaster Quiet Intensity.png Quiet Intensity Fury gives an increased critical chance. Gain ferocity based on your vitality.
Major Grandmaster Psychic Riposte.png Psychic Riposte 3 Blocking or dodging an attack stocks blades and causes your next Bladesong to be unblockable.
Major Grandmaster Infinite Forge.png Infinite Forge Automatically stock blades while in combat.
Major Grandmaster Bloodsong.png Bloodsong Bleeding you apply deals increased damage. Stock a blade after applying enough stacks of bleeding to foes.