Malicious Sorcery

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Malicious Sorcery

Mesmer icon small.png Illusions (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
Game link

Increases attack speed while wielding a scepter. Reduces recharge on scepter skills.

 Radius.png Increased Attack Speed: 20%
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%

— In-game description


  • Affects both activation time and aftercast, resulting in an overall 20% increase to attack speed.
  • The increase in attack speed affects the cast time of all weapon skills, utility skills, and gathering; as long as a scepter is worn.
  • The attack speed bonus from this trait does not stack with Quickness.png Quickness.
  • This does not affect clones wielding a scepter.

Skill Traited recharge
Scepter Illusionary Counter.png Illusionary Counter (PvE) 8 6.4
Illusionary Counter.png Illusionary Counter (WvW, PvP) 12 9.6
Confusing Images.png Confusing Images 12 9.6

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
January 26, 2016
  • The attack speed increase from this trait has been increased from 15% to 20%.
July 28, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from properly applying its increased attack-speed effect.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • This trait has been moved to the Grandmaster tier.
  • No longer grants condition damage.
  • Reduces recharge of scepter skills by 20%.
  • Increases attack speed by 15% while wielding a scepter.
June 25, 2013
  • This trait grants up to 200 condition damage while wielding a scepter (based on level), up from 50.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Malicious Sorcery has been added to the game.