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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Mesmer elite specialization. For the weapon, see Mirage (weapon).
Elite specialization character icon.

"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

Spec image Mirage.jpg

Mirage is an elite specialization for the mesmer unlocked with the Path of Fire expansion. These extremely elusive duelists can enter Mirage Cloak to become intangible and dodge incoming attacks without rolling, to then execute ambush attacks on their unsuspecting enemies.

Mirages have learned deception skills to disorient their enemies while creating Mirage Mirrors, which they then destroy to enter Mirage Cloak. They are also adept at shifting through the battlefield, jaunting all over the place while hiding among their clones, always leaving their enemies wondering which is the real mirage. They can wield axes in their main hand, sturdy but light weapons that improve their mobility. Mirages focus on damage dealing by overwhelming their enemies in conditions, while optionally also providing some boons to nearby allies.

List of mirage skills[edit]

See also: List of mesmer skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

A Mirage Mirror.

Maybe I was the illusion all along!

— Mirage

Mirages' profession mechanics are their unique evasion effect Mirage Cloak (effect).png Mirage Cloak and powerful Ambush weapon skills. Mirage Cloak replaces the dodge roll ability, granting the same 0.75 seconds evade, but doesn't move the character and has instant activation time. It allows mirages to dodge during other actions without interrupting them, except while under the effects of hard crowd control or immobilize. Inside Mirage Cloak, mirage's first weapon skills are replaced with Ambush skills, which are more powerful and unique to each main-hand weapon. Clones may also gain Mirage Cloak and Ambush skills whenever the mirage does through the trait Infinite Horizon.

Mirage Cloak is also granted directly through some mirage Deception skills, or through the profession mechanic Mirage Mirror. These mirrors are area of effects created by some Deception skills and the trait Desert Distortion that the mirage can walk into to destroy the mirror, gaining Mirage Cloak, while harming nearby foes.

Weapon skills[edit]

# Skill Weapon Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Lacerating Chop.png Lacerating Chop Axe 0.5½ Inflict bleeding on your target.
1 ChainEthereal Chop.png Ethereal Chop Axe 0.5½ Inflict Torment on your target.
1 ChainMirror Strikes.png Mirror Strikes Axe 0.5½ Inflict bleeding and torment on your target.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngImaginary Axes.png Imaginary Axes Axe 0.5½ 1 Ambush. [sic]Release phantasmal axes that seek out the nearest target after a short delay.
2 Lingering Thoughts.png Lingering Thoughts Axe 0.75¾ 0.25¼ Spin forward and strike multiple times, inflicting conditions and leaving a mirage at your starting position. If an enemy is near the mirage when it expires, a clone is summoned.
3 Axes of Symmetry.png Axes of Symmetry Axe 0.75¾ 8 You and all your axe clones shadowstep to a random location around your target and strike, applying confusion. This attack breaks enemy targeting, and your illusions change focus to the targeted foe.

Ambush skills[edit]

# Skill Weapon Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Mirage icon small.png Mirage

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngImaginary Axes.png Imaginary Axes Axe 0.5½ 1 Ambush. [sic]Release phantasmal axes that seek out the nearest target after a short delay.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngPhantom Razor.png Phantom Razor Dagger 0.75¾ 1 Ambush. Slice your foe with a flurry of blades. Each blade inflicts different conditions.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngEther Barrage.png Ether Barrage Scepter 10.5½ 1 Ambush. Launch a barrage of chaos orbs at your foe, inflicting either confusion or torment each hit. Condition duration halved for clones.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMirage Thrust.png Mirage Thrust Sword 0.75¾ 1 Ambush. Lunge at your foe and strike them with your sword, briefly dazing them. Leave behind a clone at your original location.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSplit Surge.png Split Surge Greatsword 10.5½ 1 Ambush. Shoot a beam at a targeted foe, and secondary beams at foes near your target.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngEffervescence.png Effervescence Rifle 0.25¼ 1 Ambush. Spray invigorating magic, damaging enemies and healing allies.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngChaos Vortex.png Chaos Vortex Staff 1 1 Ambush. Release a vortex of chaos energy that inflicts damaging conditions on foes. Allies near you gain boons. Clones using this attack grant their boons around you instead of themselves.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngAmbush Assault.png Ambush Assault Spear 10.25¼ 1 Ambush. Blink to your target and unleash a series of low-damage strikes that rapidly stack vulnerability.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngWave of Panic.png Wave of Panic Trident 0.5½ 1 Ambush. Release a wave of energy that interrupts and confuses foes.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
False Oasis.png False Oasis Not available underwater 0.75¾ 25 Deception. Create a mirage at your current location and heal over time. When the mirage expires, it spawns a mirage mirror.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Crystal Sands.png Crystal Sands Not available underwater 0.25¼ 20 Deception. Draw in shards of crystal sand that confuse foes they pass through on their way to your targeted location. The shards form a Mirage Mirror upon reaching their destination.
Illusionary Ambush.png Illusionary Ambush 20 Deception. You and all your illusions shadowstep to a random point around your target and gain Mirage Cloak. Illusions' actions are interrupted when they change focus to the targeted foe.
Mirage Advance.png Mirage Advance 0.75¾ 25 Deception. Shadowstep and unleash an attack that blinds your target and nearby foes. You may reactivate this skill to return to your original position.
ChainMirage Retreat.png Mirage Retreat Return to your starting point and leave behind a clone at your previous location.
Sand through Glass.png Sand through Glass 25 Deception. Evade backward and gain Mirage Cloak.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Jaunt.png Jaunt Not available underwater 0.5½ Deception. Shadowstep to a target location and confuse nearby foes.

List of mirage traits[edit]

See also: List of mesmer traits
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 Ambush skills are improved.
Major Master Mirrored Axes.png Mirrored Axes 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 Lose conditions when you gain Mirage Cloak.
Major Grandmaster Dune Cloak.png Dune Cloak Shatter skills grant Mirage Cloak when enough clones are present.


The mirage moves through battle like shifting sand, cloaking themselves rather than dodging attacks. Their graceful, swirling axes and prismatic mirrors are as deceptively beautiful as they are deadly.

— Official site

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  • Players wishing to learn more about the Mirage can visit Nasrin Davish in the Crystal Oasis.
  • Mirage players lose access to dodge rolling, but become able to evade attacks even in the middle of another action.


  • A mirage is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon in which light rays are bent to produce a displaced image of distant objects or the sky.
  • Mirage was the first elite specialization fleshed out for the Path of Fire expansion. The name drove the development of the specialization.

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