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

Mirage.pngMirage 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]

Maybe I was the illusion all along!

— Mirage

Mirages replace their dodge roll ability with Mirage Cloak. Inside Mirage Cloak, they dodge incoming attacks for 0,75 seconds just like a normal dodge. Mirage Cloak, however, has the advantage of not having a cast time, so it can be used in the middle of any action.

Mirages also create Mirage Mirrors with their skills, which they can walk into to shatter them and enter Mirage Cloak.

Inside Mirage Cloak, mirages gain access to Ambush skills, which empower their first weapon skill.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


1 Lacerating Chop.png Lacerating Chop 0.5½ Inflict bleeding on your target.
1 ChainEthereal Chop.png Ethereal Chop 0.5½ Inflict Torment on your target.
1 ChainMirror Strikes.png Mirror Strikes 0.5½ Inflict bleeding and torment on your target.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngImaginary Axes.png Imaginary Axes 0.5½ 1 Ambush. [sic]Release phantasmal axes that seek out the nearest target after a short delay.
2 Lingering Thoughts.png Lingering Thoughts 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 0.75¾ 10 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.


1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMirage Thrust.png Mirage Thrust 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.pngEther Barrage.png Ether Barrage 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.pngSplit Surge.png Split Surge 10.5½ 1 Ambush. Shoot a beam at a targeted foe, and secondary beams at foes near your target.


1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngChaos Vortex.png Chaos Vortex 1 1 Ambush. Release a vortex of chaos energy that inflicts conditions on foes. Allies near the caster gain boons.


1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngAmbush Assault.png Ambush Assault 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 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 leave behind a mirage mirror.


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 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.


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 or while disabled.


  • 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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