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Disambig icon.png This article is about the mesmer mechanic. For the NPC category, see Phantasm (race).

A phantasm is an illusion created by the mesmer. It is also the skill type of those mesmer skills used to summon phantasms.

Phantasms are temporary, translucent purple illusions in the caster's image, carrying weapons based on the skill that created them. While the attacks of phantasms cause more damage and are more durable than clones, they are not near identical duplicates of the mesmer and hold little value as distractions. When a phantasm is summoned, it will attempt to perform a special attack. When the attack is finished or interrupted, it will be destroyed and then replaced by a clone. This clone will be holding the same weapon as the mesmer at that moment and appears at the spot in which the phantasm disappeared. Phantasms cannot be shattered and do not count toward the limit of 3 active clones.


A phantasm loses its 'phantasmal' look upon being revealed.

List of phantasm skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

4 Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker Greatsword 0.75¾ 12 Phantasm. Throw an illusionary greatsword at your foe, removing boons from struck enemies. Create a phantasm that whirls through foes.
3 Phantasmal Warlock.png Phantasmal Warlock Staff 0.75¾ 18 Phantasm. Summon illusions that deal damage and inflict vulnerability.
5 Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman Sword 1 15 Phantasm. Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you gain might.
5 Phantasmal Warden.png Phantasmal Warden Focus 0.5½ 20 Phantasm. Create a phantasm that throws axes at nearby targets and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles.
4 Phantasmal Duelist.png Phantasmal Duelist Pistol 0.5½ 20 Phantasm. Fire multiple crippling bullets at your target and summon an illusion that unloads its pistols on your target.
5 Phantasmal Mage.png Phantasmal Mage Torch 0.75¾ 30 Phantasm. Strike and burn nearby foes. Create an illusion that releases a massive wave of fire that burns, confuses, and interrupts foes.
3 Phantasmal Mariner.png Phantasmal Mariner Spear 0.5½ 10 Phantasm. Perform an evasive strike and create an illusion that evades while attacking your foe in a flurry.
4 Phantasmal Whaler.png Phantasmal Whaler Trident 0.5½ 5 Phantasm. Cast Siren's Call on nearby foes and create an illusion that confuses foes with a harpoon gun.
3 Phantasmal Rogue.png Phantasmal Rogue 0.5½ 8 Phantasm. Summon a phantasmal rogue that deals increased damage from behind. If the rogue hits, the recharge of this skill is reduced.

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer[edit]

4 Echo of Memory.png Echo of Memory Shield 10.5½ 30 Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time.
4 ChainDeja Vu.png Deja Vu Shield 10.5½ Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies.

Utility slot skills[edit]

Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Phantasmal Defender.png Phantasmal Defender 1 40 Phantasm. Summon an illusion that taunts your target and all nearby targets while blocking. When it finishes blocking, the illusion explodes, dealing increased damage for each attack it blocked.
Phantasmal Disenchanter.png Phantasmal Disenchanter 1 20 Phantasm. Summon an illusion that removes boons from targets it hits. This attack deals increased damage against foes without boons.

List of phantasms[edit]

Phantasm Skill used Effect
Illusionary Avenger Echo of Memory Echo of Memory Deals damage, causes slow, and grants protection.
Illusionary Berserker Imagined Burden Imagined Burden Deals damage, cripples, and causes a whirl finisher.
Illusionary Duelist Illusionary Unload Illusionary Unload Deals damage and causes a projectile finisher.
Illusionary Mage Backfire Backfire Deals damage, causes burning, confusion, and interrupts foes.
Illusionary Swordsman Illusionary Sword Attack Illusionary Sword Attack Deals damage and causes a leap finisher.
Illusionary Warden Whirling Defense Whirling Defense Deals damage, destroys projectiles, and causes a whirl finisher.
Illusionary Warlock Mage Strike Mage Strike Deals damage, applies vulnerability
Illusionary Mariner Mariner's Frenzy Mariner's Frenzy Deals damage while evading attacks.
Illusionary Whaler Whaler's Volley Whaler's Volley Deals damage and causes confusion.
Illusionary Defender Phantasmal Defender.png Illusion of Defense Taunt foes, blocks attacks and explodes, dealing more damage for more blocked attacks
Illusionary Disenchanter Disenchanting Bolt Disenchanting Bolt Deals damage, removes boons from foes. Unblockable
Illusionary Rogue Phantasmal Rogue Phantasmal Rogue Deals extra damage while flanking.

Related skills[edit]

See also: Illusion#Related skills

Related traits[edit]

See also: Illusion#Related traits

Trait skills that have the type phantasm

Traits that improve phantasm skills

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
February 06, 2018
  • Phantasms can no longer be shattered and no longer count toward your maximum illusion count.
  • Phantasms are destroyed and then replaced by clones after completing their unique attack or if their attack is interrupted.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Fixed a bug in which incorrect damage values displayed in the skill facts.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
March 16, 2015
  • Phantasm Skills: These skills now correctly show their back items with the phantasm effect.
February 21, 2014
  • Fixed a graphic error on mesmer phantasms when wearing Zodiac armor.
February 05, 2014
  • Fixed a bug in which mesmer clones and phantasms would shatter prematurely if their target went into stealth.
August 20, 2013
  • The ghostly effect on phantasms should no longer fail to show up in low graphics settings.
June 25, 2013
  • Increased the phantasm base hit points by 55% in PvP and WvW.
  • Increased the phantasm base hit points by 270% in PvE.
December 14, 2012
  • Phantasms now initiate combat after .25 seconds instead of one second.
December 03, 2012
  • Phantasms will now properly have all boons applied to them via player traits.
November 15, 2012
  • Phantasm skills must now be cast in line-of-sight of the target.
  • These skills now behave as normal attacks that the mesmer must connect in order to summon the phantasm, and they will fail if the mesmer is blind or the ability is cast on an invulnerable target.
October 01, 2012
  • Updated all phantasms and clones available to the mesmer to ensure they activate within their range.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasms have been added to the game.


  • All of the phantasm weapons have the misty, purple look of the phantasms themselves and can be acquired by players. While not a full weapon set, other weapons that look very similarly but are not wielded by phantasms are Spirit Links, Illusion and Mirage.