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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 illusions that look like the caster but have their own names, have a purple color and carry special illusionary weapons, which look different and have specific behavior. Phantasms cause more damage and are more durable than clones.


A phantasm loses its 'phantasmal' look upon being revealed.
  • Phantasms are unaffected by their own Might, as they inherit the main stats of the Mesmer itself.
  • Phantasm damage is unaffected by upgrades and traits with % damage or accuracy effects such as Sigil of Force and Accuracy, Rune of the Scholar, Fragility, and Danger Time.
  • Created by any skill with a type of phantasm.
  • Affected by boons, area effects, and conditions.
  • Phantasms do not dissipate should the corresponding weapon be unequipped.
  • Phantasms will not be replaced by another phantasm if you have an active clone.

List of phantasm skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Phantasmal Berserker.png
 Phantasmal Berserker
Phantasm 0.75¾ 20 Throw an illusionary greatsword that inflicts vulnerability in a line and then returns to you. Create a phantasm that uses a whirling attack to damage and cripple foes. Greatsword
Phantasmal Warlock.png
 Phantasmal Warlock
Phantasm 0.75¾ 18 Cast winds of chaos on nearby foes. Summon an illusion that deals extra damage for each unique condition on the target foe. Staff
Phantasmal Swordsman.png
 Phantasmal Swordsman
Phantasm 1 20 Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you and all Phantasmal Swordsmen gain might. Sword
Phantasmal Warden.png
 Phantasmal Warden
Phantasm 1 25 Throw a phantasmal axe that immoblizes your target. Create a phantasm that attacks your target and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles. Focus
Phantasmal Duelist.png
 Phantasmal Duelist
Phantasm 1 20 Fire a slow homing bullet that cripples and create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe. Pistol
Phantasmal Mage.png
 Phantasmal Mage
Phantasm 0.75¾ 30 Strike and burn nearby foes. Create an illusion that burns foes and grants fury to allies. Torch
Illusionary Mariner.png
 Illusionary Mariner
Phantasm 0.5½ 20 Perform an evasive strike and create an illusion that evades while attacking your foe in a flurry. Spear
Illusionary Whaler.png
 Illusionary Whaler
Phantasm 0.5½ 20 Cast Siren's Call on nearby foes and create an illusion that confuses foes with a harpoon gun. Trident
Phantasmal Rogue.png
 Phantasmal Rogue
Phantasm 1 20 Strike your target and apply conditions, then summon a phantasmal rogue that deals double damage from behind. Downed

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer[edit]

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

Slot skills[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Slot

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Phantasmal Defender.png
 Phantasmal Defender
Phantasm 3 1 20 Apply boons in an area, and then summon an illusion that gives Illusion of Defense to nearby allies when it attacks. Utility
Phantasmal Disenchanter.png
 Phantasmal Disenchanter
Phantasm 4 1 20 Deliver an attack around your target that nullifies boons on enemies and conditions on allies, and then summon an illusion whose attacks do the same. Utility

List of phantasms[edit]

Phantasm Skill used Recharge time Effect
Illusionary Avenger Echo of Memory Echo of Memory 8 Deals damage, causes slow, and grants alacrity.
Illusionary Berserker Imagined Burden Imagined Burden 6 Deals damage, cripples, and causes a whirl finisher.
Illusionary Duelist Illusionary Unload Illusionary Unload 6 Deals damage and causes a projectile finisher.
Illusionary Mage Backfire Backfire 6 Deals damage, causes burning, and grants fury.
Illusionary Swordsman Illusionary Sword Attack Illusionary Sword Attack 4 Deals damage and causes a leap finisher.
Illusionary Warden Whirling Defense Whirling Defense 9 Deals damage, destroys projectiles, and causes a whirl finisher.
Illusionary Warlock Mage Strike Mage Strike 6 Deals extra damage for each unique condition on target foe.
Illusionary Mariner Mariner's Frenzy Mariner's Frenzy 10 Deals damage while evading attacks.
Illusionary Whaler Whaler's Volley Whaler's Volley 10 Deals damage and causes confusion.
Illusionary Defender Illusion of Defense Illusion of Defense 5 Deals damage and grants Illusion of Defense to nearby allies.
Illusionary Disenchanter Disenchanting Bolt Disenchanting Bolt 5 Deals damage, removes boons from foes and conditions from allies.
Illusionary Rogue Phantasmal Rogue Phantasmal Rogue 5 Deals extra damage while flanking.

Related skills[edit]

  • Signet of the Ether.png
     Signet of the Ether — Passive: Gain Health every few seconds
    , based on the number of active illusions you control.
    Active: Heal yourself and refresh all phantasm skill recharges.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Illusion#Related traits
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Inspiration
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
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.