Phantasmal Berserker

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PvP Menu Bar icon.pngWvW Menu Bar icon.png This skill has a PvP and WvW version — see Phantasmal Berserker (PvP).
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Phantasmal Berserker

0.75¾ Activation time  15 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot 4
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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.

 Damage.png Damage (4x): 1,020 (0.92)?
 Damage.png Greatsword damage: 161 (0.4)?
 Crippled.png4 Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
 Vulnerability.png3 Vulnerability (3s): 3% Incoming Damage, 3% Incoming Condition Damage
 Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Impacts: 4
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Pierces.png Pierces
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]


Skill used Recharge time Effect
Imagined Burden Imagined Burden 6 Deals damage, cripples, and causes a whirl finisher.


  • Similar to the Whirlwind Attack this skill emulates, the number of hits that the phantasm actually lands is dependent on the size and position of the target relative to the Phantasm.
  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The berserker has a weapon strength range of 2732-3021, with the midpoint being 2876.5.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Phantasm#Related traits
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

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.
  • Increased the damage of the thrown greatsword by 100%.
  • Reduced the recharge from 20 seconds to 15 seconds in PvE.
November 07, 2017
  • Reduced casting time from 1 second to 0.75 seconds.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to not display legendary-weapon projectile effects.
  • The attack from this phantasm now has a consistent move distance and is unaffected by enhancements that change movement speed.
May 16, 2017
  • This skill now fires a boomerang projectile that inflicts 3 stacks of vulnerability for 3 seconds in addition to summoning a phantasm.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
June 25, 2013
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the damage from this summoned phantasm to not display.
  • Updated the berserker's attack to make it more reliably hit a static target with all 4 of the attacks.
December 14, 2012
  • Damage now matches the tooltip.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Berserker has been added to the game.