Phantasmal Berserker

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Phantasmal Berserker

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
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Illusionary Berserker
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0.75¾ Activation time  
12 Recharge time
15 Recharge time
Phantasmal Berserker

Phantasm. Throw an illusionary greatsword at your foe, removing boons from struck enemies. Create a phantasm that whirls through foes.

Damage.png Phantasm Damage (4x): 1,020 (0.92)?
Damage.png Phantasm Damage (4x): 664 (0.6)?
Damage.png Greatsword Damage: 484 (1.2)?
Damage.png Greatsword Damage: 161 (0.4)?
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Removed: 2
Miscellaneous effect.png Whirling Strikes: 4
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Pierces.png Pierces
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


Phantasm Skill used Effect
Illusionary Berserker Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker 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 Illusionary Berserker has a weapon strength range of 2732-3022, with the midpoint being 2877.

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 02, 2022
  • In PvE only, increased damage multiplier of initial strike from 0.4 to 1.2.
March 29, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 20 seconds to 15 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Cooldown reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.
  • This skill no longer cripples foes. Instead, the projectile now removes 2 boons.
  • The projectile no longer boomerangs.
  • Competitive splits: Reduced phantasm power coefficient per strike from 0.23 to 0.15.
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.