Phantasmal Defender

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the mesmer skill. For the trait skill that previously had the same name, see Lesser Phantasmal Defender.
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Phantasmal Defender

1 Activation time  20 Recharge time  3 Hero point  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
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Apply boons in an area, and then summon an illusion that gives Illusion of Defense to nearby allies when it attacks.

 Damage.png Damage: 113 (0.425)?
 Damage.png Damage Reduced: 33%
 Protection.png Protection (4s): -33% Incoming Damage
 Phantasmal Defender.png Illusion of Defense (5s): A portion of incoming damage is transferred to the illusionary defender.
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 600
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Inspiration
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions


  • Summons a phantasm called Illusionary Defender wielding a shield and no weapon (but does damage).
  • With each of its attacks (at 5 sec intervals), the Illusionary Defender applies a 5s effect called Illusion of Defense to all allies. The effect is also applied to other illusions. Any direct damage taken by anyone with the Illusion of Defense buff will be split between them and the Illusionary Defender. Split damage may crit independently, and will trigger retaliation from the Illusionary Defender.
  • When used underwater, the activation is 0.5½ Activation time second.
  • The Illusionary Defender attacks every 4 sec with Phantasmal Haste.
  • Well-timed use of this skill, coupled with Protected Phantasms, can negate a potentially lethal attack. With Persisting Images active, high power and multiple allies present, such an attack can be made lethal to the attacker instead.
  • Contrary to the skill's description, it only applies Protection in an area, not all current boons.
  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The defender has a weapon strength midpoint of 690.5.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 22, 2017
  • The recharge of this skill has been reduced from 25 seconds to 20 seconds.
October 18, 2016
  • The casting time of this ability has been reduced from 1.5 seconds to 1 second.
July 26, 2016
  • This utility skill now applies protection for 4 seconds in a radius around the mesmer.
  • The damage reduction from this illusion has been reduced from 50% to 33%.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Phantasms: 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%.
  • Updated the description of this skill to more accurately convey that it also absorbs damage directed at allies. Functionality has not been changed.
January 27, 2015
  • The cooldown on this skill has been reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds.
May 20, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to have the appropriate damage indicator (separate from the general fix to minion skill damage).
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Defender has been added to the game.