Phantasmal Duelist

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Phantasmal Duelist

1 Activation time  20 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Off hand pistol
Weapon slot 4
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Fire a slow homing bullet that cripples and create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe.

 Damage.png Initial Damage: 37 (0.1)?
 Damage.png Damage (8x): 928 (0.92)?
 Crippled.png Crippled (3s): -50% Movement Speed
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile (20% chance)
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]


Skill used Recharge time Effect
Illusionary Unload Illusionary Unload 6 Deals damage and causes a projectile finisher.


  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The duelist has a weapon strength range of 2406-2825, with the midpoint being 2615.5.
  • The phantasm will often not attack an object that must be destroyed. It will do nothing until an enemy NPC comes within range, at which point it will start attacking the NPC (rather than the object it was meant to attack).
  • The distance at which the phantasm starts shooting is inconsistent. It will often run in closer than 900 or 1200 range even if cast multiple times from the same location against a stationary target.
  • If both Illusionist's Celerity and Duelist's Discipline are used, the tool-tip will only display a maximum 20% reduction in recharge time.

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
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 22, 2017
  • In addition to its previous effect, this skill now fires a slow-moving homing bullet that cripples its target if it hits.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Pistol skills used by you and your illusions have had their range increased to 1200.
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
September 09, 2014
  • Fixed an incorrect damage skill fact.
May 20, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to have the appropriate damage indicator (separate from the general fix to minion skill damage).
November 26, 2013
  • This skill no longer indicates a loss of damage when traited with Empowered Illusions.
October 15, 2013
  • The Illusionary Duelist's attacks now have a 20% chance for a projectile combo finisher instead of 100% when traited with Duelist's Discipline.
August 06, 2013
  • This skill now has its range increased with Duelist's Discipline.
  • Fixed a bug that enabled the duelist from being cast at 1200 range at all times.
March 26, 2013
  • Reduced the range to 900, matching its current listing.
December 14, 2012
  • Damage now matches the tooltip.
  • Increased damage to match the lost damage from a previous bug fix.
October 07, 2012
  • Increased recharge to 20 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Duelist has been added to the game.


  • This phantasm wields two pistols with the same skin as Ilya and Lyss.