Phantasmal Duelist

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Phantasmal Duelist

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Off hand pistol
No related skill available in slot 1No related skill available in slot 2No related skill available in slot 3Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Illusionary Duelist
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0.5½ Activation time  
20 Recharge time
18 Recharge time
Phantasmal Duelist

Phantasm. Fire multiple crippling bullets at your target and summon an illusion that unloads its pistols on your target.

Damage.png Damage (3x): 120 (0.33)?
Damage.png Illusion Damage (8x): 928 (0.92)?
Damage.png Illusion Damage (8x): 808 (0.8)?
Crippled.png3 Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile (20% chance)
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


Phantasm Skill used Effect
Illusionary Duelist Unload.png Illusionary Unload 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.

Related traits[edit]

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso


  • 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.
  • The tooltip for the skill shows both the PvP and PvE strike damage while in the open world. The skill only does 8 strikes, not 8 strikes x2.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 20 seconds to 18 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike of the phantasm attack from 0.115 to 0.1.
February 07, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that prevented bullets fired by the mesmer from having a chance to bleed when used with the Duelist's Discipline trait.
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.
  • The attack from the mesmer now fires three bullets that quickly travel to the target after a short delay.
  • Each bullet deals 230% more damage than the previous version of this attack.
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.