Phantasmal Mage

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Phantasmal Mage

0.75¾ Activation time  30 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot 5
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Strike and burn nearby foes. Create an illusion that releases a massive wave of fire that burns, confuses, and interrupts foes.

 Damage.png Damage: 504 (0.5)?
 Burning.png Burning (9s): 1179 Damage
 Confusion.png3 Confusion (3s): 90 Damage, 149 Damage to Players on Skill Use, 287 Damage to Non-Players on Skill Use
 Daze.png Daze: 0.5½ seconds
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 240
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]


Skill used Activation time Recharge time Effect
Backfire Backfire 0.75 6 Deals damage, burns, confuses and interrupts.


  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The mage has a weapon strength range of 2459-2772, with the midpoint being 2615.5.
The damage from the mesmer's strike is not listed on the tooltip

Related traits[edit]

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

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 10, 2018
  • The burning duration of the initial attack has been modified from 2 stacks for 3 seconds to 1 stack for 6 seconds.
  • The attack's burning has been modified from 3 stacks for 3 seconds to 1 stack for 9 seconds.
February 08, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that caused the daze from this phantasm's attack from benefiting from the Confounding Suggestions 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 mage summoned by this skill now creates a cone-shaped wave of fire that interrupts foes and applies burning and confusion.
  • The mage now spawns near your target instead of near you.
February 22, 2017
  • In addition to its previous effect, this skill now burns nearby foes when activated.
July 26, 2016
  • The recharge of the mage's attack has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • Burning stacks have been increased from 1 to 2 stacks, with the duration reduced from 6 to 3.
  • The missile velocity of the mage's attack has been increased by 33%.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Instead of inflicting confusion on foes and granting retaliation on allies, this phantasm now inflicts 1 stack of burning for 6 seconds on foes and grants 3 seconds of fury to allies.
  • Removed undocumented condition removal from this phantasm.
  • Mesmer skills that create bouncing projectiles will now have them bounce one additional time.
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
January 27, 2015
  • The illusionary mage summoned by this skill now applies 4 stacks of confusion instead of 3 with its attack.
  • The duration of the confusion has been increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • The illusionary mage's rate of fire has been reduced by 1 second.
May 20, 2014
  • Fixed an incorrect number of bounces skill fact. This skill bounces 2 times (hits 3 targets).
December 14, 2012
  • Damage now matches the tooltip.
November 15, 2012
  • This skill's confusion has been increased to 3 stacks for 3 seconds from 1 stack for 9 seconds.
  • The recharge on Phantasmal Mage's skill has been increased to 6 seconds from 5 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Mage has been added to the game.


  • This skill used to be called Backfire, and the skill used by the mage is still called that in the combat log.