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 burns foes and grants fury to allies.

 Damage.png Damage: 290 (0.288)?
 Fury.png Fury (3s): 20% Critical Chance
 Burning.png2 Burning (3s): 786 Damage
 Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Bounces: 3
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]


Skill used Activation time Recharge time Effect
Backfire Backfire 0.75 6 Deals damage, causes burning, and grants fury.


  • 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.
Phantasms fire at inconsistent ranges at 800 to 1000 range

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 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.