Phantasmal Mage

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Phantasmal Mage

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
No related skill available in slot 1No related skill available in slot 2No related skill available in slot 3Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.png
Illusionary Mage
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0.75¾ Activation time  
20 Recharge time
25 Recharge time
Phantasmal Mage

Phantasm. 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): 1,179 Damage
Confusion.png3 Confusion (3s): 99 Damage, 148 Damage on Skill Use
Daze.png Daze: 0.5½ seconds
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 240
Evade.png Defiance Break: 100
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


Phantasm Skill used Effect
Illusionary Mage Phantasmal Mage.png Backfire Deals damage, causes burning, confusion, and interrupts foes.

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Dueling Dueling

Chaos Chaos

  • Chaotic Interruption Chaotic Interruption — When you interrupt a foe, recharge one of your equipped-weapon skills at random. Only affects weapon skills that are recharging.

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso


  • 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 a midpoint of 2615.5.
  • The phantasm will first inflict conditions on its target, and then daze.
    • This can be relevant in certain scenarios, such as an enemy mesmer using the trait Auspicious Anguish Auspicious Anguish, who will gain Resolution.png Resolution and Aegis.png Aegis when struck by this phantasm. Assuming they have no other conditions on them.
  • The mesmer will also damage and burn nearby foes when casting this skill, although this is not listed in the skill tooltip. This attack deals:
Damage.png Torch Strike Damage: 66 (0.2)?
Burning.png Nearby Burning (6s): 786 Damage
The damage from the mesmer summoning this phantasm is not listed in the skill's tooltip, but can be seen in the combat log version of the skill's tooltip.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the cooldown from 30 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE and from 30 seconds to 25 in WvW.
May 02, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
July 07, 2020
  • Icons for daze and stun are now displayed in light purple in skill and trait tooltips.
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.