Phantasmal Swordsman

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Phantasmal Swordsman

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Off hand sword
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Illusionary Swordsman
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1 Activation time  
15 Recharge time
20 Recharge time
Phantasmal Swordsman

Phantasm. Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you gain might.

 Damage.png Phantasm Damage: 504 (0.5)?
 Damage.png Sword Strike Damage: 183 (0.5)?
 Damage.png Phantasm Damage: 352 (0.35)?
 Might.png8 Might (10s): 240 Condition Damage, 240 Power
 Might.png4 Might (10s): 120 Condition Damage, 120 Power
 Miscellaneous effect.png Sword Strike Range: 130
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Leap
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


Phantasm Skill used Range Effect
Illusionary Swordsman Mage Strike.png Illusionary Sword Attack 480 Deals damage, cripples, and causes a leap finisher.
Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy 130 Strikes the foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around the phantasm, making it evade attacks.

Related traits[edit]

Dueling Dueling

Chaos Chaos

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso


  • The skill has 3 attacks.
    • First, the Mesmer swings the sword to summon an Illusionary Swordsman. If the swing hits, the mesmer gains Might. If the swing does not hit, the mesmer will not gain might, but the phantasm will still be summoned if the target is within 1200 range. If the attack misses because of blind, is blocked, dodged, or the target is more than 1200 units away, the mesmer does not gain might and no phantasm will be summoned.
    • The phantasm is summoned near its target, then lunges towards it with Illusionary Sword Attack, creating a Leap Finisher combo for itself. If the target is not within leap range, the phantasm will first walk into range.
    • The phantasm then strikes using Blurred Frenzy, hitting up to 8 times. (130 range)
    • Finally, the phantasm turns into clone (or resummons itself once if using the Chronophantasma trait.)
  • The phantasm evades during the cast of Blurred Frenzy.
  • The mesmer performs Leap Finisher combo without actually leaping.
    • The phantasm, however, does leap when it performs its own leap finisher.
  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The swordsman has a weapon strength range of 2485-2746, with the midpoint being 2615.5.
  • The 10 attacks will max out the Fencer's Finesse effect.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 07, 2020
  • The phantasm is now summoned based on the target's location rather than the mesmer's.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient of the phantasm leap attack from 0.5 to 0.35. Reduced power coefficient per strike of the phantasm flurry attack from 0.15 to 0.1.
March 27, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from summoning a phantasm if the mesmer jumped while casting it.
  • Increased the cooldown from 15 seconds to 20 seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Decreased might from 8 stacks to 4 stacks in PvP and WvW.
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.
  • This phantasm now performs a flurry of attacks after the leap attack.
  • The damage of the leap attack has been decreased by 30%, but the overall damage has increased.
  • The initial attack from this skill no longer grants might to phantasms.
May 16, 2017
  • This skill now performs a sword strike in front of the player when summoning the phantasm.
  • If the sword strike hits you and all Swordsmen currently summoned, gain 8 might for 10 seconds.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
May 20, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to have the appropriate damage indicator. (Separate from the general fix to minion skill damage.)
October 07, 2012
  • Increased recharge to 18 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Swordsman has been added to the game.


  • This phantasm wields a sword with the same skin as Whisperblade.