Phantasmal Warden

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Phantasmal Warden

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 Warden
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0.5½ Activation time  20 Recharge time  
Phantasmal Warden

Phantasm. Create a phantasm that throws axes at nearby targets and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles.

Damage.png Damage (12x): 1,668 (1.656)?
Damage.png Damage (12x): 1,212 (1.2)?
Vulnerability.png12 Vulnerability (5s): +12% Incoming Damage, +12% Incoming Condition Damage
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Illusionary Warden wields 2 axes and does a whirling attack.


Skill used Effect Phantasm
Illusionary Warden Whirling Defense.png Whirling Defense Deals damage, destroys projectiles, and causes whirl finishers.


  • The summoned phantasm, Illusionary Warden, fires 12 single-target projectiles at random targets in range and performs 12 whirl finishers. The phantasm also creates a projectile-blocking bubble around itself.
  • If using the Warden's Feedback trait, the phantasm reflects projectiles rather than blocking them.
  • The Warden will spawn around the mesmer to protect its master, if not in range it will attempt to move into range before attacking, but will never cancel its skill once started. If the target moves out of range or dies, the phantasm will continue firing axes at random targets in range.
  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity. The warden has a weapon strength range of 2485-2746, with the midpoint being 2615.5.

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Dueling Dueling

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer

Virtuoso Virtuoso

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that prevented this skill from creating Combo Finisher: Whirl the correct number of times.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike of the warden attack from 0.138 to 0.1.
April 23, 2019
  • Skills that destroy missiles will now block missiles instead.
March 26, 2019
  • Added a missing skill fact for vulnerability.
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 initially spawns near the caster.
  • Significantly increased the phantasm's movement speed.
  • Removed the initial axe throw from the mesmer.
  • This phantasm now throws axes at random targets within a range of 600 of itself, but it no longer damages nearby targets.
  • Damage per hit has been increased by 22%.
  • Reduced the recharge from 25 seconds to 20 seconds.
  • Lowered the casting time from 1 second to 0.5 seconds.
May 16, 2017
  • This skill now throws an illusionary axe at the target, which immobilizes for 2 seconds in addition to summoning a phantasm.
August 25, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that caused this phantasm to incorrectly activate the trait Fencer's Finesse.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Phantasm damage has been increased by 15%.
September 09, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused this phantasm to follow one target while trying to attack another target at the same time.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the projectile absorption from this skill to last longer than its animation.
  • Fixed a bug that caused this phantasm to reflect unblockable missiles.
April 15, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to go on cooldown without being cast.
  • Fixed an issue in which the warden would be in range of an enemy but not begin attacking.
November 26, 2013
  • This phantasm will now properly try to enter the attack range of its target before using its skill.
October 01, 2012
  • This skill no longer has a 0-second recharge when affected by traits. It now has approximately a 5-second recharge.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Phantasmal Warden has been added to the game.


  • The Illusionary Warden's axes have the same skin as Reaver of the Mists.
  • Despite wielding two axes (and thus no focus), it can take advantage of the Warden's Feedback trait, reflecting projectiles.