Phantasmal Warden

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Phantasmal Warden

1 Activation time  25 Recharge time  

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (skill list)
Weapon slot 5
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Throw a phantasmal axe that immobilizes your target. Create a phantasm that attacks your target and creates a defensive bubble, protecting itself and allies from projectiles.

 Damage.png Damage (12x): 1,392 (1.38)?
 Damage.png Axe damage: 110 (0.3)?
 Immobile.png Immobilize (3s): Unable to move.
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]

Illusionary Warden wields 2 axes and does a whirling attack.


Skill used Recharge time Effect
Whirling Defense Whirling Defense 9 Deals damage, destroys projectiles, and causes whirl finishers.


  • Whirlwind Defense is a stationary AoE that deals damage and causes a finisher 12 times over 5 seconds.
  • The Warden will attempt to move into melee range before attacking, but will never cancel its skill once started, even if targets move out of range.
  • If the Warden's target dies while it is channeling its skill, it will not disappear until the attack is finished.
  • If using the Warden's Feedback trait, it reflects projectiles instead of destroying them.
  • The large number of finishers this skill triggers can cause a lot of Confusion if done on an Ethereal field or cleanse a lot of conditions if done on a Temporal Curtain.
  • Phantasms have their own unique weapon strength that is independent of the player's equipped weapon rarity.
While the tooltip uses a weapon strength of 2615.5, the warden's weapon strength range appears to be 2425-2680 (midpoint 2552.5). This results in the skill doing ~2.4% less damage than the tooltip states.

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
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.