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Shattering is the primary profession mechanic of the mesmer profession. It consists of shatter skills occupying the F1-F4 slots of the mechanic bar which are used to destroy any illusions the mesmer has cast prior to shattering to cause a variety of effects like confusion or daze.

There are four shatter skills, all of which are instant-cast, have different cooldowns, and do not interrupt any action that the mesmer is performing. Activating any of them will cause all illusions run to their respective assigned targets and shatter, causing effects around each illusion and the caster corresponding to the shatter skill used. However, Distortion causes all illusions to shatter immediately without running towards their targets. Shatter skills are more powerful the more illusions the mesmer had active; for instance, Distortion will last longer for each shattered illusion.

Note that illusions will move towards their own targets e.g. the foe the mesmer targeted when casting the illusion, and not the enemy who is currently being targeted by the mesmer while activating the shatter skill. The illusions can still be killed while they are moving towards their targets, effectively preventing the shattering effect from being caused by that illusion.

List of shattering skills[edit]

Skill Level Unlocked[1] Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Mind Wrack.png
 Mind Wrack
5 12 Recharge time Destroy all your clones, damaging nearby foes. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
Cry of Frustration.png
 Cry of Frustration
11 25 Recharge time Destroy all your clones, confusing nearby foes. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
15 38 Recharge time Destroy all your clones, dazing their targets. The shatter effect also occurs at your location.
19 50 Recharge time Gain distortion and destroy all your clones, gaining additional distortion for each one shattered.


Continuum Split.png
 Continuum Split
80 105 Recharge time Destroy all your clones and create a rift in the space-time continuum. When it expires, you will revert back to this point with your previous health, endurance and skill recharges. Duration increases per illusion shattered.
Redirect Arrow.png
Continuum Shift.png
 Continuum Shift
Recharge time Revert back to the previous timeline. Your health, endurance and cooldowns are reverted to their previous states. You are transported back prematurely if the rift is destroyed.

Related traits[edit]

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Domination
Rending Shatter Rending Shatter - Shatter skills inflict vulnerability on hit.
Shattered Concentration Shattered Concentration - Shatter skills also remove a boon on hit.
Mental Anguish Mental Anguish - Shatter skills deal more damage. This damage increase is doubled against foes that are not activating skills.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Dueling
Blinding Dissipation Blinding Dissipation - Blind foes around you whenever you use a shatter skill.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos
Bountiful Disillusionment Bountiful Disillusionment - Gain stability when you use a Shatter skill. Gain an additional boon based on which Shatter was used.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Inspiration
Restorative Illusions Restorative Illusions - Heal yourself and lose conditions when you use a shatter skill.
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Illusions
Cry of Pain Cry of Pain - Cry of Frustration inflicts more stacks of confusion for an increased duration.
Shatter Storm Shatter Storm - Mind Wrack becomes an ammo skill.
Maim the Disillusioned Maim the Disillusioned - Shatter skills inflict torment on hit.
Master of Misdirection Master of Misdirection - Shatter skills gain recharge reduction.
Master of Fragmentation Master of Fragmentation - Your shatter skills are improved.
Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer
Time Splitter Time Splitter - Gain access to Continuum Split/Shift, which allows you to revert to an earlier point in time.
Time Catches Up Time Catches Up - Activating a shatter gives your illusions superspeed. Shatters deal increased damage to movement-impaired foes.
Flow of Time Flow of Time - Gain alacrity for each clone you shatter.
Illusionary Reversion Illusionary Reversion - Shatter skills generate a clone if you have enough clones present.
Seize the Moment Seize the Moment - Gain quickness for each clone you shatter.
Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage
Riddle of Sand Riddle of Sand - When entering combat, your first Ambush attack applies confusion. This ability refreshes when you use a Shatter skill.
Nomad's Endurance Nomad's Endurance - Shatter skills give vigor, and vigor grants condition damage.
Desert Distortion Desert Distortion - Illusions shattered by Distortion become Mirage Mirrors. Ambush skills become available for a short time whenever you grant distortion to yourself.


  • Illusions do not carry out the command to shatter if the target dies before they are able to shatter, even in melee range; and if the shatter skill was used prior to the target's death, the function still fails in this situation.
  • The illusion(s) still show the animation of shattering if their target dies, and they do not carry out the shatter effect.