Split Second (skill)

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Split Second

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Chronomancer icon small.png Chronomancer
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Game link

56930, 56925
12 Recharge time
15 Recharge time
Split Second

Shatter. Destroy all your clones, damaging nearby foes. Strikes again after a delay.
Shatter traits only affect the first strike of this skill.

Damage.png 1 Clone: 204 (0.767)?
Damage.png 1 Clone: 177 (0.666)?
Damage.png 1 Clone: 133 (0.5)?
Damage.png 2 Clones (2x): 326 (1.226)?
Damage.png 2 Clones (2x): 284 (1.066)?
Damage.png 2 Clones (2x): 220 (0.825)?
Damage.png 3 Clones (3x): 429 (1.611)?
Damage.png 3 Clones (3x): 372 (1.4)?
Damage.png 3 Clones (3x): 306 (1.15)?
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Interval.png Interval: 1 second
Radius.png Radius: 240
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Chaos Chaos

Inspiration Inspiration

Illusions Illusions

Chronomancer Chronomancer


  • The damage is based upon the equipped main hand weapon's strength.
    • If no weapons are equipped, the following weapon strength is used: 656 – 725
  • All clones will use the same weapon strength, i.e. do the same damage.
  • Each clone has their own chance to do critical damage.
  • Damage listed is the total damage; with more clones the damage per clone goes down.
  • The second strike will occur for the Mesmer and all clones; it will strike at the same location as the first, even if the Mesmer or clones move between the strikes
  • The damage values listed are 2/3 of the values for Mind Wrack, but this skill repeats its attack for double damage, so the actual total damage is 4/3 of Mind Wrack (33% more damage).
  • Mental Anguish only affects the first strike, effectively increasing damage by 12.5%, or 25% against enemies that aren't using a skill.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
January 30, 2024
  • Increased the cooldown from 12 seconds to 15 seconds in WvW only.
October 17, 2023
  • Reduced the total power coefficient from 1.33/2.132/2.8 based on number of active clones to 1.0/1.65/2.3 based on number of active clones in PvP only.
May 11, 2021
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the damage dealt to be inconsistent if another shatter skill was used immediately after this skill.
July 07, 2020
  • Chronomancer shatter skills can now be activated without clones, and the shatter effect also occurs at the mesmer's location.
  • Damage reduced by 33%. This skill no longer deals bonus damage to slowed foes. Instead, it strikes twice with a 1-second delay between strikes. Note: Shatter traits only affect the first strike.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Split Second has been adjusted as follows:
    • One Clone Shattered: Reduced power coefficient from 1.15 to 1.0.
    • Two Clones Shattered: Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.92 to 0.7[sic].
    • Three Clones Shattered: Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.805 to 0.613[sic].
July 16, 2019
  • Split Second has been added to the game.
  • Shatter Skills: Mesmers who are using the chronomancer specialization now receive new shatters that replace the four core shatters. Chronomancer shatters require at least 1 clone to activate, and unlike core shatters they do not replicate the shatter effect on the mesmer.
    • Split Second: This skill replaces and inherits traits from Mind Wrack. This skill deals damage for each clone shattered with additional bonus damage when striking slowed foes.
    • Rewinder: This skill replaces and inherits traits from Cry of Frustration. This skill deals damage and inflicts confusion for each clone shattered. Additionally, it recharges itself by 5 seconds for each clone shattered.
    • Time Sink: This skill replaces and inherits traits from Diversion. This skill dazes foes and applies 2 seconds of slow for each clone shattered.
    • Continuum Shift: This skill now replaces distortion in the F4 slot instead of taking the F5 slot. Additionally, it applies 1 second of distortion when cast. Duration has been rescaled based on the number of clones to 3/4.5/6 seconds. This skill now specifies that it cannot be reset by other mesmer skills.