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"I imagine blades, you bleed."

The Virtuoso forgoes traditional illusions in favor of psychic daggers, wielded by the sheer power of the mind. Unleash a volley of sharp blades, then outwit your foes with a sharp mind.

— In-game description

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Virtuoso is an elite specialization for the mesmer unlocked with the End of Dragons expansion. A virtuoso's greatest weapon is their mind. Instead of summoning clones like traditional mesmers, virtuosos create psychic daggers floating above their heads, replacing shatters with bladesongs that fire these daggers at their enemies.

They learn psionic skills to manifest blades to cut through any opposition, or distort themselves to evade attacks. Virtuosos can wield daggers in their main hand, light weapons to pierce foes with flying daggers and lacerate their minds.

List of virtuoso skills[edit]

See also: List of mesmer skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Sharp blades, sharp mind.

— Virtuoso

As they do not summon clones, virtuosos replace shatter skills with Bladesongs.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1 Bladesong Harmony.png Bladesong Harmony 0.75¾ 12 Bladesong. Fire all stocked blades at your target.
F2 Bladesong Sorrow.png Bladesong Sorrow 0.5½ 20 Bladesong. Fire all stocked blades, inflicting your target with conditions.
F3 Bladesong Dissonance.png Bladesong Dissonance 0.5½ 30 Bladesong. Combine all your blades into one large blade that dazes targets based on the number of blades consumed.
F4 Distortion.png Bladesong Distortion 50 Bladesong. Gain distortion and consume all stocked blades, gaining additional distortion for each consumed blade.
F5 Bladeturn Requiem.png Bladeturn Requiem 30 Bladesong. Send your blades spinning around you to hit nearby foes. Spinning blade duration scales with number of blades consumed.

Weapon skills[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Flying Cutter.png Flying Cutter 0.5½ Send a blade of energy at your target. Hitting the same target multiple times invokes a flurry of blades on your target.
2 Bladecall.png Bladecall 5 Throw a fan of daggers that return to you. If your target is in range, the returning daggers will lock on to that target. Stock a blade if this attack hits at least one target.
3 Unstable Bladestorm.png Unstable Bladestorm 12 Create a telekinetic storm of daggers that damages foes. With each interval, the bladestorm will fire blades at nearby enemies.


Replacing the clone skill  Illusionary Leap.png Illusionary Leap

3 Illusionary Leap.png Blade Leap 0.75¾ 12 Leap to your target and stock a blade if you hit. Can be recast to return to your starting point.
3 ChainArcane Thievery.png Returning Edge Shadowstep back to your previous location, crippling foes as you retreat.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Twin Blade Restoration.png Twin Blade Restoration 1 20 Psionic. Heal yourself, lose conditions, and throw two blades at your target. If the first blade hits, you gain aegis. If the second blade hits, you gain vigor.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blade Renewal.png Blade Renewal 2 60 Psionic. Channel to gain distortion and stock up to the maximum number of blades.
Rain of Swords.png Rain of Swords 0.75¾ 25 Psionic. Create a storm of blades that attacks a large area, damaging and applying vulnerability to targets.
Psychic Force.png Psychic Force 0.5½ 25 Psionic. Knock back nearby foes with a psychic blade and gain boons.
Sword of Decimation.png Sword of Decimation Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Psionic. Drop a massive blade on a location, immobilizing enemies. This attack deals increased damage against controlled, downed, or defiant foes. Does bonus defiance-bar damage to defiant foes.
Controls include stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Thousand Cuts.png Thousand Cuts Not available underwater 60 Psionic. Open a portal that devastates targets in a line in front of you with a flurry of blades.

List of virtuoso traits[edit]

See also: List of mesmer traits
Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Dagger Proficiency.png Dagger Proficiency You can wield daggers.
Minor Adept Psychic Blades.png Psychic Blades Whenever a clone would be summoned, you instead stock a blade. Blades persist indefinitely until used. Your shatters are replaced with Bladesongs that consume your stocked blades, but still count as shatters for the purposes of core traits.

While out of combat, you will automatically stock a blade every 10 seconds.
Major Adept Bladeturn Refrain.png Bladeturn Refrain Bladesongs grant aegis.
Major Adept Mental Focus.png Mental Focus Strike damage is increased against foes within the range threshold.
Major Adept Jagged Mind.png Jagged Mind Blade attacks inflict bleeding on critical hits. A percentage of your condition damage dealt heals you.
Minor Master Deadly Blades.png Deadly Blades Blades inflict vulnerability on critical hits. After successfully casting a Bladesong, increase all damage dealt for a short time. This does not stack.
Major Master Duelist's Reversal.png Duelist's Reversal 3 Blocking or dodging an attack grants boons.
Major Master Phantasmal Blades.png Phantasmal Blades Phantasms that successfully complete their attack launch a blade at their target and grant you fury when they expire.
Major Master Sharpening Sorrow.png Sharpening Sorrow Gain fury when you activate Bladesong Sorrow. Fury increases your expertise.
Minor Grandmaster Quiet Intensity.png Quiet Intensity Fury gives an increased critical chance. Gain ferocity based on your vitality.
Major Grandmaster Psychic Riposte.png Psychic Riposte 3 Blocking or evading an attack stocks blades. Dodging stocks a blade and causes your next Bladesong to be unblockable.
Major Grandmaster Infinite Forge.png Infinite Forge Automatically stock blades while in combat. When you use bladesong above the blade threshold, refund blades.
Major Grandmaster Bloodsong.png Bloodsong Bleeding you apply deals increased damage. Stock a blade after applying enough stacks of bleeding to foes.


The virtuoso sharpens the power of their mind into deadly psionic blades. Unlike traditional mesmer illusions, they wield these directly as magic projectiles.

— Official site

The Mesmer is normally known for deviousness, trickery, and complexity, creating illusions to distract enemies and then ‘shattering’ them to various effect. Weaving telekinesis and the Canthan martial traditions of the blade into a wholly new style of fast and active combat, the virtuoso changes this by disregarding trickery and embracing all-out offense, using their magic to summon enchanted blades, which they wield telekinetically for immensely powerful attacks, or inflicting debilitating conditions.

— Elite specialization lore[1]

Cantha is an ancient nation filled with culture, and what you get with that kind of age is tradition and heritage, and their combat and warfare is really no different, and the mesmer is kind of the embodiment of those themes. At the monasteries of Shing Jea they've learnt to channel all of their telekinetic powers into their main hand dagger (their new weapon), and instead of producing clones, they now use all of that energy to create blades to aid them in battle.

— Indigo Boock

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Related achievements[edit]


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Upon stocking a blade
Sharper still.
Sharp blades, sharp mind
Upon using Bladesong Harmony, or Bladesong Sorrow, or Bladesong Dissonance
Dodge this!
Slice them apart!
You're finished!
Carve them up!
Blades away!
Upon using Bladeturn Requiem
Not happening!
Try me.
When Unstable Bladestorm fires blades
Rain of Swords
Blade rain.
No escape.
Slash it all!
Upon using Blade Renewal
Blades, to me.
Upon using Sword of Decimation
Chop them in two!
Cut them down!
Using Thousand Cuts
A thousand cuts!
Fill them full of holes!
Run them through!

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