Mirage - Axe/x Infinite Horizon

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Condition damageActive defense.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Mirage build for running around in open world. This build deals high sustained damage while dodging almost constantly.
For a ranged Staff variant with less damage see Mirage - Staff/Staff Infinite Horizon.

Skill Bar

Axe/TorchHealingUtilityElite
X/Pistol

Weapon Variants

  • You can carry a Greatsword for tagging mobs in open world farming with
    .

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you can't stay in the same spot for
    .
Utility Skills
  • - alternative stun break.
  • - more DPS and mirage cloaks.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - to reflect projectiles.

Specializations

Variants
  • - faster clone generation.

Equipment

Standard Equipment

This build uses the same gear as the Mirage - Condi DPS Illusions build for fractals and raids. The only difference is
, which you can get if you have a spare offhand weapon or you don't care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare
18x
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
  • If running a greatsword for farming, use
    instead of
    .
  • Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Budget Equipment

While working your way up to Viper gear, you can run Rabid or Rampager stats.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food:
  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
Utility:
  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Most of your damage comes from
    . Spam dodge, walk into your mirage mirrors, and crap out axes everywhere. When unable to use
    , fill with
    ,
    , and autoattacks.
  • Always have three clones up, as your clones deal a lot of damage through
    . To quickly generate clones you can use
    followed by
    or
    .
    • When your target is about to die, use
      to move your clones to a new target so they don't shatter.
  • is one of your hardest hitting skills but also destroys all your clones. Plan for this and line up your cooldowns so that you can
    , then resummon your clones the moment they are destroyed.
    • You should also chain
      after
      for more damage.
  • Weapon swap off cooldown to proc
    .

Defense

  • You're literally always dodging with this build, so you shouldn't have too much trouble with enemy attacks.
  • and
    can be used to interrupt enemies.
  • Use
    or
    to cleanse conditions.

Crowd Control

  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
MusicManni gave this build 5 stars 2 weeks ago

This build is just excellent. I never really had fun playing my mesmer, just had one for giving portals or stealth to mates... But now i really fell in love with this build, its just amazing and can do pretty much anything. Best choice for PvE! At the moment I even use Dire Stats and do well both in PvE and Wvw. Thanks to 30 stacks of confusion and 40 stacks pain within seconds you still clear mobs faster than most of the other glass-canon classes and builds.

6/5 Stars!

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build has excellent sustained damage and mobility, and is one of the most survivable melee builds thanks to Mirage Cloak. Being a Mesmer it also has access to tons of useful utility skills if needed.

5 stars
Utrex gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Very strong confusion/torment DPS, high survivability, stealth for disengage, offers crowd-control (CC).

Overall a solid choice. 5 stars.

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5 stars
Utrex gave this build 5 stars May 2018

Has very high personal DPS, great survivability and mobility, can solo most champions. Well-rounded build overall; I use this everywhere.

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