Mirage - Axe/x Infinite Horizon

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

Focused on: Solo contentEventsCondition damageSurvivability.

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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

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Variants
  • - faster clone generation.

Equipment

Standard Equipment

This build uses the same gear as the Mirage - Condi DPS Illusions build for fractals and raids.
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Superior Rune of the Nightmare
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  • 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.

Rabid Variant

For a tankier option you can run the Rabid Variant. You will lose some damage but gain a moderate boost to defense. This variant is a good stepping stone for the viper variant.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare

Consumables

Food:

  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.

Utility:

  • ,
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    - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma


Usage

Damage

  • Most of your damage comes from . Spam dodge, walk into your mirage mirrors, and send 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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5 Ratings
5 stars
Shadow gave this build 5 stars May 2019

Still a solid build for open world roaming that provides solid damage and utility. Personally I find Phantasmal Force a little underwhelming due to the the cool down on Phantasms in longer solo fights with lots of mobs or soloing champions and took Master of Fragmentation for the improved shatters instead. The cripple for Cry of Frustration along with the nerf to Blinding Dissipation provides some more damage to Defiance Bars on that particular shatter. Reflection on Distortion provide damage and defense against enemies that use a lot of projectiles, and hitting multiple targets with Diversion provides some AoE CC when needed. For extra sustain switch to Runes of Tormenting to provide steady hhealing through application of Torment with the axe skills and shatters.

5 stars
MusicManni gave this build 5 stars November 2018

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.

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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.

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.