Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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A condition DPS Mirage build. This build provides very high single target damage with the ambush skill . It excels against bosses that attack a lot due to a large portion of its damage coming from Confusion Confusion. It is also highly survivable and can easily avoid boss attacks because it is in for most of its rotation.

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Slot Changes

  • over if you need reflects.




  • if your uptime of Vigor Vigor or Regeneration Regeneration isn't permanent. Use immediately after another shatter to not waste any clones.
  • can be taken for slightly more Confusion Confusion on bosses that attack frequently (Cairn, Soulless Horror, Twin Largos). Because this means you have less clone generation you will need to delay your phantasm casts to ensure you can quickly get back to three clones after a shatter.


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Superior Rune of the Nightmare
Spiteful +9 Agony Infusion
Malign +9 Agony Infusion



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  • Toxic Focusing Crystal Toxic Focusing Crystal
    Toxic Focusing Crystal.pngToxic Focusing Crystal
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PowerGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your Precision+10% Experience from Kills
    • 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
      or Potent Master Tuning Crystal Potent Master Tuning Crystal for a cheaper alternative



  1. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap during to cancel the movement
  2. Dodge and use
  3. during
  4. to quickly get back to three clones


After the opener above you want to be dodging as often as you can to trigger . Try to complete an auto-attack chain between each cast of to ensure that all your clones have time to cast it as well as they probably won't have Quickness Quickness.

  • Try to cast off cooldown, and immediately recover three clones. The best way to do this is to shatter during the cast of and immediately follow up with or .
    • It is worth slightly delaying skills that generate clones in order to guarantee you can get back to three as soon as possible.
  • If is on cooldown, you can instead use provided you can get back three clones immediately.
  • Use off cooldown, but make sure you have three clones
  • Use , and off cooldown.
  • Use off cooldown and be sure to press autoattack immediately to remove your stealth and continue attacking.
  • Use off cooldown. Be mindful of your where you place the , as you will want to be able to access them later. The spawns in the center of the skill's AoE marker.
  • Keep a charge or two of for mobility or in case you run out of clones for some reason.


  • Dodge as much as possible while leaving yourself endurance to evade attacks. Be sure to only weapon swap when below 50% endurance so as not to waste any of the endurance gained from .
  • Make sure to never break your auto-attack chain that includes: , and .
    • Entering Mirage cloak and casting will not interrupt your auto-attack chain
    • All your skills other than and shatters will interrupt your auto-attack chain.
  • can be cast during other skills' channels.
    • Make sure to never use during and as this will create new clones due to the and will cancel the clones attack.
  • Make sure to never Weapon swap Weapon swap during the animation of as this will cancel the Ambush attack.
  • If your target is about to attack, you can slightly delay or in order to trigger . This trait will trigger even against foes with defiance bars, provided they are using a skill. The cast time of might make it difficult to time.
Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

The top condition DPS right now. Ludicrously overpowered on Largos; best in slot on Cairn, Matthias, and Soulless Horror; and very strong in any situation where condition DPS is viable.

5 stars
Lord Daedhelor gave this build 5 stars February 2018

A very strong build for almost all fights; you will likely be top or near top damage on fights where Condition Damage is good (read: not Keep Construct). Very easy to play, gets a lot of natural defense due to the ungodly rate of dodging, lots of damage (even with the confusion ~nerfs~ changes). Also, can bring a TON of cc with Signet of Humility, F3 shatter, Pistol 5, and Signet of Domination.

Fair note, there is a downside to playing with a sword offhand, if the boss moves out of the blurred frenzy, you lose a bit of damage. For this reason, I recommend always running Pistol.

If you end up running Pistol, remember that Pistol 5 is a strong CC and that it lowers the cooldown of Phantasmal Dualist when you interrupt a foe.

Be sure to not bring Evasive Mirror to Matthias or Cairn, but to bring it if you play this build on Slothasor.