Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos (Fractal)

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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 build for Mirage. This build provides very high single target damage with the ambush skill 24px Imaginary Axes. It excels against bosses that move or attack a lot due to a large portion of its damage coming from Confusion Confusion and Torment Torment. It is also highly survivable and can easily avoid enemy attacks because it is in 24px Mirage Cloak for most of its rotation.
This guide is focused on fractals. For the raid version see Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos.

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Slot Changes



Duelist's Discipline.png Duelist's Discipline

Blinding Dissipation.png Blinding Dissipation

24px Superiority Complex


Descent into Madness.png Descent into Madness

Chaotic Transference.png Chaotic Transference

Bountiful Disillusionment.png Bountiful Disillusionment


24px Self-Deception

24px Mirrored Axes

Infinite Horizon.png Infinite Horizon


Ascended Head (Light).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
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Ascended Chest (Light).png
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Ascended Hands (Light).png
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Ascended Legs (Light).png
Viper stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Viper stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Accessory2.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Malice.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Pistol.png
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Superior Sigil of Malice.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Rune of the Renegade.png6x
Superior Rune of the Renegade
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
Only a single axe is necessary



  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Rare Veggie Pizza Rare Veggie Pizza
    Rare Veggie Pizza.pngRare Veggie Pizza
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    or Red-Lentil Saobosa Red-Lentil Saobosa
Both food options provide similar overall DPS.


  • 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. The Prestige.png The Prestige
  2. Phantasmal Mage.png Phantasmal Mage
  3. 24px Lingering Thoughts -- Spawns the first clone.
  4. Crystal Sands.png Crystal Sands -- Spawns a second clone.
  5. False Oasis.png False Oasis -- Spawns a third clone.
  6. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  7. Phantasmal Duelist.png Phantasmal Duelist
  8. Collect the 24px Mirage Mirror left from Crystal Sands.png Crystal Sands and False Oasis.png False Oasis to gain access to 24px Imaginary Axes


After the opener above the rotation involves primarily autoattacking and dodging to trigger 24px Imaginary Axes. Try to complete an auto-attack chain each cast of 24px Imaginary Axes to ensure that all your clones have time to cast it as well.

  • Use Phantasmal Mage.png Phantasmal Mage amd Phantasmal Duelist.png Phantasmal Duelist off cooldown. With alacrity you should be able to cast Phantasmal Mage.png Phantasmal Mage every time that you swap to torch, although you may have to delay a second on the Weapon swap Weapon swap.
  • Use
    The Prestige The Prestige
    The Prestige
    Disappear in a cloud of smoke blinding nearby foes. Reappear three seconds later, burning nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
    Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Burn.pngBurning (3s): 984 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    off cooldown and be sure to press autoattack immediately to remove your stealth and continue attacking.
  • Use False Oasis.png False Oasis and Crystal Sands.png Crystal Sands off cooldown. Be mindful of your where you place the 24px Mirage Mirror from each skill, as you will want to be able to access them later.
  • Jaunt.png Jaunt should only be used for damage if the boss frequently attacks to proc extra damage from the Confusion, otherwise it should be saved for mobility.
    • Similarly, 24px Axes of Symmetry should only be used if you desperately need an evade, otherwise it will almost always be an overall DPS decrease.


  • 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: 24px Lacerating Chop, 24px Ethereal Chop and 24px Mirror Strikes.
    • Entering Mirage cloak and casting 24px Imaginary Axes will not interrupt your auto-attack chain
    • All your skills other than False Oasis.png False Oasis and Jaunt.png Jaunt will interrupt your auto-attack chain.
  • Save Jaunt Jaunt for movement. Note: It is instant cast, so it can be cast during other skills' channels.
  • Make sure to never use Jaunt Jaunt during 24px Imaginary Axes and 24px Axes of Symmetry as this will create new clones due to the 24px Self-Deception and will cancel the clones attack.
  • Make sure to never Weapon swap Weapon swap during the animation of 24px Imaginary Axes as this will cancel the Ambush attack.
  • Clones provide higher damage when auto-attacking and performing 24px Imaginary Axes than when shattered in most scenarios, even with the low ramp up time that this build enjoys.
Build rating - 5 stars
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5 Ratings
5 stars
Black117 gave this build 5 stars December 2018

Amazingly strong and flawless rotation into 30k dps easily, never once did I feel close to death with every mirage cloak I earned. All in all, great in a dps role.

4 stars
Troupe gave this build 4 stars November 2018

Strong 'burst' damage for a condition build, combined with flexibility and spare utility slots make this a great build for fractal play.

5 stars
ZeGalinha gave this build 5 stars November 2018

I'm using this build on Conquest, with some changes, it's amazing.

2 More Ratings
5 stars
Aljustineg gave this build 5 stars October 2018

excellent build for fractals with a strong burst for a condition build

4 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Not ideal in fractals because of its ramp-up time, but still a very solid DPS build in non-speedrun groups.

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