Mirage - Condi Mirage

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

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Open WorldOpen World General and Open World Solo

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

Overview

A condition based Mirage open world build that focuses on Confusion Confusion and Torment Torment. This build has relatively high base DPS that can be amplified further if fighting enemies that attack quickly. It is simple to pick up but very hard to master.


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Skill Bar

Axe/Torch
X/Pistol
Utility


Weapon Variants

  • Staff - Long range kiting
  • Focus - Utility offhand; allows you to group mobs.


Skill Variants

Healing Skills

  • - additional mirage cloaks


Utility Skills

  • - This skill is critical when chain-farming mobs, such as at the Kourna Battlefield or Bitterfrost Frontier. Use it to prevent your clones from constantly resetting.
  • - Strong damage option
  • - more DPS and mirage cloaks.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - to reflect projectiles.
  • - can be useful, especially when zerging.


Elite Skills

  • - strong option when soloing bosses


Specializations


Equipment

Run this for higher DPS and higher burst.

Head
Viper
Shoulders
Viper
Chest
Viper
Hands
Viper
Legs
Viper
Feet
Viper
Backpiece
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Axe
Viper
Torch
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
x
Viper
Pistol
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6



Variant Equipment

It is never recommended to replace either of your sigils.

Weapons

  • Staff/Staff - You can run two staves, both with and for better kiting potential. For more information on this, see Build:Mirage_-_Condi_Staff

Gear

  • Trailblazer Trailblazer - trades some damage for a massive amount of defense
  • Celestial Celestial - trades damage for defense, retains some strike-base burst compared to Trailblazer

Runes

  • - use 5 of these + 1 Black Diamond as a budget replacement for Nightmare
  • - higher strike damage, lower peak DPS
  • - fun hybrid option


Consumables

Food
  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions. Budget versions of these foods exist and are acceptable.
  • - farming
  • - DPS
  • - defense
Utility
  • (and variants) - farming
  • , - dps
  • - dps if using gear with high toughness


Usage

Damage

The basic gist of this build is to use your weapon skills while dodging and then using specific shatter combinations when you have the clones to do so.

  • Spam dodge and use mirrors to trigger your Ambush attacks as often as possible. Remember that Ambush has a 1s internal cooldown.
  • Shatter when you have 3 clones that you can -instantly- replace. Axe 2, , can help refresh your clones. Thanks to , dodging will also generate new clones for you. If needed, you can take or to increase clone generation.
  • Your shatters do not all line up. As such, we use a priority system to determine which shatters to use.
  1. - This is your bread-and-butter shatter. Always prioritize shattering this with 3 clones.
  2. - This shatter deals great damage in the Viper Viper setup, so prioritize it second.
  3. - This shatter doesn't do much for us, but it does grant us some Fury Fury. You can use this shatter with 0 clones directly after one of the shatters above.
  4. - This shatter grants is some nice i-frames and also grants us Regeneration Regeneration, which is critical for our DPS. Prioritize this shatter last. It is perfectly fine to shatter this with 0 clones directly after one of the first two shatters.

In short: F2 > F1. After one of those, Shatter either F3 or F4 with 0 clones.


  • Use your phantasms off cooldown.
  • Always have three clones up at all times. This is critical for your DPS.
  • Weapon swap any time you're missing a lot of energy.


Defense

  • Use to cleanse conditions.
  • Abuse your or for frequent dodges.
  • - can provide a strong stunbreak.
  • You dodge often so use that to your advantage. Your dodges are: , , , going through your , and of course your default evade skill.
  • A good alternative to evade attacks is to teleport out of it by using , or .


Crowd Control

  • Interrupts: ,
  • (as a last resort)


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 15 votes.
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3 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 3 stars • April 2022
Axe mirage is a build similar to staff-staff mirage. While staff-staff mirage undoubtedly remains the best mesmer build for open world, axe is a fun alternative. The downsides are being a pure melee build, having no boon generation, lower damage in fights without allies giving you boons, and being considerably harder to play than staff-staff (but only because staff-staff is stupidly easy to play).
2 stars
Letour gave this build 2 stars • February 2022
Really squishy build with ok damage. I got die way more with this build then on my elementalist. I follow all those instruction and I still die way often. I regret investing my gear on this build.
5 stars
RogueSpike gave this build 5 stars • May 2021
A great build for openworld
5 stars
SadValentine gave this build 5 stars • November 2020
Super fun, powerful Condi Mirage build for Open World. It's satisfying seeing all your condition damage numbers stack up on an enemy zerg. I am running a full set of ascended Viper's gear. It took some gold, but it was worth it for this build. Went with trinkets first (WvW and LW3) > weapons (stat swapping was cheaper, also wanted to avoid fulgurites) > armor (again, stat swapped). However, I ran with an exotic Bladed armor set (Viper's) for sometime and still experienced good damage and condition duration (just need to grind Verdant Brink for this set, not available on TP). I also recommend Nightmare Runes (also not available on TP, you can farm Twilight Arbor or the WvW award track if it's available). I use staff + axe/pistol. Both weapon variants are super fun and I have great survivability since I can pull myself away in mere seconds. I always keep veggie pizza on my toon. Overall, it is a bit expensive compared to Zerker's to gear up, but I highly recommend if you want to fall in love with Mesmer again.
5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars • August 2020
Powerful build for soloing almost anything that can be soloed in the open world and a lot of fun to play. It has decent damage and excellent survivability, bar break, condi clear, and mobility. Its only weaknesses are that it's a little less convenient than some classes at bursting down packs and it doesn't really offer much in the way of group support, although it can be configured with utility skills that are useful to groups. Update: the above was written when there was only a melee version listed here. The ranged version is a powerful addition--it was the first build I had success with against tougher enemies and is an excellent choice for new players or any activity where a ranged build is a significant advantage. I personally prefer the melee version for most solo activities, however--I find that it has higher damage, higher clone generation leading to more flexible use of shatters, and is better at taking out packs and switching targets. I also find it more fun to play.
5 stars
Luvina gave this build 5 stars • August 2020
Absolutely love this build. Some things I have issues soloing on my ranger, it's a piece of cake with condi Mirage. Champions and bounties included - have yet to be downed.
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
Kaihan gave this build 5 stars • March 2019
This build is MAMGA, MAking Mesmers Great Again. It’s incredibly fun, easy to pick up and survivable. I run this with GS/Staff for extra punch and variety. Like others, this build has made me fall in love with the Mesmer again.
5 stars
Necromaniac gave this build 5 stars • February 2019
I've alot of mesmer builds and this one is my most favorite one by far,its fun strong and easy-just dodge,chaos vortex,dodge,chaos vortex
5 stars
Shamus gave this build 5 stars • January 2019
This is a lovely open world build. I use it with GS/Staff instead of Staff/Staff as GS has a bit more punch and is slightly better for tagging stuff in events. Its a nice active build and I've found it very easy to stay alive with.
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.
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.
5 stars
Nettiebelle gave this build 5 stars • May 2018
I am terrible with Mesmer. I am always dying, especially in the zerk meta where I am just not as fast as I used to be on dodging and such. This build has helped me love my Mesmer again. Very elusive and easy to play. I am currently using this in open world and loving it! Thank you so much!
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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