Mirage - Condi Mirage

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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 damageArea damageSingle targetRanged damageMobilityDpsSurvivalSolo playRoamingGroup play.

Designed for:


Expansions required:

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Condi Mirage is a powerful open world option due to its incredible survivability via kiting with STAFF. Its damage is fairly low compared to other options, but it is an attrition build capable of soloing even extremely difficult PVE content.


When zerging with condi mirage, abuse to gain near infinite dodges. Your bouncing attacks from staff will allow you to tag groups of mobs very easily, and your is a useful tagging ability.


While roaming solo or with a small group it is recommended that you use two staves - both with a as their secondary sigil. This is because you cannot generally abuse a while roaming (with some exceptions) and the energy regeneration is critical for you. Keep your distance from powerful mobs and abuse the interrupt on your .

Editor's Note

This build has a melee variant which is not particularly useful in open world but may be preferred by some players. It will not be referenced or explained in-depth in this guide, however if you wish to run the melee variant you should run Axe/Torch + x/Pistol with + and Can't find such rune "Superior Rune of Renegade"! Please refer to our rune index. (if Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear) or (if Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's or Dire stat icon.png Dire gear). A second set of traits is listed in the specializations for the Melee variant.

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Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you can't stay in the same spot for .
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.
  • - Replaces in the MELEE VARIANT.
  • - more DPS and mirage cloaks.
  • - if conditions are a problem.
  • - to reflect projectiles.
  • - can be useful, especially when zerging.
Elite Skills
  • - Replaces while zerging or chain-farming.



Melee Variant

This variant provides an alternate playstyle that can be used in roaming or solo situations; this variant is miserable at zerging. Do not attempt.



Standard Equipment

IMPORTANT - This set is for solo or roaming play. For zerging or chain-farming mobs, you will want an additional STAFF with and on it. That's three (3) staves total. Ascended gear is not required, just recommended.
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Superior Rune of the Nightmare
  • Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear offers higher damge at the cost of survivability.
  • Dire stat icon.png Dire gear can be used in place of Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's as a budget option.
  • Runes - or
  • Sigils - in place of if not zerging.



  • Standard -
  • Budget -



  • 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.


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



  • Spam dodge and use mirrors to trigger your as often as possible.
  • The only time you should shatter is followed by against groups of mobs, or if you desperately need to evade an attack.
  • Always have three clones up.
    • You can use and to quickly generate clones, in addition to simply dodging.
  • When running be sure to weapon swap off cooldown.


  • Use to cleanse conditions.
  • Abuse your or for frequent dodges.

Crowd Control

  • Interrupts: ,
  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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12 Ratings
5 stars
Jack Armstrong gave this build 5 stars 4 weeks ago

Powerful build for soloing almost anything that can be soloed in the open world and a lot of fun to play. Its only weaknesses are that it's a little less convenient than some classes at bursting down large packs, and it doesn't really offer a much in the way of group support, although it does have access to some utility skills that are useful to groups.

5 stars
Nameless gave this build 5 stars February 2020

I have check how fast it can kill with greatsword and how fast it can kill with staff and in the results staff was way faster than greatsword.

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.

9 More Ratings
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
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build is slow and steady and nearly unkillable thanks to 1200 range and Mirage's bag of tricks. While it's not ideal for quickly mopping up packs of enemies on your own, it excels against enemies with threatening attacks that it can simply kite and Mirage Cloak through. Being a Mesmer it also has 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.