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.

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Condition Mirage is a very powerful build for open world which can swap between two playstyles with ease: Kiting with Staff or bursting targets down using Axe/X.


Staff Mirage is a slow-paced kiting build that deals low DPS and has a relaxed playstyle.


Axe Mirage is a very active, fast-paced DPS build that deals moderate to high DPS but is typically restricted to melee range engagements.

Choosing a Weapon Set

Choosing the right weapon set for the situation is critical with this build. Staff can be used against enemies which deal high DPS in order to kite. Axe can be used against weaker enemies that die faster. Scepter should seldomly be used, but can provide very high single-target DPS at range against mobile enemies.

  • Very strong defense via Staff kiting
  • Tormenting Runes with Axe bring insane sustain
  • Can swap playstyles quickly and easily for variety.
  • Staff has extremely low DPS, even with glass cannon gear.
  • Axe/X is restricted to melee.
  • Clone management can be a huge pain
  • Gear can be quite expensive

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Weapon Variants

  • Staff - Long-range, low DPS, good at kiting strong mobs
  • Axe - melee but highest DPS
  • Scepter - can be a ranged alternative to axe; deals higher DPS than Staff against mobile targets but with no Area Damage and shorter range
  • Pistol - highest DPS offhand if using Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear
  • Torch - highest DPS offhand if using Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's gear, also provides stealth
  • Focus - low DPS but high utility offhand

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



  • - use if running Pistol Offhand
  • - sometimes higher DPS but lower burst
  • - use with a scepter
  • + - can provide high burst with Viper stat icon.png Viper's gear
  • - use if running axe

Chaos Variant

When running gear without Precision or Power, such as Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's , it is recommended to swap Illusions for Chaos.

  • - better mobility at the cost of less defense
  • - increased flat damage at the cost of slower staff cooldowns


Viper Equipment

Run this for higher DPS and higher burst.

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Trailblazer Equipment

Trailblazer equipment provides higher defense but much lower damage.

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Variant Equipment


  • Staff/Staff - You can run two staves, both with and for better kiting potential.


  • Viper stat icon.png Viper's - highest DPS/burst
  • Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's - highest defense, decent DPS (Run the Chaos Variant with this)
  • Dire stat icon.png Dire , Rabid stat icon.png Rabid's - replacement for Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's , not very good.
  • Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's , Rampager - cheap replacement for Viper stat icon.png Viper's , not very good.


  • - cheap replacement for
  • - interesting hybrid option
  • - strong option with defensive gearsets
  • , - strong burst option
  • - insanely high sustain with Axe, but very expensive and lower DPS.


  • - high DPS if you weapon swap often
  • - strong DPS in melee
  • - good replacement for other sigils
  • - near-infinite dodges while zerging


Solo Play

  • , - DPS
  • - Budget DPS
  • , - Dodges + Might
  • , - Gives sustain for the Viper stat icon.png Viper's , Sinister stat icon.png Sinister's , and Grieving stat icon.png Grieving variants
  • - +Dmg, +Karma


This food is used to maximize profit when farming events.
  • 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 (requires crit chance)
  • 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 Ambush attacks as often as possible.
  • AXE: Shatter often, prioritizing and
  • AXE: Use to prevent your illusions from vanishing on target change.
  • Use your phantasms off cooldown.
  • Always have three clones up.
  • When running be sure to weapon swap off cooldown.


  • Use to cleanse conditions.
  • Abuse your or for frequent dodges.
  • - can provide a strong stunbreak
  • You dodge often so use that to your advantage.

Crowd Control

  • Interrupts: ,
  • (as a last resort)
Build rating - 5 stars
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14 Ratings
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.

11 More Ratings
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.

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.