Mirage - LI Staff

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

Focused on: Condition damageDpsSupport.

Designed for:


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A slow paced, low-intensity build with great damage and group support.

What Is LI?

LI stands for "Low-Intensity". LI builds are a class of builds that work to slow the game down drastically by using passive defense and builds that require very low input to function. These builds are designed primarily for players that have disabilities that may prevent them from playing higher intensity builds, though they are here for any player who wishes to play them.

LI builds function quite well on their own and are created to be equivalent to our General or Roaming build section. They typically do not output especially high DPS and focus on gear with passive defense, like Soldier stat icon.png Soldier and Dire stat icon.png Dire .

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Ascended gear is not required. Exotic with the same stats is sufficient.

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Superior Rune of Tormenting
  • The gear above is incredibly expensive. It is acceptable to use alternatives.
  • , (5-pieces + 1 Maguuma Lily), - alternative runes
  • Dire stat icon.png Dire - can replace Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's as a budget option, but loses significant DPS
  • Viper stat icon.png Viper's - provides much higher DPS at the loss of defense


Event Farming

  • 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

Solo Play

  • , , - DPS
  • , - highest DPS option if proc'd off cooldown
  • - can be run in zergs for massive sustain, as this has no internal cooldown
  • - Budget DPS
  • - Allstats Food
  • - Lifesteal + Expertise (requires crit chance)
  • , - Dodges + Might
  • - +DPS and increased Karma gains
  • - +DPS
  • / - +DPS for the Trailblazer stat icon.png Trailblazer's variant


This build features tiers of usage in ascending levels of complexity. Find a comfortable tier.

Tier 1

This is the simplest tier at 3 buttons.

  • Dodge and weapon swap off-cooldown while auto-attacking.

Tier 2

In addition to the previous tier:

  • Use to generate 3 clones faster
  • Summon off cooldown

Tier 3

In addition to the previous tier:

  • Use to reset the cooldown on .
  • Trade for and use it off-cooldown.

Tier 4

In addition to the previous tier:

  • Use at 3 clones, following it up immediately with , , and
  • Use off cooldown.

Tier 5

If you find yourself comfortable with all previous tiers, consider looking into Mirage - Condi Staff instead.

Build rating - 5 stars
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2 Ratings
5 stars
Magnitudetw gave this build 5 stars July 2021

This build is the best Mesmer build for an older player like me.

Easy to play, safe, versatile, provides relatively good damage. It's just the best.

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars June 2021

One of the easiest and most effective simplified builds to play. This build is capable of soloing most content in the game with just 3 buttons while also performing very well in groups due to its excellent group support through Alacrity generation.