Mirage - Condi DPS

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

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Raids

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on February 04, 2023 and is up to date for the March 19, 2024 patch.


A condition DPS Mirage build. This build provides very high single target damage with the ambush skill Imaginary Axes. It excels against bosses that attack a lot due to a large portion of its damage coming from Confusion Confusion. It is also highly survivable and can easily avoid boss attacks because it is in Mirage Cloak for most of its rotation.

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Skill Variants

  • Feedback over Crystal Sands if you need reflects.

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Trait Variants

  • Bountiful Disillusionment if your uptime of Vigor Vigor or Regeneration Regeneration isn't permanent. Use Distortion immediately after another shatter to not waste any clones.
  • Riddle of Sand can be taken for slightly more Confusion Confusion on bosses that attack frequently (Cairn, Soulless Horror, Twin Largos). Because this means you have less clone generation you will need to delay your phantasm casts to ensure you can quickly get back to three clones after a shatter.


  • Only one axe is required.



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  1. The Prestige
  2. Phantasmal Mage
  3. Dodge and use Imaginary Axes
  4. Weapon Swap Weapon Swap
  5. Phantasmal Duelist
  6. Signet of the Ether
  7. Jaunt as soon as your first clone appears to generate a second via Self-Deception
  8. Lingering Thoughts
  9. Jaunt as soon as the clone from Lingering Thoughts appears
  10. Dodge Dodge and use Imaginary Axes as soon as you reach 3 clones
  11. Lingering Thoughts
  12. Cry of Frustration and Mind Wrack during Lingering Thoughts - always use Cry of Frustration first and you can skip Mind Wrack if you find it easier as it is a very small DPS increase
  13. Crystal Sands and Jaunt to quickly get back to three clones
  14. Magic Bullet
  15. Phantasmal Duelist
  16. Dodge Dodge and use Imaginary Axes
  17. Axes of Symmetry
  18. Lacerating Chop - one auto to give your clones time to finish Axes of Symmetry
  19. Dodge Dodge and use Imaginary Axes

Rest of the Rotation

After the opener above you want to be dodging as often as you can to trigger Imaginary Axes. Try to complete an auto-attack chain between each cast of Imaginary Axes to ensure that all your clones have time to cast it as well as they probably won't have Quickness Quickness.

  • Try to cast Cry of Frustration off cooldown, and immediately recover three clones. The best way to do this is to shatter during the cast of Lingering Thoughts and immediately follow up with Crystal Sands or Jaunt.
    • It is worth slightly delaying skills that generate clones in order to guarantee you can get back to three as soon as possible.
  • If Cry of Frustration is on cooldown, you can instead use Mind Wrack provided you can get back three clones immediately.
  • Use Axes of Symmetry off cooldown, but make sure you have three clones
  • Use Phantasmal Duelist, Phantasmal Mage and Magic Bullet off cooldown.
  • Use The Prestige off cooldown and be sure to press autoattack immediately to remove your stealth and continue attacking.
  • Use Crystal Sands off cooldown. Be mindful of your where you place the Mirage Mirror, as you will want to be able to access them later. The Mirage Mirror spawns in the center of the skill's AoE marker.
  • Keep a charge or two of Jaunt for mobility or in case you run out of clones for some reason.

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General Tips

  • 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 Sigil of Superior Sigil of Energy.
  • Make sure to never break your auto-attack chain that includes: Lacerating Chop, Ethereal Chop and Mirror Strikes.
    • Entering Mirage cloak and casting Imaginary Axes will not interrupt your auto-attack chain
    • All your skills other than Jaunt and shatters will interrupt your auto-attack chain.
  • Jaunt can be cast during other skills' channels.
    • Make sure to never use Jaunt during Imaginary Axes and Axes of Symmetry as this will create new clones due to the Self-Deception and will cancel the clones attack.
  • Make sure to never Weapon swap Weapon swap during the animation of Imaginary Axes as this will cancel the Ambush attack.
  • If your target is about to attack, you can slightly delay Phantasmal Mage or Magic Bullet in order to trigger Chaotic Interruption. This trait will trigger even against foes with defiance bars, provided they are using a skill. The cast time of Phantasmal Mage might make it difficult to time.


This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 3 votes.
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3 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 3 stars • July 2023
Pretty easy to pick up, but very hard to master, and with the heavy nerf to confusion it doesn't really excel anywhere.
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars • September 2018
The top condition DPS right now. Ludicrously overpowered on Largos; best in slot on Cairn, Matthias, and Soulless Horror; and very strong in any situation where condition DPS is viable.
5 stars
Lord Daedhelor gave this build 5 stars • February 2018
A very strong build for almost all fights; you will likely be top or near top damage on fights where Condition Damage is good (read: not Keep Construct). Very easy to play, gets a lot of natural defense due to the ungodly rate of dodging, lots of damage (even with the confusion ~nerfs~ changes). Also, can bring a TON of cc with Signet of Humility, F3 shatter, Pistol 5, and Signet of Domination. Fair note, there is a downside to playing with a sword offhand, if the boss moves out of the blurred frenzy, you lose a bit of damage. For this reason, I recommend always running Pistol. If you end up running Pistol, remember that Pistol 5 is a strong CC and that it lowers the cooldown of Phantasmal Dualist when you interrupt a foe. Be sure to not bring Evasive Mirror to Matthias or Cairn, but to bring it if you play this build on Slothasor.


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