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Condition Mirage
August 2022

Instanced PvE
Dps

Armor

Illustrious Masque icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's HelmSuperior Rune of the Nightmare
Illustrious Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Nightmare
Illustrious Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's ChestSuperior Rune of the Nightmare
Illustrious Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Nightmare
Illustrious Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's LegsSuperior Rune of the Nightmare
Illustrious Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Nightmare icon
Viper's BootsSuperior Rune of the Nightmare

Weapons & Sigils

Axe icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
Viper's AxeSuperior Sigil of Bursting
Pistol icon Superior Sigil of Energy icon
Viper's PistolSuperior Sigil of Energy
Torch icon Superior Sigil of Energy icon
Viper's TorchSuperior Sigil of Energy

Trinkets

Quiver of a Thousand Arrows icon
Viper's Backpiece
Black Ice Earring icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Talisman icon
Viper's Accessory
Asgeir's Amulet icon
Viper's Amulet
Black Ice Band icon
Viper's Ring
Mistborn Band icon
Viper's Ring

Food

Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread icon Tuning Icicle icon
Cilantro and Cured Meat Flatbread Tuning Icicle

Infusions

Expertise WvW Infusion icon Malign WvW Infusion icon
13xExpertise Infusion 5xMalign Infusion

Utility Skills

copied

Rotation

Opener

  1. Phantasmal Mage DodgeImaginary AxesThe Prestige
  2. Weapon Swap
  3. Phantasmal DuelistSignet of the Ether
  4. Lingering Thoughts into Jaunt to animation cancel Dodge during animationImaginary Axes
  5. Lingering ThoughtsCry of Frustration Mind WrackCrystal SandsJauntMagic BulletPhantasmal Duelist
  6. Imaginary Axes from the Mirage Mirror left behind, not your Dodge
  7. Axes of SymmetryImaginary Axes1x AutochainImaginary Axes
  8. 1 auto attack into Weapon Swap (your chain carries over onto the next weapon set here finish the chain with 2 more attacksImaginary Axes
  9. Phantasmal MageAxes of Symmetry

Loop

You don’t have a perfect loop like most builds, so follow this priority list:

  1. Cry of Frustration Mind Wrack build up 3 clones by using Lingering Thoughts Crystal Sands Jaunt
  2. Keep your stamina below 50% by using Imaginary Axes off cooldown
  3. Axes of Symmetry off cooldown
  4. Keep your offhand skills (4&5) off cooldown
  5. Weapon Swap off cooldown
  6. Signet of the Ether 2x Lingering Thoughts during the ethereal field you created, while still following the priority list
  7. Finish your auto attack chain as much as possible

Due to the high amount of Confusion this build can apply, its damage output is unrivaled on fast-attacking bosses such as Cairn, Soulless Horror and Largos Twins. Even in other encounters, it’s still a strong build that offers constant DPS during longer phases. Due to the slower DPS ramp up time, it’s sub-optimal for bosses that have shorter phases. It’s hard to learn and master since its damage output relies on proper clone management and a fast non-looped rotation, that has to be adapted during the encounter to maximize it’s effectiveness.

Build Fundamentals

Ambush and Endurance Management

Mirage uses endurance as an offensive resource. Whenever you Dodge or pick up a Mirage Mirror (can be created by Crystal Sands), you will gain Mirage Cloak which will give access to the ambush skill Imaginary Axes for you and your clones which is your most powerful ability. Because of this core mechanic, the build utilizes Superior Sigil of Energy in both weapon sets to gain access to Ambush skill as much as possible. As a general principle, you never want to reach full Endurance in this build.

It’s very important to have Regeneration since it will increase your DPS due to Illusionary Membrane and Chaotic Persistence.

Defensive Options

Since you’ll be mostly using your dodges offensively, you should try to learn certain boss patterns and timings of harder hitting attacks that you will need to play around. The most obvious choice is to just not use up a dodge whenever you know there is an attack incoming. Your other defensive options include:

Clones

Clones use your Auto-attack chain and a worse version of Imaginary Axes whenever you gain Mirage Cloak. They also use Axes of Symmetry whenever you do. Because of this interaction, not interrupting attack animations of your clones is a major goal of every Mirage build. The rotation will maintain 3 clones most of the time only swaying away from this for shattering Cry of Frustration after which you would want to generate back 3 clones as soon as possible mainly with Self-Deception.

You can summon clones in the following ways:

Note: that summoning a new clone while already having 3 clones will destroy the oldest one.

Clones don’t have Quickness, making their cast times much slower than yours. If you don’t give your clones enough time to finish their attacks between each usage of Imaginary Axes or Axes of Symmetry, you can cancel their own usage of Imaginary Axes or Axes of Symmetry resulting in a big DPS loss.

For that reason, avoid the following skill sequences:

Rotation Tips

Crowd Control

  • Magic Bullet = 250 defiance break to the primary target, 200 to the first bounce.
  • Phantasmal Mage
  • Diversion = 100-400 defiance break depending on the amount of clones, you always count as a single “clone” yourself.
  • Signet of Domination = huge DPS loss, only use it as a last ditch effort.

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