Mirror Image
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  • Mirror Image
  • Level 44 mage ability
  • 2% of base mana
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Creates 3 copies of the caster nearby, which cast spells and attack the Mage's enemies. Lasts 40 sec.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown 2 minutes
Other information
Level learned 44

Mirror Image, 3 copies of the caster nearby.

"How do you know which one is real?!"

Mirror Image is a level 44 mage ability. Casting it creates three copies of the mage that cast spells at their current target and have a fraction of their health and intellect.


  • The images created do low damage and receive a percentage of the mage's intellect.
  • Mirror Images inherit the spell hit chance of their master's gear, but not haste or crit. [Arcane Power] or [Mastery: Mana Adept] further increases their damage as well as their master's [Arcane Blast] stacks. Mirror Images inherit 1/3 of their master's spell power each.
  • The Mirror Images inherit the mage's threat lists, and the mage also gains a 90M threat reduction debuff like [Fade]. This makes it useful as a last-ditch threat dump.
  • Any players targeting the mage when the spell is cast will find themselves targeting one of the images instead, and may waste valuable attacks on the image, or valuable seconds searching for the real mage. This makes it a very useful escape technique in PvP.

Known bugs

In the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.

  • Mirror Images often do not attack the highest threat target when summoned and may also attack mobs not engaged in combat, but within range.
  • When a mob is attacking the mage and the images are summoned, the mob may still continue to attack the mage.
  • In certain locations, like the room of the third boss in the Stonecore, summoning the images pulls all mobs in the room on the party.



Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now a level 44 ability.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now a level 45 talent.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): Copies of Frost mages now deals 15% less damage with [Frostbolt].
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • Now a level-90 Talent, replacing [Invocation].
    • Mirror Images now inherit 100% of the mage's Spell Power (up from 5%), last 40 seconds (up from 30 seconds), and have a 2-minute cooldown (down from 3 minutes).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Created copies no longer cast [Fire Blast], but their Frostbolts do 10% more damage.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): [Frostbolt] cast by Mirror Images now deals 50% more damage.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mirror Images received another Health Buff, probably in preparation for Cataclysm.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Health on the mirror images has been increased.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
    • Images will no longer trigger the death sound when their time expires.
    • The mirror images will no longer complete casts of Frostbolt on targets which are Polymorphed at the time their Frostbolt channel finishes.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.2 (2009-05-19): The images summoned by this spell will now target the creature that most hates the Mage, and should no longer cast [Fire Blast] or [Frostbolt] on targets that are affected by crowd control debuffs that break immediately on damage unless they are already casting these spells when crowd control is applied.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14):
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

See also