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Phaser is a power skill which teleports the player behind a nearby enemy and empowers the next attack.


  • Special Effects:
    • Teleports the player behind a nearby enemy.
      • If no enemies are nearby, the skill fails and goes on a half-second cooldown.
      • If the teleport completes, the targeted enemy is inflicted with a status effect causing it to take a scaling amount of extra damage on the next hit, and the skill goes on its normal cooldown.
      • Upon teleporting, the enemy is rooted in place and cannot turn around.
  • Tags: ShortCooldown, MoveHero, UnlockInPublicEvent
  • Legendary Version: Viper
    • Forced Affix: Poison on Use
      • "Release a cloud of poisonous gas around you."



  • Bonus damage from affixes such as "+60% damage on bleeding targets" is calculated when the affected enemy is attacked.
    • Because of this, the root effect applied by Phaser is able to trigger the affix "+75% damage to rooted targets", effectively giving the item a +75% damage buff.
  • The debuff applied by Phaser is recognized as a melee attack and will therefore trigger relevant effects from mutations like Open Wounds Mutation Icon.pngOpen Wounds and Ripper Mutation Icon.pngRipper.
  • The root effect applied by Phaser can trigger the mutation Heart of Ice Mutation Icon.pngHeart of Ice, instantly resetting the skill's cooldown.
  • Due to how the game qualifies what counts as a ranged kill, killing an enemy using Phaser immediately followed by a ranged weapon will not activate the mutation Hunter's Instinct Mutation Icon.pngHunter's Instinct. However, it will activate the mutations Predator Mutation Icon.pngPredator and Killer Instinct Mutation Icon.pngKiller Instinct. Other ranged and melee mutations will work normally.


  • Phaser was the name for the Runner enemy prior to an update. The skill also mimics their teleportation ability.
  • Prior to v1.4, Phaser had a bug where it caused the Thorny to damage the player when used, even though the player didn't melee the Thorny.
  • After the Swarm Icon.pngSwarm rework in v2.1, Phaser now has the shortest cooldown of all skills.


  • 0.0: Introduced.
  • 0.1: Unlock cost increased from 30 to 35 cells.
    • Added tag "NoDamage".
  • 0.4: Cooldown increased from 1.8 to 3.6 seconds.
    • Now scales with Str Skill.png Brutality/ Tactics.
  • 0.6: Bonus damage changed from 150% to 70 base damage.
    • Increased distance from 9 to 11.
    • Removed tag "NoDamage".
    • Changed description.
  • 0.7: Added legendary affix "PoisonOnUse".
    • Added tag "ShortCooldown".
  • 1.1: Cooldown decreased from 3.6 to 2 seconds.
  • 1.2: Added tag "UnlockInPublicEvent".
  • 1.4: No longer triggers Thorny back damage on use.
    • Added tag "MoveHero".
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