Both blink and displacement give my opponent a chance to completely evade my attacks (regardless of my attack roll) and prevent me from ever dealing sneak attack damage.

From 3.5e, I know that true sight (range: personal) and dimensional anchor (needs to hit first) are the correct replies, but our party is a little bit lacking in the spell department.

Is there any feat, mythic boon, or piece of equipment I can get myself to deal with this issue?

I'm playing a level 10 unchained rogue with the hidden blade archetype (granting me Path of War maneuvers from the Broken Blade, Mithral Current, Thrashing Dragon and Veiled Moon schools) in a mythic campaign (currently mythic 2).

Last game we faced a single level 9 wizard with displacement and mirror image and we only manage to hit her once or twice in the fourth round of combat, right before (having consumed all of her spell slots) she teleported away to safety after dealing tremendous damage.

Note: Much later, I realized that, as an unchained rogue, partial concealment is not enough to prevent my sneak attacks. The question is still good since it also focuses on completely missing the opponent, but just so you know... it's a bit less bad than it used to be.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Did you close your eyes? \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras how does that help? You can't sneak attack something you can't see. \$\endgroup\$
    – Erik
    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:48
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Erik, its a joke. If you have no means to sneak attack what you cant see (total concealment), you also probably dont have the means to bypass blink and mirror images. The joke here is that you have a greater chance of landing an attack by not seeing your target due to how concealment works and the ruling on mirror images (visual illusions). \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras we're currently deciding how much closing your eyes works, exactly because I tried overriding mirror image with that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zachiel
    Aug 17, 2018 at 11:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Zachiel Well mirror image at least explicitly says that closing your eyes works (but has other drawbacks). \$\endgroup\$
    – KRyan
    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:10

2 Answers 2


Blink and Mirror Images is a very powerful combination against martial characters, you really had little that you could do in that situation. Fighting against such enemies requires planning and preparation. The only thing that you and your group could have done, without having prepared against this, is to have a blanket Dispel Magic ready to remove his buffs.

However, get a Truthful weapon if possible. A +1 Truthful Dagger (+3 total) should always be available from now on, or you risk finding yourself in a similar situation again when fighting outsiders and BBEG's again.

A truthful weapon unerringly pierces concealment provided by illusions, allowing the wielder to ignore the miss chance provided by illusions such as blur, displacement, and invisibility. Attacks with a truthful weapon against a creature affected by mirror image or a similar figment always attack the real target.

True Strike actually only works against concealment, it doesn't allow you to pierce illusions or the miss chance of ethereal creatures. But it does help against Blur, another common spell used in combination with Mirror Images.

And Dimensional Anchor (or a Phase Lock weapon) really doesn't help, unless you are really lucky and don't hit one of the images by accident. You would need to already be ignoring the spells's effects before anchoring the target.

Closing your eyes

Due to how concealment and miss chances work, (RAI) you should never have more than 50% chance to miss a target, as pointed out by James Jacobs (Creative Director). So granting yourself blindness or a similar condition could help you against Mirror Images, while still maintaining the same miss chance.

However, there are no hard rules about how this works. We don't know if this is a free action, how long it lasts, if you can close your eyes before attacking, attack, then open again. Many community members are Paizo believe this is cheap, and a common house rule is to allow you to close your eyes, and accept the benefits (gaze attacks) and penalties that come with it (blindless) until the start of your next turn.

A (ex) developer commented on this, suggesting to spend a Move Action so you close your eyes and focus that the images are not really there, or your brain will still try to target one of the images because he couldn't really tell which one was real before closing his eyes. And this makes some sense, as you normally would need to spend a move action to accurately perceive the location of an invisible creature.

Bring a shotgun to the fight

No, seriously. I know that some GM's don't allow firearms in their games. But if you do, the Scatter quality of shotguns is not affected by the miss chance of Mirror Images or the concealment granted by Blur (should that situation arise in the future). This has been confirmed by Stephen Radney-MacFarland (designer):

Effects like the mirror image spell, or effects that grant concealment, such as smoke, fog, or the blur or invisibility spells, do not foil a scatter shot attack.

Similarly, effects that affect an area should always help against Mirror Images. However, the miss chance from Blink is still there.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Low level dispels in PF only dispel the highest spell, which in that wizards' case was fire shield. Truthful seems awesome, and I think a splash effect from an acid flask could work too to damage and therefore "kill" all images. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zachiel
    Aug 17, 2018 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, I think that adding displacement to miss chances that don't involve concealment (hitting the right mirror image, the blink spell) makes for a total miss chance that's higher than 50% \$\endgroup\$
    – Zachiel
    Aug 17, 2018 at 14:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Zachiel this isn't official, but James Jacobs says the limit should be 50%. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    Aug 17, 2018 at 14:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ I had seen that post but I didn't realize it was from a designer. Still, I think mirror image is applied later. \$\endgroup\$
    – Zachiel
    Aug 17, 2018 at 20:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Zachiel AoE (including Splash weapons) ignore Mirror Image and do not damage/remove them \$\endgroup\$ Aug 17, 2018 at 23:24

Shadow Strike

This is a feat you can take when you have +1 BaB,

You can deal precision damage, such as sneak attack damage, against targets with concealment (but not total concealment).

Its a feat any non-unchained Rogue should take. It is odd that Rogues in Pathfinder actually cannot effectively shank people in dark alleys, but this helps.


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