Summon a Void spirit to enthrall humans or hounds.
Enthrall up to 3 human or canine targets.
Enthrall up to 4 human or canine targets.
Mesmerize works on both guards and wolfhounds, allowing Emily to sneak past completely undetected.
The void spirit mesmerizes the closest individuals to it.
Enemies not affected by Mesmerize will be unable to see the void spirit, and will simply notice their fellow guards acting suspiciously. As such, their own alert state will increase.
After Mesmerize has ended, guards and wolfhounds will forget about what happened and go about their normal duties.
While mesmerized, individuals are utterly oblivious to actions going on around them. This allows Emily to sneak past them or kill them with ease.
If summoned during combat, enemies will still be distracted by the void spirit, taking up to four combatants out of the fight temporarily.
With the Void Rapturebone charm, enemies can fall unconscious when Mesmerize ends. While this can have negative consequences in some cases, for example if a fellow guard is not knocked out and sees an unconscious body, in combat this is very useful, permanently removing some combatants from the fight.
Upgrading Mesmerize to Mesmerize Four is very important for a ghost playthrough, as it can distract all guards found in most places, while the lower upgrades will often leave a few guards unmesmerized and confused by the behaviour of the mesmerized guards.
When using Mesmerize along with Domino, more targets will be affected by the attraction. In the best case, it can enthrall up to seven targets.
The void spirit takes about two seconds to capture an enemy's attention.
Summoning a second void spirit will disband the first.
Using Mesmerize will make enemies forget about the protagonist, allowing basic Shadow Kill to take effect, even if the enemy was in combat before being mesmerized.
If the mesmerized character is attacked with a sword, but for whatever reason is not assassinated, they will turn hostile and utter the appropriate lines, but will not attack the protagonist, and basic Shadow Kill will not take effect. When the void spirit disappears, they will recall being attacked and will react accordingly.
If they turned hostile while mesmerized, but the killing blow was an assassination, basic Shadow Kill does work.
At the basic level, Mesmerize lasts for roughly twenty seconds.
Enemies do not have to be looking at the void spirit to be affected, as long as there is a direct line between them and it. If something is blocking that line, such as a floodlight, Mesmerize is ineffective.
If mesmerized people are attacked by rats or bloodflies, they will shout for assistance and attempt to bat the creatures away with their hands. As this does no damage, they will eventually be killed.
Related Bone Charms
Void Rapture - Sometimes enemies are rendered unconscious by Mesmerize.
The void spirit, despite being visible, has no physical form, allowing anything to pass through it unhindered.
The void spirit always "points" towards a mesmerized individual. If multiple characters are mesmerized, it swaps between them. If there are no characters in range, it twists around randomly.
Mesmerizing enemies that have detected the protagonist, while making the enemies forget, does still lock the Shadowachievement.
The Crown Killer, Breanna Ashworth, Delilah Copperspoon and her clones are immune to mesmerize. For the latter three, the void spirit will be dispelled, while the Crown Killer will claim that her mind is "altogether different" and ignore the void spirit.