Skill Balance Update

May 1, 2013GuildWars2.com News

New skill balance (April 30, 2013) has been uploaded to our site. Click 'read more' to find full list of skill balance changes.

World vs. World

  • Updated confusion and retaliation effects to do the same damage as they do in sPvP.

Elementalist

  • Ride the Lightning skill: Recharge increased to 40 seconds; Recharge is now halved if the player strikes a foe.
  • Signet of Earth skill: Passive stat bonus increased by 100%.
  • Signet of Fire skill: Passive stat bonus increased by 100%.
  • Glyph of Elemental Power skill: Added a skill fact to indicate the percent chance.
  • Signet of Restoration skill: Reduced the passive healing by 18% in PvP.

Warrior

  • Arcing Arrow skill: Added a radius skill fact.
  • Fan of Fire skill: Reduced cast time to 0.25 seconds.
  • Earthshaker skill: Added a radius skill fact.
  • Throw Boulder skill: Added a knockdown skill fact.
  • Call to Arms skill: Now a blast finisher; Updated the radius skill fact.
  • Brutal Shot (Rifle) skill: Increased vulnerability duration to 12 seconds; Increased vulnerability stacks to 8.
  • Signet of Fury skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Dolyak Signet skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Signet of Might skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%. The new active is the player's next 3 attacks are unblockable. This effect lasts for 10 seconds.
  • "On My Mark!" skill: Increased the range of the shout to 1200.
  • Frenzy skill: Increased duration by 1 second; Players now take 25% more damage (reduced from 50%) when under the effects of this skill.
  • Added new Adept major trait, Defense (II): Dogged March — Incoming immobilize, chill, and cripple conditions are reduced by 33%. Gain 3 seconds of regeneration when you are crippled, chilled, or immobilized. This effect can trigger only once every 10 seconds. This trait replaces Turtle's Defense.
  • Quick Bursts and Adrenal Reserves traits: Combined into one trait, Burst Mastery (XI).
  • Added new Grandmaster major trait, Discipline (XII): Destruction of the Empowered — Damage is increased by 3% per unique boon on the warrior's target.

Ranger

  • "Guard" skill: Reduced cooldown to 15 seconds.
  • "Sic 'Em" skill: Reduced cooldown to 40 seconds.
  • Lightning Reflexes skill: Reduced cooldown to 40 seconds.
  • Signet of Stone skill: Reduced cooldown to 80 seconds; Increased passive toughness by 100%.
  • Signet of the Wild skill: Reduced cooldown to 60 seconds and duration to 8 seconds.
  • "Search and Rescue" skill: Increased cooldown to 180 seconds in PvP.
  • Quickening Zephyr skill: Increased duration by 1 second; Players are now healed at 50% effectiveness (increased from 0%) when under the effects of this skill.
  • Spiritual Knowledge trait: Increased activation chance from 15% to 35%.

Necromancer

  • Signet of Spite skill: Increased the passive power boost by 100%.
  • Corrupt Boon skill: Now unblockable.
  • Epidemic skill: Now unblockable.

Guardian

  • Bane Signet skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Signet of Mercy skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Signet of Wrath skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.

Thief

  • Skills that must be performed from stealth are now labeled as "Stealth Attack".
  • Shadow Shot skill: The projectile portion is now unblockable.
  • Choking Gas skill: Added an Unblockable skill fact to reflect functionality.
  • Flanking Strike skill: Now evades and delivers one strike instead of delivering two attacks; Removed boon removal; Reduced initiative cost to 3; Now toggles for 5 seconds to a second skill, Larcenous Strike, if the attack hits an enemy.
  • Larcenous Strike: Deliver a quick strike that steals up to two boons from an enemy; Costs 1 initiative.
  • Signet of Agility skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Assassin's Signet skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Haste skill: Increased duration by 1 second; Players now regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness (increased from 0%) when under the effects of this skill.
  • Mug trait: Can no longer critically hit. Now heals the thief.

Engineer

  • Elixir U skill: Increased duration by 1 second.
  • Regenerating Mist skill: Reduced recharge to 25 seconds.
  • Healing Turret skill: Reduced the deployed heal by 50%; Now applies 3 seconds of regeneration every 3 seconds.
  • Cleansing Burst skill: Reduced recharge to 15 seconds; Now heals as much as deploying does; Now applies 5 seconds of regeneration; Removes 2 conditions when activated; Now deploys a 3-second water field.
  • Glue Shot skill: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • Incendiary Powder trait: Increased burning duration to 4 seconds; Increased internal cooldown to 10 seconds; Increased activation chance to 100%.
  • Cloaking Device trait: Increased cloaking duration to 5 seconds. Added internal cooldown of 25 seconds.

Mesmer

  • Reduced mantra cast times to 2.75 seconds.
  • Mirror Blade skill: Added an unblockable skill fact.
  • Mind Stab skill (one-handed sword combo): Renamed to Mind Spike.
  • Signet of Domination skill: Increased passive stat bonus by 100%.
  • Illusion of Life skill: Increased cast time to 1.25 seconds.
  • Blinding Befuddlement trait: Increased duration of applied confusion to 4 seconds; Can now trigger only once every 5 seconds on any target that is blinded by the mesmer.

Canine Skills

  • Intimidating Howl skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Regenerate skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Howl of the Pack skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Chilling Howl skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Terrifying Howl skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.

Drake Skills

  • Lightning Breath skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Fire Breath skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Insect Swarm skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Frost Breath skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Sonic Shriek skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.

Feline Skills

  • Icy Pounce skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.
  • Rending Pounce skill: Reduced cast time to 1.5 seconds.

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