Attributes are characteristics which improve a character's effectiveness in combat. There are 17 core attributes, and one additional attribute that is profession-specific. The base value for each attribute is the same for all professions, with the exception of base Health which is profession-specific.
Attributes are increased primarily by the equipment worn by the character. Some traits and skills can give bonuses to attributes. In PvE and WvW attributes can also be increased through the use of consumables.
There are four primary attributes: two offensive and two defensive. Primary attributes have a base value that grows with character level, rising every level until character level 10 and every even level thereafter. The base value starts at 37 for a level 1 character and increases to a total of 1000 at level 80. This progression is shown in detail in the table to the right, look at Level rewards for a detailed breakdown.
- Decreases the amount of incoming damage suffered by the character.
In contrast to primary attributes, the five secondary attributes have a base value of 0 and do not automatically increase as a character gains levels.
- Improves the duration of all boons applied by the character.
- Improves the duration of all conditions inflicted by the character.
- Improves the damage multiplier on critical strikes.
- Healing Power
- Improves all outgoing heals that your character does, including self heals.
The six derived attributes are calculated from the primary and secondary attributes and statistics from gear and profession. These attributes are generally not directly available as part of an equipment prefix with the exception of Boon Duration and Condition Duration which appear in the Giver's combination, and in Doubloons.
- Reduces incoming direct damage. Sum of Toughness and the Defense ratings of the character's equipped armor.
- Boon Duration
- Increases the duration of all boons applied by the character. It has a base value of 0% and is improved by Concentration. (15 Concentration = 1% Boon Duration)
- Critical Chance
- The chance for an attack to result in a critical hit. At level 80, it has a base value of 5% and is increased by Precision (21 Precision = 1% Critical Chance).
- Critical Damage
- The damage multiplier for a critical hit. It has a base value of 150% and is increased by Ferocity (15 Ferocity = 1% Critical Damage).
- Condition Duration
- Increases the duration of all conditions inflicted by the character. It has a base value of 0% and is improved by Expertise. (15 Expertise = 1% Condition Duration)
- The character's maximum health. Base value is determined by profession and increases with level; improved by Vitality (1 Vitality = 10 Health).
The sixteenth attribute is specific to each profession. Similar to secondary attributes, profession attributes do not automatically improve as a character gains levels. Unlike primary and secondary attributes, they cannot be improved by equipment; profession attributes can only be increased by equipping a trait in the corresponding specialization.
Revenants do not have a profession attribute.
- Agony Resistance
- Improves resistance against Agony encountered in the Fractals of the Mists. Can be increased through infusions.
- Magic Find
- Improves the quality of loot. Can be increased through luck, the Magic Find account bonus, and a Magical Enrichment.
- Before the September 2014 Feature Pack, a player would receive a small increase of attribute values with each level up, instead of greater increases every 6 levels. Additionally, the base values for primary attributes received a small boost from 916 to 926 at level 80.