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A boon is a type of effect that provides a positive buff to the recipient. Boons can be stacked by re-applying them: might and stability stack in intensity and the rest stack their duration; the duration can also be extended via the Boon Duration attribute. In the UI, boons are displayed via orange-colored icons that appear to the right of your health orb, on the top row of active effects; the white outline surrounding the icon indicates the time left before the boon expires. Placing your mouse cursor on the boon's icon will also show the remaining time. A flashing icon indicates that the boon will expire within 5 seconds.

Conditions are the primary counterpart to boons.

Boons appear on the top row of current effects.

List of boons[edit]

Icon Name Description Converted into
Aegis.png Aegis Block the next incoming attack; stacks duration. Burning 40px.png Burning (1 stack, 3 s)
Fury.png Fury Critical Chance increased by 20%; stacks duration. Blind 40px.png Blind (5 s)
Might.png Might Increased outgoing damage; stacks intensity. Weakness 40px.png Weakness (10 s)
Protection.png Protection Incoming damage decreased; stacks duration. Vulnerability 40px.png Vulnerability (3 stacks, 10 s)
Quickness.png Quickness Skills and actions are 50% faster. Slow 40px.png Slow (3 s)
Regeneration.png Regeneration Gain health every second; stacks duration. Poison 40px.png Poison (10 s)
Resistance 40px.png Resistance Conditions currently on you are ineffective; stacks duration. Chilled 40px.png Chilled (3 s)
Retaliation.png Retaliation Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration. Confusion 40px.png Confusion (3 stacks, 5 s)
Stability.png Stability Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted. Fear 40px.png Fear (1 s)
Swiftness.png Swiftness Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration. Crippled 40px.png Crippled (10 s)
Vigor.png Vigor Endurance regeneration increased by 50%; stacks duration. Bleeding 40px.png Bleeding (3 stacks, 10 s)

Stacking boons[edit]

Primary article: Effect stacking

Gaining a boon while it is already applied will increase its effectiveness. Boons can be stacked in either intensity or duration.

Stacking in intensity[edit]

Boons that stack in intensity will cap out at 25 stacks and will provide greater effects per stack. (e.g. 5 stacks of Might 40px.png Might will give a total of 125 power and condition damage)

Stacking in duration[edit]

Boons that stack in duration will cap out at 5 stacks and will increase the duration of the boon. Reapplying the boon while at the maximum number of stacks will overwrite the stack with the lowest duration. (e.g. having 15 seconds of Swiftness 40px.png Swiftness (5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1) and reapplying with one that lasts 10 seconds will replace the stack that lasts 1 second, increasing the duration to 24 seconds)

Boons that stack in duration will start using the strongest application before using the others regardless of when it was applied.

Boon distribution priority[edit]

Boons that are given to other players are distributed in the following order based on proximity[1]:

  1. Party/Subgroup
  2. Squad
  3. Allied players (Players not within your party/squad)
  4. Your kennel (Pets, minions, illusions)
  5. Allied players’ kennels
  6. All other allies (such as NPCs)

Related skills[edit]

To see the skills which relate to a specific boon, refer to the page on that boon. The following is a list of skills that relate to boons in general.

Skills that remove boons[edit]

Weapon skills
Utility skills
Profession mechanics
Elite skills

Skills that lengthen boons[edit]

Weapon skills

Skills that transfer boons[edit]

Weapon skills
Utility skills

Skills that transform conditions into boons[edit]

Utility skills
Profession mechanics

Skills that transform boons into conditions[edit]

Weapon skills
Utility skills

Related traits[edit]

To see the traits which relate to a specific boon, refer to the page on that boon. The following is a list of traits related to non-specific boons.

Traits that remove boons[edit]

Traits that benefit from boons[edit]

Traits that lengthen boons[edit]

Not to be confused with Boon Duration

Traits that transfer boons[edit]

  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Trickery Bountiful TheftStealing grants you and all nearby allies vigor. You rip boons from your target and grant them to nearby allies.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Shadow Arts Rending Shade — Steal boons from enemies you strike with stealth attacks. Incoming damage from enemies without boons is reduced.

Traits that convert boons into conditions[edit]

Traits that convert conditions into boons[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

To find equipment which affect a specific boon, refer to the page on the boon itself. The following is a list of equipment related to non-specific boons.

Upgrade components that grant boons[edit]



Upgrade components that transfer boons[edit]


Upgrade components that remove boons[edit]


Upgrade components that increase boons duration[edit]

Primary article: Boon Duration


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boon/Healing Priority?, Jon Olson, Guild Wars 2 Forum
  2. ^ Interview, Eric Flannum, Guild Wars 2 Italia