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Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.

— In-game description

Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration. Retaliation is a boon that damages anyone who hits the affected target. The attacker will not be damaged if the attack fails to hit. Retaliation does not reduce or prevent damage taken.

Damage dealt depends on the level and power of the retaliation's source (i.e. whoever gave retaliation to the entity being attacked). At level 80 this is:

200 + (0.075 * Power) damage.

Retaliation will stack in duration up to a maximum of 5 times.

Related skills[edit]

See also: Boon#Related skills

Weapon skills that grant retaliation[edit]

Underwater weapon skills that grant retaliation[edit]

Healing skills that grant retaliation[edit]

Utility skills that grant retaliation[edit]

Skills with special conditions that grant retaliation[edit]

Skill combinations that apply retaliation[edit]

Related traits[edit]

See also: Boon#Related traits

Traits that grant retaliation[edit]

Traits that improve retaliation[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

See also: Boon#Related equipment

Upgrade components that grant retaliation[edit]


  • In PvP and WvW, retaliation damage is reduced by 33.33%.
  • When retaliation is applied to a character they will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on their race and gender.
Race Gender
Male Female
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura Feedback loop initiated. Go ahead, hit me!
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Go ahead and hit me! Retaliation incoming!
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Go ahead, hit me! Pain for pain!
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn I'll return the favor! Come on, hit me! I'll hit back.
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari I dare you, hit me. This rose has thorns, and here they are!