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A symbol is a marked effect that guardians can place on the ground. It lingers for a few seconds, where upon creation and with every pulse, it inflicts damage to enemies and delivers a boon to allies that stand on it. All symbols are light fields.
List of symbols
|2||Symbol of Blades||Symbol||10||Teleport to your target, striking them and blinding nearby foes. Drop a symbol at your feet that damages nearby enemies and benefits allies.||Sword|
|2||Symbol of Faith||Symbol||1¼||8||Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that damages foes and regenerates allies.||Mace|
|1||Symbol of Protection||Symbol||1¼||Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that gives protection to you and your allies.||Hammer|
|2||Symbol of Punishment||Symbol||¼||6||Strike foes in the target area repeatedly.||Scepter|
|3||Symbol of Swiftness||Symbol||¾||15||Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.||Staff|
|4||Symbol of Wrath||Symbol||¼||20||Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies.||Greatsword|
|4||Symbol of Energy||Symbol||¾||15||Fire a slow, arcing arrow which explodes on impact to burn targets and sear a symbol of energy into the ground.||Longbow|
|3||Symbol of Judgment||½||20||Draw a symbol on the ground that heals allies and damages foes.|
Traits that improve symbols
- Symbolic Exposure — Symbols apply vulnerability to foes.
- Symbolic Power — Symbols have increased damage and a chance to burn enemies.
- Symbolic Avenger — You deal more damage to enemies standing in your symbols.
- Writ of Persistence — Symbols last longer, are larger, and heal allies.
Traits that activate symbols
- Protector's Impact — Create a Symbol of Protection when you take falling damage. You take less damage when falling.
- Zealot's Speed — Create a Symbol of Wrath when you are struck while below the health threshold.
- All symbols except for Symbol of Punishment apply their effects once upon activation and pulse once per second thereafter. A 4-second symbol will pulse its effect 5 times.
- With the July 26, 2016 game update, all of guardian's main-hand and two-handed weapons (and therefore all possible terrestrial weapon combinations) include 1 symbol skill.