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33% Skill Recharge Rate.

— In-game description

Alacrity is an effect unique to mesmers specialized as chronomancers and revenants with the Salvation and the Renegade specializations. It increases the rate at which skills recharge by 33%, therefore making skills recharge in ~75% of the original time.

For every second under the effect of alacrity, skills recharge 1.33 seconds. If the alacrity expires before the skill is recharged, the actual recharge time is:

actual recharge time = original recharge time - 0.33 * alacrity duration

If the cooldown of the skill expires before the alacrity does, the actual recharge time is:

actual recharge time = original recharge time / 1.33

For example, a skill with a 10 second cooldown will recharge in about 7.5 seconds, as long as you're under the effect of alacrity for the whole time.

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  • Alacrity cannot be applied to characters that already have over 40 seconds of Alacrity applied to them. This limit increases to 60 seconds for mesmers with the Improved Alacrity Improved Alacrity trait. Additionally there is an application cap of 9 alacrity applications.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed effect history, see here.

Patch Changes
January 26, 2016
  • The effects of this buff have been reduced from 66% recharge reduction to 33% recharge reduction.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Alacrity has been added to the game.