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Barrier is a combat mechanic introduced in the Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire expansion. It creates a health barrier that takes damage prior to the health bar. Barrier decays after 2 seconds, taking 3 seconds to fully decay. Re-applying Barrier will stop the decay while keeping the current amount, allowing large amounts of Barrier to build up with quick skill usage. The amount of barrier generated is based on the source's healing power, and is capped at 50% of the recipient's maximum health.

Similar to healing, the barrier total a skill applies can be calculated using the following formula:

(Coefficient * Healing Power) + Base Value

It is not affected by outgoing healing buffs.

Related skills[edit]

Profession skills that grant barrier[edit]

Healing skills that grant barrier[edit]

Utility skills that grant barrier[edit]

Mount 'Engage' skill that grants barrier[edit]

Bundle skills that grants barrier[edit]

Bundle skills that deals bonus damage while having barrier[edit]

Related traits[edit]

Traits that grant barrier[edit]

Traits that benefit from barrier[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

Upgrade components that grant barrier[edit]



  • Damage dealt to enemy barriers appear as yellow damage numbers.

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
November 07, 2017
  • The duration before decay begins has been increased from 1 second to 2 seconds.
  • The time for the barrier to decay has been reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Barrier has been added to the game.