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In-game screenshot of Barrier's effect on a health orb.

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 disappears 5 seconds after being applied. Applying a barrier while one is already active will add to it, but the previously-existing barrier will still disappear 5 seconds after it was originally applied. 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 modifiers.

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that grant barrier[edit]

Bundle skills that grant barrier[edit]

Healing skills that grant barrier[edit]

Utility skills that grant barrier[edit]

Profession mechanic skills that grant barrier[edit]

Trait skills that grant barrier[edit]

Mount Engage 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 improve barrier[edit]

Traits that benefit from barrier[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

Upgrade components that grant barrier[edit]



  • Damage dealt to enemy barriers appears as yellow damage numbers.
  • Barrier applied to allies appears as light-blue "healing" numbers.
  • Barrier will not reduce fall damage.

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
October 01, 2019
  • Updated the visual effects of this effect to be less profession specific.
August 28, 2018
  • Barrier is now displayed in light-blue text when applied.
  • Additionally, granting and receiving barrier is now displayed in the combat log.
December 12, 2017
  • The application of the barrier effect no longer resets the delay or decay of existing barriers.
  • Barrier no longer decays over time; each application now disappears after 5 seconds, and all skills that grant barrier now give 15% more barrier.
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.