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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, where Coefficient and Base Value are parameters of the skill:

(Coefficient * Healing Power) + Base Value

It is not affected by outgoing healing modifiers.

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that grant barrier

Bundle skills that grant barrier

Transform skills that grant barrier

Healing skills that grant barrier

Utility skills that grant barrier

Profession mechanic skills that grant barrier

Common skills that grant barrier

Mount Engage skills that grant barrier[edit]

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

Related traits[edit]

Traits that grant barrier

Trait skills that grant barrier

Traits that improve barrier

Related equipment[edit]

Relics that grant barrier[edit]

Relics that benefit from 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.