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A boon is a type of effect that provides a positive buff to the recipient. Boons can be stacked by re-applying them: might and stability stack in intensity and the rest stack their duration; the duration can also be extended via the Boon Duration attribute. In the UI, boons are displayed via orange-colored icons that appear to the right of your health orb, on the top row of active effects; the white outline surrounding the icon indicates the time left before the boon expires. Placing your mouse cursor on the boon's icon will also show the remaining time. A flashing icon indicates that the boon will expire within 5 seconds.

Conditions are the primary counterpart to boons.

Boons appear on the top row of current effects.

List of boons[edit]

Icon Name Description Converted into
Aegis.png Aegis Block the next incoming attack; stacks duration. Burning.png Burning (1 stack, 3 s)
Alacrity.png Alacrity Skills recharge faster. Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Fury.png Fury Critical Chance increased by 20%; stacks duration. Blinded.png Blinded (5 s)
Might.png Might Increased outgoing damage; stacks intensity. Weakness.png Weakness (5 s)
Protection.png Protection Incoming damage decreased by 33%; stacks duration. Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (3 stacks, 8 s)
Quickness.png Quickness Skills and actions are faster. Slow.png Slow (3 s)
Regeneration.png Regeneration Gain health every second; stacks duration. Poisoned.png Poisoned (6 s)
Resistance.png Resistance Conditions currently on you are ineffective; stacks duration. Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Retaliation.png Retaliation Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration. Confusion.png Confusion (3 stacks, 5 s)
Stability.png Stability Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted. Fear.png Fear (1 s)
Swiftness.png Swiftness Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration. Crippled.png Crippled (10 s)
Vigor.png Vigor Endurance regeneration increased by 50%; stacks duration. Bleeding.png Bleeding (2 stacks, 8 s)


Stacking boons[edit]

Primary article: Effect stacking

Gaining a boon while it is already applied will increase its effectiveness. Boons can be stacked in either intensity or duration.

Stacking in intensity[edit]

Boons that stack in intensity will cap out at 25 stacks and will provide greater effects per stack. (e.g. 5 stacks of Might.png Might will give a total of 150 power and Condition Damage)

Stacking in duration[edit]

Most boons that stack in duration will cap out at 5 stacks and will increase the duration of the boon. Reapplying the boon while at the maximum number of stacks will overwrite the stack with the lowest duration. (e.g. having 15 seconds of Protection.png Protection (5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1) and reapplying with one that lasts 10 seconds will replace the stack that lasts 1 second, increasing the duration to 24 seconds)

Boons that stack in duration will start using the strongest application before using the others regardless of when it was applied.

Boon distribution priority[edit]

Boons that are given to other players are distributed in the following order based on proximity[1]:

  1. Party/Subgroup
  2. Squad
  3. Allied players (Players not within your party/squad)
  4. Your kennel (Pets, minions, illusions)
  5. Allied players’ kennels
  6. All other allies (such as NPCs)

Related skills[edit]

To see the skills which relate to a specific boon, refer to the page on that boon. The following is a list of skills that relate to boons in general.

Skills that remove boons[edit]

Weapon skills
Utility skills
Healing skills
Profession mechanics
Elite Skills

Skills that lengthen boons[edit]

Weapon skills
Profession mechanics
Utility skills

Skills that transfer boons[edit]

Weapon skills
Utility skills
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png
    Arcane Thievery.png
     Arcane Thievery; Send three conditions you have to your foe and steal three of their boons.

Skills that transform conditions into boons[edit]

Utility skills
Profession mechanics

Skills that transform boons into conditions[edit]

Weapon skills
Healing skills
Utility skills
Elite Skills

Related traits[edit]

To see the traits which relate to a specific boon, refer to the page on that boon. The following is a list of traits related to non-specific boons.

Traits that remove boons[edit]

Traits that add benefit to boon removal or corruption

Traits that benefit from boons[edit]

Traits that lengthen boons[edit]

Not to be confused with Boon Duration

Traits that transfer boons[edit]

Traits that convert boons into conditions[edit]

Traits that convert conditions into boons[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

To find equipment which affect a specific boon, refer to the page on the boon itself. The following is a list of equipment related to non-specific boons.

Upgrade components that grant boons[edit]



Upgrade components that transfer boons[edit]


Upgrade components that remove boons[edit]


Upgrade components that increase boons duration[edit]

Primary article: Boon Duration


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boon/Healing Priority?, Jon Olson, Guild Wars 2 Forum
  2. ^ Interview, Eric Flannum, Guild Wars 2 Italia