Chaotic Dampening

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Chaotic Dampening

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Chaos (trait list)
Training cost
5 Hero points
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Chaos aura grants protection. Staff and trident skills gain reduced recharge.

 Chaos Aura.png Chaos Aura: Give yourself random boons and your foe random conditions whenever you are struck.
 Protection.png Protection (4s): -33% Incoming Damage
 Protection.png Protection (20.5½s): -33% Incoming Damage
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%

— In-game description


Skill Traited recharge
Staff Phase Retreat.png Phase Retreat (PvE) 10 8
Phase Retreat.png Phase Retreat (WvW, PvP) 12 9.6
Phantasmal Warlock.png Phantasmal Warlock 18 14.4
Chaos Armor.png Chaos Armor 30 24
Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm 35 28
Trident Blinding Tide.png Blinding Tide 8 6.4
Imminent Voyage.png Imminent Voyage 12 9.6
Phantasmal Whaler.png Phantasmal Whaler 5 4
Illusion of Drowning.png Illusion of Drowning 25 20

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced protection duration from 4 seconds to 2.5 seconds.
December 03, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from reducing the recharge of Lesser Chaos Storm.
March 27, 2018
  • Fixed a bug in which this trait did not properly reduce the recharge time of trident skills.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This trait now grants a flat 20% recharge reduction to staff and trident skills instead of scaling the recharge reduction with Chaos Armor.
  • Fixed a bug that caused this trait to grant an unlisted 50 Toughness while wielding a staff or trident.
January 26, 2016
  • The duration of protection has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds.
September 29, 2015
  • Increased the recharge reduction from 2% to 2.5%.
June 24, 2015
  • Reduced the recharge reduction percent of staff skills per pulse of chaos armor from 5% to 2%.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • No longer grants toughness while wielding a staff or trident.
  • No longer reduces recharge of staff skills.
  • Added: When you gain Chaos Armor, you also gain protection for 5 seconds.
  • While you have Chaos Armor, your staff and trident skills recharge by 5% of their full recharge every second.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Chaotic Dampening has been added to the game.