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Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Berserker icon small.png Berserker
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Primal Burst
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0.75¾ Activation time  5 Recharge time  

Primal Burst. Gather your strength into a powerful attack. If it hits, gain might and recharge this skill.

Damage.png Damage: 1,100 (3.0)?
Damage.png Damage: 734 (2.0)?
Might.png5 Might (5s): 150 Condition Damage, 150 Power
Might.png Might (5s): 30 Condition Damage, 30 Power
Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 100%
Range.png Range: 300

— In-game description

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Related traits[edit]

Strength Strength

Arms Arms

  • Sundering Burst Sundering BurstBurst skills inflict vulnerability if they hit and inflict additional vulnerability if the attack is a critical hit. Can only occur once per interval per target for multihit burst skills.
  • Burst Precision Burst PrecisionBurst skills have an increased critical chance. Gain bonus critical-hit chance and ferocity for a duration when you hit with a burst skill. Duration is based on adrenaline spent.

Defense Defense

Tactics Tactics

Discipline Discipline

Berserker Berserker

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 07, 2023
  • (Undocumented) Previous change has been reverted.
September 26, 2023
  • (Undocumented) Increased power coefficient from 3.0 to 3.3 in PvE only.
May 02, 2023
  • Increased power coefficient from 2.5 to 3.0 in PvE only.
July 07, 2020
  • Increased power coefficient from 1.666 to 2.0 in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 2.5 to 1.666. Reduced might stacks from 5 to 1.
May 14, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to activate the Warrior's Sprint trait.
April 23, 2019
  • This skill has been reworked. It is now a long-range melee attack that does not leap forward and only hits 1 target. This skill recharges instantly if it hits and can be affected by quickness and slow.
November 07, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that caused the shock wave from this skill to fail if the initial attack killed the target.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the shock wave to deal less damage than listed.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the shock wave from this skill to hit fewer than 5 targets.
May 16, 2017
  • Now grants 5 stacks of might for 5 seconds if it hits.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Decapitate has been added to the game.