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This article is about the warrior trait line. For player-related statistic, see Defense (attribute).
"The best offense is a good defense."
Defense focuses on enduring damage and recovering from injury. Shrug off debilitating conditions and survive the assault from your foes.
— In-game description
Defense is a core specialization for the warrior that favors enduring of damage.
|Minor Adept||Thick Skin||Gain protection when you use a healing skill.|
|Major Adept||Shield Master||Reflect missiles whenever you are blocking. Gain adrenaline when you block an attack or reflect a missile.|
|Major Adept||Dogged March||10||Reduce the duration of movement-impeding conditions and gain regeneration when you are affected by one of these conditions.|
|Major Adept||Cull the Weak||5||Deal strike damage to weakened foes. Burst skills inflict weakness. Can only occur once per interval per target for multihit burst skills.|
|Minor Master||Adrenal Health||Gain health based on adrenaline spent.|
|Major Master||Defy Pain||Cast Lesser Endure Pain when you use an elite skill.|
|Major Master||Resilient Roll||Gain resistance when you dodge.|
|Major Master||Merciless Hammer||Hammer and mace skills deal increased damage when striking a disabled or defiant foe. Gain adrenaline when you disable a foe.|
Disables include stun, taunt, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, fear, and launch.
|Minor Grandmaster||Hardened Armor||15||Gain resolution when you block or are struck by a critical hit. Strike damage taken is reduced by a percentage while you have resolution.|
|Major Grandmaster||Last Stand||Stances grant vigor and barrier when activated, and they have increased duration.|
|Major Grandmaster||Cleansing Ire||Gain adrenaline when hit. Remove a condition when you hit with a burst skill, then remove an additional condition for every bar of adrenaline spent.|
|Major Grandmaster||Stalwart Strength||¼||Gain stability when you disable a foe. Deal increased strike damage while you have stability.|
- See also: List of warrior traits
For a detailed specialization history, see here.