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Gravity Well.png

Gravity Well

Not available underwater  Ground-targeted  
Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Chronomancer icon small.png Chronomancer
Training cost
25 Hero points
Game link
1 Activation time  60 Recharge time  
Gravity Well

Well. Create a powerful well that warps space in an area, knocking down, floating, and pulling foes caught in its event horizon. When it expires, foes still inside the well take heavy damage.

Damage.png Pulse Damage: 292 (1.1)?
Damage.png Pulse Damage: 3 (0.01)?
Damage.png Final Damage: 558 (2.1)?
Damage.png Final Damage: 3 (0.01)?
Knockdown.png Knockdown: 1 second
Pull.png Pull: 240
Float.png Float: 1 second
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 3
Duration.png Duration: 3 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 240
Combo.png Combo Field: Dark
Evade.png Defiance Break: 350[sic]
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Domination Domination

Dueling Dueling

Chaos Chaos

  • Chaotic Interruption Chaotic Interruption — When you interrupt a foe, recharge one of your equipped-weapon skills at random. Only affects weapon skills that are recharging.

Chronomancer Chronomancer


The Defiance Break sums up to 350 based due to the listed 1 second knockdown while the actual knockdown duration is 3 seconds and thus the skill deals 550 defiance bar damage in total.
  • This Well pulses 3 times, followed by a final "effect".
    • The pulse damage is applied on each of the 3 pulses.
    • The final damage is applied (similarly to a pulse) 1 second after the 3rd pulse.
  • Despite the tooltip, the knockdown lasts 3s and therefore causes 300 Defiance bar damage. This is probably due to PvE balance for a CC-Elite to be strong in breaking defiance bars. It has no impact against other players in PvP or WvW, since the float interrupts the knockdown anyway.
  • The 1s float causes 100 Defiance bar damage, the pull causes 150 Defiance bar damage; the whole skill causes a total of 550 Defiance bar damage.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Increased pulse power coefficient from 0.8 to 1.1 in PvE only. Reduced final power coefficient from 3.0 to 2.1 in PvE only.
November 29, 2022
  • (PvE only) Reduced cooldown from 90 seconds to 60 seconds. Increased power coefficient for pulsing strikes from 0.6 to 0.8. Increased power coefficient for the final strike from 2.4 to 3.0.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced pulse power coefficient from 0.6 to 0.01. Reduced final power coefficient from 2.4 to 0.01. Reduced cooldown from 90 seconds to 60 seconds.
February 22, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that caused this well to be destroyed prematurely when used with Continuum Shift.
  • Fixed a bug that caused wells to display their effects incorrectly while under the effects of quickness or slow.
November 17, 2015
  • Reduced the visual noise on the effects associated with this skill.
October 27, 2015
  • Reduced damage of final strike by 20%.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Gravity Well has been added to the game.


  • The skill icon appears to depict a model of a planetary system.
  • In astrophysics, the term gravity well refers to the gravitational pull a body exerts in space.
  • An event horizon is the boundary around a black hole at which escape from the black hole's gravity well becomes impossible.
  • Gravity Well's signature sound is a crunch on every pulse.