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Immune to conditions and damage.

— In-game description

Invulnerability is an effect that prevents the target from taking damage, suffering conditions, or receiving control effects. Invulnerability also stops existing conditions from dealing damage while active. It does not prevent fall damage or environmental traps. A target with Invulnerability is marked by an "Invulnerable" message whenever Invulnerability prevents an attack or effect. Invulnerability triggers from certain skills and is also briefly applied to every player as they fall into downed state or recover with rally. The game also applies Invulnerability to important NPC targets during key story transitions and events, as well as to disallow exploits. Determined is a similar effect going by a different name, but it and Invulnerability are essentially the same.

Invulnerable targets destroy all projectiles they touch, including projectiles with pierce and nondamaging utility projectiles (e.g. Infiltrator's Arrow).

Certain NPC foes (but not all) may gain invulnerability protection if a player aggroes them and then moves to a position where the enemy cannot attack or approach. The foe may then reset itself, quickly regenerating health and eventually moving back to its original location. This mechanic prevents players from using terrain to attack from a position where enemies cannot reach them. Note that this mechanic is not universal, as a foe can be invulnerable to one player and still take damage from other sources.

Related effects[edit]

Location- or encounter-specific
NPC effects

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that grant invulnerability

Bundle skills that grant invulnerability

Utility skills that grant invulnerability

Elite skills that grant invulnerability

Profession mechanic skills that grant invulnerability

Downed skills that grant invulnerability

Racial skills that grant invulnerability

Common skills that grant invulnerability

Damage prevention skills[edit]

These skills do not apply  Determined.png Invulnerability effect, instead they fully prevent strike damage but not conditions or control effects:

Note: Enemy attacks still hit their target and apply on-hit or on-crit effects but their damage is reduced to zero (unlike with actual invulnerability).

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
July 10, 2018
  • Invulnerability effects will now stop conditions from applying damage.
December 03, 2012
  • Invisible & invulnerable players can no longer contest capture points in WvW. WvW capture points now follow the same rules as PvP capture points.
October 01, 2012
  • Surfacing while downed underwater no longer grants invulnerability. This change was made to stop players from exploiting the surface of the water to maintain permanent invulnerability.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Invulnerability has been added to the game.


  • The common symbol of Determined.png Determined resembles an ankh, the Egyptian hieroglyph for eternal life.

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