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Effect type
Max. duration
30 seconds
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Incoming damage decreased by 33%; stacks duration.

— In-game description

Protection is a boon that reduces strike damage by 33%. It does not affect Condition Damage dealt by conditions or any other source of health loss such as falling damage. Protection will stack in duration up to 30 seconds.

Related skills[edit]

See also: Boon#Related skills

Weapon skills that grant protection

Bundle skills that grant protection

Healing skills that grant protection

Utility skills that grant protection

Elite skills that grant protection

Profession mechanic skills that grant protection

Pet skills that grant protection

Skills that convert vulnerability into protection

Primary article: Boon#Skills that convert conditions into boons

Racial skills that grant protection

Common skills that grant protection

Related traits[edit]

See also: Boon#Related traits

Traits that grant protection

Trait skills that grant protection

Traits that improve protection

Traits that convert vulnerability into protection[edit]

Primary article: Boons#Traits that convert conditions into boons

Related effects[edit]

Effects that grant protection[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

See also: Boon#Related equipment

Relics that grant protection[edit]

Relics that benefit from protection[edit]

Upgrade components that improve protection[edit]


Player Chatter[edit]

  • When protection is applied to a character they will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on their race and gender.
Race Gender
Male Female
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura I'm nigh invincible. Armor enhanced.
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Armored up! Armored up.
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Armored up! They'll have to hit much harder!
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn Strength is mine! Defense then offense!
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Safe from harm. Protected!

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
October 26, 2021
  • Multiplicative damage reduction enhancements have been updated to display how much damage was reduced by rather than displaying how much the damage is multiplied by. For example, protection now displays "-33% Damage" instead of "67% damage." This is not a change to functionality; it is only a change to display the bonus in a more intuitively understandable way.
October 05, 2021
  • All effects that provide a percentage reduction to incoming damage have been standardized to stack multiplicatively.
  • Fixed a bug causing duration-stacking boons to be affected by a hidden stack limit of 9, which in some cases could come into effect before stacking to that boon's expected duration cap. This resulted in some boons having a lower total duration than expected. This hidden stack limit has been removed for duration-stacking boons that also have a maximum duration—alacrity, fury, protection, quickness, resistance, resolution, swiftness, and vigor.
May 11, 2021
  • Duration-stacking boons and conditions now behave consistently. They directly stack durations added from all sources, do not have hidden stack limits, and generally have shorter maximum durations. (30 seconds)
February 06, 2018
  • Reduced the vulnerability inflicted from 3 stacks for 10 seconds to 3 stacks for 8 seconds when this boon is converted into a condition.
October 18, 2016
  • The duration-based boons Protection, Quickness, Regeneration, Resistance, Retaliation, and Vigor will now only stack up to 5 times instead of 9.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Boon to Condition Conversion: Protection converts to 3 stacks of vulnerability for 10 seconds. (+2 stacks).
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Protection has been added to the game.