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Savage Instinct

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Savage Instinct

Berserker icon small.png Berserker (trait list)
Training cost
10 Hero points
Game link
Savage Instinct

Activating berserk mode breaks stuns and reduces incoming damage.

Savage Instinct.png Feel No Pain (2s): -100% Incoming Damage.
Savage Instinct.png Feel No Pain (1s): -100% Incoming Damage.
Breaks stun.png Breaks Stun

— In-game description

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 17, 2023
  • Reduced the duration from 2 seconds to 1 second in PvP only.
July 07, 2020
  • This trait is no longer split between game modes and will use the longer 2-second duration for Feel No Pain in all game modes.
April 23, 2019
  • This trait no longer removes conditions. In addition to breaking stuns, it now provides a 100% damage reduction when berserk mode activates. The damage reduction lasts 2 seconds in PvE and 1 second in PvP and WvW.
January 26, 2016
  • The conditions removed by this trait have been increased from 1 to 2.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Savage Instinct has been added to the game.


  • The name of this trait is likely a reference to the fighting game Killer Instinct.