Signet of Humility

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Signet of Humility

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Training cost
9 Hero points
Game link
Signet of Humility (overhead icon).png

Overhead activation icon

1 Activation time  
60 Recharge time
90 Recharge time
Signet of Humility

Signet Passive: Reduces duration of incoming stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
Signet Active: Transform your foe into a moa bird.
(Defiant foes will have their defiant bar reduced instead.)

Duration.png Duration Decreased: 20%
Duration.png Duration: 6 seconds
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


  • When underwater, the target is transformed into a tuna.
  • This skill causes 600 Defiance bar damage and is affected by Superior Sigil of Paralyzation.
  • This skill does the highest amount of damage to defiance bars in a single hit in the game.
    • Surge of the Mists is capable of higher amounts of defiance bar damage against enemies with bigger hitboxes, and Basilisk Venom is capable of up to 750 defiance damage if applied to 4 other attacking allies.
  • While not on cool-down, this signet is visible on the player's bar as the Signet of Humility.png Signet of Humility effect.
  • Casting while facing away from the target cancels the cast for the shortened duration of an interrupted skill but activates the elite-activated relics.


Moa form[edit]

While morphed, the skill bar of the affected target is replaced with the following set of skills in slots 1-5. Slots 6-0 are disabled.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Peck.png Claw 0.25¼ Scratch your foe.
2 Lunge.png Kick 1 4 Kick your foe.
3 Peck (Moa Morph).png Peck 2 4 Peck your foe.
4 Screech.png Screech 10.5½ 4 Let out a moa screech.
5 Flee (Moa Morph).png Flee 0.75¾ 10 Flee from your enemies.

Tuna form[edit]

When morphed underwater, the skill bar is replaced with the following set of skills in slots 1-5 instead.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Bite (armorfish).png Bite 0.25¼ Bite your foe.
2 Feeding Frenzy (shark).png Chomp 0.5½ 4 Chomp your foe.
3 Stunning Rush.png Frenzy 3 5 Attack nearby foes.
4 Chomp (armorfish).png Spit 10.25¼ 15 Spit at your foe to confuse them.
5 Fear (shark).png Flee 0.75¾ 15 Flee from your enemies.

Related traits[edit]

Inspiration Inspiration

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 120 seconds to 60 seconds in PvE only.
April 19, 2022
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill would not transform specters that were in shadow shroud.
March 29, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 180 seconds to 90 seconds in PvP and WvW.
March 05, 2019
  • Reduced the recharge time of this skill from 180 seconds to 120 seconds in PvE only.
December 11, 2018
  • The defiance-bar damage performed by this skill has been reduced from 10 seconds to 6 seconds to match the duration of the skill's transformation.
October 18, 2016
  • The signet's casting effect will now occur at the beginning of the ability.
  • This ability can no longer target enemies behind the mesmer who casts it.
May 03, 2016
  • Reduced the moa transform duration of this skill from 10 seconds to 6 seconds.
  • The defiance-bar damage has not been changed.
November 17, 2015
  • Fixed a bug with this skill that prevented it from transforming rangers who were in Celestial Avatar form.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • This skill has been renamed to "Signet of Humility" (from Polymorph Moa) and is now classified as a signet skill.
  • Its passive effect reduces the duration of stun, daze, fear, and taunt by 20%.
  • Its active effect remains unchanged.
July 15, 2014
  • Skritt burglars are no longer affected by Polymorph Moa.
August 20, 2013
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to appear unselectable while underwater.
August 06, 2013
  • This skill should now animate when used with a greatsword.
April 30, 2013
  • Can be used while moving.
November 15, 2012
  • Targets transformed by this skill have 5 new and less-frustrating skills, and this skill can also be used underwater to turn enemies into tuna (Tuna Morph).
  • This skill now removes Death Shroud from the target instead of the necromancer being stuck in Death Shroud.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Polymorph Moa has been added to the game.