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The gods, in their wisdom, dispersed their magic throughout Tyria. Magic was dissipated, so that none may be too tempted by its power. We know that we can draw and contain magic through intense study and the use of certain materials—'signets'—and also with the blessing of all the Five. Have the Orrian people simply internalized these lessons? Is the land there so magical that all are born with the ability to use magic without the need for education? My theory will require more research...

A research paper with the heading, "Signets"

A Signet is a type of slot skills that grants a passive effect while equipped and additional benefits when activated. During recharge, the character loses the benefits of the passive effects.

All professions except the Revenant and Engineer have access to at least four signets, although Revenant has its own take on signets in form of facets, which have similar mechanics and feature skill icon artwork in style of that of signets.

List of signet skills[edit]

Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Signet of Resolve.png Signet of Resolve 1 30 Signet Passive: Cures a condition from yourself every few seconds.
Signet Active: Heal yourself.
Bane Signet.png Bane Signet 0.75¾ 30 Signet Passive: Improved Power
Signet Active: Knock down and damage your foe.
Signet of Judgment.png Signet of Judgment 25 Signet Passive: Reduces incoming damage.
Signet Active: Grant retaliation to nearby allies and burn nearby enemies.
Signet of Mercy.png Signet of Mercy 2 90 Signet Passive: Improves concentration.
Signet Active: Revive a nearby downed ally.
Signet of Wrath.png Signet of Wrath 0.75¾ 25 Signet Passive: Grants you increased condition damage.
Signet Active: Immobilize your target.
Signet of Courage.png Signet of Courage 20.5½ 90 Signet Passive: Periodically heal allies in the area around you while in combat.
Signet Active: Fully heal nearby allies.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Healing Signet.png Healing Signet 10.25¼ 20 Signet Passive: Regenerate health.
Signet Active: Heal yourself, and grant yourself resistance.
Dolyak Signet.png Dolyak Signet 40 Signet Passive: Reduces incoming damage.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and gain stability.
Signet of Fury.png Signet of Fury 0.25¼ 20 Signet Passive: Improves precision.
Signet Active: Gain adrenaline and improve your precision and ferocity.
Signet of Might.png Signet of Might 25 Signet Passive: Improves power.
Signet Active: Attacks are unblockable and you gain might.
Signet of Stamina.png Signet of Stamina 0.25¼ 40 Signet Passive: Faster endurance regeneration.
Signet Active: Cure all conditions and gain endurance.
Signet of Rage.png Signet of Rage 1 60 Signet Passive: Grants adrenaline.
Signet Active: Gain fury, might, and swiftness.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Signet of Renewal.png Signet of Renewal 50 Signet Passive: You and your pet recover health.
Signet Active: Grant resistance to your pet; it pulls conditions from nearby allies to itself.
Signet of Stone.png Signet of Stone 80 Signet Passive: Improves toughness for you and your pet.
Signet Active: You and your pet take no damage from attacks. You and your pet are still susceptible to conditions and control effects.
Signet of the Hunt.png Signet of the Hunt 40 Signet Passive: Grants 25% increased movement speed to you and your pet.
Signet Active: You and your pet's attacks become unblockable.
Signet of the Wild.png Signet of the Wild 0.75¾ 40 Signet Passive: Increases the ferocity of you and your pet.
Signet Active: Tap into the land to root foes around you.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Signet of Malice.png Signet of Malice 10.25¼ 15 Signet Passive: Heals when you attack.
Signet Active: Gain health.
Assassin's Signet.png Assassin's Signet 20 Signet Passive: Grants increased power.
Signet Active: Power is massively increased for a short duration.
Infiltrator's Signet.png Infiltrator's Signet 30 Signet Passive: Regenerates one extra initiative every ten seconds.
Signet Active: Shadowstep to your foe.
Signet of Agility.png Signet of Agility 30 Signet Passive: Grants increased precision.
Signet Active: Refill endurance and cleanse conditions from nearby allies.
Signet of Shadows.png Signet of Shadows 20 Signet Passive: Grants a 25% increase in movement speed.
Signet Active: Apply conditions to foes near your target.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

Signet of Restoration.png Signet of Restoration 1 25 Signet Passive: Grants health every time you cast a spell.
Signet Active: Heal yourself.
Signet of Air.png Signet of Air 25 Signet Passive: Grants a 25% increase in movement speed.
Signet Active: Blind your target and nearby foes.
Signet of Earth.png Signet of Earth 0.5½ 25 Signet Passive: Improves toughness.
Signet Active: Immobilize and bleed your foe.
Signet of Fire.png Signet of Fire 0.5½ 15 Signet Passive: Improves critical chance.
Signet Active: Burn your target and nearby foes.
Signet of Water.png Signet of Water 0.5½ 20 Signet Passive: Reduces incoming condition duration.
Signet Active: Damage and chill foes while healing and reviving allies in an area.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether 1 30 Signet Passive: Heal yourself whenever you summon an illusion.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and reduce the recharge of phantasm skills.
Signet of Domination.png Signet of Domination 0.25¼ 45 Signet Passive: Improved condition damage.
Signet Active: Stun your foe.
Signet of Illusions.png Signet of Illusions 10.25¼ 60 Signet Passive: Creates a clone every few seconds.
Signet Active: Recharges shatter skills.
Signet of Inspiration.png Signet of Inspiration 0.75¾ 20 Signet Passive: Grant swiftness and an additional random boon every ten seconds.
Signet Active: Extends the duration of all boons on nearby allies.
Signet of Midnight.png Signet of Midnight 30 Signet Passive: Improves expertise.
Signet Active: Blind nearby foes and stealth yourself.
Signet of Humility.png Signet of Humility 1 120 Signet Passive: Reduces duration of incoming stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
Signet Active: Transforms your foe into a moa bird.
(Defiant foes will have their defiant bar reduced instead.)

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Signet of Vampirism.png Signet of Vampirism 10.25¼ 30 Signet Passive: Steal health from nearby foes while in combat.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from that enemy.
Plague Signet.png Plague Signet 25 Signet Passive: Transfers conditions from nearby allies to yourself.
Signet Active: Send your conditions to a foe.
Signet of Spite.png Signet of Spite 0.75¾ 60 Signet Passive: Improves power.
Signet Active: Inflict bleeding, blindness, crippled, poison, vulnerability, and weakness on your foe.
Signet of the Locust.png Signet of the Locust 0.75¾ 30 Signet Passive: Your movement speed is increased.
Signet Active: Strike and remove boons from nearby foes. Heal for each foe you strike and for each boon removed.
Signet of Undeath.png Signet of Undeath 10.5½ 75 Signet Passive: Generates life force while in combat.
Signet Active: Sacrifice health to revive one downed ally in a target area.

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve signets[edit]

Traits that activate signets[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
October 15, 2013
  • Signet passive buffs are now properly applied upon entering a PvP map.
August 06, 2013
  • All signet skills now play their overhead bang effect at the start of the skill to help telegraph these skills.
February 26, 2013
  • Signets will no longer lose their passive effects when changing slots on the utility bar.
January 30, 2013
  • Fixed a bug where signets would lose their passive buffs at the start of PvP matches.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Signets have been added to the game.

Trivia[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Signet.
  • Signets as a skill derive from the original concept of skills in Guild Wars. Characters had 1 skill for each of the primary fingers (leading to the original skill bar size of 8), and derived their skills from skill gems dropped from bosses.