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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.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Signet of Resolve.png
 Signet of Resolve
2 1 30 Passive: Cures a condition from yourself every few seconds.
Active: Heal yourself.
Bane Signet.png
 Bane Signet
4 0.75¾ 30 Passive: Improved Power
Active: Knock down and damage your foe.
Signet of Judgment.png
 Signet of Judgment
3 25 Passive: Reduces incoming damage.
Active: Grant retaliation to nearby allies and burning to nearby foes.
Signet of Mercy.png
 Signet of Mercy
4 2 150 Passive: Improves healing.
Active: Revive a nearby ally.
Signet of Wrath.png
 Signet of Wrath
2 0.75¾ 25 Passive: Grants you increased condition damage.
Active: Immobilize your target.
Signet of Courage.png
 Signet of Courage
9 20.5½ 90 Passive: Periodically heal allies in the area around you while in combat.
Active: Fully heal nearby allies.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Healing Signet.png
 Healing Signet
2 10.25¼ 20 Passive: Regenerate health.
Active: Heal yourself, and grant yourself resistance.
Dolyak Signet.png
 Dolyak Signet
4 40 Passive: Reduces incoming damage.
Active: Heal yourself and gain stability.
Signet of Fury.png
 Signet of Fury
3 0.25¼ 20 Passive: Improves precision.
Active: Gain adrenaline and improve your precision and ferocity.
Signet of Might.png
 Signet of Might
2 25 Passive: Improves power.
Active: Your attacks are unblockable.
Signet of Stamina.png
 Signet of Stamina
4 0.25¼ 40 Passive: Grants faster endurance regeneration.
Active: Cure all conditions and gain endurance.
Signet of Rage.png
 Signet of Rage
9 1 60 Passive: Grants adrenaline.
Active: Gain fury, might, and swiftness.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Signet of Renewal.png
 Signet of Renewal
4 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
4 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
2 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
3 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 Passive: Heals when you attack.
Active: Gain health.
Assassin's Signet.png
 Assassin's Signet
3 20 Passive: Grants increased power.
Active: Power is massively increased for a short duration.
Infiltrator's Signet.png
 Infiltrator's Signet
2 30 Passive: Regenerates one extra initiative every ten seconds.
Active: Shadowstep to your foe.
Signet of Agility.png
 Signet of Agility
4 30 Passive: Grants increased precision.
Active: Refill endurance and cleanse conditions from nearby allies.
Signet of Shadows.png
 Signet of Shadows
4 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
3 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
4 0.5½ 25 Signet Passive: Improves toughness.
Signet Active: Immobilize and bleed your foe.
Signet of Fire.png
 Signet of Fire
2 0.5½ 15 Signet Passive: Improves critical chance.
Signet Active: Burn your target and nearby foes.
Signet of Water.png
 Signet of Water
4 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
2 1 30 Passive: Heal yourself whenever you summon an illusion.
Active: Heal yourself and reduce the recharge of phantasm skills.
Signet of Domination.png
 Signet of Domination
3 0.25¼ 45 Passive: Improved condition damage.
Active: Stun your foe.
Signet of Illusions.png
 Signet of Illusions
4 10.25¼ 60 Passive: Creates a clone every few seconds.
Active: Recharges Mind Wrack, Cry of Frustration, Diversion, and Distortion.
Signet of Inspiration.png
 Signet of Inspiration
2 0.75¾ 20 Passive: Grant swiftness and an additional random boon every ten seconds.
Active: Extends the duration of all boons on nearby allies.
Signet of Midnight.png
 Signet of Midnight
4 30 Passive: Improves expertise.
Active: Blind nearby foes and stealth yourself.
Signet of Humility.png
 Signet of Humility
9 1 120 Passive: Reduces duration of incoming stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
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
2 10.25¼ 30 Passive: Heal when struck by a foe.
Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from that enemy.
Plague Signet.png
 Plague Signet
4 30 Passive: Transfers conditions from nearby allies to yourself.
Active: Send your conditions to a foe.
Signet of Spite.png
 Signet of Spite
3 0.75¾ 60 Passive: Improves power.
Active: Inflict bleeding, blindness, crippled, poison, vulnerability, and weakness on your foe.
Signet of the Locust.png
 Signet of the Locust
2 0.75¾ 30 Passive: You run 25% faster.
Active: Steal health from nearby foes.
Signet of Undeath.png
 Signet of Undeath
4 3 150 Passive: Generates life force while in combat.
Active: Revive up to three downed allies in a target area.

Any tango icon 20px.png Common[edit]

Signet of Agony.png
 Signet of Agony
3 30 Signet Passive: Your attacks steal health.
Signet Active: Creates a large explosion around you, applying Spectral Agony to enemies caught within. Channel longer to increase its size.
Unaffected by traits.

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve signets[edit]

Traits that activate signets[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.


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.