Skull Crack

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Skull Crack

Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Profession mechanic
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0.5½ Activation time  8 Recharge time  

Burst. Stun your foe with a skull crack. Effect increases with adrenaline level.

 Damage.png Damage: 550 (1.5)?
 Damage.png Damage: 275 (0.75)?
 Stun.png Level 1 stun: 1 second
 Stun.png Level 2 stun: 2 seconds
 Stun.png Level 3 stun: 3 seconds
 Evade.png Defiance Break: 600[sic]
 Range.png Range: 130

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Strength Strength

Arms Arms

Defense Defense

Tactics Tactics

Discipline Discipline

Spellbreaker Spellbreaker


The Defiance Break sums up all three levels: 100+200+300=600 instead of correctly displaying the level-depending value.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 04, 2022
  • Increased power coefficient from 0.01 to 0.75 in PvP and WvW.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
July 07, 2020
  • Icons for daze and stun are now displayed in light purple in skill and trait tooltips.
March 17, 2020
  • Fixed a bug that caused the spellbreaker version of this skill to do more damage than expected in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 1.5 to 0.01.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Using a burst skill for your equipped weapon will now set the recharge of all adrenaline tiers of that burst skill.
  • The recharge of all burst skills has been reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
December 10, 2013
  • Increased the cast time from .25 seconds to .5 seconds.
  • Updated the animation and effects of this skill to be more clear.
  • Fixed the skill facts to indicate the damage increase when Burst Mastery is traited.
June 25, 2013
  • Increased the stun duration from 1, 1.5, 2 to 1, 2, 3.
  • Increased the damage by 50%.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Skull Crack has been added to the game.