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Skull Grinder

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Skull Grinder

0.5½ Activation time  5 Recharge time  

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior (skill list)
Berserker tango icon 20px.png Berserker
Profession mechanic
Primal Burst
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Primal Burst. Unleash a powerful skull strike that dazes your target and inflicts multiple conditions.

 Damage.png Damage: 550 (1.5)?
 Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
 Blinded.png Blindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
 Bleeding.png4 Bleeding (8s): 704 Damage
 Bleeding.png3 Bleeding (8s): 528 Damage
 Confusion.png4 Confusion (4s): 160 Damage, 198 Damage to Players on Skill Use, 382 Damage to Non-Players on Skill Use
 Confusion.png5 Confusion (3s): 150 Damage, 248 Damage to Players on Skill Use, 478 Damage to Non-Players on Skill Use
 Crippled.png Cripple (8s): -50% Movement Speed
 Crippled.png Cripple (5s): -50% Movement Speed
 Daze.png Daze: 1 second
 Range.png Range: 300

— In-game description [?]

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced bleeding stacks from 4 to 3. Reduced cripple duration from 8 seconds to 5 seconds.
May 08, 2018
  • The bleeding this skill inflicts is no longer split between game modes and will now use the higher duration of 4 stacks for 8 seconds in all modes.
February 06, 2018
  • The previous PvP split of this skill has been extended to WvW, with confusion now added to the list of split conditions.
  • Confusion application has been modified from 4 stacks for 4 seconds to 5 stacks for 3 seconds.
May 17, 2017
  • The blast finisher delivered by this attack has been removed, as indicated in the original release note.
May 16, 2017
  • The damage of this skill has been reduced by 33%.
  • Bleeding has been reduced from 4 stacks for 8 seconds to 3 stacks for 6 seconds.
  • The blast finisher on this skill has been removed.
  • All changes apply to PvP only.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Skull Grinder has been added to the game.