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Skull Grinder

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Skull Grinder

Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Berserker icon small.png Berserker
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Primal Burst
Game link
0.5½ Activation time  5 Recharge time  
Skull Grinder

Primal Burst. Unleash a powerful skull strike that dazes your target and inflicts multiple conditions.

Damage.png Damage: 550 (1.5)?
Damage.png Damage: 488 (1.33)?
Blinded.png Blindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Bleeding.png4 Bleeding (8s): 704 Damage
Bleeding.png3 Bleeding (8s): 528 Damage
Confusion.png4 Confusion (4s): 176 Damage, 198 Damage on Skill Use
Confusion.png5 Confusion (3s): 165 Damage, 247 Damage on Skill Use
Crippled.png Cripple (8s): -50% Movement Speed
Crippled.png Cripple (5s): -50% Movement Speed
Daze.png Daze: 1 second
Evade.png Defiance Break: 100
Range.png Range: 300

— In-game description


Related traits[edit]

Strength Strength

Arms Arms

Defense Defense

Tactics Tactics

Discipline Discipline

Berserker Berserker

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • Increased the power coefficient from 1.0 to 1.33 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.
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.