Symbol of Punishment

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Symbol of Punishment

0.25¼ Activation time  6 Recharge time  Ground-targeted  

Profession
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian (skill list)
Weapon
Scepter
 
Weapon slot 2
Type
Symbol
Game link
External links
API

Symbol. Strike foes in the target area repeatedly.

 Damage.png Damage: 73 (0.2)?
 Damage.png Damage: 121 (0.33)?
 Damage.png Symbol Damage: 183 (0.5)?
 Might.png Might (5s): 30 Power, 30 Condition Damage
 Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Impacts: 8
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Duration.png Symbol Duration: 4s
 Radius.png Symbol Radius: 180
 Combo.png Combo Field: Light
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Zeal
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Radiance
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Honor
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Valor

Notes[edit]

  • Creates a light field.
  • The listed might is applied to allies within the symbol each pulse.
  • Causes a number of small fists to strike the target area. Each fist can hit at most one target, can hit enemies that are outside of the symbol, and are not guaranteed to hit anything even if enemies are within the symbol.
  • The number of impacts shown in the tooltip is the most that may occur with a single use of the skill. In practice, some may miss. The damage shown in the tooltip is the expected damage per impact, based on the formula (see Damage).
  • The impacts are more spread out with Writ of Persistence, making them less likely to hit an intended target.
  • The total coefficient for all impacts landing with the symbol ticks is 4.112. When traited, this total increases to 6.168.
The first pulse of the symbol pulses might, but not the main damage tick. This may be intentional, as it previously didn't pulse anything on the first tick.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 16, 2019
  • Lowered the damage of extra strikes by 25% in PvE.
October 02, 2018
  • The random damage of this skill has been reduced by 25% in PvE only. Steady pulsing damage remains the same.
October 18, 2016
  • Skill facts have been updated to display the light combo's field effect.
July 26, 2016
  • This skill has been renamed Symbol of Punishment and now drops a symbol at the target location that deals damage to the area every 1 second, additionally delivering smaller Smite attacks.
  • The Smite damage interval has been increased from 0.25 seconds to 0.5 seconds and will persist as long as the symbol is active (meaning more strikes when the Writ of Persistence trait is active).
  • The range of this skill has been reduced from 1200 to 900.
October 29, 2013
  • Added a skill fact for the number of impacts, and removed the number of attacks from the damage skill fact.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Fixed a bug that caused all impacts to fall within a smaller than intended radius when casting this skill.
February 26, 2013
  • Now displays a radius skill fact.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Smite has been added to the game.

Trivia[edit]

  • This skill's functionality was changed with the July 26, 2016 game update. Prior to the update, this skill was called Smite.