Special action skill

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Special action skills are additional skills which can appear above the skill bar during certain fights. By default, they are bound to the - key.

List of special action skills[edit]

Raids[edit]

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 Expel Energy
By focusing intently, unleash the build-up energy from Arcing Affliction. Hall of Chains Gained during the fight with Dhuum.


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 Issue Challenge
45 Challenge the Soulless Horror, causing her to focus her attacks on you. Hall of Chains Granted by interacting with one of two runes at the Besieged Ruins.


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 Celestial Dash
10.25¼ 5 Dash at the speed of a shooting star to your target location. Source: prison waters Bastion of the Penitent Gained after walking through the Mystic Waters.


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 Claim
8 Claim a tile for your team. Bastion of the Penitent During the fight against the Mursaat Overseer.


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 Dispel
18 Dispel the protective shield surrounding an enemy game piece. Bastion of the Penitent Gained during fight against Mursaat Overseer.


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 Over Here!
3 Call your ally to your location. Stronghold of the Faithful Gained during the Siege the Stronghold encounter.


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 Intervention
15 Harness the excess ambient magic to create a dome that protects against Xera's deadliest attack. Stronghold of the Faithful Gained during the fight with Xera.


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 Protect
180 Create a protective dome that nullifies all incoming damage for a short time. Bastion of the Penitent Gained during the fight with Mursaat Overseer.


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 Purge
Purge Slothasor's volatile poison, leaving a damaging pool behind. Salvation Pass Caused by Slothasor.


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 Purge
Fight against the corrupted blood magic and purge it from your soul. Salvation Pass Caused by Matthias Gabrel.


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 Rebel
1 ... Spirit Vale When trapped in a Ghastly Prison created by Gorseval the Multifarious


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 Sapper Bomb
0.5½ Throws the sapper bomb in your hand. Explosion damages allies and enemies. Spirit Vale Caused by Bandit Sappers while fighting Sabetha the Saboteur.

Fractals of the Mists[edit]

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 Enhanced Reflexes
1 Blessed by the almighty Joko, you leap higher, take reduced fall damage, move quicker, break stuns, and evade attacks. Twilight Oasis Fractal Gained after getting awakened by Joko


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 Flickering Flame
0.5½ There is just enough heat to light a single fire with this torch. Chaos Isles Fractal Gained at the start of the blizzard section.


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 Hex Shield
32 Protect a platform from disappearing. Thaumanova Reactor Fractal Gained during the fight against the Thaumanova Anomaly.


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 Hypernova Launch
9 Launch yourself to a point using cosmic energy. Shakes the earth when you land, and prevents damage from attacks. Shattered Observatory Fractal Gained after the encounter with Viirastra.


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 Ignite
0.5½ Use a torch to ignite your target. Snowblind Fractal Gained at the start.


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 Nova Dash
0.5 Dash through the air. Mistlock Sanctuary Gained after successfully completing the bouncing marble minigame and then interacting with the marble.


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 Nova Launch
9 Launch yourself to a point using cosmic energy. Prevents damage from attacks. Shattered Observatory Fractal Gained after travelling through the first rift.


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 Nova Launch
0.5 Launch yourself to a point using cosmic energy. Prevents damage from attacks. Mistlock Sanctuary Enter the instance.

Story[edit]

Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Location Requirement
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 Minor Breakthrough
10.25¼ Release your built-up guilt and damage the manifestation of self-doubt! Shining Blade Secrets Speak to one of the ghosts during the Manifestation of Self-Doubt encounter.


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 Communicator Ping
1 5 Use your communicator to detect the direction and proximity of other communication signals.

A blue ping response indicates the signal is far away.
A yellow ping response indicates the signal is nearby.
A red ping response indicates the signal is very close.
A Meeting of Ministers Gained after the fixing the gate golem and talking to Taimi.


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 Coordinated Attack
1.25 Successfully performing a coordinated, well-timed attack with Aurene will stun the creature and give Aurene an opening to break through the creature's defenses.

This must be timed correctly with Aurene. Otherwise, you run the risk of Aurene missing her attack window.
Precocious Aurene Gained when standing in the white circle during the battle against the Mordrem Leyleecher.


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 Triage
1 Help gravely wounded Shining Blade agents get back on their feet. Shining Blade Secrets Available during the Henge of Denravi re-enactment.


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 "Cheer!"
40.5½ 30 Skills recharge faster. Shining Blade Secrets Available to spectators during the Manifestation of Self-Doubt fight.


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 Spectral Smite
0.75 While infused with Lazarus's power, harness it to smite your foes. Dragon Vigil Gained after throwing a destroyer's pustule bomb at the Veteran Destroyer of Hope.


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 Scan
0.5½ 2 A portable scanner. Heart of the Volcano (story) Given by Taimi.


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 Release Energy
0.75¾ 0.5 Release the volatile ley energy at the target, stripping away volatile plating. If the target does not have volatile plating, this skill will apply vulnerability and refund its cost. A Kindness Repaid Picking up Volatile Ley Energy.


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 Unsheathe Sohothin
1.5 Unsheathe the mighty Sohothin. Beast of War Granted upon trying to drop Sohothin.


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 Legendary Prisoner Stance
0 Invoke the power of the legendary prisoner Palawa Joko. The Hero of Istan Given to Revenants.


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 Unchained Desolation
2 5 Unleash enough raw fury enough to sunder steel. The Hero of Istan Gain by using the  
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 Legendary Prisoner Stance action skill.

Player versus Player[edit]

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 Rally the Crowd
Shout to the crowd to gain their favor and gain an effect that gives your team +50 to all stats. Eternal Coliseum Gained after reaching 7 stacks of Coliseum Prestige.

Central Tyria[edit]

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 Return to Sender
0.75¾ 1 All Legendary Bandit Executioner locations, as well as White Mantle locations. Gained after using Counter Magic before being struck by Sword of Vengeance, a skill used by Legendary Bandit Executioner and several White Mantle foes.


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 Sensor Tracking
10 Activate the guidance enchantment to indicate the direction and proximity of magical sensors. Bloodtide Coast, Frostgorge Sound, Lornar's Pass, Snowden Drifts, Southsun Cove Gained after talking to the Elemental Sprite.

Heart of Maguuma[edit]

Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description Location Requirement
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 Return to Checkpoint
Abaddon's Ascent Upon reaching a checkpoint in the jumping puzzle.


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 Return to Checkpoint
5 Teleport back to the last checkpoint you reached. Searing Ascent Upon reaching a checkpoint in the jumping puzzle.


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 Scan
6 Use the technomagic detector to locate nearby Zinn's stashes. Draconis Mons Using an Ancient Asuran Power Source.


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 Counter Magic
1 Counter certain magical attacks, and remove any lingering effects. Bloodstone Fen Gained during fights with some enemies in Bloodstone Fen after the Counter Magic mastery is trained.


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 Dirge of Balthazar
3 0 Applies Turning the Tide to all creatures in the area of effect.

Enemies affected by the following:
  Incoming damage increased,
  Constant burning damage,
  Burning damage increased while moving.

Allies affected by the following:
  Increased crit chance,
  Increased endurance regeneration,
  Incoming damage lowered.
Siren's Landing Acquired randomly when interacting with a Chancel of Echoes.


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 Dirge of Dwayna
3 0 Applies Preservation of Life to all allies in the area of effect.

Fallen allies are revived.
All allies will auto-revive the next time they fall.

There is a modest countdown before the auto-revive kicks in. If you are revived by other means before the countdown finishes, the effect is not expended.
Siren's Landing Acquired randomly when interacting with a Chancel of Echoes.


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 Dirge of Grenth
3 0 Applies Breath of the Mist to all creatures in the area of effect.

Enemies affected by the following:
  Skills and actions take longer to complete
  Movement is slowed,
  Skills take longer to recharge.

Allies affected by the following:
  Skills and actions complete more quickly,
  Movement speed is increased,
  Incoming critical hits trigger protection.
Siren's Landing Acquired randomly when interacting with a Chancel of Echoes.


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 Dirge of Lyssa
3 0 Applies Own Worst Enemy to all creatures in the area of effect.

Enemies suffer from a 50% chance to fumble all attacks while under the effect.

Affected allies split incoming damage 50/50 with whatever attacked them while under effects of Own Worst Enemy.

If the attacker is also affected by Your Own Worst Enemy, 100% of the damage is reflected back to the attacker and the player takes no damage from that attack.
Siren's Landing Acquired randomly when interacting with a Chancel of Echoes.


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 Dirge of Melandru
3 0 Applies Wild Growth to all creatures in the area of effect.

Attacks made against enhanced allies trigger Retaliation and Bleeding.

As the performer of this dirge, you also benefit from a summoned mushroom spike thrower that will fight for you.
Siren's Landing Acquired randomly when interacting with a Chancel of Echoes.

Crystal Desert[edit]

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 Threaten
10 Threaten the Zaishen zealot. Crystal Oasis Move within range of a Zaishen Zealot at the Give aid to the refugees at Marifa Camp heart.


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 Warp
Domain of Vabbi Move off the path of the race.


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 Equip Brandstone Multitool
Use to equip the Brandstone Multitool. Domain of Istan Using Brandstone Multitool while on foot.


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 Locate Impact Site
0.25¼ 3 Points toward Brandstone impact sites in the Domain of Istan. Domain of Istan Using Brandstone Multitool while mounted.


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 Geyser Boost
3 Surge upward on a jet of water. Can only be used while hovering above water. Sandswept Isles Available during the race at Northern Complex Coves.

Other[edit]

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 Feline Communication
5 Communicate with this cat in a way you don't quite understand. Anywhere with a Feline Familiar Gained by walking up to a Feline Familiar.


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 Mushroom King's Blessing
30 The power of adrenal mushrooms instantly refreshes your skills. Special Forces Training Area Entering the area.

Trivia[edit]

  • The special action skill was released on November 17, 2015 alongside the Spirit Vale raid.
  • The first special action skill was Sapper Bomb in the Sabetha raid encounter.
    • During development, sapper bombs replaced a player's 1-5 skill and were often accidentally thrown away during combat. [1]

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