Symbol of Protection

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the guardian skill. For the trait skill that previously had the same name, see Lesser Symbol of Protection.

Symbol of Protection.png

Symbol of Protection

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
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Activ. type
Hammer Swing (guardian skill).png → Hammer Bash (guardian skill).png → 
Symbol of Protection.png
Game link
1 Activation time  
Symbol of Protection

Symbol. Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that gives protection to you and your allies.

 Damage.png Damage: 404 (1.0)?
 Damage.png Damage: 269 (0.666)?
 Damage.png Damage (3x): 606 (1.5)?
 Damage.png Damage (3x): 483 (1.2)?
 Protection.png3 Protection (1s): -33% Incoming Damage
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets (Hammer): 3
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets (Symbol): 5
 Duration.png Symbol Duration: 2 seconds
 Radius.png Symbol Radius: 180
 Combo.png Combo Field: Light
 Range.png Range: 180

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Zeal Zeal

Valor Valor

Honor Honor

Virtues Virtues


  • The hammer swing component of this skill cleaves.
  • The chain hits a single target 6 times (8 with Writ of Persistence): Three from the hammer swings and once for each pulse of the symbol. The symbol itself has a longer range than the hammer swing.
  • When cleaving, this auto chain can hit up to 24 times (34 with Writ of Persistence): Nine from the hammer swings and five hits per pulse of the symbol.
  • Upon application, the symbol centers around the target instead of the player.
  • The hammer swing component of this skill also triggers the trait Symbolic Exposure but is not affected by any other symbol trait.
  • The symbol component of this skill is affected by all symbol traits.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced casting time from 1.33 seconds to 0.9 seconds.
August 23, 2022
  • The aftercast animation duration before another skill can be used has been decreased by 0.65 seconds.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Autoattack chain: Reduced power coefficients from 0.8/0.8/1.0 to 0.533/0.533/0.666.
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.5 to 0.4.
April 23, 2019
  • Adjusted attack animations and damage to get a smoother attack sequence. The full attack chain is slightly faster with less damage, resulting in a small increase in overall damage per second.
September 09, 2014
  • Updated the damage skill facts to display Hammer Damage and Symbol Damage separately.
  • Added a Number of Targets: 5 skill fact.
  • Updated Number of Target skill facts to correctly indicate the maximum number of targets.
November 26, 2013
  • This symbol now has the appropriate duration increase when traited with Writ of Persistence.
July 23, 2013
  • Increased the spell effect and AoE rings to match the actual radius of this skill for both the base and when traited with Writ of Exaltation.
March 26, 2013
  • Now correctly hits five maximum targets and applies boons to five allies.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Symbol of Protection has been added to the game.