Zealot's Embrace

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Zealot's Embrace

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
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1 Activation time  
12 Recharge time
15 Recharge time
Zealot's Embrace

Send a wave toward your foe that immobilizes foes in a line. Gain barrier for each target struck. Barrier is reduced for each target struck beyond the first.

Damage.png Damage: 908 (2.25)?
Damage.png Damage: 484 (1.2)?
Barrier.png First Hit Barrier: 1,513 (0.2)?
Barrier.png Additional Hit Barrier: 625 (0.05)?
Immobile.png Immobilize (2s): Unable to move.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Virtues Virtues

Firebrand Firebrand


  • Sends a piercing projectile along the ground in a straight line towards the target, immobilizing up to 5 enemies on contact.
  • The projectile(s) from this skill keeps to the ground, meaning that it can be aimed only horizontally; its path vertically is always along the ground. It also means that targets cannot be hit if there is a gap or large elevation in the ground between the target and the caster (eg. harpy jumping puzzle in Uncategorized Fractal).
  • After hitting 5 enemies, the chain will simply disappear, unlike most other linear skills.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the casting time from 1.2 seconds to 0.94 seconds. Increased the additional-hit barrier from 225 to 625. Increased the power coefficient from 1.5 to 2.25 in PvE only.
February 14, 2023
  • This skill now grants barrier when striking an enemy.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Damage multiplier increased from 0.8 to 1.5.
March 29, 2022
  • Increased power coefficient from 0.8 to 1.2 in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Increased cooldown from 12 seconds to 15 seconds.
December 11, 2018
  • The cooldown of this skill has been reduced from 15 seconds to 12 seconds.
October 18, 2016
  • Projectile speed has been increased by 100%.
July 28, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to have an 18-second cooldown instead of the intended 15-second cooldown.
August 25, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that required this skill to fully recharge if the cast was interrupted by the target moving behind the caster.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Zealot's Embrace has been added to the game.