Cracked Armor

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The visual effect of cracked armor on a character: a white shroud circling around the legs
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Condition. While suffering from this Condition, you have -20 armor (minimum 60).

Concise description: You have -20 armor (minimum 60).

— In-game description

Skills that cause cracked armor[edit]

Icon Name Description Adrenaline Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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"Finish Him!"

Shout. Deals 44...80 damage and inflicts Cracked Armor and Deep Wound conditions (12...20 seconds). No effect unless target foe has less than 50% Health. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAny Norn rankZ Eye of the North
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Alkar's Alchemical Acid

Spell. Projectile: deals 40...50 damage to target and adjacent foes. Deals 45...70 more damage and inflicts Cracked Armor condition (14...20 seconds) to Destroyers. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAny Deldrimor rankZ Eye of the North
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Aura Slicer

Melee Attack. (5...13...15 seconds.)Inflicts [sic] Bleeding condition. Also inflicts Cracked Armor (1...8...10 second[s]) if you are enchanted. 4 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 dervishaDervish MysticismZ Eye of the North
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Lightning Hammer

Spell. Deals 10...82...100 lightning damage. Applies Cracked Armor (5...17...20 seconds). 25% armor penetration. 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
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Lightning Surge

Elite Hex Spell. (3 seconds.) End effect: deals 14...83...100 lightning damage, causes knock-down, and inflicts Cracked Armor (5...17...20 seconds). 25% armor penetration. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Core
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Lightning Touch

Touch Skill. Deals 10...50...60 lightning damage. Also hits foes adjacent to target foe. Inflicts Blind (1...3...4 second[s]) and Cracked Armor (1...8...10 second[s]) on all struck foes. 25% armor penetration. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Core
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Low Blow

Touch Skill. Deals 45...70 damage. Inflicts 30...50 damage and Cracked Armor (14...20 seconds) if target foe is knocked down. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0 aAny Deldrimor rankZ Eye of the North
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Mark of Fury

Hex Spell. (5 seconds.) Allies hitting target foe gain 0...2...2 strike[s] of adrenaline. End effect: inflicts Cracked Armor (1...12...15 second[s].) 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer Blood MagicZ Nightfall
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Rending Aura

Flash Enchantment Spell. (30 seconds.) Your attack skills remove enchantments from knocked-down foes. Initial effect: deals 10...34...40 cold damage to all nearby foes. End effect: nearby foes have Cracked Armor for 1...8...10 second[s]. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 0066 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervish Wind PrayersZ Nightfall
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Shell Shock

Spell. Deals 10...26...30 lightning damage. Inflicts Cracked Armor condition (5...17...20 seconds). 25% armor penetration. If Overcast, strikes adjacent. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Eye of the North
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Shockwave

Elite Spell. Foes in the area take 15...51...60 earth damage and are Weakened (1...8...10 second[s]). Nearby foes also take +15...51...60 earth damage and have Cracked Armor (1...8...10 second[s]). Adjacent foes also take +15...51...60 earth damage and are Blinded (1...8...10 second[s]). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Factions
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Shrinking Armor

Hex Spell. (10 seconds.) Causes -1...3...4 Health degeneration. End effect: inflicts Cracked Armor condition (5...17...20 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Eye of the North
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Spirit Rift

Spell. After 3 seconds, affects foes adjacent to target's initial location. Deals 25...105...125 lightning damage and inflicts Cracked Armor (1...16...20 second[s]). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png ritualistaRitualist Channeling MagicZ Factions
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Staggering Force

Flash Enchantment Spell. (30 seconds.) Your attacks deal earth damage. Initial effect: deals 10...34...40 earth damage to nearby foes. End effect: inflicts Cracked Armor condition (1...8...10 second[s]) on nearby foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 0066 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervish Earth PrayersZ Nightfall
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Sundering Weapon

Weapon Spell. (4...9...10 seconds.) Target ally's next 3 attacks inflict Cracked Armor condition (5...17...20 seconds) and have 10% armor penetration. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualist CommuningZ Eye of the North
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Teinai's Crystals

Spell. Deals 20...36...40 damage to target. Deals +20...36...40 more [sic] damage and causes Cracked Armor (5...13...15 seconds) nearby if that foe had a Water Magic hex. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Factions
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Thunderclap

Elite Spell. Deals 10...42...50 lightning damage. Also strikes adjacent foes. Inflicts Cracked Armor and Weakness (5...17...20 seconds). Causes interrupt. 25% armor penetration. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Prophecies
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Weaken Armor

Spell. Also affects adjacent foes. Inflicts Cracked Armor condition (5...17...20 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Core
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Well of Ruin

Well Spell. (5...25...30 seconds.) Inflicts Cracked Armor condition (5...17...20 seconds) to any foe in the well that takes physical damage. Exploits a fresh corpse. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Eye of the North


Related skills[edit]

Skills that benefit from cracked armor[edit]

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Body Blow

Melee Attack. Deals +10...34...40 damage. Inflicts Deep Wound (0...12...15 second[s]) if target foe has Cracked Armor. 7 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarrior StrengthZ Eye of the North
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Body Shot

Bow Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. You gain 5...9...10 Energy if target foe has Cracked Armor. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger MarksmanshipZ Eye of the North
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Deft Strike

Ranged Attack. Deals 18...30 damage. Inflicts Bleeding condition (18...30 seconds) if target foe has Cracked Armor. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAny Ebon Vanguard rankZ Eye of the North
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Distracting Strike

Melee Attack. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: Disables interrupted skill (20 seconds) if target foe has Cracked Armor. Deals no damage. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png warrioraWarrior Z Eye of the North
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Piercing Trap

Trap. (90 seconds.) Affects nearby foes. Deals 5...41...50 piercing damage. Deals 15...51...60 more damage to any foes with Cracked Armor. Easily interrupted. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger Wilderness SurvivalZ Eye of the North
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Shock Arrow

Spell. Rapid projectile: deals 5...41...50 lightning damage. Gain 5 Energy plus 1 Energy for every 2 ranks of Energy Storage if you hit a foe suffering from Cracked Armor. 25% armor penetration. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
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Teinai's Prison

Hex Spell. (1...5...6 second[s].) Target foe moves 66% slower. Foes with Cracked Armor have 5...8...9 Health degeneration. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Factions

Skills with cracked armor-dependent effects[edit]

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Chest Thumper

Spear Attack. Inflicts Deep Wound condition (5...17...20 seconds) if target foe has Cracked Armor. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagon Spear MasteryZ Eye of the North

Skills that also reduce armor[edit]

See also: Skills that affect armor rating
Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Aggressive Refrain

Echo. (5...21...25 seconds.) You attack 25% faster. Renewal: whenever a chant or shout ends on you. You have -20 armor. 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagon LeadershipZ Nightfall
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Barbed Arrows

Preparation. (24 seconds.) Your arrows inflict Bleeding condition (3...13...15 seconds). You have -40 armor while activating this skill. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger Wilderness SurvivalZ Nightfall
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Healing Signet

Signet. You gain 82...154...172 Health. You have -40 armor while using this skill. 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png warrioraWarrior TacticsZ Core
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Shadowy Burden

Hex Spell. (3...13...15 seconds.) Target foe moves 25% slower and has 20 less armor against your attacks. Armor reduction only affects this foe while it has no other hexes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
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Soldier's Fury

Elite Echo. (10...30...35 seconds.) You attack 33% faster and gain 33% more adrenaline if under the effects of a shout or chant. You have -20 armor. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagon LeadershipZ Nightfall

Notes[edit]

  • Cracked Armor takes effect before the armor cap.
  • There are no upgrade components that influence the duration of cracked armor, as there are for most other conditions.
  • For a maximum level character, an AR of 60, from a flavor standpoint, is essentially considered unarmored. An armor rating of 60 offers no damage reduction or increase to the listed damage of a weapon or skill.
  • Cracked Armor uses the same animation as weakness.
  • Opponents suffering the full effect of cracked armor will take 41% more damage.
    • It often has little or no effect on party members who are casters, since their maximum base armor rating is 60; it almost always has some effect on martial classes.
    • It almost always reduces protections offered by armor-boosting equipment mods, such as of Defense or Shaman's Insignia.
    • It almost always reduces the bonuses of armor-boosting skills like Armor of Frost.
    • Many foes in hard mode will suffer its full effects, since even casters can have armor ratings of 80 or more.
    • Since cracked armor gives a percentage-based increase in damage, targets with AR 80 (the lowest rating that receives the full effect) will suffer the highest amount of increased damage.
Bug Bug.Cracked armor will reduce armor ratings as low as that of the target's Core armor, if that value is below 60.
Bug Bug.Cracked armor has no effect if you use a skill or combination of skills or effects that boosts your armor by +46 or more. See also armor calculation.

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See also[edit]


Conditions
Bleeding.jpg BleedingBlind.jpg BlindBurning.jpg BurningCracked Armor.jpg Cracked ArmorCrippled.jpg CrippledDazed.jpg DazedDeep Wound.jpg Deep WoundDisease.jpg DiseasePoison.jpg PoisonWeakness.jpg Weakness