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A skill can fail if some of its requirements are not met or if failure is triggered by another skill's effect. When a skill fails, its activation is disrupted, it recharges instantly and the skill cost (i.e. adrenaline, energy, overcast and/or health sacrifice) used on its activation is lost.

The different situations when a skill user does not meet the skill's requirements and will therefore experience skill failure are:

  • The user having a low rank in a certain attribute. In this case, the skill usually still has a 50% chance of success.
  • The user activating a skill specifically requiring a previous Lead, Off-hand or Dual attack on the target, a Knockdowned or hexed foe or an enchanted user. See also skill chain.
  • The target of the skill dying (or casting a spell targeting prevention skill) during the activation. Some AoE skills will still activate successfully because they actually consider the target's location and not the target itself, see the section below.

Like block or miss, a failed attack skill is still considered attack (even if the target suffers no damage) and will still trigger effects from skills such as Empathy.

The Loose Magic environment effect causes failure of all skills.

Unlike interruption and knock down, there are currently no effects which prevent skill failure.

Skills that cause skill failure[edit]

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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"Can't Touch This!"

Shout. (20 seconds.) The next 1...4...5 touch-range skill[s] used against allies [sic] within earshot fail[s]. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagon CommandZ Nightfall
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"Can't Touch This!" (PvP)

Shout. (20 seconds.) The next 1...4...5 touch-range skill[s] used against you fail[s]. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagon CommandZ Nightfall
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Aegis (PvP)

Enchantment Spell. (1...3...3 seconds). Target party member cannot be targeted by hostile spells. Attacks against this party member fail. Cannot self-target. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonk Protection PrayersZ Core
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Guilt

Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 5...12...14 Energy. No effect unless this foe's spell targets one of your allies. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png mesmeraMesmer Domination MagicZ Prophecies
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Mark of Subversion

Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 10...76...92 Health. No effect unless this foe's spell targeted one of its allies. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer Blood MagicZ Prophecies
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Mistrust

Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) The next spell that target foe casts on one of your allies fails and deals 10...82...100 damage to target and nearby foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Domination MagicZ Nightfall
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Mistrust (PvP)

Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) The next spell that target foe casts on one of your allies fails and deals 10...62...75 damage to target and nearby foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Domination MagicZ Nightfall
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Riot Shield

Stance. (10 seconds.) You have a 100% chance to block attacks. Spells targeting you fail. Ends if you move. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAny Z Core
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Shadow Form (PvP)

Elite Enchantment Spell. (5...13...15 seconds.) Hostile spells targeting you fail, and attacks against you miss. End effect: lose all but 5...41...50 Health. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
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Shame

Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 5...12...14 Energy. No effect unless this foe's spell targeted one of its allies. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Domination MagicZ Prophecies

Skills that can fail at low attribute rank[edit]

Icon Name Description Other skill costs Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Charm Animal (Codex)

Skill. Your animal companion will travel with you whenever you have Charm Animal equipped. Failure unless Beast Mastery 8 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 1010 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 rangeraRanger Beast MasteryZ Core
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Dark Fury

Enchantment Spell. Enchants party members (5 seconds). These party members gain one strike of adrenaline each time they hit with an attack. 50% failure chance unless Blood Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer Blood MagicZ Prophecies
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Earth Shaker

Elite Hammer Attack. Knocks down target and adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Hammer Mastery is 5 or more. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarrior Hammer MasteryZ Prophecies
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Gale

Spell. Causes knock-down. 50% failure chance unless Air Magic 5 or more. 10 Tango-overcast.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Core
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Lyssa's Haste

Flash Enchantment Spell. (3...13...15 seconds.) Your Dervish enchantments recharge 33% faster. Initial Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. End Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Wind Prayers 5 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervish Wind PrayersZ Nightfall
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Lyssa's Haste (PvP)

Flash Enchantment Spell. (3...13...15 seconds.) Your Dervish enchantments recharge 33% faster. Initial Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. End Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Wind Prayers 5 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervish Wind PrayersZ Nightfall
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Oath Shot

Elite Bow Attack. Recharges all skills except Oath Shot if it hits. Disables all skills if it misses (10...5...4 seconds). 50% miss chance unless Expertise 8 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger ExpertiseZ Prophecies
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Plague Signet

Elite Signet. Transfers all conditions with 100...180...200% of their remaining durations from yourself to target foe. 50% failure chance unless Curses 5 or more. 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Core
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Psychic Instability

Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, cause knockdown for 2...4...4 seconds on target foe and all nearby foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Fast CastingZ Factions
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Psychic Instability (PvP)

Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, causes knockdown for 2...3...3 seconds on target foe and all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmer Fast CastingZ Factions
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Signet of Binding

Signet. You lose 200...80...50 Health. Gain control of target enemy-controlled spirit. 50% failure chance unless Spawning Power 5 or more. 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualist Spawning PowerZ Nightfall
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Slippery Ground

Spell. Causes knock-down if this foe is Blind or moving. Affects foes adjacent to your target. 50% failure chance unless Water Magic greater than 4. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Eye of the North
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Slippery Ground (PvP)

Spell. Causes knock-down if this foe is Blind or moving. 50% failure chance unless Water Magic 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Eye of the North
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Unyielding Aura (PvP)

Elite Enchantment Spell. Resurrects target party member (full Health, full Energy). End effect: this ally dies and leaves an exploited corpse. Does not incur a death penalty. 50% failure chance unless Divine Favor 5 or more. -1 Tango-upkeep.png 055 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonk Divine FavorZ Prophecies
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Verata's Aura

Enchantment Spell. (120...264...300 seconds.) Become master of all hostile undead servants in the area. End effect: your undead servants become masterless. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}33% Tango-sacrifice.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer Death MagicZ Prophecies
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Verata's Gaze

Spell. Make target undead servant masterless. If it is already masterless, you become its master. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer Death MagicZ Prophecies
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Well of the Profane

Well Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Foes in this well lose all enchantments and cannot be the target of further enchantments. Exploits a fresh corpse. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png necromanceraNecromancer Death MagicZ Core
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Yeti Smash

Hammer Attack. Attack all adjacent foes. Knocks down foes suffering from a condition. You lose all adrenaline. 50% failure chance unless Hammer Mastery is 5 or more. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarrior Hammer MasteryZ Factions

Skills that do not fail when target foe dies during activation[edit]

Icon Name Description Other skill costs Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Breath of Fire

Spell. Deals 10...34...40 fire damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Factions
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Celestial Storm

Skill. Deals 40 damage of each elemental type each second (15 seconds). Hits all foes in the area of target's initial location. 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png morale boostmorale boost Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Z Factions
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Churning Earth

Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. Causes knock-down to foes moving faster than normal. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Factions
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Deep Freeze

Hex Spell. Also hexes foes in the area of your target (10 seconds). These foes move 66% slower. Initial effect: deals 10...70...85 cold damage. 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Core
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Defile Enchantments

Spell. Deals 6...49...60 damage to target and nearby foes. Deals 4...17...20 more damage for each enchantment on them. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Factions
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Desecrate Enchantments

Spell. Deals 6...49...60 damage to target and nearby foes. Deals 4...17...20 more damage for each enchantment on them. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Prophecies
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Dragon's Stomp

Spell. Deals 26...85...100 earth damage. Causes knock-down. Also hits foes near this foe. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Factions
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Earthquake

Spell. Deals 26...85...100 earth damage. Also hits foes near target. Causes knock-down. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Prophecies
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Eruption

Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. Inflicts Blindness condition (10 seconds). 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Prophecies
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Feast of Corruption

Elite Spell. Deals 16...67...80 damage to target and adjacent foes. Steal 8...34...40 Health from each hexed foe. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Prophecies
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Fire Storm

Spell. Deals 5...29...35 fire damage each second (10 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Core
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Fireball

Spell. Projectile: deals 7...91...112 fire damage to target and adjacent foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Core
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Ice Spikes

Hex Spell. Also hexes foes adjacent to target (2...5...6 seconds). These foes move 66% slower. Initial effect: deals 20...68...80 cold damage. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Core
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Icicles

Hex Spell. Deals 75 cold damage to target and adjacent foes. These foes move 66% slower (5 seconds). 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Z Core
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Maelstrom

Spell. Deals 10...22...25 cold damage and interrupts spells each second (10 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Core
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Meteor

Spell. Deals 7...91...112 fire damage and causes knock-down. Also hits foes adjacent to target foe. 10 Tango-overcast.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Core
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Meteor Shower

Spell. Deals 7...91...112 fire damage and causes knock-down every 3 seconds (9 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 055 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Prophecies
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Phoenix

Spell. Projectile: deals 10...50...60 fire damage to target and nearby foes. Heals allies for 20...68...80 if you are Overcast. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Prophecies
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Plague Sending

Spell. Transfer 1...3...3 condition[s] and [its/their] remaining duration[s] from yourself to target foe and all adjacent foes. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Prophecies
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Ray of Judgment

Elite Spell. Deals 5...37...45 holy damage and inflicts Burning (1...3...3 second[s]) every second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonk Smiting PrayersZ Factions
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Rodgort's Invocation

Spell. Deals 15...99...120 fire damage. Also affects foes near your target. Inflicts Burning condition (1...3...3 second[s]). 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Prophecies
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Sandstorm

Elite Spell. Deals 10...26...30 earth damage each second (10 seconds). Hits foes near target foe's initial location. Hits attacking foes for 10...26...30 more earth damage each second. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Nightfall
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Savannah Heat

Elite Spell. Deals 5...17...20 fire damage for each second since casting this spell (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Nightfall
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Searing Flames

Elite Spell. Hits foes near your target. Deals 10...82...100 fire damage to foes already Burning. Inflicts Burning condition (1...6...7 seconds) to foes not Burning. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Nightfall
Searing Heat.jpg

Searing Heat

Spell. Deals 10...34...40 fire damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. End effect: inflicts Burning condition (3 seconds). 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Fire MagicZ Prophecies
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Shadow of Fear

Hex Spell. Also hexes foes adjacent to target (5...25...30 seconds). They attack 50% slower. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Prophecies
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Snow Storm

Spell. Deals 30...40 cold damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target foe's initial location. 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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Unsteady Ground

Elite Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds) and causes knock-down to attacking foes. Hits foes near target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Factions

Skills that trigger an effect on failed attacks[edit]

Icon Name Description Adrenaline Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Determined Shot

Bow Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. Recharges your attack skills if it fails to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png rangeraRanger MarksmanshipZ Core
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Fox's Promise

Elite Enchantment Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Your dagger attacks are unblockable. Ends the next time you fail to hit. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Dagger MasteryZ Nightfall
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Marksman's Wager

Elite Preparation. (18 seconds.) Gain 5...9...10 Energy whenever your arrows hit. Lose 10 Energy whenever your arrows fail to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02424 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger ExpertiseZ Prophecies
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Oath Shot

Elite Bow Attack. Recharges all skills except Oath Shot if it hits. Disables all skills if it misses (10...5...4 seconds). 50% miss chance unless Expertise 8 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger ExpertiseZ Prophecies
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Price of Failure

Hex Spell. (30 seconds.) 25% chance to miss. Target foe takes 1...37...46 damage whenever it fails to hit. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png necromanceraNecromancer CursesZ Prophecies
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Repeating Strike

Off-Hand Attack. Deals +10...26...30 damage. This skill has +15 second recharge time if it misses. Must follow an off-hand attack. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0 assassinaAssassin Dagger MasteryZ Factions
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Seeking Arrows

Preparation. (3...12...14 seconds.) Your arrows are unblockable. Ends if you fail to hit. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger MarksmanshipZ Factions
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Spear of Redemption

Spear Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. If it fails to hit, you lose one condition. 3 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 paragonaParagon Spear MasteryZ Eye of the North
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Spirit of Failure

Hex Spell. (30 seconds.) Target foe has 25% chance to miss. You gain 1...3...3 Energy whenever this foe misses. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png mesmeraMesmer Inspiration MagicZ Prophecies
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Tiger Stance

Stance. (4...9...10 seconds.) You attack 33% faster. Ends if you fail to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png warrioraWarrior StrengthZ Factions

Notes[edit]

  • Despite Hex Breaker's description stating that the next hex against the user will fail, the hex is actually cast successfully (it is however not applied).

See also[edit]