Skill icon

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Skill icons are the visual representations of skills. They are the images displayed for example in the skill bar or in the effects monitor when the effect is active. In most cases, hovering over the icons with the mouse will show the skill description of the selected skill.

Color schemes[edit]

Skill icons are color coded based on the profession the skill is bound to. Common skills tied to a title track also have their own schemes.

Overlays[edit]

In addition to the basic icon, various interface elements place overlays with additional information on the icons.

Full overlays[edit]

Recharging skills[edit]

If a skill has a recharge time it will become darkened after activating. While the skill is recharging the icon will slowly be uncovered starting from the top and move clockwise around the icon.

Example Meaning
Skill icon overlay recharge.gif This skill is recharging and cannot be activated again until fully recharged.

Locked skills[edit]

While in maps with PvP (effect), PvE-only skills will have a partially opaque overlay covering the entire icon, designating that they cannot be used while in the area.

Example Meaning
Skill icon overlay locked.jpg This skill will be unusable while under the PvP effect.

Adrenaline skills[edit]

Adrenaline skills use a unique overlay to denote when they can be activated. Before having any strikes of adrenaline the icon will be darkened, but as you gain adrenaline the icon will fill from the bottom to the top with flames. Once you have gained enough adrenaline to activate the skill the overlay will vanish and the icon will look like any other on your skill bar.

Example Meaning
Skill icon adrenaline none.gif No adrenaline.
Skill icon adrenaline low.gif Low amount of adrenaline.
Skill icon adrenaline high.gif High amount of adrenaline.
Skill icon adrenaline full.jpg Adrenaline threshold.

Frames[edit]

A frame can be placed around the icon. A golden frame is used to indicate elite status. In the effects monitor, all skills get a frame, depending on their skill type, which shows a duration bar at the bottom (if applicable).

Example Information
Skill icon frame elite.jpg Elite skill (golden)
Skill icon frame enchantment.jpg Non-Dervish Enchantment spell (light green)
Skill icon frame dervish enchantment.jpg Dervish enchantment and Flash enchantment spell (dark blue)
Skill icon frame hex.jpg Hex spell (fuchsia)
Skill icon frame weapon spell.jpg Weapon spell (dark green)
Skill icon frame condition.jpg Condition (light orange)
Skill icon frame misc.jpg Any other skill type that may appear in the effects monitor. (dark green)

Upper right mini icon[edit]

A small icon is used in this corner to indicate certain Skill types. Six different skill types use a special icon in the top right corner of the skill icon to act as a visual aid for the player.

These mini icons are often used in the Health bar too when the effects are applied to the player.

Common[edit]

Example Type
Skill icon enchantment spell.jpg Enchantment spell
Skill icon hex spell.jpg Hex spell

Assassin[edit]

Example Type / Counts as
Skill icon lead attack.jpg Lead attack
Skill icon offhand attack.jpg Offhand attack
Skill icon dual attack.jpg Dual attack

Ritualist[edit]

Example Type
Skill icon weapon spell.jpg Weapon spell

Upper left mini icon[edit]

If a requirement for a skill isn't met, the skill icon will become grayed out and a special icon will become visible in the top left corner. This may be due to a wrong weapon or because of a lead, offhand or dual attack (or a hex) that has to be applied in order to use the specific skill.

Common[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no melee.jpg You currently do not wield a melee weapon which is required to use this skill.
Skill icon no ranged.jpg You currently do not wield a ranged weapon which is required to use this skill.

Warrior[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no axe.jpg You currently do not wield an axe which is required to use this skill.
Skill icon no sword.jpg You currently do not wield a sword which is required to use this skill.
Skill icon no hammer.jpg You currently do not wield a hammer which is required to use this skill.

Ranger[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no bow.jpg You currently do not wield a bow which is required to use this skill.

Assassin[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no daggers.jpg You currently do not wield daggers which are required to use this skill.
Skill icon no lead.jpg Your target is not affected by a lead attack. This is required to use this skill properly.
Skill icon no offhand.jpg Your target is not affected by an offhand attack. This is required to use this skill properly.
Skill icon no dual.jpg Your target is not affected by a dual attack. This is required to use this skill properly.
Skill icon no hexed.jpg Your target is not hexed. This is required to use this skill properly.

All assassin skill requirements (apart from wielding daggers) allow skill activation but lead to a failure if not met.

Paragon[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no spear.jpg You currently do not wield a spear which is required to use this skill.

Dervish[edit]

Example Meaning
Skill icon no scythe.jpg You currently do not wield a scythe which is required to use this skill.

Hero specific overlays[edit]

Hero characters receive all of the same skill icon overlays in their skill bar and effects monitor that player characters do, but they also have two additional overlays available only to them related to their skill queuing system. Both overlays are based on player input.

Example Meaning
Skill icon hero use skill.jpg Your hero will cancel all other actions and will activate this skill next.
Skill icon hero do not use skill.jpg Your hero will never activate this skill automatically.

See also[edit]

Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on Skill icon.

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