Snare (tactic)

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A snare is a skill or tactic that slows or restricts enemy movement. Snares are useful as a melee counter, for countering kiting, or for preventing a player from attaining an objective in a particular PvP mode. For example, one might snare the flag runner in a GvG match, a monk rushing to heal a Guild Lord, or the relic runner in a Heroes' Ascent relic run.

A snare can be thought of as the opposite of a speed boost. Snares can be stacked, but movement rate is capped at -50% slower than normal; however, a single skill that causes more than -50% slower movement can override the -50% cap, such as Winter's Embrace.

General overview of snares[edit]

  • Body blocking. A team can heavily restrict or sometimes entirely stop an enemy movement by using their own characters' bodies as a living wall. Spirits, pets, minions, and other NPCs, such as Footmen, can help body block an enemy character.
  • The crippled condition. Conditions are easily and cheaply removed, but they are also relatively easy and cheap to inflict. It is possible to stack conditions on top of the cripple to make it somewhat more difficult to remove; for example many Cripshot Rangers stack poison from Apply Poison on top of the cripple caused by Crippling Shot.
  • Hexes that slow. The water attribute of the elementalist, the illusion attribute of the mesmer, and the deadly arts attribute of the assassin contain many useful movement speed reducing hexes. Hexes are somewhat more difficult to remove than conditions, easier to cover to prevent removal, and tend to have more dramatic effects than the cripple condition.
  • Knock downs. Knock downs utterly stop an enemy target's movement and most actions for a short period of time. Knock downs last two seconds (unless otherwise noted), but the effect can be augmented by the Earthbind spirit, the Stonefist Insignia, rapid casting of knock downs with short recharges (such as Gale), or coordinated chaining of knock downs from multiple teammates.
  • Incentives. A few unusual spells create incentives for a target to choose to restrict his own movement, for example the Assassin's Enduring Toxin and the Necromancer's Weaken Knees hexes. In addition, there are battlefield conditions created by various skills (such as wells, wards, nukes, traps and spirits) that can convince an enemy to avoid moving into a particular area.
  • Different types of snares do not stack. The highest value movement reduction will be applied.

Snare counters[edit]

  • Because many hexes can snare, Holy Veil cast before the hexes hit in important situations allows instant removal of a snare hex.
  • Condition removal is good against melee heavy teams for quickly removing cripple. Mending Touch is often used.
  • Stances can be used for several different reasons such as providing speed boosts, blocking attacks in order to avoid cripple, and preventing knock downs.
  • Speed boosts themselves are a counter to at least some of the effects of snares. The balance between speed loss and gain will reduce the snare's effect; however, be careful of using enchantment based speed boosts when facing snares such as Icy Shackles.

Application by game type[edit]

Guild versus Guild[edit]

  • Snaring an enemy's Flag Runner can help your team to receive a Morale boost.
  • Snaring a retreating enemy can quickly lead to the death of that particular opponent or slow their retreat as healers are required to stay longer to keep that foe alive.
  • Mass snares such as the Ward Against Foes can be used to limit tactical movements of an entire enemy team.
  • Snaring melee damage dealers on a retreat reduces the number of deaths your team will take when it is most vulnerable.
  • Snaring foes on splits can slow down offensive splits and facilitate countersplitting.
  • Snaring a target during a spike can ensure that melee attacks reach the target and that the target cannot dodge ranged spike damage.

Heroes' Ascent[edit]

  • Snaring the Relic Runner can buy your team time to stop their Relic Runner, and also give you more time to run a Relic.
  • Snaring can severely limit mobility on the capture points map and give your team the time or leverage to gain more shrines and therefore earn your team more points.
  • Snaring can easily create opportunities to timekill key foes, like Ghostly Heroes or healers, on King of the Hill maps.
  • Snaring enemy players in choke points combined with large amount of AoE damage, usually from the Fire Magic line.

Player versus Environment Adventuring[edit]

  • In challenging elite areas, snares can be used as an important form of damage mitigation.
  • Some missions/quests are much easier to complete with snares, such as snaring the Corsair Runners in the Moddok Crevice mission.

Skills that reduce movement speed[edit]

See also: Crippled#Skills that cause crippling
Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Muddy Terrain

Nature Ritual. Creates a level 1...8...10 spirit (30...78...90 second lifespan). Creatures in range have 10% slower movement: also negates speed boosts. Does not affect spirits. 0 055 Energy 0055 Activation time 03030 Recharge time rangeraRanger Wilderness SurvivalZ Prophecies

On self[edit]

Icon Name Description Adrenaline Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Armor of Earth

Enchantment Spell. (30 seconds.) You have +24...53...60 armor. You move 50...21...14% slower. 0 1010 Energy 0.75¾0.75¾ Activation time 01515 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Core
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Dolyak Signet

Signet. (8...18...20 seconds.) You have +10...34...40 armor and cannot be knocked-down. You move 75% slower. 0 0 0 02020 Recharge time warrioraWarrior StrengthZ Prophecies
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Flail

Stance. (1...12...15 second[s].) You attack 33% faster. You move 33% slower. 4 Adrenaline 0 0 0 warrioraWarrior StrengthZ Nightfall

On foes[edit]

Icon Name Description Overcast Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Binding Chains

Hex Spell. Also hexes foes near your target. (3 seconds.) These foes move 90% slower and takes 1...24...30 damage each second while moving. 0 1010 Energy 0011 Activation time 01515 Recharge time ritualistaRitualist CommuningZ Factions
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Crippling Anguish

Elite Hex Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Target foe moves and attacks 50% slower and has -1...7...8 Health degeneration. 0 055 Energy 0011 Activation time 01212 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Core
Crippling Anguish (PvP).jpg

Crippling Anguish (PvP)

Elite Hex Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Target foe moves 50% slower and has -1...4...5 Health degeneration. 0 1515 Energy 0011 Activation time 02020 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Core
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Dark Prison

Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. This foe moves 33% slower (1...5...6 seconds). 0 1010 Energy 0.25¼0.25¼ Activation time 03030 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ 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 Energy 0022 Activation time 01515 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Core
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Earthen Shackles

Hex Spell. (3 seconds.) Target and nearby foes move 90% slower. Applies Weakness for 5...17...20 seconds when it ends. 0 1010 Energy 0011 Activation time 01515 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Eye of the North
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Ethereal Burden

Hex Spell. (10 seconds.) Target foe moves 50% slower. End effect: you gain 10...16...18 Energy. 0 1515 Energy 01.501.5Activation time 03030 Recharge time Quest reward mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Prophecies
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Freezing Gust

Hex Spell. Deals 20...68...80 cold damage if target foe is hexed with Water Magic. Otherwise, this foe moves 66% slower (1...4...5 second[s]). 0 1010 Energy 0011 Activation time 0088 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Nightfall
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Frozen Burst

Hex Spell. Hexes foes near you. These foes move 66% slower (3...7...8 seconds). Initial effect: deals 10...70...85 cold damage to foes near you. 0 1515 Energy 0.75¾0.75¾ Activation time 0088 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Prophecies
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Grasping Earth

Hex Spell. Hexes foes near you for (5...17...20 seconds). These foes move 50% slower. 0 1010 Energy 0.75¾0.75¾ Activation time 01212 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Prophecies
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Hidden Caltrops

Elite Hex Spell. (1...8...10 seconds.) Causes 50% slower movement. End effect: inflicts Crippled condition (1...12...15 seconds). Your non-Assassin skills are disabled (10 seconds.) 0 055 Energy 0011 Activation time 01212 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Nightfall
Ice Prison.jpg

Ice Prison

Hex Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Target foe moves 66% slower. 0 1010 Energy 0022 Activation time 03030 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Prophecies
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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 Energy 01.501.5Activation time 01010 Recharge time Quest reward 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 0022 Activation time 02525 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Z Core
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Icy Shackles

Elite Hex Spell. (1...8...10 second[s].) Target foe moves 66% slower. This foe moves 90% slower if enchanted. 0 1010 Energy 0011 Activation time 01212 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Nightfall
Imagined Burden.jpg

Imagined Burden

Hex Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Target foe moves 50% slower. 0 1515 Energy 0011 Activation time 03030 Recharge time Quest reward mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Core
Kitah's Burden.jpg

Kitah's Burden

Hex Spell. (10 seconds.) Target foe moves 50% slower. End effect: you gain 10...16...18 Energy. 0 1515 Energy 01.501.5Activation time 03030 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Factions
Mind Freeze.jpg

Mind Freeze

Elite Hex Spell. Deals 10...50...60 cold damage. If you have more Energy than target foe, deals +10...50...60 cold damage and causes 90% slower movement (1...4...5 second[s]). 5 Overcast 055 Energy 0011 Activation time 0055 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Core
Mirror of Ice.jpg

Mirror of Ice

Elite Hex Spell. Deals 15...59...70 cold damage and slows foes by 66% (2...5...6 seconds). Hits foes near you and target ally. Recharges 50% faster if it hits a foe hexed with Water Magic. 0 1010 Energy 0.75¾0.75¾ Activation time 01515 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Factions
Seeping Wound.jpg

Seeping Wound

Elite Half Range Hex Spell. (1...6...7 second[s].) Target foe moves 33% slower. This foe takes 5...21...25 damage each second while suffering from a condition. 0 1515 Energy 0.25¼0.25¼ Activation time 01212 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Critical StrikesZ Factions
Shadow Prison.jpg

Shadow Prison

Elite Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. This foe moves 66% slower (1...6...7 seconds). 0 1010 Energy 0.25¼0.25¼ Activation time 02525 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Nightfall
Shadowy Burden.jpg

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 Energy 0.25¼0.25¼ Activation time 01515 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
Shard Storm.jpg

Shard Storm

Hex Spell. Projectile: deals 10...70...85 cold damage. Target foe moves 66% slower (2...5...6 seconds). 0 1010 Energy 0011 Activation time 01010 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Prophecies
Shared Burden.jpg

Shared Burden

Elite Hex Spell. Also hexes foes near your target (5...17...20 seconds). These foes attack, cast spells, and move 50% slower. 0 055 Energy 0022 Activation time 01515 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Factions
Shared Burden (PvP).jpg

Shared Burden (PvP)

Elite Hex Spell. Also hexes foes near your target (5...17...20 seconds). These foes attack, cast spells, and move 33% slower. 0 1010 Energy 0022 Activation time 02020 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Factions
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Siphon Speed

Half Range Hex Spell. (5...13...15 seconds.) Target foe moves 33% slower and you move 33% faster. Recharges 50% faster if cast on a moving foe. 0 055 Energy 0011 Activation time 03030 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Factions
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Sum of All Fears

Hex Spell. (1...8...10 second[s].) Target foe moves, attacks, and casts spells 33% slower. 0 1010 Energy 0022 Activation time 01010 Recharge time mesmeraMesmer Illusion MagicZ Eye of the North
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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 Energy 0011 Activation time 01515 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Factions
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Tryptophan Signet

Signet. (14...20 seconds.) Target and adjacent foes move and attack 23...40% slower. 0 0 0011 Activation time 01515 Recharge time aAny Ebon Vanguard rankZ Eye of the North
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Ward Against Foes

Ward Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Foes in this ward move 50% slower. 0 1515 Energy 0011 Activation time 02020 Recharge time Quest reward elementalistaElementalist Earth MagicZ Core
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Winter's Embrace

Hex Spell. (2...5...6 seconds.) Target foe moves 66% slower and takes 5...13...15 damage while moving. 0 1010 Energy 0.75¾0.75¾ Activation time 01515 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Water MagicZ Eye of the North