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Conditions are often side effects of other skills, although some professions specialize in causing Conditions. Conditions may slow you down, deal damage to you, or affect your ability to cast spells or receive healing. All Conditions wear off eventually, but they can also be removed or transferred with special skills. A small, brown, downward arrow on a character's Health Bar indicates that the character is suffering from a Condition. If you are suffering from a Condition, a gold-colored icon with a golden border will appear on the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

Safiya, Expert Monk

A condition is a type of negative effect that is caused by a skill. Each condition, sometimes known as an injury or ailment, is applied via skills, either on the skill user's foes or on the skill user as a way to balance the skill. All conditions wear off in time, but can also be removed by a number of skills.

Corresponding conditions can be inflicted by the environment itself upon triggering an environment effect : Lava for example will almost always inflict burning and cripple on contact; Swamps will sometimes inflict poison on contact. A variety of traps have also been known to be able to inflict conditions, such as poison and burning from Poison and Fire traps respectively, or bleeding and cripple from Splinter Mines.


List of conditionsEdit

  •   Bleeding — While suffering from this injury, you lose Health over time.
  •   Blind — While suffering from this ailment, your melee and missile attacks have 90% chance to "miss." Your projectiles also have a greater chance to stray from their intended target.
  •   Burning — While suffering from this Condition, you lose Health over time.
  •   Cracked Armor — While suffering from this Condition, you have -20 armor (minimum 60).
  •   Crippled — While suffering from this injury, you move 50% slower.
  •   Dazed — While Dazed, you take twice as long to cast spells, and all your spells are easily interrupted
  •   Deep Wound — While suffering from this injury, your maximum Health is reduced by 20% and you receive less benefit from healing.
  •   Disease — While suffering from this ailment, you lose Health over time. Disease is contagious between creatures of the same kind.
  •   Poison — While suffering from this injury, you lose Health over time.
  •   Weakness — While suffering from this Condition, you deal less damage (66%) with attacks and all of your attributes are reduced by 1.


A condition is indicated in the effects monitor by a gold colored icon with an arrow pointing downwards. If a creature is affected by a condition it is also shown on their health bar by a brown arrow pointing downwards. Bleeding, poison and disease also turn the health bar into another color and deep wound turns part of it gray. Most conditions also have a visual effect on the creature itself.

Effect Visual Effect
Deep Wound  

Conditions vs. hexesEdit

Both conditions and hexes have negative effects on the affected creatures. However, there are some differences:

  • Hexes' effects almost always scale with the investment in the relevant attribute or rank (for PvE-only skills). Conditions, on the other hand, always have the same effect regardless of how they were applied. For example, health degeneration is constant for burning (-7), bleeding (-3), poison (-4) and disease (-4). A Spirit of Shadowsong can keep one foe blinded for a long period of time even at low Communing Investment, and a ranger constantly attacking under Apply Poison will keep a -4 health degeneration on the target even with low Wilderness Survival.
  • Most players find that conditions are cheaper and easier to apply/remove than hexes. This makes them less reliable than hexes, but easier to inflict and spread on the opposing team.
  • Conditions can be easily inflicted by attack skills whereas hexes are almost exclusively applied by spellcasters.
  • Hexes have more varied effects, some of which can be more devastating than conditions.
  • Skills inflicting conditions with powerful effects such as dazed, deep wound or blind are often elite and/or require special conditions to work.
  • Some creatures are immune to certains conditions. For example, non-fleshy creatures such as undeads are immune to poison, bleeding and disease, but are immune to only one hex (Malign Intervention). Destroyers and titans are also immune to burning.

Conditions-related equipment upgradesEdit

See also: Unnatural Resistance

Weapon prefix
Off-hand inscription
-20% on self
-20% on self
  Cracked Armor      
  Deep Wound      

Related skillsEdit

See also: Skill quick reference/List of skills by related subject/C#Immunity to a condition

Skills removing conditionsEdit

Ability to inflict conditionsEdit


  • Conditions have a maximum duration of about 12 hours (see the test result).
  • Reapplied conditions will last the original time period, unless the reapplied duration is greater than the remaining amount of time.
  The Guild Wars 2 Wiki has an article on Condition.