Cracked Armor

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The visual effect of cracked armor on a character: a white shroud circling around the legs
Cracked Armor.jpg

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]

IconNameDescriptionAdrenalineEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
"Finish Him!".jpg "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 aAnyNorn rankZ Eye of the North
Alkar's Alchemical Acid.jpg 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 aAnyDeldrimor rankZ Eye of the North
Aura Slicer.jpg 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 dervishaDervishMysticismZ Eye of the North
Lightning Hammer.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Factions
Lightning Surge.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Core
Lightning Touch.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Core
Low Blow.jpg 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 aAnyDeldrimor rankZ Eye of the North
Mark of Fury.jpg 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 necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Nightfall
Rending Aura.jpg 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 dervishaDervishWind PrayersZ Nightfall
Shell Shock.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Eye of the North
Shockwave.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Factions
Shrinking Armor.jpg 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 mesmeraMesmerIllusion MagicZ Eye of the North
Spirit Rift.jpg 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.pngritualistaRitualistChanneling MagicZ Factions
Staggering Force.jpg 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 dervishaDervishEarth PrayersZ Nightfall
Sundering Weapon.jpg 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 ritualistaRitualistCommuningZ Eye of the North
Teinai's Crystals.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Factions
Thunderclap.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Prophecies
Weaken Armor.jpg 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.pngnecromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Core
Well of Ruin.jpg 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 necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Eye of the North

Related skills[edit]

Skills that benefit from cracked armor[edit]

IconNameDescriptionAdrenalineEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Body Blow.jpg 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 warrioraWarriorStrengthZ Eye of the North
Body Shot.jpg 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 rangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Eye of the North
Deft Strike.jpg 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 aAnyEbon Vanguard rankZ Eye of the North
Distracting Strike.jpg 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 warrioraWarriorZ Eye of the North
Piercing Trap.jpg 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 rangeraRangerWilderness SurvivalZ Eye of the North
Shock Arrow.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Factions
Teinai's Prison.jpg 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 elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Factions

Skills with cracked armor-dependent effects[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Chest Thumper.jpg 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 paragonaParagonSpear MasteryZ Eye of the North

Skills that also reduce armor[edit]

See also: Skills that affect armor rating
IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Aggressive Refrain.jpg 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 paragonaParagonLeadershipZ Nightfall
Barbed Arrows.jpg 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 rangeraRangerWilderness SurvivalZ Nightfall
Healing Signet.jpg 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.pngwarrioraWarriorTacticsZ Core
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 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinShadow ArtsZ Factions
Soldier's Fury.jpg 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 paragonaParagonLeadershipZ 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.
  • Unlike most other conditions, cracked armor is almost always applied by caster classes, while most of the skills that benefit from it (most notably Body Shot and Body Blow) are in physical classes.
  • 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.
    • 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