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To disable a skill is to make that skill unavailable to use by adding recharge time to it. A skill can be disabled permanently or temporarily based on the skill's description and your circumstances. Knowing which skills cause your other skills or themselves to be disabled will help you put together your build effectively. Also, knowing what skills disable a foe's skill(s) will help you in putting together a good shutdown build.

All skills have very specific wording to describe exactly what they do. Disable is a specific term that differs from other similar terms (such as fail, interrupt, and the term cannot). Another similar term that skills refer to is recharge time. A quick note: skills that decrease recharge time do not affect disabled skills.

The following information refers to skills with the specific word disable in their description.

Cause and effect of disabled skills[edit]

A skill can be disabled due to the following:

  • Circumstances or location (you)
  • Effects of a skill on a foe
  • Effects of a skill on your other skills
  • Effects of a skill on itself

Circumstances or location[edit]

  • If your skill bar contains a PvE-only skill and you enter a PvP arena, that skill will appear grayed out.
  • If an adrenal skill is disabled, that skill's adrenaline will be lost. While an adrenal skill is disabled, it cannot gain adrenaline until it has recharged.
  • If you equip a skill that requires a specific weapon and do not equip the correct weapon, that skill will be grayed out. For example: You cannot use Savage Slash (a Sword Attack) while wielding a staff. This is different than the normal "disable" mechanic, as such skills do not enter recharge and do not lose accumulated adrenaline. This is used by Warriors to build adrenaline for their melee skills using a spear, for instance.
  • In PvE and in PvP-arenas where their owner suffers Death Penalty, the owner's skills are disabled for a duration based on their Beast Mastery rank when their animal companion dies. The exception to this is when the owner is not primary or secondary ranger (i.e., before they choose their secondary profession).

Effects of a skill on a foe[edit]

Some skills cause a foe's skills to be disabled for a certain amount of time. If the skill specifically mentions that it will disable a foe's skill for an "additional amount of time," then that time will be added to the normal recharge time of the disabled skill.

Effects of a skill on your other skills[edit]

Some skills cause your other equipped skills to be disabled for a certain amount of time.

Effects of a skill on itself[edit]

Some skills, notably Dervish Avatars, will disable themselves for a certain amount of time after they are activated. This differs from normal skill recharge in that it is not subject to reduction by other effects (e.g. Quickening Zephyr), but does not trigger if the skill does not successfully activate.

Skills[edit]

Disabling skills either disable another skill or themselves.

Skills that disable foe's skills[edit]

IconNameDescriptionAdrenalineEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Arcane Larceny.jpg Arcane Larceny Spell. (5...29...35 seconds.) Disables one random spell. This skill becomes that spell. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Factions
Arcane Thievery.jpg Arcane Thievery Spell. (5...29...35 seconds.) Disables one random spell. This skill becomes that spell. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 Tango-quest-icon.pngmesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies
Blackout.jpg Blackout Touch Skill. (2...5...6 seconds.) Disables skills. Your skills are disabled (5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngmesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies
Complicate.jpg Complicate Spell. Interrupt a skill. Interruption effect: disables interrupted skill (+5...11...12 seconds) for target foe and all foes in the area. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Factions
Disarm.jpg Disarm Sword Attack. Interrupts target foe. Interruption effect: disables this foe's attack skills (0...2...3 second[s]) if that action was an attack. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png warrioraWarriorStrengthZ Eye of the North
Disrupting Chop.jpg Disrupting Chop Axe Attack. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: interrupted skill is disabled for +20 seconds. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarriorAxe MasteryZ Core
Disrupting Lunge.jpg Disrupting Lunge Pet Attack. Deals +1...10...12 damage. Interrupts a skill. Interruption effect: interrupted skill is disabled for +20 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerBeast MasteryZ Core
Disrupting Stab.jpg Disrupting Stab Lead Attack. Interrupts an action. If the interrupted action was a spell, it is disabled (3...9...10 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinDagger MasteryZ Factions
Distracting Shot.jpg Distracting Shot Bow Attack. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: interrupted skill is disabled for +20 seconds. Hits for only 1...13...16 damage. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngrangeraRangerExpertiseZ Core
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
Lyssa's Assault.jpg Lyssa's Assault Scythe Attack. Interrupts an action. If you are enchanted, the interrupted skill is disabled for an additional 1...8...10 second[s]. This attack does 50% of normal damage. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishScythe MasteryZ Nightfall
Magebane Shot.jpg Magebane Shot Elite Bow Attack. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: an interrupted spell is disabled for +10 seconds. Unblockable. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerZ Nightfall
Power Block.jpg Power Block Elite Spell. If target foe is casting a spell or chant, that skill and all skills of the same attribute are disabled (1...10...12 seconds) and that skill is interrupted. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies
Power Lock.jpg Power Lock Spell. Interrupts a spell or chant. Interruption effect: interrupted spell or chant is disabled for +5...11...13 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Eye of the North
Psychic Distraction.jpg Psychic Distraction Elite Spell. Interrupts a skill. Interruption effect: disables interrupted skill (+5...11...12 seconds). Your other skills are disabled (8 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Factions
Rust.jpg Rust Hex Spell. Deals 10...58...70 cold damage to target and adjacent foes. Hexes target and adjacent foes (5...17...20 seconds). Doubles signet activation time. Interrupts and disables signets for 1...8...10 second[s] if you are Overcast. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Core
Shield Bash.jpg Shield Bash Skill. (5...10...11 seconds.) You block the next attack skill. Causes knock-down and +15 second recharge if it was a melee skill. No effect unless you are wielding a shield. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngwarrioraWarriorStrengthZ Core
Signet of Distraction.jpg Signet of Distraction Signet. Interrupts a spell. Interruption effect: target foe's spell is disabled for 1...4...5 seconds for each signet you have equipped. 0 0 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Eye of the North
Signet of Humility.jpg Signet of Humility Signet. Disables elite skill (1...13...16 second[s]). Disables your non-Mesmer skills (10 seconds). 0 0 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerInspiration MagicZ Core
Simple Thievery.jpg Simple Thievery Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: If a skill was interrupted, that skill is disabled and Simple Thievery becomes that skill (5...17...20 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Nightfall
Smooth Criminal.jpg Smooth Criminal Spell. (10...20 seconds.) Disables one Spell. This skill becomes that Spell. You gain 5...10 Energy. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyAsura rankZ Eye of the North

Skills that disable your other skills[edit]

IconNameDescriptionOther costEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Auspicious Incantation.jpg Auspicious Incantation Enchantment Spell. (20 seconds.) Your next spell gives you 110...182...200% of its Energy cost. That spell takes 10...6...5 seconds longer to recharge. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerInspiration MagicZ Factions
Blackout.jpg Blackout Touch Skill. (2...5...6 seconds.) Disables skills. Your skills are disabled (5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngmesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies
Deadly Paradox.jpg Deadly Paradox Stance. (5...13...15 seconds.) Your Assassin skills activate and recharge 33% faster. Disables your attack skills (10 seconds). 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinDeadly ArtsZ Nightfall
Expunge Enchantments.jpg Expunge Enchantments Touch Skill. Removes one enchantment for each non-attack skill you have. All your non-attack skills are disabled (10...6...5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngassassinaAssassinDeadly ArtsZ Factions
Focused Shot.jpg Focused Shot Bow Attack. Deals +10...22...25 damage. Your other attack skills are disabled (5...3...3 seconds) if this attack hits. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Factions
Gift of Health.jpg Gift of Health Spell. Heals for 15...123...150. Disables your other Healing Prayers skills (10...6...5 seconds). Cannot self-target. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkHealing PrayersZ Factions
Healing Burst.jpg Healing Burst Elite Spell. Heals for 10...130...160. Party members in earshot of your target gain Health equal to the Divine Favor bonus. Disables your Smiting Prayers (20 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkHealing PrayersZ Factions
Hidden Caltrops.jpg 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 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinShadow ArtsZ Nightfall
Light of Deliverance (PvP).jpg Light of Deliverance (PvP) Elite Spell. Heals entire party for 5...57...70. Disables your Smiting Prayers (20 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkHealing PrayersZ Nightfall
Lion's Comfort.jpg Lion's Comfort Skill. You are healed for 50...98...110 and gain 0...2...3 strike[s] of adrenaline. Disables your signets (12 seconds). 4 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0011 Tango-recharge-darker.png warrioraWarriorStrengthZ Nightfall
Marauder's Shot.jpg Marauder's Shot Bow Attack. Deals +10...30...35 damage. Your non-attack skills are disabled (10 seconds) if this attack hits. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 0066 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Factions
Mark of Insecurity.jpg Mark of Insecurity Elite Hex Spell. (5...21...25 seconds.) Causes 1...3...3 Health degeneration. Enchantments and stances expire 30...70...80% faster on target foe. Disables your non-Assassin skills (10 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinDeadly ArtsZ Nightfall
Mark of Protection.jpg Mark of Protection Elite Enchantment Spell. (10 seconds.) Converts incoming damage to healing (maximum 6...49...60). All your Protection Prayers are disabled (5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkProtection PrayersZ Prophecies
Needling Shot.jpg Needling Shot Bow Attack. Fast-moving arrow. Deals 10...26...30 damage. Recharges instantly if target foe is below 50% Health. Your other attack skills are disabled (2 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Factions
Oath Shot.jpg 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 rangeraRangerExpertiseZ Prophecies
Peace and Harmony.jpg Peace and Harmony Elite Enchantment Spell. Target ally loses 0...7...9 condition[s] and hex[es]. Conditions and hexes expire 90% faster on that ally (1...3...3 second[s]). Disables your Smiting Prayers (20 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkDivine FavorZ Prophecies
Psychic Distraction.jpg Psychic Distraction Elite Spell. Interrupts a skill. Interruption effect: disables interrupted skill (+5...11...12 seconds). Your other skills are disabled (8 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Factions
Recall.jpg Recall Enchantment Spell. End effect: Shadow Step to target ally. Cannot self-target and disables all of your skills for 10 seconds when it ends. -1 Tango-upkeep.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinZ Factions
Shadow Walk.jpg Shadow Walk Stance. (15 seconds.) Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. Disables your attack skills for 1 second. Disables your stances and enchantments for 10 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinZ Nightfall
Shroud of Silence.jpg Shroud of Silence Elite Touch Hex Spell. (1...3...3 second[s].) Target foe cannot cast spells. Your spells are disabled for 15 seconds. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinDeadly ArtsZ Factions
Signet of Humility.jpg Signet of Humility Signet. Disables elite skill (1...13...16 second[s]). Disables your non-Mesmer skills (10 seconds). 0 0 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerInspiration MagicZ Core
Spell Shield.jpg Spell Shield Enchantment Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) While casting spells, you cannot be the target of spells. End effect: your skills are disabled (10...6...5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkDivine FavorZ Factions
Tiger's Fury.jpg Tiger's Fury Stance. (5...10...11 seconds.) You attack 25% faster. Disables your non-attack skills (5 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngrangeraRangerBeast MasteryZ Prophecies
Unnatural Signet (PvP).jpg Unnatural Signet (PvP) Signet. Deals 10...50...60 damage. Deals 10...50...60 damage to other adjacent foes if the target is hexed or enchanted. Your non-Mesmer skills except signets are disabled (10 seconds). 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Factions
Wastrel's Collapse.jpg Wastrel's Collapse Elite Skill. Shadow Step to target foe. Causes knock-down if target foe is not using a skill. Disables your non-dagger attack skills (10 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinZ Nightfall
Wild Throw.jpg Wild Throw Spear Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. Unblockable. Ends target's stance.Disables [sic] your non-spear attack skills for 3 seconds. 7 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Tango-quest-icon.pngparagonaParagonSpear MasteryZ Nightfall

Skills that disable themselves[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Avatar of Balthazar.jpg Avatar of Balthazar Elite Form. (10...74...90 seconds.) You gain +20 armor against physical damage, you gain adrenaline 25% faster, your attacks deal holy damage, you inflict Burning (1...3...3 second[s]) on nearby foes whenever you lose a Dervish enchantment. This skill is disabled for 45 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishMysticismZ Nightfall
Avatar of Dwayna.jpg Avatar of Dwayna Elite Form. (10...74...90 seconds.) You deal holy damage. Whenever you use a Dervish attack skill, you lose 1 hex. Heal allies in earshot for 5...41...50 Health when you lose a Dervish enchantment. This skill is disabled for 45 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishMysticismZ Nightfall
Avatar of Grenth.jpg Avatar of Grenth Elite Form. (10...74...90 seconds.) Your scythe attacks deal dark damage and steal 0...10...12 Health. You are immune to Disease. Apply Disease to all adjacent foes (3 seconds) when you lose a Dervish enchantment. This skill is disabled for 45 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishMysticismZ Nightfall
Avatar of Lyssa.jpg Avatar of Lyssa Elite Form. (10...74...90 seconds.) Your Dervish enchantments recharge 50% faster and deal chaos damage with attacks. Steal 1 Energy from nearby foes when you lose a Dervish enchantment. This skill is disabled for 45 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishMysticismZ Nightfall
Avatar of Melandru.jpg Avatar of Melandru Elite Form. (10...74...90 seconds.) You have +150 maximum Health, +30 elemental armor, and your attacks deal earth damage. Cure 1 condition from all party members in earshot whenever you lose a Dervish enchantment. This skill is disabled for 45 seconds. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishMysticismZ Nightfall
Lightbringer's Gaze.jpg Lightbringer's Gaze Skill. Target demonic servant of Abaddon takes 100 holy damage and is interrupted. Hits one additional foe in the area for each rank of Lightbringer you have attained. This skill is disabled (15 seconds). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyLightbringer rankZ Nightfall
Shatter Storm.jpg Shatter Storm Elite Spell. Removes all enchantments. Removal cost: Shatter Storm is disabled for +7 seconds for each enchantment removed. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 mesmeraMesmerZ Factions
Teinai's Heat.jpg Teinai's Heat Ward Spell. (10...14...15 seconds.) Causes -2...4...5 health [sic] degeneration. Weakened foes in the ward attack 33% slower. Disabled for 20 seconds. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Factions
Ward Against Harm.jpg Ward Against Harm Elite Ward Spell. (5...13...15 seconds.) Allies in this ward have +1...3...3 Health regeneration, +12...22...24 armor, and +12...22...24 additional armor against elemental damage. Spirits are unaffected. This spell is disabled for 20 seconds. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Prophecies
Ward Against Harm (PvP).jpg Ward Against Harm (PvP) Elite Ward Spell. (5...13...15 seconds.) Allies in this ward have +1...3...3 Health regeneration, +12...22...24 armor, and +12...22...24 additional armor against elemental damage. Spirits are unaffected. This spell is disabled for 30 seconds. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Prophecies
Withdraw Hexes.jpg Withdraw Hexes Elite Spell. Removes all hexes. Also affects adjacent allies. Removal cost: +20...8...5 seconds recharge for each hex removed. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkDivine FavorZ Factions

Skills that cannot be disabled[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Create Light of Seborhin.jpg Create Light of Seborhin Skill. Ancient energies are called forth to create the Light of Seborhin. This skill cannot be disabled. 0 0 1010 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 aAnyZ Nightfall
Hunger's Bite.jpg Hunger's Bite Attack. Steal 30 Health for each condition on target foe. This foe randomly gains two of the following conditions (15 seconds): Poisoned, Bleeding, Diseased, Deep Wound, Crippled, Weakness, or Dazed. This skill cannot be disabled. 0 0 0 0 monsteraMonsterZ Nightfall
Impossible Odds.jpg Impossible Odds Skill. (10 seconds.) All Shiro's attacks are double strikes and hit nearby foes. Shiro transfers conditions from himself to foes he hits. Initial effect: removes all hexes from Shiro. 0 0 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Factions

Other[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Rebirth.jpg Rebirth Spell. Resurrects target party member (25% Health, 0 Energy). Teleports target to you. Disables target's skills (10...4...3 seconds). You lose all Energy. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 055 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 Tango-quest-icon.pngmonkaMonkProtection PrayersZ Core