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A skill can fail if some of its requirements are not met or if failure is triggered by another skill's effect. When a skill fails, its activation is disrupted, it recharges instantly and the skill cost (i.e. adrenaline, energy, overcast and/or health sacrifice) used on its activation is lost.

The different situations when a skill user does not meet the skill's requirements and will therefore experience skill failure are:

  • The user having a low rank in a certain attribute. In this case, the skill usually still has a 50% chance of success.
  • The user activating a skill specifically requiring a previous Lead, Off-hand or Dual attack on the target, a Knockdowned or hexed foe or an enchanted user. See also skill chain.
  • The target of the skill dying (or casting a spell targeting prevention skill) during the activation. Some AoE skills will still activate successfully because they actually consider the target's location and not the target itself, see the section below.

Like block or miss, a failed attack skill is still considered attack (even if the target suffers no damage) and will still trigger effects from skills such as Empathy.

The Loose Magic environment effect causes failure of all skills.

Unlike interruption and knock down, there are currently no effects which prevent skill failure.

Skills that cause skill failure[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
"Can't Touch This!".jpg "Can't Touch This!" Shout. (20 seconds.) The next 1...4...5 touch-range skill[s] used against allies [sic] within earshot fail[s]. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagonCommandZ Nightfall
"Can't Touch This!" (PvP).jpg "Can't Touch This!" (PvP) Shout. (20 seconds.) The next 1...4...5 touch-range skill[s] used against you fail[s]. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png paragonaParagonCommandZ Nightfall
Aegis (PvP).jpg Aegis (PvP) Enchantment Spell. (1...3...3 seconds). Target party member cannot be targeted by hostile spells. Attacks against this party member fail. Cannot self-target. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkProtection PrayersZ Core
Guilt.jpg Guilt Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 5...12...14 Energy. No effect unless this foe's spell targets one of your allies. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngmesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies
Mark of Subversion.jpg Mark of Subversion Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 10...76...92 Health. No effect unless this foe's spell targeted one of its allies. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Mistrust.jpg Mistrust Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) The next spell that target foe casts on one of your allies fails and deals 10...82...100 damage to target and nearby foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Nightfall
Mistrust (PvP).jpg Mistrust (PvP) Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) The next spell that target foe casts on one of your allies fails and deals 10...62...75 damage to target and nearby foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Nightfall
Riot Shield.jpg Riot Shield Stance. (10 seconds.) You have a 100% chance to block attacks. Spells targeting you fail. Ends if you move. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Core
Shadow Form (PvP).jpg Shadow Form (PvP) Elite Enchantment Spell. (5...13...15 seconds.) Hostile spells targeting you fail, and attacks against you miss. End effect: lose all but 5...41...50 Health. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinShadow ArtsZ Factions
Shame.jpg Shame Hex Spell. (6 seconds.) Target foe's next spell fails and you steal 5...12...14 Energy. No effect unless this foe's spell targeted one of its allies. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Prophecies

Skills that can fail at low attribute rank[edit]

IconNameDescriptionOther skill costsEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Charm Animal (Codex).jpg Charm Animal (Codex) Skill. Your animal companion will travel with you whenever you have Charm Animal equipped. Failure unless Beast Mastery 8 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 1010 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 rangeraRangerBeast MasteryZ Core
Dark Fury.jpg Dark Fury Enchantment Spell. Enchants party members (5 seconds). These party members gain one strike of adrenaline each time they hit with an attack. 50% failure chance unless Blood Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Earth Shaker.jpg Earth Shaker Elite Hammer Attack. Knocks down target and adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Hammer Mastery is 5 or more. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarriorHammer MasteryZ Prophecies
Gale.jpg Gale Spell. Causes knock-down. 50% failure chance unless Air Magic 5 or more. 10 Tango-overcast.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistAir MagicZ Core
Lyssa's Haste.jpg Lyssa's Haste Flash Enchantment Spell. (3...13...15 seconds.) Your Dervish enchantments recharge 33% faster. Initial Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. End Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Wind Prayers 5 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishWind PrayersZ Nightfall
Lyssa's Haste (PvP).jpg Lyssa's Haste (PvP) Flash Enchantment Spell. (3...13...15 seconds.) Your Dervish enchantments recharge 33% faster. Initial Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. End Effect: interrupts all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Wind Prayers 5 or higher. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png dervishaDervishWind PrayersZ Nightfall
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
Plague Signet.jpg Plague Signet Elite Signet. Transfers all conditions with 100...180...200% of their remaining durations from yourself to target foe. 50% failure chance unless Curses 5 or more. 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Core
Psychic Instability.jpg Psychic Instability Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, cause knockdown for 2...4...4 seconds on target foe and all nearby foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerFast CastingZ Factions
Psychic Instability (PvP).jpg Psychic Instability (PvP) Elite Spell. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: if the action is a skill, causes knockdown for 2...3...3 seconds on target foe and all adjacent foes. 50% failure chance unless Fast Casting 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerFast CastingZ Factions
Signet of Binding.jpg Signet of Binding Signet. You lose 200...80...50 Health. Gain control of target enemy-controlled spirit. 50% failure chance unless Spawning Power 5 or more. 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualistSpawning PowerZ Nightfall
Slippery Ground.jpg Slippery Ground Spell. Causes knock-down if this foe is Blind or moving. Affects foes adjacent to your target. 50% failure chance unless Water Magic greater than 4. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Eye of the North
Slippery Ground (PvP).jpg Slippery Ground (PvP) Spell. Causes knock-down if this foe is Blind or moving. 50% failure chance unless Water Magic 5 or higher. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Eye of the North
Unyielding Aura (PvP).jpg Unyielding Aura (PvP) Elite Enchantment Spell. Resurrects target party member (full Health, full Energy). End effect: this ally dies and leaves an exploited corpse. Does not incur a death penalty. 50% failure chance unless Divine Favor 5 or more. -1 Tango-upkeep.png 055 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkDivine FavorZ Prophecies
Verata's Aura.jpg Verata's Aura Enchantment Spell. (120...264...300 seconds.) Become master of all hostile undead servants in the area. End effect: your undead servants become masterless. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}33% Tango-sacrifice.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Prophecies
Verata's Gaze.jpg Verata's Gaze Spell. Make target undead servant masterless. If it is already masterless, you become its master. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Prophecies
Well of the Profane.jpg Well of the Profane Well Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Foes in this well lose all enchantments and cannot be the target of further enchantments. Exploits a fresh corpse. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Core
Yeti Smash.jpg Yeti Smash Hammer Attack. Attack all adjacent foes. Knocks down foes suffering from a condition. You lose all adrenaline. 50% failure chance unless Hammer Mastery is 5 or more. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 warrioraWarriorHammer MasteryZ Factions

Skills that do not fail when target foe dies during activation[edit]

IconNameDescriptionOther skill costsEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Breath of Fire.jpg Breath of Fire Spell. Deals 10...34...40 fire damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Factions
Celestial Storm.jpg Celestial Storm Skill. Deals 40 damage of each elemental type each second (15 seconds). Hits all foes in the area of target's initial location. 0 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png morale boostmorale boost Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistZ Factions
Churning Earth.jpg Churning Earth Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. Causes knock-down to foes moving faster than normal. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Factions
Deep Freeze.jpg 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 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Core
Defile Enchantments.jpg Defile Enchantments Spell. Deals 6...49...60 damage to target and nearby foes. Deals 4...17...20 more damage for each enchantment on them. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Factions
Desecrate Enchantments.jpg Desecrate Enchantments Spell. Deals 6...49...60 damage to target and nearby foes. Deals 4...17...20 more damage for each enchantment on them. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Dragon's Stomp.jpg Dragon's Stomp Spell. Deals 26...85...100 earth damage. Causes knock-down. Also hits foes near this foe. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Factions
Earthquake.jpg Earthquake Spell. Deals 26...85...100 earth damage. Also hits foes near target. Causes knock-down. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Prophecies
Eruption.jpg Eruption Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. Inflicts Blindness condition (10 seconds). 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Prophecies
Feast of Corruption.jpg Feast of Corruption Elite Spell. Deals 16...67...80 damage to target and adjacent foes. Steal 8...34...40 Health from each hexed foe. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Fire Storm.jpg Fire Storm Spell. Deals 5...29...35 fire damage each second (10 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Core
Fireball.jpg Fireball Spell. Projectile: deals 7...91...112 fire damage to target and adjacent foes. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Core
Ice Spikes.jpg 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 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Core
Icicles.jpg Icicles Hex Spell. Deals 75 cold damage to target and adjacent foes. These foes move 66% slower (5 seconds). 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistZ Core
Maelstrom.jpg Maelstrom Spell. Deals 10...22...25 cold damage and interrupts spells each second (10 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistWater MagicZ Core
Meteor.jpg Meteor Spell. Deals 7...91...112 fire damage and causes knock-down. Also hits foes adjacent to target foe. 10 Tango-overcast.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngelementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Core
Meteor Shower.jpg Meteor Shower Spell. Deals 7...91...112 fire damage and causes knock-down every 3 seconds (9 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 10 Tango-overcast.png 2525 Tango-energy.png 055 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Prophecies
Phoenix.jpg Phoenix Spell. Projectile: deals 10...50...60 fire damage to target and nearby foes. Heals allies for 20...68...80 if you are Overcast. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.5001.5Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Prophecies
Plague Sending.jpg Plague Sending Spell. Transfer 1...3...3 condition[s] and [its/their] remaining duration[s] from yourself to target foe and all adjacent foes. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Ray of Judgment.jpg Ray of Judgment Elite Spell. Deals 5...37...45 holy damage and inflicts Burning (1...3...3 second[s]) every second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkSmiting PrayersZ Factions
Rodgort's Invocation.jpg Rodgort's Invocation Spell. Deals 15...99...120 fire damage. Also affects foes near your target. Inflicts Burning condition (1...3...3 second[s]). 0 2525 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Prophecies
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
Sandstorm.jpg Sandstorm Elite Spell. Deals 10...26...30 earth damage each second (10 seconds). Hits foes near target foe's initial location. Hits attacking foes for 10...26...30 more earth damage each second. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Nightfall
Savannah Heat.jpg Savannah Heat Elite Spell. Deals 5...17...20 fire damage for each second since casting this spell (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Nightfall
Searing Flames.jpg Searing Flames Elite Spell. Hits foes near your target. Deals 10...82...100 fire damage to foes already Burning. Inflicts Burning condition (1...6...7 seconds) to foes not Burning. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Nightfall
Searing Heat.jpg Searing Heat Spell. Deals 10...34...40 fire damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes near target's initial location. End effect: inflicts Burning condition (3 seconds). 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistFire MagicZ Prophecies
Shadow of Fear.jpg Shadow of Fear Hex Spell. Also hexes foes adjacent to target (5...25...30 seconds). They attack 50% slower. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Snow Storm.jpg Snow Storm Spell. Deals 30...40 cold damage each second (5 seconds). Hits foes adjacent to target foe's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyDeldrimor rankZ Eye of the North
Unsteady Ground.jpg Unsteady Ground Elite Spell. Deals 10...34...40 earth damage each second (5 seconds) and causes knock-down to attacking foes. Hits foes near target's initial location. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalistEarth MagicZ Factions

Skills that trigger an effect on failed attacks[edit]

IconNameDescriptionAdrenalineEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Determined Shot.jpg Determined Shot Bow Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. Recharges your attack skills if it fails to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngrangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Core
Fox's Promise.jpg Fox's Promise Elite Enchantment Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Your dagger attacks are unblockable. Ends the next time you fail to hit. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassinDagger MasteryZ Nightfall
Marksman's Wager.jpg Marksman's Wager Elite Preparation. (18 seconds.) Gain 5...9...10 Energy whenever your arrows hit. Lose 10 Energy whenever your arrows fail to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02424 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerExpertiseZ Prophecies
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
Price of Failure.jpg Price of Failure Hex Spell. (30 seconds.) 25% chance to miss. Target foe takes 1...37...46 damage whenever it fails to hit. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Repeating Strike.jpg Repeating Strike Off-Hand Attack. Deals +10...26...30 damage. This skill has +15 second recharge time if it misses. Must follow an off-hand attack. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0 assassinaAssassinDagger MasteryZ Factions
Seeking Arrows.jpg Seeking Arrows Preparation. (3...12...14 seconds.) Your arrows are unblockable. Ends if you fail to hit. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRangerMarksmanshipZ Factions
Spear of Redemption.jpg Spear of Redemption Spear Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. If it fails to hit, you lose one condition. 3 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 paragonaParagonSpear MasteryZ Eye of the North
Spirit of Failure.jpg Spirit of Failure Hex Spell. (30 seconds.) Target foe has 25% chance to miss. You gain 1...3...3 Energy whenever this foe misses. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngmesmeraMesmerInspiration MagicZ Prophecies
Tiger Stance.jpg Tiger Stance Stance. (4...9...10 seconds.) You attack 33% faster. Ends if you fail to hit. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png warrioraWarriorStrengthZ Factions

Notes[edit]

  • Despite Hex Breaker's description stating that the next hex against the user will fail, the hex is actually cast successfully (it is however not applied).

See also[edit]