The names of many skills follow a predictable pattern. This skill nomenclature allows players to get an idea of a skill's effects or damage type from the name. This article ignores obvious synonyms, e.g. that Furious Axe is an axe-related skill.
These keywords are always associated with a particular skill or damage type:
Most keywords are more artfully than literally connected to their effects.
- The list works in terms of keywords and the effects that they're bound to, not the reverse, because no effect is bound to any one keyword.
- Some keywords are homonyms: there is more than one regular application for the same term. Sometimes the skill's profession is a clue as to which one is being used. (For example, the keyword "renew" does not refer to the technical term renewal used in concise descriptions.)
A - H
I - R
|Bonus/penalty with reversal when it ends
| Illusion of Haste
Illusion of Pain
Illusion of Weakness
|Heals or prevents damage at a threshold
| Divine Intervention
|Malign Intervention does not conform to this pattern.
Angelic Bond is also associated with this group. Its functionality was altered from a Bonder skill.
| Mark of Insecurity
| Psychic Instability
Mark of Instability
|Inflicts holy damage
| Judge's Insight
Ray of Judgment
Shield of Judgment
|Requires earshot allies to function
| "Lead the Way!"
| Blessed Light
|Light of Deldrimor, Light of Dwayna, and Spear of Light do not conform to this pattern.
|Gain energy on hit
| Black Lotus Strike
Falling Lotus Strike
|Triggered by use of signets
| Lyric of Purification
Lyric of Zeal
|unblockable vs enchanted foes
| Magehunter's Smash
| Black Mantis Thrust
Leaping Mantis Sting
|Stances unique to the Mesmer profession
| Mantra of Lightning
Mantra of Recovery
Mantra of Signets
|Mantra of Recall does not conform to this pattern.
Distortion, Elemental Resistance, Physical Resistance, and Hex Breaker
are also associated with this group.
| Mend Body and Soul
|Mending and Mending Refrain do not conform to this pattern.
|Bonus when foe has less energy than you
| Mind Blast
|Mind Wrack's bonus occurs when foe has no energy.
Mindbender, and Spotless Mind do not conform to this pattern.
|Bonus for being enchanted
| Mystic Healing
|Signet of Mystic Speed does not conform to this pattern.
|Benefit for having no enchantments
| Natural Temper
|Enchantments that buff physical damage attacks
| Order of Pain
Order of the Vampire
Order of Apostasy
|Order of Undeath only affects minions.
| Horns of the Ox
|bonus damage and armor penetration
| Penetrating Attack
|removes a Dervish enchantment for a bonus effect
| Pious Assault
Signet of Pious Light
|Pious Renewal is actually an enchantment that perfectly synergizes with the other Pious skills.
|Transfers conditions from self to foe(s)
| Plague Sending
|Energy for allies
| Blood is Power
"The Power Is Yours!"
|Glyph of Elemental Power, Power Attack, and Power Shot do not conform to these patterns.
|Interrupts a spell or chant
| Power Spike
| Dark Prison
|Removal and/or reduced duration of conditions
| Reap Impurities
Pure Was Li Ming
|Pure Strike does not conform to this pattern.
|Removes all hexes and/or conditions
| Purge Conditions
|Reduces skill recharge time
| Quickening Zephyr
Weapon of Quickening
|"Of Quickening" is a weapon upgrade that halves skill recharge of spells.
Quick Shot and Quicksand do not conform to this pattern.
Mantra of Recovery is also associated with this group.
| Battle Rage
Rage of the Ntouka
|Ancestors' Rage, Enraged Lunge, and Signet of Rage do not conform to this pattern.
Focused Anger and "For Great Justice!" are also associated with this group.
Primal Rage had a functionality change.
|increased attack speed
| Heket's Rampage
Never Rampage Alone
Rampage as One
|Reapplied whenever a chant or shout ends
| Bladeturn Refrain
|Remove 1 condition
| Assassin's Remedy
Weapon of Remedy
| Rend Enchantments
| Renewing Memories
|Nature's Renewal does not conform to these patterns.
| Renewing Smash
Glyph of Renewal
|Trigger when it ends
| Blood Renewal
|Regeneration while conditioned/hexed
Resilient Was Xiko
|Conviction is also associated with this group.
|Conditional health gain
| Song of Restoration
Ballad of Restoration
Aria of Restoration
|Restoration, Restore Life, and Pious Restoration do not conform to this pattern.
|Revealed / Inspired
|Becomes the skill it affects
| Inspired Enchantment
|The skills named "Revealed" and "Inspired" are duplicate skills.
|Turns normally harmful effects into benefits
| Reversal of Damage
Reversal of Fortune
|Block the next attack and damage the attacker
S - Z
|Interrupts with bonus vs. spells
| Savage Shot
|gain energy when hitting foes with conditions
| Scavenger's Focus
| Scourge Healing
|Shadow step to target foe
| Shadow Fang
|Shadow Form does not conform to this pattern.
|Removes a hex or enchantment
| Shatter Delusions
|Shatterstone does not conform to this pattern.
|Benefits the user at a similar expense to the target
| Life Siphon
|Stolen Speed and Life Transfer are also associated with this group.
|Smoke / Dust
| Dust Trap
Smoke Powder Defense
|Bonus if under a shout or chant
| Soldier's Fury
|Soothing Memories does not conform to this pattern.
|Triggered by use of skills
| Song of Purification
Song of Power
Song of Restoration
|Spider / Asp
|Inflicts poison under certain circumstances
| Black Spider Strike
|Damage to foes adjacent to target
| Splinter Shot
| Dwarven Stability
Ward of Stability
|Area damage over time
| Chaos Storm
|Shard Storm and Shatter Storm do not conform to these patterns.
| Storm Chaser
Storm Djinn's Haste
|Enhances or is enhanced by signets
| Symbolic Celerity
|Symbols of Inspiration had a functionality change.
|Elementalist cross-attribute synergy
| Teinai's Crystals
|Increases attack speed
| Tiger's Fury
|Inflicts or requires poison
| Signet of Toxic Shock
| Vampiric Gaze
Order of the Vampire
|"Vampiric" is a weapon upgrade that grants the wielder 1 to 5 Life Draining on every hit.
|Steals life when hit with an attack
| Vengeful Weapon
Vengeful Was Khanhei
|Relates to enchantments that reduce incoming negative effects
| Holy Veil
Veil of Thorns
|Interacts with minions
| Verata's Aura
|Benefit when you have more health than foe
| Victorious Sweep
Thrill of Victory
|Spoil Victor subverts this; it penalizes the target for having more health.
"Victory Is Mine!" does not conform to this pattern.
| Viper's Defense
|Increases maximum health
| Vital Blessing
|affects shouts and chants
| Vocal Minority
Vocal Was Sogolon
|Related to target foe not using skills
| Wastrel's Demise
Waste Not, Want Not
|Additional effect when it ends
| Watchful Healing
| Way of the Assassin
Way of the Empty Palm
Way of the Lotus
| Anthem of Weariness
|Withering Aura has a similar name and also conforms to this pattern.
Well of Weariness does not conform to this pattern.
|Synergy with weapon spells
| Wielder's Remedy
|Unblockable; removes a stance
| Wild Blow
|Forceful Blow, Irresistible Sweep, and Whirling Axe are also associated with this group.
|deals holy damage
| Holy Wrath
Signet of Mystic Wrath
|Conditional energy gain
| Arcane Zeal
|"Zealous" is a weapon upgrade that generates 1 energy on every hit.
Zealot's Fire actually causes you to lose energy.
|... as One
|Buffs you and your pet; No effect unless pet is alive
| "Together as One!"
Heal as One
Rampage as One
Strike as One
Divorced / Orphaned relation
Many keywords are commonly suggested:
- These connections are considered coincidental, as their patterns remain inconsistent or not widespread.
- Some keywords have been weakened and/or altered due to subsequent updates. (For example, the previous keyword "vow" indicated a powerful dervish ability that came at the cost of something with a similar ability.)
|Protects against attacks
| Angelic Bond
|General humor and/or unpredictability
| Drunken Blow
|Warning: drinking and adventuring can be hazardous to your health.
|Interrupts skills at AoE
| Cry of Frustration
Cry of Pain
|Cry of Madness and Cry of Lament does not conform to this pattern.
|Increases chance to get critical hits
| Critical Eye
"Go for the Eyes!"
|Wandering Eye does not conform to this pattern.
|Deals conditional bonus damage
| Irresistible Blow
|Boosts your attributes
| Ritual Lord
|Ether Lord does not conform to this pattern.
|Inflicts or requires crippled
| Iron Palm
|Way of the Empty Palm does not conform to this pattern.
|Conditional effect if blocked
| Seeking Arrows
|Increased activation / fast movement
| Swift Chop
|"Swift" and "Of Swiftness" are weapon upgrades that grants a half-activation time.
|Powerful bonus with a severe drawback
| Vow of Silence
|Vow of Piety's name didn't originally include Vow.
Vow of Strength followed this pattern, but its functionality changed. Currently it is the only skill that deviates after the update.
|Additional effect if target meets a certain condition
| Word of Censure
Word of Healing
Words of Comfort