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Guard Skill

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Guards are active skills that provide short term survivability to players.

Guards have the Spell or Cast gem tags and therefore can be supported by support gems such as Cast when Damage Taken SupportCast when Damage Taken SupportSupport, Spell, Trigger
Icon: !
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 0.25 sec
Requires Level 38Each supported spell skill will track damage you take, and be triggered when the total damage taken reaches a threshold. Cannot support skills used by totems, traps, or mines. Vaal skills, channelling skills, and skills that reserve mana cannot be triggered.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Damage
Trigger Supported Spells when you take a total of (528-3272) Damage
Supported Skills deal (-70-6)% more Damage
This Gem can only Support Skill Gems requiring Level (38-70) or lower
You cannot Cast Supported Triggerable Spells directly
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
or other spell-specific support gems.

All guard skills share a cooldown - no guard skill can be cast while any others are on cooldown.

Skills

There are currently 4 gems with the Guard gem tag:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Immortal CallImmortal CallSpell, Duration, Guard
Mana Cost: (21-36)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
Requires Level 34Take less Physical and Elemental Damage for a short time. Consumes up to 5 Endurance Charges to lengthen the buff and further lessen Physical Damage taken. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 1.00 seconds
20% increased Buff Duration per Endurance Charge removed
This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
(25-34)% less Elemental Damage taken
(25-35)% less Physical Damage taken
15% less Physical Damage taken per Endurance Charge removed
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Immortal Call skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A34
Molten ShellMolten ShellSpell, AoE, Duration, Fire, Physical, Guard
Radius: 15
Mana Cost: (8-12)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Requires Level 4Applies a buff that adds to your armour, and can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. When the buff expires or is depleted, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken from the buff. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base Duration Is 3.00 Seconds
(50-858) additional Armour
75% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to 20% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 10000
Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage when Buff expires or is depleted
This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Molten Shell skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4
SteelskinSteelskinSpell, Duration, Guard
Mana Cost: (4-16)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 3.00 sec
Requires Level 4Applies a buff which can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
0.5% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
Base duration is 1.50 seconds
This Skill's Cooldown does not recover during its effect
70% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take (54-2209) Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Steelskin skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4
Vaal Molten ShellVaal Molten ShellVaal, Spell, AoE, Duration, Fire, Physical, Guard
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 14.000 sec
Cooldown Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 4Applies a buff that adds to your armour, and can take some of the damage from hits for you before being depleted. Each second, the skill deals reflected damage to surrounding enemies based on the damage taken from the buff in that second. When the buff expires or is depleted, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken from the buff.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
(60-1030) additional Armour
80% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to 60% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
Reflects (100-3000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
or when Buff expires or is depleted
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Molten Shell skill icon.png
yesN/AN/A4

The following guard skill is only available from unique items:


Unique items

The following unique items affect guard skills:

ItemBase ItemStats

Related passive skills

There passive skills grant bonuses related to guard skills:

Ascendancy
Class
NameStats
N/AArmour and Guard Skill Cooldown Recovery
Dmgreduction passive skill icon.png
12% increased Armour
Guard Skills have 15% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed [1]
N/AGuard Skill Cooldown Recovery and Physical Damage Reduction
Dmgreduction passive skill icon.png
Guard Skills have 15% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
4% additional Physical Damage Reduction while affected by a Guard Skill Buff [1]
N/AAdamant
ArmourGuardsNotable passive skill icon.png
20% increased Armour
10% chance when Hit for double Armour effect
+250 to Armour while affected by a Guard Skill Buff
0.5% of Maximum Life Regenerated per second while affected by a Guard Skill Buff [1]