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Guard Skill

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Guards are active skills that provide short term survivability to characters. Guards are spells without cast time characteristic. As guard skills are spells they are supported by spells modifiers.

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

Skills

Active skill gems

There are 5 gems with the Guard gem tag:

Skill gemStr.Dex.Int.Lvl.
Arcane CloakArcane CloakSpell, Duration, Guard, Lightning
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Cooldown Time: 4.00 sec
Requires Level 16Spends a portion of your mana to grant a buff that takes some of the damage from hits for you until depleted. The buff grants added lightning damage based on the amount of mana spent by this skill. Shares a cooldown with other Guard skills.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 3 seconds
75% of Damage from Hits is taken from Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to Mana Spent by this Skill's effect
Spends (45-64)% of current Mana
Buff grants Added Lightning Damage equal to (10-14)% of Mana Spent by this Skill's effect
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.
Arcane Cloak skill icon.png
N/AN/Ayes16
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 seconds
(25-34)% less Elemental Damage taken
(25-35)% less Physical Damage taken
15% less Physical Damage taken per Endurance Charge removed
20% increased Buff Duration per Endurance Charge removed
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.
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 seconds
Buff grants +(50-858) to 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 1.5 seconds
70% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take (54-2209) Damage
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.
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 raises your armour, and takes 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 by the buff in that second. When the buff is removed, the skill deals reflected damage to enemies around you based on the total damage that was taken by the buff. You cannot have the buff at the same time as any other Guard skill.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Base duration is 9 seconds
Buff grants +(25-429) to Armour
(30-35)% of Damage from Hits is taken from the Buff before your Life or Energy Shield
Buff can take Damage equal to 30% of your Armour, up to a maximum of 30000
Reflects (300-9000)% of Damage taken from Buff as Fire Damage each second,
or when Buff expires or is depleted
Buff grants (20-29)% more Armour
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

Other skills

Related passive skills

Passive skills

The following passive skills are related to Guard skills:

NameStats
Armour and Guard Skill Cooldown Recovery
Dmgreduction passive skill icon.png
12% increased Armour
Guard Skills have 20% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed [1]
Guard Skill Cooldown Recovery and Duration
Dmgreduction passive skill icon.png
Guard Skills have 15% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed
Guard Skills have 15% increased Duration [1]
Mana and Guard Skill Cooldown Recovery
Mana passive skill icon.png
10% increased maximum Mana
Guard Skills have 20% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed [1]
Mana and Guard Skill Duration
Mana passive skill icon.png
8% increased maximum Mana
Guard Skills have 15% increased Duration [1]
Adamant
ArmourGuardsNotable passive skill icon.png
20% increased Armour
+400 to Armour while affected by a Guard Skill Buff
Regenerate 1.5% of Life per second while affected by a Guard Skill Buff [1]
Dynamo20% increased maximum Mana
Guard Skills have 25% increased Duration
Recover 20% of Mana over 1 second when you use a Guard Skill [1]

Keystone passive skills

The following keystone passive skills are related to Guard skills:

NameStats
Veteran's Awareness
VeteransAwareness passive skill icon.png
+10% to all Elemental Resistances and maximum Elemental Resistances while affected by a Non-Vaal Guard Skill
20% additional Physical Damage Reduction while affected by a Non-Vaal Guard Skill
20% more Damage taken if a Non-Vaal Guard Buff was lost Recently [1]

Version history

Version Changes
3.7.0
  • Introduced to the game.