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re: New Game Mechanic for PoF: "Barrier"

Barrier is a new game mechanic that interacts with your health. It is not a buff, not a boon, not an active effect at all. It is like a shield, acting as extra health on top of your usual health. Both players and enemies have this mechanic available. It shows as a yellow/grey part of a health bar on your enemy, or as a yellow part floating on top of your red health circle. 

Where/when do you use barrier? Barrier is designed to be used in anticipation of big damage, rather than a reaction to it (similar to the Protection Monks in Guild Wars 1). It's an awesome balance to the new Spellbreaker skills that do massive AoE boon ripping, as it is not a boon. 
How does the barrier work in combat? when you hit an enemy, your damage works on the barrier first (causing yellow damage numbers); when the barrier is depleted, your damage will work on the enemy's regular health (causing the usual white damage numbers). Same thing goes for your character; your barrier is depleted by incoming damage until it is gone, then the damage starts taking down your regular health pool.
How do you get barrier? Several sources can provide barrier to you. If you are overhealed, that excess healing goes towards your barrier, whether the healing comes from you or from an ally. The Scourge (new necromancer elite spec) has AoE barrier skills, in keeping with its' group support role. Weavers (new elementalist elite spec) have personal barrier skills that do not transfer to allies, which is ideal for their role as front-line damage machines. The other classes will also have access to barrier skills and traits.
How long does it last? Barrier deteriorates quite quickly (however much you have is gone in 6 seconds).
What causes barrier to scale up? Barrier does not come with a new stat, it is tied to Vitality and Healing Power. As you increase your Vitality numbers, you increase your maximum potential Barrier size. Increased Healing Power increases the amount of Barrier you actually get from things like traits and skills.
Is barrier only in PoF? Nope. Barrier will be coming to core Tyria as well (such as from Elementalist Earth attunement skills)... probably will be introduced at the same time as the Balance Patch.

For information, speculation, and theories of Barrier usage, watch the Wooden Potatoes video here (the source of the info for this post).



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Thank you Ophelia :D



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