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Break Bar Guide By Addy Winchester and Inari Kamihara With help from the wiki... And let's be honest, Inari did the hard parts........ Gifs by Necrojinn Introduction What Is A Break Bar? What Happens When The Break Bar Is Depleted? What Is Crowd Control? Soft CC VS Hard CC Class Specific Skills Warrior Guardian Revenant Engineer Ranger Thief Elementalist Mesmer Necromancer Introduction Have you ever been doing something within the game where people start yelling "break" or "break the bar" or "CC". Are you one of the many people who either does not know what that means, or at least unsure? That's okay! Many players in the realm of Guild Wars 2 do not properly know about break bars, how to properly address break bars, or at least are unsure of the skills each of their classes have that are used to break that dreaded bar. We are here to assist in that understanding. You will become a break bar god. What Is A Break Bar? Well, first off, it's also known as the defiance bar. Rarely anyone actually calls it that, but important to know just in case. The break bar is a separate bar beneath the opponent's health bar (picture shown a little later on). Typically, champion and legendary level bosses are the type of mobs who will have this extra bar, though once in a while some veterans can as well. The goal of the break bar is to deplete it as quickly as possible; some bosses even have a timer that if you don't break it in time, bad things happen! (i.e. Legendary Brazen Gladiator in Chaos Isles fractal where he pulls anyone within range to him and does some serious damage, or Samarog in the fourth raid wing who will kill whoever he/she is pummeling to death if the bar is not depleted in time.) So what does the bar look like? When the bar is grey, such as above, the boss is immune to crowd control. This means your CC skills do absolutely nothing in terms of effects; it is a simple skill for damage. As the bar turns teal, it is time to use crowd control skills to deplete the “health” of the bar. Use those CC skills until there is nothing left! Once the bar is broken, it then turns orange and steadily regains its “health”. The bar is recharging, therefore your the effects of CC skills do nothing once again. How does it look with the enemies bar? Like so! Photo courtesy of Guildwarshub.com What Happens When Break Bar Is Depleted? When the health of the break bar is depleted, the enemy has been broken. The depletion of the bar interrupts, stuns, knocks down, and/or exposes the enemy. You, my friend, are temporarily safe from being kicked around like a sack of potatoes. For like two seconds. Yey? Exhibit A: Link to GIF What Is Crowd Control? Crowd control, also known as crowd effects and often shortened to "CC", skills are effects that affect actions, movements, skills, etc. Enemies with break bars are immune to such effects; instead they deplete that break bar as aforementioned above. There are two different types of these "CC" skills; soft CC and hard CC. Soft CC skills are skills that tick over time, slowly depleting the “health” of the bar. Hard CC skills on the other hand take out big chunks of the bar. Soft control examples: Fear, taunt, immobilize, slow, chill, blind, cripple, weakness Hard control examples: Daze, stun, knockdown, knockback, launch, pull, freeze, sink, float, transform Let's actually see the difference in the two different types of crowd control: Soft CC example: Link to GIF Hard CC example: Link to GIF Class Specific CC Skills Get ready folks, this is gonna be a long one. Warrior Guardian Revenant Engineer Ranger Thief Elementalist Mesmer Necromancer