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ON-icon-skill-Daedric Summoning-Conjured Ward.png Conjured Ward
Line Daedric Summoning
Line Rank 30 Cost 4320 Magicka
Cast Time Instant Duration 6 seconds
Target Self
Morphs
Morph ON-icon-skill-Daedric Summoning-Hardened Ward.png Hardened Ward
Damage shield absorbs more and has a higher capped value.
ON-icon-skill-Daedric Summoning-Empowered Ward.png Empowered Ward
Reduces the cost, increases the duration, and also grants you and your allies Minor Intellect and Endurance.
Notes
Magicka/Stamina Cost is based on a character of Level 50 Champion Points160. Damage values are based on Max Magicka/Stamina 7958, Max Health 8744, and Weapon/Spell Damage 1037.
Conjured Ward: Conjure globes of Daedric energy for protection, granting a damage shield for you and your pets that absorbs 8000 damage for 6 seconds. Damage shield strength scales off your Max Magicka and is capped at 50% of your Max Health.
Hardened Ward: Conjure globes of Daedric energy for protection, granting a damage shield for you and your pets that absorbs 9600 damage for 6 seconds. Damage shield strength scales off your Max Magicka and is capped at 60% of your Max Health.
Empowered Ward: Cost: [4050 / 3960 / 3870 / 3780] Magicka, Duration: 10 seconds.
Conjure globes of Daedric energy for protection, granting a damage shield for you and your pets that absorbs 8000 damage for 10 seconds. Damage shield strength scales off your Max Magicka and is capped at 50% of your Max Health. Also grants Minor Intellect and Minor Endurance to you and nearby allies, increasing your Magicka and Stamina Recovery by 15% for 10 seconds.

Conjured Ward creates a protective Damage Shield around the caster and any summoned creatures which negates any damage. It lasts for 6 seconds or until the target has received a certain amount of damage, dependent upon the level of the spell and skill of the caster. Hardened Ward increases the strength of your shield (but not your pets'), while the Empowered Ward reduces the cost and increases the duration, and also grants you and your allies Minor Intellect, increasing their Magicka Recovery for the duration.

While active, your health bar will appear as below, the purple section showing how much shield you have remaining:
ON-misc-Status Damage Shield.png
Your pet(s) will have a similar change to their health bar:
ON-misc-Status Damage Shield (target).png

NotesEdit

  • Only you and your own pet(s) will be affected by the Damage Shield, not your allies or their pets, though Empowered Ward does benefit your allies with Magicka Recovery.
  • It has a radius of effect, so it will only work on your pets if they are fairly close to you.
  • Hardened is a recommended morph for the Elemental Arcanist build, while Empowered Ward is recommended for Eldritch Mender.

Patch NotesEdit

* Hardened Ward: This ability now has a unique icon.
* The abilities Hardened Ward and Negate Magic no longer share the same icon.
* Empowered Ward:
    • This morph now grants the Minor Intellect buff to you and nearby allies, and will not be removed if the caster's damage shield is removed.
    • This morph no longer provides the Minor Mending buff.
* Conjured Ward: Reduced the duration of this ability and the Hardened Ward morph to 6 seconds from 20 seconds.
  • Empowered Ward: Reduced the duration of this morph to 8 seconds from 20 seconds.
* Adjusted the order of the Active Abilities in this skill line. They now unlock in the following order:
* Conjured Ward: Increased the strength of the damage shield summoned by this ability and its morphs by approximately 10%.
  • Hardened Ward: Decreased this morph’s bonus to your own damage shield to 20% from 30%.
    • Developer Comment: Combined with the change to the base ability, Conjured Ward, there is no net change to the strength of the shield that Hardened Ward provides.
* Conjured Ward: The total strength of this ability is now limited to 50% of caster's max health.
  • Hardened Ward: This morph now only ranks up the damage shield strength, instead of shield strength and caster self-shield bonus.
    • Developer Comment: We want players to make interesting choices when making damage shield builds. These builds now require a balance of offensive and defensive stats, where previously a damage shield user could go for all offensive stats and also get a large damage shield that mitigated the fact that they had low max health.
* Fixed an issue with Annulment and its morphs, and Conjured Ward and its morphs, where you could occasionally get stuck in the casting animations when using the abilities in quick succession with other abilities such as Block.
* Hardened Ward: Fixed an issue where this ability was getting a 40% bonus to strength, rather than a 20% bonus. Please note that the previous bonus could not circumvent the health cap of 50%, so if you were already over that bonus, you will see no change to power.
* Reduced the shield size of this ability and the Empowered Ward morph by approximately 18%, and increased the cost of this ability and the Hardened Ward morph to 4320 from 3510. These changes were done to make them more comparable to the damage shield / burst heal standard.
  • Increased the shield size limit for this ability and the Empowered Ward morph to 50% of your Max Health from 40%. Hardened Ward is increased to 60% from 50%. If you would like additional insight to these changes, please read the developer comment under the Light Armor Annulment changes, which has similar adjustments.
  • Empowered Ward: The final cost of this ability is now 3780, and it no longer gains 1.1% shield size per rank as it already has a cost reduction rank up.
  • Hardened Ward: Reduced the shield size of this ability by approximately 9%.