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Disambiguous.png This article is about Insignia, the armor upgrades. For information on the profession insignia quests given at the end of training in Shing Jea Monastery, see Insignia (course).
An insignia

Insignia are upgrade components that can be added to armor to give it additional functionality and bonuses.

Description[edit | edit source]

Insignia are prefix upgrade components for armor, granting additional effects to the wearer. Like runes, insignia have fixed bonuses (the effects are not variable like most weapon upgrades), although some have progressive effects that grant greater bonuses based on certain conditions.

Insignia can be paired with runes on the same piece of armor, since runes are the suffix upgrade for armor, and their effects will stack unless an effect is specifically noted as "(Non-stacking)." Health and Energy bonuses will stack across all equipped armor pieces, while armor rating bonuses (or penalties) only stack on individual armor pieces.

Insignia can be applied to most armor, including hero armor, although profession-specific insignia can only be applied to armor for that profession. The only armor that will not accept insignia is collector armor that has the profession's maximum armor rating.

Acquisition[edit | edit source]

In PvE, insignia can be salvaged from salvage armors dropped from foes. Identifying the armor will reveal whether or not the armor contains an insignia, and if it does, will reveal the name of the insignia; this action will also unlock the insignia on your account. As with runes, insignia for campaign-specific professions will only drop in that campaign and in the Eye of the North expansion. You can also salvage insignia that you have applied to your own armor or your heroes' armor. Since hero armor cannot be destroyed, many players use it as extra storage space for runes and insignia.

Additionally, insignia can be sold to and purchased from Rune Traders at market prices that fluctuate based on supply and demand. The traders' Buy price has a minimum of 100 Gold, while the Sell price bottoms out at 25 Gold, which is the same as their Merchant value.

In PvP, insignia can be unlocked by spending Balthazar Faction at a Priest of Balthazar at a cost of 1,000 faction each. When creating armor in the PvP Equipment panel, you can select from a list of all insignia that are unlocked on your account.

List of insignia[edit | edit source]

Name Icon Bonus

Common-icon.png Common[edit | edit source]

Blessed Blessed Insignia.png Armor +10 (while affected by an Enchantment Spell)
Brawler's Brawler's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while attacking)
Herald's Herald's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while holding an item)
Radiant Radiant Insignia.png Energy +3 (on chest armor)
Energy +2 (on leg armor)
Energy +1 (on other armor)
Sentry's Sentry's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while in a stance)
Stalwart Stalwart Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. physical damage)
Survivor Survivor Insignia.png Health +15 (on chest armor)
Health +10 (on leg armor)
Health +5 (on other armor)

Warrior-icon.png Warrior[edit | edit source]

Dreadnought Dreadnought Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)
Knight's Knight's Insignia.png Received physical damage -3
Lieutenant's Lieutenant's Insignia.png Reduces Hex durations on you by 20% and damage dealt by you by 5% (Non-stacking)
Armor -20
Sentinel's Sentinel's Insignia.png Armor +20 vs. elemental damage (Requires 13 Strength).
Stonefist Stonefist Insignia.png Increases knockdown time of foes by 1 second. (Maximum: 3 seconds) (Non-stacking)

Ranger-icon.png Ranger[edit | edit source]

Beastmaster's Beastmaster's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while your pet is alive)
Earthbound Earthbound Insignia.png Armor +15 (vs. Earth damage)
Frostbound Frostbound Insignia.png Armor +15 (vs. Cold damage)
Pyrebound Pyrebound Insignia.png Armor +15 (vs. Fire damage)
Scout's Scout's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while using a Preparation)
Stormbound Stormbound Insignia.png Armor +15 (vs. Lightning damage)

Monk-icon.png Monk[edit | edit source]

Anchorite's Anchorite's Insignia.png Armor +5 (while recharging 1 or more Skills)
Armor +5 (while recharging 3 or more Skills)
Armor +5 (while recharging 5 or more Skills)
Disciple's Disciple's Insignia.png Armor +15 (while affected by a Condition)
Wanderer's Wanderer's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)

Necromancer-icon.png Necromancer[edit | edit source]

Blighter's Blighter's Insignia.png Armor +20 (while affected by a Hex Spell)
Bloodstained Bloodstained Insignia.png Reduces casting time of spells that exploit corpses by 25% (Non-stacking)
Bonelace Bonelace Insignia.png Armor +15 (vs. Piercing damage)
Minion Master's Minion Master's Insignia.png Armor +5 (while you control 1 or more minions)
Armor +5 (while you control 3 or more minions)
Armor +5 (while you control 5 or more minions)
Tormentor's Tormentor's Insignia.png Armor +10
Holy damage you receive increased by 6 (on chest armor)
Holy damage you receive increased by 4 (on leg armor)
Holy damage you receive increased by 2 (on other armor)
Undertaker's Undertaker's Insignia.png Armor +5 (while Health is below 80%)
Armor +5 (while Health is below 60%)
Armor +5 (while Health is below 40%)
Armor +5 (while Health is below 20%)

Mesmer-icon.png Mesmer[edit | edit source]

Artificer's Artificer's Insignia.png Armor +3 (for each equipped Signet)
Prodigy's Prodigy's Insignia.png Armor +5 (while recharging 1 or more Skills)
Armor +5 (while recharging 3 or more Skills)
Armor +5 (while recharging 5 or more Skills)
Virtuoso's Virtuoso's Insignia.png Armor +15 (while activating skills)

Elementalist-icon.png Elementalist[edit | edit source]

Aeromancer Aeromancer's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Lightning damage)
Geomancer Geomancer's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Earth damage)
Hydromancer Hydromancer's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Cold damage)
Prismatic Prismatic Insignia.png Armor +5 (requires 9 Air Magic)
Armor +5 (requires 9 Earth Magic)
Armor +5 (requires 9 Fire Magic)
Armor +5 (requires 9 Water Magic)
Pyromancer Pyromancer's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. elemental damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Fire damage)

Assassin-icon.png Assassin[edit | edit source]

Infiltrator's Infiltrator's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. physical damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Piercing damage)
Nightstalker's Nightstalker's Insignia.png Armor +15 (while attacking)
Saboteur's Saboteur's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. physical damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Slashing damage)
Vanguard's Vanguard's Insignia.png Armor +10 (vs. physical damage)
Armor +10 (vs. Blunt damage)

Ritualist-icon.png Ritualist[edit | edit source]

Ghost Forge Ghost Forge Insignia.png Armor +15 (while affected by a Weapon Spell)
Mystic's Mystic's Insignia.png Armor +15 (while activating skills)
Shaman's Shaman's Insignia.png Armor +5 (while you control 1 or more Spirits)
Armor +5 (while you control 2 or more Spirits)
Armor +5 (while you control 3 or more Spirits)

Paragon-icon.png Paragon[edit | edit source]

Centurion's Centurion's Insignia.png Armor +10 (while affected by a Shout, Echo, or Chant)

Dervish-icon.png Dervish[edit | edit source]

Forsaken Forsaken Insignia.png Armor +10 (while not affected by an Enchantment Spell)
Windwalker Windwalker Insignia.png Armor +5 (while affected by 1 or more Enchantment Spells)
Armor +5 (while affected by 2 or more Enchantment Spells)
Armor +5 (while affected by 3 or more Enchantment Spells)
Armor +5 (while affected by 4 or more Enchantment Spells)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Currently, Lieutenant's and Stonefist Insignia have only been observed on gold armor, and Bloodstained Insignia have only been observed on purple and gold armor.
  • The Herald's Insignia prerequisite "while holding an item" refers to holding a bundle. This makes it an excellent choice for Ritualists who frequently use Item Spells.
Bug.png Bug! Ghost Forge Insignias created before the June 15th, 2007 update give a bonus of Armor +15 (while affected by a Chant).