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In [[PvE]], since the [[Game updates/20051110|2005/11/10 update]], henchmen and creatures flee from AoE skills that do [[damage over time]], but generally take 2-3 seconds of damage before fleeing.
In [[PvP]], use such skills to clear a tactically important area of opponents so your team can take and exploit such a breach in the opposing team's defense.
In [[Guild vs Guild]] games, [["Victory or Death!"]] presents an opportunity to use AoE skills on the archers who bunch up at the flagstand.
Most AoEs require a target; however, some will take effect around the caster. These are called [[PBAoE]]s—point-blank area of effect.