Aftercast delay is the ¾ second time after activating certain skills, during which a character cannot move or use most other skills.


The delay is triggered immediately after activating a skill, e.g. an Elementalist casting a 2 second spell will have to stay put for 2.75 seconds (2s for the spell itself and 0.75s due to the aftercast). There is no delay if the skill is canceled or otherwise fails to activate (e.g. due to an interrupt).

However, the delay does not prevent the use of skills with zero activation time, most notably stances, shouts, and most attack skills.

Skills affected

These skill types do not have an aftercast delay (unless noted below):

These skill types always have an aftercast delay of ¾s:


  • Obviously, martial classes are less affected by aftercast delay (ACD) than casting professions.
    • Mesmers are especially delayed because Fast Casting only affects activation and recharge times. Even with a maximum FC, mesmers will not be able to trigger more than 2 interrupts in a second (since each triggers a ¾ second delay).

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