Most vocations have an Inherited Elemental Protection that is always active, despite not wearing any standard equipment or charms. The following is a quick reference to the Inherited Elemental Protection that is always active on a per-vocation basis.
Inherited Elemental Protection
Further, each vocation has a limit to the amount of Elemental Protection that they can receive through standard equipment. The following table is a quick reference to the maximum amount of Elemental Protection that each vocation can receive in both PvP and PvE.
Maximum Elemental Protection
In talent points, Maximum Resistances will increase the maximum by 1% per talent point.
It is worth noting that Inherited Elemental Protection counts toward the Maximum Elemental Protection total. For example, a Mage would benefit from a total of 30% Physical Protection through equipment and charms in PvE, however, they are at an excess of 15% in a PvP scenario; the extra amount does not yield protection to them in the PvP scenario. A Knight in this example would only benefit from a total of 25% Physical Protection in a PvE scenario, but does not benefit at all in PvP from Elemental Protection of any kind, because a Knight’s Inherited Elemental Protection already fulfills the threshold to max out their Maximum Elemental Protection.
There are a few noteworthy exceptions to the Maximum Elemental Protection rules. The following are a list of methods to exceed a vocation’s Maximum Elemental Protection:
- Equipment with charges are exempt from the Maximum Elemental Protection rules. For example, a Stone Skin Amulet will still provide players with its listed Physical and Death protection despite it being higher than any vocation’s Maximum Elemental Protection threshold.
- Alchemy Elixirs are exempt from the Maximum Elemental Protection rules entirely.
- Spell buffs, such as Fortitude, are exempt from the Maximum Elemental Protection rules.
In the event that you exceed your PvE Maximum Elemental Threshold, the game will alert you that you have done so. This is particularly useful if you move an Enchantment slot from one piece of equipment to a new one with different base stats.
Edit: Updated maximum elemental protection for paladin and knight.