- Unlocked at One Hand and Shield rank 2.
- Requires 1 skill point.
After reaching rank 4 in this skill, it is possible to Morph it:
- Increases your armor by amount reduced.
- Update 5: This ability now provides armor if used while blocking.
- Update 6: This ability now applies the buff Minor Resolve for 12 seconds.
- Also reduces spell resistance.
- Update 6: This ability now applies the buff Major Spell Shatter for 12 seconds.
- Update 2: As of Update 2, all One Hand and Shield abilities now require you to have a one-handed weapon and a shield equipped in order to activate them.
- Update 5: Reduced the cost of this ability by approximately 30% 
- Update 6: Puncture now applies the buff Major Fracture for 12 seconds.