Passive Skills are skills that effect and enhance your character, active skills, attributes, etc. They are passive, which means that your character will reap their benefits at all times; they don't need to be activated in any way. The Passive Skills system replaced the Traits system after the announcement of the removal of skill points at the Press Event on July 27, 2011. In the Traits system, players had approximately 19 Trait points (at level 60) to spread across a variety of Traits as they pleased. In the new system, players are simply able to choose three Passive Skills that will affect their characters.