I'm relatively new to using heals with my Guardian and was wondering if AOE healing affects downed players.
Your regular healing skills do not heal downed players. The most common method of reviving players is simply by pressing "F" while standing on them. Alternatively there are several skills out there that can be used to assist with reviving downed players, such as "Toss Elixer R", an engineer skill.
You can basically assume if the tool tip doesn't mention healing, specifically, downed players that it will only heal players that are still up.
You have a skill called "Merciful Intervention" that when used on a downed body will heal them for quite a bit, and your downstate 3 skill will also affect downed players in addition to yourself.
Other than those you can only heal players who are still up.
Your regular healing skills should heal downed players just fine, try using staff 2 on someone who's down to check
Downed players or npcs can only be revived not healed by regular healing skills (including AOE heal). There are skills that help bringing downed people back to alive: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Revival
Good info. Thanks.
Direct heals could also affect downed players xd