The destroyers are the minions of the Elder Dragon Primordus. They currently dwell in the Depths of Tyria, waging war with the dwarves and any other innocent adventurer. They are capable of appearing anywhere in Tyria due to Primordus' constant underground activities.
In recent history, the destroyers started appearing at some time before 1078 AE, when humans first met the asura and their dwarven allies after investigating a series of earthquakes around the world. Together, the makeshift alliance of races established a base of operations in the Eye of the North and recruited more allies to the cause, including the Ebon Vanguard, a unit of Ascalonian soldiers operating behind charr front lines, and the individualistic race of hunters, the norn. Their efforts were successful, and the leader of the destroyer horde, the Great Destroyer was slain. However, this only set back the threat by few decades, as the Elder Dragon eventually awakened and rallied its minions anew, driving many races such as the asura, skritt and feral murellows to surface.
While other dragon minions are often corrupted versions of living creatures, destroyers are mindless beings created from rock and fire; they appear as mockeries of living creatures, such as trolls or harpies. However, when a living being is encased by rock, its body could turn into lava, creating a corrupted creature. In addition, the Destroyer Queen has created destroyers using egg-like pods, a feat previously thought impossible or at least not widely known.
Destroyers are often capable of dealing heavy damage in melee combat and are also known to make use of fire magic, and are almost always immune to burning. Sufficient application of force is enough to defeat any destroyer, after which it will break into nothing more than a pile of stone and ashes.
- Destroyer foes found in game are generally melee fighters, with some varieties possessing some abilities akin to fire magic area of effect spells. Burning is most commonly caused condition used by destroyers which they are also resistant to.
- ^ Stéphane Lo Presti and Jeff Grubb, Guild Wars 2 Guru; links broke - image of posts:    
- ^ Interview with Jeff Grubb, Ree Soesbee and Scott McGough, GuildMag