Elite skill

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the skill type. For the specific NPC/enemy rank, see NPC rank. For elite specializations, see specialization.

Elite skills are especially powerful skills designed to be used infrequently and have a dramatic effect on the tide of a battle. The last slot on the skill bar is reserved for elite skills. Elite skills typically have much longer recharge times compared to normal utility skills — very few recharge in less than 60 seconds, and some can take up to 4 minutes.


Elite skills become available when a character reaches level 31. Most characters will ultimately have access to six elite skills, three of them determined by profession and the remaining three by race. Some races (e.g. norn) have more elite skills than others, balanced by a smaller pool of racial utility skills. Racial elite skills are only usable in PvE and World versus World, and not in Structured PvP.

Characters must unlock two first tier elite skills (which cost 10 skill points each) before being able to learn elite skills from the second tier (30 skill points each).

While in Heart of the Mists, all characters have access to all their skills excluding racial elite skills. This allows lower level characters to experiment of different skills and see which elite skills they want to unlock first. Some professions only have one elite skill which can be used while in underwater mode. None of the racial elite skills can be used underwater. While it is possible to equip two different elite skills, one during underwater mode and one on the ground, using an elite skill will still cause the slot be on recharge of the elite skill used, even if using a different elite skill underwater or while on ground.

Profession elite skills[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

"Feel My Wrath!".png
 "Feel My Wrath!"
Shout Not available underwater.png 9 0.25¼ 30 Grant fury and quickness to nearby allies.
Renewed Focus.png
 Renewed Focus
Meditation 9 2 90 Focus, making yourself invulnerable and recharging your virtues.
Signet of Courage.png
 Signet of Courage
Signet 9 40.25¼ 180 Passive: Periodically heal allies in the area around you while in combat.
Active: Fully heal nearby allies.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Battle Standard.png
 Battle Standard
Banner 9 2 240 Place a battle standard that revives fallen allies and grants fury, might, and swiftness to allies.
Physical Not available underwater.png 9 1 180 Take the form of a massive juggernaut, reducing the damage you take and the duration of incoming movement-impeding conditions.
Signet of Rage.png
 Signet of Rage
Signet 9 1 60 Passive: Grants adrenaline.
Active: Gain fury, might, and swiftness.

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

Elite Mortar Kit.png
 Elite Mortar Kit
Weapon kit Not available underwater.png 8 Equip the mortar kit.
Elixir X.png
 Elixir X
Elixir 8 1 105 Drink Elixir X, becoming a rampaging brute or whirling tornado. Underwater become either a withering plague or a whirlpool.
Supply Crate.png
 Supply Crate
Turret Not available underwater.png 8 1 180 Request a supply drop of turrets.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Survival Not available underwater.png 9 0.75¾ 60 Entangle foes around you with vines. Entangled foes bleed and are immobilized until the vines are destroyed.
"Strength of the pack!".png
 "Strength of the pack!"
Shout 9 1 60 Rampage with your pet, gaining stability, fury, and swiftness. You and your pet also grant might to each other when you attack.
Spirit of Nature.png
 Spirit of Nature
Spirit 9 10.5½ 120 Summon a spirit that heals allies. Command the spirit to revive and cure conditions on nearby allies.
Redirect Arrow.png
Nature's Renewal.png
 Nature's Renewal
120 Your spirit of nature sacrifices itself to revive and cure conditions of nearby downed allies.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Basilisk Venom.png
 Basilisk Venom
Venom 9 1 40 Your attacks turn foes to stone.
Dagger Storm.png
 Dagger Storm
Trick Not available underwater.png 9 70.5½ 90 Spin around, reflecting projectiles and throwing daggers that cripple and bleed nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Thieves Guild.png
 Thieves Guild
Deception 9 10.5½ 180 Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

Conjure Fiery Greatsword.png
 Conjure Fiery Greatsword
Conjure Not available underwater.png 9 1 180 Manifest a fiery greatsword in your hands and at the target location. When it lands, it damages and burns foes. Wielders of the weapon gain increased power and condition damage.
Glyph of Elementals.png
 Glyph of Elementals
Glyph Not available underwater.png 9 10.25¼ 120 Summon an elemental based on your attunement.
Cantrip Not available underwater.png 9 1 150 Gain stability and shape-shift into a tornado that damages and launches foes.
Cantrip 10.25¼ 180 Shape-shift into a whirling maelstrom that pulls foes into its destructive vortex.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Mass Invisibility.png
 Mass Invisibility
Manipulation 9 10.75¾ 90 You and all allies gain stealth for a short time.
Signet of Humility.png
 Signet of Humility
Signet 9 1 180 Passive: Reduces duration of incoming stuns, dazes, fears, and taunts.
Active: Transforms your foe into a moa bird.
(Defiant foes will have their defiant bar reduced instead.)
Time Warp.png
 Time Warp
Glamour 9 0.25¼ 180 Create an area that warps time, granting you and your allies quickness while slowing enemies.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Lich Form.png
 Lich Form
Spectral Not available underwater.png 9 180 Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
Corruption 9 180 Become a virulent cloud and inflict multiple conditions on foes you touch. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes spectral effects. Inflict bleeding on yourself.
Summon Flesh Golem.png
 Summon Flesh Golem
Minion Not available underwater.png 9 10.5½ 48 Summon a flesh golem to attack foes with crippling claws.
Redirect Arrow.png
Charge (necromancer skill).png
0.75¾ 40 Command your flesh golem to gain stability and charge a foe, knocking down or launching enemies in its path.

Racial elite skills[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura[edit]

Summon 7-Series Golem.png
 Summon 7-Series Golem
Not available underwater.png 2 180 Summon a 7-Series attacking golem to fight for you.
Summon D-Series Golem.png
 Summon D-Series Golem
Not available underwater.png 2 180 Summon a D-Series defensive golem.
Summon Power Suit.png
 Summon Power Suit
Not available underwater.png 2 240 Summon a Power Suit which you or your allies can enter and use to combat enemies.

Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr[edit]

Artillery Barrage.png
 Artillery Barrage
Not available underwater.png 2 240 Call down an artillery barrage at target location, damaging foes.
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 180 Pull out a powerful charrzooka that shoots rockets.
Warband Support.png
 Warband Support
Not available underwater.png 10.5½ 240 Call in members of your warband to assist you.

Human tango icon 20px.png Human[edit]

Avatar of Melandru.png
 Avatar of Melandru
Not available underwater.png 180 Transform into an Avatar of Melandru.
Hounds of Balthazar.png
 Hounds of Balthazar
Not available underwater.png 1 240 Summon two Hounds of Balthazar to fight at your side.
Reaper of Grenth.png
 Reaper of Grenth
Not available underwater.png 1 180 Become a Reaper of Grenth, chilling and poisoning nearby foes.

Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn[edit]

Become the Bear.png
 Become the Bear
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn bear form.
Become the Raven.png
 Become the Raven
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn Raven
Become the Snow Leopard.png
 Become the Snow Leopard
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn Snow Leopard
Become the Wolf.png
 Become the Wolf
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn wolf form.

Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari[edit]

Summon Druid Spirit.png
 Summon Druid Spirit
Not available underwater.png 20.75¾ 240 Summon a Druid Spirit to fight at your side.
Summon Sylvan Hound.png
 Summon Sylvan Hound
Not available underwater.png 2 180 Summon a sylvan hound to fight at your side.
Take Root.png
 Take Root
Not available underwater.png 3 150 Take root at your current location, becoming immobile, but causing several turrets to grow nearby.

Common elite skills[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Mistfire Wolf.png
 Mistfire Wolf
Not available underwater.png 1 150 Summon a Mistfire Wolf to fight at your side.

Mistfire Wolf is available to any character on any pre-purchased Digital Deluxe or Collector's Edition account.

Related traits[edit]

Related equipment[edit]

The sixth bonus of superior versions of the following runes triggers an effect when you activate an elite skill.