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.

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.

Acquisition[edit]

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 Skill point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Renewed Focus.png
 Renewed Focus
Meditation 10 2 90 Focus, making yourself invulnerable and recharging your virtues.
Tome of Courage.png
 Tome of Courage
Tome Not available underwater.png 30 1 180 Summon an ancient tome that grants you powerful support spells.
Tome of Wrath.png
 Tome of Wrath
Tome Not available underwater.png 10 1 180 Summon an ancient tome that grants you powerful offensive spells.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Battle Standard.png
 Battle Standard
Banner 10 2 240 Place a battle standard that revives fallen allies and grants fury, might, and swiftness to allies.
Rampage.png
 Rampage
Transform Not available underwater.png 30 1 150 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 10 1 60 Passive: Grants adrenaline.
Active: Gain fury, might, and swiftness.

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

Elixir X.png
 Elixir X
ElixirTransform 10 1 105 Drink Elixir X, becoming a rampaging brute or whirling tornado. Underwater become either a withering plague or a whirlpool.
Mortar.png
 Mortar
Not available underwater.png 30 0.5½ 120 Build a stationary mortar that you or your allies can fire.
Supply Crate.png
 Supply Crate
10 1 180 Request a massive supply drop, complete with turrets and bandages.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Entangle.png
 Entangle
Survival Not available underwater.png 10 0.75¾ 60 Entangle foes around you with vines. Entangled foes bleed and are immobilized until the vines are destroyed.
Rampage As One.png
 Rampage As One
Pet (skill type) 10 1 120 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 30 10.5½ 180 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
30 Command your spirit of nature to revive and cure conditions on nearby downed allies.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Basilisk Venom.png
 Basilisk Venom
Venom 10 1 40 Your next attack turns your foe to stone.
Dagger Storm.png
 Dagger Storm
Not available underwater.png 30 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
10 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 10 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 10 10.25¼ 120 Summon an elemental based on your attunement.
Tornado.png
 Tornado
Transform Not available underwater.png 30 1 150 Gain stability and shape-shift into a tornado that damages and launches foes.
Underwater.png
Whirlpool.png
 Whirlpool
Transform 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
30 10.75¾ 90 You and all allies gain stealth for a short time.
Polymorph Moa.png
 Polymorph Moa
Transform Not available underwater.png 10 1 180 Turn your foe into a moa bird.
Underwater.png
Polymorph Tuna.png
 Polymorph Tuna
Transform 10.25¼ 180 Turn your foe into a tuna fish.
Time Warp.png
 Time Warp
10 0.25¼ 210 Create an area that warps time, granting you and your allies quickness.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Lich Form.png
 Lich Form
Transform Not available underwater.png 30 180 Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes spectral effects.
Plague.png
 Plague
Transform 10 180 Become a virulent cloud and inflict multiple conditions on foes you touch. Entering this form destroys all minions and removes spectral effects.
Summon Flesh Golem.png
 Summon Flesh Golem
Minion Not available underwater.png 10 10.5½ 60 Summon a flesh golem to attack foes with crippling claws.
Redirect Arrow.png
Charge (necromancer skill).png
 Charge
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 Skill 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 10 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 30 2 180 Summon a D-Series defensive golem.
Summon Power Suit.png
 Summon Power Suit
Not available underwater.png 10 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 10 2 240 Call down an artillery barrage at target location, damaging foes.
Charrzooka.png
 Charrzooka
Not available underwater.png 30 0.5½ 180 Pull out a powerful charrzooka that shoots rockets.
Warband Support.png
 Warband Support
Not available underwater.png 10 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 10 180 Transform into an Avatar of Melandru.
Hounds of Balthazar.png
 Hounds of Balthazar
Not available underwater.png 30 1 240 Summon two Hounds of Balthazar to fight at your side.
Reaper of Grenth.png
 Reaper of Grenth
Not available underwater.png 10 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
Transform Not available underwater.png 10 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn bear form.
Become the Raven.png
 Become the Raven
Transform Not available underwater.png 10 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn Raven[sic] form.
Become the Snow Leopard.png
 Become the Snow Leopard
Transform Not available underwater.png 30 0.5½ 240 Shape-shift into norn Snow Leopard[sic] form.
Become the Wolf.png
 Become the Wolf
Transform Not available underwater.png 10 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 30 20.75¾ 240 Summon a Druid Spirit to fight at your side.
Summon Sylvan Hound.png
 Summon Sylvan Hound
Not available underwater.png 10 2 180 Summon a sylvan hound to fight at your side.
Take Root.png
 Take Root
Not available underwater.png 10 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 Skill 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.