Precursor weapon

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Precursor weapons are level 80 exotic weapons used to craft legendary weapons at the Mystic Forge. Precursor weapons are obtained by the same methods that any named equipment can be obtained, but have a much lower drop rate.


Precursor weapons can be obtained from almost any item source. This includes loot, chests, containers, reward chests, etc. that can be characterized by the possibility of receiving a weapon. The possibility of receiving a precursor weapon is not dependent on level or area, as players have reported receiving precursors on low-level characters in low-level areas as well as high-level character in high-level areas. To note, only high level players (62 - 80) can receive exotic quality weapons and may be more likely to receive precursor weapons from loot as loot often scales with level.

The Mystic Forge is a primary source for precursor weapons due to the refinement that allows players to mix together equipment for a chance at better quality equipment. Players have a chance to receive a precursor weapon when combining four rare or exotic weapons with an average level of 75 or higher. Using four weapons of the same weapon type guarantees receiving a weapon with that weapon type. For example, players can combine one level 60 rare weapon and three level 80 weapons. Player research into the chance of receiving a precursor when combining four exotic weapons of the same type estimates the probability at 0.79% with 2901 trials.

A precursor can also drop from any chest or container that drops weapons. Chests include jumping puzzle chests, dungeon chests, boss chests, and so on. Bonus Chests from world boss events have a greater chance to drop exotic or precursor weapons than other sources, being introduced in the 26 February 2013 update.

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns expansion will bring a collection-based precursor scavenger hunt for existing and new legendaries to be added in the game[1]. Players will be able to acquire one precursor per collection per account, these collections will be unlocked by spending mastery points. This new precursor acquisition system will allow players to unlock all legendaries[1][2].

List of precursor weapons[edit]

Hand Precursor Type Legendary Precursor TP buy price
Main Hand Corrupted Skeggox.png Tooth of Frostfang Axe Frostfang.png Frostfang
Usoku's Needle.png Spark Dagger Incinerator.png Incinerator
Peacemaker's Mace.png The Energizer Mace The Moot.png The Moot
Chaos Gun.png Chaos Gun Pistol Quip.png Quip
Tsunami.png Storm Scepter Meteorlogicus.png Meteorlogicus
Crystalline Blade.png Zap Sword Bolt.png Bolt
Off hand The Bard.png The Bard Focus The Minstrel.png The Minstrel
The Chosen.png The Chosen Shield The Flameseeker Prophecies.png The Flameseeker Prophecies
Rodgort's Flame.png Rodgort's Flame Torch Rodgort.png Rodgort
Howl.png Howl Warhorn Howler.png Howler
Terrestrial Dawn.png Dawn
Dusk.png Dusk
Greatsword Sunrise.png Sunrise
Twilight.png Twilight

The Colossus.png The Colossus Hammer The Juggernaut.png The Juggernaut
Leaf of Kudzu.png Leaf of Kudzu Longbow Kudzu.png Kudzu
The Hunter.png The Hunter Rifle The Predator.png The Predator
The Lover.png The Lover Short bow The Dreamer.png The Dreamer
The Legend.png The Legend Staff The Bifrost.png The Bifrost
Aquatic Dragonfury.png Carcharias Spear Kamohoali'i Kotaki.png Kamohoali'i Kotaki
The Stingray.png Rage Harpoon gun Frenzy (weapon).png Frenzy
Venom (weapon).png Venom Trident Kraitkin.png Kraitkin



  1. ^ a b Colin Johansion interview in
  2. ^ Colin Johanson interview in