Profession mechanic

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Profession mechanics are combat abilities exclusive to a given profession. They consist of unique skills, effects and secondary mechanics which add to the characteristics of the professions. While all professions have unique skills and skill types to utilize, the profession mechanics further differentiate them.

Active profession mechanics skills such as bursts or stealing are activated with F1F5 keys and the status of these skills as well as other profession mechanics are displayed by the mechanic bar which is positioned above the characters weapon skills in their skill bar. Every profession has a primary mechanic, which may be include one or more mechanics working together; for example, the necromancer uses their accumulated life force resource to enter Death Shroud. Generally speaking, profession mechanic of a profession refers to the skills activated through the function keys, but any mechanic exclusive to a profession can also be called a profession mechanic.

Each primary profession mechanic has a specialization tied to it. This can be either provide increase in recharge rate of their unique skills, a bonus in damage, or other effects. Primary and secondary mechanics often have traits tied to them. Adept minor traits for elite specializations change how a profession mechanic works, or replace it entirely.

Profession mechanic[edit]

Profession Core mechanic Specialization Elite mechanic Elite Specialization Other mechanics
Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian Virtue Virtues Dragonhunter's Virtue Dragonhunter
Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant Legend Invocation Facet of Nature Herald Energy
Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior Burst Discipline Primal burst Berserker Adrenaline
Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer Tool belt Tools Function Gyro Scrapper Device kit, weapon kit
Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger Pet Beastmastery Celestial Avatar Druid
Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief Steal Trickery Bound, Dash or Impaling Lotus Daredevil Initiative, Dual Wield skills, Stolen skills
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist Attunement Arcane Overload Tempest
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer Shatter Illusions Continuum Split Chronomancer Illusions
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer Death Shroud Soul Reaping Reaper's Shroud Reaper Life force