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Disambig icon.png This article is about the class of weapon. For the specific weapon sold by NPC weaponsmiths, see Sword (weapon).
Sword concept art.jpg

The sword is a one-handed weapon that may also be used in the off-hand. They can be crafted by a weaponsmith. Swords balance positioning and avoiding attacks with inflicting damage, making them versatile for any profession to use. The maximum damage range for swords is 950 - 1,050. As of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, thanks to the Holosmith and Weaver elite specializations, sword is the most widely usable weapon, with only necromancers being unable to use it.

Skills by profession[edit]

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

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

1
Sword of Wrath.png
 Sword of Wrath
Slash your foe once.
1 Sword of Wrath, Sword Arc, Sword Wave chainRedirect Arrow.png
Sword Arc.png
 Sword Arc
0.5½ Slash your foe again.
1 Sword of Wrath, Sword Arc, Sword Wave chainRedirect Arrow.png
Sword Wave.png
 Sword Wave
0.5½ Send out waves of attacks that strike multiple targets.
2
Symbol of Blades.png
 Symbol of Blades
Symbol 10 Teleport to your target, striking them and blinding nearby foes. Drop a symbol at your feet that damages nearby enemies and benefits allies.
3
Zealot's Defense.png
 Zealot's Defense
0.5½ 15 Destroy ranged attacks while casting magical projectiles.

Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant[edit]

1
Preparation Thrust.png
 Preparation Thrust
0.5½ Stab your foe with your sword, inflicting vulnerability.
1 Preparation Thrust, Brutal Blade, Rift Slash chainRedirect Arrow.png
Brutal Blade.png
 Brutal Blade
0.75¾ Slice foes, damaging them and inflicting vulnerability.
1 Preparation Thrust, Brutal Blade, Rift Slash chainRedirect Arrow.png
Rift Slash.png
 Rift Slash
0.5½ Slash foes, creating a rift on them that explodes for additional damage after a short delay.
2
Precision Strike.png
 Precision Strike
0.5½ 5 Strike nearby foes with precision, sending out blades that damage and chill them.
3
Unrelenting Assault.png
 Unrelenting Assault
0.75¾ 12 Shadowstep and unleash fierce attacks on nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
4
Duelist's Preparation.png
 Duelist's Preparation
20.25¼ 15 Assume a defensive stance, blocking incoming attacks.
4 Duelist's Preparation, Shackling Wave chainRedirect Arrow.png
Shackling Wave.png
 Shackling Wave
0.5½ Slice through the air, sending a wave of energy from the Mists towards your foe.
5
Grasping Shadow.png
 Grasping Shadow
0.5½ 15 Stab your foe, connecting them to you. Shadowstep backward and pull them towards you.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Flurry.png
 Flurry
Burst 0.5½ 8 Immobilize your foes with a flurry of bleeding strikes. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Flaming Flurry.png
 Flaming Flurry
Primal burst 20.5½ 5 Lash out with a flurry of strikes that destroys projectiles and shoots fireballs at foes in front of you.
1
Sever Artery.png
 Sever Artery
0.5½ Bleed your foe with a slash.
1 Sever Artery, Gash, Hamstring chainRedirect Arrow.png
Gash.png
 Gash
0.5½ Bleed your foe with a gash.
1 Sever Artery, Gash, Hamstring chainRedirect Arrow.png
Hamstring.png
 Hamstring
0.25¼ Cripple your foe with a precise slash.
2
Savage Leap.png
 Savage Leap
0.75¾ 8 Lunge at your foe and strike them with your sword.
3
Final Thrust.png
 Final Thrust
0.75¾ 12 Strike your foe with a final powerful thrust that does extra damage against injured foes.
4
Impale (warrior sword skill).png
 Impale
0.5½ 15 Throw your sword at your foe to impale them.
4 Impale (warrior sword skill), Rip chainRedirect Arrow.png
Rip.png
 Rip
0.75¾ 1 Rip your sword from your foe for extra damage.
5
Riposte.png
 Riposte
20.25¼ 15 Block the next incoming attack. Riposte and bleed your foe if you block a melee attack. Gain adrenaline if you are not attacked.
5 Riposte, Adrenaline Rush (sword skill) chainRedirect Arrow.png
"On My Mark!".png
 Adrenaline Rush
Stop blocking and gain adrenaline.

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer (requires Holosmith)[edit]

1
Sun Edge.png
 Sun Edge
0.5½ Strike your foe and inflict vulnerability. This attack gains additional critical hit chance based on your heat level.
1 Sun Ripper, Gleam Saber chainRedirect Arrow.png
Sun Ripper.png
 Sun Ripper
0.5½ Strike your foe again and inflict vulnerability. This attack gains additional critical hit chance based on your heat level.
1 Gleam Saber chainRedirect Arrow.png
Gleam Saber.png
 Gleam Saber
0.75¾ Unleash a burst of stored energy with your sword and recharge your other sword skills. This attack gains additional critical hit chance based on your heat level.
2
Refraction Cutter.png
 Refraction Cutter
0.5½ 9 Strike at foes in front of you and launch a blade of light at your target. Launch extra blades based on your heat level. Each blade inflicts conditions.
3
Radiant Arc.png
 Radiant Arc
0.75¾ 14 Leap to your target and create an arc of light that strikes nearby foes. Gain quickness based on your heat level.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

1
Slash (ranger sword skill).png
 Slash
0.5½ Slash your foe.
1 Slash (ranger sword skill), Crippling Thrust, Precision Swipe chainRedirect Arrow.png
Crippling Thrust.png
 Crippling Thrust
0.25¼ Stab your foe, crippling them for a short time.
1 Slash (ranger sword skill), Crippling Thrust, Precision Swipe chainRedirect Arrow.png
Precision Swipe.png
 Precision Swipe
0.75¾ Deliver a blow to your foe. Your pet gains might.
2
Hornet Sting.png
 Hornet Sting
0.5½ 8 Stab your foe, then evade backward.
2 Hornet Sting, Monarch's Leap chainRedirect Arrow.png
Monarch's Leap.png
 Monarch's Leap
0.75¾ Leap back into the fight, crippling your foe.
3
Serpent's Strike.png
 Serpent's Strike
1 15 Do an evasive roll around your target, striking them and poisoning them.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

1
Slice (thief skill).png
 Slice
Slice your foe.
1 Slice (thief skill), Slash (thief skill), Crippling Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Slash (thief skill).png
 Slash
0.5½ Slash your foe again.
1 Slice (thief skill), Slash (thief skill), Crippling Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Crippling Strike.png
 Crippling Strike
0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Tactical Strike.png
 Tactical Strike
Stealth Attack 1 Blind your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt. Daze them instead if you attack from behind.
2
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike
3 Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return
[sic]
to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
2 Infiltrator's Strike, Infiltrator's Return chainRedirect Arrow.png
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
0.25¼ 2 Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
with no offhand
3
Stab (thief sword skill).png
 Stab
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Stab your foe.
with offhand Dagger
3
Flanking Strike.png
 Flanking Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Evade and stab your foe.
3 Larcenous Strike, Flanking Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Larcenous Strike.png
 Larcenous Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 2 Stab your foe and steal boons from them. Deals increased damage if it hits a foe with no boons.
with offhand Pistol
3
Pistol Whip.png
 Pistol Whip
Dual Wield 0.75¾ 5 Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist (requires Weaver)[edit]

Fire Attunement.png
 Fire Attunement
1
Fire Strike.png
 Fire Strike
0.5½ Build elemental flames into your sword and strike your enemies.
1 Fire Strike, Fire Swipe, Searing Slash (weaver) chainRedirect Arrow.png
Fire Swipe.png
 Fire Swipe
0.75¾ Heat your sword a second time and strike your enemies for increased damage.
1 Fire Strike, Fire Swipe, Searing Slash (weaver) chainRedirect Arrow.png
Searing Slash (weaver).png
 Searing Slash
0.75¾ Heat your sword a final time and use the full power of your flames to sear enemies and ignite them.
2
Flame Uprising.png
 Flame Uprising
0.75¾ 8 Jump forward and deliver a fiery blast to the area.
3
Cauterizing Strike.png
 Cauterizing Strike
0.75¾ 15 Stab your foe with full force, dealing bonus damage against burning enemies.
Water Attunement.png
 Water Attunement
1
Seiche.png
 Seiche
0.5½ Imbue your blade with water, healing yourself for each target you strike.
1 Seiche, Clapotis, Breaking Wave chainRedirect Arrow.png
Clapotis.png
 Clapotis
0.75¾ Deliver a second strike that heals you for each target it hits.
1 Seiche, Clapotis, Breaking Wave chainRedirect Arrow.png
Breaking Wave.png
 Breaking Wave
0.75¾ Strike your enemies and unleash a wave that heals allies.
2
Riptide.png
 Riptide
1 12 Use the element of water to propel yourself backward and regenerate, leaving a healing area at your location.
3
Aqua Siphon.png
 Aqua Siphon
0.75¾ 18 Strike an enemy and draw water from them, causing them to deliver a healing burst to your allies.
Air Attunement.png
 Air Attunement
1
Charged Strike.png
 Charged Strike
0.5½ Strike your foe with shocking force.
1 Charged Strike, Polaric Slash, Call Lightning chainRedirect Arrow.png
Polaric Slash.png
 Polaric Slash
0.75¾ Deliver a second strike, gaining swiftness.
1 Charged Strike, Polaric Slash, Call Lightning chainRedirect Arrow.png
Call Lightning.png
 Call Lightning
0.75¾ Deliver the final attack, calling lightning strikes onto enemies.
2
Polaric Leap.png
 Polaric Leap
0.5½ 15 Shadowstep to your target and deliver a dazing strike. Gain superspeed if you interrupt an enemy.
3
Quantum Strike.png
 Quantum Strike
0.75¾ 15 Strike your foe, charging them with static and causing lightning to strike repeatedly for a short period of time.
Earth Attunement.png
 Earth Attunement
1
Crystal Slash.png
 Crystal Slash
0.5½ Strike your opponent with your serrated blade.
1 Crystal Slash, Crystalline Strike, Crystalline Sunder chainRedirect Arrow.png
Crystalline Strike.png
 Crystalline Strike
0.75¾ Attack enemies with a second vicious attack.
1 Crystal Slash, Crystalline Strike, Crystalline Sunder chainRedirect Arrow.png
Crystalline Sunder.png
 Crystalline Sunder
0.75¾ Unleash a final crushing blow.
2
Earthen Vortex.png
 Earthen Vortex
0.75¾ 10 Burrow into the ground, then erupt with earth-shattering force.
3
Rust Frenzy.png
 Rust Frenzy
0.5½ 15 Strike your enemies with deadly force.
Fire Attunement
Water Attunement
Fire + Water
3
Twin Strike.png
 Twin Strike
Dual Attack 0.75¾ 10 Quickly strike enemies in front of you with the extreme nature of fire and water.
Fire Attunement
Air Attunement
Fire + Air
3
Pyro Vortex.png
 Pyro Vortex
Dual Attack 0.5½ 12 Strike enemies in an arc in front of you, creating burning vortexes on enemies you hit.
Fire Attunement
Earth Attunement
Fire + Earth
3
Lava Skin.png
 Lava Skin
Dual Attack 0.25¼ 18 Cover yourself in an increasing barrier while dealing damage to nearby enemies.
Water Attunement
Air Attunement
Water + Air
3
Shearing Edge.png
 Shearing Edge
Dual Attack 0.5½ 12 Form a frozen blade and spin it toward your enemies.
Water Attunement
Earth Attunement
Water + Earth
3
Natural Frenzy.png
 Natural Frenzy
Dual Attack 0.5½ 10 Fire a random volley of ice and earth at your enemies.
Air Attunement
Earth Attunement
Air + Earth
3
Gale Strike.png
 Gale Strike
Dual Attack 0.75¾ 20 Strike your enemies, lifting them and creating cyclones at their location.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

1
Mind Slash.png
 Mind Slash
Slash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 Mind Slash, Mind Gash, Mind Spike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Mind Gash.png
 Mind Gash
0.5½ Gash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 Mind Slash, Mind Gash, Mind Spike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Mind Spike.png
 Mind Spike
0.5½ Stab your foe and rip a boon off of them. Does additional damage when the target has no boons.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Mirage Thrust.png
 Mirage Thrust
Ambush 0.75¾ 1 Lunge at your foe and strike them with your sword, briefly dazing them. Leave behind a clone at your original location.
2
Blurred Frenzy.png
 Blurred Frenzy
0.5½ 12 Strike your foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around you, making you evade attacks.
3
Illusionary Leap.png
 Illusionary Leap
Clone 0.5½ 12 Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.
3 Illusionary Leap, Swap chainRedirect Arrow.png
Arcane Thievery.png
 Swap
Swap locations with your clone. Immobilize nearby foes.
4
Illusionary Riposte.png
 Illusionary Riposte
Clone 20.25¼ 12 Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
4 Illusionary Riposte, Counter Blade chainRedirect Arrow.png
Counter Blade.png
 Counter Blade
0.75¾ Shoot out a bolt that dazes foes in a line.
5
Phantasmal Swordsman.png
 Phantasmal Swordsman
Phantasm 1 20 Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you and all Phantasmal Swordsmen gain might.

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Proficiencies[edit]

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