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Spec image Soulbeast.jpg

The bond between a soulbeast and their pet is so strong that they can become one in spirit. By channeling their pet, they become a single entity, attacking with fanglike dagger strikes and using the abilities of their companion and its archetype..

— Official site

Soulbeast.pngSoulbeast tango icon 20px.png Soulbeast is an elite specialization for the ranger focusing on stance skills. It enables rangers to merge with their pets through beastmode and wield a dagger in the main hand.

List of soulbeast skills[edit]

See also: List of ranger skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

The soulbeast's profession mechanic is Beastmode, which replaces their pet control skills with new ones based on the pet they merge with.

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
10 Meld with your pet.
Redirect Arrow.png
Leave Beastmode.png
 Leave Beastmode
Separate from your pet.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


Groundwork Gouge.png
 Groundwork Gouge
0.25¼ Swipe past your foe's defenses, exposing their vulnerability.
1 Groundwork Gouge, Leading Swipe, Serpent Stab, Deadly Delivery chainRedirect Arrow.png
Leading Swipe.png
 Leading Swipe
0.25¼ Rake your dagger across your foe, leaving them bleeding.
1 Groundwork Gouge, Leading Swipe, Serpent Stab, Deadly Delivery chainRedirect Arrow.png
Serpent Stab.png
 Serpent Stab
0.25¼ Slash across your foe, poisoning them.
1 Groundwork Gouge, Leading Swipe, Serpent Stab, Deadly Delivery chainRedirect Arrow.png
Deadly Delivery.png
 Deadly Delivery
0.75¾ Strike deeply into your foe, inflicting multiple conditions.
Double Arc.png
 Double Arc
0.75¾ 7 Rip your blade through your foe twice, inflicting heavy bleeding. Your pet's next two strikes inflict poison.
Instinctive Engage.png
 Instinctive Engage
0.75¾ 0.5½ Leap forward and slash at your foe. Gain quickness if you successfully strike.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Bear Stance.png
 Bear Stance
Stance 0.75¾ 25 Heal yourself and your pet. Lose conditions while in this stance, healing for each condition lost.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Dolyak Stance.png
 Dolyak Stance
Stance 30 Enter a defensive stance and remove conditions that impede movement. Prevent application of such conditions while in this stance.
Griffon Stance.png
 Griffon Stance
Stance 1 30 Evade and gain endurance. Your endurance recovery is greatly improved. You gain might and superspeed when you evade attacks.
Moa Stance.png
 Moa Stance
Stance 15 25 Gain boons. Increase the duration of boons you grant while in this stance.
Vulture Stance.png
 Vulture Stance
Stance 15 30 While in this stance, striking a foe inflicts poison and grants you might.
This effect can occur once per interval.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
One Wolf Pack.png
 One Wolf Pack
Stance 25 0.25¼ 60 Your successful attacks will trigger a second strike while in this stance.
This effect can occur once per interval.

List of soulbeast traits[edit]

Tier Name Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Dagger Proficiency.png Dagger Proficiency You can wield a dagger in your main hand.
Minor Adept Elevated Bond.png Elevated Bond Gain access to Stances. Survival in the desert has enhanced your connection to your pet, granting you the ability to meld with them by entering beastmode.
Traits that affect your pet may affect you differently while in beastmode.
Major Adept Fresh Reinforcement.png Fresh Reinforcement Entering beastmode grants you the boons affecting your pet.
Major Adept Live Fast.png Live Fast Using a Beast ability grants you offensive boons.
Major Adept Unstoppable Union.png Unstoppable Union Entering beastmode breaks stun and causes your attacks to be temporarily unblockable.
Minor Master Furious Strength.png Furious Strength You deal more damage while you have fury.
Major Master Second Skin.png Second Skin Conditions inflict less damage to you while you have protection.
Major Master Essence of Speed.png Essence of Speed 5 Gaining quickness increases the duration of other boons affecting you.
Major Master Predator's Cunning.png Predator's Cunning When you apply poison to a foe, steal some health from them.
Minor Grandmaster Twice as Vicious.png Twice as Vicious Disabling a foe increases your damage and condition damage for a short duration.
Major Grandmaster Eternal Bond.png Eternal Bond 60 While in beastmode, if you would be downed you instead fall out of beastmode and recover health.
Major Grandmaster Leader of the Pack.png Leader of the Pack Stance skills gain increased duration on you and grant their effects to nearby allies for a reduced duration.
Major Grandmaster Oppressive Superiority.png Oppressive Superiority Deal increased damage to foes at a lower health percentage than you. Conditions you apply to foes at a lower health percentage than you last longer.

Pet Family[edit]

Each pet is categorized by family, defining the F1 and F2 Skills while in Beastmode.

Family F1 Skill F2 Skill Environment
Armor Fish
Protection (armorfish).png
Chomp (armorfish).png
Bite (bear).png
Defy Pain.png
 Defy Pain
Swoop (bird).png
Quickening Screech.png
 Quickening Screech
Rain of Spikes.png
 Rain of Spikes
Sharpen Spines.png
 Sharpen Spines
Crippling Leap.png
 Crippling Leap
Brutal Charge (canine).png
 Brutal Charge
Tail Lash.png
 Tail Lash
 Devourer Retreat
Tail Swipe.png
 Tail Swipe
Fanged Iboga
Crippling Anguish.png
 Crippling Anguish
Narcotic Spores.png
 Narcotic Spores
Bite (feline).png
Maul (feline).png
Call Lightning (soulbeast).png
 Call Lightning
Healing Cloud.png
 Healing Cloud
Dark Water (jellyfish).png
 Dark Water
Harmonic Cry.png
 Harmonic Cry
Frenzied Attack.png
 Frenzied Attack
Maul (porcine).png
Brutal Charge (porcine).png
 Brutal Charge
Rock Gazelle
Kick (gazelle).png
Charge (gazelle).png
Charging Bite.png
 Charging Bite
Fear (shark).png
Smoke Assault.png
 Smoke Assault
Entangling Web.png
 Entangling Web
Poison Gas.png
 Poison Gas
Tail Lash (wyvern skill).png
 Tail Lash
Wing Buffet.png
 Wing Buffet

Pet Archetypes[edit]

Each pet is categorized by archetype, defining the attribute bonuses and the Beast F3 Skill while in Beastmode.

Archetype Stout (Archetype).png Stout Deadly (Archetype).png Deadly Versatile (Archetype).png Versatile Ferocious (Archetype).png Ferocious Supportive (Archetype).png Supportive
Attribute Bonus +200 Toughness
+100 Vitality
+200 Condition Damage
+100 Precision
+200 Vitality
+225 Concentration
+200 Power
+100 Ferocity
+100 Vitality
+25% Outgoing Healing
Soulbeast Beast skill
Unflinching Fortitude.png
 Unflinching Fortitude
Primal Cry.png
 Primal Cry
Prelude Lash.png
 Prelude Lash
Worldly Impact.png
 Worldly Impact
Spiritual Reprieve.png
 Spiritual Reprieve
Bear Black Bear Murellow Polar Bear Arctodus Brown Bear
Bird Hawk Raven
White Raven
Eagle Owl
Canine Alpine Wolf Wolf Hyena Krytan Drakehound Fern Hound
Devourer Carrion Devourer Whiptail Devourer Lashtail Devourer
Drake Ice Drake Salamander Drake Reef Drake River Drake Marsh Drake
Feline Snow Leopard Lynx Jaguar
Sand Lion
Jungle Stalker
Jellyfish Blue Jellyfish
Rainbow Jellyfish
Red Jellyfish
Moa Blue Moa White Moa Pink Moa
Black Moa
Red Moa
Porcine Siamoth Warthog Boar Pig
Spider Forest Spider Jungle Spider
Black Widow Spider
Cave Spider
Wyvern Fire Wyvern Electric Wyvern
Unique Armor Fish Fanged Iboga
Rock Gazelle

List of soulbeast equipment[edit]

Related achievements[edit]




  • The Soulbeast required substantial new technical development, which made it difficult to implement. Specific challenges included the visuals of the pet disappearing and flowing into the Soulbeast, and the translation of pet skills onto the player character's animations and scaling.[1]
  • The Soulbeast's utility skills are stances based on animals, much like some real life martial arts stances and forms.[2]
  • The double striking mechanic of One Wolf Pack was originally designed for the Spellbreaker. The developers instead gave it to the Soulbeast as it seemed conceptually appropriate to strike twice while merged with a pet.[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:06:03)
  2. ^ Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:12:08)
  3. ^ Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:13:48)