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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. While in Beastmode the F1 and F2 skills are determined by the pet family and the F3 skill is determined by the pet's Archetype.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F5
Beastmode.png
 Beastmode
10 Meld with your pet.
F5 Redirect Arrow.png
Leave Beastmode.png
 Leave Beastmode
Separate from your pet.
# Skill Pet Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1
Protection (armorfish).png
 Protection
Armored Fish 30 Apply protection to yourself.
F2
Chomp (armorfish).png
 Chomp
Armored Fish 0.5½ 12 Chomp your foe to deal damage and heal yourself.
F1
Bite (bear).png
 Bite
Bear 0.5½ 10 Bite your foe and regenerate health.
F2
Defy Pain.png
 Defy Pain
Bear 0.25¼ 40 You receive no damage from incoming attacks. You remain susceptible to conditions and controlling effects.
F1
Swoop (bird).png
 Swoop
Bird 0.5½ 10 Swoop at your foe, making them vulnerable.
F2
Quickening Screech.png
 Quickening Screech
Bird 0.25¼ 12 Grant swiftness to nearby allies.
F1
Rain of Spikes.png
 Rain of Spikes
Bristleback 0.75¾ 18 Launch spikes at all nearby foes.
F2
Sharpen Spines.png
 Sharpen Spines
Bristleback 30 The next several hits apply extra bleeding stacks.
F1
Crippling Leap.png
 Crippling Leap
Canine 0.75¾ 10 Leap at your foe and cripple them.
F2
Brutal Charge (canine).png
 Brutal Charge
Canine 0.75¾ 20 Leap at your foe and knock them down.
F1
Tail Lash.png
 Tail Lash
Devourer 0.5½ 20 Push back a foe with your tail.
F2
Burrow.png
 Devourer Retreat
Devourer 0.75¾ 15 Retreat by tunneling through the ground.
F1
Chomp.png
 Chomp
Drake 0.5½ 10 Bite a foe and gain health.
F2
Tail Swipe.png
 Tail Swipe
Drake 0.5½ 15 Attack all surrounding foes with a tail swipe.
F1
Crippling Anguish.png
 Crippling Anguish
Fanged Iboga 0.5½ 5 Launch a projectile that inflicts conditions.
F2
Narcotic Spores.png
 Narcotic Spores
Fanged Iboga 0.75¾ 15 Spit a glob of confusing spores at a foe, inflicting confusion for a while at that location.
F1
Bite (feline).png
 Bite
Feline 0.5½ 8 Bite your foe for severe damage.
F2
Maul (feline).png
 Maul
Feline 16 Slash a foe multiple times and make them bleed.
F1
Call Lightning (soulbeast).png
 Call Lightning
Jacaranda 0.75¾ 15 Calls lightning to a small area.
F2
Photosynthesize.png
 Photosynthesize
Jacaranda 1 20 Restore health, gain regeneration, and remove conditions.
F1
Healing Cloud.png
 Healing Cloud
Jellyfish 0.25¼ 25 Release a cloud of mists to regenerate you and your allies.
F2
Dark Water (jellyfish).png
 Dark Water
Jellyfish 1 40 Blind foes near your target with a dark cloud.
F1
Harmonic Cry.png
 Harmonic Cry
Moa 0.5½ 25 Heal yourself and nearby allies.
F2
Frenzied Attack.png
 Frenzied Attack
Moa 1 20 Attack with a pecking frenzy and make your foe vulnerable.
F1
Maul (porcine).png
 Maul
Porcine 0.5½ 12 Maul your foes and make them bleed.
F2
Brutal Charge (porcine).png
 Brutal Charge
Porcine 0.75¾ 30 Charge your foes and knock them down.
F1
Kick (gazelle).png
 Kick
Rock Gazelle 0.5½ 8 Kick your enemy.
F2
Charge (gazelle).png
 Charge
Rock Gazelle 1 12 Charge at your target.
F1
Charging Bite.png
 Charging Bite
Shark 10.75¾ 20 Charge your foe, striking multiple times and inflicting bleeding.
F2
Fear (shark).png
 Fear
Shark 0.5½ 40 Make your foe flee in fear.
F1
Takedown.png
 Takedown
Smokescale 0.75¾ 20 Knock down your target with a powerful strike.
F2
Smoke Assault.png
 Smoke Assault
Smokescale 20 Conceal yourself and lash out at nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
F1
Entangling Web.png
 Entangling Web
Spider 0.5½ 20 Shoot a web, immobilizing your foe.
F2
Poison Gas.png
 Poison Gas
Spider 0.5½ 20 Spit a ball of venom that covers an area with a poisonous cloud.
F1
Tail Lash (wyvern skill).png
 Tail Lash
Wyvern 0.5½ 12 Sweep your foes along the ground, crippling them.
F2
Wing Buffet.png
 Wing Buffet
Wyvern 0.5½ 25 Launch your foe backward with mighty wing beats.
# Skill Archetype Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F3
Unflinching Fortitude.png
 Unflinching Fortitude
Stout (Archetype).png Stout 0.25¼ 35 Beast. Shrug off all movement-impairing conditions and become unflinching in the face of normal attacks.
F3
Primal Cry.png
 Primal Cry
Deadly (Archetype).png Deadly 10.25¼ 20 Beast. Tap into your primal essence and unleash a debilitating roar.
F3
Prelude Lash.png
 Prelude Lash
Versatile (Archetype).png Versatile 0.25¼ 25 Beast. Pull foes toward you and bind them briefly.
F3
Worldly Impact.png
 Worldly Impact
Ferocious (Archetype).png Ferocious 0.75¾ 25 Beast. Jump up and slam the ground beneath you, severely damaging nearby foes.
F3
Spiritual Reprieve.png
 Spiritual Reprieve
Supportive (Archetype).png Supportive 10.5½ 40 Beast. Restore health to your allies and grant them a reprieve from conditions.

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Dagger[edit]

1
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
Serpent Stab.png
 Deadly Delivery
0.75¾ Strike deeply into your foe, inflicting multiple conditions.
2
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.
3
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]

Healing[edit]

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

Utility[edit]

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

Elite[edit]

Skill Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
One Wolf Pack.png
 One Wolf Pack
25 0.25¼ 60 Stance. 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 Trait 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 removes movement imparing conditions.
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
 Protection
Chomp (armorfish).png
 Chomp
AquaticAquatic
Bear
Bite (bear).png
 Bite
Defy Pain.png
 Defy Pain
AmphibiousAmphibious
Bird
Swoop (bird).png
 Swoop
Quickening Screech.png
 Quickening Screech
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Bristleback
Rain of Spikes.png
 Rain of Spikes
Sharpen Spines.png
 Sharpen Spines
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Canine
Crippling Leap.png
 Crippling Leap
Brutal Charge (canine).png
 Brutal Charge
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Devourer
Tail Lash.png
 Tail Lash
Burrow.png
 Devourer Retreat
AmphibiousAmphibious
Drake
Chomp.png
 Chomp
Tail Swipe.png
 Tail Swipe
AmphibiousAmphibious
Fanged Iboga
Crippling Anguish.png
 Crippling Anguish
Narcotic Spores.png
 Narcotic Spores
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Feline
Bite (feline).png
 Bite
Maul (feline).png
 Maul
AmphibiousAmphibious
Jacaranda
Call Lightning (soulbeast).png
 Call Lightning
Photosynthesize.png
 Photosynthesize
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Jellyfish
Healing Cloud.png
 Healing Cloud
Dark Water (jellyfish).png
 Dark Water
AquaticAquatic
Moa
Harmonic Cry.png
 Harmonic Cry
Frenzied Attack.png
 Frenzied Attack
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Porcine
Maul (porcine).png
 Maul
Brutal Charge (porcine).png
 Brutal Charge
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Rock Gazelle
Kick (gazelle).png
 Kick
Charge (gazelle).png
 Charge
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Shark
Charging Bite.png
 Charging Bite
Fear (shark).png
 Fear
AquaticAquatic
Smokescale
Takedown.png
 Takedown
Smoke Assault.png
 Smoke Assault
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Spider
Entangling Web.png
 Entangling Web
Poison Gas.png
 Poison Gas
TerrestrialTerrestrial
Wyvern
Tail Lash (wyvern skill).png
 Tail Lash
Wing Buffet.png
 Wing Buffet
TerrestrialTerrestrial

Pet Archetypes[edit]

Soulbeasts categorize pets by archetypes. The pet archetype defines the bonuses a Soulbeast will get when using Beast Mode, as well as the Soulbeast Beast skill, which defaults to F3.

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.png Toughness
+100 Vitality.png Vitality
+200 Condition Damage.png Condition Damage
+100 Precision.png Precision
+200 Vitality.png Vitality
+225 Boon Duration.png Concentration
+200 Power.png Power
+100 Ferocity.png Ferocity
+100 Vitality.png 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
Cheetah
Tiger
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
Bristleback
Shark
Smokescale
Rock Gazelle
Jacaranda

List of soulbeast equipment[edit]

Related achievements[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

Trivia[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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://youtu.be/ZhBf1Q6gTnY?t=3963 Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:06:03)
  2. ^ https://youtu.be/ZhBf1Q6gTnY?t=4327 Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:12:08)
  3. ^ https://youtu.be/ZhBf1Q6gTnY?t=4428 Guild Chat Episode 51, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Elite Specializations (1:13:48)