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"Two hearts fighting as one."

Soulbeasts gain the ability to merge with their pet, channeling their power and the ability to use their beast skills. One with your pet, you are fierce in melee-focused combat.

— In-game description

Spec image Soulbeast.jpg

Soulbeast is an elite specialization for the ranger unlocked with the Path of Fire expansion. Soulbeasts share a bond so strong with their pets that they can become one in body and spirit by entering Beastmode. In this state, their pets do not have a physical form, and instead aid the soulbeast by improving their attributes and giving them access to three new skills similar to their own pet skills.

Soulbeasts have learned to adopt animal stances to gain positive effects for their duration. They can wield daggers in their main hand, light, agile weapons to bite and tear at their foes. Soulbeasts focus on damage dealing but can opt to provide some support by sharing their stances with their allies.

List of soulbeast skills[edit]

See also: List of ranger skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Grant me your strength, my friend.

— Soulbeast

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 ChainLeave 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 to recover 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 15 Grant swiftness to nearby allies and remove movement-impairing conditions from them.
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 10 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.
F2 Phase Pounce.png Phase Pounce White Tiger 0.75¾ 15 Leap through a rift in the Mists, shadowstepping briefly to the target's location and inflicting damage and conditions.
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 mist 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 Wicked Bite.png Wicked Bite Juvenile Phoenix 0.5½ 5 Bite your foe, leaving them vulnerable.
F2 Wing Buffet.png Wing Buffet Phoenix 0.5½ 25 Launch your foe backward with mighty wing beats.
F1 Maul (porcine).png Maul Porcine, Wallow 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 10 Cripple 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 15 Spit a ball of venom that covers an area with a poisonous cloud.
F1 Jade Cannon (turtle).png Jade Cannon Turtle 1 Fires a long range, slow-moving jade missile that explodes on impact, damaging nearby foes.
F2 Snap.png Snap Turtle 1 15 Bite your foe and inflict bleeding.
F1 Vampiric Bite.png Vampiric Bite Wallow 0.5½ 5 Bite your foe, siphoning health.
F2 Undead Plague.png Undead Plague Wallow 1 20 Covers the area around you in noxious fumes that poisons foes. Poison duration is increased on disabled foes.
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 Phoenix 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 1 35 Beast. Restore health to your allies and grant them a reprieve from conditions.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


1 Groundwork Gouge.png Groundwork Gouge 0.25¼ Swipe past your foe's defenses, exposing their vulnerability.
1 ChainLeading Swipe.png Leading Swipe 0.25¼ Rake your dagger across your foe, leaving them bleeding.
1 ChainSerpent Stab.png Serpent Stab 0.25¼ Slash across your foe, poisoning them.
1 ChainSerpent Stab.png Deadly Delivery 0.25¼ 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 12 Leap forward and slash at your foe. Gain quickness if you successfully strike.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills 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.


Skill Underwater skills 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 25 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 25 Stance. Gain boons. Increase the duration of boons you grant while in this stance.
Vulture Stance.png Vulture Stance 30 Stance. While in this stance, striking a foe inflicts poison and grants you might.
This effect can occur once per interval.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
One Wolf Pack.png One Wolf Pack 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]

See also: List of ranger traits
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 grants boons and removes movement-impairing conditions.
Minor Master Furious Strength.png Furious Strength You deal increased strike 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 Heal when you use a merged skill. You can swap pets while merged.
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

Aether Hunter Lunge (aether hunter).png Lunge Ley-Line Vortex.png Ley-Line Vortex TerrestrialTerrestrial
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 •  Phase Pounce.png Phase Pounce (White Tiger) 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
Phoenix Wicked Bite.png Wicked Bite Wing Buffet.png Wing Buffet 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
Turtle Jade Cannon (turtle).png Jade Cannon Snap.png Snap TerrestrialTerrestrial
Wallow Vampiric Bite.png Vampiric Bite Undead Plague.png Undead Plague 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
+150 Condition Damage.png Condition Damage
+100 Precision.png Precision
+200 Vitality.png Vitality
+225 Boon Duration.png Concentration
+150 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 Juvenile Black Bear.png Black Bear Juvenile Murellow.png Murellow Juvenile Polar Bear.png Polar Bear Juvenile Arctodus.png Arctodus Juvenile Brown Bear.png Brown Bear
Bird Juvenile Hawk.png Hawk Juvenile Raven.png Raven
Juvenile White Raven.png White Raven
Juvenile Eagle.png Eagle Juvenile Owl.png Owl
Canine Juvenile Alpine Wolf.png Alpine Wolf Juvenile Wolf.png Wolf Juvenile Krytan Drakehound.png Krytan Drakehound Juvenile Hyena.png Hyena Juvenile Fern Hound.png Fern Hound
Devourer Juvenile Carrion Devourer.png Carrion Devourer Juvenile Whiptail Devourer.png Whiptail Devourer Juvenile Lashtail Devourer.png Lashtail Devourer
Drake Juvenile Ice Drake.png Ice Drake Juvenile Salamander Drake.png Salamander Drake Juvenile Reef Drake.png Reef Drake Juvenile River Drake.png River Drake Juvenile Marsh Drake.png Marsh Drake
Feline Juvenile Snow Leopard.png Snow Leopard
Juvenile White Tiger.png White Tiger
Juvenile Lynx.png Lynx Juvenile Jaguar.png Jaguar
Juvenile Cheetah.png Cheetah
Juvenile Tiger.png Tiger
Juvenile Sand Lion.png Sand Lion
Juvenile Jungle Stalker.png Jungle Stalker
Jellyfish Juvenile Blue Jellyfish.png Blue Jellyfish
Juvenile Blue Jellyfish.png Rainbow Jellyfish
Juvenile Red Jellyfish.png Red Jellyfish
Moa Juvenile Blue Moa.png Blue Moa Juvenile Pink Moa.png Pink Moa
Juvenile Black Moa.png Black Moa
Juvenile Red Moa.png Red Moa Juvenile White Moa.png White Moa
Porcine Juvenile Siamoth.png Siamoth Juvenile Warthog.png Warthog Juvenile Boar.png Boar Juvenile Pig.png Pig
Spider Juvenile Forest Spider.png Forest Spider Juvenile Jungle Spider.png Jungle Spider
Juvenile Black Widow Spider.png Black Widow Spider
Juvenile Cave Spider.png Cave Spider
Wyvern Juvenile Fire Wyvern.png Fire Wyvern Juvenile Electric Wyvern.png Electric Wyvern
Unique Juvenile Armor Fish.png Armor Fish Juvenile Fanged Iboga.png Fanged Iboga
Juvenile Bristleback.png Bristleback
Juvenile Shark.png Shark
Juvenile Aether Hunter.pngAether Hunter Juvenile Phoenix.png Phoenix
Juvenile Smokescale.png Smokescale
Juvenile Rock Gazelle.png Rock Gazelle
Juvenile Jacaranda.png Jacaranda
Juvenile Siege Turtle.png Siege Turtle
Juvenile Wallow.png Wallow


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

Associated items[edit]

Related achievements[edit]


Promotional material



  • 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)