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Disambig icon.png This article is about the warrior's elite specialization. For the equipment attribute combination, see Berserker's.
Elite specialization character icon.

"Rage. Fire. Destruction!"

Embrace your primal side and enter berserk mode to become an avatar of fire and destruction. Deal high damage but be careful that your recklessness doesn't result in an early grave.

— In-game description

Spec image Berserker.jpg

Berserker is an elite specialization for the warrior unlocked with the Heart of Thorns expansion. Berserkers don't have time for subtlety, the Heart of Maguuma is a dangerous place, and the only good enemy is a dead enemy. When normal burst attacks just won't cut it, berserkers succumb to their adrenaline to enter berserk mode. In this empowered state, berserkers gain increased attack speed and replace their puny burst attacks with powerful Primal Bursts, which maul and crush their enemies, and require less adrenaline to execute, ensuring a continuous flurry of death.

Berserkers have learned Rage skills to use their great physical strength as a weapon by leaping, punching, and headbutting their enemies, and healing themselves with every strike for a short duration. Berserkers can wield torches in their off hand to burn away their conditions, and set their enemies ablaze. Berserkers excel at damage dealing, and can support allies with boons.

List of berserker skills[edit]

See also: List of warrior skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

I'll destroy you all!

— Berserker

# Skill Weapon Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F2 Berserk.png Berserk 8 Rage. Gain adrenaline, an attack-speed boost, and access to primal burst skills.
Two-handed Primal Bursts
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngArc Divider.png Arc Divider Greatsword 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Spin to create a violent shock wave that damages nearby foes.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngRupturing Smash.png Rupturing Smash Hammer 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Jump to the targeted location and slam your hammer down, creating a deadly chain of earthen shock waves that immobilize and daze foes.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngScorched Earth.png Scorched Earth Longbow 0.5½ 5 Primal Burst. Fire a burning shot into the ground that creates a trail of flaming destruction.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngGun Flame.png Gun Flame Rifle 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Fire a fast, flaming shot that explodes on the first foe it hits, interrupting foes in the area.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngRampart Splitter.png Rampart Splitter Staff 0.5½ 5 Primal Burst. Slam your staff on the ground, sending a shock wave forward that damages and immobilizes enemies while inspiring nearby allies, healing and granting regeneration to them.
One-handed Primal Bursts
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngDecapitate.png Decapitate Axe 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Gather your strength into a powerful attack. If it hits, gain might and recharge this skill.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSlicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom Dagger 0.5½ 5 Primal Burst. Slice nearby enemies, removing boons and gaining adrenaline per boon removed. Deal more damage if your target has no boons.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSkull Grinder.png Skull Grinder Mace 0.5½ 5 Primal Burst. Unleash a powerful skull strike that dazes your target and inflicts multiple conditions.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngFlaming Flurry.png Flaming Flurry Sword 2 5 Primal Burst. Lash out with a flurry of strikes that block missiles and shoot fireballs at foes in front of you.
Aquatic Primal Bursts
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngBurning Shackles.png Burning Shackles Harpoon gun 10.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Fire a fast, forceful shot that immobilizes and burns foes.
F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngWild Whirl.png Wild Whirl Spear 0.75¾ 5 Primal Burst. Strike all foes around you, burning and pulling them in.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


4 Blaze Breaker.png Blaze Breaker 0.5½ 12 Smash your torch into the ground, creating a deadly shock wave that conditions foes.
5 Flames of War (warrior skill).png Flames of War 0.5½ 20 Cleanse conditions and become a mobile fire field that burns nearby foes. When the field expires, it explodes, damaging foes and burning them again.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blood Reckoning.png Blood Reckoning 0.25¼ 20 Rage. Heal yourself, gain adrenaline, and recharge all primal burst skills. Heal for a percentage of your outgoing damage. This skill extends the duration of berserk mode.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Outrage.png Outrage 10 Rage. Break out of stun and extend the duration of berserk mode. The extension of berserk mode increases if an enemy is nearby.
Shattering Blow.png Shattering Blow Not available underwater 0.5½ 15 Rage. Summon a rock that blocks attacks, then shatter it to send out rock fragments that inflict bleeding on all foes in front of you. Extends the duration of berserk mode if it hits.
Sundering Leap.png Sundering Leap Not available underwater 0.75¾ 15 Rage. Leap to a location, dealing damage and inflicting conditions on all foes in the area. Extends the duration of berserk mode if it hits.
Wild Blow.png Wild Blow Not available underwater 0.75¾ 20 Rage. Lash out with a critical attack that knocks down your foes. Gain fury and extend the duration of berserk mode if this attack hits.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Head Butt.png Head Butt Not available underwater 0.75¾ 20 Rage. Stun your target and stun yourself. Gain adrenaline and extend berserk duration if you hit.

List of berserker traits[edit]

See also: List of warrior traits
Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Torch Proficiency.png Torch Proficiency You can wield torches in your off hand.
Minor Adept Primal Rage.png Primal Rage Gain access to berserk mode and primal bursts.
Major Adept Smash Brawler.png Smash Brawler When you hit with a Primal Burst skill, extend the duration of your berserk. Critical-hit chance is increased while berserk.
Major Adept Last Blaze.png Last Blaze When you use a rage skill, inflict burning on nearby enemies.
Major Adept Savage Instinct.png Savage Instinct Activating berserk mode breaks stuns and reduces incoming damage.
Minor Master Burst of Aggression.png Burst of Aggression Gain a burst of speed when entering berserk mode.
Major Master Blood Reaction.png Blood Reaction A percentage of precision is given as a bonus to ferocity and a percentage of power is given as a bonus to condition damage. These bonuses are doubled in berserk mode.
Major Master Heat the Soul.png Heat the Soul Grant boons to nearby allies when you use a Burst skill.
Major Master Dead or Alive.png Dead or Alive Gain Blood Reckoning when entering berserk mode.
Minor Grandmaster Fatal Frenzy.png Fatal Frenzy Berserk mode increases power and condition damage.
Major Grandmaster Bloody Roar.png Bloody Roar Deal increased strike damage while in berserk mode. Gain resistance when entering berserk mode.
Major Grandmaster King of Fires.png King of Fires 15 Increase the duration of burning you apply. Gain fire aura when you critically hit an enemy. Berserker skills detonate fire aura, damaging and burning nearby foes.
Major Grandmaster Eternal Champion.png Eternal Champion Gain stability and endurance when entering berserk mode. Traits that trigger when entering berserk mode also trigger when exiting berserk mode.
You can now exit berserk mode early.


With Heart of Thorns, warriors can now become berserkers capable of channeling their adrenaline to enter a berserk mode. While enraged, they gain access to new primal burst skills, replacing standard burst skills with new enhanced abilities. Further complementing the berserker’s new mode are rage skills, which offer new ways to gain adrenaline, ensuring that flying into a frenzy is never far away.

— Berserker release notes

Berserkers are warriors that have tapped into a primal bloodlust to unleash their rage, surpassing the limits of their bodies. The torch is their weapon of choice as it embodies the powerful flames of war. While guardians use magical flames for protection and purging, berserkers use the torch as a reckless weapon of destruction, which sometimes also includes setting themselves on fire.[1][2]



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