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"Concentrate and execute."

Dedicated to the art of wielding the dangerous Canthan gunsaber, Bladesworn employ the meditative Dragon Trigger technique to strike down their foes with devastating slashes and point-blank blasts.

— In-game description

Bladesworn concept art 2.jpg

Bladesworn is an elite specialization for the warrior unlocked with the End of Dragons expansion. Bladesworns have employed the advances of Canthan Dragonjade tech to combine a sword and a gun to create their gunsabers. With cartridges loaded with amber from trees in the Echovald Forest, these weapons cut with explosive power.

Bladesworns steady their minds and replace the traditional warrior adrenaline and Burst attacks with flow, which they store during combat. They pause to concentrate and channel this flow into their gunsabers to then unleash a devastating Dragon Slash unsheath attack while firing all cartridges to increase its speed, cutting through enemies even faster than the blink of an eye, annihilating most enemies in a single hit. When unsheathed, gunsabers combine the strength of blade and gun to cut nearby enemies and shoot those far away.

Bladesworns have learned armament skills which focus on improving their damage and flow rate. Additionally, many bladesworn attacks use ammunition, charges that can be consumed to use that same skill again with no recharge, gaining benefits when consuming these charges. They can also wield pistols in their offhand, used as a melee weapon to fire all cartridges in an explosive point-blank shot. Bladesworns excel at damage dealing and can also support their allies with boons.

List of bladesworn skills[edit]

See also: List of warrior skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Calm before the storm.

— Bladesworn

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1 Unsheathe Gunsaber.png Unsheathe Gunsaber 10 Unsheathe your gunsaber to gain new skills. Changes to your weapon recharge rate affect this skill.
F1 ChainSheathe Gunsaber.png Sheathe Gunsaber 10 Put your gunsaber away and return to your normal weapon set. Changes to your weapon recharge rate affect this skill.
F2 Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger 0.25¼ 8 Prepare to use Dragon Slash. While channeling, you drain flow. Each interval increases the charge level of Dragon Slash.
This skill is canceled if you move.

Dragon Trigger[edit]

1 Dragon Slash—Force.png Dragon Slash—Force 0.5½ 1 Burst. Slash foes in front of you, ending Dragon Trigger. This attack consumes all charges to deal more damage.
2 Dragon Slash—Boost.png Dragon Slash—Boost 1 Burst. Dash forward while slashing all foes in a line, ending Dragon Trigger. This attack consumes all charges to deal more damage.
3 Dragon Slash—Reach.png Dragon Slash—Reach 0.5½ 1 Burst. Slash to create a blade of air that strikes foes in a line in front of you, ending Dragon Trigger. This attack consumes all charges to deal more damage.
4 Triggerguard.png Triggerguard 1 Gain aegis.
Using this skill will not end Dragon Trigger.
5 Flicker Step.png Flicker Step 0.5½ Blink to a location.
Using this skill will not end Dragon Trigger.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


4 Gunstinger.png Gunstinger 0.5½ 15 Quickly step forward to strike your foe while reloading your gun. Restores ammo to skill 5.
5 Dragon's Roar.png Dragon's Roar 0.5½ 1 Fire all the barrels in your hand cannon to deal damage to foes in front of you. This skill consumes all your ammo when fired and pushes you back slightly based on the amount of ammo expended.

Bundle skills[edit]

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


1 Swift Cut.png Swift Cut 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe, then fire off a ranged shot. Foes hit by the initial attack take less damage from the follow-up shot.
1 ChainSteel Divide.png Steel Divide 0.5½ Chain. Swing your gunsaber and fire a second shot. Foes hit by the initial attack take less damage from the follow-up shot.
1 ChainExplosive Thrust.png Explosive Thrust 0.75¾ Chain. Hit your foe with a final, brutal stab, and fire a shot that causes a secondary explosion. Foes hit by the initial attack take less damage from the follow-up shot.
2 Blooming Fire.png Blooming Fire 0.75¾ 2 Slash with your blade and fire a grenade shell that shatters on impact, releasing a series of explosions.
3 Artillery Slash.png Artillery Slash 0.75¾ Consume all charges to launch a single shell from your sword that explodes on the first enemy hit. Deals bonus damage and applies different effects based on the amount of charges consumed.
4 Cyclone Trigger.png Cyclone Trigger 0.5½ 1 Spin and block enemy projectiles. Strikes all foes in melee range, and then fires shots at foes out of melee range.
5 Break Step.png Break Step 0.5½ 1 Lunge forward with explosive force, damaging enemies at your starting position.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Combat Stimulant.png Combat Stimulant 0.75¾ 1 Armament. Heal yourself and enter Stim State. When Stim State expires, you are healed again. Using this skill while in Stim State grants boons.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Flow Stabilizer.png Flow Stabilizer 1 Armament. Increase flow rate and gain fury. If you already have fury, gain additional flow.
Overcharged Cartridges.png Overcharged Cartridges 1 Armament. Your next few explosion attacks deal more damage. Using this skill while you already have stacks of Overcharged Cartridges causes you to use Detonate Cartridges instead.
ChainOvercharged Cartridges.png Detonate Cartridges 0.5½ Expends your remaining charges by throwing them at the ground in front of you, launching and damaging foes. Explosion radius increases based on the number of charges spent.
Electric Fence.png Electric Fence Not available underwater 0.5½ 1 Armament. Throw a device that leaves behind a wall of energy, blocking projectiles and crippling foes that pass through it. Foes that are already crippled become immobilized.
Dragonspike Mine.png Dragonspike Mine 20 Armament. Evade backward while dropping a mine that cripples foes. This skill recharges Dragon Trigger.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Tactical Reload.png Tactical Reload 0.5½ 30 Armament. Reload ammo on all of your bladesworn skills. Your next Dragon Trigger generates more charges per interval.

List of bladesworn traits[edit]

See also: List of warrior traits
Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Pistol Proficiency.png Pistol Proficiency You can wield pistols.
Minor Adept Gun X Sword.png Gun X Sword Gain access to the Gunsaber as an alternate weapon set, but lose the ability to swap to other weapon sets during combat. Adrenaline is replaced with flow.
Major Adept River's Flow.png River's Flow 5 Incoming healing increased. Healing yourself increases flow rate.
Regeneration effects do not trigger flow rate increase
Major Adept Swift as the Wind.png Swift as the Wind 5 Movement skills grant swiftness and increase flow rate.
Major Adept Unseen Sword.png Unseen Sword Swapping weapons strikes all nearby foes.
Will not activate out of combat unless an enemy is within range
Minor Master Dragonscale Defense.png Dragonscale Defense 8 Gain boons when entering Dragon Trigger.
Major Master Unshakable Mountain.png Unshakable Mountain Using the final round of ammo on an ammunition skill grants barrier.
Major Master Fierce as Fire.png Fierce as Fire Gain increased strike damage for each round of ammunition spent.
Major Master Lush Forest.png Lush Forest 1 Using the first round of ammo on an ammunition skill reduces the recharge of all warrior skills.
Does not affect the recharge of Unsheathe Gunsaber, Sheathe Gunsaber, and Dragon Trigger.
Minor Grandmaster Guns and Glory.png Guns and Glory Gain ferocity for a short duration when you hit with an explosion. The effect stacks duration.
Major Grandmaster Immortal Dragon.png Immortal Dragon Dragon Slash heals you for a percentage of the damage dealt. Gain protection whenever you convert flow into charges.
Major Grandmaster Unyielding Dragon.png Unyielding Dragon Dragon Slash becomes unblockable and ignores blindness. Gain might whenever you convert flow into charges.
Major Grandmaster Daring Dragon.png Daring Dragon Dragon Slash has a lower maximum charge level and consumes more flow per charge, but its damage per charge is increased. Grant alacrity to nearby allies when you use Dragon Slash.


Advances in Canthan technology have yielded a fusion of firearm and longsword: the gunsaber. Only the bladesworn can handle such a volatile weapon.

— Official site

Advanced Canthan technology has created a...unique weapon, fusing a firearm and a martial longblade to brutal effect. Exclusive to warriors, the gunsaber uses cartridges infused with magical, enriched amber from the heart of the mines in Echovald Forest, delivering energy to both the blade and the wielder while giving them unprecedented power.

— Elite specialization lore[1]

Notable Bladesworn[edit]

Associated items[edit]

Related achievements[edit]


Promotional material


  • Bladesworn loses traditional weapon swapping in combat, as the gunsaber is the second weapon for this specialization.
  • Adrenaline is renamed as "flow", and constantly generates while in combat. Skills that grant adrenaline will either boost flow regeneration or give a flat flow boost.
  • With the gunsaber equipped, it can be charged with flow into blasting attacks up to 10 points.
  • The Bladesworn NPC "Jadestream" Shun can be found in Lake Lutgardis in The Echovald Wilds.


  • Uses Onyx Lion pistol skin in the spotlight video.
  • The concept art features a norn in draconic armor with Breech Loaders gauntlets, and wielding their gunsaber.
  • The bladesworn may occasionally shout one of these lines when using the following skills:
Trigger Voice Line
Activating  Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger The dragon waits.
Calm before the storm.
Reaching maximum  Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger charges Locked and loaded!
You've already lost!
Total concentration.
Using any Dragon Slash skill Dragon slash!
The dragon's steel.
Using  Dragon Slash—Force.png Dragon Slash—Force Force!
Feel its strength!
Using  Dragon Slash—Boost.png Dragon Slash—Boost Boost!
Using  Dragon Slash—Reach.png Dragon Slash—Reach Reach!
Using  Flicker Step.png Flicker Step Not there anymore!
Think faster!
Using  Gunstinger.png Gunstinger Reloading!
More ammo!
Using  Flow Stabilizer.png Flow Stabilizer Concentrate.
Exiting combat. Sigh
It's over.

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