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Hero, if you still believe in a brighter future, hold in your heart a thorn that can pierce all doubt.

The Sword Regrown

Caladbolg is a greatsword made from the Pale Tree's thorn. It can be acquired by the player through the achievement Knight of the Thorn after completing the Heart of Thorns storyline. Caladbolg is capable of enhancing the qualities of its wielder, such as strength, wisdom, bravery, and even negative qualities. According to Iowerth, the greatsword is a living thing.


Early history[edit]

Caladbolg was first given to the Firstborn sylvari Riannoc so he could destroy Mazdak the Accursed. Before this could happen, however, his human squire Waine stole the greatsword and left Riannoc to die. Waine used it to win gladitorial bouts, unbeknownst to the sylvari. While Caladbolg was missing, a prophetess of Rata Sum proclaimed that its return would signal the Elder Dragon's downfall.

Caladbolg was rediscovered in 1325 AE when Mazdak reappeared. The sword was retrieved from Waine by the Valiant and used to slay Mazdak.[1] Afterwards, the Pale Tree gave Caladbolg to Firstborn Trahearne to combat the Risen and the Elder Dragon Zhaitan, shortly before he was appointed leader of the Pact. Trahearne wielded Caladbolg throughout the Pact's campaign in the Ruins of Orr, and used its energy to cleanse the Artesian Waters of Zhaitan's corruption.

Modern developments[edit]


# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sword of Wrath.png
 Daybreak Blade
0.5½ Slash your foe once, then again on the backswing.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Symbol of Blades.png
 Flashing Arc
0.5½ Medium range sword attack.
Chain Lightning.png
0.5½ Hit multiple foes with arcs of chain lightning.
1 5 Smash your foe, knocking them down.
Cleansing Wave.png
 Twilight Crash
0.5½ 8 Knockback all targets in front of you.
Whirling Wrath.png
 Maelstrom Strike
0.75¾ 10 Thrash foes around you in a spinning frenzy while flinging projectiles.


  • Caladbolg's blade has a misty green/white/pink glow.
  • Blue and yellow-orange butterflies fly constantly around the blade.



  • Caladbolg is used by sylvari characters during the personal story.[1]
    • Players gain Caladbolg as a transformation that replaces the player's equipment attributes, profession mechanics and specialization traits with Caladbolg and its skills.
    • Utility skills will be usable under the Caladbolg transformation.
    • Mesmer clones summoned under the Caladbolg transformation will also hold Caladbolg and have use of all its 5 skills.
      • Unlike phantasm skills, the Caladbolg skills used by the clones will consider the stats of the clones, not the player, and so they will do about half of the damage done by the Caladbolg skills used by the player.
      • Clones summoned under the Caladbolg transformation will be rather unreliable, and may not attack at all. They will not move closer to use the melee attacks and stick to the ranged ones until their target is close enough, only move when their target moves out of the range of Electrolyze. They will not save Maelstrom Strike for melee range, using it instead when there is any enemy in the range of its projectiles.
  • Each skill utilizes the animations of profession skills, e.g. Twilight Crash is similar to Illusionary Wave and Maelstrom Strike is similar to Whirling Wrath.
  • Some versions of Caladbolg have skills require energy from the player's endurance meter. This is most likely left over from early versions of the game where energy was used as a skill resource.
  • The tooltips for Caladbolg's skills sometimes appears as if they chain into Throw Rock. These skills are enabled while the wielder is downed, but since the character's downed skills replace them, players will not be able to use them.


  • Caladbolg is the name of Fergus mac Róich's sword in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology.
  • How to pronounce Caladbolg
  • The versions of Caladbolg used for bundles and NPC weapons can be previewed in-game. Here are some examples:


  1. ^ a b These events are depicted in Chapter 3: Justice for Riannoc in the sylvari Personal story.