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Disambig icon.png This article is about is about a skill mechanic. For the jeweler crafting component, see Chain (crafting).

A chain is a set of skills that are used in sequence when focused on one target. The skills of a chain share one skill slot, effectively giving the user additional weapon skills.

To access the later skills each of the skills must connect in a quick sequence. If the next skill in one chain is not activated quickly enough, the chain will be interrupted. Some skills with quick activation and short execution times can be used in a middle of a chain without interrupting it. Most chains can also be continued after dodging and then quickly continuing attacking.

If a character is knocked down, stunned, or otherwise interrupted their skill chain will also reset.

A chain should not be confused with a sequence, which has a similar mechanic but which allows its second effect to be triggered at any time.

List of chain skills[edit]

Weapon skills[edit]

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

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian

Mace
1 True Strike.png True Strike 0.5½ Chain. Smash your foe.
1 ChainPure Strike.png Pure Strike 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 ChainFaithful Strike.png Faithful Strike 1 Hit your foe with a final strike and heal nearby allies.
Sword
1 Sword of Wrath.png Sword of Wrath Chain. Slash your foe once.
1 ChainSword Arc.png Sword Arc 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 ChainSword Wave.png Sword Wave 0.5½ Send out waves of attacks that strike multiple targets.
Greatsword
1 Strike.png Strike 0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe.
1 ChainVengeful Strike.png Vengeful Strike 0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainWrathful Strike.png Wrathful Strike 0.5½ Attack with a final, powerful strike that applies might for each foe you strike.
Hammer
1 Hammer Swing (guardian skill).png Hammer Swing 0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe.
1 ChainHammer Bash (guardian skill).png Hammer Bash 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 ChainSymbol of Protection.png Symbol of Protection 10.25¼ Symbol. Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that gives protection to you and your allies.
Staff
1 Bolt of Wrath.png Bolt of Wrath 0.5½ Fire a bolt that damages foes.
1 ChainSearing Light.png Searing Light 0.5½ Fire a projectile that explodes upon impact and damages enemies.
1 ChainSeeking Judgment.png Seeking Judgment 0.5½ Fire a seeking projectile that explodes upon contact and damages enemies.
Trident
1 Light Ball.png Light Ball Fire a sundering ball of light that damages foes.
1 ChainDetonate Light.png Detonate Light Fire a ball of light that detonates on impact to heal allies and damage foes.
1 ChainJudgment of Light.png Judgment of Light Fire a barrage of bouncing light missiles that damage enemies and heal allies.

Firebrand tango icon 20px.png Firebrand

Axe
1 Core Cleave.png Core Cleave 0.5½ Cleave at your enemy with a physical and a magical axe.
1 ChainBleeding Edge.png Bleeding Edge 0.5½ Slice through your foe again, physically and magically, as your weapon is heating up.
1 ChainSearing Slash (firebrand).png Searing Slash 0.5½ Unleash your searing axe in an overhand slash, following it up with a magical edge.

Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant

Mace
1 Misery Swipe.png Misery Swipe 0.25¼ Swing your mace at your foe.
1 ChainAnguish Swipe.png Anguish Swipe 0.5½ Sweep your mace back for a second blow.
1 ChainManifest Toxin.png Manifest Toxin 0.5½ Deliver a crushing blow that sends toxic energy chaining to enemies behind each target.
Sword
1 Preparation Thrust.png Preparation Thrust 0.5½ Stab your foe with your sword, inflicting vulnerability.
1 ChainBrutal Blade.png Brutal Blade 0.75¾ Slice foes, damaging them and inflicting vulnerability.
1 ChainRift Slash.png Rift Slash 0.5½ Slash foes, creating a rift on them that explodes for additional damage after a short delay.
Staff
1 Rapid Swipe.png Rapid Swipe 0.5½ Swipe your staff at your foe.
1 ChainForceful Bash.png Forceful Bash 0.5½ Bash your foe with your staff.
1 ChainRejuvenating Assault.png Rejuvenating Assault 1 Cleave foes around you with your staff, creating healing orbs for you and your allies.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior

Axe
1 Chop.png Chop 0.25¼ Chain. Chop your foe.
1 ChainDouble Chop.png Double Chop Chain. Chop your foe twice.
1 ChainTriple Chop.png Triple Chop 10.5½ Deliver three final chops to your foe.
Mace
1 Mace Smash.png Mace Smash 0.5½ Chain. Smash your foe.
1 ChainMace Bash.png Mace Bash 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 ChainPulverize.png Pulverize 0.75¾ Thrash your foe, leaving them weakened.
Sword
1 Sever Artery.png Sever Artery 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe with a slash.
1 ChainGash.png Gash 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe with a gash.
1 ChainHamstring.png Hamstring 0.25¼ Cripple your foe with a precise slash.
Greatsword
1 Greatsword Swing.png Greatsword Swing 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe.
1 ChainGreatsword Slice.png Greatsword Slice 0.5½ Chain. Slice your foe.
1 ChainBrutal Strike.png Brutal Strike 0.5½ Hit your foe with a final brutal strike.
Hammer
1 Hammer Swing (warrior skill).png Hammer Swing 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 ChainHammer Bash (warrior skill).png Hammer Bash 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe again.
1 ChainHammer Smash.png Hammer Smash 0.5½ Smash the ground and damage nearby foes.
Spear
1 Stab (warrior skill).png Stab 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainJab (warrior skill).png Jab 0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 ChainImpale (warrior spear skill).png Impale 0.75¾ Impale your foe and cripple them.

Spellbreaker tango icon 20px.png Spellbreaker

Dagger
1 Precise Cut.png Precise Cut 0.25¼ Chain. Strike your foe. This attack deals increased critical damage.
1 ChainFocused Slash.png Focused Slash 0.25¼ Chain. Strike your foe. This attack has increased critical-hit damage.
1 ChainKeen Strike.png Keen Strike 0.25¼ Chain. Strike your foe and gain might. Gain additional might on critical hit.

Scrapper tango icon 20px.png Scrapper

Hammer
1 Positive Strike.png Positive Strike 0.5½ Chain. Smack your hammer into your foe while empowering yourself.
1 ChainNegative Bash.png Negative Bash 0.5½ Chain. Slam your hammer into your foe to leave them vulnerable.
1 ChainEqualizing Blow.png Equalizing Blow 0.5½ Chain. Bring down your hammer on your foe.

Holosmith tango icon 20px.png Holosmith

Sword
1 Sun Edge.png Sun Edge 0.5½ Strike your foe and inflict vulnerability. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
1 ChainSun Ripper.png Sun Ripper 0.5½ Strike your foe again and inflict vulnerability. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
1 ChainGleam Saber.png Gleam Saber 0.75¾ Unleash a burst of stored energy with your sword and recharge your other sword skills. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger

Sword
1 Slash (ranger sword skill).png Slash 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe.
1 ChainCrippling Thrust.png Crippling Thrust 0.25¼ Chain. Stab your foe, crippling them for a short time.
1 ChainPrecision Swipe.png Precision Swipe 0.75¾ Deliver a blow to your foe. Your pet gains might for each foe struck.
Greatsword
1 Slash (ranger greatsword skill).png Slash 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe.
1 ChainSlice (ranger skill).png Slice 0.5½ Chain. Slice your foe.
1 ChainEnduring Swing.png Enduring Swing 0.75¾ Slash at your foe. This attack restores endurance if it hits.
Spear
1 Stab (ranger skill).png Stab 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainJab (ranger skill).png Jab 0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 ChainToxic Strike.png Toxic Strike 0.5½ Deliver a final poisonous attack.

Soulbeast tango icon 20px.png Soulbeast

Dagger
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 0.75¾ Strike deeply into your foe, inflicting multiple conditions.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief

Dagger
1 Double Strike.png Double Strike Chain. Strike your foe twice.
1 ChainWild Strike.png Wild Strike Chain. Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 ChainLotus Strike.png Lotus Strike 0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict Poison.
Sword
1 Slice (thief skill).png Slice Chain. Slice your foe.
1 ChainSlash (thief skill).png Slash 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 ChainCrippling Strike.png Crippling Strike 0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
3 Flanking Strike.png Flanking Strike (with offhand Dagger) 0.5½ 4 Dual Wield. Evade and stab your foe.
3 ChainLarcenous Strike.png Larcenous Strike (with offhand Dagger) 0.5½ 2 Dual Wield. Stab your foe and steal boons from them. Deals increased damage if it hits a foe with no boons.
Spear
1 Stab (thief spear skill).png Stab 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainJab (thief skill).png Jab 0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainPoison Tip Strike.png Poison Tip Strike 0.75¾ Poison your foe with a final attack.

Daredevil tango icon 20px.png Daredevil

Staff
1 Staff Strike.png Staff Strike 0.5½ Strike your enemies with your staff.
1 ChainStaff Bash.png Staff Bash 0.5½ Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple enemies.
1 ChainPunishing Strikes.png Punishing Strikes 1 Whirl your staff around, striking nearby enemies.

Weaver tango icon 20px.png Weaver

Sword
Fire Attunement Fire Attunement
1 Fire Strike.png Fire Strike 0.5½ Build elemental flames into your sword and strike your enemies.
1 ChainFire Swipe.png Fire Swipe 0.5½ Heat your sword a second time and strike your enemies for increased damage.
1 ChainSearing Slash (weaver).png Searing Slash 0.75¾ Heat your sword a final time and use the full power of your flames to sear enemies and ignite them.
Water Attunement Water Attunement
1 Seiche.png Seiche 0.5½ Imbue your blade with water, healing yourself for each target you strike.
1 ChainClapotis.png Clapotis 0.5½ Deliver a second strike that heals yourself for each target it hits.
1 ChainBreaking Wave.png Breaking Wave 0.75¾ Strike your enemies and unleash a wave that heals allies.
Air Attunement Air Attunement
1 Charged Strike.png Charged Strike 0.5½ Strike your foe with shocking force.
1 ChainPolaric Slash.png Polaric Slash 0.5½ Deliver a second strike, gaining swiftness.
Earth Attunement Earth Attunement
1 Crystal Slash.png Crystal Slash 0.5½ Strike your opponent with your serrated blade.
1 ChainCrystalline Strike.png Crystalline Strike 0.5½ Attack enemies with a second vicious attack.
1 ChainCrystalline Sunder.png Crystalline Sunder 0.75¾ Unleash a final crushing blow.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer

Scepter
1 Ether Bolt.png Ether Bolt 0.5½ Chain. Shoot a bolt of energy at your target.
1 ChainEther Blast.png Ether Blast 0.5½ Chain. Shoot a second bolt of energy at your target.
1 ChainEther Clone.png Ether Clone 0.75¾ Clone. Deliver a damaging attack directly to your target. Summon a clone that casts Ether Bolt. Inflict torment instead if you have the maximum number of illusions.
Sword
1 Mind Slash.png Mind Slash Chain. Slash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 ChainMind Gash.png Mind Gash 0.5½ Chain. Gash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 ChainMind Spike.png Mind Spike 0.5½ Stab your foe and rip a boon off of them. Does additional damage when the target has no boons.
Spear
1 Stab (mesmer skill).png Stab 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainJab (mesmer skill).png Jab 0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 ChainEvasive Strike.png Evasive Strike 0.5½ Evade while delivering a powerful final attack.

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png Chronomancer

Shield
4 Echo of Memory.png Echo of Memory 10.5½ 30 Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies. If an attack is blocked, Deja Vu is usable for a short time.
4 ChainDeja Vu.png Deja Vu 10.5½ Phantasm. Block incoming attacks for a short duration. If this skill fully channels, summon a phantasm that slows enemies and grants protection to allies.

Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage

Axe
1 Lacerating Chop.png Lacerating Chop 0.5½ Inflict bleeding on your target.
1 ChainEthereal Chop.png Ethereal Chop 0.5½ Inflict Torment on your target.
1 ChainMirror Strikes.png Mirror Strikes 0.5½ Inflict bleeding and torment on your target.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer

Dagger
1 Necrotic Slash.png Necrotic Slash Chain. Slash your foe twice.
1 ChainNecrotic Slash.png Necrotic Stab Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainNecrotic Bite.png Necrotic Bite 0.25¼ Strike your foe and gain life force.
Scepter
1 Blood Curse.png Blood Curse 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe.
1 ChainRending Curse.png Rending Curse 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe.
1 ChainPutrid Curse.png Putrid Curse 0.5½ Chain. Poison and bleed your foe.
Spear
1 Cruel Strike.png Cruel Strike 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainWicked Strike.png Wicked Strike 0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainReaper's Scythe.png Reaper's Scythe 0.75¾ Reap life force from nearby foes.

Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper

Greatsword
1 Dusk Strike.png Dusk Strike 0.75¾ Chain. Cleave foes in front of you.
1 ChainFading Twilight.png Fading Twilight 0.75¾ Chain. Cleave foes in front of you again.
1 ChainChilling Scythe.png Chilling Scythe 1 Chain. Strike foes and chill them.

Bundle skills[edit]

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

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer

Tool Kit
1 Smack.png Smack 0.5½ Chain. Smack your foe. Repair turrets.
1 ChainWhack.png Whack 0.5½ Chain. Whack your foe. Repairs turrets.
1 ChainThwack.png Thwack 1 Thwack your foe. Repairs turrets.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist

Lightning Hammer
1 Lightning Swing.png Lightning Swing 0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 ChainStatic Swing.png Static Swing 0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainThunderclap (Lightning Hammer skill).png Thunderclap 0.5½ Smash the ground and damage nearby foes.
Magnetic Shield (bundle)
1 Shield Smack.png Shield Smack 0.5½ Chain. Smack your foe with the magnetic shield.
1 ChainShield Smash.png Shield Smash 0.75¾ Chain. Smash your foe with the magnetic shield.
1 ChainCrippling Shield.png Crippling Shield 0.75¾ Throw your shield in a line, crippling struck foes. This attack deals bonus damage if you have barrier.

Transform skills[edit]

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

Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper

Reaper's Shroud
1 Life Rend.png Life Rend 0.5½ Chain. Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 ChainLife Slash.png Life Slash 0.5½ Chain. Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 ChainLife Reap.png Life Reap 0.5½ Shroud. Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.