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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 Chain
Pure Strike.png
 Pure Strike
0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 Chain
Faithful Strike.png
 Faithful Strike
0.75¾ 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 Chain
Sword Arc.png
 Sword Arc
0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 Chain
Sword 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 Chain
Vengeful Strike.png
 Vengeful Strike
0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Wrathful 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 Chain
Hammer Bash (guardian skill).png
 Hammer Bash
0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 Chain
Symbol 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 Chain
Searing Light.png
 Searing Light
0.5½ Fire a projectile that explodes upon impact and damages enemies.
1 Chain
Seeking 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 Chain
Detonate Light.png
 Detonate Light
Fire a ball of light that detonates on impact to heal allies and damage foes.
1 Chain
Judgment 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 Chain
Bleeding Edge.png
 Bleeding Edge
0.5½ Slice through your foe again, physically and magically, as your weapon is heating up.
1 Chain
Searing 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 Chain
Anguish Swipe.png
 Anguish Swipe
0.5½ Sweep your mace back for a second blow.
1 Chain
Manifest 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 Chain
Brutal Blade.png
 Brutal Blade
0.75¾ Slice foes, damaging them and inflicting vulnerability.
1 Chain
Rift 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 Chain
Forceful Bash.png
 Forceful Bash
0.5½ Bash your foe with your staff.
1 Chain
Rejuvenating 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 Chain
Double Chop.png
 Double Chop
Chain. Chop your foe twice.
1 Chain
Triple 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 Chain
Mace Bash.png
 Mace Bash
0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe.
1 Chain
Pulverize.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 Chain
Gash.png
 Gash
0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe with a gash.
1 Chain
Hamstring.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 Chain
Greatsword Slice.png
 Greatsword Slice
0.5½ Chain. Slice your foe.
1 Chain
Brutal 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 Chain
Hammer Bash (warrior skill).png
 Hammer Bash
0.5½ Chain. Bash your foe again.
1 Chain
Hammer 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 Chain
Jab (warrior skill).png
 Jab
0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 Chain
Impale (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 Chain
Focused Slash.png
 Focused Slash
0.25¼ Chain. Strike your foe. This attack has increased critical-hit damage.
1 Chain
Keen 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 Chain
Negative Bash.png
 Negative Bash
0.5½ Chain. Slam your hammer into your foe to leave them vulnerable.
1 Chain
Equalizing 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 Chain
Sun Ripper.png
 Sun Ripper
0.5½ Strike your foe again and inflict vulnerability. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
1 Chain
Gleam 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 Chain
Crippling Thrust.png
 Crippling Thrust
0.25¼ Chain. Stab your foe, crippling them for a short time.
1 Chain
Precision 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 Chain
Slice (ranger skill).png
 Slice
0.5½ Chain. Slice your foe.
1 Chain
Enduring 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 Chain
Jab (ranger skill).png
 Jab
0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 Chain
Toxic 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 Chain
Leading Swipe.png
 Leading Swipe
0.25¼ Rake your dagger across your foe, leaving them bleeding.
1 Chain
Serpent Stab.png
 Serpent Stab
0.25¼ Slash across your foe, poisoning them.
1 Chain
Serpent 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 Chain
Wild Strike.png
 Wild Strike
Chain. Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 Chain
Lotus Strike.png
 Lotus Strike
0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict Poison.
Sword
1
Slice (thief skill).png
 Slice
Chain. Slice your foe.
1 Chain
Slash (thief skill).png
 Slash
0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 Chain
Crippling 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 Chain
Larcenous 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 Chain
Jab (thief skill).png
 Jab
0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Poison 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 Chain
Staff Bash.png
 Staff Bash
0.5½ Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple enemies.
1 Chain
Punishing 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 Chain
Fire Swipe.png
 Fire Swipe
0.5½ Heat your sword a second time and strike your enemies for increased damage.
1 Chain
Searing 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 Chain
Clapotis.png
 Clapotis
0.5½ Deliver a second strike that heals yourself for each target it hits.
1 Chain
Breaking 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 Chain
Polaric Slash.png
 Polaric Slash
0.5½ Deliver a second strike, gaining swiftness.
1 Chain
Call Lightning.png
 Call Lightning
0.75¾ Deliver the final attack, calling lightning strikes onto enemies.
Earth Attunement
Earth Attunement
1
Crystal Slash.png
 Crystal Slash
0.5½ Strike your opponent with your serrated blade.
1 Chain
Crystalline Strike.png
 Crystalline Strike
0.5½ Attack enemies with a second vicious attack.
1 Chain
Crystalline 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 Chain
Ether Blast.png
 Ether Blast
0.5½ Chain. Shoot a second bolt of energy at your target.
1 Chain
Ether 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 Chain
Mind Gash.png
 Mind Gash
0.5½ Chain. Gash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 Chain
Mind 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 Chain
Jab (mesmer skill).png
 Jab
0.75¾ Chain. Jab your foe.
1 Chain
Evasive 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 Chain
Deja 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 Chain
Ethereal Chop.png
 Ethereal Chop
0.5½ Inflict Torment on your target.
1 Chain
Mirror 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 Chain
Necrotic Slash.png
 Necrotic Stab
Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Necrotic 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 Chain
Rending Curse.png
 Rending Curse
0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe.
1 Chain
Putrid 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 Chain
Wicked Strike.png
 Wicked Strike
0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Reaper'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 Chain
Fading Twilight.png
 Fading Twilight
0.75¾ Chain. Cleave foes in front of you again.
1 Chain
Chilling 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 Chain
Whack.png
 Whack
0.5½ Chain. Whack your foe. Repairs turrets.
1 Chain
Thwack.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 Chain
Static Swing.png
 Static Swing
0.5½ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Thunderclap (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 Chain
Shield Smash.png
 Shield Smash
0.75¾ Chain. Smash your foe with the magnetic shield.
1 Chain
Crippling 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 Chain
Life Slash.png
 Life Slash
0.5½ Chain. Shroud. Cleave foes in front of you again. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
1 Chain
Life 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.