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Champion Boneskinner

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Disambig icon.png This article is about champions in Bjora Marches and associated lore. For the variant in Western Bjora Marches, see Undying Boneskinner. For the strike mission boss, see Boneskinner.

Those who give in—those who eat the flesh of their own—become the boneskinner. It doesn't just consume you. It takes your voice, your last words, your dying screams... And it uses you to hunt.

Veteran Relief Crew Scout

Boneskinners are Aberrant minions of the Elder Dragon Jormag from norn legend that lurk around Bjora Marches.[1] It is said that the Aberrant Forest hides dark and powerful magic related to the corrupted Wolverine which can drive people to madness-induced hunger. Those who succumb to this hunger eventually fall prey to cannibalism, becoming insatiable and hungering for more and more food as they slowly become a boneskinner.[2]

Boneskinners are stalkers in the darkness that set traps, ambushes, throw their voice, and mimick previous victims to trick their prey before consuming them.[2][3] While there are multiple Boneskinners lurking, they are solo hunters by nature, and are rarely found in groups.

At least one of the Boneskinners haunting the Aberrant Forest is a former kodan,[4] who was friends with Bright Shore, who himself is slowly succumbing to insatiable hunger.[5] Within the Aberrant Forest is a male norn Vigil soldier, muttering to himself with the bodies of other Vigil soldiers littered at his feet, possibly on his way to becoming a new Boneskinner.


Shiverpeak Mountains

Event involvement[edit]

Event shield (tango icon).png Escort the relief crew to the Aberrant Forest (80)
Event boss (tango icon).png [Group Event] Defeat the Boneskinner (80)
Event boss (tango icon).png [Group Event] Defeat the champion of Wolverine (80)

Combat abilities[edit]

  • Teleports to Victims
Behavior (during Defeat the champion of Wolverine)

DefianceLocked defiance bar

  • Fixate (Rigom).png Next Victim - The boneskinner is preparing to take its next victim.
  • Death Wind - The boneskinner spews a noxious cloud, launching enemies and applying torment. Extinguishes torches.
  • Leap -
  • Grasp -
Stolen skills


Name Type Rarity Quantity
Gilded Strongbox.png Icy Strongbox (guaranteed drop) Container Exotic 1
Elaborate Totem.png Elaborate Totem Crafting material Rare 1
Loot Sack.png Heavy Bag of Supplies Container Basic 1
Boneskinner Flank.png Boneskinner Flank (guaranteed drop)
(only drops if the The Hunger collection is active)
(only drops if the Defeat the Boneskinner event is active)
(only drops in Aberrant Forest)
Trophy Basic 1


Concept art by Matthew Pugnetti
Renders by Kate Picchi

Related achievements[edit]


  • Boneskinners were originally called Wendigo,[7] referring to the Wendigo, a mythological spirit that originates from Algonquian tribes. They should not be confused with the unrelated Berserking Wendigo from Guild Wars: Eye of the North.
  • The Boneskinner was teased during the Extra Life charity stream, with the text: "𝕊𝕌𝕄𝕄𝕆ℕ 𝕋ℍ𝔼 𝔹𝕆ℕ𝔼𝕊𝕂𝕀ℕℕ𝔼ℝ : At $100k we'll reveal the date and title of the next Living World episode!"
    • A teaser video was shown after hitting the $100k mark.[8]
  • The Boneskinners have been designed by the following developers[9]:

See also[edit]

Associated items


  1. ^ Sweet Surrender: Become a boneskinner.
    You have accepted Jormag's strength and transformed into one of Jormag's minions. The flesh of mortals is yours to devour.
  2. ^ a b Veteran Relief Crew Scout
  3. ^ The Icebrood Saga announcement
  4. ^ What's Happening?
  5. ^ The Hunger
  6. ^ Frode's Journal, Page 4
  7. ^ Guild Chat - Episode 95
  8. ^ ArenaNet Extra Life Game Day stream, third video at 6:01:30,
  9. ^ [1] "Matthew Pugnetti created beautiful concept work for this, the excellent Chris Bennett worked on the high poly sculpt, and Nathaniel Hubbell, Nick Ajer and Lee Bledsoe made some great effects. Designers were Justin Reilly and Taylor Southerland.",