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Disambig icon.png This article is about the class of weapon. For the specific weapon sold by NPC weaponsmiths, see Dagger (weapon).


Centurions Claw concept art.jpg

Dagger concept art

The dagger is a one-handed weapon that may also be wielded in the main hand and off hand. Daggers are known for their fast and aggressive attacks.

Skills by profession[edit]

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

Spellbreaker icon small.png Spellbreaker[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngBreaching Strike.png Breaching Strike 0.75¾ 8 Burst. Strike your target and remove boons. Deal more damage if your target has no boons.
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.
2 Aura Slicer.png Aura Slicer 0.75¾ 6 Leap and strike your foe, inflicting slow.
3 Disrupting Stab.png Disrupting Stab 12 Dazes your target. If your target is using a skill, the daze duration is extended.
4 Wastrel's Ruin.png Wastrel's Ruin 0.5½ 12 Strike your target and remove boons. Damage and boon removal are increased against foes not using skills.
5 Bladestorm.png Bladestorm 10.5½ 20 Unleash a flurry of attacks that damages foes and reflects projectiles coming from the front. Gain barrier when striking a foe.

Berserker icon small.png Berserker[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSlicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom 0.5½ 5 Primal Burst. slice nearby enemies, removing boons and gaining adrenaline per boon removed. Deal more damage if your target has no boons.

Soulbeast icon small.png Soulbeast[edit]

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 0.25¼ Strike deeply into your foe, inflicting multiple conditions.
2 Double Arc.png Double Arc 0.75¾ 7 Rip your blade through your foe twice, inflicting heavy bleeding. Your pet's next two strikes inflict poison.
3 Instinctive Engage.png Instinctive Engage 0.75¾ 12 Leap forward and slash at your foe. Gain quickness if you successfully strike.

Ranger icon small.png Ranger[edit]

4 Stalker's Strike.png Stalker's Strike 0.5½ 10 Stab and poison your foe while evading attacks. This attack deals increased damage and poison against movement-impaired foes.
5 Crippling Talon.png Crippling Talon 0.5½ 1 Throw a dagger to bleed and cripple your foe.

Untamed icon small.png Untamed[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngNeurotoxin Burst.png Neurotoxin Burst 0.75¾ Unleashed Ambush. Shadowstep behind your target and unleash a burst of toxic spores.

Thief icon small.png Thief[edit]

1 Double Strike.png Double Strike Chain. Strike your foe twice.
1 ChainWild Strike.png Wild Strike Chain. Strike your foe again, bleeding them. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 ChainLotus Strike.png Lotus Strike 0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict Poison.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngBackstab.png Backstab 0.25¼ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foe from the shadows, striking for double damage if you hit from behind or they are defiant.
2 Heartseeker.png Heartseeker 0.75¾ Leap and strike your foe. The less health your target has, the more damage you cause.
3 Twisting Fangs.png Twisting Fangs (without offhand) 0.5½ Spin in place, hitting nearby foes. Each hit causes bleeding.
3 Shadow Shot.png Shadow Shot (with offhand Pistol) Dual Wield. Fire an unblockable shot at your foe, which blinds them, and then shadowstep to them for a dagger strike.
3 Death Blossom.png Death Blossom (with offhand Dagger) 0.5½ Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
4 Dancing Dagger.png Dancing Dagger 0.25¼ Throw a dagger that cripples nearby foes and returns to you.
5 Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger 0.5½ Stab your foe and vanish in stealth, leaving them vulnerable.

Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMalicious Backstab.png Malicious Backstab 0.25¼ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foe from the shadows and strike for double the damage if you hit from behind or they are defiant. Consumes all malice when striking your mark to deal bonus damage.

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist[edit]

Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
1 Dragon's Claw.png Dragon's Claw 0.5½ Fling fire in a claw-shaped spread at your foe.
2 Drake's Breath.png Drake's Breath 20.25¼ 5 Spray a cone of fire at foes while on the move.
3 Burning Speed.png Burning Speed 0.75¾ 12 Slide forward and blast the area, leaving behind a line of fire that burns foes.
4 Ring of Fire.png Ring of Fire 0.25¼ 15 Damage nearby foes with a ring of fire, burning foes that pass through it.
5 Fire Grab.png Fire Grab 0.75¾ 20 Damage foes in a cone in front of you. Deal more damage to burning foes.
Water Attunement.png Water Attunement
1 Vapor Blade.png Vapor Blade 0.5½ Cast a vapor blade that inflicts vulnerability and returns to you.
2 Cone of Cold.png Cone of Cold 20.25¼ 10 Spray an icy blast in a cone that damages foes and heals allies.
3 Frozen Burst.png Frozen Burst 0.25¼ 12 Detonate a burst of ice that chills nearby foes.
4 Frost Aura.png Frost Aura 10 Protect yourself with frost armor that reduces incoming damage by 10%. While active, it chills foes that hit you. Each attacker can be affected by this only once per second.
4 ChainTransmute Frost.png Transmute Frost 0.5½ 10 Cause your frost aura to violently explode, healing allies and damaging foes.
5 Cleansing Wave.png Cleansing Wave 0.75¾ 20 Heal yourself and nearby allies, curing conditions.
Air Attunement.png Air Attunement
1 Lightning Whip.png Lightning Whip 0.75¾ Lash your foe with lightning.
2 Convergence.png Convergence 0.5½ 8 Charge the air to shock foes around you after a short delay. Inflict weakness on enemies and gain fury for each foe struck.
3 Shocking Aura.png Shocking Aura 10 Envelop yourself with electrical energy that stuns nearby foes if they attack you. Each attacker can be affected by this only once every 2 seconds.
3 ChainTransmute Lightning.png Transmute Lightning 0.5½ 10 Cause your shocking aura to violently explode, stunning enemies who are struck by it.
4 Ride the Lightning.png Ride the Lightning 20 Ride the lightning to your foe, then strike all nearby foes with an electrical burst. If a foe is hit by the burst, the skill's recharge is halved.
5 Updraft.png Updraft 20 Gain swiftness from a gust of wind that launches nearby foes.
Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement
1 Impale (elementalist skill).png Impale 0.75¾ Spear your foes on a giant stone spike.
2 Ring of Earth.png Ring of Earth 1 6 Use the earth to launch yourself into the air and strike foes in a small radius. Deliver a larger ring of earthen spikes upon impact.
3 Earthen Rush.png Earthen Rush 0.5½ 12 Quickly dash along the ground, summoning spikes along the way and then delivering an area strike.
4 Earthquake.png Earthquake 0.75¾ 16 Trigger a quake at your location, knocking down foes and dealing massive damage.
5 Churning Earth.png Churning Earth .8 20 Leap at your foe and unleash a seismic wave that inflicts damages and bleeding.

Weaver icon small.png Weaver[edit]

Fire AttunementWater Attunement Fire + Water
3 Steam Surge.png Steam Surge 0.75¾ 18 Dual Attack. Slide to an area, blasting foes with steam while healing nearby allies.
Fire AttunementAir Attunement Fire + Air
3 Plasma Burst.png Plasma Burst 0.75¾ 15 Dual Attack. Burn your foes within a plasma blast.
Fire AttunementEarth Attunement Fire + Earth
3 Ashen Blast.png Ashen Blast 0.5½ 12 Dual Attack. Blind your foes with burning ashes.
Water AttunementAir Attunement Water + Air
3 Katabatic Wind.png Katabatic Wind 18 Dual Attack. Release a frigid wind that damages foes.
Water AttunementEarth Attunement Water + Earth
3 Mud Slide.png Mud Slide 1 20 Dual Attack. Trip your foes with mud as you slide past them.
Air AttunementEarth Attunement Air + Earth
3 Grinding Stones.png Grinding Stones 0.5½ 18 Dual Attack. Shred foes with a storm of stones. Take reduced damage while the storm is active.

Virtuoso icon small.png Virtuoso[edit]

1 Flying Cutter.png Flying Cutter 0.5½ Send a blade of energy at your target. Hitting the same target multiple times invokes a flurry of blades on your target.
2 Bladecall.png Bladecall 5 Throw a fan of daggers that return to you. If your target is in range, the returning daggers will lock on to that target. Stock a blade if this attack hits at least one target.
3 Unstable Bladestorm.png Unstable Bladestorm 12 Create a telekinetic storm of daggers that damages foes. With each interval, the bladestorm will fire blades at nearby enemies.

Mirage icon small.png Mirage[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngPhantom Razor.png Phantom Razor 0.75¾ 1 Ambush. Slice your foe with a flurry of blades. Each blade inflicts different conditions.

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer[edit]

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.
2 Life Siphon.png Life Siphon 0.75¾ 8 Siphon health from your foe. Healing effectiveness increases if you are bleeding. Damage increases if your foe is bleeding.
3 Dark Pact.png Dark Pact 1 12 Bleed yourself. Immobilize your foe and remove their boons. Gain life force for each boon removed.
4 Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm 0.5½ 16 Unleash an insect swarm to blind and transfer conditions to your enemies.
5 Enfeebling Blood.png Enfeebling Blood 0.75¾ 20 Inflict weakness and bleeding on foes in the target area.

Related traits[edit]



Weapon strength[edit]

See also: Weapon strength

Related achievements[edit]


If — while wielding a dagger — a mesmer creates a clone, said clone will wield a sword instead.

See also[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Daggers.