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Specializations are now unlocked. You can now spend hero points in the training tab on specializations. Once you begin training a specialization, you can set your active specialization in the build tab of the hero panel.

— Specializations

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Specializations, also known as trait lines, is a profession mechanic which allows players to customize their characters to concentrate on different aspects of their build through various traits. Depending on the character's level, up to three specializations can be chosen, and each fully trained specialization provides 3 minor traits and the choice of 3 out of 9 major traits—split between adept, master, and grandmaster traits.[1] Players can switch back and forth between specializations when out of combat.

Each character in the base game can choose from five core specializations per profession, while accounts with expansion packs unlocked gain access to one elite specialization for each profession per expansion.


To begin training a specialization your character must be at least level 21, then follow the below steps. PvP players do not need to unlock anything, as all skills and traits available to the account will be unlocked while within the Heart of the Mists.

  • Step 1: Open your Hero panel and go to the Training tab. The Training tab is the third tab from the top on the far left of the Hero panel.
  • Step 2: Select one of the tracks under Specializations. Tracks are located on the left side of the Training tab.
  • Step 3: Once you select a track, it will become visible, showing you a circle with all of the selected track's associated traits.
  • Step 4: In the center of the selected track, there will be a trait, a button that allows you to learn the trait, and a cost (listed in Hero points).
  • Step 5: To learn a trait, click on the Train button and confirm that you're willing to pay its Hero point cost. Once completed, the next trait in the track will become available. Once all traits in a track have been purchased, the circle will be completed.

It is possible to train multiple traits at once by selecting a trait further along into the track and then clicking Train. Fully unlocking a core specialization costs 60 hero points.

Once at least one trait is trained in any specialization you may go into the Build tab and equip it into an empty slot. Traits may also be selected once equipped. Specializations may be swapped freely when not in combat. Specialization slots are unlocked at levels 21, 45, and 71. Level 80 characters will have exactly enough hero points to train all core skills and specializations—completing hero challenges will allow you to train skills and specializations sooner. Excess hero points may be used to train elite specializations.

Elite specializations[edit]

In contrast to core specializations, which merely modify how certain skills and effects work, choosing an elite specialization fundamentally changes the way a given profession plays by altering or expanding on the base profession mechanic and providing access to a new weapon, healing skill, elite skill and a set of utility skills of the same skill type.[2] All core profession skills, weapons and specializations will still be available while an elite specialization is equipped.

Training an elite specialization is basically the same as a core specialization, however there are a few requirements:

  • You must own the respective expansion
  • The character must be level 80
  • All core skills and specializations must be fully trained

It will take 250 hero points to fully unlock an elite specialization and all points can only be obtained through completing hero challenges or purchased from a Heroics Notary. The first trait costs 30 hero points to train, with subsequent traits costing 10 points and skills costing 15 points each. Elite specializations gradually unlock the specialization specific traits and skills at the same time—there is no separation of traits and skills. Upon training the first trait you will also unlock the respective specialization collection.

Elite specializations can only be equipped in the bottom (third) specialization slot in the hero panel, which has a faint golden frame around it. Elite specialization exclusive weapons and skills cannot be equipped unless the respective elite specialization is also equipped.

List of specializations[edit]

Specialization Focus

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Zeal Zeal Symbols and spirit weaponsScepter, Greatsword
Radiance Radiance Signets, burning and blindingSword, Torch
Valor Valor Blocking and meditationsShield, Focus
Honor Honor Dodging, symbols and shoutsMace, Staff
Virtues Virtues Consecrations and virtuesHammer
Dragonhunter Dragonhunter
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Grants access to longbows and traps. Active effects of dragonhunters' virtues gain a more physical presence in the world. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Firebrand Firebrand
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Grants access to axes and mantras. Virtues become tomes, allowing usage of several pages before disappearing. PoF Texture Trans.png

Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant[edit]

Core (requires a purchased expansion)
Corruption (specialization) Corruption Legendary Demon Stance and conditionsMace, Axe
Retribution (specialization) Retribution Legendary Dwarf Stance and defense • Hammer
Salvation Salvation Legendary Centaur Stance, healing and support • Staff
Devastation Devastation Legendary Assassin Stance, damage and mobility • Sword
Invocation Invocation Legend channeling and fury
Herald Herald
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Grants access to shields and the Legendary Dragon Stance, in addition to Facet of Nature, which can be used at any time. Heralds focus on defense and supporting allies with various boons. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Renegade Renegade
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Grants access to short bows and the Legendary Renegade Stance. Channel Kalla Scorchrazor's power in battle, drawing upon her spirit to summon members of her warband. PoF Texture Trans.png

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Strength Strength Dodging, physical utility skills, and brute force • Greatsword, Hammer
Arms Arms Critical hits, signets and bleedingSword
Defense Defense Toughness and enduring of damage • Shield, Mace
Tactics Tactics Healing of allies and supporting them with shoutsWarhorn
Discipline Discipline Adrenaline gain and weapon swappingAxe, Rifle, Harpoon Gun
Berserker Berserker
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Grants access to torches, rage skills, and Berserk mode which allows the use of primal burst skills. Berserkers focus on fast attacks, adrenaline gain, and burning damage. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Spellbreaker Spellbreaker
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Grants access to daggers and meditations. Spellbreakers can use their adrenaline to perform a full counter, absorbing the next attack against them and damaging surrounding foes. PoF Texture Trans.png

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

Explosives Explosives Power and VulnerabilityGrenade Kit, Bomb Kit
Firearms Firearms Condition DamagePistol, Rifle, Harpoon Gun, Flamethrower
Inventions Inventions Turrets and defensive tactics • Shield
Alchemy Alchemy Elixirs and manipulating of conditionsMed Kit, Elixir Gun
Tools Tools Tool belt skills, utility kits, and endurance
Scrapper Scrapper
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Grants access to hammers, well skills, and Function Gyro to interact with players at a range to revive allies or finish enemies. Scrappers focus on reducing incoming damage, supporting allies, and improving Superspeed and lightning fields. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Holosmith Holosmith
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Grants access to swords and exceed skills. Holosmiths specialize by projecting light into a semi-solid form and can activate Photon Forge mode, in which they generate heat as skills are used, causing damage to themselves but also improving their utility skills. PoF Texture Trans.png

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship Long range damage and signetsLongbow, Harpoon Gun
Skirmishing Skirmishing Mobility, traps, and weapon swappingSword, Short bow
Wilderness Survival Wilderness Survival Defensive combat maneuvers and conditionsDagger, Torch
Nature Magic Nature Magic Boons and spiritsWarhorn
Beastmastery Beastmastery PetsGreatsword, Spear, Axe
Druid Druid
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Grants access to staves, glyphs, and Celestial Avatar, which changes your weapon skills and the effects of your equipped glyphs while active. Druids have a heavy focus on team support and healing. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Soulbeast Soulbeast
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Grants access to main hand daggers, and stances to take on the aspect of wild creatures. Soulbeasts are able to activate Beastmode in order to merge with their pets, improve their attributes and gain special skills. PoF Texture Trans.png

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts Traps and poisonDagger
Critical Strikes Critical Strikes Critical hits and signetsPistol, Harpoon Gun
Shadow Arts Shadow Arts Survival, defensive abilities, and stealth
Acrobatics Acrobatics Dodging and mobility • Sword, Spear
Trickery Trickery Stealing and managing initiative
Daredevil Daredevil
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Grants access to melee staves and physical skills. Endurance pool is increased and dodging is enhanced with additional effects. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Deadeye Deadeye
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Grants access to rifles and cantrips. Deadeye's Mark generates malice, which provides bonus effects to Stealth Attacks. PoF Texture Trans.png

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

Fire Fire Fire magic and conjured weapons.
Air Air Air magic, glyphs, movement speed, and spike damage.
Earth Earth Earth magic, bleeding, defense, and signets.
Water Water Water magic, defensive tactics, vulnerability and Cantrips.
Arcane (specialization) Arcane General improvements, arcane utility skills, and switching of attunements.
Tempest Tempest
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Grants access to warhorns and offensive shouts. Tempests can overload their attunements for powerful channeled abilities after staying in an attunement for a certain amount of time. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Weaver Weaver
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Grants access to swords and stances. Weavers wield two attunements at once, combining both elements in Dual Attacks. PoF Texture Trans.png

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Domination Domination Interrupts, signets and vulnerabilityGreatsword
Dueling Dueling Dodging, blocking, and mantrasPistol, Sword, Spear
Chaos Chaos Defense and application of random boons and conditionsStaff, Trident
Inspiration Inspiration Phantasms and healing • Focus
Illusions Illusions Shattering and illusionsTorch, Scepter
Chronomancer Chronomancer
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Grants access to shields, wells, and a new shatter skill, Continuum Split. Chronomancers focus on manipulating time and can provide a unique effect called Alacrity, which reduces skill recharge. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Mirage Mirage
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Grants access to axes and deceptions. Taps into the magic of the Crystal Desert to deceive enemies and create constructs that explode when touched. Dodging is replaced by Mirage Cloak, allowing use of ambush skills. PoF Texture Trans.png

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Spite Spite Damage and signetsAxe, Focus
Curses Curses Critical hits, conditions, and corruptionsScepter
Death Magic Death Magic Minions and defense
Blood Magic Blood Magic Support, life stealing, healing, and wellsDagger
Soul Reaping Soul Reaping Death Shroud, life force, and spectral skills • Staff
Reaper Reaper
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Grants access to greatswords and offensive shouts. Death Shroud is replaced by Reaper's Shroud, which has a heavier focus on melee combat. HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Scourge Scourge
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Grants access to torches and punishment skills. Death Shroud is replaced with the ability to raise Sand Shades that shield allies and attack foes. Casts spells that grant allies might and barriers while corrupting enemies' boons into cripple and torment. PoF Texture Trans.png


  • If the player is wielding a weapon whose proficiency is unlocked by an elite specialization and selects another specialization in the third slot, the corresponding weapon skills will be blanked out until the player either removes the weapon or changes back to the corresponding elite specialization.

Related achievements[edit]


  • The hover text for selecting the third specialization reads "Core and Elite", whereas the first and second only state "Core".
  • Specializations replaced trait lines and were part of a trait system rework in the June 23, 2015 game update.
  • Originally, it cost 400 hero points to fully unlock an elite specialization. This was changed in the October 27, 2015 game update.

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