Game updates/2021-11-30/End of Dragons Elite Specialization Updates

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Hello, Tyrians! With Beta 4 right around the corner on November 30th, we want to give you an early look at the changes to the End of Dragons elite specializations based on feedback we collected from the first three beta events. We've done more than just tune numbers and fix bugs; although the timeline has been tight, we've been listening, and have made changes to core mechanics, skills, and traits where called for, to make sure that these specializations will be a fun and exciting addition to Guild Wars 2 next year in End of Dragons.

There were a lot of changes to make, and with the short timeline we unfortunately have not been able to follow through with our usual process of editing and localizing these notes into all of our supported languages. We still wanted to get the details of the upcoming changes in front of you as soon as possible so that you can discuss, engage, and theorycraft ahead of next week’s beta event, so they are available in English now.

While these changes will be seen in Beta 4, we are documenting them here and not writing them into our November 30th release notes, as they are in-development notes to End of Dragons content from previous betas rather than released content.

End of Dragons Elite Specialization Updates in Beta 4 from Previous Beta Events:[edit]

Elementalist - Catalyst[edit]

Catalyst first appeared in Beta 2, where we saw excitement for several of the mechanics it offered, but your feedback also pointed us to a lot of areas in which we could improve it! For each End of Dragons elite specialization, we've put together a list of key items of feedback that we saw expressed during the beta that specialization appeared in, and highlights of which specific changes were made to address that feedback. Afterwards, we have the full list of detailed changes for that specialization.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) The Jade Sphere mechanic felt difficult to use and tied the Catalyst down in one location without sufficient benefit to make up for it.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: This is the crux of the issue, and we've made big changes here. For starters, Jade Sphere energy no longer drains out of combat, and the Jade Sphere no longer drains your energy gradually while deployed. Instead, it consumes a flat amount to instantly cast at the target location and will always persist for five seconds. Now, you can deploy multiple Jade Spheres from different attunements at the same time, allowing you to deploy the benefits of your Jade Sphere and associated combo fields in multiple simultaneous locations as you swap attunements. We'll be keeping an eye on your feedback about this change in Beta 4, and hope that it'll create a faster paced and more mobile experience in play.

2) Several skills felt difficult to use well or weren't connecting with targets when you'd expect them to.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've improved a mix of Hammer and Utility skills to make them behave more reliably, or easier to consistently use to their full potential. Most notably, the #3 Hammer skill in each attunement has been significantly improved. They now activate instantly, and the circling projectile now orbits faster and closer to you, so that it'll strike enemies in melee range consistently. The skill to launch them is now a Projectile Finisher, and has a lower cooldown, so that you can use it to combo with the fields from your Jade Sphere. The Catalyst's Augment utility skills have been broadly improved- in many cases, the effects that formerly only occurred when within the range of a same-attunement Jade Sphere are now part of the base functionality of these skills, and they now receive an additional benefit, such as reduced cooldown, when within range of the Jade Sphere.

3) Catalyst felt difficult to survive with, like playing on hard mode, even in open world content.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've added survivability to several skills. On the hammer, Whirling Stones will now block projectiles while channeling, Immutable Stone will grant Barrier, and Cleansing Typhoon will remove conditions. On the trait side, we've also increased the duration of the defensive effect of Hardened Auras. The full list of detailed changes is below.

Full List of Catalyst changes:[edit]

Profession Mechanic[edit]
  • The functionality of the Jade Sphere has been adjusted. Each attunement now has a separate version of the skill that can be activated by expending 10 energy, which creates the associated field for 5 seconds. Each attunement's deploy skill has its own cooldown and the field element will no longer change as the catalyst changes attunements. Multiple Jade Spheres can now be active at the same time.
  • Deploy Jade Sphere: This skill now activates instantly.
  • Catalyst's Energy no longer drains while out of combat.
Hammer[edit]

Any

  • Flame Wheel.png Flame Wheel, Icy Coil, Crescent Wind, Rocky Loop: These skills now activate instantly. Reduced circle radius from 200 to 130 to better align with melee spacing. Reduced power coefficient from 0.35 to 0.25 to compensate for a faster orbit.
  • Grand Finale.png Grand Finale: Reduced cooldown from 20 seconds to 15 seconds. This skill is now a projectile finisher.

Fire

  • Triple Sear.png Triple Sear: Reduced the distance from the centerpoint of the three attack areas to make it slightly easier to hit the same enemy with all three.
  • Molten End.png Molten End: This skill now grants more Might stacks and longer Fury duration for the first enemy struck, and a reduced amount for each additional enemy. Increased power coefficient from 1.5 to 1.7 in PvP and WvW.

Water

  • Crashing Font.png Crashing Font: This skill now heals for an increased amount for the first enemy struck and a reduced amount for each additional enemy. The total healing when striking 5 enemies is about the same.
  • Cleansing Typhoon.png Cleansing Typhoon: This skill now cleanses two conditions before attacking in addition to its other effects. This skill is now a whirl finisher.

Air

  • Hurricane of Pain.png Hurricane of Pain: Increased power coefficient from 0.27 to 0.3 in PvP and WvW.
  • Wind Storm.png Wind Storm: This skill will now stop moving when the player is approximately 600 units away from their target, instead of always moving 600 units backward. This limiting behavior can be avoided by using the skill without a target selected.

Earth

  • Whirling Stones.png Whirling Stones: Reduced channel time from 3.25s to 2s. This skill now also blocks projectiles around the catalyst while channeling.
  • Immutable Stone.png Immutable Stone: This skill now also grants barrier when successfully blocking an attack.
Utilities[edit]
  • Soothing Water.png Soothing Water: This skill now always cleanses conditions. Casting this in range of your water sphere will now reduce its cooldown.
  • Invigorating Air.png Invigorating Air: This skill now always grants super speed. Casting this in range of your air sphere will now reduce its cooldown. This skill now activates instantly.
  • Fortified Earth.png Fortified Earth: This skill now always grants barrier after fully channeling. Casting this in range of your earth sphere will now reduce its cooldown.
  • Shattering Ice.png Shattering Ice: Additional strikes created by this skill will now always apply chill. Casting this in range of your water sphere will now increase its duration. Reduced casting time from 733ms to 250ms.
  • Relentless Fire.png Relentless Fire: This skill now always grants unblockable stacks. Casting this in range of your fire sphere will now increase its duration. Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds. Reduced casting time from 733ms to 250ms.
  • Elemental Celerity.png Elemental Celerity: Instead of reducing the recharge of all weapon skills when striking an enemy, this skill now recharges weapon skills of the catalyst's current attunement when activated. Reduced casting time from 733ms to 250ms.
Traits[edit]
Bug Fixes[edit]
  • Fixed the order of augment skills in utility selection to line up with other element-themed utility skills.
  • Deploy Jade Sphere: Fixed a bug where this skill would use ground-targeting while underwater.
  • Deploy Jade Sphere (fire).png Deploy Jade Sphere (Fire): Fixed a bug where strikes from this skill would not grant stacks of Persisting Flames.
  • Shattering Ice.png Shattering Ice: Fixed a bug where the additional strikes created by this skill required line of sight to hit enemies.
  • Soothing Water.png Soothing Water: Fixed a bug where this skill was not considered a healing skill for the purposes of certain runes.
  • Flame Wheel.png Flame Wheel, Icy Coil, Crescent Wind, Rocky Loop: Fixed a bug where these projectiles would last much longer than expected when becoming downed or defeated.
  • Fixed a bug where some hammer projectile skills could be fired behind the player.
  • Fixed a bug where some channeled hammer skills could not be interrupted by using a different skill.

Engineer - Mechanist[edit]

During Beta 3, we received excellent feedback regarding the Mechanist. We saw the community excited for the mech itself, a promising alacrity support build, and a way to play a 'supported' Condi Engineer build, but you also helped us identify key locations that need additional polish and improvement. Not everything is 100% complete here; we’ll especially still be working on some of the awkward aspects of the mech’s Crash Down summoning in the open world, to get it more consistent and functional for End of Dragons.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Lack of easy-to-use pet controls, like Core Ranger has.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We're adding an 'Attack My Target' button with a keybind, as well as adding a key binding to 'Return to Me'. By default, these are bound to F6 and F7, but you can rebind them to anything you like using the new key binding options for Profession Skill 6 and 7.

2) The Mech Command skills (F1, F2, F3) can feel unreliable, as the Mech often queues them behind something else it is trying to do.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've removed the two 'auto' skills the Mech would cast on its own, Rocket Punch and Jade Siphon, as Mech Command skills would queue behind them and be delayed.

Rocket Punch is now activated when you use Mace 3 (Prototype Rocket Fist), and the mech will use its Rocket Punch on the same target as your Prototype Rocket Fist.

Now the Mech Command skills can freely interrupt the Mech's basic attacks and one-another, causing them to be much more reliable when activated.

3) Too much power is loaded into the Mech, instead of the Engineer player. This can be unbalancing in PvP, and if the mech is defeated and on cooldown, lead to feeling like you're playing half a specialization. It's also difficult to consistently get boons on the Mech, leading to wildly varying power in PvE.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: This is a big one, with a lot of related changes! We're adjusting the Mech's base attributes (before it inherits a percentage of yours) down from our 'level 80 monster' base of 1376 to our 'player' base of 1000, matching your own.

To resolve a related problem, it'll no longer have any Precision or inherit that attribute from you by default. This is because on a level 80 character, Precision up to 1000 points has no effect, and only precision values above 1000 will increase critical chance. If the Mech has a base Precision and inherits a percentage of yours (which must include your base 1000), it ends up with a mismatching Critical Hit Chance. We are instead adjusting the trait "Mech Frame: Variable Mass Distributor" to copy 100% of your Precision attribute to the Mech, so that you can use that trait to cause its critical hit chance to match your own, allowing you to consistently build for crit-capping.

By taking away some of these base attribute values from the Mech, it gave us the freedom to increase the power of other parts of the Mechanist's kit, especially the Mace and Signet skills.

4) Related to #3: Boons on the Mech are an immense amount of potential power, but it is difficult to reliably get boons on it when playing in a group.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: A full list of changes will be found below, but a key highlight is that the Mech now also inherits Signet passive bonuses where appropriate, and Shift Signet's passive now automatically copies all boons applied to you to your Mech, with the same duration, which will make your Mech function much stronger and more consistently along you in group content. To make this work sensibly and fairly, the Mech no longer inherits a percent of the attributes on its master that are caused by Might. In other words, it only benefits from Might on itself, not from Might on you.

5) The Mech can die suddenly in some content, leaving you with a long 'penalty' cooldown.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We'll be keeping an eye on this. Right now, we agree that a 100 second cooldown is too long- we're lowering it to 50 seconds.

There's other aspects to this too, though, which we wanted to address by adding tools to make it harder for the Mech to suddenly die in the first place. It'll now also gain the passive benefit of the Barrier Signet skill when you have it, giving it some additional damage reduction, and we've redesigned the third minor trait, 'Energy Siphoning', to be a defensive proc that will prevent sudden bursts of damage from unexpectedly downing the mech.

That trait is now 'Exigency Protocols'. As a passive bonus, it increases the power of all Regeneration boons you apply by 20%. (And Mace 2 now applies Regeneration in addition to Vigor, so you can make easy use of this.)

And as a conditional proc, when the Mech drops below 50% health, it'll gain Regeneration and a strong buff that reduces all incoming damage by 50% for 5 seconds. Although this effect has a cooldown before it can proc again, we are hoping these changes will both help your Mech survive burst damage and give you easy-to-use methods to keep it healed. We are aware of specific mechanics in certain content (such as Vale Guardian's green circles) that are affecting pets and are treating these as individual bugs in those encounters to fix in future updates. We do not intend for any current encounter mechanic to disproportionately impact your ability to use pets.

Full List of Mechanist Changes:[edit]

Gameplay Changes[edit]
  • The maximum recharge of the Crash Down skill to summon your Mech has been decreased from 100 seconds to 50 seconds.
  • The Mech will now automatically re-appear much sooner after dismounting.
  • Base Power, Vitality, and Toughness attributes on the Mech have been reduced from 1374 at Level 80 to 1000, matching player base values.
  • The Mech now has a base Precision attribute of 0, and a base Critical Chance of 5%. It no longer inherits 25% of the master's Precision by default.
  • The trait Mech Frame- Variable Mass Distributor.png Mech Frame: Variable Mass Distributor no longer increases the percentage of Power inherited by the Mech. Instead, it causes the Mech to inherit 100% of your Precision and Ferocity attribute values.
  • The Mech no longer 'double dips' on Might by inheriting a percentage of the Power and Condition Damage granted to you by Might boons.
Skill and Trait Adjustments[edit]
Mace:[edit]
  • Mace Strike.png Mace Strike: Damage coefficient increased from 0.6 to 0.8.
  • Mace Smash (mechanist).png Mace Smash: Damage coefficient increased from 0.6 to 0.8. Now applies one stack of confusion for 5s.
  • Mace Blast.png Mace Blast: Damage coefficient increased from 1.0 to 1.4. Confusion duration reduced from 6s to 5s. Cast time increased by approximately 0.2 seconds.
  • Energizing Slam.png Energizing Slam: Conditions applied to enemies changed to 3 stacks of Vulnerability and Confusion with a 5s duration. Boons applied to allies changed to 3s of Vigor and Regeneration to allies in the area.
  • Rocket Fist Prototype.png Rocket Fist Prototype: Is now an Explosion. Now when you cast this skill, your Mech will cast Rocket Punch at your target. Rocket Fist Prototype and Rocket Punch now each apply 5s burning and a 0.5s stun. This is more effective for reducing enemy Defiance Bars than the previous single 1s stun.
Signets:[edit]
  • Force Signet.png Force Signet: Now plays a visual effect of the signet icon above the player when activated. No longer breaks stuns. Passive Power attribute bonus changed to a 10% increase to outgoing strike damage. The passive bonus now also applies to your Mech.
  • Superconducting Signet.png Superconducting Signet: Now plays a visual effect of the signet icon above the player when activated. Activated skill now additionally causes 3s burning per hit. Passive Condition Damage attribute bonus changed to a 10% increase to outgoing condition damage. The passive bonus now also applies to your Mech.
  • Barrier Signet.png Barrier Signet: Now plays a visual effect of the signet icon above the player when activated. The passive bonus now also applies to your Mech.
  • Shift Signet.png Shift Signet: Now plays a visual effect of the signet icon above the player when activated. Is now instant cast. Now breaks stuns when cast. Now removes two conditions from both you and your mech when cast. Additional passive effect added: All boons applied to you are also applied to your Mech. Move speed passive now also applies to your Mech.
  • Overclock Signet.png Overclock Signet: Now plays a visual effect of the signet icon above the player when activated. Player activation of this signet is now instant. Burning per hit on the activated skill Jade Buster Cannon increased from 2s to 5s base duration. Strike damage dealt by this skill increased by 50%. The Mech now rotates its torso much faster while aiming this skill to track targets.
Mech Commands:[edit]
  • Crisis Zone.png Crisis Zone: Now can be used while the mech is stunned and will break stuns on all targets in range when activated. Now also removes conditions from allies in range. Number of conditions removed decreased from 5 to 3. Range increased to 600. Regeneration removed and replaced with Stability.
  • Discharge Array.png Discharge Array: Now strikes up to three enemies per pulse. Now additionally applies 1 stack of Burning with a 3s duration on hit.
Traits:[edit]
  • Mech Arms- Single-Edge Cutters.png Mech Arms: Single Edged Cutters: Bleeding duration on hit reduced from 6s to 3s.
  • Mech Frame- Channeling Conduits.png Mech Frame: Channeling Conduits: Alacrity duration on barrier application reduced from 1s to 0.75s.
  • Mech Fighter.png Mech Fighter: This minor trait now causes your Mech to inherit 100% of your Vitality and Toughness by itself, rather than this effect being split between this trait and the third minor trait.
  • Exigency Protocols.png Energy Siphoning: This minor trait has been removed and replaced with "Exigency Protocols", which increases the power of all Regeneration boons you apply by 20%, and when your Mech takes damage while below 50% health, it will gain Regeneration and a 50% reduction to incoming damage for 5 seconds. (60s cooldown)
  • Mech Core- Barrier Engine.png Barrier Engine: Radius increased from 360 to 600.
Bug Fixes[edit]
  • Rename Pet: The Mech's name is now saved properly. (Sorry, still no numbers or punctuation allowed. That's a difficult problem because the 'rules' are shared with other pets and are part of the functioning to prevent profanity in names. We're still looking into it.)
  • Mech Commands: The F1 and F3 buttons now properly display remaining cooldown duration numbers.
  • Mech Command - Crisis Zone.png Crisis Zone: The mech will no longer try to get into melee range of an enemy to activate this skill.
  • Mech Command - Barrier Burst.png Barrier Burst: Corrected the PvE tooltip to display that the Might base duration is 15 seconds, not the displayed 10 seconds.
  • Mace - Mace Blast.png Mace Blast: Fixed a bug causing this skill to not properly apply barrier to allies in the area.
  • Mech Arms- High-Impact Drivers.png High Impact Drivers: Fixed a bug causing applied might to have unlimited duration in when PvP and WvW.
  • Leashing behavior range now matches that of Ranger pets.
  • Shift Signet will now more reliably teleport the Mech to your location.
  • Fixed a bug related to the trait Static Discharge and Mech Command skills.

Guardian - Willbender[edit]

When Willbender made its appearance in Beta 1, we were hoping it'd dash into your hearts. It didn't quite make it, so we've executed changes on some of the major pain points we saw brought up and are excited to see you get your hands on it again soon in Beta 4.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Skill animation felt stiff, with many skills rooting you in place during their animations.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've taken a look at a bunch of skills, with the approach of 'is there a strong gameplay reason why you shouldn't be able to move while executing this skill?' For several of these, the answer was no, and we've made appropriate adjustments. For example, Whirling Light now not only allows you to move during it, but increases your speed. See the full list of changes below for details on all adjusted skills. This relates to the following feedback we took to heart:

2) The teaser video and theme were about motion and momentum, but the specialization did not effectively deliver on this.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We wanted to double down on the essential feel of Willbender; fast, mobile, never stopping, and rewarding you for pressing the attack. We've taken special care to update the Willbender Virtue skills to carry this sense of momentum. The F1, Rushing Justice, has been updated to decrease total execution time, improve the transition between the dash and the finishing attack, and to make the attack portion always execute. The F2, Flowing Resolve, is now a short dash that holds two charges, allowing you to space them out to capitalize on the healing effect, or use them back-to-back for quick direction changes, leaving multiple trails of Willbender Flames behind you. In Willbender's traits, we've reworked Restorative Virtues to be a key component of aggressive builds, as it now reduces the cooldown of all of your weapon skills whenever you trigger one of your active Virtue effects with subsequent strikes while a Virtue is active.

3) Lack of synergy with core Guardian trait lines, due to little support for Burning, and lack of exciting interactions between active virtues and Virtue-boosting traits.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: While the Willbender excels at being a fast and deadly dual-blade attacker, Beta 1 showed that there was a lot of room to improve the trait selection to allow for other strong and interesting build combinations. We've revamped the first tier of Willbender traits, removing the attribute reductions, and focusing them on improving Condition Damage (and adding Burning to Willbender Flames), Power, or Healing, respectively. We've also created interactions between traits in other locations, such as updating the grandmaster trait Phoenix Protocol to work with the Virtues grandmaster Battle Presence to be able to apply Alacrity to allies.

Full List of Changes to Willbender:[edit]

Willbender Virtues:[edit]
  • Willbender Flames.png Willbender Flames: Using the same version of Willbender Flames will no longer cancel itself, to better facilitate Flowing Resolve's new functionality.
  • Rushing Justice.png Rushing Justice: Improved the transition between running and punching. Increased velocities toward the end of the run and initial punch. Total range of the skill has been increased, taking the ability from maximum 450 to maximum 800 distance. Strike damage has been improved from 0.6 to 1.5. Reduced cast time of the attack by about 1/4 second.
  • Flowing Resolve.png Flowing Resolve: This ability will now use ammunition and its maximum ammunition has been set to 2. Flowing Resolve now stacks in duration. Velocity and distance have been reduced by 40%.
  • Crashing Courage.png Crashing Courage: This ability now delivers a five-target area attack on impact, in addition to setting the Willbender Flames.
Offhand Sword:[edit]
  • Executioner's Calling.png Executioner's Calling: The secondary attack of this ability now delivers 4 strikes simultaneously. Secondary attack damage has been reduced by 50% and is amplified by 20% to targets struck by the initial attack.
  • Advancing Strike.png Advancing Strike: Increased power coefficient from 1.0 to 1.4 in PvP and WvW.
Utility Skills:[edit]
  • Flash Combo.png Flash Combo: You may now move while executing this ability.
  • Flash Combo.png Flash Combo - Repose: You may now move while executing this ability.
  • Whirling Light.png Whirling Light: You may now move while executing this ability. While active, this ability now grants a 50% movement speed increase while active and is affected by both movement speed and animation timescales. Attack radius has been increased from 170 to 240. Added a radius fact. Reduced cooldown from 20 seconds to 15 seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Heaven's Palm.png Heaven's Palm: This ability is now targeted with a 600 range and will shadowstep the Willbender toward their target before performing the area attack.
Traits:[edit]
  • Searing Pact.png Searing Pact: This trait has been reworked and renamed to Searing Pact and will now provide 120 Condition Damage and cause Willbender Flames to apply Burning to enemies it strikes, with a 2 second duration.
  • Power for Power.png Power for Power: This trait has been reworked and will now provide 120 Power, while causing Willbender Flames to inflict 33% increased strike damage.
  • Conceited Curate.png Conceited Curate: This trait has been reworked and will now provide 120 Healing Power, while causing Willbender Flames to heal the Guardian on a successful strike.
  • Restorative Virtues.png Restorative Virtues: This trait has been reworked and will now reduce the cooldown of all Guardian weapon skills by 1/4 second when a virtue's effect triggers, with no internal cooldown. Additionally, activating Flowing Resolve will grant the Willbender 2 seconds of Alacrity.
  • Holy Reckoning.png Holy Reckoning: This trait has been reworked and will now grant the Willbender Might each time any virtue triggers. Additionally, activating Rushing Justice grants the Willbender 3 seconds of Fury.
  • Vanguard Tactics.png Vanguard Tactics: The boons this trait applies have been adjusted. Shadowsteps will now grant the Guardian Resolution for 3 seconds and Protection for 1.5 seconds. Activating Crashing Courage will now grant the Willbender Resistance for 3 seconds.
  • Lethal Tempo.png Lethal Tempo: This trait now increases both strike and condition damage dealt. Baseline damage increase has been decreased from 3% to 1% in PvE, and from 3% to 2% in PvP and WvW.
  • Phoenix Protocol.png Phoenix Protocol: This trait now includes Alacrity in addition to Regeneration when applying boons in a circle, when traited with Battle Presence.
  • Tyrant's Momentum.png Tyrant's Momentum: This trait now increases Lethal Tempo's damage bonus from 1% to 3% (2% to 4% in PvP/WvW) per stack. Other effects of this trait are unchanged.

Other changes:

  • Shattered Aegis.png Shattered Aegis: This trait has been given a 1 second cooldown when Willbender is equipped, to prevent infinite loops of death in conjunction with Crashing Courage.

Mesmer - Virtuoso[edit]

We saw a great response to Virtuoso from Beta 1 and appreciate all of the feedback that has been given. With its return in Beta 4, we've made specific adjustments to certain mechanics, skills, and traits, to help gameplay flow a little smoother, make optimizing gear easier, and improve the role of specific traits.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Blades persist between combat, but it's difficult to gain them before fights, especially as certain utility skills would not give them without a target. This felt strange, and slowed down play.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: Virtuosos will now automatically stock a blade every 10s while out of combat. In addition, you can now use Mirror Images and Decoy without a target to gain blades out of combat. This should make it much easier to initiate a fight with a Bladesong, which leads us to #2...

2) There was no direction in skill activation, leading to a vague rotation. We heard a desire for a mechanic to create moments of opportunity and structure to skill use, rather than using everything off recharge.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: The minor trait Deadly Blades now (in addition to the existing vulnerability on crit) causes you to gain a 5% increase to all damage dealt for 5s after completing a Bladesong. This does not stack. This should make it feel better to initiate a battle with a Bladesong and weave them into your skill rotation to keep the bonus damage going!

3) Quiet Intensity gives you 10% increased critical chance from Fury, but not your Phantasms. As crit capping Phantasms is still very important, this makes a problem: You'd still need more Precision on your gear to crit cap them too!

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We 100% agree. Phantasms will now get the 10% bonus critical chance from this trait too.

4) Infinite Forge and Psychic Riposte are not as good for blade generation as Bloodsong.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've removed the 3-blade cap from Infinite Forge, and Psychic Riposte now stocks 3 blades all at once when it activates.

5) The Condition Damage traits generally seem underwhelming compared to Power options. The condition builds just don't stack up!

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: Oops. A lot of this one was probably a bug. Having the trait Sharpening Sorrow selected was causing Bladesong Sorrow to not apply any confusion on hit! That's fixed now. In addition, we've bumped up the duration of the bleed applied by Jagged Mind in PvE, and the new 5% bonus to damage from Deadly Blades will also help here. We'll be keeping an eye on how this plays during Beta 4. Of course, we've also fixed lots of bugs and have done additional tuning on skill and trait performance.

Full List of Changes to Virtuoso:[edit]

Gameplay Changes:[edit]
  • While out of combat, the Virtuoso will now automatically stock a blade every 10 seconds.
Skill and Trait Adjustments:[edit]
Bladesongs:[edit]
  • Bladesong Harmony.png Bladesong Harmony: Damage coefficient per blade reduced from 0.8 to 0.7 in PvE only.
  • Bladesong Dissonance.png Bladesong Dissonance: Damage coefficient reduced from 1.2 to 1 in PvE only.
  • Bladeturn Requiem.png Bladeturn Requiem: Damage coefficient reduced from 0.3 to 0.2 in PvE only. Base block duration set to 2s.
Dagger:[edit]
  • Flying Cutter.png Flying Cutter: Damage coefficient per hit reduced from 0.65 to 0.5 in PvE only.
  • Flying Cutter.png Flying Cutter: Added a skill fact to clarify that each count towards causing a bonus flurry of blades will expire after 5 seconds if not 'used' by reaching a count of 3. This is not a functionality change.
  • Bladecall.png Bladecall: Damage coefficient per hit reduced from 0.6 to 0.5 in PvE only.
  • Unstable Bladestorm.png Unstable Bladestorm: Increased power coefficient from 1.0 to 1.25 in PvP and WvW.
Utility Skills:[edit]
  • Thousand Cuts.png Thousand Cuts: Recharge reduced from 75s to 60s in PvE only. This skill is now unblockable. Can now be aimed in any direction while moving. This skill is now cast instantly. Number of hits increased from 6 over 3s to 10 over 5s. Damage coefficient per hit reduced from 2 to 0.5 in PvE, and from 1 to 0.5 in PvP and WvW.
  • Rain of Swords.png Rain of Swords: Damage coefficient per hit reduced from 1 to 0.8 in PvE only.
  • Psychic Force.png Psychic Force: Reduced cooldown from 45 seconds to 40 seconds in PvP and WvW.
Traits:[edit]
  • Psychic Riposte.png Psychic Riposte: Blades stocked on activation increased from 1 to 3. Internal cooldown increased from 1s to 3s. No longer fires a damaging attack when triggered, instead causes your next Bladesong to be unblockable.
  • Infinite Forge.png Infinite Forge: No longer capped at a maximum of 3 blades.
  • Quiet Intensity.png Quiet Intensity: Your summoned phantasms now also gain the increased critical strike chance from Fury.
  • Duelist's Reversal.png Duelist's Reversal: Now additionally grants Regeneration for 3s.
  • Deadly Blades.png Deadly Blades: Now additionally grants a 5% increase to all damage dealt for the next 5s after successfully casting a Bladesong skill.
  • Jagged Mind.png Jagged Mind: Bleed duration increased from 2s to 2.5s in PvE only.
Core Mesmer:[edit]
  • Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether: Added clarifying text stating that for Virtuoso, this skill's passive effect triggers when stocking a blade.
  • Illusionary Inspiration.png Illusionary Inspiration: Added clarifying text stating that for Virtuoso, this trait triggers when stocking a blade.
  • Illusionary Defense.png Illusionary Defense: Added clarifying text stating that for Virtuoso, this trait triggers when stocking a blade.
  • Compounding Power.png Compounding Power: Added clarifying text stating that for Virtuoso, this trait triggers when stocking a blade.
  • Decoy.png Decoy: Will now stock a blade if used out of combat. Previously this skill only stocked a blade if a target was in range.
  • Mirror Images.png Mirror Images: May now be used out of combat to stock two blades. Previously this skill only stocked blades if a target was in range.
Bug Fixes:[edit]
  • Signet of the Ether.png Signet of the Ether: Fixed a bug preventing the passive heal effect of this signet from occurring when you stock a Blade.
  • Illusionary Inspiration.png Illusionary Inspiration: Fixed a bug preventing this trait from activating and healing nearby allies when you stock a Blade.
  • Imminent Voyage.png Imminent Voyage: Fixed a bug causing this skill to create a clone instead of stocking a blade when used by a Virtuoso.
  • Feigned Surge.png Feigned Surge: Fixed a bug causing this skill to create a clone instead of stocking a blade when used by a Virtuoso.
  • Bountiful Disillusionment.png Bountiful Disillusionment: Fixed a bug allowing boons to be gained when using a Bladesong even when that Bladesong's cast was aborted.
  • Bladesong Sorrow.png Bladesong Sorrow: Fixed a bug in which Bladesong Sorrow did not apply Confusion if the trait Sharpening Sorrow was equipped.
  • Bladesong Sorrow.png Bladesong Sorrow: Fixed a bug in which Bladesong Sorrow could hit additional times if you are standing inside the targets' hitbox.
  • Bladeturn Requiem.png Bladeturn Requiem: Skill effects now properly cancel if this skill is aborted mid-execution.
  • Inspiring Distortion.png Inspiring Distortion: Fixed a bug in which this trait did not activate when a Virtuoso uses Bladeturn Requiem.
  • Ether Clone.png Ether Clone: Fixed a bug in which this skill did not stock blades for a Virtuoso past a maximum of 3.
  • Mental Focus.png Mental Focus: Updated to correctly display that the damage increase to targets within the distance threshold is 10% in PvE. This is not a reduction in the actual power of this trait, the displayed 15% in Beta 1 was incorrect, and the actual bonus damage granted is 10%.

Necromancer - Harbinger[edit]

Harbinger is in many ways flipping Necromancer's normal gameplay on its head, with reduced durability in Shroud and the new Blight mechanic. We collected a lot of great feedback on this during Beta 1 and have identified a number of ways to improve the specialization. There was so much feedback here that we had to filter down to the most key changes that would have the biggest impact. To do this, we identified the following common pieces of important feedback from you:

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) The mechanic of draining life force to heal when in combat and not in shroud was not very clear, and felt more punishing than helpful, as it often made it difficult to accumulate Life Force to use in Shroud.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We agree, there was too much going on here, and this mechanic felt 'tacked on' with no clear purpose or synergy with the rest of the Harbinger's kit. We are cutting this element out entirely, but as this results in less healing, we're making a few related changes: Blight will reduce your max health by less (1.5% per stack, down from 2%), and the Harbinger's Heal Skill, Elixir of Promise, has had its base healing increased by about 2.5x in PvE, and will now apply Regeneration to help keep you topped off as blight stacks expire.

2) Blight, as a new mechanic, isn't meeting expectations. It should interact in some way with your skills!

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've created a new mechanic, called "Blight Threshold". Skills with this mechanic will, if you are above a certain amount of Blight stacks when you activate them, remove that amount of Blight from you but gain additional damage and effectiveness. This mechanic will be seen on Shroud 3, Shroud 4, and your Elixir skills. This relates to the next piece of key feedback we received:

3) Elixirs are boring! Press button, get boon isn't enough for the base version of the skill, even if traits do let them do more.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've redesigned the core behavior of all the Elixir skills.

They still give you boons when you activate them, but now they will do a lot more by default.

The key changes that apply on all of them:

  • All elixirs are now ground-targeted skills. You will throw an elixir bottle at the targeted location, where it can affect up to 5 enemy targets in a circle of size 240.
  • All elixir skills still grant you boons when you activate them- but now they also cause damage and apply conditions to enemies in the targeted area.
  • They all use the new Blight Threshold mechanic- if you have enough blight, they consume some to double damage and the effect on enemies.
  • If you are standing in the impact area of your own thrown elixir, you will gain more Blight back than the Blight Threshold can consume. This means you can choose to use elixirs to dump blight by throwing them away from you or generate blight by throwing them near you.
  • If you use the trait Twisted Medicine, which causes your elixirs to also apply boons to allies, the ally boons are now granted in the impact area of the elixir. Since the self-generated boons are on activation of the skill, this means that you can gain boons yourself and apply boons to allies at a distance by throwing an elixir at them.

While this means there's a lot more going on with these skills, and that can get complicated, we've found from playing with these changes that they introduce an exciting level of mastery to achieve with practice and create fun opportunities to use elixirs in a variety of ways. We've also done a lot of bug fixing and balance tuning to get Harbinger in the right spot as we get closer to the release of End of Dragons.

Full List of Changes to Harbinger:[edit]

Gameplay Changes:[edit]
  • The reduction to your maximum health per stack of Blight has been reduced from 2% to 1.5%.
  • Harbingers no longer passively drain Life Force to convert to health while injured and out of shroud.
  • New mechanic: "Blight Threshold". Certain skills (Shroud 3, 4, and Elixir skills) will, if you are above a certain threshold of Blight, remove that much Blight but have a much stronger effect.
Skill and Trait Adjustments:[edit]
Pistol:[edit]
  • Vicious Shot.png Vicious Shot: Damage coefficient increased from 0.6 to 0.65 in PvE only.
  • Weeping Shots.png Weeping Shots: Duration of inflicted Torment decreased from 6s to 4s in PvE only.
Shroud:[edit]
  • Tainted Bolts.png Tainted Bolts: Damage coefficient increased from 0.45 to 0.65 in PvE only.
  • Dark Barrage.png Dark Barrage: Duration of inflicted Torment decreased from 6s to 3s in PvE only. Recharge increased from 4s to 6s.
  • Devouring Cut.png Devouring Cut: Range decreased from 900 to 600. Recharge increased from 6s to 8s in PvE only. No longer applies torment by default. Additional functionality has been added to this skill; If you are at or above the Blight Threshold (5) on use, this skill removes 5 stacks of Blight, deals double damage, and applies 5 stacks of Torment for 5s to affected targets.
  • Voracious Arc.png Voracious Arc: Range decreased from 900 to 600. Additional functionality has been added to this skill; If you are at or above the Blight Threshold (10) on use, this skill removes 10 stacks of Blight, deals double damage, and applies 5 stacks of Torment for 10s to affected targets.
  • Voracious Arc.png Voracious Arc: Underwater functionality has been split into a new aquatic skill, Voracious Dive. Voracious Dive will shadowstep to the targeted enemy and is not an evade. In other respects, it is similar to Voracious Arc.
  • Vital Draw.png Vital Draw: Additional work has been done on this skill to make it function consistently and hit targets as expected in the indicated area. Now if a target controlled by this skill uses a stunbreak, they will become immune to the remainder of Vital Draw's effect.
Elixirs:[edit]
  • Elixir of Promise.png Elixir of Promise: Base healing of this skill has been significantly increased in PvE. Now applies Regeneration (8s) to yourself on cast instead of Vigor. Is now ground-targeted; enemies in the impact area will take damage and be Poisoned (3 stacks, 5s). No longer generates Life Force. If you are in the impact area, gain 10 Blight. Blight Threshold 5: Damage and condition duration doubled.
  • Elixir of Risk.png Elixir of Risk: Still grants Might and Fury to yourself on cast. Is now ground-targeted; damage and apply Weakness (5s) to enemies in the impact area. If you are in the impact area, gain 10 Blight. Blight Threshold 5: Damage and condition duration doubled.
  • Elixir of Ignorance.png Elixir of Ignorance: Still breaks Stuns and grants Resistance to yourself on cast. Is now ground-targeted; damage and apply Blind (2s) to enemies in the impact area. If you are in the impact area, gain 10 Blight. Blight Threshold 5: Damage and condition duration doubled. Cooldown increased from 25s to 30s.
  • Elixir of Bliss.png Elixir of Bliss: Still removes conditions, generates life force for each removed condition, and grants Resolution on cast. Is now ground-targeted; damage and corrupt a boon on enemies in the impact area. If you are in the impact area, gain 10 Blight. Blight Threshold 5: Damage doubled, corrupt 2 boons instead of 1.
  • Elixir of Anguish.png Elixir of Anguish: Still grants Quickness and Swiftness to yourself on cast. Is now ground-targeted; damage and apply Cripple (5s) to enemies in the impact area. If you are in the impact area, gain 10 Blight. Blight Threshold 5: Damage and condition duration doubled.
  • Elixir of Ambition.png Elixir of Ambition: Still grants all possible boons to yourself on cast. Is now ground-targeted; damage and apply one stack of every damaging condition (Bleed, Burn, Confusion, Poison, Torment) for 5s to enemies in the impact area. If you are in the impact area, gain 15 Blight. Blight Threshold 10: Damage and condition duration doubled. Cooldown increased from 60s to 90s.
Traits:[edit]
  • Wicked Corruption.png Wicked Corruption: Bonus strike damage per stack of Blight reduced from 1% to 0.5%.
  • Septic Corruption.png Septic Corruption: Bonus condition damage per stack of Blight reduced from 1% to 0.5%.
  • Vile Vials.png Vile Vials: No longer causes elixirs to apply Slow to nearby enemies. This trait still applies Vulnerability but will do so in the targeted area of the Elixir skill, not around the caster.
Bug Fixes:[edit]
  • Vile Blast.png Vile Blast: Fixed a bug causing this skill to apply one stack of Poison in PvE instead of the intended 3.
  • Dark Disciple.png Dark Disciple: Fixed a bug causing this trait to not link properly into chat.
  • Deathly Haste.png Deathly Haste: Quickness granted by this trait now priorities members of your party then squad before other nearby allied players.
  • Deathly Haste.png Deathly Haste: Now can grant quickness to non-player allies, such as minions. Players in your party then squad are prioritized as targets before minions, where available.
  • Deathly Haste.png Deathly Haste: Fixed a bug causing this trait to not link properly into chat.
  • Deathly Haste.png Deathly Haste: Fixed a bug in which the pulse of this aura effect could sometimes happen twice on entering Shroud.
  • Vile Vials.png Vile Vials: Fixed a bug causing this trait to not link properly into chat.
  • Septic Corruption.png Septic Corruption: Fixed a bug causing this trait to not link properly into chat.
  • Implacable Foe.png Implacable Foe: Fixed a bug causing Vitality from the Soul Reaping trait, Vital Persistence, to not be used for this trait's conversion to Ferocity.
  • Twisted Medicine.png Twisted Medicine: Fixed a bug causing Vitality from the Soul Reaping trait, Vital Persistence, to not be used for this trait's conversion to Concentration.
  • Dark Gunslinger.png Dark Gunslinger: Fixed a bug causing Vitality from the Soul Reaping trait, Vital Persistence, to not be used for this trait's conversion to Expertise.
  • Dark Gunslinger.png Dark Gunslinger: Fixed a bug causing the Vitality to Expertise percentage skill fact to not display while in PvP or WvW.
  • Harbinger Shroud.png Harbinger Shroud: Fixed a bug in which swapping specializations while in Shroud could leave the player in a broken Shroud state.
  • Elixir of Ambition.png Elixir of Ambition: Fixed a bug in which this skill would not activate the 6-pc bonus of Superior Rune of the Zephyrite.
  • Cascading Corruption.png Cascading Corruption: Fixed a bug in which the pulse of this aura effect could sometimes happen twice on entering Shroud.
  • Cascading Corruption.png Cascading Corruption: Fixed a bug causing this trait to not link properly into chat.
  • Doom Approaches.png Doom Approaches: Fixed a bug in which the pulse of this aura effect could sometimes happen twice on entering Shroud.
  • Dark Barrage.png Dark Barrage: Added missing 'Pierces' skill fact in tooltip.
  • Harbinger Shroud.png Harbinger Shroud: No longer disables autoattack when activated or deactivated.
  • Vital Draw.png Vital Draw: Fixed a bug where hits from this skill gave 1% Life Force per target instead of the intended 3%.
  • Vital Draw.png Vital Draw: Fixed a bug where the skill facts in the tooltip indicated an incorrect amount of hits.

Ranger - Untamed[edit]

The Untamed is the first Ranger elite specialization to improve the power and utility of your pet, and it fell short of the mark. We've combed through your feedback to identify important changes to get it on track, and although it has been a very short time since it appeared in Beta 3, we've taken several steps to make significant improvements to this specialization and will continue to keep an eye on it in Beta 4.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) The Attack My Target command and the key bind for Return to Me have been removed. This made the pet feel harder to control and feel worse to play alongside than for other Ranger specializations.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've added Attack My Target and Return to Me back. By default, they'll be bound to F6 and F7, but you can change them to anything you like with the 'Profession Skill 6 and 7' key bind options.

2) The Unleashed mechanic only improves your Hammer skills, not the skills of other weapons. This feels like a punishment for not using Hammer.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: A new mechanic has been created to support all of the weapons available to the Untamed. Now, when you become Unleashed, your 1 slot skill will be replaced for a few seconds with a powerful 'Unleashed Ambush' skill. After using an Ambush, there is a cooldown before you can gain access to an Unleashed Ambush again.

3) The strong visual effect on the player when Unleashed narrows down visual customization options for your character, and makes it difficult to see the armor, outfits, dyes, or infusions you are using.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: This visual effect will now appear only when you activate Unleashed, and then fade out after about three seconds, so it will no longer always be present in combat.

Full List of Untamed changes:[edit]

Profession Mechanic:[edit]
  • Unleashed Ambush skills have been added for all ranger weapons available to the untamed. These skills become available for a short duration when entering the Unleashed state, replacing the slot 1 skill. Using an unleashed ambush skill begins a shared cooldown during which these skills will be unavailable.
  • Unleash Ranger.png Unleash Ranger: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 1 second.
  • Unleash Pet.png Unleash Pet: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 1 second.
  • Venomous Outburst.png Venomous Outburst: Increased power coefficient from 0.75 to 1.0 in PvE only.
  • Rending Vines.png Rending Vines: This skill is now a blast finisher. Increased power coefficient from 1.0 to 1.3 in PvE only.
  • Enveloping Haze.png Enveloping Haze: This skill no longer prevents the player's pet from moving or from using other abilities. Enveloping Haze: Increased power coefficient from 0.25 to 0.35 in PvE only.
  • The unleashed visual effect on the player now fades out after about 3 seconds.
Hammer:[edit]
Utility Skills:[edit]
  • Perilous Gift.png Perilous Gift: This skill now heals a percentage of the player's missing health instead of draining health from their pet. The no-death buff and subsequent heal are also applied to the player's pet. This skill grants superspeed if the player is unleashed, and grants stability if the player is not unleashed.
  • Exploding Spores.png Exploding Spores: This skill now inflicts Poison instead of Cripple. This skill now grants Might if the player is unleashed, and grants Protection if the player is not unleashed.
  • Mutate Conditions.png Mutate Conditions: This skill now breaks stuns. This skill now grants Fury if the player is unleashed, and grants Vigor if the player is not unleashed.
  • Unnatural Traversal.png Unnatural Traversal: This skill now grants Might if the player is unleashed, and grants Regeneration if the player is not unleashed.
  • Nature's Binding.png Nature's Binding: This skill now grants Quickness if the player is unleashed, and grants Resistance if the player is not unleashed.
  • Forest's Fortification.png Forest's Fortification: This skill now grants Superspeed if the player is unleashed, and grants Vigor if the player is not unleashed. Buffs applied by this skill are now also applied to the player's pet.
Traits:[edit]
  • Natural Fortitude.png Natural Fortitude: This trait now causes Unleashed Ambush skills to siphon health from enemies in addition to its other effects.
  • Blinding Outburst.png Blinding Outburst: This trait now increases the damage of Venomous Outburst and increases the damage of Unleashed Ambush skills in addition to its other effects.
  • Corrupting Vines.png Corrupting Vines: This trait now causes Unleashed Ambush skills to remove boons from enemies in addition to its other effects.
  • Cleansing Unleash.png Cleansing Unleash: This trait has switched slots with Bolstering Unleash. It now has a 10 second internal cooldown and cleanses 2 conditions instead of 1.
  • Nature's Shield.png Bolstering Unleash: This trait has switched slots with Cleansing Unleash and has been renamed to Nature's Shield. It now grants barrier when using a cantrip.
  • Vow of the Untamed.png Vow of the Untamed: This trait no longer increases incoming damage while unleashed and no longer reduces outgoing damage while your pet is unleashed.
Bug Fixes:[edit]
  • Nature's Binding.png Nature's Binding: Fixed a bug where the attack radius was 225 instead of 240.
  • Overbearing Smash.png Overbearing Smash/Unleashed Overbearing Smash: Fixed a bug where the secondary attack could prioritize a different target than the first attack.
  • Overbearing Smash.png Overbearing Smash/Unleashed Overbearing Smash: Added a missing damage skill fact for the secondary attack.
  • Overbearing Smash.png Overbearing Smash: Fixed a bug where the daze duration skill fact was not properly updated when traited with Moment of Clarity.
  • Hammer Strike.png Hammer Strike: Fixed a bug where this skill wasn't displayed in the hero panel
  • Fixed a bug where swapping the active pet through the pet management panel would fail to apply the unleashed buff to the new pet.
  • Fixed a bug in which commanding the Jacaranda pet to use Photosynthesize would fail if the jacaranda was above 75% health.

Revenant - Vindicator[edit]

We loved seeing your excitement for the Vindicator in Beta 2! We saw a lot of excitement for the addition of Greatsword to Revenant and read a lot of excellent and productive discussion around the dodge mechanic and the Alliance Legend.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Dodge abilities either felt too weak to be effect damage dealers, or were overwhelmingly exclusive in use for healing builds, overshadowing the rest of the specialization.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've taken another look at the Vindicator's dodge mechanic and have made several changes. The pause that roots you in place at the end of the dodge has been removed, allowing you to immediately resume movement after landing. The durations and energy costs of the different Grandmaster traits' effects on your dodges have been standardized, and damage dealt increased.

2) The two sides of Alliance Legend are most useful when aligned with matching build and gear choices, and the swapping mechanic makes it difficult to use the skills you want to.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: Now when Alliance Legend is active, you have a 'F3' Alliance Tactics skill, which will toggle your Alliance Legend skills between Kurzick and Luxon skills at no energy cost, with a 10 second cooldown, to allow you to more specifically toggle skills on demand without activating that slot first.

3) The Vindicator perpetually feels like a hybrid and is difficult to specialize into a damage-dealing role.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: Several key changes have been made to allow for more focus into dealing damage. In the first trait tier, Leviathan Strength now increases your strike damage dealt by 10% whenever your Endurance is not full. Together with improvements to several key Greatsword skills, as well as adjustments throughout the traits and the Alliance Legend skills, Vindicator will be more readily able to focus into a power damage role. We will be assessing where these changes land in Beta 4, and the builds they enable, and will be ready to make additional tuning for End of Dragon's launch if needed.

Full List of Vindicator changes:[edit]

Profession Mechanic Changes:[edit]
  • Alliance Tactics.png Alliance Tactics: This ability has been split out from Energy Meld and now resides on the Vindicator's F3 slot only when Alliance stance is active. Cooldown is 10 seconds. Energy cost is 0.
  • Energy Meld.png Energy Meld: Energy cost reduced from 25 to 10.
  • Dodge: Removed the pause at the end of the dodge. Fixed a bug that caused evasion to end before the dodge itself. These abilities are no longer affected by animation timescales.
Greatsword:[edit]
  • Phantom's Onslaught.png Phantom's Onslaught: Slightly reduced the aftercast of the attack portion of this ability so that the player can move sooner.
  • Imperial Guard.png Imperial Guard: The active duration for True Strike has been increased from 3 to 4 seconds when activating Imperial Guard. Energy cost reduced from 12 to 10. Updated skill facts to indicate maximum stacks. This ability is no longer affected by slow or quickness effects.
  • True Strike (vindicator).png True Strike: Increased damage per stack of Imperial Guard from 0.2 to 0.3 in PvP and WvW, 0.4 in PvE. Added a 0.25 cooldown to this ability so it's more difficult to trigger prematurely.
  • Eternity's Requiem.png Eternity's Requiem: This ability will now target downed enemies. Updated skill facts to better indicate the skill's functionality. Decreased cast time by 20%. Increased the number of explosions from 7(random)+(3 to 7 guaranteed) to 9(random)+5(guaranteed) on nearby enemies. This ability is now a whirl finisher. Damage from this ability will now increment additively on targets instead of as multiple single strikes. Energy cost reduced from 15 to 10.
Utility Skills:[edit]
  • Alliance abilities will now only switch to their opposites when Alliance Tactics is used.
  • Nomad's Advance.png Nomad's Advance: Recharge reduced from 10 to 3 seconds. Energy cost increased from 15 to 20. Damage has been increased from 2.5 utility modifier to 3.5 utility modifier.
  • Battle Dance.png Battle Dance: This ability now gains evasion when it first begins. Reduced start-up time by 400ms. Cooldown reduced from 10 seconds to 1. Energy cost increased from 15 to 20
  • Scavenger Burst.png Scavenger's Burst: Energy cost increased from 15 to 20. Recharge reduced from 10 seconds to 3. This ability now grants Fury at the same rate as Quickness. Damage has been increased to 2.25 utility modifier in PvE only.
  • Tree Song.png Tree Song: Recharge reduced from 10 seconds to 3 seconds.
  • Reaver's Rage.png Reaver's Rage: This ability no longer grants Fury per target struck, but instead dazes foes affected for 1.5 seconds. Damage has been increased to 2.22 utility modifier in PvE only. This ability is now useable mid-air.
  • Awakening.png Awakening: Fixed a bug that caused this ability to affect a smaller area than the indicated 360 radius. This ability is now useable mid-air.
  • Urn of Saint Viktor.png Urn of Saint Viktor: Energy upkeep for this ability has been reduced from -10 to -5. Health cost per second has been reduced by half.
  • Drop Urn of Saint Viktor.png Drop Urn of Saint Viktor: Recharge reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second.
Traits:[edit]
  • Leviathan Strength.png Leviathan Strength: This trait now increases outgoing strike damage by 10% when the Vindicator's Endurance is not full.
  • Amnesty of Shing Jea.png Amnesty of Shing Jea: Reversed the order of boon application so that Luxon skills grant Might and Kurzick skills grant Regeneration. Both Energy Meld and Alliance Tactics grant both bonuses simultaneously, for increased effect.
  • Forerunner of Death.png Forerunner of Death: This trait no longer increases maximum Endurance. Damage dealt has been increased by 66% in PvE only.
  • Vassals of the Empire.png Vassals of the Empire: Impact damage for this ability has been increased by 125% in PvE only. Power coefficient reduced from 3.0 to 2.67 in PvP and WvW.
  • Saint of zu Heltzer.png Saint of zu Heltzer: This trait no longer decreases maximum Endurance. Healing and barrier applied have been adjusted.
Bug Fixes/Other:[edit]

Thief - Specter[edit]

We saw a lot of eagerness for the addition of a support specialization to the Thief. Beta 3 generated a lot of excellent buildcraft and discussion, and we've begun tuning the Specter for an appropriate debut in End of Dragons.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Consume Shadows was causing Shadow Shroud to feel like something you should enter, and then immediately exit, to get Consume Shadows' healing effect as quickly as possible. This diminished the utility and fun of the Shroud skills themselves, as it was a strong reason to never use them.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: The maximum potential healing and barrier from Consume Shadows will now grow stronger for every second you are in Shroud, up to 5 seconds. In Shadow Shroud itself, the skill Dawn's Repose has been changed from a dash into a ground-targeted leap, to make it easier to target a specific location, and is now a leap finisher.

2) Endless Night, by affecting three targets, was creating expected gameplay of manually selecting and 'rotating' between different targets in a group, in order to sustain quickness on multiple targets. This isn't very fun to do.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We'd rather not have Specter able to strongly cover both Alacrity and Quickness for groups, and so have decided to focus on the Alacrity aspect. Endless Night has been adjusted to only target one ally. This may maintain a strong all-around support role for a focused target in certain gameplay, such as 2v2 PvP or playing with a friend in the open world, while allowing Specter to still fill healing and alacrity support roles for group play.

Full List of Specter changes:[edit]

Siphon:[edit]
  • Using this skill will now stop auto-attacking, to better accommodate for traits like Hidden Thief that grant stealth.
Scepter:[edit]
  • Triple Bolt.png Triple Bolt: Fixed a bug that caused this ability to be queued twice.
  • Shadow Sap.png Shadow Sap: Fixed the skill fact for barrier application
  • Endless Night.png Endless Night: The number of targets this ability affects has been reduced from 3 to 1. Slow and Quickness application has been reduced from 2 to 1.5 seconds. Fixed a bug that caused the targeted ally to not be affected when attempting to fire through multiple allies.
Shroud:[edit]
  • Leaving Shadow Shroud now sets the Shadow Shroud ability on full cooldown.
  • Dawn's Repose.png Dawn's Repose: This ability is now a ground-targeted ability instead of a ground-targeted dash. Range has been reduced from 600 to 450, with the affected radius being reduced from 240 to 180 and Fear being reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5. This ability is now a leap finisher.
  • Eternal Night.png Eternal Night: Updated VFX slightly. Reduced aftercast.
Traits:[edit]
  • Shadestep.png Shadestep: Broken barrier will now be distributed evenly among allies affected.
  • Consume Shadows.png Consume Shadows: This trait has been reworked and the maximum healing potential reduced in PvE. Activating Shadow Shroud now grants a stack of Consume Shadows, and the specter will gain a stack of Consume Shadows every second while in shroud, up to 5 stacks. When you exit Shadow Shroud, your Shadow Force is consumed, and for each stack of Consume Shadows that you have, 10% of the consumed Shadow Force is converted into healing for nearby allies. Healing past the target's maximum health will be granted as barrier.
Bug Fixes:[edit]
  • Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks: No longer reduces the cooldown of Shadow Shroud.
  • Siphon.png Siphon: No longer requires a pathing check in order to execute.
  • Twilight Combo.png Twilight Combo: The second attack of this ability is no longer jump-cancellable.
  • Haunt Shot.png Haunt Shot: Removed the odd smoke bomb that appeared at the specter's feet. Updated the ability to fire from the character's hand instead of head.
  • Swindler's Equilibrium.png Swindler's Equilibrium: Now properly recharges Siphon.
  • Assassin's Reward.png Assassin's Reward: Now functions correctly with Scepter abilities.
  • Hidden Thief.png Hidden Thief: Stealth now activates much quicker when using Siphon.

Warrior - Bladesworn[edit]

Bladesworn premiered in Beta 2, and the unique 'Dragon Slash' mechanic sparked a lot of discussion. With this specialization, we're trying to deliver an homage to classic samurai films, in a way that adds a spectacular moment of payoff in GW2's combat. We saw it used for some truly epic moments in Beta 2 and have been collecting and iterating on feedback to ensure it'll have a role throughout GW2's game content in End of Dragons.

Key pieces of feedback that we identified were:[edit]

1) Dragon Slash is a steep commitment to execute, and it's easy to miss out on the payoff if it misses or is avoided.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: We've made several adjustments to the Dragon Trigger mechanic to make it usable in more situations, including doubling the base rate at which you gain charges, and halving the Flow cost per charge. Dragon Slash's maximum damage has been reduced appropriately. As a result of it being faster to charge, it is less of a missed opportunity when used at an inopportune time, and can be used more often and in shorter windows of vulnerability on your target, creating more moments where a well-timed Dragon Slash can be executed to strong effect.

In addition, Dragonscale Defense will now grant Stability when you enter Dragon Trigger, helping to ensure you are not easily interrupted by a disabling effect.

2) Lush Forest was creating some gameplay incentives which felt strange, such as using all ammunition skills as quickly as they could regenerate their last charge. The resulting builds, while powerful, weren't necessarily fun to play.

Specific changes made in response to this feedback: Lush Forest has been flipped around, now reducing cooldowns when you activate the first count of ammunition on a skill, rather than the last. This means that while you can trigger it most often by only using an ammunition skill when it restocks its first count, you may still dip further into a skills' ammunition count when you need to. We hope this and other related changes will create some more flexible and enjoyable builds around this trait.

Full List of Bladesworn changes:[edit]

Dragon Trigger:[edit]
  • Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger: The rate at which you gain charges has been sped up from 0.5s per charge to 0.25s per charge. Flow cost per charge has been reduced from 10 to 5.
  • Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger: Entering Dragon Trigger now places your Gunsaber skills on 0.5s cooldown to prevent accidental use from canceling out Dragon Trigger.
  • Dragon Trigger.png Dragon Trigger: Exiting Dragon Trigger after using a Dragon Slash will no longer place Sheathe Gunsaber on cooldown.
  • Dragon Slash—Force.png Dragon Slash - Force: Coefficient on max charge reduced from 49.5 to 20.4 in PvE only.
  • Dragon Slash—Boost.png Dragon Slash - Boost: Coefficient on max charge reduced from 39.6 to 16.3 in PvE only.Originally, this note incorrectly belonged to Dragon Slash - Reach, in order to display the in-game change properly this note has been swapped with the Dragon Slash - Reach note.
  • Dragon Slash—Boost.png Dragon Slash - Boost: This skill is now considered a movement skill.
  • Dragon Slash—Boost.png Dragon Slash - Boost: Reduced the movement speed of this skill by 40%. Distance traveled remains the same.
  • Dragon Slash—Reach.png Dragon Slash - Reach: Coefficient on max charge reduced from 24.8 to 10.2 in PvE only.Originally, this note incorrectly belonged to Dragon Slash - Boost, in order to display the in-game change properly this note has been swapped with the Dragon Slash - Boost note.
  • Dragon Slash—Reach.png Dragon Slash - Reach: Reduced the size of the projectile visual effect. Changed width of projectile to better match up with the visual effect.
Gunsaber:[edit]
  • Cyclone Trigger.png Cyclone Trigger: This skill is no longer a projectile finisher.
  • Break Step.png Break Step: This skill is now a leap finisher.
  • Break Step.png Break Step: Reduced the movement speed of this skill by 40%. Distance traveled remains the same.
  • Break Step.png Break Step: This skill will now stop in front of your targeted opponent if you reach them before the skill ends.
  • Break Step.png Break Step: Radius of initial attack increased from 120 to 180.
Pistol:[edit]
  • Dragon's Roar.png Dragon's Roar: Pushback from using this skill is now determined by the amount of ammo expended from this skill.
  • Dragon's Roar.png Dragon's Roar: This skill is now considered a movement skill.
Utility Skills:[edit]
  • Flow Stabilizer.png Flow Stabilizer: Now grants Fury when used, instead of Stability. The bonus effect is now triggered if you have Fury instead of Stability.
  • Signet of Fury.png Signet of Fury: Fixed an issue where Signet of Fury granted adrenaline instead of flow when Bladesworn was also equipped.
Traits:[edit]
  • Fierce as Fire.png Fierce as Fire: This trait has been reworked. It now grants a stacking damage buff for each count of ammunition used.
  • Lush Forest.png Lush Forest now triggers when the first count of an ammunition skill is activated, instead of the last.
  • Lush Forest.png Lush Forest now has an internal cooldown of 1 second.
  • Lush Forest.png Lush Forest will now only recharge warrior skills, excluding Sheathe Gunsaber and Dragon Trigger.
  • Dragonscale Defense.png Dragonscale Defense: No longer gives Protection when hit during Dragon Trigger. Instead, this trait now gives Stability when entering Dragon Trigger.
  • Immortal Dragon.png Immortal Dragon: Now also grants Protection per charge level gained during Dragon Trigger, in addition to its previous effects.
  • Unyielding Dragon.png Unyielding Dragon: Now grants Might per charge level gained during Dragon Trigger, in addition to its previous effects.
  • Daring Dragon.png Daring Dragon: Now resets the cooldown of Dragonscale Defense whenever you reenter Dragon Trigger after using a Dragon Slash, in addition to its previous effects.