Game updates/2022-10-04

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October 4, 2022

Update - October 04, 2022[edit]

General[edit]

  • The Jormag legendary variant skin collection is now available. Speak with Leivas after unlocking an Aurene-based legendary weapon to begin this collection!
  • You can automatically salvage crafted items for research notes from the recipe window. Using this option does not consume charges from your research kits; you don’t even need to have one in your inventory.
  • Item tooltips now display the types of salvage kits that can be used on that item.
  • Items that were salvageable prior to the 9/13/2022 update and were incorrectly flagged as unsalvageable, such as collection items for legendary trinkets, are now salvageable again.

World Polish[edit]

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Hero panel preview from displaying correctly on high-resolution monitors.
  • Changed the environment map used for lighting in the character selection screen to match the Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons background.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from entering the Tower of Nightmares encounter in a squad.
  • Fixed an issue that blocked players from accessing Canach's Lair through the Scrying Pool in the Eye of the North.
  • Increased the frequency of the Desert Highlands event chain that begins with "Defend Second Spear Nayrim from the Awakened" to make it more accessible for players completing their griffon mount collection.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players who completed the story mission The Nightmare Unveiled from being awarded the achievement The Nightmare Unveiled (Historical).
  • Fixed an issue that caused the waypoint in the squad version of the Tower of Nightmares encounter to direct players to the public version of the instance.

Raids[edit]

  • Fixed an issue that caused Emboldened mode to reactivate after defeating challenge mode bosses, preventing some players from receiving the correct rewards for the encounter.

Profession Skills[edit]

Revisiting Elite Specialization Tradeoffs[edit]

Many elite specializations have some mechanical weaknesses compared to the core profession, commonly referred to as the "tradeoff" for the specialization's new mechanics. In some cases, these tradeoffs feel natural, like when a reaper loses access to Death Shroud and gains access to Reaper's Shroud, but in other cases, these tradeoffs feel unnatural and can contribute to making a specialization feel less fluid to play. For this update, we've started to look at these unnatural tradeoffs and evaluate whether they're still necessary for the balance of the game. In many cases, we've simply removed the tradeoff, with the expectation that these specializations can still be balanced in other ways.

300-Second Cooldown Traits[edit]

Back in February 2020, we increased the cooldown of many powerful passive defensive traits (such as Defy Pain) to 300 seconds because we didn't want these effects to have an impact in competitive modes, and for this update, we've revisited these traits with the goal of making them into healthier mechanics. In some cases, we've made the defensive effect trigger off something more active (like using an elite skill), and in other cases we've reworked the traits entirely.

General[edit]

The previous update to torment was a good change mechanically, as standing still to avoid increased damage isn't a realistic counterplay, but it left builds reliant on torment for damage in a tough spot. We're increasing the base values and reducing the bonus against stationary enemies to make torment damage a bit more consistent.

  • Torment.png
     Torment: In PvP and WvW, damage has been adjusted as follows:
    • While moving: Increased base damage from 15.9 to 19.8. Increased condition damage scaling from 0.045 to 0.054.
    • While stationary: Reduced base damage from 31.8 to 26. Reduced condition damage scaling from 0.09 to 0.07.

Elementalist[edit]

The last set of catalyst enhancements in PvP pushed it a bit over the top. With other top performers like specter, bladesworn, and herald coming down in this update, we wanted to include a few smaller adjustments to catalyst, and we've shaved down a few of its more potent defensive tools.

"Eye of the Storm!" also gets a slight cooldown shave in WvW as part of a tuning pass on existing group stun breaks.

  • Earth's Embrace.png
     Earth's Embrace: This trait has been reworked. It now grants barrier when attuning to earth.
  • Final Shielding.png
     Final Shielding: This trait no longer grants Arcane Shield when dropping below 50% health. Instead, it grants Arcane Shield after using an elite skill.
Tempest[edit]
  • Gale Song.png
     Gale Song: This trait has been reworked. It now grants protection to nearby allies after using a healing skill.
  • "Eye of the Storm!".png
     "Eye of the Storm!": Reduced cooldown from 35 seconds to 30 seconds in WvW only.
Catalyst[edit]
  • Fortified Earth.png
     Fortified Earth: Reduced base barrier from 3,000 to 2,520 in PvP only. Increased cooldown from 25 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP only.
  • Rocky Loop.png
     Rocky Loop: Reduced damage reduction from 10% to 7% in PvP only.
  • Staunch Auras.png
     Staunch Auras: Reduced stability duration from 3 seconds to 2 seconds in PvP only.

Engineer[edit]

On the PvP side of things, we're revisiting an old powerhouse: grenade holosmith. While we don't want it back at the level where it dominated the meta, it's currently underperforming and there's room to bring it back up a bit.

For WvW we've primarily focused on scrapper. As we look to improve support diversity in WvW, it's clear that scrapper is an outlier. Builds like vindicator, tempest, warrior, or druid (after this update's changes) have the potential to be potent support options, but they aren't quite at the same level. We see scrapper as overperforming relative to where a support build should be, and so we've brought down its power in a few areas rather than raising other support builds to that overperforming level. We'll be keeping an eye on the support meta following this update and will make additional changes in future balance updates with the goal of creating many viable options.

Skills[edit]
  • Grenade Barrage.png
     Grenade Barrage: Increased power coefficient per grenade from 0.3 to 0.3333 in PvP only.
  • Shrapnel Grenade.png
     Shrapnel Grenade: Reduced cooldown from 6 seconds to 5 seconds in PvP only.
  • Freeze Grenade.png
     Freeze Grenade: Increased power coefficient per grenade from 0.2 to 0.5 in PvP only.
  • Magnetic Shield (engineer skill).png
     Magnetic Shield: Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP only. Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE and WvW.
  • Static Shield.png
     Static Shield: Reduced cooldown from 40 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP only. Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 24 seconds in PvE and WvW.
  • Utility Goggles.png
     Utility Goggles: Increased resistance duration from 3 seconds to 5 seconds. This skill now removes one damaging condition in addition to its other effects.
  • Throw Mine.png
     Throw Mine: Reduced number of boons removed from 2 to 1 in WvW only.
  • Mine Field.png
     Mine Field: This skill no longer removes boons. Instead, it cripples enemies that it strikes.
  • Fumigate.png
     Fumigate: Increased cooldown from 12 second to 20 seconds in WvW only.
  • Cleansing Field.png
     Cleansing Field: Increased cooldown from 15 seconds to 20 seconds in WvW only.
Traits[edit]
  • Over Shield.png
     Over Shield: This trait no longer reduces the cooldown of shield skills.
  • Medical Dispersion Field.png
     Medical Dispersion Field: Reduced healing conversion percentage from 10% to 7% in WvW.
  • Mechanized Deployment.png
     Mechanized Deployment: This trait now removes a condition after using a toolbelt skill, in addition to its other effects.
  • Reactive Lenses.png
     Reactive Lenses: This trait no longer triggers Lesser Utility Goggles when disabled or blinded. Instead, it triggers after using a healing skill.
  • Utility Goggles.png
     Lesser Utility Goggles: Increased resistance duration from 2 seconds to 3 seconds. This skill now removes one damaging condition in addition to its other effects.
  • Takedown Round.png
     Takedown Round: This trait has been reworked. It now grants increased outgoing strike damage while endurance is not full.
  • Kinetic Battery.png
     Kinetic Battery: Increased quickness duration from 2 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP and WvW.
Scrapper[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Defense Field.png
     Defense Field: This skill is now ground targeted. The spell area of effect created by this skill is now stationary. Increased cooldown from 25 seconds to 35 seconds in WvW only.
  • Purge Gyro.png
     Purge Gyro: Increased cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds in WvW only.
  • Sneak Gyro.png
     Sneak Gyro: Reduced pulse stealth duration from 1.5 seconds to 1 second in WvW only. Reduced number of pulses from 6 to 3 in WvW only. This skill no longer creates a smoke field in WvW. This skill now displays a visual effect to enemy players on activation.
Traits[edit]
Holosmith[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Coolant Blast.png
     Coolant Blast: Increased base healing from 4,740 to 5,250 in PvP and WvW.
  • Cauterize.png
     Cauterize: Reduced burning duration from 3 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. Reduced the number of conditions removed from 3+3 to 2+2 in PvP and WvW. This skill now activates instantly.
  • Photon Wall.png
     Photon Wall: Reduced cooldown from 45 seconds to 35 seconds in PvP only.
  • Prime Light Beam.png
     Prime Light Beam: Increased power coefficient from 0.01 to 1.0 in PvP and WvW.
Traits[edit]
Mechanist[edit]

Guardian[edit]

Dragonhunter[edit]

Hunter's Determination gets the "on elite skill use" trigger that a lot of similar traits received in this update, but we've also focused the effect on its defensive elements. After using an elite skill, the trait will immediately grant aegis and stability and create aegis fragments rather than creating a damaging trap that needs to be triggered.

Test of Faith will also receive a slight reduction, as it is one of the more overperforming aspects of dragonhunter damage builds in WvW.

Skills[edit]
  • Test of Faith.png
     Test of Faith: Reduced passthrough power coefficient from 2.22 to 1.87 in WvW only.
Traits[edit]
  • Hunter's Determination.png
     Hunter's Determination: This trait no longer grants aegis and casts Shards of Faith when disabled. Instead, it grants aegis and stability and creates aegis fragments after using an elite skill.
Firebrand[edit]

Mantra of Liberation is a skill that has long overperformed, but it's not something that we want to bring down in isolation, as the need for group stability and stun breaks in WvW cannot be understated. With the improvement to some existing stability options and the addition of other new ones in this update, we're taking the opportunity to bring down the mantra and rein in some of firebrand's dominance in WvW. Firebrand's strength goes beyond the power of an individual skill, and we're investigating some additional adjustments for a future balance update.

Skills[edit]
  • Mantra of Liberation.png
     Mantra of Liberation: Reduced ammunition count from 3 to 2 in WvW only. Increased ammunition recharge time from 25 seconds to 30 seconds.
  • Liberator's Vow.png
     Liberator's Vow: Reduced quickness duration from 2 seconds to 1 second in WvW only.
  • Stalwart Speed.png
     Stalwart Speed: Reduced quickness duration from 2 seconds to 1 second in WvW only.
  • Blazing Edge.png
     Blazing Edge: Increased cooldown from 15 seconds to 18 seconds in WvW only.

Mesmer[edit]

The primary change for mesmers in this update is the addition of distortion to both chronomancer and virtuoso. We've also tuned up Mantra of Concentration to be a more viable stability source in WvW with additional stacks, longer duration, and a larger radius.

We're planning a larger investigation into the balance between boon applications and boon removal in WvW for a future update, but for now we wanted to address a few outliers on mesmer, namely Phantasmal Disenchanter and Null Field.

Skills[edit]
  • Mantra of Concentration.png
     Mantra of Concentration: Increased stability from 3 stacks for 3 seconds to 5 stacks for 5 seconds in WvW only. Increased ammunition recharge from 30 seconds to 35 seconds in WvW only. Increased range from 240 to 600.
  • Phantasmal Disenchanter.png
     Phantasmal Disenchanter: Reduced number of boons removed from 5 to 2 in WvW only.
  • Null Field.png
     Null Field: Increased cooldown from 25 seconds to 35 seconds in WvW only.
Chronomancer[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Continuum Shift.png
     Continuum Shift: This skill has been moved to slot 5 of the profession mechanic bar. Distortion is now accessible in slot 4.
Virtuoso[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Bladeturn Requiem.png
     Bladeturn Requiem: This skill has been moved to slot 5 of the profession mechanic bar. Distortion is now accessible in slot 4.
  • Bladeturn Requiem.png
     Bladeturn Requiem: Increased cooldown from 20 seconds to 35 seconds in PvP and WvW.

Necromancer[edit]

Scourge[edit]

Scourge's punishment skills are a powerful source of cover conditions, breaking the usual expectation of a one-to-one boon conversion by always applying torment and cripple. We don't consider this one-to-two conversion to be a healthy mechanic and have made an adjustment to all punishment skills in this update. We're considering changing these skills to use the standard boon conversion table, but we wanted to try to maintain some of scourge's unique flavor, so we've started by increasing the number of torment stacks while removing the cripple application.

Trail of Anguish is another big outlier on scourge, as its lack of a target cap allowed it to have a much greater impact than desired in large-scale fights. We've updated the skill so it can only affect a maximum of ten enemies to bring it more in line with similar effects.

Skills[edit]
  • Punishment skills no longer inflict crippled when removing a boon. Increased number of torment stacks applied when removing a boon from 1 to 3.
  • Trail of Anguish.png
     Trail of Anguish: This skill can now affect a maximum of 10 enemies.
Harbinger[edit]
  • The squad UI now correctly displays the health of players using Harbinger Shroud.

Ranger[edit]

Traits[edit]
  • Shared Anguish.png
     Shared Anguish: This trait no longer transfers incoming crowd control to pets. Instead, it grants stability to the ranger and their pet when swapping pets.
  • Stoneform.png
     Stoneform: This trait no longer grants Lesser Signet of Stone when dropping below 50% health. Instead, it grants Lesser Signet of Stone after using an elite skill.
Druid[edit]

Druid is a specialization that was intended to enable a more supportive playstyle for rangers, but it has always lacked the set of tools needed to compete with other support builds in competitive modes. In this update, we've added some reliable group protection to Verdant Etching, group stability to Glyph of the Stars, and more consistent astral force generation for all druid builds to Natural Mender. We've also made some usability improvements to a few of the clunkier druid skills.

Skills[edit]
  • Astral Wisp.png
     Astral Wisp: This skill can now target allies. After attaching to a target, this skill will now pulse healing to allies around that target instead of creating a circling projectile that heals allies.
  • Glyph of Alignment.png
     Glyph of Alignment (Base): Increased immobilize duration from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds.
  • Glyph of Alignment (Celestial Avatar).png
     Glyph of Alignment: Increased number of conditions removed from 2 to 3. Increased base healing from 2,585 to 3,076.
  • Glyph of Equality (Celestial Avatar).png
     Glyph of Equality: Increased range from 360 to 600.
  • Glyph of the Stars.png
     Glyph of the Stars: This skill is no longer channeled and instead creates the spell area of effect after an initial casting time.
    • Non-Celestial: Reduced the number of pulses from 7 to 6. This skill now grants stability instead of preventing condition applications to allies in the area.
    • Celestial: Reduced the number of revive pulses from 18 to 6. Increased the revive percentage per pulse from 4% to 12%. This skill now grants stability instead of protection, in addition to regeneration and vigor.
  • Glyph of the Tides.png
     Glyph of the Tides: Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE only.
  • Glyph of Equality.png
     Glyph of Equality: Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 24 seconds in PvE only.
  • Glyph of Rejuvenation.png
     Glyph of Rejuvenation: Reduced cooldown from 24 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE only.
  • Glyph of the Stars.png
     Glyph of the Stars: Reduced cooldown from 60 seconds to 48 seconds.
  • Seed of Life.png
     Seed of Life: Increased range from 180 to 240. Reduced blossoming time from 1.32 seconds to 0.66 seconds. This skill now activates instantly. Reduced the number of conditions removed from 3 to 2 in PvP and WvW.
Traits[edit]
  • Celestial Being.png
     Celestial Being: This trait no longer reduces pet attributes.
  • Natural Mender.png
     Natural Mender: This trait no longer uses a stacking effect. Instead, it grants a flat amount of increased outgoing healing. This trait also now grants astral force every few seconds while not in Celestial Avatar.
  • Druidic Clarity.png
     Druidic Clarity: This trait now also removes conditions from nearby allies. Reduced number of conditions removed from 13 to 3.
  • Cultivated Synergy.png
     Cultivated Synergy: Increased healing attribute scaling from 0.2 to 0.75.
  • Verdant Etching.png
     Verdant Etching: This trait now grants protection to nearby allies after using a glyph skill instead of its previous effects.
  • Lingering Light.png
     Lingering Light: This trait no longer grants astral force while not in Celestial Avatar form.
Soulbeast[edit]

The big update for soulbeast is the removal of its tradeoff; soulbeasts will once again be able to swap pets while in combat. We've also increased the range of the stance sharing from Leader of the Pack to make it a more reliable stability option when sharing Dolyak Stance.

Traits[edit]
  • Elevated Bond.png
     Elevated Bond: This trait no longer prevents pet swapping while in combat. Traits that trigger when swapping pets no longer trigger when entering Beastmode.
  • Eternal Bond.png
     Eternal Bond: This trait has been reworked. It now grants healing when using a merged skill. You can swap pets while merged.
  • Leader of the Pack.png
     Leader of the Pack: Increased range from 240 to 600.

Revenant[edit]

Condition revenant is in a similar position to grenade holosmith in PvP: a once-powerful build in the meta that fell out of favor after a few rounds of nerfs and is currently underperforming. The build's resistance sources were reduced significantly back when the boon still granted full condition immunity, but now that it only negates nondamaging conditions, we're bringing the durations back up.

Skills[edit]
  • Sigils that trigger when swapping weapons will now trigger when swapping legends
  • Demonic Defiance.png
     Demonic Defiance: Increased resistance duration from 1 second to 2 seconds in PvP only.
  • Fiendish Tenacity.png
     Fiendish Tenacity: Increased resistance duration from 1 second to 2 seconds in PvP only. Increased base healing from 132 to 165 in PvP and WvW.
  • Spirit Boon.png
     Spirit Boon: Increased resistance duration when invoking Mallyx from 1 second to 2 seconds in PvP only.
  • Echoing Eruption.png
     Echoing Eruption: Increased ammunition from 1 to 2 in PvP and WvW.
  • Pain Absorption.png
     Pain Absorption: Reduced energy cost from 35 to 30 in PvP only.
  • Call to Anguish.png
     Call to Anguish: Reduced energy cost from 35 to 30 in PvP only.
Herald[edit]

The recent update to Draconic Echo pushed power herald builds a bit over the top by granting easy access to a lot of quickness. The change was primarily targeted at PvE modes to make herald a viable source of group quickness, but it's clear that this isn't a healthy mechanic for competitive modes. Lingering facet passives is already a powerful effect, and we've changed the boon to might in competitive modes to bring the trait down to a more reasonable power level.

Traits[edit]
  • Radiant Revival.png
     Draconic Echo: This trait now grants might instead of quickness in PvP and WvW.
Vindicator[edit]

The single dodge that vindicator has access to has been a long-standing point of negative feedback, and for this update we've adjusted the timing and endurance cost of the vindicator jump so it's more in line with regular dodges.

We've also made some small usability improvements to the vindicator's group stun break Awakening, increasing the range and removing the casting time.

  • Vindicator no longer consumes all endurance to dodge. Reduced endurance cost of dodging from 100 to 50. Reduced dodge evade window from 1.6 seconds to 0.8 seconds.
  • Energy Meld.png
     Energy Meld: Reduced endurance granted from 50 to 25.
Traits[edit]
  • Awakening.png
     Awakening: This skill now activates instantly. Reduced energy cost from 35 to 30 in WvW only. Increased range from 360 to 600.

Thief[edit]

In addition to reworking the passive traits in the Acrobatics trait line, Meld with Shadows gets a slight shave off its superspeed duration, targeting the strong performance of deadeye builds in PvP.

Traits[edit]
  • Hard to Catch.png
     Hard to Catch: This trait has been reworked. It now grants endurance when shadowstepping.
  • Instant Reflexes.png
     Instant Reflexes: This trait no longer grants evasion when dropping below 50% health. Instead, it grants evasion after using an elite skill.
  • Meld with Shadows.png
     Meld with Shadows: Reduced superspeed duration from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds in PvP only.
Specter[edit]

Specter is currently one of the most powerful specializations in PvP. The build has a lot of strengths, but the thing that stands out is the sheer amount of shroud health available, especially in combination with additional sources of vitality. We're reducing the shroud health by a significant amount, with the goal of making specters a bit easier to kill.

We do see specter's reduced initiative pool as one of the tradeoffs we want to revisit eventually, but given its current power level we didn't want to do so in this update. We'll be keeping an eye on the strength of specter going forward and will be looking for an opportunity to restore the lost initiative once it's less dominant.

  • Reduced Shadow Shroud health scaling from 1.5 to 0.69.
  • The squad UI now correctly displays Shadow Force in the party and squad UI while in Shadow Shroud.
  • Enter Shadow Shroud is no longer usable when Shadow Force is too low.
Skills[edit]

Well of Bounty is another skill we wanted to make into a more reliable source of group stability, and to do so we've adjusted how it applies boons. Instead of picking from boons that the target doesn't already have, the skill will consistently apply the same boons on specific pulses, starting with stability on pulse 1.

  • Well of Bounty.png
     Well of Bounty: Increased cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds in WvW, and from 20 seconds to 35 seconds in PvP. This skill now applies the following boons:
    • Pulse 1: Stability
    • Pulse 2: Might
    • Pulse 3: Fury
    • Pulse 4: Vigor
    • Pulse 5: Resistance
Traits[edit]
  • Shallow Grave.png
     Shallow Grave: This trait will no longer affect allies in Vapor Form. Reduced shroud-to-healing conversion from 100% to 33% in PvP and WvW. Reduced cooldown from 300 seconds to 120 seconds in PvP and WvW.

Warrior[edit]

Berserker is a specialization that was heavily impacted in competitive modes by the introduction of its tradeoffs, and it was one of the primary targets for improvements in this update. In addition to removing these tradeoffs, we've added adrenaline back to many of berserker's rage skills to make berserk access more reliable. The Defense trait line has also received some significant updates, tuning up some weak traits and improving some of berserker's key synergies with Adrenal Heath and Cleansing Ire.

We've also included a handful of improvements for power and support spellbreaker builds in PvP, both of which have been underperforming.

Skills[edit]
  • Call of Valor.png
     Call of Valor: Increased base barrier from 2,064 to 2,580 in PvP only.
  • Charge (warrior skill).png
     Charge: Increased quickness duration from 2 seconds to 3 seconds in PvP only.
  • Earthshaker.png
     Earthshaker: Increased power coefficient from 0.01 to 0.682 in PvP and WvW.
  • Skull Crack.png
     Skull Crack: Increased power coefficient from 0.01 to 0.75 in PvP and WvW.
  • Whirling Axe.png
     Whirling Axe: Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.373 to 0.298 in WvW only.
  • "To the Limit!".png
     "To the Limit!": Increased endurance gained from 50 to 65 in PvP only.
  • "Shake It Off!".png
     "Shake It Off!": Reduced ammunition count from 2 to 1 in PvP and WvW. Reduced recharge from 75 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP and WvW. This skill now breaks allies out of stuns in addition to its other effects.
  • Signet of Rage.png
     Signet of Rage: Reduced casting time from 1 second to 0.25 seconds. Increased might duration from 4 seconds to 5 seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Hammer Shock.png
     Hammer Shock: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
  • Counterblow.png
     Counterblow: Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 8 seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Pommel Bash.png
     Pommel Bash: Reduced cooldown from 12 seconds to 10 seconds.
Traits[edit]
  • Berserker's Power.png
     Berserker's Power: This trait now grants one stack of Berserker's Power, plus one additional stack per bar of adrenaline spent. Increased maximum stacks from 3 to 4. Bonus damage per stack reduced from 7% to 5.25%.
  • Aggressive Onslaught.png
     Aggressive Onslaught: This trait has been moved to the Grandmaster tier slot formerly filled by Merciless Hammer. Gain quickness when you disable a foe. While you have quickness, your movement speed is increased.
  • Thick Skin.png
     Thick Skin: This trait has been reworked. It now grants protection to the warrior when using a healing skill.
  • Adrenal Health.png
     Adrenal Health: This trait now grants one stack of Adrenal Health, plus one additional stack per bar of adrenaline spent. Increased maximum stacks from 3 to 4. Healing per stack reduced from 133 to 100 in PvE, and from 100 to 87 in PvP and WvW.
  • Shield Master.png
     Shield Master: This trait no longer reduces the cooldown of shield skills. Blocking an attack or reflecting a missile now grants adrenaline instead of might.
  • Cull the Weak.png
     Cull the Weak: This trait no longer applies weakness when striking an enemy below 50% health. Instead, it applies weakness when striking an enemy with a burst skill.
  • Defy Pain (warrior trait).png
     Defy Pain: This trait no longer grants Lesser Endure Pain when dropping below 50% health. Instead, it grants Lesser Endure Pain after using an elite skill.
  • Resilient Roll.png
     Armored Attack: This trait has been removed and replaced with Resilient Roll.
  • Resilient Roll.png
     Resilient Roll: Gain resistance at the end of your dodge roll.
  • Aggressive Onslaught.png
     Sundering Mace: This trait has been removed and replaced with Merciless Hammer.
  • Merciless Hammer.png
     Merciless Hammer: This trait now also increases damage from mace skills when striking a disabled foe. Reduced adrenaline gain from 10 to 7. This trait no longer reduces the cooldown of hammer skills.
  • Last Stand.png
     Last Stand: This trait no longer grants Lesser Balanced Stance when disabled. This trait now applies barrier in addition to vigor when using a stance skill.
  • Cleansing Ire.png
     Cleansing Ire: This trait now removes one condition, plus an additional condition per bar of adrenaline spent. Burst skills still must hit an enemy to remove conditions.
  • Stalwart Strength.png
     Rousing Resilience: This trait has been removed and replaced with Stalwart Strength.
  • Stalwart Strength.png
     Stalwart Strength: Disabling an enemy grants stability. While you have stability, your strike damage is increased.
Berserker[edit]
  • Berserk.png
     Berserk: This skill has been moved to slot 2 of the profession mechanic bar. Core burst skills are now accessible in slot 1 of the profession mechanic bar for the berserker specialization.
  • Berserk mode now activates instantly.
  • Entering berserk mode no longer initiates an attack, and now counts as a rage skill instead of a level 3 burst skill.
Skills[edit]
  • Blood Reckoning.png
     Blood Reckoning: Reduced berserk mode extension from 5 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. Increased adrenaline gain from 10 to 30 in PvP and WvW.
  • Outrage.png
     Outrage: Reduced bonus berserk mode extension from 5 seconds to 2 seconds in PvP and WvW. This skill now grants adrenaline: 10 base adrenaline, plus an additional 10 when breaking stun in PvP and WvW. 5 base adrenaline, plus an additional 5 when breaking stun in PvE.
  • Shattering Blow.png
     Shattering Blow: Reduced bonus berserk mode extension from 3 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. This skill now grants adrenaline (10 in PvP and WvW and 5 in PvE).
  • Sundering Leap.png
     Sundering Leap: Reduced berserk mode extension from 5 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. Increased power coefficient from 1.5 to 2.33 in PvP and WvW. This skill now grants adrenaline: 10 base adrenaline, plus an additional 10 on hit in PvP and WvW. 5 base adrenaline, plus an additional 5 on hit in PvE.
  • Wild Blow.png
     Wild Blow: Reduced berserk mode extension from 4 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. This skill now grants adrenaline (10 in PvP and WvW, 5 in PvE). This skill now removes blind, weakness, and slow upon activation, and it knocks enemies down instead of knocking them back.
  • Head Butt.png
     Head Butt: Reduced berserk mode extension from 2 seconds to 1 second in PvP and WvW. This skill no longer removes stability from the user, and it no longer deals increased damage when removing stability. Increased power coefficient from 3.0 to 4.5 in PvE only.
  • Rupturing Smash.png
     Rupturing Smash: Increased attack area from 180 degrees in front of the player to 360 degrees around the player. Increased daze duration from 1 second to 2 seconds in PvP and WvW.
  • Flaming Flurry.png
     Flaming Flurry: Increased projectile speed.
  • Blaze Breaker.png
     Blaze Breaker: This skill now creates a blast finisher at the initial casting location. Increased ammunition count from 1 to 2 in PvP and WvW.
  • Flames of War (warrior skill).png
     Flames of War: Increased the number of conditions removed from 2 to 3 in PvP and WvW.
Traits[edit]
  • Fatal Frenzy.png
     Fatal Frenzy: This trait no longer reduces toughness.
  • Dead or Alive.png
     Dead or Alive: This trait has been reworked. It now grants 2 seconds of Blood Reckoning when entering berserk mode.
  • Bloody Roar.png
     Bloody Roar: This trait now grants resistance when entering berserk mode in addition to its other effects. Reduced damage bonus from 15% to 10% in PvP and WvW.
Spellbreaker[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Featherfoot Grace.png
     Featherfoot Grace: Reduced cooldown from 35 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP only.
  • Full Counter.png
     Full Counter: Increased daze duration from 1 second to 1.5 seconds in PvP only.
  • Breaching Strike.png
     Breaching Strike: Increased power coefficient from 1.2 to 1.32 in PvP only.
  • Aura Slicer.png
     Aura Slicer: Increased power coefficient from 1.32 to 1.45 in PvP only.
  • Disrupting Stab.png
     Disrupting Stab: Increased daze duration when interrupting an enemy from 1 second to 1.5 seconds in PvP only.
Traits[edit]
  • Attacker's Insight.png
     Attacker's Insight: Increased power, precision, and ferocity granted per stack from 35 to 45 in PvP only.
  • Revenge Counter.png
     Revenge Counter: Increased resistance duration from 2 seconds to 4 seconds in PvP only.
  • Magebane Tether.png
     Magebane Tether: Increased might duration from 6 seconds to 9 seconds in PvP only.
Bladesworn[edit]
Skills[edit]
  • Tactical Reload.png
     Tactical Reload: This skill now only recharges bladesworn skills instead of all warrior ammunition skills.
Traits[edit]
  • Dragon Trigger.png
     Dragon Trigger: Fixed a bug that caused this skill to have a shorter cooldown than expected.
  • Dragonscale Defense.png
     Dragonscale Defense: Fixed a bug that caused this trait to have a shorter cooldown than expected in PvP and WvW. This trait now grants protection instead of stability in PvP and WvW. Reduced internal cooldown from 60 seconds to 15 seconds in PvP and WvW.

Guild Wars 2 Wiki Notes[edit]