"You have a destiny to fulfill."
The herald invokes the legendary dragon Glint, gaining abilities that allow them to channel restorative energies in order to bolster their allies. These abilities can be maintained indefinitely as long as they have sufficient energy, and they can be stacked to gain multiple effects.
— In-game description
Herald is an elite specialization for the revenant unlocked with the Heart of Thorns expansion. Heralds have learned to commune with Glint, a benevolent dragon that sought to end the destruction of the Elder Dragons, but died trying. They gain access to the Legendary Dragon Stance, where they use Facet skills to provide boons to nearby allies. They can wield shields in their off hand, a defensive weapon to block attacks and heal allies. Heralds are naturally supportive and excel at providing boons to their allies.
List of herald skills
- See also: List of revenant skills
Behold! Dragon and hero together!
Heralds can choose to channel the Legendary Dragon Stance, focusing on giving out boons to allies with various energy upkeep skills. Ancient Echo is replaced by Facet of Nature, supporting allies based on the currently active legend.
|F1||Legendary Dragon Stance||Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint.|
|F2||Facet of Nature||-2||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Nature on yourself to grant nearby allies enhancements based on your channeled legend.|
|Legend specific mechanic|
|Facet of Nature—Assassin||Grants allies the ability to steal life with their strikes.|
|F2||True Nature||¼||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Strip boons from nearby enemies.|
|Facet of Nature—Centaur||Heal nearby allies every few seconds.|
|F2||True Nature||¼||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Cleanse conditions from nearby allies. Heal for each condition removed.|
|Facet of Nature—Demon||Transfer a condition from nearby allies to yourself every few seconds.|
|F2||True Nature||¼||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Transfer conditions to nearby enemies. Gain might for each condition transferred.|
|Facet of Nature—Dwarf||Reduce incoming damage to allies.|
|F2||True Nature||¼||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Grant stability to nearby allies.|
|Facet of Nature—Dragon||Increase the duration of boons applied to allies.|
|F2||True Nature||¼||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Increase the duration of allies' boons.|
|4||Envoy of Exuberance||¾||8||15||Send the energy of Glint toward the target area, granting protection to allies before releasing a burst of energy that heals allies and granting protection again when it returns to you.|
|5||Crystal Hibernation||3||20||25||Channel a shield from the Mists to protect you, blocking attacks and regenerating health.|
|Facet of Light||¼||-1||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Light on yourself to grant nearby allies regeneration every few seconds.|
|Infuse Light||30||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Light to heal yourself and convert all incoming strikes to heals for a short duration.|
|Facet of Darkness||-2||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Darkness on yourself to grant nearby allies fury every few seconds.|
|Gaze of Darkness||15||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Darkness to reveal the area around you, pulling foes out of stealth and blinding them.|
|Facet of Elements||-1||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Elements on yourself to grant nearby allies swiftness every few seconds.|
|Elemental Blast||¼||12||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Elements to cover the target area in magical dragon breath.|
|Facet of Strength||-2||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Strength on yourself to grant nearby allies might every few seconds.|
|Burst of Strength||1||12||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Strength, granting increased damage for successful hits. Facet of Strength will be disabled while this skill is recharging.|
|Facet of Chaos||-4||Legendary Dragon. Facet. Place the Facet of Chaos on yourself to grant nearby allies protection every few seconds.|
|Chaotic Release||¾||20||Legendary Dragon. Consume. Consume Facet of Chaos, releasing chaotic winds damaging and knocking back foes while granting superspeed to allies. Facet of Chaos will be disabled while this skill is recharging.|
List of herald traits
- See also: List of revenant traits
|Minor Proficiency||Shield Proficiency||You can wield shields in your off hand.|
|Minor Adept||Crystal Harbinger||You can now use Legendary Dragon skills and gain access to Facet of Nature.|
|Major Adept||Elder's Respite||10||Regeneration heals for more. Gain regeneration when struck while below the health threshold.|
|Major Adept||Core Value||Improve the effects of the True Nature skill.|
|Major Adept||Rising Momentum||Gain increased movement speed for each point of upkeep currently in use.|
|Minor Master||Draconic Fortitude||Gain increased maximum health.|
|Major Master||Shared Empowerment||1||When applying a boon to an ally, also apply might to nearby allies.|
|Major Master||Shining Aspects||Using a consume skill heals you.|
|Major Master||Hardening Persistence||Strike damage taken is reduced for each point of upkeep currently in use. Shield skills remove conditions.|
|Minor Grandmaster||Reinforced Potency||Gain concentration and deal increased strike damage for each active boon you have.|
|Major Grandmaster||Elevated Compassion||Heal allies when you grant them boons.|
An ally can only be affected by this skill once per interval.
|Major Grandmaster||Draconic Echo||You retain your facet passives for a duration after using their consume skills. Using a consume skill grants boons to allies around you.|
|Major Grandmaster||Forceful Persistence||Deal increased strike damage with active upkeep skills.|
Herald upkeep skills grant less damage but can be stacked.
The herald brings access to the legendary dragon Glint into the revenant profession. Equipping the herald elite specialization will allow the revenant to equip the shield weapon and Legendary Dragon Stance skills. Legendary Dragon Stance skills utilize the energy upkeep mechanic for revenant, such that all of them have an upkeep part of the skill that provides benefits to allies in an area. All Legendary Dragon Stance skills also have an active part that utilizes facets of the dragon to perform devastating attacks.
— Herald release notes
Heralds are revenants who can channel from the Mists the echo of the dragon prophet Glint, a friend of mortal races who also compiled the Flameseeker Prophecies, foretelling major events in the world. Glint was a protector of Tyria and a herald worth heeding, and revenants are able to channel her power and essence to aid their allies. Drawing from Glint's legacy, heralds also utilize facets similar to the ones that guarded her lair.
|Rytlock Brimstone, as the first revenant, is also the first herald, as he can be seen channeling Glint's power and using facets since returning from the Mists.|
- Promotional material
- Specializations: Adept Herald — Begin training the revenant's herald elite specialization. (5)
- Specializations: Master Herald — Completely train the revenant's herald elite specialization. (10)
- Specialization Collections: Glint's Bastion — Collect these 14 items and skins to receive the herald's shield, Glint's Bastion. (3)
- When using the Legendary Dragon Stance, a dragon sigil appears underneath the character, displaying all 6 possible skills with the active ones highlighted. This information is visible to other players as well as the Revenant.
- Using any of the Facet skills causes a looping piece of music to play. It appears to be based on the Crystal Desert theme from Guild Wars 1. Its volume can be adjusted via the Player Instrument Volume slider in the Sound Options menu.
- ^ Post by Scott McGough in "Lore Q&A", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
- ^ Guild wars 2: Heart of Thorns Specializations, Guildwars2.com
- ^ Meet the Herald: Revenant’s Elite Specialization, Guildwars2.com