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You have earned your first Mastery Point! Masteries are abilities that can be trained by level-80 characters with access to expansion content.

— In-game description

Mastery interface:
(1) Total amount of spent mastery points,
(2) Current regional block,
(3) Current mastery track,
(4) Number of available (unspent) mastery points for this region block,
(5) Permanently acquired masteries,
(6) The mastery currently being trained, and the progress experience bar (full),
(7) Number of mastery points needed to permanently acquire the mastery after it is fully trained.

Hero panel masteries icon.png The Mastery system is an account-wide progression system for level 80 characters that provides players with account-wide benefits such as gliding, mounts, fishing, etc. The mastery system interface is accessed through the bottom left tab of the hero panel, and is divided into regional blocks: Central Tyria mastery tracks, Heart of Thorns mastery tracks, Path of Fire mastery tracks, Icebrood Saga mastery tracks, and End of Dragons mastery tracks.

Each mastery is permanently acquired through the following process, further detailed below: 1: Select a mastery to train, earn enough experience to fill the progress yellow bar. 2: Earn enough mastery points. 3: Spend your mastery points to permanently acquire the trained mastery for your account.

See Mastery point unlocks for a full list of all the mastery points in the game. There are far more mastery points than are needed to acquire all masteries.

Unlocking the mastery system[edit]

To unlock the mastery system you must own any expansion and unlock any mastery track, such as gliding or fishing. For example, by completing certain story chapters:

Other ways to unlock a mastery track include unlocking a mount, or entering a map, or killing a raid boss in Heart of Thorns raids, etc. Check the section Mastery Track to see how to unlock a specific mastery track.

The easiest way to unlock the mastery system is to reach level 80 and obtain any Central Tyria mastery point, which unlocks the Central Tyria region.

Acquiring a mastery[edit]

To acquire a mastery, players will need to select one to start training it, earn enough experience to fully train it, and then spend mastery points to acquire it.

Training a mastery[edit]

To train a mastery, players simply need to access the mastery system interface and select a mastery. If the player does not manually select a mastery, the game will automatically start training the first mastery available.

Once the player is training a mastery from a region, all experience earned in that region (except experience gained from levelling crafting disciplines) will go towards progressing that selected mastery and their experience bar will change to track the current progress.

Moving to a different region will automatically swap to the respective mastery track for that region. Gliding masteries can only be trained in Heart of Thorns and season 3 maps, raptor masteries can only be trained in Path of Fire and season 4 maps, and so on.

Players can switch their mastery in training without losing any progress (experience gained) on it.

Once a mastery track has been fully trained, it may be unlocked using mastery points. If a player does not have enough mastery points to unlock the mastery, additional experience gained in that region will spill over to the next available untrained mastery track (or a player can select the next track to train manually).

Mastery Points[edit]

A mastery point symbol

Mastery points are a currency used for acquiring masteries. As players progress through the game, they will earn mastery points. These points are stored in the player's account permanently once obtained (even if the player has not unlocked the mastery system yet).

All mastery points are earned by completing achievements. Most of these require communing with Mastery Insights found in the open world. Other sources include completing certain story chapters or steps, earning silver or gold rewards on adventures, unlocking mounts, etc. Achievements can be filtered to show only those that give mastery points or mastery points belonging to a specific region.

Each mastery regions has its own type of mastery point, easily discernible by color (green for Heart of Thorns, purple for Path of Fire, etc.). Masteries can only be acquired by using mastery points of their corresponding region. For instance, the Gliding mastery can only be acquired with Heart of Thorns mastery points, the Raptor mount mastery can only be acquired with Path of Fire mastery points, and so on.

Icon Type Total Mastery point
Mastery point (Central Tyria).png Central Tyria mastery points 83
Mastery point (Heart of Thorns).png Heart of Thorns mastery points 198
Mastery point (Path of Fire).png Path of Fire mastery points 130
Mastery point (Icebrood Saga).png Icebrood Saga mastery points 76
Mastery point (End of Dragons).png End of Dragons mastery points 115

See Mastery point unlocks for a full list of all the mastery points in the game. There are far more mastery points than are needed to acquire all masteries.

Acquiring a mastery[edit]

Once a mastery is fully trained by obtaining enough experience, the experience bar will start blinking and players will be able to spend the required amount of mastery points to permanently acquire the mastery on their account. All acquired masteries are available to all characters in the account, regardless of their level (except Spectral Aid which is only active for level 80 characters).

Before spending the points to acquire a mastery, or switching to train another mastery, any additional experience (up to one full XP bar) gained will be redirected to training the next unlocked, untrained, least progressed mastery track in the same region, if one is available.

While training a mastery, the icon for the mastery appears in the bottom right corner of the screen, to the right of the experience bar. If no track is currently selected, the icon area will be blank. If all Mastery Tracks are completed, the spirit shard icon will be shown instead.

To the left of the experience bar, the total number of mastery points spent will be displayed, referred to as your "Mastery rank".

Mastery track[edit]

Mastery tracks are split into blocks; each block has a separate set of mastery points earned by playing its content, which can only be spent on the respective masteries. Before masteries from a given track within a block (such as gliding) can be trained, the entire track must be unlocked by completing a certain task.

Category / Track Total Mastery point Unlock requirement
Central Tyria 49 Central Tyria mastery point HoT Texture Centered Trans.pngPoF Texture Trans.pngEoD Texture Trans.png
Pact Commander 19 Central Tyria mastery point Unlocking a mastery track from another category or earning a central Tyria mastery point at level 80
Legendary Crafting 19 Central Tyria mastery point Unlocking a mastery track from another category or earning a central Tyria mastery point at level 80
Fractal Attunement 11 Central Tyria mastery point Unlocking a mastery track from another category or earning a central Tyria mastery point at level 80
Heart of Thorns 144 Heart of Thorns mastery point HoT Texture Centered Trans.png
Gliding 31 Heart of Thorns mastery point Completing Torn from the Sky
Itzel Lore 31 Heart of Thorns mastery point Completing Torn from the Sky
Exalted Lore 19 Heart of Thorns mastery point Entering Auric Basin
Nuhoch Lore 31 Heart of Thorns mastery point Entering Tangled Depths
Raids Heart of Thorns mastery point Killing a boss in the Forsaken Thicket or Bastion of the Penitent raids
Ancient Magics 24 Heart of Thorns mastery point Entering Bloodstone Fen or Ember BayLiving World Season 3 logo.png
Path of Fire 110 Path of Fire mastery point PoF Texture Trans.png
Raptor Mount 10 Path of Fire mastery point Unlocking the raptor by saving Seeker's Village during Sparking the Flame
Springer Mount 14 Path of Fire mastery point Purchasing the springer from the Highjump Ranch task vendor in the Desert Highlands
Skimmer Mount 22 Path of Fire mastery point Purchasing the skimmer from the Skimmer Ranch task vendor in the Elon Riverlands
Jackal Mount 14 Path of Fire mastery point Purchasing the jackal from the Sand Jackal Run task vendor in the Desolation
Griffon Mount 12 Path of Fire mastery point Unlocking the griffon by completing the Path of Fire story and the Open Skies collections
Roller Beetle Mount 12 Path of Fire mastery point Unlocking the roller beetle by entering the Domain of Kourna and completing its collectionsLiving World Season 4 logo.png
Skyscale Mount 12 Path of Fire mastery point Unlocking the skyscale by completing the War Eternal story and the subsequent collectionsLiving World Season 4 logo.png
Crystal Champion 14 Path of Fire mastery point Entering any Living World Season 4 zoneLiving World Season 4 logo.png
Icebrood Saga 63 Icebrood Saga mastery point Living World Season 5 logo.png PoF Texture Trans.png
Raven Attunement Icebrood Saga mastery point Unlocked during the Silence story step, upon entering Bjora Marches,
or when gaining an Icebrood Saga mastery point from strike mission achievements
Resilience Essence Manipulation Icebrood Saga mastery point Unlocking Raven's Light in the Raven Attunement track
Valor Essence Manipulation Icebrood Saga mastery point Unlocking Raven's Light in the Raven Attunement track
Vigilance Essence Manipulation Icebrood Saga mastery point Unlocking Raven's Light in the Raven Attunement track
United Legions Waystation Synchronization 16 Icebrood Saga mastery point Entering Drizzlewood Coast
Dragon Slayer 20 Icebrood Saga mastery point Completing Tidings and Misgivings
End of Dragons 89 End of Dragons mastery point EoD Texture Trans.png
Fishing 20 End of Dragons mastery point Completing the chapter Old Friends in the End of Dragons story
Skiff Piloting 14 End of Dragons mastery point Purchasing the skiff from the Hall Director Soohee task vendor in Seitung Province
Jade Bots 15 End of Dragons mastery point Completing the chapter The Scenic Route in the End of Dragons story
Arborstone Revitalization 20 End of Dragons mastery point Completing the chapter Fallout in the End of Dragons story
Turtle Mount 20 End of Dragons mastery point Unlocking the siege turtle by acquiring a Turtle Egg and completing the subsequent collections
Total 455 Mastery point

Excess experience and Spirit Shards[edit]

Experience earned at level 80 is never wasted. In the following circumstances, experience earned will go towards a 254,000 experience repeatable track to gain 1 Spirit ShardSpirit Shard.png when completed, like a normal level up reward.[1]

  • If level 80 player that has not yet unlocked the mastery system.
  • If all unlocked tracks are fully trained. This includes:
    • tracks trained and acquired.
    • tracks trained but not acquired.

Tracks that have not yet been unlocked don't count. For example, a player that has fully trained the Raptor mastery track and doesn't have any other Path of Fire mastery track unlocked will start earning Spirit Shards.

Notes[edit]

  • A total of 160,672,158 experience is required to reach mastery rank 427, including the 4,860,359 necessary to reach level 80.
  • The mastery point system was introduced with Heart of Thorns, and requires an expansion.
  • The hero panel to change your current mastery cannot be opened by clicking on the experience bar while in combat; the current mastery can, however, be changed at any time in the hero panel if it's opened previously or by any other means.
  • Almost all obtained Masteries are active regardless of level. That means even a Level 2 character can glide if Glider Basics has already been unlocked on a Level 80 character on the same account.
  • Experience acquired in a region will only contribute to the masteries of that region:

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