Ranger

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Rangers rely on a keen eye, a steady hand, and the power of nature itself. Unparalleled survivalists with traps, nature spirits, and a stable of loyal pets at their command, rangers can adapt to any situation.

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Rangers are defenders of nature. Their profession mechanic is their loyal pets, animal companions that rangers tame and train. Rangers and their pets fight as one, wielding the power of nature to empower their allies, enduring combat with their wilderness survival skills, concealing traps anticipating fights, and overwhelming their enemies with the strength of the pack. As an adventurer profession, rangers wear medium armor.

Rangers who venture the Heart of Maguuma with the Heart of Thorns expansion can choose to become Druid icon small.pngdruids, communing with nature and the stars to channel astral force and become Celestial Avatars to heal and empower their allies and learn glyph skills.

Rangers that traverse the Crystal Desert and the Kingdom of Elona with the Path of Fire expansion can choose to become Soulbeast icon small.pngsoulbeasts, literally becoming one with their pets in Beastmode, overwhelming their enemies with the combined force of their merged attacks, and adopting animal stances.

Rangers who wander the Canthan Empire of the Dragon with the End of Dragons expansion can choose to become Untamed icon small.pnguntameds and gain more control over their pets. They wield cantrips and the raw power of nature, juggling this primal force between their pets and themselves to unleash their pet or unleash themselves to access their full power and crush their enemies.

Abilities[edit]

Profession mechanic[edit]

Pet[edit]

The pet is the ranger's profession mechanic. NPCs that fight alongside the ranger, with their own user interface that can set basic behavior modes and activate a skill. Four pets in total can accompany the ranger (two for fighting on land, two for aquatic), but only one pet will fight at a time. Rangers can switch pets during a fight to adapt to in-game situations.

Pets have 4 skills; three shared by all pets in the same family of animals, one which is unique to that species of pet (e.g. polar bear or brown bear).

Primary article: Pet

Skills[edit]

Primary article: List of ranger skills
Primary article: List of pet skills

Utility skill types[edit]

  • Command — Skills that give orders to the ranger's pet, or provide boons to both the ranger and their pet.
  • Signet — Signets grant passive effects while equipped, and produce a powerful effect when activated. The passive effect is lost while the signet recharges.
  • Survival — Defensive skills to turn the tides of battle.
  • Spirit — Summoned spirits that grant positive effects to nearby allies.
  • Trap — Traps placed on the ground that activate when a target walks over them.
Skills unique to elite specializations
  • Druid icon small.png Druid: Glyph — Double-faced skills focused on support that interact with the druid's profession mechanic of Celestial Avatar.
  • Soulbeast icon small.png Soulbeast: Stance — Skills that grant the soulbeast positive effects over a few seconds, inspired by the strengths of the depicted animals.
  • Untamed icon small.png Untamed: Cantrip — Skills that focus on survivability and crowd control. They provide offensive boons when the ranger is unleashed, and defensive when the pet is unleashed.

Specializations[edit]

Rangers have five core specializations, and three elite specializations:

Core[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship — Focuses on power damage and starting fights with burst damage. May enhance longbow and harpoon gun, and signet skills.
Skirmishing Skirmishing — Focuses on critical hits for both power and condition damage, and enhances weapon swapping. May enhance sword, short bow, and trap skills.
Wilderness Survival Wilderness Survival — Focuses on defence, protection from conditions, and inflicting conditions. May enhance torch and dagger, and survival skills.
Nature Magic Nature Magic — Focuses on support through healing and boon generation. May enhance warhorn and spirit skills.
Beastmastery Beastmastery — Focuses on improving your pets, their beast skill, and pet swapping. May enhance greatsword, axe, and command skills.

Elite[edit]

Druid Druid — Focuses on support, gives access to staff, glyph skills, and the ability to transform into a Celestial Avatar.
Soulbeast Soulbeast — Focuses on merging with your pet, gives access to main hand dagger, stance skills, and the ability to enter Beastmode.
Untamed Untamed — Focuses on greater pet control, gives access to hammer, cantrip skills, and the ability to enter Unleashed.

Traits[edit]

See list of ranger traits.

Equipment[edit]

Armor[edit]

The ranger is an adventurer profession and wears medium armor.

Weapons[edit]

See also detailed list of ranger weapon skills.

  • Two-handed
    • Greatsword — A brute force, heavy-damage weapon with emphasis on countering and evasion.
    • Longbow — Powerful, long-range weapon used for Rapid Fire strikes and AoE barrages.
    • Short bow — Quick skirmishing weapon relying on movement, positioning, and conditions for quick kills.
    • Staff — A support oriented long range weapon. (Druid specialization only)
    • Hammer — A melee weapon, made to control the enemies. (Untamed specialization only)
  • Main-hand
    • Axe — Medium ranged throwing weapon which can ricochet off a target or can toss a cluster of axes.
    • Dagger — A swift melee weapon designed to overwhelm with conditions. (Soulbeast specialization only)
    • Sword — Mobile melee strikes which can be used to distance the ranger from the target or surprise them from behind.
  • Off-hand
    • Axe — Enter a stance to reflect incoming strikes or throw the axe for a boomerang effect.
    • Dagger — Used as a crippling ranged attack, or a quick poisonous stab for melee.
    • Torch — Throw the torch at enemies for burning damage, or light areas on fire.
    • Warhorn — Used to deal damage over time or buff allies.
  • Aquatic
    • Harpoon gun — Use ranged attacks to strike multiple foes and makes use of the underwater environment.
    • Spear — Keep foes at bay with close range spear stabs and swipes.

There are sixteen possible weapon sets for this profession and it can access two weapon sets while underwater. The ranger can equip and alternate between two weapon sets quickly while in combat.

Crafting[edit]

Rangers can craft items useful to themselves with the following disciplines:

Pets[edit]

Primary article: Pet

Personal story[edit]

In the biography step of character creation, rangers must choose one of three pets with which to begin the game. As rangers venture into the world, they will find all these and other pets for them to tame.

My pet _____ fights at my side and guards my back.
Asura Biography Pet Moa.png Moa — I raised my moa from the egg. Its devotion to me is unmatched, and I've seen it drop an enemy before I could even draw my weapon.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake when it was a hatchling. Now, it follows me everywhere. It has proven itself a relentless and powerful friend.
Charr Biography Pet Devourer.png Devourer — My devourer is a vicious and unforgiving fighter. I raised it from the egg and earned its loyalty. It will die in my defense.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake when it was a hatchling. Now, it follows me everywhere. It has proven itself a relentless and powerful friend.
Human Biography Pet Bear (human).png Bear — My bear and I fight as a single unit. It takes only the slightest gesture to give a command, and then we're tearing through our enemies.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Drake.png Drake — I tamed my drake when it was a hatchling. Now, it follows me everywhere. It has proven itself a relentless and powerful friend.
Norn Biography Pet Bear (norn).png Bear — My bear and I fight as a single unit. It takes only the slightest gesture to give a command, and then we're tearing through our enemies.
Biography Pet Wolf.png Wolf — A wolf companion is considered a great prize. When fully grown, it's a shrewd hunter and a devoted ally.
Biography Pet Snow Leopard.png Snow Leopard — The beautiful snow leopard is a symbol of independence. Its grace and stealth makes it both inspiring and an unbeatable hunter.
Sylvari Biography Pet Moa.png Moa — I raised my moa from the egg. Its devotion to me is unmatched, and I've seen it drop an enemy before I could even draw my weapon.
Biography Pet Stalker.png Stalker — My stalker is a dear friend. It is quiet, still, and as quick as an arrow from a bow. Its intelligence shows in its eyes.
Biography Pet Fern Mastiff.png Fern Hound — My dog has always stood by me, even against the most dangerous attackers. I couldn't ask for a better friend and ally.

Lore[edit]

Amongst human rangers, Melandru is often worshipped as their matron goddess.

Notable rangers

Gallery[edit]

Concept art
Pre-launch promotional screenshots
Icons

Trivia[edit]

  • The ranger was previewed under this image until its unveiling on the 14th July 2010.
  • At one point in development, according to The Making of Guild Wars 2 book, the ranger profession of the original Guild Wars was split into many different professions, notably the warden and the marksman. Eventually, with only marksman remaining, who only possessed the aspect of ranged weaponry, was combined with already scrapped elements of warden and beastmaster, and renamed the ranger for the sake of the original series.
  • The ranger's pet skill mechanics helped flesh out the form of unique abilities of each profession.

External links[edit]

Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Ranger.
  • Ranger on the official website.