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Disambig icon.png This article is about the mount. For other uses, see Raptor (disambiguation).

Swift, strong, and agile, raptors are stalwart explorers and great companions for exploring the far reaches of the Crystal Desert.

— In-game description

Raptor (overhead icon).png

The Raptor is one of the mounts found in the Crystal Desert in Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire and in New Kaineng City in Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons. It is the first mount available to players upon reaching the Crystal Desert. The raptor leaps swiftly across great distances, making them useful for crossing large canyons. By holding down the hotkey, a leap will continue to its maximum distance. You can also release the hotkey early to drop out of the leap, which consumes less endurance. While mounted on a raptor, the character gains 100% increased movement speed.

Upgrades to the raptor mount improve its leap ability, as well as add additional effects to its engage skill Tail Spin, such as the ability to pull foes when used.


Path of Fire raptor unlock banner.

New Player Experience[edit]

New accounts with an expansion unlocked will be granted permanent access to the basic raptor mount after they reach level 10 on a single character.

Characters on Play for Free accounts (as well as Core accounts without an expansions) will get a 10-hour trial of the basic raptor mount when they reach level 10. These cannot be dyed.

Raptor Masteries can still only be unlocked in the Path of Fire expansion.

All accounts with a character already over level 10 when this change was implemented on August 2nd 2022 missed this initial unlock checkpoint, but they will get the unlock on the next multiple of 10 level (so, a level 24 character will get the unlock at level 30). ArenaNet acknowledges that this is not an ideal solution and is working on additional methods to offer this unlock to players not caught by this fallback solution. [1]

Path of Fire[edit]

The Raptor is unlocked in the course of the first Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire story mission, Sparking the Flame.

Characters below level 80 can unlock this mount, and gain access to the Crystal Desert, by joining the story mission instance of a level 80 character.

End of Dragons raptor unlock banner.

End of Dragons[edit]

In Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, it can be acquired free of charge by talking to Strigidae in Cobble Ward in New Kaineng City.

Related masteries[edit]

Masteries are not available to players without the Path of Fire expansion.

Mastery XP required Points Description
Ravenous Strike Ravenous Strike 291,846 Path of Fire mastery point Understand the true ravenous nature of the raptor, greatly increasing the damage of Tail Spin.
Round Up Round Up 261,366 Path of Fire mastery point Learn to round up foes when using Tail Spin, pulling them in to your location.
Canyon Jumping Canyon Jumping 368,808 Path of Fire mastery point Learn to leap much farther with the raptor's movement ability, allowing you to traverse even more rough terrain.
Ravenous Discipline Ravenous Discipline 1,697,354 Path of Fire mastery point Master the raptor mount and learn to share the bonus from Ravenous Strike to all mount engage skills.
Total 2,619,374 10 Path of Fire mastery point


Raptors are hardy and swift, and surprisingly easy to train due to their intelligence. They can cross great distances in a single leap, making them the favored mount of many of the desert's denizens. Travelers are advised not to leave the city of Amnoon without obtaining a raptor companion.

The Raptor

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Raptor (skill).png Raptor Summon and mount your raptor.
1 Mount skillTail Spin.png Tail Spin 2 Engage. Leap toward the target location, damaging nearby foes.
Mount skillLeap (Raptor).png Leap Hold to leap forward across great distances.
Mount skillDismount.png Dismount Dismount your mount

List of Raptor skins[edit]

See also: Gallery of Raptor skins



  • A raptor has 7312 health.
  • A raptor without any mastery upgrades will leap around 800 units in flat ground.
  • A raptor with the Canyon Jumping mastery will leap 1884 units with each leap on flat ground. [2]
  • Applying a dye on this mount changes the color of the scales on the top of its head, back, and tail.
  • The raptor can jump two times in a row, each leap consumes one endurance bar when jumping max distance.
  • The raptor regenerates its entire endurance bar in 10 seconds.


  • While idle, the raptor will perform several animations:
    • The raptor will sit down; your character scratches the raptor's neck, causing it to waggle its foot.
    • The raptor jumps up curiously; your character looks around to see what startled it.
    • The raptor sniffs the air and then sneezes, shaking its whole body and almost throwing your character off; your character gives it an indignant look and readjusts themselves on the saddle.
  • The Raptor's theme is known as "Reins of the Raptor" in the Path of Fire soundtrack.
    • It is the only mount theme composed by Maclaine Diemer in the Path of Fire soundtrack.

Related achievements[edit]