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Heavily armored and equipped with the otherworldly powers of the Mists, revenants channel Tyria’s legends to slaughter foes, unleash chaos on the battlefield, and support their allies. This profession is exclusive to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, and Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™.

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Revenants channel the power of the Mists. Their profession mechanic is their Legends, they commune with deceased legendary heroes and villains from Tyria's past, which aid them in battle. Revenants commune with two legends, channeling only one at a time, swapping between the two while in combat. Additionally, revenant skills cost energy, a resource that replenishes over time or when switching legends. As a soldier profession, revenants wear heavy armor. The revenant profession is only available to players who have purchased the Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire, or End of Dragons expansions.[1]

Revenants who venture the Heart of Maguuma with the Heart of Thorns expansion can choose to become Herald icon small.png heralds, communing with the legendary dragon champion Glint through the Legendary Dragon Stance to provide boons to nearby allies by using facets.

Revenants that traverse the Crystal Desert and the Kingdom of Elona with the Path of Fire expansion can choose to become Renegade icon small.pngrenegades, communing with the legendary charr Kalla Scorchrazor through the Legendary Renegade Stance, summoning from the Mists echoes of her Warband members to attack foes and empower allies.

Revenants who wander the Canthan Empire of the Dragon with the End of Dragons expansion can choose to become Vindicator icon small.pngvindicators, communing with the legendary Canthan heroes Saint Viktor and Archemorus, communing with two heroes through one Legendary Alliance Stance. Saint Viktor provides healing and support, while Archemorus goes all-in on the offensive. Additionally, their dodge is greatly modified as a leap skill that either damages enemies or aids allies.


Profession mechanic[edit]

Revenants can channel the Mists to invoke the powers of certain legendary figures of the past.


Revenants use a resource called energy, which regenerates over time. Activating skills uses energy, some even cause energy degeneration while active, making energy management critical for gameplay.


The revenant can have two legendary stances equipped, and of these only one can be active at any given time. As well as weapon swapping they can swap between channeling two legends. Channeling replaces the last five skill slots on the skill bar, depending on the current legend: the healing skill, three utility skills, and the elite skill. Revenant traits tend to synergize with the skill set, similar to a skill type.[2]

When channeling a legend, the interface changes slightly to reflect the legend channeled. For instance, when channeling Jalis, ice spikes are seen behind the utility skills, while when channeling Ventari, yellow leaves can be seen.


Primary article: List of revenant skills

Skill types[edit]

Due to the unique nature of the Revenant's mechanics, Revenant skills are classified according to their Legend. Thus, each Legend is also a unique skill type. See the above Legends section for more details.

This mechanic also results in Revenants not having access to Common and Racial Skills.


Revenants have five core specializations, and three elite specializations:


Corruption (specialization) Corruption — Associated with Legendary Demon Stance. Focuses on applying condition damage (torment) and resisting condition damage. Benefits mace.
Retribution (specialization) Retribution — Associated with Legendary Dwarf Stance. Focuses on reducing incoming strike and condition damage (resolution), and endurance recovery (vigor). Benefits dodging.
Salvation Salvation — Associated with Legendary Centaur Stance. Focuses on healing and support. Benefits staff.
Invocation Invocation — Focuses on critical strike chance (fury) and invoking legends.
Devastation Devastation — Associated with Legendary Assassin Stance. Focuses on improving damage to enemies and stealing health (Battle Scars). Benefits dual-wielding.


Herald Herald — Focuses on boon sharing based on the facets of Glint. Gains access to shields and the Legendary Dragon Stance.
Renegade Renegade — Commands members of the warband of Kalla Scorchrazor. Gains access to short bows and the Legendary Renegade Stance.
Vindicator Vindicator — Uses the twin legends for the Legendary Alliance Stance, and wields a Greatsword. Has only one dodge.


See list of revenant traits.



The revenant is a soldier profession and wears heavy armor.


See also detailed list of revenant weapon skills.

There are nine possible terrestrial weapon sets for this profession, two of which require an Elite Specialization (Herald or Renegade). The Revenant can swap between two weapon sets while in combat.


The following crafting disciplines can create items that are useful to the revenant:

  • Weaponsmith — Maces, spears, swords, axes, shields (Requires Herald trait line unlocked.), greatswords (Requires Vindicator trait line unlocked.), hammers.
  • Huntsman — Short bow. (Requires Renegade trait line unlocked.)
  • Artificer — Staves and Tridents.
  • Armorsmith — Heavy armor.
  • JewelerJewelry.
  • ChefFood.

Personal story[edit]

In the biography step of character creation, revenants must decide which blindfold they wear to shut out their physical world interaction. This choice is merely cosmetic and determines their starting head armor, which can be hidden or transmuted after character creation.

I fight with my _____ blindfold on to shut out the distractions of the physical world and focus my magical inner sight.
Biography Mist Scrim.png Mist Scrim ("mist scrim") — Simple, straightfoward, and utterly effective, this blindfold is preferred by revenants who rely on utility and efficiency to get results.
Biography Veil Piercer.png Veil Piercer ("veil piercer") — Form follows function with this blindfold, designed both to cover a revenant's eyes and help punch through the barriers that conceal the unseen.
Biography Resplendent Curtain.png Resplendent Curtain ("resplendent curtain") — The resplendent curtain is for revenants who choose to make a more elegant and stylish impression; because even if they can't see the world around them, it can still see them.


Revenant is by far the newest profession in Tyria, having been introduced to the world by Rytlock Brimstone in 1328 AE, who in turn learned it from Glint while searching the Mists for the lost Sohothin.[3] Much like the Canthan ritualists, revenants often blindfold themselves to aid their focus in communing with the spirits. The legends invoked by revenants are not the actual persons, but rather Mist-echoes of them. As such, they don’t necessarily have the full range of memories & thoughts as the original person.[4]

Notable revenants


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  • During development, revenants were named "reckoners". [7]
  • In folklore, a revenant is someone who returns from a long absence, often from death or in a supernatural way.
  • A few elements of the revenant's unique mechanics stem from Guild Wars mechanics, such as energy and upkeep.
  • Revenant shares many similarities with the Guild Wars Factions profession Ritualist, including the use of blindfolds and similarity of their profession symbol.
  • The Revenant's icon resembles a "third eye", and symbolizes enlightenment. [8]
  • Revenants were originally unable to weapon swap, like elementalists and engineers; however this was changed following player feedback.[9]
  • Before the May 8th, 2018 patch, Revenants could only use spears underwater despite having two underwater weapon slots. They similarly only had two Legends usable underwater: Assassin and Demon. With the May 8th patch, they can use tridents and the Legendary Dwarf Stance underwater.
  • Revenants and engineers are the only base professions without access to signets. However, Herald Facets expand upon the concept, featuring similar passive (upkeep) and active (consume) interactions, as well as having very similar skill icon artwork. In that way, herald can be considered a 5-signet Revenant.
  • As of the August 8th, 2017 patch, you can have idle conversations with the channeled legends. See each legend's individual page for dialogue.
  • Every Revenant's legend has at least one skill which has an upkeep.
  • During The Hero of Istan story instance, Revenants can channel the Legendary Prisoner Palawa Joko.
  • They cannot use racial skills.

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