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™.
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.
Revenants who venture the Heart of Maguuma with the Heart of Thorns expansion can choose to become 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 renegades, 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 vindicators, 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.
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.
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.
- Legendary Dragon Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint. (Herald specialization only)
- Legendary Renegade Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary charr renegade, Kalla Scorchrazor. (Renegade specialization only)
- Legendary Alliance Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary champions Archemorus and Saint Viktor. (Vindicator specialization only)
- Primary article: List of revenant skills
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 — Associated with Legendary Demon Stance. Focuses on applying condition damage (torment) and resisting condition damage. Benefits mace.
- Retribution — Associated with Legendary Dwarf Stance. Focuses on reducing incoming strike and condition damage (resolution), and endurance recovery (vigor). Benefits dodging.
- Salvation — Associated with Legendary Centaur Stance. Focuses on healing and support. Benefits staff.
- Invocation — Focuses on critical strike chance (fury) and invoking legends.
- Devastation — Associated with Legendary Assassin Stance. Focuses on improving damage to enemies and stealing health (Battle Scars). Benefits dual-wielding.
- Herald — Focuses on boon sharing based on the facets of Glint. Gains access to shields and the Legendary Dragon Stance.
- Renegade — Commands members of the warband of Kalla Scorchrazor. Gains access to short bows and the Legendary Renegade Stance.
- Vindicator — Uses the twin legends for the Legendary Alliance Stance, and wields a Greatsword. Has only one dodge.
The revenant is a soldier profession and wears heavy armor.
See also detailed list of revenant weapon skills.
- Axe — Focuses on applying conditions and hindering enemy movement. Works well with Legendary Demon Stance.
- Shield — Defensive weapon used to help survivability for you and your allies. Works well with Legendary Dragon Stance. (Herald specialization only)
- Sword — Delivers high burst damage, along with immobilize, chill, and slow. Works well with Legendary Assassin Stance.
- Greatsword — Delivers high damage to multiple targets, with vulnerability and chill. Works well with Legendary Alliance Stance. (Vindicator specialization only)
- Hammer — Functions as a ranged weapon, good for ranged combat, area damage and projectile block. Works well with Legendary Dwarf Stance.
- Short bow — Inflict conditions and damage on foes at long-medium range. Works well with Legendary Renegade Stance. (Renegade specialization only)
- Staff — Supportive weapon with close combat attacks, healing and crowd control. Works well with Legendary Centaur Stance.
- Spear — Hybrid approach weapon with varied ranged attacks, can be used as physical and condition-damage. Works with available Aquatic Stances, Legendary Demon Stance, Legendary Assassin Stance and Legendary Dwarf Stance.
- Trident — Ranged weapon that inflicts various conditions based on the wielder's legendary stance. Works with available Aquatic Stances, Legendary Demon Stance, Legendary Assassin Stance and Legendary Dwarf Stance.
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.
- Jeweler — Jewelry.
- Chef — Food.
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.|
|Mist Scrim ("mist scrim") — Simple, straightfoward, and utterly effective, this blindfold is preferred by revenants who rely on utility and efficiency to get results.|
|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.|
|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. 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.
- Notable revenants
- Promotional material
Battle Stance 
Glint elite skill 
Mallyx elite skill 
Legendary Dwarf Stance, UI swap-to animation 
Legendary Demon Stance, UI swap-to animation 
- During development, revenants were named "reckoners". 
- 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. 
- Revenants were originally unable to weapon swap, like elementalists and engineers; however this was changed following player feedback.
- 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.
- Revenant on the official website.
- Initial overview of the Revenant on the official website.
- Hidden Arcana: Role-Playing the Revenant on the official website
- ^ Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire FAQ
- ^ PAX South presentation analysis in www.eurogamer.net
- ^ Crystalline Memories: "I also met Glint. She taught me the ways of the revenant."
- ^ Post by Scott McGough in "Lore Q&A", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
- ^ a b c d e Image filenames at NCSOFT's press website
- ^ a b c d Guild Wars 2 - Points of Interest: Episode 17
- ^ Design Deconstructed: Episode 4 - Prisoners of the Dragon by Matthew Medina
- ^ Forum post by Roy Cronacher
- ^ Forum post by Roy Cronacher