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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.

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Revenant is a profession able to channel the power of the Mists through Legends, their profession mechanic. The profession is only available to players who have purchased any of the Elder Dragon Saga expansions: Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire or End of Dragons.[1][2] They commune with echoes of 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.

Revenants who venture into 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.png 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 Vindicator icon small.png 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.


UI animation of revenant entering Legendary Demon Stance. Out of combat mode, revenant is limited to 50% energy.

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.[3]

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 Assassin Stance.png Legendary Assassin Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary assassin Shiro Tagachi.
Legendary Centaur Stance.png Legendary Centaur Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary centaur Ventari.
Legendary Demon Stance.png Legendary Demon Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary demon Mallyx the Unyielding.
Legendary Dwarf Stance.png Legendary Dwarf Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary dwarf King Jalis Ironhammer.
Legendary Dragon Stance.png Legendary Dragon Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary dragon Glint. (Herald specialization only)
Legendary Renegade Stance.png Legendary Renegade Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary charr renegade, Kalla Scorchrazor. (Renegade specialization only)
Legendary Alliance Stance.png Legendary Alliance Stance — Invoke the power of the legendary champions Archemorus and Saint Viktor. (Vindicator specialization only)


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 invoking torment, improving damaging conditions, and gaining resistance.
Retribution (specialization) Retribution — Associated with Legendary Dwarf Stance. Focuses on reducing incoming damage, endurance recovery, and inflicting weakness. May enhance dodging.
Salvation Salvation — Associated with Legendary Centaur Stance. Focuses on healing and removing conditions.
Invocation Invocation — Focuses on invoking legends and improving fury.
Devastation Devastation — Associated with Legendary Assassin Stance. Focuses on increasing outgoing damage and stealing health, and improving dual-wielding.


Herald Herald — Focuses on boon sharing based on the facets of Glint. Grants access to shields, the Legendary Dragon Stance, and replaces Ancient Echo with Facet of Nature.
Renegade Renegade — Commands members of the warband of Kalla Scorchrazor. Grants access to short bows, the Legendary Renegade Stance, and replaces Ancient Echo with Citadel Orders.
Vindicator Vindicator — Replaces dodge with a powerful blow from above. Grants access to greatswords, the Legendary Alliance Stance, and replaces Ancient Echo with Energy Meld.


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 sword Sohothin.[4] Revenants are soldiers who have learned to commune with the Mists, a magical protoreality that makes up the fabric of space and time. The Mists remember what came before, and echoes of those who left an especially powerful imprint on the world of Tyria can still be found there—revenants call upon these legendary historical figures,[5] both heroic and villainous, bringing them into action to enhance the revenant's own abilities and power. As the legends invoked by revenants are not the actual persons, but rather Mist-echoes of them, the legends don’t necessarily have the full range of memories, knowledge & thoughts as the original person,[6] but they are still sentient, with opinions and personalities of their own.[5] As echoes, the invoked legends are often of a deceased person, but invoking a person who is still alive is not unheard of either.[7] Not every legend is thrilled about being invoked, such as Mallyx, who is offended at having his immense power being borrowed by upstart mortals.[5] Much like the Canthan ritualists, revenants often blindfold themselves to aid their focus in communing with the legends, who are able to perceive the world through their own senses.[5][8]

Notable revenants
See also: Category:Revenant NPCs

Associated items[edit]


Promotional material

Related achievements[edit]


  • Revenants cannot use racial skills.
  • Revenants were originally unable to weapon swap, like elementalists and engineers; however this was changed following player feedback.[11]
  • 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.
  • As of the August 8th, 2017 patch, you can have idle conversations with the channeled legends. See each legend's individual page for dialogue.


  • During development, revenants were named "reckoners". [12]
  • 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. [13]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The main revenant concept art and art for its elite specializations feature a male sylvari.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Guild Wars 2 Elder Dragon Saga Expansion Sale,
    "Each expansion includes nine new specializations and access to the revenant profession. Don’t miss out on these amazing discounts—Tyria awaits you!"
  2. ^ Guild Wars 2 Account Types: Free, Core, HoT & PoF,
  3. ^ PAX South presentation analysis in
  4. ^ Crystalline Memories
    Rytlock Brimstone: I also met Glint. She taught me the ways of the revenant.
  5. ^ a b c d Hidden Arcana: Role-Playing the Revenant,
  6. ^ Post by Scott McGough in "Lore Q&A", Old Guild Wars 2 Forums (Archived)
  7. ^ The revenant commander can channel the legend of Palawa Joko, who was at that point still active. The status of King Jalis Ironhammer is unknown.
  8. ^ Biography section
  9. ^ a b c d e Image filenames at NCSOFT's press website
  10. ^ a b c Guild Wars 2 - Points of Interest: Episode 17
  11. ^ Forum post by Roy Cronacher
  12. ^ Design Deconstructed: Episode 4 - Prisoners of the Dragon by Matthew Medina
  13. ^ Forum post by Roy Cronacher