Scholar is a categorization for the three spell-casting professions. Being the most lightly armored, these professions are considered to fill traditional backline roles, but can also use martial weapons and can be built to be extremely efficient in close range combat. All scholars are practitioners and students of magic, an ancient art with which many are gifted, and which varies from control over life and death to manipulation of others and command over forces of nature itself.
- Elementalist — master of the elements; elementalists change their elemental attunement in battle to adapt to any situation.
- Mesmer — master of manipulation; mesmers command illusions to fight alongside them in battle.
- Necromancer — master of the dark arts; necromancers draw on life force and use it to strengthen or heal themselves and others.
Armor and equipment
The scholar professions use light armor, which provides the least protection, meaning that these professions must avoid heavy-hitting enemies. Players can use runes to upgrade their armor, and tailors can craft light armor. Scholars can use a variety of weapons, but no scholar profession is able to use maces, hammers, longbows, rifles, short bows or harpoon guns.