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Concept art of Rytlock wielding Sohothin.

Sohothin is a legendary blade of fire and war, and relic of Ascalonian heritage. It is presently wielded by the charr hero Rytlock Brimstone.


Early history[edit]

Sohothin was once Balthazar's own sword.[1] Like its twin "sister", Magdaer, it is a powerful holy artifact, given to Ascalonian royalty by Balthazar himself as a gift of peace.[2][3]

Its last human owner was Prince Rurik, who was killed near the Frost Gate, and whose reanimated corpse was forced to fight for Vizier Khilbron near Abaddon's Mouth. There, Rurik was put down by his former allies, and the volcano erupted soon after. According to legend, if either Sohothin or Magdaer returns to the haunted remains of Ascalon City in the hands of the rightful king of Ascalon, the ghosts there will finally be laid to rest.[2][4]

Roughly two hundred years after the sword was lost in the Ring of Fire, the charr Flame Legion managed to recover it and returned it to Ascalon with the intent of delivering it to Imperator Gaheron Baelfire. While it was being stored in an Ascalonian garrison, however, it was stolen by an undercover Blood Legion agent: Rytlock Brimstone. Rytlock's actions jeopardized the mission, which had been unrelated to the sword, and put a fellow warband member at risk of discovery: but thanks to his superiors' eagerness to strike back against the Flame Legion using the fire magic they had sought to control, Rytlock quickly rose through the ranks, eventually becoming tribune.[5] Despite this success, or perhaps because of it, Rytlock has been reluctant to share the details of how Sohothin came to be in his possession.

Living World Season 2[edit]

Sohothin right before disappearing into the Mists

In 1327 AE, after years of research with the Durmand Priory, Rytlock came to believe that he had found the correct combination of elements to reverse the Foefire spell caused by Magdaer. Prior to their Exodus, the Six Gods had given the Ascalonians two magical swords, Sohothin and Magdaer, and a magic crown. After gathering up the crown fragments, Rytlock, Imperator Smodur the Unflinching, Rox and the Pact Commander headed into Barradin's Vaults to perform the ritual. However, Rytlock's attempt failed, and the sword was lost to the Mists. Since it was impossible to dispel the Ascalonian ghosts without Sohothin, Rytlock had to quickly follow the sword into the portal, which closed up behind him.

Living World Season 3[edit]

After his return from the Mists and participation in the war against the Elder Dragon Mordremoth, Rytlock remained secretive about what he had experienced while being away from Tyria. He actively avoided calls from the brass at the Black Citadel who wanted to learn more about how he had found Sohothin. In 1329 AE, the tribune was stripped of his rank and apprehended by the Adamant Guard who brought him, along with Sohothin, back to the Black Citadel for questioning.

Path of Fire[edit]

In 1330 AE, Rytlock showed up in the Free City of Amnoon with his rank in the Blood Legion restored and all the charges cleared for reasons he did not divulge. It was not until almost losing his life in the fight against the now rogue Balthazar that the charr let his companions in Dragon's Watch know about his earlier experiences.

While in the Mists, Rytlock had come across Sohothin whose fire had been extinguished. Next to the sword sat a prisoner resembling an old man who had greeted the charr and told him that he could reignite the flame, which he did. In gratitude, Rytlock had used Sohothin to sever the chains binding the prisoner who in turn had instructed the charr to enter a portal, which had opened near them, so it could take him home. Having seen the God of War in action, Rytlock could finally identify him as the prisoner who had restored Sohothin's flame and whom he had unwittingly freed earlier. The group later learned from the goddess Kormir that Balthazar had been stripped of his powers and imprisoned in the Mists following his failed insurrection against the other gods.

By the time the Pact Commander had rallied an army of Awakened to stand against Balthazar's Forged in the Battle of Kodash Bazaar, Rytlock decided to lend Sohothin to the Commander, believing the sword to give the Commander an edge should the God of War face them again. Empowered by Sohothin, the Commander was able to free the young dragon Aurene from within the Warbeast which Balthazar had been using to bring down the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik in his quest to attain more power. With Aurene and Sohothin's help, the Commander was able to battle the fallen god on even terms and eventually slay him, preventing Tyria from being destroyed. After the battle, the Commander handed Sohothin back to Rytlock.

Story involvement[edit]

Path of Fire story[edit]


All professions[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin's Bite.png
 Sohothin's Bite
Quick melee slash.
Redirect Arrow.png
Sohothin's Sting.png
 Sohothin's Sting
0.5½ Quick melee slash.
Redirect Arrow.png
Sohothin's Roar.png
 Sohothin's Roar
1 A slower devastating slash. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.
Engage and Assault.png
 Engage and Assault
0.75¾ 7 Leap a great distance toward your foe, and ravage them with Sohothin's power. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.
Flame Spit.png
 Flame Spit
40.5½ 120 Slice the air before you, sending vortexes of flame forward, dealing damage both at close and long range.
30.25¼ 300 Raze the area around you with Sohothin's fury.
  • Attempting to drop the bundle (swap weapons) will give the player the  
    Unsheathe Sohothin.png
     Unsheathe Sohothin special action skill.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin's Speed.png
 Sohothin's Speed
0.75¾ 5 Slide forward and impact the area with Sohothin, leaving behind a trail of flame. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin Charge.png
 Sohothin Charge
10.75¾ 5 Dash forward with Sohothin to deal damage to enemies. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin Blast.png
 Sohothin Blast
0.75¾ 5 Damage nearby foes with a mighty ground slam. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin's Grace.png
 Sohothin's Grace
10.25¼ 5 Become a wisp of flaming energy, traversing to the target location. When you reach the target, impact the area with Sohothin. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin's Charge.png
 Sohothin's Charge
10.25¼ 5 Slide forward, destroying projectiles in your path. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Phase Engage.png
 Phase Engage
5 Teleport toward your target, and summon three phantasmal swordsmen. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin Blossom.png
 Sohothin Blossom
0.5½ 5 Do an evasive attack over your target, striking nearby foes three times. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin Blitz.png
 Sohothin Blitz
0.5½ 5 Hurl Sohothin at your target, damaging foes the sword passes through. When Sohothin reaches your target, shadowstep to it and deliver a large blow. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Sohothin Tornado.png
 Sohothin Tornado
1 5 Whirl in a target's direction, slashing foes along your path and releasing waves of fiery tornadoes. Reduces cooldown on Flame Spit and Cataclysm.



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  1. ^ Comment by Connie Griffith,
  2. ^ a b Dialogue with Rytlock Brimstone in Plan of Attack.
  3. ^ Requiem: Rytlock
    I tried to learn more, but sneaking around? Gathering intelligence? Not exactly my strong suit. Here’s what the two of us figured out: the Flame Legion sent some troops to the Ring of Fire to look for an ancient relic that belonged to a human prince—Rurik. Was supposed to have been a gift from their god of war, Balthazar.
  4. ^ Reunion with the Pact Logan Thackeray: So, he had Sohothin and the crown of the Ascalonian king who set the curse in the first place. I see why he thought it might actually work. The legend says only an heir...
  5. ^ Requiem: Rytlock