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Specializations are a progression mechanic available to professions, which allows characters to concentrate on different aspects of their build through various traits. Depending on the character's level, up to three specializations can be chosen, and each fully trained specialization provides 3 minor traits and the choice of 3 out of 9 major traits. Players can switch back and forth between specializations when out of combat.

Each character in the base game can choose from five core specializations per profession, while accounts with Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns gain access to one elite specialization for each profession.

Elite specializations[edit]

In contrast to core specializations, which merely allow use of certain traits, choosing an elite specialization fundamentally changes abilities of a given profession by providing it access to a new weapon, healing skill, elite skill and a set of utility skills in addition to its own set of traits, as well as by altering or expanding on the base profession mechanic. All core profession skills, weapons and specializations are still available while an elite specialization is equipped.

Before training an elite specialization, you must be level 80, and each core training line must be completed. Elite specializations can only be equipped in the bottom (third) specialization slot in the hero panel.


  • Specialization slots (an empty row to place specializations in) are unlocked at levels 21, 45, and 71.
  • Fully unlocking a core specialization costs 60 hero points.
  • Fully unlocking an elite specialization costs 250 hero points.
  • Specializations require training of the first minor trait before they can be selected.
  • You can only select an elite specialization in the third slot, which has a visible "frame" around it. The hover text for selecting the third specialization reads "Core and Elite", whereas the first and second only state "Core".
  • If the player is wielding a weapon whose proficiency is unlocked by an elite specialization and selects another specialization in the third slot, the corresponding weapon skills will be blanked out until the player either removes the weapon or changes back to the corresponding elite specialization.

List of specializations[edit]

Icons / Name Focus

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian[edit]

Zeal Zeal Symbols and spirit weapons.
Radiance Radiance Signets, burning and blinding.
Valor Valor Blocking and meditations.
Honor Honor Dodging, symbols and shouts.
Virtues Virtues Consecrations and virtues.
Dragonhunter Dragonhunter
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Grants access to longbows and traps. Active effects of dragonhunters' virtues gain a more physical presence in the world.

Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant[edit]

Corruption Corruption Legendary Demon Stance and conditions.
Retribution Retribution Legendary Dwarf Stance and defense.
Salvation Salvation Legendary Centaur Stance, healing and support.
Devastation Devastation Legendary Assassin Stance, damage and mobility.
Invocation Invocation Legend channeling and fury.
Herald Herald
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Grants access to shields and Legendary Dragon Stance, in addition to Facet of Nature, which can be used at any time. Heralds focus on defense and supporting allies with various boons.

Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior[edit]

Strength Strength Dodging, physical utility skills, and brute force.
Arms Arms Critical hits and bleeding.
Defense Defense Enduring of damage.
Tactics Tactics Revival of allies and supporting them with banners, shouts, and the warhorn.
Discipline Discipline Adrenaline gain and weapon swapping.
Berserker Berserker
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Grants access to torches, rage skills, and Berserk mode which allows the use of primal burst skills. Berserkers focus on fast attacks, adrenaline gain, and burning damage.

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

Explosives Explosives Bombs, grenades, and mines.
Firearms Firearms Pistols, rifles, and the flamethrower.
Inventions Inventions Turrets and defensive tactics.
Alchemy Alchemy Elixirs and manipulating of conditions.
Tools Tools Tool belt skills, utility kits, and endurance.
Scrapper Scrapper
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Grants access to hammers, gyro skills, and Function Gyro to interact with players at a range to revive allies or finish enemies. Scrappers focus on reducing incoming damage, supporting allies, and improving Superspeed and lightning fields.

Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship Long range damage and signets.
Skirmishing Skirmishing Mobility, traps, and weapon swapping.
Wilderness Survival Wilderness Survival Defensive combat maneuvers and conditions.
Nature Magic Nature Magic Boons and spirits.
Beastmastery Beastmastery Pets.
Druid Druid
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Grants access to staves, glyphs, and Celestial Avatar, which changes your weapon skills and the effects of your equipped glyphs while active. Druids have a heavy focus on team support and healing.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts Traps and poison.
Critical Strikes Critical Strikes Critical hits and signets.
Shadow Arts Shadow Arts Survival, defensive abilities, and stealth.
Acrobatics Acrobatics Dodging and mobility.
Trickery Trickery Stealing and managing initiative.
Daredevil Daredevil
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Grants access to melee staves and physical skills. Endurance pool is increased and dodging is enhanced with additional effects.

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist[edit]

Fire Fire Fire magic and conjured weapons.
Air Air Air magic, glyphs, movement speed, and spike damage.
Earth Earth Earth magic, bleeding, defense, and signets.
Water Water Water magic, defensive tactics, vulnerability and Cantrips.
Arcane Arcane General improvements, arcane utility skills, and switching of attunements.
Tempest Tempest
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Grants access to warhorns and offensive shouts. Tempests can overload their attunements for powerful channeled abilities after staying in an attunement for a certain amount of time.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

Domination Domination Interrupts and vulnerability.
Dueling Dueling Dodging, blocking, and mantras.
Chaos Chaos Defense and application of random boons and conditions.
Inspiration Inspiration Phantasms and healing.
Illusions Illusions Shattering and illusions.
Chronomancer Chronomancer
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Grants access to shields, wells, and a new shatter skill, Continuum Split. Chronomancers focus on manipulating time and can provide a unique effect called Alacrity, which reduces skill recharge.

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Spite Spite Damage, signets, foci, and axes.
Curses Curses Critical hits, conditions, corruptions, and scepters.
Death Magic Death Magic Minions and defense.
Blood Magic Blood Magic Support, life stealing, healing, wells and daggers.
Soul Reaping Soul Reaping Death Shroud, life force, staves, and spectral skills.
Reaper Reaper
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Grants access to greatswords and offensive shouts. Death Shroud is replaced by Reaper's Shroud, which has a heavier focus on melee combat.


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