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Disambig icon.png This article is about the class of weapon. For the specific weapon sold by NPC weaponsmiths, see Staff (weapon). For the ArenaNet staff members, see ArenaNet#List_of_ArenaNet_staff.


Gnarled Walking Staff concept art.jpg

Staff concept art.

The staff is a two-handed weapon that is well known for its long range and wide array of area of effect skills that can support allies or damage and control enemies. Most skills on a staff have 1200 range, however Revenants and Daredevils instead use the staff in close combat.

Skills by profession[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Guardian icon small.png Guardian[edit]

1 Bolt of Wrath.png Bolt of Wrath 0.5½ Fire a bolt that damages foes.
1 ChainSearing Light.png Searing Light 0.5½ Fire a projectile that explodes upon impact and damages enemies.
1 ChainSeeking Judgment.png Seeking Judgment 0.5½ Fire a seeking projectile that explodes upon contact and damages enemies.
2 Holy Strike.png Holy Strike 0.5½ 8 Mark an area for judgment, rapidly healing allies and then blasting foes in the area.
3 Symbol of Swiftness.png Symbol of Swiftness 0.75¾ 12 Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies.
4 Empower.png Empower 20.5½ 20 Channel healing and might to nearby allies. Completing this channel grants more health to your allies.
5 Line of Warding.png Line of Warding 1 30 Ward. Create a line in front of you that foes cannot cross.

Revenant icon small.png Revenant[edit]

1 Rapid Swipe.png Rapid Swipe 0.5½ Swipe your staff at your foe.
1 ChainForceful Bash.png Forceful Bash 0.5½ Bash your foe with your staff.
1 ChainRejuvenating Assault.png Rejuvenating Assault 1 Cleave foes around you with your staff, healing nearby allies.
2 Mender's Rebuke.png Mender's Rebuke 0.75¾ 5 Smash the ground in front of you to damage foes. After a delay, allies in the area are healed. Heals for more if an enemy was struck.
3 Warding Rift.png Warding Rift 10.5½ 12 Create a rift from the Mists that blocks incoming attacks. When the rift closes it blinds foes in front of you.
4 Renewing Wave.png Renewing Wave 1 15 Release a burst of Mists energy that heals and removes conditions from allies. Create a healing orb for each ally that loses conditions.
5 Surge of the Mists.png Surge of the Mists 1 20 Charge forward, knocking back enemies that cross your path.

Druid icon small.png Druid[edit]

1 Solar Beam.png Solar Beam 10.25¼ Fire a concentrated beam of light at the target enemy or ally, damaging foes and healing allies struck by the beam.
2 Astral Wisp.png Astral Wisp 0.75¾ 8 Send a wisp to attach to your target. While attached, it will circle the target, healing nearby allies.
3 Ancestral Grace.png Ancestral Grace 10.25¼ 20 Become a wisp of natural energy, traversing to the targeted location. When you reach the target, heal nearby allies and grant protection to your pet. Recharge is reduced if you heal another ally.
4 Vine Surge.png Vine Surge 0.75¾ 20 Send forth vines that immobilize enemies and cleanse conditions from allies.
5 Sublime Conversion.png Sublime Conversion 25 Summon an energy barrier that causes enemy projectiles to heal upon impact. Allies that pass through the wall gain boons.

Untamed icon small.png Untamed[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSolar Brilliance.png Solar Brilliance 1 Unleashed Ambush. Enchant yourself with solar energy, healing nearby allies and damaging nearby enemies over time.

Daredevil icon small.png Daredevil[edit]

1 Staff Strike.png Staff Strike 0.5½ Strike your enemies with your staff.
1 ChainStaff Bash.png Staff Bash 0.5½ Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple enemies.
1 ChainPunishing Strikes.png Punishing Strikes 1 Whirl your staff around, striking nearby enemies.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngHook Strike.png Hook Strike 0.75¾ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foes with stealth, knocking enemies down.
2 Weakening Charge.png Weakening Charge 0.5½ Deliver multiple strikes, weakening foes.
3 Debilitating Arc.png Debilitating Arc Strike enemies in front of you and roll backward, breaking immobilizing effects. Gain access to Helmet Breaker.
3 ChainHelmet Breaker.png Helmet Breaker 0.5½ Leap at your target with an overhead strike that dazes them. You can use Helmet Breaker again if you strike your enemy with this attack.
4 Dust Strike.png Dust Strike 0.75¾ Spin your staff in the air, creating a vortex of dust around you that blinds enemies and reflects projectiles.
5 Vault.png Vault 0.75¾ Leap toward your destination, damaging foes upon impact.

Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMalicious Hook Strike.png Malicious Hook Strike 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foes from stealth, knocking enemies down. If this attack hits your mark, it consumes all malice and grants you quickness.

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist[edit]

Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
1 Fireball.png Fireball 1 Cast a fireball that explodes on impact and hits multiple foes.
2 Lava Font.png Lava Font 6 Make lava erupt from the target area.
3 Flame Burst.png Flame Burst 0.5½ 10 Burn foes at the target location.
4 Burning Retreat.png Burning Retreat 18 Quickly roll backward, leaving behind a line of fire that burns.
5 Meteor Shower.png Meteor Shower 30.75¾ 30 Call down a meteor shower onto the target area.
Damage is reduced per target each time they are struck by this ability.
Water Attunement.png Water Attunement
1 Water Blast.png Water Blast 0.75¾ Spray a jet of water at your foe that splashes to heal nearby allies.
2 Ice Spike.png Ice Spike 0.75¾ 6 Drop a giant ice spike on foes to make them vulnerable.
3 Geyser.png Geyser 0.75¾ 20 Create a geyser to heal nearby allies.
4 Frozen Ground.png Frozen Ground 30 Coat the target area in ice, chilling foes that enter it. Grant frost aura to allies in the area.
5 Healing Rain.png Healing Rain 1 35 Call down a healing rain on the target area, granting regeneration to allies and curing conditions once every three seconds. Allies are healed for each condition removed.
Air Attunement.png Air Attunement
1 Chain Lightning.png Chain Lightning 0.75¾ Hit multiple foes with arcs of chain lightning.
2 Lightning Surge.png Lightning Surge 1 10 Charge a lightning surge that damages and blinds foes near your target when it discharges.
3 Gust.png Gust 0.25¼ 25 Push foes backward with a burst of air.
4 Windborne Speed.png Windborne Speed 0.25¼ 20 You and nearby allies gain swiftness, while curing crippled, immobilized, and chilled.
5 Static Field.png Static Field 0.75¾ 30 Create an electrical field that stuns foes crossing it.
Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement
1 Stoning.png Stoning 0.75¾ Hurl a rock and weaken your foe.
2 Eruption.png Eruption 10.25¼ 6 Shake the ground until it erupts and damages foes.
3 Magnetic Aura.png Magnetic Aura 30 Reflect projectiles with magnetic energy.
3 ChainTransmute Earth.png Transmute Earth 0.5½ 10 Cause the surrounding magnetic aura to violently explode.
4 Unsteady Ground.png Unsteady Ground 0.25¼ 30 Create unsteady ground that foes cannot cross.
5 Shock Wave.png Shock Wave 0.75¾ 25 Create a shock wave that bleeds and immobilizes your target.

Weaver icon small.png Weaver[edit]

Fire AttunementWater Attunement Fire + Water
3 Pressure Blast.png Pressure Blast 1 15 Dual Attack. Send out a vaporous projectile that heals allies it passes through. This projectile violently explodes if it hits the ground or strikes an enemy, healing allies and damaging foes in the area.
Fire AttunementAir Attunement Fire + Air
3 Plasma Blast.png Plasma Blast 0.25¼ 12 Dual Attack. Launch a ball of plasma that explodes on impact at your foes.
Fire AttunementEarth Attunement Fire + Earth
3 Pyroclastic Blast.png Pyroclastic Blast 0.75¾ 15 Dual Attack. Launch a molten rock that devastates an area.
Water AttunementAir Attunement Water + Air
3 Monsoon (weaver skill).png Monsoon 0.5½ 20 Dual Attack. Launch a hurricane in a direction, healing allies and damaging enemies.
Water AttunementEarth Attunement Water + Earth
3 Lahar.png Lahar 0.5½ 20 Dual Attack. Create an area that cripples and damages enemies.
Air AttunementEarth Attunement Air + Earth
3 Pile Driver.png Pile Driver 10.5½ 18 Dual Attack. After a short channel, launch a hyper-fast boulder that decimates foes in its path.

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer[edit]

1 Winds of Chaos.png Winds of Chaos 0.75¾ Bounce an orb of energy between foes and allies. The first hit applies torment, while subsequent hits to enemies apply confusion. Allies that the orb bounces to gain fury and might.
2 Phase Retreat.png Phase Retreat 10 Clone. Teleport away from your target, summoning a clone that casts Winds of Chaos.
3 Phantasmal Warlock.png Phantasmal Warlock 0.75¾ 15 Phantasm. Summon illusions that deal damage and inflict conditions.
4 Chaos Armor.png Chaos Armor 20 Blind and confuse nearby foes while you gain chaos aura. Chaos aura grants you a random boon and inflicts your foe with a random condition whenever you are struck.
5 Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm 0.25¼ 25 Create a magical storm at the target location that applies random conditions to foes and boons to allies. The first strike of the storm dazes foes.

Mirage icon small.png Mirage[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngChaos Vortex.png Chaos Vortex 1 1 Ambush. Release a vortex of chaos energy that inflicts damaging conditions on foes. Allies near you gain boons. Clones using this attack grant their boons around you instead of themselves.

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer[edit]

1 Necrotic Grasp.png Necrotic Grasp 0.75¾ Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
2 Mark of Blood.png Mark of Blood 0.75¾ 40.75¾ Mark. Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
3 Chillblains.png Chillblains 0.75¾ 12 Mark. Inscribe a mark that inflicts chill and poison on foes when triggered.
4 Putrid Mark.png Putrid Mark 0.75¾ 15 Mark. Inscribe a mark that damages enemies and transfers your conditions to them when triggered.
5 Reaper's Mark.png Reaper's Mark 0.75¾ 18 Mark. Inscribe a mark that inflicts fear on foes when triggered.

Related traits[edit]



Weapon strength[edit]

See also: Weapon strength

Related achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

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