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Disambig icon.png This article is about the class of weapon. For the specific weapon sold by NPC weaponsmiths, see Sword (weapon).


Fiery Dragon Sword concept art.jpg

Sword concept art.

The sword is a one-handed weapon that may be wielded in the main hand and off-hand. Swords balance positioning and avoiding attacks with inflicting damage, making them versatile for any profession to use.

Skills by profession[edit]

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

Guardian icon small.png Guardian[edit]

1 Sword of Wrath.png Sword of Wrath Chain. Slash your foe once.
1 ChainSword Arc.png Sword Arc 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 ChainSword Wave.png Sword Wave 0.5½ Send out waves of attacks that strike multiple targets.
2 Symbol of Blades.png Symbol of Blades 8 Symbol. Teleport to your target, and blind nearby foes. Create a symbol at your feet that damages nearby enemies and benefits allies.
3 Zealot's Defense.png Zealot's Defense 0.5½ 12 Block ranged attacks while casting magical projectiles.

Willbender icon small.png Willbender[edit]

4 Executioner's Calling.png Executioner's Calling 0.75¾ 12 Strike your foe with rending force. Follow up this attack with a dual strike that deals increased damage against foes you struck with the first.
5 Advancing Strike.png Advancing Strike 0.5½ 20 Quickly dash toward your foe and then shadowstep to deliver a debilitating attack that first slows and then immobilizes your enemies.

Revenant icon small.png Revenant[edit]

1 Preparation Thrust.png Preparation Thrust 0.5½ Stab your foe with your sword, inflicting vulnerability.
1 ChainBrutal Blade.png Brutal Blade 0.75¾ Slice foes, damaging them and inflicting vulnerability.
1 ChainRift Slash.png Rift Slash 0.5½ Slash foes, creating a rift on them that explodes for additional damage after a short delay.
2 Chilling Isolation.png Chilling Isolation 0.5½ 5 Strike all nearby foes, then release a burst of mist energy that deals a second strike. The second strike deals bonus damage if it hits only one enemy.
3 Unrelenting Assault.png Unrelenting Assault 0.75¾ 12 Shadowstep and unleash fierce attacks on nearby foes. Gain might each time you damage a foe.
4 Shackling Wave.png Shackling Wave 1 15 Slice through the air, sending a wave of energy from the Mists toward your foe and dealing rapid strikes. Immobilize duration is increased per target you strike.
5 Deathstrike.png Deathstrike 0.5½ 15 Shadowstep to your foe and deliver a quick attack, then deliver a second devastating blow if it hits.

Warrior icon small.png Warrior[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngFlurry.png Flurry 0.5½ 8 Burst. Immobilize your foes with a flurry of bleeding strikes. Effect increases with adrenaline level.
1 Sever Artery.png Sever Artery 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe with a slash.
1 ChainGash.png Gash 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe with a gash.
1 ChainHamstring.png Hamstring 0.25¼ Cripple your foe with a precise slash.
2 Savage Leap.png Savage Leap 0.75¾ 8 Lunge at your foe and strike them with your sword.
3 Final Thrust.png Final Thrust 0.5½ 12 Strike your foe with a final powerful thrust that does extra damage and inflicts bleeding against foes below the health threshold.
4 Impale (warrior sword skill).png Impale 0.5½ 15 Throw your sword at your foe to impale them.
4 ChainRip.png Rip 0.75¾ 1 Rip your sword from your foe for extra damage.
5 Riposte.png Riposte 20.25¼ 15 Block the next attack. Riposte and bleed your foe if you block a melee attack. Gain adrenaline if you are not attacked.
5 Chain"On My Mark!".png Adrenaline Rush Stop blocking and gain adrenaline.

Berserker icon small.png Berserker[edit]

F1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngFlaming Flurry.png Flaming Flurry 2 5 Primal Burst. Lash out with a flurry of strikes that block missiles and shoot fireballs at foes in front of you.

Holosmith icon small.png Holosmith[edit]

1 Sun Edge.png Sun Edge 0.5½ Strike your foe and inflict vulnerability. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
1 ChainSun Ripper.png Sun Ripper 0.5½ Strike your foe again and inflict vulnerability. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
1 ChainGleam Saber.png Gleam Saber 0.75¾ Unleash a burst of stored energy with your sword and recharge your other sword skills. This attack deals more damage based on your heat level.
2 Refraction Cutter.png Refraction Cutter 0.5½ 9 Strike at foes in front of you and launch a blade of light at your target. Launch extra blades based on your heat level. Each blade inflicts conditions.
3 Radiant Arc.png Radiant Arc 0.75¾ 14 Leap to your target and create an arc of light that strikes nearby foes. Gain quickness based on your heat level.

Ranger icon small.png Ranger[edit]

1 Slash (ranger sword skill).png Slash 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe.
1 ChainCrippling Thrust.png Crippling Thrust 0.25¼ Chain. Stab your foe, crippling them for a short time.
1 ChainPrecision Swipe.png Precision Swipe 0.75¾ Deliver a blow to your foe. Your pet gains might for each foe struck.
2 Pounce.png Pounce 0.75¾ 6 Deliver a leaping strike that deals more damage to disabled, defiant, or movement-impaired foes. Gain vigor if an enemy is struck.
3 Serpent's Strike.png Serpent's Strike 0.75¾ 8 Leap to your target and cripple them. If your target is disabled, defiant, or movement impaired, immobilize them instead.

Untamed icon small.png Untamed[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngDeft Strike.png Deft Strike 0.75¾ Unleashed Ambush. Leap forward and strike the ground, creating a spore under each enemy struck.

Thief icon small.png Thief[edit]

1 Slice (thief skill).png Slice Chain. Slice your foe.
1 ChainSlash (thief skill).png Slash 0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 ChainCrippling Strike.png Crippling Strike 0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngTactical Strike.png Tactical Strike 1 Stealth Attack. Blind your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt. Daze them instead if you attack from behind or they are defiant. Applies vulnerability.
2 Infiltrator's Strike.png Infiltrator's Strike Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return[sic] to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
2 ChainInfiltrator's Return.png Infiltrator's Return 0.25¼ Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
3 Stab (thief sword skill).png Stab (without offhand) 0.5½ Stab your foe.
3 Flanking Strike.png Flanking Strike (with offhand Dagger) 0.5½ Dual Wield. Evade and stab your foe.
3 ChainLarcenous Strike.png Larcenous Strike (with offhand Dagger) 0.5½ Dual Wield. Stab your foe and steal boons from them. Deals increased damage if it hits a foe with no boons.
3 Pistol Whip.png Pistol Whip (with offhand Pistol) 0.75¾ Dual Wield. Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMalicious Tactical Strike.png Malicious Tactical Strike 1 Stealth Attack. Blind your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt, or daze them if you attack from behind or they are defiant. Applies vulnerability. Consumes all malice when striking your mark to restore endurance based on the malice used.

Weaver icon small.png Weaver[edit]

Fire Attunement.png Fire Attunement
1 Fire Strike.png Fire Strike 0.5½ Build elemental flames into your sword and strike your enemies.
1 ChainFire Swipe.png Fire Swipe 0.5½ Heat your sword a second time and strike your enemies for increased damage.
1 ChainSearing Slash (weaver).png Searing Slash 0.75¾ Heat your sword a final time and use the full power of your flames to sear enemies and ignite them.
2 Flame Uprising.png Flame Uprising 0.75¾ 8 Jump forward and deliver a fiery blast to the area.
3 Cauterizing Strike.png Cauterizing Strike 0.75¾ 15 Stab your foe with full force, dealing bonus damage against burning enemies.
Water Attunement.png Water Attunement
1 Seiche.png Seiche 0.5½ Imbue your blade with water, healing yourself for each target you strike.
1 ChainClapotis.png Clapotis 0.5½ Deliver a second strike that heals yourself for each target it hits.
1 ChainBreaking Wave.png Breaking Wave 0.75¾ Strike your enemies and unleash a wave that heals allies.
2 Riptide.png Riptide 1 12 Use the element of water to propel yourself backward and regenerate, leaving a healing area at your location.
3 Aqua Siphon.png Aqua Siphon 0.75¾ 15 Strike an enemy and draw water from them, causing them to deliver a healing burst to your allies.
Air Attunement.png Air Attunement
1 Charged Strike.png Charged Strike 0.5½ Strike your foe with shocking force.
1 ChainPolaric Slash.png Polaric Slash 0.5½ Deliver a second strike, gaining swiftness.
1 ChainCall Lightning (weaver).png Call Lightning 0.75¾ Deliver the final attack, calling lightning strikes onto enemies.
2 Polaric Leap.png Polaric Leap 0.5½ 15 Shadowstep to your target and deliver a dazing strike. Gain superspeed if you interrupt an enemy.
3 Quantum Strike.png Quantum Strike 0.75¾ 16 Strike your foe, charging them with static and causing lightning to strike repeatedly for a short period of time.
Earth Attunement.png Earth Attunement
1 Crystal Slash.png Crystal Slash 0.5½ Strike your opponent with your serrated blade.
1 ChainCrystalline Strike.png Crystalline Strike 0.5½ Attack enemies with a second vicious attack.
1 ChainCrystalline Sunder.png Crystalline Sunder 0.75¾ Unleash a final crushing blow.
2 Earthen Vortex.png Earthen Vortex 0.75¾ 10 Burrow into the ground, then erupt with earth-shattering force.
3 Rust Frenzy.png Rust Frenzy 0.5½ 15 Strike your enemies with deadly force.
Fire AttunementWater Attunement Fire + Water
3 Twin Strike.png Twin Strike 0.75¾ 10 Dual Attack. Quickly strike enemies in front of you with the extreme nature of fire and water.
Fire AttunementAir Attunement Fire + Air
3 Pyro Vortex.png Pyro Vortex 0.5½ 12 Dual Attack. Strike enemies in an arc in front of you, creating burning vortexes on enemies you hit.
Fire AttunementEarth Attunement Fire + Earth
3 Lava Skin.png Lava Skin 0.25¼ 18 Dual Attack. Cover yourself in an increasing barrier while dealing damage to nearby enemies.
Water AttunementAir Attunement Water + Air
3 Shearing Edge.png Shearing Edge 0.5½ 12 Dual Attack. Form a frozen blade and spin it toward your enemies.
Water AttunementEarth Attunement Water + Earth
3 Natural Frenzy.png Natural Frenzy 0.5½ 10 Dual Attack. Unleash a volley of ice and earth at your enemies.
Air AttunementEarth Attunement Air + Earth
3 Gale Strike.png Gale Strike 0.75¾ 20 Dual Attack. Strike your enemies, lifting them and creating cyclones at their locations.

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer[edit]

1 Mind Slash.png Mind Slash Chain. Slash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 ChainMind Gash.png Mind Gash 0.5½ Chain. Gash your foe to make them vulnerable.
1 ChainMind Spike.png Mind Spike 0.5½ Stab your foe and rip a boon off of them. Does additional damage when the target has no boons.
2 Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy 1 10 Strike your foe with a flurry of strikes, distorting the space around you, making you evade attacks.
3 Illusionary Leap.png Illusionary Leap 0.5½ 12 Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. After the initial leap, the clone will execute the Mind Slash sword chain.
3 ChainArcane Thievery.png Swap Swap places with your clone. Immobilize nearby foes.
4 Illusionary Riposte.png Illusionary Riposte 20.25¼ 12 Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
4 ChainCounter Blade.png Counter Blade 0.75¾ Shoot out a bolt that dazes foes in a line.
5 Phantasmal Swordsman.png Phantasmal Swordsman 1 15 Phantasm. Perform a sword strike and create an illusion that attacks your foe. If the sword strike hits, you gain might.

Mirage icon small.png Mirage[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMirage Thrust.png Mirage Thrust 0.75¾ 1 Ambush. Lunge at your foe and strike them with your sword, briefly dazing them. Leave behind a clone at your original location.

Virtuoso icon small.png Virtuoso[edit]

3 Illusionary Leap.png Blade Leap 0.75¾ 12 Leap to your target and stock a blade if you hit. Can be recast to return to your starting point.
3 ChainArcane Thievery.png Returning Edge Shadowstep back to your previous location, crippling foes as you retreat.

Related traits[edit]



Weapon strength[edit]

See also: Weapon strength

Related achievements[edit]

See also[edit]

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