User:Mediggo/Weapons

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Your weapon is the extent of your will. Here's a quick summary of each weapon as well as specific role it is most effective in.

Protip: Use browser search (Ctrl-F) to search for "hammer", "support", "condition damage", etc. build keywords.

One-handed[edit]

One handed weapons are versatile, and all but scepter can be used in both hands, though not by all professions. Bladed one handed melee weapons and pistols are capable of immense damage, while "blunt" weapons like mace and scepter offer a more defensive playstyle with their control abilities.

Axe Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

With axes necromancers and especially warriors are capable of striking quickly multiple times for high damage. For rangers, axes for both hands are ranged throwing weapons. Warriors wielding axe as their off-hand weapon gain additional multi-hit attack skills.

  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warriors turn axes into critical hit machines, thanks to their high damage, critical-enhancing traits and rapid attack speed (six hits compared to the usual three for their chain).
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Rangers can attack even distant foes with axe skills multiple times, thanks to bouncing and piercing attacks.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer's axe is their "raw power" mid-range weapon which can accumulate vulnerability on a single enemy very quickly while not giving up on damage dealing capability.
Example skills:  
Triple Chop.png
 Triple Chop,  
Ricochet.png
 Ricochet,  
Unholy Feast.png
 Unholy Feast

Dagger Ranger tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Daggers, capable of being used in both hands for all except ranger (who can only wield it as off-hand), are mostly capable of close-range attacks and some balanced support skills, many inflicting conditions.

  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger's off hand only dagger skills can apply bleeding and poison as well as evasion and a ranged attack, making it suitable for defensive play which focuses on condition damage.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief uses daggers to dish out single target damage at close range. Dancing Dagger and Cloak and Dagger all provide additional utility, while dagger dual skills compliment the role defined by main hand weapon.
  • Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist uses daggers to cast close and mid range spells. Main hand dagger skills excel in damage and offensive support while off hand dagger skills provide defensive abilities while still being suited for offensive playstyle.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer uses main hand dagger to attack single foe at a time and to quickly gain life force. Off hand dagger skills can inflict many conditions on foes as well as transferring them off the necromancer to their foes.
Example skills:  
Crippling Talon.png
 Crippling Talon,  
Death Blossom.png
 Death Blossom,  
Drake's Breath.png
 Drake's Breath,  
Deathly Swarm.png
 Deathly Swarm

Mace Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Maces are just like small hammers. Guardian's mace skills focus on AoE effects and supporting allies, while warrior's mace skills consist of heavy-hitting technical attacks. Warriors can also wield a mace as their off-hand weapon for more control skills. Both professions gain skills that block, making mace ideal for defensive playstyle.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian uses mace to heal and protect allies.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior main hand mace skills focus on defense by blocking attacks, interrupting enemies and debuffing them with weakness. Off hand mace skills leave enemies suspectible to further attacks.
Example skills:  
Symbol of Faith.png
 Symbol of Faith,  
Pulverize.png
 Pulverize

Pistol Engineer tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Pistols can be used in either hand. It is "ranged-only" projectile weapon with emphasis on inflicting damage, conditions and interrupts from distance. Many pistol attacks count as 20% or full projectile finisher.

  • Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer uses pistols to inflict many damaging and controlling conditions on their enemies. Their pistol skills also have most area of effect attacks across all pistol users.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief's pistol skills focus on single target damage, though their off hand pistol skills are more suitable for defense for their interrupting and blinding attacks.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer uses pistol in off hand only, casting either a phantasm to deal heavy single target damage at long range or Magic Bullet do interrupt multiple enemies simultaneously.
Example skills:  
Static Shot.png
 Static Shot,  
Body Shot.png
 Body Shot,  
Phantasmal Duelist.png
 Phantasmal Duelist

Scepter Guardian tango icon 20px.png Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

The scepter is a versatile long range weapon, notably used in main hand only. It often offers rapidly hitting channeled attacks for the wielder while also providing chain skills for mesmer and necromancer.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Scepter is the guardian's ranged weapon, guardian being the only profession with 1,2k unit range specter attacks.
  • Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist uses scepter to for various kinds of attacks depending on their attunement. Fire attunement and earth attunement scepter attacks provide a notable amount of condition damage.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer can use their chain skill to create clones rapidly while either blocking enemies or making them hurt themselves in confusion with the other skills. Mesmer's scepter skills only target single foe at a time.
Key skills:  
Orb of Wrath.png
 Orb of Wrath,  
Dragon's Tooth.png
 Dragon's Tooth,  
Ether Clone.png
 Ether Clone

Sword Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Damage
  • Attributes: Precision, Condition Damage
  • Trait lines: Radiance, Arms, Skirmishing, Dueling

Swords are all about versatility, mobility and technique. It doesn't matter which profession you play; with sword skills you can leap or roll to improve your positioning to continue attacking or for rapid getaway. After spear, it is the most commonly wielded weapon type, available to five different professions.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian's third chain skill hits all foes it can reach three times, making it ideal for proccing Justice. Their other sword skills have impressive range and versatile effects suitable for both offense and defense.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior's sword attacks focus heavily on inflicting bleeding. With main hand sword they can quickly close distance between them and their foe or leave them crippled and kite away.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Rangers wielding a sword gain two evasion skills, making sword useful for defense. It is also very useful for staying close to the enemy thanks to leap and crippling attacks.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Sword is the only melee weapon of thief which is capable of constantly affecting multiple foes, and is suitable for both offense and defense, as well as condition removal.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer uses sword to attack multiple foes, making them vulnerable while avoiding attacks by summoning illusions, blocking and making use of distortion granted by Blurred Frenzy.
Examples:  
Sword Wave.png
 Sword Wave,  
Savage Leap.png
 Savage Leap,  
Serpent's Strike.png
 Serpent's Strike,  
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike,  
Blurred Frenzy.png
 Blurred Frenzy

Two-handed[edit]

Two handed weapons are characterized by long reach, which manifests as either range or area of effect attacks, or both. They are also most profession specific weapons, four of them being available only to a combination of two professions each.

Greatsword Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Damage
  • Attributes: Power, Toughness, Precision
  • Trait lines: Zeal, Arms, Domination

Greatsword skills revolve around mobility and/or powerful AoE attacks.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can apply retaliation on themselves, pull enemies to them and attack them all simultaneously, dealing immense damage.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior can swoop over the battlefield with two damaging movement abilities, make enemies suspectible to further attacks and deal immense close range AoE damage.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger uses greatsword more defensively; they can evade and block attacks and disable their attacker.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer uses greatsword has a ranged magic weapon, using attacks with large AoE and high damage.
  • Example skills:  
    Whirling Wrath.png
     Whirling Wrath,  
    Hundred Blades.png
     Hundred Blades,  
    Power Stab.png
     Power Stab,  
    Phantasmal Berserker.png
     Phantasmal Berserker

Hammer Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Control
  • Attributes: Power, Toughness
  • Trait lines: Valor, Defense

Hammers are melee nukes; weapons of mass destruction and controlling your opponents. Warrior's hammer has a freakishly high number of control skills; five, if counting in their burst skill. Guardians take a more supportive approach with their hammer skills. Overall hammer is a defensive weapon like its one-handed counterpart, mace.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can prevent enemies from reaching their allies or getting away. They can also make use of frequent blast finisher ability to create combos on their own, such as area retaliation.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior can cripple, knockdown and push enemies to protect themselves and their allies or just keep their enemies unable to move while pounding on them.
Example skills:  
Banish.png
 Banish,  
Hammer Shock.png
 Hammer Shock

Longbow Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Support
  • Attributes: Power, Vitality, Condition Duration
  • Trait lines: Tactics, Marksmanship

Longbow is, in warrior's case, their access to long range AoE abilities and support skills via burning arrows and burst-created Fire Field. Ranger's use of longbow relies on being able to attack from great range while avoiding close encounters.

  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior can deal immense burning damage with their longbow. It is especially useful for creating combos when using Stronger Bowstrings trait which increases range of attacks but also makes them all combo finishers.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Rangers wielding longbow have access to the longest range player skills in the game and some means to control distance between them and their foes.
Example skills:  
Combustive Shot.png
 Combustive Shot,  
Long Range Shot.png
 Long Range Shot

Rifle Warrior tango icon 20px.png Engineer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Control
  • Attributes: Precision, Condition Duration
  • Trait lines: Arms, Firearms

Rifles are long range weapons, mostly focusing on single target damage. Rifle users have options to allow piercing of enemies, providing a different angle on targeting multiple foes.

  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior uses a rifle to initiate combat by attacking a single enemy from distance, to snare and finish off a fleeing foe.
  • Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer uses the rifle with more utility, to control positioning while dealing more AoE damage than warrior's rifle.
Example skills:  
Aimed Shot.png
 Aimed Shot,  
Jump Shot.png
 Jump Shot

Shortbow Ranger tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Shortbow is very useful against groups of foes you need to kite away from, as it always provides evasion skills and has faster attack speed albeit shorter range than longbow.

  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger's use of shortbow focuses on single target elimination and control.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief uses shortbow to launch explosives or set up poison fields for large AoE damage. They can also utilize Cluster Bomb to trigger blast finishers rapidly.
Example skills:  
Quick Shot.png
 Quick Shot,  
Trick Shot.png
 Trick Shot

Staff Guardian tango icon 20px.png Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Staff is a defensive weapon used to cast long range and AoE spells. Guardians can use the staff for buffing up groups of allies, or for warding, while scholar professions can use the staff to cause all manner of offensive and defensive effects in large areas.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian's staff is a mid ranged weapon most suitable for defense, party support and AoE damage.
  • Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist gains superior support abilities when using staff. They can create areas of healing, grant swiftness to allies and slow down enemies before nuking them all simultaneously.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer's staff skills affect many allies and enemies simultaneously, causing many conditions and granting various boons.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancers wielding staff have access to variety of marks which function similiar to traps, causing many conditions. However, their slow recharge time requires making use of other weapon set more frequently.
Example skills:  
Symbol of Swiftness.png
 Symbol of Swiftness,  
Healing Rain.png
 Healing Rain,  
Chaos Storm.png
 Chaos Storm,  
Mark of Blood.png
 Mark of Blood

Off-hand only[edit]

Besides being able to wield in off hand only, these weapons offer a notable amount of support and control abilities, in contrast to more damage-oriented main hand weapons.

Focus Guardian tango icon 20px.png Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

Focus provides support skills which largely depend on profession wielding it. In most cases, it grants defensive support and control skills which allow blocking.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can use focus to momentarily shield enemies or punish enemies while healing allies. Their focus skills have rather long recharge time, requiring making use of the other weapon set.
  • Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist can protect allies from projectile attacks and make themselves temporarily invulnerable.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer can also protect allies from projectiles while wielding focus, doubly so when using the trait Warden's Feedback which allows them to reflect attacks.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancers can use focus to remove several boons from an enemy at once. Their focus skills recharge fastest.
Example skills:  
Ray of Judgment.png
 Ray of Judgment,  
Comet.png
 Comet,  
Phantasmal Warden.png
 Phantasmal Warden,  
Soul Grasp.png
 Soul Grasp

Shield Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png Engineer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Control
  • Attributes: Vitality, Toughness
  • Trait lines: Valor, Defense

Shields, rather obviously, provide characters with additional defensive skills. Shields can be used to protect not only oneself but their allies as well.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can grant protection to allies and shield them from projectiles.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior uses shield to momentarily shield themselves from all attacks or lash at enemy with it.
  • Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer can use their electrified shield for various sequence skills, including blocking, reflecting and disabling enemies.
Example skills:  
Shield of Judgment.png
 Shield of Judgment,  
Shield Bash.png
 Shield Bash,  
Static Shield.png
 Static Shield

Torch Guardian tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Support
  • Attributes: Condition Damage
  • Trait lines: Radiance, Wilderness Survival, Domination

Use of torch revolves around fire, but varies for profession. For ranger, it means natural heat and use of fire as burning weapon. For guardian, it is the flame of zeal, and provides magical effects which burn foes and cleanse allies. Mesmer embraces use of fire as element of magical trickery.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can cure conditions from their allies and burn their foes.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger can set areas aflame, creating fire fields for allies to combo with.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer can stealth and burn enemies, cause confusion and grant retaliation to allies while wielding a torch.
Example skills:  
Zealot's Flame.png
 Zealot's Flame,  
Bonfire.png
 Bonfire,  
The Prestige.png
 The Prestige

Warhorn Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Support
  • Attributes: Boon Duration
  • Trait lines: Tactics, Nature Magic

Warhorn is a support PBAoE weapon. It can affect many allies as well as foes simultaneously. It often provides some manner of increase in mobility either to the user or all nearby allies, as well as blast finisher ability.

  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior can grant swiftness and vigor and remove snaring conditions from them, while weakening enemies.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger can summon birds to attack single target, or grant many boons to themselves, their pet, and all nearby allies.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer can daze enemies with warhorn and summon damaging swarm of locusts which also increases their movement speed.
Example skills:  
Call to Arms.png
 Call to Arms,  
Hunter's Call.png
 Hunter's Call,  
Locust Swarm.png
 Locust Swarm

Aquatic weapons[edit]

Not much to way about underwater weapons, except that it's good to pay attention to your trait build's possibilities for using traits to enhance recharge time of your underwater weapons as well as adding other interesting effects. While underwater, characters also have different set of slot skills as not all of them are available while underwater.

Harpoon gun Warrior tango icon 20px.png Engineer tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Damage
  • Attributes: Precision, Critical Damage, Condition Duration, Condition Damage
  • Trait lines: Arms, Firearms, Marksmanship, Deadly Arts

Long range weapon suitable for controlling enemies or attacking them from afar.

  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warrior's harpoon gun attacks deal more damage the further their target is. They can make a single foe vulnerable or bleed, and keep them at bay while keeping firing.
  • Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer can only use harpoon gun to control enemies while underwater, and therefore it is highly recommended to use a weapon or device kit such as Grenade Kit alongside it.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger's harpoon gun skills can deal immense damage in short amount of time with various conditions and high damage attacks.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Thieves use harpoon gun to attack enemies from distance when they cannot afford to stay in melee; they can cripple, bleed and poison their foe.
Example skills:  
Mariner's Shot.png
 Mariner's Shot,  
Net Shot.png
 Net Wall,  
Feeding Frenzy (ranger skill).png
 Feeding Frenzy,  
Poison Tip Strike.png
 Escape

Spear Guardian tango icon 20px.png Warrior tango icon 20px.png Ranger tango icon 20px.png Thief tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Control
  • Attributes: Power, Toughness, Vitality
  • Trait lines: Radiance, Arms, Wilderness Survival, Acrobatics, Dueling, Deadly Arts

Either quickly close in on your foe, or pull them to you, and give them a beating in underwater melee!

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Unlike other professions, guardian uses spear to attack from medium range. Their spear skills involve high damage and multiple hit attacks.
  • Warrior tango icon 20px.png Warriors can pull foes to them, block and stun them before unleashing a barrage of slashes and stabs.
  • Ranger tango icon 20px.png Ranger can avoid incoming attacks with a spear while ensuring their foe cannot flee them.
  • Thief tango icon 20px.png Like ranger, thieves using a spear can block, evade and counterattack continuosly, thanks to their initiative.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmers can pull enemies into a Vortex and create localized slipstreams to push back enemies or travel rapidly while attacking.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancers switching to spear gain highly damaging melee skills. However, they lack skills to avoid incoming attacks.
Example skills:  
Spear of Light.png
 Spear of Light,  
Mariner's Frenzy.png
 Mariner's Frenzy,  
Man O' War.png
 Man O' War,  
Shadow Assault.png
 Shadow Assault,  
Feigned Surge.png
 Feigned Surge,  
Deadly Catch.png
 Deadly Catch

Trident Guardian tango icon 20px.png Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer tango icon 20px.png[edit]

  • Role: Support
  • Attributes: -
  • Trait lines: Honor, Water Magic, Inspiration, Curses

Trident is used to provide magical underwater support. Trident also has, across all professions, most means of controlling characters' and foes' elevation while underwater, via sink and float.

  • Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian can cleanse conditions from allies and burn enemies. They can also reflect projectiles and grant retaliation.
  • Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Trident is the only underwater weapon elementalists can use. It mostly has ranged low damage attacks, though they possess area of effect skills and overall more underwater skills than any other profession.
  • Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer uses trident to buff allies with various boons including swiftness and retaliation.
  • Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancers wielding a trident can bleed their foes rapidly while weakening, poisoning and chilling them.
Example skills:  
Symbol of Light.png
 Symbol of Light,  
Rock Anchor.png
 Rock Anchor,  
Siren's Call.png
 Siren's Call,  
Crimson Tide.png
 Crimson Tide