The virtuoso sharpens the power of their mind into deadly psionic blades. Unlike traditional mesmer illusions, they wield these directly as magic projectiles.
— Official site
- Virtuoso is an elite specialization for the mesmer. It grants mesmers access to daggers, psionic skills, and replaces the mesmer's shatter ability with bladesong requiring blade charges.
List of virtuoso skills
- See also: List of mesmer skills
|F1||Bladesong Harmony||¾||12||Bladesong. Fire all stocked blades at your target.|
|F2||Bladesong Sorrow||½||25||Bladesong. Fire a volley of blades, inflicting your target with conditions.|
|F3||Bladesong Dissonance||½||38||Bladesong. Combine all your blades into one large blade that dazes targets based on the number of blades consumed.|
|F4||Bladeturn Requiem||1½||30||Bladesong. Block incoming attacks and send your blades spinning around you to hit nearby foes. Spinning blade duration scales with number of blades consumed.|
|1||Flying Cutter||½||Send a blade of energy at your target. Hitting the same target multiple times invokes a flurry of blades on your target.|
|2||Bladecall||5||Throw a fan of daggers that return to you. Stock a blade if this attack hits at least one target.|
|3||Unstable Bladestorm||12||Launch a slow-moving, telekinetic storm of daggers that damages foes it passes through. With each interval, the bladestorm will fire blades at nearby enemies.|
|3||Blade Leap||½||12||Leap to your target and stock a blade if you hit. Can be recast to return to your starting point.|
|3||Returning Edge||Shadowstep back to your previous location, crippling foes as you retreat.|
|Twin Blade Restoration||1||20||Psionic. Heal yourself and throw two blades at your target. If the first blade hits, you lose conditions. If the second blade hits, you gain aegis and one additional random boon.|
|Blade Renewal||3||60||Psionic. Channel to gain distortion and stock up to the maximum number of blades.|
|Rain of Swords||¾||25||Psionic. Create a storm of blades that attacks a large area, damaging and applying vulnerability to targets.|
|Psychic Force||½||45||Psionic. Knock back nearby foes with a psychic blade and gain boons.|
|Sword of Decimation||½||25||Psionic. Drop a massive blade on a location, immobilizing enemies. This attack deals increased damage against controlled and downed foes.|
Controls include stun, daze, knock back, pull, knock down, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.
|Thousand Cuts||1||75||Psionic. Open a portal that devastates targets in a line in front of you with a flurry of blades.|
List of virtuoso traits
- See also: List of mesmer traits
|Minor Proficiency||Dagger Proficiency||You can wield a daggers.|
|Minor Adept||Psychic Blades||Whenever a clone would be summoned, you instead stock a blade. Blades persist indefinitely until used. Your shatters are replaced with bladesongs that consume your stocked blades, but still count as shatters for the purposes of core traits.|
|Major Adept||Bladeturn Refrain||Bladesongs grant aegis.|
|Major Adept||Mental Focus||Strike damage is increased against foes within the range threshold.|
|Major Adept||Jagged Mind||Blade attacks have a chance to inflict bleeding on critical hits.|
|Minor Master||Deadly Blades||Blades inflict vulnerability on critical hits.|
|Major Master||Duelist's Reversal||3||Blocking or dodging an attack grants boons.|
|Major Master||Phantasmal Blades||Phantasms that successfully complete their attack launch a blade at their target and grant you fury when they expire.|
|Major Master||Sharpening Sorrow||Gain fury when you activate Bladesong Sorrow. Fury increases your expertise.|
|Minor Grandmaster||Quiet Intensity||Fury gives an increased critical chance. Gain ferocity based on your vitality.|
|Major Grandmaster||Psychic Riposte||1||Blocking or dodging an attack stacks a blade and shoots a blade at your attacker.|
|Major Grandmaster||Infinite Forge||Automatically stock blades while below the minimum blade count.|
|Major Grandmaster||Bloodsong||Bleeding you apply deals increased damage. Stock a blade after applying enough stacks of bleeding to foes.|
The Mesmer is normally known for deviousness, trickery, and complexity, creating illusions to distract enemies and then ‘shattering’ them to various effect. Weaving telekinesis and the Canthan martial traditions of the blade into a wholly new style of fast and active combat, the virtuoso changes this by disregarding trickery and embracing all-out offense, using their magic to summon enchanted blades, which they wield telekinetically for immensely powerful attacks, or inflicting debilitating conditions.
— Elite specialization lore
Cantha is an ancient nation filled with culture, and what you get with that kind of age is tradition and heritage, and their combat and warfare is really no different, and the mesmer is kind of the embodiment of those themes. At the monasteries of Shing Jea they've learnt to channel all of their telekinetic powers into their main hand dagger (their new weapon), and instead of producing clones, they now use all of that energy to create blades to aid them in battle.
— Indigo Boock
- Instead of creating clones, a Virtuoso creates blades. Phantasms still will be summoned normally, but after using their skill, they also become blade charges. Up to 5 blade charges can be stored at a time.
- Unlike clones or phantasms, blade charges stay even while out of combat.
- The virtuoso may occasionally shout one of these lines when using the following skills:
- Upon stocking a blade
- Sharper still.
- Sharp blades, sharp mind
- Upon using Bladesong Harmony, or Bladesong Sorrow, or Bladesong Dissonance
- Dodge this!
- Slice them apart!
- You're finished!
- Carve them up!
- Blades away!
- Upon using Bladeturn Requiem
- Not happening!
- Try me.
- When Unstable Bladestorm fires blades
- Rain of Swords
- Blade rain.
- No scape.
- Slash it all!
- Upon using Blade Renewal
- Blades, to me.
- Upon using Sword of Decimation
- Chop them in two!
- Cut them down!
- Using Thousand Cuts
- A thousand cuts!
- Fill them full of holes!
- Run them through!
- ^ Guild Wars 2 reveals the Guardian’s new elite spec, Willbender, and new Virtuoso and Harbinger details, MassivelyOP.com
- ^ ArenaNet Studio Update: July 2021, Guildwars2.com