Weapon Master

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Disambig icon.png This article is about achievement category. For the NPC, see Weapon Master (NPC).

Weapon Master is an achievement category for achievements earned by mastering the different weapons of the game. A total of 20 weapon master achievements can be attained.

Each time the player uses a specific weapon skill to deal a finishing blow to an NPC or player, they will earn credit. No profession can wield all weapons, meaning that you will have to create at least three characters to complete this category (see notes).

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Weapon Master (General)
Total achievements: 20 209Achievement points
Master of Overkill 0Achievement points
Deliver 300,000 damage in a single blow.Overkill? I don't believe in overkill! 5,000 Damage In One Hit Achievement points
10,000 Damage In One Hit Achievement points
20,000 Damage In One Hit Achievement points
50,000 Damage In One Hit Achievement points
Staff Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a staff.A staff has many uses—all deadly. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Sword Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a sword.A classic weapon that grows more effective in your hand. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Axe Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a
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axe.It's not the prettiest weapon in the armory, but it slices beautifully.
100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Longbow Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a longbow.Kill 'em before they reach you? Kill 'em before they see you! 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Dagger Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a dagger.A slim, elegant blade with so many uses. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Scepter Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a scepter.Nothing weaves a web of magic like a fine scepter. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Short-Bow Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a short bow.You deliver pain from a distance. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Mace Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a mace.Blunt force trauma is your friend, and you enjoy sharing it with your enemies. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Focus Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a focus.Only fools see this as an ornament. Only a master knows how to channel magic through it. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Greatsword Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a greatsword.You know how to wield a finely crafted piece of forged brutality. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Hammer Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a hammer.When you absolutely want to turn your foes into jelly, this is your weapon. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Warhorn Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a warhorn.The sound of death marches upon your enemy. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Pistol Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a pistol.You dispense death from the palm of your hand. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Rifle Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a rifle.You deftly mix precision and power with this two-handed weapon. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Torch Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a torch.Bringing light to the darkness–forcefully. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Shield Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a shield.You know how to turn defense into offense. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Speargun Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a speargun.A mighty hunter cuts through the water. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Trident Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a trident.Undisputed master of the sea. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
Harpoon Master 11Achievement points
Deliver 5,000 killing blows with a harpoon.Swiftly filling watery graves. 100 Killing Blows 1Achievement points
500 Killing Blows 5Achievement points
5,000 Killing Blows 5Achievement points

Notes[edit]

Master of Overkill[edit]

  • This is the only achievement that does not grant any benefits including Achievement points, experience, titles or being prerequisite for another achievement.
  • Any skill will do, including the ones available via bundles or siege weapons. The best way to max this achievement is by hitting ambient creatures like Rabbits or Raccoons, because they have no defense.
    • In Crucible of Eternity (story), there's a part where players follow a golem that is producing a force field. With one of the bundles you can collect right in front of the poison area, hit an ambient creature.
    • Hit an ambient creature with a siege weapon in World versus World.
    • Risen at the end of Personal Story mission Air Drop, while wearing the golem suit.

Weapon Master[edit]

To acquire weapon-related achievements, the last hit must be dealt with that particular weapon a specific number of times. Only the weapon related to the weapon skill that strikes the killing blow will earn a point. If the target dies from any other source of damage such as Pets, trait effects, condition damage or most utility skills no credit is given, although several utility skills count as kills from a certain weapon.

  • Players can use the Combat log to check whether a weapon skill was the last hit dealt on a target as long as nothing else was attacking it too.
  • Kills from reflected projectiles count as the weapon that produced them.
  • It's highly recommended to work on these achievements with the Slayer achievements.
  • Foes killed by area of effect damage from Sigil of Fire also count towards the title for whichever weapon skill caused the hit.
  • The names of the achievements "Speargun Master" and "Harpoon Master" are misleading. The Speargun achievement is actually referring to Harpoon Gun weapons (sometimes just called Harpoon). The Harpoon achievement refers to Spear weapons.
  • Some bundles and utility skills count as a specific weapon type. Some, such as conjured skills like Lightning Hammer and Magnetic Shield do not count towards anything.
Places with large amounts of ambient creatures or underleveled enemies

Due to people farming ambient creatures with Maize balm many open world locations with quickly respawning ambient creatures have been adjusted with slower spawn rates or complete removal. There are however still some personal story steps that offer endless respawns of critters or underleveled creatures that can be killed with one hit and are ideal for farming weapon master achievements.

  • A Vision of Darkness (lvl 20, Sylvari): Spiders respawn until the NPCs cross a certain threshold.
  • Forewarned is Forearmed (lvl 60, Vigil): an endless stream of rats spawn (at a rate of ~1 rat per second) and can be killed for weapon master achievements. By diving at the spawn even underwater weapon kills can be farmed this way.
  • Stealing Light (lvl 80): At the top of the hill risen spiders spawn and will instantly respawn when one is killed. By not triggering the fight against the Spider Lord, these spider can be used to very quickly (depending on attack speed, between 8 and 40 minutes, except for Shield which takes longer) finish any weapon master achievement. The spiders are not ambient creatures but underleveled enemies and while not hitting hard, the sheer number of can eventually kill a player without any sustainability. NPC Allies may interfere so it's best to feed them to the giants. Beware that they resurrect each other.


Off-Hand

The focus, shield, torch, and warhorn achievements are noticeably slower to acquire, as there's no autoattacks for them on any profession, and their skills usually have lengthy cooldowns or deal no damage. The most easy way of progress in this achievement is to upgrade a weapon with a damaging sigil like Sigil of Fire and kill the ambient creatures or low-health enemies in story steps. The following weapon skills offer the most potential kills per minute if used against infinitely respawning creatures (for example the risen spiders in the story step Stealing Light):

  • Focus - Elementalist Flamewall - ~187.5 hits per minute: 10 pulses against 5 targets every 16 seconds (with Persisting Flames and Pyromancer's Training)
  • Shield - Chronomancer Tides of Time - 20 hits per minute: hits 10 targets every 30 seconds (reduced slightly by alacrity from the skill itself)
  • Torch - Ranger Bonfire - 135 hits per minute: 9 pulses against 5 targets every 20 seconds (with Ambidexterity)
  • Warhorn - Necromancer Locust Swarm - 187.5 hits per minute: 15 pulses against 5 targets every 24 seconds (with Banshee's Wail)

Ground targeted abilities (like Flamewall and Tides of Time cannot be autocast. To farm these weapon master achievements with minimal interaction, the Ground Targeting option can be set to Instant and the associated key on the keyboard can be held down continuously to have the skill be cast as soon as it comes off cooldown. Note however, that AFK farming is prohibited, be at the computer at all times.

Aquatic

Not much attention is paid to the aquatic weapons, so there is little information to help with gaining related Weapon Mastery. The rivers that run through Timberline Falls, Brisban Wildlands and Metrica Province offer a decent number of ambient enemies. For Trident Master, swimming up and down the river west of Artergon Waypoint with a Trident on a Necromancer killing ambients is a good way to go.

In the Sylvari personal story chapter Source of the Issue, the stream that runs through the instance contains 18 Coho Salmon on a slow respawn. Once the regular enemies have been cleared out of area, they can be farmed in peace. The story step Forewarned is Forearmed of the Vigil story offers an endless stream of quickly respawning ambient rats that can be hit from underwater.

Professions

To obtain the Weapon Master achievements with the least possible number of different professions, the following combinations can be used:

  • Ranger, Guardian, Engineer
  • Warrior, Ranger, Thief, Necromancer
  • Warrior, Ranger, Thief, Elementalist
  • Warrior, Ranger, Thief, Guardian
  • Warrior, Ranger, Mesmer, Necromancer
  • Warrior, Ranger, Mesmer, Elementalist
  • Warrior, Ranger, Mesmer, Guardian
  • Warrior, Ranger, Necromancer, Engineer
  • Warrior, Ranger, Elementalist, Engineer
  • Warrior, Thief, Mesmer, Necromancer
  • Warrior, Thief, Mesmer, Elementalist
  • Warrior, Thief, Necromancer, Guardian