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A willbender’s bladework is unmatched and wielding a sword in their off hand gives them extra opportunities for ruthless cuts.

— Official site

Willbender.pngWillbender tango icon 20px.png Willbender is an elite specialization for the guardian. It focuses on movement and Physical skills. It grants guardian access to an off-hand sword.

List of willbender skills[edit]

See also: List of guardian skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1 Rushing Justice.png Rushing Justice 0.5½ 12 Virtue. Rush toward your target and gain Justice delivering a strike and emanating Willbender Flames.

Removes other active Virtue effects.
Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngWillbender Flames.png Willbender Flames Manifest flames that damage enemies on an interval.

Activating this skill destroys other active Willbender Flames effects.
F2 Flowing Resolve.png Flowing Resolve 0.5½ 20 Virtue. Remove conditions and gain Flowing Resolve. Rush forward and evade attacks while leaving Willbender Flames in your wake.

Removes other active Virtue effects.
Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngWillbender Flames.png Willbender Flames Leave a trail of flame in your wake that damage enemies.

Activating this skill destroys other active Willbender Flames effects.
F3 Crashing Courage.png Crashing Courage 0.75¾ 30 Virtue. Shadowstep a short distance while gaining boons and emanating Willbender Flames from your location. Gain Courage.

Removes other active Virtue effects.
Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngWillbender Flames.png Willbender Flames Create a ring of flame that damages enemies.

Activating this skill destroys other active Willbender Flames effects.

Weapon skills[edit]

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


4 Executioner's Calling.png Executioner's Calling 0.75¾ 12 Strike your foe with rending force. After a successful hit, follow up this attack with a dual strike.
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.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Reversal of Fortune.png Reversal of Fortune Not available underwater 10.5½ 2 Physical. Guard yourself with light, negating the next incoming strike and healing you instead, even if the strike would have been lethal. If an effect causes damage that would be lethal, that damage will be negated and you will be healed instead. If no attacks or lethal damage are negated, you will be healed for the lowest set amount.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Flash Combo.png Flash Combo Not available underwater 0.75¾ 20 Physical. Shadowstep to your target and strike at them multiple times. If all attacks hit, gain access to Repose.
ChainRepose.png Repose Not available underwater Physical. Shadowstep to Flash Combo's starting point.
Whirling Light.png Whirling Light Not available underwater 10.25¼ 15 Physical. Lunge forward and perform a whirlwind kick, weakening and burning any foes left in your wake.
Heel Crack.png Heel Crack Not available underwater 0.5½ 15 Physical. Perform a quick heel strike that stuns your target.
Roiling Light.png Roiling Light Not available underwater 0.75¾ 15 Physical. Break stun and dodge backward, blinding foes and gaining swiftness. Then, gain access to Quick Retribution.
ChainQuick Retribution.png Quick Retribution Not available underwater 0.5½ Physical. Lunge forward and unleash a disorienting strike at your foe, dazing them.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Heaven's Palm.png Heaven's Palm Not available underwater 10.25¼ 45 Physical. Slam the ground, knocking down your targeted foe. Foes that aren't targeted are knocked back instead.

List of willbender traits[edit]

See also: List of guardian traits

Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Sword Proficiency.png Sword Proficiency You can wield swords in your off-hand.
Minor Adept Willbender Training.png Willbender Training The guardian's Virtues are now movement based, giving them a swift advantage in combat. Gain access to the Physical skill type.
Major Adept Boon Pact.png Boon Pact You gain concentration, but any boons you apply to allies have a reduced duration.
Major Adept Power for Power.png Power for Power Your toughness is reduced, but you gain the same amount in power.
Major Adept Conceited Curate.png Conceited Curate Outgoing healing potency is reduced, but healing power is increased.
Minor Master Righteous Sprint.png Righteous Sprint Gain increased movement speed. Gain swiftness when you activate a virtue.
Major Master Restorative Virtues.png Restorative Virtues While a virtue is active, activating another virtue reduces the initial virtue's cooldown by its remaining duration.
Major Master Holy Reckoning.png Holy Reckoning Willbender Flames inflict increased damage and heal you when they hit an enemy.
Major Master Vanguard Tactics.png Vanguard Tactics Activating Courage grants protection and resolution. Shadowstepping grants resistance.
Minor Grandmaster Lethal Tempo.png Lethal Tempo Each time you activate a virtue or your virtue's passives are triggered, gain a damage bonus. Gaining stacks of this boon refreshes other stacks.
Major Grandmaster Phoenix Protocol.png Phoenix Protocol Gain alacrity and regeneration when resolve's effect triggers, but you no longer heal. Resolve has a modified duration.
Major Grandmaster Tyrant's Momentum.png Tyrant's Momentum Lethal Tempo grants increased damage, but has reduced duration. Justice's duration is modified.
Major Grandmaster Deathless Courage.png Deathless Courage Killing a foe extends the duration of Courage up to the maximum duration. You cannot be downed while Courage is active. Courage no longer grants aegis, and its initial duration is reduced.


Willbenders are protectors of the Canthan throne and fated guardians to the Weh no Su (or Ascendant Emperors).[sic] A new form of Guardian that uses of an off-hand sword and physical abilities to help them reach and execute their foes, the willbender makes the profession more mobile than it has ever been. The willbender’s off-hand sword and many physical utilities have been given multi-strike and bonus movement capabilities making it a highly aggressive damage dealer, bursting down foes while simultaneously maintaining their health and well-being through destruction on the battlefield.

— Elite specialization lore[1]

Willbenders are traditionally protectors of the emperor of Cantha, or the throne of Cantha more specifically (empresses too), and more specifically to that they were protectors of the Weh no Su (or to be closer to the stars) which were certain emperor and empresses that had achieved ascension through celestial trials, so Willbenders are really really potent protectors.

Indigo Boock[2]




  • The willbender was first teased on the official Twitter account with a silhouette that lacked the typical profession-colored aura. This led to debate among players as to whether the specialization was for the guardian or the thief. [3]

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