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Guild Wars 2

The ranger is a nature-themed adventurer profession[1] which combines their use of pets with mobile combat and a focus on ranged attacks. The ranger can use a wide variety of weapons, but they tend to favor bows. Their repertoire of utility skills focuses on pet buffs, traps and spirits of nature.

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The unique profession ability for the ranger is their three named, controllable pets. Most of the time a ranger only has access to one of their pets, but they can swap them outside of combat or through the use of utility skills.

The pet's level is based off that of the ranger. In addition to this they have an evolution which advances if they are the active pet and the ranger gains experience. As the pet gains evolution levels they unlock up to four special abilities which depend on the type of the pet.

The ranger has a special user interface element for controlling their pet which provides simple behavioral modes and direct commands for the pet.


See list of ranger skills.

Special skill types

  • Chains — three skills that share a single skill slot, which are executed in sequence on a single target.[2]
  • Preparations — apply a preparation to a weapon to change its abilities.
  • Spirit skills — summon a nature spirit that influences the area around it.
  • Traps — utility skills that can be placed at a ranger's current location. When an enemy enters a trap, it is triggered.


A ranger has two general trait lines to choose from: Wilderness Survival and Beast Mastery. They also have trait lines for each of the weapons they can wield.

See list of ranger traits.


Rangers can put attribute points into Strength, Agility, Vitality, and Perception.



The ranger is an adventurer profession and they will use medium armor.


  • Two-handed
    • Greatsword — A brute force, heavy-damage weapon.
    • Longbow — A stationary sniping weapon, used for rapid fire strikes or barrages at long distance.
    • Shortbow — Quick skirmishing weapon relying on movement and positioning for quick kills.
  • Main-hand
    • Sword — Mobile melee strikes which can be used to distance the ranger from the target or surprise them from behind.
    • Axe — Medium ranged throwing weapon which can ricochet off a target or can toss a cluster of axes in a line.[3]
  • Off-hand
    • Axe — The ranger can enter a stance to reflect incoming strikes or throw the axe for a boomerang effect.
    • Dagger — Used as a crippling ranged attack, or a quick poisonous stab for melee.
    • Torch — The ranger can throw the torch at enemies for burning damage, or can light areas on fire which can ignite arrows passing through.
    • Warhorn — Call in temporary animals to attack or used to buff allies.

A ranger has eleven possible weapon combinations. A ranger has 2 weapon sets and is able to switch quickly between them.

  • Ranger on the official website.


  1. ^ Tweet written by Martin Kerstein
  2. ^ Interview: meet Guild Wars 2's acrobatic ranger, PCGamer, Eric Flannum
  3. ^ Guild Wars 2: The Ranger, IGN

ZAM credits this article at Guild Wars 2 Wiki for some of the info in this article.
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