Revenant is a profession unlocked with the purchase of Heart of Thorns (which is usually bought together with Path of Fire), which means it’s not available for Free to Play accounts, and once unlocked, it comes with Herald specialization with Heart of Thorns and Renegade with Path of Fire.
This profession is centered around invoking the power of Guild Wars lore legends: the notorious assassin Shiro Tagachi, the steadfast dwarven King Jalis Ironhammer, the tormenting demon Mallyx the Unyeilding, and the peace-loving centaur leader Ventari.
Your fighting style will be dynamic, you’ll be fighting by either teleporting through the mists or ripping the fabric of reality itself to summon powerful attacks.
As a Revenant, you will have access to Swords, Mace, a Hammer, an off-hand Axe, and a Staff.
Both Swords and Hammer are power-oriented weapons, Hammer offers safe play while delivering massive blows at range, while the Swords are very acrobatic, melee weapons allowing you to blink through the shadows to assassinate your targets.
Mace and off-hand Axe will be your main condition damage weapons, causing flames to erupt from the mists and tormenting foes by tearing apart the fabric of reality.
Lastly, the Staff will allow you to support players as the main healer choice and an amazing second weapon set for utility support on damage builds.
If you don’t know anything about Guild Wars 2 profession, and you maybe are looking for a short comparison, check out our introductory guides:
The main mechanic of the Revenant class is the ability to invoke the powers of Guild Wars Legends. Each Legendary Stance has a different set of utility skills that fit thematically with the legend you are invoking. You may select two Legendary Stances and can swap between them during combat with “F1” by default.
You also have access to
In addition to normal cooldowns on skills, you’ll be spending energy on each skill. Some abilities will keep draining the energy while they are active instead of the using it instantly for single cast, that drain of energy and its power is called “upkeep cost“.
You have 50 energy available by default out of combat, and once you are in combat, 5 energy per second will start refilling. If you have any upkeep skills active, that refill force will be reduced by the upkeep cost, and instead of refilling, it will start depleting.
Due to the unique nature of the Revenant’s mechanics, skills are classified according to their Legend. Thus, each Legend is also a unique skill type.
Legendary Assassin Stance
Invoking the agile Shiro Tagachi changes your utility skills to abilities around mobility, evades, and damage. This stance is often paired with the
Shiro is most often played in PvE as it offers great Crowd Control with
This stance sees play in PvP thanks to its incredible mobility from
Legendary Dwarf Stance
King Jalis Ironhammer changes your utility skills to abilities centered around supporting allies with
The main damage source in Dwarf stance is upkeep skill
This stance sees play in PvE and large-scale WvW due to its great access to Crowd Control, damage reduction, and
Legendary Demon Stance
Invoking Mallyx the Unyielding, ruler over the Domain of Anguish gives you abilities centered around removing boons, crowd controlling, and inflicting massive amounts of deadly conditions on enemies. This stance pairs perfectly with
The most commonly used skill in this stance is
In PvE, Mallyx legend is an integral part of any condition damage builds. It also sees play in WvW roaming due to its ability to stack vast amounts of conditions on unsuspecting enemies.
Legendary Centaur Stance
Wise, peace-loving Ventari offers access to a floating tablet, and your skills are used to manipulate its effect and position. This stance pairs impeccably with the
Tablet can then be empowered to heal and support allies via cleansing conditions and blocking projectiles.
Usual traits selections is 131 (
This specialization can make your character incredibly durable and synergizes well with
This specialization sees play in PvP to help with survivability, reasonable damage, and projectile block. It also has a niche use in raids for very specific roles in some encounters.
The go-to healing specialization for Revenant. It provides incredible healing modifiers and thus greatly increases the efficacy of
This specialization primarily sees play in PvE Heal Revenant builds. However, it is sometimes used PvP too.
Invocation is centered around giving your player large damage modifiers and access to some key offensive boons, it’s used in every damage Revenant build regardless of game mode.
The most common trait pick is often 213 (
This traitline is composed of dealing damage, siphoning life from your enemies, and inflicting large amounts of
The commonly selected traits are: 222 (
This traitline is commonly used for Power Revenant in PvE due to its large power damage modifiers.
Revenants have a lot of “cool” animations that often come with evasion, allowing for defense-through-offense gameplay.
If you are ready to start playing this profession we recommend a starter build that was created to help with the traditional leveling experience of the core profession.
If you are looking for more builds for all game modes, make sure to check out our build guides.