Elite skill

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Disambig icon.pngElite redirects here. For high-end missions, see Elite Mission. For high-end armor, see Elite armor. For quests with a difficulty of elite see category:Elite difficulty quests and/or Elite difficulty.

Elite skills are skills that have been specially designated by the designers as being more significant than non-elites. Players may only include one elite skill in their build, although under special circumstances, a skill bar might have several. Builds are often named after their elite skill, because that skill often prescribes many of the remaining skills, e.g. Crippling Shot Ranger or Panic Mesmer.

Elite skills are indicated in the skill bar by a golden border, and within the Skills and Attributes Panel with yellow text.


See also: List of elite skills by campaign or by capture location

Number of elite skills

Type Warrior Ranger Monk Necromancer Mesmer Elementalist Assassin Ritualist Paragon Dervish Common Total
Core 5 5 5 5 5 5 - - - - - 30
Prophecies 112 10 10 10 93 10 - - - - - 60
Factions 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 - - - 90
Nightfall 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 11 111
Eye of the North4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 3
Total 36 35 35 35 34 35 25 25 15 15 4 294
  1. There are four PvE-only elites:
  2. Warriors have one extra elite because Hundred Blades was originally a non-elite skill.
  3. Mesmers have one less elite because Mantra of Celerity was removed before Guild Wars was originally released.
  4. There are no profession-specific elite skills unique to Eye of the North. In order to capture elites in EotN regions, you must have access to the campaign the skill originates from.

Skills that interact with elite skills



  • Prior to the August 23, 2007 update that limited a skill bar to having only 3 PvE-only skills, a player could capture up to 6 elites in their skill bar in certain explorable areas in Prophecies, making it possible to have 7 elite skills at once.
  • Lightbringer Signet was considered an elite until the August 7, 2008 update. Players who achieved the Elonian Skill Hunter title beforehand would show 141/140 elites captured on the Elonian Skill Hunter title track. This was fixed in an update later on.

Elite skill lists (edit)
Warrior WarriorRanger RangerMonk MonkNecromancer NecromancerMesmer MesmerElementalist Elementalist

Assassin AssassinRitualist RitualistParagon ParagonDervish Dervish

AllBy campaignBy capture locationBy profession

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