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Tengu are a unique species of avian humanoids found in both Tyria and Cantha. Females are generally larger than males of the species, though their plumage is plainer, even drab. Tengu lost the ability of flight some time in the distant past, but can use their almost human hands to wield all manner of weapons—when they want to. Their talons make most weapons superfluous. Tengu hate cooked food, and most live on a diet of fresh, raw meat.

The Angchu Tengu of Cantha have long been cut off from their kinfolk to the north—though Canthan merchants travel frequently to Tyria, few take along Tengu passengers. The Angchu are one of two Tengu tribes found in Cantha, and are the more peaceful of the two. (The more primitive and warlike Sensali Tengu will attack any humans—and any Angchu Tengu—on sight.) The Angchu have found ways to live with the humans that nominally control their land, while the Sensali prefer a nomadic life. The Angchu Tengu have learned much more articulate ways to communicate, and for the most part remain at peace with their human neighbors. The Angchu reserve most of their hatred and aggression for the Yeti people of the mountains, their sworn enemies since the days before Cantha even existed as a unified nation. The Canthans tolerate the Angchu Tengu, but few view them as equal with humans.

The largest Angchu settlement is known as Aerie in the common language (which supplanted ancient Canthan long ago, even on the southern continent). Both Tengu tribes have many names for the place, but refer to it as Aerie when speaking to outsiders. Aerie is ruled by Merlin Featherstone[sic], a wise, gruff, but generally respected old Tengu who acts as the settlement’s mayor, sheriff, judge, and (if necessary) executioner. Most Canthans attribute the ongoing peace between Aerie and the humans of Cantha to Featherstone’s leadership. But even Merlin Featherstone cannot be held responsible if a foolish human tries to venture into Aerie (or any other Tengu village) during the lean months of winter. During that season, when fresh meat is scarce, the Angchu Tengu can become as hostile and territorial as their Sensali cousins.

The Guild Wars Factions Manuscripts

Known clans


The Angchu are a tribe of Canthan Tengu who are at peace with humans and enemy of the Sensali Tengu.


Avicara live in the Shiverpeak Mountains, with their base in Mineral Springs. They are whitefeathered.


The Caromi are aggressive Tengu found in Kryta.


Quetzal are green-feathered and territorial Tengu that are found around the Tarnished Coast, they have the unique ability to mimic player's shout skills.


Sensali Tengu reside on Shing Jea Island, within the mountains. They are enemies of the Angchu Tengu and humans. roflmao

List of hostile NPCs

Region Clan Name Trophy
Guild Wars Prophecies
Kryta Caromi Warrior 12, 13 (24) Caromi Tengu Brave
Warrior 18 (25) Caromi Tengu Elite
Ranger 13 (24) Caromi Tengu Scout
Ranger 17 (25) Caromi Tengu Fierce
Mesmer 12 (24) Caromi Tengu Wild
Mesmer 17 (25) Caromi Tengu Seer
Feathered Caromi Scalp
Shiverpeak Mountains Avicara Warrior 24 (26) Avicara Brave
Ranger 24 (26) Avicara Fierce
Monk 24 (26) Avicara Ardent
Necromancer 24 (26) Avicara Guile
Mesmer 24 (26) Avicara Wise
Feathered Avicara Scalp
Guild Wars Factions
Shing Jea Island SensXDDDali Warrior 4 (22) Sensali Fighter
Necromancer 5 (23) Sensali Blood
Assassin 5 (23) Sensali Assassin
Feathered Scalp
Warrior 12 (24) Sensali Cutter
Necromancer 12 (24) Sensali DarkFeather
Assassin 12 (24) Sensali Claw
Feathered Crest
Kaineng City Warrior 20 (26) Star Blade
Ranger 20 (26) Star Sentinel
Ritualist 20 (26) Star Light
Guild Wars Eye of the North
Tarnished Coast Quetzal Warrior 20 (26) Quetzal Stark
Ranger 20 (26) Quetzal Keen
Necromancer 20 (26) Quetzal Dark
Mesmer 20 (26) Quetzal Sly
Quetzal Crest



  • In Japanese folklore, Tengu are a class of supernatural creatures.
  • The name Quetzal refers to a family of colorful tropical birds found in Central America; which are in turn named after the feathered-serpent god Quetzalcoatl.