Elite skill

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Disambig icon.png "Elite" redirects here. For "high-end missions", see Elite Mission. For "high-end armor", see Elite armor.

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. Elite skills are meant to have powerful effects: as a consequence, builds are often built around (and named after) their elite skill, because the choice of this special skill often prescribes many of the remaining skills, and even command to use a dedicate profession to get support from the primary attribute or boost from runes. A few examples of such elite skill-based builds include Barrage Ranger, Spiteful Spirit Necromancer, Healer's Boon Monk, Vow of Strength Dervish, Signet of Spirits Ritualist, Crippling Shot Ranger or Panic Mesmer.

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


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

Number of elite skills[edit]

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[edit]



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

Assassin AssassinRitualist RitualistParagon ParagonDervish Dervish

AllBy campaignBy capture locationBy profession

Tango-adrenaline.png AdrenalineTango-upkeep.png UpkeepTango-sacrifice.png SacrificeTango-overcast.png Overcast
Tango-energy.png EnergyTango-activation-darker.png Activation timeTango-recharge-darker.png Recharge timeTango-quest-icon.png Quest reward