Swordsmanship

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Swordsmanship is a warrior secondary attribute.

Swordsmanship increases the damage you do with Swords and your chance to inflict a critical hit when using a sword. Many skills, especially sword attack skills become more effective with higher Swordsmanship.

— In-game description

Inherent effect[edit]

Each point in swordsmanship increases the damage you deal with sword and the chance to score a critical hit while using a sword.

For information on the damage dealt with increasing ranks, see Damage rating.

Notes[edit]

  • As with any melee profession, the ability to apply Deep Wound is paramount; Sever Artery followed by Gash is a widely-used "chain" to cause Bleeding and Deep Wound on a target. Final Thrust is a great finisher (i.e. for targets with less than 50% health); it is one of the most powerful spike skills in the game.
  • There are only four Elite Swordsmanship skills; these have traditionally been outclassed by Unlinked or other attribute elites. However, they are valuable to specific builds:
  • Disarm is the only Sword Attack that is not linked to Swordsmanship.

Swordsmanship skills[edit]

Icon Name Description Tango-adrenaline.png Energy Activation time Recharge time Campaign
Barbarous Slice.jpg

Barbarous Slice

Sword Attack. Deals +5...25...30 damage. Inflicts Bleeding condition (5...13...15 seconds) if you are not in a stance. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Nightfall
Crippling Slash.jpg

Crippling Slash

Elite Sword Attack. Inflicts Crippled condition (5...13...15 seconds) and Bleeding condition (10...22...25 seconds). 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Nightfall
Dragon Slash.jpg

Dragon Slash

Elite Sword Attack. Deals +10...34...40 damage. You gain 1...4...5 strike[s] of adrenaline if it hits. 10 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Factions
Final Thrust.jpg

Final Thrust

Sword Attack. Deals +1...32...40 damage. Deals +1...32...40 more damage if target foe is below 50% Health. Lose all adrenaline. 10 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Galrath Slash.jpg

Galrath Slash

Sword Attack. Deals +1...32...40 damage. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Prophecies
Gash.jpg

Gash

Sword Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage and inflicts Deep Wound condition (5...17...20 seconds) if your target is Bleeding. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Hamstring.jpg

Hamstring

Sword Attack. Inflicts Crippled condition (3...13...15 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 0 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Hundred Blades.jpg

Hundred Blades

Elite Skill. (15 seconds.) Deals 10...22...25 slashing damage to all adjacent foes whenever you attack with a sword. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png Core
Jaizhenju Strike.jpg

Jaizhenju Strike

Sword Attack. Deals +1...24...30 damage. Unblockable unless you are in a stance. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png Factions
Knee Cutter.jpg

Knee Cutter

Sword Attack. You gain 2...6...7 Energy and 1...3...3 adrenaline if target foe is Crippled. 5 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0011 Tango-recharge-darker.png Eye of the North
Pure Strike.jpg

Pure Strike

Sword Attack. Deals +1...24...30 damage. Unblockable unless you are in a stance. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png Prophecies
Quivering Blade.jpg

Quivering Blade

Elite Sword Attack. Deals +10...34...40 damage. Inflicts Dazed condition (5 seconds) if target foe was moving. 5 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Factions
Savage Slash.jpg

Savage Slash

Sword Attack. Interrupts an action. Interruption effect: deals +1...32...40 damage if action was a spell. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.500.5½ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Seeking Blade.jpg

Seeking Blade

Sword Attack. Deals +1...16...20 damage. Deals 1...16...20 damage and inflicts Bleeding condition (25 seconds) if blocked. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Sever Artery.jpg

Sever Artery

Sword Attack. Inflicts Bleeding condition (5...21...25 seconds). 4 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Tango-quest-icon.png Core
Silverwing Slash.jpg

Silverwing Slash

Sword Attack. Deals +1...32...40 damage. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Factions
Standing Slash.jpg

Standing Slash

Sword Attack. Deals +5...17...20 damage. Deals 5...17...20 more damage if you are in a stance. 6 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Factions
Steelfang Slash.jpg

Steelfang Slash

Sword Attack. Deals +1...25...31 damage. You gain 1...4...5 adrenaline if target foe is knocked down. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0011 Tango-recharge-darker.png Nightfall
Sun and Moon Slash.jpg

Sun and Moon Slash

Sword Attack. You attack target foe twice. Unblockable. 8 Tango-adrenaline.png 0 0 0 Factions