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A creature is one of the basic entities in the game world of Guild Wars. It is used to represent almost all living and animated beings, and even a few inanimate things, such as Xunlai Chests. Although player characters are creatures, this article focuses on non-player characters.


There is no classification system officially given as canon that completely covers all creatures. Various game mechanics, lore, and official statements have been used to piece together as comprehensive a picture as possible. There are several classification systems, which overlap each other:

Variable traits[edit]

Each creature has a list of traits that can be tweaked, such as health, armor rating, attributes, being passive, fleshy, summoned, and being a boss. Specifically, some of the differences include:

It should be noted that although these traits may be strongly associated with a particular type or affiliation, they are not rigidly tied to creature classification. One example is the trait of taking double damage from holy damage. Despite being widely prevalent among the undead, Undead Sensitivity to Light is determined independently for each creature. Contrary to the implications of in-game descriptions it may not strictly match any other identifier for the undead including general lore, the deathbane mod, or the Undead Hunt bounty.


All creatures in explorable areas are also grouped into parties. Although most creatures hostile to player characters work together, there are some groups that are hostile to each other. This can be easily seen in many areas of The Jade Sea where roving groups of Outcasts will attack anything that they come across.

Armor ratings[edit]

Creatures other than player characters have their basic armor rating decided by their level and profession. This may be tweaked in one way or another, such as Wurms having very high armor, or changed versus certain types of damage, such as lower armor against fire damage. Warriors and Paragons may or may not have shields when wielding a one-handed weapon.

The basic formula is: 3 * creature level + armor bonus

Profession Warrior Ranger Monk Necromancer Mesmer Elementalist Assassin Ritualist Paragon Dervish
Armor bonus 20 10 0 0 0 0 10 0 20 10

Most warrior creatures have an additional 20 armor against physical damage and most ranger creatures have an additional 30 against elemental damage.

For example, a level 24 Margonite Bowmaster would have 82 base armor rating (72 from being level 24 and 10 from being a ranger) and 112 armor against elemental damage.

In Hard mode, foes that are below level 20 in Normal mode generally have the armor that they would have if they were level 20. Foes that are above level 20 in Normal mode have the same armor in Hard mode as in Normal mode.


Most creature's maximum health follows the simple formula level*20+80. In Hard mode, foes have an extra 20 health for each level above 20. Enemy Dervishes in PvE do not have an additional 25 health.


A creature's energy is based on their profession and is usually as follows:

Profession Warrior Ranger Monk Necromancer Mesmer Elementalist Assassin Ritualist Paragon Dervish
Total energy 20 30 40 40 40 40 30 40 30 30

Monsters also generally have one additional pip of energy regeneration.1

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