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 skill types 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

Total number of elite skills[edit]

Warrior Ranger Monk Necromancer Mesmer Elementalist Assassin Ritualist Paragon Dervish Common5 Total
Core 5 5 5 5 5 5 - - - - 1 31
Prophecies 111 10 10 10 92 10 - - - - 1 61
Factions 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 - - - 90
Nightfall 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 15 15 2 112
Eye of the North3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Bonus Mission Pack4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4
Total 36 35 35 35 34 35 25 25 15 15 11 301
  1. Warriors have one extra elite because Hundred Blades was originally a non-elite skill.
  2. Mesmers have one less elite because Mantra of Celerity was removed before Guild Wars was originally released.
  3. There are no profession-specific elite skills unique to Eye of the North. In order to capture elites in Eye of the North regions, access to the campaign the skill originates from is required.
  4. All available elite skills in the Bonus Mission Pack quests are temporary and limited to the quest they are found in.
  5. This includes event-related skills and such found in the Bonus Mission Pack quests - see Notes for more information.

List of skills that interact with elite skills[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Arcane Mimicry.jpg Arcane Mimicry Spell. This skill becomes target ally's elite skill (20 seconds). Cannot self-target. No effect if target's elite skill is a form. 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerZ Core
Price of Pride.jpg Price of Pride Hex Spell. (5...17...20 seconds.) Causes 1...6...7 Energy loss the next time target foe uses an elite skill. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerDomination MagicZ Nightfall
Signet of Capture.jpg Signet of Capture Signet. Choose one skill from a nearby dead Boss of your profession. Signet of Capture is permanently replaced by that skill. If that skill was elite, gain 250 XP for every level you have earned. 0 0 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Core
Signet of Humility.jpg Signet of Humility Signet. Disables elite skill (1...13...16 second[s]). Disables your non-Mesmer skills (10 seconds). 0 0 03.003 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerInspiration MagicZ Core
Symbols of Inspiration.jpg Symbols of Inspiration Elite Skill. (1...25...31 seconds.) This skill becomes the Elite of target foe. Elite spells you cast use your Fast Casting attribute instead of their normal attributes. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png mesmeraMesmerFast CastingZ Nightfall


Temporary elite skills[edit]

Copying elite skills[edit]


See also[edit]

Skill Hunter

Elite skill lists (edit)
Elite skill
By profession
Warrior WarriorRanger RangerMonk MonkNecromancer NecromancerMesmer MesmerElementalist Elementalist
Assassin AssassinRitualist RitualistParagon ParagonDervish DervishProfession All
By capture location
By campaign • (Prophecies) • (Factions) • (Nightfall) • (Eye of the North)