Weapons in Guild Wars 2


Weapons will work a little differently in Guild Wars 2 than they do in traditional MMOGs. While each will still contain various stats that can enhance your character’s role in combat, they will also grant the user access to specific core skills based on their profession. Certain weapons can also be used in either the Primary or Offhand slot, depending on the profession wielding them.

Weapon selection in Guild Wars 2 will essentially be the cornerstone of your character’s build. While Elite skills do exist in the game, it’s the skills that each weapon set grants you access to that will ultimately help shape your role in combat.

However, like all skills in the game, those obtained through your equipped weapon sets will also be customizable through the Traits system. For example, a physical dagger attack could be turned into a ranged attack instead depending on which specific traits you slot.


Below you will find a complete list of all known weapons available in Guild Wars 2. Depending on profession, many of the Main Hand weapons may also be used as Offhand weapons. Also, certain weapons or combinations of main and offhand weapons can only used by specific professions. Full details will be found on the Weapon Skill listing for each profession.




  • Axe
  • Dagger
  • Mace
  • Pistol
  • Scepter
  • Sword
  • Greatsword
  • Hammer
  • Longbow
  • Rifle
  • Shortbow
  • Staff
  • Focus
  • Shield
  • Torch
  • Warhorn


You can view your equipped weapons or change your weapon sets by opening the Hero [H] panel. By default, this will open up the Equipment tab where you can see your armor, weapon sets, personality, and attributes. Examples of this screen for a charr warrior can be seen below.

In the image on the left, the equipped weapon sets are shown directly beneath the character portrait. For professions that can equip only one weapon set, such as the elementalist, only one set of weapon slots would appear here.

To equip a weapon, right click in the main or offhand slot in the Hero panel to see a list of available weapons in your inventory. This is illustrated in the image on the right. Here you can see that the character has the choice of a Ghastly Mace, Sword, Rifle or Longbow.


Certain professions have the ability to swap between 2 weapon sets during combat. To do so, you can either click on the icon located to the left of the skill bar, or you can use the keyboard shortcut [V] key.

Swapping between weapon sets will automatically change which skills you have active in the 1-5 slots on your skillbar. However, there will be a short recharge time between weapon swaps.


Guild Wars 2 Elementalist Skill Bar

Each weapon in Guild Wars 2 has a set of predetermined core skills for each profession. So the specific weapon type you equip will determine exacty which skills you will have access to in the 1-5 slots on your skillbar. Also, certain one-hand weapons such as daggers will have different core skills depending on whether you equip them in the main or off-hand slots.

  • One-Handed weapons used in the main hand slot will grant access to profession-specific skills in the 1-3 slots on the skillbar.

  • Two-Handed weapons will grant access to profession-specific skills in the 1-5 slots.

  • Offhand weapons will grant access to profession-specific skills in the 4-5 slots.

As shown below, you will begin the game with access to only a few of the core weapon skills for your profession. As you gain levels and access to a new weapon skill, it will be indicated by a small book icon in that skill's slot. Here slots 4 and 5 are grayed out indicating that a higher level must be reached before the skills associated with those slots can be learned, while the book icon in slot 3 indicates that a new skill can be purchased at the profession trainer.


Certain objects in the world can be picked up and carried by the player to be used as a weapon. To pick an object up, approach it and press the [F] key when in range. Upon doing so, your skill bar will automatically swap in any new skills associated with holding that object.

Guild Wars 2 Objects as Weapons

In the example shown above, the player had picked up a Jar of Bees which can then be thrown at enemies to do AoE damage. Once the jar is thrown, the skillbar will automatically swap back to the normal core skills for your equipped weapon set.

Certain stationary objects can also be used in a similar manner, such as the cannons and mortars used in the dynamic event fight against The Shatterer as seen below. In this example, should the flow of battle turn in the favor of The Shatterer's minions, it's possible that they could push the fight back far enough to destroy the cannons and mortars. Should this happen, it begins another event chain where players are tasked with escorting a supply train into the area. Doing so will give them the ability to fix the cannons allowing them to be used again during the event.

GW2 Shatterer Event


While full details on the different ways weapons can be customized are currently unavailable, there are certain ways in which their base functionality can be altered.

The first of these is due to Environmental Factors and will happen automatically so long as the environmental conditions are met. For example, in the image to the left below, the Ghastly Dagger has +10 Life Gain on Hit during the daytime, while that same weapon will instead grant the user a +10 Life Steal on Hit during at night.

A second, indirect way that weapons can be customized is through Traits. Slotting different traits for your weapon-based skills can alter the base functionality of those skills. In the image to the right above you will see an example of the traits window for a Ranger, with the ability to use traits for each of their weapons shown.

Guild Wars 2 Achievement Categories


Achievements in Guild Wars 2 are earned per account rather than for each individual character. This allows you to earn all of the achievements in categories such as Weapon Master which has specific achievements that can be earned for each weapon type in the game. For example, you may earn the Staff achievements on an elementalist, those for the Scepter on a necromancer and the Sword achievements on a warrior and they will all show up no matter which character you're currently logged in with.

There are currently a total of 48 Weapon Master achievements. Each of the 16 types of weapons has 3 distinct tiers that can be earned by using specific skills for that weapon. Your progress towards each can be seen by opening the Hero [H] window and clicking on the fourth tab at the top as seen in the image to the right above. You can also view the achievement progress for anyone on your friend's list by selecting them from the drop-down list seen at the top right of the window.

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