Weapons are a type of equipment that characters wield in combat. When equipped, they also determine the first five skills in a player's skill bar.

Excluding environmental weapons, there are a total of 19 different types of weapons - each profession having access to a specific selection of them. Furthermore, each profession utilizes weapons differently from one another, giving a wider scope in play style. A warrior's use of the axe, for example, focuses on building adrenaline quickly and spiking for high amounts of damage, while the ranger uses axes as throwing hatchets for ranged attacks.

Basic attributes

Character weapons are split into four primary categories based on how they are held:

  • One-handed — can be wielded in either the main hand, the off hand, or one in each hand, depending on the profession.
  • Two-handed — requires both hands to wield it.
  • Off-hand — can only be used in the off hand.
  • Aquatic — can only be used in underwater mode.

Every character has at minimum (depending on profession) a set of 3 different weapon slots:

40px The main hand slot can hold one one-handed weapon or a two-handed weapon.
40px The off hand slot can hold one off-hand weapon or, depending on the profession, a one-handed weapon, but can not be used when a two-handed weapon is equipped.
40px The aquatic weapon slot can hold one aquatic weapon.

All professions excluding the elementalist and the engineer have a second set of weapon slots and the ability to switch between two weapon sets while in combat. However, the elementalist's attunements give it the equivalent of four weapon sets to choose from, and the engineer has device and weapon kit skills which can be used to change weapon skills.

When combined with profession, equipped weapons (and shields) determine the first five skills on the character's skill bar.

All weapons have a range of weapon strength which, in combination with Power and the opponent's Armour, affects the direct damage dealt with that weapon's skills. In addition, a weapon can provide up to 3 attribute bonuses based on its prefix, and often includes a slot for an upgrade component. The amount of weapon strength and attribute bonuses depend on the weapon's required level and quality. Weapon strength is always the same for a given weapon type at a particular level and quality (for example, all masterwork shields with a level requirement of 35 have 279-314 weapon strength), but damage might still vary depending on which attributes the weapon improves (e.g. a weapon that improves power will end up dealing more damage than a weapon that improves toughness).

A weapon can be wielded or stowed, where it is visible on the back or hip of the character. Stowing away a weapon can be used to cancel the current action, e.g. auto attacking or a utility skill. (The in-game options panel allows you to bind a key to the "Stow/Draw Weapons" command).

Strength relative to rarity

For the same level requirement, strength improves with the grade of weapon rarity.

Rarity Strength (level 80 sword
stats used for comparison)
Increase (above
prior rarity)
Attributes (Berserker) Increase (above
prior rarity)
B普通 551 – 609 n/a 54 Power, 52 Precision, 52 Ferocity n/a
C优质 690 – 762 25% 91 Power, 65 Precision, 65 Ferocity 40%
D精制 745 – 823 8% 98 Power, 70 Precision, 70 Ferocity 7.7%
E稀有 802 – 886 7.65% 106 Power, 75 Precision, 75 Ferocity 7.5%
F特异 905 – 1000 12.85% 120 Power, 85 Precision, 85 Ferocity 13.3%
G升华 950 – 1050 5% 125 Power, 90 Precision, 90 Ferocity 5.2%
H传奇 950 – 1050 0% 125 Power, 90 Precision, 90 Ferocity 0%


A weapon can be acquired in several different ways:

See also: Equipment acquisition by stats



Weapons cannot be dyed.[1]


Weapons are classified in three categories depending on their skin:

  • Weapon sets: Collections of weapons that share visual characteristics and name patterns.
  • Standalone weapons: Weapons that aren't part of any weapon set.
  • Named weapons: Weapons with the same appearance as some of the weapons from the weapon sets, but that aren't part of any set.

Skins can be transmuted, too.


Sigils are upgrade components for weapons. Some upgrades will add a visual effect to the weapon.[2]

Environmental Weapons

When available, an environmental weapon (such as a Jar of bees) can be picked up and dropped while adventuring. While equipped they suppress the normal weapon sets of the character in favor of their own special skills. Some can be destroyed by using their skills and most are destroyed when dropped.

Weapon usability by professions

Weapon Guardian tango icon 20px.png
Revenant tango icon 20px.png
Warrior tango icon 20px.png
Ranger tango icon 20px.png
Thief tango icon 20px.png
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png
One-handed Axe





Main hand only Scepter

Off-hand only Focus


Herald tango icon 20px.png

Chronomancer tango icon 20px.png

Berserker tango icon 20px.png


Tempest tango icon 20px.png

Two-handed Greatsword

Reaper tango icon 20px.png

Scrapper tango icon 20px.png
Longbow Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png


Short bow


Druid tango icon 20px.png Daredevil tango icon 20px.png

Aquatic Harpoon gun



Available sets 2 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 2
Number of usable weapons 11 7 11 4 10 6 5 9 8
Number of weapon skills 1 40 25 49 17(47) 39 37[40] 80(105) 34 30(35)
Possible combinations 14 7 21 4 13 9 6 12 12

The profession can use this one-handed weapon in either hand or both hands simultaneously.

The profession can only use this one-handed weapon in the main hand.

The profession can only use this one-handed weapon in the off hand.
The profession can use this main hand only, off-hand only, two-handed, or aquatic weapon.

The profession cannot use this weapon.


  • Weapons will scale based on the size of the character wielding them, so the same weapon will be smaller for an asura compared to a norn. The scaling is proportional, so a large weapon will still seem large when wielded by an asura.[3]
  • It's not necessary to have three of the same weapon to have a weapon set with dual wielded weapons and another with one of those weapons. It is possible to simply equip the different weapon alone along an empty slot in the other weapon set, and the game will not swap the weapon with the empty slot, only the other one.

See also


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