At first, I thought Druid when I saw the picture above, but then I realized that ArenaNet is showing off a centaur, not one of the five races with a weapon. So I leaned towards Revenant and the Ventari stance. Turns out this is the case but we also find out that Revenants get a staff as a melee weapon! Game Designer Roy Cronacher share this info in the latest blog article so let’s break it down a bit!
So yes, Revenant are going to be unique and get staff for melee combat. It shouldn’t be too weird to players if you already knew hammer was a ranged weapon for Revenants. The staff uses a mix of martial and magic attacks and is more about damage prevention than doing direct damage. Here’s two examples to illustrate this:
- Rejuvenating Assault (3rd part of auto attack): “Cleave foes around you with your staff, creating healing orbs for you and your allies.”
- Surge of the Mists: “Charge forward, knocking back enemies that cross your path.”
The first skill promotes healing and the second promotes defending injured players.
I like the spin on staff. Quite a few people thought Warrior might get a melee staff so I’m glad that it’s a possibility down the road. I’m very interested to see the offense and defense nature of the staff combined with different legend stances. It seems Jalis and Ventari are the most suitable combo right now since there doesn’t seem to be much condition damage on melee staff.
Legendary Centaur Stance
So for those who don’t know Ventari was a peaceful centaur and was the root of a lot of lore in Guild Wars, most notably Ventari’s Tablet which had 7 tenants for peaceful centaur living. This became the root for Sylvari’s morals and ethics. So it does make sense that Ventari is chosen as a Legend for a Revenant to channel.
Since Ventari was a peaceful centaur, the legendary stance revolves around healing and support. The cool thing about this stance is that you’re first in “summon mode” where you only have a single skill used summon Ventari’s Tablet to use the regular bar of utility skills (we’ll can this “tablet mode”). The tablet doesn’t move around with you by default so you can put it away with a skill called Energy Expulsion or move far away from it in order to go back into “summon mode”.
So what are the skills we have when in “tablet mode”? Here you go (I believe these are utility skills 7-9):
- Ventari’s Will: “Will the tablet toward the target location. As the tablet moves, it will heal allies it passes through.”
- Protective Solace (image above): “Summon a protective barrier around the tablet that destroys enemy projectiles.”
- Energy Expulsion: “Force energy to erupt from the tablet, knocking back foes and leaving behind energy fragments that heal allies.”
Those three skill descriptions alone sound really cool, very useful and definitely provide a spin on using summoned objects. As well all know, Guardian spirit weapons aren’t all that popular. I can see myself using this stance in sPvP quite a bit. The Ventari legend stance and melee staff will be available to be used in a future beta and we’ll get a preview of the skills on Points of Interest tomorrow at noon Pacific!