The Ranger Brings Pets To Guild Wars 2

The latest class revealed for ArenaNet's Guild Wars 2 is the Ranger, a bow-using, pet-charming, trap-setting class that might just out-hunt World of Warcraft's Hunter class.

The Ranger class answers a question many players have been bugging ArenaNet with since the first reveal of Guild Wars 2: Will the game feature pets? The answer is a resounding yes, with a Ranger pet charming skill that expands upon the system used for the Hunter class in World of Warcraft.

Rangers can charm any of 12 different types of pets in Guild Wars 2, from bears and spiders to more specialised species, such as sharks. Each species has sub-species with different abilities. A brown bear has different skills than a polar bear, for instance.

Pets in Guild Wars 2 will share the same level as the Ranger, but they also climb a 20-rung evolutionary ladder, eventually developing skills slots the Ranger can use to add special abilities to their pet, tailoring them to fit the player's tactics. The Ranger can keep three pets at a time, switching them out during downtime or using special skills.

Rangers can also lay traps, triggered when an enemy passes over them. ArenaNet gives the example of a spike trap, which slows an enemy's approach while causing damage.

The system sounds very similar to World of Warcraft's Hunter. Heck, even some of the skill names are the same, though the effects are much more impressive. Check them out:

Barrage

Hunter's Call

Spread Shot

Serpent Strike

Whirling Defense

The main difference, other than style and flair, is the Ranger's ability to summon spirits to aid the party. Summoning a Sun Spirit, for instance, adds fire damage to party members' attacks as long as they stay within the spirit's range of influence. Sounds like Shamanic totems to me.

Spirits will allow Rangers to fulfil a support role in groups, while leaving them free to cause havoc with bows, axes and, of course, their animal friends.

Addendum: As many of you politely point out, the Guild Wars 2 ranger is very similar to the Ranger from the original Guild Wars. Not coming from an original Guild Wars background, I compared it to World of Warcraft's Hunter, a class I am familiar with.

Guild Wars 2 Professions: Ranger [Guild Wars 2]


Comments

    Rangers are haven't changed much then, yay.....That Asura is as cute as a button though, I want to eat him/it.

    This game is looking seriously brilliant - only problem is i just KNOW it won't run on my laptop :(

    I've only been mildy paying attention to Guild Wars 2 but I think I'll get it when it comes out. I have to ask though is the Ranger the only bow using class because if it is that really sucks. I'm so sick of being forced to play a pet class in mmos if I want to use a bow.

    It's looking good, between this and SWTOR I might finaly join an MMO... of course I still have a few problems.

    My computer wont run them, they're not on consoles... and I'm not overly keen on playing with others.

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