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Thief Weapon Sets

Thief Weapon Sets

Starting at level 7, the thief is able to equip two unique weapon sets. These can be actively swapped by pressing the [`] key at any time out-of-combat, though there will be a short cooldown after swapping weapon sets during combat before you will be able to swap back again. For more information on how this system works, please refer to our Intro Guide to Builds.

The weapons that thieves can equip along with their associated skills can be seen in-game by opening the Hero window [H] and selecting the Skills and Traits tab on the left. We’ve also included a list of available weapons for the thieves below:

Main Hand Off-Hand Two-Handed Aquatic
Sword Dagger Shortbow Harpoon Gun
Dagger Pistol Spear

While thieves don’t have a huge variety of weapons, they have a good mix for both melee and ranged. In addition, special attacks become available for different weapons when the thief is in stealth. Other special attacks are also available through dual-wielding. These dual-wield skills vary by combination of main and off-hand weapons. When dual-wielding, these special skills will appear in slot 3 of your hotbar.

The thief uses initiative to make most of their attacks. While none of your attacks have a cooldown, most of your weapon abilities require a specific amount of initiative to use. If you run out of initiative, there is always an attack available that does not require any to use. A thief starts out with a total of 12 initiative, but this number can be bumped up to 15 through the Trickery trait line. Initiative is shown by the diamonds on top of the left side of the hotbar. Initiative replenishes at the rate of 1 per every 1.67 seconds.

guild wars 2 thief guide

The thief is a deadly profession, proficient at stealth and surprise. Using a variety of weapons, they can strike from up close or far away. While not heavily armored, they do have good survivability through their agile fighting style and can use traps, tricks, and venom to ensure their victory.

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Thief Quick Facts

  • One of Guild Wars 2’s three Adventurer professions
  • Able to wear Medium armor
  • Can wield both melee and ranged weapons
  • Uses Initiative to use a flurry of attacks
  • Can use traps and venom to hinder foes
  • Can Steal from enemies to gain an advantag
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