ArenaNet details Thief profession for Guild Wars 2

Friday, 4th March 2011 06:34 GMT By Brenna Hillier

ArenaNet has revealed the sixth of eight professions in Guild Wars 2 – the Thief.

According to Eurogamer, the Thief is nimble and speedy, but has low health and armour.

The Thief can carry a sword, pistol or dagger as well as wield a small weapon in the off-hand. Shortbows are another option for two-handed play.

The new class gets a bonus on sneak attacks and has stealth skills as well as the ability to steal enemies’ items to use against them. Ability use is governed by initiative points.

Of the six professions revealed so far, Elementalist, Warrior, Ranger, and Necromancer return from the original Guild Wars, while Guardian and Thief are new to the fold.

Two more professions will be revealed in due course, but Guild Wars’ Mesmer and Assassin are not expected.

ArenaNet recently commented that fans of both classes would find something to like in soon-to-be-revealed professions; presumably, the Thief is the “sneaky anti-hero” mentioned at that time.

The two reveals to come will both be medium armour types.

Guild Wars 2 is due to conduct closed alpha and beta tests this year.



  1. Schindet Nemo

    I’ve played Guild Wars 1 to death (PvP mostly), but could never get into the grindy time consuming MMOs like Wow. Naturally I’m looking forward to this “MMO for MMO haters”.
    I’m just a bit disappointed that they cut the Mesmer, who was my favourite class by far. Guess I’ll roll a Necro then.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DeathJynx

    I was quite fond of Warrior/Mesmer myself. Theif seems like an odd choice since they are going with a single class system. Rouge sounds like a more appropriate name choice. Maybe even Scavenger.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. TheWulf

    Not sure if anyone’s seen the footage of the Thief in play over on IGN but golly the Charr are looking good. And their animations show that they actually have flexible spines.

    Finally, a feline race in a roleplaying game that actually has feline physiology.

    Yes, this is a big deal for me, because as someone who’s familiar with the physiology of numerous animals, seeing felines walk like a tree trunk always bugged the hell out of me. One of the worst offenders being the Elder Scrolls. It gets better too, Charr armour is actually comprised of scalemail, plates, and segmentata – in other words, it’s all designed for bodily flexibility.

    Someone at ArenaNet really, really knows what they’re doing. Really. Yay for getting non-human races right. I don’t think I’ve seen a decently done non-human race since, what? Star Control II? I know it’s been a while.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. alycat

    The Mesmer IS expected to return. Clearly this article is basing their information off a European article that jumped to the wrong conclusion when interviewing ANet. Martin of ANet was quick to correct the misunderstanding on guildwars2guru,

    Originally Posted by Martin Kerstein View Post
    Basically all Jon said was “We are not talking about unreleased professions.”

    The rest is speculation on behalf of the author.

    Incidentally, ANet also gave the following clue regarding the last four classes prior to the guardian and thief reveals:

    On October 9, 2010, it was announced that, of the four professions then-unrevealed, at least one was a returning profession, at least one was similar with a different name, and at least one was new, as per

    ANet later revealed the guardian, indicating they considered it a “new” profession despite similarities to the monk, rit and paragon, and that there would be one more new profession.

    Then came the thief. The thief is similar to the assassin, but with a different name. That means we have one new class and one returning class left. ANet has confirmed monks are not returning, so that leaves mesmer, paragon, dervish and ritualist.

    Now I ask you, which of the four seems the most likely to return?

    Note that one of the as-yet-to-be-used concept arts for profession bares a striking resemblance to the mesmer, and the fact that elemenalism, necromancy and mesmer are spoken of as THE three schools of magic in the book.

    Mesmer will be the last scholar, and the last adventurer will be the other new class. We were right about assassins returning with a new name, we will be right about mesmers returning with the same name.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. lardycake

    Definitely going to be playing the thief, seems like it’s going to be one of the more challing professions as they die fast and rely more on fast movement than stealth (opposed to usual mmos where you can just stay stealthed forever)

    Found a fairly nice thief profession guide that may come in handy later on.

    Something quite interesting is the amount of teleportation abilities they get, cant wait to see how it works out particularly in pvp.

    #5 4 years ago

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