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Tool Belts, Pets & Combos, Oh MY!

Posted by Suzie Ford on Nov 04, 2011  | Comments

Tool Belts, Pets & Combos, Oh MY! -

The latest Guild Wars 2 blog post has just arrived packed with a trio of interesting tidbits including the Engineer's tool belt, the Ranger's pets and something awesome called Cross-Profession Combos.

The Engineer's tool belt has received a lot of love lately, according to Jon Peters. Included in the reworked mechanic are twenty three new skills. The tool belt will 'live' on the F1-F4 keys on a player's keyboard and the loaded skills will have a direct impact on healing utility skills on keys 6-9. Here's an example that Peters wrote about:

  • F1 - Throw Elixir H: A ground-targeted skill that throws Elixir H at the target area, randomly granting vigor, protection, or regeneration to allies in the area.
  • F2 - Incendiary Ammo: Your next three attacks cause burning.
  • F3 – Super Speed: A very short but powerful speed boost.
  • F4 – Rocket Kick: A kick that causes AoE fire damage.

Moving on, Peters discusses Ranger pets. Rangers will have access to four pets: Two terrestrial, two aquatic. Most interestingly, Rangers will be able to switch pets in the midst of battle and will even be able to switch to a new pet if one is knocked out in the fight.

One of the best new features of the pet system is the fact that Rangers will not have to level their pets! They will automatically be placed on the same level as their owner. Pets will also come with three basic skills defined by the family. For instance, Peters writes: "...bears are hard to kill, drakes do AoE damage, devourers use ranged attacks, etc. These skills are automatically used by the pet. Each species within a family has a unique skill. For example, polar bears have an icy roar that freezes enemies, while brown bears have a roar that removes conditions. This family skill has a cooldown and is activated by the ranger by hitting F2."

Lastly, Peters talks about cross profession combos. These combined attacks can be created by two players or even, depending on class alignments, by a single player. It's best illustrated by the following image:

There is more about each of the topics above so head to the provided link and check it out!

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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