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Guide to the Dervish in Guild Wars

by: Sheri Newton ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

The dervish profession in Guild Wars was introduced with the Nightfall campaign. The dervish uses a scythe, is able to use new skills and even change into one of the Avatars in Guild Wars. Learn about that and more with this guide.

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    Guild Wars Professions

    Guild Wars offers six main or “core" professions: Elementalist, Mesmer, Monk, Necromancer, Ranger, and Warrior. These are available with all of the campaigns and have skills available in each of these campaigns as well as the expansion pack Eye of the North.

    The Nightfall campaign introduced two new professions, the Guild Wars Dervish and Paragon. These new professions are only available for characters created in the Nightfall campaign. Their skills and armors only come from Nightfall and the Eye of the North area.

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    Dervish Skills

    The Guild Wars dervish profession is a holy warrior that is able to master many enchantments.

    Avatar of Balthazar   Dervishes are masters of the Mysticism, Earth Prayers, Scythe Mastery, and Wind Prayers skills. Players can choose to use certain skills for different types of enemies and give max damage, or even act as a tank if using others. Their elite Avatar skills are able to transform them into Gods such as with the skills: Avatar of Balthazar, Avatar of Dwayna, Avatar of Grenth, Avatar of Lyssa, and Avatar of Melandru.

    Mysticism is the primary dervish skill. It gives 1 Health for each rank of Mysticism, and 1 extra Energy for every 3 ranks of the Mysticism attribute when an Enchantment ends.

    Earth Prayers is used to allow many dervish spells to be more effective. The higher the rank, the more effective these spells concerning defense or Earth damage will be.

    Dervish   Scythe Mastery is almost always used by dervishes. Most max damage scythes require a level 9 scythe mastery in your attributes. The higher this area is, the more effective scythe related skills will be.

    Wind Prayers is used for prayers that speed up the character’s movement and also deals cold damage. The higher this attribute is, the more effective those skills are.

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    Dervish Armor

    The Guild Wars dervish armor is available only in Nightfall and Eye of the North.

    The regular armor available (non-prestige) in Nightfall includes the Istani, Sunspear and Elonian armors.

    Istani armor – max armor (armor rating of 70) available from crafting at Consulate Docks and the Command Post. It costs per set: 5 platinum, 200 tanned hides and 32 bolts of linen.

    Sunspear armor - max armor available from crafting at Consulate Docks and the Command Post. It costs per set: 5 platinum, 200 tanned hides and 32 steel ingots.

    Elonian armor - max armor available from crafting at Consulate Docks, Command Post, and Boreal Station (in Eye of the North). It costs per set: 5 platinum, 200 tanned hides and 32 steel ingots.

    The prestige or elite armor available for the Guild Wars dervish includes: Elite Sunspear, Vabbian, Ancient, Primeval, Norn, Asuran, Monument, and Obsidian. These armors are able to be put into the character’s Hall of Monuments in the Eye of the North expansion pack.

    Nightfall Elite Armors:

    Elite Sunspear armor - max armor available from crafting at the Command Post. It costs per set: 75 platinum, 400 tanned hides and 40 steel ingots.

    Vabbian Armor   Vabbian armor - max armor available from crafting at The Kodash Bazaar. It costs per set: 25 platinum, 200 cloth, 32 Elonian leather squares, 16 rubies and 16 sapphires.

    Ancient armor - max armor available from crafting at the Bone Palace. It costs per set: 50 platinum, 400 tanned hides and 40 Elonian leather squares.

    Primeval armor - max armor available from crafting at the Throne of Secrets (after beating Nightfall). It costs per set: 75 platinum, 400 bones and 40 Elonian leather squares.

    Eye of the North Elite Armors:

    Norn armor - max armor available from crafting at Gunnar’s Hold. It costs per set: 50 platinum, 400 tanned hides and 40 fur squares.

    Asuran armor - max armor available from crafting at Rata Sum. It costs per set: 50 platinum, 400 tanned hides and 40 leather squares.

    Monument armor - max armor available from crafting at the Eye of the North. It costs per set: 50 platinum, 400 cloth and 40 steel ingots.

    Obsidian

    Obsidian armor is the most expensive armor in the game. It is available for all professions after completing these quests in The Fissure of Woe: The Eternal Forgemaster, Defend the Temple of War, and Restore the Temple of War.

    Dervishes wanting to craft a set of obsidian armor must bring with them: 75 platinum, 120 globs of ectoplasm, 120 obsidian shards, 400 tanned hides, and 40 Elonian squares.

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