End of Dragons Necromancer elite specialization revealed
- The Harbinger is the last specialization of the Necromancer class
- The Harbingers wield pistols, elixirs and the new Harbinger Shroud
- The Harbinger appears to be a hybrid of several classes
The previously teased elite specialization for the necromancer class from “Guild Wars 2″ has been revealed, looking and feeling completely different from the traditional style of the lightly armored caster.
“End Of Dragons” will add the Harbinger specialization for the Necromancer, arming them with a pistol as their primary weapon as well as a host of unique elixirs and the new Harbinger shroud, which will replace the classic Death Shroud ability with a built-in A speed and melee-oriented variant that is associated with Canthan flair.
This new specialization was revealed in a trailer released by ArenaNet, showcasing some of the new moves players can expect from their Necromancers, and some new gear they can use.
Unlike the hard-hitting, melee-focused Reaper or Sand-Moving Support Scourge from the previous two expansion packs, the Harbinger will feature a mix of multiple playstyles. A new mechanic called Blight will be added to the class and it will have presumably an important role in how the Harbinger plays, the same way the Heat mechanic for the Holosmith was implemented.
It’s not yet clear exactly how Blight will affect necromancers, but the trailer mentions that he works in tandem with the new Harbinger Shroud. Players will gain access to powerful new abilities while suffering from the Scourge, implying that the Harbinger’s playstyle can be high risk but high reward like the Engineer Holosmith specialization.
The Harbinger’s pistol abilities allow Necromancers to use corrosive bullets to devastate enemies. The trailer showed a clip of a Harbinger stunning an enemy with pistol bullets and the use of corrosive ammo can mean the weapon skills can apply vulnerability or poison damage.
The agility of a thief combined with the risk-reward playstyle of the Holosmith and the condition-centric gameplay of the Necromancer make the Harbinger an interesting specialization. If properly designed, the Harbinger can be a great jack-of-all-trades DPS choice, but its lack of focus on one area can also be its downfall.
ArenaNet has yet to reveal the full list of Harbinger’s abilities and traits, but they should be available soon. The Elite Specialization will be part of the first character beta period which is scheduled to run August 17-21.