Guild Wars 2 professions tier list - best classes ranked for PvE and PvP

Female warrior leading an army in an invasion.

Female warrior leading an army in an invasion.
June 20, 2024 - We've updated our tier lists for Guild Wars 2 for this month.

Guild Wars 2 is one of the popular MMORPG that has been available on Steam recently. It has already introduced various professions and mechanics since its launch many years ago. To make it easier for you to choose which professions to use, our Guild Wars 2 professions tier list comes in.

Our updated tier lists offer professions are the best for each content type in the game, and there's quite a few. Depending on what type of content you're looking to do, then you may want a specific class at your disposal.

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What are Guild Wars 2 professions?

Profession Type
Specializations
Soldier
Base: Guardian, Revenant, Warrior Heart of Thorns: Dragonhunter, Herald, Berserker Path of Fire: Firebrand, Renegade, Spellbreaker End of Dragons: Willbender, Vindicator, Bladesworn
Adventurer
Base: Engineer, Ranger, Thief Heart of Thorns: Scrapper, Druid, Daredevil Path of Fire: Holosmith, Soulbeast, Deadeye End of Dragons: Mechanist, Untamed, Specter
Scholar
Base: Elementalist, Mesmer, Necromancer Heart of Thorns: Tempest, Chronomancer, Reaper Path of Fire: Weaver, Mirage, Scourge End of Dragons: Catalyst, Virtuoso, Harbinger

In Guild Wars 2, there are different classes you can choose from depending on what kind of combat that you're interested in. There are nine total base professions that you'll play through a lot of the early and midgame with. Once you hit level 80, you'll have the option to pick an elite specialization to change up how the profession plays.

Each expansion adds nine specializations to the game, one for each base profession type. This gives you a total of 36 different options of how you want to play your character. These are not restricted by race or gender, so you can freely choose the combination that fits you.

Guild Wars 2 professions tier list

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of our tier lists, it's important to say, if there is a profession that you want to play that looks cool or that you like the playstyle of, play it! It's all about fun at the end of the day, but these tier lists should give you an idea of what professions will be best suited for certain types of content.

Guild Wars 2 open world professions tier list

Guild Wars 2 Open World Tier List

S

Vindicator
Herald
Mechanist
Scrapper
Chronomancer
Untamed
Reaper

A

Berserker
Dragonhunter
Soulbeast
Firebrand
Daredevil
Scourge
Deadeye
Mirage

B

Weaver
Druid
Renegade
Bladesworn
Harbinger
Tempest
Spellbreaker
Willbender
Virtuoso
Catalyst
Holosmith
Guardian
Specter

C

Elementalist
Mesmer
Engineer
Revenant
Ranger
Warrior
Necromancer
Thief

Our first tier list is for the open world. Generally, open world activities encourages a wide variety of play options, and thusly, many of the classes are viable choices. This is the level of content that you can pretty much play anything you want and find fun and success.

Guild Wars 2 fractals profession tier list

Guild Wars 2 Fractals Tier List

S

Scrapper
Specter
Renegade
Harbinger
Soulbeast

A

Holosmith
Dragonhunter
Weaver
Bladesworn
Virtuoso
Scourge

B

Untamed
Catalyst
Herald
Reaper
Vindicator
Willbender
Firebrand
Daredevil

C

Mirage
Berserker
Deadeye
Mechanist
Chronomancer
Spellbreaker

D

Druid
Tempest

Fractals in Guild Wars 2 are essentially dungeons. They consist of a bunch of mini-dungeons that have their own story and environments. This is one of the core aspects of the PvE end game. While Fractals are something that you unlock as soon as you hit level 80, there is a difficulty scale, so this is something to be done throughout the end game.

Here, most professions can do well here, but the Firebrand support is definitely one of the top, bringing a versatile kit to each encounter. The A-tier professions are just as strong as Firebrand but offer less versatility overall, but should be very strong in these situations, and can push the higher difficulty tiers much easier than lower tier.

As for the rest of the builds, they generally can do well but will start to fall off much faster in the difficulty scale and with the overall skill of the group.

Guild Wars 2 strikes and raids profession tier list

Guild Wars 2 Strikes and Raids Tier List

S

Deadeye
Soulbeast
Druid
Herald
Holosmith

A

Scourge
Untamed
Catalyst
Chronomancer
Scrapper
Virtuoso
Berserker
Weaver

B

Tempest
Reaper
Vindicator
Dragonhunter
Daredevil
Willbender
Firebrand
Mechanist
Bladesworn
Spellbreaker
Harbinger
Renegade
Specter

C

Mirage
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Another core aspect to the PvE end game of Guild Wars 2 is strikes and raids. Strikes are ten player raid-like activities that are meant to be an introduction into the more difficult raid encounters at the end game. Raids are also 10 player activities but are generally much more difficult and demanding, both in raw power and mechanically.

Once again, the S-tier professions are the top for a reason. They have to offer a lot of power and versatility in what they bring to the table. A tier builds are just as strong but not quite as versatile. B-tier builds are still meta builds that excel in specific fights but struggle heavily in others.

Everything else generally becomes more niche and doesn't offer nearly as much to the group as professions of higher tiers.

Guild Wars 2 PvP Conquest professions tier list

Guild Wars 2 PvP Conquest Tier List

S

Spellbreaker
Elementalist
Deadeye
Vindicator
Chronomancer
Scrapper
Druid
Specter
Reaper
Holosmith
Dragonhunter
Necromancer

A

Firebrand
Warrior
Soulbeast
Catalyst
Revenant
Tempest
Untamed
Engineer
Daredevil
Willbender
Mesmer
Berserker
Herald

B

Virtuoso
Harbinger
Scourge
Weaver
Mechanist
Ranger
Mirage
Bladesworn
Guardian

C

Renegade
Thief

PvP Conquest is a controlled PvP environment, with various objectives. There are only two teams of equal size so it's really about the composition of what you're playing. One thing to note here, in Conquest, this tier list is a rough generalization of what to expect per class. Ultimately, this mode rewards skillful play and teamwork.

Guild Wars 2 World GvG tier list

Guild Wars 2 World GvG Tier List

S

Daredevil
Scourge
Firebrand
Spellbreaker
Vindicator
Chronomancer
Soulbeast
Druid

A

Reaper
Virtuoso
Tempest
Mirage
Catalyst

B

Scrapper
Untamed
Berserker
Renegade
Willbender
Dragonhunter
Holosmith

C

Necromancer
Herald

D

Ranger
Elementalist
Specter
Deadeye
Guardian
Engineer
Bladesworn
Harbinger
Weaver
Mesmer
Mechanist
Revenant
Thief
Warrior

The last tier list that we have for you is World Guild vs Guild PvP. Typically in this, the options are much more limited. Anything in A-tier is 100% a safe choice, and anything in D-tier or below, you don't ever see being used in this mode.

And that's all for our latest Guild Wars 2 professions list for now. Check out this page for updates in the coming days. If we had to pick, the Bladesworn seems to be ranked the highest consistently, so that's seemingly a safe pick.

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