|Warrior • Ranger • Monk • Necromancer • Mesmer • Elementalist • Assassin • Ritualist • Paragon • Dervish|
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Dervishes, along with their more heavily armored counterparts, the Warriors, form the frontline of any well balanced party. The Dervish's weapon of choice is the scythe which has an absolutely massive critical, can deal some hefty damage, is two-handed, has a rather slow attack rate of one swing every 1.75 seconds, and can hit up to 2 adjacent enemies other than the target. Dervishes have 4 pips of energy regeneration and their armor has a natural health boost of 25 health.
- "Whenever an Enchantment ends, you gain 1 Health for each rank of Mysticism and 1 Energy for every 3 ranks of Mysticism."
In addition to the stated effect, skills related to Mysticism also receive a hefty bonus from it. It is a primary attribute and the home of the popular Avatars of the gods.
- "No inherent effect. Many Dervish Spells, especially those dealing with defense or Earth damage, become more effective with higher Earth Prayers."
Most of the Dervish's self-survival comes from this branch of the Dervish's repertoire. Most of this survivability comes in the form of enchantments that, when combined with Mysticism, can give some passable energy management and potent self-survivability. This potent self-survivability makes the dervish a popular choice as a secondary class.
- "Scythe Mastery increases the damage you do with scythes and your chance to inflict a critical hit when using a scythe. Many skills, especially scythe attack skills, become more effective with higher Scythe Mastery."
This attribute is very straightforward: it contains all of the Dervish's scythe attacks (with one exception in PvP, see Wind Prayers below) along with a good helping of melee attacks that can be used with any weapon type. Like all weapon mastery attributes, investing in Scythe Mastery is a necessary choice in order to accomplish any meaningful damage when wielding a scythe (even if your build doesn't use any of the attack skills linked to the attribute).
- "No inherent effect. Many Dervish Spells, especially those dealing with movement or cold damage, become more effective with higher Wind Prayers."
A more esoteric, support-oriented attribute with potent anti-kiting abilities. Skills of this attribute are often used when running or healing other team members. Also contains some energy management (such as Attacker's Insight) and IAS, although this is usually dwarfed by what Mysticism already offers on top of its primary benefit. Note that on PvP bars, Wind Prayers is also the home of Chilling Victory.
Types of Dervishes
The tank is synonymous with Warriors in PvE (and is the standard PvE gameplay for Warriors) but a Dervish can still skillfully tank. Unlike their brethren, the Warriors, Dervish tanks focus around beefing up their armor and defenses with enchantments (such as Mirage Cloak or Armor of Sanctity) and perhaps stances (such as Conviction), then using numerous regenerative spells (such as Mystic Regeneration or Mystic Vigor) to out-heal enemy damage. Note that this is only effective in PvE, where the AI can be successfully manipulated into attacking well-defended targets; in PvP, obviously-durable targets will usually be dutifully ignored and avoided. Note also that a Dervish tank will be hard-pressed to function properly in situations with heavy or constant enchantment removal.
Avatars of the gods (also known as Forms) are used to bolster the defensive or offensive capabilities of a Dervish to evade standard anti-melee counters such as Blindness or anti-melee hexes. The most popular form by far and away is the Avatar of Melandru due to its resistance to popular PvP skills such as Blinding Surge but in PvE, Avatar of Grenth is used due to its ability to dish out high damage.
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Attack skills are bread and butter of the art of killing people.
- These are quite commonly used. Their additional damage is quite easy to come by and they have very quick activation times making them useful for spikes in PvP.
- Powerful single target and AoE damage. This skill is linked to Scythe Mastery in PvE only.
- A skill that is frequently used in combination of AoM (Avatar of Melandru)
- Chilling Victory is linked to Wind Prayers in PvP. In situations where a moderately high Wind Prayers attribute is desired (because of skills such as whirling charge or attacker's insight) this skill makes a Dervish's spike stronger.
- A very powerful energy management skill, even at low specs. This skill enables a Dervish to use expensive attack skills for free and gives energy return if specced decently into Mysticism.
These skills are often used for specific purpose and in specific situations to further increase the potency of other skills in a skill set. All avatar skills are elites and change the appearance of a character to one resembling a God specified in the forms name.
- Grants the Dervish a +40 armor bonus, which can be used to deal with the aggro of monsters in PvE. The unstrippable IMS is also of very good use in PvP.
- Most commonly used as a counter hex mechanism in Dervish builds.
- In PvP this can be used to counter popular enchantments such as guardian. PvE version has life stealing, making this skill very useful in high-level PvE.
- Used to aid in pressuring foes. AoL also has synergy with radiant scythe.
- Most commonly used form due to its magnificent condition counter mechanism. Also has nice synergy with skills that benefit from high max health.
- Not actually a form itself but commonly used in PvE to maintain one form endlessly.
Increase Attack Speed
- This skill is tied to an attribute that is commonly used by Dervishes, and provides an IAS that contains no real drawback while active.
Increase Movement Speed
An IMS is used to prevent foes from kiting in PvP. An IMS is not necessarily needed in PvE.
- An IAS and IMS in one that sees use in builds that have free attribute points for use in Wind Prayers.
These skills are also used to prevent kiting.
- An attack skill providing a decent snare if you can proc the condition that has to be met.
Useful for splits in GvG.
- Provides a decent heal for a minimal attribute investment. For example, at a spec of 6 (common in a 12-11-6 spread) this skill heals for 84.