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|This article is about the NPC type named Hero. However, the game often also refers to the player's character as a hero. For information on the user interface panel named Hero, see Hero Panel. For the PvP title of the same name, see Hero (Title).|
A hero is a computer-controlled party NPC accessed through the Guild Wars Nightfall campaign or the Guild Wars Eye of the North expansion pack. Unlike henchmen, heroes are customizable by the player, including their weapons, armor, and, most importantly, their secondary profession and skills.
Each player can add up to 7 heroes to their party. There is no limit to the number of heroes that can be recruited, but the quests to recruit certain heroes (such as Acolyte Jin and Acolyte Sousuke) during the Nightfall storyline are mutually exclusive. However, upon completing the final mission (Abaddon's Gate) the 3 additional heroes that were not chosen can be recruited by talking to them in the Throne of Secrets and taking their quests, which require no more than speaking to a related NPC.
In addition to the customizability, players are able to command their heroes to "Fight", "Guard" or "Avoid Combat".
Recruiting a hero
Heroes can be recruited throughout the Nightfall and Eye of the North storylines by completing specific quests. Some heroes are mandatory to advance the storyline, others are not. When recruiting a hero through a quest, that hero becomes available for the character who completed the quest.
Most heroes are recruited through the primary quests of the Nightfall storyline, but some can also be recruited from side quests. Sometimes the player needs to select between two heroes, but after completing the final mission of the storyline the player will have access to quests to gain the missing heroes.
Forming a party with a hero
After recruiting one or more heroes you may add those heroes to your party when in a town or outpost. If your party has room for more party members, the party window will have an interface button to add heroes to the party. Each player may add up to seven heroes at a time. You can also use the Party List to add and kick heroes.
Heroes are allowed everywhere where the party can be joined by henchmen, including Guild vs Guild and Hero's Ascent. In addition, heroes are also allowed in the Realms of the Gods and the Elite Missions.
Developing and customizing a hero
Experience and Level
Heroes in a party gain experience and levels, just as a player character does. If a hero's level is lower than the level of the player whose hero it is, the hero gains a larger amount of experience from each kill than a player normally does (5x the normal amount). Heroes in the party also gain experience for missions and quests that the player completes. For the sake of experience calculation for the players, heroes count as regular party members.
In addition to the regular hit points, energy and attribute points, the heroes also gain better armor when they advance in levels. The heroes also gain the extra 30 attribute points by reaching certain levels. They gain the first 15 when advancing to level 10 and the rest when advancing to level 15.
Note that heroes can, contrary to the official guide, have a higher level than the player. This used to usually only happen in relatively rarely, e.g. either when the hero started at a higher level than the player, or when the hero is close to leveling due to a quest reward. But with Eye of the North, it is now easy for low-level characters to acquire level 20 heroes. Heroes can also gain a higher level if they manage to kill enemies while the player is too far to gain experience from those enemies.
Heroes do not gain experience from combat while dead, however they do gain experience from quest rewards while dead.
Note that accepting quest rewards can be used to quickly level-up your lower level heroes. Be sure to have the heroes that need the experience in your party when accepting the reward.
In your Skills and Attributes panel (open by default with 'K') you can see icons for all heroes that you have in your party. By clicking on the icon of a certain hero you can manage the attributes of that hero. When you recruit a new hero you should check if the attribute set up is what you want it to be. Also, remember to assign all newly gained attribute points when the heroes gain levels.
As with your own attributes, you can use a hero's unused attribute points to raise an attribute at any time, but you can only lower an attribute in a town or outpost.
As already explained above, heroes gain the extra 30 attribute points in two sets just like the players. They gain the first 15 when they reach level 10 and the rest when they reach level 15.
In the Skills and Attributes panel you can also change the secondary profession of your heroes. This changes the attributes and skills available to be used on the hero.
- Your heroes may use any secondary profession, including professions from campaigns that you do not own. For example - If a player owns Nightfall but not Factions, any of their heroes can use Ritualist or Assassin skills as a secondary profession even though their character cannot access these skills or buy them from a skill trainer.
- The only way to teach your heroes additional skills from these professions (that are not accessible to your character) is with Hero Skill Points.
Each hero comes with an initial selection of skills. These skills are automatically unlocked when you recruit the hero.
You may freely change the skills used by your hero in the Skills and Attributes panel. It is important to note that heroes automatically have access to all skills that are unlocked on the player's account, including elite skills. This is a great incentive to unlock all skills (UAS) on your account for maximum flexibility.
On top of that players may unlock skills for their heroes by using hero skill points at a hero skill trainer. Unlike normal skill trainers these hero skill trainers charge no gold, only hero skill points, and will teach you and your heroes to use the skill. When you have used all of your hero skill points, the hero skill trainer will offer to convert one of your skill points to a hero skill point for a fee. Skills for all professions are available in this way from the hero skill trainers, including those not available to your player character.
Some people have speculated that the order in which skills are placed in the hero's skill bar can alter their effectiveness, saying that the hero AI prioritizes the left-most skills in their bar. However, there is currently no concrete evidence that this is the case.
Because they cannot be unlocked, most PvE-only skills, such as celestial skills, Disarm Trap, Lightbringer's Gaze or Sunspear Rebirth Signet, cannot be used by Heroes. The only exceptions are the Junundu skills.
Heroes' armor cannot be dyed or manually replaced. The base stats of heroes' armor is upgraded automatically as they level. In addition, it can be upgraded with runes and Insignia. All hero body armor comes without insignias and runes.
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Hero armor cannot be removed, nor can it be destroyed via salvage attempts. As a result of this, Runes and Insignia can be applied and salvaged at will with no risk of accidentally destroying your Hero's armor.
Hero headgear has the Item's attribute +1 (Stacking) property. What this means is that the headgear provides +1 to the attribute of whatever rune is applied to the headgear. If the headgear does not have an attribute rune in it, it provides no attribute bonus.
For the purposes of the Prophecies campaign, hero armor is always considered 'infused'. If you are not infused yourself (and are in an area where people normally aren't) and you find yourself against the mursaat, consider finding a partner who also has heroes, and top out your party with heroes.
From the official heroes guide:
- "The top half of the Inventory panel includes an inventory interface (a "paper doll") showing your character or a Hero, along with the [...] armor that character or Hero is carrying.
- You cannot replace a Hero's armor through the Inventory panel. A Hero's armor level improves as the character gains levels. Certain quests may change the appearance of a Hero's armor. In the retail version of the game, you can use Runes to alter a Hero's armor, but you cannot use Dyes to alter its appearance."
In addition to the default appearance, each hero has an additional armor style that can be unlocked (with the exception of M.O.X. whom uses Dervish Avatars instead). Some heroes have armor that does not share the appearance of the standard PvE armor of the same name, instead having a unique appearance.
Players may update the visual appearance (not the stats!) of their heroes' armor by giving reward items from the following Challenge Missions to hero armor NPCs:
Challenge Mission Reward Item Hero Armor Upgrade Available for Heroes Dajkah Inlet Stolen Sunspear Armor Elite Sunspear armor Koss, Dunkoro, Melonni, Acolyte Jin, Acolyte Sousuke Remains of Sahlahja Ancient Armor Remnants Ancient armor Tahlkora, Zhed Shadowhoof, Margrid the Sly, Master of Whispers, Razah The Shadow Nexus Mysterious Armor Piece Mysterious armor Norgu, Goren, General Morgahn, Zenmai, Olias Gate of Anguish1 Primeval Armor Remnants Primeval armor all Nightfall heroes Glint's Challenge Cloth of the Brotherhood Brotherhood Armor all Eye of the North heroes Slavers' Exile Deldrimor Armor Remnant Deldrimor armor all Eye of the North heroes
- Primeval Armor Remnants are dropped in an explorable area instead of challenge missions.
Once a hero's armor has been upgraded to a specific prestige version once, the appropriate hero armor NPC can switch that hero's armor between the default version and any prestige version already acquired at no additional cost.
The hero armor upgrade also allows the hero to be placed in the Hall of Monuments.
From the official heroes guide:
- "The bottom half of the Inventory panel shows your inventory items; your character and all your Heroes share that same inventory. The top half of the Inventory panel includes an inventory interface (a "paper doll") showing your character or a Hero, along with the weapon, armor, and shield or focus item that character or Hero is carrying.
- A menu at the top of the Inventory panel can change the character or Hero shown on that inventory interface. After you've selected your character or a Hero, you can move a weapon, shield, or focus item from your shared inventory to that character or Hero (or move them back).
Unlike their armor, the heroes' weapons do not upgrade automatically, but you have to upgrade them manually. To do that, simply give them weapons that you have obtained from loot, from collectors, from weaponsmiths or any other way.
A character from another campaign than Nightfall will be given a set of better initial weapons when they recruit the first few heroes in the nightfall storyline. These weapons will be placed in the character's inventory. You need to manually replace the starter weapons with the enhanced versions.
The original weapons for some heroes (verified for Livia and Xandra) cannot be placed in storage.
Simply equip Charm Animal in the skill bar of your hero ranger and activate it as the ranger's next skill to be used. You will need to get your ranger to target the animal by first selecting the animal yourself and then using the targeting button at the left of the hero skill bar to get your hero to target it too, the hero AI should then move the ranger to the animal and charm it.
Once charmed the animal will be a companion to the hero whenever the hero has the Charm Animal skill equipped.
- Heroes will spam Comfort Animal when their pet gets attacked regardless of their attribute in Beast Mastery.
- A hero's pet cannot be renamed (unlike players' pets with the /petname command).
- While charming an animal...
- Set all your heroes to "Avoid Combat" mode or even better have them (except the ranger of course) move well away from the place where the animal is being charmed.
- Non-hero henchmen should be moved out of the way to ensure they don't attack the animal during the charming process.
- If you want a dire pet, make sure you review the method for evolving a dire pet for your hero prior to attempting to charm an animal for your hero.
- It seems that the pet will only attack/defend if the hero owning the pet is not set on the 'Avoid Combat' mode.
- Pet Tamers can be given hero pets as well as player pets, so you will be able to change the pets of your heroes.
- Heroes used with a PvP character will always have an Elder Wolf as their pet.
Mercenary Heroes are characters that you can use as heroes. To use a character, you must have first purchased the ability from the GW In-game store, then register the level 20 character that you want to be available at a Mercenary registrar. The registered character can then be used by any character on your account besides that character as a hero. The hero created through a mercenary hero will behave like a regular hero and only copies the profession and armor skin, they do not copy runes or weapons.
Controlling a hero in battle
From the official heroes guide:
- Nightfall includes commands you can use for controlling and directing your Heroes. Once you leave town with a Hero in your party, you can direct where that Hero travels using your Compass.
- Under your Compass, you'll see a set of four flags. With the first flag, you can set a common destination for all of your Heroes and henchmen. To set a destination for them, click once on the first flag, and then click on the mini-map in the center of your Compass. All of your Heroes and henchmen will then walk to that destination. Double-click the same button can remove the destination flag from your compass. When you remove a destination flag for a Hero or henchman, that NPC no longer walks to that location; instead, the NPC returns to your location.
- If you want to 'pin' all heroes and henchmen except a specific hero, you can place an 'all' flag to pin everyone, then place a flag for the specific hero you want to release, if you then double-click the specific hero's flag they will not return to the 'all' flag but instead follow you as though no flags were placed, the rest of the AI players will stay at the flag unless also freed this way.
- When you look at your Party Members window, you'll see a list of Heroes in your party. (You can show or hide the Party members window by pressing "P.") Each Hero has a number in front of his or her name; each number corresponds to one of three numbered flags below your compass. You can set a destination for a Hero by double-clicking on the flag button with that Hero's number, and then clicking the Compass mini-map. Double-click the same button to remove the destination flag from your compass.
- If you like, you can set a destination flag by clicking on the terrain in front of your character instead of using the Compass; when you do, a corresponding destination flag appears on your Compass."
There are three combat modes available that the players may assign to their heroes.
- Fight: The hero will attack any enemy in combat with the party and any called targets. The hero will charge ahead of the party if necessary.
- Guard: The hero will attack any targets that the party is attacking, but only if it doesn't require the hero to leave the guarded area, ie the player controlling the hero or the flag.
- Avoid Combat: The hero will never attack and tries to avoid enemies. The hero will use non-attacking spells as usual.
Hero Control Panel
From the official heroes guide:
- Outside a town or outpost, you can see more information about a Hero in your party by using a Hero Control panel; you can also use it to change that Hero's combat mode. A button to the left of the Hero's name in your Party panel opens (or closes) a Hero Control panel. Click and drag on a panel to change its location on your screen.
- How much you use Hero Control panels is entirely up to you. You do not need to open Hero Control panels every time you play the game; instead, each panel gives you more information about and control over a Hero. Each Hero Control panel contains these elements:
- The upper-left corner of the panel shows the Hero's name and picture.
- The upper-middle of the panel shows the Hero's Health and Energy.
- The upper-right corner has icons for selecting from your three choices of combat modes, as described above.
- The bottom of the panel shows a small Skill Bar for this character. You can see when the Hero's skills are activated and watch to see how long they take to recharge.
- Your Hero's AI determines when skills are used, but you can interrupt that routine by clicking on a skill on the Hero's small skill bar. By clicking on a skill, you prioritize that skill; you'll see a green check mark over that skill on the small skill bar. The Hero will not use any other skills until successfully using that skill. The Hero will attempt to use your target. You may also double-click on that skill to force the hero to execute it immediately. Additionally, it is possible to configure hotkeys for hero skills using the control options.
- Directly under the panel to the left, you can see the Hero's Morale Boost (or Death Penalty), if there is one. Next to that icon, you'll see a list of Enchantments, Conditions and Hexes affecting that character.
- When you call a target (that is, hold down "Ctrl" and double-click on it), all of your Fight Mode Heroes attack it. Guard Mode Heroes attack it if they're in range. Avoid Combat Mode Heroes do not attack it. The same condition applies if you assist with another character's attack (After a character in your party calls out an attack, you can assist with that attack by clicking on the target symbol next to that character's name.)"
Omitted from the Official heroes guide:
- Your Hero's AI can be told to disable certain skills. This prevents the AI from using that skill unless you specifically tell it to (as described above). To do this, shift click the skill icon. A red circle with a slash through it will appear over the skill. Shift click again to re-enable the skill.
Most of the article also applies to henchmen, since heroes and henchmen share the same AI.
- NOTE: Hero behaviors, mechanics, and skills were significantly updated in the 22nd October 2009 update. The hero AI is not always updated to account for changes in the functionality of skills, and uses some skills as though they still behave as they did at release.
- Heroes will only cast "maintained" enchantments (i.e. the ones with -1 energy upkeep cost) during combat; otherwise, they will be cancelled after a short delay. To stop them from cancelling, disable the skill (as explained above), and activate it manually. The only known exceptions are Mending, Divine Boon, Unyielding Aura, Blessed Aura, and Watchful Spirit.
- When teammates die, Heroes will immediately use resurrection skills regardless of who else is using such a skill. For example, if you bring Rebirth on your heroes and a teammate dies, all of them will immediately begin to cast Rebirth and will not stop even if that person is alive. Therefore it's best to disable resurrections for heroes until they are needed.
- Heroes will use the single-use Resurrection Signet on any dead party member, regardless if other dead members of the party have multi-use resurrection skills. Therefore it's best to disable it and cast it manually, after targeting e.g. a dead Monk.
- Heroes will only use skills such as Death's Charge and Death's Retreat to heal instead of the skills' normal tactical usage.
- When Hero Elementalists are given a skill that includes "nearby foes" or "adjacent foes" they will often charge forward and try to use these skills in the front lines.
- Unlike human players, Heroes can switch and evaluate targets instantly, making Mesmer interrupt skills such as Power Drain an efficient form of interrupt and energy management for all heroes with a Mesmer secondary profession.
- Heroes won't stop to (re)cast enchantments and spells when running. If you want them to maintain or cast enchantments, you will have to stop from time to time (for instance, a Necromancer hero will cast Jagged Bones on dying minions when not moving, but if you keep running, he will let the minions die).
- Using a flag to direct a hero or clicking on a skill to make a hero use it will cause them to cancel their current action to follow orders. This includes canceling a skill they were using even if it's the same skill you selected.
- Heroes with healing skills will heal all allies, with each type of ally seemingly having a different prioritization, in the order of party members first, then allies on the party list (including pets), and lastly allies not on the list (including minions). For these unlisted Allies, they will heal with Signets and Heal Area liberally, but only cast other energy heals when their energy is full. Thus, healing heroes won't waste energy healing minions during a heated battle.
- When posted with a flag heroes will stay near that flag and attack monsters (or not) in accordance with their general orders, and will remain there even if the flag is no longer on your sphere of influence. If you clear the orders while they are not within your sphere of influence, they will follow their own footprints until they get to your footprints, then follow your footprints until they reach your Aggro bubble, at which point they will follow you again. Heroes that are posted with a flag and then reposted to a different spot will take the most direct route to that spot ignoring footprints. When footprint paths overlap, heroes will ignore the loop and follow the more recent footprints, getting to you faster. Thus, if you leave a posted hero behind that you then want to retrieve, it's better to redirect the hero with a series of flagged waypoints than to simply remove the orders.
- This following of footprints has been noted to result in some strange occurrences, when players use Necrotic Traversal to cross impassable terrain, such as in the Frost Gate or Dunes of Despair missions. When heroes flagged to remain on the other side of a gap are unflagged after the controlling player has traveled far enough away, they will somehow cross the impassable gap and run to the player.
- If a hero wanders into a portal they will automatically be teleported to you/your corpse. This is particularly useful for a runner who may die: bring a hero with a resurrection skill and post them by the portal. Direct the hero into the portal if the runner dies, after waiting for foes near the dead runner to wander off. This can also be used by farming groups who prefer to be shorthanded for most of the area but want extra firepower later in the area.
- If your hero has a pet, and that pet leaves your sphere of influence for any reason (e.g. because its master is standing at a flag), it will cease to move until it is again within your sphere of influence. It will not follow its master unless it is within your sphere of influence.
- Heroes, when controlled remotely by flags, will not activate resurrection shrines.
- Like henchmen, they take their share of gold and loot when defeating enemies. This loot does not go into your 'shared' inventory; it is lost.
List of heroes
A list of the available heroes by profession:
|Profession||Nightfall||Eye of the North||Special|
|Acolyte Jin||Margrid the Sly||Pyre Fierceshot|
|Master of Whispers||Olias 1||Livia|
|Acolyte Sousuke||Zhed Shadowhoof||Vekk|
|General Morgahn||Hayda||Keiran Thackeray|
- Also requires Prophecies.
- Also requires Factions.
- Razah's primary profession can be changed.
- Requires all three campaigns. PvE only.
By storyline progression
The heroes are listed in order of recruitment as one progresses through the storyline:
|Prof.||Name||Unlocked by quest (Location)||Recruitment notes1||Faction2|
|Into Chahbek Village, Take the Shortcut (Island of Shehkah) or Battle Preparations (Sun Docks)||Mandatory, required for Chahbek Village, Venta Cemetery, and Jennur's Horde||3,000|
|Leaving a Legacy (Churrhir Fields or Kamadan) or Battle Preparations (Sun Docks)||Mandatory, required for Consulate Docks, Moddok Crevice and Gate of Pain||3,000|
|Signs and Portents (The Astralarium) or Battle Preparations (Sun Docks)||Mandatory, required for Jokanur Diggings and Nundu Bay||3,000|
| Acolyte Jin
|Student Jin (Plains of Jarin) or Gain Jin (Throne of Secrets)||Optional, prevents recruitment of Acolyte Sousuke until completion of Nightfall Campaign||3,000|
| Acolyte Sousuke
|Student Sousuke (Plains of Jarin) or Gain Sousuke (Throne of Secrets)||Optional, prevents recruitment of Acolyte Jin until completion of Nightfall Campaign||3,000|
|Big News, Small Package (Sunspear Great Hall)or Battle Preparations (Sun Docks)||Mandatory, required for Blacktide Den and Grand Court of Sebelkeh||6,000|
|All for One and One for Justice (Consulate Docks (outpost))||Optional, Prophecies campaign needed||3,000|
(Mo Zing Assassin)
|Chasing Zenmai (Consulate Docks (outpost))||Optional, Factions campaign needed||3,000|
| Zhed Shadowhoof
|Centaur Blackmail||Mandatory, required for Kodonur Crossroads and Gate of Desolation||6,000|
| Margrid the Sly3
|For a Price → No Me, No Kormir or Gain Margrid (Throne of Secrets)||Semi-mandatory, required for Pogahn Passage and Dasha Vestibule, prevents recruitment of Master of Whispers until completion of Nightfall Campaign||6,000|
| Master of Whispers3
|Secrets in the Shadow → To Kill a Demon or Gain Master of Whispers (Throne of Secrets)||Semi-mandatory, required for Rilohn Refuge and Dzagonur Bastion, prevents recruitment of Margrid the Sly until completion of Nightfall Campaign||6,000|
| Goren 4
|Brains or Brawn → Goren's Stuff: Part 1 or Gain Goren (Throne of Secrets)||Optional, prevents recruitment of Norgu until completion of Nightfall Campaign.||6,000|
| Norgu 4
|Brains or Brawn → The Role of a Lifetime or Gain Norgu (Throne of Secrets)||Optional, prevents recruitment of Goren until completion of Nightfall Campaign.||3,000|
| General Morgahn
|Grand Court of Sebelkeh (mission)||Mandatory, required in Ruins of Morah||3,000|
|Finding a Purpose||Optional.||6,000|
|Eye of the North|
| Ogden Stonehealer
|The Beginning of the End||Mandatory.||3,000|
|The Beginning of the End||Mandatory.||3,000|
|Against the Destroyers (upon viewing the First Vision from Scrying Pool)||Mandatory.||3,000|
|Round One: Fight!||Optional, Norn arc.||3,000|
|Round One: Fight!||Optional, Norn arc.||3,000|
|Finding Gadd||Mandatory, Asura arc.||3,000|
(Shining Blade Paragon)
|Give Peace a Chance||Optional, Asura arc.||3,000|
| Pyre Fierceshot
|Warband of Brothers||Mandatory, Ebon Vanguard arc.||3,000|
|The Assassin's Revenge||Optional, Ebon Vanguard arc.||3,000|
|Curse of the Nornbear||Mandatory, Norn arc.||3,000|
|None (Found outside of Lion's Arch, Kaineng Center, or Kamadan, Jewel of Istan)||Optional, requires all 3 campaigns|| N/A|
| Keiran Thackeray
(Ebon Vanguard Paragon)
|The Wedding (final quest in Hearts of the North)||Optional, requires all 3 campaigns||7,777|
- At the Throne of Secrets, you can get quests to gain any Nightfall hero (except Razah, Olias and Zenmai) that you haven't recruited yet.
- Heroes can also be unlocked in PvP by faction (3000 or 6000 depending on hero).
- The choice to recruit either Margrid the Sly or Master of Whispers is mandatory in order to progress in the Nightfall campaign, however recruiting the other hero is optional (after finishing the campaign).
- For Goren and Norgu, during the quest Brains or Brawn, read the dialogue carefully; select the hero that you do not want.
- After recruitment, Razah's profession can be changed by entering the Heart of Abaddon while he is not a member of the party.