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A skin in the context of Guild Wars refers to the model and texture used for a particular object, generally weapons, and armor. The word skin is far more popular in the vernacular than among graphics programmers, who prefer more precise descriptors. Technically, skin refers strictly to the 2D textures covering the 3D model (the wireframe mesh) rather than both the model and the art.
Many objects with the same functional properties can be found in several skins. For example, a Longbow can be found as (an incomplete list):
- Amber Longbow
- Ascalon Bow (longbow type)
- Bramble Longbow
- Celestial Longbow
- Jade Longbow
- Naga Longbow
- Storm Bow
Each weapon type can also have several unique skins. Some examples, again for longbows:
Some weapons will have the same name, but different skins. For instance Elonian Daggers, Elonian Blades or War Hammers can have several different models. In some cases, the appearance seems to be generally dependent on the rarity of the weapon, with a few exceptions (purple weapons having sometime the skin for either blue or gold versions).
The Voltaic Spear is also quite rare and sought after. It is not as rare as the Crystalline Sword; however, it is one of the more impressive skins available due to its immense size. In this regard it is similar to the Fellblade.