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What do you do for keybinding?

I've been messing around with keybinding, and I think all the different ways you can set up your key binds is really interesting.
So, what have you changed from the default key binds?
-I usually leave my raptor on x to mount, and I bound my other mounts to shift+(a,s,d,x) (for springer, skimmer, jackal, and griffon, respectively.)
-I added target nearest enemy to c.
-I've found that, in general, it's easiest for me to have combat skills on the left side of my keyboard and menu skills (inventory, trading post, scoreboard, etc) on the right side.
-I usually use a gaming mouse with buttons for my profession skills, but I also stuck them on the arrow keys for the heck of it (left for f1, right for f2, up for f3, and down for f4)


  • Celldrax.2849Celldrax.2849 Member ✭✭✭

    I guess it's the same with other MMO's, but it's always been on of my biggest struggles trying to find that perfect keybind setup for ease of play.

    What I've come up with so far:
    Movement and camera controlled with WASD and right mouse button.
    Skills 1 - 5 grouped on 5 closest side buttons on my mouse
    Abilities 1 - 5 now occupy numbers 1 - 5 on the keyboard
    Middle mouse button for dodge (annoying to share it with the zoom function, but nothing I can do there)
    Q for special action and E for autoloot on the run.
    Profession skill mapped to V (for easy legend change on my Rev). I'll change some of these around depending on the class I'm using.
    Mount mappings are the same, though I mapped Raptor through to Griffon on numbers 6 - 0. Allows for easier switching while still controlling my character.

    The goal was to do as much combat-oriented actions as possible while moving my hands as little as possible.

    Haven't played around much with the other "non-essential" keybinds, but then I gotta figure out how to implement those as well.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 14, 2018

    My keybindings are a constant work in progress and after 5.5 years there's not much resemblance to the defaults.

    I moved all my skills to the number pad - weapon skills on 1-5, heal on the 0 key because it's big and hard to miss, utilities on 6-8 and the elite on 9. The decimal key is next enemy, enter is take target and + is weapon swap. The 4 across the top are the profession skills. I'm left-handed so my right hand is on the keyboard and I use my thumb on the arrow keys to move in combat. Right control is jump.

    The 5th profession skill is on page down, and the special action key is page up, home is toggle pet to passive, end is mount.

    My menu keys are along the numbers, in the same order they appear at the top of the screen, and then 8 to = are the mounts.

    WASD is still the same and I use it out of combat, but A and D are side-step and Q & E are turn. R is auto-run and F is still the default. T and G are the mount 1 and 2 skills only used for the griffon. Then along the bottom row \ is jump (again, I'm left-handed so this is much more comfortable to reach with my middle finger on W than the space bar) Z is about-face, X is dodge, C is stow/draw weapon and V is walk.

    My mouse has 3 extra buttons down the middle and I use those for action-camera, F and auto-run, and 2 extras on the side which I use for dodge and mount.

    It probably sounds really confusing, but it makes sense to me.

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  • Perses.9683Perses.9683 Member ✭✭

    I have an “mmo gaming mouse” (has 12 buttons on the side and a few on the top) and I bind nearly everything I can to it. Abilities/skills are just bound 1-10. Shift 1-4 is For swapping abilities (such as on ele to go from fire—> whatever). Mounts are bound to ctrl 1-5.

    I use the top mouse buttons to bind auto run and interact. I still have the traditional wasd for movement but most of the time I use my mouse to move (auto run + move camera).

    I played Wow for years and SWTOR for a lesser period of time and switched to this gaming mouse 3 or so years ago and found it has made a huge difference in comfort. (I’ve only been playing gw2 for about 6 months).

  • ButcherofMalakir.4067ButcherofMalakir.4067 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 14, 2018

    I am left handed (right hand on keyboard) so i changed it alot

    Weapon skills are
    R f v t g
    Q alt+f e alr+r alt+t
    Special action: shift w
    Mount: Shift s
    Turn around: alt+q
    F1-F5: MB4 MB5 alt+e alt+y 3
    Stow weapon: x
    Dodge: c
    Interact 2

    Movement is still wasd (no turning, just running to the side)

    Autorun ; (bellow escape)
    Next target is tab.

    This way i can have hand on w key almost all the time. (Dont know how can anyone use 1-5 or F skills, too far away for me) i cast most of my spells with little finger but if there is some multi spell combo i use ring finger or !point? Finger on half spells of the combo so i an Faster (alt e, alt y, e, 3, alt q, q...)

  • Donari.5237Donari.5237 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I've developed keybind habits from previous games, so I tend to try to map to those as best I can. Let's see, what do I customize in GW2 ... some of these may be default, I don't remember any more:

    UI Toggle - F11
    Auto Run - - (key just right of the 0 ).
    Walk/Run - =
    Weapon Sheathe Toggle - U (for Use)
    (defunct setting - aoe loot - J - no longer needed thanks to mastery)
    Special Action - Q (to be very near the weapon skills)
    Strafe Left/Right/Back - left arrow/right arrow/down arrow (I don't use the keys, I have them mapped to my Naga HEX so I thumb move, go forward with LMB/RMB)
    Options - L
    Reply - R
    Dodge - B
    PvP Scoreboard (for Activities) - N
    Mounts: X Raptor (default, is on toggle), Shift+S Springer +D DogJackal +Z Zkimmer +A AllmountGriffon

    I use the default F and number skills. Couldn't do that if I had to keyboard move -- Butcher, I don't know how anyone does so many combo keys! I'm mostly one key at a time other than for mounts and for setting a target. Comes from being super right handed, while I can touch type with both hands at a decent speed that is due to training since I was young. I can't even manage console controllers, they require too much ambidexterity.

    Oh, I don't know how much this has helped me, but I have a Razer keyboard I can choose each key's color on and customize per game. I've got a rainbow going for GW2 with coded hues for type of key (eg WASD is in gold iirc, right alt for push-to-talk in Discord is red, etc). I'm not usually looking at the keys during play, still, the colors in my peripheral vision may be aiding my striking the right ones.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Donari.5237 said:
    Oh, I don't know how much this has helped me, but I have a Razer keyboard I can choose each key's color on and customize per game. I've got a rainbow going for GW2 with coded hues for type of key (eg WASD is in gold iirc, right alt for push-to-talk in Discord is red, etc). I'm not usually looking at the keys during play, still, the colors in my peripheral vision may be aiding my striking the right ones.

    I really want one of those keyboards, because I think I'd find it really useful. I don't look at the keyboard a lot while I'm playing but I think when I do need to check where something is having it colour-coded would help. Especially if I get one where I can customise the colours exactly - so for example have slightly different shades of the same colour for each mount. I tend to colour-code everything (if only in my head) anyway so I think it would be easy for me to remember what the colours mean and it would be almost like having the keys labelled by function. It would definitely make planning new keybindings easier, because I could easily tell which ones are in use and which are available and work out the best place for a new binding.

    Unfortunately I have a keyboard which works perfectly well except for lacking that feature and I'm the kind of person who can't bring myself to buy a new one just for one thing I don't strictly need (especially since they start at about £70), but when this one dies I'm definitely getting a colour changing one.

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  • Ramoth.5162Ramoth.5162 Member ✭✭

    Mounts are on my number pad, I use 1 through 0 for skills, dodge I use v, front and back I use the up and down arrows and srafe q and e. Most others are default keybinds. I have tiny hands so everything has to be on a single key. I can't combine shift and hit any other key accurately with the same hand. I don't move with my mouse. It is just for camera adjustments and clicking on stray things. But, I am using a basic logitech keyboard. It is waterproof, so I can clean spills off of it. :) I have a corsair mouse that my husband didn't like, but I don't use it any differently than a regular mouse. Totally wasted tech.

  • Talindra.4958Talindra.4958 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I hv basic mouse .. cheapest in the market but fit my little hand best. Razor is almost double the size of my palm I couldn't hold it well.. I also kept all skills at default too :p no need to be too hardcore unless we play PvP or wvw serious business

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  • blambidy.3216blambidy.3216 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    Mine is basic. Might change my control and alt around though cause I keep accidentally hitting the windows button.

    Basic 1-5 skills
    Alt+ 1-5 elite skills
    F1-f5 are the other special skills. Stealing, pet swap etc.
    ~ for that special 6th skill. Don’t know the name.
    Capslock is switch weapon.
    Shift is dodge.
    Space bar is jump.
    Tab is targeting the monster closest towards me.

    Control+ 1-5 are Mounts.
    X is if you already have set mount and hop on and off.
    Z is walk.
    W forward.
    S is back.
    A is strife left.
    D is strife right.

    Since I’m lefty, right click and main. But you can switch.

    H character.
    M map.
    , mail.
    B wvw.
    Control+f is lfg
    F interact.
    Control+p pvp menu.
    I inventory
    G guild

    Enter is chat.
    / reveal/conceal chat

    Targeting controls I don’t really give a dang about so haven’t really thought that far. But these buttons matter the most to me.

  • I made 1-5 on the numeric keypad my mount keys.
    I made J my 'swim down' key, since there is not a default key, and I prefer to control my movement via the keyboard. It's still awkward if I am on the surface, have to use the mouse/camera control to get underwater to where I can use the J. There ought to be a key that can change you from surface mode to underwater mode.

  • Ashabhi.1365Ashabhi.1365 Member ✭✭✭

    The only thing I have keybound is changing mounts. I have them bound to the small buttons on the bottom of my gaming keyboard. Otherwise, I am one of those rare people that don't rebind many of my keys.

  • I keep the numbers and f-keys the same. My custom keybinds are as follows:

    Q: Turn left
    A: Walk Left
    Z: Heal Skill
    X: About Face
    E: Turn Right
    D: Walk Right
    C: Special Action
    R: Utility skill 1
    T: Utility skill 2
    Y: Utility skill 3
    F: interact
    G: Weapon skill 1
    V: Dodge
    B: Elite skill
    N: enable walk
    M: Map
    H: Sheath weapon

    Nearly all skills are within reach of my left hand. More importantly, I can keep moving while using any of the skills. There are a few DPS rotations that cause me to float my hands, though, but considering every key west of "J" is fully occupied I don't have much I can do about it.

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  • Dashiva.6149Dashiva.6149 Member ✭✭✭

    Haven't updated my setup in 3+ years so could probably use a change, but:

    Q: Heal
    Mousebutton 4 (by the thumb): Dodge
    E-R-T: Ulitiy 1-2-3
    Y: Elite skill
    §: Weapon swap
    Ä: toggle Walk
    Ö: sheath weapon

    Everything else is deafult that I can remember, though I should probably keybind the invidual mounts at some point.

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Fortunately, GW2 restricts the number of abilities you can have on your bar. It isn't like WoW, where you might end up with 30-40 keybinds!

    Your best setup would be a gaming mouse: All skills on mouse buttons, left hand almost strictly for movement. This is just the best setup for ease of use as skill use will never hinder your movement.

    Next best setup would be to remap your keybindings around your movement keys. A lot of players who do this will shift their movement keys over from the WASD default to ESDF in order to free up a couple of keys on the left for keybindings.

    I don't recommend keeping the default keybinds (6-0 just aren't in a good spot!) or clicking your skills. This is guaranteed to hinder your movement in combat and slow down your reaction time.

  • lokh.2695lokh.2695 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I use a MMO mouse, 12 Buttons on the side and I can place two commands on each of them because of a shift function. I have all skills(1-0, F1-F5, Mount skills), weapon swap, jump, mount/dimount, interact, the inventory-, guild- and contacts-UI, the map and a windows button mapped to my mouse. Only things remaining on my keyboard are WASD, the special action key, chat channels, ctrl(which let's me see objects to interact with(chests, nodes etc.) and shift which I use in combination with buttons on my mouse to acces the mounts indivually.

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  • Zaklex.6308Zaklex.6308 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    Me....I do nothing, I don't keybind nor do I use a gaming mouse.

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  • Razi.6031Razi.6031 Member ✭✭

    I found the best keybinding for me is to have everything mapped out around my WASD keys.

    So Q, X and E are my 3 utilities
    Z is heal
    1-5 weapon skills
    C is elite
    V is draw/sheath.
    And CTRL is dodge.
    F1 etc standard.

    I main thief so usually just need F1 and F2 anyways.

    Like this my left hand doesn't need to move much and every keybind is comfortably close to my movement keys.

    I roam/duel/1vX a lot in wvw so I need as quick reaction time as possible.

  • Silmar Alech.4305Silmar Alech.4305 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I'm used to touch typing, so I moved the movement keys from WASD to ESDF. That change requires to rebind almost every other key as well. I tried to move all keys I use in combat to the left hand of the keyboard, and additionally to the mouse buttons if they help during combat. So skills 6..0 must move to the left hand of the keyboard, for example.

    This is my current binding:

    ESDF: movement (S is strafe left instead of rotating, and f is strafe right instead of rotating)
    1..5: skills 1..5
    RTGB: skills 6, 7, 8, 9 (1..2..3..4..5..R..T..G..B is an arc around the left hand and all skills are reached conveniently)
    Mouse button 3 (click mouse wheel): skill 0 (elite)
    4 Mouse thumb buttons from G600 gaming mouse: F1..F4
    Custom Mouse button 1 on top of the G600 gaming mouse: F5
    Custom Mouse button 3 on top of the G600 gaming mouse: special action key (very important)
    Mouse buttons with SHIFT: mounts 1..5
    Q: run
    W: select called target
    V: interact
    X: dodge
    C: select nearest target
    TAB: select next target
    ^: open chat
    tilt mouse wheel right: weapon change (one of my most important binds: "push weapon away")
    tilt mouse wheel left: mount default mount (one of my most important binds: "pull/take the reins")
    A: highlight friendly characters

    The functions that are not covered above were moved to the right half of the keyboard: guild and such.

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  • Zok.4956Zok.4956 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    I control my movement direction with WASD and the right mouse-button, with the left mouse button I turn the camera without changing my movement directions.
    So, instead of turn left/right I use strafe left/right (and use my mouse). The keys 6-0 I have reassigned the QERFV around the WASD for better access.
    Because keys 6-0 were unused, I have assigned the mount/dismount keys to them which makes mounting/dismounting fast. The Special Action key that is needed a lot is now on X (and interact is V).

    So all important skills that I need in combat are easy and fast accessible from my left hand without looking on the keyboard.

    One problem remains for me: F1-F5 are not very easy accessible and are "far away" for my fingers and for example with Scourge, that uses a lot F1-F5,
    I am not as fast as with the other keys and sometimes press the wrong buttons. But I guess that is still a "learn to play" thingy. :)

    Here are my most important keybinds:

    Move Forward: W
    Move Backward: S
    Strafe Left: A
    Strafe Right: D
    Dodge: Mouse 3 (Scrollwheel Middle Mouse Button)
    Autorun: Y
    Swap Weapons: ^
    Weapon Skill 1: 1
    Weapon Skill 2: 2
    Weapon Skill 3: 3
    Weapon Skill 4: 4
    Weapon Skill 5: 5
    Healing Skill: Q
    Utility Skill 1: E
    Utility Skill 2: R
    Utility Skill 3: F
    Elite Skill: V
    Special Action: X
    Interact: C
    Raptor Mount/Dismount: 6
    Springer Mount/Dismount: 7
    Skimmer Mount/Dismount: 8
    Jackal Mount/Dismount: 9
    Griffon Mount/Dismount: 0

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  • Tekoneiric.6817Tekoneiric.6817 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I keybind the in mount activity keys to the same keys as weapon keys. They can overlap because only one will be active at a time. I really think they should have had those replace weapon skills visually and keybind wise. Masteries could have added more to them.

  • Wizler.8192Wizler.8192 Member ✭✭✭

    I'm right-handed but I started mousing left-handed years ago after a wrist injury and never went back. Although I mouse right-handed at work because that's where mouses (mice?) commonly are at most workstations.

    My right hand rests on 1234 etc. with my thumb on the left-ctrl key. For weapon/heal skills I use 1-6 then ctrl-1, ctrl-2, etc. for utility/elite skills. For mounts I use shift-1, shift-2, etc. Jumping is a bit awkward because I have to tuck my thumb under my hand to reach the space bar but it's not usually a problem.

  • Deimos.4263Deimos.4263 Member ✭✭✭

    I don't worry about it too much, but ever since I got into PvP I've unbound a lot of the default keys for in-game menus. Nothing sucks more than accidental menu-in-the-face in the heat of battle.

  • Dreamy Lu.3865Dreamy Lu.3865 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I use a razer orbweaver keyboard for all skills (including F1 to F5), up arrow key and spacebar set on the side thumb buttons. I use mouse left side buttons for weapon swapping, auto-run, dodging and the wheel click for action key. Then on my keyboard, I have 5 G keys left side. The 4 lowest are for raptor, springer, skimmer and jackal. I put the Griffon on the farthest top one, because I rarely use it so it is no problem that the key is a bit "far" from the rest.

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  • Silmar Alech.4305Silmar Alech.4305 Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 15, 2018

    @Dreamy Lu.3865 said:
    ... and the wheel click for action key.

    I considered this as well, but it doesn't work well together with the many ground-target functions of the special action key if you use the traditional 2-click handling of ground-targeting. It only works well if you either use the quick ground target option (immediately on the mouse position) or the target-based ground target option (immediately on the current target). If you use this with the traditional ground target option, and you use the index finger for both the left mouse button as well as the wheel, you lose all precision for positioning the ground target, since you have to move your index finger from the wheel to the left mouse button.

    Even with the quick ground target option, it lacks precision, since I (at least) may move away the mouse a few pixels while clicking the mouse wheel.

    These customized settings are all very individualized to each personal needs and capabilities. There are probably no 2 persons who use all these resources in the exact same manner with the exact same requirements. So I wonder why so many people never customize their keyboard bindings - I assume they all play less comfortable than they could with customizing.

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  • ReaverKane.7598ReaverKane.7598 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I use 1-5 and F skills as default. 6-0 are mapped on my mouse's side-butons (logitech G502)
    Tab as default, \ (key to the left of 1) is also the default weapon swap i think.
    Shift i use for swim down, Ctrl and Alt are as default.
    F is default, i switched around AD with QE (so i strafe on AD and rotate with QE).
    Z stows weapon, X walks, C is my mount skill, V is dodge, most menu binds are as default, but i added U for the PvP menu.
    I have different mounts as default (on C) but usually jackal, and i have each mount bound to a numpad key 1-5. Numpad 0 toggles action cam mode.
    < (key to the left of Z) is bound as the 180º skill but i rarely use it.
    I think that's pretty much it.

  • I know it has been brought up countless times but I really wish they would add an option to change shift from item and skill linking. So many games I play use shift to dodge and it is just easy for me to use. Other than prying the shift key off my keyboard (because I will still press it even with a rebind) does anyone have a solution to this? Half my deaths in PVP are due to me linking a skill and wondering why I stopped moving x.x

  • Eloc Freidon.5692Eloc Freidon.5692 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I always set R to auto run in any game. For this game I try to stick my mount to the T key (for Travel) and use the Ctrl and Alt combinations to use other mounts. Alt R for skimmer because traversing water is boring.

    Z to toggle walking, X to stow and draw weapons, C to select targeted npc/object, V for mount special ability.

    I try to not use 6-0 and bind them to Alt 1-5 because one of the previous games I played has a top bar for abilities so everything is reachable.

  • Zaklex.6308Zaklex.6308 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I don't keybind, I've used the standard setup....what is the point of keybinding anyways? I'm just a mouse clicker and keyboard user(keybinding probably not needed for PvE hence the reason I don't use it).

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  • Alga.6498Alga.6498 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    I also use the standard setup except for the mounts. I have a Corsair keyboard with 6 extra button on the left side.

    G1 = Raptor
    G2 = Springer
    G3 = Skimmer
    G4 = Jackal
    G5 = Griffon
    G6 = Beetle

    Will be a pain to keybind for our upcoming mounts, :lol: :p :p

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  • Sinful.2165Sinful.2165 Member ✭✭✭

    I use a gaming mouse with 12 thumb buttons.

    I have 1-5 weapon skills, weapon swap, stow weapon and dodge all bound to the thumb buttons.

    F-abilities (the special ones for each class) are CTRL+thumb buttons.

    Mounts are SHIFT+thumb buttons.

    I only use my keyboard for my utilities and elite (Q, X, E and C) and my shift and ctrl modifiers for the thumb buttons on my mouse so my hand never has to come off WASD movement keys.

    My special action key is also bound to the mouse just under the scroll wheel.

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  • TexZero.7910TexZero.7910 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Default except for mount/dismount which are bound to mouse keys.

  • Dreamy Lu.3865Dreamy Lu.3865 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    I use:

    • A razer orbweaver with one key per action for skills, special action, F1 to F5, up/down arrow keys, dodging and jumping.
    • On my main keyboard, the left programmable Gi keys for mounts and the CTRL key.
    • Mouse for moving, with swapping weapons and auto-run (R) on its left buttons, and the F key (interact) on wheel clicking.

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  • I assign all the unimportant/less combat involved keys to the awkward spots. The positioning of the remaining keys should be leave combat fairly manageable after this.
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  • @Raithel.1345 said:
    I know it has been brought up countless times but I really wish they would add an option to change shift from item and skill linking. So many games I play use shift to dodge and it is just easy for me to use. Other than prying the shift key off my keyboard (because I will still press it even with a rebind) does anyone have a solution to this? Half my deaths in PVP are due to me linking a skill and wondering why I stopped moving x.x

    Pretty sure you can bind shift to dodge as thats the key ive been using for profession skill 1

  • Curunen.8729Curunen.8729 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    Pretty complicated, using autohotkey for right click camera toggle and mapping left/right click for weapon skills 1 and 2 respectively when the crosshair is active (ie when right click camera is held).

    Basically I used and modified some of the old combat mode autohotkey script, trimming it down heavily for what I need (only a few things).

    Action camera by comparison is not good enough. With autohotkey I can toggle on/off the crosshair rapidly (have this bound to F on the keyboard and also a side mouse button, very easy to reach and use rapidly) for moving the cursor to ground target things like blink, etc (then immediately reactivate crosshair) Has become very easy and fluid. For pbaoe I don't even need to do that - ie if I want to drop chaos storm at my feet I just aim the crosshair down. Even at range it can work - ie for jaunt and blink with "lock at max range if out of range" selected in the options menu - I just pan the crosshair up and hit jaunt or blink, very comfortable to use. Sometimes doesn't work due to pathing and terrain (then I pan the camera down and toggle off crosshair to flick the cursor), bur most of the time.

    Targeting I still use tab targeting (different keybinds) for nearest, next, etc. I have pseudo detarget on C through using lock target - very useful key. Sometimes toggling off/on crosshair to manually select something with left click (again fraction of a second to do).

    For the record I've been playing like this for years, and it's all simple 1:1 keybinds so nothing wrong with it. If anything it's even more simplified than the old combat mode.

    Anyway aside from that:
    LShift - modifier for skills and free camera (I hold down to pan camera while crosshair is active, allowing me to look around - you can't do this in action camera afaik). Oh, also mount skill 2 because free camera keybind doesn't work there.
    Alt - also free camera.
    Space - dodge, mount skill 1
    Caps - jump/swim up (but I rebind Caps to something else using autohotkey so it isn't actually caps lock).
    V - about face
    Tab - interact
    Q - heal
    1-4 - shatters (profession skills)
    E - skill 3
    Shift+E - utility skill
    R - skill 4
    Shift+R - utility skill
    X - nearest (shift+x next target, also duplicated keybind on mouse for comfort, sometimes wanting to tab through on mouse)
    Z - stow weapon (shift+z previous target)
    C - pseudo detarget (lock target, just put cursor or aim away from enemies or any target and you drop target).
    5, tilde and shift+space = autorun (3 different binds for hand comfort. I just use autohotkey to make two of those keys the same).
    6 - map
    B - special action (hate this keybind, waste of space for wvw but I need it in easy reach for pve...)

    Mouse has many binds including blink and weapon skill 5 on thumb buttons, swap weapon on scroll wheel (when crosshair active. When crosshair inactive scroll wheel is zoom in/out of character) and middle mouse button when I want to be precise.

    Other mouse buttons (don't really want to share what mouse I have as it's likely something most would never consider buying unless also using for things like star citizen) are uses for crosshair toggle, targeting, utility skills and elite (Jaunt is really easy to reach being just next to left click). I also have tilt mouse for dodge in case my hand gets tired of pressing spacebar sometimes - duplicate keybinds are crucial for comfort and avoiding strain, in my opinion.

    Probably more I can't remember but that's a good chunk of it.

    Edit - just seeing some other posts reminded me that A and D are not strafe left/right by default which totally boggles my mind. Keyboard turning is alien to me, I don't know how anyone can use it, so of course WASD is strafe in all directions only with mouse for camera turning. ;)

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  • Airdive.2613Airdive.2613 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 12, 2018

    F1 to F5 unchanged.
    1 to 4 unchanged. Z for weapon skill 5.
    Two additional mouse buttons for healing and first utility skill, Q and E for two more utility skills. R for elite skill.
    F for contextual action, V for dodge, C for "special" (counter magic).
    Ctrl+[number] to both mount and dismount, V and X for mount skills 1 and 2.
    Simple Tab cycle or a mouse click for targeting (yeah, target play is my weakness).

  • Lefty here so I have left hand on mouse and right on keyboard.

    Mouse left and right click are unchanged (camera+ selection).
    I have a Razer Ouroboros so I have two side buttons bound to interact and my auto-attack skill and the sensitivity clutch rebound to dodge.

    Return is chat
    I use arrow keys for movement
    Right shift is jump
    Right ctrl is swim down
    Num-0 is heal
    Num-period is swap weapons
    Num-1, 2, 3, and Enter is skill 2 through 5 (weapon)
    Num-4, 5, 6, and + is utilities and elite
    Num-7 is the contextual special skill
    Num-8 is elite profession mechanic (e.g. soulbeast meld)
    Num-9 is mount
    Del, Ins, Home, pg-up and pg-dwn is usual profession mechanics (e.g. pet attack, return, pet swap, ele attunements etc.)
    End is stow weapons

    It sounds so cacky handed but I'm so used to it now its second nature.

    Exploring Tyria since before the fall of Ascalon.

  • Scud.5067Scud.5067 Member ✭✭✭

    Strafe Left = a
    Strafe Right = d

    Weapon skill 1 = q
    Weapon skill 2 = e
    Weapon skill 3 = r
    Weapon skill 4 = f
    Weapon skill 5 = t

    Healing Skill = Mouse

    Utility Skill 1 / Mount Skill 1 = Left Shift (shared bind)
    Utility Skill 2 = Mouse
    Utility Skill 3 = Left Ctrl
    Elite Skill = Mouse

    Profession Skill 1 = 4
    Profession Skill 2 = 3
    Profession Skill 3 = 2
    Profession Skill 4 = 1

    Special Action = Z
    Auto Run = \

    Dodge / Mount Skill 2 = Mouse (shared bind)

    About Face = g

    Call Target = 6

    Mounts are f1 -- f5, with ` for beetle

  • Trise.2865Trise.2865 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I keep the defaults because I'm a crazy mother kitten.

    If we want ANet to step up their game, then we must step up ours.

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My OCD wont let me move anything off the defaults, but I have managed to put 2 mounts onto my mouse. Which mounts those are constantly changes...

    What sleep is here? What dreams there are in the unctuous coiling of the snakes mortal shuffling. weapon in my hand. My hand the arcing deathblow at the end of all things. The horror. The horror. I embrace it. . .

  • I'm moving with esdf, F5, F6, dodge and jump are on mouse (8 button mouse). Image below is screenshoot of option tab

  • I have bound the skills I need to use for fighting on my left keyboard, and the rest is on the right. [split keyboard, two distinct halves]. I often even put the right side away so I can put the mouse closer to the left....

    On my mouse I have two keys: the auto attack and the elite skill.

  • Rico.6873Rico.6873 Member ✭✭✭

    All my mounts are on my num key bindings

  • @Raithel.1345 said:
    I know it has been brought up countless times but I really wish they would add an option to change shift from item and skill linking. So many games I play use shift to dodge and it is just easy for me to use. Other than prying the shift key off my keyboard (because I will still press it even with a rebind) does anyone have a solution to this? Half my deaths in PVP are due to me linking a skill and wondering why I stopped moving x.x

    i have shift binded as dodge in almost every game and i found a way to avoid that in gw2 is to click on ur chat box to make it active and then shift click items u wanna link, this way ur character will never dodge. but yea options to change that is always welcome if they ever pay attention.

  • I just got back to playing GW2 but when I try to make a profile for my Naga Epic mouse I can't find GW2 on my computer for linking it to the specific mouse profile(even though I had just played it). Do I have to uninstall/reinstall the game or the Razer Synapse App?

  • Ashantara.8731Ashantara.8731 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Atelia.4852 said:
    I've been messing around with keybinding, and I think all the different ways you can set up your key binds is really interesting.
    So, what have you changed from the default key binds?

    Too much to list it, really.

  • PeerlessArch.6547PeerlessArch.6547 Member ✭✭

    Best thing I ever purchased for MMOs -- no more keyboard...

    Logitech G13 Gamepad (or anything similar)

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