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fast paced class

Hello gw2 community
ive been playing gw2 for a very long time and still i got dificulties deciding which class i should play. Now through all the pros and cons, ive decided that the strongest criteria for my class should be, which one is the most fast paced (regards to APM (action per minute)).


  • Seteruss.4058Seteruss.4058 Member ✭✭✭

    If it has something to do with actual fight speed then thief I suppose.
    If you want to be always on messing buttons like crazy, then engi or else will be your best bet.
    I think engi is what you're searching for...

  • steki.1478steki.1478 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Definitely elementalist. The only build with higher apm/micromanagement is (considered to be) condi engi in pve, but both are very close in that department. Majority of ele builds require usage of lots of skills and cooldown management.

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  • Ele with D/D. The fastest your ever gonna get.

  • Pterikdactyl.7630Pterikdactyl.7630 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Probably ele, thief, or a kit engi.

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  • Rhyse.8179Rhyse.8179 Member ✭✭✭

    Thief (Daredevil especially) or Elementalist (Weaver especially). They are both hotkey heavy, fast reaction classes that depend on evasion and perfect split second reflexes.

    Weaver probly has higher APM, but Daredevil has to have perfect dodges and positioning as well.

  • Westenev.5289Westenev.5289 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Weaver or Condi Engi have the highest APM's in the game, but I disagree with the thief quotes above. Most thief builds camp only one weapon set with a shortbow offhand, and if you trait daredevil staff with Invigorating precision (Critical Strikes trait line) thief becomes a 1 button tank with 3 spammable dodges that often don't matter outside of raids or high fractals.

  • Scar.1793Scar.1793 Member ✭✭✭

    Thief, spam 1 skill, 3 at most and see the targets fall like paper through fire.

    Can’t say it’s fun for a long while though if you’re looking for a good and interesting learning curve to reap rewards later.

  • Noha.3749Noha.3749 Member ✭✭✭

    I main engineer and thief..
    Gotta say the thief is fast but its mostly spamming a few skills and timing your dodges.

    Engineer is more "complex" with kits, since you commonly use 20+ abilities (2kits+). Unless you play Holosmith kitless. then its only heatmanagement so you dont blow yourself up.

    Used to play Elementalist, but i still find engineers more complex. Elementalists have a more "natural flow" with their abilities and more set spell rotations than engineer.
    So allthough it might feel like you do alot of workwith elementalist it comes more naturally ... they got less "tricks" up their sleves so to speak, you know what they are gonna do next in their rotations.

    Engi or Elem for APM without discussion.
    Fancy animations and having comfy weaved abilities (get the phun?) vs having a few more tricks up your sleeves but being a bit clunky.

  • starlinvf.1358starlinvf.1358 Member ✭✭✭✭

    APM on its own is not enough to go. Several classes have complex rotations and combo setups, all creating a "needs to press things a lot" control styles..... but that doesn't address other key aspects such at reactionary vs proactive, control vs counter, damage vs utility, raw complexity vs level of impact.

    Thief for instance requires a high APM because their offensive and defense strategies are built on rapid, precision movements. But Ele and Engineer also have high APM, because their entire class kit is made for large skill chains that other classes aren't even capable of. Scourge Necro could also be considered a High APM build, because its performance benefits from pressing every skill off cool down. I could even make the argument for Power SoulBeast, because their best builds are designed around the fast execution of a combo chain.

  • yes i thought about playing my ele again, funny thing though as i started to play it recently the killing nerfs hit with all the storm abilities. but now sword weaver seems to have a chance at being good in both pve and pvp (spvp and wvw). and tbh i personally like the idea that air is more about ferocity rather then precision.

  • ZeftheWicked.3076ZeftheWicked.3076 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 3, 2018

    Ranger is quite speedy, especially with shortbow. I wont' say it's the fastest but i will say it feels most fluid of all professions i played while being on the speedy/reaction oriented side of things, and he is given quickness in quite a few places, more so with soulbeast.

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