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I have a Ranger question.

I'm new to GW2 and am around level eight. Do Rangers have to use magic and only certain pets or can I go through the game without magic? I'm guessing Rangers need two land pets and two aquatic pets? I'd like to just use a Norn Raven pet but I'm guessing that is not going to be viable. Sometimes I find I want a pet when I'm leveling my Warrior. I'm not intending this to be a "I want my Ranger to be a Warrior post." Thank you for any information.

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  • Wuna.7809Wuna.7809 Member ✭✭
    edited September 27, 2018

    I edited this reply and currently still need help with the above post.

  • Rangers use power of nature on certain skills idk if that qualifies as magic; you do not need 4 pets, a simple bear would do for both land and aquatic, but you may collect a lot of different pets across the open world if you are into Pokemon.

  • phs.6089phs.6089 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 27, 2018

    It's not pokemon at all. Rangers pets are classified and used for different matter. Mix and match according to your needs and for that you need quite a few
    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Pet.

    As a ranger you can get all pets around, regardless of the race of your toon.

    "There is always a lighthouse, there's always a man, there's always a city."

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Wuna.7809 said:
    I'm new to GW2 and am around level eight. Do Rangers have to use magic and only certain pets or can I go through the game without magic? I'm guessing Rangers need two land pets and two aquatic pets? I'd like to just use a Norn Raven pet but I'm guessing that is not going to be viable. Sometimes I find I want a pet when I'm leveling my Warrior. I'm not intending this to be a "I want my Ranger to be a Warrior post." Thank you for any information.

    Welcome to Tyria, fellow ranger!

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean by using magic. You're still quite low in level at the moment. As you progress, more utility skills (7-10 on the bar) will become available. Your ranger can use Shouts to help him/herself and allies, or set traps to hamper his/her foes. True, some other utilities seem more "magical" (like summoning spirits or using signets) but I would advise you to try some of them out anyway as they might have more synergy with whatever overall concept you are trying with your character. Remember, pretty much any build works in open world PvE, so experiment and see what works best for you.

    I am an extremely casual player and I main a ranger (soulbeast actually). My build is far from optimal, but I enjoy what my character does so I'm happy with it.

    As for pets, there are a LOT of them in GW2. They typically fall into certain "families" or types of pets (see the wiki link provided in the post above mine). Again, I advise trying different things out with different pets. You just might find that something works better for you than the raven; then again, maybe not but you won't know until you try.

    Once you get the ability to swap weapon sets, you can have one set for ranged (long bow perhaps) and another for melee (sword/dagger maybe) which might help your ranger feel a bit more "warrior"-like. There are other weapon combinations that might suit you better -- again, experiment! Scroll through this subforum and see how other rangers have their builds and ask questions. We're usually pretty good at helping out, either here on the forums or in-game.

    I am a very casual player.
    Very.
    Casual.

  • Thank you everyone.

  • InsaneQR.7412InsaneQR.7412 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Wuna.7809 said:
    Thank you everyone.

    I know you have the main answers answered.

    But if you have the expansions you can Trai elite specializations which enables you to do new stuff.

    Druid is more control and magic based.
    Soulbeast let's you fuse with your pet and you gain access to new skills.

    Birds are especially nice for this because you gain access to a lot of mobility and raven is especially nice for mobbing.

    If you need open world builds you can make a threat and look some up at metabattle.Com

    You don't have to follow them to a T but they are nice guidelines for beginners.

  • Fueki.4753Fueki.4753 Member ✭✭✭✭

    You can role-play your character not using magic and finding other reasons how certain skills work (and ignoring the clearly magical spirits and signets), but lore-wise all classes (yes, even Warrior and Engineer) use magic (even if unconscious) all the time.