Guild Wars Nightfall Exclusive Profile Preview - The Paragon and the Dervish Professions

We've got the first peek at the new professions that will be introduced in the latest chapter of the Guild Wars saga.

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Forget "campaign 3." The next chapter in the Guild Wars franchise now has a name: Nightfall. Like Guild Wars Factions, Nightfall is a stand-alone chapter in the Guild Wars online role-plaing saga and it will introduce a new continent to explore, new gameplay features to experience, and two new professions to play with. We got our first glimpse of Nightfall during the Electronic Entertainment Expo and learned that this chapter is set in a North Africa-like setting, with sun-drenched coastlines and dry, desert interiors.

The paragon is the ideal battle commander, capable of supporting frontline troops with both spears and magical chants.

Like the original Guild Wars and Factions, Nightfall follows ArenaNet's interesting pricing model. You'll purchase Nightfall like you would a regular game, but it won't require any monthly subscription to play online. And you won't require any of the previous Guild Wars games to play Nightfall, though if you do own them, you'll be able to transfer your existing characters about the ever-growing Guild Wars world.

Nightfall has actually begun its beta test, and ArenaNet plans to hold an "open house" for current Guild Wars players between July 28 and 30. You'll be able to check out this new chapter yourself, as well as create characters based on the two new professions in Nightfall. And without further delay, we have the details on what you'll be able to play as. If ArenaNet sticks to its six-month publishing schedule for chapters, then we should see Nightfall ship later this year.

The Paragon
The paragon isn't meant to be a frontline fighter. Instead, the paragon is best suited in a support role as a battle commander, capable of supporting teammates by throwing spears and using verbal chants and shouts that can boost the fighting abilities of those nearby. And the paragon's angelic nature isn't just aesthetic, as this profession's presence can help teammates resist hexes and other curses.

It's easy to identify paragons on the battlefield, thanks to their angelic look. Even the paragon's armor is saintly in appearance, thanks to the incorporation of ivory and mother of pearl in its materials. And if that weren't enough, a paragon's metal armor usually has the form of wings engraved in it. It's no wonder that the Elonians in the game believe that paragons are guardian angels sent by the gods to serve as champions for the people.

The dervish is a holy warrior that is fast and deadly in a fight.

The Dervish
If the paragon is best while standing back from a fight, the dervish is at home in the heart of one. These holy warriors are capable of striking at multiple targets simultaneously with their wicked scythes. Of course, they're armed with a whirling, spinning attack that's perfect for when in the middle of a bunch of foes. Dervishes can also cast spells on themselves that aid in their assault, and the profession has various healing and protection abilities as well. The profession's most powerful ability, however, is to temporarily transform into the physical embodiment of a god.

Since the profession is part warrior and part priest, dervishes are clad in robes rather than armor. Protection comes mainly from the dervish's agility in battle, as well as the various protection enhancements and spells. In addition to the robe, dervishes are equipped with bracers on their arms, and they're constantly hooded to show their humility to their gods.

Discussion

133 comments
misha97
misha97

A batlle of 2 level 10's in Ascalon arena,both people from Nightfall, a warrior with Droks armor and a Dervish, with Droks armor... Length of battle.... 30 minuits.... This phrase,The game is also deeply challenging because it's designed so that no one type of character or strategy is invincible. NOT TRUE 10 hits on Dervish, she heals.... 1 hits on Warrior, he heals..... All other people got killed.... THE PHRASE I POSTED IS FROM THE GAMESPOT REVIEW, IT'S A LIE! Well finnaly the dervish gave up..... And my team one! A piece of knowledge, dervish = tough stuff!

Hex008
Hex008

Dervish, Derrvish, Dervish. Paragon ftw.

TheHummel
TheHummel

The Dervish .. I just... like them .. :P

voodoo1032801
voodoo1032801

Paragon sounds cool and all but I think Deverish Rock!! Can't wait to get the game!!

dragon247uk
dragon247uk

Both sound pretty cool but dervish takes the cake for me.

sandningaara
sandningaara

paragon doesn't really appeal to me, but the dervish sounds pretty cool. might be trying that out with my extra char slot when i get the game

kenerhai
kenerhai

cool the dervish sounds cool. i knew waiting to get this game was a good idea. I didnt like all the typical cliched character types.

sonicare
sonicare

Can't wait. Loved and loving guild wars.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

Sounds like a good one this time.I really enjoyed Fractions and the original

crazymoose99
crazymoose99

It sounds fun! the dervish is a cool idea that i like. In factions i tried out the new class of spiratulist and it was just no fun... probly cause i was doing it wrong lol, idk. I havnt tried the assasin although it looks fun, but w/e im just gonna stick to w/mo for now. I hope in night fall the campaign is more linier in, like in the first. The new campaign in factions is hard to follow. I liked it when i could just say lfg and in a few seconds id get an invite and be on omw. But Night fall looks awsome and i cant wait.

Kratos_1024
Kratos_1024

ahhh i just bought Factions a week ago now i have to get this one two ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

DiePlz
DiePlz

when factions came out, i wasnt impressed with the pvp. the new classes were so-so imho. compare it to when gw came out; i LOVED necro so much cuz the more things die (even on your team) the more of an effect you have in the battle. for example when im playing pve and i run into a boss with too many enemies for my team to handle and the fight takes too long, eventually my henchmen will start dying, but when they do i start PWNING! i either make minions or wells to simply over power my enemy when they are outnumbering me. since playing the july 28-30 weekend event, i've decided dervish > all. the dervish allows me to rush into battle and fight unhindered by being outnumbered because of the aoe scythe and self preservation skills. my perfect guildwars class. paragon in the mean time is very durable with their big warrior armor, ability to stay away from the front line, and protect me in case i really do get overpowered. i just cant wait. in summary: nightfall > factions

pullie
pullie

nice, another one :)

TrueIori
TrueIori

Why are is their always WoW morons posting in Guild Wars news. I know guild wars pvp owns WoW "so called PvP" but dont come here an attack the better game. You complain to blizzard to fix your crappy pvp

MK_Malcovich
MK_Malcovich

YAY GW! and by the way yo guy on the first page who said Gw was like Dota, you are completely and totally right cuz i was a huge dota player and now play Gw pvp, they are very similar, however Gw is better because everything that dota does, Gw does times 5.

iz_me_roland
iz_me_roland

people people people......is all about Diablo....Diablo babyy!!!!!

caveturd
caveturd

Alright, Nightfall is coming! Any Wow ppl please return to your own game please. By the way, are you bored? Server down, right? Just wondering.

Shrike666
Shrike666

to me factions semaed pvp based with having less missions and stuff and i think thatnightfall me be more pve basded see how there are 20 mission and 3 challened mission it was postes on eb games but then got rid o for teh system sec not being right so i think that after nightfall teh next one will be pvp baseded then the next one will be pve based and so on and so forthand with them adding 2 new char slots woth everygame and that they may start selling slots soon like maybe i dont know on um friday for 1 reason the new char slect screen so i think you will be able to buy on friday and well once night fall comse outt and i get the slots from night fall i would have 12 slots from buying 4 and the 2 form night fall and factions and teh 4 from pof so really all i can say is this game will rockand i cant wait to see teh new skins for the diffrent class over the pvp week end i will see when it would be a good time to make a nerco and mezmer and female wariior so i would know hen i should make em i want to have the nidset looking chars and i thinkthat thi game will rock teh 2 new pros will rock the new skills all i can say is i will see you on teh battle fild of nightfall on the 28 good night good game ir will rock so all the Wo trolls ou there we get 2 new games per year and we would have 3 games out before you egt your first expansionj

dragonclaw850
dragonclaw850

i cant wait till guildwrs nightfall comes out it will be heck a asome

simondo15
simondo15

I just hope they don't freeze out factions (updates) like last time because since factions has been released prophecies has had only 1 update and i hope that factions is updated as much as it is now and hope nightfall does not take all the updates

michaelcoronado
michaelcoronado

why are wow players here? arent you guys wasting your money in all since you have to pay monthly. thats why guild wars is better ....well thats one of the reasons

liquid789
liquid789

you know its funny to hear GW players hate on WOW players, when GW is an obvious rip off of DotA which is a popular modgame on warcraft III frozen thrown. DotA definetly doesnt have the mmo feel GW has but it has a ton of more depth.

ray_addict
ray_addict

WOW is coming up with another exp too.. lol. the battle is on

Maraxusofkelds
Maraxusofkelds

Wow is for ppl who have no life and like farming like hell. GW can be for ppl wit no lives and also like farming like hell (req 8 15>50 crystalline anyone). Gw, however, has the added benefit of catering to ppl who enjoy skil over farming (aka pvp) and doesnt have some ass backwards system of losing rank/fame for not playing (yeah i want to have my r9 tiger lsot because i dotn pvp everyday ooooooooooo like wow's general/warlord rank system.)

TheGreenToad
TheGreenToad

I think it's too soon. Factions hasn't really had enough time to sink in and they should hold back on releasing it. Factions will have only had 6 months as opposed to the year the original had. If arena net waits then we get a better polished game and we get to fully enjoy factions.

Mirage
Mirage

I can't believe some people are complaining that long time players are on an equal playing field as beginning players. That's like saying in counterstrike people that played for 1000 hours should have double dmg guns, evade 50% of bullets, and move 50% faster than players that just started. If you need to hide behind time spent just to beat your opponents then you can keep playing WoW and leave GW for real competition. Maybe in WoW you can scrape by kills because you've been playing longer, but in GW you win with skill and strategy rather than time spent playing the game and I like it that way.

therumor2
therumor2

I'm amazed that a game company is actually keeping a promise to release a new expansion every 6 months. Blizzard is raking in the dough any they don't add half the content that Arena.net is adding to Guild Wars. Bravo.

starfoxmcleoud
starfoxmcleoud

Wohoo!! These guys know how to keep attention toward them!

General-Havoc
General-Havoc

Awesome i love GW, its much better than WoW in its own ways (there are two sides to the story when u have ppl everywhere in the game like in WoW) Cant wait for this to come out And obvious wild guess i will be seeing the city of Elonia when it comees out (comon ELONIANS huh huh) Thats just my (educated) guess lol Anyhoo cant wait for this one (COLLECTERS EDITION FTW)

LordN3on
LordN3on

Sounds cool. Got GW, but havn't played it much....O.o

supperman
supperman

After having played WoW and GW for awhile now, I can see why people either love or hate either of the two games. Personally, I prefer GW because it's more of a thinking person's game. It's for people to experiment with builds, using your actions to differentiate yourself from the others. It also has great standard RPG elements like an interesting story and expensive exotic gear, so you can have your cake and eat it too. WoW on the other hand, is a fairly easy game where you just do the same things over and over again to level up and pwn people by the fact that you had more money and time. It's like the military; you can get seniority by following protocol without being too bright and then lord over the recruits.

glitch24
glitch24

OMFG! Man that's friggin' 10 classes total for GW! WOOT! That's awesome I can't wait. Why are WoW players posting here? Shouldn't you guys be playing that game instead of posting here? ; ) (r u guys insecure about WoW? lol. Well i can't blame u! btw i've tried WoW) Well, anyways, this is going to be awesome. I really hope though that they mix it up a little bit, because they really did a great job of diversifying the last 2 classes ( the assassin and the rits). Hope they don't slack! As for those players who thought the prophecies campaign was boring, I can't blame you...it was - in the beginning that is. If you've stuck with it and got to Droks, you would've been highly addicted capping elite skills and so on. If you didn't buy Factions, or don't own it, GO BUY IT NOW! It is better than Prophecies ever was! (gameplay wise---story not so much...) The world of GW is growing and enriching, believe it or not. = )

jojinko
jojinko

frist of all woot new gw second ew monthly i have played both wow and gw there differnt games get used to it wow is the a evelovution of ragnorok online but they took out the insantity and made it funner and easyer to play with a little here and there that need to be done its great for hard core rpg lvl grinders and eiilitest. although i feel that the sever arnt worth the pay gw is awsome but i do want a longer pve but thats why they have eexpantion packs pvp cant be compaired isnt items based and having a the best item wont give you that much of an advantage arean net has broken out of every other rpg rock paper sizzor formula with the dual class system i dont like item/lvl based pvp wow in end differnt games for differnt poeple stop compaining there no better or worse just depends on your taste

sofy
sofy

I tried FFXI, WOW then Guild wars ( in that order). I like both wow and ffxi but i've sticked to ffxi ( being a FF fan scince teh 1st). And yeah, Guild wars is free, but i got fed up very quickly... I don't think those changes and new addtion will make ppl want to play more... My opinion only.

silent_tyga
silent_tyga

WoW is a MMORPG and Guild Wars is a CORPG (cooperative online role playing game). i have never played WoW but i'm sure its a good game if you have the time and can stand paying monthly. i've been playing guild wars and love it cause i have a family and a life that i'm devoted to and i still want to play online RPGs so this is perfect for me. i played ffxi for a while and loved it except for the monthly fees and the fact that it was cutting into my personal life and causing problems so i quit. i don't think either one is better than the other, just which ever one fits your life best.

MCCHA
MCCHA

I played the first GW and liked it, but didn't feel compelled to buy the second due to lack of interest and lame new professions. With Nightfall however, I might actually jump back into the GW universe.

sheepysheepy
sheepysheepy

most of the silly comments people make just wash by me, specially the gw - wow comparisons, but Zhyic "The lvl cap has nothing to do with the skill, it feels unrewarding for most senior players that the character they spent hours on building has a high chance of being defeated by a starting player." believe it or not, thats why we like the game...

unclecandy
unclecandy

honestly I really hope they don't do that. this is one thing that sets guild wars apart from other games. and then we would have lag.... ryan

a55assin
a55assin

I only hope for one little thing in the new Gw, or the old ones. To give players the ABILITY(if they wish to) to go out of town without having to join a part...kinda like Wow with all those players. I would still like to see the original idea though, but like one or two places where you can have all the people out of the town at once would be kinda cool. You'd be able to Chill out side of towns...next to a waterfall lol...love that stuff.

Vax45
Vax45

Nightfall sounds awsome, but there was one thing that turned me off in Factions, you had to pay for all your skills, all my characters are poor :(. I was a hell of a lot more motivated to play in Profecies because you could get your skills by doing quests. But oh well, Factions was still fun and I can't wait for Nightfall.

bobsob2
bobsob2

people forget GW can be changed instantly, so all the things like the AH and mail systems in WoW, can be put into GW in a matter of days. people also fail to realize, that you're not going to get everything in a game as soon as it comes out, there will be expansions or patches if the game is popular enough to make the company keep it going. thats why burning crusade is coming out on the WoW side of things, becuase the dedicated people who play the game need different things to do instead of going through UBRS or whatever over and over again. Burning Crusade is coming out farther after the release of WoW becuase the fact is, it just takes WoW players longer to get the level cap and the type of equipment they want becuase they cant instantly travel to the town of their desire, they have to run/use mounts to get there themselves. thats also why the GW side is coming out with so much so fast, becuase pretty soon, everyone will have what they want for their characters, and reach the level cap. so if you think about it, there's pros and cons for each of the games, and they're standing at a dead lock, and thats how its going to be.

Chaos-Knight-89
Chaos-Knight-89

77Bigmac77 there is a few problems with your theory. 1: Guild wars if whole different game the WoW. 2: WoW is more fake mainly with the effects. Guild wars is much beter then World of WarCRAP. and the 4th thing is stop saying WoW is better when this is a Guild wars review not WoW.

7_armageddon_7
7_armageddon_7

quote: "Guild Wars is basically a much simplified version of WoW" [?!?!?] Yeah right, it shows that this guy hasn't seen the PvP aspect of Guild Wars... It's probably the best online PvP there is in any MMO, definetely deeper than WoW in any case: 8 professions, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of skill combinations, tactical/strategic fighting, GvG, HoH, TA, RA, etc, etc, etc.

bandofhawks
bandofhawks

i miss seeing people outside of towns and cities :(

bandofhawks
bandofhawks

where do u get the 10-day trial for WOW?

77bigmac77
77bigmac77

I have played GW and WoW and personally I like WoW better because Guild Wars is basically a much simplified version of WoW. And anyone who enjoys GW over WoW is most likely a casual player and that's fine, just don't make fun of a game you either haven't played, or got to level 5 and quit because you couldn't make a level 60 for PvP right away.

FoE_Freeman
FoE_Freeman

I've been playing GW ever since the first 5 beta's of GW itself and after reading through all the comments about the game it strikes me how stupidly ignorant people are (most of then that is). wishing to get more character slots, higher level cap, more skill slots, new races etc etc, quite frankly, the only good thing i've heard is the day and night cycle. If you people have payed attention or boost your long term memory you will also know that with each new GW release you will gain 4 character slots, and if you add a new GW chapter to an existing account you will gain 2 extra character slots (which i personally perfer since then you can also use all the skills from gw and factions), the level cap will remain at lvl 20, this is becouse of the imbalances that come with a higher level. about the fact with the 15k armor that "Mrmakatakawawat" started about, this is just a stupid comment since you cant get 15k armors for the assassin or ritualist on the tyria continent. enough said about that subject. more skill slots is unlikely to happen. races is unlikely to happen too. i think the new races are nice, kinda like W/Mo & R/Mo combo's but then with the ability to add another profession. armor wise i think that the warriors will still be the chars with the highest armors, i think the max for the 2 new races will be somewhat like 70 or so. anyway i got some information that Nightfall will be released in late september/early october which is pretty exciting but its not certain ofcourse.

swirv
swirv

Guild wars is tight...but they need to start making better races. Past two races i havnt liked....and these two look gay