Henchmen (also known as "Henchies" or "Hench") are computer-controlled characters that you may elect to enlist in your party once you've left Pre-Searing Ascalon, or after completion/skipping of the tutorial in Factions or Nightfall. Their skills, attributes, and levels will change as you progress through the campaigns. It does not cost anything to hire them. Henchmen can be invited in a way similar to inviting other players and are automatically added to the party.
Henchmen count as party members and thus, claim their share of the party's loot and experience (although they will not gain levels). Loot that gets assigned to henchmen is never shown; they are simply removed instead of visibly dropping. Each henchman has an equal chance of getting a particular piece of loot, as if they are normal players.
In general, all henchmen will target and attack whichever target the party leader is targeting. Henchmen will also automatically target an enemy (usually the closest or weakest) if a party member gets attacked.
Most, but not all, henchmen carry a Resurrection Signet or other appropriate resurrection skills. Similar to player-controlled characters, a henchman's Resurrection Signet will recharge after a Morale Boost. In the same vein, henchmen also receive a Death Penalty when they die.
Roster and Location
All core henchmen are level 20.
Guild versus Guild
The following henchmen are available in the Guild Hall.
The following henchmen are available in Heroes' Ascent.
These henchmen are found in the Prophecies Campaign.
|Ring of Fire
|Little Thom||Axe Warrior||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||-|
|Devona||Hammer Warrior||No||No||No||No||No||No3||Yes||Replaces Stefan|
|Aidan||Archery Ranger||No||No||No||No||No||No3||Yes||Replaces Reyna|
|Mhenlo||Healer Monk||No||No||No||No||No||No3||Yes||Replaces Alesia|
|Eve||Blood Necromancer||No||No||No||No||No||No3||Yes||Replaces Claude|
|Cynn||Fire Elementalist||No||No||No||No||No||No3||Yes||Replaces Orion|
1 Except for the Temple of the Ages where the party size is 8.
2 Except for the Dragon's Lair where the party size is 8.In the Tomb of the Primeval Kings, all henchmen are replaced by two each of Zaishen Fighter, Zaishen Mage, Zaishen Healer, and Zaishen Archer.
3 Aidan, Cynn, Devona, Eve, and Mhenlo are available in Deldrimor War Camp, Marhan's Grotto and Thunderhead Keep while Claude, Stefan, Alesia, Orion, and Reyna are not.
These are the henchmen available in the Factions Campaign.
|Henchman||Profession||Shing Jea Island||Kaineng City||Echovald Forest||The Jade Sea||Notes|
|Party Size:||4, 613||8||8||8||-|
|Lukas||Sword / Tactics Warrior||Yes1||Yes3||Yes9||No||uses "Shields Up!"|
|Kisai||Lightning / Water Elementalist||Yes1||No||No||No||has snaring capabilities|
|Mai||Assassin||Yes1||No||No||No||inflicts bleeding, poison and knockdown|
|Aeson||Communing / Restoration Ritualist||Yes1||Yes 3||No||Yes11||-|
|Talon Silverwing||Sword Warrior||Yes1||Yes5||No||Yes||-|
|Sister Tai||Healing Monk||Yes1||Yes4||No||Yes||Removes Conditions and Hexes|
|Su||Curses / Death Necromancer||Yes2||Yes5||No||Yes12||uses corpse exploitation|
|Lo Sha||Illusion / Inspiration Mesmer||Yes2||Yes 5||Yes10||No||interrupts, removes hexes|
|Kai Ying||Earth Elementalist||Yes1||Yes4||No||Yes||uses Ward Against Melee and knockdowns|
|Panaku||Dagger / Shadow Arts Assassin||Yes1||Yes5||No||Yes||inflicts bleeding and poison, uses shadow step|
|Professor Gai||Restoration Ritualist||Yes1||Yes5||Yes||No||removes conditions, uses protective spells|
|Devona||Hammer Warrior||No||Yes6||Yes||No||has 3 knockdown skills|
|Jamei||Healing Monk||No||Yes7||Yes10||No||removes hexes and conditions|
|Eve||Blood / Death Necromancer||No||Yes6||Yes||No||uses Blood Ritual|
|Cynn||Fire Elementalist||No||Yes7||Yes||No||uses area DoT spells, inflicts burning|
|Headmaster Vhang||Lightning Elementalist||No||Yes6||No||No||-|
|Emi||Assassin||No||Yes7||No||Yes12||inflicts dazed and blindness|
|Nika||Dagger Assassin||No||Yes8||Yes||No||inflicts crippled|
|Danika||Healing Monk||No||No||Yes9||No||Removes Hexes|
|Redemptor Karl||Protection Monk||No||Yes3||Yes9||No||no hex removal skills|
|Sheena||Curses / Death Necromancer||No||Yes3||Yes9||No||uses corpse exploitation|
|Erys Vasburg||Interrupt / Punishment Mesmer||No||Yes3||Yes9||No||carries Psychic Instability|
|Seaguard Eli||Sword / Tactics Warrior||No||No||No||Yes11||uses "Shields Up!", has 2 knockdown skills|
|Aurora||Beastmaster Ranger||No||No||No||Yes11||has a pet crab named Hector|
|Daeman||Interrupt Ranger||No||Yes3||No||Yes11||anti-caster, inflicts dazed|
|Seaguard Gita||Protection Monk||No||No||No||Yes11||removes hexes and conditions, has no healing|
|Seaguard Hala||Illusion / Inspiration Mesmer||No||Yes3||No||Yes11||interrupts, removes hexes|
|Argo||Fire Elementalist||No||No||No||Yes11||inflicts burning and knockdown|
1 Aeson, Kisai, Lukas, Mai, Taya, and Yuun are not available in Zen Daijun. Replacing them are Kai Ying, Panaku, Professor Gai, Sister Tai, Talon Silverwing, and Zho.
2 On Shing Jea Island, Lo Sha and Su are only available in Zen Daijun.
3 Aeson, Brutus, Daeman, Erys Vasburg, Lukas, Redemptor Karl, Seaguard Hala, and Sheena are only found in Imperial Sanctum and Raisu Palace.
4 Kai Ying, Sister Tai, and Zho are not in Vizunah Square (Foreign Quarter).
5 Lo Sha, Panaku, Professor Gai, Su, and Talon Silverwing are not in Imperial Sanctum, Raisu Palace, and Vizunah Square (Foreign Quarter).
6 Aidan, Devona, Eve, and Headmaster Vhang are not in Vizunah Square (Local Quarter). Except for Headmaster Vhang, the rest are also not in the Marketplace. Except for Devona, the rest are not in the Imperial Sanctum and Raisu Palace.
7 Chiyo, Cynn, Emi, and Jamei are not in Kaineng Center, the Imperial Sanctum, Raisu Palace, the Marketplace, and Vizunah Square (Local Quarter). Jamei is also not in Maatu Keep.
8 Nika is only in Sunjiang District, Tahnnakai Temple, and Zin Ku Corridor.
9 Brutus, Danika, Erys Vasburg, Lukas, Redemptor Karl, and Sheena are not in Arborstone and Tanglewood Copse. Danika is also not in the Eternal Grove.
10 Jamei and Lo Sha are only in Arborstone and Tanglewood Copse. Jamei is also in the Eternal Grove.
11 Argo, Aurora, Daeman, Seaguard Eli, Seaguard Gita, and Seaguard Hala are not in Boreas Seabed.
12 Chiyo, Emi, and Su are only in Boreas Seabed.
13 Party size 6 only in Seitung Harbor and Zen Daijun, size 4 in the rest.
These are the henchmen available in the Nightfall Campaign.
|Henchman||Profession||Istan||Kourna||Vabbi||The Desolation||Realm of Torment6||Notes|
|Party Size:||4, 81||8||8||8||42, 8|
|Devona||Hammer Warrior||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Uses Knockdown.|
|Abasi||Ranger||Yes3||No||No||No||No||Inflicts Poison and Crippled conditions.|
|Kihm||Healing Monk (Istan)
Protection Monk (Kourna)
|Odurra||Domination / Inspiration Mesmer||Yes3||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Interrupts foes.|
|Herta||Earth Elementalist||Yes4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Uses Wards.|
|Sogolon||Motivation Paragon||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Focused on healing.|
|Gehraz||Earth / Scythe Dervish||Yes4||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Inflicts Bleeding and Blind conditions, has some healing capabilities.|
- The maximum party size of 8 is only in Beknur Harbor, Kodlonu Hamlet, Blacktide Den, and Consulate Docks.
- The maximum party size of 4 is only in The Shadow Nexus.
- Timera, Abasi, and Odurra are not in Chahbek Village, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan, and Sunspear Great Hall.
- Herta and Gehraz are not in Chahbek Village.
- Excluding Consulate Docks
- Excluding the Domain of Anguish, which does not have any henchmen.
Eye of the North Expansion
These are the henchmen available in the Eye of the North Expansion.
The following were temporarily available during special events/periods:
- Mad King's Guard: Four henchmen temporarily available in Lion's Arch and Kamadan during the Halloween event (2005, 2006, ...?)
- Enchanted Snowman: Four henchmen temporarily available in Ascalon City, Lion's Arch, and Droknar's Forge during the Wintersday 2005 event.
The level of a henchman depends on the outpost in which they are hired. For instance, all henchmen in Sardelac Sanitarium are always level 3, and those in Piken Square are always level 6. Henchmen levels are reset each time the player enters a town. For example, Stefan, who is L6 in Piken will revert to L3 upon entering the Sanitarium.
In Hard Mode, all henchmen are level 20.
What follows is an outline of henchman level progression through the game.
- Level 20: All Battle Isles locations.
- Level 3: Ascalon City, Sardelac Sanitarium, The Great Northern Wall
- Level 6: Fort Ranik, Frontier Gate, Piken Square, Ruins of Surmia, Serenity Temple
- Level 8: Nolani Academy, Grendich Courthouse, Yak's Bend, Borlis Pass, The Frost Gate, Ice Tooth Cave
- Level 10: Beacon's Perch, Gates of Kryta, Lion's Arch, D'Alessio Seaboard
- Level 12: Bergen Hot Springs, Beetletun, Divinity Coast, Druid's Overlook, The Wilds
- Level 15: Temple of the Ages, Quarrel Falls, Bloodstone Fen, Ventari's Refuge, Aurora Glade, Maguuma Stade, Henge of Denravi, Riverside Province, Sanctum Cay, Fishermen's Haven
- Level 17: All Crystal Desert Locations
- Level 20: The Dragon's Lair and on, through the Southern Shiverpeaks and the Ring of Fire Islands.
- Infused: The later Southern Shiverpeaks - Thunderhead Keep, Marhan's Grotto - and the Ring of Fire Islands.
- Level 3: Shing Jea Monastery
- Level 6: Tsumei Village, Minister Cho's Estate
- Level 10: Ran Musu Gardens
- Level 13: Seitung Harbor
- Level 16: Zen Daijun
- Level 20: All Kaineng City, Echovald Forest and Jade Sea locations.
- Level 3: Chahbek Village, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan
- Level 6: Champion's Dawn, The Astralarium
- Level 9: Jokanur Diggings
- Level 12: Beknur Harbor, Blacktide Den
- Level 15: Kodlonu Hamlet
- Level 17: Consulate Docks
- Level 20: Kourna, Vabbi, The Desolation, Realm of Torment
Eye of the North Expansion
- Level 20: All locations
Henchmen are often claimed to be very bad or even harmful party members. Many players struggle to form parties of completely random players even for hard missions just to avoid using henchmen. However a player with lots of experience on playing with henchmen will be able to complete any mission and bonus with henchmen and possibly a friend or two. You just need to know how henchmen react to your actions. Most players do not understand how the henchmen AI works and they act so that the henchmen do things not wanted by the players. Here are some tips on effectively controlling the henchmen.
- If you attack an enemy your damage dealing henchmen will begin attacking your target.
- If they are within range, and have nothing better to do, your healing henchmen will also attack. However, they will not move to get into range to attack, even if completely idle.
- You can easily have the henchmen attack your target by simply attacking and possibly also calling the target. You can also encourage the henchmen to attack without attacking yourself by using CTRL+SHIFT+Space. This works out to about 1.5 aggro bubble range. Any further, and your henchmen will start charging, then turn around and return to you because of the distance.
- If you try to pull the enemy mob to you by attacking them with a ranged attack your henchmen will attack the mob and spoil the pull. You need to pull by aggroing the enemy mob and moving back to the spot where you want to fight, then attack to send the henchmen to the fight.
- An alternative method to pull is to fire a longbow or flatbow at your intended target. During the firing animation, turn the camera around and begin to run away. As soon as you fire your shot, you should be running away from the enemy with the henchmen "retreating" with you. However, note that any melee henchmen will run forward to the enemy before turning to follow you. In close situations this might cause aggroing of multiple mobs.
- To cancel henchmen's attacks, one method is to quickly plot the main flag to a location (optimally away from aggro range), upon which the henchman will disengage any spells or actions to move to the plotted position. Unless fleeing, doing this mid-battle is not recommended as the henchmen will not stop to heal or heal others, blindly marching towards the plotted main flag. They will not perform any skills until they have reached the flag.
- Henchmen will follow you soon after you begin running away from the enemy.
- Having the henchmen retreat from a fight is fairly easy. Have all your players run away from the enemy not using any attacks or attack skills. The henchmen will follow soon, but not as soon as you probably would like.
- If you don't attack a mob and run past it the henchmen will follow you without fighting.
- Henchmen will divide into groups to follow different players.
- When your group needs to divide henchmen will often divide into smaller groups following different players. They will often divide according to their profession (e.g., all monks will follow the same player).
- If any players are moving and others are not, the henchmen will attempt to follow the moving players, leaving the stationary ones, even if the stationary is currently engaged in battle.
- If one of the party members needs to separate from the group to move alone without henchmen the others can prevent the henchmen from following that single player. Players may continuously make small movements to draw the henchmen towards them, allowing the lone player to alternate between moving and standing to break away. This can be useful for pulling enemies, allowing the lone player to draw aggro without the henchmen rushing in prematurely.
- Henchmen will follow your party closely, staying near each other when you aren't fighting. They will fall into formation if there is room; warriors in front, casters at the rear.
- It is pretty easy to avoid enemy groups as the henchmen will follow you. Beware moving too fast when going around enemies. If the henchmen are too far, they will use the shortest route, which will take them into the enemy group between you and them.
- It is very hard to get rid of disease or miasma after combat. The henchmen stay near each other and spread the disease to those who get rid of it. The henchmen might spread a little if you move correctly.
- Players have the ability to direct henchmen towards a particular location, using a "flag" button on the compass. Once activated, henchmen will try to reach this location, will not fight along the way if engaged, but they will defend that location until the flag is removed. This is very useful when you need the henchmen to go one way while you go another - such as when going back to retrieve mission bundles or NPCs, or moving ahead to scout.
- Another good tactic is to make them wait a slightly behind your position, allowing you to pull more effectively.
- When in a party with other players and henchmen, this feature can effectively split the party in two - useful when you need to engage the enemies at two fronts. Note that the party leader is the only one who can control henchmen.
- You can actually split a party with heroes and henchmen in two. To do so:
- Set all three Hero flags.
- Set a main flag.
- Cancel the hero flags.
- Henchmen will now stay with the main flag, but heroes will follow you.
- Note, though, that if you die while far from your henchmen, they will not move to resurrect you and you may end up getting stuck.
- However, if you have died with henchmen plotted far from your corpse, you may simply plot the main flag on your body to get the henchmen to return to you (or just cancel the main flag, having the henchmen approach your position automatically). An alternative method to avoid the pathing issue detailed in the next bullet is to click on one of the henchmen's names in the party window to change to camera to follow the selected henchman. From here, you can plot manually move the flag in a desired path back to your fallen body in order to trigger a resurrection skill.
- Henchmen have some pathing issues. If you move very, very far away from their "flag" and then cancel it, they will take the shortest path to return to your location, and may get stuck in the process.
- The use of the main flag to lead henchmen into other zones (such as a different explorable area or an entrance to a town) will not cause the party to enter the other zone. Instead, the henchmen will be teleported back to the controlling player.
- Using the "flag" button heroes can be moved separately from each-other but henchmen only move when a command is issued for all NPCs.
- Heroes will always obey individual orders over the "main" flag.
- Example: If a hero flag is placed to the West and the main flag is planted to the East, the hero will go West while all the other henchmen/heroes will go to the main flag.
- Flags can be plotted on the immediately visible terrain on screen, on the compass, or on the mission map.
- Note: If henchman are flagged on the minimap to a far away area, they will attempt to reach that area. Sometimes they are successful, other times they will get stuck on terrain.
- If they are successful, you can flag them to an area and autofollow them there, to avoid running there yourself.
- If you are dead and a resurrection shrine is nearby consider opening the mission map and making them run to the resurrection shrine.
- Note: If you forget to remove a flag before resurrecting at a resurrection shrine your henchmen will immediately start to run to the flag, possibly aggroing a lot of enemies.
- Henchmen will resurrect fallen allies both in and out of battle.
- They will now use their resurrection skills from range, rather than running on top of the fallen ally first.
- In battle, they will favor resurrection signets. Monks will only attempt to use a multi-use resurrect in combat if they are the only ones left standing.
- Henchmen prioritize resurrection targets in the following order, assuming that the corpses are nearby:
- Any human player with a multi-use resurrection spell
- Any henchman with a multi-use resurrection spell
- Any human player with a resurrection signet
- Any henchman with a signet
- Any human player
- Any henchman
While in an explorable area and not in combat, performing emotes will cause the henchmen in your party to form a circle around you and perform emotes of their own. For example, the /dance emote causes the henchmen to either dance or 'play' an instrument. Some of them have a dance animation that does not match their primary profession. See each henchman article for details.
- Practical Guide to Henchmen Use (on Guild Wars Guru forum)