A Primary attribute in an attribute of a character profession that can only be utilized if the profession is the primary profession of that character. Each primary attribute enhances the core abilities of its profession. A warrior with more Strength will deal more damage while a monk with more Divine Favor will heal better.

Each profession in the game has multiple attributes, but only one primary attribute. You can only use the primary attribute of your primary profession. The primary attribute of your secondary profession will not be accessible (except at rank 1 from the appropriate blessing). For this reason it is an important consideration when deciding what your primary profession will be. The primary attribute for each class is listed below.

ProfessionPrimary AttributeInherent Effect
Warrior-icon-smallWarriorStrengthAttack skills gain 1% armor penetration per rank.
Ranger-icon-smallRangerExpertiseReduces Energy cost of Attack skills, Rituals, touch skills and all Ranger skills by 4% per rank.
Monk-icon-smallMonkDivine FavorMonk spells that target an ally heal the primary target for an additional 3.2 Health per rank, rounded down.
Necromancer-icon-smallNecromancerSoul ReapingGain 1 Energy per rank when a non-spirit creature dies within range (About half Compass Range); this effect can happen a maximum of 3 times every 15 seconds. Energy gain when at full energy does not count toward the limit.
Mesmer-icon-smallMesmerFast CastingDivides casting time of spells by 2(attribute/15) (or multiplies casting time by roughly 0.955(attribute)). Each rank also decreases the activation time of your Signets by 3%.
Elementalist-icon-smallElementalistEnergy StorageIncreases maximum Energy by 3 per rank.
Assassin-icon-smallAssassinCritical StrikesIncreases critical hit rate by 1% per rank. For each critical hit inflicted, 1 Energy is gained at ranks 3-7, 2 Energy is gained at ranks 8-12 and 3 Energy is gained at ranks 13 and above.
Ritualist-icon-smallRitualistSpawning PowerIncreases the Health of summoned Spirits and animated Minions by 4% per rank. Also increases the duration of your Weapon Spells by 4% per rank.
Paragon-icon-smallParagonLeadershipGain 1 Energy for each ally affected by your Shouts and Chants, up to a maximum of 1 energy per 2 ranks.
Dervish-icon-smallDervishMysticismWhenever an enchantment on you ends, you gain 1 Health per rank and 1 Energy per 3 ranks.
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