Riders are magical creatures that resemble a floating jellyfish with a thorny shell, multiple tentacles, spider-like eyes and a gaping mouth below the shell. They were first unleashed upon the earth by Sybitha, a power-mad mage mentioned in the quest The Ranger's Path.
Riders tend to be very fragile physically, but also tend to be lethal spell casters. With the exception of Smoke Walkers, all riders in the game are Mesmers and a pack of more then 3 will make any party think twice as they excel in interrupts, hexing, health degeneration or energy draining, or a combination of these techniques.
On the weakness side, keep in mind that Riders ...
- are fleshy creatures.
- are susceptible to all conditions, incl. bleeding, poison and disease.
- leave a corpse behind.
- are not undead.
- can be knocked down (despite floating).
Riders may drop the following loot (besides gold and various weapons and items):
|Ascalon||7 Storm Rider||Stormy Eye|
|Maguuma Jungle||12/17 Wind Rider||Ancient Eye|
|Crystal Desert||20 Storm Kin||Shriveled Eye|
|Ring of Fire Islands||24 Breeze Keeper||Molten Eye|
(Fissure of Woe)
|24 Smoke Walker||Umbral Eye|