Here it is, I want a pet-less option for my ranger in GW2. I'm thinking the best (and easiest) way would be via the trait system, e.g. "extra damage while not using a pet" or "extra damage, cannot use a pet".
Why not just play thief, you ask? (1) I don't always want to play without a pet, just sometimes. (2) Ranger has different skills, abilities, etc. (3) I like bows, not guns.
I understand that pet is a major part of being a ranger, but I'm sure many players will enjoy playing ranger without a pet, even if not all the time.