Arcane Wave

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Arcane Wave

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
Training cost
4 Hero points
Game link

5638, 22572
0.75¾ Activation time  2 Recharge time  
Arcane Wave

Arcane. Blast foes in the target area with an energy wave for critical damage.

Damage.png Damage: 372 (1.4)?
Damage.png Damage: 452 (1.7)?
Daze.png Daze: 2 seconds
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Maximum Count.png Maximum Count: 2
Count Recharge.png Count Recharge: 25 seconds
Count Recharge.png Count Recharge: 30 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 240
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Blast
Evade.png Defiance Break: 200
Range.png Range: 600

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Air Air

Arcane Arcane

Catalyst Catalyst


  • The elementalist leaps towards the target area, inflicting the skill's damage and other effects when landing.
    • Unlike most leaps, it cannot be used to leap across chasms because the elementalist travels parallel to the ground.
  • Underwater, the skill instead activates instantly and the elementalist doesn't move. The damage, blast finisher, etc. happen around the target. Can be used without a target to no effect.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • This skill now leaps to the targeted area before dealing damage and now dazes enemies that it strikes. Reduced the range from 900 to 600. Reduced the attack radius from 360 to 240. Increased the power coefficient from 0.6 to 1.7 in PvP and WvW. Reduced the ammunition recharge time from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvE only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 1.4 to 0.6.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This skill now uses the ammo system.
  • Ammo count has been set to 2, with a 30-second count recharge.
  • There is a 2-second recharge between each use.
September 29, 2015
  • Added skill facts for the underwater version of this skill.
September 30, 2014
  • Updated the description to more accurately describe functionality.
September 09, 2014
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill would not trigger the Arcane Energy trait.
May 20, 2014
  • Added a skill fact for number targets: 5.
January 21, 2014
  • This skill is no longer ground-targeted while underwater and will now activate the area effect on the targeted enemy.
December 10, 2013
  • Can now be ground targeted.
October 15, 2013
  • This skill no longer applies conditions at an infinite range when traited with Elemental Surge.
June 25, 2013
  • This skill now hits 5 targets instead of 6.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Arcane Wave has been added to the game.