Binding Blade

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the guardian greatsword skill. For the effect it causes, see Binding Blade (effect).

Binding Blade.png

Binding Blade

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
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Binding Blade.png
 → Pull (guardian skill).png
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0.75¾ Activation time  25 Recharge time  
Binding Blade

Throw blades at your foes, causing damage over time. Bound foes can be pulled to you. The effect ends when a foe moves out of range.

 Damage.png Damage: 605 (1.5)?
 Damage.png Damage: 4 (0.01)?
 Binding Blade.png Binding Blade (10s): 1,600 (3.0)? Damage
 Binding Blade.png Binding Blade (10s): 1,600 (1.0)? Damage
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Duration.png Maximum Blade Duration: 10 seconds
 Radius.png Maximum Leash Range: 600
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Whirl

— In-game description


The skill throws projectile blades at up to 5 nearby foes, dealing damage over time with the Binding Blade.png Binding Blade effect to those they hit. Affected foes can then be pulled using the associated  Pull (guardian skill).png Pull sequence skill, but this removes the damage over time effect.

Multiple projectiles can hit the same target if they intercept the projectiles. For example, if several enemies are present in range, and the skill is used inside one of the enemies' hitbox, then all projectiles will hit that target from inside its' hitbox. If only one target is present in range, then only one projectile will be launched, and using the skill inside the enemy's hitbox will have no additional effect.

  • This skill will proc the whirl finisher one time.
  • Damage over time component is determined by the following formula:
    • (0.3 * Power) + 2 * Level damage per second.
    • (0.3 * Power) + 160 damage per second at Level 80 and (0.1 * Power) + 160 damage per second at Level 80 in PVP and WVW
    • The damage-over-time effect of this skill is unaffected by Vulnerability.
  • If the foe dodges when the  Pull (guardian skill).png Pull is activated, they will not be pulled the full distance.
  • This skill can hit targets in stealth.
  • This skill does not affect epic rank foes.

Related traits[edit]

Zeal Zeal

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 18, 2023
  • This skill will now use a different animation with less aftercast.
November 29, 2022
  • Increased pulse damage power coefficient from 0.2 to 0.3 in PvE only.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Damage multiplier on initial hit increased from 1.0 to 1.5.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced initial strike power coefficient from 1.0 to 0.01. Reduced pulse damage power coefficient from 0.2 to 0.1.
May 08, 2018
  • The condition-damage aspect of this skill is now affected by Zealous Blade.
February 22, 2017
  • Reduced recharge from 30 seconds to 25 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Binding Blade has been added to the game.

See also[edit]