Bow of Truth

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Bow of Truth

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
Spirit Weapon
Bow of Truth
Training cost
4 Hero points
Game link

9175, 43565
0.5½ Activation time  1 Recharge time  2 Ammunition  
Bow of Truth

Spirit Weapon. Command the Bow of Truth to barrage a location with healing arrows.

Healing.png Healing: 232 (0.15)?
Healing.png Healing: 232 (0.05)?
Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Impacts: 15
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Maximum Count.png Casts: 2
Duration.png Duration: 40.5½ seconds
Count Recharge.png Count Recharge: 20 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 360
Combo.png Combo Field: Light
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Zeal Zeal

Honor Honor


  • Though the skill is ground targeted, the Bow of Truth (NPC) appears next to the guardian, rather than at the target location.
  • The summoned bow is stationary and tends to disappear as soon as the guardian moves. However, this does not affect the duration of healing arrows. The bow will traverse along with the guardian when teleporting or shadowstepping.
  • It is considered an ally, therefore it is affected by boons. Quickness increases its animation speed, although it does not provide any benefits and does not increase healing rate.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • Reduced ammunition recharge from 25 seconds to 20 seconds.
November 17, 2020
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill would not function properly underwater.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced pulse healing coefficient from 0.15 to 0.05.
April 23, 2019
  • These skills are now all ground-targeted while the player is on land.
August 28, 2018
  • Increased the radius of this skill by 50%.
May 08, 2018
  • The ammunition recharge of this skill is no longer split between game modes and will now use the lower 25-second cooldown in all modes.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the ammo-recharge time from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 06, 2018
  • Reduced the recharge time between casts from 8 seconds to 1 second.
  • Spirit Weapons: Fixed a bug that prevented players from animating properly when using these skills while equipped with a two-handed weapon.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Reduced the cast time of this skill from 0.75 seconds to 0.5 seconds.
August 10, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that could cause spirit weapons to go on cooldown after not being used for a sufficient amount of time.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Spirit weapons have been reworked. They now use the ammo system.
  • Bow of Truth: This now has an ammo count of 2, and using the skill barrages an area with healing arrows.
    • Count recharge is 30 seconds.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
September 09, 2014
  • Added Healing, Radius, Duration, Number of Targets, and Number of Hits skill facts.
  • This spirit weapon is no longer destroyed when the Command skill is used.
  • When the Command skill is used, this ability can now be cast at a range of 1200.
August 06, 2013
  • Removed the range skill fact on the summon.
February 26, 2013
  • The health of this spirit has been increased by 30%.
September 14, 2012
  • Now usable while moving.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Bow of Truth has been added to the game.