Crippling Shot

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Crippling Shot

Ranger icon small.png Ranger (skill list)
Short bow
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12 Recharge time  
Crippling Shot

Fire an arrow that cripples your target. If you are flanking or behind your target or your target is defiant, immobilize them. Your pet's next three attacks inflict bleeding.

Damage.png Damage: 293 (0.8)?
Bleeding.png Bleeding (15s): 330 Damage
Crippled.png Cripple (4s): -50% Movement Speed
Immobile.png Immobilize (10.5½s): Unable to move.
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship

Skirmishing Skirmishing

Druid Druid

Soulbeast Soulbeast


  • When you use this skill your pet is buffed with Crippling Shot.png Bloodthirst for 11 seconds.
  • Bloodthirst is applied when you activate the skill, not when its projectile hits a target.
  • The skill's bleeding fact is incorrect and displays the bleeding duration based off the Ranger's condition duration.
  • While in beastmode, the player's next few attacks inflict bleeding.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • All effects that benefit when the player strikes from the flank or from behind now always apply their benefits when striking defiant foes.
June 08, 2021
  • The duration of bleeding applied by the pet's next three attacks is increased from 12 seconds to 15 seconds in all game modes.
January 22, 2019
  • The pet's next three attacks will now only apply bleeding for each successful strike.
May 16, 2017
  • This trait now immobilizes if you are beside your target, in addition to when you are behind your target.
October 18, 2016
  • In addition to its existing functionality, this skill will now immobilize your foe for 1.5 seconds if you are behind them.
April 19, 2016
  • The cripple duration has been increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • Base damage has been increased by 100%.
  • The pet bleeding duration has been increased from 6 seconds to 12 seconds.
June 25, 2013
  • Decreased the range to 900.
  • Increased the damage by 14%.
December 14, 2012
  • Increased the velocity of arrows fired from Short Bow and Longbow skills by 30%.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Crippling Shot has been added to the game.


  • Gwwlogo.png A Guild Wars skill bears the same name as this skill.
  • Before Beta Weekend Event 2, the first sentence of the description of this skill used to be "Shatter your foe's dreams of becoming an adventurer with a single arrow to the knee." This was a reference to a line of dialogue in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, wherein its town guards profess that they "used to be an adventurer", until they "took an arrow in the knee."
  • Barrage used the following icon prior to release: Crippling Shot (pre-release).png.