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Mastering jungle movement will unlock the ability to hang glide to previously unreachable locations. When you train the Gliding Mastery, you’ll have the option to soar freely through the treetops, escape the dangers that await you on the jungle floor, use the air to your advantage in combat against certain foes, and save yourself from accidental death by slipping.

— Official site

Gliding promo.png

Gliding is a unique type of movement that allows characters to descend from one point to another. Originally available exclusively through the Heart of Thorns expansion, players with End of Dragons are able to unlock the base mastery.[1]

Gliders may be deployed in most open world zones, instanced content in expansions (e.g. story missions), the Heart of the Mists PvP lobby, and in the ally-controlled areas in World versus World. Gliders cannot be activated in PvP maps or in Central Tyria instanced content (such as dungeons or personal story instances) and in many jumping puzzles. Further upgrades to the gliding mastery improve the speed, control and durability of the glider.


Gliding unlock banner.

Heart of Thorns[edit]

Gliders can only be used after learning the Glider Basics mastery by gaining enough experience and mastery points. Players with the Heart of Thorns expansion can start working towards their glider immediately, and after unlocking it they can further continue earning additional mastery upgrades.

End of Dragons[edit]

Use the space bar while jumping to glide across gaps.

— Gliding, in-game hint, Shing Jea Training Grounds

Players with the End of Dragons expansion can unlock only the basic usage of the glider, without having access to additional upgrades. The glider is automatically unlocked upon entering any zone in Cantha for the first time. Typically this is achieved by completing the Old Friends story step. Alternatively Teleport to Friend can be used to enter expansion zones.


A character gliding in the Heart of Maguuma.

Once unlocked, gliding can be used by any character on the player's account. Provided that the player is not attempting to glide in a restricted area, marked by the Gliding Disabled.png Gliding Disabled effect, the glider will be deployed either by pressing the jump key in mid-air, or by holding down the jump key after jumping; it will not appear if the player has not jumped far enough off the ground.

The glider will automatically fold-up when the player lands, or when the player "jumps" while gliding which causes the player to start falling. The player will be briefly revealed immediately following deployment and landing.

In PvP, gliding is not possible; in WvW, gliding is unlocked separately from PvE, through spending World Ability Points for the War Gliding Mastery, though Heart of Thorns is still required. Gliding is possible only in territories controlled by one's own world.

Related masteries[edit]

Primary article: Heart of Maguuma mastery tracks#Gliding
Mastery XP required Points Description
Glider Basics Glider Basics 508,000 Heart of Thorns mastery point Gain access to the glider so that you can glide like a squirrel across the highest points of the Heart of Maguuma.
Updraft Use Updraft Use 1,016,000 Heart of Thorns mastery point Improved design to your glider handles and slits in the wings let you confidently fly into updrafts, allowing you to gain altitude and travel to previously unreachable locations.
Lean Techniques Lean Techniques 1,778,000 Heart of Thorns mastery point Learn the gliding technique of leaning forward to increase your gliding speed and leaning back to brake midair at the cost of endurance. Your improved technique also increases your total endurance pool when gliding.
Stealth Gliding Stealth Gliding 2,540,000 Heart of Thorns mastery point Learn to glide silently and undetected through the air for short periods by dodging while gliding.
Advanced Gliding Advanced Gliding 3,302,000 Heart of Thorns mastery point Learn to glide with such efficiency that you no longer use endurance to stay up in the air, only to perform lean techniques.
Ley Line Gliding Ley Line Gliding 4,318,000 12 Heart of Thorns mastery point Learn to enter ley-line energy flows while gliding to be moved along with the flow, gaining access to otherwise inaccessible places.
Total 13,462,000 31 Heart of Thorns mastery point

List of gliding skills[edit]

With a Jade Bot[edit]

Only available after unlocking the  Gliding Booster.png Gliding Booster mastery.

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
6 Jade Bot Glide Booster.png Jade Bot Glide Booster 30 Your jade bot will give you a boost straight up.

Auric Basin[edit]

Only available in the Slay the octovine! (eastgate) boss fight.

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
1 Drop Bomb.png Drop Bomb Drop a bomb while gliding.
2 Drop Bomb.png Drop Bomb Drop a bomb while gliding.
3 Drop Bomb.png Drop Bomb Drop a bomb while gliding.

Dragon's Stand[edit]

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
1 Mortar Shot.png Glider Bomb 0.5½ 2 Throw a mortar that explodes with force, doing bonus damage to the Mouth of Mordremoth and his minions.

Bloodstone Fen / Lake Doric / Dragon's End[edit]

The following skills can be bought (as account-wide unlocks) from Natto on the Soul's Vendetta in Bloodstone Fen or the airship circling the Harvest Temple during the Battle for the Jade Sea meta event.

In Lake Doric, they can only be used after gliding on a ley line and last until you land. In Dragon's End, they can only be used while engaging the final boss of the meta event.

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
1 Focused Magic.png Focused Magic 10.5½ Shoot a beam at your foe. The farther away they are, the less damage you deal.
2 Unstable Magic Volley.png Unstable Magic Volley 1 5 Release a volley of unstable magic on the target area, damaging and knocking down foes, and applying a random condition.
3 Pacified Magical Storm.png Pacified Magical Storm 20 Call down a pacified magical storm on the target area, healing, curing conditions from allies, and granting regeneration to allies once every second.
4 Dogfight or Flight.png Dogfight or Flight 8 Use the power of wind to evade attacks and heal yourself.
5 Ride the Ley Line.png Ride the Ley Line 5 Focus unbound magic to create a ley line and propel yourself forward. Warning: Crossing streams with other ley lines is deadly!

Fighting The Shatterer[edit]

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
1 Bomb.png Drop Bombs 1 2 Drop bombs on target area, damaging and knocking down foes.
2 Throw Bandages.png Drop Med Kits 0.5½ 5 Drop three med kits to be collected in the target area; players in the target area are healed and gain protection.
3 Bandage Self.png Consume Med Kit 0.25¼ 30 Consume a med kit to heal yourself and gain regeneration.

Siren's Landing[edit]

# Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
1 Throw Artifact.png Throw Artifact 3 Throws artifacts at the unchained wyvern, damaging its defiance bar.
2 Roll Left.png Roll Left 5 Use the artifact to propel yourself to the left.
3 Dash (Artifact of Dwayna).png Dash 5 Use the artifact to boost yourself forward.
4 Roll Right.png Roll Right 5 Use the artifact to propel yourself to the right.

Related equipment[edit]

Jade Bot equipment that improve this mechanic[edit]

Glider skins[edit]

Glider tab.

Use a random glider skin each time you deploy your glider. (Only picks from your favorites if any have been selected.)

— Randomize Glider Skins

Glider skins can be unlocked account-wide by purchasing them in the Gem Store or by crafting legendary back items which also unlock the glider version. The skins have only cosmetic effects; there are no gameplay advantages associated with them. They can be changed at any time in the hero panel (default H). Most skins can be dyed and have up to four dye channels to customize colors. Applying a skin does not cost any Transmutation Charge.

Add/Remove from Favorites: Skins can be added to Favorites by placing the cursor on the top right corner and clicking on the Favorite.png heart icon.

Randomize Glider Skins: Skins can be also randomized by selecting the Randomize Glider Skins option. If no skin has been added to Favorites, it will cycle through all unlocked skins upon deploying the glider.

List of glider skins[edit]

See also: Gallery of gliders


Related achievements[edit]


See also[edit]

External links[edit]