Hunter's Tactics

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Hunter's Tactics

Ranger icon small.png Skirmishing (trait list)
Training cost
6 Hero points
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Hunter's Tactics

You deal more damage and have an increased chance to critically strike while attacking from behind or the side or when striking a defiant foe.

Precision attribute.png Critical Chance Increase: 10%

— In-game description


  • The area around an enemy is divided into 4 cones (1 front, 2 sides, 1 behind). 15% extra damage in PvE (10% in WvW and PvP) and 10% critical chance is added if the ranger is not in the enemy's front cone.
  • For area of effect damage, the bonus will be applied to each enemy that doesn't have the ranger in their front cone.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait 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 28, 2022
  • Bonus damage while flanking increased from 10% to 15% in PvE.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • This trait now increases damage when attacking from the side or behind by 10% in addition to its previous effects.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • Replaced 10% damage increase with 10% increase to chance to critically strike while flanking.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Hunter's Tactics has been added to the game.