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Hunter's Ward

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Hunter's Ward

Guardian icon small.png Guardian (skill list)
Dragonhunter icon small.png Dragonhunter
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Activ. type
Game link
1 Activation time  
20 Recharge time
40 Recharge time
40 Recharge time
Hunter's Ward

Form your arrows into a barrier, and deal damage at the location.

Damage.png Initial Damage: 289 (0.75)?
Damage.png Initial Damage: 39 (0.1)?
Damage.png Final Impact Damage: 963 (2.5)?
Damage.png Final Impact Damage: 513 (1.333)?
Damage.png Final Impact Damage: 642 (1.666)?
Crippled.png Cripple (2s): -50% Movement Speed
Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Impacts: 4
Number of targets.png Maximum Number of Barriers: 5
Duration.png Ring Duration: 5 seconds
Duration.png Ring Duration: 3 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 360
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Dragonhunter Dragonhunter


  • If enemies are still in the area of effect of the spell when it finishes channeling, they are affected with Hunter's Ward.png Hunter's Mark and take 150 Defiance Break

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced power coefficient on the final impact from 1.666 to 1.333 in WvW.
November 29, 2022
  • (PvE Only) Reduced cooldown from 40 seconds to 20 seconds. Increased power coefficient of initial hit from 0.25 to 0.75. Increased power coefficient of final hit from 2.2 to 2.5.
  • Reduced ring duration from 5 seconds to 3 seconds in WvW only.
May 11, 2021
  • This skill's cast has been reworked. The dragonhunter will now channel the skill for 1 second and then release the barrage, allowing movement while the attacks occur and traps are formed.
March 17, 2020
  • The final visual effect of this skill has been toned down and rescaled to better reflect its area of impact.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Hunter's Ward: Increased the damage dealt by the final impact of this skill by 10%.
  • (Competitive split) Reduced pulsing strike power coefficient from 0.25 to 0.1. Reduced final impact power coefficient from 2.0 to 1.666.
April 19, 2016
  • This skill now creates barriers on enemies only if they are struck by the final attack.
  • Barriers created by this skill now only stop enemies who have been marked (struck) by the final attack.
  • The final attack damage has been increased by 33%.
  • Ring duration has been reduced from 6 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • The cooldown of this skill has been reduced from 45 seconds to 40 seconds.
  • Added a red ring for enemies so they can be identified as hostile.
November 17, 2015
  • Removed an erronious icon that appeared on opponents when using this ability.
  • Reduced the visual noise on the effects associated with this skill.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the damage to not be applied in certain skill queueing scenarios.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Hunter's Ward has been added to the game.
  • Sped up and reduced the size of the impact FX.