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Hunter's Ward

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Hunter's Ward

20.75¾ Activation time  40 Recharge time  

Guardian tango icon 20px.png Guardian (skill list)
Dragonhunter tango icon 20px.png Dragonhunter
Weapon slot 5
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Form your arrows into a barrier, and deal damage at the location.

 Damage.png Initial Damage: 96 (0.25)?
 Damage.png Initial Damage: 39 (0.1)?
 Damage.png Final Impact Damage: 847 (2.2)?
 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
 Radius.png Radius: 360
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]


  • If enemies are still in the area of effect of the spell when it finishes channeling, they are affected with Hunter's Mark.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
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.