Impale (warrior sword skill)

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the warrior sword skill. For other skills of the same name, see Impale.

Impale (warrior sword skill).png


Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Off hand sword
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Impale (warrior sword skill).png
 → Rip.png
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0.5½ Activation time  15 Recharge time  

Throw your sword at your foe to impale them.

Damage.png Damage: 550 (1.5)?
Torment.png5 Torment (8s): 880 Damage, 1,272 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Crippled.png5 Cripple (1s): -50% Movement Speed
Impale (warrior sword skill).png Duration: 4 seconds
Interval.png Interval: 1 second
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Arms Arms

Tactics Tactics


At some point after Impale's damage scaling was increased, it appears to use the PvE scaling in PvP/WvW. It is not split between game modes.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Damage multiplier increased from 0.5 to 1.5.
July 07, 2020
  • Impale now applies a pulsing 1-second cripple in addition to torment. Successfully using the Rip ability now grants 10 stacks of might for 5 seconds.
October 02, 2018
  • The projectile velocity has been increased by 66%.
September 09, 2014
  • Lowered the duration of torment from 12 seconds to 8 seconds.
April 15, 2014
  • The time this skill is active has been reduced from 10 seconds to 4 seconds.
  • Torment is now applied every second that the skill is active, rather than every 3 seconds.
  • Reduced the number of torment stacks when the missile hits from 2 to 1 to compensate for the increase in pulses, so that the number of stacks remains the same.
  • This skill will no longer fire at enemies behind the warrior.
July 23, 2013
  • This skill now applies torment instead of bleeding.
  • Two stacks of torment are now applied upon the sword's impact.
February 26, 2013
  • This ability's cooldown has been reduced to 15 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Impale has been added to the game.


  • Gwwlogo.png A Guild Wars skill bears the same name as this skill.
  • This skill's Bleeding was replaced with Torment because Bleeding used to only stack up to 25 times.