Lead the Wind

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Lead the Wind

Ranger icon small.png Marksmanship (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
Game link
15 Recharge time
Lead the Wind

Your longbow and harpoon-gun skills pierce and recharge faster. Striking foes beyond the range threshold grants boons.

Miscellaneous effect.png Range Threshold: 1,200
Swiftness.png Swiftness (10s): +33% Movement Speed
Quickness.png Quickness (5s): Skills and actions are faster.
Quickness.png Quickness (20.5½s): Skills and actions are faster.
Number of targets.png Targets per Missile: 5
Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%
Pierces.png Pierces

— In-game description


Skill Traited recharge
Longbow Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire 10 8
Hunter's Shot.png Hunter's Shot 12 9.6
Point-Blank Shot.png Point-Blank Shot 15 12
Barrage.png Barrage (WvW) 5 4
Barrage.png Barrage (PvE, PvP) 20 16
Harpoon gun Coral Shot.png Coral Shot 10 8
Feeding Frenzy (ranger skill).png Feeding Frenzy 10 8
Mercy Shot.png Mercy Shot 12 9.6
Ink Blast.png Ink Blast 18 14.4

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • This trait no longer grants swiftness when performing a projectile combo. Instead, it grants swiftness for 10 seconds and quickness for 5 seconds (2.5 seconds in PvP and WvW) when striking with an attack from beyond 1,200 range. This effect has a 15-second cooldown.
October 02, 2018
  • The attack speed when using the longbow is no longer increased. Piercing is now applied to harpoon gun skills, in addition to the current piercing functionality. Gain swiftness when using a projectile combo finisher.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing some longbow skills from displaying all relevant skill facts for this trait.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from updating longbow skills with the Pierces skill fact.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Fixed a bug so that this trait no longer has its piercing information displayed on short-bow skills.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Lead the Wind has been added to the game.