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Disambig icon.png This article is about the class of weapon. For the specific weapon sold by NPC weaponsmiths, see Pistol (weapon).


One-handed weapon
Used by
Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer
Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief
Off-hand only:
Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer
Crafted by
Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Huntsman
Seathunder Pistol concept art.jpg

Pistol concept art.

The pistol is a one-handed weapon that may be wielded in the main hand and off-hand. Pistols are characterized by their mid-range rapid projectile attacks.

Skills by profession[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Engineer tango icon 20px.png Engineer[edit]

1 Fragmentation Shot.png Fragmentation Shot 0.5½ Fire a shot that bleeds the impacted target and then shatters, dealing damage to nearby enemies.
2 Poison Dart Volley.png Poison Dart Volley 10.75¾ 8 Fire a volley of darts that poison foes.
3 Static Shot.png Static Shot 12 Discharge a lightning shot that bounces between multiple foes, blinding and confusing them.
4 Blowtorch.png Blowtorch 0.5½ 12 Unleash flames from your pistol to burn foes. Deals more damage the closer you are.
5 Glue Shot.png Glue Shot 0.5½ 20 Coat the target area with a glue puddle that immobilizes foes on impact, then cripples foes that remain within.

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

1 Body Shot.png Vital Shot 0.5½ Bleed your foe with a shot to the vitals.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngSneak Attack.png Sneak Attack 1 1 Stealth Attack. Sneak attack with rapid fire from your pistol and make your foe bleed.
2 Bola Shot.png Bola Shot 0.5½ 4 Fire a set of immobilizing bolas at your foe.
3 Repeater.png Repeater (without offhand) 10.25¼ 2 Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
3 Shadow Strike.png Shadow Strike (with offhand Dagger) 4 Dual Wield. Stab your foe, then shadowstep away and shoot them. Unlock Repeater for a short time.
3 ChainRepeater.png Repeater (with offhand Dagger) 10.25¼ 3 Dual Wield. Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
3 Unload.png Unload (with offhand Pistol) 10.5½ 5 Dual Wield. Blast your foe repeatedly with both pistols. Gain initiative if all attacks hit.
4 Headshot.png Head Shot 4 Daze your foe with a head shot.
5 Black Powder.png Black Powder 0.5½ 6 Fire a black powder shot, blinding your target and nearby foes with smoke.

Deadeye tango icon 20px.png Deadeye[edit]

1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngMalicious Sneak Attack.png Malicious Sneak Attack 1 1 Stealth Attack. Sneak attack with a rapid fire from your pistol that makes your foe bleed. Consumes all malice when striking your mark to inflict torment with a duration equal to twice the consumed malice.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer[edit]

4 Phantasmal Duelist.png Phantasmal Duelist 0.5½ 20 Phantasm. Fire multiple crippling bullets at your target and summon an illusion that unloads its pistols on your target.
5 Magic Bullet.png Magic Bullet 0.5½ 25 Hit up to four foes with a single shot, inflicting confusion on each foe. In addition, the first target is stunned, the second is dazed, and the third is blinded.

Related traits[edit]

Weapon strength[edit]

See also: Weapon strength

Related achievements[edit]


  • In Ghosts of Ascalon, Ember Doomforge uses a pistol.
  • After firing you can hear a sound of falling shells, which differs depending on the material of the ground.

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