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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 icon small.png Engineer
Thief icon small.png Thief
Main-hand only:
Harbinger icon small.png Harbinger
Off-hand only:
Bladesworn icon small.png Bladesworn
Mesmer icon small.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

Bladesworn icon small.png Bladesworn[edit]

4 Gunstinger.png Gunstinger 0.5½ 15 Quickly step forward to strike your foe while reloading your gun. Restores ammo to skill 5.
5 Dragon's Roar.png Dragon's Roar 0.5½ 1 Fire all the barrels in your hand cannon to deal damage to foes in front of you. This skill consumes all your ammo when fired and pushes you back slightly based on the amount of ammo expended.

Engineer icon small.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 10.25¼ 8 Fire a volley of darts that poison foes.
3 Static Shot.png Static Shot 10 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 12 Coat the target area with a glue puddle that immobilizes foes on impact, then cripples foes that remain within.

Thief icon small.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 Fire a set of immobilizing bolas at your foe.
3 Repeater.png Repeater (without offhand) 10.25¼ Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
3 Shadow Strike.png Shadow Strike (with offhand Dagger) Dual Wield. Stab your foe, then shadowstep away and shoot them. Unlock Repeater at reduced initiative cost for a short time.
3 ChainRepeater.png Repeater (with offhand Dagger) 10.25¼ Dual Wield. Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
3 Unload.png Unload (with offhand Pistol) 10.5½ Dual Wield. Blast your foe repeatedly with both pistols. Gain initiative if all attacks hit.
4 Headshot.png Head Shot Daze your foe with a head shot.
5 Black Powder.png Black Powder 0.5½ Fire a black-powder shot, blinding your target and nearby foes with smoke.

Deadeye icon small.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 icon small.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.

Harbinger icon small.png Harbinger[edit]

1 Vicious Shot.png Vicious Shot 0.5½ Fire a tormenting bullet that bounces between nearby foes.
2 Weeping Shots.png Weeping Shots 10.25¼ 6 Pierce your enemies with a series of corrosive bullets, inflicting torment and vulnerability. Gain life force for the first target hit by each bullet.
3 Vile Blast.png Vile Blast 0.75¾ 12 Fire a dart that shatters on impact, releasing noxious liquid that stuns, weakens, and poisons foes in the area. Gain life force for each target struck.

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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