Pistol Whip

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Pistol Whip

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Main hand sword
Off hand pistol
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Dual Wield
Activ. type
Game link
0.75¾ Activation time  
5 Initiative
6 Initiative
Pistol Whip

Dual Wield. Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Damage.png Initial Damage: 136 (0.37)?
Damage.png Initial Damage: 4 (0.01)?
Damage.png Damage (4x): 1,160 (3.16)?
Damage.png Damage (4x): 880 (2.4)?
Stun.png Stun: 0.75¾ seconds
Stun.png Stun: 0.5½ seconds
Evade.png Defiance Break: 100
Range.png Range: 130

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Acrobatics Acrobatics

Trickery Trickery

Daredevil Daredevil


  • This skill's evasion effect is not listed in the skill facts.
  • For the purposes of any "on skill use" effects such as confusion, this skill counts as two separate skills.
  • The attack is two-phased:
    • The opening hit is a single-target stun (Movement will not interrupt this part).
    • You will then Evade and cleave 4 times (Moving now will cancel the skill). The evasion window lasts for ~1.25 seconds.
  • The sword cleave will not execute in midair. If the pistol swing finishes while airborne, the thief will not start swinging their sword until they reach the ground again.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
July 07, 2020
  • Increased flurry hit power coefficient from 0.53 to 0.6 in PvP and WvW.
  • Icons for daze and stun are now displayed in light purple in skill and trait tooltips.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Competitive split:
  • Reduced initial hit power coefficient from 0.37 to 0.01.
  • Reduced stun duration from 0.75 seconds to 0.5 seconds.
  • Reduced flurry hit power coefficients from 0.79 to 0.53.
  • Increased initiative cost from 5 to 6.
August 09, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that was causing this skill to show an incorrect number of hits when traited with Swindler's Equilibrium.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Increased the stun duration to 0.75 seconds.
  • Added an additional warning effect to Warmup.
  • Reduced the number of flurry hits from 8 to 4, to match the animation. Flurry damage has been increased by 100% to compensate.
February 23, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that caused this ability to display incorrect damage values in PvP.
  • The initial strike of this ability has been combined between PvP and PvE (dealing the PvE damage values) and will no longer deal increased damage to crippled enemies.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • All skills categorized as dual-wield have received a 5% damage increase.
April 15, 2014
  • This skill has been split between PvP and PvE. It will now cost 6 initiative in PvP, while maintaining a 5 initiative cost in PvE.
  • Updated the skill facts to show the bonus damage from Combined Training.
  • Added an evasion skill fact.
December 10, 2013
  • Reduced the aftercast on the first half of this skill by .25 seconds.
June 25, 2013
  • Decreased the time between the stun and the sword flurry.
October 07, 2012
  • Reduced damage by 15%
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Pistol Whip has been added to the game.