Ride the Lightning

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Ride the Lightning

30 Recharge time  
Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist (skill list)
Off hand dagger
Weapon slot 4
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Ride the lightning to your foe, then strike all nearby foes with an electrical burst. If a foe is hit by the burst, the skill's recharge is halved.

 Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
 Damage.png Damage: 220 (0.6)?
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 180
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Air Air


  • Using this skill puts you under the Ride the Lightning effect for 2 second, during which you will move at a rate of 600 units per second and cannot use skills or swap attunements.
  • Without a target, you will move forward the full distance or until you hit an obstacle. If a foe is targeted, you continue moving until you hit your opponent, tracking its forward motion. However, if the target changes course during the two seconds, you will miss.
  • Although the skill's obvious use is to close the distance on a target, it is frequently used to escape foes or quickly travel across a map. The skill can also be used to move across gaps that are too far to jump.
    • Without a target, you will move forward 1,200 units and stop. With a target, you will move until you are at the same map coordinates (i.e x, y axes) as the target.
    • While crossing the gap, you will lose vertical height (i.e. along the z-axis), as if under the effects of gravity.
    • Once you stop, if nothing is below you, you will fall until you hit the surface. If the distance is far enough, you will suffer falling damage and enter combat; as with any fall, you can be defeated if the drop is too far.
  • Using the skill with auto-targeting enabled will often cause you to travel in an unexpected direction or aggro foes that you meant to avoid.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 1.0 to 0.6.
February 22, 2017
  • The recharge of this skill has been reduced from 40 seconds to 30 seconds.
January 26, 2016
  • This ability is no longer able to be used in midair.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Movement-speed adjustments no longer affect the intended travel distance.
April 30, 2013
  • Recharge increased 20 seconds to 40 seconds.
  • Recharge is now halved if the player strikes a foe.
  • Reduced the range to 1200 from the previous (hidden) 1550.
  • Distance is reduced by 40% while carrying the orb. (In Spirit Watch)
February 26, 2013
  • This ability's recharge has been increased to 20 seconds.
December 16, 2012
  • No longer resets attunement cooldowns.
November 15, 2012
  • This skill should now track moving enemies more reliably.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Ride the Lightning has been added to the game.


  • Gwwlogo.png A Guild Wars skill bears the same name as this skill.
  • Ride the Lightning was an album released in 1984 by the heavy metal band Metallica. The title was taken from a passage in the Stephen King novel The Stand and refers to execution by electric chair.
  • The original target range was 1550; this was changed in the April 30, 2013 update to match the 1200 stated in the tooltip.