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Shackling Wave

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Shackling Wave

Revenant icon small.png Revenant (skill list)
Off hand sword
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1 Activation time  10 Energy  15 Recharge time  
Shackling Wave

Slice through the air, sending a wave of energy from the Mists toward your foe and dealing rapid strikes. Immobilize duration is increased per target you strike.

Damage.png Initial Damage: 440 (1.2)?
Damage.png Additional Strikes (5x): 735 (2.0)?
Damage.png Initial Damage: 37 (0.1)?
Damage.png Additional Strikes (5x): 365 (1.0)?
Immobile.png Immobilize Duration per Target (1s): Unable to move.
Vulnerability.png8 Vulnerability (5s): +8% Incoming Damage, +8% Incoming Condition Damage
Vulnerability.png12 Vulnerability (5s): +12% Incoming Damage, +12% Incoming Condition Damage
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
Range.png Range: 450

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Corruption Corruption

Salvation Salvation

Devastation Devastation


  • The additional strikes from this skill are single target, and are shared across all of the targets within range.
  • Most of the cast time is the windup, whereas the hits are backloaded into the last ~0.5 seconds.
  • Triggers Impossible Odds 3 times.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 29, 2022
  • (PvE only) Increased power coefficient of initial strike from 1.0 to 1.2. Increased power coefficient of additional strikes from 0.35 to 0.4.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced initial strike power coefficient from 1.0 to 0.1. Increased vulnerability stacks from 8 to 12.
July 16, 2019
  • Reduced the damage of secondary strikes by 20% in PvP and WvW.
March 05, 2019
  • Increased this skill's damage per each additional strike by 40% in PvE only.
December 11, 2018
  • The casting animation of this skill has been increased from just over 0.5 seconds to a little under 1 second to allow for better counterplay. Added a visual indicator to the skill's warm-up animation.
November 07, 2017
  • This skill has been reworked and will now deliver up to 5 strikes to random enemies in the area in addition to its initial impact.
  • Immobilize duration has been reduced to 1 second and is increased by 1 second to all targets per target struck.
  • Base damage of this skill has been reduced by 20%.
  • Bonus strikes are equal to 25% of the initial impact each.
  • The cooldown of this skill has been set at 15 seconds, while the energy cost is set at 10.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Increased damage by 66%.
  • This attack now inflicts 8 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds.
  • The range has been increased from 300 to 450.
April 19, 2016
  • The immobilize duration has been increased from 2 seconds to 2.5 seconds.
  • This skill is now available naturally during the course of Duelist's Preparation.
  • Blocking an attack will extend the availability of the skill beyond the blocking duration.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Shackling Wave has been added to the game.