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Ranger icon small.png Ranger (skill list)
Main hand axe
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
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0.75¾ Activation time  
6 Recharge time
8 Recharge time

Throw a spread pattern of five whirling axes that bleeds foes.

 Damage.png Damage (5x): 915 (2.5)?
 Damage.png Damage (5x): 185 (0.5)?
 Bleeding.png5 Bleeding (6s): 660 Damage
 Bleeding.png5 Bleeding (12s): 1,320 Damage
 Number of targets.png Targets per Axe: 5
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile (20% chance)
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship

  • Farsighted Farsighted — Ranger weapon skills deal increased strike damage. Damage is further increased for foes above the range threshold.

Skirmishing Skirmishing

Beastmastery Beastmastery

  • Honed Axes Honed Axes — You and your pet gain ferocity. Axe skills gain reduced recharge, and you gain additional ferocity while wielding an axe.

Soulbeast Soulbeast


  • The closer you are to the target, the more axes will hit.
  • Projectiles pierce enemies, allowing axes to potentially hit multiple targets at once.
  • This is one of the few Skills that can hit more than 5 Targets, it can hit up to 25.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 30, 2022
  • Damage multiplier per hit increased from 0.1 to 0.5 in PvE only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per axe from 0.4 to 0.1. Increased bleeding duration from 6 seconds to 12 seconds. Increased cooldown from 6 seconds to 8 seconds.
March 27, 2018
  • Increased damage per axe by 33% in PvP and WvW.
June 20, 2017
  • The damage per axe hit of this skill has been increased by 200% in PvP only.
June 25, 2013
  • Reduced the aftercast from .4 seconds to .2 seconds.
May 14, 2013
  • Fixed a bug that caused the projectile speed of the following axe skills to be 75% of their intended speed: Ricochet, Splitblade, Winter's Bite, Path of Scars.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Splitblade has been added to the game.