Strider's Defense

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Strider's Defense

Ranger icon small.png Skirmishing (trait list)
Training cost
5 Hero points
5 Recharge time
Strider's Defense

Evading an attack grants quickness. Sword skills gain reduced recharge.

 Quickness.png Quickness (3s): Skills and actions are faster.
 Quickness.png Quickness (10.5½s): Skills and actions are faster.
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

Utility skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait


Skill Traited recharge
Sword Pounce.png Pounce (PvE) 6 4.8
Pounce.png Pounce (WvW) 8 6.4
Serpent's Strike.png Serpent's Strike (PvE) 8 6.4
Serpent's Strike.png Serpent's Strike (PvP, WvW) 16 12.8

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • Strider's Strength: This trait replaces Strider's Defense. Gain power and gain additional power when wielding a sword. Gain might when evading an attack.
    • Guild Wars 2 Wiki note: Strider's Defense has been removed from the game.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced quickness duration from 3 seconds to 1.5 seconds.
October 02, 2018
  • This trait no longer requires rangers to wield a sword to gain quickness when evading.
May 16, 2017
  • This trait no longer has a chance to destroy projectiles on melee attack.
  • It has gained new functionality: when you evade an attack, gain quickness for 3 seconds.
January 26, 2016
  • This trait's chance to destroy projectiles while executing a melee attack has been increased from 25% to 50%.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • This trait has been moved to the Master tier.
  • Increased trigger chance to 25%.
  • Added: Your sword skills recharge 20% faster.
September 09, 2014
  • Increased the chance to block projectiles while executing melee attacks from 15% to 20%.
April 15, 2014
  • Strider's Defense has been added to the game.


  • The name and previous functionality of the trait, destroying projectiles on a melee attack, may refer to the character Aragorn (also known as Strider) from The Lord of the Rings, as a reference to a scene from the film where he deflects a thrown dagger by striking at it mid-air.