Winter's Bite

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Winter's Bite

Ranger icon small.png Ranger (skill list)
Main hand axe
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
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0.5½ Activation time  10 Recharge time  
Winter's Bite

Throw an axe to chill the area around your foe. Your pet's next attack inflicts weakness.

Damage.png Damage: 660 (1.8)?
Damage.png Damage: 367 (1.0)?
Bleeding.png3 Bleeding (12s): 792 Damage
Chilled.png Chilled (4s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Weakness.png Weakness (10s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, +50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Weakness.png Weakness (4s): -50% Endurance Regeneration, +50% Fumble (Unrestricted)
Range.png Range: 900
Radius.png Blast Radius: 240
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Marksmanship Marksmanship

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


  • When you use this skill your pet is buffed with Enfeebling Strike for 15 seconds.
  • The pet effect is applied when you throw the axe, you don't need to hit a target.
  • While in beastmode, the player's next attack applies weakness.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 30, 2022
  • Damage multiplier increased from 1.25 to 1.8 in PvE only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 1.5 to 1.0. Increased bleeding stacks from 2 to 3.
  • This skill is now always an area-of-effect skill even when not traited with Honed Axes. Increased bleeding stacks in PvE from 2 to 3, and increased bleeding duration in PvE from 8 seconds to 12 seconds to match the competitive mode version.
January 22, 2019
  • The weakness effect applied to the pet's next attack will now be removed if an attack fails to hit.
December 11, 2018
  • The duration of weakness that this skill grants has been split between game modes. It now inflicts 4 seconds of weakness in PvP and WvW while keeping a 10-second duration in PvE.
March 27, 2018
  • Increased damage by 20% in PvP and WvW.
  • Increased the bleeding duration from 8 seconds to 12 seconds in PvP and WvW.
December 12, 2017
  • Bleeding stacks have been adjusted from 3 stacks for 5 seconds to 2 stacks for 8 seconds.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Unsplit this skill from PvP. The higher 150% damage will now be used in all game types.
June 20, 2017
  • The damage of this skill has been increased by 150%. (PvP only)
April 19, 2016
  • The chill duration of this skill has been increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds and now also applies 3 stacks of bleeding for 5 seconds.
  • The aftercast delay has been reduced by 0.32 seconds.
July 01, 2014
  • Fixed the description and icon of the pet buff to better match its skill functionality.
December 10, 2013
  • Added a weakness skill fact.
June 25, 2013
  • Fixed an issue so that it now chills for 3 seconds (as listed in the tooltip) instead of 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:
  • Winter's Bite has been added to the game.