Deception (skill type)

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the thief utility skill type. For the mesmer downed skill, see Deception (mesmer skill).

Deception is a skill type focusing on stealth and avoiding damage.

List of deception skills[edit]

Skill Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

Hide in Shadows.png
 Hide in Shadows
2 1 30 Vanish in stealth, gaining regeneration and curing conditions.
Blinding Powder.png
 Blinding Powder
Not available underwater.png 3 40 Blind foes in the target area and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Shadowstep.png
 Shadowstep
Not available underwater.png 2 50 Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
Redirect Arrow.png
Invisible Stalker.png
 Shadow Return
Return to your starting location and cure three conditions.
Shadow Refuge.png
 Shadow Refuge
Not available underwater.png 4 0.25¼ 60 Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
Smoke Screen.png
 Smoke Screen
Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 30 Create a smoke screen that blocks projectiles and blinds foes.
Thieves Guild.png
 Thieves Guild
9 10.5½ 180 Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Mesmer tango icon 20px.png Mesmer (requires Mirage)[edit]

False Oasis.png
 False Oasis
0.75¾ 25 Create a mirage at your current location and heal over time. When the mirage expires, it spawns a mirage mirror.
Crystal Sands.png
 Crystal Sands
Not available underwater.png 0.25¼ 20 Draw in shards of crystal sand that confuse foes they pass through on their way to your targeted location. The shards form a Mirage Mirror upon reaching their destination.
Illusionary Ambush.png
 Illusionary Ambush
20 You and all your illusions shadowstep to a random point around your target and gain Mirage Cloak. Illusions' actions are interrupted when they change focus to the targeted foe.
Mirage Advance.png
 Mirage Advance
Not available underwater.png 0.75¾ 25 Shadowstep and unleash an attack that blinds your target and nearby foes. You may reactivate this skill to return to your original position.
Redirect Arrow.png
Mirage Retreat.png
 Mirage Retreat
Return to your starting point and leave behind a clone at your previous location.
Sand Through Glass.png
 Sand Through Glass
25 Evade backward and leave behind a Mirage Mirror.
Jaunt.png
 Jaunt
Not available underwater.png 0.5½ Shadowstep to a target location and confuse nearby foes.

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve deceptions[edit]

Traits that activate deceptions[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • This skill type was previously called Maneuver.