List of thief skills

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This is a list of thief skills.

Profession mechanic[edit]

The thief has 4 profession mechanics.

Stealing is the main mechanic, with Steal occupying the F1 slot above the skill bar, and the stolen skill occupying the F2 slot. For a list of the available secondary skills related to stealing, see Category:Stolen skills

Skill Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
30 Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.

Stealth Attacks are the second mechanic, with a distinct stealth skill for each main hand weapon. While in stealth, the skill in slot 1 is replaced by this skill; using it will break stealth. These skills are listed in the weapon tables below.

Dual Wield skills are the third mechanic, with a distinct Dual Wield skill for each possible combination of main- and off-hand weapons. These skills are always in slot 3, and are listed in the weapon tables below. A table with the various combinations can be seen on the Dual Wield page.

Initiative is the fourth mechanic. Unlike most other classes, most of a thief's weapon skills have little or no cooldown; instead, they are activated by spending one or more points of Initiative - which is passively generated over time. The Initiative page has a full breakdown of initiative costs and skills/traits that can restore or increase maximum initiative.

Elite specialization mechanics[edit]


Thieves with the Daredevil Elite Specialization equipped have their maximum endurance increased by 50 (allowing for a third dodge; the stamina bar will have three segments instead of two) and the specialization's Grandmaster Traits all add extra effects when dodging;

Required trait Skill Activation.png Description
Daredevil Lotus Training Impaling Lotus Evade attacks and hurl damaging daggers, dealing multiple conditions to enemies.
Daredevil Unhindered Combatant Dash 0.75¾ Remove conditions and gain swiftness, then rush forward and evade attacks.
Daredevil Bounding Dodger Bound 0.75¾ Leap into an area, and deliver a massive blow to enemies.

Weapon skills[edit]

Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png indicates a main-hand weapon's Stealth Attack.


Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description

Short bow[edit]

Trick Shot.png
 Trick Shot
0.25¼ Bounce an arrow between multiple nearby foes. This attack deals increased damage to poisoned foes.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Surprise Shot.png
 Surprise Shot
Stealth Attack 0.25¼ 1 Shoot an arrow that immobilizes your foe.
Cluster Bomb.png
 Cluster Bomb
0.5½ 3 Fire a cluster bomb at target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
2 Redirect Arrow.png
Detonate Cluster.png
 Detonate Cluster
1 Detonate your cluster bomb in midair.
Disabling Shot (thief short bow skill).png
 Disabling Shot
0.25¼ 4 Do an evasive leap away from your foe while firing a crippling shot.
Choking Gas.png
 Choking Gas
0.5½ 4 Fire an arrow that fills the target area with a poisonous cloud. Foes at or above the poison threshold are dazed.
(The same foe cannot be dazed more than once per interval.
Infiltrator's Arrow.png
 Infiltrator's Arrow
6 Fire an arrow and shadowstep to the target area, blinding nearby foes.

Staff (Daredevil)[edit]

Staff Strike.png
 Staff Strike
0.5½ Strike your enemies with your staff.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Staff Bash.png
 Staff Bash
0.5½ Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple foes.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Punishing Strikes.png
 Punishing Strikes
1 Whirl your staff around, striking nearby enemies.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Hook Strike.png
 Hook Strike
Stealth Attack 0.75¾ 1 Attack your foes with stealth, knocking enemies down.
Weakening Charge.png
 Weakening Charge
0.5½ 3 Deliver multiple strikes, weakening foes.
Debilitating Arc.png
 Debilitating Arc
4 Strike enemies in front of you and roll backward, breaking immobilizing effects.
Dust Strike.png
 Dust Strike
0.75¾ 4 Sweep the ground, blinding enemies in front of you.
0.75¾ 5 Leap toward your destination, damaging foes upon impact.

Main-hand only[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Slice (thief skill).png
Slice your foe.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Slash (thief skill).png
0.5½ Slash your foe again.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Crippling Strike.png
 Crippling Strike
0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Tactical Strike.png
 Tactical Strike
Stealth Attack 1 Blind your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt. Daze them instead if you attack from behind.
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike
3 Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return
to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
2 Redirect Arrow.png
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
0.25¼ 2 Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
Stab (thief sword skill).png
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Stab your foe.
Flanking Strike (thief dual skill).png
 Flanking Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Evade and stab your foe.
3 Redirect Arrow.png
Larcenous Strike.png
 Larcenous Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 2 Stab your foe and steal boons from them.
Pistol Whip.png
 Pistol Whip
Dual Wield 0.75¾ 5 Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Main- and off-hand[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Double Strike.png
 Double Strike
Strike your foe twice.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Wild Strike.png
 Wild Strike
Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Lotus Strike.png
 Lotus Strike
0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict poison.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Stealth Attack 0.25¼ 1 Attack your foe from the shadows, striking for double damage if you hit from behind.
0.75¾ 3 Leap and strike your foe. The less health your target has, the more damage you cause.
Twisting Fangs.png
 Twisting Fangs
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Spin in place, hitting nearby foes. Each hit causes bleeding.
Shadow Shot.png
 Shadow Shot
Dual Wield 4 Fire an unblockable shot at your foe, which blinds them, and then shadowstep to them for a dagger strike.
Death Blossom.png
 Death Blossom
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Do an evasive attack over your opponent, striking nearby enemies three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
Dancing Dagger.png
 Dancing Dagger
0.25¼ 3 Throw a dagger that cripples nearby foes and returns to you.
Cloak and Dagger.png
 Cloak and Dagger
0.5½ 6 Stab your foe and vanish in stealth, leaving them vulnerable.


Vital Shot.png
 Vital Shot
0.5½ Bleed your foe with a shot to the vitals.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Sneak Attack.png
 Sneak Attack
Stealth Attack 1 1 Sneak attack with rapid fire from your pistol and make your foe bleed.
Body Shot.png
 Body Shot
0.5½ 4 Make your foe vulnerable with a body shot.
Dual Wield 10.75¾ 5 Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
Shadow Strike.png
 Shadow Strike
Dual Wield 4 Stab your foe, then shadowstep away and shoot them.
Dual Wield 10.5½ 5 Blast your foe repeatedly with both pistols. Gain initiative if all attacks hit.
4 Daze your foe with a head shot.
Black Powder.png
 Black Powder
0.5½ 6 Fire a black powder shot, blinding nearby foes with the smoke cloud.


Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description

Harpoon gun[edit]

Piercing Shot.png
 Piercing Shot
0.25¼ Bleed multiple foes in a line with a piercing shot.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
The Ripper.png
 The Ripper
Stealth Attack 0.75¾ 1 Fire a shot from stealth to bleed your target.
10.25¼ 5 Fire four shots at your foe.
Poison Tip Strike.png
0.5½ 4 Shoot a harpoon and retreat, leaving a trail of poison.
Disabling Shot (thief harpoon gun skill).png
 Disabling Shot
1 4 Fire a harpoon that cripples your foe.
Ink Shot.png
 Ink Shot
0.25¼ 5 Shoot an ink shot that blinds foes in a line. Detonate the shot and shadowstep to it.
5 Redirect Arrow.png
Smoke Trail.png
 Smoke Trail
Detonate your ink shot and shadowstep to it.


Stab (thief spear skill).png
0.5½ Stab your foe.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Jab (thief skill).png
0.75¾ Strike your foe again.
1 Redirect Arrow.png
Poison Tip Strike.png
 Poison Tip Strike
0.75¾ Poison your foe with a final attack.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Deadly Strike.png
 Deadly Strike
Stealth Attack 0.5½ 1 Attack from stealth, bleeding and weakening your target.
Flanking Strike (thief spear skill).png
 Flanking Strike
0.75¾ 3 Evade your foe and then attack, applying vulnerability to your target.
Nine-Tailed Strike.png
 Nine-Tailed Strike
10.5½ 5 Block your foe and counterattack with a series of strikes. Gain initiative if you are not attacked.
3 Redirect Arrow.png
Break Stance.png
 Break Stance
Break your blocking stance to gain initiative.
Tow Line.png
 Tow Line
0.5½ 4 Throw a tow line that pulls you to your foe and cripples them.
Shadow Assault.png
 Shadow Assault
20.5½ 7 Strike your foe repeatedly with a shadowy assault. Evades while active.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Hide in Shadows.png
 Hide in Shadows
Deception 2 1 30 Vanish in stealth, gaining regeneration and curing conditions.
Signet of Malice.png
 Signet of Malice
Signet 10.25¼ 15 Passive: Heals when you attack.
Active: Gain health.
Skelk Venom.png
 Skelk Venom
Venom 2 1 30 Heal yourself. Your next few attacks heal you.
Trick 2 18 Roll backward while healing, evading attacks and curing conditions.


Channeled Vigor.png
 Channeled Vigor
Physical Not available underwater.png 15 0.75¾ 20 Channel your energy to gain endurance and health per pulse. Heal for more if your endurance is full.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blinding Powder.png
 Blinding Powder
Deception Not available underwater.png 3 40 Blind foes in the target area and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Shadow Refuge.png
 Shadow Refuge
Deception Not available underwater.png 4 0.25¼ 60 Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
Deception 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
Deception Return to your starting location and cure three conditions.
Smoke Screen.png
 Smoke Screen
Deception Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 30 Create a smoke screen that blocks projectiles and blinds foes.
Assassin's Signet.png
 Assassin's Signet
Signet 3 40 Passive: Grants increased power.
Active: Deal 15% more damage on your next five attacks.
Infiltrator's Signet.png
 Infiltrator's Signet
Signet 2 30 Passive: Regenerates one extra initiative every ten seconds.
Active: Shadowstep to your foe.
Signet of Agility.png
 Signet of Agility
Signet 4 30 Passive: Grants increased precision.
Active: Refill endurance and cleanse conditions from nearby allies.
Signet of Shadows.png
 Signet of Shadows
Signet 4 30 Passive: Grants a 25% increase in movement speed.
Active: Blind foes near your target.
Trap Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 35 Set a trap that, when triggered, calls in a thief that attacks nearby foes for twenty seconds.
Needle Trap.png
 Needle Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 3 0.5½ 30 Set a trap that immobilizes and poisons foes when triggered.
Shadow Trap.png
 Shadow Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 45 Set a trap. The first enemy to trigger this trap becomes marked. You may activate Shadow Pursuit to shadowstep to the marked enemy.
Redirect Arrow.png
Destroy Shadow Trap.png
 Destroy Shadow Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 10.5½ Destroy your existing trap, teleporting you back to it, and setting it on recharge.
Redirect Arrow.png
Shadow Pursuit.png
 Shadow Pursuit
Trap Not available underwater.png Shadowstep to the target that triggered Shadow Trap.
Trap Not available underwater.png 2 0.5½ 25 Set a trap that knocks down foes when triggered.
Trick Not available underwater.png 2 1 30 Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
Trick 4 50 Gain quickness and fury.
Roll for Initiative.png
 Roll for Initiative
Trick 4 60 Evade backward to regenerate initiative and recover from crippled, chilled, and immobile.
Scorpion Wire.png
 Scorpion Wire
Trick 3 0.5½ 20 Throw a scorpion wire and pull your foe to you.
Devourer Venom.png
 Devourer Venom
Venom 4 40 Your next few attacks immobilize foes.
Ice Drake Venom.png
 Ice Drake Venom
Venom 4 36 Chill foes with your next few attacks.
Skale Venom.png
 Skale Venom
Venom 3 30 Apply vulnerability and torment with your next few attacks.
Spider Venom.png
 Spider Venom
Venom 2 30 Poison foes with your next few attacks.


Bandit's Defense.png
 Bandit's Defense
Physical Not available underwater.png 15 10.5½ 15 Briefly block incoming attacks. Blocking an attack grants access to a retaliatory attack.
Redirect Arrow.png
Reflexive Strike.png
 Reflexive Strike
Physical Not available underwater.png 0.5½ Deliver a massive kick that knocks enemies down.
Distracting Daggers.png
 Distracting Daggers
Physical 15 1 25 Equip daggers that can be thrown to interrupt enemies and increase the cooldown of abilities interrupted.
Redirect Arrow.png
Distracting Dagger.png
 Distracting Dagger
Physical Fire a dazing dagger at your enemy. If this ability interrupts a skill, that skill's recharge is increased.
Fist Flurry.png
 Fist Flurry
Physical Not available underwater.png 15 1 20 Strike your enemy multiple times. If all attacks hit, gain access to Palm Strike.
Redirect Arrow.png
Palm Strike.png
 Palm Strike
Physical 0.5½ Strike your foe once to deal massive damage and stun them, marking them with a Pulmonary Impact.
Impairing Daggers.png
 Impairing Daggers
Physical 15 0.5½ 25 Fling multiple daggers at a single enemy, inflicting conditions.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Basilisk Venom.png
 Basilisk Venom
Venom 9 1 40 Your attacks are unblockable and turn foes to stone.
Dagger Storm.png
 Dagger Storm
Trick Not available underwater.png 9 70.5½ 90 Spin around, reflecting projectiles and throwing daggers that cripple and bleed nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Thieves Guild.png
 Thieves Guild
Deception 9 10.5½ 180 Call more thieves to support you in combat.


Impact Strike.png
 Impact Strike
Physical Not available underwater.png 25 0.5½ 40 Strike your enemy and stun
Redirect Arrow.png
Uppercut (Daredevil skill).png
Physical Not available underwater.png 0.75¾ Deal a heavy blow with your fist, sending enemies flying.
Redirect Arrow.png
Finishing Blow.png
 Finishing Blow
Physical Not available underwater.png 10.5½ Deal a downward strike on your foe. Downed enemies struck with this ability are finished.

Downed and drowning skills[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


Trail of Knives.png
 Trail of Knives
Throw a knife that bounces off nearby foes crippling them.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Venomous Knife.png
 Venomous Knife
Stealth Attack Throw a knife, bleeding and poisoning your target.
Shadow Escape.png
 Shadow Escape
15 Teleport to the target location.
Smoke Bomb (thief skill).png
 Smoke Bomb
0.5½ 20 Drop a smoke bomb and vanish in stealth.
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.


Diving Knife.png
 Diving Knife
Throw a knife at your foe, Bleeding them.
Cheap Shot.png
 Cheap Shot
0.75¾ 5 Knock back your foe with a kick.
Vanish in the Deep.png
 Vanish in the Deep
20 Vanish into the Depths.
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.