Arcane Thievery

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Arcane Thievery

Mesmer icon small.png Mesmer (skill list)
Training cost
4 Hero points
Game link
0.25¼ Activation time  25 Recharge time  
Arcane Thievery

Manipulation. Send conditions you have to your foe and steal their boons. Successfully hitting your target inflicts slow on them while granting you quickness.

Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Stolen: 3
Miscellaneous effect.png Conditions Transferred: 3
Quickness.png Quickness (4s): Skills and actions are faster.
Slow.png Slow (4s): Skills and actions are slower.
Quickness.png Quickness (2s): Skills and actions are faster.
Slow.png Slow (2s): Skills and actions are slower.
Range.png Range: 1,200
Unblockable.png Unblockable

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Chaos Chaos

Chronomancer Chronomancer


  • When used underwater, the activation is 0.5½ Activation time second.
  • Steals the full duration of boons.
  • Steals and transfers a maximum of 3 boons and 3 conditions

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 11, 2021
  • This skill now requires a target to activate.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced quickness and slow duration from 4 seconds to 2 seconds.
December 12, 2017
  • Now inflicts slow on target for 4 seconds
  • Now grants yourself quickness for 4 seconds
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This skill has been unsplit and now has a 25-second recharge in all game modes.
February 22, 2017
  • The recharge of this skill has been reduced from 35 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP only.
July 26, 2016
  • The recharge of this skill has been reduced from 45 seconds to 35 seconds.
September 29, 2015
  • Updated this skill to transfer blindness.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Manipulation skill range has been increased to 1200.
June 03, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Far-Reaching Manipulations trait to reduce the cooldown of this skill.
April 15, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that would reset the cooldown for this skill when Far-Reaching Manipulations was equipped.
October 15, 2013
  • This skill will now have a consistent animation when used with a greatsword.
April 30, 2013
  • Now correctly transfers the boons removed from enemies and the conditions removed from the mesmer.
March 26, 2013
  • Now has the correct range when the Far-Reaching Manipulations trait is equipped.
December 14, 2012
  • Fixed a bug that allowed mesmers to steal skills from Kasha using Arcane Thievery.
October 22, 2012
  • This skill now appropriately removes the aegis boon rather than being blocked by it.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Arcane Thievery has been added to the game.