Arcane Thievery

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Arcane Thievery

0.25¼ Activation time  25 Recharge time  Hero point  

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

 Quickness.png Quickness (4s): Skills and actions are faster.
 Slow.png Slow (4s): Skills and actions are slower.
 Range.png Range: 1,200
 Unblockable.png Unblockable

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Master of Manipulation Master of Manipulation - Manipulations gain recharge reduction and grant superspeed to yourself and allies affected by them.


  • When used underwater, the activation is 0.5½ Activation time second.
  • Steals the full duration of boons.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
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.