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Bandit's Defense

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Bandit's Defense

Not available underwater  
Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Daredevil icon small.png Daredevil
Activ. type
Bandit's Defense.png
 → Reflexive Strike.png
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link
10.5½ Activation time  
16 Recharge time
24 Recharge time
Bandit's Defense

Physical. Briefly block incoming attacks. Blocking an attack grants access to a retaliatory attack.

Duration.png Duration: 10.5½ seconds
Breaks stun.png Breaks Stun

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Daredevil Daredevil

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 20 seconds to 16 seconds in PvE and from 30 seconds to 24 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Increased cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds.
November 07, 2017
  • The recharge of this skill has been increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds.
January 26, 2016
  • This skill no longer delivers a kick when you first block an attack.
  • After blocking an attack, you will now gain access to a second ability, Reflexive Strike, for 6 seconds.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Bandit's Defense has been added to the game.