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Binding Shadow.png

Binding Shadow

Not available underwater  
Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link
0.75¾ Activation time  
20 Recharge time
25 Recharge time
Binding Shadow

Cantrip. Reveal yourself if you are stealthed and remove boons from your target after a short delay. If the foe is your marked target, they are also immobilized.

 Damage.png Damage: 266 (1.0)?
 Damage.png Damage: 3 (0.01)?
 Immobile.png Immobilize (2s): Unable to move.
 Revealed.png Revealed (3s): You cannot stealth
 Poisoned.png2 Poison (10s): 670 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
 Vulnerability.png15 Vulnerability (10s): +15% Incoming Damage, +15% Incoming Condition Damage
 Vulnerability.png15 Vulnerability (6s): +15% Incoming Damage, +15% Incoming Condition Damage
 Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Removed: 2
 Knockdown.png Knockdown: 3 seconds[sic]
 Evade.png Defiance Break: 300
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Trickery Trickery

Deadeye Deadeye


This skill retained its knockdown tooltip, in spite of no longer knocking targets down following the 2023-06-27 update.
  • Applies Revealed.png Revealed to the caster if activated while in stealth.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE and from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP and WvW. This skill now immobilizes marked targets instead of knocking them down.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
May 11, 2021
  • This skill now reveals the caster if they are using stealth when the skill begins. Reduced the aftercast animation from 0.25 seconds to 0.08 seconds.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Reduced power coefficient from 1.0 to 0.01. Reduced vulnerability duration from 10 seconds to 6 seconds.
July 10, 2018
  • This skill now requires a line of sight to the player's target to activate. Note that the attack portion of this skill does not require line of sight to hit as long as the activation has already occurred.
May 08, 2018
  • This skill no longer scales condition duration with malice and instead removes 2 boons when it hits any target.
  • The knockdown effect is now applied in addition to the immobile condition when the skill is used against a thief's mark.
March 27, 2018
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to knock down for longer than its listed value.
November 07, 2017
  • This skill now performs a range check before activating.
  • Removed range and line-of-sight restrictions from the delayed attack.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Binding Shadow has been added to the game.