Black Powder

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the skill. For the item required in the crafting of Quip, see Black Powder (item).

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Black Powder

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Off hand pistol
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0.5½ Activation time  6 Initiative  
Black Powder

Fire a black-powder shot, blinding your target and nearby foes with smoke.

Damage.png Damage: 92 (0.25)?
Blinded.png Blindness (2s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 3
Duration.png Duration: 4 seconds
Interval.png Interval: 2 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 180
Combo.png Combo Field: Smoke
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.png Range: 900
Unblockable.png Unblockable

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Critical Strikes Critical Strikes

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

Acrobatics Acrobatics

Trickery Trickery


  • The attack occurs in two phases:
  1. Creates a point-blank area of effect smoke cloud which blinds enemies in the area when created and then pulsing blind once per 2 seconds while the field lasts.
  2. The projectile attack occurs after the smoke cloud is created, meaning it becomes a combo attack and blinds its target (unless another combo field was placed prior to smoke field, in which case the projectile will combo with that field).
  • This is one of the few skills that can combo with itself.
  • Multiple instances of this skill stack, so you can lay down multiple Black Powder fields and have each of them apply Blindness on enemies.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 18, 2022
  • Corrected this skill's tooltip to remove an unintentional stealth skill fact.
October 26, 2021
  • The blinding effect from this skill is now based off of an attack and will no longer directly apply through evading. The field portion of this skill is now unblockable.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Increased the radius of the area of blinding and the smoke field around the thief from 120 to 180.
  • Updated the description of this skill.
September 09, 2014
  • Increased the interval between pulses to 2 seconds.
  • Reduced the duration of blind to 2 seconds.
July 01, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the bullet fired from this skill from bouncing when traited with Ricochet.
April 15, 2014
  • Added a radius skill fact (120).
May 28, 2013
  • No longer fires its projectile backward while moving.
  • The field can still be generated.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Black Powder has been added to the game.