Blinding Powder

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Blinding Powder

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Training cost
3 Hero points
Game link
0.25¼ Activation time  
20 Recharge time
40 Recharge time
Blinding Powder

Deception. Blind nearby foes and grant stealth to nearby allies.

Stealth.png Stealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Blinded.png Blindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Stability.png Stability (1s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Smoke Bomb Radius: 240
Breaks stun.png Breaks Stun
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Blast

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Critical Strikes Critical Strikes

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

Deadeye Deadeye

Specter Specter


  • Although this skill has a very comprehensive animation when used, it is invisible to enemy players in WvW and sPvP, so you will not reveal your position while stealthed if you use it.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the cooldown from 40 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE only.
June 28, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 50 seconds to 40 seconds in PvP only.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Increased cooldown from 40 seconds to 50 seconds in PvP only.
July 10, 2018
  • Updated the tooltip of this skill to better clarify its area of effect. This skill now has a 0.25-second casting time but is now also a stun breaker.
May 08, 2018
  • This skill can now be used underwater.
January 27, 2015
  • This skill no longer interrupts your own skills.
October 15, 2013
  • Stealth duration has been decreased from 5 seconds to 4 seconds when traited with Meld with Shadows. The skill remains with a base of 3 seconds.
  • This skill is now a blast finisher.
November 15, 2012
  • This skill's recharge has been reduced from 60 seconds to 40 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Blinding Powder has been added to the game.