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"Try keepin' up with this!"

The daredevil is a master of maneuverability and mobility. Gaining an additional endurance bar and the ability to customize their dodge roll, the daredevil has the tools to become a melee whirlwind of destruction.

— In-game description

Spec image Daredevil.jpg

Daredevil is an elite specialization for the thief unlocked with the Heart of Thorns expansion. These extremely agile thieves are well aware of the dangers of the jungle, and have trained hard to gain a third endurance bar, and learned martial arts to modify their dodge into a damage skill or a dash.

Daredevils learn physical skills, punching their enemies with their fists and throwing flying daggers. They can wield staves as melee weapons, striking their enemies with blunt force, or vaulting with it to traverse the environment and land on their enemy's head. They excel at damage dealing and mobility.

List of daredevil skills[edit]

See also: List of thief skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Daredevil's mechanic is the increased endurance and dodging that can have a different effect depending on the active grandmaster trait.

Required trait Skill Activation.png Description
Lotus Training Lotus Training Impaling Lotus Evade attacks and hurl damaging daggers, dealing multiple conditions to enemies.
Unhindered Combatant Unhindered Combatant Dash 0.75¾ Remove conditions and gain swiftness, then rush forward and evade attacks.
Bounding Dodger Bounding Dodger Bound 0.75¾ Leap into an area, and deliver a massive blow to enemies.

Weapon skills[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Initiative.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Staff Strike.png Staff Strike 0.5½ Strike your enemies with your staff.
1 ChainStaff Bash.png Staff Bash 0.5½ Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple enemies.
1 ChainPunishing Strikes.png Punishing Strikes 1 Whirl your staff around, striking nearby enemies.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.pngHook Strike.png Hook Strike 0.75¾ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foes with stealth, knocking enemies down.
2 Weakening Charge.png Weakening Charge 0.5½ 3 Deliver multiple strikes, weakening foes.
3 Debilitating Arc.png Debilitating Arc 4 Strike enemies in front of you and roll backward, breaking immobilizing effects. Gain access to Helmet Breaker.
4 Dust Strike.png Dust Strike 0.75¾ 4 Spin your staff in the air, creating a vortex of dust around you that blinds enemies and reflects projectiles.
5 Vault.png Vault 0.75¾ 5 Leap toward your destination, damaging foes upon impact.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Channeled Vigor.png Channeled Vigor Not available underwater 0.75¾ 20 Physical. Channel your energy to gain endurance and health per pulse. Heal for more if your endurance is full.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Bandit's Defense.png Bandit's Defense Not available underwater 10.5½ 16 Physical. Briefly block incoming attacks. Blocking an attack grants access to a retaliatory attack.
ChainReflexive Strike.png Reflexive Strike Not available underwater 0.5½ Physical. Deliver a massive kick that knocks enemies down.
Distracting Daggers.png Distracting Daggers 1 Physical. Fire a dazing dagger at your enemy. If this ability interrupts a skill, that skill's recharge is increased.
Fist Flurry.png Fist Flurry Not available underwater 1 16 Physical. Strike your enemy multiple times. If all attacks hit, gain access to Palm Strike.
ChainPalm Strike.png Palm Strike 0.5½ Physical. Strike your foe once to deal massive damage and stun them, marking your target with a Pulmonary Impact.
Impairing Daggers.png Impairing Daggers 0.5½ 15 Physical. Fling multiple daggers at a single enemy, inflicting conditions.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Impact Strike.png Impact Strike Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Physical. Strike your enemy and stun[sic] them.
ChainUppercut (Daredevil skill).png Uppercut Not available underwater 0.75¾ Deal a heavy blow with your fist, sending enemies flying.
ChainFinishing Blow.png Finishing Blow Not available underwater 10.5½ Deal a downward strike on your foe. Downed enemies struck with this ability are finished.

List of daredevil traits[edit]

See also: List of thief traits
Tier Trait Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Staff Proficiency.png Staff Proficiency You can wield a staff.
Minor Adept Physical Supremacy.png Physical Supremacy Gain access to physical skills. Your maximum endurance threshold is increased.
Major Adept Marauder's Resilience.png Marauder's Resilience Gain vitality based on a portion of your power. Damage is decreased from foes within the range threshold.
Major Adept Escapist's Fortitude.png Escapist's Fortitude 1 Gain health when you successfully evade an attack. Remove a condition whenever you evade an attack.
Major Adept Brawler's Tenacity.png Brawler's Tenacity Physical skills grant endurance when activated.
Minor Master Weakening Strikes.png Weakening Strikes Your next attack after dodging causes weakness to foes struck. Weakened enemies deal less damage to you, and you deal increased strike damage to them.
Major Master Staff Master.png Staff Master While wielding a staff, gain endurance for each initiative point spent. Gain bonus power, which is increased when wielding a staff.
Major Master Havoc Specialist.png Havoc Specialist Strike damage dealt increases based on endurance that is missing.
Major Master Impacting Disruption.png Impacting Disruption Enemies that you interrupt suffer a pulmonary impact.
This trait can only affect enemies with defiance bars once per interval.
Minor Grandmaster Endurance Thief.png Endurance Thief Gain endurance when you successfully steal from an enemy.
Major Grandmaster Lotus Training.png Lotus Training Your dodge ability now uses Impaling Lotus, firing daggers at nearby enemies. Gain increased condition damage for a period of time when dodging.
Major Grandmaster Unhindered Combatant.png Unhindered Combatant Your dodge ability is replaced by a long-range dash that removes inhibiting conditions and grants swiftness and damage reduction. Removing conditions in this way temporarily reduces endurance gain.
Major Grandmaster Bounding Dodger.png Bounding Dodger Your dodge ability is replaced by Bound, dealing damage to the area after you evade. Gain increased strike damage for a period of time after you dodge.


Training in the path of the Daredevil does not come easily, but those who dare are rewarded with the reserves that will help them endure as they enter the jungle. Specializing as a daredevil will allow you to wield a staff as a melee weapon and utilize hand-to-hand combat styles with the physical skill category. Additionally, you’ll gain access to a third endurance bar and be able to greatly modify the effects of your dodge ability.

— Daredevil release notes

Training in the path of the daredevil does not come easily, but those who dare are rewarded with the reserves that will help them endure as they enter the Heart of Maguuma jungle. Daredevils are thieves who specialize in evasion, physical hand-to-hand combat and the usage of staves. They are a death machine, constantly roaming the battlefield in search of their next prey who they then crush and press the fight forward to the end as their tireless staves and fists fly true.[1][2]


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