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The Deadeye is a thief who stalks their targets with patience and brutal accuracy. They use a Rifle to snipe at a long range, marking targets to harass them with harmful effects. Their mastery of shadow magic lets them cast cantrips which gain bonuses when used against marked targets, or as their malice increases.

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Deadeye.pngDeadeye tango icon 20px.png Deadeye is an elite specialization for the thief. It allows the thief to use a rifle and cantrips.

List of deadeye skills[edit]

See also: List of thief skills

Profession mechanic[edit]

Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Deadeye's Mark.png
 Deadeye's Mark
0.5½ 25 Mark a target, causing your initiative attacks to generate malice when they hit or critically hit your mark. Lose all malice when the mark ends or when this skill is recast on a new target.
Malice is only gained once per skill use.

Weapon skills[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Brutal Aim.png
 Brutal Aim
0.75¾ Fire a shot that inflicts vulnerability on your target. Applies additional vulnerability when used against your marked target.
1 Brutal Aim, Deadly Aim chainRedirect Arrow.png
Deadly Aim.png
 Deadly Aim
Kneel 0.75¾ Fire a shot that inflicts vulnerability on your target. Applies additional vulnerability when used against your marked target.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Death's Judgment.png
 Death's Judgment
Stealth Attack 0.5½ 1 Reveal yourself and fire a powerful shot at your foe. If this attack hits your mark, it consumes all malice and deals increased damage for each malice consumed.
Skirmisher's Shot.png
 Skirmisher's Shot
0.5½ 3 Fire a a
bullet that inflicts conditions on your target and grants you a boon.
2 Skirmisher's Shot, Spotter's Shot chainRedirect Arrow.png
Spotter's Shot.png
 Spotter's Shot
Kneel 0.75¾ 3 Fire a bullet that grants you boons and inflicts conditions on your target.
Double Tap.png
 Double Tap
0.75¾ 4 Fire two bullets that grant might if they hit your target.
3 Double Tap, Three Round Burst chainRedirect Arrow.png
Three Round Burst.png
 Three Round Burst
Kneel 1 4 Fire three bullets that grant might if they hit your target.
Death's Retreat.png
 Death's Retreat
0.25¼ 4 Shadowstep away from your target and lose conditions. Poisons foes at your starting location.
4 Sniper's Cover, Death's Retreat chainRedirect Arrow.png
Sniper's Cover.png
 Sniper's Cover
Kneel 0.25¼ 4 Create a barrier of shadows that absorbs incoming projectiles.
0.5½ 1 Become immobile and gain access to kneel skills, which have increased projectile velocity. You can still dodge roll while kneeling. Kneel is canceled if you swap weapons or become disabled.
5 Free Action, Kneel chainRedirect Arrow.png
Free Action.png
 Free Action
Kneel Cancel kneeling and move freely.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Malicious Restoration.png
 Malicious Restoration
Cantrip Not available underwater.png 0.75¾ 25 Heal yourself and transfer your conditions to your marked target.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Binding Shadow.png
 Binding Shadow
Cantrip Not available underwater.png 0.75¾ 30 Immobilize your target after a short delay and remove their boons. If the foe is your marked target, it is also knocked down.
Cantrip 30 Lose all malice, instantly refresh Deadeye's Mark , and gain initiative. Gain additional initiative for each stack of Malice you had prior to using this skill.
Shadow Flare.png
 Shadow Flare
Cantrip Not available underwater.png 0.75¾ 30 Throw an orb of shadow magic that damages nearby foes at your targeted location. You may reactivate this skill to swap places with the orb. Deals increased damage to your marked target.
Redirect Arrow.png
Shadow Swap.png
 Shadow Swap
Not available underwater.png Swap places with your shadow flare.
Shadow Gust.png
 Shadow Gust
Cantrip Not available underwater.png 0.5½ 30 Knock away nearby foes with a burst of shadow magic, then stealth yourself. If this skill hits your marked target, they'll be launched instead.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Shadow Meld.png
 Shadow Meld
Cantrip 0.5½ 5 Remove revealed and stealth yourself.

List of deadeye traits[edit]

See also: List of thief traits
Tier Name Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Minor Proficiency Rifle Proficiency (deadeye).png Rifle Proficiency You can wield rifles.
Minor Adept Deadeye's Gaze.png Deadeye's Gaze Steal is replaced with Deadeye's Mark, which unlocks new stolen skills and malice generation. Stealth attacks consume malice for bonus effects. Gain access to rifles and cantrips.
Major Adept Malicious Intent.png Malicious Intent Marking a target or striking your mark with a stealth attack will immediately grant malice.
Major Adept Collateral Damage.png Collateral Damage Trigger Burst of Shadows at your target's location if it dies while marked.
Major Adept One in the Chamber.png One in the Chamber When you cast a cantrip, gain a random new stolen skill.
(Requires a marked target. Overwrites existing stolen skills.)
Minor Master Renewing Gaze.png Renewing Gaze Deadeye's Mark recharges if your mark is defeated. Gain regeneration when this recharge occurs.
Major Master Silent Scope.png Silent Scope Enter stealth when you dodge roll with a rifle equipped. Kneeling rifle skills and Death's Judgment gain an increased critical hit chance.
Major Master Payback.png Payback When Renewing Gaze triggers, this trait restores a portion of the recharge time needed by your healing, utility, and elite skills.
Excludes racial skills.
Major Master Premeditation.png Premeditation Deal more damage for each unique boon you have; concentration is increased.
Minor Grandmaster Iron Sight.png Iron Sight Damage dealt to your marked target is increased and damage taken from your marked target is reduced.
Major Grandmaster Maleficent Seven.png Maleficent Seven Increase maximum malice stack count. Restore initiative and gain boons upon reaching the maximum number of malice stacks.
Major Grandmaster Be Quick or Be Killed.png Be Quick or Be Killed Gain quickness when marking a foe. Your power and precision are increased while under this effect.
Major Grandmaster Fire for Effect.png Fire for Effect 0.5½ Hitting your marked target with a stolen skill grants boons to allies around your mark and to allies around you.
Cannot grant boons to the same ally more than once per activation.

List of deadeye equipment[edit]

Related achievements[edit]



  • Players wishing to learn more about the Deadeye can visit Nakato Ibori in The Bonestrand.
  • Deadeye is a specialization that sacrifices some of the mobility of the baseline and Daredevil specializations for a strong, long-range play-style.
  • A Deadeye with a Rifle may suffer from low damage unless assuming the kneeling stance provided by the #5 rifle skill, Kneel.
  • The trait Be Quick or Be Killed gives a Deadeye a very quick burst of damage, which can be used either in PvE with a melee weapon, or PvP or WvW with any weapon, to very quickly pick targets and eliminate them. As the death of a Marked target also resets Mark's cooldown, this can be chained allowing a Deadeye to quickly eliminate a series of smaller targets. (This being said however, a Deadeye's ability to combat multiple enemies is otherwise severely limited and Daredevils are usually more effective against groups.)
  • Deadeyes utilize cantrips that help with positioning, refreshing Malice, or providing extra tools when enemies get too close.
  • The high damage of the attacks from the Deadeye's rifle make it vulnerable to enemies who can reflect projectiles.


  • Deadeye was created to address the thief's lack of strong long-ranged options.

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