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Death's Retreat

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Death's Retreat

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Death's Retreat.png
 → Sniper's Cover.png → Death's Advance.png
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0.25¼ Activation time  
4 Initiative
6 Initiative
7 Initiative
Death's Retreat

Shadowstep away from your target and lose conditions. Poisons foes at your starting location.

Damage.png Damage: 127 (0.3)?
Poisoned.png Poison (8s): 268 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Miscellaneous effect.png Conditions Removed: 1
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 180
Miscellaneous effect.png Distance: 600
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Leap

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

  • Shadow Savior Shadow Savior — After completing a shadowstep, you are healed. Nearby allies are also healed for a larger amount. Only affects thief shadowsteps.

Acrobatics Acrobatics

Trickery Trickery

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • Increased the initiative cost from 6 to 7 in PvP only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Increased initiative cost from 5 to 6.
December 12, 2017
  • Reduced initiative cost of this skill from 5 to 4 in PvE only.
  • Poison has been adjusted from 2 stacks for 4 seconds to 1 stack for 8 seconds.
November 07, 2017
  • Updated the description to indicate that this skill shadowsteps away from your current target.
  • Improved the reliability of shadowstep in areas with complex terrain.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Death's Retreat has been added to the game.