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Disambig icon.png This article is about the utility skill type. For the mesmer downed skill, see Deception (mesmer skill).

Deception is a skill type focusing on stealth and avoiding damage.

List of deception skills[edit]

Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Thief icon small.png Thief

Hide in Shadows.png Hide in Shadows 1 30 Deception. Vanish in stealth and cure conditions. Then gain regeneration and heal yourself.
Blinding Powder.png Blinding Powder 0.25¼ 20 Deception. Blind nearby foes and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Shadow Refuge.png Shadow Refuge Not available underwater 0.25¼ 60 Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
Shadowstep.png Shadowstep Not available underwater 30 Deception. Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
ChainInvisible Stalker.png Shadow Return Not available underwater Deception. Return to your starting location, and cure three conditions.
Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Deception. Create a smoke screen that blocks missiles and blinds foes.
Thieves Guild.png Thieves Guild 10.5½ 120 Deception. Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Mirage icon small.png Mirage

False Oasis.png False Oasis Not available underwater 0.75¾ 25 Deception. Create a mirage at your current location and heal over time. When the mirage expires, it spawns a mirage mirror.
Crystal Sands.png Crystal Sands Not available underwater 0.25¼ 20 Deception. Draw in shards of crystal sand that confuse foes they pass through on their way to your targeted location. The shards form a Mirage Mirror upon reaching their destination.
Illusionary Ambush.png Illusionary Ambush 20 Deception. You and all your illusions shadowstep to a random point around your target and gain Mirage Cloak. Illusions' actions are interrupted when they change focus to the targeted foe.
Mirage Advance.png Mirage Advance 0.75¾ 25 Deception. Shadowstep and unleash an attack that blinds your target and nearby foes. You may reactivate this skill to return to your original position.
ChainMirage Retreat.png Mirage Retreat Return to your starting point and leave behind a clone at your previous location.
Sand through Glass.png Sand through Glass 25 Deception. Evade backward and leave behind a mirage mirror.
Jaunt.png Jaunt Not available underwater 0.5½ Deception. Shadowstep to a target location and confuse nearby foes.

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  • This skill type was previously called Maneuver.