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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 Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief[edit]

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 Hide in Shadows
2 1 30 Deception. Vanish in stealth and cure conditions. Then gain regeneration and heal yourself.
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 Blinding Powder
3 0.25¼ 40 Deception. Blind nearby foes and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Not available underwater 2 50 Deception. Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
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 Shadow Return
Deception. Return to your starting location, and cure three conditions.
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 Shadow Refuge
Not available underwater 4 0.25¼ 60 Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
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 Smoke Screen
Not available underwater 4 0.5½ 25 Deception. Create a smoke screen that blocks missiles and blinds foes.
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 Thieves Guild
9 10.5½ 120 Deception. Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Mirage tango icon 20px.png Mirage[edit]

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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 Mirage Retreat
Return to your starting point and leave behind a clone at your previous location.
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 Sand Through Glass
25 Deception. Evade backward and leave behind a mirage mirror.
Not available underwater 0.5½ Deception. Shadowstep to a target location and confuse nearby foes.

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve deceptions[edit]


  • This skill type was previously called Maneuver.