Flanking Strike

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the dual wield skill. For the spear skill that previously had the same name, see Flanking Dive.

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Flanking Strike

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Main hand sword
Off hand dagger
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Dual Wield
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 → Larcenous Strike.png
Game link
0.5½ Activation time  4 Initiative  
Flanking Strike

Dual Wield. Evade and stab your foe.

Damage.png Damage: 293 (0.8)?
Damage.png Damage: 183 (0.5)?
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
Evade.png Evade: 0.5½ seconds
Range.png Range: 130
Unblockable.png Unblockable

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Acrobatics Acrobatics

Trickery Trickery

Daredevil Daredevil


After a considerable amount of Flanking Strikes on a given target, your character will stop moving around said target and spin in place instead.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 0.8 to 0.5.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This attack is now unblockable.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • All skills categorized as dual-wield have received a 5% damage increase.
  • Movement-speed adjustments no longer affect the intended travel distance.
September 09, 2014
  • This skill now must successfully hit a target before giving the thief access to Larcenous Strike.
  • Initiative cost has been increased to 4.
April 15, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to show the bonus damage from Combined Training.
August 20, 2013
  • Removed a redundant damage fact.
April 30, 2013
  • Now evades and delivers one strike instead of delivering two attacks.
  • Removed boon removal.
  • Reduced initiative cost from 4 to 3.
  • Now toggles for 5 seconds to a second skill, Larcenous Strike, if the attack hits an enemy.
  • Improved reliability of flanking strike.
October 22, 2012
  • This skill's first attack is now unblockable.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Flanking Strike has been added to the game.