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Grasping Shadows

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Grasping Shadows

Not available underwater  
Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Specter icon small.png Specter
Parent skill
Enter Shadow Shroud.png Enter Shadow Shroud
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Game link
Not available underwater This skill has an underwater replacement: Grasping Shadows (underwater)
0.25¼ Activation time  3 Recharge time  
Grasping Shadows

Shroud. Unleash darkness in a targeted area, inflicting conditions on foes. Cleanse conditions from yourself while healing and cleansing your tethered ally, based on targets struck.

Damage.png Damage: 684 (1.666)?
Crippled.png Cripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
Torment.png2 Torment (10s): 440 Damage, 636 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Torment.png2 Torment (5s): 220 Damage, 318 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Miscellaneous effect.png Conditions Removed: 1
Attribute bonus.png Tethered Ally Healing per Target: 517 (0.1)?
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 180
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Blast
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Specter Specter

  • Dark Sentry Dark Sentry — Apply Rot Wallow Venom to allies you grant barrier to. Outgoing healing to allies is increased. Rot Wallow Venom effect cannot apply to yourself.
  • Strength of Shadows Strength of Shadows — Gain expertise based on a percentage of your vitality. Torment you inflict deals increased damage.
  • Shadestep Shadestep — The beneficial effects of your Shadow Shroud skills now affect allies in an area around your tethered ally. Grant additional boons to yourself and affected allies when you use a shadow shroud skill.


  • Unlike other blast finishers, this skill deals damage to all nearby enemies first before blasting. Making it useful to stealth yourself, or allies, without being revealed.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Grasping Shadows has been added to the game.
  • (Undocumented) Increased torment duration from 8 to 10 seconds in PvE.
November 30, 2021
October 26, 2021