Hidden Thief

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Hidden Thief

Thief tango icon 20px.png Shadow Arts (trait list)
Training cost
3 Hero points
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Stealing grants you stealth. Deception skills gain reduced recharge.

 Stealth.png Stealth (2s): Invisible to foes.
 Stealth.png Stealth (0.25¼s): Invisible to foes.
 Count Recharge.png Recharge Reduced: 20%

— In-game description


  • This trait cannot be equipped without also having the minor trait Meld with Shadows Meld with Shadows, so the actual duration of stealth will be one additional second.

Skill Traited recharge
Healing Hide in Shadows.png Hide in Shadows 30 24
Utility Blinding Powder.png Blinding Powder 40 32
Shadow Refuge.png Shadow Refuge 60 48
Shadowstep.png Shadowstep 50 40
Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen (PvE) 25 20
Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen (WvW, PvP) 45 36
Elite Thieves Guild.png Thieves Guild (PvE, WvW) 120 96
Thieves Guild.png Thieves Guild (PvP) 180 144

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 13, 2020
  • Reduced base stealth duration from 2 seconds to 0.25 seconds in PvP only.
October 01, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that could cause this trait to activate even if Steal failed.
July 16, 2019
  • This trait has been moved to the adept tier.
  • It no longer increases movement speed while in stealth.
  • Instead it grants 20% recharge reduction to deceptions.
January 26, 2016
  • This trait now grants 50% bonus movement speed while in stealth.
June 24, 2015
  • This trait now applies 3 seconds of stealth rather than firing blinding powder.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
September 09, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused the stealth from this trait to be applied before the attack from Mug, causing this trait combination to always reveal the thief.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Hidden Thief has been added to the game.