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Legendary Assassin Stance

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Legendary Assassin Stance

Revenant icon small.png Revenant (skill list)
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Training cost
4 Hero points
Game link

27659, 28134
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Legendary Assassin Stance

Invoke the power of the legendary assassin Shiro Tagachi.

— In-game description


Legendary assassin training.
Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Energy/Upkeep cost Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


Enchanted Daggers.png Enchanted Daggers 0.5½ 5 30 Legendary Assassin. Summon enchanted daggers that will attack as you attack, siphoning life from targets hit.


Phase Traversal.png Phase Traversal 0.5½ 30 5 Legendary Assassin. Step through the Mists to your target. Your next few attacks can't be blocked.
Riposting Shadows.png Riposting Shadows 30 Legendary Assassin. Dodge backward through the Mists. Remove movement-impairing conditions, and gain fury.
Impossible Odds.png Impossible Odds 5 / -6 Legendary Assassin. Empower yourself with Shiro's incredible speed and destructive prowess, gaining great movement speed and striking foes an additional time when you hit them.
This effect can occur once per interval.
ChainRelinquish Power.png Relinquish Power Legendary Assassin. End the Impossible Odds skill.


Jade Winds.png Jade Winds 1 50 5 Legendary Assassin. Call upon the Jade Wind to turn nearby enemies into jade, stunning them for a short duration.

Related traits[edit]


Corruption Corruption

Retribution Retribution

Salvation Salvation

Invocation Invocation

Vindicator Vindicator


Upon activating Assassin Stance:

Shiro: I have returned, to fight at your side.
Shiro: I demand that you release me!

Idle conversations[edit]


Shiro: The emperor feared my great power—do you?
<Character name>: Do your worst. I am impervious! (asura)
<Character name>: You're so easy to ignore. (charr)
<Character name>: Was that supposed to scare me? (human)
<Character name>: Do your worst. I could use a laugh. (norn)
<Character name>: You cannot harm me. I am protected. (male sylvari)
<Character name>: You can't harm me. I'm protected. (female sylvari)
Shiro: What has become of the empire in my absence?
<Character name>: Cantha expelled all nonhumans and closed its borders long ago. After Orr rose, it was isolated further. (asura)
<Character name>: Emperor Usoku expelled all nonhumans and closed Cantha's borders long ago. After Orr rose, it was isolated further. (male human)
<Character name>: They say Cantha expelled all nonhumans and closed its borders long ago. I hope to find out one day. (female human—voice only)
<Character name>: They say Cantha expelled all nonhumans and closed its borders long ago. After Orr rose it was isolated further. (otherwise)
Sylvari male characters respond with an incorrect voice line to Shiro's second question, replying with "It certainly has!". The chat log correctly displays the text as listed above.
Shiro: My power may be waning, but they will always remember my name.
When equipping both Shiro and the Legendary Alliance Stance
Shiro: I can hear them. The "heroes."
Shiro: Archemorus and Viktor stopped me once, but look around! Their people are dead. My legacy lives on.
At The Mouth of Torment
Shiro: I can feel you, my friend...
Shiro: Your power is thick. Potent.


While in Seitung Province

Approaching the Zen Daijun Temple

Shiro: I wonder how long it took them to cleanse this land?
While in The Echovald Wilds
Shiro: The forest breathes again...
Shiro: A pity the Kurzicks don't breathe with it. They were an impressive people. Vicious. Gone.
While in New Kaineng City
Shiro: This was not Tah's image. This is not what the empire was supposed to become.
Shiro: Everything is so...bright. Loud.
Shiro: In another lifetime, I may have called this place "home."
Shiro: That time has long since passed. The city has been corroded.
While in Dragon's End

Atop the Harvest Temple

Shiro: A pain I will never forget... And yet, I'd do it all again just to see everything crumble.


Primary article: Shiro Tagachi

Shiro Tagachi was a powerful assassin who commanded an army of Shiro'ken and created the Afflicted in Cantha. Originally a loyal and ambitious guardsman, Shiro Tagachi was noticed by Emperor Angsiyan due to his prowess with weapons and thus invited to join the imperial Guard as the emperor's favored bodyguard. During his service as both a guardsman and later bodyguard, a demon sent by Abaddon had disguised itself as a Fortune Teller and sought out Shiro multiple times, who consulted with her, eventually telling him that he would be killed by the emperor during the Harvest Festival. This caused him to turn to forbidden magic, breaking imperial law, and led him down the path of insanity.


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 07, 2020
  • Swapping legends can now be done in midair.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Legendary Assassin Stance has been added to the game.