List of thief skills

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This is a list of core thief skills. For additional skills available to thief's elite specializations, see:

Profession mechanic[edit]

The thief has 4 profession mechanics.

Stealing is the main mechanic, with Steal occupying the F1 slot above the skill bar, and the stolen skill occupying the F2 slot. For a list of the available secondary skills related to stealing, see Category:Stolen skills

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
30 Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.

Stealth Attacks are the second mechanic, with a distinct stealth skill for each main hand weapon. While in stealth, the skill in slot 1 is replaced by this skill; using it will break stealth. These skills are listed in the weapon tables below.

Dual Wield skills are the third mechanic, with a distinct Dual Wield skill for each possible combination of main- and off-hand weapons. These skills are always in slot 3, and are listed in the weapon tables below. A table with the various combinations can be seen on the Dual Wield page.

Initiative is the fourth mechanic. Unlike most other classes, most of a thief's weapon skills have little or no cooldown; instead, they are activated by spending one or more points of Initiative - which is passively generated over time. The Initiative page has a full breakdown of initiative costs and skills/traits that can restore or increase maximum initiative.

Weapon skills[edit]

Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png indicates a main-hand weapon's Stealth Attack.


# Skill Activation.png Initiative.png Description

Short bow[edit]

Trick Shot.png
 Trick Shot
0.25¼ Bounce an arrow between multiple nearby foes. This attack deals increased damage to poisoned foes.
1 Chain
Surprise Shot.png
 Surprise Shot
0.25¼ 1 Stealth Attack. Shoot an arrow that immobilizes your foe.
Cluster Bomb.png
 Cluster Bomb
0.5½ 3 Fire a cluster bomb at the target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
2 Chain
Detonate Cluster.png
 Detonate Cluster
1 Detonate your cluster bomb in midair.
Disabling Shot (thief short bow skill).png
 Disabling Shot
0.25¼ 4 Do an evasive leap away from your foe while firing a crippling shot.
Choking Gas.png
 Choking Gas
0.5½ 4 Fire an arrow that fills the target area with a poisonous cloud. Foes at or above the poison threshold are dazed.
(The same foe cannot be dazed more than once per interval.)
Infiltrator's Arrow.png
 Infiltrator's Arrow
6 Fire an arrow and shadowstep to the target area, blinding nearby foes.

Main-hand only[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Slice (thief skill).png
Chain. Slice your foe.
1 Chain
Slash (thief skill).png
0.5½ Chain. Slash your foe again.
1 Chain
Crippling Strike.png
 Crippling Strike
0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
1 Chain
Tactical Strike.png
 Tactical Strike
1 Stealth Attack. Blind your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt. Daze them instead if you attack from behind. Applies vulnerability.
Infiltrator's Strike.png
 Infiltrator's Strike
3 Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return
to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
2 Chain
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
0.25¼ 2 Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
Stab (thief sword skill).png
(without offhand)
0.5½ 4 Stab your foe.
Flanking Strike.png
 Flanking Strike
(with offhand Dagger)
0.5½ 4 Dual Wield. Evade and stab your foe.
3 Chain
Larcenous Strike.png
 Larcenous Strike
(with offhand Dagger)
0.5½ 2 Dual Wield. Stab your foe and steal boons from them. Deals increased damage if it hits a foe with no boons.
Pistol Whip.png
 Pistol Whip
(with offhand Pistol)
0.75¾ 5 Dual Wield. Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Main- and off-hand[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Double Strike.png
 Double Strike
Chain. Strike your foe twice.
1 Chain
Wild Strike.png
 Wild Strike
Chain. Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 Chain
Lotus Strike.png
 Lotus Strike
0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict Poison.
1 Chain
0.25¼ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack your foe from the shadows, striking for double damage if you hit from behind.
0.75¾ 3 Leap and strike your foe. The less health your target has, the more damage you cause.
Twisting Fangs.png
 Twisting Fangs
(without offhand)
0.5½ 4 Spin in place, hitting nearby foes. Each hit causes bleeding.
Shadow Shot.png
 Shadow Shot
(with offhand Pistol)
4 Dual Wield. Fire an unblockable shot at your foe, which blinds them, and then shadowstep to them for a dagger strike.
Death Blossom.png
 Death Blossom
(with offhand Dagger)
0.5½ 4 Dual Wield. Do an evasive attack over your opponent, striking nearby enemies three times. Each hit causes bleeding.
Dancing Dagger.png
 Dancing Dagger
0.25¼ 3 Throw a dagger that cripples nearby foes and returns to you.
Cloak and Dagger.png
 Cloak and Dagger
0.5½ 5 Stab your foe and vanish in stealth, leaving them vulnerable.


Vital Shot.png
 Vital Shot
0.5½ Bleed your foe with a shot to the vitals.
1 Chain
Sneak Attack.png
 Sneak Attack
1 1 Stealth Attack. Sneak attack with rapid fire from your pistol and make your foe bleed.
Body Shot.png
 Body Shot
0.5½ 4 Make your foe vulnerable with a body shot.
(without offhand)
10.25¼ 2 Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
Shadow Strike.png
 Shadow Strike
(with offhand Dagger)
4 Dual Wield. Stab your foe, then shadowstep away and shoot them. Unlock Repeater for a short time.
3 Chain
(with offhand Dagger)
10.25¼ 2 Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
(with offhand Pistol)
10.5½ 5 Dual Wield. Blast your foe repeatedly with both pistols. Gain initiative if all attacks hit.
4 Daze your foe with a head shot.
Black Powder.png
 Black Powder
0.5½ 6 Fire a black powder shot, blinding nearby foes with the smoke cloud.


# Skill Activation.png Initiative.png Description

Harpoon gun[edit]

Piercing Shot.png
 Piercing Shot
0.25¼ Bleed multiple foes in a line with a piercing shot.
1 Chain
The Ripper.png
 The Ripper
0.75¾ 1 Stealth Attack. Fire a shot from stealth to bleed your target.
10.25¼ 5 Fire four shots at your foe.
Poison Tip Strike.png
0.5½ 4 Shoot a harpoon and retreat, leaving a trail of poison.
Disabling Shot (thief harpoon gun skill).png
 Disabling Shot
1 4 Fire a harpoon that cripples your foe.
Ink Shot.png
 Ink Shot
0.25¼ 5 Shoot an ink shot that blinds foes in a line. Detonate the shot and shadowstep to it.
5 Chain
Smoke Trail.png
 Smoke Trail
Detonate your ink shot and shadowstep to it. Gain stealth if enemies are struck by this skill.


Stab (thief spear skill).png
0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 Chain
Jab (thief skill).png
0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 Chain
Poison Tip Strike.png
 Poison Tip Strike
0.75¾ Poison your foe with a final attack.
1 Chain
Deadly Strike.png
 Deadly Strike
0.5½ 1 Stealth Attack. Attack from stealth, bleeding and weakening your target.
Flanking Dive.png
 Flanking Dive
0.75¾ 3 Evade your foe and then strike, dealing increased damage from the side or behind.
Nine-Tailed Strike.png
 Nine-Tailed Strike
10.5½ 5 Block your foe and counterattack with a series of strikes. Gain initiative if you are not attacked.
3 Chain
Break Stance.png
 Break Stance
2 Spend initiative to break your blocking stance and immediately initiate the nine-tailed strike.
Tow Line.png
 Tow Line
0.5½ 4 Throw a spear that pulls enemies to you. Gain stealth and access to Hooked Spear if this skill hits.
4 Chain
Hooked Spear.png
 Hooked Spear
0.75¾ 3 Spin around quickly, bleeding enemies caught in your spear's path.
Shadow Assault.png
 Shadow Assault
0.5½ 5 Strike your foe repeatedly with a shadowy assault. Evades while active.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Hide in Shadows.png
 Hide in Shadows
2 1 30 Deception. Vanish in stealth and cure conditions. Then gain regeneration and heal yourself.
Signet of Malice.png
 Signet of Malice
10.25¼ 15 Signet Passive: Heals when you attack.
Signet Active: Gain health.
Skelk Venom.png
 Skelk Venom
2 1 30 Venom. Heal yourself. Your next few attacks heal you.
2 18 Trick. Cure conditions, then roll backward while healing and evading attacks.


Skill Underwater skills Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blinding Powder.png
 Blinding Powder
3 0.25¼ 40 Deception. Blind nearby foes and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Shadow Refuge.png
 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.
Not available underwater 2 50 Deception. Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
Invisible Stalker.png
 Shadow Return
Deception. Return to your starting location, and cure three conditions.
Smoke Screen.png
 Smoke Screen
Not available underwater 4 0.5½ 25 Deception. Create a smoke screen that blocks missiles and blinds foes.
Prepare Pitfall.png
 Prepare Pitfall
Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Preparation. Mark your current area with controlling magic, readying the location to crush enemies when Pitfall is released.
Not available underwater 3 Unleash your pitfall on the area, knocking down foes and delivering constant damage over time.
Prepare Thousand Needles.png
 Prepare Thousand Needles
Not available underwater 0.5½ 30 Preparation. Mark your current area with inhibiting magic, readying the location to poison enemies.
Thousand Needles.png
 Thousand Needles
Not available underwater 3 Unleash a hail of needles that immobilizes enemies on impact and poisons the ground, inflicting conditions over time.
Prepare Shadow Portal.png
 Prepare Shadow Portal
Not available underwater 0.5½ 60 Preparation. Mark your current area with shadow magic, which can be detonated.
Shadow Portal.png
 Shadow Portal
Not available underwater 3 Unleash shadow magic at your prepared location, creating a one-way portal for you and your allies. Allies traveling through the portal gain stealth. Weakens foes around the portal's exit.
Prepare Seal Area.png
 Prepare Seal Area
Not available underwater 0.5½ 35 Preparation. Mark your current area with stifling magic, readying the location to seal enemies in.
Seal Area.png
 Seal Area
Not available underwater 3 Create an area that blocks projectiles and prevents enemies from entering or leaving.
Assassin's Signet.png
 Assassin's Signet
3 20 Signet Passive: Grants increased power.
Signet Active: Power is massively increased for a short duration.
Infiltrator's Signet.png
 Infiltrator's Signet
2 30 Signet Passive: Regenerates one extra initiative every ten seconds.
Signet Active: Shadowstep to your foe.
Signet of Agility.png
 Signet of Agility
4 30 Signet Passive: Grants increased precision.
Signet Active: Refill endurance and cleanse conditions from nearby allies.
Signet of Shadows.png
 Signet of Shadows
4 20 Signet Passive: Grants a 25% increase in movement speed.
Signet Active: Apply conditions to foes near your target.
Not available underwater 2 1 30 Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
4 30 Trick. Gain quickness, fury, and swiftness.
Roll for Initiative.png
 Roll for Initiative
4 35 Trick. Evade backward to regenerate initiative and recover from crippled, chilled, and immobilized.
Scorpion Wire.png
 Scorpion Wire
3 0.5½ 1 Trick. Throw a scorpion wire and pull your foe to you.
Devourer Venom.png
 Devourer Venom
4 40 Venom. Your next few attacks immobilize foes.
Ice Drake Venom.png
 Ice Drake Venom
4 36 Venom. Chill foes with your next few attacks.
Skale Venom.png
 Skale Venom
3 30 Venom. Apply vulnerability and torment with your next few attacks.
Spider Venom.png
 Spider Venom
2 30 Venom. Poison foes with your next few attacks.


Skill Underwater skills Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Basilisk Venom.png
 Basilisk Venom
9 1 40 Venom. Your attacks are unblockable and turn foes to stone.
Dagger Storm.png
 Dagger Storm
Not available underwater 9 20.75¾ 90 Trick. Spin around, reflecting projectiles and throwing daggers that cripple and bleed nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Thieves Guild.png
 Thieves Guild
9 10.5½ 120 Deception. Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Downed and drowning skills[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


Trail of Knives.png
 Trail of Knives
Throw a knife that bounces off nearby foes, crippling them.
1 Chain
Venomous Knife.png
 Venomous Knife
Stealth Attack. Throw a knife, bleeding and poisoning your target.
Shadow Escape.png
 Shadow Escape
15 Teleport to the target location.
Smoke Bomb (thief skill).png
 Smoke Bomb
0.5½ 20 Drop a smoke bomb and vanish in stealth.
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.


Diving Knife.png
 Diving Knife
Throw a knife at your foe, bleeding them.
Cheap Shot.png
 Cheap Shot
0.75¾ 5 Knock back your foe with a kick.
Vanish in the Deep.png
 Vanish in the Deep
20 Stealth into the depths.
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.