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 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 Type 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 Arrow Toolbelt.png
Surprise Shot.png
 Surprise Shot
Stealth Attack 0.25¼ 1 Shoot an arrow that immobilizes your foe.
Cluster Bomb.png
 Cluster Bomb
0.5½ 3 Fire a cluster bomb at target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
2 Cluster Bomb, Detonate Cluster chainRedirect Arrow.png
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 Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Slice (thief skill).png
Slice your foe.
1 Slice (thief skill), Slash (thief skill), Crippling Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Slash (thief skill).png
0.5½ Slash your foe again.
1 Slice (thief skill), Slash (thief skill), Crippling Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Crippling Strike.png
 Crippling Strike
0.5½ Cripple your foe with a final strike.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Tactical Strike.png
 Tactical Strike
Stealth Attack 1 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 Infiltrator's Strike, Infiltrator's Return chainRedirect Arrow.png
Infiltrator's Return.png
 Infiltrator's Return
0.25¼ 2 Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
Stab (thief sword skill).png
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Stab your foe.
Flanking Strike.png
 Flanking Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Evade and stab your foe.
3 Larcenous Strike, Flanking Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Larcenous Strike.png
 Larcenous Strike
Dual Wield 0.5½ 2 Stab your foe and steal boons from them. Deals increased damage if it hits a foe with no boons.
Pistol Whip.png
 Pistol Whip
Dual Wield 0.75¾ 5 Pistol-whip your foe, stunning them, then slash repeatedly with your sword.

Main- and off-hand[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Initiative.png Description


Double Strike.png
 Double Strike
Strike your foe twice.
1 Double Strike, Wild Strike, Lotus Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Wild Strike.png
 Wild Strike
Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
1 Double Strike, Wild Strike, Lotus Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Lotus Strike.png
 Lotus Strike
0.25¼ Strike your foe and inflict poison.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Stealth Attack 0.25¼ 1 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
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 Spin in place, hitting nearby foes. Each hit causes bleeding.
Shadow Shot.png
 Shadow Shot
Dual Wield 4 Fire an unblockable shot at your foe, which blinds them, and then shadowstep to them for a dagger strike.
Death Blossom.png
 Death Blossom
Dual Wield 0.5½ 4 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 Arrow Toolbelt.png
Sneak Attack.png
 Sneak Attack
Stealth Attack 1 1 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.
Dual Wield 10.75¾ 5 Blast your foe with rapid fire from your pistol.
Shadow Strike.png
 Shadow Strike
Dual Wield 4 Stab your foe, then shadowstep away and shoot them.
Dual Wield 10.5½ 5 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 Type 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 Arrow Toolbelt.png
The Ripper.png
 The Ripper
Stealth Attack 0.75¾ 1 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 Ink Shot, Smoke Trail chainRedirect Arrow.png
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 Stab your foe.
1 Stab (thief spear skill), Jab (thief skill), Poison Tip Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Jab (thief skill).png
0.75¾ Strike your foe again.
1 Stab (thief spear skill), Jab (thief skill), Poison Tip Strike chainRedirect Arrow.png
Poison Tip Strike.png
 Poison Tip Strike
0.75¾ Poison your foe with a final attack.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
Deadly Strike.png
 Deadly Strike
Stealth Attack 0.5½ 1 Attack from stealth, bleeding and weakening your target.
Flanking Dive.png
 Flanking Dive
0.75¾ 3 Evade your foe and then strike, dealling 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 Nine-Tailed Strike, Break Stance chainRedirect Arrow.png
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 tow line that pulls enemies to you. Gain stealth and access to Hooked Spear if this skill hits.
Shadow Assault.png
 Shadow Assault
0.5½ 5 Strike your foe repeatedly with a shadowy assault. Evades while active.

Slot skills[edit]


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


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blinding Powder.png
 Blinding Powder
Deception 3 0.25¼ 40 Blind nearby foes and grant stealth to nearby allies.
Shadow Refuge.png
 Shadow Refuge
Deception Not available underwater.png 4 0.25¼ 60 Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
Deception Not available underwater.png 2 50 Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
Redirect Arrow.png
Invisible Stalker.png
 Shadow Return
Deception Return to your starting location and cure three conditions.
Smoke Screen.png
 Smoke Screen
Deception Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 25 Create a smoke screen that blocks projectiles and blinds foes.
Assassin's Signet.png
 Assassin's Signet
Signet 3 20 Passive: Grants increased power.
Active: Power is massively increased for a short duration.
Infiltrator's Signet.png
 Infiltrator's Signet
Signet 2 30 Passive: Regenerates one extra initiative every ten seconds.
Active: Shadowstep to your foe.
Signet of Agility.png
 Signet of Agility
Signet 4 30 Passive: Grants increased precision.
Active: Refill endurance and cleanse conditions from nearby allies.
Signet of Shadows.png
 Signet of Shadows
Signet 4 20 Signet Passive: Grants a 25% increase in movement speed.
Signet Active: Apply conditions to foes near your target.
Ambush (skill).png
Trap Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 35 Set a trap that, when triggered, calls in a thief that attacks nearby foes for twenty seconds.
Needle Trap.png
 Needle Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 3 0.5½ 30 Set a trap that immobilizes and poisons foes when triggered.
Shadow Trap.png
 Shadow Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 4 0.5½ 45 Set a trap. The first enemy to trigger this trap becomes marked. You may activate Shadow Pursuit to shadowstep to the marked enemy.
Redirect Arrow.png
Destroy Shadow Trap.png
 Destroy Shadow Trap
Trap Not available underwater.png 10.5½ Teleport back to your existing trap early, destroying it and setting it on recharge.
Redirect Arrow.png
Shadow Pursuit.png
 Shadow Pursuit
Trap Not available underwater.png Shadowstep to the target that triggered Shadow Trap.
Trap Not available underwater.png 2 0.5½ 25 Set a trap that knocks down foes when triggered.
Trick Not available underwater.png 2 1 30 Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
Trick 4 30 Gain quickness, fury and swiftness.
Roll for Initiative.png
 Roll for Initiative
Trick 4 35 Evade backward to regenerate initiative and recover from crippled, chilled, and immobilized.
Scorpion Wire.png
 Scorpion Wire
Trick 3 0.5½ 1 Throw a scorpion wire and pull your foe to you.
Devourer Venom.png
 Devourer Venom
Venom 4 40 Your next few attacks immobilize foes.
Ice Drake Venom.png
 Ice Drake Venom
Venom 4 36 Chill foes with your next few attacks.
Skale Venom.png
 Skale Venom
Venom 3 30 Apply vulnerability and torment with your next few attacks.
Spider Venom.png
 Spider Venom
Venom 2 30 Poison foes with your next few attacks.


Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Basilisk Venom.png
 Basilisk Venom
Venom 9 1 40 Your attacks are unblockable and turn foes to stone.
Dagger Storm.png
 Dagger Storm
Trick Not available underwater.png 9 4 90 Spin around, reflecting projectiles and throwing daggers that cripple and bleed nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
Thieves Guild.png
 Thieves Guild
Deception 9 10.5½ 120 Call more thieves to support you in combat.

Downed and drowning skills[edit]

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


Trail of Knives.png
 Trail of Knives
0 Throw a knife that bounces off nearby foes crippling them.
1 Chain Arrow Toolbelt.png
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 Vanish into the Depths.
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.