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Malicious Backstab

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Malicious Backstab

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Deadeye icon small.png Deadeye
Main hand dagger
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Stealth Attack
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0.25¼ Activation time  1 Recharge time  
Malicious Backstab

Stealth Attack. Attack your foe from the shadows and strike for double the damage if you hit from behind or they are defiant. Consumes all malice when striking your mark to deal bonus damage.

 Damage.png Front damage: 550 (1.5)?
 Damage.png Front damage: 330 (0.9)?
 Damage.png Back damage: 1,100 (3.0)?
 Damage.png Back damage: 660 (1.8)?
 Damage.png Bonus Damage per Malice: 10%
 Range.png Range: 130

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Critical Strikes Critical Strikes

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

Deadeye Deadeye

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • All effects that benefit when the player strikes from the flank or from behind now always apply their benefits when striking defiant foes.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Front damage multiplier increased from 1.2 to 1.5. Back damage multiplier increased from 2.4 to 3.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced base power coefficient from 1.2 to 0.9. Reduced flanking power coefficient from 2.4 to 1.8.
May 08, 2018
  • Malicious Backstab has been added to the game.