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Preparations are a skill type exclusive to thieves similar to traps, but they will not fire until the thief chooses to activate them.


  • After the arming time, the area at the end of the casting animation will be marked. The mark is only visible to the thief and their allies.
  • The recharge of a preparation skill is independent of the trigger skill.
  • Certain situations will cause a preparation to fail to arm, such as mounting. Detonating results in no effect and a full cooldown will incur.

List of preparation skills[edit]

Preparation training.
Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Thief icon small.png Thief

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.
ChainPitfall.png Pitfall Not available underwater 3 Unleash your pitfall on the area, knocking down foes and delivering constant damage over time.
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.
ChainSeal Area.png Seal Area Not available underwater 3 Create an area that blocks projectiles and prevents enemies from entering or leaving.
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.
ChainShadow 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 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.
ChainThousand 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.


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  • Thief Preparation skills were released in the July 16th, 2019 game update, replacing thief trap skills.
  • Prior to game release, the skill type Preparation was used by rangers and thieves.