Rending Shade

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Rending Shade

Thief icon small.png Shadow Arts (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
Game link
Rending Shade

Steal boons from enemies you strike with stealth attacks. Striking a boonless foe with a stealth attack inflicts fear on nearby foes.

 Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Stolen: 2
 Fear.png Fear (1s): Involuntary retreat; unable to act; stacks duration.
 Number of targets.png Maximum Fear Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 180

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

Downed skills that are improved by this trait


  • The effect occurs after a stealth attack hits. As such, the stealth attack can be blocked by Aegis.png Aegis, and Protection will reduce the damage of the stealth attack before being stolen.
  • The effect can trigger on any of the Sneak Attack projectiles but will only trigger once per attack.
  • The fear effect is centered on the thief.
  • The order of boon removal is Stability.png Stability, Fury.png Fury, Resistance.png Resistance, Quickness.png Quickness, Protection.png Protection, Swiftness.png Swiftness, Vigor.png Vigor, Might.png Might, Resolution.png Resolution, Alacrity.png Alacrity, Regeneration.png Regeneration.
  • Unlike Bountiful Theft Bountiful Theft, this trait will transfer the entire stack of the boon removed to your character. For example, if your target has 25 stacks of Might, you will gain all 25 stacks, while your target loses all 25 stacks. Same for duration stacking boons like Swiftness: hitting a target with 60 seconds of Swiftness will give you the full 60 seconds.
  • The daze effect of Tactical Strike overwrites the fear effect for the main target of the stealth attack.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 28, 2022
  • Increased the number of boons stolen from 1 to 2 in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced number of boons stolen from 2 to 1.
July 17, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that caused sneak attacks to apply fear without this trait equipped.
July 16, 2019
  • This trait no longer reduces damage from boonless foes.
  • Instead it inflicts fear in a small area if it hits a boonless foe.
August 28, 2018
  • The damage reduction against foes that don't have boons has been increased from 10% to 15%.
July 26, 2016
  • Rending Shade has been added to the game.