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Shadow Bolt

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the thief skill. For the skill used by Veteran Shadow Imps within the Deepstone Fractal, see Shadow Bolt (Shadow Imp). For the skill used by The Voice, see Shadow Bolt (The Voice).

Shadow Bolt.png

Shadow Bolt

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Specter icon small.png Specter
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngNo related skill available in slot 4No related skill available in slot 5
Activ. type
Shadow Bolt.png
 → Double Bolt.png → Triple Bolt.png
Game link
0.75¾ Activation time  
Shadow Bolt

Chain. Fire a projectile that hinders foes and helps allies.

Skill fact text only icon.pngEnemy target: Torment foes.
Damage.png Damage: 121 (0.33)?
Torment.png Torment (4s): 88 Damage, 127 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Torment.png Torment (2s): 44 Damage, 64 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Skill fact text only icon.pngAlly target: Missiles track and grant barrier to allies. Effectiveness is reduced for allies that are not the primary target.
Barrier.png Barrier: 522 (0.1)?
Barrier.png Barrier: 365 (0.07)?
Radius.png Effectiveness Decreased: 50%
Number of targets.png Number of Allied Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 240
Unblockable.png Unblockable
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Specter Specter


  • The full chain sequence takes about 3.3 seconds.
  • Fires projectiles, but is not a projectile finisher.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 22, 2023 Secrets of the Obscure release:
  • Fixed an issue that prevented scepter skills from granting malice.
June 27, 2023
  • Ally-targeted scepter skills now also grant a lesser effect to additional allies in a radius around the target.
  • All scepter projectiles have had their velocity increased by 66%. Ally-targeted skills will now affect a radius of 240 around their target; secondary targets receive reduced benefits. Updated ally-targeted skill facts to show their unblockable nature.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Torment duration increased from 3 seconds to 4 seconds.
March 15, 2022
  • Torment duration reduced from 4 seconds to 3 seconds in PvE only.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Shadow Bolt has been added to the game.
  • (Undocumented) Increased torment duration from 3 to 4 seconds in PvE.
November 30, 2021
October 26, 2021