Shadow Refuge

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Shadow Refuge

Not available underwater  0.25¼ Activation time  60 Recharge time  Ground-targeted  
Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief (skill list)
Training cost
4 Hero points
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Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.

 Healing.png Healing: 1,775 (0.9)?
 Stealth.png Stealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 5
 Duration.png Duration: 4 seconds
 Radius.png Radius: 240
 Combo.png Combo Field: Dark
 Range.png Range: 600

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts[edit]


  • Also revives up to 5 downed allies by 5% per pulse up to 25% revive healing per ally.
  • This skill pulses upon activation and each second thereafter.
    • Each pulse affects 5 targets and extends the stealth by 3 sec and heals for 355 + (0.18 * Healing Power) at level 80.
    • Staying in the field for its full duration will provide up to 15 seconds of stealth, leaving the stealthed characters 11 seconds of stealth once the field expires.
  • Allies without stealth entering the refuge also gain stealth, with no target limit (similar to the Mesmer skill Veil).
  • The long stealth duration makes this skill useful for communing at hero challenges, reaching vistas while avoiding combat, looting heavily guarded chests, reviving an ally, or finishing enemy players in World versus World and Structured PvP.
  • Leaving the refuge before it expires will remove stealth and cause Revealed.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Fixed a bug that caused the refuge to not apply Revealed when exiting it early.
July 26, 2016
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill's visual effects lingered longer than intended.
April 15, 2014
  • Updated the skill fact to display the correct healing amount.
October 29, 2013
  • Added a pulses skill fact.
October 15, 2013
  • This skill now functions with the Meld with Shadows trait.
May 28, 2013
  • Now lists its duration in the tooltip.
January 28, 2013
  • Added a radius skill fact to this skill's description.
October 22, 2012
  • This skill's stealth removal tripwire has been updated to properly match the skill's effects.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Shadow Refuge has been added to the game.