Smoke Screen

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Smoke Screen

Not available underwater  0.5½ Activation time  25 Recharge time  4 Hero point  

Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief (skill list)
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Create a smoke screen that blocks projectiles and blinds foes.

 Blinded.png Blindness (1s): Next outgoing attack misses.
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Duration.png Smoke Screen Duration: 7s
 Combo.png Combo Field: Smoke
 Miscellaneous effect.png Unblockable

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts[edit]


  • Pulses periodic stacks of 1 second blind over its duration. The base amount and timing of these pulses is different for the Thief vs. Engineer's Toss Elixir U: 9 pulses for Thief; 11 for Engineer.
  • Smoke Screen was one of two possible outcomes of Engineer's Toss Elixir U before it was removed on [Game updates/2018-07-24#Engineer|July 24, 2018]].

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 08, 2018
  • The cooldown of this skill is no longer split between game modes and will now use the lower 25-second cooldown in all modes.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the cooldown from 30 seconds to 25 seconds in PvP and WvW.
May 20, 2014
  • Added an unblockable skill fact.
April 15, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused this skill to appear at the target's position instead of the player's position.
April 30, 2013
  • No longer destroys unblockable missiles.
January 28, 2013
  • This skill's blinding pulse no longer follows the thief.
November 15, 2012
  • This skill's height has been increased to help it absorb projectiles.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Smoke Screen has been added to the game.