Surprise Shot

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the thief skill. For the engineer skill, see Surprise Shot (engineer skill).

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Surprise Shot

0.25¼ Activation time  1 Recharge time  
Thief tango icon 20px.png Thief (skill list)
Short bow
Weapon slot 1
Stealth Attack
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Stealth Attack. Shoot an arrow that bleeds and immobilizes your foe.

 Damage.png Damage: 220 (0.6)?
 Bleeding.png3 Bleeding (5s): 330 Damage
 Bleeding.png Bleeding (5s): 110 Damage
 Immobile.png Immobilize (2s): Unable to move.
 Combo.png Combo Finisher: Physical Projectile
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Critical Strikes Critical Strikes

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

Trickery Trickery

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 11, 2021
  • Surprise Shot and Malicious Surprise Shot: These skills now additionally apply 3 stacks of bleeding for 5 seconds in PvE and 1 stack in PvP and WvW.
July 26, 2016
  • All stealth attack skills will now have a 1-second recharge between uses.
April 30, 2013
  • Skills that must be performed from stealth are now labeled as "Stealth Attack."
October 24, 2012
  • Stealth skills now always apply the Revealed' buff when they hit their target (this update was not originally documented )
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Surprise Shot has been added to the game.