Swindler's Equilibrium

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Swindler's Equilibrium

Thief icon small.png Acrobatics (trait list)
Training cost
5 Hero points
Game link
1 Recharge time
Swindler's Equilibrium

Successfully evading an attack while wielding a sword or spear recharges Steal. Swords and spears deal increased damage.

Power attribute.png Power: +120
Power attribute.png Bonus Power: +120
Count Recharge.png Recharge Time Reduced: 1 second

— In-game description


  • Despite the skill's description, this trait works as follows.
    • Successfully evading an attack while wielding a sword or spear reduces the recharge of Steal by 1s.
    • Increases power by 120.
    • Increases power by an additional 120 when wielding a sword or spear.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 17, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that prevented this trait from properly reducing the recharge of Steal.
June 27, 2023
  • This trait now recharges Steal by 1 second per trigger, with a 1-second cooldown.
November 30, 2021
  • Now properly recharges Siphon.
April 26, 2019
January 22, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that caused this trait to set its steal recharge time to a specified value instead of reducing it by that amount. Fixed a bug that caused this trait to have a longer internal cooldown than the listed value.
December 11, 2018
  • The cooldown of this trait has been reduced from 20 seconds (30 seconds in competitive game modes) to 10 seconds in all game modes. It now reduces the cooldown of Steal by 50% (25% in competitive game modes) instead of 100%. This trait no longer increases damage by a percentage and instead grants 120 power with an additional 120 power granted if the thief is also wielding a sword.
July 10, 2018
  • This trait has been split between game modes. The recharge time reduced in PvP and WvW is now 50%, while PvE remains at 100%.
March 27, 2018
  • Increased the cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP and WvW.
August 14, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that could cause this trait to go on cooldown even if it did not recharge Steal.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Increased bonus damage to 10%
  • Increased internal cooldown from 1 second to 20 seconds.
  • This trait now fully recharges steal when the conditions are met
April 19, 2016
  • Damage while wielding a sword has been increased from 5% to 7%.
January 26, 2016
  • This trait now also grants 5% bonus damage to sword and spear attacks.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Swindler's Equilibrium has been added to the game.