Tactical Strike

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Tactical Strike

Thief icon small.png Thief (skill list)
Main hand sword
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
Stealth Attack
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1 Recharge time  
Tactical Strike

Stealth Attack. Daze your foe by bashing them with your sword hilt. Daze them for a longer duration if you attack from behind or they are defiant. Applies vulnerability.

Damage.png Damage: 734 (2.0)?
Damage.png Damage: 488 (1.33)?
Daze.png Daze: 1 second
Daze.png Daze from Behind: 3 seconds
Daze.png Daze from Behind: 2 seconds
Vulnerability.png10 Vulnerability (5s): +10% Incoming Damage, +10% Incoming Condition Damage
Evade.png Defiance Break: 100
Evade.png Defiance Break: 200
Range.png Range: 170

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Deadly Arts Deadly Arts

Critical Strikes Critical Strikes

Shadow Arts Shadow Arts

Trickery Trickery

Daredevil Daredevil

Specter Specter

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 25, 2024
  • Increased the power coefficient from 1.33 to 2.0 in PvE only. Increased the daze duration while behind the enemy from 2 seconds to 3 seconds in PvE only.
March 19, 2024
  • This skill now dazes for 1 second instead of blinding when striking from the front. Increased the power coefficient from 1.0 to 1.33.
June 27, 2023
  • All effects that benefit when the player strikes from the flank or from behind now always apply their benefits when striking defiant foes.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Added tooltip fact Defiance Break.
July 07, 2020
  • Icons for daze and stun are now displayed in light purple in skill and trait tooltips.
July 10, 2018
  • This attack now applies 10 stacks of vulnerability for 5 seconds on hit. This change extends to the deadeye variant Malicious Tactical Strike.
September 23, 2017
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill did less damage than intended.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This skill has been unsplit and now dazes for 2 seconds in all game modes when attacking from behind.
  • Increased the damage by 33%.
July 26, 2016
  • All stealth attack skills will now have a 1-second recharge between uses.
July 23, 2013
  • Fixed the damage skill fact to display the proper amount of damage done.
April 30, 2013
  • Skills that must be performed from stealth are now labeled as "Stealth Attack."
November 15, 2012
  • This skill's damage has been increased by 10% in all formats.
  • This skill's daze duration has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1.5 seconds in PvP.
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:
  • Tactical Strike has been added to the game.