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Disambig icon.png This article is about the skill type. For the environmental weapon, see Trap (environmental weapon).

Traps are a type of skill that triggers when an enemy walks into the area and which take 0.5 second to arm. If no enemy triggers it, the trap will disappear after 5 min. Traps leave outlines on the ground that are visible to allies. Traps found in the environment, such as in dungeons and jumping puzzles are sometimes given a red outline on the ground.


  • A player can have only one trap of each type active at the same time.
  • Previously placed traps will be removed if you remove the skill from your skill bar.
  • Deployed traps are circular and centered on the player's position.
  • Many trap skills are unblockable.
  • Most trap skills cannot be used underwater.
  • Dragonhunter's traps will trigger at once if laid on top of an enemy. Ranger's traps have a 0.5s arming time after being placed.

List of trap skills[edit]

Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Dragonhunter icon small.png Dragonhunter

Purification.png Purification Not available underwater 0.75¾ 24 Trap. Heal yourself and imbue your light into a trap. Enemies that trigger this trap are damaged and blinded as the light returns to you for a second heal.
Fragments of Faith.png Fragments of Faith Not available underwater 36 Trap. Lay a trap that deals damage and unleashes multiple fragments into the area when triggered. Each fragment grants aegis to allies, as long as they don't already have aegis.
Light's Judgment.png Light's Judgment Not available underwater 0.5½ 20 Trap. Lay down a trap that creates an area of pure light that reveals enemies and pierces their armor. The first strike dazes foes.
Procession of Blades.png Procession of Blades Not available underwater 0.5½ 16 Trap. Set a trap that whirls around and damages enemies when activated.
Test of Faith.png Test of Faith Not available underwater 24 Trap. Lay a trap that creates a ring of weapons that punishes enemies that attempt to cross their threshold.
Dragon's Maw.png Dragon's Maw Not available underwater 0.5½ 40 Trap. Lay a trap that pulls enemies and creates a barrier that holds them in.

Ranger icon small.png Ranger

Healing Spring.png Healing Spring Not available underwater 0.5½ 24 Trap. Heals you and your pet. Place a trap that grants regeneration and cures conditions on allies.
Flame Trap.png Flame Trap 0.5½ 15 Trap. Set a trap that burns foes.
Frost Trap.png Frost Trap 0.5½ 30 Trap. Set a trap that chills foes.
Spike Trap.png Spike Trap Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Trap. Set a trap that bleeds and launches foes.
Spike Trap.png Spike Trap Underwater skill 0.5½ 45 Trap. Set a trap that bleeds and stuns foes.
Viper's Nest.png Viper's Nest Not available underwater 0.5½ 20 Trap. Set a trap that pulses poison on foes when triggered.

Related traits[edit]

Related equipment[edit]




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  • The July 16, 2019 game update removed the traps for thieves and introduced the skill type Preparation instead.
  • Thief traps had the shape of a long rectangle (900x130) centered on the player's position, and extending to the right and left. They triggered once and disappeared then. If Autotargeting was enabled in options, the player may be automatically turned to face a nearby enemy while laying the trap, thereby affecting the trap's orientation. It was possible to trap multiple foes with Needle Trap and Tripwire only if they entered the area of the trap at the exact same time.
Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Thief icon small.png Thief[edit]

Ambush (skill).png Ambush Not available underwater 0.5½ 35 Set a trap that, when triggered, calls in a thief that attacks nearby foes for twenty seconds.
Needle Trap.png Needle Trap Not available underwater 0.5½ 30 Set a trap that immobilizes and poisons foes when triggered.
Shadow Trap.png Shadow Trap Not available underwater 0.5½ 45 Set a trap. The first enemy to trigger this trap becomes marked. You may activate Shadow Pursuit to shadowstep to the marked enemy.
ChainDestroy Shadow Trap.png Destroy Shadow Trap Not available underwater 10.5½ Teleport back to your existing trap early, destroying it and setting it on recharge.
ChainShadow Pursuit.png Shadow Pursuit Not available underwater Shadowstep to the target that triggered Shadow Trap.
Tripwire.png Tripwire Not available underwater 0.5½ 25 Set a trap that knocks down foes when triggered.