Shadow step

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A Shadow step is the name for a game mechanic that results in moving a character instantly from one place to another. The length of the step varies from nearby up to compass range, depending on the skill used. All but six shadow stepping skills belong to the assassin; only four of the skills move anything besides the caster.

Provided you could also walk to it, shadow steps can be used to:

  • Escape a body block.
  • Jump between ground levels.
  • Cross closed gates/walls.
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[edit] Notes

  • Shadow stepping differs from teleportation (with the exception of player skills that cause teleportation) in these important ways:
    • You always drop bundles when you shadow step.
    • You cannot shadow step to a target unless you could walk to the target without leaving compass range. For example, you cannot shadow step past closed gates.
    • When the target is outside compass range or in a location inaccessible to the player, the user will shadow step into the closest obstruction (in the target's direction) instead of to the actual location.
  • Shadow stepping while activating a skill cancels the skill, e.g. if a stance such as Shadow Walk ends while casting. However, shadow stepping will not cancel emotes.
  • You can determine the length of a step based on its description:
  • Shadow steps that move the user and do not exclusively target foes have no aftercast delay.
Anomaly Anomaly.On rare occasions, an NPC attacking an assassin has moved with the assassin when shadow stepping away occurred with the attack. For example, this could cause a juggernaut in Jade Quarry to land upstairs on a portal.

[edit] Shadow steps

[edit] To foe

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Augury of Death

Half Range Hex Spell. (5...29...35 seconds.) Inflict Deep Wound condition (5...17...20 seconds) and Shadow Step to target foe the next time damage would drop this foe's Health below 50%. 0 5 Energy 1 Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Nightfall
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Aura of Displacement

Elite Enchantment Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. -1 Upkeep 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Factions
Beguiling Haze.jpg

Beguiling Haze

Elite Spell. You Shadow Step to this foe. Inflicts Dazed condition (3...8...9 seconds). 0 15 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
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Dark Prison

Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. This foe moves 33% slower (1...5...6 seconds). 0 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 30 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Factions
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Death's Charge

Spell. You Shadow Step to target foe. You are healed for 65...173...200 if this foe has more Health than you. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 30 Recharge time Quest reward assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
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Ride the Lightning

Elite Spell. Deals 10...58...70 lightning damage. 25% armor penetration. Blinds all adjacent foes (1...4...5 second[s]). You instantly move to your target. May target allies. 5 Overcast 10 Energy 1 Activation time 5 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
Ride the Lightning (PvP).jpg

Ride the Lightning (PvP)

Elite Spell. Deals 10...58...70 lightning damage. 25% armor penetration. Blinds all adjacent foes (1...4...5 second[s]). You instantly move to your target. May target allies. 5 Overcast 15 Energy 1 Activation time 10 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
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Scorpion Wire

Half Range Hex Spell. (8...18...20 seconds.) Shadow Step to target foe and cause knock-down the next time this foe is more than 100' away from you. 0 5 Energy 1 Activation time 10 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Factions
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Shadow Fang

Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. End effect after 10 seconds: inflicts Deep Wound condition (5...17...20 seconds); you return to your original location. 0 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 45 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Eye of the North
Shadow Prison.jpg

Shadow Prison

Elite Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. This foe moves 66% slower (1...6...7 seconds). 0 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 25 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Nightfall
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Shadow Walk

Stance. (15 seconds.) Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. Disables your attack skills for 1 second. Disables your stances and enchantments for 10 seconds. 0 5 Energy 0 30 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall
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Wastrel's Collapse

Elite Skill. Shadow Step to target foe. Causes knock-down if target foe is not using a skill. Disables your non-dagger attack skills (10 seconds). 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

[edit] To ally

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Death's Retreat

Spell. Gain 40...112...130 Health if you have less Health than target ally. Initial effect: Shadow Step to this ally. Cannot self-target. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Nightfall
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Ebon Escape

Spell. Heals you and target ally for 70...110. Initial effect: Shadow Step to this ally. Cannot self-target. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 10 Recharge time aAny Ebon Vanguard rankZ Eye of the North
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Recall

Enchantment Spell. End effect: Shadow Step to target ally. Cannot self-target and disables all of your skills for 10 seconds when it ends. -1 Upkeep 15 Energy 1 Activation time 10 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Factions
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Return

Spell. Inflicts Crippled condition (3...7...8 seconds) on all foes adjacent to you. You Shadow Step to target ally's location. Cannot self-target. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 15 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
Ride the Lightning.jpg

Ride the Lightning

Elite Spell. Deals 10...58...70 lightning damage. 25% armor penetration. Blinds all adjacent foes (1...4...5 second[s]). You instantly move to your target. May target allies. 5 Overcast 10 Energy 1 Activation time 5 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
Ride the Lightning (PvP).jpg

Ride the Lightning (PvP)

Elite Spell. Deals 10...58...70 lightning damage. 25% armor penetration. Blinds all adjacent foes (1...4...5 second[s]). You instantly move to your target. May target allies. 5 Overcast 15 Energy 1 Activation time 10 Recharge time elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
Shadow Meld.jpg

Shadow Meld

Elite Enchantment Spell. Shadow Step to target ally. End effect: return to your original location. Cannot self-target. -1 Upkeep 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

[edit] To summoned creature

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
Spirit Walk.jpg

Spirit Walk

Spell. Shadow Step to target Spirit. [sic] 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 8 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Factions
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Swap

Spell. You and target summoned creature Shadow Step to each other's locations. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 10 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

[edit] Away from target

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Heart of Shadow

Spell. You are healed for 30...126...150 and you Shadow Step to a nearby location directly away from your target. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 15 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
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Viper's Defense

Spell. Inflict Poisoned condition (5...17...20 seconds) on all adjacent foes and Shadow Step to a nearby location directly away from your target. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 10 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions

[edit] To activation spot (return)

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
Aura of Displacement.jpg

Aura of Displacement

Elite Enchantment Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. -1 Upkeep 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Factions
Shadow Fang.jpg

Shadow Fang

Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. End effect after 10 seconds: inflicts Deep Wound condition (5...17...20 seconds); you return to your original location. 0 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 45 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Eye of the North
Shadow Meld.jpg

Shadow Meld

Elite Enchantment Spell. Shadow Step to target ally. End effect: return to your original location. Cannot self-target. -1 Upkeep 10 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 20 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall
Shadow Walk.jpg

Shadow Walk

Stance. (15 seconds.) Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. Disables your attack skills for 1 second. Disables your stances and enchantments for 10 seconds. 0 5 Energy 0 30 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall
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Shadow of Haste

Stance. (10...34...40 seconds.) You move 15% faster. End effect: return to your original location. 0 5 Energy 0 45 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions

[edit] Shadow stepping skills that do not move the caster

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
Draw Spirit.jpg

Draw Spirit

Spell. Teleports target allied spirit to your location. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 5 Recharge time ritualistaRitualist Z Factions
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Strike as One

Elite Shout. Your animal companion instantly moves to your target and inflicts Bleeding (5...13...15 seconds) with its next attack. The next time you hit with an attack, you inflict Crippled condition (5...13...15 seconds). 0 5 Energy 0 10 Recharge time rangeraRanger Beast MasteryZ Nightfall
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Summon Spirits

Spell. Spirits you control Shadow Step to your location and gain 60...100 Health. 0 5 Energy 0.25¼ Activation time 5 Recharge time ritualistaRitualist Allegiance rankZ Factions

[edit] Special event shadow steps

Icon Name Description Energy Activation time Recharge time Prof. Attribute Campaign
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Side Step

Skill. Shadow Step to a random location in the area. You gain 250 Health. 0 0 0 25 Recharge time assassinaAssassin Z Factions
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