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.
Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on Shadow step.

Notes[edit]

  • 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.

Shadow steps[edit]

To foe[edit]

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

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%. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Nightfall
Aura of Displacement.jpg

Aura of Displacement

Elite Enchantment Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. End effect: return to your original location. -1 Tango-upkeep.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Factions
Beguiling Haze.jpg

Beguiling Haze

Elite Spell. You Shadow Step to this foe. Inflicts Dazed condition (3...8...9 seconds). 0 1515 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions
Dark Prison.jpg

Dark Prison

Hex Spell. Shadow Step to target foe. This foe moves 33% slower (1...5...6 seconds). 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ Factions
Death's Charge.jpg

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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.png 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 Tango-overcast.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 Tango-overcast.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png elementalistaElementalist Air MagicZ Factions
Scorpion Wire.jpg

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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ 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 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Deadly ArtsZ 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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall
Wastrel's Collapse.jpg

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). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

To ally[edit]

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

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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Nightfall
Ebon Escape.jpg

Ebon Escape

Spell. Heals you and target ally for 70...110. Initial effect: Shadow Step to this ally. Cannot self-target. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAny Ebon Vanguard rankZ Eye of the North
Recall.jpg

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 Tango-upkeep.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Factions
Return.jpg

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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 Tango-overcast.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 Tango-overcast.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 Tango-upkeep.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

To summoned creature[edit]

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

Spirit Walk

Spell. Shadow Step to target Spirit. [sic] 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Factions
Swap.jpg

Swap

Spell. You and target summoned creature Shadow Step to each other's locations. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall

Away from target[edit]

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

Heart of Shadow

Spell. You are healed for 30...126...150 and you Shadow Step to a nearby location directly away from your target. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions

To activation spot (return)[edit]

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 Tango-upkeep.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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 Tango-upkeep.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png 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. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Nightfall
Shadow of Haste.jpg

Shadow of Haste

Stance. (10...34...40 seconds.) You move 15% faster. End effect: return to your original location. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Shadow ArtsZ Factions

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

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

Draw Spirit

Spell. Teleports target allied spirit to your location. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualist Z Factions
Strike as One.jpg

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). 0 055 Tango-energy.png 0 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png rangeraRanger Beast MasteryZ Nightfall
Summon Spirits.jpg

Summon Spirits

Spell. Spirits you control Shadow Step to your location and gain 60...100 Health. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualist Allegiance rankZ Factions

Special event shadow steps[edit]

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

Side Step

Skill. Shadow Step to a random location in the area. You gain 250 Health. 0 0 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png assassinaAssassin Z Factions