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Note: Before Shadowplay was announced by Trion as the official English name of this skill set, it was referred to as Calling or Finnese by the ArcheAge community.



Those who choose the path of Shadowplay will be a sudden and clever killer in possession of an arsenal of tricks.
Patroness of murderers considered Melisara Rivolla.

Shadowplay is a melee tree focused on stealth, speed and dps. It's notable for the Stealth skill, but also includes melee & ranged damage skills, a kiting skill, and two gap closers.


Active (updated for 1.2)[]

Name Shadowplay Reqs Description* Cost* Cast Time* Cooldown* Range* Effects Combos
Rapid Strike Rapid Strike Lv1 Slashes an enemy repeatedly, dealing (0 + 80% Melee Attack) Physical Damage each hit. Has a chance to generate additional Bloodthirst. Marks the target with each hit; 10 stacks inflict Distressed. Backstabbing increasing Melee Critical Rate +50%. 21 Mana Instant none Single 4m EffectbloodthirstEffectdistressed Effecttripped
Overwhelm Overwhelm Lv3 Triggers a leap toward an enemy that deals (81 + 214% Melee Attack) Physical Damage and stacks 1 Bloodthirst upon landing. Also Stuns the enemy for 1.4sec. Can't use while Snared. 36 Mana Instant 18 Seconds Single 10m Effectstun EffectmarkedEffectenervated
Drop Back Drop Back Lv10 Triggers a backwards leap to escape a dangerous area or back away from an enemy. Eliminates the Cast Time for Flamebolt, Earthen Grip, and Sunder Earth for 2.5sec. Can't be used while Snared. 21 Mana Instant 12 Seconds Self
Wallop Wallop Lv15 Launches four attacks in quick succession dealing (287 + 438% Melee Attack) Physical Damage. Accumulates Bloodthirst for every hit. 117 Mana Instant 12 Seconds Single 4m Effectbloodthirst Effectshaken
Stalker's Mark Stalker's Mark Lv20 Deals (108 + 100% Ranged Attack) Ranged Damage and marks enemies for 15sec. Increases received damage +12% and decreases healing effectiveness -20%. When the mark disappears, the target receives additional damage of 50 times the number of ranged attacks suffered during the mark's duration. Damage is reduced -20% if target is within 8m. 115 Mana Instant 27 Seconds Single 25m Effectmarked Effectpoison
Stealth Stealth Lv25 Prevents enemies from seeing you. Any actions other than moving will cause stealth to end. Decreases Move Speed -30%. 104 Mana Instant 45 Seconds Self Effectstealth
Toxic Shot Toxic Shot Lv30 Fires a toxic arrow dealing (168 + 350% Ranged Attack) Ranged Damage and 203 Poison Damage over 4sec. Damage reduced -20% if target is within 8m. 110 Mana Instant 9 Seconds Single 20m Effectpoison
Pin Down Pin Down Lv35 Pins an enemy to the ground, dealing (192 +300% Melee Attack) Physical Damage. Direct hits stack up to 6 Bloodthirst. 110 Mana Instant 21 Seconds Single 4m Effectbloodthirst Effectbleeding
Shadowsmite Shadowsmite Lv40 Launches a surprise attack, dealing damage equal to 90 times your stacked Bloodthirst and Shackling target for 5sec. Backstabbing adds Physical Damage equal to 600% of Melee Attack. 168 Mana Instant 24 Seconds Single 4m Effectshackled EffectbloodthirstEffectstunEffectstealth
Freerunner Freerunner Lv45 Increases Move Speed +35% and Agility +160. Grants immunity to Poison while in effect. Lasts 30sec. 214 Mana Instant 90 Seconds Self
Shadow Step Shadow Step Lv50 Teleports caster behind an ally or enemy, reducing Aggro -50% for 15sec. Also increases Move Speed +50% for 3 seconds and has a 50% chance to reset its cooldown 75 Mana Instant 30 Seconds Single 20m
Throw Dagger Throw Dagger Lv55 Flings a dagger that deals (576 + 350% Melee Attack) damage to a single enemy, then ricochets to 5 additional enemies within 10m of the initial target, dealing less damage each hit. Enemies hit: Decreases Move and Attack speeds -40% and increases cast time +40%. Lasts 3sec. Gives 2 stacks of Bloodthirst for each target hit wih a maximum of 12 stacks. 315 Mana Instant 35 Seconds Single 10m Effectthrowdagger

*Base values of Rank 1 skills. Values scale off ability rank, equipped items, and character level.

Passive (updated for 1.2)[]

Name Shadowplay Reqs Description
Evasive Counterstrike Evasive Counterstrike Skill Points 2+ Launches a counterattack and accumulates 5 Bloodthirst after a successful Melee Evasion.
Consecutive Evasion Consecutive Evasion Skill Points 4+ Increases Melee Evasion +16% for 7 seconds after a successful Evasion against melee attacks.
Disregard Disregard Skill Points 6+ Permanently decreases Aggro generation -20%.
Loophole Loophole Skill Points 7+ Decreases received Ranged Damage -30% for 3 seconds after receiving a Ranged Critial Hit. If Loophole triggers too often, it will be disabled for 30 seconds.
Piericing Piercing Skill Points 8+ Increases the Crit Rate +10% for 8 seconds after a successful Melee or Ranged Critical Hit.
Bloodthirst Intensified Bloodthirst Intensified Skill Points 9+ Increases accumulated Bloodthirst +2 times.
Shadow Mastery Shadow Mastery Skill Points 10+ Decreases Shadowplay skill cooldown -20%.


Shadowplay self-combos: EffectstunEffectmarkedEffectpoison - if stunned/marked Effecttripped

Class Shadowplay combos with class Class combos with Shadowplay Both classes have
Archery* EffectstunEffectpoison EffectslowEffectbleeding - if slowed Effectstun Effectshackled - if slowed Effectstun
Auramancy none Effectshaken none
Battlerage** if stunned/marked Effecttripped EffectshakenEffectslow - if snared/slowed Effecttripped if stunned/marked/snared/slowed Effecttripped
Defense Effectstun EffectstunEffectshaken - if stunned Effecttripped Effectstun - if stunned/marked Effecttripped
Occultism EffectdistressedEffectstun Effectslow - if distressed Effectstun Effectdistressed - if distressed Effectstun if impaled Effectpoison
Songcraft none Effectstun Effectstun
Sorcery** none EffectslowEffectstunEffecttripped Effectstun - if stunned/marked Effecttripped
Vitalism none none none
Witchcraft** EffectstunEffectshackled EffectenervatedEffectstun Effectstun
*Toxic Shot is modified by Archery's Intensity and Archery Expertise.
**Drop Back modifies Battlerage's Sunder Earth, Sorcery's Flamebolt, and Witchcraft's Earthen Grip.


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