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Class: Assassin
Required Level: 18
Skill Tree: Shadow Disciplines
Requires: Claw Mastery, Burst of Speed
Active / Passive
Cost: 10 Mana

Partially phases the Assassin to another plane allowing her to avoid some magical attacks.

Damage Type: Magic
Other Stats: Mutually exclusive with Burst of Speed

Fade is an Assassin Skill in Diablo II.


An Assassin can will her physical being to shift partially into the astral planes. As her body becomes less substantial, she becomes less susceptible to the effects of elemental attacks and magical curses.

General InformationEdit


  • Gives synergy to: None
  • Receives synergy from: None

This skill grants the user partial immunity to curses and increased resistances to elemental attacks. The Curse duration decrease also affects Shrines. To avoid this use Burst of Speed before using a shrine, then reapply Fade after the shrine's effects are no longer needed or run out. Fade and Burst of Speed do not stack. Casting one overrides the other.

Fade has a hidden bonus to Physical Resistance. Being hidden, it doesn't display on character statistics or on the skill. The total physical resistance on the character is capped at 50%; this effect stacks with items that reduce damage reduction by a percentage, such as Verdungo's Hearty Cord or Stormshield.

Given its diminishing returns per point, it is not advisable to max out Fade, nor can it be a complete substitution for equipment with resistances. The hidden bonus to Physical resistance, though, does not suffer from diminishing returns.


Fade as seen in-game

Characters of other classes can obtain Fade from the Treachery Rune Word or the Last Wish rune word. It is extremely powerful here due to its long duration and powerful defensive benefits--the long duration means that these items can be switched with other gear for a considerable amount of time after activating Fade, while still enjoying its benefits. 

Skill ProgressionEdit

Mana Cost: 10

Level 1234567891011
Curse Duration Reduction 47% 53% 58% 62% 65% 67% 69% 71% 73% 74% 75%
Resists to all 19% 27% 33% 38% 42% 45% 47% 50% 52% 54% 56%
Duration 120 132 144 156 168 180 192 204 216 228 240
Physical Resist 1% 2% 3% 4% 5% 6% 7% 8% 9% 10% 11%
Level 12131415161718192025
Curse Duration Reduction 76% 77% 78% 79% 80% 80% 81% 81% 82% 84%
Resists to All 57% 58% 60% 60% 62% 62% 63% 63% 64% 66%
Duration 252 264 276 288 300 312 324 336 348 408
Physical Resist 12% 13% 14% 15% 16% 17% 18% 19% 20% 25%

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