Daredevil - Condi DPS

Part of the current metagame

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: Heart of Thorns builds

This build was last updated on February 17, 2023 and is up to date for the February 14, 2023 game patch.
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The standard condition DPS build for Daredevil. This build spams venoms and on bosses to inflict heavy Bleeding Bleeding and Poison Poison. Due to evading for most of its rotation, it can easily avoid boss attacks. It also provides high utility to its squad with raid boss stolen skills.

Due to this build's high ramp-up time it's best used on raid bosses with no phases or adds. It performs poorly on any boss with invuln phases, or instant kill attacks that it has a chance to accidentally move into while using .

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

Always keep as it is a significant portion of your damage. If you need to replace skills, replace .

  • are in theory higher damage, but to gain full value the boss needs to remain in place for 10s so all ticks hit, and it will lose additional value on encounters with phases, as can be precast.
  • (with ) could replace on encounters with high movement uptime.
  • for a block and stun break.
  • for extra mobility and stun break.


  • Use for faster breakbar damage, on fights with multiple adds and on Matthias Gabrel, where has no effect on the encounter's breakbars.
  • Use for fights that do not have breakbars.

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Equipment Variants

  • and deal almost identical damage, so feel free to use whichever is most convenient.
    • You should use with .
  • If you wish to benefit from ascended food effects, then use along with and (or equivalents).
  • Equip your main hand dagger in your first weapon set and your second dagger in your second weapon set. This lets you weapon swap for without having to obtain 4 daggers.




    • or for a cheaper alternative


Your goal is to maintain and 15 stacks of while using your high-damage utility skills.


  1. during the cast of
  2. Dodge
  3. Use venoms during the dodge animation
  4. x3
  5. Dodge
  6. Auto-attack chain once
  7. Dodge
  8. Repeat from step 9
  • Use Weapon swap Weapon swap, venoms, and when they are off cooldown.
  • Use before or after any auto-attack chain when you are out of endurance.

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  • If you are inside the boss's hitbox and there are other enemies nearby, will deal up to triple damage to the boss.
  • Be careful not to cancel the auto attack chain as deals more damage than and combined.
  • You should try to use while you do not have full initiative in order to benefit from and .
  • You should try to use while you do not have full endurance.
  • You should only use venoms while four other allies are in range (This includes Mesmer clones, Necromancer minions, and Ranger pets).


Encounter Specific Tips

Spirit Vale

Ghost events Toggle

The ghost events are mostly movement based.

  • Consider equipping a Short bow, and/or using .
Gorseval the Multifarious Toggle
  • During the split phases, you can use to cripple spirits from 900 range.
Sabetha the Saboteur Toggle
  • Be very careful not to leap over the boss using or while Flame Wall is active.

Salvation Pass

Slothasor Toggle
  • If running , be careful not to hit a friendly Slubling with it.
  • When fixated try not to jump over the boss with or .
  • You have no way of blocking Slothasor's fear so either rely on others to break/cleanse it for you or equip or .
Matthias Gabrel Toggle
  • Use for mobility around the room.
  • Bring for the breakbar.
  • You can bring to block timed bombs, stunbreak the rain phase knockdown, and block some damage while running poison/plasma.

Stronghold of the Faithful

Escort Toggle
  • Be very careful when using and near mines.
  • You can use to immobilize the wargs.
Keep Construct Toggle
  • You can pre-cast before the burn phase starts to increase your damage.
Twisted Castle Toggle
  • Consider equipping a Short bow, and/or using .
  • Consider equipping a as a low-cooldown stunbreak.
Xera Toggle
  • Be very careful not to leap off the edge using and

Bastion of the Penitent

Cairn the Indomitable Toggle
  • Stacks of Unseen Burden will change the behavior of , make sure to adjust your rotation to account for this.
  • This fight has no breakbar, bring .
Mursaat Overseer Toggle
  • Be very careful not to leap onto spikes or unclaimed tiles using and .
  • This fight has no breakbar, bring .
Samarog Toggle
  • You can use for extra immobilizes during the split phases.
Deimos Toggle
  • Be very careful not to jump into the Rapid Decay fields by using and
  • The breakbar in this fight is too fast and too small to for , bring instead.


This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 4 votes.
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5 stars
OfficerAndyGentleman gave this build 5 stars • November 2022
The highest thief DPS if you're able to consistently jump through bosses hitbox, and exceptional when able to whirl in good combo fields. Some bosses also have additional targets that generate extra daggers on the dodge.
5 stars
Ruby437 gave this build 5 stars • January 2018
This is a meta condi dps option for those who enjoy playing thieves. Didn't see a mention of firefields, but those improve your dps HEAVILY due to the amount of whirl finishers.
5 stars
Marcustyphoon gave this build 5 stars • December 2017
Potentially the top single target DPS in the game on small hitboxes with favorable fields to whirl in, easy rotation, and excellent break bar. Still strong in the PoF era.
5 stars
Mogrim gave this build 5 stars • September 2016
This build is an awesome alternative for thief! Really decent, fun and relatively easy to learn build! Viable too!


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