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Daredevil - Power DPS

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Focused on: Direct damageMobility.

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Overview

The power DPS raid build for Daredevil. This is an easy to play build that mostly dodges and autoattacks for high multi-target damage. Due to evading for most of its rotation, it can easily avoid boss attacks. It also has very high mobility, and provides high utility to its squad with and various raid boss stolen skills.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Daredevil - Power DPS (Fractal).

Skill Bar

 
 
StaffHealingUtilityElite

Second Weapon Set

  • Dual pistols are a good option to switch to if you ever find yourself losing melee uptime for extended periods of time, such as if the boss is animation locked out of range. Good examples of this happening are Deimos during Mind Crush, Dhuum during Greater Death Mark, and Samarog immediately after split phase. Also very useful on Xera for shards.
  • Shortbow can be used for mobility such as getting to green circles on Dhuum.
  • A second staff with can be brought to swap to in case you are unable to flank. This is highly recommended on Qadim.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills

  • for a relatively weak but continuous healing effect. Good if you do not plan on using your heal skill.
  • if you need an extra evade, or for fights that have a lot of movement impairing conditions.
  • Can't find such skill "Prepare Shadow Portal"! Please refer to our skill index. for niche situations such as Qadim.

Elite Skills

  • for breakbar damage during encounters where gets wasted on adds.
  • for extra burst damage.

Specializations

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Variants

  • if you're having trouble surviving. This is a ~10% DPS loss.
  • Use for mobility between encounters.
  • Use if you need extra condition cleanses.
  • Use if you want some more consistent endurance, particularly if using .

Equipment

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Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Variants

  • If your Druid doesn't run use Assassin's leggings and an Assassin's ring.
  • Your second weapon set is situational.
    • Dual pistols for ranged damage.
    • A second staff with if you are unable to flank.
    • A shortbow for mobility.

Consumables

  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

The Daredevil rotation consists of two major parts: the signet burst, and the looping rotation. You open with the signet burst, then repeat the looping rotation until is available for your next signet burst.

The idea of the signet burst is to deal as much damage as possible with and while under the effects of the active cast and . The looping rotation deals consistent damage by maintaining and while allowing your initiative to slowly recharge. This allows you to perform the next signet burst with max initiative.

Signet Burst

  1. Dodge
  2. before you land the dodge
  3. or Dodge


Loop Rotation

  1. Dodge
  2. Repeat
    Staff Strike
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    Staff Strike
    Strike your enemies with your staff.
    Damage.pngDamage: 215
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Staff Bash
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    Staff Bash
    Swing your staff a second time, striking multiple foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 254
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 130
     Forward arrow.png 
    Punishing Strikes
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    Punishing Strikes
    Whirl your staff around, striking nearby enemies.
    Damage.pngDamage (4x): 516
    Vulnerability.png4Vulnerability (8s): 4% Incoming Damage, 4% Incoming Condition Damage
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Book.pngReflects Missiles
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 130
    until your next dodge is up

Rotation Notes

  • Use your signet burst again when comes off cooldown.
    • If is about to come off cooldown but you will only have half a bar of endurance or less when it does, use to immediately get endurance to perform the signet burst. In this case, use a Dodge at step 8 instead of .
    • If the boss is about to phase, feel free to spam to get some extra damage in (while maintaining ).
  • Try to dodge off cooldown, keeping no dodge bars left, to maximize uptime.
    • Be careful not to leave yourself without enough endurance to dodge major attacks - downstate is the biggest DPS loss of them all! You can leave one emergency dodge bar up for a ~5% dps loss while getting accustomed to the build.
    • Generally you should avoid interrupting your autochain when possible, as the third skill does a lot of damage. If you get a dodge bar mid-chain, you can dodge and then finish the chain after you land, before using .
  • Always flank the boss to get the +7% critical chance bonus from .
  • When it comes to fighting actual bosses where positioning matters, you may have to manage where your dodge ends so that you aren't forced into a bad spot.
    • For example, if you dodge through Artsariiv, you will be in a purple damaging AoE. Here you would have to dodge to the side or stand at the side of her so dodging through her will land you on the other side of her which is safe.
    • On other stationary bosses you might want to rotate your camera 180° every single time you dodge through them, so you maintain flanking by dodging on either side of the boss. For these cases you may want to walk back slightly while autoattacking so that you don't miss the damage from your dodge or end up being at an awkward distance from the boss (especially if the boss moves occasionally).
  • animation locks you, and it cannot be canceled with a dodge or weapon stow (this is why is delayed - to allow for the potential dodge at step 8). Be sure to watch boss mechanics so that you are not hit while animation locked - you can delay during the looping rotation, or switch it with , if you anticipate that you need to move or jump a mechanic.

General Tips

  • You can use or as evades if you're out of dodges.
  • Use with nearby allies to break defiance bars.

Encounter Specific Tips

Spirit Vale

Dark-icon-raid.png Vale Guardian
  • The stolen skill from this boss is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact which can be used to save downs or recover from getting ported by blue circles.
  • If your team needs you to cover green circles, use .
  • Coordinate with your Chronomancers so you don't waste your elite skills on the same breakbar.
Dark-icon-raid.png Ghost events
  • Consider equipping a shortbow, , and/or using .
Dark-icon-raid.png Gorseval the Multifarious
  • The stolen skill from this boss is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact which can be used to shadowstep between adds during the split phase.
  • Be careful using while the breakbar is active to not get killed by Gorseval's Retaliation.
  • You can take to continue doing your rotation more comfortably during Gorseval's Retaliation.
Dark-icon-raid.png Bandit event
  • You can use for blocking projectiles and extra blinds.
  • Consider equipping Sword/Pistol to gain access to for AoE blinds.
Dark-icon-raid.png Sabetha the Saboteur
  • The stolen skill from Sabetha is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact which can be used to shadowstep to the launch pads.
  • The stolen skill from the split phase champions is Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb which is a DPS increase.
  • If you are clearing cannons, or are a backup, you can use Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact or to reach the platforms faster.

Salvation Pass

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor
  • The stolen skill from this boss is Soul Stone Venom Soul Stone Venom which can be used to cleanse Slothasor's fear.
  • You can bring to break Slothasor's fear, and to block its high damaging attacks.
  • When fixated try not to move through the boss with .
Dark-icon-raid.png Bandit Trio
  • The stolen skill from the champions is Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb which can be used to do mortars.
  • If you are doing mortars, use , , and Dagger/Pistol as your second weapon set. For the triple mortar spawn, you can use on the first target,
    Uppercut
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    Uppercut
    Physical. Deal a heavy blow with your fist, sending enemies flying.
    Damage.pngDamage: 1,331
    Launch.pngLaunch: 0
    Range.pngRange: 130
    on the second, and on the third. If you miss any of those skills, swap to Dagger/Pistol and use
    Headshot Headshot
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    Headshot
    Daze your foe with a head shot.
    Damage.pngDamage: 61
    Daze.pngDaze (¼s): Unable to use skills.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    .
Dark-icon-raid.png Matthias Gabrel
  • You can use for mobility around the room.
  • will work on the breakbar but can be wasted by squadmates on Matthias or the ice patches. You can choose to run instead.
  • If CC is an issue, you can bring instead of .
  • You can activate
    Signet of Agility Signet of Agility
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    Signet of Agility
    Signet Passive: Grants increased precision.
    Signet Active: Refills endurance and cure a condition for each nearby allies.
    Signet of Agility.pngPassive Effect: 180 Precision
    Book.pngConditions Removed: 1
    Book.pngEndurance Gain: 100
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    to stun break the rain phase knockdown.

Stronghold of the Faithful

Dark-icon-raid.png Siege the Stronghold (Escort)
  • If you are going on the towers, consider equipping a Short bow to traverse the cave easier.
  • Use for blocking projectiles, extra blinds, and AoE stealth.
  • You can use to hit up to five targets at once.
Dark-icon-raid.png Keep Construct
  • The stolen skill from Keep Construct is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact and the stolen skill from the phantasms is Detonate Plasma Detonate Plasma. The latter can be used to provide your squad boons at the beginning of each burst phase.
  • If you are pushing the core, you should equip for the sustained healing.
Dark-icon-raid.png Twisted Castle
  • The Twisted Castle is mostly movement based. Consider equipping a shortbow and/or using .
  • You can use to hit up to five targets at once.
Dark-icon-raid.png Xera
  • The stolen skill from this boss is Soul Stone Venom Soul Stone Venom which can be used as an emergency cleanse.
  • Use for blocking projectiles, and extra blinds against Xera's minions.

Bastion of the Penitent

Dark-icon-raid.png Cairn
  • The stolen skill from Cairn is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact, which can be used to shadowstep downed allies towards you.
  • Note that the third part of your autoattack chain is a projectile reflect! Be careful not to reflect any of Cairn's projectiles. Cairn's projectiles only spawn at the edge of the circle drawn around him on the platform, so if you are stacked very closely on Cairn, you can avoid reflecting projectiles.
Dark-icon-raid.png Mursaat Overseer
  • The stolen skill from Mursaat Overseer is Detonate Plasma Detonate Plasma, which can be used to provide your squad with boons.
  • Be careful when using that you do not end up in spikes.
Dark-icon-raid.png Samarog
  • The stolen skill from Samarog and Guldhelm is Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb. This can be both a DPS increase and used to help break the frequent breakbars.
  • Use to help break Samarog's breakbars.
  • Use your dual pistols at the start of the 3rd phase to deal damage to Samarog while he does his long animations outside of the arena.
Dark-icon-raid.png Deimos
  • The stolen skill from Deimos is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact which can be used to help immobilize prides. The stolen skill from the Sauls is Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb which can be used to help with their breakbars, cleave prides and greeds, or a DPS increase.
  • Since you may not have dodges available, be careful that you do not get launched by Deimos's attacks. You can choose to keep an extra dodge bar for these, delay your dodge to align with them, or use as an emergency dodge.
  • Dual pistols can be useful to maintain DPS on Deimos while running to the ward or while he is stuck inside of oils.

Hall of Chains

Dark-icon-raid.png Dhuum
  • The stolen skill from Dhuum is Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact, which can be a lifesaver by porting downed players to yourself, or used for mobility, e.g. during Soul Split or to get to a green if you need to do them.
  • , when used, cleanses 3 conditions from yourself and allies and refills endurance. Be sure to use it if conditions are not being cleansed after each Greater Death Mark.
  • Dual pistols can be used to hit Dhuum during the Greater Death Mark.

Mythwright Gambit

Dark-icon-raid.png Conjured Amalgamate
  • Conjured Amalgamate itself does not have a stolen skill, however its adds do. Conjured Swords give Unstable Artifact Unstable Artifact and Conjured Shields give Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb. The latter in particular is extremely useful for CCing and cleaving down Conjured Shields as well as being a DPS increase during the burst phases.
  • Use to cleave down Conjured Swords and Conjured Shields if needed.
Dark-icon-raid.png Qadim
  • It is highly recommended to bring a second staff with for when you are unable to flank Qadim.
  • Take instead of . Being able to use stolen skills twice here is extremely powerful.
  • The stolen skill from the Pyres, Ancient Invoked Hydra, and Wyvern Matriarch is Detonate Plasma Detonate Plasma. The stolen skill from Qadim, Apocalypse Bringer, and Wyvern Patriarch is Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb.
  • Steal from the pyres before every DPS phase to give your squad boons immediately with Detonate Plasma Detonate Plasma. Since you can use them twice, use it once for the pyre group and once on Qadim.
  • Use Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb to cleave the Lava Elementals and help break the frequent breakbars. If you are doing the Lamp, save at least one cast for the second and third lamps each. At the 100%-66% DPS phase, save at least one cast to help CC the Apocalypse Bringer. Once it appears, use it once, and if steal is off cooldown, steal again and it use to help break the three Reapers of Flesh that spawn.
  • You can precast Basilisk Venom before the Apocalypse Bringer appears.
  • should be able to one-shot groups of unprotected Lava Elementals if needed.
  • If going into the lamp, save one Throw Magnetic Bomb Throw Magnetic Bomb for both the second and third lamps. Use one one the Moas in the second lamp, and use one on the Dredge in the third lamp. Use on the Giants in the third lamp to blind them as they do a significant amount of damage otherwise.
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14 Ratings
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Screaming gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Very good DPS, especially on any encounter where Throw Magnetic Bomb can be acquired. On some bosses, the utility of the stolen skills cannot be understated - Throw Magnetic Bomb makes Daredevil very strong for Samarog, Conjured Amalgamate, and Qadim, even if it falls short of Holosmith on the latter two it's probably the second best DPS to bring there.

The thing to be mindful of is positioning. Moreso than Deadeye, as you have to Bound around to maintain Bounding Dodger and on encounters where you can fall off the or there are instant death mechanics, be very careful.

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Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Extremely solid DPS with an easy rotation and high raid utility through stolen skills. Incredibly broken on Mursaat Overseer and Matthias thanks to the Detonate Plasma stolen skill.

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Lkilian gave this build 5 stars May 2016

High DPS, forgiving. Simple usage.

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Dahkeus gave this build 5 stars April 2016

Definitely a solid build and probably one of the most underestimated by many. As Scootts said, this probably outperforms Tempests in many fights not simply because of how forgiving the rotation is, but also because of how quickly you can move to and from a fight.

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Scootts gave this build 5 stars April 2016

I'd wager 99% of players would actually do more total damage per fight with a Daredevil then they would with a Tempest. Theoretical DPS is lower then that of the Tempest, but the rotation/build is ridiculously forgiving. It's hard to lose DPS with a build that auto-attacks and doesn't lose much damage when it dodges.

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TristanTzara gave this build 5 stars March 2016

Oh I just want to say that this build is absolutely amazing. It offers very high DPS and simple in usage.

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Chase gave this build 5 stars February 2016

Excellent DPS, very easy to play, extra dodges and skill-evade makes surviving better, excellent mobility. A very worthy addition to any raid group.

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Octavianrb gave this build 5 stars February 2016

Very good build and a worthy addition to any Raid team. I highly recommend staff over dagger. It adds additional mobility, better range, and more consistent DPS.

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Fredor gave this build 5 stars February 2016

The dps of this build is so humongous that perry wet himself

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FrostyStar gave this build 5 stars February 2016

Attack-Speed OP

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Khazik gave this build 5 stars January 2016

While I havent used this build for Tanking (I have a Chrono in Commanders stuff for that) I have used it for DPS. With recent changes to AA damage, Initiative can be used for Utility or burst (how it should be IMO). The rotations given are spot on and simple to maintain. This build and guide is top notch.

Personally, I'd suggest Staff for raids for 2 reasons: on-demand mobility via Vault (superb on Sab), and it's potential for higher +% dmg modifier than daggers because of Staff Master.

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Imyn wulf gave this build 5 stars January 2016

Used a variation of this for tanking last night. Switched out the channelled vigor with Signet of Malice for the heals on strike, and used staff and S/P.

Overall, it worked perfectly, until things went bad and I was unable to keep myself healed without having the healer focus on me. I'm not sure that channelled vigor would have helped in that situation though.

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Ishin rikku gave this build 5 stars January 2016

The recent buffs to Dagger auto makes this build AMAZING, ease of use makes it even more reliable and since initiative isnt needed for it to succeed, it can be used for utility!

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Mushweed gave this build 5 stars January 2016

The amount of damage and mobility makes it perfect for time-limited bosses. Although it lacks of group support it provides extraordinary damage, espacially compared to other tanks. With the mobility it can ensure saving phases at Vale Guardian and provides fast movement on the way to Gorseval.

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