Daredevil - Power Daredevil

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The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Strike damageDpsUtilityMobility.

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Power Daredevil is a consistent generalist build that brings high damage while maintaining the unique out of combat utility that thief provides. It is relatively easy to play and has very little reliance on allies, making it a strong class for completing content alone.

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Weapon Variants

  • Shortbow - mobility via
  • Duals Pistols - dual pistols provides a strong ranged option
  • Sword/Pistol - grants access to which is a strong evade (Editor's Note: The evade is not listed in the tooltip. This is a bug.)
  • For a tagging varaint of this build, see Daredevil - TagDevil

Skill Variants

  • - a powerful escape button that can sometimes outclass other heals in high-pressure situations.
  • - can replace if stunbreak isn't needed
  • - a good stunbreak that doubles as a defensive mechanism
  • - alternative stun break that grants mobility and condition cleanse.
  • - blinds enemies and blocks projectiles.
  • - if crowd control is needed.
  • - to escape from enemies or stealth past them.
  • - For assisting allies in reaching places.
  • - provides extra initiative generation, especially when farming trash mobs
  • - grants significant defiance bar damage
  • - more damage on a longer cooldown; ideal for solo or duo bosses / hero points


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  • - provides enormous amounts of sustain.
  • - 10% quickness uptime
  • - condition cleanse
  • - ignore soft CC; take this if using Pistol/Pistol

Deadly Arts Variant

Higher DPS in situations where you are receiving buffs from nearby allies (such as Fury Fury, , and ). Replaces trickery.

Acrobatics Variant

This variant provides high sustain but lower boon support and damage. Replaces Trickery.

Zerg Variant

For a more complete breakdown of this variant, see Daredevil - TagDevil
When zerging, use a shortbow with + and change
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    • needs + and to fully function, but provides much more consistent tagging.
    • provides more mobility and doesn't require any additional runes, but has less consistent tagging.


Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.


This set uses gear similar to Daredevil - Power DPS, making it excellent for general PVE

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Superior Rune of the Scholar


This set trades 10% damage for +60% HP

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Superior Rune of the Scholar

Variant Equipment


  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - mix with variants above for extra defense


  • - high DPS budget option
  • , - defense
  • - defense against trash mobs or in a zerg


  • - higher burst than but lower peak dps
  • - causes to provide 25% quickness uptime



  • Any ascended food is superior to any other food you could use. Steak for power, flatbread for conditions.
  • - Use for general farming.
  • - Use for when you need to max out magic find.
  • - more sustain
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
  • , , - general farming


This food assists with more difficult content, such as bosses or bounties. Ascended versions of these are available and should be used when possible.
  • - permanent Fury Fury when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - extreme sustain when farming trash or with a zerg
  • - a huge boost to damage when farming trash or in a zerg
  • , - DPS food
  • , - Defense and Might Might
  • - Lifesteal
  • , , - Damage Reduction Food
  • , - Damage




  • Open combat with to proc Trickery traits.
  • Keep endurance at 33% or lower at all times.
  • Spam after dodging on single targets.
  • Spam after dodging on groups or to evade damage
  • Fill with Auto-attacks; try never to interrupt the attack chain.


  • Keep Endurance at 33% or lower
  • Spam ; ensure all 8 shots hit
  • Fill with auto-attacks


This weapon set should only be run for the useful evade spam of or area blind of

  • Keep endurance at 33% or lower
  • Auto-attack; try not to interrupt the attack chain
  • If using Black Powder: Fit two auto chains between each cast of Black Powder


This build's defense is centered around evading damage rather than absorbing it.

  • is a semi-spammable dodge.
  • provides significant Vigor Vigor uptime for more dodges
  • will refill endurance
  • is an area blind

Additionally, thief has many powerful defensive utilities. Make the most of thief's kit by changing skills to fit the current need.


  • is the primary source of healing in the build, though it should only be taken when extra healing is required.


  • Stealth is one of the most useful tools available to Thieves. Use to channel hero points or sneak through otherwise dangerous places.
  • If is not enough, blast stealth. To do this, equip a shortbow, place a , then spam in the smoke field.

Crowd Control

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  • (if running )
  • Bandit's Defense
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    Bandit's Defense
    Physical. Briefly block incoming attacks. If you block an enemy in melee range, retaliate and knock enemies down.
    Duration.pngDuration: 1½ seconds
    Breaks Stun.pngBreaks Stun
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    Reflexive Strike
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    Reflexive Strike
    Physical. Deliver a massive kick that knocks enemies down.
    Damage.pngDamage: 444
    Knockdown.pngKnockdown: 2 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 240
  • Fist Flurry
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    Fist Flurry
    Physical. Strike your enemy multiple times. If all attacks hit, gain access to Palm Strike.
    Damage.pngDamage (5x): 1,625
    Fist Flurry.pngPalm Strike (5s): You can use Palm Strike
    Range.pngRange: 130
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    Palm Strike
    Palm Strike
    Physical. Strike your foe once to deal massive damage and stun them, marking them with a Pulmonary Impact.
    Damage.pngDamage: 739
    Damage.pngSecond Strike Damage: 1,940
    Palm Strike.pngPulmonary Impact: Explosively damaging attack.
    Stun.pngStun: 2 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 130
  • (if running a spare pistol offhand)
Build rating - 5 stars
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14 Ratings
5 stars
Minux gave this build 5 stars June 2021

This build is awesome, both for open world and farming. Be sure to check settings on TagDevil, things like Autotargeting make a huge difference when you're fighting against lots of foes. It's really useful in farms like Drizzlewood or Dragonfall. If you're interested in farming a lot of mobs, I think of all classes this meet the requirements to be one of the best.I would not hesitate giving it a try!

5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars May 2021

A fast, mobile build with surprisingly high damage for something so easy to play. It has access to thief's full toolkit while also having even more mobility. Great for solo play in general.

5 stars
Rhelik gave this build 5 stars September 2020

This build is incredibly strong; it brings high AoE burst & DPS and versatility to every aspect of PvE. Just look at the number of variants. I run with Deadly Arts and the squishier full Berserker and Scholar runes but with access to so many evades (as noted, don't forget skills 3 & 5 are ones also!) and Bandit's Defense I've had fairly little trouble completing most things. Typically most enemies are dead before they get a chance to do much and Invigorating Precision does its usual great job at keeping you on your feet. I prefer to use P/P as the weapon swap because of those times where you can't quite melee an enemy or need to create some space but can easily perforate it with Unload instead (dodge first for Bounding Dodger). It's been my bread & butter setup basically since HoT released.

11 More Ratings
5 stars
Elthari gave this build 5 stars October 2019

Very solid build with lots of defensive options and tons of AOE damage. Ideal for many PoF event chains, in skilled hands can solo champs easily.

4 stars
Painbow gave this build 4 stars September 2019

A good build for general open world. The might takes a little time to ramp up and it generally kills mobs slower than PP DE (better cleave though).

4 stars
Dawn1337 gave this build 4 stars October 2018

Great build, definitely my favorite so far. tried it out on my theif, and i switched to this build, from Deadeye. thanks for this amazing build mate!

5 stars
Finkster gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Definitely my favorite Thief build since HoT released. Does great damage, lots of evades... If you learn to use it properly and not just spam buttons, it really can be effective. I use the trickery variant because I'm used to having the extra initiative.

5 stars
Narcisse gave this build 5 stars September 2018

THE open world Thief build. Great cleave to deal with mobs, tons of sustain through health recovery and the permanent dodges. Still needs good timing to dodge properly, as the class in itself is really frail. The damage capacity is great. I love it.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

One of the best soloing builds in GW2, this build packs high AoE damage for farming, insane survivability through lifesteal, and tons of dodges for soloing difficult content like champions and even raid bosses.

4 stars
Marioglaxy2 gave this build 4 stars September 2018


5 stars
Foozlesprite gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This build (trickery variant) is nearly as effective as my minion necro at soloing champs. If I get downed, my health fills up ridiculously quickly and revives me, just from using the cheap Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream. I soloed the Mark III Golem, plus groups of wandering adds, in Sandswept Isles - and I've only had this character for about a month and a half.

The variants are mostly quick switches of one or two skills rather than complete weapon, utility, or trait line changeups, so it's easy to switch them on the fly to adjust to anticipated fights.

If I take this character into fractals I will definitely check out the similar build, because this is an enjoyable and effective build that's easy to pick up and offers bountiful rewards for the effort.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

This is THE Thief open world build to top all others. Unlike Thief's other Elite, Daredevil doesn't rely on a mechanic like malice, meaning its damage is both a lot more consistent and reliable no matter how high the health of the enemy you're facing. Staff is Thief's best weapon for open world, having a ridiculous amount of cleave and and really good damage on Vault which also has an evade. For just generally doing things in open world, especially alone, this might very well be the best build out there. Though for most cases, especially against tougher opponents, I would suggest Trickery over Deadly Arts, as Deadly Arts' biggest asset isn't even present for half a fight, while Trickery gives more boons, extra initiative, a rare source of boonrip, and extra CC, and those boons are present every time you steal. Vigor especially helps a Daredevil with Bounding Dodger.

5 stars
Kon gave this build 5 stars May 2018

This is a great build for open world, and prepares you nicely for the fractal/raid version. Though there is a DPS tradeoff, I use Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream as the food to have even more survivability.

5 stars
Keyaelamor gave this build 5 stars April 2018

I play this in open world and can only recommend it. Many champions can be easily killed solo with this as long as you can take the correct utility.

I prefer using Deadly Arts to Trickery, extra initiative is not very useful here, except when using P/P which is only needed for a few champions.

Scholar runes make sense here even in open world thanks to Invigorating Precision.

My go-to cheap food is Plate of Orrian Steak Frittes.

Don't be afraid to swap Bandit Defense for something else. Shadow Refuge and Haste are both a good choice if you are gathering (stealth or quickness to speed up gathering), Haste is great for going through short fights quickly. The Power Signet is a good choice if you get quickness from some source and don't need the block/stun break from Bandit Defense.

A great way to go through individual small encounters very quickly is to do the following: Start dodge far from enemy -> Steal mid-dodge to teleport to the enemy -> Fist Flurry -> Palm Strike -> Haste -> staff 2/1.

Do not get lured by the big numbers you see when using Vault, it has higher DPS than attacks 1 and 2 only if you can actually hit 5 enemies. The evade is very useful, so it's best used for moving around.