Daredevil - Staff Daredevil

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Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

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Staff Daredevil brings huge direct damage and cleave from while being a difficult target due to its evade frames. Excels in highly coordinated group play group due to smoke access, venomshare and burst.

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Weapon Variants


Access to smoke field thanks to

Skill Variants


Keep on the bar, as it adds flat power for your bursts from both the passive and active.

  • another stunbreak plus brief block. Don’t forget you can reactivate for melee CC.
  • very versatile pick, its initiative refreshment can be specially useful to extend your burst frame if used offensively.
  • allows you to share Immobilize Immobilize with allies, enhancing coordinated spikes. Bear in mind it has no cast time.
  • situational utility, worse than the previous listed stunbreaks, but clutch in GvGs where you can stealth a downed ally about to be stomped, giving more room for hand rez/usage of rez utilities.


  • Switch between and the first brings more group utility and shines the more organized your group is, the second adds survivability and cleave, must have when playing open field against blobs.
  • situational elite, useful when your group’s target is low and you can get him down fast enough eliminate with the 3rd hit.

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  • Increase in sustain but huge damage loss.


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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion


feast option with additional power and ferocity.



  • If you want to theorycraft your gear setup to, for example, not rely on traits/fury uptime or add more damage, feel free to mix your setup with Marauder stat icon.png Marauder and Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's , remove for , add , etc.
  • Keep in mind that Valkyrie stat icon.png Valkyrie (or any stat that lacks Precision), for min'maxing purposes, is a worse choice, because you're losing ferocity from .
  • Use GW2Skills.net as a tool, to ensure you are being as efficient as possible stats wise.


  • if you are a tryhard.


  • increases active defense and uptime.
  • if you don't have access to feast option.
  • Defensive option vs condi pressure.


  • Best option with a competent group and a high time above 90% life.



  • Thief is a medium armor with low HP pool class which means that naturally it's very squishy.
  • To play this build we assume you have proper party support, are well positioned, and are able to anticipate enemies spikes/pressure. Understanding that you are a melee glass cannon and how to deal with that without being a burden to your group, is the groundwork.
    • If you happen to down, figure out if its worth using towards your group or not, as your supports might have already started casting rez utilities on your body, but the enemy pressure might be so big you will get cleaved out before it lands. Communicate with your group and decide fast.
  • The build revolves a lot around evade frames from dodges and skills. Therefore, any sort of ground CC, like or will cuck you if you touch then without Stability Stability. Be ready to stunbreak.
    • passively grants flat precision, and its activation condi cleanses and gives an extra dodge to yourself and allies. Use it proactively when allies are caught due to Immobilize Immobilize or reactively for self sustain.
  • Good awareness, skill timing and sync'ing your burst with your group spike are essential to master this build. Don't mindlessly spam all your skills, deplete your initiative, to look good on the meter. Staggered damage will just be outhealed by the enemy group.
  • Initially, you want to play this build with Fast cast with range activation and Lock ground target at maximum skill range, this will help you get used to range/radius boundaries, and give some room to aim the AoE before releasing the hotkey.
  • Optimally, switch to Instant cast activation, this will skip the AoE preview on the ground and land the skill as soon as you press the hotkey, avoiding downtime. It also affects
  • Constantly switch weapons to proc . This will allow you to use more often with less downtime from initiative. Also gives you emdurance thanks to energy sigil.
  • Hit harder, look at your modifiers and boons, play around then.
    • Dodge () and activate mid dodge. This will grant a massive power boost from signet plus 15% modifier from Bounding Dodger Bounding Dodger.
    • Having Fury Fury provides massive ferocity thanks to
    • Constantly pacing and using your initiative increases the amount of stacks, another modifier.
    • Hitting enemies with Weakness Weakness increases your damage thanks to .
    • Being above 90% HP when going for your burst is a must, more crit chance and crit damage from and .
    • Be on stack, having Weakness Weakness or Blind Blind on you can be a killer to your damage.

Steal, stolen skills and related traits

  • will be used as a gap closer.
    • Make sure you are within 600 range from your current target, if you happen to cast Swipe and he moves out of range, it will cancel the skill and put it on a short CD.
    • is a insta cast gap closer, so you can queue another skill, like and steal midway through its animation. Does NOT work with anymore.
    • Stealing to get some initiative/endurance back can be very handy for reposition purposes.
  • is the best stolen skill you can get. Use it offensively to melee cleave or defensively during regroups, into light fields, to cleanse allies. deals massive single target damage, but is a projectile, for boons, for CC pressure, etc.
    • All the other skills aren't as strong as the listed ones, yet situational. Read the tooltip and use then accordingly.

Venoms, Shadowstep and Dagger Storm

  • and are the ones you will get in touch more often.
  • Venoms are effects shareable to allies that inflict specific debuffs into enemies, here Immobilize Immobilize and Stun Stun respectively.
  • If both are taken, try to use then together, so their cooldown gets sync'ed and the CC share is stronger.
  • The effects lasts for 30s and the skill cooldowns are around 40s, that means you can precast venoms and swap off for another skill for example
  • is the best stunbreak/mobility skill you can have.
    • Despite having a big cooldown it behaves as a double stunbreak, since your also stunbreaks and cleanses you.
  • It can be used as an enabler, closing the distance between you and the enemy to land your burst.
  • Defensively to reposition yourself away from any pressure.
  • To land safe stomps.
  1. Start Stomp channel
  2. Max range away.
  3. when stomp channel is about to end.
  • is your last resource to survive. Evade frame and movement speed increase. Can be used offensively as the daggers deal a good amount of damage, but it will often get nullified by projectile hate. Use for self sustain mostly.

Sword/Dagger + Pistol

  • In open field fights, you should be camping Staff; but go into your off weapon set to
    • Provide 2 smoke fields with , so your group can blast and stealth.
    • Get your stacking sigil procs.
    • Extra dodge from sigil if needed.
  • In regards to sword/dagger, both have very strong single target skills in openers, which can be very clutch into GvGs and RvRs due to its play making potential.
    • adds a 1,200 range shadowstep that Immobilize Immobilize on hit. Paired with and followed up by , for example, you can down someone even before the groups collide.
    • can CC lock and deal considerable damage to a target. Be mindful it roots you in place, despite the evade frame.
    • Dagger will be picked if you are confident into landing a good plus spam.


  • Staff is where all your hard hitting skills are. You range from burst damage with to sustained damage with Staff autos, with somewhere in between.
  • is your bread and butter damage in this build. Landing successful hits at the right times without compromising yourself is the goal here.
    • You no longer can precast and land a port skill like steal or shadowstep.
  • Due to its 600-range, Vault can still do damage and be used as a gap closer or reposition tool.
  • Since the skill has a slow animation, NOT affected by Quickness Quickness either, you need to predict where the enemy is moving to.
  • In that scenario, using multiple vaults in sequence, to generate downstates, is often a bad choice, because your enemies are mobile, and the moment you vault into an area with enemies, the next second they are no longer there.
  • That doesn't apply to situations where your enemy is caught with Immobilize Immobilize or CC, or you are already cleaving downstates. Landing Vaults in sequence is fine there.
    • Be mindful that if you down enemies with a 1st Vault and land your 2nd Vault immediately, you will likely hit the invulnerable frame and deal no damage.
  • is irrelevant, but make sure you read the tooltip, might be situational at some point.
  • is the strongest defensive tool in the Staff kit and will see a lot of use. It removes Immobilize Immobilize and grants a brief evade frame.
  • If you aren't planning to do a coordinate spike/burst anytime soon, and have room to replenish your initiative, PRIORITIZE over a or for survivability/evasion. Its initiative cost pays itself really quick.
  • deals higher damage than Vault if the 3 hits connect, yet it's more single target heavy, fitting perfectly into steal/shadowstep combos.
  • Precast and follow up with . Adds venoms on the mix for an even stronger lockdown.
    • You get the spent initiative back due to .
    • Keep in mind you are stuck into animation during its channel. If you are not close to your target's hitbox, or don't have a target, it will move you.
  • For general cleave, autos will be very handy. A full chain provides great damage and inflicts Vulnerability Vulnerability into enemies.


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21 Ratings
4 stars
Littlekenny21 gave this build 4 stars 5 weeks ago

I've been running a similar build with withdraw, roll for initiative instead of shadowstep, and trick cd mastery. Also mostly berserker gear, power + ferocity food and no energy sigils (recently moved to hydromancy).

Only thing that can compare to the burst is berserker arc decider but this quickly pulls ahead.

It may be squishy but the evasion makes up for it.

Downside is it's useless without support in the party.

With the amount of energy in the build here, you should be the last one alive.

Also I use the Basilisk venom on empower for the unlockable attack.

3 stars
Killahmayne gave this build 3 stars May 2020

Still isn't a terrible build for roaming and GvGs. Probably the better of thief builds. Outputs high damage, decent mobility, alright survivability. However does get outshined by a lot of other builds. Doesn't really provide anything else aside from raw damage. Still fun to play though. Would give it 3.5 stars.

5 stars
Kurnian gave this build 5 stars May 2019

Great build. After the recent DD changes still does massive damage and has a bit more survivability. Definetely meta for GvGs and very good for medium-scale open field.

18 More Ratings
3 stars
Threather gave this build 3 stars May 2019

Only viable thief build in a wvw group that isn't just ganking.

The build has massive burst, mobility and can make downstates at locations no other class can.

However reliant on team support while not providing anything else than burst damage and unusable during skill lag making this build unreliable for anything higher than 3 stars.

5 stars
Shinramyun gave this build 5 stars May 2019

I have been playing this build, or at least close to for years & it has always been my go to for high damage output. Paired with the shortbow & shadowstep, the mobility is nice as well. 5 stars!

5 stars
Jacobmalone gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Why on earth is this not meta. Great surv and damage. And if you want some group support you can poison share.

I have been playing this recently and I am deffinetly now going to main thief. I don't know why this gets such a bad rap. Sure the range isn't as good as necro rev or ele, but when your in melee range the surv is better and so is the damage. I can often one shot people.

5 stars
Drokk The ... gave this build 5 stars February 2019

Very happy this build is finally seeing more attention and getting played more.

It has great damage and is extremely fun to play. And with the mild nerf to warrior bubble thief makes a solid melee class for any group. I would consider taking dagger storm though. But depends What And who you are fighting with.

Solid 5 star build in my eyes

5 stars
PURR4life gave this build 5 stars February 2019

This build is easily the highest burst damage output for WvW. Yes it lacks in group support, but it makes up for it when you get close enough to start doing damage. My guild is now looking at ruining about 3 regularly as it’s a solid input to the team

5 stars
Nick1982 gave this build 5 stars February 2019

I have seen a lot of thief’s recently. Got hit for over 16k by one so decided to give it a go.


Great damage.

Fantastic mobility

Lots of evades for good sustain.


No group support tools.

Plays much better with a good group to help with stab.

All in all a fantastic build that only gets better with a good community or commander.

4 stars
Xivor gave this build 4 stars September 2018

This build surprised me. Surprising high damage burst which can generate downs on its own, assisting the group to get a leg up at the start of the fight. Basilisk is amazing damage/CC support. Choking gas is underrated and under-utilized for how strong it is, and shortbow contains the most spammable blast finisher in the game. I would vote 5 if the survivability of the build could handle larger groups, but the build does not scale up very well. Perfect for 15man teams.

4 stars
Freya gave this build 4 stars September 2018

It's a great build for damage and the best thief build for zergs, but it's only optimal in guild fights as those are only ones that really abuse the smoke field funcionality. Also basilisk venom OP.

5 stars
Takazi gave this build 5 stars November 2017

Since i am poor i decided to go for a valkyrie and berserker mix (since i already had a valk set) and oh boy the crits are insane and the constant evades and stunbreaks make me really slippery, love this build.

5 stars
Inaliss gave this build 5 stars August 2017

Awesome build, high damage potential while still being sustained enough to survive in zergs.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars June 2017

A high skill ceiling build that can dish out the highest potential damage in a GvG or smaller scale open field. The rise of shortbow dazes gives a new way to contribute that makes them far stronger open field than they used to be. Still extremely squishy and reliant on team support, but in organised groups has potential to be a great build.

5 stars
N7 Waynner gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Great build, nice sustain, damage, and great at finishing the downed ppl. Good alternative for zergs

5 stars
Lordhenk gave this build 5 stars June 2017

A great new build. Even though people are not used to it yet so you are often not put in a party with stability, it is still able to survive at the frontline and deal massive damage. It separates itself from warrior as it has way more mobility allowing it to jump out of the melee train for a few kill and come back fast.

5 stars
Sanogo Yang gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Insane Sustain if played right. Rly nice Dmg for Frontline! And much more fun as Dps Berzerker which i played before. I'll stay on thief!

5 stars
Plenyx gave this build 5 stars June 2017

This build trades higher damage from CS with AB, making it more sustainable in the front-line and easy to use with constant dodges and vault combos. In a proper subgroup with proper stability, this build can be fully used to damage in the frontline without the need of taking care of health as with the other CS version. And also if Sindrener says it's good, then I believe it is.

5 stars
Neok gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Big improvement over previous large scale frontline thief builds

5 stars
Sindrenerr gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Heres some footage of me playing this build https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOiixsWJFhmsL_sD3ce0UybHovoXX73l6

5 stars
IMANINJA gave this build 5 stars June 2017

Insane damage! However huge skill cap in playing. Guilds or organized groups should look into using this build. BY FAR FROM BEING A PUG COMP BUILD