Deadeye - Pistol Pistol Payback Deadeye

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

Focused on: Strike damage

Designed for: Open WorldOpen World General and Open World Specialist

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on August 30, 2023 and is up to date for the June 27, 2023 game patch.


A power deadeye build that dual wields pistols. This build is tailored for general open world content, map completion, and story content, performing absolutely fantastic at chain killing trash mobs while buffing itself with many boons. When killing trash mobs, this build can sustain permanent Quickness Quickness and Fury Fury with 0 boon duration and considerable Might Might.

The main goal is to chain kill enemies non-stop with a never ending supply of boons and initiative to pew pew with , resetting your cooldowns with to spam or any other skill.

Permanently fighting from range with , this build has low AoE damage, and is vulnerable to enemies that block or reflect projectiles. With some minor trait adjustments, it can also be used against bosses, but nevertheless is best suited for quick fights against trash mobs.

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Weapon Variants

None. To function, this build requires that you equip a pistol and nothing on your first weapon set, and nothing and pistol on your second set. This combination of pistol/empty - empty/pistol lets you fight permanently with 2 pistols, turning Weapon Swap Weapon Swap into a source of initiative through .

Skill Variants

Heal Skill

is suggested as it works great with the multihitting Unload attack.

  • - defensive option
  • - low cooldown, good heal, evades, and disengages.

Utility skill

is your only real AoE damage, it is advisable not to swap it. and are both stun breaks and sources of initiative, but they are not mandatory. You can consider other skills:

  • boon removal, minor CC, and good vulnerability application.
  • - good when chain killing trash mobs to teleport to your next target.
  • - amazing mobility plus stunbreak and condi cleanse.
  • - long duration of stealth for channelling Hero Challenges.
  • - if conditions are a problem.


  • - overall a dps loss, but works great when fighting groups of tightly packed enemies.
  • - little bit of sustain at the cost of damage.
  • - if conditions are a problem. Switch to if you need even more cleanse.

Bosses and other durable enemies

When fighting bosses and other durable enemies where you cannot keep refreshing your Deadeye Mark by killing enemies, use the following traits and skill:

This provides yet another source of initiative from . When you run out of initiative, use your stolen skill to enter stealth and use . This will reset Maleficent Seven so you can charge it again and regain initiative. Thanks to , your now provides another stolen skill to also enter stealth and reset Maleficent Seven, though this will only be necessary if you miss your bullets and thus do not get initiative back from .


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.


  • With Fury Fury and , this gear setup provides 99% critical chance, even overcaping when benefiting from .
  • is an extremely minor dps loss compared to Dragonhunter, and is easier to acquire.
  • triggers , though it is unkown if this is a bug or intended. This works great since this build uses Deadeye's Mark very often. is also a great option.
    • For bosses and fights where you don't reset Deadeye's Mark, use .


Budget consumables are acceptable for use in open world.


  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • Prioritize Steak Ascended food.
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  • (and variants)


Deadeye's Mark and Malice

The most important part of the build is correct usage of . Make sure to mark your target before you start firing. Deadeye's Mark increases your damage against that target by 10% and reduces the damage you take from that target by 15% due to ; and gives you +200 power, +200 precision, and Quickness Quickness with .

By killing your marked target, you will proc , which greatly reduces the recharge of your skills, most notably and . You also reset Deadeye's Mark, letting your mark your next target.

This provides never ending initiative when combined with and by weapon swapping, permanent Quickness Quickness, and permanent .


The rotation couldn't be more simple.

  1. spam this
  2. if AoE is needed.
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap to regain initiative to continue using Unload.

Bosses and other durable enemies

When fighting bosses and other durable enemies where you cannot keep refreshing your Deadeye Mark by killing enemies, change your deadeye traits to , , and . Your playstyle is largely the same, spamming , but now you will eventually run out of initiative. When that happens, you will have to enter stealth to use to spend your malice so that you can again start to charge . You should only need to do this once every cooldown, but if you miss your bullets and do not regain initiative from }, then can provide you with another stolen skill.


  • Try to stay above 90% health to benefit from , (75%), and .
  • When fighting bosses in a group, try to attack from behind to benefit from .
  • Each bullet from has a 20% chance to be a projectile finisher so, when fighting with nearby players, try to make your bullets fly through a combo field for some additional bonuses.
  • Never cancel . Landing all 8 shots will replenish 2 initiative. Be carefult not to weapon swap too fast.
  • Weapon swap Weapon swap is used to replenish 3 initiative. Don't interrupt yourself, only weapon swap when not casting skills.


The best defense is to kill your enemy before it can kill you. This build is very aggressive and has little defense.

  • You are a fully ranged build, always keep your distance and stay on the move.
  • Dodge incoming attacks.
  • Disengage with stealth.
  • Against trash mobs, you can always use to blind them.

Crowd Control

  • - 2 second daze.
  • If you need more crowd control, slot .


This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 3 votes.
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5 stars
Houligan gave this build 5 stars • March 2023
Very easy, very fun build for open world. Getting to use Thieves Guild constantly is nice. I run full marauder's exotics and it works fine.
5 stars
Anonynja gave this build 5 stars • November 2022
Super fun and effective build for open world PvE. The cooldown reduction is really enjoyable to play with. It feels overpowered at times, but is balanced by being a bit of a glass cannon and losing effectiveness on bosses that don't spawn adds. Offers better cleave damage than other Deadeye options.
5 stars
Warming Hearth gave this build 5 stars • June 2022
This build is absolutely fantastic at what it does. World completion has never been easier. Breeze through story content and pew pew to your heart's content. But when you must fight a boss, consider using another build.


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