Deadeye - Power DPS D/D

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

Focused on: DPS.

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A power DPS build for Deadeye in raids. This build hits extremely hard with Malicious Backstab.png Malicious Backstab dealing some of the highest damage against single targets in the game.
Deadeye's weakness is that it is lacks cleave damage or any utility other than Basilisk Venom.png Basilisk Venom. It is also heavily reliant on allies providing boons and conditions for 24px Premeditation and Exposed Weakness.png Exposed Weakness respectively. This means it works best when surrounded by other DPS classes that can cover its shortcomings.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Deadeye - Power DPS D/D (Fractal). For variants using other weapons see Deadeye - Power DPS Rifle and Deadeye - Power DPS P/P.




Your DPS rotation only involves Dagger/Dagger so your 2nd weapon set can be based on personal preference - Shortbow for mobility from Infiltrator's Arrow.png Infiltrator's Arrow or an offhand pistol for additional emergency CC from Headshot.png Headshot are both common options.

Utility Skills

Elite Skills


Deadly Arts:

Dagger Training.png Dagger Training

Revealed Training.png Revealed Training

Executioner.png Executioner

Critical Strikes:

Twin Fangs.png Twin Fangs

Practiced Tolerance.png Practiced Tolerance

No Quarter.png No Quarter


Malicious Intent.png Malicious Intent

24px Premeditation

Be Quick or Be Killed.png Be Quick or Be Killed



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Ascended Legs (Medium).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Ring2.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Impact.png
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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion




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The rotation for this build is very simple - start off with the following opening burst

  1. 24px Deadeye's Mark
  2. Assassin's Signet.png Assassin's Signet
  3. Shadow Flare.png Shadow Flare
  4. Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger
  5. Malicious Backstab.png Malicious Backstab

After this, simply repeat your auto-attack chain

Double Strike Double Strike
Double Strike
Strike your foe twice.
Damage.pngDamage (2x): 198
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 2
Range.pngRange: 130

 Forward arrow.png 

Wild Strike Wild Strike
Wild Strike
Strike your foe again. Gain endurance with a successful strike.
Damage.pngDamage: 302
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 2
Book.pngEndurance Gain: 10
Range.pngRange: 130

 Forward arrow.png 

Lotus Strike Lotus Strike
Lotus Strike
Strike your foe and inflict poison.
Damage.pngDamage: 302
Poison.pngPoison (6s): 201 Damage, -33% Healing Effectiveness
Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 2
Range.pngRange: 130

until the Revealed debuff expires. Once revealed wears off cast Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger into Malicious Backstab.png Malicious Backstab. Repeat until the boss dies. See the notes section for how to use your other skills.


  • Spider Venom.png Spider Venom (if you're running it), Assassin's Signet.png Assassin's Signet, 24px Deadeye's Mark and skills from the mark should be used whenever available.
    • Shadow Flare.png Shadow Flare should also be used whenever available, but make sure you have the boss marked before casting it to ensure maximum bonus damage.
  • Make sure you're always flanking (attacking from behind or the sides) the boss to maximize the damage dealt with backstab. If you cannot consistently flank the boss consider swapping to another DPS build.
  • Be careful not to interrupt auto-attack chains casting 24px Deadeye's Mark or Shadow Flare.png Shadow Flare.


  • Basilisk Venom.png Basilisk Venom should be cast while you are standing in melee range of 5 allied units (mesmer illusions, ranger pets and necromancer minions all count towards this).
Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

The highest single-target DPS in the game. Best in slot on a number of bosses.

5 stars
Night Owl gave this build 5 stars January 2018

I like This One. It Provides A great DPS.

5 stars
Troupe gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Now provides excellent DPS that matches or exceeds the potential of other top tier DPS builds. Also provides excellent breakbar contributions thanks to Basilisk Venom

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