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Deadeye - Power Deadeye

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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

    

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Overview

A very powerful roaming build that functions well in most areas of open world and possesses an extreme amount of in-combat mobility and burst damage. Against groups of enemies, this build can maintain permanent Fury Fury, Might Might, and Quickness Quickness with no boon duration.

This build relies heavily on and performs better against groups of mobs than single bosses.

Skill Bar

 
 
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Weapon Variants

  • Shortbow - For Mobility or Tagging in Zergs
  • Sword - Better cleave than Dagger but less Mobility.
  • Offhand Dagger - Loses mobility but provides high burst and stealth.
  • Rifle - Rifle is somewhat suboptimal for most open world and has a very different playstyle than what is provided here. See Deadeye - Rifle Skirmisher for a rifle-specific build.

Skill Variants

  • - shorter cooldown heal with an evade.
  • - condi cleanse
  • - alternative damage option.
  • - blinds enemies and destroys projectiles.
  • // - if struggling with defiance bars.
  • - alternative stun break that cleanses conditions.
  • - alternative stun break that grants offensive boons; good on bosses
  • - to escape from enemies or stealth past them.
  • - a 4 second evade.
  • - strong crowd control if there are allies nearby.
  • - high burst damage on a long cooldown

Specializations

Build Code

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Variants
  • - when fighting against single targets
  • - on long fights against single targets.

Equipment

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

Standard

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Marauder

Trade ~10% DPS for +60% health

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Variant Equipment

Gear

  • Knight stat icon.png Knight's - can mix with other variant for extra defense
  • Diviner stat icon.png Diviner , Commander stat icon.png Commander's - fun gear variants for more boons

Runes

  • , - Defensive runes
  • - budget defense

Sigils

  • - Efficient sigil that provides a strong flat 3% damage and also helps when enemies are CC'd or disabled. Other 3% sigils are also fine here, Impact is just the one that activates its 7% bonus the most often.
  • - Strong defensive sigil that allows for more dodges.
  • - Provides more sustain
  • - helps with condi cleanse, which is one of your main weak points with this build

Consumables

Event Farming

These consumables boost profit

Food
  • 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 (requires crit chance)
  • Anything - Any food is better than none, but you should prioritize the food above before using any other food.
Utility
  • , , - general farming
  • - good damage option with +karma

Combat Consumables

These consumables boost DPS or defense.

Food
  • / - more damage.
  • - more dodges.
  • - more healing.
Utility
  • or is your best damage option.
  • is a great budget option.

Usage

General

  • This build focuses on using to proc several powerful traits, including:
    • , , , from Trickery
    • , , , in Deadeye
  • Because of these interactions, every time you steal you will gain Fury Fury, Might Might, Quickness Quickness, Swiftness Swiftness, Regeneration Regeneration, Vigor Vigor, +200 Power and Precision, and +2 Initiative.
  • Striking a Marked target will grant you additional damage thanks to Malice. Killing a Marked target will fully reset your Mark and cause an explosion around them that deals damage and blinds nearby enemies.
  • Because none of the listed traits that grant these boons have an internal cooldown, and refreshes your (which counts as a Steal) every time you kill your marked target you can instantly re-apply these buffs to yourself, making this build amazingly good at killing groups of mobs.
  • This build also features a considerable amount of Stealth from
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    Deception. Vanish in stealth and gain regeneration. Cures burning, poison and bleeding.
    Heal.pngHealing: 5,240
    Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
    Regeneration.pngRegen (4s): 520 Heal
    and Shadow Meld Shadow Meld, allowing you to disengage from dangerous situations or use without spending Initiative. This stealth does have a long cooldown, however, so be aware of this.

Damage

This build has three primary variants: Dagger/Pistol, Sword/Pistol, and Pistol/Pistol. Sword/Dagger can also be a fun variant, but is typically less effective than the others and won't be discussed here.

Dagger/Pistol

This is the standard version of the build, as it fulfills the build's primary goals better than other options. It has absurd mobility compared to the other two and deals higher damage than Sword/Pistol, with only slightly less damage than Pistol/Pistol but more cleave. Since this build is for killing groups of mobs in open world, it is the default chosen.

To deal damage with Dagger/Pistol:

  • towards your target, or use to gapclose if nearby already.
  • the target
  • until dead.
    • does more damage to single targets if they are under 50% HP than your AA's, otherwise only AA.

You can use various methods of gaining Invisibility, such as using through a smoke field like to also proc , which deals considerable damage. This can be resource-intensive, however, so using it should be a strategic decision.

Pistol/Pistol

This variant has both the highest DPS and burst of the other two variants and is included as an excellent ranged option when alone, since Shortbow is only good in Zergs.

To deal damage with this variant, Mark your target and use until dead, filling gaps with auto-attacks. It can be useful to Stealth with this variant to reposition and gain access to , which deals rather considerable damage. Stealth in this variant is harder to access, however, due to the lack of a leap finisher.

Sword/Pistol

This variant is more niche than the other two. It is primarily used due to Sword's high auto-attack damage and access to , which is a long-duration evade and can be quite useful for soloing harder enemies. This variant's DPS is less reliant on using Initiative, which allows you to spend it on defensive options like or .

To deal damage with Sword/Pistol, you simply your target and auto-attack, using your Initiative for defensive cooldowns.

Defense

This build has access to a number of defensive options, though it mostly relies on killing enemies before they can deal much damage.

  • provides incredible sustain, especially since this build has permanent Fury Fury.
  • You have several sources of stealth, which allow for repositioning or disengaging
  • is an area blind
  • is an area blind. If you are just auto attacking, you can keep this up permanently, though it only affects 5 targets and will not affect enemies with Defiance Bars.
  • (Sword/Pistol only) is a long-duration evade that allows you to easily dodge predictable attacks, like the Legendary Crusher's attack in the Lost City of Arah.

Crowd Control

  • (sword 1 in stealth)
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5 stars
Onlywrin gave this build 5 stars March 2021

Easily one of my top-3 favorite roaming builds due to Thief's versatility and this build's overall "feel". High damage and significant boons combined with infinite mobility make it crazy fun to play, and perm blinds means it's basically immortal against sub-champ mobs. Seriously fun build.

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