Deadeye - Rifle Sniper

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Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Deadeye build for running around in open world. This build deals high burst damage against single targets from the longest range in the game.

Skill Bar

 
 
RifleHealingUtilityElite
Dagger/Pistol

Weapon Variants

  • If you need to cleave enemies often, you can run Sword instead of Dagger.
  • You can carry a Shortbow for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing
  • - burst heal that cleanses conditions.
Utilities
  • - alternative damage option.
  • - blinds enemies and destroys projectiles.
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    - if struggling with defiance bars.
  • - alternative stun break that cleanses conditions.
  • - alternative stun break that grants offensive boons.
  • - to escape from enemies or stealth past them.
Elite
  • - strong crowd control if there are allies nearby.

Specializations

Variants
  • - if you need healing.
  • - if you need more cleave.

Trickery Variant

Trickery is also viable instead of Deadly Arts. This is better in short fights where you can reset
often and don't get as much value out of
. However it falls short against bosses.

Equipment

This build uses similar gear to the Deadeye - Power DPS Rifle build for fractals and raids. The only difference is that the sigil setup is slightly different. If you don't want to carry around 2 rifles you can just use your existing DPS gear.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Bowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup.pngBowl of Sweet and Spicy Butternut Squash Soup
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Food.png+100 Power+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or
    Dragon's Breath Bun Dragon's Breath Bun
    Dragon's Breath Bun.pngDragon's Breath Bun
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+200 power for 30s after killing an enemy+70 Ferocity+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    for more damage.
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    for more dodges.
  • Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream Scoop of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream for more healing.
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Damage

  • Before you attack, always use
    on your target.
  • This build deals the most damage when kneeling and sniping from range. While you can attack while moving, or fight enemies head-on with your melee weapon, this should be saved as a last resort.
  • Your primary damage skill is
    . Whenever your malice is maxed out, you should enter stealth and immediately use
    to convert it to damage. You can get stealth from using
    ,
    ,
    , a dodge, or a stolen skill.
    • Activate
      just before you
      for maximum burst damage.
  • While waiting for your malice to recharge, you should spam
    . If you don't have initiative just use your autoattack.

Defense

  • Use your range to your advantage by bursting enemies down before they can reach you.
  • You can slow down enemies with
    or
    , giving you more time to pick them off.
  • If cornered by lots of enemies, use stealth or
    to disengage.
  • destroys projectiles. You can also use
    for more projectile defense.

Sustain

  • You shouldn't ever take damage as you are fighting from 1200 range. If you do take damage, you can heal some of it with
    or
    .
  • If there are enemy attacks that can hit you, such as ground AoEs, save your dodges for those attacks.
  • cleanses conditions. In a pinch, you can activate
    .
  • If you have lots of trouble with conditions you can run
    or
    .

Stealth

  • Stealth is one of the most useful tools available to Thieves, and especially Deadeyes. Chain your stealth skills to sneak past enemies or run away from fights.
  • For longer durations of stealth, like for channeling hero points, you can equip
    .
  • If
    is not enough, you can blast stealth. To do this, equip a shortbow, place a
    , then spam
    in the smoke field.

Crowd Control

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Build rating - 3 stars
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1 Ratings
3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

This is the build to play if you want to use a rifle. Like its pistol cousin, it deals great damage from long range. However, it has trouble dealing with multiple targets, or enemies that can quickly close the gap.

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