Thief - Acrobatic Sword

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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

Focused on: Direct damageActive defense.

Designed for:


A Thief build for PvE players without access to expansions. This build deals good cleave damage with Sword and has a lot of dodges for avoiding damage.

Skill Bar


Skill Variants

Healing Skills
Utility Skills
Elite Skills


Critical Strikes:

Twin Fangs.png Twin Fangs

Practiced Tolerance.png Practiced Tolerance

No Quarter.png No Quarter


Pain Response.png Pain Response

Swindler's Equilibrium.png Swindler's Equilibrium

Upper Hand.png Upper Hand


24px Burst of Agility

Trickster.png Trickster

Sleight of Hand.png Sleight of Hand



This build uses similar gear to the Daredevil - Power DPS build for fractals and raids.
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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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Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.



  • Sword is your main weapon in this build. Shortbow has very poor DPS, and is mainly useful for mobility (via Infiltrator's Arrow.png Infiltrator's Arrow) and farming group events.
  • Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks is your main damage multiplier. Spam Headshot.png Headshot or Black Powder.png Black Powder to burn initiative and quickly accumulate Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks.
  • If you're out of initiative or have Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks maxed out, just autoattack until you need to burn initiative again.
  • Use Steal.png Steal and Haste.png Haste off cooldown for boons.


  • Dodging is important with this build; it gives you a load of boons and resets Steal.png Steal for even more boons. If your endurance is full, you should actively look to dodge incoming attacks.
  • If cornered by lots of enemies, use Black Powder.png Black Powder or Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen to pulse blindness.
  • Headshot.png Headshot is a zero-cooldown daze that can be used to interrupt dangerous attacks.
  • Dagger Storm.png Dagger Storm evades for a very long duration while still dealing damage.
  • Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen destroys projectiles. You can also use Dagger Storm.png Dagger Storm for more projectile defense.


  • You have some healing from Pain Response.png Pain Response and Upper Hand.png Upper Hand. If you need more, you can trait Invigorating Precision.png Invigorating Precision.
  • Haste.png Haste, Withdraw.png Withdraw, and
    Infiltrator's Strike Infiltrator's Strike
    Infiltrator's Strike
    Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Infiltrator's Return to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
    Damage.pngDamage: 252
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1½s): Unable to move.
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 3
    Range.pngRange: 900
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Infiltrator's Return Infiltrator's Return
    Infiltrator's Return
    Return to your original location. Cure one condition.
    Duration.pngDuration: 15 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    can be used for condition cleanse. In a pinch, Signet of Agility.png Signet of Agility also cleanses conditions.
  • If you have lots of trouble with conditions, consider running Roll for Initiative.png Roll for Initiative or Hide in Shadows.png Hide in Shadows.


  • Stealth is one of the most useful tools available to Thieves. Use Shadow Refuge.png Shadow Refuge to channel hero points or sneak through otherwise dangerous places.
  • If Shadow Refuge.png Shadow Refuge is not enough, you can blast stealth. To do this, equip a shortbow, place a Smoke Screen.png Smoke Screen, then spam Cluster Bomb.png Cluster Bomb in the smoke field.

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

The best core Thief build for fighting groups of enemies.

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