Thief - Dagger/x Deadly Arts

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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageActive defense.

Designed for:

Overview

A Thief build for PvE players without access to expansions. This build has excellent mobility and deals high damage against single targets.

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Dagger/DaggerHealingUtilityElite
X/Pistol

Weapon Variants

  • You can carry a Shortbow for mobility or open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you take very little incoming damage.
  • - if having issues with burning, poison, bleeding, or confusion.
Utility Skills
  • - alternative stun break, a mobility skill that also cleanses conditions.
  • - another good stun break.
  • - blinds enemies and destroys projectiles.
  • - if crowd control is needed.
  • - to escape from enemies or stealth past them.
Elite Skills
  • - more damage.
  • - strong crowd control if there are allies nearby.

Specializations

Variants
  • - if you need healing. If you take this take
    to keep up fury.

Equipment

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

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Deadeye - Power DPS D/D build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Usage

Damage

  • is your main damage multiplier in this build. Spam
    into
    to burn initiative and quickly accumulate
    .
    • Remember to actually backstab your target. Frontstabbing deals miserable DPS.
    • If the target is below 25% health, you should spam
      instead.
    • Alternatively, if you need blinds or defiance bar damage, you can use your pistol skills.
  • If you're out of initiative or have
    maxed out, just autoattack until you need to burn initiative again.
  • Use
    and
    off cooldown for boons.

Defense

  • Your main source of damage mitigation is
    , which pulses blindness. For more blinds you can use
    .
  • is a zero-cooldown daze that can be used to interrupt dangerous attacks.
  • can be used as an evade.
  • evades for a very long duration while still dealing damage.
  • You can use
    in the smoke field from
    to stealth yourself and disengage.
  • destroys projectiles. You can also use
    for more projectile defense.

Sustain

  • If you feel that you're dying a lot, you can trait
    .
  • and
    can be used for condition cleanse. In a pinch,
    also cleanses conditions.
  • If you have lots of trouble with conditions, consider running
    ,
    , or
    .

Stealth

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

Crowd Control

Build rating - 4 stars
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2 Ratings
3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

The core Thief build with the best single-target damage.

5 stars
Undertaker610 gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Good build with mobility and high single target dmg for core thief.

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