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.

Skill Bar

 
 
Dagger/DaggerHealingUtilityElite
X/Pistol

Weapon Variants

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

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Deadly Arts:


Dagger Training.png Dagger Training



Panic Strike.png Panic Strike



Executioner.png Executioner



Critical Strikes:


Twin Fangs.png Twin Fangs



Practiced Tolerance.png Practiced Tolerance



No Quarter.png No Quarter



Trickery:


24px Burst of Agility



Trickster.png Trickster



Sleight of Hand.png Sleight of Hand


Variants

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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Ascended Legs (Medium).png
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Ascended Feet (Medium).png
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Ascended Back.png
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Ascended Accessory1.png
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Ascended Accessory2.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 Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
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Ascended Pistol.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
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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.
Ascended Head (Medium).png
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Ascended Shoulders (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Medium).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Dagger.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png
Superior Sigil of Force.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Pistol.png
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Superior Sigil of Bloodlust.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
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Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Usage

Damage

  • Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks is your main damage multiplier in this build. Spam Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger into Backstab.png Backstab to burn initiative and quickly accumulate Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks.
    • Remember to actually backstab your target. Frontstabbing deals miserable DPS.
    • If the target is below 25% health, you should spam Heartseeker.png Heartseeker instead.
    • Alternatively, if you need blinds or defiance bar damage, you can use your pistol skills.
  • 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.

Defense

Sustain

Stealth

  • 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.

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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