Thief - Power DPS

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

Focused on: Direct damageUtility.

Designed for:


The current strongest DPS build for core Thief in dungeons.

If you own Heart of Thorns or Path of Fire use Daredevil - Power DPS (Fractal) or Deadeye - Power DPS D/D (Fractal) instead.

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Weapon Variants

  • You should have a Shortbow for stacking stealth, pulling enemies, and skipping ahead with Infiltrator's Arrow.png Infiltrator's Arrow.
  • Use Sword/Pistol instead of dagger/dagger when fighting groups of trash mobs.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills

Utility Skills

Elite Skills


Deadly Arts:

Dagger Training.png Dagger Training

Revealed Training.png Revealed Training

Executioner.png Executioner

Critical Strikes:

Twin Fangs.png Twin Fangs

Practiced Tolerance.png Practiced Tolerance

No Quarter.png No Quarter


24px Burst of Agility

Bountiful Theft.png Bountiful Theft

Sleight of Hand.png Sleight of Hand



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Ascended Shoulders (Medium).png
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Ascended Chest (Medium).png
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Ascended Hands (Medium).png
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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
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Sword.png
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Ascended Pistol.png
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Superior Sigil of Force.png
Superior Sigil of Impact.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion

Remember to also carry a Shortbow for out of combat utility.


  • on night time encounters.
  • Slaying sigils if applicable.



  • 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
    if partied with a Spotter.png Spotter Ranger.
  • Plate of Truffle Steak Plate of Truffle Steak
    Plate of Truffle Steak.pngPlate of Truffle Steak
    Nourishment (30m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 precision+10% Experience from kills
    if you don't have a Ranger with Spotter.png Spotter.


  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    or slaying potions


DPS Rotation

Dagger/Dagger: Spam Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger into Backstab.png Backstab any time you have initiative and aren't revealed. Use your autoattack chain to fill in the gaps.
Sword/Pistol: Use Black Powder.png Black Powder or Headshot.png Headshot to reach max stacks of Lead Attacks.png Lead Attacks then autoattack.
  • Never interrupt your autoattack chain as the third hit does the most damage.
  • Activate Assassin's Signet.png Assassin's Signet at the start of the fight for more damage.
  • Stay behind or to the side of your enemies to get the bonuses from Twin Fangs.png Twin Fangs and Backstab.png Backstab.
  • Against enemies under 25% health, use Heartseeker.png Heartseeker instead of Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger.

General Tips

  • Use Black Powder.png Black Powder to blind trash.
  • Cluster Bomb.png Cluster Bomb on Shortbow can be used to prestack might with fire fields, as it is a blast finisher.
  • Infiltrator's Arrow.png Infiltrator's Arrow on Shortbow can be used to skip parts of certain fractals such as the lasers in Aetherblade and the scaffolding in Cliffside.
  • Use Basilisk Venom.png Basilisk Venom with nearby allies to break defiance bars.

Group Stealth

Thief's unique support in groups is group-wide stealth access through smoke fields, which can be used for skipping trash and parts of certain fractals.

  • Black Powder.png Black Powder should be used as the primary smoke field due to lack of cooldown. Have party members chain blasts in this field with you, while you blast it with Cluster Bomb.png Cluster Bomb. The smoke field only lasts 4s so you need help from your party in order to stack a significant amount of stealth.
    • Use Smoke Screen in less organised groups since it gives a longer stealth field for easier blasting.
  • Shadow Refuge.png Shadow Refuge gives a large amount of area stealth without needing to use blast finishers. This skill is useful when stealthing next to or on top of mobs since most blast finishers deal damage and thus break stealth. When possible retrait for Shadow Arts before using it to get the benefit of Meld with Shadows.png Meld with Shadows and the cooldown reduction of Concealed Defeat.png Concealed Defeat
  • Blinding Powder.png Blinding Powder gives 3s of stealth, is a blast finisher, and causes no damage making it very useful if you have to cover a long distance. It is often used in combination with Black Powder.


Once you trigger certain mob groups while being in stealth they will follow you unless you "path" them. This is done by standing still until the mobs reach you.

Pathing Tutorial by Vitarain

Skipping Ahead

After stealthing with your group you can use a lot of skills to skip ahead of your group to trigger bosses/events faster to save time. This requires you to be able to retrait fast for full efficiency but isn't needed.

Shadow Arts should be used instead of Deadly Arts to reduce the cooldowns of Deception skills and get longer stealth from your skills.

Shadow Arts:

Concealed Defeat.png Concealed Defeat

Hidden Thief.png Hidden Thief

Shadow's Rejuvenation.png Shadow's Rejuvenation

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

Core Thief is a huge DPS loss as already mentioned in the guide, but its DPS isn't completely rubbish either, and it still brings CC and party stealth. The best option for F2P players.

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