Thief - S/D Condition

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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.

Designed for:


Overview

A unique build & play style capable of applying massive bleeds and countering engineers. The build is also great for evading, cleave, and holding or decapping a point. Understand that the weapon skills aren't the main source of damage but instead are used for utility purposes.


First Weapon Set

Sword/Dagger
Utility
Elite
Slice
Slice
Chain. Slice your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 195
Range.pngRange: 130
Infiltrator's Strike
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Infiltrator's Strike
Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
Damage.pngDamage: 183
Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
Range.pngRange: 600
Flanking Strike
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Flanking Strike
Dual Wield. Evade and stab your foe.
Damage.pngDamage: 185
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Book.pngEvade: 0.5 seconds
Range.pngRange: 130
Dancing Dagger
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Dancing Dagger
Throw a dagger that cripples nearby foes and returns to you.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Cripple.pngCripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 3
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Cloak and Dagger
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Cloak and Dagger
Stab your foe and vanish in stealth, leaving them vulnerable.
Damage.pngDamage: 444
Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (5s): 3% Incoming Damage
Range.pngRange: 130
Withdraw
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Withdraw
Trick. Roll backward while healing and evade attacks. Cures immobilization, chill, and crippling.
Heal.pngHealing: 4,344
Book.pngEvade: 0.75 seconds
Shadow Refuge
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Shadow Refuge
Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
Heal.pngHealing: 1,775
Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
Book.pngPulses: 5
Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
Range.pngRange: 600
Shadowstep
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Shadowstep
Deception. Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
Range.pngRange: 1,200
Caltrops
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Caltrops
Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Basilisk Venom
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Basilisk Venom
Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds

Second Weapon Set

Shortbow
Trick Shot
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Trick Shot
Bounce an arrow between multiple nearby foes.
Damage.pngDamage: 134
Book.pngNumber of Bounces: 2
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Cluster Bomb
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Cluster Bomb
Fire a cluster bomb at the target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
Damage.pngLarge Explosion: 353
Bleed.pngBleeding (4s): 170 Damage
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
Range.pngRange: 900
Disabling Shot
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Disabling Shot
Do an evasive leap away from your foe while firing a crippling shot.
Damage.pngDamage: 122
Cripple.pngCripple (2s): -50% Movement Speed
Book.pngEvade: 0.5 seconds
Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
Range.pngRange: 900
Choking Gas
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Choking Gas
Fire an arrow that fills the target area with a poisonous cloud.
Damage.pngDamage: 71
Poison.pngPoison (2s): 67 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
Book.pngPulses: 4
Duration.pngField Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.pngRadius: 240
Combo.pngCombo Field: Poison
Range.pngRange: 900
Unblockable.pngUnblockable
Infiltrator's Arrow
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Infiltrator's Arrow
Fire an arrow and shadowstep to the target area, blinding nearby foes.
Blind.pngBlindness (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
Book.pngNumber of Targets: 3
Radius.pngRadius: 120
Range.pngRange: 900

Slot Changes

  • Needle Trap Needle Trap
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    Needle Trap
    Trap. Set a trap that immobilizes and poisons foes when triggered.
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (3s): Unable to move.
    Poison.pngPoison (10s): 335 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Bleed.png3Bleeding (10s): 660 Damage
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    over
    Shadowstep Shadowstep
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    Shadowstep
    Deception. Shadowstep to target area. Becomes Shadow Return which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
  • Dagger Storm Dagger Storm
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    Dagger Storm
    Trick. Spin around, reflecting projectiles and throwing daggers that cripple and bleed nearby foes. You can move while spinning.
    Damage.pngDamage: 266
    Stability.png3Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
    Bleed.pngBleeding (5s): 110 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (2s): -50% Movement Speed
    Radius.pngBoon Application Interval: 3 seconds
    Duration.pngDagger Storm Duration: 8 seconds
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Whirl
    Range.pngRange: 900
    over
    Basilisk Venom Basilisk Venom
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    Basilisk Venom
    Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds


Specializations

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Trait Variants

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Weapons

First Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Sword
Superior Sigil of Geomancy Superior Sigil of Geomancy
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Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
  • Off Hand
Dagger
Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
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Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Second Weapon Set
  • Main Hand
Shortbow
Superior Sigil of Geomancy Superior Sigil of Geomancy
9Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
9Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)

Equipment

Rune:

Superior Rune of the Krait Superior Rune of the Krait
Superior Rune of the Krait.pngSuperior Rune of the Krait
(1): +25 Condition Damage (2): +10% Bleeding Duration (3): +50 Condition Damage (4): +15% Bleeding Duration; 25% chance when struck to cause bleeding for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 15s) (5): +100 Condition Damage (6): +20% Bleeding Duration; When you use an elite skill, you inflict bleeding, torment, and poison for 8 seconds to nearby foes. (Cooldown: 30s)


Amulet:

Carrion Amulet Carrion Amulet
Carrion Amulet.pngCarrion Amulet
+900 Power +900 Vitality +1200 Condition Damage

Usage

This build is strongest when used to pressure or contest small capture points. High mobility allows for fast access to a decap and the evades allow for holding points until enemies are down or backup arrives. This guide assumes you're familiar with the weapon set and will focus on utilization of the build.


BASICS

  • Start your fight with
    Infiltrator's Strike Infiltrator's Strike
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    Infiltrator's Strike
    Shadowstep to a foe and strike them. Use Shadow Return to shadowstep back and cure one condition.
    Damage.pngDamage: 183
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (1s): Unable to move.
    Range.pngRange: 600
    and dodge to utilize
    Uncatchable Uncatchable
    Uncatchable
    Leave behind Caltrops when you dodge. Caltrops bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.pngBleeding (4s): 170 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (5s): -50% Movement Speed
    Radius.pngRadius: 90
    at the enemy location. Quickly swap weapons to apply
    Superior Sigil of Geomancy Superior Sigil of Geomancy
    9Recharge.png
    Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
    Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    bleeds and replenish energy from
    Superior Sigil of Energy Superior Sigil of Energy
    9Recharge.png
    Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
    Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    . Drop
    Choking Gas Choking Gas
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    Choking Gas
    Fire an arrow that fills the target area with a poisonous cloud.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Poison.pngPoison (2s): 67 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 4
    Duration.pngField Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Poison
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    and use
    Cluster Bomb Cluster Bomb
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    Cluster Bomb
    Fire a cluster bomb at the target area. Detonate in midair for multiple explosions.
    Damage.pngLarge Explosion: 353
    Bleed.pngBleeding (4s): 170 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 900
    in the poison field for area weakness and extra bleeds and dodge near target. Swap to Sword/Dagger as soon as it's off cooldown and you're near the enemy. Repeat these steps while dodging near enemies as much as possible for continuous bleed application.
  • Save
    Steal Steal
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    Steal
    Shadowstep to your foe and steal from them.
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    until after using
    Caltrops Caltrops
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    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    and
    Basilisk Venom Basilisk Venom
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    Basilisk Venom
    Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    to increase the chance of recharging a skill via
    Improvisation Improvisation
    Improvisation
    Stealing recharges all skills of one type (venoms, signets, traps, tricks, or deceptions). Deal bonus damage when wielding a bundle.
    Damage.pngDamage Increase: 10%
    .
  • If you're fighting on a capture point be sure to drop
    Caltrops Caltrops
    1Activation.png
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    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    in the center. This covers most of the area of the point.
  • For a surprise opener stealth in
    Shadow Refuge Shadow Refuge
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    Shadow Refuge
    Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
    Heal.pngHealing: 1,775
    Stealth.pngStealth (3s): Invisible to foes.
    Book.pngPulses: 5
    Duration.pngDuration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Dark
    Range.pngRange: 600
    go to enemy location and drop
    Caltrops Caltrops
    1Activation.png
    30Recharge.png
    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    and use
    Surprise Shot Surprise Shot
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    Surprise Shot
    Stealth Attack. Shoot an arrow that immobilizes your foe.
    Damage.pngDamage: 146
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Physical Projectile
    Range.pngRange: 900
    to immobilize target in the caltrop field. Quickly dodge and release more caltrops under target and cast
    Basilisk Venom Basilisk Venom
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    40Recharge.png
    Basilisk Venom
    Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    to apply Poison/Torment/Bleed from
    Superior Rune of the Krait Superior Rune of the Krait
    Superior Rune of the Krait.pngSuperior Rune of the Krait
    (1): +25 Condition Damage (2): +10% Bleeding Duration (3): +50 Condition Damage (4): +15% Bleeding Duration; 25% chance when struck to cause bleeding for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 15s) (5): +100 Condition Damage (6): +20% Bleeding Duration; When you use an elite skill, you inflict bleeding, torment, and poison for 8 seconds to nearby foes. (Cooldown: 30s)
    . Then swap weapons near target to apply
    Basilisk Venom Basilisk Venom
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    40Recharge.png
    Basilisk Venom
    Venom. Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Basilisk Venom.png2Basilisk Venom (30s): Your attacks turn foes to stone.
    Stun.pngStone Duration: 1 second
    Duration.pngVenom Duration: 30 seconds
    and bleeds.
  • When cleaving downed enemies apply
    Choking Gas Choking Gas
    4Initiative.png
    ½Activation.png
    Choking Gas
    Fire an arrow that fills the target area with a poisonous cloud.
    Damage.pngDamage: 71
    Poison.pngPoison (2s): 67 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngPulses: 4
    Duration.pngField Duration: 4 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Poison
    Range.pngRange: 900
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    ,
    Caltrops Caltrops
    1Activation.png
    30Recharge.png
    Caltrops
    Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.png2Bleeding (3s): 255 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (10s): -50% Movement Speed
    Duration.pngCaltrops Duration: 10 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Unblockable.pngUnblockable
    , and dodge over them for extra bleeds from
    Uncatchable Uncatchable
    Uncatchable
    Leave behind Caltrops when you dodge. Caltrops bleed and cripple foes.
    Bleed.pngBleeding (4s): 170 Damage
    Cripple.pngCripple (5s): -50% Movement Speed
    Radius.pngRadius: 90
    .



Counters

This build isn't as effective against certain warriors & ele's with a high amount of condition removal.


Video Guides

  • YouTube:
    Sword/Dagger Condition Thief - Setup & Gameplay


Streamers

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