Deadeye - Marauder P/P

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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 damageBoon removal.

Designed for:


A PvP Deadeye burst build, aka spam bot.

Skill Bar

Short bow



  • Take if you're using Deadly Arts.

Specialization Changes

Deadly Arts over Critical Strikes:


Superior Sigil of Exploitation
Superior Sigil of Exploitation.pngSuperior Sigil of Exploitation
Deal 5% extra damage to targets below 50% health.
Superior Sigil of Courage
Superior Sigil of Courage.pngSuperior Sigil of Courage
On hit gain might for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 2s)
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Rune of Strength
Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
Marauder Amulet
Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity

Equipment Changes



Elite specialization basics

  • is replaced by , which has greater range but also a cast time. We's still going to refer to this as a steal.
  • Stolen skills are also replaced by new ones for each profession, although these are much less situational and should basically be used the moment you get them. One thing to note is that you cannot pick any target for the new stolen skills, they will also be used on your marked target (even if they are in stealth).
  • Start fights with so you can start passively building Malice.


  • Pew pew with .
  • Steal for damage, boons, initiative, and CC.
  • to steal again in case you're low on initiative or need to CC.
  • Use shortbow for mobility and downed cleave.
  • Pay attention to your positioning, don't overextend as you're rather squishy.


  • Anything that can match your mobility but has more defensives (this includes most other Thieves and burst mesmers).
Build rating - 3 stars
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4 Ratings
0 stars
Hanz gave this build 0 stars July 2018

I was inclined to give it a pass, as something that can carry anyone to at least plat with minimal effort. The patch wasn't kind to this though.

0 stars
Baescons gave this build 0 stars June 2018

Pistol Pistol has always been seen as that troll build to play and you definitely can as it seems deadeye was made for gun builds. It just that this build only focuses on doing 1 thing - unload spam. If it stays with op damage maybe it should stay but as soon as that burst leaves so does all the meta potential

5 stars
Bart95 gave this build 5 stars June 2018

A reasonably solid build with exceptional firepower on single targets! Excellent if for +1ing in a fight. Very easy to play.

However, this build leaves you quite fragile, even as a Thief you'll be lacking the mass evades that often keep them alive in close range. So if you get jumped or focused your only real option is to flee. Especially as dipping below a certain threshold of HP guts several traits if you go Critical Arts. This makes ambushing a fight necessary, P/P cannot straight up brawl let alone 1v1 unless you catch a target with their pants down.

You also lack much of the speed and nimbleness that thieves are known for, with Shadowstep being your only real form of mobility it's tricky to be -the- Thief on your team without innate swiftness or similar to rush you to points to decap repeatedly and then escape. You're better off joining teammates who can take the brunt and help bait out dodges and defensive skills before you start spamming 3.

Few other builds can produce as much ST damage so easily and quickly. But it can become very predictable, requires a fairly short range and an 'all in' build. Bait out dodges and defensives before you spam 3. Keep targets within your range. Don't try to fight solo. Be prepared for complaints about not decapping as much as a thief should do. Swap Mercy for Shadow Gust for knockback and stealth. P/P can delete targets in a fight, but only if every shot hits. So make sure they do!

1 More Rating
5 stars
Ilmi gave this build 5 stars May 2018

I need to correct my rating to silver. The build is cheesy but workable and deserves more than a zero rating. Still, I'd like to see some stealth options in the build to have some better retreat potential and also make use of malice stacks. So, blinding powder, the DE elite skill or shadow gust should be mentioned as an option. Also, ankle shots in critical srikes should be mentioned as an option, as it brings more kite potential to the table.