Assassin Build Guides v2 Assassin Build Guides These guides are those that are considered up to date with what is currently "state of the art." You should be able to pretty much follow them directly. PvP Guides The foundation of all current PvP assassin builds is at least one point in Mind Blast and Wake of Fire to stunlock opponents. What differs from there is how the damage is applied. It can be with traps, kicks, whirlwind or a combination of the three. But the foundation always remains the same. LS Trapper Guide v1.0 by TienJe The Lightning Sentry trapper is the classic PvP assassin. This definitive PvP trapper guide covers both claw/claw and weapon/shield variants. Kicksin Guide by wizAdept Kickers are not the easiest PvP build to master, this guide is the essential starting point on a long learning curve. WW Ghost Assassin by TienJe The Ghost gets it's name from a heavy investment in fade for resists and damage reduction. Venom and Whirlwind from the 'Chaos' runeword to get the kill. With practice they are one of the best duellers accross any class. The Fastcast WW/Kick/Stun Assassin by SpeederlÃ¤nder The 'SpeederlÃ¤ndersin' is best defined as a Ghost with kicks. This guide should be read as a companion to TienJe's guide above. WW/Trapper by HappyAssassin A combination of a Ghost with a trapper, this very versatile build has Lightning Sentry for a powerful ranged attack and Venom/Whirlwind for a dangerous short range attack. Bow / Kick / Fire Trapper discussion Not strictly a build guide, this is an outline for combining fire traps with kicks. Should be read alongside the Kicksin guide above. PvM Guides Assassins are not the most powerful character in D2. A Lightning Fury Amazon or a Sorceress will kill much quicker than even the best built Lightning trapper. They are however probably the most versatilite class in D2. Dragon Talon gives them one of the best boss killing skills. It is easy to combine at least two elements, with some of the best (or the best) crowd control skills in the game and a castable tank. The can play as pure melee or pure caster. Or a combination of all the above. Warrior Monk Uber Trist Guide by JanusJones If you are planning on taking on the Ubers with an assassin, this guide should be your starting point. Also includes a good analysis of all the possible kick / blade fury weapons in the game. Sara's Rift-a-Sin PVM by Master Zap Dragon Talon combined with the 'Rift' runeword to trigger Frozen Orbs. This guide focusses on maximising the orb damage. The Untwinked Lightning Trapper by jrichard A general guide on playing a Lightning Trapper through the game. It offers a number of approaches to the build and general pointers on what to look for in equipment, rather than prescribing specific items. Kick / Trap Guide by Ilkori Ilkori's definitive guide to Kickers, Flashdancers and Firedancers. The only guide you need for Dragon Talon with traps in PvM. The Aggressin: Dragon Claw / Death Sentry Assassin by maxicek A physical damage, dual claw based build without using charge ups. The guide includes variants with bespoke equipment and using Natalya's set. A Comprehensive Guide To Phoenix Strike by maxicek and jiansonz Covers all aspects of the Phoenix Strike, including twinked an un-twinked play, hardcore and softcore. Natalya's Set Phoenix Strikers are also included. Dragon Tail - A Build Guide by maxicek Dragon Tail with a Tiger Strike charge up can generate huge damage, but you need to be able to harness it properly. This guide focusses on how to deal with the problem of physical and fire immunes. General Guides The Assassin FAQ[/b] General reference to everything that relates to Assassins. Shuko-jutsu: The Art of the Claw by maxicek Everything you ever wanted to know (and much you probably didn't) about claws, including what to look for in a claw, shopping, how affixes are generated etc. Blade Fury Analysis by Ceramic Weasel Explores the mechanics of Blade Fury and how it's damage can be maximised. Other Build Guides These guides are mostly older guides that have not been updated in line with what is currently considered best practice or what is now known of the game mechanics. Some we only have access to via There is still a lot of good information contained within the guides and they can still be the basis for an effective build, but it is recommended that you cross check against other guides and The Assassin FAQ before following them directly. PvP Guides WW/Kicker Hybrid by FX-Amanda Weapon/Shield + Claw/Claw Kicker by eclipsedk The Mageslayer C/C Anti-Caster Kicker by chaos9 The Bombasin (Fire Blast/Shock Web) by DOC C/C WW Shadow Assassin by Voide Fire Trapper by Shadow752 Ama-Sin (Bow Assassin) by BigChief PvM Guides Ghost (Trapper) by Tom a.k.a. tl998 Kick/Trap by Silent Shaddow DTalon/Trap Assassin by Patrik a.k.a. C-Beat Furysin (Blade Fury) by Ritslev Ninja by Frogboybri 'Shadow Walker' (Pure Claw/Venom) by Duncan Idaho Shredsin (WhirlWind) by Tragics TS/DTailer Hybrid (1.09) by RenÃ© a.k.a. Lunatic TS/DTail Martial Artist "Striking Tiger, Lashing Dragon" by wildjinn Immobilizer (Blades of Ice/Dragon Tail) by morris Phoenix Striker by skygoneblue Cold Maiden (Blades of Ice/Blade Tree) by Ritslev Dragon Flight by JRichard Other useful info Nailworld's Build Guide Thread There are some guides throughout this thread. PvM Assassin Guides on the Strategy Compendium PvP Assassin Guides on the Strategy Compendium Strategy Compendium may contain useful info.