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  1. maxicek

    maxicek IncGamers Member

    Aug 5, 2005
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    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 Speederländer
    The 'Speederländersin' 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 René 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.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  2. Thyiad

    Thyiad D2 Assassin, Barbarian<br>& Single Player & SP Tra

    Mar 3, 2006
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    Re: Assassin Build Guides v2

    Awesome work, max.

    Thanks for the update. :)

    Build Guide v1 (about to de-Sticky)
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
  3. maxicek

    maxicek IncGamers Member

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    Re: Assassin Build Guides v2

    Added DTail and Phoenix Strike to the PvM Guides.

    If anyone has anything to add I have missed, let me know.

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