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Most rogues are looked upon with contempt or loathing by civilized folk, or simply ignored altogether. There are some among the ranks of the Thieves, however, who command respect through fear, and whose names are voiced with either dread or hatred: Assassins. Not content with stealing gold or plunder, these grim professionals steal lives instead, killing for their wages, trading blood for gold. Some Assassins are ruthless predators who've developed a taste for blood and thrill at the act of killing, while others are grim professionals, bringing a kind of honor even to the direst of professions. However they approach their profession, Assassins must be able to do three things: get close to their targets, kill them quickly, and escape uncaught. The ease with which an Assassin performs the first and third tasks marks the difference between an amateur and an artist.



 Harbinger of Death

The Assassin is a stealth class that specializes in quickly eliminating one target. They are highly-prized in group fights for their ability to block all healing on a target with Shadow Mantle. Solo players will also find the Assassin's kit quite versatile, however, they have few ranged weapon choices and no way to increase their movement speed, relying on Steal Breath to slow their target instead.
Powers and Skills
Level Icon Ability Description
10 Shadow Bolt Shadow Bolt Single-target cold Damage and short Stun
Backstab Backstab Next weapon swing does extra damage ignores Passive Defense (requires Invisibility)
Pellegorn.png Backstab: Pellegorn Damage over time, Health regeneratuion debuff (requires Invisibility)
Buchinine.png Backstab: Buchinine Stamina damage over time, ground, and stamina recovery debuff (requires Invisibility)
Magusbane.png Backstab: Magusbane Mana damage over time and mana recovery debuff (requires Invisibility)
Galpa.png Backstab: Galpa Intelligence, Spirit, and spell damage debuff (requires Invisibility)
Gorgons.png Backstab: Gorgon's Venom Attack speed and melee damage debuff (requires Invisibility)
Invis cam.png Fade Personal Invisibility (mage only, cancelled if you move)
11 Defensive cam.png Cloak of Shadows Personal Defense and cold resistance buff
14 Blind cam.png Blindness Single-target defense and attack rating debuff
15 Mes cam.png Shadow Touch Single-target Stun
Offensive cam.png Offensive Stance Personal combat stance
Defensive cam.png Defensive Stance Personal combat stance
Precise cam.png Precise Stance Personal combat stance
16 Dispellpoison cam.png Antidote Single-target remove poison
18 Proc cam.png Poison Blade Target weapon may deal extra poison damage
Poison cam.png Steal Breath Singe target Snare and poison damage over time
19 Invis cam.png Invisibility Personal Invisibility (allows movement, mage only)
20 Resistpoison cam.png Poison Tolerance Single-target poison damage resistance buff
24 Speeddebuff cam.png Chilling Shadows Single-target attack speed debuff and remove attack speed buffs
26 Blindaoe cam.png Plague of Blindness AoE defense and attack rating debuff
28 Passwall cam.png Passwall Personal teleportation (requires Invisibility)
30 DApoison cam.png Counter Venom Personal poison damage Fortitude
34 Silence cam.png Silence Single-target Chant removal, chant block, and chat silence
38 Indomitable cam.png Slayer's Focus Personal Stun immunity buff
40 Silenceaoe cam.png Aura of Silence AoE dispell chant, block chant, and chat silence
42 Healthdrain cam.png Shadow Mantle Single-target healing mantle (target cannot be healed)
50 Petassassin cam.png Summon Darkspawn Summons a shadow Pet

Playstyle Tips

The Assassin's varied kit allows the class access to a variety of builds with focuses on different spells. While Shadow Mantle is often the key spell in their arsenal, Assassins can be built to thrive in different PvP environment, with damage and support being their best roles. The choice of playstyle starts right from creation, when you pick your base class, as Rogue Assassins and Mage Assassins play very differently.


  • Shadow Bolt is your bread and butter spell on a damage-based Mage Assassin and Steal Breath allows you to kite very effectively.
  • Support-based Mage Assassins revolve around keeping Shadow Mantle on a targeted enemy during a fight. Shadow Mantle is placed very far to the right on the effects bar so, with the plethora of Assassin and Mage debuffs, key moments of a fight are often spent trying to keep a debuff in front the Shadow Mantle effect so a Dispel Debuff spell doesn't remove Shadow Mantle.
  • Though Mage defensive stance gives good spell resistances, Mage Assassins are light on defensive options so beware not to let someone get the jump on you!


  • The power rank 40 backstabs are a tremendous boon to your burst damage. Due to the nature of the powers, you activate Backstab first and then cast one of its poison variants you can execute a double backstab!
  • Dodge is the best passive defense in the game, so it is recommended to put at least some training in it; however, high defense is often the primary damage mitigation method for Rogue-based prestige classes.
  • Rogue Assassins are very tight on training points, so have a clear vision of what powers and focus lines are necessary in which to invest heavily.
Assassin Information

Base Classes

Mage, Rogue


Aelfborn, Aracoix, Elf, Human, Irekei, Nephilim, Shade, Vampire


Archer, Archmage, Artillerist, Battle Magus, Belgosch, Blade Weaver, Blood Prophet, Bounty Hunter, Conjurer, Enchanter, Gorgoi, Prospector, Rat Catcher, Saboteur, Savant, Shroudborne, Strigoi, Sun Dancer, Traveler, Undead Hunter, Wererat, Wyrmslayer

Mastery Runes

Master of Great Swords, Master of Staves, Master of Swords

Skills Granted

Shadowmastery (level 10)
Dagger Mastery, Unarmed Combat Mastery (level 20)

Assassin Static Powers
These powers cannot be trained higher.
Use these ranks to plan accordingly.


Defensive Stance
Offensive Stance
Precise Stance
stance details
Defensive Stance
Offensive Stance
Precise Stance
stance details

Weapon Powers

Dagger Powers 20
Unarmed Powers 25
Blade Weaving Powers 25
Sun Dancing Powers 25
Bow Powers 10
Crossbow Powers 5
Dagger Powers 30
Unarmed Powers 40
Staff Powers 5
Sword Powers 30
Blade Weaving Powers 30
Sun Dancing Powers 40

Contributions by: Colest and Rewen in 2018


Prestige Classes

Assassin (PQ)    Barbarian (PQ)    Bard (PQ)    Channeler (PQ)    Confessor (PQ)    Crusader (PQ)    Doomsayer (PQ)
Druid (PQ)    Fury (PQ)    Huntress (PQ)    Necromancer (PQ)    Nightstalker (PQ)    Prelate (PQ)    Priest (PQ)
Ranger (PQ)    Scout (PQ)    Sentinel (PQ)    Templar (PQ)    Thief (PQ)    Warlock (PQ)    Warrior (PQ)    Wizard (PQ)

Base Classes Fighter    Healer    Mage    Rogue

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