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Dragon Talon Assassin Guide

Last Updated: May 21st 2024

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The Dragon Talon Assassin, aka "Kicksin", is the best build to kill the Uber Bosses on an Assassin. The combination of Patch 2.5 and 2.6 make this build a force to be reckoned with! With her incredibly fast Kick speed, she applies Crushing Blow hits in quick succession, dropping the Ubers in no time.

Patch 2.5 introduced some buffs to the Martial Arts Skill Tree, mainly allowing finisher moves to ALWAYS HIT when any charge of a charge-up skill is used. With Patch 2.6, we now have the ability to have charges up at all times using dragon talon (or any other finisher move) every 14 seconds. This is achieved by dual-wielding the new mosaic Runeword, granting a 100% Chance to not consume charges AND refreshing the charge timer when using a finisher move.

This allows us to comfortably utilize tiger strike and cobra strike for a lot more sustain and damage!

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup

Dragon Talon

Fade

Teleport

tiger strike

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 75 before transitioning to it. Check out our Assassin Leveling Guide and our General Leveling Strategies to reach Level 75.

Very Tanky ✔
Beginner Friendly ✔
Fast Paced Boss Kills ✔
Reasonably Cheap On A Budget ✔

❌ Low Mobility
❌ Some Gear Requirements
❌ Not Suited For Group Play
❌ Little To No Area Clear Mechanics

Sunder Charm Setup

This build does not benefit from the new Sunder Charm because the Dragon Talon Assassin focuses on killing the Ubers with Physical Damage. None of the targets are Immune to Physical, which nullifies the positive effect of bone break. You only suffer the negative effect, which just increases the difficulty.

Terror Zones

This build is not designed for farming large areas with high density. Don't farm them!

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Cloak of Shadows
2. Mind Blast
3. Weapon Block (more later)
4. Cobra Strike (more later)

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Dragon Talon
2. Tiger Strike
3. Fade
4. Weapon Block (Up to 61% Block)
5. Fade
6. Claw Mastery

Put any remaining Skill Point into Cobra Strike or into the optional Shadow Warrior.

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Damage

Utility

Attributes

Note: This section provides you with the standard Stat Point allocation. Build Variants can require a different allocation!

Strength

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Strength your gear provides when equipped.

Dexterity

Allocate enough Stat Points into Dexterity to equip all of your gear. Take into account how much Dexterity your gear provides when equipped.

Vitality

Allocate any remaining Stat Points into Vitality after meeting Strength, Dexterity and Energy requirements.

Energy

Don't allocate any Stat Points into Energy. This build gets enough Mana from gear, buffs, Charms, and Mana Potions.

Essentials

Gear Options

Farming Spots

Mercenary

Playstyle

Breakpoints

Hardcore

Build Variants

Budget
Standard

Setup

This budget version of this build is capable of killing Ubers. We recommend a minimum Level of 90 before attempting Ubers, otherwise you'll struggle with your hit chance! The new Mosaic Runeword is a game changer. If you can afford to dual-wield them, check out the Standard Skill Tree!
The main focus is to get as many Resistances as possible and use Boots upgraded to the highest base. Cannot Be Frozen and Attack Rating are also extremely important.
Sources of Cannot Be Frozen can be Kira'sguardian, Duriel's Shell, or Ravenfrost. A good source of Attack Rating is the combination of Angelic Halo, and Angelic Wings.
Crushing Blow is extremely important to kill Ubers quickly.

Mercenary

The Fire version of the Iron Wolf provides you with up to +452% Attack Rating by applying Enchant. He will NOT survive the Ubers, so don't worry about keeping him alive. He only buffs you if you're in combat. Run out to any Waypoint you have and find random monsters to trigger it. Add as many +x to Skills as you can to boost his Enchant. Hexfire Shamshir, Ormus' Robes Dusk Shroud, Flickering Flame, and a Lidless Wall are his optimal setup until he has enough Strength for an Ethereal Spirit Monarch.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dragon Flight
2. Burst of Speed
3. Cloak of Shadows
4. Mind Blast

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Dragon Talon
2. Fade
3. Venom
4. Death Sentry

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength to wear your gear and Dexterity to reach 75% Chance to Block. Put remaining points into Vitality.

Setup

We dual-wield the new Patch 2.6 Runeword mosaic to permanently have the damage from tiger strike and sustain of cobra strike.
Upgraded Gore Rider and Guillaume's Face provide the necessary Damage and Chance of Curshing Blow, you don't need to worry about being Frozen. Dracul's Grasp, brings even more sustain when fighting the Ubers.
With Enigma lets you teleport around, allowing you to keep up your charges easily, even on long distances. Balance out your Resistances with fade and Charms.

Mercenary

The Fire version of the Iron Wolf provides you with up to +452% Attack Rating by applying Enchant. He will NOT survive the Ubers, so don't worry about keeping him alive. He only buffs you if you're in combat. Run out to any Waypoint you have and find random monsters to trigger it. Add as many +x to Skills as you can to boost his Enchant. Hexfire, Ormus' Robes, Flickering Flame, and an Ethereal Spirit Monarch are his optimal setup.

Skills

Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Dragon Flight
2. Burst of Speed
3. Cloak of Shadows
4. Mind Blast

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Dragon Talon
2. Fade
3. Venom
4. Death Sentry
5. Fire Blast

Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression
Use the Scroll Bar to see Skill Point Progression

Attributes

Allocate enough Stat Points into Strength and Dexterity to wear your gear. Put remaining points into Vitality.

Mechanics

Teleport

Static Field from Stormlash

Summary

  • Keep Fade buff up at all times.
  • Gain your Tiger Strike and cobra strike charges and keep them up with dual-Mosaic. Use Dragon Talon once every 14 seconds to refresh their timer.
  • Cast Life Tap before engaging your targets.
  • Add Battle Command and Battle Orders to the list of your buffs as soon as you have them available.
  • A High Level Character makes fighting Ubers a lot easier, as it increases your chance to hit.
  • The new Act 3 Fire Mercenary gives us a great source enchant, drastically boosting our Attack Rating!

If you don't want to keep slaughtering Ubers with the most commonly used Smiter, you should try out the Kicksin. With dual mosaic she can clear them faster now!

Good luck!

Credits

Written by Teo1904
Reviewed by MacroBioBoi

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