Phoenix Strike Assassin Guide

Last Updated: September 26th 2023

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The Phoenix Strike Assassin uses the elements of Fire, Lightning, Cold, and Physical to send her enemies screaming in terror! Also known as the "PS Sin," she is a devastating force against mass density and Act Bosses alike. She utilizes a unique mechanic of building up charges that are unleashed with a finisher move.

With the new mosaic Runeword, the Martial Arts tree has become an absolute powerhouse. You can have a 100% uptime on your charge-up skills when dual-wielding these claws. Charge up every single Martial Arts Skill you want to unleash them all with dragon talon to annihilate your enemies! The only thing you need to be aware of: You need to hit a target with a finisher move every 15 seconds to keep your charges up! And did we mention that you could pass for a Christmas tree?

You want to do Ubers as well? Go right ahead! This build blows them up faster than most builds! Only small adjustments are required!

Ideal Standard Setup
Ideal Standard Setup

Phoenix Strike

Dragon Talon


Claws of Thunder

The Phoenix Strike Assassin also has a lot of utility through the Skills Fade, Cloak of Shadows, and Mindblast. These skills provide her with great Crowd Control, Resistances and Physical Damage Reduction, making her quite versatile in combat.

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 ✔
Multiple Damage Sources
Incredibly Unique Gameplay ✔

Requires Build Up For Damage
Hard To View Charges In Combat
Lots Of Hotkeys While Charging Up

Sunder Charm Setup

Patch 2.5 introduces a new way of breaking Immunities: Sunder Charms. Any enemy that would be Immune to your damage type is instead reduced to 95% Resistance, before any other Resistance reductions apply. (e.g. Conviction, Lower Resist) The Charm also reduces YOUR Resistance against the sundered damage type! Check out our post on Sunder Charms to learn more about these new Charms.

Sunder Charm Setup
Sunder Charm Setup

Gear Changes

With the 4 damage types you never necessarily NEED to use a Sundering Charm. The Standard variant of this build utilizes Crack of the Heavens as the primary focus is Lightning Damage. To Min-Max efficiency in any Zone you farm you can use Cold Rupture, or Flame Rift

Counteract the negative effects of Sundering Charms with your small Charms. You can also replace your Gore Rider Myrmidon Greaves with Rare Myrmidon Greaves. You don't need Crushing Blow for most farming zones.

Terror Zones

The new Terror Zone mechanic combined with Sunder Charms open up a wide range of farmable areas. The following list highlights the best and worst Terror Zones for this build on the Starter or Budget setup. With the Sunder Charm Setup, more Terror Zones become accessible. Learn more about Terror Zones here and see how they stack up in our Terror Zone Tier List.


The Secret Cow Level - High Density, Easy Mobility
Tal Rasha's Tombs - High Density, Many Elite Groups
Worldstone Keep + Throne of Destruction - High Density, Many Elite Groups
Chaos Sanctuary - High Density, Many Elite Groups, Bosses
Tristram - High Density, Many Elite Groups


Blood Moor + Den of Evil - Low Density, Few Elite Groups
Arreat Plateau - Low Density, Few Elite Groups
Burial Grounds + Crypt + Mausoleum - Low Density, Trash Mobility,
Spider Forest + Spider Cavern - Low Density, Few Elite Groups
Act 2 Sewers - Trash Mobility


Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Cloak of Shadows
2. Mind Blast
3. Fade
4. Weapon Block

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Phoenix Strike
2. Dragon Talon
3. Claws of Thunder
4. Tiger Strike
5. fists of fire

You can invest 1 Skill Point into shadow warrior for an additional meat shield.

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




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


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


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


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


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


Gear Options

Farming Spots





Build Variants

Magic Find


The Phoenix Strike Assassin relies on specific stats to ensure smooth gameplay. Most important is Cannot Be Frozen, which you get from hearth. Gain as much +x to Sills / Martial Arts / Phoenix Strike on Claws, and Gloves. Both can be shopped from Anya in Nightmare. The Spirit Shroud grants +1 to all Skills and Cannot be Frozen, which allows you to switch to lore. The 2-piece Set combinations Angelic Wings + Angelic Halo, and Hsarus' Iron Stay + Hsarus' Iron Heel bring much-needed Attack Rating while you charge up your phoenix strike. They also grant Life, Resistances and Faster Run/Walk, which are your final needs to get going!


Focus on giving your Mercenary Resistances and Life. Insight is a pretty easy Runeword to farm that gives a great amount of damage and Quality of Life with Meditation. Get the Might Aura Mercenary for extra damage against Immunes. Put on Bulwark and smoke for easy survivability.


Put 1 Skill Point into each of the following Skills:
1. Cloak of Shadows
2. Mind Blast
3. Fade
4. Shadow Warrior
5. Dragon Claw
6. dragon flight
7. Death Sentry

Max out the following Skills in this order:
1. Phoenix Strike
2. Fists of Fire
3. Claws of Thunder
4. Death Sentry


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


Death Sentry


Video Guide


  • Use a sequence of phoenix strike, claws of thunder, blades of ice, and fists of fire to gain all charges. Make sure to use dragon talon or dragon claw to refresh the charge timers with mosaic equipped.
  • Place 1-2 Death Sentrys after the first monster dies to blow up the surrounding mobs with Corpse Explosion.
  • Keep your Mercenary close by for the Infinity Aura and additional DPS.
  • Utilize Dragon Flight on enemy targets for mobility, similar to Teleport.
  • Keep up Fade at all times.
  • Cloak of Shadows, Mindblast, Shadow Master and Charge 3 of Phoenix Strike are our sources Crowd Control.
  • Battle Command + Battle Orders boost your survivability and damage output.

With patch 2.6, the Phoenix Strike is one of the most powerful builds in Diablo 2! With all charges active, you can just blow up everything in no time!

Good luck!


Updated by Teo1904
Original Author BTNeandertha1
Reviewed by MacroBioBoi

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