The Assassin is known for her amazing ability to set Traps with great power. Being trained in Martial Arts, the Assassin is also a fierce melee warrior. She can use Claws to cut through her enemies, and even delve into some abilities of the other Characters. This makes the Assassin the ideal choice if you want to sit back and watch your Traps do the work, or if you want to jump into the action on the front line.
Her mastery of Shadow Disciplines allows her to have very interesting Crowd Control techniques, as well as incredibly fast Movement Speed.
The combination of Lightning Sentry and Death Sentry is a powerhouse that can perform well on a low budget, and destroys almost any content when fully equipped, even on high player counts.
When it comes down to slaughtering The Secret Cow Level, Wake of Fire can be as great as its Lightning counterpart. However, due to the frequency of monsters that are Immune to Fire, it can be troublesome in other parts of the game and isn't very useful.
Not quite so popular are her Martial Arts. The so-called Kicksin specializes in killing the Ubers, while other Skills can annihilate monster masses with massive area effects.
The Runeword Chaos allows for a unique gameplay experience. Using Whirlwind from the Barbarian in combination with various other abilities, the Assassin can be a lot of fun, mostly in solo scenarios.
The biggest weakness of the Assassin is the relatively low variety in actually playable builds. In comparison to the frequently used Lightning Damage Traps, other Traps and the Martial Arts Skill Tree almost seem irrelevant.
Every Character has the Attributes Strength, Dexterity, Vitality and Energy. At maximum Level, a Character has access to 505 Stat Points which can be allocated into the Attributes. While Vitality only affects the Life pool and Energy only affects the Mana pool of your Character, Strength and Dexterity have additional uses:
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Strength has an additional use: it increases the Physical Damage portion of melee attacks.
Generally, Stat Points are only allocated to this Attribute to wear your gear, however, Dexterity has 4 additional uses:
- It increases the % Chance to Block up to 75 while using a Shield.
- The Attack Rating of every attack is increased, improving the Chance to hit your target.
- Every 4th Stat Point into Dexterity increases the base Defense of the Character by 1.
- On ranged builds, Dexterity increased the Physical Damage potion of your attacks.
Starting Attributes of the Assassin
|per Stat Point
|+3 per Vitality
|+1.25 per Vitality
|+1.75 per Energy
Breakpoints are an integral way to improve your Character's performance. For in-depth explanations on them, please check out our article on Breakpoints.
Every Character has 3 Skill Trees in which they can allocate Skill Points to increase their power. Each Skill Tree consists of a total of 10 Skills, and you can assign a maximum of 20 points per Skill. These Skills are placed into 6 rows, which represent the 6 Skill tiers. While tier 1 is available at Character Level (clvl) 1, the other tiers get available at clvl 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30.
Every Character gains access to 110 Skill Points (98 from Level-Ups and 12 from quests).
Not every Skill is available right away. The arrows on the Skill Tree show the prerequisites needed to obtain skills further down the Tree.
Example: You have to put a Skill Point into Dragon Talon and Dragon Claw to gain access to Dragon Tail.
A lot of Skills have Synergies, which are Skills that passively boost the strength of another Skill. The main Skill shows how much a Synergy increases its power per Skill Point allocated into it.
Example: The base Lightning Damage of Lightning Sentry is increased by a summed up multiplier which increases by 12% for each Skill Point allocated into Death Sentry, Charged Bolt Sentry, Shock Web.
The Assassin has a variety of builds to choose from:
Natalya's Odium is the Elite Set, which was exclusively designed for the Assassin exclusively. Making use of the Martial Arts Skill Tree, this Set works well in lower player count farming situations. Long term, this Set becomes obsoleted by setups that focus on a combination of Uniques and Runewords.
Character Specific Gear
Every Character has items that only it can use. For the Assassin, these are the Claw type Weapons. A lot of them can spawn with 0-3 "Staff mods" with a range of +1-3 to the Skill listed on the item.
Set and Unique Items
Lore & In-Game dialogue
In this section you will find the lore of the Assassins as well as the in-game dialogue she uses while travelling through Sanctuary.
Written by Teo1904
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