Enhanced Weapon Deadeye Raid Build Guide


Introduction

Out of the two Class Engravings available to Deadeyes, Enhanced Weapon does more damage and is more popular. Enhanced Weapon Deadeyes are more melee focused, whereas Pistoleer Deadeyes are more ranged focused.

Enhanced Weapon Deadeye gains +20% Crit Rate on stance change for his biggest hitting Shotgun Skills. If that wasn't enough, Shotgun skills also have the Back Attack modifier, which grants an additional +10% Crit Rate. Combined with Weakness Exposure from Spiral Tracker, your base Crit Rate without additional stats is 40%.

The downtime for this build's damage skills isn't as bad as it is for other builds. With 16 skills they can slot into the skill bar, Deadeyes can rotate to Pistol and Rifle Stance after they have used all their Shotgun skills.

There are tradeoffs for high Shotgun damage. The Deadeye has to be in melee range near the back of the boss for optimal damage. Shotgun skill damage starts to fall off with distance, so he is considered a melee class a majority of the time. His Shotgun skills are animation locked, so you can only cancel them by using Spacebar. This wouldn't be as bad if Deadeyes weren't so squishy with one of the lowest armor coefficients in the game.

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Enhanced Weapon
Master of Ambush

Check out the Pistoleer Deadeye for an alternative Deadeye playstyle.

Check out the Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides for an introduction to their content.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 50 before transitioning to it. Check out the Deadeye Leveling and 1-50 Leveling guides to reach Level 50.

Difficulty
Hard
Mobility
High
Survivability
Very Low
Back Attack
Mandatory

Raid Skill Build

  • Spiral Tracker and AT02 Grenade applies a party synergy debuff called Weakness Exposure which boosts Crit Rate on a target by 10% for all allies. Rotate between these skills to maintain the debuff.
  • Shotgun Dominator is a holding skill with Perfect Zone. Hit the Perfect Zone near the end to maximize the amount of shots fired.
  • Last Request can be used as short gap closer with Execution. It's useful to get directly behind the boss before using the rest of your Shotgun skills.
  • Quick Shot and Cruel Tracker are used to deal damage when Shotgun Skills are on cooldown.
  • Rifle skills like Spiral Flame, Catastrophe, and Perfect Shot can be used to Stagger or Destruction Check.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation
  • Enforce Execution can be used to reposition or Counter Attack.
  • Bursting Flare is the preferred Awakening as it has more Stagger damage and range than Clay Bombardment. Bursting Flare requires you land all shots to do full damage.

Alternatives

  • Last Request 2nd skill tree node can be switched with Massive Explosion when you are more experienced with the boss encounter. This will grant more damage at the cost of losing the gap closer and fast start-up time of the skill.
  • Instead of putting the 4 leftover skill points into your pistol skills, you can invest them in rifle skills like Spiral Flame, Catastrophe, or Perfect Shot.
  • Clay Bombardment can be used over Bursting Flare as a melee Awakening skill. Its startup animation is faster if you aim directly behind you.
  • For Cruel Tracker's Tier 3 Skill Tree, you have two choices. The first choice is Quick Draw which makes hitting the target easier with the faster projectiles. On the other hand, Explosive Bullet provides a slight increase in damage but with a slower projectile. This can be troublesome when used at range on bosses that move frequently.

Gameplay & Skill Rotation

Prioritize Shotgun skills as they do the most damage. They only do full damage when you are right next to the boss, and do less damage the further away you are. Deadeye Shotgun skills also need to Back Attack for +10% Crit Rate and +5% Damage.

  1. Pistol Stance is your default starting mode. Stay in this stance when you need to dodge any boss attacks or reposition with Enforce Execution, Somersault Shot and Dexterous Shot. Try to save Spacebar for canceling your long animation skills.
  2. Debuff your target with Weakness Exposure from Spiral Tracker or AT02 Grenade.
  3. If necessary, use Dexterous Shot to reposition closer to the back of the target.
  4. Deal damage while you have Weakness Exposure applied to the target and Enhanced Weapon active from changing stance. You only have 6-8 seconds after applying Weakness Exposure to use damage skills. Prioritize skills that aren't on cooldown in this order:
    1. Swap to Shotgun Stance to use Last Request, Shotgun Dominator, Shotgun Rapid Fire and Sign of Apocalypse.
    2. Swap to Pistol Stance (or stay if already there) to use Quick Shot, Cruel Tracker and Equilibrium.
    3. Swap to Rifle Stance to use Perfect Shot, Spiral Flame, Catastrophe and Triple Explosion. Since Triple Explosion has an ammo-charge system where you can stack uses. Because of this, you can use it to weave in between your other skills.
  5. Once Weakness Exposure ends, swap back to Pistol Stance to reapply it. This brings you back to the beginning of the rotation.

Note: If you have Conviction on Spiral Tracker and Judgment on Equilibrium, wait for the first rune to activate before consuming it with the second rune. There is a chance that it doesn't activate or is on cooldown (30 seconds), in which case just continue the rotation.


Stats Priority

Tier 1 and 2

Enhanced Weapon Deadeyes aim for +605 Specialization (55%) as their main stat. It helps boost damage of Shotgun skills and Crit Damage of Pistol skills. Players can choose either to get +495 Crit or Swiftness (45%) as their secondary stat. Acquire Earrings with Specialization and Rings with Crit or Swiftness.

Tier 3

In Tier 3, Deadeyes will prioritize Specialization stats from all accessories and with Crit or Swiftness only coming from your necklace.


Engravings

Class Engravings provide powerful benefits that dictate the playstyle of a class. Battle Engravings are generally used to increase damage. Below are the recommended Engravings for this build. 

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

Starter Engravings

  • Enhanced Weapon only needs to be Level 1, since additional Levels offer marginal Crit Rate compared to the Damage Increase from other Level 3 Battle Engravings.
  • Master of Ambush compliments Deadeye well, because you are already Back Attacking with your Shotgun.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Adrenaline provides an additional source of Crit Rate and Attack Power. It is fairly easy to upkeep since you can spam your Pistol skills. It's recommended that you use this Engraving if you took Swiftness as a secondary stats from your necklace to help fix your low Crit Rate.
  • Spirit Absorption provides a hefty amount of Attack Speed and Movement Speed to help speed up skill casting and maneuvering around comfortably. This is recommended when you took Crit as secondary stats from the necklace but it is optional depending on your preference if you are fine with the slower actions.
  • Keen Blunt Weapon* complements Enhanced Weapon.

Advanced Engravings

Note: The Advanced Engravings are the Best in Slot setup for Tier 3 content. The penalties attached to these can be hard to overcome for new players. Only use the following engravings if you are experienced with the boss fight!

  • Grudge* increases damage done while also increasing damage received. The engraving is a highly effective damage increase without needing specific positioning, making it worthwhile even with the penalty.
  • Cursed Doll* is a significant Attack Power increase at the cost of 25% healing penalty. The healing penalty can be punishing for inexperienced players not familiar with boss mechanics.

(*)These Engravings should only be used at Engraving Level 3.

Optimal Setups

Engravings are listed in order of priority from left to right.

Standard

Enhanced Weapon
Grudge
Master of Ambush
Adrenaline
Keen Blunt Weapon
Cursed Doll

Alternative

Enhanced Weapon
Grudge
Master of Ambush
Spirit Absorption
Keen Blunt Weapon
Cursed Doll

Gear Sets

The following are the optimal Tier 1 sets for this class.
Check out the Gear Set Guide for more details.

Notes :

  • If speedrunning your alts, you can skip Abyss Dungeon Gear up to 1370 gearscore by just honing Chaos Dungeon Gear.
  • If you're close to 1445 gearscore and were already doing Valtan/Vykas Normal Mode, you can skip crafting the Legendary Legion Raid Gears.
  • If you have already crafted Relic Gears, hold onto them because once you unlock the Gear Set Conversion feature, you will be able to freely swap between Relic Legion Raid Sets.

"Play at your own pace" Route

Tier 1

340 gearscore
Seraphic Oath Set


460 gearscore
Boisterous Elemental Set

Tier 2

840 gearscore
Marvelous Earth Set


960 gearscore
Unyielding Will Set

Early Tier 3

1302 - 1370 gearscore
Twisted Dimensional Set

Tier 3 Argos Set

1370 - 1415 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Set

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Gloves & Shoulders
Demon Beast Strength 4 pc


1445+ gearscore
Earth's Entropy Set


Runes

Runes enhance Skills with extra bonuses. All Rune drops are account bound and have limited availability, so placement of Runes on the correct Skills is important. Below are the recommend parings.

Check the Rune Guide for more details.

SkillsRunes
Spiral TrackerConviction
Quick Recharge
AT02 GrenadeBleed
Quick Recharge
EquilibriumJudgment
Dexterous ShotRage
Quick Recharge
Sign of ApocalypseGalewind
Overwhelm
Shotgun Rapid FireGalewind
Overwhelm
Shotgun DominatorGalewind
Overwhelm
Last RequestGalewind
Overwhelm
  • Galewind should be applied on almost all damage skills when enough become available in the future. This helps to reduce the animation lock of your Shotgun skills.
  • Quick Recharge gives you a chance to reduce the overall cooldown of skills.
  • Purify can be slotted on any skill just for the chance of removing a debuff.
  • Conviction is applied onto Spiral Tracker and Judgment is applied onto Equilibrium. Both skills are multi hit and have a high chance of procing both effects. The buff has an internal cooldown of 30 seconds.
  • Use Bleed on AT02 Grenade to have a high bleed uptime.

Gear Skill Tree

While Gems add benefits to skills, you can also increase the effects of Skill Tree themselves. Skill Tree levels go up to 5 and each level can increase the damage, cooldown reduction or buff that they provide.

For more information on how to add equipment Skill Tree and how to get them, please visit our Skill Tree System Guide.

Quick ShotInitiate Shot
Final Light
Cruel TrackerQuick Preparation
Rapid Fire Enhancement
Quick Draw
Sign of ApocalypseClose Shot
Enhanced Shot
Approached Apocalypse
Dexterous ShotAgile Movement(Optional)
Excellent Mobility
Shotgun DominatorClose Shot
Weak Point Detection
The Ruler
Last RequestQuick Preparation
Massive Explosion
Volley
Shotgun Rapid FireClose Shot
Enhanced Shot
Special Bullet

Gems

Gems grant bonus damage and cooldown reduction to specific skills. You can only equip 11 of these Gems at a time so it is recommended that you prioritize the Gems for your most important skills.

Please visit our Gem System Guide for more information like how to create higher tier Gems.

Attack Gems

Sign of Apocalypse
Shotgun Rapid Fire
Shotgun Dominator
Last Request
Quick Shot
Cruel Tracker

Cooldown Gems

Sign of Apocalypse
Shotgun Rapid Fire
Shotgun Dominator
Last Request
Quick Shot


Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system for maximizing your character. Below are the recommend sets for this class.

Check the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain them.

Budget Card Set

Optional Card Set

Optimal Damage Card Set


Summary

  • Shotgun skills are the bread and butter of a Deadeye. Use Pistol and Rifle skills as filler while waiting for Shotgun skills to come off cooldown.
  • Deadeye is practically a melee class. Shotgun skills do the most damage while up close and behind your target.
  • Keep up Weakness Exposure debuff for all allies Spiral Tracker or AT02 Grenade.
  • Focus on Specialization for more damage as you get Crit Rate from Enhanced Weapon.
  • Use Master of Ambush as you already need to Back Attack with Shotgun skills.

Credits

Written by Rei
Edited by Yaen
Reviewed by Lexyu


Changelog

Sep 13th 2022
Updated Pros and Cons section. Added "Massive Explosion" recommendation on alternatives.

Jun 18th 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts.