Pistoleer Deadeye Raid Build Guide


Introduction

Pistoleer Deadeyes focus solely on their Pistol Skills, as their other weapon skills are locked. Compared to Enhanced Weapon gameplay, Pistoleer gameplay revolves around making use of Pistol skills low cooldowns, allowing consistent Damage Per Second(DPS) throughout an encounter. Furthermore, you're not required to Back Attack for optimal DPS like Enhanced Weapon Deadeyes have to do.

Hence, Pistoleer is more convenient and easier to play with as there is no weapon swapping and positional damage requirement for dealing damage. Pistoleer makes Deadeyes one of the most agile classes with the ability to deal DPS at any position.

Pistoleer is usually only used during the latter half of Tier 3 where you will have access to proper Gear Sets. This is because Pistoleer Deadeyes focus on high Specialization stat to increase the Crit Damage of your Pistol skills. You will have a much easier time supplementing your low Crit Rate the further you get into Tier 3 as you will be able to achieve multiple Level 3 Engravings like Adrenaline.

The downside of this build is that you will lower Destruction and Stagger damage for boss encounters.

If you're looking for an agile gunslinging lad with stylish acrobatic movements, you hit the jackpot with Pistoleer Deadeye.

Check out the Enhanced Weapon 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
Easy
Mobility
High
Survivability
Very Low
Back Attack
Beneficial

Raid Skill Build

  • AT02 Grenade applies a party synergy debuff called Weakness Exposure which boosts Crit Rate on a target by 10% for all allies.
  • Enforce Execution and Dexterous Shot are the mobility skills in your build that also deals damage during movement.
  • Enforce Execution is your Counter Attack skill on first hit. It can also act as a panic Push Immunity skill as well as a mobility skill.
  • Your 4 main damage skills are Meteor Stream, Equilibrium, Quick Shot and Cruel Tracker.
  • Spiral Tracker is a low cooldown filler that is tossed out whenever it's off cooldown.
  • Clay Bombardment is your preferred Awakening as its startup animation is faster if you aim directly behind you. Bursting Flare can be use as well for its range and higher Stagger damage, but requires all shots to hit.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation

Alternatives

  • Spiral Tracker can be replaced with Plasma Bullet as they both act as your filler skills. They are also both good multi-hit skills to help trigger your Conviction - Judgment combo. It's up to your own personal preference.
  • Spiral Tracker 2nd Skill Tree can be replaced with Quick Pace if you are going for the budget Raid Captain Engraving.

Gameplay & Skill Rotation

Because Pistoleer locks you to only Pistol skills, you don't have to deal with long animation locked Shotgun skills anymore. You also aren't locked into a "chasing the back" gameplay anymore. While some Pistol Skills do benefit from Back Attack, it's not as necessary as your damage now comes from consistent multi-hit skills instead of big burst damage windows.

  1. Dodge boss attacks or reposition with Enforce Execution and Dexterous Shot. Try to save Spacebar for to cancel the animation lock of skills.
  2. Debuff your target with Weakness Exposure from AT02 Grenade.
  3. Use Dexterous Shot to reposition closer to the target, ideally at the back. While not as important, some of your skills do benefit from Back Attacking for the 10% extra Crit Rate.
  4. Deal damage while you have Weakness Exposure applied to the target. Prioritize skills that aren't on cooldown in this order:
    1. Equilibrium
    2. Quick Shot
    3. Cruel Tracker
    4. Meteor Stream
    5. Weave Spiral Tracker in between skills.

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 & 2

It is recommended to invest in a 50/50 Specialization and Crit split for balance in damage. If the player insists on using Pistoleer in the early tiers, just be aware that it will not be the most optimal situation for you.

Tier 3

Pistoleer Deadeyes aim for Specialization as their main stat. It helps boost Crit Damage of Pistol skills. Players can choose either to get Crit or Swiftness as their secondary stat from the necklace.


Engravings

Class Engravings provide powerful benefits that can significantly change playstyle. 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

  • Pistoleer is the Engraving that you want to get to Level 3 as soon as possible. It provides the most efficient increase in damage compared to other 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.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Precise Dagger* is recommended to help fix low Crit-Rate and is your 3rd priority engraving after Adrenaline since Pistoleer build has severe lack of Crit Rate.
  • Keen Blunt Weapon* is a good alternative Engraving but not the most efficient. Crit Damage has diminishing returns based on factors including low Crit Rate and Crit Damage vs Raw Damage scaling. Pistol skills have low base damage to begin with.
  • Raid Captain is also a good alternative engraving to use but requires you to take Quick Pace on Spiral Tracker. This helps to provide the extra movement speed boost to synergize with this engraving. You also require the extra Swiftness from Necklace.
  • Master of Ambush is an alternative engraving if you happen to have the accessories and learned the engravings. While most of the main damage skills do have Back Attack modifiers, it's not the most ideal engraving to be using for this build. Replace it as soon as possible if you do use it.

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 fights!

These are the recommended engravings for Pistoleer Deadeye after having Adrenaline and Precise Dagger maxed out.

  • 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 an easy 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

Pistoleer
Adrenaline
Precise Dagger
Grudge
Cursed Doll

Alternative

Pistoleer
Adrenaline
Precise Dagger
Raid Captain
Grudge

Gear Sets

The following are the optimal gear 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
Shrieking Hallucination 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 Tracker*Conviction
AT02 GrenadeBleed
Enforce ExecutionProtection
Quick Recharge
Purify
Meteor StreamGalewind
Overwhelm
EquilibriumJudgment
Dexterous ShotRage
Quick ShotGalewind
Cruel TrackerGalewind
Plasma Bullet*Conviction
Bleed
Rage
  • Galewind should be applied on almost all damage skills when you have enough in the future. This helps to speed up your main damage skill animations.
  • Bleed is used on AT02 Grenade because of it's low cooldown and the ability to upkeep it 24/7.
  • Quick Recharge gives you a chance to reduce the overall cooldown of skills.
  • Protection give some safety measure when countering with Enforce Execution.
  • 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 are multi-hit skills and have a high chance of procing both effects. The buff has an internal cooldown of 30 seconds.

(*)Optional skill choices.


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 ShotSwift Fingers
Initiate Shot
Final Light
Cruel TrackerSwift Fingers
Rapid Fire Enhancement
Quick Draw or Explosive Bullet (for Destruction check)
Spiral Tracker*Swift Fingers
Focus Shot or Quick Pace (If synergizing with Raid Captain)
Enforce ExecutionLight Footwork
AT02 GrenadeEnhanced Grenade
Internal Ignition
EquilibriumHigh-Speed Shot
Decimation Shot
Burn Effect
Meteor StreamWeak Point Detection
Piercing Explosion
Meteor Fall
Plasma Bullet*Hypercharge Area
Dexterous ShotExcellent Mobility

(*) Optional skill choices.


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

Quick Shot
Cruel Tracker
Meteor Stream
Equilibrium
AT02 Grenade

Spiral Tracker*
Plasma Bullet*

Cooldown Gems

Quick Shot
Cruel Tracker
Meteor Stream
Equilibrium

AT02 Grenade*
Enforce Execution*

(*) Optional gem choices.


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

Optimal Damage Card Set


Summary

  • While Pistoleer Deadeyes do benefit from Back Attacking, they do not need to rely on it as much as Enhanced Weapon Deadeyes do.
  • Pistoleer gameplay is all about the keeping up consistent DPS because of the low cooldowns of your Pistol Skills.
  • Keep up Weakness Exposure debuff for all allies with AT02 Grenade.
  • Focus on Specialization as your priority stat for more damage. You will supplement your low Crit Rate with Adrenaline and Precise Dagger.

Credits

Written by Rei
Reviewed by Yaen


Changelog

Sep 8th 2022
Updated Pros and Cons section.

Jun 18th 2022
Adjusted Gear Set section to include Vykas parts.