Sharpshooter Raid Build Guide


Sharpshooters have two Class Engravings available to them, Death Strike and Loyal Companion, but they only have one playstyle. They can choose to use either one or both at the same time.

Both Class Engravings revolve around building Sharpshooter's Identity Gauge called Hawk Meter. In addition, some skills have Skill Tree which boost the amount of Identity gained on hit. When your Hawk Meter is full, you can activate Summon Silverhawk to gain access to Wings of Storm and Last Rush.

The biggest advantage Sharpshooters have are their Crit Rate Skill Tree for the biggest damage skills like Easy Prey for Snipe.

Sharpshooter is not a fully ranged character as you might otherwise believe. To generate Identity for Hawk Meter, they have to get into melee range for Moving Slash, Deadly Slash, and Blade Storm. However, it is true that most of their damage skills are ranged and don't require positioning for head or back attacks.

Sharpshooters suffer from low Stagger and Destruction Check, so they don't contribute too much to the party besides damage. Two of their biggest hitting skills, Snipe and Charged Shot require them to stand in place. Against immobile bosses this isn't a problem, but you have to be more careful against more active bosses.

Death Strike
Loyal Companion

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

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


Raid Skill Build

  • Snipe is your biggest nuke assuming you hit the Perfect Zone.
  • Arrow Wave is another big damage skill.
  • Atomic Arrow is used constantly to apply Amplified Damage (party synergy debuff). The delayed application of the debuff compliments the Snipe cast time nicely. It is also a nice Stagger skill.
  • Charged Shot is taken with Fast Fire because you can release it immediately for full damage. This is a main damage skill with Stagger.
  • Sharp Shooter is your final Stagger skill, but it doesn't deal much damage.
  • Moving Slash is your basic reposition skill and gap closer. Silver Master Skill Tree is one of your best Hawk Meter chargers.
  • Deadly Slash is your Counter and charges Hawk Meter.
  • Blade Storm is a melee ranged skill that charges Hawk Meter.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation
  • Golden Eye is the preferred Awakening over Fenrir's Messenger for Death Strike Sharpshooters as they do not need an Awakening to help charge their Hawk Meter.
  • While Fenrir's Messenger is the preferred Awakening for Loyal Companion Sharpshooters as it can help them charge up 100% of their Hawk Meter when it's used. It's great when optimized with high Swiftness and Awakening.
  • Summon Silverhawk can be activated when your Hawk Meter is full to gain access to Wings of Storm and a big nuke skill called Last Rush. With Death Strike, Last Rush applies a debuff on the boss which increases damage taken.


Loyal Companion Variant
  • Rapid Shot can replace Atomic Arrow if you don't like the delayed Amplified Damage application. The downside is you lose much needed Stagger, which is the main reason why it's not used as much.
  • Arrow Shower can replace Deadly Slash if a Counter is not needed or Blade Storm if generating extra Hawk Meter it's not needed. Loyal Companion Sharpshooters can run this as they don't need to worry about losing a Hawk Meter charge skill. Death Strike Sharpshooters probably do not want to switch.
  • Steady Aim can replace Fast Fire on Charged Shot for a longer charge to deal slightly more damage.
  • Shadow Dance can replace Blade Dance on Blade Storm for more mobility against bosses that move around a lot. You lose some Hawk Meter generation though.

Skill Rotation

Death Strike

Death Strike, Last Rush applies a debuff on the target hit for 8 seconds allowing the Sharpshooter to deal 44% Increased Damage at Level 3. Follow up with all your damage skills to burst the target down. Additionally you recover 50% of remaining Hawk Meter, allowing you to easily fill it again for your next damage rotation.

  1. Use Atomic Arrow or Rapid Shot to debuff the target with Amplified Damage.
  2. Fill up your Hawk Meter with:
    1. Moving Slash
    2. Blade Storm
    3. Deadly Slash
  3. If your Hawk Meter is full, use the following Identity Rotation:
    1. Summon Silverhawk
    2. Wings of Storm to mark the target with Loyal Companion 14% damage increase debuff.(Loyal Companion is optional)
    3. Last Rush to mark the target with Death Strike 44% damage increase debuff.
  4. Use the following main damage skills base on priority in Death Strike Mark 8 seconds window:
    1. Snipe
    2. Charged Shot
    3. Arrow Wave
    4. Sharp Shooter
  5. Repeat the full rotation.
Loyal Companion

Loyal Companion, Silverhawk Basic Attack and Wings of Storm apply Mark of Death on the target allowing for 14% more damage. Unlike Death Strike Sharpshooters, Last Rush is not used until Hawk Meter almost runs out. Instead, use Wings of Storm whenever it is available.

  1. Use Atomic Arrow or Rapid Shot to debuff the target with Amplified Damage.
  2. Fill up your Hawk Meter with:
    1. Fenrir's Messenger
    2. Moving Slash
    3. Blade Storm or Arrow Shower
    4. Deadly Slash
  3. If your Hawk Meter is full, use the following Identity Rotation:
    1. Summon Silverhawk
    2. spam Wings of Storm
  4. Use the following main damage skills until your Hawk Meter runs out:
    1. Snipe
    2. Charged Shot
    3. Arrow Wave
    4. Sharp Shooter
    5. Arrow Shower
  5. Use Last Rush when your Hawk Meter almost runs out.
  6. Refill your Hawk Meter and repeat the skill spams.

If you are using Conviction and Judgment on Sharp Shooter and Arrow Shower, you can switch the runes between the 2 skills based on timing preference. Make sure Judgment procs before using your Awakening or your next burst sequence.

Death Strike + Loyal Companion

Note: This build requires High Specialization between 850-1000 stats points, max level cooldown reduction gem for Blade Storm and requires Silver Master max out for Moving Slash, Blade Storm and Deadly Slash.

This specific build gameplay requires high Specialization stats to generate high amount of Hawk Meter in shortest time as possible to support the gameplay of generating Hawk Meter as soon as Wings of Storm and Last Rush is released to quickly resummon Summon Silverhawk to benefit from Loyal Companion 10% Attack Power increase, while both Death Strike 44% damage increase mark and Loyal Companion 14% damage increase mark is still on the target to maximize damage output.

  1. Use Atomic Arrow to debuff the target with Amplified Damage.
  2. Fill up your Hawk Meter with:
    1. Moving Slash
    2. Blade Storm
    3. Deadly Slash
  3. Wait for Blade Storm to come back up.
  4. Use the following skills as soon as Blade Storm comes back up:
    1. Summon Silverhawk
    2. Wings of Storm
    3. Last Rush
  5. Use Blade Storm(and Deadly Slash if needed to generate more Hawk Meter) immediately after Last Rush.
  6. Re-apply Atomic Arrow to debuff the target with Amplified Damage.
  7. Starts channeling up Snipe while Blade Storm is generating Hawk Meter and activate Summon Silverhawk as soon as Hawk Meter filled up then release Snipe.
  8. Use the following skills as fast as you can within the Death Strike and Loyal Companion marks remaining duration:
    1. Charged Shot
    2. Arrow Wave
    3. Sharp Shooter
  9. Repeat back from Step 3.

Stats Priority

Most Sharpshooters run high Crit to capitalize on their high Crit Rate Skill Tree during early Tier 1 to Tier 3 pre Legion Raid gearsets.

  • Death Strike: High Crit and Swiftness with speck of Specialization. Run Crit on all accessories and Swiftness from your necklace. Some Specialization from only a ring will help smooth out Hawk Meter Identity Gauge gain and some damage boost to Silverhawk skills.
  • Loyal Companion: High Swiftness and Crit. Run Swiftness on all accessories and Crit from your necklace and a ring.
  • Death Strike + Loyal Companion: 60% Crit, 40% Specialization. 1100-1300 Crit and 850-1000 Specialization , Crit all accessories and Specialization only from necklace and a earring. *Even though this stats is possible for NAEU but it is unrealistic for the time being until bracelet exist for easier optimization and the build doesn't work well until full set relic gearset. This build was discovered after Loyal Companion effect reworked which requires a unrealistic rotation that is clunky with missing gearsets and lower stats.


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

  • Death Strike applies a big 44% Increased Damage Debuff on the target for 8 seconds.
  • Loyal Companion grants +8% Movement Speed , 10% Attack Power Increased and 14% Increased Damage Marks while Silverhawk is summoned. At high end Tier 3 , both class engravings can be use together.
  • Hit Master synergizes well with Sharpshooter since the majority of yours skills do not have Back Attack or Head Attack modifiers. This engraving doesn't affect your Awakening skills. It is the safer option out of both Grudge and Cursed Doll.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Keen Blunt Weapon* complements the high Crit Rate Skill Tree.
  • Raid Captain synergizes with Loyal Companion and should only be used together. With the +8% Movement Speed from Loyal Companion and high Swiftness stat, you can get at least +136% Movement Speed for 16% damage increase.
  • Awakening is used by Loyal Companion Sharpshooters at late Tier 3 end game optimization when they have high enough Swiftness(1600+) to reduce awakening cooldown by a significant amount and pairing with this engraving at Level 2 to try to get close to 50% awakening cooldown reduction so that they are able to use Fenrir's Messenger to generate 100% Hawk Meter back as soon as Silver Hawk expires.

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 from battle items. 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.

Death Strike

Death Strike
Keen Blunt Weapon
Hit Master
Cursed Doll Loyal Companion

Loyal Companion

Loyal Companion
Raid Captain
Keen Blunt Weapon
Hit Master


Gear Sets

These are the specific gear sets for each tier.
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

Harsh Oath Set
(Harsh Oath set can be used when Crit Rate Skill Tree levels are upgraded high enough.)

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Gloves & Shoulder
Harsh Oath Gloves & Shoulder
Demon Beast Strength 4pcs

1445+ gearscore
Nightmare Flower Set
(Death Strike Build)

Shrieking Hallucination Set
(High Swiftness Loyal Companion Build)

Poem of Salvation Set
(Death Strike + Loyal Companion Build ; 60% Crit + 40% Specialization stats split Build)


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 pairings.

Check the Rune Guide for more details.

Atomic ArrowBleed
Quick Recharge
Arrow WaveGalewind
Moving SlashRage
Blade Storm*Wealth
Charged ShotFocus
Sharp ShooterFocus
Deadly SlashWealth
Arrow Shower*Bleed
  • Bleed works best on skills with low cooldown like Atomic Arrow or Rapid Shot.
  • Galewind should be applied on almost all your big damage skills like Snipe.
  • Wealth should be applied on your highest Identity Gauge gain skills like Deadly Slash or Blade Storm.
  • Quick Recharge provides a chance of reducing the overall cooldown of skills.
  • Conviction and Judgment are paired with Sharp Shooter and Arrow Shower for Loyal Companion Build to reduce Awakening and Basic skills cooldown while also providing massive mana regen.

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.

Atomic ArrowLong Fuse
Arrow WaveEnhanced Arrow
Slow Tide
Wave Streak
Blade Storm*Silver Master
Lightning Blade
Blade Dance(Optional)
Charged ShotQuick Preparation
Double Shot
Fast Fire or Steady Aim
Sharp ShooterVital Point Strike
Weak Point Detection
Focus Shot
Deadly Slash*Silver Master
SnipeQuick Preparation
Weak Point Detection
Easy Prey
Moving SlashExcellent Mobility
Arrow Shower*Magick Control
Sustain Enhancement
Piercing Arrow

(*) Optional skill choices


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

Charged Shot
Arrow Wave
Sharp Shooter

Atomic Arrow*
Arrow Shower*(Loyal Companion)
Blade Storm*(Death Strike)

Cooldown Gems

Arrow Wave
Sharp Shooter

Charged Shot*(Loyal Companion)
Blade Storm*(Death Strike)

(*) Optional skill 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


  • Death Strike causes Last Rush to apply a 44% Increased Damage debuff for the Sharpshooter. Line up your most damaging skills during this burst window.
  • Loyal Companion causes Silverhawk basic attack and Wings of Storm to mark the target with 14% increase damage taken from the Sharpshooter, This mark also stacks with Death Strike mark.
  • Sharpshooters' biggest damage nukes are Last Rush and Snipe.
  • Death Strike Sharpshooters aim for high Crit on all accessories and Swiftness on their necklace.
  • Loyal Companion Sharpshooters aim for high Swiftness on all accessories and Crit on their necklace
  • Grudge and Cursed Doll are two great damage engravings that do not rely on positioning. If you're a newer player looking for safer alternatives, Keen Blunt Weapon and Hit Master offer damage boosts with negligible or no downsides.
  • Wealth should be applied on the highest Identity Gauge generating skills to make sure Hawk Meter is always up for your DPS rotation.


Written by Rei
Edited by Yaen
Reviewed by Lexyu, Raxxanterax


Sep 3rd 2022
Updated Pros and Cons section. Added extra information about "Conviction" and "Judgement" runes usage for Loyal Companion gameplay.

Jun 21st 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts. Adjusted Skill Rotation clarity for each different engraving gameplay.