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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:04 AM

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An In-depth Guide to Assassin Class


Assassins are professionals in assassination.

They are especially known to form contracts with Shadow Devils to learn Shadow skills secretly handed down through the Assassin Guild. Their powers exceed any living human being.






Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. General Tips
III. Stats
IV. Skills
V.A. Thief
V.B. Assassin
V.C. Skill Rotation
VI. Cards

VII. Useful Links







Pros:
- Great DPS class.
- Has many skills to use.
- Great damage output burst.
- Easy to use and learn.
- Less costy in gears than other class.
- Most of the skills are instant to cast.
- Appreciated in Raids and Dungeons.
- Dat awsom pose when standing.

Cons:
- Not meant for tanking.
- Decent survivability with Shadow Armor.
- No healing skills and abilities.
- Melee.
- Ugly after activating Shadow Form.





I. Introduction
Welcome to the In-depth guide to the Assassin Class! If you're the kind of player where you want to see your opponent most of the time bleeding then this is the right class for you! Although you're not tanky as a Knight and not as cool-looking as other class after you change form, you'll learn that looks doesn't matter as long as you can kill them in a matter of seconds. This class is not meant to be played not only by pros but also for beginners as this is not a complicated class like other classes like Priest and Sorcerer as they are the busiest class during raids and the like. This was the 3rd update for this guide and since I finished working on my Assassin, I'll spend most of my time answering Assassin-related questions here. Feel free to ask one if you do have one. I'm no pro player and I didn't have the chance to play CBT but I fairly maxed my Assassin after 5 days of hardships and trials, but sadly no awards for hardworking persons like us. Feel free to ignore the past comments below by me as they were part of the original guide. Let's start.





II. General Tips
Assassins unlike Priest and Sorcerer can't basically do much solo and I recommend going with at least a Priest because Priests are undoubtedly in-demand in this game, and having one doesn't hurt to spare. And trust me, you'll level up faster than usual. On the opposite, priests and sorcerer also needs DPS class like Assassin to make quests easier as they share a common mutual benefit. That's just how the game works.

Wondering what Profession does best for your lovey-dovey Assassin? It's personal opinion but you can choose anything you like from Blacksmith, Artisan, Alchemist or even Chefs. It's a matter of how you play your character. I myself, would go for the easiest of the Profession, Artisan, as I found crafting your own armors would be more convenient than buying and vice-versa for weapon crafting.

So you're wondering how will you spend your stats wisely for your character in each level. You can pump STR till lv. 25 and put some to Agi afterwards or do the 2:1 ratio, do what your heart desires as it will not matter end game as you can level up easily after some grinds and dungeon.

Do Khara while grinding as it helps you get more exp at the same time the quest rewards for each challenge can be surprising, and titles can help boost stats, and you'll find it much easier to do the rest of Khara after max level when there's less monster killing and more of getting this and that. That'll make life easier for you, and the game.





III. Stats
STR - Increases your overall damage
AGI - Increases your evasion, dodge and critical rate
INT - I found this not useful for Assassins
WIS - Increases your max SP
VIT - Increases your max HP

(STR/AGI/VIT)
40/40/8 - Most common build chosen by players.
41/41/0 - If you don't like putting stats to Vit.
50/29/2 - Maximum damage dealt per second
29/50/2 - Great critical rate and decent damage.
33/33/32 - If you like to balance out your stats, although this one is for Rogues





IV. Skills
Skill image, descriptions, requirement, SP, casting time and cooldown are all taken from roguard.net. Personal comments are also listed below.

V.A. Thief
Posted ImageDouble Attack (Attack)
Requires:
Description: Obtain 1 combo point. Attack enemy to inflict attack damage of 17%/19%/21%/23%/25%.
SP: 1.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 1s.
Comment: Your main skill. You'll use it whether you like it or not. It's like the butter to your bread.


Posted ImageDagger Throwing (Attack)
Requires: Deadly Blow 1
Description: Throw knife to a far away enemy to inflict attack damage of 18%/21%/23%/25%/27%.
SP: 1/2/3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 8s.
Comment: Used for luring enemies far away from you. Usefully most of the time in dungeons and in grinding.


Posted ImageDeadly Blow (Attack)
Requires:
Description: Strike the enemy with a Deadly Blow to inflict attack damage of 17%/19%/21%/23%/25%. Consume all combo points to inflict additional damage equivalent to attack of 7% for each combo point consumed.
SP: 1/2/3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: Instant.
Comment: Deals a fair amount of damage depending on the number of combo points gathered.


Posted ImageMeteor Assault (Attack)
Requires: Dark Illusion 1
Description: Cause a shock wave on the surface to inflict attack damage of 17%/20%/23% to max. 3 surrounding enemies.
SP: 1/2/3.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Used for luring enemies around you. Leave this at lv 1.


Posted ImageCombo Training (Passive)
Requires: Double Attack 1
Description: Use skills that obtain combo points to obtain additional 1 combo point with 5%/10%/15% probability.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: Instant.
Comment: Gives you extra combo points with % chance after using skill.


Posted ImagePoisoning Weapon (Buff)
Requires: Dagger Throwing 1
Description: Dip weapon in poison to poison target with 30% probability when used in attacks. Inflicts additional damage equivalent to attack of 10%/11%/12%/13%/15% every 2 sec. for 20 sec.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Some players max it, some players don't, and I'm one of those who didn't because for me, the extra 4 points are better of spent to other useful skills and the 5% at max level isn't worth the skill point.


Posted ImageHiding (Buff)
Requires:
Description: Unavailable during battle. Hide yourself in shadows. Movement speed decreases by 40%/20%/0% in Hiding state. The first attack skill used during Hiding state also inflicts twice the damage.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: I use this skill in combination with Dark Illusion or Shadow Assault.


Posted ImageCross Impact (Attack)
Requires: Mark of Genocide 1
Description: Obtain 1 combo point. Attack enemy and inflict damage of 17%/19%/21%/24%/26%.
SP: 1/2/3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 8s.
Comment: This is a skill which I do not use and can be likened to Double Attack and I prefer using that than this.


Posted ImageDark Illusion (Attack)
Requires: Hiding 1
Description: Hiding state required. Obtain 1 combo point. Inflict Attack Power damage of 17%/19%/21%/23%/25%. by attacking the enemy from behind. This skill always applies as a critical hit.
SP: 1/2/3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Initiating skill used especially in grinding and/or PvP. Deals 2x damage and I use it every time before engaging mobs.


Posted ImageMark of Genocide (Buff)
Requires: Combo Training 1
Description: Increases Critical Rate of all Party and Attack Squad members by 0.4%/0.8%/1.2%/1.6%/2% for 30 min.
SP: 2/3/4/5/6.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Party Buff. It's up to you whether you want to max it or not because your party might call you a noob if you don't. Well if you're playing with friends just tell them otherwise.


V.B. Assassin
Posted ImageGrimtooth (Attack)
Requires: Shadow Fiend 1
Description: Obtain 1 combo point. Spout a Shadow Thorn from beneath the ground to inflict Attack Power damage by 16%/18%/20%/22%/24% to max. 3 surrounding enemies. Obtain additional combo points depending on number of targets hit.
SP: 1/2/3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 10s.
Comment: I use this when mobs are still far away from you to get 1 combo point. I leave this at lv 1.


Posted ImageShadow Fiend (Passive)
Requires: Cross Impact 1
Description: Use skills that obtain combo points to inflict additional attack damage of 22% by casting a shadow from your feet with a 4%/8%/12% probability.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: Instant.
Comment: I just love this buff. Max it! Who doesn't want extra damage?


Posted ImageShadow Claw (Buff)
Requires: Shadow Fiend 1
Description: Increase your Critical Rate by 1%/2%/3%/4%/5% for 30 min.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Moar crits. Max it.


Posted ImageHiding Exceed (Passive)
Requires: Meteor Assault 1
Description: Increases movement speed by 10%/20%/30% during Hiding state.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: Instant.
Comment: This the subject of debate between many discussion whether to max it or not. Some players max this because their builds are focused on mobility and I do not. I mainly focus my Assassin on dealing DPS and I don't care much about moving but I've seen mobility Assassin type in PvP which the opponent cannot damage due to fast speed esp. when Melee vs. Melee.


Posted ImageShadow Fang (Attack)
Requires: Grimtooth 1
Description: Swallow max. 10 surrounding enemies around target by a shadow to inflict Attack Power damage of 9%/10%/12%. This skill is effective when used on more than 3 enemies and the effect drops depending on the number of targets when used on more than 6 enemies.
SP: 3/4/5.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: Instant.
Comment: I leave this at lv 1 because the extra 3% at max level ain't just worth it.


Posted ImageShadow Armor (Buff)
Requires: Grimtooth 1
Description: Increase defense rate by 50% for 10 sec. with a Shadow Shield. (Recast after 120/100/80/60/40 sec.)
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 120s/100s/80s/60s/40s.
Comment: Great skill for soloing boss because of the half damage decreased. I leave this at lv 1 and maxed it after 50 because I'm more of a PvP type of person and I need all the defense I can get to survive.


Posted ImageShadow Explosion (Attack)
Requires: Shadow Form 1
Description: 5 combo points required. Explode a shadow within the enemy to inflict attack damage of 67%/72%/76%/81%/85%.
SP: 3/4/5/6/7.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 20s.
Comment: I use this in alternate with Deadly Blow. It has cooldown so I use both.


Posted ImageShadow Strike (Attack)
Requires: Shadow Form 1
Description: Obtain 3 combo points only in Shadow Form state. Attack enemy to inflict damage of 28%/32%/35%/38%/42%.
SP: 2/3/4/5/6.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 20s.
Comment: Great skill for getting combo points. Personally I max this because of damage percentage.


Posted ImageShadow Form (Buff)
Requires: Grimtooth 1
Description: Harmonize with Shadow Fiend to increase attack and movement speed by 6%/12%/18%/24%/30%. Deactivates if used one more time.
SP: 0.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Comment: Makes you horribly ugly in exchange for ASPD and MS. We should file a complaint about making a better render than the default. Like srsly.


Posted ImageShadow Assault (Attack)
Requires: Shadow Form 1
Description: Only available in Shadow Form. Leap onto a far enemy to inflict attack damage of 26%/29%/32%/35%/38% and Fall for 3 sec.
SP: 2/3/4/5/6.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 20s.
Comment: I do not use this in combat but in PvP only as it has 3 sec or less glitch when jumping and sometimes makes you stuck on air with the enemy can attack you and makes it definitely unfair. But it doesn't hurt for the 3 sec knock back effect.





V.C. Skill Rotation
Before entering combat: (Thief)
Mark of Genocide>Poisoning Weapon

Normal Mobs: (Thief)
Hiding>Dark Illusion>Double Attack x5/Deadly Blow

Normal Mobs: (Dungeon)(Thief)
Dagger Throwing>Double Attack x5>Deadly Blow

Before entering combat: (Assassin)
Shadow Form>Mark of Genocide>Poisoning Weapon>Shadow Claw>Shadow Armor

Normal Mobs: (Assassin)
Hiding>Dark Illusion/Shadow Assault>Shadow Strike>Double Attack x2>Shadow Explosion/Deadly Blow
or you can put Shadow Armor in the combo

Normal Mobs: (Dungeon)(Assassin)
Dagger Throwing>Grimtooth>Shadow Strike>Double Attack>Shadow Explosion/Deadly Blow
or you can deduct Grimtooth from the rotation and do x2 Double Attack

PvP:
Cast Buffs>Hiding>Shadow Assault/Dark Illusion>Shadow Armor>Shadow Strike>Double Attack x2>Shadow Explosion/Deadly Blow>Repeat combo





VI. Cards
All information are from ro2-english.wikia.com

Scratch Thief Card
Level: 50.
Equipment Effect: STR 6 WIS 6 INT 6 VIT 17 AGI 6
Obtained From: Scratch Thief, ????
Card Description: Once a Grooming Robber that followed Edze but barely maintaining a life after running away to the Road of Bless after Edze fell.
Set Information: Not Applicable.
Card Combination: (for other Card combinations)


Scratch Thief Card [Normal +]
Level: 50.
Equipment Effect: STR 8 WIS 8 INT 8 VIT 21 AGI 8
Obtained From: Scratch Thief, ????
Card Description: Once a Grooming Robber that followed Edze but barely maintaining a life after running away to the Road of Bless after Edze fell.
Set Information: Not Applicable.
Card Combination: (for other Card combinations)


Garbong Card
Level: 50.
Equipment Effect: STR 9 WIS 3 INT 6 VIT 9 AGI 9
Obtained From: Garbong, ????
Card Description: Has a suspicious bone mask on. All other goblins shake from terror because of its savage personality.
Set Information: Not Applicable.
Card Combination: (for other Card combinations)


Garbong Card [Normal +]
Level: 50.
Equipment Effect: STR 11 WIS 12 INT 8 VIT 12 AGI 11
Obtained From: Garbong, ????
Card Description: Has a suspicious bone mask on. All other goblins shake from terror because of its savage personality.
Set Information: Not Applicable.
Card Combination: (for other Card combinations)







VII. Useful Links


Some tips for Assassins.

Roguard Stat Calculator

RO2 Skill Simulator

RO2Base

Assassin Shadow Form

Assassin Theory






Help me by voting a "thumbs up" on my guide on RO2Base! All comments and votes are appreciated. Thank you!






Edit #1 : Removed some link/s and edited some part/s that can be seen differently.
Edit #2 : Added some links.
Edit #3 : Added RO2Base in the VII. and my build.
Edit #4 : Added useful links.

Edited by ItsFaulkenOMG, 16 April 2013 - 05:28 PM.

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#2 ItsFaulkenOMG

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:05 AM

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:39 AM

You should add RO2base to your useful links, especially the assassin simulator: http://ro2base.com/b...erator/assassin
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 06:55 AM

Added. This was on my original copy of the guide and I accidentally removed it. My bad.
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:10 AM

Very nice layout and great info :no1: . Keep it up
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Posted 14 April 2013 - 03:36 PM

Very nice layout and great info :no1: . Keep it up


Thanks! Good luck to you guys!
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:05 AM

I like this.

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 09:27 AM

Great guide! very insightful.
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Posted 16 April 2013 - 05:26 PM

I like this.

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Great guide! very insightful.


Thanks! I love you both! :)
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:27 PM

For
40/40/8 - Most common build chosen by players.
vs
41/41/0 - If you don't like putting stats to Vit.
Is the 8 vit worth it? Or for that matter is the 1 agi and 1 str worth it?
What stat build has the best end-game effectiveness?
What are the weapons assassins use, do they still use katars like RO1?
Thanks. :3
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:53 PM

For
40/40/8 - Most common build chosen by players.
vs
41/41/0 - If you don't like putting stats to Vit.
Is the 8 vit worth it? Or for that matter is the 1 agi and 1 str worth it?
What stat build has the best end-game effectiveness?
What are the weapons assassins use, do they still use katars like RO1?
Thanks. :3



Which ever build you choose is pretty negligible, it mostly comes down to personal preference and whether you think the 48 HP you get from the 8 Vit is worth it.

You use claws as an assassin. However, since all of your combat is done in shadow form, you'll rarely actually see them.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:22 PM

Which ever build you choose is pretty negligible, it mostly comes down to personal preference and whether you think the 48 HP you get from the 8 Vit is worth it.

You use claws as an assassin. However, since all of your combat is done in shadow form, you'll rarely actually see them.

Is 48 a lot? In some ways it feels like yes and no, like maybe that's one low level fireball and DoT protection, but at the same time if the 1 extra str and 1 extra agi is worth it is the dilemna I'm currently facing.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:36 PM

Is 48 a lot? In some ways it feels like yes and no, like maybe that's one low level fireball and DoT protection, but at the same time if the 1 extra str and 1 extra agi is worth it is the dilemna I'm currently facing.


For end game dungeons and raids the standard is about 5k HP so I guess that 48 additional HP could somehow miraculously save you, even though you'd probably die soon after anyway. I personally went with 41/41 but I wouldn't really sweat it, the marginal gains from either build are so small you probably won't notice the difference.
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Posted 24 April 2013 - 04:17 PM

You should look into adding a good leveling area for Thief's & Assassins.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:17 AM

Very nice, I do agree with Shilow that adding leveling areas could only help the validity of this post. Love it though great work.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:11 PM

Hello! I never tried a thief class in seaRO2 before and I would like to be one here in NARO2.

I'm a bit confused about what you said about "Hiding Exceed". Is that "Cloak Hiding" from this? --> http://www.ro2base.c...1.1.1/0.0.0.0.0

I noticed you said

in PvP which the opponent cannot damage due to fast speed esp. when Melee vs. Melee

but from that link I gave, it says that the movement speed you'll get from Hiding Exceed only applies only if you're in hiding.

So please can you clarify?

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:18 PM

Shadow Form increases ASPD? What? I thought it increases PATK..
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Posted 28 April 2013 - 08:25 AM

Dark Illusion adds a combo point if/when it hits, so you'll only need to use Double Attack 4 times

As an Assassin, I tend to use Shadow Form, then buff with Shadow Claw, and Mark of Genocide, Poisoning Weapon, then Hiding.
Poisoning Weapon and Hiding can be used while moving, so I use the stationary buffs first, then the other two while moving.
Poisoning Weapon is stationary, so I use that buff along with Shadow Claw first, before applying the others.
I usually save my Shadow Armor for if I get mobbed, or if a boss is about to use their heavy attack.

For Normal Mobs (Thief/Assassin): Hiding-> Dark Illusion-> Double Attack x4 (at most) -> Deadly Blow
For Mini-bosses (Assassin): Hiding-> Dark Illusion-> Double Attack x4 (at most)-> Shadow Explosion to start
For monsters like Garbong and Poisona: continue with Shadow Assault(incapacitate for 3s)-> Shadow Strike (add 3 combo points)-> Double Attack x2-> Deadly Blow.
If a monster summons adds: group them together and use Grimtooth (adds 1 combo point per enemy hit, up to 3)-> Double Attack x2-> Deadly Blow.
which would leave me with enough time to do Double Attack x5-> Shadow Explosion, most of the time.

Edited by OniNoMeKyo, 02 May 2013 - 05:06 PM.

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 06:03 AM

is 41 Agi 41 Vit Viable?
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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:08 AM

nice bro!
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Posted 02 May 2013 - 07:09 AM

is 41 Agi 41 Vit Viable?

tat the famous stat among Sin
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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:04 PM

this is mine build im thinking off what do u all think

http://www.ro2base.c...1.1.1/0.0.0.0.0
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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:18 AM

Shadow Claw (Buff)

i just think 5% critical rate is big deal ?
increase how much?
it would be better put into other skill ?

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 12:31 AM

Wanted to ask what you guys think about the build i thought of: http://ro2base.com/b...1.1.1/0.0.0.0.0
i already tried every skill there is and found this to be a useful build (PvE)
Thinking of maybe putting only 1 point in shadow armor and maxing Poison weapon, for more dps.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 10:03 AM

41/41/0 is the best build for assassin focused on dmg critical?
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