How to be an effective assassin role. You don’t have to play Shade.
Many different classes can play an assassin role. I like Mercenary Kruber, for example.
This guide is to teach you to think outside of the box. While I will give you my opinion on things that best suit the assassin role, there are plenty of options that I’m not mentioning.
What should an assassin use?
An assassin is the player who kills priority targets. You should have high precision, good headshotting ability, and carry weapons designed to kill bosses and priority targets quickly.
What weapon is perfect for this?
1. High damage, single target stabs
2. Far reach
3. High crit multipliers
4. High headshot multipliers
This is the ideal weapon for an assassin. Since they stab, you can pick on specific targets in a horde. Since they reach far, it’s harder for the enemy to deny your target. Since they have high multipliers, they reward headshot skills immensely.
I would like to emphasize that swinging weapons are bad for assassins. When you have many enemies in front of you, swinging will not target who you want to target. It will likely hit someone else, rendering you ineffective. You want a stabbing weapon.
In a pinch, these weapons are good for slaying bosses, too. If you can repeatedly headshot the boss (or backshot against Stormfiend), you will deal a lot of damage for a melee weapon. This can conserve your ammo, or be used when you are out of ammo.
Here’s the list of guns that are good for boss hunting. Not all of them are equal, but on some characters, you don’t have amazing choices.
Bow (Huntsman only)
Rifle (Huntsman only)
Who has access to polearms?
Mercenary – Halberd, Spear, Spear + Shield
Huntsman – Halberd, Spear, Spear + Shield
Foot Knight – Halberd, Spear + Shield
Waystalker – Spear
Handmaiden – Spear
Shade – Spear
Sister of Thorn – Spear
Witch Hunter – Billhook
Bounty Hunter – Billhook
Zealot – Billhook
You can see that the assassin role can be filled by many different classes. You can play a healing assassin, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Think outside of the box.
The halberd takes some practice getting used to its janky moveset. Be warned. But it is the highest damage polearm on Kruber. It also has the furthest reach in the game, when using heavy stab.
To stab repeatedly: Heavy + light + repeat
To break shields: Push-attack + light + repeat
This is a defensive polearm. Its strength is crowd control. There are no fancy stabbing combos. You can also run quickly with this weapon by holding down a heavy attack. This weapon might have the best solo potential.
Crowd Control: Light + Heavy + repeat (push-attack if needed)
Spear +Shield (Kruber)
This is a defensive polearm. It keeps *you* safe by allowing you to block and attack simultaneously. This is probably one of the easiest and safest of weapons.
To stab repeatedly: Hold block + Tertiary attack (go for headshots)
This is your only polearm on elf. Fortunately, it’s very good and lacks nothing.
To stab repeatedly: Light + Heavy + Repeat
This weapon cannot stab repeatedly, but doing repeated heavies is close enough.
If you’re not using a billhook, this is pretty much your only other option on Saltzpyre. It has stabs, high multipliers, but it has a bit lower range.
You don’t want to be the first to the fray as an assassin. You want to shadow your teammates and use your reach advantage to kill elites. Elites are your prey; stormvermin, maulers, berserkers, chaos warriors, bestigor. Move among your teammates and make sure their problems are elite-free. It should be mentioned that specials are on your list, too.
You can do this in melee or range. Range is easiest, melee is always reliable. Headshots help immensely, so this is a high-skill role.
Your teammates will know you are doing a good job, when the hordes have very few elites running among them.
When fighting bosses, you should be the one to kill the boss. You are best at it. Your teammates should deal with the horde or other things. Knowing how to solo a boss is a very useful skill.
Thinking outside of the box
I have given you a template for the assassin role. However, I am not an authority figure. You can be creative and find other strategies to perform the assassin role.
One might decide they want to use a flail. Kill all shield elites.
One might decide to use 2h Axe on Bardin. Kill all armored elites and utilize the engineer’s pistol for bosses.
One might decide to use Sienna and find a powerful staff build.
I like to play medic assassin. Kill the elites so my friends don’t get hurt. Heal them if they do get hurt.
What will you create?
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