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The Complete Rogue Assassin Build DPS – Neverwinter Mod 22 Dragonbone Vale

Welcome to our Rogue Assassin Guide, updated for Mod 22: Dragonbone Vale

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In Neverwinter, the Rogue Assassin is a melee DPS class that can quickly take down enemies with her powerful attacks.

In this guide, we will give you some tips and tricks on how to maximize your damage as a Rogue Assassin. We’ll also cover some of the best gear and abilities for this class.

So whether you’re just starting out as a Rogue Assassin or are looking to improve your DPS, read on for helpful advice!

Rogues can be either Assassin or Whisperknife, both are DPS-oriented. Check out our Rogue Whisperknife Guide here

The purpose of our class guides is not just to show you a build that you can copy and use on your character, but to show you a base build and teach you the mechanics and stats of the game, so you can understand and play your class to its fullest capabilities.

Try different gear, feats, and powers, and learn to tailor your own build for your playstyle. See our guide to making your own build for more info.

  1. Basic Assassin Info
    1. Best Assassin Races
    2. Ability Score Priority
    3. Stat / Rating Priority
  2. Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation
    1. Combat Powers
    2. Feats
    3. Rotation
  3. Boons
  4. Weapons & Gear
  5. Artifacts
  6. Enchantments
  7. Consumables & Buffs
  8. Companions
  9. Mounts

Basic Rogue Assassin Info

Below is all the basic information for the Assassin from race choices to stats.

Other Rogue Builds

Best Assassin Races

What race you play doesn’t play a huge role, but will give you a small boost. Generally, I would advise you to play a race that you enjoy.

Neverwinter Race
  1. Metallic Ancestry Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any two Ability Score – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  2. Dragonborn Recieve 5% more healing – +2 to Any Ability Score – 3% Critical Strike – 3% Power
  3. Human1% Bonus to all stats – +3 To any Ability Score
  4. Tiefling5% + Damage to targets below 50% health – +2 Cha and +2 Con or Int – 10% to reduce damage of target for 5 sec by 2.5%
  5. Gith5% Combat Advantage – +2 Dex and +2 Str or Int – 5% Stamina Regen
  6. Wood Elf – 5% Critical Strike – +2 Dex and +2 Int or Wis – 20% Resistance to Slow
  7. Half-Orc5% Crit Severity – +2 Dex and +2 Con or Str – 10% Movement Speed for 3 sec when entering combat

Assassin Ability Score Priority

Put all your available Ability Scores into Strength and Charisma.

Assassin Stat / Rating Priority

The Combat Rework introduced major changes to how stats and item level work, for more info see the official post.

Your cap for each stat is based on your item level. To cap a stat, the numbers of the stat need to be equal to or higher than your item level.

If your stat number is higher than your item level, you are wasting stats and should try to allocate stats differently.

For every 1000 points, a stat is lower than your item level you lose 1% in that stat.

You won’t be able to easily cap all stats, but capping your power is quite easy.

Offensive Stats

  1. Power (90%)
  2. Combat Advantage (90%)
  3. Critical Strike (90%)
  4. Critical Severity (90%)
  5. Accuracy (90%)

Defensive Stats

  1. Defense (90%)
  2. Deflection (90%)
  3. Critical Avoidance (90%)
  4. Awareness (90%)
  5. Health (90%)

Rogue Assassin Paragon Path Feats, Powers & Rotation

This part is all about optimizing the Assassin with the best feats, powers, and boons.

Rogue Assassin Build
Assassin is the current recommended Paragon path for Rogues.

Rogue Assassin Combat Powers

At-Will Powers:

  • Duelist’s Flurry (ST)
  • Gloaming Cut (ST) – Cloud of Steel (AoE)

Encounter Powers:

  • Lashing Blade
  • Wicked Reminder (ST) / Path of the Blade (AoE)
  • Assassinate

Daily Powers:

  • Shocking Execution
  • Bloodbath

Class Features:

  • Oppressive Darkness
  • Invisible or Skillful Infiltrator

Rogue Assassin Feats

  • Toxic Blades
  • Master of Shadows
  • Skullcracker
  • Back Alley Tactics
  • Shadow’s Flurry (ST) or Execution (AoE)

Rogue Assassin Rotation

Single Target Rotation:

Stealth > Wicked Reminder > Lashing Blade > Assassinate > Shocking Execution – Use Gloaming Cut to apply the Bleed, then use Gloaming Cut, then remember to reapply Bleed with Gloaming Cut

AoE Rotation:

Stealth > Blade Flurry x2 > Path of the Blade > Assassinate > Cloud of Steel > Use Bloodbath when available

Rogue Assassin Boons

You should always choose boons based on what stats you currently need. Therefore a selection of several viable boons is available to you for each tier.

Tier 1 Boons

  • Recruit’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Critical Strike – 0.2% Critical Strike Per Rank
  • Critical Avoidance – 0.2% Critical Avoidance Per Rank
  • Cultist Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Cultist Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. Cultists.

Tier 2 Boons

  • Squire’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Armor Penetration – 0.2% Critical Severity Per Rank
  • Defense – 0.2% Defense Per Rank
  • Demonic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Demonic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. demons.

Tier 3 Boons

  • Knight’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Combat Advantage – 0.2% Combat Advantage Per Rank
  • Awareness – 0.2% Awareness Per Rank
  • Dino Bulwark – 0.2 HP Per Rank
  • Dino Power – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. dinos.

Tier 4 Boons

  • Captain’s Training – 0.2% Power Per Rank
  • Accuracy – 0.2% Accuracy Per Rank
  • Deflect – 0.2% Deflect Per Rank
  • Necrotic Bulwark – 0.2% HP Per Rank
  • Necrotic Mastery – 1% Increased damage and damage resistance vs. undead.

Tier 5 Boons (Choose 2)

  • Masterclass – 1% Forte per rank
  • Quick Turnaround – 1% Recharge Speed

Master Boons

  • Deathly Rage 3/3 or Blood Lust 3/3

Guild Boons

  • Offense – Power or Critical Strike Bonus
  • Defense – Defence or Hit Point Bonus

Rogue Assassin Weapons & Gear

If you are new to Neverwinter and need to know how to get better gear and increase your item level, check out our Gearing Up Guide.

Note that the best in slot for your build might vary depending on what stats you have.

The best way to gear up in Neverwinter is by making a lot of Astral Diamonds, check out our Astral Diamond Guide to learn all the secrets of AD farming.

  • Goristro’s Horns (Avernus Hunts)
  • Enclave Scout’s Hat
  • Blessed Whisper’s Hood of Quiet (Avernus Hunts)

Armor

  • Blessed Bone Devil’s Ribcage (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid (Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid

Arms

  • Wristguards of Precipitation
  • Crag Scaler Gauntlets
  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid(Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid

Feet

  • Wasteland Wanderers
  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Avernus Rare Monsters)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid (Vault of Stars)

Weapons

  • Masterwork Set
  • Scalebreaker’s Wrath
  • Mirage Set
  • Lionheart Set
  • Grand Alliance Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Duelist’s Flurry

Offhand Modifications:

  • Recharge Speed

Rings

You can use any ring with Swordsman’s Perk (3% Melee Power Damage)

  • Band of Air
  • The Red Eye’s Glare
  • The Fallen Lord’s Authority
  • Diamond Ring of Spite +3
  • Ring of Fallen Power +5
  • Bypass Gold Ring
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran / Master

Neck & Waist

  • Demogorgon’s Wrath Set: Heart’s Twine& Sinous Chord
  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)

Shirt

  • Shirt of the Dragon Cult
  • Vale Tunic
  • Upper Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)

Pants

  • War-Worn Pants
  • Velvet Pants +1
  • Lower Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)

Rogue Assassin Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Demogorgon’s Reach
  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Mythallar Fragment
  • Neverwinter’s Standard
  • Jewel of the North
  • Demogorgon’s Reach

Or choose 2 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

  • Frozen Storyteller’s Journal
  • Flayed Storyteller’s Journal
  • Darkened Storyteller’s Journal
  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal

Other Artifact Choices

  • Lantern of Revelation
  • Arcturia’s Music Box
  • Trobriands Ring
  • Staff of Flowers
  • Halaster’s Blast Scepter
  • Shard of Orcus’ Wand

Rogue Assassin Enchantments

When getting enchantments, always get the ones with the stats you are lacking in with your gear, boons, etc in mind.

For example, if you’ve capped Crit with your gear and boons, don’t get azure enchantments for your offense slots.

If you still need to refine your enchantments, see our Refinement Guide for tips on how to farm refinement.

Offense Enchantments

  • Cobalt Enchantment
  • Garnet Enchantment
  • Citrine Enchantment
  • Amethyst Enchantment
  • Jade Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

  • Garnet Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

  • Garnet Enchantment

Bonus Enchantments

  • Recharge Bonus

Combat Enchantments

  • Poisoned Thorn
  • Cursed Burn

Overload Enchantments

  • Rage of Flames or Devil’s Precision
  • Various Marks from Stronghold Vendor
  • Corrupt Black Ice / Lethal / Piercing
  • Black / Red Dragon Glyph

Armor Reinforcement Kits

  • Critical Strike or Severity or Accuracy Kit

Jewelry Reinforcement Kits

  • Combat Advantage Jewel

Rogue Assassin Consumables & Buffs

Consider getting VIP for the Power of VIP HP buff if you aren’t already. Also always stand in campfires to get the +1 ability campfire buff.

Pick one from each of the categories below depending on the stats you are lacking.

Invocation Blessing: Grace of Battle / Gift of Awareness / Righteous Boon / Gamber’s Fortune

Stronghold Food: Seared Tuna / Prime Rib / Ratatouille

Event Food: Watermelon Sorbet / Hotwings / Squash Soup / Mochi

Elixir: Wild Storm Elixir

Potion: Superior Flask of Potency +1

Reusable Item: Awakened Forger’s Box > Empowered Chain of Scales > Adorable Pocket Pet > Tymora’s Lucky Coin

Rogue Assassin Companions

Summoned Companion

For your summoned companion you have the choice between using Augmented companions which will make it easier to cap stats or an active combat companion which will do damage.

Augment Companion Choices

  • Owlbear Cub
  • Bulette Pup
  • Deepcrow Hatchling
  • Ioun Stones
  • Quasit

Active Companion Choices

  • Pseudodragon
  • Honey Badger
  • Tomb Spider
  • Spined Devil
  • Kuo-Toa
  • Wayward Wizard (AoE)
  • Regis (AoE)

Enchantment Power

  • Potency
  • Acute Senses
  • Potent Precision
  • Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • Wulfgar (Wulfgar’s Wrecking) – 4.7% Combat Advantage & Accuracy
  • Drizzt (Drizzt’s Devestation) – 4.7% Critical Change & Severity
  • Neverwinter Knight (Neverwinter Knight’s Discipline) – 7.5% Outgoing Damage
  • Wild Hunt Rider (Wild Hunt Discipline) – 2/3/5% chance to increase damage by 10% for 5 seconds.
  • Siege Master (Siege Master’s Discipline) – Combined Rating – Increases the power of your At-Will powers by 11% (Doubled on Stronghold Map)
  • Black Dragon Ioun Stone (Black Dragon’s Insight) – 7.5% Critical Chance
  • Staldorf (Staldorf’s Presence) – 7.5% Combat Advantage
  • Razorwood (Twigblight’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Accuracy
  • Hawk (Hawk’s Insight’s) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Critical Chance
  • Armored Orc Wolf (Orc Wolf’s Instincts) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy
  • Batiri (Batiri’s Wisdom) – 11% Damage Versus Bosses
  • Misc (The Bigger They Are) – More damage against big mobs (bosses)
  • Dancing Blade (Dancing Blade’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Combat Advantage
  • Flame Sprite (Flamesprite’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy
  • Golden Cat (Golden Cat’s Insight’s) – 7,5% Combat Advantage

Defense Powers

  • Phasespider (Phasespider’s Presence) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage
  • Fire Archon (Fire Archon’s Insight) – 10% on At-Will use to increase Combat Advantage for 10 seconds

Utility Powers

  • Alchemist Experimenter (Alchemist’s Discipline) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Combat Advantage
  • Golden Cat (Golden Cat’s Insight) – 7.5% Combat Advantage

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Enchantment

  • Companion Enhancement

Rogue Assassin Mounts

Bolster

When it comes to mounts, you should focus on getting them all to Mythic quality to increase Bolster.

Bolster Contribution depends on the quality of the mount, with Mythic mounts contributing 10% Bolster, this again increases the values of your Equip Power and Combat Power.

Mount Insignia Bonuses

All classes and specs should consider using Wanderer’s Fortune and or Traveler’s Treasures before you have refined all your gear and enchantments, for extra refinement every day.

Insignia bonuses are mostly down to preference. Some boost damage a bit, and some boost survivability, while others add utility.

DPS

  • Artificers Persuasion
  • Assassin’s Covenant
  • Warlord’s Inspiration
  • Calvary’s Warning
  • Gladiator’s Guile

Self Healing

  • Barbarian’s Revelry
  • Survivor’s Blessing
  • Survivor’s Gift
  • Knight’s Rebuke
  • Oppressor’s Reprieve

Utility

  • Wanderer’s Fortune
  • Traveler’s Treasures

Insignia Type

  • Insignia of Aggression
  • Insignia of Skill
  • Insignia of Brutality or Dominance if you still need power

Mount Collars

  • Sturdy Crescent Collar
  • Wayfaring Barbed Collar
  • Unified Crescent Collar
  • Supportive Crescent Collar

Rogue Assassin Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Ferocity
  • Ferocious Predator (Power & Critical Severity)
  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Golden Touch (Golden Warhorse)
  • Divine Intervention (Celestial Wings)
  • Tunnel Vision (Several)
  • Cauldron Fumes (Hag’s Hexing Cauldron)
  • Giant Toad Tongue Lash (Giant Toad)

If you have any questions or suggestions about our Neverwinter Rogue Assassin guide, please leave a comment below!

More info about the Rogue class can be found in the Neverwinter Rogue Facebook group.

Rick

Monday 11th of July 2022

Uhmmmmm arent Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid (Vault of Stars) and Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid, items for other classes? when I look them up in the fandom wiki, it says in description "Requires Class: Fighter" or "Requires Class: Fighter, Paladin, Barbarian" the only armor listed that doesn't have those class requirements is the Bone Devil's Ribcage.

Dark

Wednesday 9th of March 2022

It's ptw anyway just sink in a grand and buy almost everything you need

scourge

Monday 13th of September 2021

Skullcracker is not the best choice when you got Duelist's Expertise as an alternative.

Oppressive Darkness is a questionable choice as well.

Upgrading mounts to boost IL you should keep in mind that IL goes up drastically with mythic mounts and it causes your stats to go down bc of %, which means you're dealing less damage and taking more damage undercapped with high IL than capped with lower IL, so stats should always be kept in mind.

Swap Dark enchantments in your Utility slots for Azures if you want additional movement speed; however, keep in mind that Forte is a bit underestimated but nevertheless important stat, as it boosts your Power as an assassin as well as Deflect Severity.

Choosing between STR and CHA as an addition to DEX depends on your playstyle and whether you prefer greater base damage and better stamina gain or like to spam encounters often, since the main bonus of CHA is Recharge Speed (as well as Forte)

Augment companions like Ioun Stones are useless in Mod21, better to have an active comp able to help you with aggro and damage rather than a decoration that does nothing but boost your stats

AOE Rotation mentioned is ridiculous, feel free to experiment and use Smoke Bomb/Path of the Blade before entering stealth, alternatively Path of the Blade > Stealth > Blade Flurry x2 > Smoke Bomb

ST Rotation has a very confusing description as to how&when to use Gloaming Cut

Robbie

Monday 16th of August 2021

Hi thx but what i miss by rotation is how you press r2 or l2, when do you let go, switch, or press 100x in 1 second, i see a great difference in dps with some ppl, cant figuren it out

Stacey

Saturday 5th of June 2021

You have Lashing Blade listed in the EP list, but in the AoE Rota, you have Blade Flurry. Need to add that to the EP list.