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The Complete Rogue Assassin Build DPS – Neverwinter Mod 21 Jewel Of the North

Welcome to our Rogue Assassin Guide, updated for Mod 21: Jewel of the North.

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The Rogue is a typical melee DPS class, relying mostly on stealth and cunning to attack their enemies from the shadows. They wield blades and daggers that they use to attack the mobs from the shadows.

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.

  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. Human – 1% 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. Gith – 5% Combat Advantage – +2 Dex and +2 Str or Int – 5% Stamina Regen
  6. Half-Orc – 5% 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 Dexterity. Alternatively, put some points into 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.

Head

  • Blessed Goristro’s Horns (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Whisper’s Hood of Quiet (Avernus Hunts)
  • Blessed Helm of The Skyblazer (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Coif (Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Hood(Seals Store)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Hat

Armor

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

Arms

  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Braces(Vault of Stars)
  • Lion Guard’s Ward/Raid Gloves
  • Weathered Wood Braces (Seals Store)
  • Spiked Defenders Vambrace

Feet

  • Rusted Iron Leggings (Avernus Rare Monsters)
  • Greaves of the Lightguard (Avernus Hunts)
  • Forest Guardian’s Ward/Raid Cuisses(Vault of Stars)
  • Weathered Wood Gaiters (Seals Store)

Weapons

  • Mirage Set
  • Celestial Set
  • Masterwork Set
  • Lionheart Set

Main Hand Modification:

  • Duelist’s Flurry

Offhand Modifications:

  • Critical Severity or Forte

Rings

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

  • The Queen’s Golden Opal Ring
  • Diamond Ring of Spite
  • The Fallen Lord’s Authority
  • Gold Ring of the Herald
  • Silver Ring of the Herald
  • Ring of the Brutal Fiend +5
  • Twisting Gold Ring
  • Striking Ring of the Veteran / Master

Neck & Waist

  • Star Set: Starshard Choker & Twinkle of the Stars (Trickster’s Gift)

Shirt

  • Weathered Wood Shirt (Seals Store)
  • Upper Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Infernal Forged Shirt
  • Ebony Stained Shirt

Pants

  • Lower Pact Brands (Avernus Hunts)
  • Weathered Wood Trousers (Seals Store)
  • Infernal Forged Trousers

Rogue Assassin Artifacts

Primary Artifact

  • Envenomed Storyteller’s Journal

Secondary Artifacts

Choose secondary artifacts based on the stats you are lacking.

  • Sparkling Fey Emblem (For Set)
  • Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting (For Set)
  • Arcturia’s Music Box (For Set)

Choose 2 Storyteller’s Journals for the bonus

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

Other Artifact Choices

  • 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

  • One Tenebrous Enchantment
  • Assassin’s Enchantment
  • Savage Enchantment
  • Gigantic Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Radiant Enchantment
  • Dark Enchantment

Defense Enchantments

  • Brutal Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Demonic Enchantment
  • Draconic Enchantment

Utility Enchantments

  • Dark Enchantment
  • Tactical Enchantment
  • Fey’s Blessing / Dragon’s Hoard / Quartermaster’s Enchantment

Armor Enchantments

  • Negation Enchantment
  • Fireburst Enchantment
  • Barkshield Enchantment

Weapon Enchantments

  • Bilethorn Enchantment
  • Lightning Enchantment (AoE)

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

  • Power / Critical Strike or Severity / 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

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

Active Companion Choices

  • Xuna
  • Cold Iron Warrior
  • Paranoid Delusion
  • Mercenary
  • Black ice Prospector
  • Air Archon

Enchantment Power

  • Acute Senses
  • Potent Precision
  • Precision

Companion Powers

Below is a selection of viable companion powers.

Offense Powers

  • 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
  • Dancing Blade (Dancing Blade’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Severity & Combat Advantage
  • Flame Sprite (Flamesprite’s Insight) – 3.8% Critical Chance & Accuracy

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
  • Book Imp (Bookimp’s Presence) – 3.8% Accuracy & 3.8% Combat Advantage

Companion Equipment

Double offense slotted “Of the Companion” gear

Companion Runestones

  • Indomitable x6 (If using a combat companion)
  • Profane Runestone
  • Arcane Runestone
  • Recondite Runestone
  • Empowered Runestone
  • Whatever you need for stats

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 Regal Collar

Rogue Assassin Mount Powers

Mount Equip Power:

  • Armor Breaker (Critical Severity)
  • Rapid Accuracy (Accuracy)
  • Precision (Critical Strike & Severity)
  • Ruthless Efficiency (Critical Strike
  • Dominant Force (Power)
  • Opportunistic (Combat Advantage)

Mount Combat Power:

  • Golden Touch (Golden Warhorse)
  • 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.

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.

O Nuri

Friday 16th of April 2021

Is Skullcracker effecting one enemy or multiple enemies with an AOE power?

Dean

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

TY for this build. Can you make pvp build for rogue?

Matt

Tuesday 1st of September 2020

Isn't wicked reminder better than deft strike for the 10% more damage? If the tank has the positioning right then you will be behind target for assassinate anyway.