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Trickster Rogue PvE Executioner Build.

Hello, my name is Xaldin@esteena from Dragon shard (previously) and i have realized that so many TRs got the wrong idea about how to build their TRs. So i thought to share my experience since open beta, about how to be a competitive TR in PvE content.

 

This build isn’t viable for competitive PvP matches.

 

Master Infiltrator Paragon

Simply because of impossible to catchSkillful infiltrator and invisible infiltrator which are the core of your rotations and improve your DPS, Survivability and utility by alot.

 

 

Link to my build: http://nwcalc.com/tr?b=p9z:27d2ww:15…05z1&h=1&p=min
Note: I’m a human, i have extra 3 heroic feats so don’t get confused.
Also i have 2 points in imporved cunning sneak but i’m not sure why the calculator isn’t updating it.

Initial Ability score and Race selection

In my honest opinion, i think Human&Half orc are the best races for PvE TR.

Half Orc racial traits

+2 Dexterity
+2 Constitution or +2 Strength
Furious Assault: Your Critical Hits do an additional 5% damage.
Swift Charge: You gain a 10% bonus to Runspeed for 3 seconds when you enter combat. This effect can only occur once every 20 seconds.

Human racial traits

+2 to any Ability Score
Versatile Defense: Increase your Defense by 3%.
Heroic Effort: You gain an additional Heroic Feat point at levels 10, 15, and 20. These three extra feat points cannot be used on the paragon feat table.

You may choose what you prefer, the human seems to be tankier but the orc is more into damage.

Best stat roll in my opinion is: 16 STR 16 DEX 12 CHA. With all level up points into STR and DEX.

 

Feats 

*Updated* 4/12/2013 Action advantage: 0/5: Me and Stox had a discussion , and he tested out the AP % gain from having 5 points in that feat and he realized that you get around 1% AP gain only from it. That’s because it seems that it is stacking in multiplicative way ( 10% out of AP %) instead of additive way ( 10%+ current AP %). Thanks again Stox for your tests . So you guys can go ahead and add the points wherever you feel like, for me i suggest something like this:

For humans:

 http://nwcalc.com/tr?b=cn4:2hwcg:5m9…0000:60000&h=1

For non-humans:

 http://nwcalc.com/tr?b=cn4:2hwcg:5m9…0000:60000&h=0

Weapon mastery: 3/3: More crit, more DPS.

*Updated* 4/12/2013 Toughness: 3/3. More HP is always good and good for surviveability.

Cunning ambusher: 3/3: This feat is very useful, since you are dealing extra damage everytime you exit stealth. Very good with lashing blade after a stealthed Duelist flurry rotation.

Endless Assault: 3/3: More damage for your encounters, why not?

Disciple of strength: 3/3

Scoundrel Training: 3/3 (2/3): Like i said, over 50% of the time you are in combat advantage aka targets aren’t targeting you. It is one of the best heroic feats we have.

Paragon path: Executioner

Please note that this path amazingly increase your out put damage if you perform your attacks while you are in stealth.So make sure you activate stealth before you use Duelist Flurry.

Underhanded tactics (Scoundrel Paragon): 5/5: Since you are in CA more than 50% of the time, this feat is amazing for your DPS.

Dazzling Blades: 5/5: Less Cool downs, why not?

Devastating Shroud: 5/5: You can either choose than or Thrill of the Kill. Since you wont be using Shocking Execution for PvE at allThrill of the Kill is more useful in that case.But it is up to you.

Brutal Backstab: 5/5: This is the core of your DPS. since you are stealthed majority of the time, it is the perfect feat for the stealthed-Duelist flurry combo.

Critical TeamWork: 5/5: More crit.

Deadly Momentum: 5/5: More severity= more DPS.

Overrun critical: 1/1:Same as above.

 

Powers:

Max the following:

Cloud of Steel.: Good for ranging stuck mobs or ones that are far from your reach. but you wont be using it that much.

Sly Flourish.: good for doing sharandar dailies, since mobs there are too weak for Duelist Flurry.

Dazing Strike.:Nice damage, can hit 3 targets + and daze them.

Blood Bath:Points has to go somewhere.

Sneak Attack.:More speed while stealthed.

Deft Strike.: I only added 3 points there, just to unlock more powers. But you wont really be using that in PvE.

Lashing Blade.: Your highest damage dealing encounter.

Lurker Assault.: Your Damage% steroids in boss fights.

Whirlwind of Blades.: That’s what you will be using while clearing trash mobs during dungeons, it hits alot of targets, it gives you a power boost for your next attacks and it deals quite alot of damage.

Bait and Switch.: Very good at CN last boss fight. It will give you huge AP and enough stealth and will hold the aggro off you when you are swarmed with adds.

Duelist Flurry. ( your main At-will and your DPS core)

Blitz.: Good AoE encounter for trash clearing.

Tactics.: Can be used at some boss fights. But i usually use Invisible Infiltrator for the instant stealth bar i gain everytime i use a daily. Really depends on your play style

Impossible to Catch.: The reason why everyone hates TRs ^^. Immunity to CC and damage(if used from stealth). However, some dragon attacks can through its CC immunity.

Impact shot.: You wont be using it in PvE at all, but points has to go somewhere..

Skillful Infiltrator.: Have this slotted all the time, more speed and crit is the main reason why it is good.

Wicked Reminder. 25% damage boost. Very good at boss fights, but it doesn’t stack with other WRs ( max 5 stacks no matter how many WRs are used). But it has a relatively low up time, so 2 TRs using it will keep the stacks uptime much longer.

Smoke bomb.: I have this slotted all the time, eventhough you don’t really need it if you have good CWs in your party. But caution is good.

Invisible infiltrator.: A life saver and a not bad damage boost, i get full stealth bar to hide myself everytime i hit a daily. Good if you are taking damage that prevents you from regenerating stealth.

Shadow Strike.: Put 3 points or 1 point, depends if you want to max Shocking Execution or not. It is merely a stealth re-filler encounter.

 

Boons

Sharandar Boons

Dark Fey Warden: You gain 250 Defense, which is obviously better than going for 250 power…25 power = 1 damage so 250 is 10 extra damage…yeah..

Fey Elusiveness: You gain 250 Deflect. Since you have way too much crit already, adding more crit wont benefit you that much ( less than 1%) because of diminishing returns while 250 deflect is translated into 1.6% deflect chance which is better stat wise.

Elven Haste: You now gain Action Points 2% faster. Which is a no brainer for PvE.

Elven Ferocity: When striking a foe you have a chance to deal 400 Arcane damage with a 1 min cool down.The 400 arcane damage can be increased by your feats/dailies nothing fancy, but definitely better than 400 healing every time you are hit with 1 m cool down.

Elven Resolve: Your Stamina or Guard Meter regenerate 10% faster in Combat. More dodges, so why not?

Dread Ring Boons

Reliquary Keeper’s Strength: 125 Power, 125 Movement.

Evoker’s Thrist: You gain 250 Life steal. Life steal is much better for use due to our rate of fire and the amount of damage we deal on single target. We didn’t go for regeneration because we don’t have the high HP pool that supports it.

Forbidden Piercing: You gain 250 Armor penetration. Take that boon even if your armor pen is capped and then you can replace 2x rank 7 dark enchants with 2x Radiant on your offense slots.

Shadowtouch: When dealing damage you have a chance to deal 1000 Necrotic damage over a few seconds. After this effect ends the target receives 25% less healing from spells for 10 seconds.

Rampaging Madness: When you deal damage you gain a stack of “Madness”. When you reach 50 stacks of “Madness” you gain 600 Power, 300 Life Steal, and 300 Regeneration. 10 seconds after gaining this bonus your stacks are reset. You may only gain one stack of “Madness” per second.

 

Gearing and Stat distribution

Make sure to check these useful graphs about different diminishing returns for different stats in NWO

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/3dqpvhuavj

Note: I don’t own that calculator and i didn’t make it either, full credit for the person who made it available for everyone.

Make sure you focus on slotting armor penetration in all your offense slots, power stat doesn’t really significantly increase your damage out put, so make sure you put as much as armor penetration as possible until you reach 2.5k which is the amount needed to ignore the damage resistance of the strongest type of monsters . Note that armor penetration isn’t a debuff, it applies before any debuffs calculations and it doesn’t stack to negative values.

For example: If you have 24% resistance ignored, and the target has 15% damage resistance, your armor pen will only reduce to 0% not to -9%.

In your defense slots that’s totally up to you.

About your utility, add dark enchantments for more movement speed.

Weapon Enchantment:

Vorpal is the best one for TR, since your feats gives you alot of critical severity already, so why not more?

Armor enchantment

Use BarkShield, it negates a significant amount of damage and is currently better than soulforged.

*Update* 4/1/2014 Soulforged is currently better after the rework, since you get 2 revives instead of 1.

 

Companion

Stone or Cat. Augment companions are the best companion, since they can give you up to 3k+ more stats.

On your runes put 3x rank 7 Eldtrich Runes tones. And on your item slots focus on as much as recovery as possible. You don’t need to slot any critical since you will have alot already.

Special thanks to ximae for bringing my attention to this point .

Ximae and me realized that our swash 4/4 buff is up almost all the time, so you don’t really need to slot so much recovery on the stone. The swash buff is around 1k recovery, so keep your base recovery on your character sheet @ 1,800~1,900 so you don’t bypass the soft recovery cap.

I suggest using :

Ancient Necromancer’s Necklace of Undeath for the necklace slot and Ancient Berserker’s Ring of Cleaving for the ring slot. They give nice lifesteal which is one of the best defensive stats you can have on your PvE setup. But you can add whatever you want, life steal is a personal preference, but you can slot anything else you prefer.

Just make sure your recovery on your character sheet @ 1,900 maximum and 24% armor pen. Here are Screen shots of my current stats unbuffed and buffed respectively.

WARNING: These stats are pre Module 2. This means that they have no dread ring boons on them nor any artifacts.

These are my current stats, as you can see, i have reduced my recovery by 1,000 on the stone since swash 4/4 bonus is up most of the time and i have added more power & life steal instead. That way we would have around 2.8k~2.9k recovery with the 4/4 swash bonus, which is about the right amount of soft-capped recovery we can have without being heavily affected by diminishing returns.

 

Play Style

While fighting normal mobs:

Use Blitz, Lashing blade and smoke bomb ( or dazing strike) as encounters, and Duelist Flurry as your At-Will.

As for dailies, use Whirlwind of blades and Lurker Assault.

Make sure you do your At-wills while you are in stealth, to proc your feats that increases your crit severity while in stealth.

For Boss Fights:

Use the same At-wills and dailies, but switch Blitz with Impossible to Catch.

Stealth + Impossible to catch gives you immunity to damage for around 5 seconds. So make sure you use Impossible to catch when your stealth duration is about to end, for maximum damage efficiency and survive ability.

Note: for some boss fights, like Karrundax and Spell plague Overseer, they have very low damage and slow dodgeable attacks so you wont need to slot immunity for them.

Also make sure you have Wicked Reminder slotted, It is a 25% damage boost for boss fights. Can’t go wrong with it.

Shadow strike is also very good for refilling stealth at bosses, more stealth= more severity= more CA= more DPS.

Use Lurker Assault only on boss fights, or when fighting a big mob, it is very good in these situations.

Bait and Switch is also useful for bosses like dragons or Himinir. Because it can take aggro of you, and gives you a large margin of AP when it gets hit,

In normal situations, versus alot of mobs, stick with Whirlwind of Blades.

 

Character Equipment

Go for full Swashbuckling’s Captain. It is the best in slot for TR at the moment for the good amount of recovery and power it gives.

For rings, i’m personally using Ancient Slavemaster’s Rings of Control, Power/crit/recovery. ( If it is too expensive for you, you can use Grand Slavemaster’s Ring of Control).

You can also use Pyrotechnic Bands but i prefer the other ones, since we don’t need the extra armor penetration from Pyrotechnic Bands as we will hit the cap on armor pen without them already, but it is up to you.

For necklace, i’m using Ancient Excorcist’s Necklace of Blessings ( If it is too expensive for you, you can use the Grand Excorcist’s Necklace of Blessings, slightly less stats but still viable).

For weapons, best ones for you are the legendary fomorian ones. But since it would take you long time to craft the main hand through Weapon Smiting , try getting the Ancient ones from Castle Never first.

*Update* 7/1/2014 Valindra’s tower weapons seems to be easier to get, and they give better stats than CN weapons.
So i would go for the Valindra’s Tower weapons before i make the Fomorian daggers.

Artifacts

 *Updated* 12/12/2013 Ximae has found an alternative way to increase your stats, using dread boons and lantern artifact, while not crossing the armor pen cap. ( click his name for more details)

These are the artifacts i recommend using on your 2nd and 3rd slots after lantern, take any two of those:

Blood Crystal Raven Skull
Emblem of the Seldarine
Eye of Lathander
Shard of Valindra’s Crown

Here is a link to Ximae’s post about what building path he took. He has used different equipment and achieved around the same stats ( he seems to be tankier though) so i recommend taking a look at his suggestions  -Click his name for more details- .

 

Important Note:

I have never, and i will not, claimed that i’m the best TR on the server. Your build might be better or you might have better options and feat selections that suits your play style. This guide is just my experience on TR which is my main class since open beta. If you have any questions i will be glad to answer them.

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Trickster Rogue PvE Executioner Build by esteena, 9.1 out of 10 based on 277 ratings

78 Comments

  1. Vagner
    November 28, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Thanks, it’ll be very helpful to me, im getting to 60 with my TR and didnt have a clue on what to gear

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  2. ZoZo
    November 29, 2013, 1:46 pm

    What do you think about halfling for the TR ?

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      Esteena
      November 30, 2013, 3:53 am

      Halfling race is more into deflect/ control resist builds which is more PvP oriented.

      My build is focused on PvE only and on maximizing the TR’s DPS.

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  3. karox
    December 22, 2013, 12:25 am

    Where did you put your ability score points?

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      Esteena
      December 22, 2013, 6:04 am

      I went 16 STR, 16(18 with racial bonus) DEX and 12 CHA as initial stat rolls.Then i added my level up points in DEX and STR.

      As i’m human, i had the choice of adding +2 points to any stat i want so i chose DEX eventhough i would recommend adding +2 points to STR if you gonna go human.

      For half orc, go for the +2 STR + 2 DEX racial bonus.

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  4. Ephraim
    December 23, 2013, 10:59 am

    Hi Esteena,

    I got introduced to your guide by a random stranger right when i started a few weeks ago. I’ve been following it since the start of December. I’ve finally hit level 60 following 95% of your guide. Do you have any suggestions on how to bring up my gear score and what I should be doing to earn more astral diamonds? I’m hoping to get that stone companion. I’ve tried the main daily rough ad quests… takes 5 hours which I can do now since there’s no school. How is Swashbuckling earned? Also, can you please do a quick run through about enchanting? Like how to earn the materials and such.

    Thank you~

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  5. Bonezz
    December 23, 2013, 4:48 pm

    what is ur stat priority in order from greatest to least ..?

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      Esteena
      December 23, 2013, 10:23 pm

      Armor pen > Recovery > Power > Defense > life steal > deflection

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  6. isara
    December 28, 2013, 4:15 am

    Armor pen > Recovery > Power > Defense > life steal > deflection

    What about crit?

    Is it that bad to roll with much more dex than strength as you suggest. Like 18 dex, 13 str (without any racial).

    Thanks.

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      Esteena
      December 28, 2013, 6:28 pm

      You don’t need to worry about crit. Swashbuckler set + your weapons+ your augment comapnion will already put you way above the critical stat soft cap without slotting any critical.

      13 STR is too low… best stat roll i went with was 16 STR 16 DEX 12 CHA.

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      • isara
        December 28, 2013, 8:52 pm

        So, do you think it’s worth to reroll the whole character and start all over again?

        They should allow us to change those character creation rolls for a few zen.

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          Esteena
          December 29, 2013, 7:33 pm

          If you are a min/maxer player then yes you should re-roll.

          If you are casual player and don’t mind losing some % of extra damage, then no need to re-roll.

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  7. Pamir
    December 28, 2013, 6:21 pm

    Hi…i’m trying really hard to get to 2.5K my Arm. Pen. like yours but after enchanting all of my offense slots with Dark R7 (6 offense slots) + [(154 x 2) from Neck and Waist] i get around 1602 of Arm. Pen. How did you reach 2.5K. Also focusing offense slots on Arm. Pen. there’s no way to increase your power stat which is 3.8K with full swash 4/4 and ancient items. How did you reach 5K? Is you gs obtained by using Dread Ring boons and artifacts as well?

    Sorry for asking so many questions. I’m trying desparately to reach 14K+ gs.

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      Esteena
      December 28, 2013, 6:31 pm

      You can add power and armor pen on your augment companion ( cat or stone) to reach similar values.

      The stats you see in the screen shot are without any dread ring boons nor artifacts and they have the stats from my stone companion included. You can compensate the stats around your companion/boons/character to reach the desired stats you want.

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  8. Ephraim
    December 30, 2013, 4:10 am

    Hi Esteena,

    Another question for you: What boons would you recommend aiming for in the Dread Ring campaign… particularly for the 1st, 3rd, and 4th set.

    (Also, I just got my Stone of Allure; for equipment what enchantments for the stone’s equips?)

    Thank you!

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      Esteena
      December 31, 2013, 8:17 am

      125 Power and 125 Movement

      250 Life Steal.

      250 Armor Penetration.

      When dealing damage you have a chance to deal 1000 Necrotic damage over a few seconds. After this effect ends the target receives 25% less healing from spells for 10 seconds ( it has 1min internal CD i believe)

      About the stone… i have 3x Eldritch rank 7 on rune stone slots. And a Cleaving ring on ring slot, a Beacon icon and an offensive necklace that gives life steal&power&defense.

      All the equipment are slotted with power. But like i said before, you can swap the gear around your character, boons and stone to achieve the desired stats without crossing the soft cap on a specific stat.

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  9. yetimen61
    December 31, 2013, 10:54 am

    Great guide , about the weapons ancient’s from castle never, ancient spymaster elegant dagger are those the one you prefer? Am new player and still need to learn alot

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      Esteena
      January 1, 2014, 2:41 am

      I can rate the weapons for TR in ascending order as follows:

      – Ancient Spymaster set

      – Dread Legion set

      – Fallen dragon set. ( requires level 20 weapon smiting for Main hand)

      – Fomorian Fabled set. (requires level 20 weapon smiting for Main hand)

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  10. yetimen61
    January 1, 2014, 2:15 pm

    thanks for your reply wath about waist or belt , there are so manny choice’s

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      Esteena
      January 2, 2014, 1:10 pm

      I’m using Piercing Berserker Belt ( +133 crit +243 armor pen) and it has offensive slot.

      You can use another defensive belt ( the one from Castle never) and have similar stats. Just see what stat is lacking and choose your gear accordingly.

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  11. Klaihun
    January 2, 2014, 6:29 am

    Hi, excelent guide, i have a lot of dudes for what rings, belt, and neck is the best, can u help me please :D??? ty a lot

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      Esteena
      January 2, 2014, 1:03 pm

      I’m glad you like it.

      There is no such things as best rings/belt/neck. Your choice of gears depends on how you distribute your stats between your character, artifacts and your stone.

      Our aim from this build is to maximizing your DPS of TR, without ignoring your defensive stats nor crossing the soft cap of those stats. So your aim should be :
      2500 ish armor pen ( or 24% resistance ignored)
      1900 recovery ( 2900 with swash buff)
      1300 ish Life steal ( it gets capped at around that)
      The rest of your stats can be distributed between power and defense.

      For example, check ximae equipment and check mine you will see that i’m using different rings and belt but we have the about the same stats.

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  12. Klaihun
    January 3, 2014, 5:20 am

    ok,i really thank u :D…i will try to get that ítems and stats…cya aorund, maybe i can addu on game :D!

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  13. yetimen61
    January 4, 2014, 9:32 am

    what boons should i choose from dread ring? thanks for your reply’s

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    Esteena
    January 4, 2014, 11:43 am

    I have added a section for Dread Ring boons due to the large amount of questions about them.

    Also added an artifacts section.

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      Esteena
      January 4, 2014, 3:51 pm

      Updated Armor enchantment section

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  15. Hawt
    January 7, 2014, 12:37 am

    Hey Esteena!

    Your guide is really amazing, especially for newbies like me.
    So is started my TR as a human, and put my +2 extra points into DEX, so it was 16 str/16(+2)dex/12cha.. Is everything allright with that or do you think that focusing on str is way more effective?

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      Esteena
      January 7, 2014, 10:20 am

      For min-maxing players, STR is more effective. However, it isn’t a class breaking if you would go for +2 DEX instead.

      I have a human TR with +2 DEX and he does very well :).

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  16. lollarpants
    January 7, 2014, 6:23 am

    Hey Esteena

    Great guide!
    Just wanted to let you know that the link to your build on the calculator seems to be out of date or incorrect, not a big probably as you have it written down.

    This is kinda noobish but:
    I’m curious about how to avoid taking too much damage while using duelist flurry. Its not really a problem when I’m with a party, but when I’m solo against some bosses, I tend to tank too much to get the full flurry combo. So I have sky flourish slotted as well when I’m being targeted/out of stealth and when I don’t have bait and switch up to tank up some aggro. I’m only around lvl 25 currently so I’m probably missing a bunch of powers and feats. Any play style tips for this?

    Thanks!

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      Esteena
      January 7, 2014, 10:22 am

      Oh i will fix the links ASAP, thanks for letting me know and sorry about that.

      When you unlock impossible to catch you will usually not have issues face tanking enemies while doing DF.

      Also a small Tip, don’t use DF if the enemy is about to do an attack, try dodging it first and then start the DF. Incase you are out of stamina and/or it was too late to dodge, ItC can pretty much save your life in these situations as you can pop it while doing DF and it won’t cancel it :) .

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  17. Ephraim
    January 12, 2014, 2:44 am

    Hi Esteena,

    Where would one be able to obtain those vorpal enchantments and soulforged enchantments you mentioned, besides the auction house?

    Thanks!

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      Esteena
      January 19, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Epic dungeons’ bosses and Dungeon Delves chest.

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  18. DFRogue
    January 20, 2014, 10:52 am

    Hi Esteena, what is the viability for this build on solo-ing dungeons ? is this possible ?

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      Esteena
      January 21, 2014, 8:23 pm

      Soloing Epic dungeons? No it isn’t.

      Soloing Sharandar and Dread Ring dungeons? yes.

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    Bridgett Darnell
    January 21, 2014, 2:17 pm

    I’m still kinda new,what enchants should I use for the different slots,like utlity,defense,and offense?

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      Esteena
      January 21, 2014, 8:24 pm

      Dark for utility, Azure for defense.

      As for offense, it is explained in the Original Post.

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  20. Luther
    February 4, 2014, 5:11 am

    Do you suggest Master Infiltrator or Whisperknife at level 30?

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      Esteena
      February 7, 2014, 6:29 am

      Master Infiltrator

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    Esteena
    February 7, 2014, 6:44 am

    Updated OP with paragon name.

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  22. Datren
    February 14, 2014, 2:13 pm

    If I might ask.
    What do you think of the other pargon path Whisperknife?
    Is it worth taking or is Master Infiltrator the only choise

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      Esteena
      February 16, 2014, 8:24 pm

      I have explained that part in the OP in the beginning. Go there and you will see why i chose MI :).

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  23. Lauren
    February 16, 2014, 5:18 pm

    Hey Esteena! Great guide. What do you think of using Menzoberranzan Renegade as the class instead of human or half-orc?

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      Esteena
      February 16, 2014, 8:23 pm

      Renegade gives + DEX + 2 CHA as racial bonus, which we don’t really need as CHA is currently bugged for CA bonus..as the bonus from it is multiplicative not additive.

      Also the Faerie Fire isn’t really worth it compared to half orc’s +2 DEX + 2 STR and +5% crit severity.

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  24. Jack
    February 18, 2014, 3:05 am

    Which ability scores should I increase in the begining?

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      Esteena
      February 21, 2014, 12:42 am

      As i said in the OP, DEX and STR all the way.

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  25. ken
    February 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
    10/10

    Racial and dice rolls permanent? Would I have to start all over to get human instead of Halfling?
    i very much prefer PVE over PVP.

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      Esteena
      February 21, 2014, 12:40 am

      Currently permanent.

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  26. Jack
    February 21, 2014, 5:11 am

    I have weapon mastery, toughness, and cunning ambusher feats maxed so far, if i want to try to build you suggested here? Do I just sit on the points until the other 3 you reccomended become available? What level do you have to be before they pop up?

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      Esteena
      February 28, 2014, 1:25 am

      They will pop up when you level up.

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  27. Clou
    February 26, 2014, 1:29 pm

    What Class Feature do you use? Thx for the great guide

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      Esteena
      February 28, 2014, 1:26 am

      Vs lots of adds i use skillful infiltrator and invisible infiltrator ( for instant stealth everytime you use a daily, saves my ass alot :P) .

      Vs easy bosses ( like spell plague) i use tactics and skillful infiltrator.

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  28. Shiv
    March 17, 2014, 12:24 am

    I noticed you put 5 points in TotK. Why not put the 5 points in Cunning Stalker instead? It seems to me 20% AP gain would be better than 1% per kill or am I reading it wrong.
    So far, awesome guide. I’m only 35 and using mostly green items. Well, except for my Mul blades. Mobs don’t last very long :-)

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  29. Shiv
    March 17, 2014, 1:10 am
    9/10

    Another question. Have you looked into more regeneration instead of life steal? I’m trying to use life steal but I seem to fair better with regen. Maybe at higher levels life steal will shine.

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  30. Shiv
    March 17, 2014, 3:37 am

    Amendment to my above post:

    1 point in Thrill of the kill and 4 points in Cunning Stalker. I see I have to put 1 point in Thrill to unlock the rest of the Executioner Line. It still looks like 16% more Action point build is better. Again, I could be reading the feat incorrectly.

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      Esteena
      March 17, 2014, 4:07 am

      You need 10 points in the executioner tree, to be able to access the rest of it. Also, the feat cunning stalker AP again is a multiplicative bonus, means it is a % out of your AP % gain..not a direct additive bonus.

      About regen vs life steal..

      1- Your HP is too low to benefit from regeneration as the build focuses on damage.

      2- It is PvE, you pretty much can use potions and heal yourself for 8500 .

      3- Life steal heals you more than your potions. The more damage you deal = the more heal you get. Which works in good synergy with that build as it is focused on increasing the output damage. Unlike regen, which is dependent on how much HP you have.

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  31. kanda
    March 17, 2014, 11:49 am

    i have 5.7k power, 4.3k critical strike, 2.1k armor pen and 1.8k recover.
    Do you think i should reduce my critical strike and increase it until 2.4k?

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    • kanda
      March 17, 2014, 12:28 pm

      i’m using swash 4/4+ancient spymaster set, ancient excorcist’s necklace, master slaver’s ring, Grand slavemaster’s ring of control and Grand fugitive belt of revolt.
      http://gateway.playneverwinter.com/#char(Kanda@kandayx)/charactersheet

      Should i change all my radiant runestone to dark runestone?

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        Esteena
        March 25, 2014, 4:49 am

        get your armor pen to 2500 ish

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  32. Shiv
    March 17, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Thank you for clarifying. I wasn’t using the build calculator correctly or I didn’t see the progress bar as I put points in. You saved me a respec. Awesome guide

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    Matt
    March 25, 2014, 1:34 am

    is there any chance this build is going to be updated for Module 3?

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      Esteena
      March 25, 2014, 4:44 am

      i will see what i can do

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        Matt
        March 25, 2014, 10:08 am

        Thanks, would appreciate it as I’ve been following your guide and am just at the end of Sharandar now.

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  34. Shiv
    March 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

    While trying to attain Swashbuckler gear what 60 gear would you recommend?

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    • Astraeus
      April 21, 2014, 2:29 am

      I would recommend Elusive Agent as T1 gear, if that’s what you meant.
      Elusive Agent is preface to Swashbuckling Captain.

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  35. Shiv
    March 29, 2014, 3:52 pm

    Just for those who would like to know, I found the Elusive Armor set to be a nice bridge while working on getting Ancient Swashbuckler Armor set

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  36. John
    April 3, 2014, 12:14 am

    What do you think of using plaguefire as weapon enchant?

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    • John
      April 3, 2014, 4:03 pm

      Or Bilethorn for that matter

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  37. Trinchen
    April 3, 2014, 6:20 pm
    9/10

    hi !!

    Esteena?
    wanted to ask how much int the perma stealth consumption?

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    Mist Sensei
    April 19, 2014, 11:54 am

    Hello, I ‘m kinda new at NW and wanted to make a TR mostly for PvE based on this guide.I heard though that TRs are not preffered in parties and that noone want to have a TR in their party, they will preffer to get some other class like CW or GWF than a TR.Is that true or just people saying whatever they want?

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    • Astraeus
      April 21, 2014, 2:47 am

      TRs are definitely needed.
      They could do stuff solo, if they so choose. Except for party-type events.
      They are the DPS of the game. It’s what makes the killing, party-dungeoning much quicker.
      Out of my experience, I was always the one who took control of the boss of the dungeon, while some others took on adds.

      The downside to this is that they have low health. Possibly they are the first to die.
      This is why from the start, they say that depend on survivability. You must learn to dodge and use stealth when it’s necessary.

      But yes, if you like seeing crits all the time associated with very large numbers, then yes, TR is for you.

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  39. Emily
    May 26, 2014, 1:45 am

    Love, love, love your guide <333
    I was wondering what your opinion on the Drow race was for a Trickster Rogue? Would I just be better off sticking to being a human?

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  40. Midas
    June 3, 2014, 7:25 pm

    Hi
    I would like to know how I get my points in Module. Could you help me?

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  41. Alex
    June 3, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Could you Update the FEATURE calculator link pls! it no longer works.

    as it stands the feature you mention don’t add up or allow you to just get that .
    id like to see where u put your extra points.

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  42. Shadowblade
    June 7, 2014, 10:25 am

    What do u think is the best armor atm:
    black ice
    swash
    half black ice, half swash

    btw love ur guide <3

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  43. Daniel
    June 9, 2014, 6:05 am

    Hi Esteena,

    Could you please update ur guide to module 3. With boons, and which artifacts are good for a TR currently? Is purified/corrupted black ice gear worth it?

    I hope you could help me.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Stockton
    July 4, 2014, 6:21 pm

    Hey I was wondering what Icewind Dale boons you chose? Great guide and thanks in advance for your reply.

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  45. Blue
    October 11, 2014, 8:47 pm

    what about nimble blades insted of critical teamwork

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