Assassin PvE Gameplay Guide

If you’ve chosen to play an Aion Assassin then you may have already discovered that this class is like having a high maintenance girl/boyfriend.  If you were looking to play somethi

If you’ve chosen to play an Aion Assassin then you may have
already discovered that this class is like having a high maintenance
girl/boyfriend.  If you were looking to play something that allowed you to sit
back and switch on auto-pilot, then you may want to re-think your class choice,
but if you crave deep player interaction and exciting combat, then you’ve come
to the right place!

To help you in your growing Assassin career this guide will
give you some great tips and advice on making the most with what this class has
to offer. Learn how to gear up, get a rundown of skill repertoires that will
keep your damage steadily flowing, and find out your role in a group all in this
Assassin PvE Gameplay Guide.

The Basics – Gearing Up

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Watch your back if you catch site of the iconic dual blades.

First, always keep in mind what the Assassin is capable
of.  This class has amazing burst damage and can do scary things when physical
crits land and this is something that you’ll want to encourage via your gear.
While there is a lot of discussion as to whether Assassins are better off
stacking their
manastones in favor of +Attack, I still prefer going with +Physical Crit
first.  Early on you won’t have to worry about coming anywhere near the crit
soft cap, presumed to be around 440, but as it approaches in the mid levels, you
can start thinking about also adding to your Attack where you have space
available. Maximizing damage should always be a priority, don’t spend time
worrying about evasion or the other skills; they are all meaningless if you are
doing your job and killing quickly.

Weapon choices come down to dual swords or dual daggers and
I’m finding a lot of this is personal preference. Daggers crit more often,
however swords crit bigger numbers and I found that early on, the daggers were
more useful but higher in levels, the swords seem to do more damage overall. In
the end, you’ll really want to go with whichever offers the best stats and the
highest quality that you can afford. If you generally use daggers and come
across a fabulous sword, use it! You won’t be missing out on anything but
changing things up a little.

Bows, which are typically a Ranger weapon, don’t get enough
love from the Assassins.  Get one. Get a good one even! Assassins don’t get
ranged skills, however, having a bow to pull mobs to a prime fighting location
or using it on retreating enemies makes having one on hand very worthwhile. 
They can do okay damage when a crit lands and will occasionally offer an itty
bitty stun.

Going Into Battle

You’ll find a few
essential key skills in the Assassin arsenal. Damage, stuns, and poisons.

Damage – These are your typical skills, Surprise Attack,
Swift Edge, signet engraving skills, etc.  These are the skills you will use
most of the time but these should also be timed around your stuns and Stigma
skills and auto-attacks.

Stuns – The signet bursting skills and Counterattack are
the Assassin’s best tools. When an enemy is stunned, it can’t turn allowing for
the Assassin to go in for a Surprise Attack shot and a add oodles of damage in
the process.  If these are used with good frequency and staggered properly,
Surprise Attack will never go unused.

Poisons – Apply Poison is a staple in the Assassin’s damage
lineup.  The DoT it adds is a small thing but the Assassin is all about
maximizing damage and part of this is using everything you have. Always have
Scolopen Poison in your inventory and when you’re fighting always use Apply

A good standard routine to use in PvE combat is to open
with the Stigma skill Ambush and Surprise Attack.  From there, smack down some
quick damage with your Swift Edge – Soul Slash combo. Use your signet engraving
chain skills, a burst signet skill, and then back to your damage combo, signet
engraving, and another burst signet. After every other burst signet, your
Surprise Attack should be up and usable.

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There is no doubt, the Assassin is a formidable opponent.

If you’re opening with a bow and arrow pull, you can still
use the same routine, just wait until the mob is close enough and clear of his
friends before using Ambush.

In PvE combat you may find that you don’t have a huge need
to use your Hide skill. You can use it to open combat in combination with
Surprise Attack in the earlier levels, but really once you have Ambush there
isn’t a need for it. You may also notice that I left out the buffs that the
Assassin has.  Skills like Focused Evasion, Devotion, and Clear Focus are nice
to use but during typical PvE gameplay, you’re killing too quickly to be
terribly concerned about buffing. Clear Focus is nice if you feel like you’re
getting into trouble during a difficult fight, but you may be better off just
using health potions.

Grouping Up

In a group, your only real concern is to not outshine the
tank so much that you take on agro. Part of doing your job is bringing the
damage, but your job is also being mindful that you aren’t breaking the groove
of the group.  Calming Whisper is your de-aggro skill and in a group, you should
be using it every now and again particularly if you notice that the mob is
turning your way a little too often. If you’re still getting agro with Calming
Whisper, wait a couple of seconds after the tank has attacked before digging in
and then wait a couple more seconds before using your highest hitting attacks.

If you have a good tank, you can pretty much let loose with
your big hitting skills. If your tank doesn’t already know, be sure to ask that
they always turn the mob to face away from the group so that you aren’t exposing
your backside to potential adds. You’ll always need to be on the rear of the
target but you shouldn’t be the one getting blamed for taking on more mobs
during battle.

The Assassin is a fun and active class that may not be for
everyone but for those who enjoy down and dirty in-the-fray combat, it may be
the best class you’ve ever played!

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