DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

Rogues are a versatile class in DDO and those who wish to join the Shadow Brotherhood have many builds to choose from. For those who love inflicting damage from the shadows, here is the DDO rogue build for the DPS backstabber.
ddo rogue build - dps backstabber

Rogues are an integral part of Dungeons and Dragons Online. Unlike other MMOs, the rogue is a versatile, useful, and sought after companion in DDO. Rogues have a multitude of builds to choose from, each emphasizing a different role and style of gameplay. Today, we’re showcasing a DDO rogue build built for backstabbing and DPS. Do you want to strike from the shadows, killing enemies with a single blow? Do you want to let your meat-headed companions attack your foes from the front while you slip behind them and tickle their kidneys with your blades? If you wish to be a nightmare of melee punishment for the monsters of Eberron, then look no further, my friends, as the DPS Backstabber build is for you.

Disclaimer: As always, this build does not represent the uber min/max build that will lift you from the gutters to Mount Olympus. Feel free to make changes to suit your play style and likes/dislikes. This build is meant to only be a starting point, and always remember the point of playing is to have fun.

DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

The main thrust of this build is to maximize the damage dealt by you from your sneak attack. Every odd level of rogue gives you an additional 1d6 damage to your sneak attack damage. You can increase this sneak attack damage through various enhancements. Please note that all levels are Rogue levels.

ddo rogue build - dps backstabber
Even doing good DPS, you still got to get past traps.

Race: Halfling
While Halflings get a strength penalty at character creation, they gain access to two enhancement line: Halfling Guile and Halfling Cunning, both of which enhance sneak attacks. Plus, Halflings are cool.

Alignment: Neutral Good
By choosing the Neutral Good alignment, you can use Pure Good weapons. By the time you hit the level cap, you will easily be able to bypass any restrictions on other weapons by your Use Magic Device (UMD) skill.

Starting Stats for DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

Stat 28 pt build 32 pt build
STR 14 16
DEX 16 16
CON 15 14
INT 12 12
WIS 8 8
CHA 8 8

When you get stat increases, put them into Strength. You will also need to raise your stats (preferably Strength first) by using Tomes.

ddo rogue build - dps backstabber

Feats for DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

Level Feat
1 Two Weapon Fighting
3 Oversized Two Weapon Fighting
6 Toughness
9 Improved Two Weapon Fighting
10 Opportunist
12 Improved Critical: Piercing
13 Improved Evasion
15 Greater Two Weapon Fighting
16 Crippling Strike
18 Power Attack
20 Skill Mastery

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Enhancements for DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

You will want to take enhancements that will boost your sneak attack damage, which means that you should take all three Rogue Assassin enhancements and the Rogue Deadly Shadow capstone enhancement (available at level 20). Here is a list of enhancements that are recommended for this DDO rogue build.
  • Rogue Assassin I-III
  • Rogue Deadly Shadow
  • Rogue Sneak Attack Accuracy I-IV
  • Rogue Sneak Attack Training I-IV
  • Racial Toughness I-II
  • Halfling Cunning I-IV
  • Halfling Guile I-IV
  • Rogue Damage Boost I-II
  • Rogue Subtle Backstabbing I-II
  • Improved Hide I-II
  • Improved Move Silently I-II
Any remaining points can be spent as you wish. The main thrust is to ensure that you get the Rogue Assassin and Rogue Deadly Shadow enhancements.

ddo rogue build - dps backstabber

Skills for DDO Rogue Build: DPS Backstabber

The following skills are useful for this DDO rogue build. I would recommend investing lots of points into UMD, Spot, Disable Device, Open Lock, Hide, Search, and Move Silently. Diplomacy is useful in lowering hate, but is useless if you’re solo. Balance has a cut-off point where further increases are redundant so I would recommend a total of 10 ranks, with perhaps an item. Jump is a useful skill to more easily get around. I would recommend putting one rank into tumble to get the ability. Get gear to increase your skills and go for the maximum possible increase that you can. Don’t be afraid to swap out gear such as having +10 Spot goggles, and then switching to +10 Search goggles. Such a set-up is better than having a single set of goggles that have +7 Spot and a +7 Search. Personally, I don’t worry about the Haggle skill as that I have an alt that I use for that purpose. However, the skill choices you make are up to you and will depend upon your play style.
  • 1: Use Magic Device
  • 2: Spot
  • 3: Search
  • 4: Disable Device
  • 5: Open Lock
  • 6: Hide
  • 7: Move Silently
  • 8: Diplomacy
  • 9: Bluff
  • 10: Jump
  • 11: Balance
  • 12: Tumble

There you have it, my friends. With this DDO rogue build of the DPS Backstabber, you should be able to strike fear (and tons of damage) into your enemies. You’ll also be able to fulfill your additional duties of sneaking, disarming traps, and opening locked doors and chests. Good luck and happy backstabbing!

ddo rogue build - dps backstabber

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