Rift Soul Overviews: The Assassin

Rift is known for its unique and varied souls and while the Rogue calling may be best known for the Bard and Riftstalker, the prototypical rogue exists even here - in the form of the Assassin.

The Assassin

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Role: DPS

Primary Attribute: Dex

The mental images conjured
up when most
of us think of a rogue are those of a shadowy figure lurking out of
sight and picking the perfect opportunity to unleash a devastating
surprise attack. While Rift
has helped evolve the calling to new
heights with their unique take on some of its souls, the prototypical
rogue exists even here in the form of the Assassin. This skulking
damage dealer likes to do it from behind and wreaks their brand of
havoc on unsuspecting prey.



  • High DPS
  • Extremely fast paced and fun playstyle
  • Little to no down time
  • Fits well with most every other soul in the calling
  • Excellent soul for those that love to explore dangerous


  • Lacks versatility - something of a one trick pony
  • Needs element of surprise to be most effective
  • Can't go toe to toe with multiple foes


The Assassin is an excellent soul for those players that have enjoyed
the rogue style of gameplay in other fantasy RPGs and MMOGs. It
utilizes the element of surprise, deadly poisons and quick strikes to

render its foes helpless against it. The ability to slip unseen into
dangerous and treacherous areas is also a compelling component to the
souls appeal. Players who enjoy both PvP and PvE will find both equally
well represented with the Assassin due to its shadowy nature.

Solo Play

The Assassin is extremely well equipped to solo throughout the level
ranges in Rift.
The very nature of the soul makes it one that operates well on its own,
seeking out opportune moments to strike, killing quickly and
then quickly disappearing again. Deep spec Assassins will find numerous
tools and tricks to confound and strike fear into their opponents.

Group Play

One of the drawbacks to a game with as many unique class combinations
as Rift has
is that there are so many DPS souls with extra utility that the ones
without it tend to get lost in the shuffle. The Assassin is an
excellent damage dealer and works well with a group, especially those
at the top end that put a premium on throughput, but lesser groups may
be looking for more than just straight DPS as they put a party

Pairs Best With


It may not seem like a smart combination to pair a pure DPS soul with
the callings “tank” soul, but the Riftstalker is an excellent choice.
Acting usually as a tertiary spec for the Assassin, the Riftstalker
dishes out a lot of upside with a minuscule
investment of 5 points. For this nominal cost the Assassin gains 15%
attack power, a 15 yard instant teleport and a finishing move that
increases survivability. Planar Strike can also be useful to help pull
an errant add off of a healer when things go bad.


The most obvious choice for inclusion into an Assassin build, the
Bladedancer adds finesse and grace to the other souls deadly
efficiency. 16 points spent here will increase the Rogues dexterity,
hit, attack power as well as adding a castable dex buff and a sprint.
The Bladedancer is a must have for fleshing out and perfecting the
Assassin and giving it the comfortable feel of the typical rogue class
from other games.

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