This build utilizes the Blade Fury skill, a ranged attack that takes into account the melee weapon damage and certain properties that transfer to the attack such as Crushing Blow. This build can be a lot of fun to play and it is possible, if properly built, to complete Uber Tristram solo.


Skills to max out:Edit

Shadow Warrior or Shadow Master: Blade Fury is a ranged attack, and having something to get in the way will help.
Mind Blast: Stuns opponents as well as having a chance to convert non-unique monsters.
Venom: Add poison damage to the attack. Keep in mind that all poison damage has a duration of 0.8 seconds, so other sources of poison aside from the Venom skill will be nerfed badly.

Secondary SkillsEdit

Blade Fury: It may seem ridiculous to only invest one point, but most of the damage will come from the equipped weapon. The mana cost will increase and the bonus 100 points or so damage will not likely be helpful. However, in two weapon builds, getting access to Might, Concentration, and/or Fanaticism, and adding +%ED jewels where applicable on helm, armor, or shield, can make extra points in this skill a worthy investment.

Cloak of Shadows: 7-10 points will make it more helpful in defense bonuses and to damage/evade foes without mob retaliation
Blade Sentinel: A single point should be enough.
Blade Shield: A single point should be enough, but more can be added. Keep in mind that this causes the player's weapon to deteriorate, so an ethereal weapon, unless it has a repair mod or is Indestructible will suffer weapon degradation.
Claw Mastery: A single point can return benefits, especially if there are +skills to this tree.
Weapon Block: If the Assassin will be employing two claws, this will allow a character to block even magical attacks. Due to diminishing returns, it is suggested not to invest more than ten points in this skill.
Death Sentry: Fires lightning or launches Corpse Explosion.
Fire Bomb: Add some points to this to increase the number of shots a Death Sentry can deliver before expiring.




  • Fortitude: 300% enhanced damage across the board.


  • Angelic Wings: When used in conjunction with the Angelic Halo rings, it grants +12 Attack Rating per level per ring. An inexpensive way to boost attack rating.


  • Angelic Halo: When used in conjunction with the Angelic Wings amulet, the character gains +12 attack rating per ring per level.
  • Raven Frost: Although this is a ranged attack, this ring can be used for its Cannot be Frozen modifier.


  • Dracul's Grasp: These possess a Life Tap proc, useful for keeping the life globe full, even from unleechable monsters.
  • Souldrainers: These are gloves best used in PvM for their dual leech and the reduction in defense per hit.
  • Cleglaw's Pincers: The humble gloves of the Cleglaw's Brace set have Knockback and apply a movement penalty
  • Laying of Hands: Another PvM glove which offers 50% fire resistance and 300% enhanced damage versus demons
  • Steelrend: Enhanced damage as well as crushing blow.


  • Gore Riders: Crushing blow, open wounds and deadly strike make these boots popular. Goblin Toes' big brother.
  • Silkweaves: These offer bonuses for those concerned about mana.


  • Don't use a two-handed weapon: Blade Fury's penalty is 3/8 for two-handers, and that penalty is not shown on the lying character screen.


  • Lidless Wall: This shield gives mana related bonuses and a boost to skills.

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