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Dragon Talon
Attacks an enemy with a flurry of kicks.
Class Assassin
Skill Tree Martial Arts
Level 1
Prerequisites None
Damage Type Physical
Mana Cost 6
Other Stats Finishing Move
Synergies None

Dragon Talon is an Assassin Skill in Diablo II.

DescriptionEdit

An Assassin is taught to utilize her entire body as a weapon. Using this skill, she lets loose a powerful kick to send her opponents flying.

General InformationEdit

  • Active Effect: Attack an enemy with a flurry of kicks.
  • Required Level: 1
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Gives synergy to: None
  • Receives synergy from: None

This ability is a Finishing Move. You gain all the benefits listed below plus any bonus you may have from Charge-up Skills. These bonuses are dependant on the amount of charges you have, and from what skill each of those charges came from. A player can mix and match charges, for example:

You attack a target twice with a level 13 Tiger Strike gaining two charges, using a Finishing Move now will give you +680% Damage. If you instead attack an enemy with a level 11 Cobra Strike gaining 1 more charge, then attack with a Finishing Move you will now gain +680% damage and 90% life stealing. You charge up all your charge-up skills but the charges will be gone after a short period if you don't use them up. So you can gain 3 charge of every skill you have time for, but it is not recommended to wait for long with their release.

Bonus Damage % are additive, using the example above with a level 17 Dragon Talon will give you a total of 797% Bonus Damage (117% + 680%).

For Dragon Talon, only the first kick gets the benefits of the charge-up skills. Subsequent kicks in the sequence just do the normal damage from the boots. Unlike skills such as Zeal, this skill will NOT retarget if the enemy is dead or relocated, but will leave the Assassin kicking into space. The damage inflicted by each Dragon Talon kick is based on the type of boots worn. The current weapon equipped does not affect the damage calculation at all (though other secondary effects may still apply - see below.)

Properties that work with kicks:

  • Magic, Elemental, and Poison Damage (not displayed on the character screen)
  • Life/Mana steal and Life/Mana after kills
  • %Chance to Cast on Attack/Strike
  • +% Damage (except from weapon)
  • +AR (except on your weapon)
  • +% AR (from anywhere)
  • Blind, Freeze, Prevent Monster Heal
  • Magic find and Gold find

Properties that do NOT work with kicks:

  • Deadly/Critical Strike
  • Enhanced Damage from equipment (if it works it doesn't display on character screen)
  • +% Damage to Demons/Undead
  • + Min / Max damage (so no 3/20/20 charms for kickers)
  • Claw Mastery bonuses (Boots are not Claws!)
  • Melee mods such as IAS, Crushing Blow, Open Wounds, prevent monster heal, life leech, etc. are not applied from the secondary claw (in a Dual-Claw setup).

Dragon Talon can be the third-fastest attack in the game (behind only Whirlwind which is a 2-frame attack, and Strafe which has more attacks at 3 frames), attacking at a potential 3-frame rate for followup kicks. This makes an Assassin specializing in Dragon Talon an exceptional boss-killer, as she can apply many Crushing Blow hits to the boss at an extremely fast rate.

Charge-up skills are useless for a kicker Assassin - she will do more damage just repeatedly attacking with Dragon Talon than she will by charging up anything.

Dragon Talon has an extremely high AR bonus, so you don't need much in the way of AR equipment to consistently hit.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Mana Cost: 6

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Number of Kicks 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Bonus Damage 5% 12% 19% 26% 33% 40% 47% 54% 61% 68% 75%
Bonus Attack 30% 65% 100% 135% 170% 205% 240% 275% 310% 345% 380%


Level 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 25
Number of Kicks 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5
Bonus Damage 82% 89% 96% 103% 110% 117% 124% 131% 138% 173%
Bonus Attack 415% 450% 485% 520% 555% 590% 625% 660% 695% 870%


Assassin Skills
Martial Arts Tiger StrikeDragon TalonFists of FireDragon ClawCobra StrikeClaws of ThunderDragon TailBlades of IceDragon FlightPhoenix Strike
Shadow Disciplines Claw MasteryPsychic HammerBurst of SpeedWeapon BlockCloak of ShadowsFadeShadow WarriorMind BlastVenomShadow Master
Traps Fire BlastShock WebBlade SentinelCharged Bolt SentryWake of FireBlade FuryLightning SentryWake of InfernoDeath SentryBlade Shield

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