Have you decided to align yourself with the dark side in Star Wars The Old Republic? if so, I will be your guide in your path to become a formidable Sith Assassin. I’ll be explaining the development of the Sith Assassin in this guide, focusing on the Skill Tree and build.
But first, let’s see the basic concept:
The skill tree is a tree through which you can make your character stronger by adding points to certain skills. For those acquainted to games like League of Legends, the closest thing would be Masteries, except that in SWTOR, the skills trees contain both active and passive skills/attributes that can be enhanced.
The character development is divided into three specializations. The first two are exclusive to a specific advanced class. For example, for the Sith Assassin, the exclusive specializations are Darkness and Deception.
The third is shared with anoother classis. Using the Sith Assassin as an example again, the third specialization is Madness, shared with the Sith Sorcerer. This is because both belong to the the parent class ‘Sith Inquisitor’.
I will designate point distribution like (XX,XX,XX), where the ‘XX’ is the number of points, and the commas separate the three specializations. For example, if I wish for a Darkness oriented Sith Assassin, I will show builds like (31,0,10) or similar, indicating 31 points for Darkness, 0 for Deception, and 10 for Madness. In total, there will always be a maximum of 41 points at game level 50.
Now that we understand how the trees are distributed, and the way you add points to them, let’s have a look at how you can tweak them to your needs, and specialize in a given desired skill.
Sith Assassin Character Builds and Specs
The Sith Assassin has the following specializations:
- Madness (shared with Sith Sorcerer)
Darkness Sith Assassin
- Saber Strike
Shock or Lacerate
The Darkness variant of the Sith Assassin is generally the most offensive tank build in the game. This variant has an a wide variety of abilities at hand, like general offense, crowd control and healing.
In addition to the unique ability to self-heal, the Darkness Assassin is easily the highest damage of any defender specialization in the game
Recommended PvE Builds: (31,0,10), (25,0,16)
For those looking for an easy way through in PvE matches as a Sith Assassin (Darkness variant), I’d highly recommended the (31,0,10) configuration, because it is the most aggressive variant of the Darkness Assassin, which is generally a tanky class.
However, if you’re looking for some distance, you might want to try the (25,0,16) configuration, which will give you good range with skills such as Death Field that has a generous range of 30 meters.
It is essential to note that the Darkness variant is a little difficult for low-level players in PvP games, and that is why players below 25 should look to make Deception variants.
In the PvP builds, you’ll be reinstituting yourself as a tank with a lot of capability of damage absorption, while still dealing out a good punch yourself. Mind Control and Mass Mind Control are your taunts, and are useful because they reduce the target’s outgoing damage by 30% for 6 seconds unless they attack you.
Guarding a target and hiding in stealth until attacked can be an effective defense method, along your healer. Another underrated ability is Spike, which knocks down your target for 2s, and the enemy can take a while to recover from it.
Harnessed darkness is also very essential, though it can be a little difficult to stack. However, once done, Force Lightning will do massive damage/slow/self-healing, and is definitely worth it if it can be executed in a witty manner.
Deception Sith Assassin
- Saber Strike
Voltaic Slash or Thrash
The Deception variant lives true to the term ‘assassin’, being the most dynamic striker-styled variant of the Sith Assassin class. This variant is a spike damage striker, a harasser, and a brilliant melee skirmisher.
Best of all, unlike the Darkness Assassin, the Deception Assassin is very easy to build at early levels, and has immediate access to many powerful skills.
The (5,33,3) build mainly focuses on stealth single-targeting kills, with armor-piercing for sheer aggression. However, contrary to what may seem, the build is unbelievably good at AoE for a single-target playstyle. With the Exploit Weakness plus Maul in Stealth Mode, you can cause a lot damage to your target of assassination.
The (11,30,0) is quite similar to the above. However, your burst damage is reduced slightly, trading in for a good amount of speed.
The (2,31,8) configuration will focus on usage of the Shock and Thrash ability, along with Induction, Maul, and Chain Shock. This build will deplete the opponent’s health with chain of Shocks, continued with Thrash and extra damage by the regular usage of Maul.
The (5,33,3) build will still work wonders for PvP, in the same way as it does for PvE.
The (18,23,0) build is quite an interesting one, recommended for daredevils. With this, you can spam Backstabs decimate your opponents; you will get extremely powerful damage output. However, your force points will regenerate far slower than pretty much every other build. If you enjoy being a dominator for short times, this is the build for you.
As stated above, the (11,30,0) build will work similar to (5,33,0), but will sacrifice some damage for added movement speed and mobility.
The (0,33,8) build is a good alternative as well; it trades off more damage on every single attack that you do for a larger burst out of Energize.
Madness Sith Assassin
- Saber Strike
Thrash or Lacerate
The Madness Sith Assassin is the most versatile variant in all of the Sith specializations, having a melee/range hybrid style of play.
Recommended PvE Builds: (7,3,31)
The basic idea behind the Madness Assassin playstyle is to drop Death Field on your target and then thrash him/her with periodic damage effects. On a single target, its damage is less relative to Deception, though decent on multiple sustained targets.
Recommended PvP Builds: (3,7,31)
Once again, it is recommended that low-level players focus on the Deception variant instead of Madness, which requires a bit of level before the good stuff comes. In PvP games, as a Madness variant you will take the role of being the pressurizer.
Though your burst damage is way weaker than other Assassin builds, your DoTs are extremely efficient, and you have the hardest hitting Thrash of any Assassin. Use it to your advantage.
Don’t forget to share your specs and builds for Jedi Consular in the comments with a bit of explaining on rotation and PVE/PVP.