Wildstar Stalker Class Guide – Builds, Abilities and AMPs
Sly, slippery, dangerous. These things describe the Stalker. It’s a class that doesn’t want to stay put dealing damage for hours, nor is it one that will shoot things from a mile away.
Instead, it’s a class that needs to be up close and personal, but only for short periods. You’ll appear, then disappear. You’ll stab from the back, but when the enemy turns around you won’t be there. That’s what the Stalker stands for.
Wildstar Stalker Class
This guide will focus on the abilities of the Stalker, the recommended AMPs, and also suggest a few sample builds for the class. Note that we have not written down the in-game description of the abilities, but only our view of the quality of each ability and what it has to offer.
If you want in-game descriptions of the skills, have a look at the WS Base Builder, which we are also using for our builds.
The Suit Power resource restricts the Stalker to some extent, but it also gives the class something others don’t have: the ability to deal damage right from the start.
While other classes have to gain momentum and slowly build up resources with Builder skills, the Stalker simply has to extinguish his already-full arsenal.
This means that the Stalker is a burst damage, in and out kind of a class. It’s your classic Rogue class for Wildstar basically, jumping out of battle whenever necessary, then jumping back in when you have your resources and health refilled.
Of course, this requires mobility, and thankfully the Stalker has a lot of skills that grant it just that, allowing a player to pounce on enemies, dish out damage, then jump out and take cover.
That doesn’t mean the Stalker is a one-trick pony – the Stalker may be a bit difficult to play as a tank, but once you isolate and master the necessary skills to become one, you can become the perfect tank for your team.
The core attributes for the Stalker are Brutality and Tech.
DPS: Brutality, Finesse, Moxie
Tank: Tech, Grit, Insight
For more details on Attributes for all classes, be sure to check out our Attributes Guide for Wildstar.
Shred is a good ability only when tiered up, but the issue is that you’ll eventually be investing points in other abilities in the Assault tree.
The base Shred is nothing beyond ordinary, so you might want to just use it as a filler and rely on the next few abilities for the maximum damage
This is a powerful single-target ability and should be your main DPS damage skill. The bonus you get from being behind a foe is pretty sweet, and it scales well with the tier upgrades.
If you’re taking Impale, you should be doing so by maximizing it to T8, this will allow you to gain the additional Armor Piercing (T4) and the reduced Suit Power consumption from T8.
Sounds like a sweet ability for any other game, but this is Wildstar, and the buff damage is just not enough for this skill to make it into your LAS.
Just like AW, this skill also struggles to impress in PvP. It might however be kind of sort of useful for PvE, but there are other abilities that can and should be prioritized.
This is a solid damage skill, but it has a lot going against it in the form of the Charges, cool-down and the amount of Suit Power it consumes.
Nevertheless, Cripple should be a strong candidate for its burst damage and the added bonus of the Snare CC – the latter may not be that useful overall, but it does add to the charm of the skill. I wouldn’t recommend tiering it though.
Neutralize is fantastic only when combined with Impale. It may not make sense to you, but when applied in the game, casting a T8 Impale after Neutralize will deal severe damage to a single target, while also crippling neighboring targets due to the AoE nature of this skill. However, I would not recommend upgrading this significantly – instead prioritize Impale.
If you’re not going after Neutralize, then Punish should be one alternative.
The only issue with this skill is proc, but if you have been stacking up healthy crit chance then Punish deserves priority over Neutralize, and should work well in tandem with Impale. Like Neutralize, there is absolutely no need to tier this skill.
Phlebotomize has had several changes, and for now it’s a skill that offers a lot of damage. However, the highlight of the skill isn’t its damage, but its ability to Wound foes which reduces healing.
This is almost completely useless in PvE, and is a bit of a gamble in PvP, since you are always assuming beforehand that the opponents will bring in a healer. However, when this gamble pays off, you’ll have your opponents worried by what impact the healing debuff Phlebotomize has.
I would not tier this up though, since it is so situational.
Useless skill despite how much it tries to offer. You’ll barely come across players who use this skill and are successful. Plus, there is no point in acquiring it from your AMPs Grid.
This ability is quite forgettable until you hit the T4 upgrade. From there onwards, it becomes not half-bad because it can be used every 8 seconds with any Suit Power cost, which makes it nice for harassing enemies, though I wouldn’t really count on it for anything else.
Fantastic ability that should almost always make its way into your action slot. The stuns associated with this skill are brilliant and super annoying, and it only gets better if you can afford to go till T4 to cast it more often.
This is a multi-purpose skill that shows the deceptive nature of the Stalker. It’s a great ability to retreat or to fool your opponent(s), and works brilliantly well as a follow-up to Collapse.
I would recommend grabbing it, though you’ll need to learn how to use it effectively.
A good Stalker tank ability, but for a DPS this is a complete no-no. You don’t want to be attracting attention to yourself in party raids and group PvP as a DPS Stalker.
Playing a tank Stalker on the other hand is extremely difficult as compared to a tank Warrior/Engineer – in this guide our priority is DPS Stalker, so we’ll just ignore this ability for now.
Strange ability overall that applies a nice Snare. The thing that makes this a useful addition to your LAS is that as a Stalker you’ll need as much mobility as you can possibility get, particularly when you are trying to land attacks from behind your foe.
Pounce should allow you to get around quickly and can act as an offensive-defensive skill. I wouldn’t really upgrade it though.
Useless – you have so many other options for CC that this is absolutely useless and unreliable.
Now you might be saying, “I already have so many mobility skills to take, why should I even be considering this?” While that’s true, there is one important defensive advantage Tactical Retreat gives you: it is your only CC break.
CC is abundant in Wildstar, and thankfully there are enough methods to break or counter it.
For the Stalker, TR is the only way. It also increases the distance between you and your opponent, which is helpful especially if you’ve been CC’ed while at low health.
If you’re a team player, your Medics and Engineer will thank you for considering this skill. Lifesteal is always sweet, but you won’t benefit from it as much as some of your other DPS characters.
The emphasis of this ability is team-play, so you know when to use it and when not to.
Not too important in PvE, but this can be a life-saver skill in PvP for its rapid Suit Power generation. This is particularly true when you’re facing troublesome classes like Medics. I would find one way or another to keep this great ability in your LAS.
Brilliant PvP and PvE skill that gets even better when upgraded to T4.
Collapse is especially good when you can land a False Retreat after it. It’s one ability that you should definitely keep in your LAS – just make sure you practice it.
Not sure why anyone would take this skill as a DPS. It’s misplaced in the Utility tree and is selfish. I would only consider this in 1v1 PvP, and never ever in a team game.
The support tree for the Stalker is all about Tanking. Note that unlike the Esper, Spellslinger, and Medic, the Stalker cannot be played as a healer, but only as a tank or a DPS.
We have already covered the essential DPS skills from the Assault and Utility trees. Now it’s time to look at the Support skills while keeping the Tank Stalker in our mind.
Nano Field should be your primary tanking Suit Power spender, and it’s a skill that is worth leveling all the way to Tier 8. This is a two-click ability, with the first click activating the field and dealing DoT and providing you with HoT, while the second one will do burst damage and return a huge amount to you in the form of Life-steal.
The only reason you will make this a mandatory part of your LAS is because of the Threat generation, which is the core aspect of being a tank. There is absolutely no need to level this ability up, so keep it at Tier 0 and enjoy the generated aggro.
I don’t rate this ability because it serves little purpose to your tanking role. The damage is decent but Exposing players won’t do anything truly beneficial for yourself or your team. There are better options out there.
Same story as Razor Disk. In fact if anything this is even worse than Razor Disk as it only targets a single foe. You might find it attractive for raid bosses but as a tank it’s not your job to be wasting Suit Power on dealing damage.
Good ability, but the fact that it needs to be unlocked from the AMPs Grid makes it not worthwhile. I would avoid this and just go for something in the Utility tree instead.
Great ability that as a tank makes total sense to utilize, as it applies a Weaken that would reduce incoming damage to you. This applies to 5 foes, meaning you could tank for longer durations after using Decimate.
The ability becomes even better at T8 because of its Support Power buff. The only thing is you might want to consider if you can handle the proc on this ability properly.
This is a skill I’ll let you decide on. The channeling time is a bit of a downside, and so is the Suit Power cost. However, the 150% Threat generation is great for a tank, and the damage is fairly decent.
Experiment with this skill if you can to decide if it suits your playstyle.
If you’re not intent on using Frenzy for your Threat generation, then Razor Storm is a skill that should definitely make it on your LAS.
The Intimidate is excellent and the fact that you can tackle 10 foes with this AoE skill makes it even better. If you want to upgrade, go no further than T4, which reduces the cooldown and also grants Suit Power.
If you are using Decimate, there is a good chance you would want to have Steadfast as well, as it gives you a 60% increased chance of Deflecting.
Deflecting will proc Decimate, and that ability in itself is your go-to skill as a tank. However, when you’re playing against a slow attacking boss, having Steadfast may be a waste of a slot.
A few people here and there use this skill, but personally I don’t rate it valuable at all. You can generate lots of threat from Decimate, Whiplash, and Razor Storm. So, no thank you.
The following are some of the AMPs that you should be considering or prioritizing for your Stalker, irrespective of whether you are playing as a Tank or a DPS variant.
- Assault Power – Increase Assault Power by 2.5% of your max.
- Precision – After 6s of not attacking, your next attack deals 60% tech damage
- Onslaught – Dealing damage from behind has a chance to grant you Empower
- Battle Mastery – While below 30% Suit Power gain an Empower
- Lifesteal – Increase Lifesteal by 2%
- Stealth Mastery – Reduce CD on your Stealth in all Stances by 3s
- Deflect – Increase Deflect chance by 1%
- Deflect Crit Hit Chance – Increase Deflect Critical Hit Chance by 2%
- Support Power – Increases Support Power by 2.5% of your current
- Avoidance – When you dash, gain a Defense
- That’s All You Got? – When above 70% health, gain a Defense
- Last Stand – When dropping below 1% Health you gain Invulnerability
- CC Resilience – Increases CC Resilience by 10%.
- Cooldown Reduction – Increases CD reduction by 5%.
- Balanced – You can no longer be Dazed
- Iron Man – Being hit by a CC grants one stack of Iron Man for 10s. When stack reaches 2, you gain Interrupt Armor.
The following are some suggestive builds for the Stalker. Not that these builds are merely pointers and suggestions, and not hard-and-fast ways to play the class.
You can adjust accordingly, and we’d love it if you gave us some suggestive builds by commenting in the comments section below.
Build #1 – Nano Tank
This is a signature tank build that utilizes the Nano Field for damage, Whiplash for primary Threat generation, and Decimate as your core ability.
You won’t be generating too much Threat with this build, but Decimate should keep you harassing foes constantly while keeping incoming damage to a minimum.
Of course, Nano Field is your bread-and-butter skill here, offering Lifesteal so you can keep on going. Lastly, Steadfast serves the purpose of facilitating and procing Decimate, which is the core of the ability.
Note that I have unlocked Bloodthirst in the AMPs Grid – you will probably not want to do that if you’re going to stick to this build; utilize the points elsewhere.
Build #2 – Frenzy Tank
This is a similar build in-terms of AMPs as Build 1, but the core abilities are completely different.
Instead of relying purely on Decimate, we’re here to generate tons of Threat from Razor Storm and Frenzy. These two skills – though not tiered up to a great deal – will be the bread and butter, along with Nano Field to keep sustenance and a constantly large threat level.
Build #3 – The Stealthy DPS
For the DPS Stalker, Shred will be the primary “free of cost” signature ability. It’s nothing special, which is why you’ll look towards Impale to do most of the damage.
A lot of people like Neutralize, but the Suit Power cost and the average tier upgrades make it lose to Punish as the best choice to combine with Impale.
Punish is a great AoE damage skill, which should come before Impale in your rotation, followed by Impale on the target with the least health to finish it off.
A DPS Stalker cannot exist simply with skills from the Assault tree.
In fact, if anything the Stalker’s philosophy as a mobile and stealthy class comes from its Utility skills, which are a very important part of a DPS Stalker. This is why we have taken no less than four different abilities from the Utility tree, with Stagger being the primary offensive, and the remaining three adding to mobility.
Pounce and False Retreat are brilliant skills that make it so difficult to catch a Stalker, while Preparation should keep your Suit Power up so you can use your skills as much as possible.
Feel free to add the remaining AMPs available and/or switch around the ones I’ve chosen.