This guide was created by F8L Fool on the Aionsource forums. All credit goes to him for everything he has created/put together on this page. The original post can be found here.
LAST UPDATED: 9/2 (Additional skill name changes)
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The Assassin class is the "Rogue" or "Thief" archetype found within Aion. Like the majority of games which have such a class, you will find that dual wielding, stealth, and large amounts of melee (physical) based damage make up the class' basic utilities. They rely on their ability to "burst" (do large amounts of damage in a short period of time) and restrict their targets movements through the use of stuns.
- Yes. The Scout class gets the skill Hide I (lvl. 5), which is the Aion equivalent of "stealth", allowing both Assassins and Rangers to use the initial rank. Assassins however are the only ones which obtain Hide II (lvl. 34), which is much more difficult to detect, and lasts slightly longer.
Are there any abilities that can only be used while Hiding?:
- NO. As of now there are no abilities that are performed exclusively while in Hide mode, or any special damage/crit or other bonus for attacking while in Hide mode. Furthermore any ability used while in hiding will take you out of hiding.
(3.0) Signet Patterns: What are Signet Patterns? How do they work? How do they effect stuns?
- Signet Patterns are often considered to be the Aion equivalent of a WoW Rogue's "Combo Points". Both of which can be stacked up to the maximum intensity of 5, and upon using a signet skill all engraved signet patterns on the target are consumed.
- The more signet patterns engraved on a target, the greater effect the signet bursting ability will have on the target.
- Pain Rune is an example of a skill that utilizes signet patterns. As you can see from the tooltip, the more signet patterns erased/consumed, the higher the damage will be, and the higher chance you have of stunning the target.
- Signet Patterns are arguably the most difficult concept behind Assassins, as well the hardest thing to efficiently manage (next to rotation and cooldowns). Not every skill uses signet patterns, or applies patterns.
- Signet patterns compound with other Assassin's engraving abilities. If you have two Assassin's on one target, their signet pattern application and consumption will be from the same pool, and are still capped at 5 pattern levels. Therefore monitoring, coordinating, applying, and removing signet patterns is rather important when two or more Assassin's are on a single target at the same time. Read on to find out more.
Signet Stun Mechanics: Coming soon.
(3.1) Pattern Engraving: Engraving is the method of applying a pattern to your target. Each skill that has the ability to apply a pattern can only do so up to a certain intensity, and that intensity can be found in the skill description. See the following skill for an example:
As you can see from the above tooltip the skill "Engrave Signet" can apply patterns "up to the level of 3". The pattern level can only go up one level at a time, per skill used. There are skills that are capable of applying up to 3 signet pattern levels, as well as ones that are capable of applying up to 5 signet pattern levels. See the following skill for an example:
The skills that can apply up to the 3rd level means that upon reaching pattern level 3 it will not be capable of pushing the pattern level any higher without using a skill that can go to level 5. Skills that can apply pattern up to level 5 however can further the targets Signet level from 1, all the way up to 5. This limitation makes it more difficult to obtain the maximum 5 patterns, and forces you to choose which skill to use in order to further it rather than simply spamming random skills to achieve 5 patterns without effort.
Photos: The following photo is of an Assassin's level 5 pattern graphic. At level 1 there is only one square, at level 2 there are two squares, and so on. This is different than the debuff icon found found on the targets buff/debuff bar. The graphic only lasts for roughly .5-1 second before fading.
The picture below is of the Signet Engraving debuff icons that are greatly enlarged. In order of 1-5 (left-right):
(4.0) Back Attacks (Backstabs): Do Assassins get a "Backstab" type of ability? (An attack that does more damage from behind, and/or can only be done from behind)
- Yes. Assassins get two attacks that deal bonus damage from the back. They are usable from any side, but the bonus will only be applied if you are at the targets back. The skills are as follows:
(1st rank at LVL. 3)
(1st rank at LVL. 34)
The above skills are rendered virtually useless if not executed at the opponents back. Coupled with their long cooldown periods it is wise to only use them on a stunned, fleeing, or unaware target that you can easily approach from behind.
NOTE: There is a third "backstab" ability. However, it is a Divine Prayer skill and has been excluded from the list due to the high level requirement (50), DP (4000), and cooldown (1 hour) on the skill. I may add it later.
(5.0) Stuns: Do Assassins have any stun abilities?
- Yes. The Assassin gets a total of seven stuns to work with. Stuns are an essential tool to any Assassin that will effectively prevent your target from fleeing, casting, and damaging you. Stunning also grants you the opportunity to get in devastating back attacks that can turn the tide of any fight. While stunned the target is incapable of not only casting or movement, but defending themselves through the use of passive blocking, dodging, or parrying which indirectly boosts the Assassins damage on the target.
Due to the importance and complexity of Assassin stuns, I have written a full guide on them which can be found in the AionSource forums here: Assassin Skillset - Stuns. I urge anyone that has yet to view it to give it at least a once over.
(6.0) Stigmas: What are stigmas? Howmany do I get? Where do I get them?
- Stigmas are abilities that are only usable when a "Stigma Stone" is equipped in a "Stigma Slot". With patch 1.5, you will be able to equip an additional 3 stigma stones! Bringing the total you can equip to 8 at level 50.
(6.1) Stigma List:
Format: (Level) Name of Ability - Name of Stone: Location (Quest, Drop, or Unknown)
Unlike regular skills that go up in rank as you level, new stigma ranks must be acquired through drop or quest. You may not stack multiple ranks of the same stigma in order to avoid the cooldown of the ability.
(6.2) Advanced Stigma Stones:
In order to unlock the three additional stigma slots you will have to do the following:
The in game stigma stone tab as of 1.5 will look like the following:
The three slots on the right within the yellow rectangle are the "Advanced Stigma Slots". You are capable of equipping any stone in these slots, but are unable to equip "Advanced Stones" in the original five slots on the left.
The Advanced Stones are more complex than original stones, and have pre-requisites to equip; such as other Advanced Stones, and/or regular stigmas. This will create a lot of customization between characters.
(6.3) Advanced Stigma List (Courtesy of TTB):
Advanced Stigmas: Chain Pattern Explosion option
Chain Pattern Explosion
Advanced Stigmas: Surprise Slash option
Explosive Apply Poison
As soon as the armory includes the above Advanced Stigmas, the display format will be changed.
(7.0) Faction Skills: What are faction skills?
(1st rank at LVL. 45)
(1st rank at LVL. 45)
(8.0) Poisons: Do Assassins get any type of poison abilities?
- Yes. They get two poisons to work with. The most important thing to know, and is by no means common knowledge, is **a poisoned target cannot initiate flight**. If poisoned while in flight however they will not be forced out of flight, but will still take damage from the poison as usual. Meaning if they are on the ground and in an area where you can fly, if you poison them they will not be able to pull out their wings until that poison is cured and/or wears off. They WILL be able to glide however, so don't rule that out by any means. This will reduce their chance of fleeing by leaps and bounds.
-The poisons require a reagent named Scolopen's Poison, which is quite cheap and can be purchased from every General Goods Merchant throughout the game. The skills that you are able to use are as follows:
(1st rank at LVL. 16)
The above poison is very useful in both PvE and PvP, due to the fact that it not only deals periodic damage to the target, but when used in conjunction with the Assassination skill you can dish out a great deal of bonus damage.
The second skill is actually a stigma, so it requires you to equip it in order to use it:
(1st and only rank at LVL. 28)
(9.0) Primary Stats: What are the main stats an Assassin uses, and looks for in items and armor?
- The most valuable statistics for an Assassin are without question Physical Crit., Attack Speed Increase, Evasion, and Attack.
(9.1) Physical Crit.:
Physical Crit. is the most crucial statistic for an Assassin, and can be the difference between a bad Assassin character, and an amazing Assassin character. For every 10 Critical rating you have, you gain roughly ~1% critical rating. So if you were to have 400 critical rating, it would be in the 40% crit region.
This stays true until 400 critical rating. From 400 and beyond you begin to get diminishing returns. Every 10 rating from 400 and on will in turn grant you half a crit. So 10=.5%, rather than the usual full 1%. This would mean that at 450 critical rating, you would be sitting at 42.5% crit.
In short: The faster you are able to reach and maintain 400+ critical rating the better. You will see a substantial increase in your slaying speed and efficiency as your critical rate increases.
As of patch 1.5 (the version which NA/EU will be launching with), the critical damage modifier (NOT THE RATE) on both swords and daggers have been lowered. The exact figure is unknown but is rumored to be around 2.2x (down from 2.5x)
Evasion is the main defense method of the Assassin. Due to their low P. Defense they must rely on avoiding as many hits as possible. Evasion does not effect your chances of resisting or avoiding spells however. It is suggested that once you are capable of attaining a high level of critical rating, that you then focus on evasion. it is highly debated as to just how effective evasion is, but from personal experience I must say that from a PvP standpoint it's very, very strong.
(9.3) Attack Speed Increase:
The Attack Speed Increase stat increases the speed with which you attack with your auto-attack, and engravings. The stats soft and hard caps are unknown, but one is able to stack potions and skills upwards of 65% as of now. Furthermore, if you are using two weapons with + attack speed, only the weapon with the higher total amount will count (they are not cumulative anymore).
- The faster you attack, the faster you are able to execute pattern engraving abilities, as well as increasing your white damage a significant amount.
When using a weapon in the offhand that increases attack (such as this: Black Claw Chieftain's Dagger), the bonus is applied directly to both your main and offhand. I.E. if your original attack was 100 on your main hand, upon equipping that dagger in your offhand you would see a new rating of 110, which is equivalent to a +5 enchantment.
(10.0) Socketing: What should I socket?
-Play around with your stats to find your ideal amount of evasion and critical rate. But remember, crit always supersedes evasion in the stat food chain. In the end the higher you can get of both stats, the better.
(10.1) Manastones: Specifically, what stones should I use, on what gear, and at what levels?
- You can use alchemy and transform stones into even better ones (8's, 9's, 11's, 12's) and save them for higher levels, or you can use them on your good gear that you will be using for some time. The way to know what items you will be using for some time is to actually ask around and/or look on sites such as AionArmory - Aion Database to see what future gear you will have access to in the following levels.
(10.1) God Stones:
(11.0) Flight: How do Assassins fair in flight combat? What abilities do they get while in flight?
- One of the most valuable assets for an Assassin to use while in flight is a bow. Get a good bow and work on fast weapon swapping + auto attack, and you'll be much more powerful in the air.
(11.1) Flight Abilities:
Sprinting, which stacks with the aforementioned Blessing, as well as flight scrolls and items, will make catching people or fleeing while in flight easiest for an Assassin in comparison to other classes.
They also have a flight only stun called Throw Dagger.
When you add up all the tools at an Assassins disposal while in flight they become quite a formidable aerial combatant.
(12.0) Crowd Control (CC): Do the Assassins get any form CC abilities?
(13.0) Pickpocket/Stealing: Can the Assassin pickpocket or steal in Aion?
- No. As of the most recent update (patch 1.5), the Assassin does not have any method of pickpocketing or stealing in their arsenal. There has also been no mention as to whether or not such an ability will be added.
(14.0) Titles: What are titles? What should I use as an Assassin?
What are titles?:
They are given out as a reward for completing difficult quest chains, or accomplishing great feats such as defeating a specific boss, or mastering a profession. The bonuses and names are unique to each faction. Some titles clearly cater to specific archetypes more than others, and would only be used by an opposing archetype for the name of the title itself, and not the bonuses. For example: A Sorcerer (mage) wouldn't use the "Expert Fisher" title which grants 7 accuracy for any reason other than they like the name of the title itself. Reason being that mages use "Magical Accuracy" for their attacks, not regular Accuracy, which applies to melee.
What title should I use as an Assassin?:
- As an Assassin you should first and foremost use the best title you have at your disposal. If you only have one title, you might as well use that one rather than none. If you have multiple titles however, the title you choose should focus on boosting one (or several) of the main attributes of your class which are initially: Physical Crit., Evasion, and Attack.
At later levels however you get to choose from superior titles that give Attack Speed, Flight Speed, and Speed increases. Those would be the ideal titles to use, because they make a much larger impact even in small doses than say +3 crit, or attack would.
- In the beginning your titles will be very limited due to the quests that you can complete. It's not possible for you to attain specific titles of your choosing due to the level restrictions on quests. If for instance you were level 12, and the title you want to use is obtained through completing a quest that involves an Abyss NPC, you wouldn't be able to get it due to the fact you are unable to even set foot in the Abyss until level 25. Therefore that title is out of the question for anyone lower than level 25.
(14.1) Elyos Titles:
Here are three great titles for the Elyos. A full list can be found here.
(LVL. 14) - Bottled Lightning - Quest Chain: Missing Village Seal - +3% speed
(LVL. 25 through 40) - Heroic - Quest Chain: [Group] Confrontation with Asmodian General - +4 Physical Critical Hit, +1 Physical Att, +1% Atk Speed
(LVL. 38) Honorary Black Cloud - Quest Chain: Jakurerk's Opportunity to Make it Big - +5% speed increase.
(LVL. 47) Owner of the Dragon Sword - Quest Chain: [Group] True Owner of the Dragon Sword - +52 Maximum HP, +3 Flight Time, +3% Flight Speed, +6% Speed (This is my personal favorite Elyos title for PvP)
(14.2) Asmodian Titles:
Here are three great titles for an Asmodian Assassin (for a full list go here):
(LVL. 14) Mosbear Slayer - Quest: A Friendly Wager - +2 Evasion
(LVL. 21) Postal - Quest Chain: [Infiltration] Elim of Elysea - +4% speed increase.
(LVL. 38) Wheeler-Dealer - Quest Chain: Contract of Black Cloud Traders - +5% speed increase.
(LVL. 25 through 40) Heroic - Quest: Confrontation with Elysean Army General - +52 Maximum HP, +3 Flight Time, +3% Flight Speed, +6% Speed (This is my personal favorite Asmodian title for PvP)
- In order to save a lot of time, I'm just going to summarize the following information into the main point:
If you feel the need to understand why I said the above, be my guest to read on through the full explanation!
What are the best professions for an Assassin?
-As of patch 1.5 you will be able to bring two skills to 450, so you won't have to narrow it down to just one.
Professions for PvP & PvE:
- PvP - The pre-packaged answer for PvP professions seems to always be Alchemy first, followed by Cooking. I agree that potions and scrolls are absolute necessities for PvP, there's just no way around it. Cooking bonuses are also huge for PvP, and just as beneficial for PvE. The problem here is that countless people are thinking the same thing in terms of PvP professions. Meaning that there will be a lot of people around to be crafting them, whether they be friends, legion mates, or just someone doing it for skill up's and/or a fee. It doesn't matter who crafts the potions/scrolls, since you still need to provide the materials.
Also purchasing food, scrolls, and potions off of the broker can sometimes be easier/faster than crafting if you have the gold at your disposal from farming, or selling goods from another profession.
- Any and all professions in the game will be useful in PvE. If you craft a sword it will obviously be used regardless of if you are fighting mobs, or players. There will also be a demand for that sword from other players and can in turn be sold for large sums.
(16.0) Weapon Choice: What is the best weapon type (Sword/Dagger) to use as an Assassin overall? For Main-Hand? For Off-Hand? Can we use bows? What are extendable weapons?
What melee weapon type should I be using?:
- What weapon type an Assassin should use is a very subjective and situational decision. The most logical answer to this question is use the best weapon (based on stats) that you have at your disposal, regardless of the type. The higher you get in level the more this will hold true. If you are using your level 10 green quest dagger (Dagger of Karma) at level 18 over some level 18 sword you just looted (i.e. Nukaka's Sword), simply because it's a dagger, you're unnecessarily hurting your damage because of a weapon type bias.
Is there a definitive best weapon type for my Main-Hand or Off-Hand?:
- NO. As aforementioned the stats of a weapon precedes the type. However, if you have a say/choice in the type of weapon upgrade you will be getting that's a different story. At lower levels it's common practice to use a Dagger MH, and a Sword OH. Reason being that the crit rate of a dagger is double (100 base crit rate) of a sword (50 base crit rate), and you will most likely be lacking in crit at lower levels (1-25ish) more so than at higher levels (30-50). Also a Sword hits harder than a dagger, so having a harder hitting weapon in your OH is a good thing since your dual wield swings both hands at the same time, not independently of one another.
- Bonus stats can be a deciding factor in weapon choice as well. This mechanic is further elaborated on in the next section.
(16.1) Bonus Stats: What are bonus stats on weapons? How do they work?
What are bonus stats on weapons?:
How do bonus stats work?:
- Bonus stats are applied to BOTH weapons in your dual wield, regardless of what hand you use the weapon in. This can play a huge role in your weapon choice. This means that if your off-hand sword adds +10 physical attack, you will gain that attack on your main-hand and your off-hand.
- There is however an exception to how Attack Speed is applied to your dual wield. If you are using two weapons with Attack Speed Increase only the highest percent will be used, and the other will be completely ignored. Every other bonus stat will be applied to both hands of your dual wield cumulatively. (If you still don't understand the concept don't hesitate to PM me for further explanation).
(16.2) Bows: Can we use them? How well?
Can we use them?
Yes. The use of bows is granted to the School of Scouts. Because the Assassin is within that school, they are able to use bows. While they are not a staple of the Assassin class, as they are with the Ranger, they are quite important.
How do we fare with them?
Like Daggers, Swords, and Dual Wield proficiencies, we are able to rank up our bow proficiency as well. This increases our damage with them as we level, and makes them increasingly more powerful, so it would be unwise to not purchase the new ranks.
- Bows are a huge asset to an Assassin when pursuing a fleeing target. If someone takes off into flight and is low health you can often finish them off with your bow before you even get to them. Also if you are running from someone til your pot cool is finished, or another skill, peppering someone with your arrows can add up. Every good Assassin will have a bow, and a good one at that.
- Bow auto attacks can be used while running/flying.
(16.3) Extendable Weapons: What are they? When can I get one?
What are they?
Extendable weapons are weapons which have a greater range (reach) than your typical weapon. Because of this they are extremely rare, highly sought after, and very powerful. It is not uncommon for an individual to use an extendable weapon with slightly worse stats than a non-extendable, due to the unrivaled reach of said weapon. There are several extendable weapons to be found in Aion and they are one of the greatest assets to an Assassin, making combat, especially while flying, exponentially easier.
They come in all types, such as swords (1 and 2-handed alike), maces, daggers, polearms, and so on.
Here is a video of an extendable dagger in action:
When can I first use an extendable weapon?
The very first extendable weapon that you will have access to is a level 35 orange dagger seen here:
The above dagger is shown in the video example previously linked. The other weapon is a level 35 sword which you can view at the bottom of this post in section 19.2. The next level extendable weapon can be found at level 40, though it is a sword. There is also a quest at level 43 for an extendable weapon, as well as this dagger drop at 44:
(17.0) Snares (Slows, Roots, Etc.): Do we get a Snare of any kind?
- NO. As of now (1.5) we are completely and utterly devoid of any kind of snare skill. Whether it be a slow, root, or any variation thereof. Because of this Assassin's have more stuns than any other class, and must rely on them to compensate for their lack of snares.
- *Due to the ever changing nature of MMO's, skills are frequently added, removed, or altered. Because of this a future snare effect in the Assassin's arsenal isn't out of the question.*
(18.0) Consumables: What do they do? Should I use them? What ones? Where do I get them?
What do they do??:
- Consumables are any and all items which you use or "consume" for unique beneficial effects. Once you've used the consumable the original item is discarded. Food/drink, potions, and scrolls are the three main consumables types in Aion
Should I use them?:
YES! Consumables are truly a necessity when it comes to PvP, and can be equally beneficial in PvE. They can greatly influence leveling speed, as well as increase survivability.
Some mobs and quests that would typically be unsoloable by an Assassin are made doable thanks to the correct use of health potions. If you come up against a player in PvP that is utilizing potions to the fullest you are immediately at a disadvantage. After reaching your low 20's, every Assassin should have a nice stockpile of consumables at all times.
Where do I get them?
There are five ways to get consumables. The first way (and most common) is from Alchemy, and Cooking. The second source is from the Food Merchant and Potion Merchant. The less common way is from mob drops, and quest reward (though you get quite a good amount early on via quests).
However, the last way to get consumables is from the Abyss vendors. The best consumables in the game are bought with Abyss Points from these vendors. The downside of using them however is that they are on a longer cooldown, and obviously they take Abyss Points which you also use for armor and weapons.
(18.1) Potions: I will be listing the lowest ranks of the potions, as they will be the first potions you have access to. As you level up and amass more kinah/abyss points you will obviously want to use superior ones
(Cure/Cleanse) - Lesser Healing Potion - 30s cooldown. Arguably the most important potion you can carry. This handy thing cures poisons (if you get poisoned you can't fly, so just pop this and then take off ASAP), roots, slows, DoT's, and various other stat ailments. This potion can save your life and/or end others more than you can imagine.
**If you are rooted you are unable to use Ambush or Dash Attack, so always use a cure pot first**.
(Flight Time) - Lesser Wind Serum - 30s cooldown. When traveling in the Abyss, pursuing or fleeing from a target, or even gathering aether, having enough flight time is crucial. Running out of flight time can be the difference between killing someone you're chasing and falling to your death.
(Instant Heal) - Minor Life Serum - 30s cooldown.. Health=good, enough said . **On separate cooldown from its Heal Over Time counterpart**
(Heal Over Time AKA HoT) - Minor Life Potion - 30s cooldown. It's very good to use these preemptively the second you start taking damage. Since it's on a different cooldown than the instant potions they can be amazingly effective. **On separate cooldown from its Instant Heal counterpart**
(18.2) Scrolls: The actual increase values on these scrolls are not accurate on Aion Armory.
(Flight Speed) - Lesser Raging Wind Scroll - This scroll stacks with items as well as Sprinting. It's a must for any serious abyss hunting.
(Run Speed) - Lesser Running Scroll - Like the flight speed counterpart, it also stacks with run speed items and sprinting. It also stacks with transformations which can be one of your best friends during rift hunting.
(DMG Absorb) - Lesser Anti-Shock Scroll - If used prior to several stunning effects (such as Ambush) it can completely negate the stun. For a full list of stuns that can be resisted check back later.
There are also magic resist, evasion, and crit scrolls that are very nice as well. I can't seem to find links to any of them as of right this second.
(18.3) Food: 18.3-4: Coming soon.
(19.0) Assassin Links & Resources: An ever growing list of important/helpful links to other informative posts, videos, and more.
Extendable Sword (lvl. 35)
Korean Assassin Tournament (1.2)
Top tier group PvP video from Assassin PoV (watch in HD it's great quality--second half is cleric)
Official Assassin Trailer
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