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Dark and Darker has 8 classes to choose from when creating your character. If you're going to have any chance of successfully escaping the game's grueling dungeons, you have to know how to make the best of the class you pick. This guide will go through the best Rogue builds, including information on the class playstyle, weapons, armor, and abilities.
Note - Dark and Darker Patch 2 was released on November 22 and all eight classes have had their base attributes rebalanced to include two new attributes (Vigor & Dexterity). We'll update this build guide shortly to relfect any changes.
Rogue Class Overview
Rogues are masters of speed and stealth. They have unique strengths in picking locks, stealing from enemies, and disarming traps. Their primary weapons tend to be daggers but ranged attacks are available to them through the Hand Crossbow or Throwing Knives. With the lowest health pool of any class in Dark and Darker, this class is best when played from the shadows.
All Rogue Perks
Perks passively buff your character. At your starting level, you have one perk slot. The number of perk slots increases at Level 5, Level 10, and Level 15.
All Rogue Skills
Skills need to be activated before they affect your character. This is done by pressing 'Q' or 'E'. Up to two skills can be added to your build at a time.
The Best Rogue Builds In Dark and Darker
Beginner Rogue Build
Recommended loadout: In terms of armor, prioritize those pieces that don't hamper your movement speed. While daggers are the standard choice, the added range afforded by the Rapier is helpful for Rogues who are just starting out.
Recommended perks: Poisoned Weapon delivers an extra punch of magic damage with each hit you make. This perk is the best way to fill out your singular perk slot.
Recommended skills: Hide is a quintessential Rogue skill, allowing you to go invisible and remain hidden until the perfect moment to strike. Make the most of this ambush with Weakpoint Attack. This skill makes your initial attack extra deadly and then makes the target more vulnerable to your subsequent attacks.
Trios Rogue Build
With the support of your party members, you can afford to be a little more aggressive. The timing of when you engage is key though. Syncronise with your teammates to slip in and out of the frontline, delivering swift attacks while staying out of danger.
Recommended loadout: The Stiletto Dagger is a super speedy little weapon; likely the fastest in the entire game. This is perfect for laying a couple of hits into an enemy in quick succession.
Recommended perks: Poisoned Weapon remains a strong perk choice. Jokester, Lockpicking Mastery, and Trap Detection are class-unique benefits that can serve you and your party well.
Recommended skills: Rupture does residual damage to the target of your attack; chipping away at their health even when you've retreated to safety. Weakpoint Attack is great as it rewards the multi-hit attack pattern of a Stiletto Dagger.
Solo Queue Rogue Build
As a solo Rogue, your best bet is to remain in the shadows as much as possible. The easiest way to get the upper hand in a 1v1 is to catch your enemy off guard with an attack from behind.
Recommended loadout: The Castillion Dagger is slightly slower but offers a much heftier damage output. As you don't have to contend with an entire party of player enemies, you can focus on delivering one concentrated strike rather than multiple weaker blows.
Recommended perks: Stealth provides you with extra mobility while in hiding which is helpful for positioning yourself perfectly before striking. The power of your sneak attacks can be boosted by Ambush and Back Attack. A surprise one-shot kill is the best-case scenario for a lone rogue, so the 10% damage bonus given by Dagger Mastery is a worthwhile addition.
Recommended skills: Weakpoint Attack and Hide are the best combination for this build.