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Best Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Assassin Build in D2R Season 5

Strike with deadly elemental attacks using our guide on how to set up the best martial arts Phoenix Strike Assassin build in Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Season 4.
Best Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Assassin Build in D2R Season 5

If you're looking to sneak up on your enemies and pick them off from a distance, then it's clear that the Assassin class will be your choice when heading into Diablo 2 Resurrected (D2R) Ladder Season 5. However, this is all contingent on you using the right build for the Assassin class and getting the most out of it, which is where this guide comes in.

 Below we'll be walking you through our pick for the best Assassin build in D2R Ladder Season 5, the Martial Arts Pheonix Strike build. We'll also be adjusting this build to adhere to the recent patch updates made for the new season, so be sure to check it out below. 

Assassin Class Overview for D2R Ladder Season 5

The Assassin class is extremely useful for beginner players, thanks to its easy-to-gasp skills and spam-friendly abilities, but also for the more seasoned players among us, thanks to its insane versatility. This makes the class a great pick for D2R Ladder Season 5, but with the new updates coming, there is something you need to take into consideration. 

Diablo 2 Resurrected Phoenix Strike Assassin Build Overview of class and new patch changes
The Assassin is a great class for beginners and veterans, but the new patch update has introduced some changes we can't ignore. (Picture: Blizzard)

The most recent patch notes for the game delve into what we can expect for Season 5, and while there won't be much content added, there will be a massive change made to the No Hit Delay or NHD system. To find out more, check out our article on the Next Hit Delay and how it affects the game. 

As a short TL;DR, the developers have given many skills in the game a set "delay value", and when enemies are hit with one of these attacks, they will become impervious to other sources of damage for the time reflected in the attack's "delay value." This affects a few of the Assassin's abilities for this build specifically, but don't fret as we'll point these abilities out and provide you with a solution that can alleviate the issue. 

Best Diablo 2 Resurrected Assassin Build: Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Build

For this build, we've gone with a mainline combo using Fists of Fire, Claws of Thunder, and Blades of Ice which all synergize and all have charge states. Then we have the hallmark of the build, Phoenix strike, which grants you insane damage elemental damage with finishing moves and is the main damage skill for the build. 

Diablo 2 Resurrected Phoenix Strike Assassin Build build overview
The Phoenix Strike Assassin build focuses on dealing tons of elemental and physical damage. (Picture: Blizzard)

Now it should be noted that Claws of Thunder and Phoenix Strike are both affected by the new NHD system, which means you'll need to move around some skills points to get the most out of them due to their delays. You could also swap them out for other abilities, but it would ultimately weaken the build. So to stick with it, below is the full showcase of the skills used in this build and with the best configuration of skill points to account for the NHD system patch and its delay drawbacks. 

Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Assassin Skills

Diablo 2 Resurrected Phoenix Strike Assassin Build Skill distribution
Here is the skill point distribution for the Phoenix Strike Assassin build. (Picture: Blizzard)

Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Assassin Gear and Sockets

Now we move on to the gear and sockets used for the Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Assassin. This setup takes advantage of Dual Mosaic Claws, which can use Weapon Block as well as build charges faster for many of the Martial Arts Skills and will not lose charges.

Item Slot Main Item  Slotted Item(s)
Weapon 2x +3 Phoenix Strike Mosaic Claws N/A
Weapon Swap Call to Arms Amn Rune, Ral Rune, Mal Rune, Ist Rune, Ohm Rune
Body Armor Enigma Mage Plate Jah Rune, Ith Rune, Ber Rune
Helm Griffons Eye Diadem Nef Rune, Pul Rune, Vex Rune
Gloves +3 Martial Arts Skiller Gloves  N/A
Boots Natalya's Soul  N/A
Belt Arachnid Mesh  N/A
Ring 1 Raven Frost  N/A
Ring 2 The Stone of Jordan or  Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band  N/A
Amulet Mara's Kaleidoscope  N/A
Charm 1 Hellfire Torch  N/A
Charm 2 Annihilus  N/A
Charm 3 9x Martial Arts Skiller Grand Charms with Life or enough % Faster Hit Recovery to hit 86%  N/A
Charm 4 10 Small Charms with Life, Resistances, Mana, or Faster Hit Recovery, depending on needs N/A

Which Mercenary To Use With Diablo 2 Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Build

Mercenaries are a vital aspect of your build as well since they can draw aggro, debuff enemies, and even buff your characters or heal them. In Act 2 of Nightmare difficulty, you have the option to recruit a Desert Guard Mercenary who can either specialize in defense (Holy Freeze) or offense (Might). This choice will determine whether you want to slow down monsters to increase your safety or enhance your Mercenary's overall damage.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Phoenix Strike Assassin Build Mercenary
Having a mercenary with you in battle is vital for any successful Diablo 2 Resurrected build. (Picture: Blizzard)

Regardless of your choice, the best gear we've found to work with this mercenary build is listed below:

  • Weapon: Ethereal Infinity
  • Body Armor: Ethereal Fortitude
  • Helm: Ethereal Andariel's Visage socketed with a Ral Rune

If your Mercenary dies during battle, you can bring them back to life by speaking with a Mercenary NPC in any Act. But remember that the cost of reviving them increases each time they die, and if they die too frequently, the cost can be as high as 50,000 gold.

Alternative Diablo 2 Assassin Builds in D2R Ladder Season 5

Diablo 2 Resurrected Phoenix Strike Assassin Build Alternate builds
Of course, there are always alternate builds you can try out as shown below. (Picture: Blizzard)

Last but not least, although the Martial Arts Phoenix Strike Build is still our optimal choice, there are always going to be alternate build choices that you can go for which can work for your needs. So with the help of Maxroll.GG and our sources below, you can find some interesting alternate Assassin builds to take into Ladder Season 5.

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