As its name suggests, the Assassin class in Diablo 2 is a beast when it comes to sniping single targets from a distance as well as farming tons of useful resources from the corpses of your enemies. Aside from its usefulness in battle, the Assassin class is also flexible, offering you different ways to take on enemies and take advantage of the Assassin's strengths.
However, this can all be built on even further with the right build for the Assassin class, and that's where this guide comes in. Below we'll walk you through our pick for the best Assasin build in Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Season 4, the Fire Blast Assasin build, and break down its gear, skills, mercenary pick, and much more.
Update on 9 August 2023: We've updated our best Assassin build for Diablo 2 Ladder Season 4.
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Is The Assassin A Good Class in D2R Ladder Season 4?
The Assassin class is a great choice for players looking for a beginner-friendly class and versatile play style. Thanks to its synergy bonuses from both Lightning and Fire-based attacks, it can make easy work of most enemies regardless of their immunities, especially Fire Immune monsters which is vital as is our main source of damage, but it does come at a slight cost.
The Assassin class is not great at taking on Great Act bosses and is often weak against high-life targets unless you're getting health buffs from teammates of items. This ultimately makes the glass a bit of a glass cannon, but it can succeed when paired with the right build, and that's where the Fire Blast build comes in.
Best Diablo 2 Resurrected Assassin Build: Fire Blast Assassin
The Fire Blast Assassin is our pick for the best build as it employs Fire Blast, a powerful explosion attack that also synergizes with lightning damage despite being a fire-based attack. It also uses the Death Sentry to deal damage over distance or over a small area that synergizes to increase your Fire Blast damage.
This build also uses Sunder Charms such as Flame Rift to break down enemy defenses and immunities, leaving them helpless to your attacks. Below you can find the gear, Sunder charms, and skills utilized in the Fire Blast Assassin build.
Fire Blast Assassin Gear and Sockets
|Item Slot||Main Item||Slotted Item(s)|
|Weapon||Heart of the Oak||Ko Rune, Vex Rune, Pul Rune, Thul Rune|
|Weapon Swap||Call to Arms||Amn Rune, Ral Rune, Mal Rune, Ist Rune, Ohm Rune|
|Shield||Spirit Monarch||Tal Rune, Thul Rune, Ort Rune, Amn Rune|
|Body Armor||Enigma Mage Plate||Jah Rune, Ith Rune, Ber Rune|
|Helm||Flickering Flame Diadem||Nef Rune, Pul Rune, Vex Rune|
|Ring 1||The Stone of Jordan||N/A|
|Ring 2||Doom Master Ring||N/A|
|Amulet||Eagle Eye Amulet||N/A|
|Charm 1||Annihilus Small Charm||N/A|
|Charm 2||Gheeds Fortune Grand Charm||N/A|
|Charm 3 onwards||Shimmering Small Charm Of Good Luck||N/A|
Fire Blast Assassin Skills
Which Mercenary To Use With Diablo 2 Fire Blast Assassin Build
The Act 2 Desert Mercenary, which you can hire from Greiz, is the best mercenary to use as the Assassin in D2R Ladder season 4. They should be armed with a Spear or Polearm, as well as the Might Aura, which allows you to deal with enemies who are immune to your primary source of damage (Fire), as well as deal some poke damage on the front lines giving you time to move back and attack from a distance.
Their weapon should also have the Infinity ability, which reduces enemy resistances thanks to its Conviction Aura. While keeping the mercenary alive can be difficult, if you have the loadout we've specified in this guide, it should be a lot easier, and you can always heal them with healing potions.
Finally, you can revive a Mercenary who has been killed in battle by chatting with any of the Mercenary NPCs in each Act. However, keep in mind that it costs more gold to revive them each time and can cost up to 50,000 gold to revive them if they die too many times.
Alternative Diablo 2 Assassin Builds in D2R Ladder Season 4
Some players might wish to try a different Assassin build because they are familiar with the benefits of this one. If so, we've included below a few alternative Assassin builds for D2R Ladder Season 4 using information from the extremely useful Maxroll website.
- Wake of Fire Assassin
- Blade Assassin
- Whirlwind Assassin
- Lightning Sentry Assassin
- Phoenix Strike Assassin
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