Corvo Attano was once the Royal Protector to the empress before her assassination. Following her death he was stripped of land and title becoming a vigilante assassin bent on revenge. He was brought to the Void In-Between by the Outsider Pallid Knight where he was given supernatural powers and a mission. Now he hunts a god.
Difficulty: Veteran v1.02
Class: MindStalker (Assassin* + Soul Blade**)
Race: Human (RP choice no benefit)
Background: Aedyr + Hunter (RP choice)
* Assassin fits thematically and gives several bonuses to attacks from stealth
** Soul Blade seem to fit the best but I don't feel as strongly about it
Stats (without Blessings):
Might is only at 10 because it's additive damage and we'll already have over +200% on backstabs.
Perception is at 18 because this build relies on burst damage and can't really afford to miss (also helps crit).
Dexterity helps us to get those attacks and abilities off faster.
Intelligence helps keep our buffs and debuffs up longer (including stealth)
A true min maxer might lower CON or RES, but I feel this build is squishy enough.
Stealth is useful for a free backstab and pre-combat setup. Otherwise whatever you want.
Disclaimer: The rogue abilities selected are heavily influenced by the fact that in the current version DOT abilities break stealth. In order to remain invisible this build avoids several good abilites: deep wounds, ring the bell, ect...
Escape (Blink), Whispers of Treason(Possession) Backstab Fast Runner (Agility) One Handed, Phantom Foes/Mind Blades/Psychovampiric Shield* Draining Whip Blinding Strike** Confounding Blind, Recall Agony Deep Pockets Dirty Fighting Shadowing Beyond*** (Blink 2), Body Attunement Persistent Distraction Hammering Thoughts Uncanny Luck, Borrowed Instinct Ring Leader Detonate Tough (Vitality), Amplified Wave Disinegrate (Shadow Kill) The Empty Soul Death Blows Echoing Horror Improved Critical
* Phantom Foes is useful all game and has a large area of effect. Mind Blades are fun for early AOE damage. Psychovampiric shield is a useful buff/debuff. Feel free to choose whichever you want.
** I chose confounding blows for the stacking deflection penalty (for the whole party). One of the few rogue actives that might be a better use of guile than setting up a backstab.
*** Arguably the most important decision is Shadowing Beyond vs Smoke Veil. Shadowing Beyond is a better ability, but comes later and costs more guile per use.
Weapon set 1: Modwyr* or Aldris Blade of Captain Crow
Weapon set 2: Scordeo's Trophy
Helmet: Cowl of Piercing Gaze (Closest to his mask)
Amulet: Protective Eothasian Charm
Cloak: Ajamuut's Stalking Cloak
Chest: Devil of Caroc Breastplate**
Ring: Chameleon's Touch
Ring: Entonia Signet Ring
Belt: Ngati's Girdle
Boots: Rakhan Field Boots
* Weapons can be changed throughout the playthrough but swords are preferred. Swords have good base damage, extra pierce on their modal and fit for RP reasons.
** The Devil of Caroc Breastplate is everything we want. Good protection, extra guile and a recovery time equal to leather armor. Also from an aesthetics point it has sleeves. I don't like the open arms of leather armors. If you'd prefer leather armor Miscreant's Leathers is a good choice.
Strategy and Gameplay:
The key to this build is to play like Corvo. In a perfect world you stick to the outskirts of combat backstabing to build up focus then firing off cipher abilities. Repeat as necessary.
Axiom 1: You are not a tank
"When you see an agent you do what we do run..." Seriously use shadowing beyond or escape whenever engaged.
Axiom 2: Live by honor, kill by stealth
Stealth is your best friend. Enter combat via stealth, use your invisibility ability often and whenever possible flank.
Axiom 3: Use all the weapons at your disposal
Use bombs, potions, and traps to your advantage. Especially with high stealth you can place a trap right in front of enemies. Note: traps going off doesn't break stealth.
Axiom 4: Get the most from your focus
Soul Annihilation can do some nice damage, but its rarely the best use of focus. Amplified Wave, Ring Leader and Borrowed Instincts can really turn the tide.