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This build has received an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

This build leverages the fast activation speed and damage output of the conventional dagger-spam bar with the new damage increasing PvE elite skill Soul Taker. The single-target damage bonus can be translated into large amounts of area damage with Dark Aura, either brought by the player or provided by a different character in the team.
Unless you go for the non-BiP build variant, external energy support by Blood is Power is required.

Attributes and Skills

Gain 16 Energy whenever a non-Spirit creature near you dies, up to 3 times every 15 seconds.
Template code

Optional skill slots
  • Exhausting Assault Exhausting Assault – damage compression.
  • Golden Fang Strike Golden Fang Strike – source of deep wound.
  • Signet of Lost Souls Signet of Lost Souls – energy management and self heal.

Variant – replace your utility PvE-only skills with alternatives like...

  • Ebon Battle Standard of Honor Ebon Battle Standard of Honor
  • Asuran Scan Asuran Scan



  • Deep or frequent enchantment removal.
  • General anti-physical.
  • General anti-caster.
  • General anti-melee.


  • Maintain Drunken Master.
  • Maintain Soul Taker (and Masochism + Dark Aura if applicable) during combat.
  • Counter knock downs and crippled condition with "I Am Unstoppable!".
  • Use the dagger attack chain Jagged StrikeFox FangsDeath Blossom↺ on recharge.

Notes: Dark Aura

  • On top of the standard support like Strength of Honor and Splinter Weapon this build can be supported by Dark Aura.
    • Heroes use dark aura themselves during and outside of combat on all party members with a health sacrifice skill, excluding Soul Taker and Masochism.
      • Therefore, if you want your hero to use the skill on you automatically, you need to bring a health sacrifice skill like Blood Renewal with you.
      • It will be used on all party members with health sacrifice skills, including healers with Spirit Light or Blood is Power. This may cause downtimes during combat or the hero lagging behind outside of combat.
    • You can assign a hotkey for Dark Aura on your hero for best results.
  1. Set a custom hotkey for Action: Order Hero # to use Skill # in the controls options to force heroes to use certain skills. I.e. if you put Dark Aura on skill slot 2 of hero 1, you need Action: Order Hero 1 to use Skill 2.
  2. Invite the hero to your party.
  3. Click on the number next to the hero in the party window. This opens the hero control panel.
  4. Hold down left shift and left click once on Dark Aura. A red crossed circle shows that it is disabled.
  5. Target yourself (standard hotkey: F).
  6. Use your custom hotkey.
  • Once you've installed the custom hotkey only steps 5 and 6 will be needed.
  • Dark Aura Mechanics:
    • The caster loses health points. If the skill is provided by a different character in the party you don't suffer from both soul taker's and dark aura's health loss/sacrifice.
    • The enchanted character is the center of the damage, not the target of the weapon attacks.
    • Causes scattering.
    • Ends if the caster dies.

Exemplary Video

Temple of the Intolerable using the main bar and a hero with Dark Aura.

See also

Dagger Spam Player Builds