This build has been archived as of 17:27, 6 March 2008 (EST), for the following reasons:

  • Black Spider Strike nerf
  • Horns of the Ox nerf
  • Impale Nerf

This build had been designed for the following use:

This build was in the category good before being archived.

The Impaler is a spike damage build. This build is an AB and CM build.

Attributes and Skills

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  • Radiant Insignias to have enough energy for the combos
  • Sundering or vampiric daggers. Any max daggers will work, the more damage the better.
  • The best vigor rune available to offset the superior rune and increase overall survival.



  • The damage output from this combination is approximately 300 within 2-3 seconds not including critical hits, deep wound,and Poison. The net chance of a critical hit is around 59%. The Damage from Signet of Toxic Shock is armor ignoring damage.
  • The 30 second enchantment blackout on Shadow Walk will prevent using Feigned Neutrality to heal. An alternative is to use another shadow step/escape combo but this is the easiest and requires the least amount of direct targeting.
  • If you are not using one of the Elite Skill variants Siphon Strength will cause your target to deal significantly less damage from attacks. This makes it ideal against other damage dealers. This can be an extremely effective and deadly counter to other assassins.


  • Standard Melee counters (Blind, Blurred Vision, etc etc)
  • Prot spells (Guardian, Weapon of Warding etc) used on your target can disrupt the attack chain, curtailing your damage.
  • Hex removal.


  • For the Random or Team Arenas, replace Feigned Neutrality with Resurrection Signet.
  • Replace Feigned Neutrality or Dash with Way of the Fox to counter block skills.
  • Replace Feigned Neutrality or Dash with Signet of Malice to counter blinding skills.
  • Replace Dash with Deadly Paradox. It can be used as an escape stance still but leaves you without a speed boosting skill. On the other hand it allows for faster recharge and activation of Signet of Toxic Shock and Impale, and if used before the signet allows for a faster overall spike (lowers activation of sig from 1 to 1/2). The 10 second disable would not affect you much as your 2 attack skills would likely still have about that long to recharge.
  • You can replace Shadow Walk with Shadow of Haste. You lose a shadow step for initiating the combo, but Shadow of haste synergizes better with dash for avoiding combat and confusing opponents.
  • Replace Dash with Shadow of Haste. This gives you a less spammable run skill, but allows for a very confusing series of shadow steps if Shadow Walk recharges before Shadow of Haste is needed. To maximize this effect replace Feigned Neutrality instead, keeping Dash, Shadow of Haste, and Shadow Walk.
  • Vampiric Assault is a good alternative and can lead to better survivability at the cost of the KD of Horns of the Ox.

Elite Skill Variants

The elite in this build is highly flexible. This allows for a notable change in the feel of the build. Siphon Strength was chosen for its versatility, but several others work well. The only requirement is the skill be replaced with a hex. A few good examples of this are listed below.

  • Shadow Prison can be used to provide a solid speed decrease on the target at the expense of spamability. Also the build loses some versatility with this and loses the effective quick escapes it has.
  • Hidden Caltrops adds a bit of damage, and is moderately spammable. At 8 seconds recharge it is not very prone to loss of effectiveness from hex removal. The skill also cripples the target making them much easier to kill. It's real weakness comes from your own teamates who may trigger it, and therefore cancel it, before Black Spider Strike hits, disrupting your combo.
  • Seeping Wound is also a viable choice for an elite. By using it as your hex, you can force your opponet to have a lot more degen, from -3 to -4. You may need to tweak your attributes for this to work to its full potential, however, and if your opponet is able to remove the poison and bleeding that you place on them then this will do nothing until one is put back on.


Being primarily an AB and CM build, the core build has no Resurrection Signet, it is suggested in variations though.

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