Dragon Tail Assassin Build for Diablo 2 Resurrected

Last updated on Feb 16, 2023 at 08:00 by MrLlamaSC 1 comment

The Dragon Tail Assassin is known for its high single-target damage and Fire Area of Effect Damage in a small radius. With Mosaic, charges will never be lost and she will be able to clear all areas, especially those without high Fire Resist or Immune monsters.



The Dragon Tail Assassin is a high Physical and Fire Damage build utilizing Dragon Tail Dragon Tail and Blades of Ice Blades of Ice to clear any area in the game. With Mosaic it gains even more power than ever before seen by the Assassin in Diablo 2: Resurrected!

You can check the viability of this build in PvM by consulting our PvM Tier List.


Dragon Tail Skill Build

The following section shows the default skill build for the Dragon Tail Assassin. For a detailed breakdown of all core and optional skills as well as the recommended order for allocating skill points, refer to the Skills page of this guide.

  1. 1 point to all prerequisites
  2. 20 points to Dragon Tail Dragon Tail — Main Damage Skill/Finisher, required
  3. 20 points to Tiger Strike Tiger Strike — Charge Up Skill, required
  4. 20 points to Cobra Strike Cobra Strike — Charge Up Skill, required
  5. 20 points to Blades of Ice Blades of Ice — Charge Up Skill, required
  6. 1 point to Dragon Flight Dragon Flight — Useful for teleporting and repositioning Mercenary, required
  7. 1 point to Cloak of Shadows Cloak of Shadows — Useful for crowd control, required
  8. 1 point to Mind Blast Mind Blast — Useful for crowd control, required
  9. 1 point to Burst of Speed Burst of Speed — Buffs movement and attack speed, required
  10. 1 point to Fade Fade — Buffs damage reduction and Resistances, required
  11. 1 point to Weapon Block Weapon Block — If running two claws, make sure to place a single point into this skill, optional

Dragon Tail Assassin Stat Points and Attributes

Strength Dexterity Vitality Energy
Enough for gear; generally needed for claws or Spirit Shield Enough for gear, generally needed for claws Everything else None

You can read more details about the Stats and Attribute requirements for this build on our Skills page.


Dragon Tail Assassin Gear

The following section shows some of the most important Items for the Dragon Tail Assassin . For a detailed per-slot breakdown of all items and alternative builds, refer to the Gear page of this guide.


Dragon Tail Assassin Breakpoints

In Diablo 2, stats that affect action speed (known as frames) for attacking, casting, blocking, and recovering from a hit can almost never be taken literally. For example, gaining 10% Increased Attack Speed from an item will not necessarily translate into 10% faster attacks. To achieve faster actions, certain breakpoints must be reached, which vary for every class. The tables below list how much of a given stat is required to actually improve the action speed of the class for the stated action.


Faster Hit Recovery Breakpoints

Hit Recovery Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
Faster Hit Recovery required to reach frame 0% 7% 15% 27% 48% 86% 200%

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints

Faster Cast Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9
Faster Cast Rate required to reach frame 0% 8% 16% 27% 42% 65% 102% 174%

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints

Faster Block Rate Breakpoints
Frames to perform action 5 4 3 2
Faster Block Rate required to reach frame 0% 13% 32% 86%

Dragon Tail Assassin Mercenary

You can either hire a Defensive (Holy Freeze Holy Freeze) or Offensive (Might Might) Desert Guard Mercenary in Act 2, Nightmare difficulty, depending on whether you want to slow monsters for added safety or improve the overall damage of your Mercenary.


Dragon Tail Assassin Early Leveling

The following section features a generic Dragon Tail Strike Assassin early leveling guide.

  1. 1 Point to Dragon Talon Dragon Talon
  2. 1 Point to Claw Mastery Claw Mastery
  3. 3 Points to Tiger Strike Tiger Strike at Level 3-5
  4. 3 Points to Burst of Speed Burst of Speed at Level 6-8
  5. All Remaining Points to Tiger Strike Tiger Strike until Level 17. If you want to also put some points into Cobra Strike Cobra Strike during this time you can.
  6. 1 Point to Dragon Claw Dragon Claw at Level 17
  7. Max Dragon Tail Dragon Tail
  8. Finish maxing out Tiger Strike Tiger Strike afterwards

For more comprehensive leveling advice, please refer to our Assassin Fastest Leveling Build.



  • 16 Feb. 2023 (this page): Guide added.
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