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A Rogue-only skill which can inflict enormous damage. The target must have its back to the Rogue and the Rogue must have a piercing weapon equipped in his main hand. Higher skill will increase not only the chance of hitting, but also the damage done!

Positioning is important, and a good Rogue will need to make use of strafing (Ctrl + or by default) to help stay on course.

Backstab Damage Potential[edit]

A number of factors determine the potential of the backstab skill:

Skill Levels[edit]

Higher skill in backstab will provide increased accuracy and a slight increase in damage.

Innate Damage Modifier[edit]

At level 10, backstab has twice the damage potential of a normal attack. This is referred to as 2x. As the Rogue levels, this innate mod increases. These increases raise the innate mod to 5x by level 65. And with the AA Improved Backstab - the innate mod is raised 1x per rank for a maximum mod of 8x.

Primary Weapon Ratio[edit]

Backstab scales directly with primary weapon ratio (damage/delay). This includes bane and elemental damage modifiers on weapons (restricted by body type and resists), however it does not include worn bane from other slots.

Worn/Buffed ATK[edit]

ATK and STR increase damage potential of all melee attacks including backstab.

Haste/Slow[edit]

With no attack speed modification backstab has a reuse time of 10 seconds. The minimum reuse time for backstab is 5 seconds, which is achieved once a Rogue has at least 100% haste (combined from all sources). To compensate for this, backstab gains proportional bonus damage if you have more than 100% haste.

When a Rogue is affected by a slow, all haste effects are trumped by the slow effect and the backstab cooldown is modified from the 10 second base time (so a 40% slow would result in a 14 second cooldown for backstab). This does not effect the bonus damage for over 100% haste.

Note: Aggressive stance (/s 2) does not change the backstab cooldown

Special Conditions[edit]

Assassinate[edit]

At level 60 Rogues gain the ability to assassinate mobs from behind. Initially this works only on mobs lvl 49 and below, but the AA Assassination Mastery raises that to lvl 54 and adds the chance to assassinate using throwing weapons on unengaged mobs. Combined with the AA Lethal Strike (which guarantees an assassination on the next viable target), Rogues can use this ability to quickly dispatch certain enemies.

Chaotic Stab[edit]

Chaotic Stab is a permanent change to backstab skill from the AA of the same name. Before obtaining this AA, a backstab from the front will behave as a normal extra attack (1x damage.) After obtaining this AA, backstabs are possible from the front, however, damage is reduced by one half and assassinations are not possible.

Insidious Stab[edit]

This Rogue-only tome gives your critical backstabs a 2-8% chance to deal double the usual critical damage.

Openings[edit]

When a Rogue is in melee range of their target, they will automatically watch that target for "openings." When they see an opening, they will have 1 second to hit backstab to take advantage of it. A backstab during an opening cannot miss, and the rogue's non-backstab melee attacks will gain a small accuracy bonus that grows with each opening so exploited on the same target, as the rogue gets used to the target's "rhythm."

Openings are caused by observable, and in some case deliberately-triggerable, events:

  • the target misses a kick or bash (exposure)
  • the target is hit by a bash (distraction)
  • the target is stunned (exposure)
  • the target begins casting a spell (exposure)
  • the target suddenly switches targets, i.e. someone steals aggro (distraction)
  • the target is hit with a big critical hit/spell (distraction); what counts as 'big' is semi-randomized and semi-adjusted based on the target's max HP

Player Versus Player[edit]

Backstab does 60% of its total damage in PVP combat. (40% less damage than usual)

Sneak Attack[edit]

The Rogue must be sneaking, behind the target, and have no aggro. Sneak Attacks cannot miss, deal 25% bonus damage, give a nifty message, and generate only 1 point of aggro.

Stalker's Distraction[edit]

This stance (/s 4) gives the Rogue a reactive proc that allows the Rogue to backstab from the front. When the proc occurs the Rogue receives the message: You see an opening in <insert attacker>'s defense. The Rogue then has a brief window (~3 seconds) to land a normal backstab.

Skill Modifying Items[edit]

Backstab[edit]

Item Image Skill Modifier Slots Class Source
Dreadspike
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Entropy
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
ROG, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, BST
Everlasting Icicle
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
RNG, ROG
Black Silk Legwraps
 
Backstab +05
Legs
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Charm of the Assassin
 
Backstab +15
Charm
ROG
Charm of the Nemesis
 
Backstab +15
Charm
BRD, BST, PAL, SHD, RNG, CLR, DRU, SHM, ENC, WIZ, MAG, NEC, MNK, ROG
Dagger of the Chosen
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, BRD, ROG
Demonshear
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
RNG, BRD, ROG
Hand's Hood
 
Backstab +10
Head
ROG
Knife's Hood
 
Backstab +05
Head
ROG
Poisoner's Crucible
 
Backstab +03
Range
ROG
Rogue's Hood
 
Backstab +04
Head
ROG
Skulker's Sleeves
 
Backstab +03
Arms
RNG, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Sneaky Slippers
 
Backstab +05
Feet
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Stone Etched Dirk
 
Backstab +07
Primary, Secondary
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, BRD, ROG, BST
Stoneculler
 
Backstab +10
Secondary
BRD, ROG
Strategist's Dart
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Coat of Martialism
 
Backstab +05
Chest
ROG
Bonesaw
 
Backstab +03
Primary, Secondary
ROG
Mercy, Destiny of the Father
 
Backstab +10
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Blade of Green Mist
 
Backstab +10
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Blade of the Silenced
 
Backstab +03
Primary, Secondary
BRD, ROG
Tarnished Phlebotomy Needle
 
Backstab +08
Primary, Secondary
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, BRD, ROG, BST
Shackle of Shrieking Shadow
 
Backstab +10
Wrist
WAR, SHD, BRD, ROG
Ringmail of Shadowed Pools
 
Backstab +05
Chest
RNG, BRD, ROG
Sihk's Hidden Hand
 
Backstab +10
Hands, Primary, Secondary
ROG
Sash of Sorrow
 
Backstab +10
Waist
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Bracelet of Blithe Treachery
 
Backstab +10
Wrist
ROG
Ysar, Blasphemer's Bite
 
Backstab +10
Primary, Secondary
WAR, ROG
Barbed Gauntlets
 
Backstab +03
Hands
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Queen's Gambit
 
Backstab +10
Range, Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Quest
Cowl of Restless Nights
 
Backstab +05
Head
RNG, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Ambassador's Dagger
 
Backstab +20
Primary
BRD, ROG, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, BST
Ornate Stormforged Chainmail Boots
 
Backstab +03
Feet
RNG, ROG, SHM
Ornate Stormforged Chainmail Gloves
 
Backstab +01
Hands
RNG, ROG, SHM
Bracelet of Unearthly Gluttony
 
Backstab +05
Wrist
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Ash-dusted Gauntlets
 
Backstab +05
Hands
CLR, RNG, DRU, ROG, SHM
Veil of Concubinage
 
Backstab +05
Face
WAR, RNG, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Icegouge
 
Backstab +03
Primary, Secondary
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Mantle of the Raider
 
Backstab +02
Shoulders
RNG, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Ghanherizoc's Tarnished Vambraces
 
Backstab +03
Arms
RNG, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Glyph of Assassination
 
Backstab +03
Ear, Range, Primary, Secondary, Fingers, Waist
BRD, BST, PAL, SHD, RNG, CLR, DRU, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, MNK, ROG
Wicked Boot Knife
 
Backstab +02
Primary, Secondary, Feet
WAR, PAL, RNG, SHD, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, BST
Shadowy Signet of Skulduggery
 
Backstab +05
Fingers
ROG
Cloak of the Chaotic
 
Backstab +05
Back
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Very Sharp Leaf (Item)
 
Backstab +04
Primary, Secondary
RNG, ROG
Yclistinite Boring Spike
 
Backstab +01
Primary, Secondary
RNG, ROG
Frilakh Scale Coat
 
Backstab +01
Chest
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG
Dondo's Hidden Card
 
Backstab +04
Wrist
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Pock Marked Obsidian Geofact
 
Backstab +15
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Shirt of Gelatinized Substances
 
Backstab +02
Chest
RNG, MNK, BRD, ROG, BST
Insignia of an Ancient Order
 
Backstab +03
Ear
MNK, ROG, BST
Bone-Etched Eviscerator
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
WAR, BRD, ROG, BST
Glowing Meteorite Fragment (Backstab)
 
Backstab +05
Charm, Ear, Head, Face, Neck, Shoulders, Arms, Back, Wrist, Range, Hands, Primary, Secondary, Fingers
BRD, BST, PAL, SHD, RNG, CLR, DRU, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, MNK, ROG
Ancient Unimbued Short Spear
 
Backstab +10
BRD, ROG
Jagged Knife of the Unholy
 
Backstab +01
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, SHD, BRD, ROG, BST
Neckerchief of a Drowned Pirate
 
Backstab +03
Neck
ROG
Summoned: Fortified Shadow Stalker
 
Backstab +12
Range, Primary
WAR, BRD, ROG
Summoned: Shadow Stalker
 
Backstab +12
Primary
WAR, BRD, ROG
Xizug's Ring
 
Backstab +05
Fingers
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Femme Fatale's Fragrance
 
Backstab +01
Wrist
ROG
Backbasher
 
Backstab +01
Secondary
ROG
Fibber's Ring
 
Backstab +01
Fingers
ROG
Maladive Bracers
 
Backstab +03
Wrist
RNG, ROG, SHM
Aphotic Pugio
 
Backstab +05
Primary, Secondary
RNG, BRD, ROG, BST
Thug's Hood
 
Backstab +01
Head
ROG
Burglar's Hood
 
Backstab +03
Head
ROG
Vest of Zaranth
 
Backstab +04
Chest
WAR, CLR, PAL, RNG, SHD, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC
Black Crown of Betrayal
 
Backstab +03
Head
CLR, RNG, DRU, MNK, BRD, ROG, SHM, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, BST
Pickpocket's Hood
 
Backstab +02
Head
ROG
Ring of Strife
 
Backstab +02
Fingers
ROG
Quest
Reznolaw Fang
 
Backstab +03
Primary, Secondary
WAR, RNG, BRD, ROG, NEC, WIZ, MAG, ENC, BST