This spec was originally created by Kurieg, but both his, and Hoko’s guides for the spec are somewhat outdated since a fair number of changes have occurred since their guides were originally written. This guide should stay up to date for as long as Bloodstalker is a commonly used spec.
So everyone keeps mentioning “Bloodstalker” as the best DPS spec. What is it?
Bloodstalker is an Assassin/Rifstalker hybrid spec that uses the synergy between these 2 souls to output an incredible amount of single target damage. Despite recent changes to the rogue calling this is still clearly the highest ST DPS spec rogues have. It lacks the versatility of Ranger and some of the other builds, but for burning a boss down, there is no better rogue spec.
So should i be using Bloodstalker all the time?
Absolutely not. This spec has a few important drawbacks. For one thing, unless you have a tablet AND fervor (not Living Energy) do not even bother trying to run this build. You will not even be able to perform your rotation. Secondly, there is essentially zero AoE in this build. If you intend to be AoEing even a little bit, use something else.
I am in (insert gear level here) is Bloodstalker right for me?
The simple answer is yes. Bloodstalker is the highest ST DPS spec at any raiding gear level, but it's DPS doesn't really pull away from the pack until you have at least a T1 4 piece. However, if your ranged weapon is a full tier or more higher than your melee weapons you should probably be running Ranger instead.
This is the highest Single Target DPS Bloodstalker spec I have been able to put together over months of trying out tiny tweaks here and there. Some people use slightly different point breakdowns, but I think this is absolutely the most optimized Bloodstalker build possible.
You can move points around to gain survivability, or to get an interrupt, or to get Slip Away and Perma-stealth, but always at the loss of at least some small amount of dps. IMO Bloodstalker is only your max dps burn do not ask me to do anything else I am killing this thing spec. I don’t recommend wasting a role on any other variation of this build.
/cast savage strike
/cast swift shot
/cast poison malice
#show Shadow Assault
/cast shadow assault
/cast shadow blitz
/cast shadow stalk
/cast expose weakness
So, the basic “rotation” seems simple off hand. Blink in, build to Annihilate, build to Impale, build till EW drops off, Final Blow, rinse/repeat all the while blinking as necessary to keep your stalker phase buffs up.
Remember, a significant amount of this build’s DPS comes from Expose Weakness, you will be using Final Blow at less than 5 CP’s to re-apply it.
In practice however you will notice a significant difference in DPS from someone who is skilled with this build, and those who are not. The most important part of playing Bloodstalker is Practice, Practice, Practice.
There are a lot of things you need to be watching while running this build, and failure to do so will result in either low dps, or you getting yourself killed by a mechanic. Mastering this build requires precise management of a 10 second buff, a 20 second bleed, a 60 second ap buff, and literally constant monitoring of Expose Weakness, which can last anywhere from 3 or 4 seconds to 20 seconds at its max duration. All the while not getting cleaved and avoiding any other mechanics associated with an encounter.
Lag, or connection issues, or graphical FPS issues can also wreak major havoc on this build. Far more so than any other rogue build, since timing is of the utmost importance for maximum DPS. If you find yourself running into issues of that kind, you might take a look http://forums.riftgame.com/rift-gene...ps-issues.html . Doing some of the things in this thread to improve my computer’s performance (I have an older comp) gave me 200+ DPS on Sicaron overnight. I highly recommend it for those planning to run this build on already taxed computers. A little bit of lag does a lot of damage to this build.
Encounters your SHOULD use Bloodstalker on:
All of DH if you have fervor.
Encounters you probably should NOT use Bloodstalker on (at least not unless you are WAY beyond this content):
High Priest Arakhurn
You *can* run Bloodstalker on almost any fight in the game if you want to, and if your guild does those fights in a manner conducive to it, but you most certainly will not be doing so until you have these encounters well on farm.
Gyle’s Tips and Tricks
This section is for little things that I have found, or that I have gleaned from others, that should help improve your DPS.
USE NKREBUFF OR KARUUL ALERT!!!!!
If you are running this build without a synergy crystal, ignore the "Final Blow at less than 5CP's" thing. Just Final Blow at 5 CP's, and put EW into your spam macro. Make sure to take EW out of your macro once you get a crystal though.
Start an encounter from stealth, apply EW manually from about 15m away, then Shadow Shift in, use Jagged Strike from stealth, then begin your normal attacks and rotation.
Impale is a very large portion of your damage, it should have 100% uptime. Not 95% uptime, not 98% uptime, it should always be as close to 100% uptime as you can make it. This means do not be afraid to clip it at 1-2 seconds if you have to. It is better to clip it at 1 or 2 seconds than it is to let it fall off for 3-4 seconds while you build 5 more CP’s.
The exception to the above rule is Sicaron. The fastest way to increase your DPS on Sicaron is to make absolutely sure that every single Impale you put up is done during a contract. If you have to leave it off for a few seconds, or if you have to clip it by 3-4 seconds DO IT. Always apply Impale during a contract on Sicaon.
Turn planar reversal off for Sicaron.
Turn Planar Reversal on for Garu.
I Final Blow whenever I see EW is going to drop off during my next GCD (since usually I am in a GCD when I notice this) absolutely regardless of how many CP’s I have. I will FB at 1 CP if I have to in order to keep EW up. Some people FB at 3 Cp’s religiously, and other have their own way of deciding when they should FB. Find what works best for you, but remember the whole point is to maximize EW uptime. Make your decisions accordingly.
If you have to target switch, Impale your target before you leave. 2 CP’s, 3CP’s, doesn’t matter, Impale before you switch. If the target you are switching to dies quickly (Porters on Garu for instance) use Annihilate as your finisher to refresh it.
On Beruhast there is no need for an offtank. Bloodstalker has Instigate, and the flame add hits like a wet noodle. You don’t even need to change stances, just tab to it, taunt it and drag it away while everyone kills it.