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Guild Wars 2 Leveling Tips

This blog will give you some tips and tricks for leveling as well as the Trading post strategies and info about the PVP system.

Author: GW2Dominat

Guild Wars 2 Thief Profession Leveling Build

Posted by GW2Dominat Monday September 17 2012 at 12:46PM
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In this post we will be looking at the Thief and I will give you a build that you can use for leveling in GW2. The Thief as the name suggests is in and out without a trace and this build will rely on a high crit rate to get the job done like an assassin.

If you are looking for a profession that runs in all guns blazing then check out the Warrior Leveling Build.


The main thing to remember when you are using the Thief is that they work very well with single targets and get decent damage BUT if you are faced with loads of enemies you can quickly get overwhelmed, so nice and slowly using this build and single mobs out.


This build works best with Dual Daggers as your main weapon set and dual pistols as your secondary. The daggers are great for high damage crits and the pistols work well when your life is low or enemies are fleeing.


Trait Progression Order

  1. 15 Critical Strikes
  2. 10 Shadow Arts
  3. 5 Trickery
  4. 5 Critical Strikes
  5. 10 Shadow Arts
  6. 5 Critical Strikes
  7. 10 Shadow Arts
  8. 10 Trickery

Critical Strikes

You need to put points in this tree all the way up to 25 to boost your initial damage with First Strikes. Hidden Killer is the most important ability for this entire build because it dramatically increases your crit chance from stealth. You should also invest in Executioner to make finishing your enemies after the initial boost much quicker. This tree is important for the build also because of the additional crit chance and it provides with precision and crit damage with prowess.

Shadow Arts

Shadow arts is all about maintaining your stealth, survival and improving your power while you are stealthing. Infusion of Shadow and Patience will help you maintain the initiative that you need to get off all those high powered moves. The Grandmaster ability Hidden Thief is going to allow you to jump back into stealth using Steal and this is important if you are facing additional enemies because it allows you to get those crits off during the middle of a fight.


A small investment in Trickery will boost your conditional damage while giving you a useful way out of fights with Caltrops thanks to Uncatchable. By boosting the tree up to 15 you will gain additional initiative that you need to completely finish off your foes.


Healing – Hide in Shadows

This ability is perfect for when you need to make an escape or get some debuffs off your character. Simply use it to slip into stealth and you will shed burning, poison and bleeding damage.

Utility 1 – Signet of Agility

The enhanced crit rate of this ability is why you have it, but feel free to use it if you are in need of some endurance as well.

Utility 2 – Shadow Trap

Set a trap and vanish and appear after it has been triggered to continue dealing damage.

Utility 3 – Shadow Refuge

This skill is good for protecting yourself and getting a little life back when you are dropping down low.

Elite – Basilisk Venom

Use Basilisk Venom to incapacitate additional enemies when you are getting overwhelmed.

If you are looking for a COMPLETE leveling guide to the game and builds for ALL professions then check out >>