Best Minecraft Dungeons Builds: Rogue / Assassin / Ninja: Gear, weapons, artifacts, enchants

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Minecraft Dungeons is an awesome action RPG with a bright future ahead of it. New expansions are fast approaching as we dive deeper into the endgame, farming gear, and figuring out the best builds for each playstyle.

As part of our series on Best Minecraft Dungeons Character Builds, here's a deeper look at what ninja-style rogue players should look out for when making a build.

Minecraft Dungeons Spider Armor Assassin Build

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This build revolves specifically around the Nightmare's Bite sickles and Spider Armor. Working in conjunction, the Nightmare's Bite spawns a large poison cloud on every strike, damaging enemies in an area of effect. The Spider Armor applies a 3 percent life steal aura on your character too, ensuring that you don't die while in the melee. Your playstyle with this build will depend heavily on what enchants you're able to get onto this gear, which we'll cover in the next section.

As for ranged weapons, since this build is all about melee, ideally you'll be looking for a bow or crossbow that either feed the fantasy or the build, or come with specifically useful enchants, such as Tempo Theft, to help you increase your speed.

All items can be found from the Blacksmith if you're lucky, but you can narrow it down by using Minecraft Dungeon's loot tables. The Nightmare's Bite can drop in Pumpkin Pastures, Arch Haven, or the Desert Temple. The Spider Armor can drop anywhere Thief Armor drops, including the Desert Temple, and Redstone Mines.

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NameDescriptionGameplay Image
Nightmare's BiteA rapid-attacking pair of sickles ideal for rogues. It also spawns poison clouds, stacking with Life Stealing-type enchants for tons of self-sustain.○ Spawns poison clouds○ Dual wieldRow 0 - Cell 2
Spider ArmorThe Spider Armor is a rogue's best friend, providing a passive lifesteal aura on attacks, alongside bonuses to damage.○ +3 percent lifesteal aura○ +25 percent melee attack speedRow 1 - Cell 2
Auto CrossbowFunction over form, this creation of the Arch-Illager cranks up the fire rate far beyond alternatives. That rate also increases as you shoot, rewarding those who hold down the trigger. Ideal for targeting large groups of hostile mobs.○ High Firerate○ Firerate increases upon firingRow 2 - Cell 2
Mechanical ShortbowThis engineered bow cranks up the fire rate, outputting more arrows per second, than your average bow. Spray and pray, as much as your ammunition reserves can handle.○ Accelerated Fire RateRow 3 - Cell 2

Ideal enchants

Grabbing the right enchants on your items can be a rather random affair, oftentimes it makes sense to just go with the best enchants you get and adapt as necessary. However, if you're able to grab any of these, it can seriously boost your build.

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Weapon EnchantsDescriptionGameplay Image
Critical HitWith rapid-striking weapons, critical hit can deal massive amounts of additional damage, and also feeds your life steal.○ I: 10% chance to trigger○ II: 15% chance to trigger○ III: 20% chance to triggerRow 0 - Cell 2
LeechingSince the Spider Armor doesn't come with defensive bonuses as standard, Leeching can help you stay alive.○ I: 4% of mob max health○ II: 6% of mob max health○ III: 8% of mob max healthRow 1 - Cell 2
WeakeningSince you're poisoning enemies with Nightmare's Bite anyway, why not throw in some weakening debuffs too?○ I: -20% reduced damage○ II: -30% reduced damage○ III: -40% reduced damageRow 2 - Cell 2
Tempo TheftIf you can stick this on a rapid-fire crossbow or bow, it's really useful for dealing with larger, slower, heavier-hitting mobs.○ I: 17% stolen speed○ II: 33% stolen speed○ III: 50% stolen speedRow 3 - Cell 2
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Armor EnchantsDescriptionGameplay Image
Cool DownA lot of your survivability with this build will come from Light Feather stuns or Shock Powder, getting access to them more frequently can help a fair bit.○ I: -10% reduced cool-down○ II: -19% reduced cool-down○ III: -27% reduced cool-downRow 0 - Cell 2
FreezingIf you can grab this on your armor, it can really help with your survivability.○ I: -20% reduced speed○ II: -30% reduced speed○ III: -40% reduced speedRow 1 - Cell 2
SwiftfootedThis is an underrated enchant. Some of the heavier mobs like Redstone Golems have slow turning circles. Speed enchants can help you dart around the mobs for rapid flanking attacks.○ I: +30% movement speed○ II: +40% movement speed○ III: +50% movement speedRow 2 - Cell 2

Ideal artifacts

Depending on your survivability and playstyle, some of these can probably be swapped out and intermixed, but these are all oriented around surviving going toe-to-toe with large amounts of mobs, or taking hits from some of the heavier, more dangerous mini-bosses like the Redstone Monstrosity.

  • Iron Hide Amulet: If you want to stand in melee range and take hits to the face while slicing everything to pieces, this is a good option. It also helps on bosses where your ability to stun is negated entirely.
  • Shock Powder: This produces a very large, very long area-effect stun which is an incredibly useful tool for taking advantage of your life steal aura, and making up for lost ground with the enemy.
  • Light Feather: This is an invaluable option for any melee striker, letting you get in and out of combat rapidly with a bonus stun for good measure. It also has a very short, very generous cool down.
  • Fishing Rod: Want to maximize your Spider Ninja fantasy? Stringing mobs towards you with a bonus stun can be surprisingly useful, especially on tankier mobs, or annoying ranged mobs like, indeed, spiders.
  • Death Cap Mushroom: Damage-boosters best friend, the Death Cap Mushroom massively increases your attack speed, leading to truly insane damage-per-second. Few enemies will be able to withstand an onslaught with this for any length of time.

What do you think?

What sort of build are you using in Minecraft Dungeons? What kind of build guide would you like to see us put together next? Let us know in the comments, and we'll get to it!

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