Naginata Assassin

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2.0 Naginata Assassin

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After playing only Naginata in sigma 1.0, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, and getting some fun in the 2.0 beta, here I still am




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Basics : Skills - Stats - Breakpoints
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Bonus : Mercenary - d2stats set up - Afterword




Pros and cons of the build :

- Naginata is entierely viable Solo Self Found, with just a crafted weapon. Leveling to 140 while doing every quests except lvl 135 ones without stopping to farm for gear nor trading, just doing content as it unluck is something I often do, and show here. And it's fairly fast, even.
- Very strong leveling from lvl 1 to 120
- Can get every charms, and have an overall very good boss killing capacity.
- Very good farming power in many places ; Viz jun and Fauzt most noticably, but every very dense zones are good.
- Trophy farming is very good thanks to Shunpo, high movement speed and the above-named boss killing power.
- The multiple defensive passives -noticably Perfect Being- makes purify fights way easier than most other classes. If you're looking for easy Valthek, Atanna Khan or Laz, you're on the right place.
- Very active gameplay with lots of fun
- Very active gameplay with lots of hand pain if you aren't strong enough. (use this opportunity to get stronger then !)
- Every lvl 120 rifts farming is average. Thoses places can be done very decently but aren't the best either. Same could be said about Uldy, Void and Astrogha. They are thing you can go through, no problem, but if you're searching for a way to farm theses quickly and efficiently, it's not here.
- Same for Scosglen, it's decent but you'll see better. Good part is that it's safe and fun.
- Might take some time to get used to the gameplay and properly use all your tools well
- The build might be tanky, but you're often in melee range and things can go bad really fast. Playing this build hc is entierly viable, but you will often sweat. (think to yourself if you believe it to be a good or bad point)






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Complete list of every useful skills with details

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Gear (lvl 1-130)


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Endgame Gear

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Dungeons and rifts



Updated for 2.0 up to every 130 quests ! (included) Every videos are taken on Solo self found gear, and are my first clear, a few rifts are just a little bit later than first, to show a better gameplay, the time I learn it back myself for 2.0.
I did not want to bother going for 135's this time, but for 2.1 I'll try out for the first time tryharding it while actively trading, I'll update theses category after that. Most of the old 1.6 info is still about right.

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Afterword

I started sigma with this build, and am now stuck forever. I love Naginata Assassin, and hope I could transfer a little bit of my love to you, or even just make you reconsider the build strength.

2.0 changes were very interesting for Nagi. Basic skills are the same as before, with broadside as the main boss killer skill and Hades Gate the farming one. But the passives and overall skill tree have lots of interesting parts ; First is the easier access to movement speed via Shadow Refuge's passive and beacon. We also got a brand new very strong barrier strike that I abuse from level 15 until forever, and the add of the mighty Shred. Also even more defensive passives than before, and the possibility to invest in Hades Gates for an elemental farming spec. Only good things !

As always, Naginata require lots of skill switching. But once you know what you're doing, you're welcomed with a strong build, able to clear both bosses and rifts nicely. In any situation, you'll find a skill that'll help you. If the skill switch isn't to your liking, know that farming some zones like fauztinville can mostly be reduced to Hades Gates spam, if you want to. But leveling still demand you to do some work.

I do not take responsability for any hand cramp, RSI, or any other hand problem you may encounter after playing this build too much.
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Still undecided if you wanna try out Naginata or not? Let the wheel decide for you Cookies to Marco for this masterpiece

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Legacy 1.6 ssf playthrough that I used as a video reference before uploading the 2.0 one : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5e4XGC ... d6lCv0zSJY
Nearly 60h of content that show everything from lvl 1 to 141 SSF. 2.0 play went by even faster...
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It's great. The most important thing is to have a video. Very good guide
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Amazing build, great guide. 10 extra fingers required to play it though :-]
Maybe I'll give it a try one day.
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Fwiw, I don't think nagisin needs nerfs. It rewards skilled gameplay, which is perfect.
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huangyunshy wrote:It's great. The most important thing is to have a video. Very good guide


Thanks ! I also think so, to the point I ended recording litteraly(almost) everything, I wanted anyone to be able to check how I get to an uber, or whatever they want, even the shameful part of the run (I won't say exemples) or the multiple hour trophy farming. Putting my first clear of every ubers and commenting my gameplay where it's flimsy or not and sometimes putting better exemples is a good way to learn, I think.
My goal were more to share my nagi experience than creating a short and easy guide, I just wanted to hand out litteraly everything I know and think it worked, now we'll see if anyone's interested. I ended with litteraly about 50 hours of content to clear everything, I know it's too much but the goal is to take whatever you want from it.

oztor wrote:Amazing build, great guide. 10 extra fingers required to play it though :-]
Maybe I'll give it a try one day.


Can confirm 2 finger is enough, but damn the mouse hand hurt, it's impossible to farm for too long haha

akbugger wrote:Fwiw, I don't think nagisin needs nerfs. It rewards skilled gameplay, which is perfect.


I think it's fine right now too. More than nerfs I'd rework a few things, like giving more interactions with vampiric icon, some changes in barrier strike and crucify that would make them useful and worth investing point into, differents 1 and 2 charged batstrike, for exemple. Maybe the recent defense bonus from laserblade is slightly too much as it add yet another defensive layer, or some may argue getting litteraly free max res from subterfuge doesn't make any sense... It's fine right now, but I can see some changes. I just hope backstab stay the same, invulnerability is stupidly strong but I like very much the idea of having to choose between an offensive broadside use or keeping it for the right moment. I sure hope it doesn't become a simple broadside support.
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I leveled up my nagisin to 110, but couldn't digest the Broadside skill. :( It feels to me as if I'm playing a trapsin rather than a naginata. I did use SSU with Broadside cooldown reduction, maybe I overused it a bit. (altough, seeing Akerat melting at lvl 110 in a single Broadside was rather epic - the first char who managed to kill him at that level).
Vampiric icon I'd rewamp completely. Assassin doesn't need it - you got Bloodbath from lvl1 to heal from packs.
Anyhow - really nice guide, t-up for taking time to write this.