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Starfield Stealth Assassin Build

The Best Starfield Stealth Assassin Build, that is focusing on remaining undetected and striking enemies at close range with melee weapons! The Build is using melee weapons to deal massive damage and defeat enemies at close range. A stealth based Build that will help you approach your targets undetected.

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Best Background for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

Backgrounds are basically starter classes in Starfield, that offer access to a set of three novice skills. Picking the right background for your build will help you become more efficient at your role early in the game. The Best Background for the Stealth Assassin Build is Ronin!

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Ronin Background

The Background gives access to the following skills:

  • Dueling
  • Stealth
  • Scavenging

The Best option for melee dedicated Builds that want to remain stealthy! Ronin allows you to deal strong melee damage and remain undetected early in the game! A nice alternative Background for more flexible Stealth Builds is Cyber Runner!

Best Traits for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

There are not any Traits that can provide a significant bonus to Stealth in Starfield but there are a few that can boost your combat prowess and survivability! These are the best options:

  • Alien DNA
  • Introvert
  • Terra Firma or Spaced
  • Wanted
  • Faction and Religious

Alien DNA boosts Health and Oxygen but reduces the effectiveness of healing and food items. Introvert boosts Oxygen when adventuring alone. Terra Firma will boost your Health and Oxygen on the ground but reduce them in space while Spaced will do the opposite. Pick the appropriate one depending on where you plan to spend most of your time. Wanted offers a boost to damage when you are low on health, which means that you have to fail as a stealth character before it kicks in! Even like this, the boost might be valuable if you fail your attack and need the extra damage.

Finally you can pick any Faction specific or Religious specific Trait, if you wish to build up your relationship with one of their corresponding groups. You can only have one of those Social focused Traits in the game active. One for Factions and one for Religions.

Martial Arts Skill

Best Skills for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

Skills are the core of our Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield! Starfield Skills offer all kind of benefits and can make or break your Build. While we do get access to three Novice Skills with our Ronin background, there are a few more we can take to make it truly efficient and powerful. The Core skills of the Build are

  • Stealth
  • Martial Arts
  • Isolation
  • Dueling
  • Crippling

These are all the skills you should take for a powerful Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield!

Physical Skills

We are focusing heavily on the Physical Skill line because of the nature of the build and its melee attacks! Stealth will help you move undetected while Concealment will make it even harder for enemies to find you. We are not taking advantage of Concealment’s Ranged attacks bonus but the ability to hide from enemies and approach them undetected is vital.

Fitness will offer a higher pool of Oxygen and help you perform more power attacks while Pain Tolerance will reduce Physical Damage. Martial Arts is a core skill of the Build that boosts melee damage. Rejuvenation will increase your survivability by regenerating Health in and out of combat!

Isolation Skill

Social Skills

We already have access to the Scavenging skill from the Ronin background. Scavenging allows us to find credits and items! Commerce is a great skill to make credits in Starfield! With Commerce you can buy items cheap and sell them more expensive for a higher profit.

Isolation is a core skill of the Build that boosts Weapon Damage but also Damage Resistance when you are alone! This skill is also the main reason why we are not using a Companion with the Build.

Armor Penetration Skill

Combat Skills

Dueling is a vital skill for the build since it boosts melee damage. Crippling will help you down enemies faster while Armor Penetration makes your attacks to ignore enemy Armor. Both Crippling and Armor Penetration skills are Master Tier skills in Combat. Which means that you have to assign eight points to Advanced and Expert Skills before you can assign any point to them. No combat skill in these two tiers is important for the build so pick a couple of your choice to unlock the Master Tier.

Science Skills

Medicine will boost the healing capabilities of Med packs and other aid items! Spacesuit Design will allow you to craft better mods for your Spacesuit and increase your defenses! Chemistry is important if you wish to create chems and boost further your character.

Tech Skills

  • None necessary

You can unlock and use any other skill in the game to enrich the build and make it more personal!

Best Weapon for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

Melee Weapons are obviously the best for our Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield. Knives, Axes, Swords, any melee weapon with high damage will help you deal massive damage and kill your enemies. Early in the game use any melee weapon you can find. Once you get access to UC Naval Cutlass use it for an upgrade to damage. Later try to get one of the highest damage melee weapons, Wakizashi, Tanto and Va’ruun Painblade. If you wish to learn more about Weapons, you can read my Starfield Weapons Guide!

Best Power for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

Powers are unique abilities you can unlock by advancing the main quest line and completing the “Into the Unknown” main mission. Powers offer unique effects to your character and can complement your Build. The Best Power for the Stealth Assassin Build is Phased Time! This power slows down time and allows you to deal with enemies with ease! A few more powers you can use are:

  • Void Form
  • Reactive Shield
  • Personal Atmosphere
  • Grav Dash

If you wish to learn more about Powers, you can read my Starfield Powers Guide!

Best Companion for Stealth Assassin Build in Starfield

Companions in Starfield come with their own unique skills that can assist your character and further complement your Build! Not all Companions are good for every role and type of gameplay. Picking the right Companion with the right skills will help you achieve your goals faster and more efficiently. We are not using any Companion with the Build so we can take advantage of the Isolation Skill. However if you prefer to bring a Companion along, then the Best Companion for the Stealth Assassin Build is Andreja. Andreja can follow around with her Stealth Skill and assist in combat with Particle Beams! Other good Companions you can use with the Build are:

If you wish to learn more details about all available Companions, you can read my Starfield Companions Guide!

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