Learn everything you need to know about Throne and Liberty’s evasion-based tank in our Sword & Shield Dagger Tank Build

Skills and Passives

Below are the Active, Passive, and Defensive Skills for the Sword & Shield Dagger Tank Build. For insight on which order to level these Skills up, Check our Skill Upgrade Progression Section below

Active Skills

Predatory StrikeStrategic Rush
Shadow StrikeCounter Barrier
Brutal IncisionChain Hook
Knife Throwing Stalwart Bastion
CamouflageProvoking Roar
Shield StrikeA Shot at Victory


Skillful EvasionWrathful Edge
Gerad’s PatienceShadow Walker
ImpenetrableAssassin’s Step
Aegis ShieldAssassin’s Instincts

Defensive Skill

Shield Survival Technique (Sword and Shield Defensive SKill) provides an easy-to-use Defensive skill that restores health, gives a short-ranged counter-attack, and (once fully upgraded) grants you a Barrier equal to 14% of your Max Health for 3 seconds.

Skill Upgrade Progression

Next, Let’s look at the order to prioritize upgrading your skills. We’ve prioritized the most important skills to help guide you through skill progression to help get you started. It’s important to note that you will upgrade all skills to max eventually and that some Skills start at Rare or Epic Quality


  • Dagger- Predatory Strike (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Dagger- Shadow Strike (Uncommon to Rare)
  • S&S- Shield Strike (Uncommon to Rare)
  • S&S- Strategic Rush (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Shield Survival Technique (Defensive Skill (Uncommon to Epic)
  • S&S- Counter Barrier (Uncommon to Epic)
  • Dagger- Brutal Incision (Rare to Epic)
  • Dagger- Shadow Strike (Rare to Epic)
  • Dagger- Predatory Strike (Rare to Epic)
  • S&S- Shield Strike (Rare to Epic)
  • S&S- Provoking Roar (Rare to Epic)
  • S&S- Chain Hook (Rare to Epic)
  • S&S- Strategic Rush (Rare to Epic)
  • Dagger- Knife Throwing (Rare to Epic)


  • Dagger – Assassin’s Step (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Dagger – Skillful Evasion (Uncommon to Rare)
  • Dagger – Assassin’s Instinct (Uncommon to Epic)
  • Dagger – Shadow Walker (Rare to Epic)
  • S&S – Aegis Shield (Rare to Epic)
  • Dagger – Skillful Evasion (Rare to Epic)
  • Dagger – Assassin’s Step (Rare to Epic)

Attributes, Weapon Mastery, and Guardians


In this section, we will go over the Attribute spread, as well as the Weapon Mastery and Guardian choices for the build.

For this build, the main attribute is Wisdom, giving us an increase in cooldown reduction, max mana, and mana regen. Next, we’ll focus on getting our Perception up to 30. This is crucial to ensuring our CC and other attacks HIT our target. Dexterity is the 3rd attribute to gain an increase in evasion chance, attack/cast speed as well as critical chance. The Attribute Spread for the Wand Longbow Healer is as follows:

NOTE: This Information does not include gear Bonuses

  • STRENGTH – 10
  • DEXTERITY – 19
  • WISDOM – 30

Weapon Mastery

You can level up your Weapon Mastery by simply using the weapon during gameplay. The Weapon Mastery Trees for each weapon are as follows.

NOTE – Your first Weapon Mastery Point will be used to select the first node in each weapon.


  • Provoke & Counter – 5 points
  • Collision – 7 points


  • Disguise – 7 points
  • Assassination – 5 points

Guardian – Green Ranger Elowen

Green Ranger Elowen has an amazing “on-cast” ability that roots everyone in a 4m radius for 5 seconds. Couple that with the 500^ bonus to Crit chance against Rooted and reduced Movement speed targets and you have a powerful combination of CC and Damage Burst.

Make sure to use Knife Throw, Shadow Strike, and Chain Hook to keep enemies under the effect of these debuffs to maximize DPS while your Guardian is up.


NOTE – Most Elite Resistance gear ALSO has a chance to drop from Precious Blessing Pouches that can be purchased daily from your Contract Vendor and the completion of some level 50 Contracts.


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Main HandElite Resistance SwordMelee Heavy Attack ChanceMelee HitMelee Critical HitCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources
Off-HandElite Resistance KnifeMelee Heavy Attack Chance Melee HitMelee Critical HItCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources

End Game (BIS)

Name Trait 1 Trait 2Trait 3 How to Acquire
Main HandNirma’s Corrupt SwordMelee Heavy AAttack ChanceMelee HitMana Cost EfficiencyRaid Boss – Nirma
Off-HandLequirus’s Thorny EdgeMelee Heavy Attack ChanceMelee HitMelee Critical Hit Paola’s Dimension Chest (Drops in all 50+ Dungeon or can be purchased with Dimensional Crystals

NOTE – you can also use Queen Bellandir’s Blade in the S&S slot. The item is difficult to acquire/Trait, but due to the Weapon Skill it is better than Nirma’s Corrupt Sword. This drops from the World Boss Worm – Queen Bellandir


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
HelmElite Resistance VisorMax HealthRanged EvasionMelee EvasionCrafter – Lithograph drops from Various location
CloakElite Assassin’s CloakMax HealthSkill Damage ResistanceBind ResistanceCrafter – Lithograph drops from Orc Spearmaster and Executioners (Akidu Valley)
ChestElite Resistance Plate ArmorMax HealthMelee EvasionRanged EvasionCrafted – Lithographs Drop from Ruins of Turayne Zone from Gallu Mobs
GlovesBlessings of Mother Nature ClothMax HealthMelee EvasionMagic EvasionCrafted – Lithograph Drops from Cave of Destruction
PantsElite Resistance Leather PantsMax HealthRanged EvasionMagic EvasionCrafted – Lithograph drops from Mitran or Pirate King’s Chest Crab
BootsElite Resistance Plate BootsRanged EvasionMelee EvasionMove SpeedCrafted – Lithograph drops from Grayclaw Butcher

End Game (BIS)

NameTrait 1 Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
HelmGeneral’s Fury HeadgearMax HealthMelee EvasionCooldown SpeedDungeon – Cave of Destruction
CloakHermit’s ShroudMax HealthSkill Damage ResistanceEnfeeble ResistanceDrops from Abyssal Specter
ChestSpecial Resistance Tactical ArmorMax HealthMelee EvasionRanged EvasionCrafted – Drops from Specral Wizard and Watchers
GlovesWind Soul Thunder GlovesMagic EvasionRanged EvasionMagic EnduranceDungeon – Temple of Slaughter
PantsSpecial Resistance Ancient Dragon PantsMax HealthRanged EvasionMagic EvasionCrafted – Lithograph Drops from Orc Brawlers and Fire Orc Brawlers
BootsGeneral’s Charge BootsRanged EvasionMelee EvasionMove Speed Dungeon – Cave of Destruction


IMPORTANT – You will want to level up RARE gear to 9+ before transferring progress to EPIC quality Gear.

Level 1-50+

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
NecklaceShock Trooper’s Resistance NecklaceMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationDrops From Skeleton Lancer (Ruins of Turayne Zone)
BraceletWild Resistance BraceletMax HealthSkill Damage ReductionStun ResistanceDungeons – Roaring Temple and Cursed Wasteland
RingBrawler’s RingMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted – Lithograph drops from Death’s Abyss (Dungeon
RingCrude Wind BandMax HealthSkill Damage BoostN/AUncommon Accessory Chest
BeltCrude Vigor BeltBind ResistanceSkill Damage ResistanceN/AUncommon Accessory Chest

End Game (BIS)

NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
NecklaceSlaughterer’s CollarMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationRaid Boss – Cornelius
BraceletWild Resistance BraceletMax HealthSkill Damage ReductionStun ResistanceDungeons – Roaring Temple and Cursed Wasteland
RingInsightful Ring of DimensionMax HealthSkill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted with Dimensional Crystals x 20
Ring Transcendent Magic RingBind Chance Skill Damage BoostBuff DurationCrafted – Lithograph from Morokai (Raid Boss)
BeltDuke Magna’s BeltMax healthMax HealthBlind Chance Dungeon – Butcher’s Canyon or Drops from Duke Magna

Tier 2 Gearing

Tier 2 Epic gear is a step up from the Tier 1 Epics you’ll find early on in Throne and Liberty. After obtaining your Tier 1 BIS gear, you’ll need to work towards your Tier 2 gear grind. Most Tier 2 gear comes as a reward from the new Tier 2 Dungeons, along with a Tier 2 specific upgrade material – Precious Growth Schema’s. There is a lot of powerful Tier 2 gear options, with powerful 2-set or 4-set bonuses. In terms of weapons, there is also game-changing options available to most weapon types. Below is our recommended Tier 2 pieces to target farm for the Sword & Shield Daggers:


NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Main HandPenance Knight’s AnnihilatorHeavy Attack Chance HitCritical HitCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources
Off-HandSilent TrackerHeavy Attack ChanceHitCritical HItCrafted – Lithograph from Various Sources

Penance Knight’s Annihilator provides a fantastic passive to turn Chain Hook into an even more fearsome threat. Chain Hook with this Tier 2 weapon equipped pulls in an additional 3 close-by targets. Silent Tracker can provide an interesting change up with Fatal Stigma in small scale combat. However, Lequirus’s Thorny Edge is too good to pass up and we highly recommend sticking to it.


NameTrait 1Trait 2Trait 3How to Acquire
Tier 2 Piece (Chest)Wraith Knight’s Execution Armor Max HealthRanged EvasionMelee EvasionTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards
Tier 2 Piece (Legs)Wraith Knight’s Invincibility GaitersMax HealthRanged EvasionMelee EvasionTier 2 Dungeons or Crafted via Soul Shards

Wraith Knight’s 2-set bonus provides 2000 Max Health which is fantastic for a Sword and Shield build. Additionally, the stats on each of these Tier 2 pieces above provides great benefit to the build through Strength, Evasion and Heavy Attack Chance.

How to Play the Sword & Shield Dagger Tank Build

This Tank build has Top Tier Survivability and CC making it good in both PVE and PVP. Below, we’ll break down the basics for both scenarios.


This build is centered around CC, Disruption, and Taunting. In group PVE, you will hold aggro with Provking Roar and Shield Strike. More important, is making sure you save your hard CC for crucial points in the fight that require you to interrupt high-priority attacks from enemies. Strategic Rush and Chain Hook can be used for their Collisuion text to interrupt the enemy and prevent them from Wiping the group.

For Survivability, you have Counter Barrier Active during periods of burst damage and Stalwart Bastion to give the group barriers. Finally, you have your high Evasion stats to help lower damage from all sources.


For PVP, this build is used to engage and disrupt. You have an arsenal of ways to pen up combat. You can Shadow Strike and Open with you Guardian (Green Ranger Elowen) or one of your collision abilities such as Chain Hook or Strategic Rush. After engaging, make sure to utilize Provoking Roar to taunt an enemy, preventing them from attacking your support/DPS.

Suprisingly, this build also puts out a decent amount of damage as well. Brutal Incision, Predatory Strike, and A Shot at Victory can be used to help apply presure to your groups target, or burst down a weakened enemy.

The most potent part about the Sword and Shield Dagger Combination is the amount of Evasion you have. On top of all the evasion, you also have two of the most powerful defesnive cooldowns in the game in Counter Barrier and Camoflage. Use Counter Barrier on cooldown while in combat. Use Camoflage to disengage or move into the backline to engage healers and squishy ranged DPS.

Finally, don’t forget about your allies! Make sure to use Stalwart Bastion to help ensure your DPS and Healer get the edge defensively over your opponents.


That Concludes our Sword & Shield Dagger Tank Build! For more Throne and Liberty content, be sure to check out our Throne and Liberty Home Page