These are just a few PvE combos I've used as I play and learn the game. This is no way the definitive or best way - just from my personal experience. I recommending expanding on and experimenting from my ideas to find what works best for you.
Also keep in mind, these suggestions do NOT take into account what Astels you are using. Obviously if you're using an Astel like Serpens to help poison the target your combos would be different. So, depending on the Astels you use, some of my suggestions below may not be optimal.
Generally for solo farming, I like to use Papilia for her
For boss fights, I like to use a DPS Astel, since you'll have a healer in your party. But what Astel you use is completely up to you based on your preference and play style.
Edges: The Assassin's combo points. You'll constantly be needing to add Edge pts in combat to increase some skill's effectiveness. You can maintain up to 6 Edge points at any given time, and they expire after 30 seconds if not used. There are 3 skills the generate Edge points:
You'll want to put these skills where they are easily accessible on your skill bar as you'll constantly be using these to build up Edge points.
Combos: From my experience, there is no one combo to rule them all. Each situation will require changes to your rotations, based on skill CDs and fight situation.
I generally use this combo to generate Edges throughout the fight, and throw in Edge consuming skills between the CDs of the base combo.
This will get you 3 Edge, and in this situation, you have options depending on the mob.
Always use your Edge generating skills as soon as they are off CD to keep building Edges for your burst damage.
Note: You should be able to use
Solo mob farming:
Follow that up with one of your strongest burst damage skills
After your opener, use the Base Combo to generate Edge. If you are fighting normal mobs, they should be almost dead by now.
For maximum damage, your Burst damage skills should be preceded by
The highest damage skills you should follow up Brutality with are
If the mob is easy kill, I'll use the
If the mob has more than normal HP, it might be better to build up more Edge before doing your Burst skill.
In this situation, you should always be behind the boss, making Edge gaining easier. For boss fights, ALWAYS use your Edge gaining skills whenever they are off CD. The more quickly you can get Edges the more often you can deal your burst damage.
For bosses, start off with
Unfortunately, Assassin AoE is weak. But its better to contribute as much as you can when the tank is pulling groups.
Before engaging wait for the tank to gather the mobs. Your AoE range is relatively small, so the more grouped up the mobs are the more AoE damage you will do.
I start with
Then just go through your standard AoE skills
Make sure to weave in +Edge skills to maximize
If you're running low on mana, don't be afraid to use a 3-Edge
As you can see, what you do after you generate your Edges is up to your situation. Consider trying out different combos that could be more efficient. As I play more and discover newer/better combos, I'll update it here!
My skill bar layout:
I keep my Edge-building skills on 1-4 for easy access. Not only for easy access, but so I can also use my WASD movement keys at the same time to position myself behind mobs as much as possible. Then my damage dealing skills on 5-7 as they are my 2nd most common used. I put
Then I have my AoE skills on S+4 - S+7 for mob groups. With 0 being the
For soloing I have my Ctrl 1-4
Everything else is rare use or situational, so I usually manually click them. (S8 - S0, Ctrl 5-0)