Following build is designed to guide you through your first playthrough, or simply offer you a decent and reliable Core build if you are on Free to Play account. Core builds are not advised to use later in game due to superiority of elite specializations.
In this build you will be focusing on movement, teleporting around the map, and in-and-out fight style.
You’ll be able to keep close to 25 Might stacks and permanent Fury, as well as decent Vigor and Swiftness uptime. All these boons will be partially shared with your team too.
That will allow you to hit very strong Pistol Whip, which is your main damage source. Generally, you want to keep your initiative relatively low to keep multiple stacks of damage-increasing Lead Attacks after the initial combo.
Additionally, Pistol Whip is an evade, even tho there is no info about it in the tooltip, which should help you mitigate most of the damage.
You are relatively squishy, but with mentioned evades and thanks to Invigorating Precision, you shouldn’t have much of a problem with staying alive. For even more passive healing, you can swap Withdraw with Signet of Malice, but only do that when you are certain you won’t need condition cleanses.
You will also have decent healing from Steal via Mug.
Always take note of the Infiltrator's Return icon on your buff bar, as during a short window after using Infiltrator's Strike this can be used again to escape sticky situations, gain some distance and heal up.
Two other skills useful on your Shortbow is Infiltrator's Arrow used for mobility and auto-attack Trick Shot, which is used for hitting multiple enemies if you need to do so (for example during larger events).
Your main offensive utility skill will be Assassin's Signet, its active component is so strong, that it’ll outweigh the passive effect in most cases.
If you are jumping from enemy to enemy though, don’t use Assassin's Signet with quickly dying mobs, keeping the passive will be more valuable.
Roll for Initiative can be used defensively to disengage the enemy or evade a powerful attack if you are out of endurance, or offensively to squeeze in one or two more attacks with the initiative you’ll get from it. Don’t be too reckless with using it though, as it’s your only Stun Break.
And finally, your elite Dagger Storm. Unfortunately, it’s not as powerful as it sounds, and more often than not it’s used for its long evade, but if you are fighting a strong enemy, especially with a larger hitbox, you can enter the hitbox to land more attacks on the same mob.
Since this build is designed to be your entry point to Guild Wars 2 world, let’s start with the basics, if you haven’t checked the guides below, give them a read to make yourself familiar with game basics.
Don’t try to invest in Runes and Sigils before you acquire proper level-80 Exotic gear with Berserker’s stats as transferring upgrades is not possible without destroying the item, and retrieving them during the process has a small chance with most salvage kits.
From drops, crafting and level-up rewards pick items with Power, and on later levels supplemented by Precision and Ferocity.