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Assassins are shadows in the night; They abandoned the Samurai code for the art of stealth and deception.
― Gyozen

Assassin is a class in Ghost of Tsushima: Legends.

Gameplay[]

The Assassin has the highest stealth attack damage in the game, and his abilities revolve around increasing the potency of his stealth attacks and abilities.

The assassin is the only class to have access to the blowpipe without an additional perk, and the only class besides the ronin able to use all concussion bombs. Furthermore, the Assassin is the only class able to apply poison to Mongol enemies without additional perks, with the Toxic Vanish Perk. As the Ronin class requires the Ronin Unlock perk to use the blowpipe, the Assassin is also the only enemy able to apply the Hallucination effect on enemies, with both the appropriate perk selected on the Blowpipe as well as with the unique Hysteria perk on the Assassin Charm.

The assassin is the only class capable of executing the fastest assassination attacks in the game (idetical to those of Jin in the story mode with the level 3 tanto).

Although the Samurai and Hunter can both aim their ultimate attacks, the Assassin's Shadow Strike is the only ultimate attack which gives the player a significant time period to choose which individual enemy to strike. Furthermore, it is the only melee attack in the game which has range. as the assassin is capable of teleporting across the battlefield to deliver a lethal strike.

The Assassin is also the only class able to use the epic rarity Assassin Charm, which grants two unique perks:

  • Hysteria, which induces the hallucination effect after a successful assassination to all nearby enemies
  • Chain Vanish, which re-activates invisibility on the assassin for a short period of time after a successful assassination. This allows for a potential three times the assassin can enter invisibility with one class ability activation.

Techniques[]

Icon Name Unlock requirement Cost Description
Ultimate
GoTL.Assassin.Shadow Strike Technique Icon.png Shadow Strike
Rank 1
Unlocked by default Enter the shadows and strike enemies from a distance
L1 + R1 to activate; Costs 3 Resolve
Class ability
GoTL.Assassin.Toxic Vanish Technique Icon.png Toxic Vanish
Rank 1
Unlocked by default Vanish in a cloud of poison smoke that deals Stagger damage to nearby enemies
d to activate; Base cooldown: 62s
GoTL.Assassin.Group Vanish Technique Icon.png Group Vanish
Rank 10
Essence Vanish along with nearby allies
d to activate; Base cooldown: 50s
Refreshing Vanish 5 Gear Mastery Activations Vanish in a burst of energy that heals you and nearby allies

d to activate; Base cooldown: 50s

Perk 1
GoTL.Assassin.Critical Hit Technique Icon.png Critical Hit
Rank 2
Essence 30% more damage during assassinations
GoTL.Assassin.Super Strike Technique Icon.png Super Strike
Rank 7
Essence Perform a stronger Stealth Attack dealing 2x normal damage
triangle from stealth to activate; Costs 1 Resolve
GoTL.Assassin.Assassin Unleashed Technique Icon.png Assassin Unleashed
Rank 14
Essence Decrease class ability cooldown by 15%
GoTL.All Classes.Legendary Technique Icon.png Legendary 1 Gear Mastery Activation Increases the number of Legendary items you can equip by 1
Perk 2
GoTL.Assassin.Light Step Technique Icon.png Light Step
Rank 3
Essence You are silent when running
GoTL.Assassin.Opportunist Technique Icon.png Opportunist
Rank 9
Essence Deals 50% bonus assassination damage to Staggered enemies
GoTL.Assassin.Experienced Assassin Technique Icon.png Deft Hands
Rank 16
Essence Critical Strikes and Assassinations reduce all Ghost Weapon cooldowns by 3s
Deadly Nightshade 2 Gear Mastery Activations Poison also damages enemy health
Perk 3
GoTL.Assassin.Shadow Storm Technique Icon.png Shadow Storm
Rank 5
Essence Shadow Strike gains 2 extra strikes
GoTL.Assassin.Chain Vanish Technique Icon.png Chain Vanish
Rank 11
Essence Successfully assassinating an enemy while vanished re-activates vanish and refreshes the duration
GoTL.All Classes.Legendary Technique Icon.png Legendary
Rank 18
Essence Increases the number of Legendary items you can equip by 1
Overshadowed 3 Gear Mastery Activations Shadow Strike attacks do 100% extra damage

Appearance items[]

Class items[]

Icon Name How to obtain Notes
White Kitsune class item icon.png
White Kitsune Unlocked by default
Shadow Kitsune Reach Assassin Rank 3
Blue Kitsune Reach Assassin Rank 5
Red Kitsune class item icon.png
Red Kitsune Reach Assassin Rank 8
Red Oni Reach Assassin Rank 10
Shadow Oni Reach Assassin Rank 13
White Oni class item icon.png
White Oni Reach Assassin Rank 15
Oni Thief Reach Assassin Rank 17
Tortured Marble Collaborator: Purchase and Use Gift: Ignite Enemies, in Survival
Tortured Onyx Honorable: Complete 10 bonus objectives in Survival missions
Tortured Gold Dauntless: Complete a Quick Play Survival mission on Gold difficulty
Tortured Wood Survivalist: Complete a Survival mission on Gold difficulty without losing a defense area
White Kappa Kami Friend: Find 3 of Gyozen's Lost Scrolls
Red Kappa Collector: Find and collect 3 oni treasure
Purple Kappa Cursed: Survived Gyozen's Curse 3 times
Green Kappa Scary Storyteller: Complete a Nightmare Story mission
Curse of Iyo class item icon.png
Curse of Iyo Assassin: Ascension Heroic: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter I with all hidden chests completed Iyo Theme
Blood of Iyo Assassin: Blood and Mud Heroic: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter II with all hidden chests completed Iyo Theme
Rebirth of Iyo Assassin: Iyo Heroic: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter III without any ghost reaching 5 stacks of corruption Iyo Theme
Shadow Ginkgo Kami Friend: Find 10 of Gyozen's Lost Scrolls Ginkgo Theme
Winter Ginkgo Cursed: Survived Gyozen's Curse 10 times Ginkgo Theme
Celestial Ginkgo Collector: Find and collect 10 oni treasure Ginkgo Theme
Ashen Reach Assassin Rank 19 Fallen Theme
Sacrifice Honorable: Complete 25 bonus objectives in Survival missions Fallen Theme
Yatate class item icon.png
Yatate Persistent Ghost: Collect 3 weekly rewards Fallen Theme
Smoldering Cinders Survivalist: Complete a Survival mission on Gold difficulty without losing a defense area 3 times Cinder Theme
Spirit Cinders Sublime Survivalist: Complete a Nightmare Survival mission on Gold difficulty without losing a single defense area Cinder Theme
Golden Cinders class item icon.png
Golden Cinders Nightmare: Complete a Nightmare Story mission with all bonus objectives Cinder Theme
Colossus Helm Complete a Story or Survival mission with the Assassin class to unlock.[note 1] Characters from PlayStation

Body[]

Icon Name How to obtain Notes
Apprentice Ghost Unlocked by default
Apprentice Ghost White Progressing in Jin's Journey
Master Ghost White body icon.png
Master Ghost White Progressing in Jin's Journey
Apprentice Ghost Ascendant Progressing in Jin's Journey
Master Ghost Ascendant Progressing in Jin's Journey
Fundoshi Progressing in Jin's Journey
Apprentice Ghost Yellow Reach Assassin Rank 4
Apprentice Ghost Yellow Reach Assassin Rank 6
Master Ghost Reach Assassin Rank 9
Master Ghost Yellow Reach Assassin Rank 11
Master Ghost Shadow Reach Assassin Rank 14
Apprentice Wanderer Shadow Reach Assassin Rank 16
Master Wanderer Shadow Reach Assassin Rank 18
Traveler Blue The Shores of Vengeance: Complete wave 15 in Survival: The Shores of Vengeance
Traveler White The Defense of Aoi Village: Complete wave 15 in Survival: The Defense of Aoi Village
Traveler Red The Shadows of War: Complete wave 15 in Survival: The Shadows of War
Traveler Yellow Blood in the Snow: Complete wave 15 in Survival: Blood in the Snow
Wanderer Blue Group Assassination: Group Vanish 3 others at once and have each get a kill
Wanderer White Fast Travel: Teleport a total of 80 meters during a single Shadow Strike
Wanderer Red Silver Legend: Complete 3 Quick Play Story missions on Silver difficulty or higher
Wanderer Yellow Gold Legend: Complete 3 Quick Play Story missions on Gold difficulty or higher
Apprentice Ghost Red Progressing in Jin's Journey
Master Ghost Red Progressing in Jin's Journey
Curse of Iyo Assassin: Ascension: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter I Iyo Theme
Blood of Iyo Assassin: Blood and Mud: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter II Iyo Theme
Rebirth of Iyo Assassin: Iyo: Complete The Tale of Iyo - Chapter III Iyo Theme
Shadow Ginkgo Gold Legend: Complete 9 Quick Play Story missions on Gold difficulty or higher Ginkgo Theme
Winter Ginkgo Blade in the Darkness: Assassinate 200 enemies Ginkgo Theme
Celestial Ginkgo body icon.png
Celestial Ginkgo Shadow Figure: Kill 500 enemies with the Ultimate: Shadow Strike Ginkgo Theme
Ashen Reach Assassin Rank 20 Fallen Theme
Sacrifice Complete 25 Daily Challenges Fallen Theme
Yatate body icon.png
Yatate Collect 7 weekly rewards Fallen Theme
Smoldering Cinders body icon.png
Smoldering Cinders Transcendent Survivalist: Complete a Survival Mission on Gold Difficulty while completing all bonus objectives Cinder Theme
Spirit Cinders The Terrifying Survivor: Complete the final wave of a Survival mission on Nightmare difficulty Cinder Theme
Golden Cinders body icon.png
Golden Cinders Without A Scratch: Complete a Nightmare Story mission without any players getting wounded Cinder Theme
Colossus Complete a Story or Survival mission with the Assassin class to unlock.[note 1] Characters from PlayStation

Sword kit[]

Icon Name How to obtain
Gyozen's Gift Unlocked by Default
Twilight Oni Complete all story missions
Dueling Festival Complete the final wave of a Survival mission
Mamushi Venom Complete the final wave of a Survival mission on Silver difficulty or higher
Warrior's Shadow Complete the final wave of a Survival mission on Gold difficulty or higher
Prowling Tiger Purchase and activate a Gift in Survival
Moon Bear's Paw Complete 1 Daily Challenge
Fuujin's Secret Complete 5 Daily Challenges
Bishamon's Fortune Complete 10 Daily Challenges
Spring Bamboo Complete 20 Daily Challenges
Yuzu Peel Complete 30 Daily Challenges
Warrior's Brush Complete 50 Daily Challenges
Azure Dragon Complete 75 Daily Challenges
Omukade's Revenge Complete 100 Daily Challenges
Island's Keeper Complete 150 Daily Challenges
Heavenly Falcon Find 1 Gyozen's Lost Scrolls
Tanuki's Brush Reroll 1 empty Daily Challenge slot
Yasha's Embers Kill 1 enemy by causing them to fall from high places
Hidden Forest Kill 5 enemies by causing them to fall from high places
Hijiki in Sunlight Kill 10 enemy by causing them to fall from high places
Shogun's Storm Reach rank 20 with all classes
Hunting Bear Complete 1 Survival bonus objective
Eye's of a snow demon Complete 5 Survival bonus objectives
Izanami's Grief Complete 10 Survival bonus objectives
Midnight Hanabi Complete 20 Survival bonus objectives
Emperor's Tears Complete 30 Survival bonus objectives
Genbu's Darkness Complete 50 Survival bonus objectives
Breath of Hachiman Complete 75 Survival bonus objectives
Golden Koi River Complete 100 Survival bonus objectives
Warrior's Faith Complete 150 Survival bonus objectives
Sea Dragon's Wing Find and collect Oni Treasure
Haunted Autumn Complete the final wave of a Survival Mission 5 times
Bakekujira's Wrath Complete the final wave of a Survival Mission 10 times
Dance of Onibi Complete the Final wave of a Survival mission on Silver difficulty or higher 5 times
Kendatsuba's Retribution Complete the Final wave of a Survival mission on Silver difficulty or higher 10 times
Sanguine Tendrils Complete the Final wave of a Survival mission on Gold difficulty or higher 5 times


Gallery[]

Appearance items[]

Class items[]

Body[]

Sword kit[]

Trivia[]

  • The assassin is the only class to not have access to four sets of customizable vanity gear; the option for 'mask' has been removed, so the assassin can only select vanity gear from the class item
  • Kills performed with the Assassin's Ultimate Ability Shadow Strike are classified as melee kills, however they do not increase in power with melee damage perks.


References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Available to unlock until January 15, 2021
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