Scarlet Blade Online Introduction

Scarlet Blade Online Introduction

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Scarlet Blade offered by Aeria Games has been infecting the world of Multiplayer Online game lately. It is a mature MMORPG that involved Sci-Fi Theme. This game takes place on the future version of Earth after humanity became extinct and annihilated by alien invader called Nurak. Mankind in the game are the last hope to regain their home through violently fighting against the devilish creatures from other planet.

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The gameplay is combat action based, with different combos and skills that make it fluid and dynamic. It is not something that required you to read the manual. Moving your character around using the so called ”gamer’s direction” which is the WASD and the mouse to control the direction. It is also an intense PVP and battlegrounds, the fun is limitless on its Massive PVP. You will get to kill the opposite faction for fun and gain experience at the same time, either your kill or kill steal. The experience calculation is based on the damage dealt.

 

If you are a good kill-stealer, it will not be an advantage as you only get the portion of your damage dealt. It is teamwork that matters on the warzone, instead of damage counts on enemies, it also depends on how you heal on your fellow faction mates. This game focuses on huge and intense PVP that urges the players to go for faction killing as you will gain a lot of benefits from it.

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There are also several sideline of the game such as pet system, puzzles, instance, enchantment and many more. Although it is not new, the club really takes the cake. It is a feature that you are able to enter an awesome room with techno music, whine your head and let your hair down after one hell of a killings. If you go to the dance floor, your character will dance automatically and plus your pet gain experience while your character is partying which means you are away from your keyboard.

A good feature to keep gamers logged in. The customization is very limited which is the downside as you will not be able to create male character to your liking. Even the size and height of the characters are preset, all of them look almost alike except you can change the face and also hairstyle.

The newest feature which is outfit customization which is also kind of boring as you can get that in almost every MMORPG. The weapon design is really outstanding as you can see classy blades, whips and many more. One thing I like about the game is almost every equipment you wear ends up almost naked. It is simply an excuse for playing MMORPG with combination of soft-core which aims to take the market of the mature audiences.

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Overall, I think this will be quite a good game as its main feature is PVP and it will not be too boring to play like traditional RPG where you need to gain experience and level and bla bla bla. Another addictive add in as you will have good enjoyment of playing this game just by looking at the hotness and perfect curve of your character.

 

Below information are taken from http://blog.games.com/2013/03/04/scarlet-blade-hands-on-preview/

Scarlet Blade features many different mini-games and extra content that we weren’t able to see anything during our short time with the game. There were some things that I was able to experience and can tell you about here.

Lounge / Nightclub
One of the more interesting parts of the game, and one that may cause a bit of a stir for some is the lounge/nightclub area. The purpose of this nightclub zone is to hang out and relax while showing off your Arkana’s lingerie. The club can be accessed once you are level 25 and costs a certain amount of in-game gold. The club features NPCs where you can buy any of the items and gear that you need as well as a dance floor where your character will perform a special dance while hanging out with other players without the fear of monsters taking you down. Players in the lounge will get extra EXP bonuses for their pets as well as show off their avatar’s lingerie while listening to an ever-changing selection of music. There is also a special VIP club that costs additional gold and has special added bonuses not found in the nightclub.

Puzzle Game
The puzzle system is a not so much of a mini-game but something worth mentioning here. When you gain levels through the game you are able to go to the puzzle section where there are about 15 or so different puzzles to unlock. Pieces are unlocked either via leveling up or paying some of your in-game gold for more pieces. The puzzles have 24 different pieces that when unlocked will reveal an often-times risque image that you can either use for your own viewing pleasure in-game or exporting it to your computer and using it as a background. A bit of a warning, or incentive, the puzzles do contain nudity.

Card Game
The cards mini-game is played by finding random cards throughout the world as loot or by trading with other players and matching them up using standards poker style hands. Once you’ve matched up a certain poker hand you can turn it in for prizes which may include rare items and/or consumables for use in-game or during PvP.

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TERA ONLINE (EU) Endgame Gear Summary

Endgame Gear Summary- by Sapphidia

Hey all – just replied to a thread in the archer forum about endgame gear, but figured as it’s something that may be of interest to a lot of newer players who might be dinging 60 soon, I figured I may as well cut and paste the response here:

You ding 60, and via questing in the argon zones you’ll start with a free quest reward set of level 59 gold Tier12 items (often referred to as the Argon Resistance set). It’s nothing special, and you’ll want to replace them as soon as possible. You can get better Tier12 items in the easiest level 60 dungeons (fane of kaprima + balders temple Normal modes, Lab of Terror/Ebon Tower Hardmodes). However, nowadays most players skip straight to Tier 13 as it’s so cheap on the broker.7824086_orig9104751_orig
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Here’s the PvE gear progression:

Tier 13 dungeon set – drops from Argon Corpus Normal (discord set), or FoK + BT hardmodes. Super cheap on the broker – you can buy a full Tier 13 set and enchant it to +9 easily with the money you get from levelling/questing to 60. Full T13 +9 is good enough for all PvE content bar Manaya’s Core Hardmode, though obviously T14 will be better. Although a +9 weapon is vital, you can save a lot of money on Alkahest by just enchanting the three T13 armor parts to +6, as long as you intend to upgrade them swiftly into T14.

F2P EDIT – since F2P, the prices on Fodder for T13 have shot up on the AHs. You may want to investigate the costs before buying until the economies stabilise or you wont be able to enchant to past +6 without huge cost.

Tier 13 Dreamkeeper craftables – rarely made nowadays, you can craft a Tier 13 set that can be masterworked via materials that drop in Balders Temple and Fane of Kaprima hardmodes. When masterworked they’re much better than the Tier 13 discord stuff, but they’re still rather expensive as people don’t run those dungeons much now so the materials are still costly due to rarity. It’s generally better to just skip these and get the better Tier 14 nowadays unless you find a great broker deal.

Tier 14 Agnitor set – drops from Nexus Traverse raid instances when nexuses happen. Gloves/Boots/Chest are very easy to get in PuGs. The weapon however needs several months of grinding nexuses for points (depending on how many nexuses per week you can make – maybe 5-6 weeks if you can make most of them).

F2P EDIT – The Agnitor set is now about 1/4 of the price, so you’ll be able to grind an agnitor weapon reasonably easily now, maybe 2-3 weeks depending on reputation if you make all nexuses. They can also be bought and sold on the Trade Broker. It’s currently going for similar prices to the Abyss Set, so doesn’t really affect the buying part.

Tier 14 Abyss set – basically the same quality as the Agnitor set. Some classes prefer Agnitor chest/weapons, some prefer the stats on abyss, but pretty much the same as each other. Drops from Argon Corpus Hard Mode, which you’ll need good gear (and coordination) to PuG, but you can buy Abyss parts on the broker. They’re fairly expensive for a new 60.

Tier 14 Queen’s Wrath set – drops from Manaya’s Core Normal mode. Puggable if you have good gear and know what you’re doing. Identical stats to the Abyss set, but has a much rarer look to it and can be used as template. Queen’s Wrath gear thus tends to be about twice as expensive on the broker as Abyss gear. You’re paying for looks/style.

Tier 14 Jax/Theory Rep Gear – F2P Patch brought two new factions in Cutthroat Harbor and Allemantheia which supply a T14 Chest and T14 Weapon with about a week of doing dailies. The T14 weapon is better than +9 T13 and doesnt need to be enchanted, so is a great stopgap. Any enchantable T14 weapon will start beating it at about +7 or over. The chest is very strong. Better than T13 +9, about on par with T14 +6 for power, but has Class Damage boosts. A lot of DPS classes will want to use these chests over Abyss/Agnitor. Regent set is better. Tanks/Healers might still prefer Abyss/Agnitor though.

Abyss weapon from broker and agnitor boots/gloves from nexus and the Jax/Theory T14 chest is probably the cheapest/easiest way to a get a good set of full Tier 14 depending on luck.

Tier 14 Regent Set – now we’re talking. This only drops from Manaya’s Core Hardmode. You wont get this boss down without really nice gear and probably a full static group – very few players in EU have downed her so far. The Weapons and Chests blow other T14 out of the water for PvE (especially chests, as they have unique damage-boosts for class skills). You can buy regent stuff off the broker but it’s incredibly expensive, and PvE-only.

Tier 14 Visionmaker set – this set is the best set in Tera for both PvP AND PvE. It simply has the best stats on all parts. It’s crafted… but the parts you need to make it drop from Manaya’s Core Hardmode, are bind on pickup so you need to be there for the kill, and can take months of farming to amass the materials. Unless you’re in a static group that farms MC Hardmode you wont be able to get any parts of Visionmaker.6401560_orig

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And PVP Gear Progression:

Victor’s Set (T13 non-enchantable) – the default PvP set. It drops sometimes off any boss in Argon Corpus Normal Mode, so if you want to go into battlegrounds in pvp gear, you might want to farm ACNM a little first, or your first few battlegrouds will be… not fun. You can buy a full victors set for pvp credits though from doing battlegrounds, and they’re very very cheap. An afternoon of solid battlegrounds in rubbish T12/T13 pve gear will probably get you enough poitns to buy a full victors. It’s not too bad. It’s certainly better than pve gear.

F2P EDIT – Victors set is now even cheaper to buy with points, and can be bought and traded on the Trade Broker (though still only drops in Argon Corpus Normal). It only takes a few BGs now to get a full set, or you can just buy a set with gold. Very easy to obtain.

Fraywind set (Tier 13 enchantable) – Fraywind is a smallish but noticeable upgrade over Victor’s. You can -occasionally- get lucky drops of fraywind armor in the Nexus, but it’s rare. Mostly you’ll be grinding a full set of Fraywind gear and +9ing it as your first target in grinding battlegrounds – you buy it for pvp credits, and it’s about 10 times as expensive as the victor’s set.

Conjunct set (Tier 14 masterworkable) – Conjunct is currently the best PvP-specific set, though Visionmaker will beat it. Conjunct is crafted and uses materials and items from both Battlegrounds and Nexus. You need a full set of Fraywind gear AND a full set of Agnitor gear, plus other tokens from Nexus and PvP credits. It will take a long time of grinding both BGs and Nexus to amass the points needed for a full set of Conjunct, but basically full Conjunct is what most players will consider the best obtainable option for a PvP set.

Tier 14 Visionmaker set – As mentioned above, Visionmaker from MC Harmdmode is technically the best PvE -and- PvP set available, so is better than Conjunct, but it comes from the hardest PvE content and is incredibly hard to get. If you’re a purely PvP-focused player, full Conjunct should be your dream end goal for now.

And finally …. 3v3 Arena set – Coming in the next content patch, it seems the 3v3 arena will allow players to buy a new set of Tier 14 masterworked PvP gear. From what I know, it will actually be -better- than the Conjunct set, but details as to how it will be implemented on the non-korean teras arent available yet.

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For now, as a fresh 60 wanting to get some PvP – buy some T13 pve gear off the broker, run Argon Corpus a few times to get some lucky Victors gear drops, and do some basic battlegrounds until you have enough points/luck for full Victors. Then grind nothing but Battlegrounds and Nexuses and get yourself a full Fraywind set, enchant it to +9, whilst saving nexus points for the materials needed to eventually convert it into Conjunct.

For a fresh 60 wanting to get some PvE – skip Tier 12, buy a full set of T13 off the broker, or as much as you can afford and get the rest from running the dungeons. I’d still recommend trying out all of the dungeons though, even the early normal ones that only drop Tier 12 so you can get experience in the easier versions of the boss encounters before moving to the harder stuff. Always do Nexuses when they pop, and work towards being geared and experienced enough to get the AC Hardmode and MC Normal dungeons down, gradually swapping out your T13s into Tier 14 Abyss/Agnitor/Queens Wrath set.

If you get enough cash and feel the need, buy either a Regent’s Weapon or Chestpiece (glove/boots arent noticeably better than the other T14 stuff). Gradually aim for a full set of Regents Gear if you really want to be the best, but most semi-casual players who enjoy the PvE content outside of Manaya’s Core Hardmode will be happy in a full set of ANY masterworked Tier 14, be it Regent, Abyss or Agnitor. If you want to be a more hardcore PvE player, get yourself full T14 and find yourself a static group to farm Manaya’s Core hardmode, to aim for Regents into eventually Visionmaker gear.

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TERA ONLINE (NA)& (EU) Free to play – with classes and race guide

So both TERA (NA & EU) decided to go FTP, I am sure that there are lots of new players coming in to the game.

As for the IP Block for NA server I am still not sure about the release but I got some friends from South East Asia playing at the EU server so I think there will be a better choice for SEA players. (They are experiencing some lags and delay as well)

 

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TERA Online Classes and Races Choosing Guide by Luciferia

Disclaimer: This is all information that I have acquired from my own experience and from browsing various official and unofficial TERA websites over the past year or more. Some information may be incorrect. This is meant only as a guideline to help choose what class and race might be right for you!

Part 1: About the Classes
Part 2: About the Races
Part 3: About the Hitboxes

Part 1: About the Classes 

This is obviously one of the major things that goes through everyone’s heads – especially when first looking into this and any other game! From game to game there are many deciding factors that determine what race and class we choose. Anywhere from a certain race/class combo being better than another, to the class being what an individual has played for years, and even for pure aesthetic reasons.

In TERA, for a serious gamer, there are many different ways to look at the races and classes of TERA, and the various differences between races makes it harder for some people. The same goes for classes; without an Assassin/Stealth class, some people are at a lot as to what they should play. And this is what I’m here for. I’m here to give you an in-depth look at the races and classes of TERA, and give you information you should take into consideration when you are choosing a race and class.

Let’s start off with classes; this is the slightly less complex of the two subjects.

There are eight classes in TERA, which can be divided into four categories; Tank, Melee DPS, Support, and Ranged DPS.

The first thing I would like to mention to you is damage in TERA. Each class has a damage rating, and a weapon damage rating. There is no distinction between physical damage and magical damage; meaning damage is damage, and you will not need to build a magic resist set like you would in some games. There are resistance stats in TERA, but they cover things such as critical hits, sleep, snare, and knock downs.

It is also worth mentioning that almost every class has the skill known as “Backstep”, but the animation is different for each class andrace. Backstep is the primary dodge skill for all classes who have it. The only classes who do not have Backstep are Priest (replaced by their self-heal) and Mystics.

Let’s start off with the tanks, shall we?

LANCER

Lancers are the primary tanks in TERA, though as with primary tanks in most games, they are far and few between. They wield a large shield and lance, wear heavy armor, and have the second highest HP pool out of all eight classes. Their damage rating is the third lowest (Priest and Mystic having the lowest damage rating), but this is off-set by their survivability. And of course, they have an AoE taunt.

Lancers are not only sturdy, but one of their skills blocks 100% of all damage taken from the front and, partially, the sides. In general, DPS classes will attempt to skirt around behind the Lancer, but a good Lancer can simply re-position his or her shield block. Lancers also have a self-heal, which obviously can be a life saver.

This class also has an excellent technique for getting away (or catching up), which is their forward-charging dash. This skill seems to have a high knock-down rate when it hits, but it is also worth mentioning that this skill causes the Lancer to run faster than mounted players as well. So if someone mounts up to try and get away, the Lancer can chase them down and knock them off their horse. Alternatively, they can use it to get away, or to catch up to ranged classes.

WARRIOR

Warrior is the second and last tank in TERA. Warrior’s wield duel swords, wear light armor, and have the highest HP pool and movement speed out of all eight classes. Furthermore, Warrior attacks are an arc – meaning they are not purely single-target characters. If you and your buddy are in the path of the swinging swords, you will both get hit, instead of just one of you. Warrior’s damage rating is higher than a Lancer, making them third lowest; they are positioned between Sorcerer (lower) and Slayer (higher) on the damage rating.

Warriors are classified as the evasion tanks of TERA. They have fewer taunt options than a Lancer, but their higher DPS, as well as an AoE stun, make them a viable option as a tank. Warriors are a similar play style to rogues and assassins in other MMO’s, but lack the stealth feature. Stealth is a skill that the TERA developers did not want to add to the game for any of the classes, as it is too game-breaking in PvP.

Warriors have a great technique for getting away or catching up to someone, although I personally do not believe it is as good as a Lancer’s. Warrior’s dodge is a great way to get away or chase someone; the simple flaw with this is the animation is different for each race. While a Castanic Female Warrior’s dodge is a fancy leap (which can leap over attacks), other races must suffice with a roll or somersault. Because of this, the majority of Warriors are generally Female Castanics; the smaller hitbox of the female Castanic also plays a role in this, as Warriors are a tank that shouldn’t be getting hit by what they are fighting.

From here, let’s discuss the Melee DPS classes.

BERSERKER

Berserker is the first Melee DPS class I will cover. Berserker’s wield giant axes, wear heavy armor and have the highest weapon damagerating; tied with an Archer. Their damage rating is second only to Archer. Their crit rate is highest; tied with Slayers. Berserkers for some time were mistaken as a third possible tank, due to the fact that they also wear plate armor. This however is certainly not the case, although if pressed a Berserker can tank, it is not a viable options. Berserkers are meant to attack from behind along with the other DPS classes. Despite their heavy armor, they can be blown up pretty quickly whether it’s by a monster or by another player.

Berserkers are the slowest Melee DPS class, with an attack speed of 0.7 which is matched only by Sorcerer. Despite this slow attack speed, Berserkers can crank out a great deal of damage, with their high damage and weapon damage ratings. Their range is only a short three meters, but this is offset by the splash damage effect of their skills, and the spin of their charge-up technique.

Berserkers have become notorious for their ability to one-shot almost every other class, which obviously appeals greatly to many players. Berserkers are quite possibly one of very few classes that can give a Lancer a difficult time, seeing as their heavy armor mitigates much of a Lancer’s already poor DPS, as well as their ability to hit extremely hard.

The splash damage of a Berserker is slightly less than the damage dealt by a full-on hit, but is still absolutely devastating if it crits. As an Archer I personally fought against a Berserker in a 5v5 fight, and was one-shot by the splash damage of a Berserker. This damage hit me for 16,000 which is four thousand HP over what my health would have been if I were at full health. Those who were in the direct path of his hit and were also crit were hit for nearly 20,000 if not higher depending on their armor type.

SLAYER

Slayers are the second and last Melee DPS class of TERA. Slayer’s wield giant swords, wear light armor, and have the third highest damage rating. They are tied for highest critical hit rate with Berserkers. They also have the second-highest weapon damage rating! Slayers were also for some time thought to be a viable option for tanking in TERA, but lack of a proper taunt means they must out-damage the rest of their group while also attempting to dodge the majority of incoming attacks. Due to the complexity of tanking as a Slayer, and their squishiness, they are not a viable option as a tank. As with Berserker and the Ranged DPS classes, they are meant to flank their enemies and attack from behind or the sides where they will hopefully not be hit.

Slayer’s are in the mid-range of attack speed, a 0.6 which they are tied with Priest and Mystic for. While they are rather squishy if caught, they have greater mobility than a Berserker. With self-buffs for run speed, coupled with a ranged sword strike; they are a worthy opponent for the Ranged DPS classes, in some cases considered the counter class for Archers and Sorcerers.

Slayer’s damage out-put is slightly lower than that of a Berserker, but their faster attack speed, ranged attack, and movement speed buffs more than make up for it. While a great majority of Berserkers can be kited in circles, Slayers are extremely difficult to outrange, seeing as their ranged attack has a range of fourteen meters; this is only one meter less than the range of a Archer or Sorcerer’s base attacks, and four meters longer than the range of a Priest or Mystic.

Slayers are said to be the closest to an Assassin or Rogue as you will get. Despite their lack of dual wield, their feel, damage, and the way they play are more similar to an Assassin than any other class.

And now we move on to the Ranged DPS classes!

ARCHER

Archers are what I like to call the snipers of TERA. Their play style is very reminiscent of snipers, seeing as in PvP and boss fights they tend to snipe the primary target with their charge up shots; Penetrating Arrow and Radiant Arrow. As is typical of Archer classes, Archers wield a bow, and wear light armor. But here is where Archers differ from the norm; they do not require ammo. Archers in TERA have unlimited ammunition, which is explained by the developers as the arrows technically being “magic”. Due to this, bows are classified as magical weapons when it comes to crafting.

Archers have the highest damage rating, weapon damage rating, and range (fifteen meters), but have the second lowest HP pool of all eight classes. Despite their low HP pool, they are not quite as fragile as other ranged/support classes due to the fact they wear light armor, and not cloth. Their use of light armor, as well as their dodge skills increases their survivability greatly; but as always in TERA it is up to the player to make proper use of these defenses.

It is worth mentioning that the 15 meter range applies only to their base attack (left click by default). Skills such as Penetrating Arrow have a range of 17-19 meters, and can have their range increased by Glyphs. At maximum, Penetrating Arrow’s range can be increased to roughly 21 meters with Glyphs. That being said, the farther away you are the less damage you deal.

Archers are a single-target DPS class, although they do have a minor Lock-On AoE. In later levels they will have one or two more AoE options, but the majority of their skills are single-target. That being said, their initial charge up skill that they acquire (Penetrating Arrow) can damage multiple targets if they are bunched closely together or are stacked on top of each other. Thus the “Penetrating” in the skill name. Penetrating Arrow is the first of two charge up skills that Archer gets, the second being Radiant Arrow, which is nearly identical but is purely single-target unlike its predecessor. Due to being purely single-target, Radiant Arrow is capable of putting out even more damage than Penetrating Arrow, but its range is slightly shorter as well to compensate.

As in other MMO’s, Archers in TERA have a variety of Traps. Originally, there were four different trap skills available to Archer. However, with the incredible strength of Poison Arrow on their side already, Archer’s poison trap was removed. The first trap an Archer gets is called Cobweb Trap. As you might imagine, this trap is an AoE snare. The second trap that an Archer acquires is called Incendiary Trap. This trap is pretty simple; it does AoE damage, and that’s about it. Our third and last trap, is Concussion Trap; quite possibly my favorite. Concussion Trap is an AoE stun, and with the use of glyphs, the duration of the stun can be increased by 40%.

Archers are a very mobile class due to their ranged nature. Albeit squishy, their ability to kite, dodge, and their high DPS makes them a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. An Archer’s role both in PvE and PvP are to focus the main target; generally whatever the tank is occupying. Due to their single-target nature, they are very useful for quickly blowing up a single target. Coupled with their debuff (Mark of Velik) which causes the Archer to deal 10% more damage to the marked target, and Sniper’s Eye which increases strength by 50, and adds an additional 25% damage in PvP (though decreases attack speed by 30%) they can increase their damage against the main target by a significant amount.

If there is a Lancer in the Archer’s group, the Lancer can use one of his skills to further decrease the target’s defense. This lethal combination can result in the Archer critical hitting PvP targets for all of their HP. Warrior also has a similar skill known as Combative Strike, which is acquired at LV6.

And of course with Close Quarters (melee-range AoE stun), Backstep (dodge), and Breakaway Bolt (dodge with damage), Archers have a wonderful slew of abilities they can use to outrange or escape their foes.

SORCERER

Sorcerer is the AoE Ranged DPS class of TERA. Although they do have a wide variety of single-target spells, many of their skills are AoE or splash damage, and as such their damage and weapon damage ratings are slightly lower. In fact, a Sorcerer’s base damage rating is only fourth highest (behind Archer, Berserker, and Slayer in that order), and their weapon damage is higher only than a Warrior and a Lancer. Their range however, is fifteen meters.

Sorcerers, surprisingly, have a higher HP pool than Archers, but this is countered by the fact they wear cloth armor. Sorcerers are incredibly squishy, making it imperative that they dodge, outrange, and when necessary; run away. This class is extremely kite-based, and as such they have not only a snare available to them, but also an AoE sleep. This sleep is easy to dodge however, but can be extremely useful in team fights. 1v1 the AoE isn’t as useful, though some people are stupid and can’t dodge.

Despite the fire and ice elements shown in Sorcerer skills, there once again is only one type of damage: Damage. Because of this, there is no need to match certain elements vs. certain enemies. While you would think using a skill like Fireblast against a lava monster would be a bad idea… there is no penalty for using such skills against monsters. There are no elemental attacks or resistances!

Sorcerers start off fairly weak in PvP at the lower levels, but as they get higher in level they become more and more dangerous. Sorcerer only has one truly offensive charge up skill, which is known as Arcane Pulse (formerly named Blastball). While this skill can do a great amount of damage, it is very slow moving and easy to dodge. Because of how easy it is to dodge, it is usually released early in order to catch enemy targets by surprised; still doing a decent amount of damage when released early. Especially since this skill will hit all targets within a twenty-one meter line.

Sorcerer has of course Backstep, as do all classes, but they also have a skill known as Glacial Retreat. Glacial Retreat is similar to an Archer’s Breakaway Bolt, but on top of doing damage, it has a 70% AoE snare as an added effect. This helps greatly with outranging both melee classes and other ranged classes on the battlefield.

Sorcerer also has two traps at its disposal; Painful Trap, which simply does damage, and Lightning Trap, which is an AoE Paralyze.

Last but not least, the Support classes.

PRIEST

Priest is the main healer in TERA. They have the lowest HP pool, lowest damage (tied with Mystic), lowest Critical Hit (tied with Mystic), lowest weapon damage (also tied with Mystic), wield Staffs, and wear cloth armor. Their squishiness of course is offset by the fact they can heal themselves (and of course, others).

Surprisingly, Priests are capable of DPSing as well as healing, although it is advised that unless you are a very skilled Priest you only stick to healing. Priests also have an ability which I personally find pretty broken; Ishara’s Lullaby. Ishara’s Lullaby, quite simply, is a Lock-On sleep. With a cooldown of only thirty-five seconds, this is more than enough time for Priest to use it in order to interrupt an enemy’s charge up skill, heal themselves, then begin damaging their enemy again.

Priest DPS is a combination of ranged (ten meter) and melee-range skills.

Priest has six different heals currently at its disposal. However, only one of these skills is a self-heal. All other heals (except for HoT’s) do not affect the caster. Priest’s self-heal, which is the first heal they acquire, is called Heal Thyself. From here, you get Sanctuary of Regeneration, which creates a circle on the ground in front of you that regenerates the HP of your allies who are on or in the circle. After this, they acquire Focus Heal, which is a lock-on heal for up to two targets (and you cannot lock-on to yourself). And then, you get Regeneration Circle, which also (obviously) creates a circle on the ground; this one however is a HoT. After this comes Healing Circle, which is a small circle on the ground before you, but is a massive heal for those you manage to hit with it; although it is perilous to use it, so you must time it correctly. And finally, there is Blessing of Balder, which is another (weaker) HoT.

Also in Priest’s arsenal of group-friendly skills, are a group summon skill, and a teleport that takes yourself and your group members to the nearest Campfire. As well as these useful teleports, Priest has a non-combat movement speed buff, a strength buff, an endurance (defense) buff, and a buff that increases resistances to harmful effects for your whole group! And of course there is Resurrect, a damage-absorbing shield, and a skill to make knocked-down group members rise to their feet again.

As I said at the beginning of this extremely long article, Priests do not have Backstep. This was replaced by their self-heal. That being said, Priests do have an escape known as Fiery Escape. This is very similar to Sorcerer’s Glacial Retreat; right down to the 70% snare.

A skilled Priest can keep their entire group alive and maintain a good amount of DPS in PvE scenarios. This does of course also rely on your team’s ability to dodge and stay out of AoE skills. If your team is dumb and gets hit by every skill the mob uses, you may want to consider yelling at them or sticking to just healing.

MYSTIC

Mystics are a strange support class; sporting pets, debuffs, heals, and buffs. I consider them to be a sort of hybrid, although in Korean release they have managed to often take the role of main healer in some groups. This is strange seeing as they only have two or three skills that heal. Mystics use Wands, and wear cloth armor. They have the lowest HP pool, lowest damage (tied with Priest), lowest Critical Hit (tied with Priest), lowest weapon damage (also tied with Priest). Their squishiness of course is offset by the fact they can heal themselves, and their teleport skill.

Mystics are a strange class, in a way they are a jack of all trades, but for the most part their skills are unique to themselves. Mystics have four different pets, known as Thralls. The first Thrall they acquire is the Thrall of Protection, which is a tank pet. The cooldown on the Thrall of Protection is ten minutes, and it lasts for ten minutes unless of course it dies. The Thrall of Protection generates quite a bit of threat, and can knock down the enemy it is fighting.
The second is Thrall of Vengeance. This spirit of Lightning is a moderate DPS thrall, with a twenty-two second cooldown.

After this, comes the Thrall of Life. This cute little fairy has the same skills as a Priest as far as heals go; including AoE Heal and AoE Dispel. Meaning, this little fairy can not only heal you, but can also heal your team mates. That being said, it only stays for twelve seconds, and is on a thirty-five second cooldown.
Lastly, is Thrall of Obliteration. This thrall will attack once and disappear, which may seem odd for its ten minute cooldown, but one would assume it does a good amount of damage.

Besides the lovely Thralls, another thing Mystics love about themselves (and everyone else hates), is their escape technique; Teleport Jaunt. This skill has a ten second cooldown, and teleports the Mystic fourteen meters away in the camera direction. Already an annoying skill, Mystics can acquire a Glyph which has a 25% chance to reset the cooldown on Teleport Jaunt after being used. Personally, when fighting a Mystic; the Mystic’s cooldown reset three times in a row and it is next to impossible to guess which direction they are teleporting in.

Also at the disposal of a Mystic, are snares, poisons, debuffs, buffs, Summon Group, Resurrect, and the ability to bestow Vow of Rebirth on allies; which means once the ally dies, they can resurrect automatically.

I spoke a little of one of Mystics “heals”; Thrall of Life. Another option they have for healing is acquired at LV1, and is called Arun’s Vitae. Tis skill is on a 5 second cooldown, and they simply drop red orbs on the ground which allies can pick up to heal themselves. In later levels, they also acquire Arun’s Tear, which is the same concept; except is blue and restores mana.

Part 2: About the Races

Races are the next thing that I’ll discuss with you. There are seven races in TERA, each race/gender combination has its own differenthitbox size. Each race in TERA has its own set of Racial Skills; except for Elin and Popori, who share the same set of Racials due to originally being one race, before some minor changes were made in late 2010.

The first difference in race I shall discuss with you is Racial Skills. I will cover hitboxes later, separated into the categories of Male and Female, since generally people have it set in their mind they want to play either male or female, regardless of which race they choose.

Let’s go alphabetically, shall we?

Amani

“Enslaved by conquering giants and freed by the goddess Kaia with the help of the Castanics, the Amani value freedom above all things. They are naturally watchful and slow to trust, but having earned their trust, you will have it until you prove faithless. You really don’t want to do that.”

The Aman have the following four racial skills;

Last Aman Standing (active) – Your resistance to being knocked down or paralyzed increases by 70% for 30 seconds. Cooldown: 60 minutes.
No Stranger to Pain (Passive) – Decreases damage taken by 10% when your HP is below 30%.
Blood of Dragons (Passive) – Increases resistance to the effects that do Damage Over Time by 10.
Prospector (Passive) – Increases the speed of gathering minerals.

Baraka

“The Baraka are related to giants, but in turning their backs on the giants’ wars of conquest, they avoided their progenitor’s doom on the Day of Flame. Baraka value knowledge of all kinds. They maintain libraries of the accumulated learning of their own people, as well as that of all the world’s races, in every city where they make their homes.”

The Baraka have the following four racial skills;

Ancient Wellspring (Active) – Instantly restores all your HP using the magic of a bygone era. Cooldown 2 hours.
Resistance to Fatigue (Passive) – Your stamina cannot drop below 20%.
Gather No Moss (Passive) – Increases resistance to restraint and movement debuffs by 10.
Time-Lost Techniques (Passive) – Increases the speed of crafting magical weapons by 10%.

Castanics

“Castanics inspire more conflicting emotions than any other race in the world of TERA. Clever and skilled, Castanics are also opportunistic and hot-tempered. A Castanic never forgets a friend and never abandons an ally. They’re also notoriously quick-tempered and have a tendency to decapitate first and accept apologies second.

The clan is famous for the skill of its artisans and crafters. They are also adept merchants—cunning negotiators who love the interplay of bargaining, and strive to come out on top in every deal.

The Castanics have the following four racial skills;

Skirmish Running (Active) – Your speed increases by 35 for 3 minutes, but your resistance to stun is reduced by 20%. The effect ends if you stunned. Skill may be used during combat. Cooldown 30 minutes.
Dirty Fighting (Passive) – Increases the critical value by 1% when attacking from behind.
Weaponforger (Passive) – Increases the speed of crafting with metal weapons in 10%.
Landing Light (Passive) – Decreases falling damage by 50%.

Elin & Popori

“The Elins have one driving goal: if it’s not good for nature, stop it. Older and wiser than they appear, they join with forces of nature and mortal races to sweep their enemies from the battlefield. Their speech is often dark, forthright, and otherworldly, and their sense of humor can border on vicious. Other races find the Elins’ manner and behavior off-putting.”

“The Popori nation is made up of two distinct races. The Elin—small female humanoids—were created by the goddess Elinu out of her own divine essence. The Popori are non-human beasts awakened to sentience by the Elin. Both are small, and accustomed to not being taken seriously. Both are curious, candid, uncompromising, and utterly ferocious. Both are resolute and tenacious defenders of nature. They are quick to learn, and quick to judge. Losing a Popori’s respect means you may never get an opportunity to regain it.”

The Elin and Popori share the following four racial skills;

Soothing Presence (Active) – Monsters do not make pre-emptive strikes, but your movement speed is reduced by 40% for 1 minute. The effect disappears immediately when you use a skill or item , or if you enter combat. Cooldown 60 minutes.
Horizon Run (Active) – Your speed increases by 20 for 3 minutes. Cannot be used in combat. Cooldown 30 minutes.
Botanist (Passive) – Increases the speed of plant collection.
Current Friendly (Passive) – Your swim speed is increased by 50%.

High Elves

The elves once lived lives dedicated to venerating nature and the gods. The “Children of Karas” maintained their forest homes in peace, but that changed when the conflicts of immortals destroyed their civilization and split a proud and powerful race into two factions.

Now, only the “High Elves” remain. After three thousand years of war, they withdrew from the world after a devastating loss against a force of allied races. This century of seclusion ended when the gates of Allemantheia opened to refugees fleeing the argon invasion, and the world took notice when the gates stayed open and produced an army to fight for the lives of all mortal races.

Though the elves bought their seat at the Valkyon Federation table with the blood of soldiers, many do not trust the “New Way,” believing that their walled desert city holds many more secrets, and that the elves never gave up their conquering ways.”

The High Elves have the following four racial skills;

Core Infusion (Active) – instantly completely restores MP through the power of the Core . Cooldown 2 hours.
Call of the Core (Active) – You teleport to Allemantheia. Cooldown 1 hour.
Resilience of Mind (Passive) – When resurrected provides a MP regeneration buff.
Coalescence (Passive) – Increases the speed of collecting essences by 15%.

Humans

“Cursed by their god to wander without a homeland, the humans turned their adversity to advantage by using their long exile as a learning experience. They studied the culture and crafts of other races, and forged their own destiny without guidance from their neglectful deity. Now, as creators of the Valkyon Federation, they are admired and respected by all the nations of the world for their role in bringing together the coalition that will defeat the argons and return the world to peace at last.”

The Humans have the following four racial skills;

Deft Footwork (Active) – For 3 minutes, dramatically decrease the likelihood of being knocked down or paralyzed by another player by 50%. Cooldown 60 minutes.
Indomitable Spirit (Passive) – When your HP is less than 30% receive 10% less damage from other players.
Resilience of Body (Passive) – You heal continuously after resurrection.
Nomadic Crafter (Passive) – Increases the speed of crafting light armor by 10%.

And yes, there is more to consider when thinking about what race you want to roll.


Part 3: About the Hitboxes

Each race and gender combination in TERA has its own specific hitbox. Hitboxes determine not only how easy you are to hit, but also how easy you are to heal. Both enemies and allies are effected by the size of your hitbox! Some races are better suited for certain classes due to this, such as wanting to have a larger hitbox as a Lancer, so that you can Shield Block corridors, and hide your allies behind you while you absorb 100% of the damage thrown your way.

Other classes are better suited to be small; such as Priests, Archers, and so on. There is as such a thing as too small or too large in TERA, but for most people race choice is based purely on aesthetics.

For those far and few between who care about things such as hit box, I will provide you information on the hitbox sizes in TERA.

The general rule of thumb in TERA is that the taller the character, the larger the hitbox. In the case of Castanics, you can ignore their horns here as that is not a factor in their height; same for the ears of Elin. Although I am not 100% sure which has the bigger hitbox than the other; Popori or Elin. They are very close in size, but generally the males of each set have the larger hitbox. In the case of Popori and Elin I am not sure, but do know they are the shortest of all the races.

Here you can see every race and its height, all in a straight line, side-by-side.

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From left to right; Aman Male, Aman Female, Baraka, Castanic Female, Castanic Male, High Elf Female, High Elf Male, Human Female, Human Male, Popori, Elin.

As you can see, Baraka are the tallest, followed closely by Aman Males and then Aman Females. The shortest are obviously Popori and Elin, Castanic Females following closely after that.

Now, let us dissect the hitbox differences further, classified by gender.

FEMALES

The tallest of females are clearly Aman. The large hitbox of Aman females makes them ideal Lancers, although you will see the occasional Slayer, Berserker, and even Priest or Sorcerer in some cases. People have begun to shy away from large hitboxes when playing squishy characters, but some people love the look of their favorite race too much to care; which means they must learn even more how to out-play their opponents, due to being so easy to hit right off the bat.

The second tallest females are the High Elves, followed closely by Human Females. Although I have seen a few female Lancers of either race, the majority seem to role Slayer, Berserker, Sorcerer, or Mystic. This is partially due to racial skills, and partially to do with hitbox size. Having a roughly medium size hitbox allows High Elf and Human females to be much easier to target by their group’s Priest, which is a plus for obvious reasons.

The second shortest females are Castanics. They are surprisingly small, and with the common class choices of Warrior, Sorcerer, and Archer they tend to be very slippery little devils; unfortunately sometimes for their own team. Castanic Females can be difficult to heal, especially since the common class choices are constantly moving (or at least should be). Because of this, I recommend that if you play a female Castanic, you should try to be very aware of when your neighborhood Priest is casting his or her heal circles, so that you can maneuver yourself into the circle.

Smallest of the small, are the Elin. Elin hitboxes were adjusted at one point due to Lancers being a popular class choice in Korea…and Priests not being able to heal them because of their size. Lock-on heals would end up going to another nearby ally instead of the Elin, because they were so small and other moving group members made it difficult to target the poor little Elin. Despite their hitbox being adjusted, Elin are still the smallest of the females. Elin are so popular however, that you will pretty much see Elin of any and every class running around, despite their small stature and sub-par racial abilities. So, as with Castanic females, I highly recommend map awareness so that you can maneuver yourself into your Priest’s heals.

MALES

Baraka (although not technically any gender), are the tallest of the tall here in the world of TERA. Despite their large size, the majority of Baraka appear to choose Priest as their class, instead of Lancer or even a DPS class. The enormous size of a Baraka could make them ideal Lancers, able to take hits for their team mates easily. However their racial skills may not be the best choice for a Lancer. On the plus side, they are easier to heal… especially if the Baraka himself is the Priest!

The second tallest males are the Aman, who quite typically are Lancer, Berserker, or Slayer. Their large stature makes them suitable for Shield Blocking corridors as a Lancer, or even blocking as a Berserker, although not quite as effective. Due to their large size, Aman males are both easier to attack and easier to heal.

The next two I am not completely sure as to which has the larger hitbox; High Elf or Human Male. Human males are bulkier, but High Elf males are taller. This could be a case where bulk indicates a larger hitbox, but as I said I am not 100% sure on this pair. While the majority of Human Males I have seen are Lancers, Slayers, Berserkers, and the occasional squishy… The majority of High Elf males I have seen are Priest, Mystic, Archer, and Warrior, along with several other squishy DPS classes. I think it is safe to assume that High Elf male Archers have Legolas syndrome, but at least High Elf is a decent choice. High Elf and Human males (as with the females) are medium-range hitboxes, and are well-suited for most if not all of the classes in TERA. Their medium range hitbox makes them slightly less easy to hit, but also means they are still easy to heal.

Slightly shorter than the Human males, are the Castanic males! Obviously this is not counting the horns. Castanic males appear to pretty popular (hmm, I wonder why *sarcasm*), and as such there is a decent distribution of classes amongst the existing Castanic males. Some of the more common classes are the Melee and Ranged DPS classes, however. Castanic Male Lancers, in most cases,cannot Shield Block a corridor on their own. That being said, their racial skills are quite nice no matter which class it is you choose. Despite being shorter than a Human male, I still consider their hitbox size to be medium range. They are not that hard to heal at all.

And of course, coming in as the shortest of the males; the cute and cuddly Popori. Who doesn’t love pandas, after all? As with the Elin, Popori are rather popular, so there are Popori of many classes running around. But, also as with Elin, they are more difficult to heal due to their smaller size. So, map and heal circle awareness is once again a crucial skill if you decide to play this race.

Ragnarok Online 2 Ranger skills guide

Ragnarok Online 2 Ranger Skills Guide by akakori

Hi guys, its me again, after playing CBT for was it 7 days? or 5? I liked to share my thoughts on the different skills available to rangers and what they would serve as you travel thru the world of RO2.

For those who are new to the community, I welcome you and for those freshies wondering who am i, here is an intro about me

Self Intro

I go by the ign Frisks, I am what people considered as nuts/hardcore players whom have pushed myself to the limit of testing the system and the game during CBT and achieved level 50. (No prize for us who achieved 50 though.. sadly)

I am from Guild Hyperion, one of the starting members of the guild

If i ain’t grinding I am always keen to answer questions on Public channel or help out my guildies. So you can look me up in OBT perhaps ^^ (Though i may be a monk during OBT depends on guild needs)

*Note: I will include a SS of me later perhaps

Introduction: Ranger

Ranger as a class isn’t uncommon through out the genre of MMORPG’s(Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). However a few things that makes RO’s (Ragnarok Online) ranger interesting is its build especially stats wise.

The stats system as many are familiar with isn’t the usual add a point to stat and gain it, it’s a system that allow u to allocate multiple stats points to achieve 1 additional bonus on that stats.

Before i continue, if u expect a high single DPS or a insane AoE, try other class ^^v

What does it mean?

It means you do not have the luxury of adding 1:1, you have to add 2:1, 3:1, 4:1 and it goes on higher as the bonus stats increase. A stats simulation can be found somewhere in the forum, will post it up later.

Rangers in RO also is not “Dexterity” dependent. You are however depended on 3 different stats which are as following:

Strength: Raw basic damage that affects your attack power. All skills of ranger/archer are based off attack power

Agility: Critical and Dodge rate. It affects your critical max damage and allows you to dodge some attacks which is life saving.

Vitality: Increase HP & HP Regen when not in combat. This allows you to be slightly more capable to survive the massive onslaught of mobs in dungeons when you gain aggro.

What does it takes to be a Ranger:

Level 25 archer.

Where to change Job?:

Prontera, Ranger Npc is located at the north-north-east corner of the map, Look for the “!” quest icon.

How do you distribute your stats?:

For me during CBT, my stats allocations were:

40 40 0 0 6. (Str Agi Int Wis Vit)

P.S: I think i covered the basics

To start off your trip, the system has pre-allocated 3 skills for you. They are: Arrow Impact, Charge Arrow, Ankle Snare.

Introduction of Skills

Arrow Impact

Causes at the enemy Physical Damage and slows his Movement Speed by 40% for 5s.

Level 1: 26% Physical Damage & 20s Cooldown
Level 2: 28% Physical Damage & 16s Cooldown
Level 3: 30% Physical Damage & 12s Cooldown
Level 4: 32% Physical Damage & 8s Cooldown
Level 5: 35% Physical Damage & 4s Cooldown

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 20.00s 

SP Cost : 2

Range : 20.00m

This skill is useful as the opening skills for archers, as it slows down the enemy and allows you more time to damage the enemy before it reaches you. As the skill does not scale the slow effect, and though as the skill level increase the cooldown reduces a lot it does not scale well overall for archers and the range where archers initiate a fight is roughly around 20m, it isn’t really a main skill of rangers. During dungeons, you would have tanks in front soaking the damages, this skill is hardly used at all except for slowing down the spawns that is chasing after your team’s healer. However as a PVP skill this is something that is more useful, with the 4s cooldown and instant cast you could eventually kite forever.

Recommended level: 1

Acrobatic

You jump back to Increase the gap between you and the enemy.

Level 1: 40s Cooldown
Level 2: 30s Cooldown
Level 3: 20s Cooldown

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 40.00s

SP Cost : 0

This is your life saving mechanism, its used for disengaging a fight and it can easily get you out of void zones. It is a must have skill. It is useful in both PvP and PvE.

P.S I personally use if for wall jumps xD not sure if they will fix it had fun during CBT

Recommended level: 2-3

Multi Shot

Shots a cone of Arrows in front of you, within a range of 7m you hit up to 3 enemies and cause Physical Damage.

Level 1: 15% Physical Damage
Level 2: 17% Physical Damage
Level 3: 20% Physical Damage

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 3.00s

SP Cost : 1

This skill is one of your early AOE skills, it does not do much damage and it only hits 3 monsters. However it is still useful during dungeons where you have to clear spawns. It may be faster for you to clear them one by one but if they are a weak bunch and you can sure give this a shot and lower their hp and pick them off.

Recommended level: 1

Charge Arrow

15 Focus Acquired. Causes Physical Damage.

Level 1: 33% Physical Damage
Level 2: 39% Physical Damage
Level 3: 45% Physical Damage 

Cast Time : 1.60s – Cooldown : 0.90s

SP Cost : 1 

Range : 20.00m

This is one of your bread and butter skills, its one that you will use almost everyday,every hour, the one you hate, the one you love. It takes a a hell of a long time to shoot but you still have to shoot it.

Recommended level: 1-3

Charge Arrow Mastery

Decreases the Cast Time of Charge Arrow. 

Level 1: 0.2s Cast Reduction 
Level 2: 0.4s Cast Reduction 
Level 3: 0.6s Cast Reduction

Self explained.

Recommended level: 3

Double Strafing

30 Focus Required. Fires an Arrow which hits the enemy with Physical Damage.

Level 1: 34% Physical Damage
Level 2: 36% Physical Damage
Level 3: 38% Physical Damage
Level 4: 40% Physical Damage
Level 5: 43% Physical Damage

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 0.90s

SP Cost : 1

Range : 20.00m

This skills works together with charged shot, its one of those extra damage output skills. It does its job pretty well.

Recommended level: 5

Owl’s Eye

Fired 2 Charge Arrows in a Row Increases your Attack Damage for 10Sec.

Level 1: Physical Damage +3%
Level 2: Physical Damage +6%
Level 3] Physical Damage +9%

One of passive that makes your spamming of charged shot all worthwhile.

Recommended level: 3

Improve Concentration

Increases the Dexterity of All Party or Raidmembers for 30min.

Level 1: Dexterity +2%
Level 2: Dexterity +4%
Level 3: Dexterity +6%
Level 4: Dexterity +8%
Level 5: Dexterity +10%

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 3.00s

SP Cost : 4

This is the only buff you have, it gives you a 10% dex boost, it may seem very little when you are low level and do not have equipment/cards but it does give u an extra edge in critcal and your team too.

Recommended level: 5

Ankle Snare

Places a Trap which holds the enemy in place for 10s, activates after 30s. 

Level 1: 60s Cooldown
Level 2: 45s Cooldown
Level 3: 30s Cooldown

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 60.00s

SP Cost : 1

This skill does good in PvE and PvP, keeps the enemy in place while you have a free damage at them. I maxed it during CBT, and found that i hardly use it in fights, except when i am killing leaders of the groups and i am soloing it.

For a PvP skill this is strong, trapping your enemies and acrobat away, shooting them while waiting for another trap makes it a good skill.

Recommended level: 1-3

Claymore Trap

Places an explosive trap which damages every enemy around it and sets them on fire. Burning enemies take for the duration of 10s every 2s. Activates after 30s.

Level 1: 8% Explosion Damage & 8% Burning Damage
Level 2: 9% Explosion Damage & 9% Burning Damage
Level 3: 10% Explosion Damage & 10% Burning Damage
Level 4: 11% Explosion Damage & 11% Burning Damage
Level 5: 12% Explosion Damage & 12% Burning Damage

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 30.00s

SP Cost : 1

This is a pretty useless skill to me, I have never ever killed any mobs with this, neither do i find the damage very significant. Although it provides a DoT, the enemy has to step on it. As a ranger standing so far away, its only purpose that i can think of is to keep those minions that are summoned by the boss at bay.

Recommended level: 1

Freezing Trap

Places a trap which slows the enemy Movement Speed for 10s by 40%.

Level 1: 70s Cooldown
Level 2: 60s Cooldown
Level 3: 50s Cooldown
Level 4: 40s Cooldown
Level 5: 30s Cooldown

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 70.00s

SP Cost : 1

Another trap that is not really useful for PvE solo play. During solo play there may be many aggressive mobs around you and you would not be able to kite them as freely as you like, slowing them requires them to step on it.

Although that being said it is useful in PvP, ankle snare -> acrobat -> arrow impact -> freezing trap is a good rotation for placing many free damage on your opponent.

Recommended level: 1

Falcon Eyes

Resets all cooldowns.

Level 1: 240s Cooldown
Level 2: 210s Cooldown 
Level 3: 180s Cooldown
Level 4: 150s Cooldown
Level 5: 120s Cooldown

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 240.00s

SP Cost : 4

As fancy as reset all cooldowns sound, i have never felt that it was as almighty as it sounds. It does it job of getting you of of sticky situation when you are in need of another acrobat or trap to get you away, but lets face it most of the skills or rangers have very little cooldowns especially the principal skills, however this skill does also reset windwalk which is a good attack speed booster in this game.

Recommended level: 1

Arrow Shower

Generates a Rain of Arrows which hit up to 10 enemies in the target Area. It is recommended to use this when you are facing 3 or more enemies. 

Level 1: 35% Physical Damage
Level 2: 41% Physical Damage
Level 3: 47% Physical Damage 

Cast Time : 1.50s – Cooldown : 0.00s

SP Cost : 3

Range : 15.00m

Your 2nd aoe skill, I maxed this skill during CBT and i found that the damage is really really slow, especially when the cast time is 1.5s and the damage dealt to a single monster can be easily outdone with a well placed concentrated attack. Which makes archer a very weak AoE damage dealer. However on a side note this skill is useful during PvP against rouge/assassins. It allows you to break their invisibility when u hit them.

Recommended level: 1.

Wind Walk

Increases for 30s your Movement and Attack Speed. 

Level 1: Movement Speed +10% & Attack Speed +24%
Level 2: Movement Speed +20% & Attack Speed +48%
Level 3: Movement Speed +30% & Attack Speed +72%
Level 4: Movement Speed +40% & Attack Speed +96%
Level 5: Movement Speed +50% & Attack Speed +120%

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 120.00s

SP Cost : 3

This is one of the best utility in the game i feel, it gives both movement speed and attack speed, which makes it pretty much useable for escape or for bursting. And correct me if i am wrong but it does affect the casting speed of your charged shot. So its a win-win.

Recommended level: 5

Main Ranger

Each Skills which Generate Focus have a chance that the next 2 Double Strafe wont consume any Focus.

Level 1: 3% Chance
Level 2: 6% Chance
Level 3: 9% Chance
Level 4: 12% Chance
Level 5: 15% Chance

This passive allows you to have 2 free double strafe which would increase your damage output as well as gaining attack speed if you have added the skill Fear Breeze

Recommended level: 3-5

Focused Arrow Strike

10 Focus Acquired. Hits the enemy with Physical Damage and weakens him. Weakened enemies take for 10s more Damage.

Level 1: 18% Physical Damage & 0.5% DOT 
Level 2: 22% Physical Damage & 1% DOT
Level 3: 25% Physical Damage & 1.5% DOT

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 10.00s

SP Cost : 4

Range : 20.00m

This skills as good as it sounds i didn’t use it all during CBT. Though different build may find this useful.

Recommended level: 1

Poison Arrow

10 Focus Acquired. Shots Poisoned Arrows which hit the enemy with Physical Damage. Poisoned enemies take Damages over 30s every 2s.

Level 1: 17% Physical Damage & 14% DOT
Level 2: 19% Physical Damage & 16% DOT
Level 3: 21% Physical Damage & 18% DOT
Level 4: 23% Physical Damage & 19% DOT
Level 5: 25% Physical Damage & 21% DOT

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 3.00s

SP Cost : 4

Range : 20.00m

Poison arrow is a really well suited skill for PvP, it allows you to deal constant damage even when you are kiting your opponent. I maxed this during CBT and i found that its is rather a good skill, i use it often to help keep up the damage when i am using the charged shot. I have doubts about the skill because the DoT’s scale really well with your attack power but at the same time not being able to see the length of the DoT left on the boss is really bad.

Recommended level: 1-5

Fear Breeze

Every use of Double Strafe Increases your Attack Speed. Breeze can be stacked to a Maximum of 5 and lasts 30s. The effect will not be renewed if the Maximum of stacks is reached.

Level 1: Attack Speed +0.4%
Level 2: Attack Speed +0.8%
Level 3: Attack Speed +1.2%
Level 4: Attack Speed +1.6%
Level 5: Attack Speed +2%

If your build is highly depended on double strafe i would saying having this at max is the only way to go since it gives u a pretty constant attack speed buff. Although a sad thing is it caps at 5 stacks and you wouldn’t be able to keep up that attack speed, so your attack speed would be on a curve, up and down.

Recommended level: 1-5

Arrow Vulcan

5 Breeze Stacks Required. Fires arrows at your enemy which deals Damage and cause the effect of Poison Arrow.

Level 1: 64% Physical Damage
Level 2: 71% Physical Damage
Level 3: 78% Physical Damage
Level 4: 86% Physical Damage
Level 5: 93% Physical Damage

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 10.00s

SP Cost : 2

Range : 20.00m

This is one of the skill i love the most, it fires a barrage of arrows at the enemy and each of them has its chances of being a critical strike. It is a great way to spend your Fear Breeze since its instant cast, you can always cast it at the last 1-2 sec before the buff is gone to gain that extra damage. Also it scales really highly to your attack power, and reset your poison arrow as well. (Though you can’t see it and I believe it has issues)

Recommended level: 1-5

Camouflage

Not useable in Combat. Hides you in your surroundings and the chance of being detected by Monsters is reduced by half. Decreases your Movement Speed. First attack out of Camouflage deals Double Damage.

Level 1: Movement Speed -40%
Level 2: Movement Speed -20% 
Level 3: No Drawbacks

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 3.00s

SP Cost : 3

This skill is great when sneaking around to get quest loot from the floor or just trying to evade attack, however a note is that it isnt a 100% chance. Aggro mobs do still have a 50% chance of detecting you thus you have to be care with this. It does however give u a great boost of extra 100% damage when u start a fight. Side note is that during PvP you can use it and it has the same effect. So be sure to use it before the fight starts!

Recommended level: 1-3

Camouflage Mastery

Increases your Movement Speed in Camouflage.

Level 1: Movement Speed +10%
Level 2: Movement Speed +20%
Level 3: Movement Speed +30%

I have found no use for this skill just because i don’t tend to play the sneaky type and i found that i use Camouflage to initiate attacks. So there really isn’t a point if having this skill since i do not use Falcon Assault

and having Camouflage at level 3 would have normal walking speed.

Recommended level: 0-3

Falcon Assault

Summons a falcon which attacks your target for the duration of 30s. The falcon hits your target every 2s with Physical damage of Blitz Beat.

Level 1: 20% Physical Damage
Level 2: 23% Physical Damage
Level 3: 25% Physical Damage
Level 4: 28% Physical Damage
Level 5: 30% Physical Damage

Cast Time : Instant – Cooldown : 120.00s

SP Cost : 3

Range : 20.00m

This is a skill that i do not use and i do not find useful at all. A duration of 30s would yield me 15 attacks at 30% damage each providing I maxed out on this. Not to mention the cooldown is 2 mins. Though i have to say having 2 damage output source is more likely to gain more damage done since its now 2 attacks at that moment during those every 2 seconds.

Recommended level: 0-5

This concludes the guide on ranger skills and ranger itself. It really wasn’t a fully detailed guide i would say but, feel free to let me know if there are things to add to it below. Or changes that i should make. If you feel that you have any nice builds to share, i will gladly add it to this post.

Ragnarok Online 2 Warrior Guide

Ragnarok Online 2 Warrior Guide by TakeoTakeda

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WARRIOR

Warriors are trained in the use of various weapons and tactics while taking advantage of their superior charismatic force. The Warrior is a Nomad of Honor, they are not authorized by the Kingdom of Prontera. Warriors are free to harm humans, they believe that due to it’s nature military combat will always affect the public. They are only allowed to participate in military action battles as “mercenaries”. Nevertheless, for those who with to fight the path to become a Warrior is a popular one. Warriors have proven to be more efficient than any other combat class and have the most polished expertise on the battlefield.

STATS:

DPS stats:
41 str
41 agi

Tank stats:
*NOTED that there’s no ACTUAL stats for Tank, since vit is pretty much useless unless your want to see your HP higher than anyone (slightly). But I recommend either this 3 stats:

40 str
40 vit
8 agi

40 str
30 agi
rest vit

*this build if you think you don’t need any HP boost*
41 str
41 agi

STR – increase your Phy. attack and your parry rates
VIT – Increase your HP
AGI – Increase your dodge rates and critical rates.

The only stat you need to focus is having 40 str at the end of the day. This is because that’s the source of your phy. attack! Besides that, what’s matter the most is your equipment’s bonus stats as they have a big role in boosting your status.

SKILL

My personal Build (Off Tank):
http://www.ro2skills…dnrFdBqBqSeddF1

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Those who wish to be pure DPS (not recommended by it’s your choice):
http://www.ro2skills…10qnrFqAboqShq3

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Swordman Skill

Bash 5/5
max this skill since it is your everyday skill!

Head Assault 5/5 or 1/5
Max or leave this at lvl 1. your choice!

Provoke 1 /5
aggroing monster. leave it at lv 1

Battle Orders 5/5
need to say more? 10% str baby! max it!

Aura Strike 5/5
Definitely max this. This will be one of your main attack.

Wide Provoke 1/5 or 0/5
just leave it at lv 1. Not as effective as your red potions! XD. leave it at 0/5 if you’re going to become pure DPS.

Armor Aura 5/5 or 0/5
this is a MUST have skill for Off Tank Warrior. 300% agrro, 20% more hp. If you’re going to become pure DPS warrior, leave it at 0

Sword Aura 1/5 or 5/5
lalala~ baka~ leave it at lv 1, unless you want to be pure DPS. do not recommend

Magnum Break 0/5
don’t bother spending your precious point here~

Battle Manual 0/5
same as above~

Warrior Skill:

Anger Control 2/2
no need to ask. it’s your MUST have skill lol. I recommend to max this but you can choose not to.

Berserk 1/5 or 5/5
increase your attack by 4 * Lv. leave it at 1/5 if you’re going to become OT, or max this if you’re planning to be Pure DPS.

Tension Relax 3/3
Your only self heal. max this. would definitely save some of your red pots.

Bowling Bash 5/5
another your everyday skill. Max this.

Pommel Attack 1/5
you rarely use this skill. Leave it at lv 1.(useful for pvp)

Parrying 3/5
great skill for tank. Leave it if you’re not Tank.

Endure 5/5
Another skill for tank. Leave it if you’re not Tank.

Battle Leaf 1/5
Leave it at lv 1. Rarely use it(useful for pvp)

Rage Strike 3/5 or 5/5
your STRONGEST skill. If You’re tank, no need to max this. (80% phy. damage at lv 3, 90% at lv 5, and it’s up to 3 monster!)

Brandish Storm 3/3
your only AOE skill. Max this! (it has no cooldown, and it looks cool! XD)

Defender 0/5 or 5/5
a MUST have skill for Off Tank warrior, otherwise leave it.

CARD

Ancient Assassin Card (I don’t remember the stats. but it add your str/agi and vit if I’m not mistaken)

Snatcher Raiders Card
str +6
agi +6
int +6
wis +6
vit +17

Garbong card
STR +9
agi +9
vit +9
int +6
wis +3

There you go folks! I will update this from time to time. see you guys again!

Ragnarok Online 2 Monk Guide

Ragnarok Online 2 Monk Guide by Sunbringer

Table of Contents
-Acolyte-
I. Introduction to The Acolyte
II. Acolyte’s Skills
III. Skill builds for Acolyte
IV. Acolyte’s Stats Distribution
-Monk-
V. Introduction to The Monk
VI. Monk’s Skills
VII. Skill builds for Monk
VIII. Monk’s Stats Distribution

I. Introduction to The Acolyte

Acolyte is one of the first five main classes in Ragnarok II: LOTS. Like many other MMORPG, Acolytes are experts in supporting and healing abilities which play a very important role in a party. Because of those abilities, they can grind just fine whether it is solo or party. There is no need for an Acolyte to buy any healing potions because they can spam heal. Their holy spells are not to be underestimated. They got great offensive spells, although aren’t as great as Magician’s spells. But they are capable on boosting skills up to the fullest (Asperio).

Although with those advantages, Acolytes are short on Health Points (HP) and lack of defense.

II. Acolyte’s Skills

I have listed all Acolyte’s skills, its description, my commentary and personal ratings for each skill.

 Heal (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover one’s HP equivalent to 30%/33%/36%/40%/43% of your magic power. Under the Asperio, the next three heals will become a critical hit.
Casting Time: 1s.
Cooldown: 0s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This deserves a 5/5 rating from me. Yes, this skill is very great because you can spam it all day long. As an Acolyte, you’ll use this instead of Potions to save your money. Max this skill ASAP.

 Holy Light (Offensive Skill)
Description: Conjure a divine cross to deal 27%/30%/33%/36%/39% of your magical damage to a single enemy. Next 3 Holy Light will become a critical hit under the buff of Asperio.
Casting Time: 1s.
Cooldown: 0s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This is one great offensive spell you can have as an Acolyte because simply it has no cooldown with only 1s casting time and great damage. I suggest you to max this skill ASAP for the sole purpose of grinding.

 Blessing (Supportive Skill)
Description: Cast a gospel upon you and your partymates to increase Max HP by 3%/6%/9%/12%/15% for a duration of 30 minutes.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3s.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: A no-brainer skill to max. It adds 15% of your Max HP with 30 minutes duration, no reason to dump it.Tankers will thank you for this. A must max skill.

 Judex (Offensive Skill)
Description: Summons the Thunder of Judgement to inflict magical damage equivalent to 14%/17%/19% of your magic power on the top of the enemies within the Area of Effect.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 3s.
Rate: o
Commentary: This skill would’ve been more useful if it has at least 1s cooldown. The skill’s main purpose is just to stun your enemies. The damage and cast time are bad. You DO NOT want to use this skill at all. It is recommended for you not to learn this skill at all. 

 Lex Divina (Offensive Skill)
Description: Summons a holy hammer to be thrown to the enemy and deal 22% of your magic power at level 1 / 26% of your magic power and will crit if the target’s HP is below 20% at level 2 / 30% of your magic power and will crit if the target’s HP is below 20% and gain 3 Holy Water if your enemy dies from this skill at level 3.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: There are a lot of arguments flying around inside this skill. Some say this skill has to be maxed for faster grinding but some agreed not to max this skill or even take it. But those argument is invalid as your skills will be resetted once you transcend intoMonk. You WILL need to learn this skill to grind faster. It maybe not recommended for fellow Priests, but not for us. You can either max this skill or leave it at level 2. Oh yeah, only use this skill when your target’s HP is below 20%, otherwise you better off leave this skill entirely.

 Increase Agility (Supportive Skill)
Description: Increase movement speed of you and your party members by 40% for 10s/11s/12s/13s/14s.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 260s/240s/220s/220s/180s.
Rate: oo
Commentary: Similar to RO1’s Increase Agility this skill increases your Movement Speed but the differences are there’s no increase in Agility in the RO2’s version and they add cooldown to it, the long one in RO2. The skill increases you and your party member’s movement speed by a nifty percentage of 40% but has a ridiculous cooldown. You either leave this skill or learn it but leave it at level 1. Do not attempt to max this skill at all.

 Highness Heal (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover your and surrounding 2 allies’ HP by 44%/49%/54%/59%/64% of your magic power. Under the Asperio spell, Highness Heal’s recovery amount increased by 50%
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Only learn this if you do party leveling all the time. Otherwise, do not learn this skill at all if you plan to solo most of the time. Even you can choose to use Renovatio on each party members rather than using this skill if you prefer party leveling.

 Renovatio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover target’s HP by 16%/19%/22% of your magic power every 2 seconds for 12s duration.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: While Heal needs you to cast for 1s and is not effective in combat, this skill does the exact opposite. This skill has no casting time and no cooldown and is efffective while it is active. That means, you don’t have to worry about your HP because it’ll replenish by itself while this skill is active.

 Meditatio (Passive Skill)
Description: Increases effect of healing skills when applied as critical hit by 340%/380%/420%/460%/500% exceeding 95% Hit Rate.
Rate: N/A
Commentary: The description explains that Meditatio will increase the effect of healing skills but I am still in a hot water figuring this one out. So I can’t comment about this really as I never really bothered to look into this skill.

 Aqua Benedicta (Supportive Skill)
Description: Recover SP by 15% and creates 3 Holy Waters.
Casting Time: Instant.
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: You’ll be getting this skill whether you like it or not. It is a prerequisite for Asperio and it is great having 3 Holy Waters which is useful for Asperio.

 Ressurection (Supportive Skill)
Description: Ressurects a dead player in your party. You can revive a fallen player to max HP and without cast time under Asperio buff.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3000/2400/1800
Rate: oo
Commentary: Another skill that is full of debates. After the patch that increases this skill’s cooldown drastically, people chose to leave this skill at level 1, but some players chose to max this skill because of the drastic cooldown decrease per level. But you do not need this skill because you’ll transcend into Monk later on. Just put this at level 1 as the prerequisite for Aqua Benedicta.

 Asperio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Requires 1 Holy Water. Improve Acolyte’s skill effects. The affected skills are: Holy Light, Heal, Ressurection, Judex, Highness Heal, Sanctuary (Priest), Magnus Exorcismus (Priest), and Ray of Genesis (Priest).
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s/40s/20s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: You’ll be needing this skill to increase the effects of your skills, especially Heal and Holy Light. You can choose to not learn this at all or max this if you have spare for faster killing with Holy Light and crit-heals with Heal for leveling.

 Oratio (Supportive Skill)
Description: Chants a spell which recite the prayers of gods to inflich 8%/9%/10%/11%/12% of your magic power on every 2s for the duration of 20s.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: o
Commentary: Bad skill is bad, you better off spamming your Holy Light rather than using this skill. The damage is horrible even for a DoT. But Priests find this skill very useful because it can be stacked with other DoT skills.

III. Skill Build(s) for Acolyte

First of all, as you will transcend into Monk later, you do not have to worry about picking the correct skill or whatnot. Just pick and max any offensive skills that you have (except Oratio) to fasten your leveling process. Holy Light and Lex Divina are must max skills. Heal and Renovatio are also a must for healing purposes. Take Asperio if you want a slight faster killing using Holy Light (it crits under the Asperio buff).
Thus I recommend you this build for leveling:

– Level 5 Holy Light (Main offensive skill)
– Level 5 Blessing (For more survivability)
– Level 5 Heal (Main healing skill)
– Level 1 Renovatio (No SP left, and level 1 Renovatio is still great! Secondary healing skill)
– Level 3 Lex Divina (Finishing spell)
– Level 1 Increase Agi (you really do not need this skill that much due to its horrible cooldown)
– Level 1 Aqua Benedicta (Prerequisite to Asperio)
– Level 3 Asperio (faster killing means faster leveling)

Those are pretty much the core skills that you must have. You can add Highness Heal if you want to (Meditatio must be learned as prereq).
You can choose to drop Blessing and max Renovatio. It’s your call.

IV. Acolyte’s Stats Distribution

As an Acolyte striving on becoming a Monk, just focus on INT, all the way until you reach 25. Do not bother with other stats.

V. Introduction to The Monk

Upon reaching level 25, you can transcend to either a Priest or a Monk.

Monks are close combatants who use fists to excel in battle. They also begin with a whole new set of skills, meaning, you will get a reset skill after transcending into a Monk but you cannot add any of the Acolyte’s skill. Monk relies on his lightning fast attacks to stack up spirit spheres for an even greater offensive attacks which require spirit spheres. They have a very strong physical body which means high defense and can serve as Secondary Tanker or even Main Tanker if geared and built properly.

Yes, going for a Monk is a tough path to follow as you’ll giving up all of your Acolyte skills, imagine that friendly Heal skill taken away from you. But as you leveled up , you’ll feel the greatness of a Monk. I can guarantee you that.

VI. Monk’s Skills

I have listed all of Monk’s skills, description, commentary and personal ratings on each skill below.

 Quadraple Palm (Offensive)
Description: Struck a target with multiple punches. Inflict 17%/19%/21%/23%/25% of your attack power. Generates 1 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your main DPS skill. It has no cooldown and the animation is quite fast. I really recommend you to max this skill ASAP after transcending into a Monk.

 Iron Palm (Passive)
Description: Passively increase your defense by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: 50% extra defense at level 5 and it is passive. MAX THIS BABY.

 Spiritual Cadence (Passive)
Description: Gain 2 attack power for each Intelligence and allows you to generate Spirit Sphere while using offensive skills.
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This could be the best passive you’ll ever had alongside with Iron Palm because simply it is a passive skill! Now, you do not have to worry about investing Intelligence (INT), rather, it enhances your attack power up to the fullest. Because of this skill, an equalized amount of STR and INT is better than a pure STR/INT stats. For example: 30 STR and 30 INT is better than having 40 STR or 40 INT alone.

 Iron Mountain Attack (Offensive)
Description: Gather your inner strength to crush 2 nearby enemies by 37%/39%/42%/44%/47% of your attack power. Requires 3 Spirit Spheres.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 0s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your secondary DPS skill after Quadraple Palm. The skill got greater damage, twice the damage of Quadraple Palm and it hits 2 enemies. The only downside is that this skill requires 3 Spirit Spheres. You will need to build up your Spirit Spheres before using this skill. 

 D. Grand Collapse (Offensive)
Description: Strike an enemy with a series of tackles to inflict the damage of your 14%/16%/18%/29%/21% attack power. Generates 2 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 6s.
Rate: oo
Commentary: This skill has horribly low damage and it has a pretty long cooldown. Leave this skill at level 1 because you’re only using this skill to obtain two Spirit Spheres instantly.

 Intimidation (Debuff)
Description: Taunt an enemy to make it attack you.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 20s/17s/14s/11s/8s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Similar to Swordman’s Provoke, you taunt an enemy to attack you instead to your party members. A great tanking tool indeed, also used to hold aggro.

 [size=3]Summon Spirit Sphere (Buff)
Description: Instantly generates 3 Spirit Sphere and reset the cooldown of all your skills.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 240s/210s/180s/150s/120s
Rate: oooo
Commentary: Personally, I love this buff. With this you can do two consecutive Guillotine Fists in a row, every two minutes. How awesome is that? This buffs really helps in PvP, also the most important key to guarantee your victory. But, if you don’t PVP that much and do not plan to PVP in the future, you can leave this skill at 1. But really, you’ll regret not having this skill maxed.

 Lightning Crush (Offensive)
Description: Creates a shockwave by pounding the ground to inflict 15%/17%/20% of your attack power to maximum 3 enemies and generates 50% threat.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 3s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Your aggro keeping tool. Spam this every 3s while facing multiple mobs to ensure your party’s safety. Use the combination of Intimidation Lightning Crush and Stone Skin permanently keep your aggro especially when tanking a boss.

 Flee (Buff)
Description: Increases your dodge rate by 4%/8%/12%/16%/20% for 10 seconds.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: oo
Commentary: I think it would be a waste to invest any points in this skill at all because we are not Thieves. We don’t have that much AGI in the first place. This would’ve been a great skill to have if it adds +20% to our original dodge rate raw. 

 Lightning Walk (Offensive)
Description: Instantly move in front the targeted enemy and strike it with 17%/19%/21%/23%/25% of your attack power. Generates 1 Spirit Sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s/50s/40s/30s/20s
Rate: ooo
Commentary: Personally, this skill is great. I found love from this skill. While it is not that important in PVE, I gotta say this skill works wonder in PVP. Fact: There are a lot of runners in PVP and you should use this to chase your enemy. In PVE, this skill main usage is just to generate spirit sphere. 

 Throw Spirit Sphere (Offensive, Debuff)
Description: Fire a spirit bullet to your enemy from far away to inflict 17%/19%/21%/24%/26% of your attack power and increase 10% of damage inflicted by all of Monk’s offensive skill for 15s. Generates 1 spirit sphere.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 10s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Monk’s greatest debuffing skill. While the damage is not that great, the only and the sole reason of this skill is just to debuff your enemy so that you will deal more damage with other offensive skills for what, 15 seconds? That means you can perma-debuff your enemy! This skill also generates 1 spirit sphere. How great is that? Just leave this skill at level 1.

 Ki Explosion (Buff)
Description: Increases your attack power by 6%/12%/18%/24%/30% for 30 seconds. Requires 3 Spirit Spheres.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: This is also one of the greatest buff you can have as a Monk. It increases your attack power by 30% at level 5. It has 60s cooldown with 30s duration. If you want to get a slight increase on your DPS, you should max this skill, but it’s okay to just leave it at level 1 if you’re a pure tanker. You’ll need this buff in order to use Guillotine Fist.

 Guillotine Fist (Offensive)
Description: Gather your mind, spirit and physical power to deal a tremendous strike. Inflict 82%/91%/101%/110%/120% of your attack power and stuns your enemy for 3 seconds. Only available in Ki Explosion state.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 60s
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Your ultimate offensive skill. Although it has the highest damage modifier in RO2 when coupled by Ki Explosion, its cooldown is still quite long. Still, I recommend you to max this skill because the increase per level is high, not to mention this skill stuns your target for 3s which is great!

 Protection Ki (Buff)
Description: Gather your spirit to emit a defensive aura that surrounds your body. Decreases any damage taken by 10%/20%/30%/40%/50% for 10 seconds.
Casting Time: Instant
Cooldown: 120s.
Rate: oooo
Commentary: Everything is just great except the duration and cooldown part. It only buff you for 10 seconds with a 120s cooldown. But, every seconds count, especially in raids. Believe me, you will not regret maxing this skill, if and only if you’re planning to be a tanker. Otherwise, you can choose to leave this at level 1 for Steel Body.

 Stone Skin (Toggle Buff)
Description: Gather all of your spirit sphere to increase your HP by 7%/14%/21%/28%/35%, Defense by 40%/80%/120%/160%/200% and Threat Value by 60%/120%/180%/240%/300% but decreases attack power by 10% while this skill is active. Press this skill once again to deactivate the buff. Require all 5 spirit spheres. Does not require spirit sphere while Protection Ki is active.
Casting Time: 4s
Cooldown: 3s 
Rate: ooooo
Commentary: Monk’s ultimate defensive skill, which means this skill is the ultimate tanking tool of the Monk’s tree. This skill generates a tremendous amount of threat. Use this with Lightning Crush to always keep aggro. Your HP will be increased by 35% and defense by 200% at level 5. I really really recommend you to max this skill.

VII. Skill Builds for Monk

The Monk has several skill builds, namely: Pure Tank build, DPS-Tank (Hybrid) build, and the pure DPS build. To be noted that you cannot add Acolyte skills anymore once you transcend into Monk. Disclaimer: The purpose of this section is to recommend you the builds that I’ve created. You can choose to follow this build or customize it the way you like. If you want some suggestions you can post it in this thread.

Pure Tank build (13 SP left)
This build is very good in raid runs and you’ll almost welcomed in any raid party because you have all tanking tools like Intimidation and Flee. But this build has low DPS capability, and you’re pretty much useful limited for tanking.

Hybrid build, DPS-Tank (7 SP left)
You will solo just fine with this build, it has all the offensive skills and defensive skills needed. You are also acceptable in raid parties as they also need your DPS. And you can PVP just fine with this build. Leftovers can be spent on either Lightning Walk (for PVP) or Intimidation.

Pure DPS build (7 SP left)
The only advantage you have when using this build is you will feel a drastic increase on your DPS. But this build is still not recommended, because the build does not have the versatility which is Monk’s main feature. You will have a hard time joining a party, you’ll lack of defensive skills which is needed in PVP which means you will die faster. 

My build 
The advanced version of hybrid build. You can solo/party leveling just fine with this build. You are also acceptable in raid runs and most importantly, you got all the advantages in PVP when using this build. Lightning Walk is maxed for mobility, Summon Spirit Sphere is also maxed to do the infamous 2 consecutive Guillotine Fists. That’s not all, you can also tank just fine with all maxed defensive skill. This build lacks Flee skill which in my opinion is useless.

VIII. Monk’s Stats Distribution

I’ve listed all types of the stat distribution for a Monk.

DPS focus
– STR: 40
– INT: 40
– Leftover to AGI/VIT

Semi DPS & Semi Tank
– STR: 30
– INT: 30
– AGI: 25
– VIT: 25
-or-
– STR: 35
– INT: 35
– Leftover to either VIT/AGI.

Pure Tanking
– INT: 30
– AGI: 30
– VIT: 30
– Leftover to STR or increase AGI/VIT.

Ragnarok Online 2 Tank Class Skills Analysis

Ragnarok Online 2 Tank Class Skills Analysis by Ibelndal

Alright so I’ve been doing a bit of research for a friend of mine that I’ve known and played MMOs with for a LONG time. He was planning on making a tank of some sort in OBT, and asked me to look into the different nuances of the tank classes and do a bit of theorycrafting for him (mostly because the large part of the joy I get out of MMOs is just that, making charts, spreadsheets etc to maximize DPS, threat generation, healing efficiency, boss strats, that sort of thing). I’ll start with initial information that can be gathered simply from the RO2 skill simulator.

Key:
DR = Damage reduction
CD = Cooldown
s = seconds

BeastMaster:
Grizzly form (Max HP +65% aggro +300%)
Feral Defense (DR +50% for 10s) cannot move or use skills (120s CD)
Survival: (Max HP and recov +25% for 15s) (60s CD)

Knight:
aura armor (damage reduction 5%, max hp 20%, aggro 300%)
aura shield (20% DR for 10s) (60s CD)
shield fortress (50% DR for 10s) cannot move or use skills during (120s CD)
Aura Heal (Healed for 6% of Damage you do) (20s CD)

Monk:
Flee (+20% Evasion for 10s) (60s CD)
Protection Ki (50% DR for 10s) (120s CD)
stone skin (max hp +35% defense +200% aggro 300%)
Iron Palm (Defense +50%)

Warrior:
aura armor (damage reduction 5%, max hp 20%, aggro 300%)
Parrying (Block rate +40% for 10s) (60s CD)
Endure (DR +40% for 10s) 120s CD
Defender (Defense +39%, Evasion +30%, Block +30% Attack -10%) (not sure if there’s a duration or not)
Tension Relax (+60% HP recovery over 20s) (120s CD)

Now, a couple of things:
– Initially upon looking at just the skills the “tank” classes get, it’s VERY clear that Beastmaster is meant more for an offtank role or simply as a safety net in case one of your tanks gets dropped so you can buy time to res them. Now since I haven’t played this class at all I’m not sure how stats effect their survivability (someone that’s been playing kRO2 would be awesome to chime in here).
– If I’m being honest, Knight looks overall fairly underwhelming as far as tanks go. Their big “oh crap” skill completely immobilizes them, and the only sort of survival skills they get are flat damage reduction, and for the most part in my experience evasion is always better then just reduction.
– Monk seems like it has a pretty solid kit overall, has some decent evasion, as well as a 50% DR skill for when things get dicey. Not to mention the passive +50% defense is pretty awesome looking.
– At first glance Warrior actually looks like it has the best tanking kit out of all of them. They get a block steroid, a DR buff, then a buff that increases ALL their defensive stats at the cost of a measely 10% attack. Not to mention a rather beefy Heal over time to lessen the strain on your healers.

As I’ve said I haven’t gotten a chance to play these classes personally (partly because I almost exclusively play healers), and because I can’t get on kRO2 and got into CBT fairly late. As I said I’m trying to gather more information on these classes for some further theorycrafting, so anyone with experience with these classes being able to chime in on stuff would be amazing.

Ragnarok Online 2 Knight Build Guide

Ragnarok Online 2 Knight Guide by TakeoTakeda

Hello Everyone!

It has been 3 days since beta test for RO2 announced. Everyone’s having fun and trying to level up his or her character to lvl 30 to get those permanent headgear! :3. Definitely there’s some of you choose to become swordman and decide to take the noble Knight’s road! But do you know what’s Knight? How do we play? perhaps not! In order to help those guys in need, I made this guide~

KNIGHT

WHAT IS KNIGHT?

The identified “Main Tank” of RO2,Knights fight in close combat and are heavily suited in strong armor.Once ordained as an honorable Knight they become members of the Knights of Prontera where they can learn powerful skills.”For justice and Honor!” is the cry Knights use for discipline as they try to become a good role model for others.A Knights superior strength in foundations and leadership is a tremendous asset to the Kingdom of Prontera.

Oh oh, so basically , Knight is a tank! so what STATS should I go for????
Well in my opinion, your should add your stat according to this:
40 str
40 vit
8 agi

OR

40 STR
30 VIT
Rest are agi (since basically 10 vit will only grants you 60 more hp.)

STR – increase your Phy. attack and your parry rates
VIT – Increase your HP
AGI – Increase your dodge rates and critical rates.

so now I know what stats should I go for, how bout SKILLS?! I don’t want to screw up and end up buying scroll skill reset? D:

This is my supposedly-in-future build:
http://www.ro2skills…qnrFdBqoeCebbs1

This is my in-plan build:
http://www.ro2skills…dnrFdBqoeDeblf1

Swordman Skill

Bash 5/5
max this skill since it is your everyday skill!

Head Assault 5/5 or 1/5
Max or leave this at lvl 1. your choice!

Provoke 1 /5
aggroing monster. leave it at lv 1

Battle Orders 5/5
need to say more? 10% str baby! max it!

Aura Strike 5/5
Definitely max this. This will be one of your main attack.

Wide Provoke 1/5
just leave it at lv 1. Not as effective as your pots! XD

Armor Aura 5/5
this is a MUST have skill for Knight. 300% agrro, 20% more hp. need to say more? MAX this!

Sword Aura 1/5
lalala~ baka~ leave it at lv 1. lol

Magnum Break 0/5
don’t bother spending your precious point here~

Battle Manual 0/5
same as above~

Knight Skill

Aura Mastery 2/3 or 3/3
go for 3/3 if you have extra skill points

Concentration 0/3
a BIG NO-NO. you’re a tank, there’s no point increasing damage taken. *sigh*

Aura Heal 0/3 or 3/3
max this if you want to heal yourself. Though, I recommend to leave this as 0/3 since even with full epic equipment, it only heals you up to 300 hp.

Shield Charge 1/5

Shield Boomberang 1/5
Just to agro/kite monster. leave this at level 1.

Aura Shield 5/5
Max this. reduce 20% damage taken for 10seconds. will definitely come handy when party dungeon / raiding!

Shield Boomberang Mastery 1/5

Grand Cross 3/3
your one and only AOE skill! max this! XD

Shield Cannon 5/5
the most powerful skill you’ll ever have. MAX IT!

Shield Bash 1/5
just leave it at lv 1. This is to knockdown monster for 3 sec. Definitely useful in pvping

Shield Fortress(5/5)
your party buff. works greats!

Well, I know that it’s hard when you screwed up with your skill, but hey, no pain no gain!

So, uhm. another question! how ’bout EQUIPMENT?!
Well, before you’re hitting lv 50, I suggest you using any type of equipment. just get some green and blue, here and there. When you’re lvl 50, try to join Hard Dungeon Mode for cool blue equipments and Raids (PVP arena and Bapho raids) for epic equipment!.

ONE LAST QUESTION! I saw there’s card slot in my character’s screen. what does it do and what CARD should I put in those slot?
Well, basically those card slot are for used to boost your stats. at lv 1, you have 1, at lv10, you’ll have 2 slot and so on.
Well, in my honest opinion, you should use whatever card that increase your str/agi/vit but at lvl 50 I suggest you go with Raider Snatcher Card x 5 (THIS IS FOR LVL 50)(it boost your vits +12 and other stats +6).

There you go folk! HOPEFULLY, this guide will help you in your journey to become the best or one of the best Knight in midgard! Till we meet again!

Ragnarok Online 2 ( RO2) SEA OB ~I am a swordsman : )

One day since RO2 SEA Open Beta ( Thanks to asiasoft ……..)

I’ve choose a swordsman as my character profession because I wanted to try out Knight, you know those holy warrior with strict code of justice wannabe :p

Knight from RO2
Knight from RO2

I rarely play a tanker or melee class in most of my online games, to be honest I think that sometimes you need to change to other classes to try out new things and play style.

I Am currently Level 13 and the reason I am writing this blog is due to the log in timeout problem that occurs to the server…….. : (

Level 1 – 10 guide for leveling

Don’t bother much about your equipment and just take every single quest you can get and please party up even with unknown people as it really helps you in clearing quest fast.

Along the way remember to collect minerals or crafting materials according to your Job, this not only allows you to level up your job faster but you can also sell the materials in auction house when you reach Prontera City.

What to Choose for Combat Class and Job ?

It is up to you but I recommended Swordsman for blacksmith as you can craft your own weapons and armor later on the games, you don’t need any light or cloth armor…… chef might be good for you as food will provide buffs after being consumed.

Level 7 – Lurker Fly

Now this is a boss quest in your khara Quest ( the new system that gives you titles to boost up stats)

It takes a full party and I recommend to have a healer with you as the boss attack its quite painful. Shout for party as the title “Lurker Hunter” provide you one of the best stats booster available in early game.

The Lurker is near a red mobs call summon dunno what its a female monster with a staff after the second flying service girl u saw….. sorry that I cant provide the exact location as I can’t log in to the game.

Ro2 Khara system
Ro2 Khara system

What Should I Prepare ??

In early stages don’t worry much about Cards or Equipment the first thing you have to do is get all medium bags or small bags so you will have slots for your loot. I faces some problem during level 7 as I don’t have enough slots for newer items. So make sure you clear up your bags and get bigger bags!!!!!

RO2 In game
RO2 In game

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Guild Wars 2 Guide – Fractals of the Mists

Complete Guide to Fractals of the Mists

By – Sardu
Complete Fractals of the Mists Guide

Fractals of the Mists are an all-new dungeon experience in Guild Wars 2,introduced with the Lost Shores content update. While many core gameplay staples carry over from the standard dungeons, the way you approach and progress through the fractals can differ in some significant ways. In this guide we’ve compiled plenty of useful information to get you started in the new dungeons, along with plenty of tips and important details to be aware of based on our hands-on time with them so far.

I. Forming Your Group

Before you can begin, you’ll first need to form a full group of five players. All party members will need to be located in Lion’s Arch within the same shard, though only the group leader will need to be physically present at the asura gate to enter the main Fractals of the Mists instance.

Fractals Asura Gate

II. Fractal Difficulty Scale

One thing that will differ when you see LFG requests for running the “infinite dungeon” is that Difficulty Scale will play an important role. As you complete each cycle of three fractals, the difficulty scale going forward will go up by one (1), shown in the upper right corner of the screen. Currently this scale can continue to climb with no hard cap on difficulty level.

Fractal Difficulty Scale

As the difficulty scales up, a few things will happen. Not only will some of the expected things occur, such as boss encounters becoming increasingly more difficult, but additional environmental factors may also come into play.

For example, in the Volcanic Fractal there is a long, downward sloping corridor where players will have to avoid a number of giant flaming boulders as they descend. As the difficulty scales upward, additional mobs will spawn in this area making it much more challenging to progress.

Each time you complete a fractal your progress will be saved, along with your current difficulty scale. However, the scale set for your overall group will always be set to that of the team member with the least progress.

Maximum Party Difficulty

So say you’ve completed a few fractal runs and have access to scale 3 difficulty, your group disbands, and you head back into Lion’s Arch to form a new group. If one of the group members is currently only at scale 1 difficulty, that will be what the rest of the group is set at until you complete more fractals to advance the difficulty scale higher.

This will be important to keep in mind when forming groups, and you will likely see requests in /map chat for players with a minimum difficulty scale.

III. The Mistlock Observatory

Once your full group has entered the main Fractals of the Mists staging map, the Mistlock Observatory, you will have access to a standard merchant selling basics like salvage kits, a special merchant who accepts the new Fractal Relics currency, and a repair NPC.

Mistlock Observatory

In the center of this area is a blue portal (shown above). Once your party is ready to enter the dungeon, the party leader can enter this portal and then all members will be issued a Fractal Transit Query. As soon as all members hit the “Ready” button, you will immediately be transported to one of the fractals at random.

Fractal Transit Query

IV. Fractal Cycles

Unlike normal dungeons, groups will be taken to three (3) random fractals per run, constituting a complete cycle. Once a given fractal is complete, a loot chest will spawn, and another Fractal Transit Query will be presented.

Following the first and second fractal, you will be taken to another random fractal. Upon completion of the third, you will be taken back to the Mistlock Observatory where you can access the vendors, make any needed repairs, or simply reenter the portal for another cycle of three fractals.

Each fractal will take you roughly 15-30 minutes to complete. This will vary based on things like group coordination and difficulty scale.

V. Fractal Checkpoints

Unlike standard dungeons, fractals do not contain any waypoints. Instead, invisible checkpoints will be unlocked as you progress through each fractal. This is significant for a couple of reasons.

First, it will make reviving downed teammates critical to your progress since you won’t be able to simply waypoint zerg more difficult encounters. Secondly, defeated players will remain in the defeated state until they are either revived, or the full group wipes. In the event of a wipe, your team will immediately spawn at the nearest unlocked checkpoint.

VI. Fractal Relics

A new currency type has been added that is specific to the fractals dungeon, called Fractal Relics. At the end of each successfully completed fractal, a chest will spawn that contains 5 Fractal Relics along with any additional loot you’ve been awarded.

Fractal Relics

Relics are a physical object similar to dungeon tokens or badges of honor. As such, not only can they be used to purchase items from the merchant in the Mistlock Observatory, but you will also be able to use them in the Mystic Forge.

At present, we are still gathering data on any Mystic Forge recipes that utilize Fractal Relics. In the meantime, below you find a complete list of items that can be purchased with relics along with their associated costs:

Fractal Relic Merchant

The equipment boxes listed above will function similar to other inventory containers that filter a given type of loot. In this case, items of the same quality level of the container will automatically be placed within it as room permits. So say you purchase the exotic box, any exotics you loot or craft will automatically be placed there. This helps expand on the current inventory sorting options, and also provides an alternative method of obtaining 20 slot containers outside of the hefty 10g rune costs in crafting.

Prototype Fractal Capacitor

Dessa’s Experiment Journal is a consumable item that can be used to gain an additional skill point. This will no doubt come in quite handy for gaining the skill points needed for legendary weapon creation, or other mystic forge recipes that require components purchased with skill points.

Finally, the Prototype Fractal Capacitors are items with varying stats. (the specific equipment slot is not listed on the tooltip, but these are most likely a general accessory slot item) While those listed here are exotic quality, they’re similar to ascended quality items in the sense that they contain no upgrade slots, instead coming pre-loaded with specific attribute increases. (an example of this can be seen to the right)

 

Here’s a youtube Video from Wolfsgorawr