"Choosing Your Character" Guide
Q. What is the purpose of this guide?
A. This character is mainly directed at new players who have trouble choosing which character to play.
By reading this guide, you will be able to find out the basics of the character: their story, specialty, difficulty to play, and future job advancements.
This guide will consist mostly of basic information. For in-depth information of a character's job, there are specific job guides placed in the Character and Skills forum section. Refer to the Official Guide Archives to find them; you can find them in specific character sections or you can click on the links at the bottom of each section within this guide.
Q. How difficult is the character?
A. There will be a difficulty scale listed in stars (☆). ☆ is the easy, the max of ☆☆☆☆☆ being difficult.
This difficulty scale is based on how flexible the character is, in terms of damage output, survivability, and ease of attack/movement control.
Q. What is a "B-Slot?" Is it important to have one?
A. A "B-Slot" is the second set of skills in your skill menu. At first you have the A-Slot, allowing you to have 4 skills. With the additional B-Slot, you can have access to 8 skills. A B-Slot is acquired through the Item Mall (cash shop); 450 K-Ching ($4.50) for a 30-day slot and 900 K-Ching ($9) for a permanent one.
Many players argue that some classes are not easy to play without a B-Slot, stating that certain classes "need" it. This is because those certain classes have to have as many of the skills they have access to in order to be efficient and flexible for any situation in the game.
It is not required that you have a B-Slot; in fact, some players have lived well through the game with just only 4 skills. However, for a full fun experience, it is suggested that you get a B-Slot for any character you have, if you can afford it of course.
Q. What does "Imperal, Rebellious, and Transform" mean?
A. These refer to canon paths. It is just a fun fact and will not affect your gameplay in anyway.
There are 3 class branches, each with names: Imperial, Rebellious, and Transform. Imperial refers to the character staying on the "traditional" path of the game, giving a feel of elegance. Rebellious implies that the character has chosen a different path that is unlike traditional ideas, usually meaning a dark and untamed personality of the character. Transform, the newer branch, refers to "transforming" the character into a completely new idea exotic and unimagined, hence new kinds of powers unlike either Imperial or Rebellious.
For more information, click the following link: https://enforums.elswordonline.com/s...nsform-Classes
Q. You seem to note every character to have a "Hyper Active." What are Hyper Actives? And why don't we have them yet?
Hyper Actives are merely Special Active skills with an upgrade. You can also consider them a job class' "final skill." They deal tremendous damage, and the range of every Hyper Active covers at least the whole computer screen if not more, and some even go for an infinite range! They also cannot be mana broken. They cost 300 MP and are exclusive to 2nd jobs of the characters, and also require one "El Essence" item to use the skill, which you can get from right clicking elemental El Shards (not mystery).
I am noting them because, well, they are very special. We do not have them yet, but I feel they would give a nice exhibit of a character's "final" ability and help players consider what character to choose until the Hyper Actives arrive.
Q. What if I still can't choose a character right for me?
A. Then I have no help there at all. Try a lottery drawing.
Q. I see the some classes/abilities "CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA". Does that mean we won't get them? They look so cool though!
A. We will get them. Do not worry, but what you must NOT do is ask everyone on the forums. No one knows exactly when the rest of the classes/abilities will arrive.
So, let's start the guide!
Elsword, the Knight
Elsword, is an ambitious but hot headed young swordsman, trained by the leader of the Red Knights, his sister Elesis. Elesis left her little brother to lead a mission, never to return. Elsword now searches the land for two things; El, the precious gems that power his kingdom, and his missing sister.
Specialties: Swordplay, Counter-attacks, Super Armor
Elsword's Way of the Sword
For more in-depth information, please click the following link: http://elwiki.net/w/Way_of_the_Sword...Vitality.22.3F
When playing as Elsword, there will be an additional gauge below the HP/MP bar. This "Way of the Sword" gauge will enable you to activate one of two kinds of power: "Aura of Vitality" or "Aura of Destruction" for a period of time.
Depending on the type of combo attack (Z and X keys) or skill you use, the gauge will lean towards vitality or destruction. While in either "Aura of Vitality" or "Aura of Destruction", you will receive certain special benefits.
Note that the system is not what it may appear to be at first; vitality-type attacks take away vitality from the gauge, leaning the gauge towards destruction; destruction-type attacks take away destruction from the gauge, leaning the gauge towards vitality; this is why only attacks that use the gauge area affected in the respective aura.
Example 1: The ZZZZ combo sequence is vitality based. Therefore, it must use vitality for attacking. Using ZZZZ will drain vitality, and fill destruction.
Example 2: The XXX combo sequence is destruction based. Therefore, it must use destruction for attacking. Using XXX will drain destruction, and fill vitality.
You can view if your attacks deal Vitality or Destruction by checking the attack sequence menu. Press K, then click the words (Idle, Dash, Jump, Dash-Jump) at the top of the menu to access a list of your attacks. Skills will be noted to be either Vitality or Destruction when you hover your mouse over them and view their description.
Aura of Vitality
When the gauge is completely blue (by using destruction-based attacks) Vitality will be unleashed in the form of azure aura.
Under the effects of Aura of Vitality, you will gain the following benefits:
- Increased action, movement, and jump speed.
- Vitality-based skills cost 30% less mana.
- Hits from Vitality-based attacks and skills will have massive increase in mana regeneration per hit.
Aura of Destruction
When the gauge is completely red (by using vitality-based attacks) Destruction will be unleashed in the form of crimson aura.
Under the effects of Aura of Destruction, you will gain the following benefits:
- Destruction-based actives and skills will do 50% more damage, and destruction-based normal attacks will do double damage.
- When attacked, Elsword will howl, and enemies within his immediate surrounding are damaged and knocked away. After the howl, Elsword will remain in a super armor (unflinchable) state for 6 seconds.
*Be aware that Aura of Vitality and Aura of Destruction have no time limits. They become empty once Elsword attacks enough or becomes attacked enough.
Sword Knight & Lord Knight
Summary: Uses highly-skilled swordplay to dish out high amounts of physical damage to enemies.
Dungeon Difficulty: ☆☆☆
PvP Difficulty: ☆☆
Recommendation: The Sword Knight and Lord Knight classes are the traditional, physical-damage dealing Knight classes of an MMO. As a SK/LK, Elsword delivers great force and power in his skills. Beginners to the game are recommended to try out Elsword as a Sword Knight/Lord Knight to get a fresh feel, and you could either stick with this basic, yet very damaging class, or try out other classes once you're more familiar with the game.
Some Skills of SK/LK:
Windmill - Elsword spins around with his sword to form a moveable whirlwind attack dealing damage continuously while being in super armor.
Armageddon Blade - Elsword transcends his sword with a powerful aura that increases the overall range of his attacks for a period of time.
Sandstorm - Elsword prepares a stance and summons a wide sandstorm that sends any enemy flying up into the air while dealing heavy damage and lowering their Accuracy.
Hyper Active: Gigantic Slash - Elsword imbues magic into his sword, resulting in a large aura appearing around it. He then uses it to furiously attack his targets with a barrage of slashes.
B-Slot "Needed?": No.
Non-B-Slot Recommended Skills: Armor Break, Sandstorm, Iron Body, Optional 4th Skill
Magic Knight & Rune Slayer
Summary: Combines Elsword's basic physical swordplay with additional magic attacks consisting of powerful fireballs and runes.
Dungeon Difficulty: ☆☆
PvP Difficulty: ☆☆
Recommendation: The Magic Knight and Rune Slayer class gives a new style for Elsword. With the addition of mid-range combat, you'll be able to follow up your sword slashes with burning fireballs as a Magic Knight, or once you become Rune Slayer, you'll have stylish attacks using powerful runes. If you like your knight character to also have magic-ranged abilities, then this class is for you.
Some Skills of MK/RS:
Sword Fire - Elsword drives his sword into the ground to create a fiery explosion all around him, continuously dealing heavy damage and Burning his opponents. Afterwards, his sword will gain a special buff allowing him to Burn any enemy he attacks.
Storm Blade - Elsword unleashes a swarm of rotating blades that spin around him in a wide range, continuously dealing heavy damage to anyone caught in the attack.
Luna Blade - Elsword conjures up a gigantic magical blade above him and sends it downwards, dealing heavy magical damage while reducing the victim's mana.
Hyper Active: Shining Rune Buster - Elsword summons a black hole from his runes, imprisoning targets. He then summons multiple rune blades and impales his target and depletes their MP with them. He then finally makes all the rune blades explode, unleashing massive damage.
B-Slot "Needed?": No.
Non-B-Slot Recommended Skills: Sword Fire, Sword Enchant, Splash Explosion, Optional 4th Skill
Sheath Knight & Infinity Sword
Summary: Dual-wields his original sword and a new sword known as Conwell to deliver speedy slashes, totaling up an immense amount of physical damage.
Dungeon Difficulty: ☆☆
PvP Difficulty: ☆
Recommendation: The Sheath Knight and Infinity Sword is a new class that transforms your basic knight character into something more agile and destructive. Carrying two swords in hand, Elsword is able to destroy all enemies in his way in a speedy fashion, and his flexible skills will accelerate the death of all enemies in your way. For those who like the concept of dual-wielding, or for those who love dealing quick hits while still hitting with high power, this class is for you.
Some Skills of TK/IS:
Maelstrom Rage - Elsword throws Conwell forwards as it erupts into a small localized frenzied storm of swords that draw-in and deal continuous damage to nearby foes.
Phantom Sword - Elsword summons an independent aura blade that looks like a gaint Conwell and it mimics the movement of his equipped sword.
Rage Cutter - Elsword stabs a Conwell into the floor, creating a spell circle. Mini Conwells will then erupt from the circle, damaging any targets as they rise and cause them to Bleed.
Hyper Active: Blade Rain - Using the power of his evolved Conwell, Elsword summons and drops a larger version of his Giant Sword onto his target. The sword will then open up and unleash an endless stream of Conwells, damaging all targets in the area.
B-Slot "Needed?": No.
Non-B-Slot Recommended Skills: Sword Fall, Mirage Sting, Optional 3rd Skill, Optional 4th Skill
Guides for Elsword:
Click the link below to be directed to the Elsword Guide Archive. There you will find a collection of helpful guides for all of Elsword's jobs.
Elsword Subsection: Official Guide Archive