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Personal Combos[edit | edit source]
Maximize the power of your hero with combos. As a martial artist, you have at your disposal a number of skills that are powerful and deadly on their own. However, a more experienced martial artist will have learned to chain abilities together to make a more effective and devastating series of attacks. The series of a consistent, fluid sequence of skills is referred to as a combo.
Conditional Combos[edit | edit source]
Conditional combos use a certain sequence of skills based on a condition being triggered on either yourself, or on your opponent, such as being knocked down or stunned. An example of a conditional combo is an ability of the Summoner’s Familiar called “Anklebiter”. When used it applies a Knock Down condition, and as soon as that happens the ability called “If It Fits, I Sits” becomes available, which applies a Grapple condition on the opponent, and allows the ability “Headbutt” to be used. If you’re swift, chaining these abilities together will make for an effective combo. Practice will make perfect!
Situational Combos[edit | edit source]
Situational combos take advantage of an opponents situation, such as being rooted. With enough experience you’ll find what skills work best together depending on what you’re trying to achieve. The Force Master, for example, has a situational combo using “Dragonfrost” to root an opponent in front of them. Once immobilized, the Force Master can drop a “Blazing Wall” of fire on the opponent’s location, and they will continuously receive damage until they break free.
High Impact Combos[edit | edit source]
When you string together a series of attacks that cause massive amounts of damage, you’ll receive a boost—giving certain other skills a buff. For example, when the Blade Master successfully “Blocks” an attack, their “Pierce” skill gains Maximum Boost, which allows them to strike back multiple times in rapid succession.
There are wise sages throughout the Earthen Realm who will clue you into new combos concepts. There are no completely defined combos—you’re able to creatively explore and find ways of stringing abilities together that works best for you and your combat style.
Group Combos[edit | edit source]
Once you have learned the technique of executing a combo by yourself, you’re ready to learn how to perform group combos and continue your path to becoming a master of the martial arts. Perfecting group combos takes effort and determination, and requires dedicated teamwork and coordination.
Standard Combos[edit | edit source]
While in a group, and when performed correctly, conditional and situational combos work normally against opponents and other players. For example, an Assassin can place their Landmine at the enemy’s location, while the Summoner sends their Familiar in to attack. The Assassin begins the combo by detonating their Landmine and knocking the enemy down, which allows for the Summoner to use the Familiar’s “If it Fits I Sits” ability to grapple with them. Finally the Assassin can finish the combo on the grappled enemy with a Flash Kick.
Boss Combos[edit | edit source]
Bosses, on the other hand, are not as easily affected by conditions. These powerful foes will require careful coordination with your group in order to successfully complete a combo. There are two additional bars under the boss’ health that start out empty, and through coordinated group efforts can be filled to apply a desired condition. When a player performs an ability on the boss that creates a condition such as Daze, a bell sound will ring, a pop-up notification will appear the name of effect, and one of the boss’ status bars will light up in a color that is specific to the condition.
The boss isn’t automatically affected by that condition; instead, the boss is now vulnerable to that type of condition. In this example, for the boss to become Knocked Down, the party members will need to act quickly and perform Knock Down-afflicting abilities to fill the second bar to successfully knock down the boss.
Working together with your teammates will help tame even the fiercest foes, and you’ll find that the greatest strength lies in coordinated attacks.
Skill Tree Basics[edit | edit source]
Source Proper use of one’s abilities is the key to success.
Through training, effort, and perseverance, a martial artist hones the skills of their style—their class. These skills vary greatly from class to class, and through the wielder’s wisdom and preparation, their individual style is defined. The skills a martial artist applies themselves to can be focused upon, improved, and increased in power and impact. And by specializing one’s focus, even those of the same class can call upon vastly different abilities
At the start of your journey, you will receive a Martial Tome that explains the secret abilities of the Hongmoon Clan as applicable to your class. As you progress and learn more, you’ll unlock the ability to customize your skills; and with each character level gained you’ll also gain a skill point to spend.
Most skills can be enhanced and customized through a skill tree defined in your Martial Tome—a series of options that allow a skill to be increased in strength, or specialized in a number of ways. When opening the skill window, one can see all of the skills they have access to, how to activate them, as well as a description of the skill’s abilities—including any prerequisites or conditions that need to be met, and the type of damage that a skill may use.
Skills are customizable at any time out of combat, encouraging martial artists to focus their attention on improving skills for different situations. Skill choices can also be saved, as there’s an opportunity to unlock additional pages in the skill book to save individual builds to swap between at-will. You could, for example, have one build to balance damage and survivability for adventuring alone, and another that’s more attuned to supporting other players in a world PvP setting. How you choose to customize your skills is up to you, but recommendations on builds that work well for your class are also provided, for those who prefer to purely focus on combat.
While a martial artist can train, level up, and increase their ability in most skills, there are rumors of secret techniques to unlock—the ultimate mastery of a skill. These are the kinds of legends and stories whispered about in hushed tones in local taverns, the kind of fables that all martial artists believe they can aspire to, but that only a few may ever attain. Discovering secret techniques is the utmost challenge for anyone hoping to master their skills, and the ultimate in martial prowess.