Class Skills

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Class skills are skills that contribute to your class points. Essentially, these are the skills that determine your overall class break-up.

For a more detail explanation of how class skills determine a character's class composition, refer to: How Classes Relate to Skills

Fighter Skills

Fighter Weapon Skills

To become a lethal fighting machine, a fighter must first develop weapon skills. The higher the weapon skill, the higher the attack strength will be when a weapon of that type is wielded and the more damage it will inflict. More importantly, when a fighter attains a certain level of proficiency with each weapon skills, he or she may also execute the deadly special attack of that weapon skill.

There are four fighter-based weapon types:

Axes

  • Damage Type: Slashing
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 75% str / 25% dex
  • Default special move : Cleave
  • Other usable special moves: Flurry, Thunderclap

Longswords

  • Damage Type: Slashing
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 75% str / 25% dex
  • Default special move: Flurry
  • Other usable special moves: Cleave, Bloodbolt

Maces

  • Damage Type: Bludgeoning
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 90% str / 10% dex
  • Default special move: Thunderclap
  • Other usable special moves: Flurry, Bloodbolt

Polearms

  • Damage Type: Slashing (except Spears, which have damage type Piercing)
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 90% str / 10% dex
  • Default special move: Bloodbolt
  • Other usable special moves: Cleave, Thunderclap

For further details on special rage attacks, refer to: Combat Abilities

It should also be noted that apart from the default standard stance, a fighter, when wielding any two-handed fighter-class weapon, is able to adopt the Berserker Stance, and when wielding any fighter-class weapon, is able to adopt the Tanking Stance. For more details on stances, refer to: Combat Abilities

And for a complete list of the various weapons available as well as their respective weapon types, refer to: Weapon Types

Tactics Skill

The tactics skill gives a fighter an additional boost to Attack Strength and reduces damage taken by up to 25%. The tactics skill increases when attacking with any fighter weapon.

Block Skill

With a shield readied, a character will automatically attempt to block hits that are taken in the direction he or she is facing. The chance to successfully block an attack is based on the fighter's block skill as well as the type of shield used. The block skill also allows one to take a little less damage from magic-based attacks.

The block skill also allows a fighter to execute a Shieldbash.

All Armour Types

Fighters can reap the full benefits of all 4 grades of armour: unarmed, light, medium and heavy. Essentially, gaining defence from light, medium or heavy armour is subject to having skill points in fighter. Specifically, if your highest fighter skill is X%, then you will only gain X% of the total defence afforded by light, medium or heavy armour.

So for example, if your highest fighter skill is 50%, and you are wearing 10 defense worth of light, medium or heavy armour, then you would only gain 10 * 50% = 5 defense.

And for a complete list of the various armour available as well as their respective armour types, refer to: Armour Types

Light and Medium Armour Movement Penalties

Fighters do not suffer movement penalties for wearing light or medium armour.

For a complete list of the various light and medium armour available, refer to: Armour Types.


Mage Skills

Magery and Sorcery

Mages have two skills pertaining to the use of magic: Magery and Sorcery.

For details on these, refer to: Magic and Spellcasting.


Monk Skills

Monk Weapon Skills

Unarmed Combat

  • Damage Type: Bludgeoning (with brass knuckles or fists), Piercing (with neko de) or Slashing (with katars)
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 50% str / 50% dex
  • Special Rage Attacks: Sleeping Fist, Throat Strike, Quivering Palm

In general, unarmed weapons are very fast, and tend to inflict more critical hits. Also, when a character is totally 'unarmed' (i.e., equipped with only unarmed type armour and using either bare fists or an unarmed type weapon), having a higher unarmed combat skill will result in an improvement in your ability to both attack and defend.

Sanctity

Monks have one skill pertaining to the use of magic: Sanctity. For details on these, refer to: Magic and Spellcasting.


Priest Skills

Piety and Divinity

Priests have two skills pertaining to the use of magic: Piety and Divinity.

For details on these, refer to: Magic and Spellcasting.

Priest Weapon Skills

Blessed Maces

  • Damage Type: Bludgeoning
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 90% str / 10% dex
  • Default special move: Thunderclap

Only by wielding a "blessed" mace will a priest be able to raise the blessed maces skill; wielding a non-blessed mace will instead raise the maces fighter skill. To bless a mace, a priest simply has to use the first circle Divinity UY (bless weapon) spell. (Note: in order to revert a blessed mace into a regular mace, simply use a cursed scroll of uncurse on it - but this process will not work when performed on house tiles.)

It should also be noted the blessed maces skill is identical to the maces fighter skill except that in the case of blessed maces, you will not be able to use any of the other special moves that a fighter using the maces skill could. More specifically, even if a (dual-classed) priest had 100% in the Polearms skill and 100% in the Longswords skills, that priest would neither be able to execute Bloodbolt nor Flurry respectively.

All Armour Types

Like fighers, priests reap the full benefits of all 4 grades of armour: unarmed, light, medium and heavy.

For details, refer to the All Armour Types Section above.

Light and Medium Armour Movement Penalties

Like fighters, priests do not suffer movement penalties for wearing light or medium armour.

For a complete list of the various light and medium armour available, refer to: Armour Types.


Rogue Skills

Rogue Weapon Skills

Shortswords

  • Damage Type: Slashing
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 25% str / 75% dex
  • Default special move: Slice n Dice
  • Other usable special moves: Gouge, Disarm

Foils

  • Damage Type: Piercing
  • Stat Dependent Damage Optimisation: 25% str / 75% dex
  • Default special move:: Disarm
  • Other usable special moves: Gouge, Slice n Dice

Note: players with high skill in foils will be at first able to parry attacks (i.e., deflect them) and later to perform a riposte (where the damage is inflicted back on the attacker). Parry and riposte are passive abilities that occur automatically.

Ranged

For further details on special rage attacks, refer to: Combat Abilities

And for a complete list of the various weapons available as well as their respective weapon types, refer to: Weapon Types

Lockpicking

With the use of lockpicks (available from provisioners), this skill allows rogues to unlock doors and chests.

Depending on your skill, a lock may be too difficult to unlock. However, with practice, almost no lock can stand between a rogue and whatever is beyond said lock.

Lockpicks also have a high tendency to break, so it is recommended that a ample supply are handy when off "exploring"

Note that the shortcut key to use lockpicks is: j + dir.

Trap Detect and Disarm

Many chests, locked or not, may also trapped. By Using the search function (i.e., s+dir) a rogue will attempt to examine a chest for a trap. The trap (if present), may be detect by a rogue if he or she has sufficient skill.

Traps may also be present on the ground. And as with chests, searching the ground may show up a trap if one is present.

In order to disarm a trap, use a probe (also available from provisioners) on the trap by using the command: shift+j+dir

Stealth and Backstabbing

Stealth is the art of moving silently and without being noticed. You can attempt to first hide by pressing H, then moving while hidden. Success in either hiding or moving while hiding will improve your stealth.

Once hidden, you can attempt to backstab. You must have a shortsword or dagger equipped to pull off a backstab. Backstabbing success is determined by your stealth skill, the target's level, and for player targets, the lightness of their armour. It's very hard to BS a player wearing plate armour, for example.

Note:

  • The chances of hiding and moving stealthily are greatly reduced when wearing medium and heavy armour.
  • You cannot hide when there are players, monsters or NPCs around which can see you, or if a light source is being held.
  • Equipping a light source or casting a spell will also take you out of stealth.
  • You can backstab by specifically selecting the skill or simply by attacking normally with CTRL + dir while stealthed.

Light Armour

Rogues benefit from light armour. Essentially, gaining defence from light armour is subject to having skill points in rogue (or fighter/priest). Specifically, if your highest rogue skill is X%, then you will only gain X% of the total defence afforded by light armour.

So for example, if your highest rogue skill is 50%, and you are wearing 4 defense worth of light armour, then you would only gain 4 * 50% = 2 defense.

And for a complete list of the various armour availble as well as their respective armour types, refer to: Armour Types

Light Armour Movement Penalties

Rogues do not suffer movement penalties for wearing light armour.

For a complete list of the various light armour available, refer to: Armour Types.


Necromancer Skills

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Necromancy

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Hexblades

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Bonecrafting

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For details on these, refer to: Magic and Spellcasting.