How to Create a Blade and Soul Class Build

classBlade and Soul is coming out of its beta phase and getting a full North American launch on January 19. However, there are many features of the game and important information that are still unclear. The official websites are lacking and the game is also in flux, so much of the information changes as the development team releases patches. For example, class balance and class powers change with every patch. In this guide, we will talk about how to decide on a build for your chosen class and what you need to keep in mind as you do so. This is most helpful early on when you do not know the game very well. As you gain more experience and level up your character, you will learn more about how you like to play and what works in the game.

Like other MMOs, Blade and Soul has PvP and PvE combat. Arena PvP involves equalized gear, so your choice of skills and your skill with your class are very important. There is battlefield PvP on the way which will pit two groups of six players against each other, and that will involve gear, but of course skill choices will still matter. The PvE combat is both solo and group-based, so you might need to have gear and skills that can support fellow party members.

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class 1In terms of balance, all of the classes are strong. This is particularly true in PvE: every class can do well and level up quickly, although classes with AoE will be able to do it faster because they can pull more mobs at once. The PvP balance changes with every patch. For example, as of this writing the Summoner is quite strong and popular, but that might change. All of the classes are viable. Your experience will be very different if you are playing the game as a level 20 character vs a level 50 one, because the level 50 character will have all of their skills and the player will have more experience. So keep in mind that a build is a long-term proposition: it isn’t fully operational until you have all of the skills, although a good build will still be strong and fun to use before you hit the level cap.

At first, you will want a build that does well for both PvE and PvP, or is even PvE focused. This lets you learn the game and progress quickly. Look for AoE, crowd control, and defensive moves that can keep you alive. You will need to deal with bosses as well as masses of mobs. If you are planning to use a party often, you might want some support skills as well. It is a common mistake to see a top-level player post their PvP build and want to emulate that right away. But you will have more fun in the game if you instead try to make a good, versatile build that serves you well in many situations. You should do research about your character. Learn about a strong mechanic your class can use, like the Sunflower to Big Sunflower to Saturation combo that a Summoner can use.

class 2The next thing to know is how the skill system works in gameplay. Some of the skills in the game are just one-offs. Others, though, have trees. You can upgrade them along one of several branches, which are also called forms. Some skills have only one form, while others have up to four. You can only take one form of a skill. Some of the forms are similar in that one might offer better regeneration while another has more damage. Other times, two forms might be totally different skills with different mechanics. So not only do you need to choose which skills to use and where to spend your skill points, but you also have to decide on which form of each skill to use. Sometimes, this is a very simple decision and you can switch back and forth between a few similar forms depending on the situation. Other times, the form will be key to your build as seen from this blade and soul beginner guide. Knowing the difference is the key to building a good class, and that comes from game knowledge.

Every class has their own strengths and weaknesses, and in most cases there are several ways to build a class. For example, the Assassin has two special stances: the decoy stance and the stealth stance. There are two core skills that work with these stances: Lightning Kill for decoy stance and Shadow Kill for stealth stance. You have to choose one of them, and they have a big impact on what other moves you should choose and have different playstyles.

class 4All of this adds up to say that the most important thing to do is learn your class. Do your research and ask questions. You do not have to copy someone else’s build, but you should read them so that you can see why people justify their skill choices. Every build has overarching goals and game plans for how to manage encounters. Do the research, watch some videos, and decide what kinds of things look like fun. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things, either. Have fun with it and eventually you will learn what skills work together and how you can improve on your original ideas.

Learn how to reach the level cap within 2 days with this Blade and Soul Strategy Guide by Killer Guides. In-depth leveling strategies, class builds, crafting and gathering tips, gold making and more are included in this nifty manual. I myself bought the guide already and wrote my review here.