At the moment I'd like to share the experience on gears and controls of my Gladiator.
As you can see, this is my profil now: Atk 153014, crit 89%(Full), FD 5571(74%).
(I got 4 wind jades to improve my crit, instead of life jades. That's why I just have 1.75M HP. In the following patch, I think I would improve my techniques to lvl90, which offer more crit. And more lvl90 unique plate with crit--All my unique plates are lvl80 with crit now. By this way I could improve my crit to 80%+. At the moment if I have 5 life jades on my gear I would have 2.5M HP but only 65% crit. As for the gear guide, I think I would finish it in one week).
I don't know when the new patch of buff of the Gladiator(the new buff systeme: 20 times buff max, each time offers 4% STR, buff duration as 60s, CD0.3s. Evasion Slash resets the CD of Triple Slash and Deep straight and so on) would arrive in our server, but now, I'd like to note a topic for the Gladiator.
I'like to introuduce the way to DPS and the systeme of "Double Evasion" in this article.
After the new changing of lvl90 patch, we Gladiators were buffed a little at those skills such as Triple Slash, Deep straight, and Evaion Slash, so that all the skills of Gladiators were balanced: unlike the style of looking highly of the Hacking Stance as the most important dps skill. And aslo, we got much more SPs so we can improve the integrity of our skill tree. The picture following is my PvE skill tree(It's a little avanced. I fulled my Dash Kick because that next revamp allows each level upped decrease 1 second of CD).
I.How to DPS?
1.Skill using order and priority in normal situation-
-A good 15s combo of Gladiator for now is:
Cyclone Slash-Piercing Thrust(Just 1st hit)-Brave(Cancel the next hit of Piercing Thrust)-Triple Slash(Right Key of mouse and tumble cancel the back shack of the 3rd hit)-Dash Slash(If you tumble to front)/Dash Combo(If you tumble to other sides)-Line Drive EX(Aim at the most thick part of boss so that we could hit full 8 hits)-Tumble(Cancel the back shack of Line Drive EX)-Dash Kick+Line Drive Ins-Evasion slash(cancel the back shack of Line Drive Ins)-Deep Straght(left key for 2nd part)-Finish Attack(End)
-After this combo is used, considering the CD of skills, the skills using has no longer generalized order. And instead they have their own priorities:
Finish Attack> Triple Slash> Deep Straight> Line Drive> Circle Break(If you have learn this skill and improved to lv6)> Infinity Edge> Cyclone Slash> Hacking Stance> Moonlight Spitter> Dash Slash> Dash Combo> Heavy Slash> Impact Punch> Side kick
2.USAGEs and NOTEs for skills-
-Triple Slash EX: It has a good damage and movement with left key if u want(movement is very important for Gladiators when they are close to boss, this kind of movement could help you evade the boss' skill when you are using a skill, instead of canceling a skill with tumble and moving with ur legs).
-Deep straight EX: As for the moving its better then Triple Slash. It's much more faster and much more further. It has good damage too though not as much as Triple Slash. Deep Straight has 2 part: 1st is 3hit moving part, 2nd is EX part. The 1st part has 3 hit and every hit has 20% damage of skill. The 2nd part has 60% damage. Right key could be used if you need to evade a boss' knock ground skill. Left key type is much more easier to hit. Remember don't always use this skill fast. Sometimes you could use the invicible time in the first part(Backing part).
-Hacking Stance EX: It WAS a good dps skill of Gladiator before, but now, it just could fill those moment when we don't have good skill to use. It's looks so cool when it's actived though, it's a old skill of past time. Use right key when the skill is nearly end. Right key offers 3 times damage of each left key. Make sure using after boss knocked ground, for that you can't jump when you are using this skill.
-Line Drive EX: With the instant added, the skill is possible to use 2 times in 27s, which improve the damage to double time. Though Dash Kick is not so good to use, it has quite long time to cast(ps: the plate of damage increasing of the Line Drive would not be actived on Line Drive instant). The part of charing is invicible. That's why we could charge out the Poison Wall at the SDN R2P3.
-Infinity Edge: It's a good skill to use when you are in danger. "Invicible while casting". High damage cause but also long time to cast. Using it could save your buff!
-Evasion Slash: The most important part of "Double Evasion". Save Evasion Slash Evade to cancel the back shake of the skills such as Drive Line and Finish Attack, or parrying. Make sure that the skill is in your skill slot. Never just use space key to active Evasion Slash.
-Finish Attack EX: The best skill for Gladiators, and aslo it could the most damage for one time usually, it works better after the HP of Boss is below 60%, I caused a 500,000,000 damage FA before the lvl90 ptach. Now it could usually cuase 150,000,000 damage.
-Parring: It could be a good skill if you can use it well, high damage, and invicible for 2s if you were successfully block the atk from enemy. Recommend that use Evaison Slash to cancel the back shack if there is no danger. 2s is really long waste of dps.
-Eclipse: Nothing necessary, just for save the buff while u dont have a good skill to use.
-Brave: A buff during 15s which improves 30% atk, usually be used after Piercing Thrust.
-Piercing Thrust: Though it was nuffed a lot, it's still a important skill in the dps systeme of Gladiator. Well, now we just need lv1. One thing important is that Piercing Thrust has 3 hit, but the 1st could give the debuff once it hit. Considering this skill has too low damage, we just need this hit. So just cancel it with Brave or Triple Slash or even a Impact Punch.
-Moonlight Splitter: Nothing necessary, it's needed if we learn Cyclone Slash. Besides, you can use it to save your buff when you were knocked away from boss and then dash.
-Cyclone Slash: This skill is good at collecting buff in short time. Cyclone Slash+ Hacking Stance could collect 18 times buff(per 0.33s 1 time) after the buff patch. And It has good damage, isn't it(2153% at lv16)?
II. How to survive?
-I. "Double Evasion" Systeme:
1. Please get enough knowlege of your enemy:
Gladiator is a kind of character who needs stay close to the boss and he doesnt have any skill to decrease the damage from boss. So that it's necessary to take care of what the boss is doing. But normally, you couldn't Observe the boss while you are using skill to dps. So at least you should know what kind of skill would boss uses, and how long would it reset(its cooldown time), which action shows that the boss is going to use this skill. But if you really could find them, there's always some ways to evade, we are going to learn it nexrt.
2.What is "Double Evasion"?
When you see the boss is casting a skill and run/walk out the place which would be hit, it's moving evade.
Some characters have invicible skills, it could be used in the second when the damage cause, it's invicible time evade.
These are the only 2 way to evade in Dragon Nest.
Gladiator has Dash as a Warrior, which offers high moving speed. He has many skills which has movement while casting as well. So that it's easily to evade damage with movement. Tumble and Evasion Slash are short cool down time skill with invicible time. That's why we say that Gladiator is a good character to use "Double Evasion" Systeme.
3. When you are going to evade, make sure which way you want to use: Moving Evade, or Invicible Time Evade?
The most dangerous thing is that you couldn't make a choice: could make sure use moving evade or invicible time evade to evade the damage from boss.
The reason we make this point clear, is that these 2 ways of evasions are conflicting. Invicible time evade needs tumble as the first choice(the second is Evasion Slash), while you need tumble to start your dash to move out of the place where could be hit. The most bad thing is that you wanted to evade by moving, but you were late to reach the safe ground. And then you wanna use tumble to evade with invicible time, which was used already.
Tumble has 0.3s invicible without the head jade which improves the time to nearly 0.4s. And others skill with invicible time is aslo very short, you could go to check them if you want. But everyone is instant, so you have to evade when the damage from boss cause. They would not help if you active them too early.
So how to decide which to use? Moving Evade, or Invicible Time Evade? The answer is, if you can use invicible time evade, use it. If you already used or you don't know if you can evade with skill then you start to consider to use moving evade. Always use invicible skill at once. Because if you start to move you are wasting your dps time. However using invicible skill could avoid this situation.
Of course it could be a little hard when we start to paly Gladiator as a green hand. But it's necessary to practice if you want to play this character well in PvE.
4.Make good use of your CD.
This part is about technique. This part discusses the invicible time evade.
Gladiator has 6 skills with invicible time. Aerial Combo, Deep Straight, Line Drive, Hacking Stance, Parring. Tumble and Aerial Evasion are not counted.
Line Drive has special invicible type. It's invicible while you are charging. And Deep Straight would be considered when we just want to use this skill to dps, we could use the invicible part. In a word, we could just always use 2 skill for invicible evade: Tumble and Evasion Slash. But they are enough. These skills could stop nearly each Gladiator's skill and act to invicible.
First, remember, tumble CD 2.6s, Evasion Slash CD 6.5s(lv8). All technique is concerned with these 2 skill. The reason is, Evasion Slash is not only a invicible skill, but also a dps skill. So if you should evade, use Evasion Slash first. And the next time for tumble. And obey this order to use interchangeably these 2 skill. Never use tumble+ Evasion unless you need a evasion for whole 1 second.
With these 2 skill, we could be invicible every 5 seconds. And dont forget, Deep straight has invicible part itself; Hacking stance is aslo invicible when you moving front with W key. If you got all skill used, you still could use parring.
1)Tumble and Evasion Slash is the most important part in the systeme, dont use them easily.
2)Use them inchargeably. Make sure you have one of them usable as possible.
3)If these two skills are in CD at the same time, be careful and save your Deep Straight and Hacking stance.
4)When you used all these skills, move to evade, or parry.
But in general, we dont need evade every damage by invicible time evade. We could aslo use moving evade. When these 2 part are actived at same time, the systeme is complete.
Moving evade is a kind of realization.
First of all, please dps at the side of boss. Every boss' front are dangerous(Most skills of boss aim front). But aslo, the back of boss is not safe either. Their tail attack has high damage too. By staying at the side of boss could decrease the times of boss attacks you. And it helps your CD recovery.
When you are in a team and the boss doesn't aim at you, you could use your dash, Deep Straight or Line Drive to stay at the side of boss, but what if you were aimed or you were alone?
In this situation, you should stay at the front side of the boss. So if the boss start to cast the skill we could move as short and fast as we can.
But how to adjust the place? Easily, most skills of Gladiaors has its movement. For example, Triple Slash could move with left key of mouse. So do Deep Straight and Hacking Stance. Even the lv6 Circle Break could help to move. Finish Attack gives a little as well.
Many Boss' Knocking Ground skill Disregard the invicible skill, you must jump then. But the Finish Attack offers a second that stays in the air too.
PS: all skills that has invicible or movement of Gladiator
Triple Slash- short movement
Deep Staright- long movement
Hacking Stance- invicible time + long movement
Line Drive- Invicible time + long movement
Evasion Slash- invicible time
Eclipse- short movement
Finish Attack- big rage of damage and small movement
So these are all I wrote. I hope all Gladiators could learn something from my article. And when next patch arrives, I would write another one to introuduce. Beacause next buff would be a revolution for Gladiator.
Edited by RoiVarianWrynn, 04 April 2016 - 04:20 PM.