Viki the Blademaster -> RE: =AQW= New Class Suggestions (10/20/2015 4:50:21)
I agree with Van Glasse 1, the Vampire faction needs its own non-legend class to “compete” with the Lycans. I also think the Lycans should get a legend-only quest class to balance it out. I will start with the Vampire first.
I have heard of tales of a very different kind of vampire hailing from China, called a Jiang-xi. Normally, the Jiang-xi can drink what is known as “qi”, or life-force, but there are tales where it does in fact feed as Western vampires do. I will use the latter as this is more within the fantasy of vampires in AQ.
I chose the Jiang-xi because in some fantasy games, the Jiang-xi’s favored “class” would be a Monk. I believe the monk’s more disciplined and mystical fighting style is a good comparison to the animalistic barbarism of the Lycans (I am not saying that Lycans are barbaric, they just fight that way). Therefore, the Jiang-xi would be more of a caster-type class, with the optimum class enhancements be mainly Spellbreaker.
Description: The Jiang-xi are vampire practitioners of magical martial arts. Do not look in mirror.
Gains mana from all hits landed in combat, and especially on crits. The amount depends on damage relative to *their own* HP total.
Rank 0: Auto Attack
0 Mana, 2 second cooldown.
Deals 90% WD, as with Spellsmiths, Shaman, and Mages.
Rank 1: Tiger Fangs
15 Mana, 5 Second Cooldown, Magical/Physical
Using your tainted qi, you project your fangs into your foe, Dealing 100% WD and leaving them “Bitten”, which deals DoT (5% SP/Sec, 10 Sec, Stacks up to 5 for max of 25% SP/Sec). The “Bitten” debuff also makes them more susceptible to your other special attacks.
A vampire’s bite not a very good thing to be inflicted with, as it makes you bleed out. Unfortunately for mortals, the Jiang-xi can bite them from afar using its cursed qi attacks! Tiger Fangs will be invaluable as DPS, and especially vital for higher ranks.
Rank 2: Thirst
20 Mana, 10 Sec Cooldown, Magical
Draw the blood from your main foe, dealing damage (200% SP) and healing yourself for half the amount. You will heal more health from “Bitten” foes (+10% per stack). Good for digestion.
Typical vampire gig: drink blood, gain health. Its healing effect is increased when attacking “Bitten” foes, as the blood will already be exposed.
Rank 3: Owl Talon
30 Mana, 15 Seconds, Magical
Project your accursed energies into a claw, dealing damage (200% SP) to the foe and blinding them (hit chance lowered). If the foe is “Bitten”, they are stunned instead (1 sec per stack). Do not mess with Jiang-xi.
I chose the owl instead of the bat because bats are lucky in China. I know that in some cultures, the owl is a symbol of death or harbingers of dark forces. I also am sure that another type of vampire, the strigoi, is associated with owls. Anyway, this is a debuff/stun attack. I am currently thinking 200% SP on Thirst and Owl Talon in order to compete with the Lycan Class. They may be lower figures than Lycan abilities, but the Jiang-xi abilities will be helped by Tiger Fang’s DoT.
Rank 4: Blood Reservoir and Love in Vein
Blood Reservoir gives a boost to Endurance (15%), allowing you to survive longer and also take in MORE BLOOD!
Love in Vein increases the Critical Hit (10%) and Haste (5%) for the class.
Rank 5: Qi Siphon
30 Mana, 20 Sec Cooldown, Magical
Saps the qi of your foe, disorienting them (15 Sec). Also decreases your damage intake if they are “Bitten” (5% per stack of Bitten, 15 Sec).
On its own, it causes the Disorient effect that “Pouncing Strike” has. The name and concept for this ability goes back to the original tales of Jiang-xi drinking qi, but also adds the myths about strigoi, who sap people’s strength or beauty.
Edit 1: I forgot to add the mana regen part of the class. It should be the same as mage.
Edit 2: I also like Yucheng3's Blood Mage concept, although I do like it better when we have one buff/debuff and several skills to work on it as opposed to have one skill to work on multiple buffs/debuffs. Also did some minor visual on the post: Owl Talon was italic instead of underlined.