I think I remember seeing your name on Phoenix asking questions when I was there on one of my characters months ago. I don't think that's really all that low for +20 without damage eidolon. The only thing I'm noticing is your cores are random (low move speed), and change your defense mastery to Extreme Speed. Courage is really useless, especially in PVE.
I used to think the existence of nocturnal prevented the game from being "good" too, but I don't think it's that. Instead, what isn't in place to make it better is class balance, but perhaps even more importantly, everything is far too fragile for the stats we're given. Specifically, fortification is way too much of a difference maker (and way too expensive as well). That's sort of where the idea for the thread came from.
For a long, long time there have been cries that the game becomes "too easy", or perhaps that it naturally is, but this is definitely much more so the case under many of the conditions the game makes available. While many seem to agree on this, I don't really... see many people doing anything different to push themselves or try something new or different. Instead, most players seem to keep playing the same few certain newest classes, or mayyyybe a different main class with one of them as a subclass so it barely changes it, geared to full +20 (or full +30), and then hopping on a tiger and clearing dungeons in under three (or two) minutes like this still means anything in 2018, and I just wonder... why o.o? I'm not trying to put down what others do. This is a game, and it is for fun, and if someone has fun doing it, that's all the reason and worth right there. That being said, I thought I'd try and centralize a place for those who might want to impose challenges to push themselves and others outside the norm a bit.
For the most part, just feel free to make up your own limitations and then try and complete something! If you want some ideas...
Maybe you'll try and pretend the last three classes to release don't exist, so you can't use them (including as a subclass). Maybe you'll go further and limit the Ravager from use, too.
Maybe you'll try and pretend piercing isn't a thing, limiting yourself to level 70/75 gearing only, even in higher level dungeons with the piercing layer.
Maybe you'll try and play without a subclass equipped (I know there's a few of you who've played characters to high levels without even selecting one!). Maybe you'll limit yourself from using nocturnal effects anywhere (like from eidolons, skills, envoy, etc.) to really add to that, since you can easily get around no subclass by simply using a nocturnal main weapon.
Maybe you'll disallow yourself from using eidolon or class combo skills.
Maybe you'll try and clear Infernal Abyss at level 55 (or as close to it as possible depending on how fast the game levels you now) without using level 60 or higher stuffs. Maybe you'll again try and tackle Sky Tower without level 70 (or level 60 even?) or higher stuffs. These are just two examples; not necessarily specific dungeon challenges.
I think it goes without saying that gearing beyond +20/+21 is obviously beyond the goal of making things challenging, but maybe you'll go further and limit yourself to a certain fortification level, like +15 or even +9. Maybe you'll try and pretend accessory fortification isn't yet released again? Maybe you'll try and pretend star fusion isn't a thing yet? How low can your HP go before it's too much for you!?
The possibilities are numerous, and remember, this is just for fun! This is just a game, and for those of you who are finding yourselves a bit bored of it, maybe something with limitations in it can prove challenging for you? Or, maybe all the players who would have wanted that are the ones who quit already and nobody will try anything D: Prove me wrong, please!?
Like for all classes, Shuriken is the best subclass, and this applies more so to a few classes in particular, Ronin being one of them. Most people use it because they want to clear more easily and/or faster. That's it. If you don't need, or don't mind missing out on, this, then I would recommend to just pick what fits your desired play style, theme, etc.
I think X-Legends should just add the possibility for a maximum of like 8 to 10 skill bars and be done with it. If the concern is of not having enough key binds, just leave them blank by default and let the player sort that out. They are still useful without key binds anyway if you don't mind clicking them (as I did with some). This way, players would have enough space for probably everything imaginable as far as swaps go, and then some, like elixirs, tonics (haha, who still uses those?), foods and drinks, pets, or whatever.
Speaking of swapping, while the extra gear tabs was a nice feature, it feels like it has so much potential that it can't make use of with how it's currently done. Before the feature came, the thought of swapping between entire accessory sets with one click or key bind was everyone's dream. Sadly, you... can't even do that with how it's currently implemented. Not only is there not enough sets allowed, but if something is left empty, it doesn't inherit anything from another set. Also, key binds can't be assigned to swap between sets (as far as I know) so you have to open the character window to swap.
It's really outdated, and I never got to do everything with it that I wanted to which saddens me as it's one of the few classes I found really fun, but here's one as it was last I touched it (everything +20/+21 except for Guzigla which is like... +26 or something I think?). This is my only other remaining character besides my Wizard. I never got an eidolon or mount with storm skills damage. D:
Goodbye, and always have fun!
I can't say I knew you or ever spoke to you. I recall my initial reaction to you becoming a GS was "who is this?", but I believe that was my reaction to most if not every other GS as well, perhaps because I kept to myself and had a smaller awareness of who people were, and didn't ever really need to reach out to GS or take part in events. One thing I already knew was not to judge people absolutely too early, or to go with the mass uncertainty when someone was unknown to me, and from my quiet corner, you were one of the handful who I believe did a good job (although I'm oblivious to what goes on because I stay in my own little bubble).
All the same, farewell. I know all to well what it's like losing passion to play something (it's natural and it happens), and I quit in stages over a drawn out time period because this was my first real MMO I got involved with and stuck with (far, far from my first game) and may be my last unless something else comes out in the future because it seem(ed) to be one of the best that only comes around every so often despite it's flaws, but even if that passion is largely gone, there was and is a lot of good people to be found amongst the noise and drama. Don't be afraid to come back from time to time even if you're not as involved.
The only thing I had to open my bag for before I stopped playing entirely was mounts, which I didn't find too bad. I wasn't swapping emblems (because I had one that was good enough to where I didn't have to do that), but I was instead also swapping trophies, and I imagine 99% of players don't use and swap those anymore, so I believe I was swapping about the same amount of things a typical person who was swapping everything would.
Just go to check how much % of dmg is made by razor wind. I have lv95 wiz. if talking about burst. 30+45 storm dmg is even better than 30+45 ice.
Just like Alibaba, 20%+ shares is beyond to Softbank(the largest shareholder), and Jack ma still say alibaba is Chinese business.
See how many dmg is made by razor wind.
This situation not only happen in those classes. Tbh, same to Hs. Razor wind is occupy 50%+ as well.
This IS as unbalancing game. Especially after shuri came. I don't like it, but I have to admit it. If do burst, more than 50% of dmg come from razor wind, and you tell me, isn't it a fake shuri?
I'm not even talking about Storm damage or Ice damage on a Wizard with Shuriken as a subclass. I'm talking about Wizard with Shuriken as a subclass against Shuriken as a main, whereas the latter is going to do more damage, making your point about Wizard having 400% crit damage as it's feature for making a better Shuriken wrong (because if you want a better Shuriken, it's called... playing a Shuriken). If Shuriken as a subclass on a Wizard comprises over 50% of the Wizard's damage (and I neither know nor care how much it does as this is an irrelevant point), then no, I wouldn't say that makes a Wizard a fake anything. I'd say that makes the Shuriken a joke of a class.
I'm not sure if or why you're trying to convince me the game is unbalanced. I've been playing since 2014, so I know that this is an unbalanced game. It been the case since loooong before Shuriken came too, and while Sniper changed the game, it didn't make tanks or healers obsolete because they weren't really needed before then either.
I am saying the burst of each classes.
Your comparisons still make little sense to me, unless I am missing something o.o? It honestly looks like you just compared the main element of many classes to another class with the same element that is more simpler and broken.
Tachi has almost nothing in common with Shuriken besides preferred weapon element. Wizard having a 400% crit damage cap doesn't make it a good Shuriken by throwing it on as a sub-class because a Shuriken main is a better Shuriken. Ravager isn't weak. I can go on; a lot of your mentions are just wrong.
Tachi, Guns. are all fake shuris.
Wiz, 400% cdmg to support razor wind + ice glyph(-def with out extra time)
Time to fox pounce!
Please don't ever compare two of the most fun and real classes that take some thought and play in a game where there is already so little needed to the classes that play themselves (Shuriken, Lancer, and Holy Sword; I'll just barely give Ravager a pass these days which should let you know what I think about you calling the Ravager weak too).
Tachi is many times better than Shuriken in both skills of the class, play of the class, and even theme (Tachi did the ninja theme thingy first AND better; the Shuriken only has it's brokeness ruining any potential unique and fun factor, much like the Ravager of old which had a kit with potential made boring by overwhelming strength making the game even more overly easy than it already is).
As for Wizard, no. That actually makes no sense. I know the theme these days is to just throw Shuriken subclass on everything and effectively make yourself a weaker Shuriken that uses you "other" class skills between your tornados, but it still makes no sense to make this a special mention because a Shuriken main is going to do a lot more damage than a Wizard just because it has a 400% crit damage cap (which is also a strain on the class to begin with) so your point doesn't even make sense anyway. A Shuriken is a stronger Shuriken than a Wizard with it as a subclass.
In my opinion, no it's probably not worth using a hybrid Meteor and Ice Storm rotation on bosses to try and maintain that boost, although you do have an interesting question. I used to use such a rotation before transitioning into full ice way back when, and then noticed Ice Storm and Storm Curse gave me more damage even with a flame element staff, although that envoy change wasn't yet in place back then. Still, I wouldn't recommend it because you lose to much damage compared to not using it. Like the ice etch buff, it's just a bit of hope with the RNG I suppose.
I would use Meteor while mobbing to try and get it before bosses. You can use Instant Thunder too (as it has a chance to activate this as well), but this actually slows you down slightly compared to just running once your move speed is high enough, so I wouldn't use it if you're struggling to keep up with faster players.
Edit: By the way, on your server, you would ideally want to use this envoy for now.
Until the change which makes Icy Curse worth using, you should rotate Ice Storm and Storm Curse, so boosting storm skills damage by 20% is worth dropping the damage 2% and crit damage 5% tiles for. Once you get the next class change, then the envoys in the guide above are more appropriate.
I use Magic Sundering bot set as a wiz like shown in the "post your stats" thread and i can hit the 400% Krit-dmg against bosses the only problem i have is i can't use a lvl 95 staff or sub bard
Using the level 90 staff and not being able to use the level 95 staff is a sacrifice. That's like saying you can cap crit damage with an eidolon with 40% crit damage. Sure you can... but you're making an otherwise unnecessary trade-off elsewhere.
I haven't looked at it, but right now, thinking about it, Magic Sundering is only worth it after Awakening (which means after level 99 as well) for classes that can us the overcap crit converted into crit damage. That's a ways away, but Wizard is going to find itself hard to be in that criteria anyway as it already slightly struggles a bit to cap.
Otherwise, even if you're capping with the proc right now, you're still losing out on 2% detail. Sure, it's not huge... but it still makes Holy Spirit better. There's more to it though; I'm trying to look forward with my guide as to not recommend bad sets and make people waste gold getting them. The upcoming level 95 accessory set (which is HEAVILY going to be recommended, and not just for Wizard but all classes) will grant 30% crit damage and a 50% crit damage cap, meaning you need to be overcapping by 20% today to make full use of that. Many other classes can do that just fine, but Wizards? You're probably going to want Holy Spirit to do that, so I've removed Magic Sundering as a recommendation UNLESS you can cap to bosses RIGHT NOW entirely without the bottom set proc. Only then is it better, but will again get worse after Awakening when Wizards will want to strive for 510% (!) crit damage. With all that crit damage missing from a bottom set, good luck. D:
quick question tho, i thought sundering bottom gave elite cdmg instead of boss cdmg?
You're right! I guess that's what happens when I haven't really played in forever and go to finish/update a mostly finished guide I started long ago and then don't double check everything. I noticed that it was 5% less crit damage on the value but I never even thought to think it'd be for elites only so I presumed it was to bosses.
I'll have to rewrite that part a bit as that sort of takes Magic Sundering out of recommendation entirely, but as Tsuruga provided the bit about the move speed gear tab swap, it pushed that post over the limit so I can't edit it myself at the moment and will have to wait for her to do it. What I currently have written about that set becoming better later is actually still more appropriate for most other classes who can still cap crit damage to bosses without Holy Spirit bottom, but that's probably not the case for Wizards.
VIII. Weapon Specialization:
Per this guide, you should use the left path for weapon specialization. It offers major boosts to Ice Storm, which is the main reason the path is chosen, but it also offers lower cooldowns to everything, including a further cooldown to Rejuvenation Prayer too (at level 60), which allows you keep the buff from it up indefinitely and use your cleanse much more often.
To begin, where you set stats depends on what you need. The dark Green boxes should be invested into with priority with as many points as you can/need. Damage and crit are absolutely essential; there's no reason NOT to take them (crit prior to Awakening may be excessive if you're geared, but there's never a reason not to take this post-Awakening). I was going to color move speed and crit damage differently as teeeechnically, they aren't fully essential like damage and crit are, but it's a case of "unless you know you don't want (move speed) or need (crit damage) it, it's recommended all the same".
The light Green box is a priority, but only if you need it. Again, I was going to put move speed and crit damage into this category, but speed is something so essential that it should always remain capped, but it's not priority for it's overcap benefit. If it remains capped without investment, skip it for the following.
After that, you would ideally just like to spend the rest of your points on the Yellow boxes with damage to elemental targets. Dark should be the priority for now and the foreseeable future, and for current end game dungeons, ice is a good second.
If you're still gearing, fortifying, low on achievement, prayer, and/or eidolon story stats, etc., then you may instead need to invest some into defense as well.
As a note, for the actual awakening quest, it wouldn't hurt to put 15 points in accuracy as well. One of the bosses has a fair bit of evasion.
I wouldn't invest points into the others (like HP, evasion, heal, etc.) for normal, PVE use.
IX. Character Stats Allocation:
Remember the days before 99 points in damage and HP? No? You're too new, then.
In all seriousness, once you have your gear on, your envoy set, and weapon specialization set, it's finally time to do this. If you're capped on speed, defense, and have high crit (I'd be aiming for 85%+ minimum, capped being better after Awakening, of course), and this will remain the case in dungeons with their stat debuffs, then sure, do the ideal end-game goal and put everything in damage and HP.
If you are NOT capped on speed, defense, and have high crit, then do NOT yet put all your points in damage and HP. Instead you should prioritize your offense points until speed remains capped, crit remains high (75%+ minimum), and only then put remaining points in damage.
For defense, due to the way the requirements work, it is only worth investing stat points into until 75%, and then after that HP becomes more efficient on returns per point. So the simple thing here is, is your defense above 75%? If so, put all points in HP and the remainder in defense. If not, put points in defense UNTIL it is at 75%, and then put the rest into HP. You can ignore evasion.
In this example, if I had such stats when playing, I would want to be investing points into speed until it was 50%, and then the rest into crit, and then points into defense until it was 75%, and the rest into HP. Investing 99 points into damage and HP if you're not capping the priority stats with gear and other stuffs is a bad idea; do not do it! Having a bit more damage stat at the cost of a greatly reduced speed in dungeons, for example, is not a good trade-off; you actually lose real damage. Of course, there's dungeon stat debuffs would make these fall so you need to ensure you remain at the desired stats while in dungeons! It's best to enter the highest dungeon you can access (or will be doing) and set your stats while under those debuffs, so that you know you maintain your needed requirements under the worst scenarios.
There's a vast assortment of eidolons and accessories (with effects) that can make choosing an eidolon seem like a daunting task. Personally, I never really bothered too much with that aspect of it, and instead just worried about the star buffs they grant, as that is generally the more important part. The former really only matters if you're looking to min-max to the absolute farthest extent. So, for the most part, I'm only going to recommend as far as eidolon star buffs go, but I will make a few mentions, since some are good for starting players, and some have some nice major benefits for ice Wizards.
These are the star buffs you will want:
You want an eidolon with 25% attack speed, 15% ice skills damage, and 30% ice skills damage. With four star buffs now being released, the ideal addition would be 16% damage, or 40% crit damage (if you need it to cap crit damage). If you're using the Shuriken as a subclass, 30% storm skills damage is beneficial as an easier thing to attain than either 16% damage or 40% crit damage (both of which have a 0.5% chance, so 1 in 200 average), but I personally wouldn't willingly choose this, and would rather go with it only as an alternative if the former seems too rare and pricey to obtain.
If you're exceedingly rich and willing to swap eidolons, you can do something like 25% attack speed, 15% and 30% (45% total) damage to an elemental target (there's six elements), and 30% damage of ice skills. This is rather unnecessary and not expected, but I'm including it for completeness in case you want the best and have the funds for it, and dropping a rather measly 15% ice skills damage and 16% damage for 45% damage to an element will almost always yield more damage.
These are some good eidolons to use:
Keep in mind that the following are more of a luxury in my eyes. Better is better, but the important part of eidolons is the star buffs they grant, so any eidolon is fine.
Bel Chandra or Zaahir are two good eidolons for starting Wizards due to already having attack speed 25% and therefore being easier to reconfigure their star buff (attack speed is relatively rare and potentially pricy to get, whereas damage of ice skills is one of the more common to get), as well as having a 20% crit damage boost from one of their skills. There are other eidolons with skills that do this, too, but these are two of the more "basic" eidolons with the skills that are easier to get (Bel Chandra especially). The 15% crit likely won't be totally wasteful on newer players in the meantime, either.
Two other good eidolons to consider, would be Eirene and Santa Ayako. Both are good for Wizards, but in different ways that means you will have to consider the advantages and drawbacks. Eirene has a skill that inflicts a target with a debuff that makes it suffer 30% additional damage from skills/effects that deal ice damage. This is, more or less, a 30% boost to damage. The drawback is that it inflicts a stun, which itself isn't necessarily bad, but it means you have to forgo the boost if you want to time the stun, and the worse part about this is because of that, if a target has a stun block (which occurs once a target is stunned, and lasts 30 seconds), the entire portion of the effect can not be applied! So, at best, you have a 30 second cooldown, and the cooldown might be retsrated if any other stun occurs. On the other hand, Santa Ayako does not have this drawback, but instead of making the target suffer 30% additional damage from skills/effects which deal ice damage, it grants a buff to you and your nearby party which boosts your ice skills damage dealt by 20%. Keep in mind that is additive with your existing sources of ice skills damage, and thus the effect becomes diminished (albeit only somewhat) as opposed to Eirene which is more of a 30% on it's own buff. Overall, I'd recommend Santa Ayako as the better and safer eidolon, but Eirene technically has more much more damage potential if you're running solo and/or against shorter fights.
These are other good eidolons to use:
I would also try and get an eidolon for swap with 5% move speed and 10% move speed (for 15% move speed total) and/or even just a Tigerius, Cleopawtra or Ayako to use their 20% move speed buff skill because faster players are also doing this, and a Wizard needs move speed. Swap to this outside of dungeons or when running between bosses, and then swap to your damage oriented eidolon at bosses.
XII. Conclusion and Credits:
I hope this is even in the small way helpful to even one person! Sorry it was a bit lengthy, but I wanted to to be thorough enough for new players too. If so, it was worth the time making it, as while I no longer have the passion that I once had, I still love the community (mostly...). I am not all knowing, I am prone to mistakes, and some stuff involves preference, so I am open to corrections and feedback! I do not want to give false guidance as that goes against the goal of this.
Thank you to <GS>Tsuruga for some additions, especially the part about using a second gear tab for move speed. That wasn't really a thing when I was playing, but due to 9% gold move speed cards existing and the rarity and cost of a perfect one with zeal and penetration, there's a reason to consider that now if you want to min-max everything. Thank you to Zessen for correcting me on a rather major oversight due to a mistake. I didn't want to be giving bad advice that led to people wasting gold. D:
- Food and Drinks
For the most part, starting at level 40, you can start using Royal Jelly Tea for the drink, which will essentially remain the best drink until level 80. At that level, I felt Golden Latte was better, and with my stats the numbers seemed to support this. Regardless of how convinced you are of the ideology that anything with a zeal is always better than anything without, or that boss damage has seriously diminishing returns beyond xx%, I still believe this is the better drink (unless it truly is crazy high or something then maybe I don't know, but even at boss damage values of 120% without the drink, I still found adding this atop that to be better than the average damage of the zeal drink).
Post-Awakening, Healthy Pure Tea becomes the best DPS drink, and Sunshine Iced Tea becomes an option solely for the 15% move speed, and there's an argument to that helping clear times more than a zeal may.
For food, at level 80 everything is currently outdone by Dreamy Heaven. An alternative is Creamy Chicken Pie at level 90. The zeal is the same, but it drops the damage for speed, which might be better to work with Post-Awakening. There's also Ancient Beef Noodles which is used for the 15% move speed. You lose some stats and more importantly a zeal, but make up a lot of move speed, and for the same reason as the drink, a potential 30% move speed can be big in reducing clear times compared to two zeals.
I'll sneak a few extra mentions in here.
As you may have noticed, there's a balancing act to maintain, and often, using elemental boosting stuffs is the worthwhile way to go, because simply using the DPS gear and weapons at higher levels takes care of your detail/boss damage enough, so the emblems/hats/trophies/etc. which offer those are still good for violent bosses, but outdone by elemental offerings when against that element.
The important thing I will say is this. Do not let someone tell you something like "boss damage is bad after 90%" or "elemental damage is bad after 60%" or... whatever such values they use. There is no "magical" value for any stat that something becomes worse because every comparison gains you something, and loses you something, and you have to compare it! I did comparisons on my own stats with elemental damage up to values of way, way above 100% and still found making further trade-offs to add more elemental damage sometimes still raised my damage! I also did comparisons before and found the boss damage costume hat to offer almost as much damage half of the elemental offerings would have, so I elected to not swap for the really small gain. Once I gained more detail damage as I upgraded my gear and changed my drink, suddenly the trade-off became more worthwhile because the boss damage hat's detail damage was worth less now, as I had more of it. So, please, don't listen to the "xxx stat is bad above yy% value" because there's no such absolute values! The value changes depending on what your stats already are!
Use your own stats and compare, and you can use this to calculate which is better for you.
The other thing I will add to the above is that elixirs (potions that add 10%, 15%, or 20% damage against elemental targets) are another great source of damage! If you can afford or craft them, as are the class potions for the Wizard.
Finally, another source of elemental damage is the holy chest. Craft any three Nazrudin and any three Zaahir weapons, fortify them all to +15, and put either set in your holy chest when against the appropriate element for an extra 51% (!) elemental damage.
- Stats Distribution
After gearing, setting your stat points is done in three steps. I recommend to reset envoy, reset weapon specialization, and reset all offensive and defensive stat points. Then, proceed to set them in the same, following order. This is the proper way to do it! Too many new players ask for an absolute answer to "how many points should I have here" when instead the real answer depends on your existing stats that the gearing steps above give you. If you're ungeared and still leveling and have to ask though, however, the most probably ideal is that you'll want to just put all offensive points into speed and all defensive points into defense.
But we need to cover masteries before that, as what you choose for one of them will effect that.
The two in dark Green are non-negotiable; do not ever use anything else for PVE (the lone exception I can think of is maybe like a desperation case of Iron Wall in Time Library or something but really these two have no alternative options).
The two in light Green are are slightly more situation dependent, but usually you will be using Break Defense by default, and either The Best Defense or Deep Blue, depending on whether you need the former or not. If you feel like your defense is fine without The Best Defense, then get more damage.
The final two are dependent on some factors like subclass and preference.
For your general skills mastery, you'll probably be using Piercing Ice simply because it becomes a rather regular part of your rotation, even if the mastery isn't all that stellar, as there's not much else that's worth using. If you want to have a secondary and ranged stun option at hand, then that is a fine option too. There are some other options here, like Song of the Full Moon for those using Bard subclass or Bombardment for any still holding out with Gunslinger subclass, but I found regularly fitting Storm Song into my rotation regularly a bit constricting, especially in more current dungeons where the effectiveness of defense shred is so variable, so I was simply using Piercing Ice before I quit.
For your advanced skills mastery, as far as the Wizard's own masteries go, the only one that would be enticing is fortifying Storm Curse to have a percentage-based defense reduction. Back when Storm Curse was a regular part of the rotation and defense shred effectiveness wasn't as variable as it was now, that was the one to choose. As Storm Curse has fallen more and more out of the Wizard's rotation, and as the effectiveness of defense shred is so variable curently, use your own discretion here. For those with Bard subclass, I've personally elected to use the Ballad damage mastery, and it may be less effective sometimes, but is never zero effective. Later on, Storm Curse becomes more default again once we get past the high defense meta, but for now it's like half and half. If you're using Shuriken subclass, ideally you want to communicate with party members who are also Shuriken main or sub and ask what mastery they are using, but the general idea in most cases is that for non-high DEF solo modes you’ll typically run –DEF% Shadow Wind, and for high DEF modes / party runs you might switch to +Damage Taken Crippling Wind. Either way, you'll most likely be wanting to use one of those as well instead of one of the Wizard's own masteries here.
For the envoy, you're going to want to start by having what are the essential tiles. For the most part, this can be listed as all of the Grey nodes except for Astrology (preference) and Stormcaller (same, though if you're using Shuriken subclass then definitely take it because it can boost tornado damage), the two Ice Storm tiles, the move speed tile, and the primary weapon damage tiles.
A note about the Storm and Ice tile; it also has a zeal-like damage proc it doesn't mention, which is more or less why it's essential (otherwise it'd really only be attractive for PVP).
Also, Astrology for Meteor's cooldown is optional, because you normally shouldn't even be using it in your rotation against bosses (outside a few select situations) as it decreases your DPS to a given target, so it's purely for groups/mobbing. However, if you do have the tile to spare, it's not a terrible idea to take it and endlessly spam Meteor between bosses for a much greater chance at proccing the 20% staff damage before a boss. I'd even say in some players' cases, it's worth trading a 2% damage or 5% crit damage tile for this.
That gives you something like this for what I'd consider absolute essential tiles regardless of anything else.
For the most part, how you connect them is rather straightforward but depends on bit on subclass, as well as if you want combo skills, the Stormcaller tile, the Astrology tile, and so on. I'll list two sets of envoys (with two each, depending on whether you want the Astrology tile) I'd consider more or less ideal; one for the Shuriken (serves as a general set) subclass and one for the Bard subclass (when opting for a combo skill, otherwise you can follow the general one). Yes, you can a combo skill and the Astrology tile as a Bard subclass, it's not impossible!
Prior to level 60 on weapon specialization and/or still using Storm Curse on the regular? This is an old one which is still a safe bet if so.
Once your envoy is done, proceed to the following...
- Emblems and Mounts
Depending on what tier of emblems you can use depends on the ceiling of these stats. I honestly wouldn't worry too much about these until you have at least a 900k eidolon score and can use tier III emblems. Tier IV emblems, which have a sizeable raw stat increase, require a score of 1.5 million, and later tier V emblems which don't have as much of a raw stat increase (relatively) will require 3 million. So, try and get tier III emblems as a minimum, but tier IV emblems should be the goal.
For emblems, I would try and get a set of two that you will swap to start, one being an offering with move speed (11% for tier III, 14% for tier IV) for default, and another for doing damage, that being either damage dealt (6% for tier III, 8% for tier IV) or one that boosts the skills of ice skills damage, and swap between them. Personally I would think damage dealt would edge out ice skills damage a bit here (?), but I do not know if this is true. As is the trend, later you will want to supplement these with offerings that grant bonus damage to elemental targets.
I myself skipped on elemental target damage for this one only because I had an emblem that had both damage 8% and ice skills damage 11% in a single emblem. If you can find something good like that, you can "main" it (besides your move speed swap emblem). Otherwise, you gain more damage from getting a set of emblems for the appropriate element (11% for tier III, 14% for tier IV for all VS elements) and swapping to the matching one, especially if you aren't swapping elsewhere. I know people don't like swapping and you don't "have" to do it, but it really does increase your damage a lot. If you ARE swapping elsewhere, then this is probably the one area I'd first forgo swapping on.
For the most part, you follow the same trend as with emblems (only we sadly have no option for move speed here), but there is a potential small difference.
The absolute best option would likely be a set of mounts with damage against elemental targets 30% once you can afford an entire set. That doesn't change.
To start with, and as the difference, if you can only afford one mount for now, ice skills damage 30% is possibly the next best thing, as Wizard of one of the classes that relies on one element for so much of its damage. The gap between this and the next mention is larger than before, so I think here ice skills damage is better this time around. Damage dealt 10% is probably just a little bit behind this (the gap will be smaller if you're Shuriken subclass as this emblem will help the damage of Storm Arts). Both would likely be okay though, and I'd certainly use either one over a more expensive but inferior all stats 20% mount. Leave those to the players who want eye candy stats for making videos or being AFK in Navea over actual effectiveness, as that's probably all these mounts are good for outside of PVP. You need to save your gold for other places with this class.
Damage against elemental targets 30% > Ice skills damage 30% > Damage dealt 10% > All stats 20%/Damage 20% > anything else
If your boss damage is really high, all stats/damage 20% might edge damage dealt 10% out, but even then there's two better options, one even if you don't want to swap. This is just to drive a point home. Do... not... waste... gold... on a useless-besides-for-eye-candy-stats mount. For the price I see this going for, they are not worth it. Anything north of 1k is a bad price for such a mount. They really are worth no more, so please don't get one, even if you are rich, as they are NOT the ideal option no matter what.
- Secret Stones
For weapon stones, get double Lava stones. Use Zephyr (or even basic ones) as a cheaper alternative until you can afford Lava stones. For the most part, you'll want to try and get the corresponding secret stones for the Wizard class, as all are useful. You can boost the damage of Icy Curse, the damage or cooldown of Ice Storm, the range of Meteor, and the crit damage or damage of Storm Curse. All of these are beneficial.
Secret stone requirements are one of the reasons this class is so expensive. Like any other class, you need something with damage x% on it. Like any other class, you probably ideally want damage x%/crit damage x% as your balanced overall end game option. Like any other class, damage x%/damage x% against elemental targets is the absolute ideal option, and yes, this is actually even true for Wizards not capping crit damage! So, if it's "like any other class" in almost every regard, why is this an expensive burden for the Wizard? It goes back to the Wizard needing to build for a 400% crit damage ceiling or it doesn't get everything that was allocated to its power budget by X-Legends. While it's not the absolute best option, unless you're switching secret stones between dungeons or bosses, damage x%/crit damage x% applies to everything not just one element while being nearly as good, so it is the next best thing and therefore the most ideal, especially for Wizards who probably won't have a lot of wasted crit damage overcap. So try and get every secret stone with that.
A small mention is that the Wizards need somewhere just above 77% to technically cap attack speed. If you want to use a single secret stone with "regular attack speed 2%" to achieve this you can. I personally did, as I had the secret stone from forever ago, but in reality, this probably doesn't do much if anything and I wouldn't recommend actively trying to get one to do this, as most of the skills a modern Wizard will use have low GCDs and missing the attack speed cap but such a small amount probably won't hurt your auto attack damage. The bigger reason is that you'd also just be taking away from one potential place you'd have to get crit damage from on a class that really needs it.
- Enchantment Cards
I wouldn't worry too much about enchantment cards until level 80 and above. Ideally, you want enchantment cards that have penetration on them, which requires level 80+ equipment (depending on the card level, some need higher), and that is why. Penetration, penetration, penetration! That is always your priority! Almost always, if not always, should you take ANYTHING with penetration on it, over the otherwise perfect alternative that does not have it.
For weapons, move speed/dual drive/penetration x% is perhaps the holy grail, but these would be very expensive, especially when the move speed or dual drive chance is higher and/or penetration is present. The next best thing would probably be anything with penetration.
As a note, if you stack two cards like this on both of your weapons, try and get ones that have differing speed values. For example, the card may be Blue and say “SPD + 697 with a 5% chance of Dual Drive”, and if you use a Green card with the same 697 speed, they will NOT stack! However, there is an exception; any Gold card can have the same SPD value paired with any non-Gold card since they technically have different effect IDs. To be safe, it's best to just try and get cards with different speed values.
For costumes, try and get damage 2% on everything except for the hat, only because it can not possibly get that so get HP 2% instead. Costumes can have cards that add effects (or stats) enchanted to them, but the cards with stats can can instead be enchanted onto the cards that add effects, which can then be enchanted onto the costume, granting it both of the cards stacked.
For hats, to start with, get something like this...
You can either swap between them throughout the run, or simple just use the one against bosses throughout the entire run, and then swap to the one against elites after the last boss is defeated when all of the mobs are rushing in at the end. Later on, you can... you guessed it, supplement these with a set giving 18% damage against each of the elemental targets.
The same exact scenario applies with the costume (only you can't get damage to elemental targets from them). With such a high crit damage cap to build for, most Wizards will likely want (or even need) one with crit damage against bosses to cap against them, whereas many other classes just main a crit damage against elites costume. Like with the hat, still get one to swap to at the end of runs, and if you're reaching 400% without the costume then you can forgo this swap as well.
For the other three, which are face mask, ornament, and costume weapon, you can just use these as static. Some may prefer to use the Rejuvenation Prayer skill level +5 effect card for the costume weapon, but all it does is increase the heal over time portion of the skill, which is negligible, so I just used the one I did instead. In this day and age where so few people use Bard subclass, it's nice to revive with that extra HP.
That's it for costumes.
Levels 70 and up:
At level 70, the one important thing to start working on is something that you will retain for a long time (until and perhaps into Awakening), so it's worth investing into it despite it being a level 70 trophy, and that is Guzigla's Bloodied Tooth. You can also try and get the full Sniper set, as this is an absolute huge upgrade, or you can hold off until level 80. If you want my personal opinion, Sniper is easier to farm as there's only two possible sets you can get compared to 4, and Lordwrath is essentially just a higher stat version of the same thing. True, Sniper can't be enchanted with Penetration stat cards, but you'll ideally want to replace it with level 90 gears anyway (especially for the bottom set, as you stay with this past Awakening for now), so it comes down to preference.
Levels 80 and up:
The very first priority now should be getting level 80 or 85 weapons for both your main and subclass. The reason is you need the penetration. Ideally, one should be Destroyer and the other should be Nocturnal, but as these are temporary weapons, you can honestly use any random level 80 or 85 weapon for your main weapon. This will give you a good portion of the possible penetration stat you can get for now to deal with dungeons which have this damage reduction layer, but you'll also now have 20% more boss damage (if both are level 80, 10% if using level 85 for the main weapon) and more boss crit damage. Generally, try and make the subweapon nocturnal but it works the same either way. Your staff should be of the ice element, and your subweapon should be of an element that would be most appropriate for what skills you may use of your subclass (storm for Shuriken, Llightning for Bard, etc.).
Work to get a set of Lordswrath armors if you don't have Sniper. These drop in the chest at the end of the level 80 range dungeons. Work on the top set first since it's one less piece to do, and also makes the biggest difference. Factoring in the bottom Sniper set proc, the Lordswrath bottom actually isn't too much of an upgrade, but it does give more crit damage to bosses (making it a bit more attractive for Wizards), defense and HP, and some speed, so it's still better when you can do it. A word on crafted armor is that it can be crafted with an element, which will make you take 25% reduced damage from attacks of that element. The popular choice is to craft using a Dark element armor.
Keep Guzigla's Bloodied Tooth, but you can now try and craft a Theory Time Travel Code if you wish. It doesn't really matter too much what core this trophy has, as you'll only swap to it against bosses (and only violent ones if you're supplementing with elemental trophies). You can skip this trophy if you wish.
Levels 85 and up:
The only thing you might do here, if you can find one, is pick up an Ice Death's Door. You will lose out on the crit damage to bosses a crafted weapon would provide, however. If you can make the crit damage up though (and maybe even if you can't), this weapon would be a huge upgrade.
Levels 90 and up:
This is where you'll start fully gearing. The recommended armor set is the full level 90 Holy Spirit set, especially for the top set. The Magic Sundering Top set gives 2k crit instead of useless evasion, but you also lose 4% detail damage, so it's not worth it now, and still not worth it still after Awakening. For the bottom set, Holy Spirit is better prior to Awakening, whereas Magic Sundering is typically better after. If you're thinking long-term, you might be thinking to just get Magic Sundering from the start, and I'd agree, for any other class, this would be wiser. However, the Wizard is going to have a hard time capping crit damage with a bottom set that offers so little crit damage, so I'd recommend Holy Spirit, even post-Awakening. Keep in mind that the big benefit to Magic Sundering is the extra crit, namely to give you more overcap for a higher crit damage cap, and this benefit is rather lost without crit damage to even make use of it, no? The ONLY exception is if you are 100% sure you will not need the crit damage (but I'd typically make other trade-offs first, like being able to use Gold weapons over crafted ones).
For accessories, wait until level 95.
Yes, you keep using Guzigla's Bloodied Tooth. Yes, you would even keep using the level 65 elemental trophies (only if you have them and they are at an equal fortification level to your other trophies, of course, otherwise don't bother). Yes, you keep using Theory Time Travel Code for now. The only other trophy I would look at is maybe Divine Wind Spirit Feathers, but keep in mind that certain bosses or even dungeons have very high defenses, and the effectiveness of this will therefore vary (close to useless in OW SFL/TOA), so I would maybe add this as a supplement for when you know you'll see the returns from it rather than something to replace anything with full time. I can't speak personally of this as I kept using elemental trophies.
Levels 95 and up:
There's a few things you might want to do here. The level 95 staff is much better, again, if you can afford to be without the crit damage against bosses that a crafted weapon would provide. The lost boss damage is more than made up for with the better primary weapon damage bonus alone, let alone higher base stats.
Trophies are where things get interesting.
The new level 95 trophies have come, which are basically better versions of the level 65 elemental trophies. You can get the from the new floors (six through eight) in Hall of Philae. You need a character to be level 90 or above to do the three newest floors. These trophies are actually really, really good! Get them! Get them, get them, get them! These floors also drop the level 95 accessories too anyway, so I'd recommend to farm this daily! Ideally, these will become the ONLY trophies you use at all levels 95 and above (yes, even post-Awakening at S.Level 10), using the Ice trophy as your main trophy in the bottom slot, and swapping the rest of the elemental trophies against their respective element in the top slot. In reality, I realize not everyone wants to or can get, fortify, and swap that many trophies, and/or you may have needs that some other trophies cover, so I'll include some other options (sorry for not doing this prior, but I really do recommend doing the above, even if it means fortifying a few extra trophies and getting accustomed to swapping them).
If you are lacking boss damage, Guzigla's Bloodied Tooth is still a decent option.
Delfonia's Exquisite Earrings would be a replacement for Theory Time Travel Code, as it's slightly better than the latter, even when the latter is stacked, and that's without the proc of the former. With the release of the elemental trophies, I find it harder to fit this in, unless you're swapping all of them, in which case this would be an "against violent target" swap. Keep in mind that the proc of this loses effectiveness the more detail damage you have (and vice versa).
Dabaka's Makeshift Contraption is sort of an alternative to the above, although defense shred can be very powerful. Overall, it's a good trophy.
Lastly, Winston's Sword Fragments can offer a little bit of crit and crit damage. This isn't really a bad trophy, per se, although I personally sort of see this as a crutch, and something you would use only because you need to, and not something that you should want to use. The way I look at it is, if your crit is really that low, and you're not capping crit damage, then I'd recommend working on that elsewhere, as you're really leaving a lot of damage on the table to forgo the level 95 elemental trophies (even just the ice one, if you're not swapping the rest). However, if you're in that situation in the meantime, I'll include it as it CAN help a lot with issues with low crit.
For accessories, and finally I'm recommending a set, you want to try and get the Wild Howl set, which consists of Ladia's Alchemy, Opelix's Horn Ring, and Bangkha's Corroded Skin. This is, head and shoulders, the best accessory set up until this point, and even remains so until the third S.Level 5 accessory set is released (which is basically the same thing, but more).
S.Levels 1 and up:
So, you've finally reached Awakening! Congratulations! For the most part, you're going to want to replace both weapons with S.Level 1 variants. If you can afford to forgo the crit damage to bosses of the S.Level 1 weapon, you may switch to the S.Level 5 weapon. While the effect is a benefit for Wizard's playing with the flame element, it is STILL somewhat beneficial to ice Wizards over the S.Level 1 staff, again, presuming you can cap crit damage while using it.
For your top set, you'll want to use the Forest Wound set, which is basically just the level 90 set with better stats (to be more precise, it has a bit more speed, a bit LESS crit, but much more defense and damage, plus higher HP, so use it). Forgo the S.Level 5 top set unless you have a serious excess of crit damage.
For bottom set, stay with Holy Spirit. The S.Level 1 and S.Level 5 bottom sets are generally not worth using for any class, especially including Wizard.
Stay with the level 95 accessory set. It is still the best, and soon-ish, an better equivalent to this set comes, so you can skip the S.Level 5 "Corroded Armor Set" (which is actually an accessory set...).
For trophies, everything I mentioned in the level 95 and up section stays the same, with the addition of Fatima's Thunder Boost becoming an option at S.Level 5. If you're swapping elemental trophies, this isn't TOO exciting of a trophy (it'd just become your "against violent targets" swap), but if you're not, and especially if you lack boss damage and/or crit damage (or both!), then it's a decent all around offering for those things (letting you finally drop Guzigla and/or Winston's, if you're still needing to use either at S.Level 5).
While some subclasses are better than others, I think it's more important to explore and play what's appealing and fun to you and then optimize within that, rather than picking something because it's the best. That being said, for the sake of the guide and for those interested in the best options, the first two I list are probably the only ideal options I'd recommend as a subclass for Wizard for the current content, but I'll list a rather niche but workable third. You do not have to limit your choices to these though!
Shuriken: The main benefits of this class are the damage of the Storm Arts skill, 10% detail damage, and masteries which can either reduce defense or increase the damage taken of the target. The weapon itself also offers 25% crit damage against bosses, as well as crit damage from fortification bonuses, making it great for players who can benefit from that, especially Wizards who have a 400% crit damage cap to build for. You will want a higher attack bonus, and higher fortified, higher star fusion sub-weapon to get the most out of this as a subclass (making the already expensive Wizard even more so) since the damage of one it's skills is the main reason you are choosing it. It offers a party buff which grants speed and crit, which is nice but not stellar.
Note: After Awakening, the weapon for this class no longer grants crit damage to bosses! This changes after S.level 10 gear, where every class grants crit damage to bosses.
Bard: The main benefits of this as a subclass are 12% detail damage, and the broad range of utility it offers, those being move speed, heals atop of better defensive stats (HP and reduced damage taken from elites and bosses), a combo skill which makes you immune to damage, and masteries which can increase your damage stat and reduce the defense of a target. With the increased burden of more things to upkeep, as well as the game getting lazier and making easier solutions available, this one fell out of favor a bit because keeping up Ballad became too much (and even I tend to be bad at doing so), but it's still not a bad choice. It doesn't have as much solo boss damage potential, but there's an argument to be made for move speed reducing clear times as well. Unfortunately, like the above, you want to fortify your sub-weapon to get the most of that move speed utility since a lot of it comes from fortification bonuses of the weapon, but part of it does come in the form of a party buff which grants 10% to your entire party, and in a day and age of Shuriken and Holy Sword subclasses everywhere, this may make you more valuable to your party.
Holy Sword: The main benefits of the Holy Sword as a subclass are the defense shred on top of a high defense shred capable class (this can have variable effectiveness depending on the bosses defense), although there are definitely some other perks like more AOE and some gap closers, which might seem minor, but Wizards are perhaps among the slower end of the classes so it's nice. While it may seem a bit awkward and somewhat niche, it... can and does work nice, and the important thing is that post Awakening, those who were relying on the Shuriken for it's crit damage may find this a nice replacement, as this weapon will offer it. It also offers a party buff which grants some flat crit amount depending on the level of the buff, as well as 15% crit damage. Compared to your own buff, you get 5% less crit damage, but some crit. While the Wizard class in particular can use crit more than some others, I probably wouldn't use this over your own class buff. Even post Awakening, your own class buff eventually gets changed to grant a higher crit damage cap of 10% innate, so I'd stay with your own party buff over this one unless you have an excess of crit damage and the extra crit will push the ceiling of your crit damage cap that you are hitting, a tiny bit higher.
Gearing entails everything you equip, from your weapons and armors to the enchant cards you enchant them with and the secret stones you inlay unto them. Oh, and you also need to dress pretty and eat and drink a lot or you'll starve and dehydrate or... some such, I heard.
Before continuing, I'm personally going to recommend that anything and everything you craft should ideally be imperial. Wizard as a class especially needs the move speed. Yes, it is expensive, and as a new and gearing player, yes it is fine to craft something with a random core to start with, but especially for your armors, which you will be crafting multiple cores for because of the needs of star fusion, you have little excuse (outside of really horrid luck) to not use imperial.
However, and as an exception, an alternative would be to use a second set of cheap gear on a second tab for move speed, allowing you to use whatever for your main gear. Namely, I would only recommend this more as a min-max thing for players who know what they're doing to get around the fact that a pair of perfect move speed 9%/dual drive/penetration weapon cards are hard and expensive to come by, and by doing this you stand to gain at least 18% move speed at the cost of the extra gear set and any lost stats (namely, defense and HP) while you are using this set. If you are doing this, I suppose it doesn't matter if your actual armor set is imperial or not, but as bestial will make next to zero real difference on bosses besides more eye candy stats, I would still strive to make your actual crafted armor imperial if you can rather than use it as an excuse for bestial.
While I wouldn't begin to start worrying about truly gearing until level 80 and beyond, since you won't just instantly sprout a full set of ideal level 80 gear, and trying to farm what you need in level 75 and above dungeons can be a bit tough for new and ungeared players, I'll cover level 70 gearing as well since this is intended for new players too. Just don't invest too much level 70 gearing. You can run the level 66 and level 70 dungeons (non otherworlds) for the level 70 armor drops to try and get Sniper as well as craft a random level 70 weapon, but it's just to get you by so you can have something while you start farming for your level 80 stuffs.
Levels 40 and up:
Why am I mentioning something at such a low and early level when I said not to worry about gearing until levels 70 or 80? The absolute best ever piece of equipment in the history of ever is right here! You need to craft this with an imperial core, however! The good news is, if you have guild tokens or collectors tokens (I recommend the latter), you can exchange them for level 40 crafting materials and simply make trophy cores until you get your own. This will remain relevant pretty much, if not literally, forever. You will swap to this and likely have it equipped for more time than any other trophy, so what are you waiting for?
There's one other thing to do shortly after level 40 (to be more exact, when you finish the Demarech Mines map story and return to Navea to choose your subclass). Go to Helonia Coast or any low level map, and purchase a for your subclass from the weapon NPC until you get one with "Nocturnal" in the title, and use this until you replace it with a crafted equivalent. What this will do is take a portion of the damage you deal (it does not subtract from your damage), and return it to you in the form oh HP. It's absolutely essential in sustaining yourself in this game, and it's why the meta exists as simply building entirely glass cannon on all classes (including Guardians and Bards, even).
Levels 65 and up:
A lot of others would probably want to say they are obsolete (not me, not ever!). These are the level 65 elemental trophies; Ancient Mask of the Dark Occultist, Ancient Mask of the Wind Spirit, Ancient Fang of the Fire Dragon, Ancient Frozen Skull, Ancient Thunder God's Soul Crystal, and Ancient Templar's Medal of Honor. Each of these trophies adds 20% free damage against the target.
While the worthiness of fortifying them this late into the game is a valid point against them, the matter also remains that they are often easy to find and relatively cheap for what they offer, and until you are geared and fortified at these much later levels, these are a major bonus of damage for newer and gearing players with low elemental damage. The effects of elemental damage are far greater the less you have, and new players are those least likely to have elixirs, mounts, higher tier emblems, hats, holy chest, points to spare in weapon specialization, etc., so for possibly less than one thousand gold for the whole set, I'd say it's absolutely worth it. Also, if you're really, really rich, these are still the absolute best trophies pre-Awakening.
The following will list the skills of the Wizard and some of their effects and uses. I'm going to skip covering the weapon specialization skills, since I personally do not see the use of them for normal rotation or play. Here's another source with some extra information about skills.
Elemental Burst: Elemental Burst is not a direct offensive skill, and therefore many Wizards tend to be not fully aware of it and neglect it, when it is a large potential part of your damage. All it does is consume all stored elemental etches, which is your class mechanic feature. For each etch consumed, you are granted a buff (depending on the buff; see prior section) for 15 seconds.
Rejuvenation Prayer: Rejuvenating Prayer is a small heal over time that also grants a cleanse to one random debuff (if any). This can be cast on allies for these effects.
The other, and often overlooked part to this skill (which can not be cast onto allies), is that it grants a buff to yourself which offers 25% increased damage against the four primary elements of fire, ice, storm, and lightning (not for dark or holy, sadly). Like with Elemental Burst, part of the Wizard's power budget has been allocated here, so do not overlook this! With the left path weapon specialization granting reduced cooldown to your skills, this buff can be kept up indefinitely with that path, and I would advise doing so at least against targets of those four elements. Against the other two elements, and violent, you don't need to worry about upkeep of this.
Fireball: Fireball is a long range, single target skill. It can be augmented with a mastery to either stun the target, or knock it back. Generally, this skill will not be in your rotation, or perhaps even skill bar for regular play, but some players may elect to use it to have a secondary ranged stun on hand, and it does have some nice niche uses with the knock back effect from the mastery that provides for some utility (the weapon specialization skill with a knock back is not worth using instead as it has a much longer cooldown and a higher GCD too, and with mastery upgrades Fireball can knock the target back further). For example, in Sky Tower, on floor 9, you can push the mobs around the edge of the room closer to the pool, shortening the time to complete the floor. The same can be done on floor 26, pushing all of the shielded elites together near Ashe so it doesn't have to run from one to another. Pairing it with the basic secret stone which extend the range of this skill by 8 meters (!) in a separate staff solely for this role gives the Wizard a nice utility benefit for a few (albeit very limited) scenarios. The last time I did this on floor 9 the group thought the mobs were glitched because they were moving, so I'm guessing not many know about this, and I wouldn't have either unless someone told me.
Meteor Shot: Meteor Shot is a long range, very large AOE skill, which can be extended by a secret stone. It's cooldown can be further lowered to 1.8 seconds with an envoy tile. It is your highest damage value skill, but because of the GCD and animation time, it's damage per second is not the best. Due to the AOE, it's still one of your best skills to use against groups of mobs and when running from boss to boss. It also has a small chance on cast (with the appropriate envoy tile) to grant a buff to boost all Wizard class skills damage by 20% damage while active, so it's additionally worth using when running from boss to boss in an attempt to get this extra buff (Instant Thunder has a chance to as well). However, you should refrain from using this on single targets, like against bosses, if you want to do the most DPS you can.
Icy Curse: Icy Curse is a long range, single target skill. It slows the target's move speed by 35% for 6 seconds. It can be augmented with a mastery to add a damage over time boost. The skill itself isn't very useful on it's own, nor is it's mastery, but it's going to be worth using once weapon specialization is level 60 or above for the buff it grants to Ice Storm's Frost Territory, and unless you're using a subclass that offers something better or you want the stun for Fireball m,astery, you'll probably end up using the mastery for this simply because you'll regularly be using the skill anyway. This skill is honestly useful enough to use ONLY for the debuff it applies to the target that weapon specialization post level 60 grants to this skill, which makes the Frost Territory of your Ice Storm do 20% more damage each tick (the text claims the debuff will make the target simply take 20% more damage, which would be great... but alas that's not what actually happens). Unfortunately, that debuff doesn't last very long, so you will usually end up having to use it rather regularly against single targets you want to do the most damage to.
Ice Storm: Ice Storm is a medium range, small AOE skill. It freezes the target(s) for 3 seconds. With the appropriate envoy tile, all of your attacks have a chance to generate a buff, which will cause the next Ice Storm or Icy Curse to deal 20% additional damage, and this is detail damage. Once weapon specialization is acquired at level 60, with the left path, this skill generates a small pool of ice known as Frost Territory under the target that lasts for x seconds. This is your bread and butter skill. You will be wanting to be using this skill as often as possible, which will be every other skill. Read that last sentence again, and then a third time. Every other skill you cast, you ideally want to be Ice Storm! Therefore, try and cast your "upkeep skills", such as Icy Curse (post level 60 in weapon specialization), Rejuvenation Prayer, Elemental Burst, Ballad (if applicable), or basically any other skill, between Ice Storms. If you have to disrupt your DPS skills for a skill that isn't directly a DPS skill, try and make it something other than this skill. I can't stress this; you ideally want every other skill cast to be Ice Storm, preferably as often as it's off cooldown. Due to the Frost Territory it generates, which inflicts about as much damage as the initial skill, an extra four times (!), it's your primary skill for dealing damage, despite not being the most powerful itself in base skill damage. You will also want to boost your ice skills damage as much as you can because of this, as the Wizard is probably one of the best examples of a class that benefits the most from stacking skills damage as opposed to raw stats damage.
Storm Curse: Storm Curse is a long range, slow moving, narrow line AOE skill. Once cast, it will will head a straight direction from it's cast position towards the target position (and beyond). Since it is slow moving, it can be unreliable, and I'd recommend really to only cast it from a relative close range, or if the target is stationary. With the appropriate envoy tile, all of your attacks have a chance to generate a buff, which will cause the next Storm Curse to deal 20% additional damage, and this is detail damage. Since it's your second strongest skill (behind Ice Storm itself) that will fit between the case time of two Ice Storm skills (Meteor Shot does not fulfill that second part), this will generally be the fall back skill you alternate between Ice Storm's when you aren't casting upkeep skills (including Icy Curse, which basically almost entirely replaces this due to how short it's debuff lasts). In the future, this skill gets a change/addition to whereby casting it guarantees generation of a random elemental etch.
Instant Thunder: Instant Thunder is a long range, gap closing skill. It will teleport you to the target's location, damaging and stunning targets within the area for 3 seconds. While the Wizard is a ranged class, this teleport forcing you into melee distance is beneficial, because the target becomes stunned, and you can easily position yourself behind the target for back-strikes while it is stunned. It also has a small chance on cast (with the appropriate envoy tile) to grant a buff to boost all Wizard class skills damage by 20% damage while active, so it's additionally worth using when running from boss to boss in an attempt to get this extra buff.
Energy Conflux: Energy Conflux is the Wizard's party buff. It grants 20% crit damage, and a higher crit damage cap of 10% as well, for 20 minutes. This is one of the better party buffs, and the only other party buff you should prioritize over this is the Bard's Rhapsody. Unfortunately, most Wizards will need to rely on this, and if you do and you're a Bard subclass, this puts you in a tough spot when another Bard class or subclass isn't present. In that case, it's often better to forgo capping by a bit to simply speed up the run with Rhapsody, especially if you're in a very strong party. Otherwise, your own class buff is usually better than anything else, so if another player with a Bard subclass is present, coordinate with them to have them use their Rhapsody.
I. About the Wizard class:
While the Wizard isn't the strongest class, I've seen too many players give it far less credit than it deserves and even give up on the class. While the Wizard might not require the most micro-management, it definitely does require more than most to play to it's potential (more so with certain subclasses like Bard). If only it saw damage increases that matched this extra work. It includes more utility than most give credit for mattering, a lot of crowd control, and a lot of AOE. A Wizard is often valuable to almost any party, and is even great in Sky Towers in some niche ways that some might not expect. It has excellent mob clearing while still being good against single target bosses.
If you're looking to play something not too overpowered or simple but still very capable, this can be a very fun class to explore! It can take a bit more to play to it's potential compared to some of the stronger, newer, and/or more simplistic classes, and if you want that, this isn't isn't the class for you. Along with this extra effort, it is also probably one of the classes that takes a little more understanding, funding, and gearing before you see it pay off as much.
Here's the summarized pros and cons of the Wizard class in my opinion.
+ High-moderate damage.
+ Ranged damage (although this requires understanding that if you want to maximize back-strike potential you'll generally want to be near or in melee range anyway, but being able to additionally attack from range is still an advantage, although all ranged classes lack the 15% free boss damage that melee classes get).
+ Moderate support and offensive utility in the form of cleanse (can be used on self and allies) and defense shred (when stacked, currently the absolute highest flat defense shred of any class in the game).
+ High crowd control. The Wizard has access to slows, knockbacks, stuns, AND freezes. It pretty much has everything except for a sleep.
+ High AOE.
+ 25% damage against the four primary elemental types (flame, ice, lightning, and storm).
- Requires a bit of micro-management to play optimally.
- Requires further funding before it starts to pay off as much as some of the stronger or simpler classes may for a newer and still gearing player. Specifically, a lot of this has to do with requiring 400% crit damage to reach all of the Wizard's potential power budget whereas most other classes get theirs with 300% normally or a little more (this is why I am confused when I see others claim the Wizard is advantaged by having a high crit damage ceiling when that's just as much if not more so a bad thing).
- Somewhat fragile, which is mostly an issue again only when you're newer and still gearing.
II. Class Mechanics:
Each class has it's own unique function or feature, and for the Wizard that is the etch mechanic. It is an often under-looked part of the Wizard, and yet it is where a good part of the Wizard's strength lies. What this is, is every time you cast a skill (occurring on skill cast, not skill hit), there is a chance to generate one of four etches, which will highlight on your etch bar. Unfortunately, it's RNG, so sometimes you get a whole slew of useful etches, and other times you may seem to get so few. Once generated, these etches last for 15 seconds (longer with the right path). You will need to use the skill "Elemental Burst" to consume the etch and gain a buff, that lasts for 15 seconds. These do the following (please note that the text tool tip of Elemental Burst itself doesn't seem match the text of the buff itself it grants you, so I am listing the latter):
Storm: Increases the damage of storm skills by 12%, and increases your speed and regular attack speed by 15%.
Flame: Increases the damage of flame skills by 10%, and increases your damage stat by 8%.
Lightning: Increases the damage of lightning skills by 15%, and increases your crit rate by 5% and crit damage by 8%.
Ice: Increases the damage of ice skills by 20%, and causes all of your attacks to apply a debuff to the target that both reduce the target's damage by 3% AND reduces the target's defense by a flat amount (depending on your own level), and can stack up to five times (the increased damage of ice skills dealt doesn't stack).
As these last for 15 seconds, try and time the use of your Elemental Burst to grant you useful buffs before boss fights. Since some have lengthy "cutescenes", you can try and time when the etch was generated and use it before the 15 seconds elapse, when it would disappear, or start the boss early while you still clear mobs. As the buff itself then lasts 15 seconds, you can sometimes still get some use of these buffs during all but the longest bosses.
The ice etch is the most useful by far, as it not only buffs the element that comprises of over half of your damage, but if also includes the largest flat defense shred of any class when fully stacked. The flame etch is probably the next most useful for now, as it gives a damage stat increase which is overall, and the extra flame damage will help your mobbing a bit. The other two aren't stellar but still nice. The lightning etch is rather minor for now, although after Awakening the extra crit damage may be slightly nicer, and the Storm etch will grant you some extra speed for extra overcap translating to extra zeal chance (the increase to Storm damage is nice, although not as much as before when Wizard's were still using that skill far more in rotation).
Hello, and welcome to my guide on Aura Kingdom's Wizard class! This guide will attempt to cover everything pertaining to playing and gearing the Wizard class. It may be a bit lengthier than most, but this is meant to be comprehensive and directed at both new and leveling as well as veteran players. Still, I will presume you have basic knowledge about things like jump-casting, positioning and understanding that backstrikes will increase your damage (by 50%), and the various other fundamentals of damage in Aura Kingdom, so I won't cover that here.
This guide will be broken down into three main focus sections. The first will discuss the class and it's skills, as well as cover a couple of subclass options to round it out. The second and heaviest part will cover gearing, which will be broken down into covering weapons, armor, emblems, mounts, costumes, enchant cards, secret stones, and food and drinks. The final section will cover rounding out your Wizard with stat distribution after the gearing is done by addressing how to set your envoy, weapon specialization, and masteries, and what eidolons you may want as well as what stats you want from them.
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I. About the Wizard class
II. Class Mechanics
- Emblems and Mounts
- Secret Stones
- Enchantment Cards
- Foods and Drinks
VIII. Weapon Specialization
IX. Character Stats Allocation
XI. Conclusion and Credits
Foreword and about me:
I started playing Aura Kingdom in mid 2014, and have played the Wizard class on the Chimera server for the vast majority of that time. I've played a Wizard which kept pace to the level cap since back in 2015 shortly after the level cap was raised to level 80. I've also leveled at least three separate Wizards worth mentioning (don't ask). I've seen this class through ups and downs, going from perhaps one of the weakest DPS classes in the game to one of the better ones, and I feel like I grew slowly with it. I went through highs and lows in both PVE and PVP and felt I learned enough and performed well enough to be at least good at both. While I was never the most geared Wizard nor the best skilled player at the game, I feel like I've accomplished and learned enough by the end of my time playing to put together a decent and in-depth guide to help others, so here's my way of giving back, albeit late (sorry, I've been sitting on this for nearly half a year), since I for all intents retired long ago and may be an even more unknown name to any newer players.
Are classes balanced? No. Is the power creep as bad as you say it is? Not really. As long as you're +20 with the appropriate gear that's required for end game content you'll be fine and can generally complete whatever you need to.
I'm unsure of how this relates to showing power creep isn't there? Imbalance always existed. The ability to solo almost always existed. True, and true. It doesn't mean power creep (which includes move speed creep) hasn't happened continuously through the game's life to crazy extents, because it has, and it has had more negative effects on the game than positive if I say so myself. I even say this as someone who loves dashing around at ridiculous movement speed and is all for the game being casual and everything. To deny it's not bad or hasn't had some serious adverse effects though, I can not do.
What you are commenting on has been the way the game worked since day one, only the problem wasn't nearly as bad because...
1) Everyone was new and hadn't yet discovered how everything worked, namely detail damage and attack speed.
2) Those that did discover the above didn't care for the first year or two because the game was still novel to them and they hadn't yet grown bored of it.
3) Not everyone was as geared earlier in the game's life.
4) Move speed creep and power creep, atop some ridiculously broken classes specifically.
I do not see this fundamentally changing, sadly, as it'd require drastically altering the game this late in. The best you could probably do to improve the situation greatly with little effort is to drastically make dungeons harder around the idea of five players near maximum fortification level, but you'd have to do this with a new mode as to not alienate those newer and less geared players like you would if you simply made the dungeons harder across the board (and ideally have X-Legends try and balance the classes), but that alone won't happen, and unless Aeria is also going to make access to maximum fortification level realistically obtainable, this would do more harm than good even if it did happen. In fact, fortification to +40 is already in the game files and it's likely a matter of time before it's formally introduced to the game, so the problem will just keep getting worse instead.
Real question, why post a guide when people wont actually read all of it.
Every guide I've ever posted on this forum has had at least 50% of the comments on it asking questions answered in the guide. The single greatest impact you can have on this game's community is finding people on your server that want to learn and helping them out one on one and tailoring your responses towards them specifically.
And down goes my motivation. D:
Honestly though, I agree with this, and this is exactly why I never felt the need to create a guide myself during the years I was still playing (the other part being, even if I felt it was largely inconsistent, outdated, or a bit messy, there was at least a decent enough guide for the class). I've helped many people in game one on one like this, although since I retired long ago, I do plan on posting a guide regardless of how small of a percent of people read it. I've been sitting it for probably nearly half a year now and still sometimes get asked why I never made one, or I still get asked questions long after stopping play that had I made one, I'd be able to simply reference it to answer, so if I can give back to one more person at the cost of that time then it's worth it to me. ^^;