Mayo's Warlock Guide

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Warlock
Mayowl.png
Job Base: Wizard / High Wizard
Written By: Mayo
Job Bonuses
STR AGI VIT INT DEX LUK
1 7 6 13 8 2


Overview

Hello everyone, this is Mayo and welcome to my Warlock guide. In this guide, I would like to walk you through the basic mechanics of the class, share some builds, gameplay tips and suggestions on equipments.
About me, I haven’t really been a wizard player before renewal. With the introduction of 3rd classes, the role and play style of Wizards have shifted, and my love for the class have begun. I would like to say that I do not think that I’m the most expert Warlock around, but I can enlighten new, inexperienced players about the class.
Warlocks are a very versatile class, used for many roles in parties such as tanks, damage dealers, or crowd control supports. With almost screen wide AoEs, excellent utility skills they are a great addition to any party. But with great strength comes many drawbacks. Warlocks have the lowest HP modifier among 3rd classes (not counting expanded classes), have extremely low weight capacity, and probably one of the most tedious classes to gear.
This guide is tailored specifically for NovaRO, I can’t guarantee this will be of any use for players from other servers.
Most of the data is based on personal experience and research, therefore it can be incorrect or others might disagree with them. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to find me on NovaRO Discord or the forums under the name Mayo, you can either send me a private messages or just @ at me, I'll come running.

Cast time reduction

Cast time, delays and cooldowns are extremely important when you’re playing a Warlock. Renewal has changed the cast time formula completely, and introduced cooldowns on top of after-cast delays.
Cast time consist of a fixed, and a variable part. As a rule of thumb, fixed cast time is the 20% of the total cast time, although there are skills with completely fixed cast time (such as Mg energycoat.gif Energy Coat), and skills with no fixed cast time (such as Wl soulexpansion.gifSoul Expansion). Variable cast time is reduced by two things: your stats and your equipment. Both have different mechanics and effect on your total cast time.

Decreasing variable cast time with stat points

To reach zero Variable Cast Time with stats only, the following formula has to be used:

 DEX × 2 + INT = 530 

Yes, at first glance, it does sound like an insane number. But let’s take a look at the math here first. Some examples of reaching 530 points:

  • INT 170 and DEX 180
  • INT 190 and DEX 170
  • INT 530
  • DEX 265

With 130 being the max stat in Renewal, that doesn’t sound so bad does it? Especially after you think about how easy it is to raise your stat points temporarily. The Archbishop skill Clementia adds +16 DEX and INT, foods are capable of adding +30 DEX and INT.

Obtainable by cooking, Cash Shop, Slot machine, various boxes, 30 minute duration

Obtainable by the Genetic skill Mixed Cooking, 5 minute duration
At 60 job, Warlocks get 13 INT, and 8 DEX from job bonuses. If we do the math here, that would total a massive 167 points towards your cast time. With 120 DEX and 120 INT, you would total 527 points. And we haven’t taken stat points gained from gears into calculation just yet.

Decreasing variable cast time with equipment

Some equipment, mostly cards and enchants are capable of reducing your variable cast time by a percentage. This is an extremely expensive build, sacrificing all the damage you can to reduce cast time. Reaching 100% reduction would leave you with 0 variable cast time, even with 1 DEX and 1 INT points.
IMPORTANT: Percentage cast time reduction and reduction from stat points do not additively stack together. Example: you are casting a spell with 10 seconds of variable cast time, and no fixed cast time. Let’s say so you managed to reach 400 points, which means you have reduced 75% of your cast time from stats only. You are left with 2.5 seconds cast time.
You put on some gear, that lets say reduces 25% of your cast time. 75 + 25 = 100, right? Well, unfortunately, not in this case. The 25% only applies after the reduction by stats NOT the original cast time, which would mean, 25% of the 2.5 seconds. This would leave you with roughly 1.8 seconds of cast time.
For this reason, I would heavily advise against using cast time reduction gear altogether, unless you are planning on reaching 90-100% reduction by equipment only.

Note: Poem Of Bragi's cast time reduction stacks with this kind of reduction, while Suffragium, Isilla Card and Intense Telekinesis does not.

Notable equipment to reduce cast time:

Fixed cast time

Fixed cast time can only be reduced by buffs and equipment.
Percentage based reduction do not stack here, only the strongest one is applied. For example: Having Radius at level 3 reduces your fixed cast time by 20%, but your Archbishop friend casts Sacrament on you, which reduces your fixed cast time by 50%. Since only the strongest one applies, your fixed cast time will be reduced only by 50%
However, fixed reduction does stack with percentage reduction, and also with itself. This makes it possible to reduce fixed cast time to zero.

Equipment that reduces your fixed cast time by an amount:

To learn more about cast times, cooldowns and delays, I would recommend Munbalanced's ROLab #2, tailored for NovaRO players

Reading Spell Book

Reading Spell Book skill now allows Warlocks to instant cast previously stored spells. To store a spell, you have to have the specific spell book in your inventory, cast the skill, and choose which one you’d like to store. Each spell book have their own “mind slot” cost – the more powerful the spell the more slots it’ll take. Mind slots can be increased by base level (1 for every 10 base level), INT (1 for every 10 INT) and by the skill Wl freeze sp.gifFreezing Spell. The amount of spells stored can be calculated by the following formula:
Slots = (4*Freezing Spell Lv) + floor(BLv/10) + floor(INT/10)

Once you have your spells stored, cast Wl release.gifRelease, and a random spell from your stored ones will be released. Even if the spell is ground target (such as Wl earthstrain.gifEarth Strain or Wl comet.gifComet), you will need a target to use Release, but the spell will still act as ground target, and will be blocked by skills such as Maelstorm and Land Protector.
Releasing a spell will activate the cooldown and global skill delay of the spell, leaving you unable to manually cast the spell again until the cooldown is done, but allowing you to release it again. Because of this, it is recommended to cast skills with lower cast time and longer cooldown (such as Wl crimsonrock.gifCrimson Rock) first, and then Release the stored spells. This allows you to cast these spells up to 4 times – once casted, and released 3 times – without having to worry about cooldown. This also makes it possible to “Comet spam” – storing up 2 Comets, and releasing them without cooldown then storing them up again.

You can purchase spell books at the Geffen Mage guild (/navi geffen_in 174/112) from Lea after talking to Magic Book Master Velof.

Beginner’s Magic Books

  • Fire Bolt (7 slots)
  • Cold Bolt (7 slots)
  • Lightning Bolt (7 slots)

Intermediate Spell Books

  • Earth Spike (8 slots)
  • Thunderstorm (9 slots)
  • Jupitel Thunder (9 slots)
  • Water Ball (9 slots)
  • Heaven’s Drive (9 slots)
  • Storm Gust (10 slots)
  • Lord of Vermillion (10 slots)
  • Meteor Storm (10 slots)

Superior Magic Books

  • Drain Life (8 slots)
  • Crimson Rock (12 slots)
  • Chain Lightning (12 slots)
  • Earth Strain (12 slots)

(Tip: Choosing Superior Magic Books and then the “Let me think” option will allow you to pay 200,000 zeny for the books instead of bringing items to her)

Ultimate Magic Books

  • Comet (22 slots)
  • Tetra Vortex (22 slots)

To obtain Ultimate Magic Books, you will have to complete several quests:

Notable Skills

Magician Spells

Skill Notes
Mg firewall.gifFire Wall It's hard to stress how important and powerful this skill is while fighting monsters. The technique, called "vertical fire walling (vfw)" exists since the beginning of time, and one of the hardest mechanic a beginner Magician has to learn. At early Magician levels, its damage alone will destroy undead monsters, making you fly through the early Magician stage in no time. At later levels, it is mainly used for protection, and helping to proc such effects as Reckless Magic, Isilla card.

(Tip: Some help to understand vertical fire walling can be found here, and to master it click here.)
Recommended level: 10

Mg fireball.gif Fire Ball Another great spell for early leveling, although it will become quite useless at later levels. Amazing for mobbing at Orc Dungeon. I would recommend getting this as a Magician, then dropping it at later levels.

Recommended level: 10 (only as a Magician)

Mg safetywall.gif Safety Wall A Magician needs all the protection they can get. Blocks 12 hits, very fast casting time. You should be using this at all times on yourself/allies, it will help so your cast doesn't get interrupted. At later levels, it is possible to tank MvPs with spamming Safety Wall constantly on one cell. Consumes 1 Bgem.gif Blue Gemstone.

Recommended level: 10

Mg sight.gif Sight Always great for revealing hidden enemies.

Recommended level: 1

Mg energycoat.gif Energy Coat A massive damage reduction in the cost of your SP. I wouldn't recommend using it while leveling, because it will eat your SP up really fast, but a must in PvP.

Quest Skill

Wizard and High Wizard Spells

Skill Notes
Wz stormgust.gif Storm Gust This skill has been one of the most important spells as a Wizard for years. Offers great damage and crowd control, leaves enemies frozen by a chance. It is recommended to use lv10 for damage, lv1 for crowd control.

Recommended level: 10

Wz frostnova.gif Frost Nova You might think I've gone insane listing this spell if you're unfamiliar with the renewal changes. Frost Nova now offers great utility and crowd control for solo plays with insanely fast cast times and high success chances. Use it while mobbing in Juperos and other mobby maps, then hit enemies with Crimson Rock (Fire element deals 90% to Water1 element).

Recommended level: 7-10

Wz heavendrive.gif Heaven's Drive Great spell for unhiding Thief classes in PvP/GvG. Fast cast time, low cost.

Recommended level: 1

Wz quagmire.gif Quagmire Amazing for mobbing, and PvP. Reduces the movement speed, AGI and DEX of the targets and also Movement speed buffs such as Increase AGI, Cart Boost. Only 3 Quagmires can be active at a time. Lower skill levels have lower durations, allowing you to place your Quagmires at different locations more frequently. Affects allies in PvP/GvG.

Recommended level: 3-5

Hw souldrain.gif Soul Drain This skill is extremely important when farming with Soul Expansion and Crimson Rock, will refund a lot of SP consumed, leaving you with almost infinite SP.

Recommended level: 10

Hw magicpower.gif Mystical Amplification +50% MAtk for your next spell. This bonus does not show up in your Status Window, but you will see the difference in the damage. Do note that this skill does not work with Reading Spell Book.
Recommended level: 10

Warlock Spells

Psychokinetic branch

Skill Notes
Wl marshofabyss.gif Marsh Of Abyss Decreases target's movement speed, AGI and DEX of the target by a chance. Can be cast on Frozen, Imprisoned target. Stacks with Quagmire.

Recommended level: 5 for PvP, 0 for PvM

Wl freeze sp.gif Freezing Spell Increases Mind Slots for Reading Spell Book. See more

Recommended level: 0 or 4

Wl soulexpansion.gif Soul Expansion Your main damage spell for single-targets (or very little, 5x5 AoE), and an amazing spell for farming. This skill has fast cast, no cooldown, just a 0.5 second delay which can easily be reduced by Bard's skill Poem of Bragi - makes it very much spammable with only ASPD delay. Damage is easily amplified by equipment.

Recommended level: 5

Wl whiteimprison.gif White Imprison Locks a target in a transparent box by chance that prevents damage except from Ghost property. Imprisoned targets can't use potions, skills and cannot move, and most importantly, they take amplified damage from Soul Expansion.

This skill can be used on the caster itself, which provides amazing utility for tanking MvPs, or burst skills in PvP. When casted on yourself, it lasts 5 seconds and has a 4 second cooldown, making it possible to tank MvPs (that do not have ghost attack) indefinitely.
(Tip: Use lv1 of this skill when casting on yourself to take less damage)
Recommended level: 1 for PvM or 5 for PvP

Wl telekinesis intense.gif Intense Telekinesis Raises the damage of Ghost Spells by 300%, lowers variable cast time by -50% and SP cost of skills by -50%. Has one minute duration and 5 minute cool down, use it wisely.

Recommended level: 5

Mental branch

Skill Notes
Wl release.gif Release Releases summoned elemental balls, and stored spells from Reading Spell Book. See more

Recommended level: 1 or 2(for Recognized Spell)

Wl reading sb.gif Reading Spell Book Used to store up spells for instant cast. See more

Recommended level: 1

Wl radius.gif Radius Increases the cast range of Warlock spells, reduces fixed cast time.

Recommended level: 1 or 3

Wl drainlife.gif Drain Life Amazing for solo PvM in my opinion, lets you drain back about 3-4000 HP each cast, low single-target damage. This skill, combined with Soul Drain will let you farm cards indefinitely. Deals Neutral damage.

Recommended level: 1 or 5 (if you're planning of using it)

Wl stasis.gif Stasis Prevents casting of spells in a 27x27 AoE (at max level), including you and allies. Don't use it in PvM, unless you're planning on getting your party wiped. Can turn tables in WoE if used carefully.

The Priest skill Status Recovery removes the effect of Stasis
Recommended level: 1 for Recognized Spell or 5 for PvP

Wl recognizedspell.gif Recognized Spell Makes the caster deal the maximum damage with all magic skills, but increases SP cost by 25%.

Recommended level: 1 Higher levels only increase the duration and cooldown of the spell, never get higher than 1

Fire branch

Skill Notes
Wl summonfb.gif Summon Fire Ball Used to summon Fire elemental balls for Tetra Vortex.

Recommended level: 1

Wl crimsonrock.gif Crimson Rock Deals high amount of fire damage, knocks target back and leaves them stunned. Needs a target to cast, but it is an 7x7 AoE spell, not blocked by Land Protector. One of your main damage sources for leveling, damage easily (and rather cheaply) amplified by equipment, such as Alchemy Glove, or Crimson Set.

Recommended level: 5

Wl hellinferno.gif Hell Inferno Deals low Shadow and Fire property damage, and leaves the target Burning. Only use would basically be using it on Plant type monsters, since Burning bypasses Plant defense (meaning monsters that would take one damage such as Red Plant will take 2000).

Recommended level: 3 for Wl comet.gifComet or 5 for Wl tetravortex.gifTetra Vortex, otherwise skip it.

Water branch

Skill Notes
Wl summonwb.gif Summon Water Ball Used to summon Water elemental balls for Tetra Vortex.

Recommended level: 1

Wl frostmisty.gif Frost Misty Deals decent amount of water damage, leaves enemies Freezing. IMPORTANT: Freezing is different from Frozen - reduces movement speed by 50%, attack speed by 15% and increases variable cast time by 10%. Freezing targets take amplified damage from Wl jackfrost.gifJack Frost, so it is advised to use it beforehand.

Recommended level: 3 or 5

Wl jackfrost.gif Jack Frost Deals water property damage around you, leaves enemies Frozen. If the target is Freezing, it will take amplified damage. Use it after Wl frostmisty.gifFrost Misty.

Recommended level: 5

Wind branch

Skill Notes
Wl summonbl.gif Summon Lightning Ball Used to summon Wind elemental balls for Tetra Vortex.

Recommended level: 1

Wl chainlightning.gif Chain Lightning Single target wind spell, deals a good chunk of damage, and bounces off of enemies. It is possible to bounce on hidden targets. No cooldown, only 3 seconds cast delay, which makes this skill the best single target MvP spell from Poem Of Bragi.

Recommended level: 5

Earth branch

Skill Notes
Wl summonstone.gif Summon Stone Used to summon Earth elemental balls for Tetra Vortex.

Recommended level: 1

Wl siennaexecrate.gif Sienna Execrate At max level, Stone Curses (Petrifies) targets in a 7x7 AoE by 70% chance of success. Highly recommended maxing it for PvP, since most people don't have stone curse resist. Consumes 2 Rgem.gif Red Gemstones.

Recommended level: 2 or 5

Wl earthstrain.gif Earth Strain Deals Earth property damage, but most importantly, strips the equipment of the enemy by high chance. Useful on even targets with Full Chemical Protection since it strips their Accessories, which cannot be protected. Your best utility spell for PvP, I'd recommend releasing it only since it has a long cooldown.

Recommended level: 5

Ultimate branch

Skill Notes
Wl comet.gif Comet Deals high Neutral property damage in a huge, 19x19 AoE and leaves enemies Burning. Enemies closer to the impact will take more damage. Consumes 2 Rgem.gif Red Gemstones.

This skill has amplified damage and lower SP cost, also removes the Red Gemstone cost if used while having other Warlocks in your party.
Comet "spam" is a usual tactic for WoE and PvM, which has been further explained here
Recommended level: 5 (optional)

Wl tetravortex.gif Tetra Vortex Your ultimate single-target burst spell. Requires elemental balls summoned. The property of the damage depends on the summoned balls. Excellent for low level MvPs, and nuking single targets in PvP/WoE. It is recommended to use Earth/Wind property against players.

Recommended level: 5 (optional)

Stats

  • Strength (STR)

For Warlocks, mainly used for increasing Weight Limit, which helps with Masquerade resistance as well. If you can spare some points, it's nice to have 20-30 STR.

  • Agility (AGI)

Both an offensive and a defensive stat. Raises Attack speed, and flee rate. Attack speed reduces ASPD delay, which makes a huge difference in your skill spam, flee gives you a little more protection against monsters. For most builds, 100 AGI is recommended.
100 AGI gives immunity against Bleeding and Sleep statuses, also reduces the duration of Masquerades. It is advised to have at least 175 ASPD. To learn more about ASPD delay, please refer to Munbalanced's ROLab #2 video.
(Little note to the video - Genetic's CartCannon.pngCart Cannon and Warlock's Wl soulexpansion.gif Soul Expansion share the same mechanics in terms of cast time and delay.)

  • Vitality (VIT)

Every point of VIT raises your Max HP by +1% and the effectiveness of potions. Since we have the lowest HP modifier among 3rd classes, and tend to die pretty easily in both party and PvP situations, it is advised to run at least 100 total VIT.
100 VIT gives immunity to Stun and Curse, and protects against Crystallization, Freezing and Mandragora Howling.

  • Intelligence (INT)

A Mage's bread and butter, directly raises your mATK by +1.5 per point, decreases your cast time, raises your SP pool and regeneration. Also gives immunity to Silence, helps with Sleep, Deep Sleep and Oblivion Curse duration.
Since it is one of our main stats to get damage out of, it is recommended to get 120 base INT, however I would not recommend getting more than 120 base INT - it becomes very expensive in terms of status points to raise it - you can get more mATK and utility out of some LUK and DEX.

  • Dexterity (DEX)

Primary stat to reduce cast time, but it also raises your ASPD, and your mATK by 1/5 therefore it is ideal to have your DEX at multiples of 5. I would recommend getting around 105-120 base DEX, depending whether you want instant cast (or can get it elsewhere) or not.
The difference between you and your target's DEX affects the chance of divest from Wl earthstrain.gif Earth Strain, and it also helps with Freezing duration.

  • Luck (LUK)

This stat has gotten a major update with the introduction of renewal. Now every 3 points of LUK gives an additional +1 ATK/mATK, which makes it a very viable option to gain some mATK at later levels. Raising your INT from 120 to 130 would require you to use 340 stat points and would net you +15 mATK, while raising LUK from 1 to 30 would cost you only 86 stat points, and raise your mATK by +10. Glass Cannon and damage oriented builds usually have 30 or 60 LUK, depending on the player's taste.

Equipment

Headgears

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
5753.png Magic Stone Hat [1] Upper Job change Your first Warlock exclusive piece. Gives a tiny bit of flat MATK at 120 DEX, has a slot. It will serve you just right before you can spare some money for an expensive piece.
18794.png Ordinary Black Magician Hat [1] Upper Cash Shop MDEF piercing, and damage increase in elemental magic. Opt for an overupgraded one.
18539.png Skull Cap [1] Upper Cash Shop Gives MATK%, but most importantly, amazing combos with named one-handed rods.
5170.png Feather Beret Upper Quest PvP Choice
18848.png Vibrant Rose [1] Upper Horror Toy Factory Amazing flat +MATK boost, looks pretty.
18849.png Celine's Ribbon [1] Upper Horror Toy Factory Every warlock's wet dream. Highest flat MATK boost in the game, +3 DEX.
5800.png Blush of Groom Middle Cash Shop PvP Choice.
18611.png Black Frame Glasses [1] Middle Cash Shop Best in slot, +1 INT.
2286.png Elven Ears Middle Monster drop Most importantly cute, but also gives set bonus with Skull Cap. Can be slotted.
18874.png Cyclops Eyes [1] Middle Monster drop Cheap slotted middle piece.
5377.png Gentleman's Pipe Bottom Cash Shop PvP Choice
5463.png Rainbow Scarf Bottom Cash Shop Best for raising damage, +1% MATK +1 INT
Card Tikbalang card Card Monster drop Wind damage boost, useful for Chain Lightning spam and Tetra Vortex builds.
Card Green Lichtern card Card Monster drop For Soul Expansion builds, raises Ghost damage. (Divine Pride lists the name incorrectly, it's Green ingame, not Yellow)
Card Red Lichtern card Card Monster drop Fire damage boost, small MATK bonus.
Card Yellow Lichtern card Card Monster drop Earth damage boost, small MATK bonus. (Divine Pride is derping, it's earth damage, not ghost)
Card Isilla card Card Monster drop Cheap +2 INT, and the cast time reduction boost comes in handy at early levels. Best if put in middle headgear.
Card Gemini-S58 card Card Monster drop Defensive choice against Stone curse and Sleep. Best in middle headgear.
4913.png Darklord Essence Intelligence3 Card Temple of the Demon God Raises overall damage, +12 MATK +4 INT -4 STR.

Armors

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
2365.png Orlean's Gown [1] Armor Monster Drop Makes your casting uninterruptible, great when starting out.
15116.png Airship's Armor Armor Airship Assault Cheap allstat +1, gives +1000 HP +100 SP.
2357.png Valkyrian Armor [1] Armor Monster Drop Allstats +1, can be enchanted with +3 INT with hidden enchant.
2374.png Diabolus Robe [1] Armor Monster Drop Reduces aftercast delay, gives +2% MATK and ATK when paired with Diabolus Ring, can be enchanted with +3 INT with hidden enchant. Arguably the best robe for PvM
15094.png Hero Mage Coat [1] Armor Bios Island
Morse Cave
+5% HP/SP, +10 MATK, gives some bonus damage with Fire element. If the refine level is even, every upgrade reduces the Variable Cast Time by 1%. On odd refines, prevent casting interruption and increase Variable Cast Time by 20%. (Similar to a Phen card)
15048.png WoE Robe [1] Armor Guild Dungeon Investment System PvP Choice, must be upgraded to +6 or +9. Reduces incoming ranged damage, gives +1000 HP.
Card Agav card Card Monster drop +5% MATK, best for damage builds.
Card Marc card Card Monster drop Frozen immunity, a must for PvP situations.
Card Evil Druid card Card Monster drop Frozen and Stone curse immunity, +1 INT. Don't forget this on yourself when you're in a party, or you wont be resurrectible.
4913.png Darklord Essence Intelligence3 Card Temple of the Demon God Raises overall damage, +12 MATK +4 INT -4 STR.

Weapons

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
1472.png Soul Staff Two-Handed Rod Monster Drop Great for starters, high base MATK, +5 INT. Combo with Spiritual Ring.
2022.png Staff Of Geffen [1] Two-Handed Rod Old Glast Heim Another cheap item for starters, +20INT +300MATK. Sadly, it's a lv1 weapon, and doesn't scale well into the end game.
2023.png Thanatos Two-handed Staff [1] Two-Handed Rod Ghost Palace +250 MATK, +6 INT, gives a chance to recover HP and SP while magically attacking.
2004.png Kronos [1] Two-Handed Rod Monster Drop +240 MATK, +3 INT. Can be Malangdo enchanted, which makes it better than Thanatos Two-handed Staff.
2000.png Staff Of Destruction [1] Two-Handed Rod Monster Drop +280 MATK, +3 INT +10 AGI, can be Malangdo enchanted. One of the bests weapons available for now. Although keep in mind, the Autocast Jupitel will either save or kill you.
2025.png Crimson Staff [2] Two-Handed Rod Monster Drop On high refines, pretty much on par with Staff of Destruction if not better, but if you're only going to go as far as +5, it's not worth it, just stick with a +4 Staff of Destruction.
2016.png Vellum Arc Wand Two-Handed Rod WoE Weapon Supply Box PvP Choice, must be upgraded to +6/+9
1636.png Thorn Staff Of Darkness One-Handed Rod Endless Tower MATK + 160, Int + 3, Dex + 3, each upgrade level adds MDEF bypassing and reduces cast delay of all skills. Can be Malangdo enchanted. Combo with Skull Cap. Best overall weapon if upgraded to +12.
1680.png Crimson Rod [2] One-Handed Rod Monster Drop Basically the best option out there at the moment for instances, because of the decent mATK and due to the fact that it's slotted and One-Handed, and allows you to use the MDEF Pierce card sets (mentioned below)
1223.png Fortune Sword Dagger Monster drop Swap to this whenever you're not casting skills in PvM. Perfect Dodge +20, helps a ton with tanking and mobbing.
1228.png Combat Knife Dagger Monster drop Same as Fortune Sword, only for PvP, especially for support builds. Can be Malangdo enchanted.
4913.png Darklord Essence Intelligence3 Card Temple of the Demon God Raises overall damage, +12 MATK +4 INT -4 STR.
Card Ancient Tree Card Card Monster drop +10% damage against Undead monsters, great against a lot of instance bosses.
Card Zakudam card Card Monster drop +10% damage against Demi-Human monsters which can be useful on Geffen Magic Tournament, or while sniping Cecils in Biolabs with earth Tetra
Card Pinguicula Card Card Monster drop +10% damage against Insect monsters, Scarabas.
Card Big Ben Card Card Monster drop Increase magical damage against Formless and Demon races by 5%. When equipped with a shield compounded to Neo Punk Card: Ignores 50% of Formless and Demon monster's Magic Defense Rate. Very useful card for Instances such as Charleston Crisis, Last Room, Morse's Cave, Horror Toy Factory and many more
Card Nightmare Mimic Card Card Monster drop Increase magical damage against Brute and Undead monster by 5% When equipped with equip compounded with Nightmare Arclouse card: Reduces damage from Brute and Undead monsters by 5%. Ignore 50% magic defense of Brute and Undead monsters. Very useful card for Instances such as Old Glast Heim, and also against the final boss, Celine Kimi in Horror Toy Factory

Shields

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
2115.png Valkyrja's Shield [1] Shield Monster drop Hands down the best multi-purpose shield in game. Adds 20% resistance to Water, Fire, Undead and Shadow properties.
2168.png Immune Shield [1] Shield Monster Hunter Proof of Loyalty Battlegrounds Must be over-upgraded, probably the best choice for fighting monsters.
28901.png Mad Bunny [1] Shield Cash Shop Has a tiny bit different effect on NovaRO than on divine pride. ATK +5%, MATK +5%. If refined to +7, ATK +5, MATK +5. If refined +9, ATK +15, MATK +15. If refined to +12, skill casting cannot be interrupted. CRIT +10.
Card Thara Frog card Card Monster drop 30% resistance against Demi-Human monsters (and players).
Card Hodremlin card Card Monster drop Reduces damage from Small, Mid, and Large size monsters by 15%. Best for PvM purposes.
Card Alice card Card Monster drop Receive 40% less damage from Boss monsters. Receive 40% more damage from normal monsters. Useful for tanking MvPs and other Boss-types
Card Nightmare Arclouse Card Card Monster drop Reduce damage from Brute and Undead monsters by 20%, but most importantly, set bonus with Nightmare Mimic Card (see Weapons section above).
Card Neo Punk Card Card Monster drop Reduce damage taken from Formless and Demon races by 20%, but most importantly, set bonus with Big Ben Card (see Weapons section above).

Garments

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
20743.png Cloak of Airship [1] Garment Airship Assault Very cheap, slot, -20% cast time and +10% neutral resistance. An all-round great garment for PvM, unless you want to stack MATK religiously.
20744.png Ferlock's Cloak [1] Garment Airship Assault A better alternative to the Airship Cloak, the only downside is that it needs to be +9.
20718.png Giant Snake Skin [1] Garment Faceworm's Nest Boosts stats depending on enchants therefore it's the most versatile garment for all builds, although a monostat one can get expensive (INT/INT/INT etc). +15% HP and +5% SP if worn with Temporal Boots
2576.png Heroic Backpack [1] Garment Monster Hunter Proof of Loyalty Battlegrounds Must be refined to +7/+9, gives the highest MATK among garments, great for glass cannon builds.
2587.png WoE Muffler [1] Garment Guild Dungeon Investment System Gives reduction in WoE/BG
Card Antique Book card Card Monster drop MATK +5 every 10 base INT.
Card Arc Elder card Card Monster drop 15% neutral property resist, increases damage of earth element magic attacks by 3% per refine. Usually best to compound on a +10 or higher Giant Snake Skin
Card Nightmare Ancient Mummy card Card Monster drop 15% neutral property resist, increases damage of fire element magic attacks by 3% per refine. Exactly the same as above, just with Fire.
Card Raydric card Card Monster drop 20% neutral resistance, great for both PvM/PvP
Card Noxious card Card Monster drop 10% neutral and ranged resistance, an alternative for Raydric, more for PvP
Card Marse card Card Monster drop 30% water resistance, mostly used in WoE/BG against Water Dragon Breath

Shoes

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
2423.png Variant Shoes Shoes Monster drop +20% HP/SP, cheap and great when starting out.
22009.png Temporal Int Boots [1] Shoes Old Glast Heim MHP + 300, MSP + 30, +60 MATK if the user's base INT is 120. Most suitable for Release and Soul Expansion builds. Opt for a Spell 9, Reckless Magic/Lucky Day enchanted one, preferably upgraded to +7/+9.
22008.png Temporal Dex Boots [1] Shoes Old Glast Heim MHP + 300, MSP + 30, reduces fixed cast time by 0.5 seconds if the user's base DEX is 120. Most suitable for "elementalist", support builds. Opt for a Spell 9, Lucky Day/Reckless Magic enchanted one.
2485.png WoE Shoes [1] Shoes Guild Dungeon Investment System Gives reduction in WoE/BG
Card Nightmare Verit card Card Monster drop +5% magic damage, at refine level +7 gives an extra +3%, and a bonus +2% at +9 (a total of 10% at +9)
Card Green Ferus card Card Monster drop +10% HP VIT+1
Card Matyr card Card Monster drop +10% HP AGI+1
Card Firelock Soldier card Card Monster drop +10% HP/SP at refine level +9, Str+2

Accessories

Item Type Way to obtain Notes
2854.png Alchemy Glove [1] Accessory Monster drop Cheap easy to get accessory early on, great for Crimson Rock leveling. The autocast FireBall interferes with your Soul Expansion spam, so dont forget to take it down whenever the situation asks for it.
2924.png INT Glove [1] Accessory Eclage MATK +1 per 10 points of INT. MATK +1% when INT is 110 or higher
2701.png Orlean's Glove [1] Accessory Monster drop Dex +2, MATK +3%
2788.png Bradium Earring [1] Accessory Quest Matk +2%, Int + 1, Dex +1. If you did all the quests for the Ultimate Spellbooks, it's fairly easy to pick up.
2964.png Magic Intensifier Ring [1] Accessory Geffen Magic Tournament MATK +5%, very tedious to get.
2772.png Glorious Ring Accessory Battlegrounds For support/PvP builds. HP +300. Resistance to attacks with Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire properties +10%. Aspd +5%. Variable Casting Speed reduces by 3%
2898.png Black Rosary [1] Accessory Monster drop Defensive option. Mdef +15
2981.png Hero Ring Accessory Bios Island Morse's Cave Temple of the Demon God Can be enchanted with +5 INT +5% MATK, but no slot.
28311.png Sarah's Earring Accessory Sarah and Fenrir Can be enchanted (see instance page for details) with up to 9% MATK, or -10% after cast delay reduction.
Card Scaraba card Card Monster drop MATK + 20, MSP - 1%.
Card Smokie card Card Monster drop Gives lv. 1 Hiding
Card Phen card Card Monster drop Makes your casting uninterruptible, +25% Cast time.
Card Alligator card Card Monster drop Defensive choice, +5% long range reduction.
Card Elvira card Card 12246.png MCA Wind/Ghost Magic damage +20%. Amazing for Chain Lightning and Soul Expansion spam, also useful for Tetra Vortex builds. Expensive as hell.

Example builds

In this section I will suggest some skill/gear/stat builds, their uses and some general game-play pointers for them.
They are examples, tweak them to your own budget and playstyle. These are all my own builds, so take them with a grain of salt. To understand the full reasoning behind them, please refer to the corresponding sections above.
Before going into detail, lets start with a general Mage and Wizard skill build, which I use for most of my builds.

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Most frequently used skills:

  • Safety Wall - survivability
  • Fire Wall - crowd control
  • Energy Coat - damage reduction
  • Frost Nova - crowd control
  • Storm Gust level 1 or 10 - level 1 for crowd control, 10 for damage
  • Quagmire - crowd control
  • Mystical Amplification - damage boost

The Elementalist


Gameplay:

  • Mainly for PvM, shines in party scenarios
  • Can be used as MvP tank thanks to White Imprison. Further explained at the Skills section
  • Chain Lightning and Soul Expansion provides amazing DPS at single targets with Poem Of Bragi
  • Jack Frost and Frosty Misty provides great crowd control and act as secondary damage source
  • Crimson Rock and Earth Strain for AoE Burst damage
  • Drain Life gives more survivability in solo play and farming

Skill build:

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Stat build:

  • STR 1
  • AGI 96 - for great spammability, some extra flee
  • VIT 94 - rounds up to 100 with job bonuses, extra HP and Stun resistance
  • INT 120 - for MATK and INT Temporal Boots bonus
  • DEX 120 - for Cast time reduction and DEX Temporal Boots bonus
  • LUK 1

Key pieces of equipment:

The Support / Disabler


Gameplay:

  • Mostly for WoE, okay for BG aswell. Main focus of this build is survivability and to be as annoying as you can get, NOT dealing damage
  • Maxed Marsh Of Abyss to slow down callers, Shadow Chasers and Genetics
  • Jack Frost/Frost Misty for Frozen and Freezing - amazing spam from Poem Of Bragi
  • Earth Strain (from Release) for Full Stripping whole castles
  • White Imprison 5 for stopping single targets (again, Shadow Chasers, Mechanics)
  • Sienna Execrate for petrifying targets (Immunity is rare)
  • Stasis rush into the enemy lines, or during Emperium breaking - a successful Stasis can render whole guilds useless, stopping fights. Avoid using it near your own guild.
  • Heaven's Drive for revealing hidden targets, interrupting calls
  • Soul Expansion + Intense Telekinesis for breaking Barricades, optional.

Skill build:

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Stat build:

  • STR 1-30 - weight limit, status resistances
  • AGI 70-100 - ASPD, status resistances
  • VIT 94+ - stun immunity, bonus HP
  • INT 90+ - cast time, status resistances
  • DEX 120 - for cast time and DEX Temporal bonus
  • LUK 30-60 - status resistances

Key pieces of equipment:

The Geomancer


Gameplay:

  • This build is focused around the element Earth, highly reliant on gear.
  • Mostly for Battlegrounds, and PvP fun, not for competitive use. This build is a hybrid disabler/damage dealer, where swapping your items is necessary.
  • Maxed Marsh Of Abyss to slow down and annoy people, mainly Shadow Chasers and Genetics
  • Jack Frost/Frost Misty for Frozen and Freezing - amazing spam from Poem Of Bragi, AoE Crowd Control
  • Earth Strain (from Release, or Amped) for Full Stripping, and secondary damage output.
  • White Imprison 5 for stopping single targets, protecting yourself from burst skills such as Asura Strike
  • Sienna Execrate for petrifying targets (Immunity is rare)
  • Heaven's Drive for revealing hidden targets, interrupting calls
  • Tetra Vortex (earth) for nuking low HP single targets. This is your main skill to deal damage

Skill build:

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Stat build:

  • STR 1-30 - weight limit, status resistances
  • AGI 70-100 - ASPD, status resistances
  • VIT 94 - stun immunity, bonus HP
  • INT 110+ - mATK, status resistances
  • DEX 120 - for cast time and DEX Temporal bonus
  • LUK 30-60 - status resistances

Key pieces of equipment:

Leveling

Novice

  • Lv 1-17:
    • Talk to the Criaturia Academy Staff /navi izlude 122/207, drink the Apple Juice and talk to him again. You will receive EXP.
    • Head north, inside the building and register for the academy at the Academy Receptionist. You will receive EXP and some Potions.
    • Exit the building, and find the Shop Helper outside the Tool Shop /navi izlude 116/181. Talk to her repeatedly, and finish both of her requests.
    • Head to the Main Office, you're now ready to change into Magician.

Magician

  • Lv 17-30:
    • Get your first few job levels around Prontera, by killing Porings/Lunatics/Fabres. Spend them on Fire Bolt lv4.
    • Head to the Eden Group, and pick up the Spore Hunting Quest. The best map to hunt them is East of Payon. You should be able to kill them in one Fire Bolt. Stay here until you have maxed both your Fire Ball and Fire Wall
  • Lv 30-55:
    • Head to the Orc Dungeon, walk around the map and kill groups of Orc Zombies using your Fire Ball and Fire Wall.
      • Look out for Drainliar's and Orc Skeletons, they walk faster than the Zombies. When in doubt, use your Fire Wall or a Fly Wing to protect yourself
        • Change to Wizard once you reached JobLv 50

Wizard

  • Lv 55-70
    • Head back to the Orc Dungeon, same tactic as above.
  • Lv 70-91
    • Pick up your Eden Group Equipment Quest, for Wraiths and Evil Druids. You can also find a turn in board quest for them at the Mission [71 - 85] Board inside Eden, which is repeatable. I recommend staying here until 91, since the 86-91 Turn In quests are not suitable for casters
      • The tactic is the same as it was for Orcs, use your vertical Fire Wall and Fire Ball against them.
        • Use Fly Wing if a Mimic is nearby
  • Lv 91-99: Things get a little slow.
    • Pick up the Turn in quests from the 91-99 Mission Boards in Eden, and do not turn them in.
      • Recommended quests: Solider, Freezer, Injustice, Rybio, Dark Priest, Stapo, Roween, Siroma, Mineral
        • This part can be very difficult without a good graps of Vertical Firewalling.

Rebirth

  • Once you have reached 99/50, head to the Main Office and change into High Novice
    • Kill a few Porings or other beginner monsters around Prontera to reach JLv 10.
  • Once you have changed into High Magician, turn in one of the 91-99 quests you had saved up. This should put you to JLv 50.
  • Change into High Wizard, begin the Cautios Village Quest and turn the 91-99 quests that you saved up in. You should reach, or get close to 99/70.
    • If you're missing a few levels, feel free to join any Gramps parties, continue your 91-99 Turn in Quests, or grind Magmarings outside Thor Dungeon.

Warlock

Time to hit up a Gramps party, or stick to the Eden Boards. You can find the recommend quests below for each board.

You can also try to solo Gramps once you feel strong enough, depending on the month's rotation. Teleport around, and spam Comet from books.

  • Lv 100-110:
    • Desert Wolf: They move relatively slow, you can mob a bunch of them and kill them using your Frost Misty + Jack Frost combo. If you dont have them yet, you can try using Quagmire + Storm Gust on them while standing in Safety Wall. They are fire element.
      • Found outside Ice Dungeon
    • Pinguicula + Luciola Vespa: Earth/Wind element respectively. I'd recommend grabbing a Crimson Rock book for instant casting, since they move relatively fast.
      • Found outside Splendide.
    • Ice Titan + Snowier: These guys are both Water element, and move really, really slow. You can just Release Chain Lightning, or spam Soul Expansion and kite them. Spamming Lv10 Jupitel Thunder might work aswell. Look out for Gazetis, they attack from a range with high ASPD. If you happen to encounter them, you can freeze them or just teleport away. They also drop materials for INT and DEX foods, which can get you a little extra money.
      • Found at the 2nd and 3rd floor of Ice Dungeon.
  • Lv 111-120:
    • Nepenthes + Centipede Larva: These guys are both Posion element. Nepenthes are immovable so you will have no problems, although every other monster on the map is aggressive and moves fast, so it's highly recommended to use Safety Wall and Frost Nova if you happen to get mobbed.
      • Found just East Of Midgard Camp
    • Venatu: This is where things get a little intense. Venatus can be 4 different element, one of them is Water, which can not be frozen. Try mobbing a bunch, use Jack Frost to freeze them then instantly cast Safety Wall to protect yourself from the Water ones. After that, cast an Amped Crimson Rock then release another one from book right after. Look out for Dimiks, they might interrupt your casting, so a Phen Card is highly recommended.
      • Found in Juperos dungeon
  • Lv 121-130
    • Isilla + Vanberk + Hodremlin: The first two guys pose zero threat since they move really slow. Mob, Jack Frost, Crimson Rock, simple as that. However, Hodremlins are quick, so you might need to use Safety Wall or Fire Wall to keep them away from yourself.
      • Found in Rachel Dungeon.
    • Red Ferus + Green Ferus: They move really fast, so you will have to rely on Releasing Crimson Rock although fire will not hit the Red one. To hit the Red Ferus, you will need to freeze them first using your Frost Nova/Jack Frost + Crimson Rock combo. And again, do not forget that you have Safety Wall and Frost Nova to protect yourself if they happen to get close.
      • Found in Abyss Lake Dungeon.
  • Lv 131-140:
    • One-Horned, Two-Horned, Rake and Antler Scarabas: This is where things get a little gear reliant. It is recommended to have fire damage boosting cards/gear, and a Pinguicula card (refer to the Equipment section). The first two guys are passive, but they will get aggressive once one of them is hurt. Safety Wall/Fire Wall, Mystical Amplification, Crimson Rock, and a second, released Crimson Rock if needed. Business as usual.
      • Found in Scaraba Dungeon.
  • Lv 141-175:
    • Neo Punk + Big Bell + Big Ben: Remember how Mages used to level in Clock Tower Pre-Renewal? Well, this is pretty much the same, with higher HP monsters, and instead of Fire Bolt, you use Crimson Rock. The best way to kill these guys is using Vertical Fire Wall + Crimson Rock. If there are any Ridewords or Mimics around, teleport away or simply Safety Wall yourself and kill them.
      • Found in Nightmare Clock Tower Dungeon.