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15 Things to Know Going into Aion

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Servers

1: This game is all about balance. If one faction is outgrowing the other, it will be locked until the population levels out. If one server is growing faster than the others, same thing. It's annoying, I agree. However, we'll all be happier for it.

2: The game is new. TONS of people are wanting to get in. There will be waiting. From the Betas, NC knows what their servers are capable of. They have 2 options. Either slowly introduce the population to the servers, making sure everything is stable, or open the floodgates, crash the servers, then spend the first 2 weeks of their launch apologizing for crappy service. It's always better to start out small and expand, than to start too big and have ghost servers.

3: Q-U-E-U-E If you're going to cry about it, at least spell it right.

General

4: Lrn2Glide. Seriously, if you get good at it, you can navigate the map MUCH faster. Pressing the 'S' key, or whatever you have "Move Backward" bound to, will cause you to tilt your wings back, catching air currents. Timing this correctly, just before touching down, can enable you to glide almost endlessly.

5: If you're patient, you can repeat the first work order of any craft over and over again, until 40 Skill, FOR ABSOLUTELY FREE. This will give you a nice headstart on recipes and materials from all the turn-ins.

6: If you take your time and weave Auto-attacks in between your skills, you can deal MUCH more damage in a given amount of time. If you need burst, spam away. If something is going to live longer than your cooldowns, use timing.

Classes

7: Gladiators are best suited for Polearms in PVE and Greatswords in PVP. In PVE, you'll want the higher crit and top-end damage. In PVP, you'll want the faster speed and Accuracy.

8: Templars, use your Shield! You can usually do more damage with the ol' Sword-and-Board, since Templar has many offensive skills that trigger after a block.

9: Assassins, learn your Signet moves. These function similar to Combo Points for a WoW Rogue. Watch out, though! Some skills do not have 100% chance of applying Signets!

10: Rangers start out VERY slow. They are basically a Scout with a Bow for their first few levels. Once you gain more shots, they grow into a very powerful class. Stick with it!

11: Sorcerers should stick with Spellbooks, no matter how cool the Orbs look. The additional Macic Accuracy is invaluable, plus the Spellbook has a RANGED Auto-attack, and the Orb is melee.

12: Spiritmasters are currently a little broken. Pets cannot fly until the next major patch hits servers, and DoTs don't stack. They're still very fun to play, but currently represent the smallest portion of the active community.

13: Clerics are BRUTAL to level early on. They gain many healing and defensive skills after ascension. As such, they have to wait until later to start doing any respectable damage. Of course, being the most essential class in the game should motivate many to power through.

14: Chanters start off AMAZING, but slow down in the mid levels. Right off, they gain a few awesome offensive skills, but spend those middle levels gaining their buffs. Additionally, they learn very few healing skills outside Stigmas and higher levels. Once those mid-levels are over though, the class really shines.

The Most Important Thing

15: EYE-on

For more info, take a look at my Preview series:

Character Creation
Classes
Questing
Combat
Death
Growth & Leveling
Getting Around
Items
Gathering
Crafting

4 comments:
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Syrana said...
September 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM  

Interesting... at first lots of people were going to make SMs, but now they are low pop. Ah, I'm used to that. :P

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Samodean said...
September 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

I'm sure there will be lots of them at first. Just, currently, they're the least represented class in Korea and China.

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Awlbiste said...
September 21, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

We may be a little broke but with patience and know-how SMs are a great class and can solo nearly anything with good pet management. I always did play the underdog though.

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Samodean said...
September 22, 2009 at 5:00 PM  

OK, guys. I have NOTHING against SM, I would like to play one myself. I just want new players to know that the class has some issues.

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