Darkness Rises: PVP Guide and General Skill Builds (PVP and PVE)


Here'a a general guide for PVP and Skill Builds, for beginner's playing Darkness Rises, a hack and slash action adventure Android and iOS mobile game.

Unlock and Upgrade Skills

Skill Points

   - You can gain skill points every time you level up or by completing certain achievement quests.
   - Obtained from SP Chests, event completion rewards, and more.
   - Buy from PVP Honor Shop (random) or Guild Shop.
   - Note: You can't reset skills but you can farm SPs.

Prioritize PVP Skills First (General Builds)

   - Focus on 3 PVP skills to upgrade first to make your PVP life easier. To maximize their upgrades, equip them too for PvE, refer below for general skill builds.
   - Upgrade and max them out to increase their base damages and cool-downs.

*General Skill Builds Per Class Coming Soon Here!

   - Note: Switch to "PVP mode skill select" to check their base damages, cool-downs, and extra effects, or just try them out in PVP Skirmish Mode.

Farming PVP Rewards

   - Focusing on PVP skills will also give you easier time to farm more Gems and other item like Jewels from PVP rewards, aside from the Daily Activity rewards.

Preferred Skill Still Unlocked?

   - In case your preferred skill isn't unlocked yet, just go for any skill for now, but do not upgrade them to save Skill Points.

Skill Selection Guide: Disables and Debuffs

   - Preferably, choose Skills (including Combo Skills, yes you can equip them) with disability effect like Stun, and with nice damage output. Defense Reduction is also an excellent debuff to get, Attack Reduction too depending on your play style.
   - Stun is an excellent disability skill to help set-up combos, accurately use skills or Ultimate Skills, and for team play! I would highly recommend to get at least 1 Stun skill.

Countering Stun Skills

   - Use any Skills including Block and Counter to ignore Stun effects.
   - Escape using dodge too if you can.
   - Increasing Stun Recovery stat may also help.

Skill Selection Guide: Nukes!

   - The reason why getting a Nuke skill is an advantage for any build is because Stuns can still miss if it's not accurately used. Example: In a 1 on 1 fight where 2 players simultaneously spams their 3 skills, the end fight is that no one will get stunned, and the one with a higher damage output will have more chance of winning.

Air/Ground Lock Combos

   - Go for Nuke Skills with high PVP damage output, and with extra effects like "Knock enemies into the Air" for example. These skills are really great especially for Duel PVP because you can do a series of normal attacks while the enemy is in the air.

   - If you can successfully do these combos after a Stun, damage output is really great!
   - TIP: Accuracy is also important, if you can't chain or even connect your skills 80% of the time then better change (try them out in PVP Skirmish Mode).

Long Attack Animations

   - There are some skills that can also lock targets for the whole duration, useful for Team PVP, and for countering Blockers. Commonly used by Berserkers, make sure to land all hits though.

Ring Out Skills!

   - These skills are mainly used for Team PVP because of their extra effect to push enemies outside the ring! Usually used after a stun attack near those map edges!
   - Skill is very situational though, and only works if it's done right (need to adjust location after stun for example).

Diving and Charging Skills

   - Skills used for diving into enemies. This is great if you can time it well (effective with long ranged skills), otherwise, it's a make or break skill because it can miss a lot if not used correctly within it's required range, making your position vulnerable to attacks.
   - Charging skills that dashes towards targets are better.

Choosing PVE Skills (Based From PVP Skills)

   - Just equip your PVP Skills. If some of them is a Combo Skill, just equip the required Skill to activate them. This way you can still efficiently use your hard earned upgrades for all around use.

Preferred Skill Still Unlocked?

   - In case the skill isn't unlocked yet, just go for any skill for now, but do not upgrade them. Note that it is best to use a temporary Skill with a Combo Skill unlocked for PVE because of higher damage output (250% + 200% is better than using a single 300% upgraded skill for example).

Skills: Upgrading Tips

   - Focus on those 3 PVP skills first and keep them maxed as much as possible (or at least 2), depending on your current Lvl.

   - Next, use your extra skill points to slowly upgrade your 3 PVP Skills' counterparts for PVE. Example, if one of your PVP Skills is a Combo Skill, upgrade it's Initiator skill to decrease cool-down and increase base damages as well for PVE (cap it to Lvl 10~30 for now, to save Skill Points for your PVP Skills).

   - So at this point, you should be upgrading a total of 6 Skills, and this way you can use all upgraded skills for all around use!
   - You may also consider upgrading other skills that you might like later on.

PVP Player Skill (Block+Counter)

   - Please note that skill builds are dependent on your base stats, gear upgrades, and most especially player skill. Learning the skills alone won't be enough, you also need to learn how to use them effectively.
Darkness Rises: Block and Counter
   - Blocking and Countering is also a must to learn because they can help nullify damages rendering your enemy's damages and skill effects like stun to be useless. Dodge, Block and Counter can also give you a chance to set-up your combos for massive damages.

Duel PVP: Quick Tips

Rules and Matchmaking:

   - Defeat enemy within 2 minutes.
   - The Player with higher HP after 2 minutes wins the match.

   - If you are doing great, you'll eventually encounter players that are way stronger than you, so it is kinda normal to get losses sometimes.
   - The best workaround against these strong opponents, is to win via time limit, plan your attacks and avoid all damages using dodge, counter, and block.

   - *Note: When creating Skirmish mode Duel PVP, make sure to tick the Public option to make your room open to all.

Team PVP: Quick Tips

Rules and Matchmaking:

   - Score 1,000 Points within 3 Minutes.
   - The Team with highest score after 3 minutes wins the match.
   - Points can be gathered by defeating enemies and through assists, so team play is a must.
   - When killed, your character will re-spawn after 5 seconds. You can't attack, use skills or get damaged a few seconds after you re-spawn.

   - During matchmaking, if you have the lowest points, league rank, and overall rank (portrait decoration), it is best to avoid diving in and taking damages because you'll definitely lose (especially for squishy classes), plan your attacks and move out to avoid getting killed.
   - Otherwise, if you think you have the upper hand, then go and unleash hell to them!

   - If you are really really good, you'll eventually encounter players that are way stronger than you, so it is kinda normal to get losses sometimes, especially when your strongest member/s isn't doing great.

   - *Note: When creating Skirmish mode Team PVP, make sure to tick the Public option to make your room open to all.

Ultimate and Buff Orbs

   - The Ultimate Orb located at the center will spawn first at 2:30, then re-spawns after 30 seconds from the time it is obtained. So go back and start checking it out somewhere around 1:59, 1:28, 0:57, and 0:26.
   - Sometimes, the Ultimate Orb will spawn right away, so go check it out right from the start, then adjust and follow the re-spawn pattern.
   - Buff Orbs from all corners may also spawn: Resistance, Strength or Life Orbs.

Basic Things To Avoid

   - Avoid getting killed a lot! Try to get Life Orbs to replenish your HP.
   - Avoid the edges of the map to avoid getting "Ring Outs", unless you know what you are doing.
   - Avoid Ultimate skill users, they are invincible during the skill animation, but if you can time your attacks, there is a small window right after their skill, where you can nuke or stun them while they can't still move!
   - Avoid using Gems to revive, save them instead.

Other PVAI Matches

Ranked Matches

   - Similar to Duel PVP, but probably the easiest PVP match so far, because AI is predictable... until of course you have reached higher ranks where you need to upgrade your character more just to reduce or deal significant damages.

Raid Camp PVAI

   - Similar to Ranked Matches, but this time you'll be able to use up to 3 characters.
   - Tip: Once the Switch Bar is full, you can switch to your characters with a stun effect, also a useful option once you get stunned or combo locked by the enemy. Good Luck!



Related Darkness Rises: Tips & Guides:
   - Darkness Rises: Quick Beginner's Tips, Tricks and Strategy Guide

Darkness Rises: Quick Beginner's Tips, Tricks and Strategy Guide


Here's a quick beginner's guide for gamers playing Darkness Rises, a hack and slash action adventure Android and iOS mobile game.

Claim All Rewards

   - This game has a lot of freebies, just go with the flow and collect all of them, follow the RED DOT as your guide too. Join and complete all events to gain usable items and gears for your characters.

   - As you complete more stages and level up, more game modes can be unlocked, giving you more game-play experience.
Darkness Rises: Quick Beginner's Tips and Guide

Character Selection Guide

Main Character

   - This can be any unit that you like to focus on. According to the game, Warrior and Wizard are the easiest ones to play, then Berserker or Assassin ~ your choice.

Alternative Characters

   - Play more than one character if you have the time, because each one of them will get a different set of items, login rewards, friends list, and so on... it's like playing multiple accounts.
   - For alt characters, aim for at least Lvl 30 with Rank B gears and accessories, level up more as you go.

Perks for Playing Multiple Characters

Shared Inventory

   - Players that only focuses on 1 or 2 characters usually use other units to farm various chests like gears, skill points, and other resources for their main character/s. Note that the "Account Inventory" where you can find your unlocked chests are the only items that can be shared.
   - Note: Gems are also shared across all characters.
   - Your Account Mailbox is also shared, but still claim items from your Character Mailbox because they will get transferred to your Account Inventory (you can get a lot of items by doing this method).

Multi Character Stats Bonus

   - The higher your alternative characters Lvls are, the higher the bonus stats that your whole team will get. Every single Lvl on your other characters increases your Power by 0.05% (maximum of 9%).

Camping Mode

   - Unlocked once you complete 7-5 Adventure mode stage.
   - You can assign more characters to gather more resources (also shared). Upgrade Camp with your alt characters, and claim/buy rewards with your main.
   - A team with 3 characters can effectively Defend or initiate Raids (you can switch with your characters during battle with a stun effect).

Increase Base Stats

Upgrade Using Essence 

   - Using Essence is the best way to increase your character's stats and overall base performance.
   - Ideally, current upgrades should be x2 of your current character Lvl. Example: If you are at Lvl 25, your Essence Lvls should be at around Lvl 50.

Farming Essence

   - During early game, use your massive amount of Adventure Keys to farm Essences from Stages.
   - Go to your "Character Upgrade" screen > Select type of Essence that you need to farm > Select "Source" to bring up a list where you can farm that Essence.

   - If you need more Mystical Essences, farm any Elemental Essences that you don't have instead, or farm them from the highest stage that you can that requires only few Keys (usually 2) for a good number of Mystical Essences in return.
   - Unlock higher stages to get more Essences per run.

Clear Tickets

   - Use them after getting 3 Stars in a stage, best used at higher stages that you can unlock.

Repeat Battle Option

   - Use this feature to continuously farm a single stage, click on the counter below the screen anytime to stop. Recommended difficulty: Easy

Gear Enhancing Guide

Enhancing and Upgrading Gears

   - Upgrading will allow you to increase the Rank of your gears once they are fully Enhanced.

Upgrade Stones

   - Do not use them on your Rank D, C, and B gears. Save them for your Rank A gears instead. Best used for upgrading specific Set gears to avoid getting random Rank S set gears.
   - TIP: Check the Grimoire section in-game to check all available sets, including PVP sets and their stats.
   - Use the Fusion method below for upgrading your low ranked gears instead.
   - Upgrade Stones can be obtained from event/quest completion rewards.

Enhancing and Fusing Gears

Darkness Rises - Enhancing Gears with Polish Items

Enhance Using Polish and Gears

   - Use "Polish" items or lower ranked Gears to Enhance your equipped gear to max Lvl. Next max out another gear with the same rank as your equipped gear.
   - Buy Gear and Accessory Chests if you need more: One way to use Gems, especially for non F2P players.
   - Polish can also be farmed from adventure stages.

Fusing Gears

Darkness Rises: Fusing Weapons
   - Use the Fuse Option: example: Lvl 30 Rank C Weapon + Lvl 30 Rank C Weapon = Lvl 1 Rank B Weapon (random set).
   - Follow the same pattern until you can get Rank A or S gears.
Darkness Rises: Fusing Accessories
   - Note: For accessories, they can be fused with other type of accessory but make sure to use your preferred item as your base item. Example: Ring (base item) + Any Type = Ring (random set).
Darkness Rises: Fusing Armors
   - Same with Armors. Example: Helm (base item) + Any Type= Helm (random set).

Set Gears and Traits

   - Sets are available once you reach Rank B gears, complete some of them to get bonus stats (depends per set items).
   - Armors and Accessories will also get a different kind of sets, each having 3 total stat bonuses.
   - TIP: Check the Grimoire section in-game to check all available sets including PVP sets and their stats.
Darkness Rises: Traits

Re-rolling Traits

   - Aside from the Set bonus stats, you might want to refine and get the Traits you prefer per gear. Preferably, use them only for your Rank S late game gears because Traits from your Rank A gears will get re-rolled once you fuse them to Rank S.
   - Re-roll using Trait Tickets or Gems [Blue or Orange Traits only].
   - Note: A gear's Unique Trait can't be re-rolled.

   - Defense Penetration: Decreases enemy defense for more damage.
   - Crit Activation: Indirectly increases your Crit Rates.

For Late Game (Optional)

   - Gather 1 Set for PVE and another Set for PVP, including their own Jewels.
   - Some [PVP] gears are also obtainable (random and rare) with nice PVP only Traits, this is a huge plus if you can get them all.
   - For more late game content, aim for the Traits you need depending on your character and play style (PvE or PVP focused sets + jewels and runes).

Costumes

   - Costumes works like gears, they also have their own Stats and Traits.
   - Can be obtained free from limited events, craft from the Blacksmith, and more.
   - Buy from Chests option ~ Costume tab, (preferably with your Main Character). One of the best recommended ways to use Gems! (F2P or non-F2P).
Darkness Rises Costumes

Costume Collection Reward

   - As you gather more costumes, you can activate more stat bonuses per completed set collections.
   - This is also the reason why we recommend that you spend your Gems for costumes.
   - Note: You don't need to equip them all to activate the set bonuses.

Can I Upgrade Costumes?

   - At the moment, you can't upgrade Costumes like from Rank A to S, but maybe in the future game patches.
   - For now, just enhance your A Rank costumes until you can get Rank S ones, then transfer the enhanced Rank A gear into it by enhancing.

Other Enhancements

Jewels

   - Jewels when equipped to gears, will also give extra stats.
   - Obtained from PVP event rewards, Honor Shop (random), Raid rewards, Fishing (Shellfish), and more.
Darkness Rises: Jewel Slots
   - Jewels can also be upgraded or fused.
   - Note: When Fusing, the fused item will also depend on your base item.

Equipping Runes

   - Unlocks after completing 9-5 Adventure Mode.
   - Runes are extra features that will also give bonuses when certain conditions are met.
   - Similar to Jewels, these Runes can also be fused or upgraded.
   - Aside from the usual reward items, these Runes can also be obtained by fishing near the fishing yard.

Adventure Mode (PVE): Quick Battle Tips

Recommended Power

   - To make your game easier, only attempt to complete stages once you reach the recommended Power. You'll see difficulty changes from (Easy > Mid > Hard) depending on your total Power. Go for Easy or Mid as long that you can complete with 3 Stars.

Combo Attacks

   - Aside from spamming skills, you can actually sneak in some normal attacks between skills to maximize damages while the boss is locked from your combos.
   - Spam normal attacks once you see the boss flinching (usually after a combo skill), or when it gets stunned, then continue using skills once the boss can move and attack again.

Invincibility

   - During skill animations (most skills including Ultimate), your character is immune to damage, use this opportunity to negate huge incoming damages.

Countering Boss Attacks!

   - Use Skills to interrupt the attacks of bosses, time it well right before they start their attack animation.
   - This is not effective though against enraged bosses so use dodge instead.

Dodging Boss Attacks

   - Dodging is also important in this game to avoid incoming damages, just do a number of normal attacks then dodge right before the boss uses it's combo strikes (check patterns and start of attack animations).

   - Rage attacks can also be used to dodge boss attacks, very useful when your dodge skill is not yet available, or if you are being hit non-stop by enemy skills.
   - Time it well and use your Ultimate skill too!

Let Your Skills Cool-Down!

   - Before the Boss fight, let your skills cool-down first, but make sure that you have enough time to get 3 Stars completion though, if needed.

Unlock and Upgrade Skills

Skill Points

   - You can gain skill points every time you level up or by completing certain achievement quests.
   - Obtained from SP Chests, event completion rewards, and more.
   - Buy from PVP Honor Shop (random) or Guild Shop.
   - Note: You can't reset skills but you can farm SPs.

PVP Player Skill (Block+Counter)

   - Please note that skill builds are dependent on your base stats, gear upgrades, and most especially player skill. Learning the skills alone won't be enough, you also need to learn how to use them effectively.
Darkness Rises: Block and Counter
   - Blocking and Countering is also a must to learn because they can help nullify damages rendering your enemy's damages and skill effects like stun to be useless. Dodge, Block and Counter can also give you a chance to set-up your combos for massive damages.

Prioritize PVP Skills First (General Builds)

   - Focus on 3 PVP skills to upgrade first to make your PVP life easier. To maximize their upgrades for all around use, equip them too for PvE, refer to the link below for general skill builds.
   - Upgrade and max them out to increase their base damages and cool-downs.
   - Note: Switch to "PVP mode skill select" to check their base damages, cool-downs, and extra effects, or just try them out in PVP Skirmish Mode.

   - Go here: Darkness Rises: PVP Guide and General Skill Builds (PVP and PVE)



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- Darkness Rises: PVP Guide and General Skill Builds (PVP and PVE)

Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images


If you are experiencing too much lag while playing, having black screens, black characters, objects or images while playing Android games through Bluestacks, then you might want to refer to our best solution below.

*Note that all PC specs stated below have been tested by multiple players, and the solutions presented are one of the best ways to solve this problem.
Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images

Playing Android Games with Bluestacks 2

Example PC Specs: Playable

   - OS: Windows 7 32-Bit (x86) or higher
   - 4GB RAM
   - 2GB DDR3 Video Card or better

The Good Old Stuffs

   - If you still run the above example PC specs (or close), most game apps like those "2D mobile games" or simple "3D games" can still run smoothly.
   - Bluestacks 2 is also one of the few Android Emulators that can run without virtualization support which is good.

Now the Problem:

   - The first problem is, you'll eventually need to install newer versions like the Bluestacks 3 to be able to play those new and upcoming mobiles games, that Bluestacks 2 can't.
   - Also, Bluestacks 2 can't be upgraded to Bluestacks 3, you need to fresh install newer versions to enjoy these new features, major improvements and more.

Using Above PC Specs with Bluestacks 3

RAM Problem and It's Effects

   - Now this is a problem especially for long time PC users, because any Operating System as long that it is a 32-Bit (x86) version, is no longer recommended because it will only cap your RAM to 3.5GB or even lower!
   - Bluestacks 3 needs more RAM to smoothly run newer games these days.
   - Note: Tweaking Bluestacks' RAM via "regedit" won't solve this problem either.

Black Screens, Characters, Objects or Images

   - This is primarily caused by insufficient RAM, so better upgrade your PC to be able to play your favorite mobile game and all other future games.
   - Installing big games will also fail during data downloads because of the lag and low overall PC performance, and even if you are successful, you'll still experience too much lag when playing.

   - Note: Disk Space also contributes to this problem, so make sure to free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space.

Extreme Lag!

Virtualization Technology

   - Another thing to check out why you are experiencing too much lag, is because Bluestacks 3 now requires virtualization technology support. You can check this from your BIOS if it is enabled.
   - For Intel, the BIOS option is VT-x and/or VT-d  = Enabled
   - for AMD, AMD-V = Enabled

   - If none, then most probably your PC hardware parts needs some upgrades.
   - Search for online tutorials on how to check your PC's BIOS if you need help.

   - Note: Disk Space also contributes to this problem, so make sure to free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space.
Bluestacks 3: [SOLVED] Lags with Black Characters, Objects or Images

Playing Android Games with Bluestacks 3

Example PC Specs: Quick Recommendations

   - OS: Windows 7 64-Bit (x64) or higher (would recommend Windows 10 64-Bit). This will remove the RAM cap and enable you to use over 3.5GB of RAM.

   - Get a x64-based Processor, and a Motherboard that can support that Processor (best if you can verify that they have virtualization support too, most new computer parts these days have this technology).
   - Note: Virtualization Technology Support will dramatically increase speed, but if you are using hypervisors like VirtualBox or VMWare, they might cause speed problems, so it is recommended to turn them off.

   - 8GB RAM
   - 2GB DDR3 Video Card or better (optional, update drivers too)
   - Disk Space must not be full, free up at least 20% or 1/3 of total space. Bluestacks 3 recommends at least 40GB of free space.

RAM Settings

   - Check the settings section in Bluestacks to adjust RAM, example setting: 1800MB.
   - Congratulations, you now have a sweet running Android emulator for your PC!
   - Good luck! ^^

Dungeon Chronicle: Character Build, Skill Combos, and Set Gears


Here's an example character build for the dungeon crawling action RPG mobile game Dungeon Chronicle. Available to download from the App Store and Google Play.

Example Build for Dungeon Chronicle

   - This build will focus on easy to use skills with good accuracy and DPS.
   - Skills that will allow you to move freely are highly recommended, to avoid dangerous skills and traps that can kill your character in seconds!

Important Note: 
   - I will no longer explain the basics here, refer to our beginner's guide for more info on how to upgrade and stuff:
   - Dungeon Chronicle: Beginner's FAQs, Tips and Strategy Guide
Dungeon Chronicle: Character Build, Skills, and Set Gears

Weapons and Gears to Get

Weapons

   - Get 1 Great Wizard's Staff1 Marksman's Shotgun and 1 Guardian's Sword
   - Sword weapon can be any.
   - Upgrade them with Scrolls, and try to get better weapons with higher stats as you go.

Note:
   - Use your Sword to reduce incoming damages and get better and faster life steal per attack. Best used when you are totally mobbed by monsters, or if your character's HP is below 50%.
   - Use your Wand/Staff to get better and faster MP regeneration per attack (until you can buy a costume with Rubies).


Equipment

Great Wizard Set Gears
   - Get 2 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - This will allow you to summon all Hydras at once.

   - TIP: Getting 3 set items is also good to unlock the 4th Set Bonus. The bonus attack speed is useful for Swordsman's auto attack + life steal combo (check below skills).

Marksman Set Gears
   - Get 2 "Marksman" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - This will allow you to install all Sentry Guns at once, great vs mobs, excellent vs bosses.

Guardian Set Gears NEW!
   - Get 1 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st Set Bonus)
   - The 1st bonus will allow you to become immune to freeze during Berserk Mode. Using auto-attacks will also give you an ability to disable invincible auras of bosses!
   - This addition will give you full control of the game now.

   - TIP: Getting 3 more set items will also unlock the 4th set bonus, that gives 4 Guardian soldiers that can fight with you as long that your Berserk Mode is active. You'll need to get a special Amulet though to use this together with the sets above, check below for more info.

Other Gears
   - For items that you still need, just go for any gear with better stats, or if you want to try other set effects, go for it. Focus more on their overall Defense stats.


Accessories

Rings
   - Any, just keep on getting better and higher stats from loots.
Dungeon Chronicle Amulet Set Skill Up
Amulet
   - Find an Amulet that can increase all Set Effects to +1.
   - Note: If you have this item, you can replace 1 item for every Set mentioned above to give you a way to experiment with other set effects.

Summary of Gears To Get (If with Amulet)

   - 1 Amulet that can increase all Set Effects to +1.
   - Get 1 Great Wizard's Staff1 Marksman's Shotgun and 1 Guardian's Sword

Great Wizard Set Gears
   - Get 1 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)
   - or Get 2 "Great Wizard" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd and 4th Set Bonuses)

Marksman Set Gears
   - Get 1 "Marksman" Set Items (+Weapon = Unlocks 3rd Set Bonus)

Guardian Set Gears NEW!
   - Get 1 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st Set Bonus)
   - or Get 2 "Guardian" Set Item (+Weapon = Unlocks 1st and 4th Set Bonuses)

*You have 1 extra item slot if you have all the set items above, this can be any gear. Feel free to experiment with other set gears too.

Skills To Learn (For This Build)

Dungeon Chronicle Skills To Learn (For This Build)
   - For early to mid game, MP is a bit short so focus on upgrading and using your main skills. Max all main skills first, then the secondary ones, or any skill that you might like to use.

Wizard Skills

Main Skill: Hydra
   - With set gears you can summon up to 3 Hydras at once, excellent skill vs mobs and bosses. Spam with Sentry Guns for maximum effect.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

Main Skill: Meteor
   - Meteor is an AoE skill with burst and area damages.
   - Best used against bosses, especially when there are no mobs around (your Hydras and Sentry Guns can help clear them). Time it well and avoid using though while the boss has damage immunity.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

   - Tip: During Meteor, you can switch to your Sword weapon to increase survivability, letting you dive in to mobs without worry. Start auto attacking mobs or bosses to get life steals while your Meteor is pouring at them. This is great especially when you are challenging higher floors where bosses can take your HP down.
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Earthquake to stun mobs and focus your meteors in one place.

Marksman Skills

Main Skill: Sentry Gun
   - Similar to Hydra, set gears will let you summon more, excellent skill vs mobs and bosses. Spam them both for maximum effect.
   - The best thing about this skill is that you can cast and run, nice for dodging dangerous skills.

Secondary Skill: Flying Attack
   - This is great for clearing mobs, the only drawback is that you are stuck in midair which could make your character vulnerable to lightning balls, meteor strikes, and more.
   - Note: It can't hit monsters that are directly below, so give some space before using this skill.
Dungeon Chronicle Flying Attack and Earthquake
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Earthquake to gather mobs and focus your attacks in one place.
   - Combo Tip: Combo with Berserk to increase DPS.

Swordsman Skills

Secondary Skill: Earthquake
   - The main reason why I prefer this stun skill over the others, is because you can use your sword to increase survivability while your skills are raining down. Perfect for challenging higher floor levels.
   - Note: Stunned enemies will receive +20% damage.

Secondary Skill: Berserk
   - This buff can increase damage, crit rates, move/attack speed, and more.
   - Use whenever you like.

   - TIP: Get the 2nd set bonus of Guardian Set Items (swordsman class) to become immune to freeze and remove the invincible auras of bosses, while in Berserk mode.

Secondary Skill: Whirlwind
   - Use this as an emergency escape skill, if you messed up with your teleport/dodge skill.

Basic Combo Patterns (For This Build)

Dungeon Chronicle Basic Combo Patterns (For This Build)

Basic Pattern vs Mobs

   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Flying Attack
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Earthquake > Flying Attack (quickly use while enemies are stunned)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake (enhances Meteor's DPS)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake > Flying Attack

   - TIP: For best results, it's best to lure and mob them up first before using combos.
   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like.

Basic Pattern vs Boss (with or without mobs)

Floor Bosses
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Earthquake (stun) > Auto Attack with Sword (life steal+MP regen). Repeat once your Sentry guns disappears.

   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like, and Auto attacks might not be needed against easy bosses.
   - Flying Attack is only good for easy bosses, use after Earthquake if you like.

Dungeon Keeper (Can't be stunned so no Earthquake)
   - Sentry Guns > Hydras > Meteor > Auto Attack with Sword (life steal+MP regen). Repeat once your Sentry guns disappears.

   - Note: Use Berserk whenever you like.
   - Flying Attack is only good for easy bosses, use after Meteor.
   - TIP: If the enemy is too hard for you, keep spamming your main skills (sentries and hydras) then move away. Regenerate your HP and MP using other monsters around, then repeat.

Nastiest Enemy Boss Skill!
   - Being frozen is the nastiest boss skill in the game, especially when you are playing maxed challenge mode. Once you get hit by a freezing attack, be ready to tap on the Mini-Map to escape that floor.

   - TIP: If you are having trouble with these freezing attacks, you can get the swordsman class Guardian Set's Immunity to Freeze set bonus.


That's All Guys, Good Luck! ^^
   - Feel free to modify the combo skills above,


Related Dungeon Chronicles Tips & Guides:

Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS) Water Element


This tier list will show you how good your 5 star characters are when it comes to burst damages and ranking events.

Rank [SS] 5* Burst DPS Damagers for Ranking Events (Water Element)

   - For best results, use vs their counter element and with teams. For beginners with limited number of characters, aim for a high ranked Dagger, Lance, RapierDual, or Sword wielder that can also generate combos.

Other Useful Lists:

   - Character List (Element, Stats and Info)
   - 4* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 5* Burst DPS Tier List (Ranking Events)
   - 4* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 5* Characters Tier List (Overall)
   - 4* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
   - 5* Support Units (Buffers and Debuffers)
Sword Art Online: MD - Best 5* Burst Damagers Tier List (Rank SS)

SAO MD RANK SS Burst Damagers


Neutral ElementFire ElementWind ElementEarth ElementWater ElementHoly ElementDark Element
(This Ranking Page (Burst DPS Rank SS) is divided based on Element)

Wide AoE Nukers and/or Combo Generators

   - Note: Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s are great combo builders vs mobs. The effectiveness of mob clearing units depends on how the mobs are spaced out.

None at the moment...
Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak


Nukers and Combo Generators

   - Units with high Hits/Sec on their SS3s. Can be used anytime during battle, but more effective if used from the start to generate fast combos (against single targets like bosses).

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Silica [Lovely Chocolatier] Silica
[Lovely Chocolatier]
Water
Dagger
9 Hits
1.8sec
(5.0)

SS

SS

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Midair Attack], [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Premiere
[Goddess' Blessing]
Water
Rapier
12 Hits
2.5sec
(4.8)

SS

S+

S+

A
*Leader Skill:
+10% Attack
(Water Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Speed+ Buff],  [Ends behind target (situational)],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can make or break depending on the target, and ends behind if timed right.
Combo Partner[Lance] - Increases damage by 10%. [Assist]: MP+ Buff
Asuna [Ocean Resort] Asuna
[Ocean Anchor]
Water
Rapier
8 Hits
1.7sec
(4.7)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Water Element)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Buffer


Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Attack+ Team Buff],  [Auto-Heal],  [Ends behind target at mid-ranged position],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well, best with combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Philia [treasure Hunter's Blessing] Philia
[Treasure Hunter's Blessing]
Water
Dagger
13 Hits
2.8sec
(4.6)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen


Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Speed+ Buff],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty much on point, best used after parry or combinations.
- Combo Partner: [Sword] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] MP Recovery 
Eugeo [Trusted Sword] Eugeo
[Trusted Sword]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
1.6sec*
(4.4)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS+10% Atk
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Trap Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Auto-Heal],  [Trap Zone],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Silica [Angel Tone] Silica
[Angel Tone]
Water
Sword
12 Hits
2.7sec
(4.4)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(30+ Combos)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Atk+ Zone

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [Attack+ Zone],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Lisbeth] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Kirito [Guide in Snow] Kirito
[Guide in Snow]
Water
Dual
8 Hits
1.9sec*
(4.2)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty straight forward, use his frame locks or after a successful parry.
Combo Partner[Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Asuna [Affectionate Chocolatier] Asuna
[Affectionate Chocolatier]
Water
Rapier
7 Hits
1.7sec
(4.1)

SS

SS

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner[Yuuki] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Asuna [Votive Prayers] Asuna
[Votive Prayers]
Water
Rapier
7 Hits
1.7sec
(4.1)

SS

SS

S+

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are pretty easy to spam, and fast too!
Combo Partner[Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Leafa [Beauty in Secluded Hot Springs] Leafa
[Beauty in Secluded Hot Springs]
Water
Sword
10 Hits
2.5sec
(4.0)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Limited In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just position your unit and time it well.
Combo Partner[Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Yuuki [Innocent Chocolatier] Yuuki
[Innocent Chocolatier]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
2.0sec
(3.5)

SS

SS

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Teleports behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Asuna] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Sachi [Snow Blessings] Sachi
[Snow Blessings]
Water
Lance
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

AA
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Decent In-line AoE
SS3 Notes

[MP:110],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Self Heal],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, kinda teleports behind target then ends at mid ranged position.
Combo Partner[Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Eugeo [Blue Rose Integrity Knight] Eugeo
[Blue Rose Integrity Knight]
Water
Sword
7 Hits
2.1sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],  [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, and note that his ice attacks can auto-aim targets.
- Combo Partner: [Alice] - Increases damage attained by 10%.

Support Nukers

   - Characters with average or low Hits/Sec on their SS3s, using ranged or slow speed weapons. Still strong characters especially against their counter elements, best played with combo generators to deal stronger nukes at higher combo counts.

Image Character
Name
Elem.
Wep.
Combo
Gen
DPS Ratings
vs Elements
Mob
Clear
Roles
(Best As)
(Hits/Sec) Strong Others Weak
Philia
[Spirited Chocolatier]
Water
Bow
11 Hits
2.2sec
(5.0)

SS

S+

S

A
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Healer
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes [MP:100],  [Team Heal],  [Instant SS3 upon switch],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s must be spammed from a ranged position (in-line with target), to sink all hits.
- Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.
Fukaziroh [Storm Baby] Fukaziroh
[Storm Baby]
Water
Rifle
10 Hits
2.1sec*
(4.8)

SS+

SS

S+

A
*LS:+10% Atk
(Water Elem)
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
*Stunner

Combo Window: Passive Limited AoE Range
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Auto-aim Caster],  [Likely to Stun],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, just time it well
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 10%.
Sakuya [Indoor Gamer] Sakuya
[Indoor Gamer]
Water
Bow
9 Hits
1.9sec
(4.7)

SS

S+

S+

B
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:100],  [Self-Heal],  [Temporary Damage Reduction (15sec)],  [Auto-Aim Caster],  [100% Frame Lock],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s can be spammed from a ranged position, but watch out for incoming attacks.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage attained by 5% vs Fire Element.
Sinon
[The Archer - Overcoming the Past]
Water
Bow
8 Hits
2.4sec
(3.3)

SS

S+

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen
Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes [MP:120],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Ends at mid-ranged position],  [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s must be spammed from a ranged position (in-line with target), to sink all hits.
- Combo Partner: [Leafa] - Increases damage attained by 10%.
Lisbeth [Pure Hearted Chocolatier] Lisbeth
[Pure Hearted Chocolatier]
Water
Mace
8 Hits
2.6sec
(3.1)

SS

SS

S

B
*Leader Skill:
+6% Attack
*Nuker
*Combo Gen

Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Teleports to nearby target],  [Midair Attack], [100% Frame Lock],  [Ends behind target],   [Targets: Ground and Midair Enemies]
- SS3s are easy to spam, turn off Auto-Approach to increase range.
Combo Partner[Silica] - Increases damage attained by 10%. [Assist] Heal; Crit Dmg+ Buff
Yuuki [Sunny Summer Girl] Yuuki
[Sunny Summer Girl]
Water
Rapier
4 Hits
2.1sec
(1.9)

SS

S+

S

B
*Nuker
5 Stars Upgradable Combo Window: Passive Single Target
SS3 Notes

[MP:120],  [Barrier negates 1 strike],  [Teleports behind target],  [Midair Attack],  [Instant SS3 upon Switch],   [Targets: Ground Enemies]
- SS3s can be used from any location and easy to spam, just time it well.
Combo Partner: [Water Element] - Increases damage by 5% vs Fire Element.

Support Characters

   - DO NOT limit your team by only using high DPS units, also consider using Support units like Debuffers. Refer here for a list of Support Units.
   - Characters that focuses on inflicting status effects like Stuns are also effective as support/utility units, depending on your current character pool and/or battle situation.

Rankings Are Based On:

Lvl 80 Character Stats (Lvl 100 for Free Characters).
   - Note that Ranking Event limited characters will get higher stat bonuses than Gacha characters when limit breaking.

SS3 Attack Duration (Seconds):
   - SS3 Attack Duration in seconds (on-click until he/she can move again)
   - #.#sec* =  Average Time. Dual Wielders (and some units) will get Max/Min speed depending on combos (10~50) but will only consider their average speed and DPS.
   - (Hits/Sec) determines how fast they can generate combos "per target".

Ranking Event - Burst DPS:
   - Overall Damage Output/Sec (including buffs, defense debuffs, non-elemental damage multipliers, crit damage, and more). Tested on a null enemy (no elemental advantage) with same armor rating, without gears. Elemental damage multipliers will be calculated according to their overall DPS rating.
   - Combo Generation and "how easy" SS3s can be spammed will affect DPS Ratings.

Ranking Event - Mob Clearing:
   - Heavily based on their AoE Range (considering all skills) and Speed.
   - We will not consider Mob Clearing as ranking basis for now because it would be unfair for other limited ranged units.

Support Units that can buff, debuff enemies, or heal your team won't affect their rankings for now, since these characters' effectiveness also depends on their teammates' strengths.

   - Please note that these Tier Lists are for reference only, ranking basis is a work in progress and will never be final. It's not 100% accurate, but we'll do our best to polish the guides.

Other Helpful Notes

Character Rankings: Order List

   - Ordered By: Category > Combo Generation (Hits/Sec) > Faster Weapon Type > Name
   - Characters under same rank are not always treated as on par, because they also have different roles, which will also require different playing styles.

Elemental Bonuses and Weaknesses

   - Fire > Wind > Earth > Water > Fire (Holy < > Dark)
   - Characters with an Element that is in a disadvantage (except Holy/Dark) can only deal 75% damage.
   - Note that OS Characters and some selected characters have a Battle Skill or Skill Slot that increases their damages against Neutral element enemies.

Recommended Guides To Read


How To Obtain Specific 5* and 4* Characters?

   - Mostly from Gacha Scout (check "characters and rates" option under the featured banners for more info on which characters are available).
   - Medal Scout/Ticket Scout: Limited characters that can be obtained from Ranking Events (gets a different image thumbnail).
   - Limited Events: Free 5* and 4* characters via limited events.

Final Notes: 

   - The list above isn't absolute, if we missed some info regarding their SS3's performance like range or extra effects for example, please notify us below, thanks!
   - For new characters or banners, please check the Changelog and Updates Section.
   - Enjoy! ^^


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- Sword Art Online: MD - How to Defeat Ranking Event Bosses (Master+1)
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