Darkrunner PVP Base Guide – ArcheAge

This Darkrunner PVP Base Guide, Darkrunner PVP Base Guidewill go over the basics of this class, in terms of PvP and some PvE as well, including weapons, armor, and skills. Some aspects of this will change with the final release, so this guide is made in generalization. The Darkrunner class is similar to a rogue from World of Warcraft. So you will find a good amount of Darkrunners. Fortunately you will run circles around their inability to do damage effectively in PvP, and react to control correctly - since most of them will likely play like they did in WoW and not the new class presented to them.

CLASS: DarkRunner/Politician = shadow+fight+willsafe
DESCRIPTION: Highly mobile, melee burst dmg ganker. Little to no sustained survivability, Little to no sustained dmg output (considering the former). MORE OR LESS -> high risk, high reward.

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Darkrunner PVP Base Guide

You will need to have an understanding of basic melee play in any mmo, before beginning to play risky. The Darkrunner class is all about being risky. That means, try to focus on the following :

  1. Stop keyturning. Learn to move fluidly, like you would in an fps with either QWE or AWD, and the mouse/trackball.
  2. Notice I left out the ‘s’ in WASD? Unbind it. Back pedaling is slow and an ineffective method of retreating/kiting. S is also an incredible hotkey.
  3. Understand buff watching. You need to have a good understanding of buff icons/meanings in this game to succeed at higher levels of play. For example, know when an occu bad pops damage reflect so you can dip out and dip back and complete your quad-kill.
  4. Up your awareness. You need to begin watching 2+ 3+ 4+ players around you at all times. When engaging a killtarget, you need to be aware of the (now) slightly moistened neckbeard ramming his forehead into his arclightning key. Pop shield while engaging your kill-target, and he’ll think you have(,Ó,)sharingan(,Ó,).
  5. Prepare to lose. You cant be afraid to duel classes that are designed to stomp you 1v1 JUST to understand them more effectively. Its a good idea to flex a little bit, stretch your muscles, or in my case noodles. Try some new things, get creative– if you fall 4 times you get up 5. So play with/against good players, bad players, and anything in between. Experience is key to becoming better with the Darkrunner Basics.

Darkrunner Pre-game

Darkrunner PVP Base Gear
1-49 : Plate. Level as plate. The majority of mobs will be pumping out physical damage, which means you can soak up more damage and level quicker.
Fresh 50 : Auroria greens (dont worry about equip effects). Your goal here is to simply amass a large HP pool with cheap auroria plate, until you can afford your 44 arcane/heroic set. -Ekolb
Post auroria : Try nabbing/crafting the 44 DESERT leather set, arcane and above. Ideally heroic, but if you're like me, and have 13g and loose change, fk that we’re on AA welfare.

Darkrunner PVP Base Weapon
1-49Buy Archeage Gold : I would recommend dual wield for leveling. Simply because you're aiming at higher sustain, as you wont have all of the tools necessary for serious control/burst until a bit later on.
fresh 50 : At this point, if you’ve collected all of your 0/200 honorpoint kill quests, you should have enough to afford the honor 4500 Axe, which will give you a nice cushion before moving on to crafted weapons.
Post honor axe : At this point you have 2 options: dual wield or no-dachi. At the moment, I would recommend no-dachi — as the crux of this class is ON DEMAND no tv doe burst. But with future changes, and with high grade weapons (even now) — dual wield can, and DOES work very effectively. Play around, and if you find you're successful, let us know.

Also, if you're dual wielding – main-hand sword/off-hand katana no questions. Sword attribute = parry chance (for TS/charge/PS resets) and katana = crit chance (for… crit damage).

…So now you are ready for Darkrunner PVP Base combat. You understand the basics of mmo group play (PVE), you’re working on your gear set, and you're getting moist at the thought of globalling that full heroic reaper. Onto the intricacies of DR building, damage output, and survivability…

Darkrunner PVP Base Build

Endah’s current (1.2) build: http://www.archebox.ru/build-kr#!BzntWXTAX (I know it's in Russian, just match the symbols to English).

There is no way I can summarize most of this build into this Darkrunner PVP Base Guide. So for now, I will leave this segment open, as I am sure we will see many more builds coming out in the days and weeks to come. 

guide written by Endah

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