Bow and Blade Update

  • 3 years ago

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April brings another update to Vindictus, and this time it's Kai and Vella's turn to learn some new tricks. This update will also bring a new and improved User Interface, a massive slate of balance changes, bug fixes, other game improvements and more! Read on for all the upcoming changes in the Bow and Blade Update!

The Master Archer Improved

Kai is Vindictus' only purely ranged character, pelting enemies with arrows, bolts and explosives without getting into the messy business of a melee. But just because he's already a lethal warrior doesn't mean he can't learn a few more tricks...

Bow Skills

Kai's original weapon may be his most fearsome. The classic bow and arrow, fired with expert precision by a master marksman, has pinned countless Fomors to the wall before now. That said, there were a few gaps in Kai's abilities, so two new skills have been added to give the marksman a boost to his legendary evasiveness and a new massive attack...

Skill Name Bee Stinger
Requirements
  • Level 38
  • 28,800 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +5% Damage
  • +2% Knockdown Rate
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation [Grab]
Effects
  • While charging a Magnum attack, can use this attack to fire a shot and dodge back
  • Magnum will continue to charge after Bee Stinger ends and can be used as normal
Skill Awakening
  • None
Notes
  • As with Magnum, can only be used in Longbow mode

 

Skill Name Active: Deadly Arrow
Requirements
  • Level 52
  • 28,800 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +5% Damage
  • +2% Knockdown Rate
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation Active Ability Quick Slot
Effects
  • Consumes 1000 SP on use
  • 20 minute cooldown
  • If the first attack hits, will launch an acrobatic volley of shots, finishing with a final powerful attack
  • Cannot be damaged while using this ability
  • Cooldown resets at the start of a battle quest
Skill Awakening
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with a Bow
  • Cooldown resets at the start of a new Battle Quest

But new skills aren't the only things Kai's learned. There's been a massive number of additional changes made to push Kai's abilities up to their peak.

  • Fixed abnormal damage application of Shortbow attacks and Rapid Fire
  • Gale Kick:
    • SP Cost removed
    • Max Rank increased to Rank 5
  • Longbow:
    • Can now shoot 2 Penetrating shots and 1 Normal shot when charging
    • Movement speed with Strafe Shot has been increased
    • Time between shots has been reduced
    • While dodging with Strafe Shot, shot Charging will continue
    • Fixed Shot has been renamed to Charging Shot
  • Magnum:
    • SP Cost reduced to 100 (down from 250)
    • Magnum no longer drains Stamina when holding a max-charge attack
    • Max Rank increased to Rank 3
  • Hunter's Eye:
    • Name changed to Sudden Critical
    • Will now reveal at least 3 critical targets
  • Active: Dodge Grapple: Can now use Twister Kick with a [Smash] attack after a Dodge Grapple
  • Headshot: Max Rank increased to Rank 5
  • Twister Kick:
    • Can now be used while Dodging in Longbow Mode by using a [Smash] during the early part of the dodge
    • Max Rank increased to Rank 5
  • Ricochet Shot:
    • Can now be used in Longbow mode
    • When in Longbow mode, Ricochet Shot will strike the same enemy up to 4 times
    • Can be chained with a Level 3 Magnum attack by using a [Normal] attack
  • Arrow Storm:
    • Now requires Ricochet Shot to be learned before training
    • Can now use in Longbow mode, dealing more damage but with a smaller area of effect
    • SP Cost increased to 500
    • 50 SP is refunded for each enemy damaged by Arrow Storm
    • Cooldown increased to 40 seconds
    • Can now activate Arrow Storm after dodging by using the [Grab] command
  • PvP:
    • Additional arrows are now fired with many attacks in PvP mode

Cross Gun Skills

Even the greatest archers can find something of use out of improved technology, and Kai's embraced the unique potential of the Cross Gun like no others. Mixing powerful bolts with potent explosives, he feels no shame in using the right weapon for the right job... and as he's grown more familiar with the tools of his trade, he's found a few new techniques to get the most out of the unusual weapon.

Skill Name Quick Draw
Requirements
  • Level 18
Skill Rank Effects
  • Ability to use Bolt Revolver 2 and 3 abilities
  • Max Rank: Rank D
Activation Special
Effects
  • When using Bolt Revolver, can activate an ability by pressing the corresponding key while the tier of skills is still being loaded
  • When used, gives a "Magazine Overheated" effect, preventing Quick Draw from being used for 7 seconds
  • Effects triggered from Quick Draw are used normally, with no change to effectiveness, cooldown or SP cost
Skill Awakening
  • None
Notes
  • Can only be used with a Cross Gun

 

Skill Name Active: Enhanced Bolt
Requirements
  • Level 38
  • 28,800 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +2-4% Damage (Max of 25%)
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation Bolt Revolver: Tier 1, Slot 2
Effects
  • Consumes 500 SP on use
  • 45 second duration
  • 100 second cooldown
  • Enhances many Explosive Attacks:
    • Active: Hollow Shot: Use a [Normal] attack to make an additional attack with improved damage
    • Active: Perforate: The attacked parts will explode, dealing additional damage
    • Active: Six Shooter: Does additional damage
    • Active: Hand Bomb: Does additional damage
Skill Awakening
  • Significantly Reduce Cooldown
Notes
  • Can only be used with a Cross Gun

 

Skill Name Active: Bunker Buster
Requirements
  • Level 52
  • 28,800 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +5% Damage
  • +2% Knockdown Rate
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation Active Ability Quick Slot
Effects
  • Consumes 1000 SP on use
  • 20 minute cooldown
  • If the first attack hits, will carefully load the Cross Gun with as much ammo and explosives as possible, firing it into the initial target to explode for massive damage
  • Cannot be damaged while using this ability.
  • Cooldown resets at the start of a battle quest.
Skill Awakening
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with a Cross Gun
  • Cooldown resets at the start of a new Battle Quest

That's not all, though. Kai's other Cross Gun abilities have also gotten a looking after, with numerous changes to make Kai's attacks even more explosive!

  • The following actions now benefit from the Attack Speed statistic:
    • Normal attacks
    • Reloading
    • Charging Bolt Revolver
  • Armed & Dangerous:
    • Max Rank increased to Rank 6
    • Can now cause Headshots
    • Now activates when less than 15% bolts remain in the chamber (up from 10%)
  • Active: Hunting Party:
    • Now activated in Bolt Revolver at Tier 1, Slot 3
    • Also grants Kai a 40% movement speed increase for 25 seconds
  • Insight: Can now cause Headshots
  • Active: Perforate:
    • Can now cause Headshots
    • SP Cost reduced to 250
    • Delay on the attack decreased
    • Cooldown has been set to 10 seconds
    • Will be refunded 30 SP for each Perforate arrow that strikes the target, 55 SP when under the effect of Enhanced Bolt.
  • Active: Massive Impact: SP Cost reduced to 750
  • Active: Bolt Storm:
    • SP Cost reduced to 750
    • Cooldown has been set to 50 seconds
    • Damage has been slightly decreased
    • Can now cause Headshots
  • Active: Hollow Shot:
    • Damage has been slightly decreased
  • Active: Hand Bomb:
    • Can be activated by using [Grab] during a Dodge, dropping a bomb behind you
    • Doing so will spend SP and activate the cooldown as normal
    • Will not trigger if Hand Bomb is still on cooldown, or if Kai does not have enough SP

Two Blades, Even Less Waiting

It's also Vella's turn for a new array of abilities! This lightning-fast warrior has never been lacking in technique, but that's not stopping her from filling in the few holes she has with new abilities in addition to a host of other improvements.

Twin Sword Skills

Vella has some new abilities for her traditional two-sword style of combat. Her balanced attacks have always been a massive advantage for the warrior, but that doesn't mean she can't find a few new strategies to round out her techniques.

Skill Name Spin Rush
Requirements
  • Level 28
Skill Rank Effects
  • +4-6% Damage (Max of 50%)
  • +2-3% Knockdown Rate (Max of 27%)
  • Max Rank: Rank 6
Activation [Normal] - [Smash]
Effects
  • After a [Normal] attacks, Vella whirls her swords upwards
Skill Awakening
  • Reduce Stamina Consumption
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Swords equipped
  • Can be used without training; training and further ranks increase Damage and Knockdown Rate

 

Skill Name Razor Whirlwind
Requirements
  • Level 40
Skill Rank Effects
  • +4-6% Damage (Max of 54%)
  • +1-3% Knockdown Rate (Max of 15%)
  • Max Rank: Rank 6
Activation [Normal] - [Normal] - [Smash]
Effects
  • After two [Normal] attacks, Vella steps forward into a spin attack
Skill Awakening
  • Reduce Stamina Consumption
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Swords equipped
  • Can be used without training; training and further ranks increase Damage and Knockdown Rate

 

Skill Name Active: Wind Rider
Requirements
  • Level 40
Skill Rank Effects
  • Max Rank: Rank F
Activation Active Ability Quick Slot
Effects
  • When used, removes the Blade Heart effect from Vella
  • Restores SP based on the level of the consumed Blade Heart effect:
    • Blade Heart 1: 50 SP
    • Blade Heart 2: 125 SP
    • Blade Heart 3: 250 SP
    • Blade Heart 4: 250 SP
Skill Awakening
  • None
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Swords equipped

 

Skill Name Active: Gale Cutter
Requirements
  • Level 60
  • 28,000 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +5% Damage
  • +2% Knockdown Rate
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation
  • Active Ability Quick Slot
  • After Perfect Cross Cut: [Normal] - [Smash]
Effects
  • Consumes 750 SP on use
  • 120 second cooldown
  • Vella throws her two swords forward, chasing after them as they cut through the enemy, before catching them at the end of the attack
Skill Awakening
  • Reduce SP Consumption
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Swords equipped

Twin Chainblades Skills

Chainblades haven't been ignored either. Vella's an expert at using these wild, deadly weapons to disrupt and pummel her enemies into submission, and she's learned some new tricks to keep her foes off their toes.

Skill Name Active: Blood Fountain
Requirements
  • Level 40
  • 12,000 Gold
  • Heart of Ice trained
Skill Rank Effects
  • Max Rank: Rank F
Activation Active Ability Quick Slot
Effects
  • When activated, consumes the Heart of Ice effect
  • Duration of Blood Fountain is double that of the consumed Heart of Ice effect
  • On the next [Smash] attack, Blood Fountain is consumed, enabling the Heart of Ice effect
  • Duration of Heart of Ice is half that that of the consumed Blood Fountain effect
Skill Awakening
  • None
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Chainblades equipped

 

Skill Name Active: Glacial Strike
Requirements
  • Level 12
Skill Rank Effects
  • +2% Damage (Max of 18%)
  • +2-3% Knockdown Rate (Max of 11%)
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation
  • Active Ability Quick Slot
  • During Hailstorm: [Smash]
Effects
  • Requires an active Heart of Ice effect
  • Costs 250 SP
  • Vella swings her Twin Chainblades down on the enemy for massive damage
Skill Awakening
  • Reduce SP Consumption
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Chainblades equipped

 

Skill Name Active: Blade Dance
Requirements
  • Level 55
  • 28,000 Gold
Skill Rank Effects
  • +2% Damage (Max of 18%)
  • +2-3% Knockdown Rate (Max of 11%)
  • Max Rank: Rank A
Activation
  • Active Ability Quick Slot - [Smash]+
  • After Icebreaker: [Smash]+
Effects
  • Requires no active Heart of Ice effect
  • Costs 250 SP per set of attacks
  • Vella unleashes a battery of strikes to an enemy at close range, with each Smash setting off an additional set of strikes
  • Can be chained up to three times, each set consuming 250 SP
Skill Awakening
  • Increase Damage
  • Increase Knockdown Rate
Notes
  • Can only be used with Twin Chainblades equipped

Vella has more than some new moves to cut the Fomors down to size. Her other Twin Sword and Chainblade abilities have also been given a once over, a nice layer of polish on her full range of skills.

  • Hailstorm:
    • Max Rank increased to Rank 6
    • Damage has been increased
    • While in Heart of Ice, additional [Smash] attacks can be repeated chained together
    • Can activate Heart of Ice during the [Smash] attacks by pressing [Normal]
  • Slipaway:
    • Can now only be trained to Rank F
    • AP spent on Slipaway training has been refunded
  • Double Cross:
    • Can now only be trained to Rank F
    • AP spent on Double Cross training has been refunded
  • Cross Stance:
    • No longer have to hold [Dodge], will automatically last as long as specified by the skill rank
    • Can exit Cross Stance by pressing [Grab]
  • Cross Cut:
    • If facing an attacking enemy, can activate a Perfect Cross Cut
    • Perfect Cross Cut can combo into Gale Cutter by pressing [Normal] - [Smash]
  • Razor Whirlwind:
    • Generates 10 SP per hit (up from 8)
  • Spin Rush:
    • Slightly reduced delay between 2nd and 3rd attacks
  • Active: Cyclone:
    • Now renews Blade Heart after the attack ends
  • Blade Heart:
    • Level 2 Blade Heart now restores 1 STA per hit
    • Level 3-4 Blade Heart now restores 2 STA per hit
    • Now grants a fixed ATT Speed bonus per level:
      • Level 1: +7 ATT Speed
      • Level 2: +10 ATT Speed
      • Level 3: +14 ATT Speed
    • Duration can be maintained with Slipaway, Backlash and Tempest
    • No longer decreases in level with Cross Cut and Double Cross

New and Improved User Interface

There's more here than a few new tricks for Vella and Kai, however. The Bow and Blade Update brings a new User Interface to Vindictus with a new key feature: Movable windows. Most menus, windows and HUD elements can be moved around simply by clicking and dragging, giving nearly total freedom in customizing the interface layout to your liking.

You can also alter the display of the menu buttons in the bottom-left corner of the screen, either through dragging the icons around with your mouse, or outright removing some by right-clicking. You can also find additional UI settings to customize to your heart's content in the Options menu.

More changes have been made to the chat menu as well. With an option for a darker chat background, easier customization of the channel menus and more, we've taken the improvements to the Chat window a step further to make chatting with your friends even easier.

Garter Plate Outfit and More

The Bow and Blade Update has brought a wealth of changes to Vindictus, but it's not just balance changes ahead. We've got new  packages, new inner armor, new hairstyles and new deals! Most importantly, we're introducing the most intimidating Outfitters Vindictus has ever seen – the Garter Plate Sets!

Check it all out at the Garter Plate Outfit and More post.

Bow and Blade Update Events

Vella, Kai, UI Updates and new items aren't the only things the Bow and Blade Update has brought us. We've got brand new events, be they big and bold,  simple and strong or completely insane, but they're all worth enjoying.

Check all the events out in the Bow and Blade Update Events post.

Balance Changes and Bug Fixes

The Bow and Blade Update is so big, we need to split it into four parts! This update has brought forth a wealth of changes to Vindictus, including balance changes to every character and fixes to dozens of issues.

Check it all out in the Balance and Bug Fixes post!