Soldiers in MKO have two primary skillsets to take advantage of. The first skillsets you will learn are Arms and Warcraft and these two combined will allow you to deliver brutal attacks and use quick defenses coupled with the ability to take huge amounts of damage through the use of plate armor, damage mitigation skills and passive bonuses amongst other cool abilities to make the soldier a truly needed addition to any raid and especially comes into his own during hunting groups.
The arms skill tree is where the soldier will find most of his offensive repertoire along with numerous defensive and aggressive bonuses. Basic combat allows the use of any of the multitude of weapons available in game and gives the appropriate skill to either slash or bash with it. The Arms soldier has many ways to increase his or her adrenaline and maintain it during combat for attacking, defending and curing. This skill tree also gives access to plate armor and shields for damage mitigation and defense which further ads to the soldiers tanking capabilities. You can build up debilitating afflictions and adrenaline reducing debuffs on your opponent with the skills in arms and a transcendant soldier has the opportunity to instantly end the fight if the opponent has less than 20% adrenaline left. To start off with, a soldier using Arms would either use a one handed weapon with a shield in the off-hand or a two handed weapon for increased accuracy/damage/speed (depending on weapon type). When a soldier has gained most of his skill ranks in arms he can dual wield single handed weapons and deliver an extra attack every few seconds to further beat down the opponent.
A kingdom soldier by Chris Bourassa, artist for the Iron Realms.
Warcraft is where the group utility and extra survivability comes into play. A soldier can turn his party into a Unit which has the added benefit of being able to keep the group together and avoid people getting left behind if off balance or from fleeing if suffering from fear using skills like forced march and stand ground. Stances provide extra speed, damage or defense and open up other tactics for combat and Skills like tenacity make it harder to force the soldier prone, immunity allows poisons to be shrugged off which further increase the survivability of the soldier. Where a Warcraft soldier really comes into his own is when taking players of lower levels hunting or into combat. They are able to intercept all attacks meant for another and also intimidate agro of a mob onto him at will thus allowing the lower levels to hunt where they would normally get destroyed. Some other skills that add to the ability to lead are Exhort which boosts the endurance of someone in the unit, rally which bolsters the endurance and adrenaline of all in the unit, berserking which allows you to bring down targets quicker and last stand which gives a bonus to damage and defending for a short a short time.
What Makes Midkemia Online the best MMORPG of 2012 are its unique nature and excellent classes and skillsets available along with a diverse player base and player driven events and roleplay. Check out my next blog in a day or two to see the two specialties open to the soldiers of Midkemia Online, Swordsmastery and Brutality. Until next time, why not come give it a go.