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Every character in Elsword has their own unique features that set them apart from other characters.

Basic Information

Promotional Image for Way of the Sword Update in KR 10/20/2011

WayOfTheSwordR.png

Elsword's idle stance when in Aura of Vitality
Elsword's idle stance when in Aura of Destruction

When playing Elsword, there will be an additional bar below the mana gauge called Way of the Sword. This bar has 10 segments that, by default, contain 5 red Destruction slots and 5 blue Vitality slots, and depending on your actions, the bar will lean towards one color or 'aura' (from right to left for Destruction, from left to right for Vitality), replacing the other aura's slots. As long as an aura has at least one slot in the bar filled, you will receive special benefits depending on which aura you currently have active. The "Aura of Destruction" is selected by default, and you can switch between it and the "Aura of Vitality" by using the V key.

Depending on the type of skill you use, the bar will fill towards the right with blue Vitality slots or towards the left with red Destruction slots:

  • Flexibility/Tenacity skill: 1 slot
  • Strength skill: 2 slots
  • Bravery skill: 3 slots

Note that skills fill the slots contrary to their mode: vitality-based skills fill the bars with destruction slots; destruction-based skills fill the bar with vitality slots.

If the bar is filled completely by either aura's slots, the aura for the other mode will deactivate and you will enter a neutral stance with no benefits when it is toggled on, until at least 1 slot is re-gained for that mode. As such, the bar acts as a balancing mechanic so over-using one mode's skills can prevent that mode's aura from being active.

Aura of Vitality

When Aura of Vitality is toggled on, you will be surrounded by a blue aura. While in this mode you will receive the following benefits:

  • Increased attack, movement, and jump speed.
  • Vitality-based skills cost 30% less mana (10% in PvP).
  • Hits from vitality-based commands and skills will have mana regeneration per hit increased to 200% (120% in PvP).

Aura of Destruction

When Aura of Destruction is toggled on, you will be surrounded by a crimson aura. While in this form, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Destruction-based actives and skills will do 50% more damage.
  • Destruction-based commands will do 100% more damage. (This stacks with any other damage modifiers)


Aura Chart

Idle/Walking Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViX.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction
Knight DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction ViZ.png Vitality
Running
DR.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality DeZ.png Destruction
Knight DeX.png Destruction
Jump
U.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destruction
Air Dash
DRU.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction
Knocked Down Knight DeZ.png Destruction
Knight ViX.png Vitality


Skill Auras

Elsword/
Base

ElSkill1.png Mega Slash
:Destruction
Rolling.png
Roll
:Vitality
ElSkill13.png Flame Geyser
:Destruction
ElSkill2.png Unlimited Blade
:Vitality
ElSkill6.png Triple Geyser
:Destruction

Sword Knight/
Lord Knight
/
Knight Emperor

ElSkill12.png
Kick
:Vitality
ElSkill14.png Spiral Blast
:Destruction
Mortal Blow.png Mortal Blow (Force)
:Vitality
ImpactSmashR.png Impact Smash
:Destruction
ElSkill5i.png Armor Break (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill6i.png Double Slash (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill3.png Armageddon Blade (Force)
:Destruction (NA) / Vitality (KR)
ElSkill3i.png Rolling Smash
:Vitality
ShoulderTackle.png Shoulder Tackle
:Vitality
SI Sandstorm.png Sandstorm (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill9i.png Windmill (Force)
:Vitality
ElSkill4.png
Counter Attack
:Destruction
VerticalSlicer.png
Vertical Slicer
:Vitality
ElSkill7i.png Sonic Blade (Force)
:Vitality
LKTrans1.png Sonic Blade: Crescent
:Destruction
LKTrans2.png Power Smash
:Vitality
LKTrans3.png Imperial Crusher
:Destruction
LKTrans6.png Grand Cross
:Destruction


Magic Knight/
Rune Slayer/
Rune Master

ElSkill13i.png Explosive Fist
:Destruction
ElSkill11.png Rising Slash (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill7.png Wind Blade
:Destruction
Giant Wheel.png
Giant Wheel
:Vitality
Critical Sword.png Critical Sword (Force)
:Destruction (NA) / Vitality (KR)
ElSkill15.png Storm Blade
:Destruction (NA) / Vitality (KR)
ElSkill10i.png Phoenix Talon (Force)
:Vitality
Heat Rune.png Fire Rune
:Destruction
EnchantDash.png Enchant Dash
:Vitality
ElSkill2i.png Sword Fire (Force)
:Vitality
SI Lunablade NEW.png Luna Blade (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill4.png
Magic Counter
:Destruction
RuneTerritory.png Rune's Territory
:Vitality
ElSkill4i.png Splash Explosion (Force)
:Vitality
RSTrans1.png Triple Saber
:Destruction
RSTrans2.png Enchant Breaker
:Vitality
RSTrans3.png Overs Geyser
:Destruction
RSTrans6.png Extreme Rune Buster (Force)
:Destruction


Sheath Knight/
Infinity Sword/
Immortal

Sword Shield.png Sword Shield
:Vitality
SwordFallR.png Sword Fall (Force)
:Destruction
CresCut.png Crescent Cut (Force)
:Vitality
HarshChaserR.png Harsh Chaser
:Destruction
ISspecial3.png Mirage Sting
:Vitality
FinalStrike.png Final Strike
:Destruction
PhantomSword2.png Phantom Sword
:Destruction (NA) / Vitality (KR)
Fatal Slap.png Fatal Slap
:Destruction
AssaultDash.png Assault Dash
:Vitality
ISspecial2.png Rage Cutter (Force)
:Vitality
MaelstromRage.png Maelstrom Rage
:Vitality
SacCounter.png Compact Counter
:Destruction
PhantomDancing.png Phantom Dancing
:Vitality
ISspecial1.png Sword Blasting (Force)
:Destruction
ISTrans1.png Infinite Chaser (Force)
:Destruction
ISTrans2.png Infinite: Flurry
:Destruction
ISTrans3.png Blade Circle (Force)
:Destruction
ISTrans6.png Infinite Strike (Force)
:Destruction


Specialization (Not Available Anymore)

Character HQ Shop Item 72550.png     Specialization A HQ Shop Item 72560.png     Specialization B
ElswordNEW.png
Destruction and Vitality gain amount +x% (Except when either Destruction and Vitality is activated) (Max: 40%) Destruction and Vitality consume amount -x% (Max: 50%)


Tips and Details

  • Commands do not affect the bar's slots in any way. As long as 1 slot of the respective aura is left, they will benefit from the aura they align to.
  • Destruction-based skills benefit from the 50% damage bonus in their entirety, as long as the bar has at least 1 Destruction slot left after casting the skill.
  • Vitality's MP gain increase is very potent, allowing you to throw out many costly skills with little issues. Keeping at least 1 bar of Vitality left at all times to be able to gain the effect for your commands is exceptionally helpful.

Trivia

  • The sword icons that appear on the right side of the gauge are Lord Knight's and Rune Slayer's swords for "Aura of Destruction" and "Aura of Vitality", respectively.


Updates

Date Changes
KR NA PvE PvP
04/21/2016 05/18/2016
  • The number of destruction roars when attacked in Aura of Destruction decreased.
06/15/2016 06/28/2017
  • Vitality Mode effectiveness decreased.
06/15/2016 06/28/2017
  • Destruction Howl and super armor removed.
  • Vitality Mode MP Gain decreased.
  • Vitality Mode Skill MP Gain decreased.
06/20/2019 07/17/2019
  • Can switch between Destruction and Vitality using V key.
  • System mechanics revamped.
08/14/2019 08/28/2019
  • None
  • Vitality Mode Skill MP Gain decreased.
09/11/2019 -
  • Allows switching modes even during skill use.
  • System will remember the mode in effect on initial skill cast.



Character Systems
Wotsposter2.png

Way of the Sword


When playing Elsword, there will be an additional bar below the mana gauge called Way of the Sword. This bar has 10 segments that, by default, contain 5 red Destruction slots and 5 blue Vitality slots, and depending on your actions, the bar will lean towards one color or 'aura' (from right to left for Destruction, from left to right for Vitality), replacing the other aura's slots. As long as an aura has at least one slot in the bar filled, you will receive special benefits depending on which aura you currently have active. The "Aura of Destruction" is selected by default, and you can switch between it and the "Aura of Vitality" by using the V key.

Depending on the type of skill you use, the bar will fill towards the right with blue Vitality slots or towards the left with red Destruction slots:

  • Flexibility/Tenacity skill: 1 slot
  • Strength skill: 2 slots
  • Bravery skill: 3 slots

Note that skills fill the slots contrary to their mode: vitality-based skills fill the bars with destruction slots; destruction-based skills fill the bar with vitality slots.

If the bar is filled completely by either aura's slots, the aura for the other mode will deactivate and you will enter a neutral stance with no benefits when it is toggled on, until at least 1 slot is re-gained for that mode. As such, the bar acts as a balancing mechanic so over-using one mode's skills can prevent that mode's aura from being active.

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