Way of the Sword

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

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

Basic Information


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 special action key ([V] by default).

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

Vitality stance.png

When Self BuffAura of Vitality is toggled on, you will be surrounded by a blue aura and gain the following effects:

  • Action, Movement Speed increase: 20%
  • Vitality-based skills MP Cost decrease: 30% (PvP: 5%)
  • MP Gain when Attacked increase: 100% (PvP: 20%)
  • Vitality-based Command/Skill MP recovery per hit increase: 100% (PvP: 20%)

Aura of Destruction

Destruction Stance.png

When Self BuffAura of Destruction is toggled on, you will be surrounded by a crimson aura and gain the following effects:

  • Damage increase when using Destruction-based Skill: 50% (PvP: 25%)
  • Damage increase when using Destruction-based Command: 100% (PvP: 50%)

Aura Chart

  • Elsword
  • Knight Emperor
  • Rune Master
  • Immortal
  • Genesis
Idle/Walking ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality
ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViX.png Vitality
DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction
DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction ViZ.png Vitality
ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality DeZ.png Destruction
DeX.png Destruction
ViZ.png Vitality
DeX.png Destruction
Air Dash
ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality
DeX.png Destruction DeX.png Destruction
Knocked Down DeZ.png Destruction
ViX.png Vitality

Skill Auras

Class Skill Name Aura
Elsword ElSkill1.png Mega Slash Destruction
Elsword Rolling.png Roll Vitality
Elsword ElSkill13.png Flame Geyser Destruction
Elsword ElSkill2.png Unlimited Blade Vitality
Elsword ElSkill6.png Triple Geyser Destruction
Class Skill Name Aura
Sword Knight ElSkill12.png Kick Vitality
Sword Knight ElSkill14.png Spiral Blast Destruction
Sword Knight Mortal Blow.png Mortal Blow (A) Vitality
Sword Knight ImpactSmashR.png Impact Smash Destruction
Sword Knight ElSkill5i.png Armor Break (A) Destruction
Sword Knight ElSkill6i.png Double Slash (A) Destruction
Lord Knight ElSkill3.png Armageddon Blade (A) Vitality
Lord Knight ElSkill3i.png Rolling Smash Vitality
Lord Knight ShoulderTackle.png Shoulder Tackle Vitality
Lord Knight SI Sandstorm.png Sandstorm (A) Destruction
Lord Knight ElSkill9i.png Windmill (A) Vitality
Lord Knight ElSkill4.png Counter Attack Destruction
Lord Knight VerticalSlicer.png Vertical Slash Vitality
Lord Knight ElSkill7i.png Sonic Blade (A) Vitality
Transcendent Lord Knight LKTrans1.png Sonic Blade: Crescent Destruction
Transcendent Lord Knight LKTrans2.png Power Smash Vitality
Transcendent Lord Knight LKTrans3.png Imperial Crusher Destruction
Transcendent Lord Knight LKTrans6.png Grand Cross Destruction
Class Skill Name Aura
Magic Knight ElSkill13i.png Explosive Fist Destruction
Magic Knight ElSkill11.png Rising Slash (A) Destruction
Magic Knight ElSkill7.png Wind Blade Destruction
Magic Knight ElSkill2i.png Sword Fire (A) Vitality
Magic Knight Critical Sword.png Critical Sword (A) Vitality
Magic Knight ElSkill15.png Storm Blade Vitality
Rune Slayer ElSkill10i.png Phoenix Talon (A) Vitality
Rune Slayer Heat Rune.png Fire Rune Destruction
Rune Slayer EnchantDash.png Enchant Dash Vitality
Rune Slayer Giant Wheel.png Lodestar Vitality
Rune Slayer SI Lunablade NEW.png Luna Blade (A) Destruction
Rune Slayer ElSkill4.png Magic Counter Destruction
Rune Slayer RuneTerritory.png Rune Field Vitality
Rune Slayer ElSkill4i.png Splash Explosion (A) Vitality
Transcendent Rune Slayer RSTrans1.png Triple Saber Destruction
Transcendent Rune Slayer RSTrans2.png Enchant Breaker Vitality
Transcendent Rune Slayer RSTrans3.png Overs Geyser Destruction
Transcendent Rune Slayer RSTrans6.png Extreme Rune Buster (A) Destruction
Class Skill Name Aura
Sheath Knight Sword Shield.png Sword Shield Vitality
Sheath Knight SwordFallR.png Sword Fall (A) Destruction
Sheath Knight CresCut.png Crescent Cut (A) Vitality
Sheath Knight HarshChaserR.png Harsh Chaser Destruction
Sheath Knight ISspecial3.png Mirage Sting Vitality
Sheath Knight FinalStrike.png Final Strike Destruction
Infinity Sword PhantomSword2.png Phantom Sword Vitality
Infinity Sword Fatal Slap.png Fatal Slap Destruction
Infinity Sword AssaultDash.png Assault Dash Vitality
Infinity Sword ISspecial2.png Rage Cutter (A) Vitality
Infinity Sword MaelstromRage.png Maelstrom Rage Vitality
Infinity Sword SacCounter.png Compact Counter Destruction
Infinity Sword PhantomDancing.png Phantom Dance Vitality
Infinity Sword ISspecial1.png Sword Blasting (A) Destruction
Transcendent Infinity Sword ISTrans1.png Infinite Chaser (A) Vitality
Transcendent Infinity Sword ISTrans2.png Infinite: Flurry Destruction
Transcendent Infinity Sword ISTrans3.png Blade Circle (A) Destruction
Transcendent Infinity Sword ISTrans6.png Infinite Strike (A) Destruction
Class Skill Name Aura
Root Knight RootKnightSkill1.png Extortion Vitality
Root Knight RootKnightSkill2.png Sword Trace Destruction
Root Knight RootKnightSkill3.png Persistent Rush Vitality
Root Knight RootKnightSkill4.png Sword Explosion Vitality
Root Knight RootKnightSkill5.png Pressure Destruction
Root Knight RootKnightSkill6.png Resolution Destruction
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill1.png Divine Lift Vitality
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill2.png Reclaim Destruction
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill3.png Detention Vitality
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill4.png No Mercy Destruction
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill5.png Destination Destruction
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill6.png Predicted Counter Destruction
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill7.png Sin Cleaver (A) Vitality
Sacred Templar SacredTemplarSkill8.png Dominion Destruction
Transcendent Sacred Templar SacredTemplarTSkill1.png Holy Sword Destruction
Transcendent Sacred Templar SacredTemplarTSkill2.png Intense Slam (A) Vitality
Transcendent Sacred Templar SacredTemplarTSkill3.png El Assimilation Vitality
Transcendent Sacred Templar SacredTemplarTSkill4.png Retribution (A) Destruction

Specialization (Not Available Anymore)

Character HQ Shop Item 72550.png Specialization A HQ Shop Item 72560.png Specialization B
Icon - Elsword.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 you consume a Destruction slot by using them, even if this makes your whole aura become Vitality.
  • 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.
  • Although Way of the Sword Mode Switching is a Special Move, it is still counted as a skill that cannot be used during some disabling debuffs like Silence.
  • Due to Way of the Sword effects being active as long as you have at least one bar of the respective type, there is no benefit from consuming more bars in the case of Strength and Bravery skills.


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

Old Version

  • In the past, the Way of the Sword system featured a non-segmented resource meter which could fill or deplete based on the amount of damage and number of hits dealt from skills and combos as opposed to purely skill category.
    • The ability to switch between "Aura of Destruction" and "Aura of Vitality" was not present. To enter a particular mode, Elsword must fill the meter with the using the opposing aura's attacks. When it was filled, Elsword would be in that mode until the meter was depleted via the respective aura's attacks. Once the meter was depleted, Elsword would be in a neutral state until he fills the meter back up with one of the auras.



Date Changes
10/20/2011 11/21/2012
  • Way of the Sword added.
04/21/2016 05/18/2016
  • The number of destruction roars when attacked in Aura of Destruction decreased.
06/15/2017 06/28/2017
  • None
  • Vitality Mode effectiveness decreased.
11/02/2017 11/15/2017
  • Destruction Howl and super armor removed.
  • Vitality Mode Skill MP Gain decreased.
  • Vitality Mode Command MP Gain decreased.
  • None
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 09/25/2019
  • Allows switching modes even during skill use.
  • System will remember the mode in effect on initial skill cast.
07/08/2021 08/04/2021
  • Fixed tooltip incorrectly stating that the Aura of Vitality increases Jump Speed.
  • Added detailed values to tooltip.
02/03/2022 03/02/2022
  • None
  • Vitality Skill MP Usage Decrease decreased.

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