Way of the Sword

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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


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 Vitality" is selected by default, and you can switch between it and the "Aura of Destruction" 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% (150% 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
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality DeZ.png Destruction
Knight DeX.png Destruction
Knight ViZ.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destruction
Air Dash
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


ElSkill1.png Mega Slash
ElSkill13.png Flame Geyser
ElSkill2.png Unlimited Blade
ElSkill6.png Triple Geyser

Sword Knight/
Lord Knight
Knight Emperor

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

Magic Knight/
Rune Slayer/
Rune Master

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

Sheath Knight/
Infinity Sword/

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

Specialization (Not Available Anymore)

Character HQ Shop Item 72550.png     Specialization A HQ Shop Item 72560.png     Specialization B
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.


  • 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.


Date Changes
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.

Character Systems

Way of the Sword

When playing as Elsword, you will have access to a special gauge known as Way of the Sword. This gauge will enable you to activate Aura of Vitality or Aura of Destruction for a period of time. Depending on the type of commands (Z.png/X.png) or skills you use, the gauge will lean towards either vitality or destruction.

While the Aura of Vitality is active, you will gain more MP from vitality-based attacks, while the MP cost for vitality-based skills will be reduced. Your speed will also be increased. While the Aura of Destruction is active, all destruction-based attacks and skill will deal vastly more damage.

Note that the system they use is not what what it may appear to be at first; vitality-based attacks take away vitality from the gauge, leaning the gauge towards destruction; destruction-based attacks take away destruction from the gauge, leaning the gauge towards vitality; this is why only attacks that use the gauge will receive benefits while in their respective aura.

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