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 gauge below the mana gauge. This Way of the Sword ( Abbreviated as WotS) gauge will enable you to activate "Aura of Vitality" or "Aura of Destruction" for a period of time.

Depending on the type of combo attack (e.g. Z and X key moves) or skill you use, the gauge will lean towards vitality or destruction. While in either "Aura of Vitality" or "Aura of Destruction", you will receive special benefits.

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 area affected in the respective aura.

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 Destructive DeX.png Destructive DeX.png Destructive
Knight DeX.png Destructive DeX.png Destructive ViZ.png Vitality
Running
DR.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality DeZ.png Destructive
Knight DeX.png Destructive
Jump
U.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destructive
Air Dash
DRU.png
Knight ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality ViZ.png Vitality
Knight DeX.png Destructive DeX.png Destructive
Knocked Down Knight DeZ.png Destructive
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
ElSkill5.png Assault Slash
: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
Impact Smash.png Impact Smash
:Destruction
ElSkill5i.png Armor Break (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill6i.png Double Slash (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill3.png Armageddon Blade (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill3i.png Rolling Smash
:Vitality
SI Sandstorm.png Sandstorm (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill9i.png Windmill (Force)
:Vitality
ElSkill4.png
Counter Attack
:Destruction
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
Wavesword.png
Sword Wave
:Vitality
Critical Sword.png Critical Sword (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill15.png Storm Blade
:Destruction
ElSkill10i.png Phoenix Talon (Force)
:Vitality
Heat Rune.png Fire Rune
:Destruction
ElSkill2i.png Sword Fire (Force)
:Vitality
SI Lunablade NEW.png Luna Blade (Force)
:Destruction
ElSkill4.png
Magic Counter
:Destruction
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
SwordFall.png Sword Fall (Force)
:Destruction
CresCut.png Crescent Cut (Force)
:Vitality
Fatal Slap.png Fatal Slap
:Destruction
ISspecial3.png Mirage Sting
:Vitality
FinalStrike.png Final Strike
:Destruction
PhantomSword2.png Phantom Sword
:Destruction
HarshChaser.png Harsh Chaser
:Destruction
ISspecial2.png Rage Cutter (Force)
:Vitality
MaelstromRage.png Maelstrom Rage
:Vitality
SacCounter.png Compact Counter
:Destruction
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


Aura of Vitality

When the gauge is completely blue (by using destruction-type moves), the "Aura of Vitality" will be unleashed in the form of an azure aura.

GaugeFullVitalEffect.png
Elsword's idle stance when in Aura of Vitality

While in this form you will receive the following benefits:

  • Increased attack, movement, and jump speed.
  • Vitality-based skills cost 30% less mana for both mana usage and usage requirements.
    • Special Actives have their cost reduced from 100 MP to 70 MP, 150MP to 105MP, 200MP to 140 MP, 250 MP to 175 MP, and 300 MP to 210 MP.
  • Hits from vitality-based attacks and skills will have mana regeneration per hit increased to 200% (150% in PvP).


Aura of Destruction

When the gauge is completely red (by using vitality-type moves), the "Aura of Destruction" will be unleashed in the form of a crimson aura.

GaugeFullDescEffect.png
Elsword's idle stance when in Aura of Destruction

While in this form, you will receive the following benefits:

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


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

  • Stat or Buff that increase skill damage will also proportional increase speed of gain and consume gauge,but that increase attack won't.
  • When gauge is empty (display neither red nor blue, but gray), speed of gain gauge will be 3 times as normal.

Trivia

  • While in the "Aura of Vitality" mode, Knight Emperor can easily use several Strength and Bravery skills in a single combo due to his passive "Vitality".
    • In the same fashion, the Concentrated Mana passive guild skill and the Magic Necklace accessory make it even easier for Elsword to use skills more often during Vitality state.
  • 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.
  • There is a rare glitch where you can get both "Aura of Destruction" and "Aura of Vitality" at the same time.


Updates

  • 04/21/2016 (KR) / 05/18/2016 (NA)
    • The number of destruction roars when attacked in Aura of Destruction decreased.
  • 06/15/2016 (KR) / 06/28/2017 (NA)
    • Vitality Mode effectiveness decreased.
  • 11/02/2017 (KR) / 11/15/2017 (NA)
    • PvE Vitality Mode MP Gain decreased.
    • PvP Vitality Mode Skill MP Gain decreased.
    • Destruction Howl and super armor removed.



Character Systems
Wotsposter2.png

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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