Blade and Soul has been one of the most popular MMOs in Korea since 2012, but the English-language version took until early 2016 to be released in the West. The game puts players in the role of a martial arts student out to avenge the death of their master. Players choose from four different human-animal hybrid races and a wide variety of classes, and can find an equally wide variety of outfits for them as they traverse the land exploring dungeons and gaining in power.
One small upside to making Western gamers wait nearly four years to play the game is that many tips, tricks and secrets have already been developed for it. Gamers who are just starting out now get the advantage of the knowledge generated by the four previous years of players throughout Asia right at their fingertips. In this article we’ll share some of the prime tips and advice for the game. If you’re itching to get started, you can play now at seagm.com and put these tips straight to use!
Blade and Soul Tips, Tricks and Strategies
- I have no idea what I’m doing. What kind of character should a brand new player roll?
The answer to this depends heavily on what your play style is going to be. There are three main components to each new character — their race, their class and what faction they are aligned with. To decide what type of character is best for you, you first have to know a little about all of these options.
First of all, classes are locked to races. Generally speaking, the Jin are the balanced class with physical attack-focused classes, the Gon are the “tank” classes, the Yun are a balance of magic and melee combat, and the Lyn lean more toward magic and “glass cannon” classes.
The main question to ask regarding play style is whether you want to get into player vs. player (PvP) combat or not, and how much time you want to spend grinding solo. If you’re just interested in solo play and following the story, the Summoner and Warlock classes are widely regarded as being the best optimized for this. Blade Dancer and Destroyer are currently the optimal classes for PvP, but of course rebalances can change everything at a moment’s notice. This game is less raid-focused than games like World of Warcraft, with most bosses only requiring two to four people to take down. Tank and healer classes are always a requirement, of course, but the game enables you to take down the most powerful bosses with just about any combinations of classes if you prepare properly.
You don’t have to worry about joining a faction until level 25. However, it is a major decision that shapes further game options at that point. There isn’t really a “wrong” choice, and the difference is more philosophical than practical. Picking the faction that is least dominant on a server means more PvP opportunity for the player, however.
- What’s the best way to get gold?
The best way to make gold and obtain items with a good resale value is the daily quests. As you progress in the game, there are six high-level dungeons that are available each day. Dungeon runs and selling stuff at the auction house is the bread and butter of income in this game. Once you are in the upper reaches of levels, each faction camp also has a daily quest that provides a good amount of gold if you do them all.
- What’s the best way to power-level?
The stock strategy for fastest leveling right now is to simply follow the story quests until you arrive at Dreamdrift. Grind there to level 15, then return to the story quests and sidequests until you are at level 20 or 21. Then grind at the Wraithbloom Meadows until level 25. From 25 to 31, find and grind the Vulture’s Dig and Jackal’s Dig mobs. Then switch to the Yes Man Fight Club until level 33. Complete chapter 37 of the main quest and then grind mobs at the Boneyards until level 38. At that point, switch to the Soulstone Mine until level 40, then complete the main quest. For the final run to level 45, grind at the Forsaken Crash Site.
Hopefully these tips will help to get you off the ground, or get you past any points you are stuck at. One of the great things about the game is that it is designed to be played naturally while following the story, and does not require great amounts of grinding or raiding unless you really want to power-level quickly. Have fun!