ZhenWu Skill Introduction
ZhenWu skill combo revolves around casting Shadow Drive to form combos with his own shadow. ZhenWu’s skills typically have 2 to 3 variations in terms of casting animation and effect, depending on the skill preceding or succeeding it. The skill mechanics can be quite complicated and takes awhile to sink in; I will try to make the explanation as clear as I can, and at the same time, highlight the complexity of the combat mechanics. ZhenWu has max Yin of 100 and max Yang of 3 (refer to the figure in page 1)
Type: Composure Break
Consume: 60 Yin
Recover: 1 Yang upon hit
Effect: It will generate additional hits if it is used after Triple Slash, Penta Slash, Sword Wave, Blood Drain skill.
This is probably the only skills which consume Yin. It can be chained into other skills for shadow combo. The other important effect is that, it will generate 1 Yang. Yang is the cost for the activation of Burst Mode, which requires 3 Yang. Yang is a special resource which can only be held during battle; it will automatically go to zero when you leave battle. Each Yang also increases your physical defense by 5% (max 3 Yang)
Consume: 3 Yang
Effect: Boost the damage of Triple Slash, Penta Slash, Sword Wave and Blood Drain skill.
This is similar to a buff which changes the nature and cast animations of specific skills. Each time when one of the skills listed is cast, Yang cost (either 1 or 3, depending on the skill) is deducted accordingly from your Yang gauge until the Yang is depleted – Burst Mode effect ends. Shadow Drive should be used as often as possible to accumulate Yang because Burst Mode is extremely powerful. However, Shadow Drive consume extremely high Yin (60/100 Yin); so careful combo planning is required so that you don’t run out of Yin.
Recover: 10 Yin per hit.
Effect: Frontal AOE damage.
Shadow Drive – When Shadow Drive is chained after Triple Slash, deal additional 50% more damage and launch all frontal enemies to the air.
Burst Mode – After activating Burst Mode, shadow attack will be added to the original cast animation of Triple Slash; consume 1 Yang.
This is your typical normal attack since there is no CD and it induces soft paralyze status on the target
Type: Composure Break
Effect: After charging, unleash many crescent sword waves in the frontal direction.
This is a powerful composure break skill, although the charging is very slow. It doesn’t consume or recovery Yin/Yang.
Range: 2m, single target.
Effect: Press 5 times to fully execute all the 5 slashes. Can be used in air.
Shadow Drive – You can cast Shadow Drive after pressing Penta Slash for the 1st time, to let the shadow finish the combo for you while you are free to cast other skills.
Burst Mode – After activating Burst mode, Penta Slash turns into a long chain combo with your shadow, dealing up to 2 times damage; consumes 3 Yang.
The best single target DPS skill for ZhenWu. However, it has no paralyzing effect and it only hits 1 target. Best use when the boss is in Weaken state or when your target’s Composure is zero.