Moonlight Blade Online: Combat System Review & ZhenWu Skill Introduction

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Sword Wave
CD: 10sec
Range: 20m, single target
Recover: 10 Yin upon hit.
Effect: Deal medium damage to far away target.
Shadow Drive – When Shadow Drive is used after Sword Wave, a shadow will be summoned and attack up to 6 times. If all the shadow hits land on the same target, the damage is reduced.
Burst Mode – After activating Burst Mode, many sword waves are launched at the target, dealing up to 3 times damage with the last hit knocking down the target; consumes 3 Yang.
Comment: 
A good starter skill. Sword Wave and Triple Slash chained to Shadow Drive are the two reliable means to accumulate Yang. Only the 1st hit of Sword Wave recovers Yin; the subsequent 6 hits from shadow don’t recovery any Yin.

Blood Drain
Type: Blood Drain
CD: 10sec
Range: 16m
Recover: 10 Yin upon hit.
Effect: Charge towards your opponent and slash to deal medium damage. If your target has no Composure, induce Suppress effect. Can be used in air. If the target’s HP is below 20%, deal critical damage. If the skill is used to kill an elite target, recover your own HP and refresh the skill’s CD.
Shadow Drive – If Shadow Drive is chained after Blood Drain, deal additional 50% more damage and float your target.
Burst Mode – After activating Burst Mode, shadow attack will be added to the original cast animation of Blood Drain, follow by a knockdown effect; consume 1 Yang.
Comment:
This is an approach skill to get close to your target who is far away. However, it is mostly reserved for last hit, to get the HP leeching effect.

Aerial Slash
CD: 15sec
Range: 10m
Recover: 10 Yin upon hit.
Effect: Can only be used on aerial targets to deal massive damage. Can be used again during its CD time, to summon a shadow and unleash a charged AOE attack with knockdown effect.
Comment:
There are a few skill combos, which can put your target into the air, namely Triple Slash > Shadow Drive, Blood Drain > Shadow Drive or the knock up effect of Time Stop. The damage is very high but in boss battle, you hardly have the chance to launch the boss into the air because of the constant blocking when his Composure is non-zero. 

Time Stop
Type: Escape skill
CD: 28sec
Effect: Blink backwards and leave behind a shadow which summons a force field to stop all the enemies within the AOE. After 4 sec, throw all the enemies into the air.
Comment:
Every class has a skill which allows him/her to escape from paralyze/knockdown effect. ZhenWu’s escape skill, Time Stop is especially strong as it can force-disable any target regardless of their Composure value for up to 4sec. All bosses are not immune to this effect. In boss battle, it can be used to escape from paralyzing combo, stop power skill from casting, or even buy time to meditate/blood drain while the boss is stopped for 4sec.

Taichi Counter
Type: Counter
CD: 15sec
Effect: Counter melee attack and deal damage to surrounding AOE. Immune to long range attack while casting.
Comment:
Cast this when you are expecting a melee attack from your opponent; it will send your opponent flying back. However, while the skill makes you immune to long range attack, it doesn’t ward off melee attack. Doing this in mobs crowd is a bad idea.

In summary, the core of ZhenWu skill system revolves around converting Yin to Yang, to unleash powerful combo under Burst Mode. Yin-to-Yang conversion requires the use of Shadow Drive, which consume high amount of Yin. Yin can be recovered by casting certain skills, such as Triple Slash, Sword Wave, Aerial Slash etc. 
 
Conclusion

The combat system of Moonlight Blade Online is easy to learn, yet complex enough to hold players’ attention during a real fight. There seems to be many ways to chain combo, with variations to skill effect and animation depending on the skills which are cast before or after. In the next article, I would shed more light on the character and skill growth, including the Nodal System, which will promote skill build variations and skill effect specialization. 

Original article by chaose5 for 2p.com


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10 Comments on "Moonlight Blade Online: Combat System Review & ZhenWu Skill Introduction"

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kon
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Hi thanks for the upload&tl ! would you mind if i link it to the Moonlight Blade Online SubReddit ?

chaose5
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Sure, but i want to remind you again…. this guide was created in the cbt; some changes in OBT are not updated…

I am playing Tian Xiang now.. wont be updating the guide anymore

elwinpoon
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If this game only run with window 7?

chaose5
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No… i am using Win 8 for it

xiyue
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Thank you for this excellent article. I learnt alot from it. Is it okay if I post a link on a guild forum for other people to see?

chaose5
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Yes you can post. Mind you, this is based on the previous CBT… so the information might not be correct

xiyue
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I think the information about the skills and combos are still relevant in this beta. 🙂 It should be fine.

chaose5
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i m playing Tian Xiang this time.. i will be writing a detailed guide on the class as well : D

Vishnu
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is there any english patch ?

chaose5
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unfortunately, no …

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