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Warhammer Online : Age of Reckoning: A Look at the Shadow Warrior

StraddenStradden Managing EditorHalifax, NSPosts: 6,696Member Common Warhammer Online Correspondent Louis Rossi writes this overview of the Shadow Warrior Career in Mythic Entertainment's newest RvR game. In the overview, Rossi looks at the effectiveness of a number of the career's damaging abilities.

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The High-Elf Shadow Warrior is your classic ranged DPS class, or is it? Upon playing a shadow warrior a while, you’ll discover a few things differ between yourself and the traditional ranged, non-magic damage dealing classes plaguing so many other MMOs these days.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and write about how it’s perfectly ok for you to throw your Shadow Warrior into assault stance 100% of the time and laugh as you mow through enemies with your melee prowess – mostly because I’d be lying to you. It’s not ok to do that 100% of the time. However, if you plan it just right, you’ll find yourself walking away after combat instead of clicking a button and appearing in some arbitrary position a ways away.

Read about the Shadow Warrior

Jon Wood
Managing Editor


  • SamhaelSamhael Huntsville, ALPosts: 869Member Uncommon

    A good read -- thanks for posting.  I may have to pull my shadow warrior out of the mothballs and give him another try. Thanks!

  • SabbathSMCSabbathSMC Katy, TXPosts: 226Member

    Yep good read although i do like my rain of steel when we force them into thier spawn.

    played M59,UO,lineage,EQ,Daoc,Entropia,SWG,Horizons,Lineage2.EQ2,Vangaurd,Irth online, DarkFall,Star Trek
    and many others that did not make the cut or i just plain forgetting about.

  • ElmorenElmoren Warhammer Online Correspondent Denville, NJPosts: 109Member Uncommon

    Thanks guys!  While I'm a fan of my Shadow Warrior, I can't seem to keep myself from playing a heavily armored class, or a healer type (WP or DOK), the surviveability is unfortunately just not abundant for non tanks or healers in WAR

    Sad but true.  A good song as well. :P

    “The contents of this post do not necessarily reflect the views of and its management.”

  • SuraknarSuraknar Montreal, QCPosts: 841Member Uncommon

    Combat in WAR is based around Class Synergy and Interdependency.

    As a rule of thumb,

    Tanks kill MDPS, MDPS kill RDPS, and RDPS kill Tanks.

    The Shadow Warrior is a somewhat misunderstood class, because, according to the above, it is an RDPS Archtype, yet a Sole SW will almost always not be able to kill a Tank.

    The reason is the fun part of the game, there are sub-roles within each archtype, that work together in different capacity but for the same overall goal.

    When saying RDPS kills Tanks, it does not mean that every class in that category will be killing tanks but rather that all the classes of the catergory working together will be killing Tanks.

    In my experience the sub-roles consist of:

    - Bright Wizzards, offensive RDPS, the glass cannons, the Tank killers.

    - Engineers, defensive RDPS, protecting the Cannons and the Support Line.

    - Archmages/Rune Priests, the Support, Healing and Damage

    - Shadow Warriors, the Skirmishes, Harassers, Tactical Finishers and Damage Boosters.

    Hence, all that being said,

    I really really enjoyed this review because it succeeded in putting the game play and involved game mechanics of playing a Shadow Warrior in to the context and give it perspective.

    I play one and, while reading this review, I had images on myself in Combat, related to many examples you gave and also learned a couple of things that I haven't thought about.


    - Duke Suraknar -
    Order of the Silver Star, OSS

    ESKA, Playing MMORPG's since Ultima Online 1997 - Order of the Silver Serpent, Atlantic Shard
  • afoaaafoaa AarhusPosts: 578Member Uncommon

    One of the big problems with the SW is that you have to play really well before you are worth anything. Other classes can just be played by poor or average players and then contribute just as much to a fight.

    This has the effect that all SWs are looked uppon at 5th wheels and in most cases its sadly true.

    Even if you play well, then no one will notice it because other people cannot see your arrow shots as they are flying far overhead in balistic banes and your debuffs and CC effects have no graphic effect other people can see, I had to shout  in ventrillo who I had knocked down or that a tank train had been rootet when they chased a healer because else no one would notice and break the root or knockdown.

    In the end I gave up on my SW and rolled a WP instead. The WP dish our more damage than the SW while being really really tough to kill and he can heal and buff his party while doing it. The SW is regulated to keep defenses now and only if my WP dont get into the main warbands.

    "You are the hero our legends have foretold will save our tribe, therefore please go kill 10 pigs."

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