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Black Desert Final CBT: Ranger Class Review & Combat Mechanics

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Update: Black Desert western version Ranger trailer



A nimble huntress with superior marksmanship. Rangers keep enemies away with barrages of penetrating arrows, neutralizing their foes from afar.
 

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Black Desert Online final CBT has ended on 28th Sept 2014. A total of 4 classes has been released in the CBT so far, namely ranger, warrior, giant and sorceress, with more classes such as tamer, blader etc to be released in the OBT. I will present a detailed review on the Ranger class, which I have played through the 10-day CBT up to level 40. Although the skill effect and details might be changed in the coming beta, I do hope to the review will shed some light on the mechanics and general gameplay of a Ranger class in Black Desert Online. 



Skill Combo Effect

The general overview of combat system for Black Desert Online has been explained in my previous review on warrior class & battle system. A new feature, Skill Combo Effect has been introduced in the final CBT. Actually the system has already been put in place since previous CBT, just that it was not well illustrated in battle.



Skill combo effect involves Back Attack, Down Attack, Air Attack, Speed Attack, and Counter Attack. 

Back attack – Deal 1.5 times damage on the target if you attack it from behind. It only works if you attack it from melee range. If you shoot the target from far, you will NOT get this 1.5 x damage bonus even when the enemy is not facing you. Any skill can trigger this bonus as long as the enemy is not facing you and you cast the skill at close range. There are certain skills which can turn the enemy around, so that you may get the Back Attack bonus from subsequent hit. 

The following 4 types of skill effect: Down Attack, Air Attack, Speed Attack and Counter Attack can only be triggered in certain skills with blue text effect in the skill description. 

Down Attack – deal 1.5 times damage on the target if you attack it when it is knockdown.

Air Attack - deal 1.5 times damage on the target if you attack it when it is floated in air.

Speed Attack - deal 1.5 times damage on the target if you attack it when it is charging towards you.

Counter Attack - deal 3.0 times damage on the target if you attack it when it is casting skill.

I will only demonstrate the Down Attack effect since it’s more common for Ranger. Ranger does have 2 skills with Air Attack effect, but they are hard to use due to their melee range. Take note of the sound effect and the “Down Attack” red words popping up when I successfully trigger the Down Attack.


 
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