Community Dark Knight Guide

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General Information

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Roles

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Abilities and Traits

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Merits

Group 1
Name Description Level Notes
Souleater Recast Shorten recast time by 12 seconds. 0/5 Since this is already so niche, meriting into this does not really help in DPS.
Arcane Circle Recast Shorten recast time by 10 seconds. 0/5 AF feet already boost the duration to 4:30 with a recast of 5:00.
Last Resort Recast Shorten recast time by 10 seconds. 5/5 You want to reduce the downtime of this ability. 5/5 takes out 50 seconds from the recast. Minimal downtime = Higher DPS.
Last Resort Effect +2% Attack, -2% Defense 5/5 At 5/5 it will reduce your defense by ~-34.77% (89/256) and raise your attack by the same amount.
Dark Knight itself can almost cap it's attack on apex mobs with just this one ability.
Weapon Bash Recast Shorten recast time by 6 seconds. 0/5 You are going to hurt your DPS if you merit out of Last Resort Effect/Recast.
Group 2
Name Description Level Notes
Dark Seal Enhances the accuracy of your next dark magic spell. Recast: 5min.
Shorten cast time of all dark magic spells by 10% per merit.
5/5 Dark Seal is especially useful for higher end content with Nether Void as it increases your dark magic accuracy, but does not impact potency.
The augmented relic head will increase the duration of a Dark Sealed spell by 10% per merit level.
This boils down to a longer Drain III HP boost which is why you 5/5 this.
Diabolic Eye Reduces maximum HP by 15%, increases accuracy. Recast: 5min.
Increase physical accuracy by 5% per merit.
0/5 or 4/5 The only real need for this is when you are not accuracy capped.
Muted Soul Reduces enmity while using Souleater (separate from enmity gear/merits).
Reduces enmity by 10 per merit.
0/5 or 1/5 Not much of a need for this if you have a proper tank and healer.
Desperate Blows Effect Reduces delay for two-handed weapons while under the effect of Last Resort.
Reduces delay by 2% per merit.
0/5 or 5/5 If you are using Hasso then you will already be at the Job Ability haste cap of 25% with Hasso and no merits placed into this.
Without Hasso, going 5/5 will also place you at the JA Haste cap solely with Last Resort on.
With capped gear haste (25%) and JA Haste (25%), you will cap delay after only ~30% magic haste (or simply Haste II).
Even though it reads that it reduces delay, Desperate Blows will not hurt lower TP gained.

Support Jobs

  • Samurai is usually the go to option to maximize DPS.
  • Ninja is great for defensive purpose, and kaja axe dual wield builds.
  • Runefencer is another defensive support job for tanking or defendive purposes.

Weaponskills

Dark knight has access to variety of weaponskills which are useful for different situations.

Great Sword

Torcleaver

By far Dark Knights best weaponskill. For this, you would want to stack as much VIT and WSDMG as you can. It also scales extremely well with TP overflow, so the higher the TP you use this weaponskill at, the more damage you get out of it. Pair this up with Caladbolg and you are most likely going to be pulling hate from any tank in the game. Even in solo practice, spamming light skillchains will do insane damage to mobs that aren't light based.

Resolution

Dark Knights second best weaponskill. But that does not mean it doesn't do damage. Resolution can do insane spike damage, though if your first hit in the weaponskill misses, you will see a major drop in damage. The only real use of this weaponskill is for mobs that absorb light damage from Torcleaver skillchain spam, or when you do not want to skillchain with other weaponskills as it's skillchain properties don't skillchain with most other "meta" weaponskills.

Scourge

Outside of an accuracy swap or unbuffed situations, using Ragnarok just isn't that good on Dark Knight. But with that being said, it can still pump out a lot of DPS on things that take really good damage on light skillchains, as Scourge is a really great skillchain linker for Great Swords on Dark Knight.

Shockwave

It's a Sleepga weaponskill, not much more to say. Use it for larger pulls to make it easier for cures and tanking. A full set of Flamma +2 from Ambuscade and Magic Accuracy and Accuracy in all other slots will land this on most fodder mobs. If you want to whittle mobs down with this AoE, you can use a full set of Relic Reforge +2 or +3.

Herculean Slash

Low damage ice weaponskill. It can paralyze mobs that you use it on, but it's not very potent to anything with a slight resistance to paralyze. It can give you an offensive edge though, so use it on anything that's worthwhile.

Scythe

Cross Reaper

Entropy

Catastrophe

Infernal Scythe

Quietus

Insurgency

Great Axe

Full Break (Hepatizon Axe or Hepatizon Axe +1 only)

This weaponskill can put some offensive edge to whatever you are fighting as it lowers the attack and defense by 12.5% and lowers evasion and accuracy by 20 points. The effect stacks with: Dia, Box Step, Defense Down, and Geo-Frailty. Does NOT STACK with Acid Bolts, Angon, Spirit Surged Jumps, Tachi: Ageha, Shell Crusher, Tenebral Crush, Sweeping Gouge, Tourbillion, and Frightful Roar as well as itself. The weaponskill effect can also be resisted by the mob.

Armor Break

Similar to Full Break, this weaponskill only focuses on lowering the mob's defense. Defense Down effect is -25% defense. This effect can also be resisted much like Full Break.

Fell Cleave

Great crowd control as this weaponskill deals damage based on WSDMG off gear as well as your STR. It is recommended to use this WS at 1K TP as the damage does not go up with higher TP. Be ready to counter all the damage you are about to receive with Dread Spikes.

Upheaval (Merits Only)

This is a very niche weaponskill, as you will only really be using it for fights like Mauve-wristed Gomberry where you Fell Cleave to kill the adds and spam it while he is staggered. You can get by without using this weaponskill and using Spinning Scythe to kill adds and doing a 4 step on Mauve-wristed Gomberry.

Club

Judgment

Sword

Sanguine Blade

Savage Blade

Requiescat

Axe

Decimation (Kaja axe only)

Accessable with Kaja axe from ambuscade, this ws is extremely strong with minimial gear investment. Highly recommended for new and returning players without REMA and +3.

Equipment

Weapons

Ultimate Weapons

TP Sets

TP Set  
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png Ginsen icon.pngGinsen description.png
Flam. Zucchetto +2 icon.pngFlam. Zucchetto +2 description.png Ganesha's Mala icon.pngGanesha's Mala description.png Brutal Earring icon.pngBrutal Earring description.png Telos Earring icon.pngTelos Earring description.png
Emicho Haubert +1 icon.pngEmicho Haubert +1 description.png Emi. Gauntlets +1 icon.pngEmi. Gauntlets +1 description.png Niqmaddu Ring icon.pngNiqmaddu Ring description.png Petrov Ring icon.pngPetrov Ring description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png Ioskeha Belt +1 icon.pngIoskeha Belt +1 description.png Ig. Flanchard +3 icon.pngIg. Flanchard +3 description.png Flam. Gambieras +2 icon.pngFlam. Gambieras +2 description.png

WS Sets

Torcleaver  
32x32.png Utu Grip icon.pngUtu Grip description.png 32x32.png Knobkierrie icon.pngKnobkierrie description.png
Odyssean Helm icon.pngOdyssean Helm description.png Fotia Gorget icon.pngFotia Gorget description.png Ishvara Earring icon.pngIshvara Earring description.png Moonshade Earring icon.pngMoonshade Earring description.png
Ignominy Cuirass +3 icon.pngIgnominy Cuirass +3 description.png Odyssean Gauntlets icon.pngOdyssean Gauntlets description.png Regal Ring icon.pngRegal Ring description.png Karieyh Ring +1 icon.pngKarieyh Ring +1 description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png Fotia Belt icon.pngFotia Belt description.png Ig. Flanchard +3 icon.pngIg. Flanchard +3 description.png Sulev. Leggings +2 icon.pngSulev. Leggings +2 description.png


Cross Reaper  
32x32.png Utu Grip icon.pngUtu Grip description.png 32x32.png Knobkierrie icon.pngKnobkierrie description.png
Ratri Sallet +1 icon.pngRatri Sallet +1 description.png Fotia Gorget icon.pngFotia Gorget description.png Ishvara Earring icon.pngIshvara Earring description.png Moonshade Earring icon.pngMoonshade Earring description.png
Ignominy Cuirass +3 icon.pngIgnominy Cuirass +3 description.png Rat. Gadlings +1 icon.pngRat. Gadlings +1 description.png Regal Ring icon.pngRegal Ring description.png Karieyh Ring +1 icon.pngKarieyh Ring +1 description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png Fotia Belt icon.pngFotia Belt description.png Fall. Flanchard +3 icon.pngFall. Flanchard +3 description.png Rat. Sollerets +1 icon.pngRat. Sollerets +1 description.png


Resolution - Uncapped Attack  
32x32.png Utu Grip icon.pngUtu Grip description.png 32x32.png Knobkierrie icon.pngKnobkierrie description.png
Argosy Celata +1 icon.pngArgosy Celata +1 description.png Fotia Gorget icon.pngFotia Gorget description.png Brutal Earring icon.pngBrutal Earring description.png Moonshade Earring icon.pngMoonshade Earring description.png
Argosy Hauberk +1 icon.pngArgosy Hauberk +1 description.png Argosy Mufflers +1 icon.pngArgosy Mufflers +1 description.png Regal Ring icon.pngRegal Ring description.png Niqmaddu Ring icon.pngNiqmaddu Ring description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png Fotia Belt icon.pngFotia Belt description.png Fall. Flanchard +3 icon.pngFall. Flanchard +3 description.png Argosy Sollerets +1 icon.pngArgosy Sollerets +1 description.png


Decimation  
Dolichenus icon.pngDolichenus description.png Firangi icon.pngFirangi description.png 32x32.png Seeth. Bomblet +1 icon.pngSeeth. Bomblet +1 description.png
Flam. Zucchetto +2 icon.pngFlam. Zucchetto +2 description.png Abyssal Beads +2 icon.pngAbyssal Beads +2 description.png Brutal Earring icon.pngBrutal Earring description.png Cessance Earring icon.pngCessance Earring description.png
Argosy Hauberk +1 icon.pngArgosy Hauberk +1 description.png Argosy Mufflers +1 icon.pngArgosy Mufflers +1 description.png Regal Ring icon.pngRegal Ring description.png Niqmaddu Ring icon.pngNiqmaddu Ring description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png Fotia Belt icon.pngFotia Belt description.png Fall. Flanchard +3 icon.pngFall. Flanchard +3 description.png Flam. Gambieras +2 icon.pngFlam. Gambieras +2 description.png

Utility Sets

Fast Cast  
32x32.png 32x32.png 32x32.png Sapience Orb icon.pngSapience Orb description.png
Carmine Mask +1 icon.pngCarmine Mask +1 description.png Orunmila's Torque icon.pngOrunmila's Torque description.png Enchntr. Earring +1 icon.pngEnchntr. Earring +1 description.png Loquac. Earring icon.pngLoquac. Earring description.png
Fall. Cuirass +3 icon.pngFall. Cuirass +3 description.png Leyline Gloves icon.pngLeyline Gloves description.png Kishar Ring icon.pngKishar Ring description.png Rahab Ring icon.pngRahab Ring description.png
Ankou's Mantle icon.pngAnkou's Mantle description.png 32x32.png Odyssean Cuisses icon.pngOdyssean Cuisses description.png Odyssean Greaves icon.pngOdyssean Greaves description.png

Skillchains



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