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<b><div align="center"><b><font size="6"><font color="#4169e1">Maronu's Thief &gt; Bandit &gt; Rogue Guide</font></font></b></div></b><div align="center"><font size="6">Currently for players lvls (1-20)</font></div><div align="center"> </div><div align="center"> </div><div align="center"> </div><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="2"><b><font size="3"><b><br></b></font></b></font><font size="4"><b>Table of Contents:</b></font><br><font size="3"><font color="#4169e1">1. Introduction to Rogue</font></font><br><font size="2"><font color="#800080">- General Description of the Rogue</font></font><br><font color="#4169E1"><font size="2">2. Stats</font></font><br><font size="2"><font color="#4169E1"><font color="#800080">- Key Stats for Rogue</font></font><br><font color="#4169E1"><font color="#800080">- Explanation of all stats</font></font></font><br><font size="2"><font color="#4169e1">3. Skill Builds and Leveling</font></font><br><font color="#800080">- Thief to Bandit (lvl 1-20)</font><br><font color="#2e8b57"> --Tips for beginning your adventure<br> --Leveling guide 1-20<br> --Skills 1-20</font><br><font color="#2e8b57">--Combos<br>--Leveling Locations</font><br> <font color="#2e8b57">--Questions<br></font><font color="#800080">- Bandit to Rogue (lvl 20-40)</font><br> <br><br><b><font size="5"><font color="#4169E1">1. Introduction to Rogue</font></font></b><br><b><br></b><br>Hello, and welcome to my Rogue guide.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is currently a work in progress and will only walk you through levels 1-20, but it will provide you with an overview of the class for later levels.&nbsp;&nbsp; I plan to expand upon this at some point, adding a walk through for higher levels as well as possibly some PVP tips, sets, and how to build your character if you want to spec to be a perma lvl 50 or lvl 45 for battle square (group pvp mode).&nbsp;&nbsp;I mostly created this guide for the contest with the intent of helping new players; that being said, if you are new to the game and looking for some reasons to play a Rogue or a simple guide on leveling a thief from level 1-20, you may find much of this information to be beneficial.<br><br> <br><font color="#800080">General Description of the Rogue:</font><br><br>Rogues are an excellent PVE class with a very fluid style of play.&nbsp;&nbsp;They are great at mobbing and have a variety of AoE melee type skills that hit the area surrounding the player.&nbsp;&nbsp;As the most acrobatic class, many of the Rogue's skills involve flipping, jumping, and spinning around with their duel wielded claws (the rogues weapons of choice).&nbsp;&nbsp;Their skills also include entertaining antics and shenanigans, such as hiding in a box and moonwalking.<br><br>While they excel mostly in PVE and could even be considered underdogs in PvP, rogues are able to evade stack, obtain a decent amount of movespeed, lock and mob opponents fairly easily, and when played correctly, they can hold their own with many of the other classes and can be quite rewarding and fun to play. <br><br>In missions, it will often be your job to rush ahead of your allies and mob large groups of monsters, leaving the rest of the group to clean up what you leave behind.&nbsp;&nbsp;Skipping over smaller groups and saving them for the others will be key if you want to complete missions quickly.&nbsp;&nbsp;In PVE the Rogue class relies mostly upon the skills Final Decision, Upper Screwdriver, and Windmill.&nbsp;&nbsp;I encourage you to watch videos to familiarize yourself with some of the classes skills as well as the other classes before deciding that Rogue is for you.&nbsp;&nbsp;Below is a skill demonstration video.&nbsp;&nbsp;In other versions the class names are different and you will often encounter players who refer to bandits as jesters or rogues as harlequins.&nbsp;&nbsp;THQ used those names for the class as well.&nbsp;&nbsp;They are the same thing, so do not be surprised if you here the class called by one of those names.<br><br><br><font size="1">Our moonwalk skill turns us into an astronaut instead of MJ due to potential lawsuits.</font><br><br><b><b><font size="5"><font color="#4169E1">2. Stats</font></font></b><br><br></b><b><font color="#800080">Key Stats for Rogues:</font><br></b>Before we get started, let us talk a little bit about the various stats in the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;The main stats for Rogues are agility, health, aim rate, evade, movement speed, and critical damage.&nbsp;&nbsp;Mostly you will be focusing on health, agi, and aim for leveling purposes.&nbsp;&nbsp;Survivability and being able to hit monsters is key in PVE.&nbsp;&nbsp;A little bit of movement speed can also be fun as a rogue, especially since it increases the speed of our windmill skill, but you will not be seeing move speed on many equips anytime soon.&nbsp;&nbsp;It can be found rarely as a soul craft option on boots as well as some accessories for level 40+ characters.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you manage to get a character card from a quest after level 20 (currently unavailable, but you might be able to get one in the future) you can get movement speed from the card.&nbsp;&nbsp;Don't fill the card out until you have looked at a guide or checked with a friend, as your choices affect the stats you get.&nbsp;&nbsp;More on that later.&nbsp;&nbsp;Evade is mostly for pvp, and you need a lot of it in order for it to be effective (30-300+ depending on level , starting at lvl 20 since you can't pvp before then).&nbsp;&nbsp;You should prioritize evade last and only worry about it if you are planning to stop leveling and focus on pvp.&nbsp;&nbsp;No matter how high your evade is, a player's hit rate on you will not go below 30%.&nbsp;&nbsp;Keep that in mind if you are ever planning to stack evade.&nbsp;&nbsp;For the most part, you will probably be out growing most of the equips you get at lower levels fairly quickly, and you don't need to worry about them too much, but understanding stats will give you an idea of what is best to use during your adventure.&nbsp;&nbsp;Generally, aim on accessories, and health or agi on armor will be what you are looking for equipment wise.<br><br><b><font color="#800080">Explanation of all stats:</font></b><br>
<br><br><font size="5"> </font><font size="5"><font color="#4169e1"><b>3. Skill Builds and Leveling</b></font> </font><br> <b> </b><br><font color="#800080"><b>Thief to Bandit (lvl 1-20)</b><br></font><br><div align="left"><div align="center"><font color="#330000"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b>

<b>Thieves use their speed, stealth, and intelligence to their own advantage. Their stealth and agility allows them to gain the upper hand in any battle by positioning themselves in advantageous position against any foe. Thieves count on close quarters combat to search out weak spots within an enemy's defense and exploit it to their own needs. It's not easy to find a thief and by the time you see one, it may already be too late.</b>

</b></font></font></div></div><font color="#330000"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b><br></b></font></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sounds pretty good, but the Dragon Saga website does not tell us that thieves are the most difficult class to start with and level from 1-20.&nbsp;&nbsp;Most of our skills do relatively low damage.&nbsp;&nbsp;We lack the mobbing ability of warriors and do not have the range of archers or magicians.&nbsp;&nbsp;As the humble thief, the rogue starts off as the worst PVE classes available, but don't worry.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you are not daunted and have the bravery and skill to reach level 20, you will be able to job advance to bandit, a beast able to kill a large group of mobs with the press of a button or two. &nbsp;For now, stay on your toes.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you are new to the game you may find soloing missions to be very difficult during these early levels.&nbsp;&nbsp;There are many bosses and some groups of monsters inside the missions that can kill you quite easily if you are not paying attention and are not quick to react. &nbsp;In particular, be&nbsp;wary&nbsp;of the axe brother bosses and groups of ranged monsters (axe throwers and shamans). &nbsp;You will find the MM runs to be quite slow if you solo; therefore, I strongly encourage you to join a party for mission maps (MMs) whenever possible.&nbsp;&nbsp;It will make things easier.&nbsp;&nbsp;You will finish the mission faster and get more experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;With that in mind, let us begin.</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><font color="#2e8b57"><u>Tips for beginning your adventure </u> </font>&nbsp;&nbsp;</font><br>- Enter channel 1.&nbsp;&nbsp;Being on the recommended channel for your level will give you an experience boost and you are more likely to find players around your level.<br>- Complete the tutorial.&nbsp;&nbsp;You will get a helpful gift box, which contains a variety of nice items you can receive as you level up (skill reset, feathers to revive you if you die, some pots, etc).<br>- Red quests are hero quests, which are your primary quests.&nbsp;&nbsp;These are important for advancing the storyline.&nbsp;&nbsp;Yellow quests (adventure quests) are less important, but you might as well do them because they still offer decent exp awards.<br>- You can press "L" to bring up the quest log and complete many quests directly from the log.&nbsp;&nbsp;This will save you the time of running back to the npc.<br>- Hold Z and let go once the bar is charged to do a "charge attack".&nbsp;&nbsp;This will be useful against some bosses at these low levels.<br>- Press k to open your skill menu<br>- Press y to open the community tab where you can form a party and edit the party name.&nbsp;&nbsp;Click a person who has a party name above their head to request to join.<br>- To whisper someone type /w CharacterName then press enter.<br>- Click menu and go to keypad setup to change your keys around or see what various keys do.<br>- Make sure to buy potions from the potion seller in town.&nbsp;&nbsp;Keeping your mp up so you can use skills and your hp up will be important.&nbsp;&nbsp;Mobs do high damage during these early levels.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is not the mage's job to keep you healed, although some can heal you if they have high level slow heal as you get closer to lvl 20.<br>- Hold down and press x to attack a mob that has been knocked on the ground<br>- Bosses cannot be launched, stunned, or knocked down.<br>- When you see a boss about to attack quickly dash to the side or away to evade.&nbsp;&nbsp;Also, most attacks won't hit you in the air, but beware of lag.<div>- Do not approach groups of ranged monsters directly from the front<br><font color="#ff0000">- Press esc to skip the boss intro when entering a boss map.&nbsp;&nbsp;If one player does not do this, everyone must watch the scene.&nbsp;&nbsp;It gets annoying for players who have seen it 100 times.&nbsp;&nbsp;Press esc!&nbsp;&nbsp;Please see Miname's Guide on this if you do not feel it has been stressed enough here.</font><br><br><u><font color="#2e8b57">Leveling Guide 1-20</font></u><br><br>Before you leave town, it should be noted that there are <b>two exclusive medals</b> that you can only get during this point in the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;They are "<b>God Like Control</b>" and "<b>Grind Master</b>".&nbsp;&nbsp;In order to see your medals press J to go to open your journal and go to the medals tab.&nbsp;&nbsp;Feel free to explore the rest of the journal as well, especially the quest section.&nbsp;&nbsp;Some medals offer decent stats when you equip them, and one of the ways to complete the 4th job change way later is to get 70k achievement points by collecting medals.&nbsp;&nbsp;The two exclusive medals are obtained by obtaining 2nd job on the first day of playing and reaching 2nd job without dieing.&nbsp;&nbsp;If you like to collect things and want these two medals, feel free to try to become a bandit post haste and meet the requirements; however, these are not the best medals in the game, and they are not needed in order to do the 4th job change, by any means, so trying to collect them is entirely up to you.<br><br>Pick up the yellow quests and red quest. &nbsp;Your main objective at this point will be to do hero quests, since they will walk you through the story and also help you to reach level 20, but you can do the others when they are convenient and on the way. &nbsp;The game will display a Q symbol above the monsters that you need to kill, which is&nbsp;extremely&nbsp;convenient&nbsp;and saves you the trouble of remembering what to kill when you have a bunch of quests that you can do in the same area. &nbsp;Simply follow the hero quest line, and when you are required to do a mission, do not hesitate to join a party or make your own.&nbsp;&nbsp;You should also focus on familiarizing yourself with the various skills available/recommended to you and gaining precise control of your character if the controls feel awkward. &nbsp;Soloing is quite possible, but if you are going for the medals, don't go into the mission maps until you feel ready. &nbsp;If you don't know what to do, at any point, don't hesitate to open your journal.&nbsp;&nbsp;You can see the quests available to you, and from the quest section you can also tab between all quests and main quests.&nbsp;&nbsp;At level 19 you will be able to pick up a quest called "Fellowship entry test begins" in the first major town, Port of Winds.&nbsp;&nbsp;This quest line marks the end of the first stage of your adventure, and it will eventually lead you to become a member of the dragon fellowship, granting you your job advancement!&nbsp;&nbsp;Note that part of this quest line requires that you go to the culverts.&nbsp;&nbsp;They can be accessed from Port of Winds.&nbsp;&nbsp;I've seen a number of players ask where the culverts are, but you should have no problem finding them or any other location provided you are using your map. &nbsp;Make sure your equip your gas mask because otherwise you will take damage from the toxic gas while you remain in the area.<br><br><u><font color="#2e8b57">Skills 1-20</font></u><br><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font></b><br><b><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Quick Skill Build for Leveling (needs skill reset later</font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">):</font></b><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Air Combo Launch: lvl 1</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Cutdown: lvl 3</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Aerial Frenzy: lvl 5</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Rocket Punch: lvl 5</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Thief's Stealth: 0 or 1 (1 is to buff archers for faster AAS)<br></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><b>Final Thief Skill Build (after lvl 20 skill reset or what you should use if you didn't do the tutorial for some reason):</b></font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Air Combo Launch: lvl 1</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Cutdown: lvl 1 or 3</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Aerial Frenzy: lvl 1</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Rocket Punch lvl 5</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Vitality: 0 or 1 (1 if planning to evade stack only)</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Dexterity: 0 or 5 (5 if planning to evade stack only)</font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Thief's Stealth: 0 or 1<br></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> </font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font><b>In depth look at skills</b><br><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font><font color="#330000"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font></font><font color="#330000"><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"></font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">
<br><br><u><font color="#2e8b57">Combos</font></u><br>- Cutdown &gt; Aerial Frenzy<br>- Air Combo Launch &gt; Aerial Frenzy<br><u> </u><br><u><font color="#2e8b57">Leveling Locations</font></u><br>Press "M" to display the world map or "N" to display a map of the area if you get lost.&nbsp;&nbsp;You should focus on hero quests, but f4 will provide a good source of experience if you run out of hero quests or feel that you want to gain an extra level or two before moving on to the next area.<br><br>- lvl 1 to 5: Windia Plains<br>- lvl 5-10: Advanced Windia Plains<br>- lvl 10-15: Traiter Ridge<br>- lvl 15-19: Canyon of Oblivion<br>- lvl 19-20: Wailing Hill Wolves Den (required during part of the fellowship entry test begins quest line)<br><br><br><u><font color="#2e8b57">Questions</font></u><br>Q: What to do with unwanted equips?<br>A: Click the hammer icon in the corner of your inventory and then click the equip to turn it into souls.&nbsp;&nbsp;They can be sold on the market for good amounts of gold.<br><br>Q: I can't use equips.&nbsp;&nbsp;How to unseal equips?<br>A: Go to the NPC Julie and select Exchange Scroll.&nbsp;&nbsp;Exchange souls for seal removal souls then click the scrolls to break the seal on equips.<br><br>Q: How to upgrade equips?<br>A: Generally, I wouldn't worry about upgrading equips till later levels; however, to answer the question, go to Julie if you want to soulcraft.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is the general consensus that you can safely sc equips from regular (white with no bonus options) to advanced (green with one bonus option) without fear of the equip breaking; however some players have reported things breaking, so use your own discretion.<br><br>For enchanting, go to the blacksmith and enchant your gear.&nbsp;&nbsp;You can enchant from +1 to +4 without fear of breaking or resetting.&nbsp;&nbsp;After these levels you will need insurance scrolls, which can be purchased from the item mall.<br><br><font color="#800080">Bandit to Rogue and Beyond</font><br>-coming soon-


Edited by Maronu, 30 May 2011 - 06:43 AM.

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