Do you have the courage to tread the path of the Vindicator?

This week, we’ll be taking the first of a series of in-depth looks at each of Heroes of Ruin’s playable character’s skill trees. While the skill tress for each class are revealed in-game, what’s less apparent is how every additional experience point you invest in each skill improves that ability… which is where we come in! We’ll also reveal the XP you’ll need to unlock a new level for each skill.

We feel duty-bound to follow the example led by the game’s most noble character and have chosen to kick things off with a look at the Vindicator. For the uninitiated, the Vindicator is a holy warrior from the Leomar city of Sanctum who brings righteous fury down upon his foes with a terrifying roar and crushing strike of his mighty weapon.

The Leomar, a tribe of lion-like humanoids, have ruled over Veil’s southern continent for hundreds of years. Their highly regimented, warrior-based society has given them a fierce reputation across the world. The Vindicators of the Leomar combine the greatest virtues upheld by Leomar culture – incredible prowess in battle, unshakable faith, and a thirst for glory. The Vindicator does not travel the world to spread peace and justice, but rather, to hunt down evil and eliminate it. Seeking out justice, the Vindicator takes on the mission to save Lord Ataraxis to redeem himself after his fall from grace from his order.

Vindicators wield mighty two-handed swords. Although greatly feared for their powerful attacks, Vindicators are well known for their disciplined defensive fighting stances, able to protect themselves and others while patiently awaiting the right moment to strike.

How will you choose to level-up your soldier of virtue and what effect does each skill point have? Read on to find out.


Holy Charge

Unlocks: 1, 6, 12, 19

Holy Charge sends you sprinting forward, homing in on enemies and with a chance to stun on impact.

• Additional Ranks increase Damage and chance to stun


Unlocks: 3, 7, 13, 20

Smite deals a decisive blow, dealing more damage to enemies at low health. It also deals bonus damage to stunned enemies.

• Additional Ranks increase Base damage

Searing Strikes

Unlocks: 6, 10, 16, 23
Requires: Holy Charge

Searing Strikes gives your attacks a chance to scorch enemies with damage over time. At max rank, it allows nearby party members to do the same.

• Additional Ranks increase Damage and duration


Unlocks: 8, 12, 18, 25
Requires: Smite

Executioner increases all damage and critical strike chance against stunned targets.

• Additional Ranks increase Critical strike chance and damage

Blade Flurry

Unlocks: 15, 20, 25, 30
Requires: Searing Strikes, Executioner

Blade Flurry is a channeled attack that allows you to move while whirling your sword in a relentless assault.

• Additional Ranks increase Damage


Replenishing Strikes

Unlocks: 2, 6, 12, 19

Replenishing Strikes restores a portion of your health when you land a critical strike.

• Additional Ranks increase Health gain


Unlocks: 4, 8, 14, 21

Cleanse restores your health over time, and has a chance to remove negative effects. At max rank, nearby party members are affected as well.

• Additional Ranks increase Health returned and chance to remove effects

Devout Wisdom

Unlocks: 9, 13, 19, 26
Requires: Replenishing Strikes

Devout Wisdom reduces the Energy cost of your abilities, and extends the duration of buff effects you activate.

• Additional Ranks increase all Buff durations and decrease costs

Sacred Circle

Unlocks: 7, 11, 17, 24
Requires: Cleanse

Sacred Circle marks an area on the battlefield as holy, restoring health to you and any allies inside of it.

• Additional ranks increase duration and healing amount

Divine Intervention

Unlocks: 14, 18, 24, 29
Requires: Devout Wisdom, Sacred Circle

Divine Intervention gives you a small chance to prevent a killing blow and become temporarily invincible.

• Additional ranks increase chance to activate and duration



Unlocks: 2, 7, 13, 20

Sunder is a mighty attack that rips through an enemy's defenses, temporarily causing that enemy to receive more damage.

• Additional ranks increase damage and enemy vulnerability

Vengeance Ward

Unlocks: 3, 8, 14, 21

Vengeance Ward damages enemies that strike you while it's active. At max rank, it confers the same effect to nearby party members.

• Additional ranks increase damage and duration

Radiant Wave

Unlocks: 10, 14, 20, 27
Requires: Sunder

Radiant Wave sends three bursts of divine energy forward, pushing back enemies caught in the blast.

• Additional ranks increase damage

Mighty Roar

Unlocks: 5, 9, 15, 22
Requires: Vengeance Ward

Mighty Roar makes you bellow with fury, lowering enemies' attack power and often sending them running in fear.

• Additional ranks decreases enemy attack power more


Unlocks: 12, 16, 22, 28
Requires: Radiant Wave, Mighty Roar

Indestructible renders you temporarily immune to nearly all damage. At max rank, it confers the same protection to nearby party members.

• Additional ranks increases damage prevention


Come back next week when we’ll be shining a light onto everyone’s favourite mercenary, the wily Gunslinger!


This game really does have potential, and I feel it deserves a sequel.

Just started as vindicator. Any tips?

botton killer

I like the vindicator so much i would have the courage to save the world of veil and win against evil and have fun with companinons

i like the vindicator he's my favorite and completed the game with me and yeah i do have the frickin courage to be a vindicator!

I have the courage to play a Vindicator!

just started using him on thursday. he's my second character.

I always picked vindicator in the demo and im still using it never gonna stop
Vindicator Rock!

Vindicators are the best of the best.

Blade Flurry, Sacred Circle and Indestructable. I've already "Purchesed" Divine Intervention but for some reason, the game won't let me equip it.

This is the vindicator champion speaking.

already mastered it, TWICE! :-P

Vindicator 4 Life!

Vindicator rulez!

Thanks for this article. The vindicators are my favorites to play. I like paladins, it's nice to be so certain you're right LOL. I also like blade fury, don't use it as often as invincible, and I also like radiant wave for that one-shot multiple kill. Blade fury eats up energy, but those times you're beset by many strong enemies (like when you first enter the soul void), it's literally a life saver -- and it's just FUN burning through demons :D

Occurred to me, the search here should include player's character names, so people can search them as potential alliance members from non-friend online bumps.

Searing Strikes, Executioner, Replenishing Strikes, Devout Wisdom, Divine Intervention, Sunder, and Radiant Wave.

Good stuff.

Best skill was blade fury i think. Wasn't that fussed about any of the other skills. I rather have a killing skill, over a buff! That said passives are ok, no need to push extra buttons! :)

Awesome!!! I really love the skills Mighty Roar and Vengeance Ward

nice, my first char...

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