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.
|CRUSADER SKILL TREE|
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
Unlocks: 6, 10, 16, 23
|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
|Executioner increases all damage and critical strike chance against stunned targets.
• Additional Ranks increase Critical strike chance and damage
Unlocks: 15, 20, 25, 30
|Blade Flurry is a channeled attack that allows you to move while whirling your sword in a relentless assault.
• Additional Ranks increase Damage
|WARDEN SKILL TREE|
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
Unlocks: 9, 13, 19, 26
|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
Unlocks: 7, 11, 17, 24
|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
Unlocks: 14, 18, 24, 29
|Divine Intervention gives you a small chance to prevent a killing blow and become temporarily invincible.
• Additional ranks increase chance to activate and duration
|SENTINEL SKILL TREE|
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
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
Unlocks: 10, 14, 20, 27
|Radiant Wave sends three bursts of divine energy forward, pushing back enemies caught in the blast.
• Additional ranks increase damage
Unlocks: 5, 9, 15, 22
|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
|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!