|The Berserker:||Skills •||Glyphs •||Weapons •||Armour|
|Combat range||Very short (3 meters)|
|Movement speed||Slow (105%)|
- "Powerful, yet dominating."
The berserker is a heavily armored class which specializes in the use of the axe with melee offensive damage-dealing capabilities.
As they carry a large axe, they can create devastating, powerful, yet uncontrollable blows. Though this may seem like an imprecise method of attack, is very effective if it hits. Their attack range is very short, meaning that great precision is required.
Official description Edit
berserkers have multiple ways of recharging their own mana, and can absorb damage dealt to a foe as health. Their rage and bloodlust raise their strength to help end a fight quickly. They fend for themselves better than many classes, and their capacity for sheer destruction gives them a place of honor in any party."
Equipment and attributes Edit
Metal Armor which greatly increases their defenses. Berserker is unique offense class that can block damage while fighting.
Berserker uses standard melee Weapon Crystals: Bitter, Savage, Focused and Pounding. If crit rate is low, Pounding can be switched to Carving. Recommended chest line is increased damage of Thunderstrike.
Recommended weapon rolls are Damage vs. enraged monster; Damage vs. enraged monsters; +6.9% damage from behind and Flat 6% damage. Berserker has no need to cooldown reduction roll and usually uses 0.3 crit power as last weapon roll for more damage.
Post Apex also berserkers commonly use double Energetic etchings. More cooldown reduction makes possible to cast Beast Fury twice when doing Unleash.
With new level 70 patch Exodor gear berserker uses gear with physical amplification: Dauntless Azart or Annihilation gear. (Crystals, rollable weapon lines incl. double cooldown and chest line are not available on Exodor gear level 68/69 gear or on new level 65 Exodor Scout gear.)
The most common crit+crit power build uses all crit rings, earrings and necklace. Main damage skill Thunder Strike should reach around 70% crit chance with 300 crit and 90% crit chance at 400 crit. Reaching that high crit rate with current equipment maybe impossible. Berserker Discord recommends crit rate of around base +310–+330 for non-castanic (without mystic of other buffs). For level 70 content and with new crit formulas crit sweetspot is around 300–310.
With patch 93 new passives some berserker skill's damage scales directly with total HP character has. With passive Heavy Bleed damage increases by 1% per 16,666 or 33,333 HP, depending on the skill. This makes quite big changes to berserker gearing. HP underwear in recommended and Ishara's halidom. Also some buff foods that give extra HP are more valuable.
Skills and racial traits Edit
Berserkers are capable of dealing massive narrow damage to any foe that stands in their path with . This skill counts around 70–80% damage of berserker total DPS before apex skills are unlocked. Other skills are considered filler skills. Notable are Raze, combo and which casts fast and resets some animation locks on other skills.
One special aspect of is that it cancels animations of other skills. Ie. Thunder Strike has rather long animation after damage is done. Tapping Axe Block after it and releasing allows to cast next skill faster. This is called "block-cancel".
The berserker was one of two classes, along with the slayer, that started off with 0 mana and gained mana through fighting. This has now been changed. As of Apex patch several berserker skills were merged into new skill Triumphant Shout. This skill recovers health and mana, and also causes stagger effect to opponents nearby. Skill also makes berserker immune to knockdown, stagger and stuns. As the new skill proved slightly OP, the immunities were bit later nerfed to 5 second duration.
Berserker also has few other skills that are mainly useful in PVP. slows down enemies and prevents enemy players using dodge skills. makes enemies flee randomly. Tackle throws the Axe forward knocking down enemies it hits.
Berserker still have two separate boost skills. boosts power and crit factor slight, but sacrifices endurance. This skill has also effect from merged skill and it speeds up charging skills. is more powerful boost skill with longer 3 min cooldown. It also makes harder to knock down or stun berserker.
Berserker gets basic dodge skill. Evasive Roll is standard iframe skill to dodge unblockable attacks. However berserker's skill doesn't cancel animations of other skills. Doing block-cancel before dodge maybe necessary. Other iframe skill is . This skill is bit clunky to use, as it can only be activated during charging other skill. After dodge tap skill button again to deliver hit. These skills now have separate cooldown. Also Evasive Roll is now available in normal assault mode too.
Finally, berserker gets some skills for tanking. Tanking mode is activated with skill Intimidation that draws extra aggro from monsters. However the class in not considered proper tank, as it lacks skill to enrage boss monsters. Also endurance debuff from Punishing Strike (only available in tanking mode) is lower than other classes. While in tanking mode berserker can use Axe Counter as counterattack after blocking a hit. However is not available in this mode. Berserker tanking skills have not been updated since tanking was added in 2015. Other tank classes were reworked after the brawler was added for higher damage.
After awakening skills other skills besides Thunder Strike gain damage boost. gets superior glyph to gain 2× crit chance and becomes one of the best berserker skills. is improved with new passive skill Eye of the Storm that creates possibility that skill resets and can be cast again immediately without charging it up again. Cyclone damage also increases on each reset. It almost doubles on second cast, and raises slower after that.
Berserker also gains new boost skill, the Unleash. While skill is activated only attacks specific to the mode can be used. All attack skills use HP. Also berserker can't get stunned, knocked down or can't die during the Unleash. All damage is taken after Unleash ends after 18 seconds. Be sure your healer knows what's happening.
Choosing between the seven races can be a tough choice. Each race has their own unique racial traits which can impact the gameplay of the berserker class.
- Amani possess numerous defensive traits such as , and which can greatly enhance the berserker's already significant defenses.
- Baraka have , a healing ability that can fully restore a character's health, and greater resistance to stuns from , as well as which keeps stamina from dropping below 20%.
- Castanic have , which increases their mobility during combat, and which gives them a higher chance to shoot a critical hit from the back.
- High elves have which completely restores their mana and which restores some mana upon revival allowing for a swift return to combat
- Humans have which provides protection from stuns and knockdowns, which greatly increases their defenses when facing enemy players, in addition they possess which restores some health upon revival them to get back into combat quickly.
- Poporis and Elins have nothing that could assist a berserker in combat. Instead, they get multiple abilities for non-combat situations such as swimming and out of combat movement speed increases.
Unlike many other classes variation of different races is minimal on berserker. You are actually free to choose race you want. If you really want to min-max, try castanic (female preferred for animations) for crit passive or Elin for overall animations.
Glyphs and crystals Edit
Specializing in glyphs like all classes means a great deal to customization. Notable glyphs are:
- : Carving Thunder Strike: Doubles the chance to crit.
- : Hastened Thunder Strike: Speeds charging 25%.
- : Empowered Thunder Strike: Increases additional overcharge damage by 12%.
- : Slick Thunder Strike: Eliminates slowed movement restriction
- : Sanative Thunder Strike: Decreased HP consumption by 50%
This is your main damage skill. Slick glyph can be dropped after apex skills are unlocked due new passive skill.
- : Carving Cyclone: Doubles the chance to crit.
- : Empowered Cyclone: Increases additional overcharge damage by 24%.
- : Hastened Cyclone: Speeds charging 30%.
Other main damage skill.
- : Persistent Lethal Strike:: 40% chance to eliminate cooldown
- : Empowered Lethal Strike: Increases skill damage by 30%.
- : Carving Lethal Strike: Doubles the chance to crit. (Apex superior glyph)
- Dash: Raging Unchained Anger: 50% chance to activate Flurry of Blows I.
- : Powerlinked Vampiric Blow: Increase damage of Lethal Strike by 20% for few seconds.
- : Blazing Overwhelm: Speeds charging of Cyclone by 30% for few seconds.
These are for last bit of DPS.
Standard melee Weapon Crystals.
|Defense||Melee Offense||Ranged Offense||Support|