Berserker

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Berserker
Human Berserker Large.png
Class traits
BLOODLUST.png BLOODLUST
Deals an extra 20% damage on normal attacks against higher-level foes
SPELLKILL
+50% starting Magic resist.png Magic resist
MAGESLAY.png MAGESLAY
All glyph-activated abilities cost an extra 2 mana, but starting attack bonus is +20%

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Class Features

  • BLOODLUST: Deals an extra 20% damage on normal attacks against higher-level foes
  • SPELLKILL: +50% starting magic resistance
  • MAGESLAY: All glyph-activated abilities cost an extra 2 mana, but starting attack bonus is +20%

Races

Orc

The Orc Berserker is the paragon of all things savage and furious. By combining the berserker's high situational attack bonuses with the boosted base attack of an orc, you can create a fearsome offensive powerhouse. Both the berserker and orc are well-suited for fighting enemies who are stronger than yourself. However, there is one flaw to the Orc Berserker: he needs to convert items and glyphs like mad. Because of this, the Orc Berserker is not well-suited to playing purist and will need to find a source of gold income to buy items and fuel his ravenous need for conversion.

Human

More laid back than the Orc Berserker, a human does not need to convert quite so heavily to maximize the usefulness of his racial bonus. For low conversion values, humans will quickly overtake orcs in terms of overall damage. When playing purist, or scenarios where the number of available conversion points are low, humans make a better selection than Orcs.

Strategy

The Berserker one of the more specialized classes, with massive magic resistance, attack bonuses, and a significant penalty to spellcasting. Because of his heightened spellcasting cost, repeatable glyphs such as HALPMEH.png HALPMEH, PISORF.png PISORF, and BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ have limited usefulness, but single-use glyphs such as APHEELSIK.png APHEELSIK or GETINDARE.png GETINDARE glyphs are extremely helpful. The heightened mana cost is manageable if you're only using the glyph once. As a result, the Berserker tends to favor utility glyphs. Although the CYDSTEPP.png CYDSTEPP glyph works well for him, he needs to acquire two mana boosters before it's usable, which can be a bit of a problem.

The berserker works best when fighting enemies with magic damage, which he can carve apart with great ease. Bosses such as Aequitas the Warlock are easy prey to the Berserker. He has considerably more difficulty fighting physical-resist enemies, and will need to leverage his advantage against those with magic damage to prevail overall. By fighting powerful dragonspawn or warlocks, a Berserker can earn large amounts of bonus experience and level up quite quickly. This enables him to leave large numbers of weaker monsters on the board for later, which he can kill to level-up mid-battle against the boss.

One curious aspect about the Berserker is that he's often stronger as a 9th level character than he is as a 10th level character. This is because he gains a damage bonus against monsters that are higher-level than him, and once he reaches level 10 he loses this bonus against the boss! In addition, his favorite spells are not affected by character level. As a result, worshipping the Glowing Guardian Icon.png Glowing Guardian in order to gain the humility boon is very useful for the Berserker, and he also benefits nicely from the Absolution boon. The Berserker obviously works well with Taurog since he casts spells sparingly; however, you should be cautious as Berserkers who use the APHEELSIK.png APHEELSIK glyph can do poorly with Taurog and should delay worship or else worship a different deity entirely.

Base attack is the most important attribute for a berserker, so equipping items to boost it is a very good idea. The Trisword.png Trisword is a highly recommended item in this regard.

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