- While the Harmonizer may not seem like an intimidating weapon, the Waker’s primary destruction device is sure to make its mark.
- Answering the question “Are there mounts in NGS?is about to get harder with the introduction of one of Waker’s abilities: Fredran Riding.
- Block attacks make Marmelo the familiar angry, and at a certain point, his anger can be explosive.
This is not the first time a new class has been introduced in Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis (PSO2:NGS) since its release in June 2021. The sci-fi themed action RPG saw the addition of Braver, a bow and katana wielding powerhouse in August of the same year, followed by Bouncer who stormed Jet Boots with Soaring Blades in October. . However, Waker’s presentation this week will be quite different, as it’s not a class that was present at fantasy star online 2 (PSO2).
While it bears a slight resemblance to the popular Summoner class of PSO2 in the choice of weapon (the Harmonizer), this class does not cuddle, feed, or play with pets. No, there’s definitely not a box of candy to handle here. Waker unleashes photon and animal manifestations of death and destruction in an artful dance in keeping with the game’s fluid combat style. This class isn’t afraid to get close to enemies, though it can also deal damage from afar. With single-target and AOE damage abilities, Waker is as versatile as it is complex, and I’ll describe what I mean by that in the paragraphs below.
As mentioned above, Waker uses the Harmonizer, and by taking the Harmonizer Focus ability from her skill tree, Waker contributes to the familiar’s focus gauge associated with the Photon Art (PA) they use to damage an enemy. In short, if you hit the ground with a Wulfren-related AP, you’ll build Wulfren’s focus gauge. Ride Fredran into battle and take down your enemies (yes, you can and it’s an AP called Fredran Riding) and you’ll increase Fredran’s focus gauge. Plus, there’s a huge reward for building their focus gauges together, as you can then spend some of each using the Family Harmony class ability, which unleashes them. simultaneously for some harmonic havoc.
The above may sound simple enough, but the game changes when you consider that each of the abilities available to Waker changes when it is “loaded”, or the button is held down for a certain period of time before being released. For example, the aforementioned ability Fredran Riding, when used normally, simply directs the Fredran to fire a ranged blast at enemies. The real magic comes when you charge up the ability and then find yourself charging enemies onto your winged familiar. When the AP is finally released, Fredran comes out in a blaze of glory, taking down the enemies in front of you.
Wulfen Demolition is also tricky, with actions taken by the huge familiar differing depending not only on whether you charge the ability or not, but also on how long you charge the ability. Without a charge, Wulfen performs a shockwave attack. Charged up for a short period of time, Wulfen will perform his ground slam and cause some aftershocks in the surrounding area for a while. Charged for a longer time, you will consume additional PP and Wulfen will make a much stronger attack than his normal earth pound. These are just two of the abilities Waker can use in battle, and the others are no less complex.
In addition, there is another family member who comes to Waker’s call: Marmelo. Upon successfully deflecting an enemy attack using your weapon action, Marmelo will grow (up to twice its size). If the weapon action is held down before releasing it, throw marmelo at enemies, causing an explosion on direct impact. Finally, the Waker can also take the Treble Clef Marking ability from his skill tree, which causes normal attacks, after several are directed at the same enemy, to apply a “mark” that increases damage taken and hit factor. reduction applied (increases stun chance, basically.) Pressing and holding Normal Attack while aiming at a treble clef marked enemy will cause the mark to detonate.
There are other things in the Skill Tree of the Waker that make the game even more interesting, but based on the above alone, you could easily find yourself charging into battle aboard a winged familiar, causing an earthquake, summoning both familiars at the same time for tandem. chaos, launching a different familiar like a bomb, all while detonating marked enemies in between. This is not a leisurely game, but it is an absolute “blast” once you get the hang of it. If you’ve grown very fond of your current class but Waker intrigues you, you should know that you can select it as a subclass, however the benefits of doing so come primarily in the form of ensuring your survival, as many abilities rely on the use of the Harmonizer.
if you are not playing PSO2:NGS however, now is a good time to familiarize yourself (pun intended). All you have to do is visit the Xbox or Windows Store on console or PC and download the game for free to experience the wonder of planet Halfa for yourself.