Design Notes

December 16, 2020

2021 Calendar Class: Nechronomancer

Unlock the exclusive class when you get the 2021 Calendar

When you get the 2021 Calendar from HeroMart, you'll unlock in-game rewards inside AQ3D, AdventureQuest, DragonFable, EpicDuel, and the Nechronomancer Class / Armor set in AQWorlds.

Although calendar classes have been traditionally solo focused, we decided to do something different this time around; so with that being said, this year’s farming focused calendar class relies on its necromancy arts to wither down its foes and its time magic to buff itself up and tear open portals through time.

Nechronomancer Details

Description: Recommended enhancements: Lucky, Fighter. Time and death, two things a dragon thought they would never fear.

Mana Regen: Nechronomancers gain mana from all hits landed in combat, and especially on crits. The amount depends on damage relative to *their own* HP total.

Skill Breakdown

Mortification

Rank needed: 1 / Auto Attack
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 3
Type: Physical
Range: Infinite
Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

Conjure a forbidden hex that deals damage to up to 3 targets and infects their cells with Necrosis, dealing additional damage to them over 5 seconds, stacks to 5. Auto attacking targets affected by Necrosis heals you for a portion of the damage dealt, increased by each stack.

Your main source of healing, the more you stack Necrosis on a target, the more you heal. At first glance it may seem like a lot of healing, but you’re going to need it!

Bleeding Time

Rank needed: 1
Target: Enemy

Max Targets: 3
Type: Physical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 0
Cooldown: 2 seconds

Use your life essence to tap into the power of time. Deals damage to up to 3 targets and applies a stack of Chaos Rift for each target hit. Stacks to 4 and lasts 30 seconds. Also applies Passage of Time for 8 seconds, both effects are used to empower your other abilities. You also go into an Eternal Frenzy, increasing your outgoing damage by 6% for 4 seconds, stacks to 9. Costs 10% of your maximum HP per target hit. 

It might be a farming focused class but the Temporal Rift aura isn’t going anywhere! For those unaware, Temporal Rift is an aura that is found on most (looking at you, TimeKiller) calendar classes and is usually their primary source of damage. When the first stack of Temporal Rift is applied, all damage you deal is stored, and then upon using your Rift Collapse skill, a percentage of that damage done in the last 10 seconds prior to using that skill is dealt to your target, multiplied by any additional stacks of Temporal Rift you have (up to 4) and the skill’s damage multiplier. One thing to note is that since this skill hits up to 3 targets, Temporal Rift (or Chaos Rift, in this case) can be stacked faster than ever before!

Additionally this skill also stacks your outgoing damage so your abilities can pack even more of a punch, just remember that this skill costs HP to use, so using it too much without taking the time to heal could spell trouble.

Temporal Reanimation

Rank needed: 2
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 3
Type: Physical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 13
Cooldown: 5 seconds

Your mastery of time magic combined with your necromancy arts allow you to raise undead in an instant. Summons undead minions that attack up to 3 targets and applies Travelling Through Time, increasing your Haste by 30% for 8 seconds. If Passage of Time is active, applies Foreseeable Future, increasing your Crit Chance by 20% for 8 seconds, stacks to 3. 

Your primary buff skill that should max out your Haste and Crit Chance, this allows for more consistent damage output.

ShadowScythe’s Past

Rank needed: 3
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 3
Type: Physical
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 13
Cooldown: 10 seconds

Tear open a portal in time and draw upon immense power from a past battle. Hits up to 3 targets and deals increased damage for each stack of Necrosis on them. After a short moment, your primary target takes damage based on the amount you’ve dealt while under the effects of Chaos Rift in the past 10 seconds. Consumes Necrosis and Chaos Rift stacks. Always hits but can’t crit.

Immense power from a past battle, I wonder what that could be? Your “Rift Collapse” skill but with a bit of a twist as it also consumes your primary source of healing in order to do extra damage to your targets. Good thing Necrosis stacks fast. 

ShadowScythe’s Future

Rank needed: 5
Target: Enemy
Max Targets: 3
Range: Infinite
Mana Cost: 13
Cooldown: 3.5 seconds

Relive the rebirth of your Empress. If you have stacks of Chaos Rift, they are consumed to apply Empress’s Awakening which heals you after 1 second and consumes all stacks of Eternal Frenzy. Also applies debuffs based on your active effects to up to 3 additional targets:

Travelling Through Time: -20% Dodge
Foreseeable Future: +20% damage taken
Passage Of Time: -20% Hit Chance

Effects last for 10 seconds.

Your emergency heal (if you need it) and monster debuff skill. The fun thing about this skill is that if you don’t have Chaos Rift stacks when you use it, you can debuff your targets while still being able to keep your Eternal Frenzy stacks, use this to your advantage. 

Passives

Clairvoyance

Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive
Hit Chance and Dodge increased by 10%

Lingering Darkness 

Rank needed: 4
Type: Passive
HoT and DoT power increased by 10%

Dracolich Armor 

Rank needed: 10
Type: Passive
Damage taken reduced by 35%

Conclusion

Nechronomancer is a unique farming class that can effectively handle all ranges of mob farming. Lean to a more aggressive playstyle by stacking Eternal Frenzy for more damage at the risk of running low on HP, or lean to a more defensive playstyle by constantly awakening the power of the Empress for extra healing, but at the cost of damage output. Though regardless of how you decide to use the class, you must always show your foes the supreme power of the ShadowScythe!

Timeless Chronomancer Class Update

Two years ago, we tried a new method of releasing calendar classes. The Underworld and Corrupted Chronomancer classes shared a core group of skills (the Timeless Chronomancer class skills) but came with unique consumable items which evolved those base skills into the unique combinations used by the Underworld and Corrupted Chronomancers.* 

Based on your feedback, emails, and comments from social media and chat platforms, we're removing some confusion and complexity by discontinuing the use of consumable items in this year's class and future ones.

These were a fun experiment, and we love trying new things! But we believe going back to the more streamlined, faster-to-jump-into-battle way of releasing Calendar classes will be easier for all heroes to understand going forward.

This year's class, the Nechronomancer, has a new set of skills that we are use Good *and* Evil heroes alike will enjoy... and the time to /charge into battle is almost here! Pre-ordered calendars will begin shipping out tomorrow.

*(If you were one of the highly-trained heroes who enjoyed how the Underworld and Corrupted Chronomancer classes were set-up... good news! Those classes are not changing.)

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