Design Notes

April 15, 2020

Now Available: Yami no Ronin Class

A wicked new reward!

Malgor's forces are on the move, and to fight against them, Dage has presented you the opportunity to gain a powerful new class! With links to Blademasters, the Shadowflame Army, and the ancient Yokai samurai, the Yami no Ronin bends the shadows to its will as a formidable solo and PvP class!

This class will be permanently available in /darkally.

To create this class, you will need:

  • 1 Blademaster Sword Scroll
  • 1 Yokai Sword scroll (requires Rank 10 Yokai faction)

How do you get a Blademaster Sword Scroll?

There are 5 ways to get it:

  • Complete a quest with the rare 2,000 AC Blademaster class (Rank 10)
  • Complete a quest with the rare 2,000 Legion Token Blademaster class (Rank 10)
  • Complete a quest with the new 2,000 AC Swordmaster* class (Rank 10)
  • Complete a quest with the new 2,000 Legion Token Swordmaster* class (Rank 10)
  • Not a Legion member? You can still earn a Blademaster Sword Scroll by learning the Legion sword techniques yourself by sparring with Legion Blademasters!

It’ll be no easy feat to get the Yokai Sword scroll. Said to be lost to the sands of time, you’ll unlock the forgotten techniques once you sharpen your mind and forge a blade out of your own spirit**. 

Now onto the skills!

*Players with either 2014 Blademaster class can get their equivalent Swordmaster class from /curio.
**The Yami no Ronin Katana is a sweet sword that does 15% more damage to any monster, and gives 25% more class points, XP, gold, and rep when equipped!

Yami no Ronin Skill Breakdown

A master of blades without a master, the Yami no Ronin strikes from the cover of darkness by bending the shadows to their will.

Yami no Ronin regain mana when they:

  • Strike an enemy in combat (more effective on crits)
  • Dodge any attack (restores HP as well)


Rank Needed: 1
Type: Physical
Mana cost: 0
Cooldown: 2 seconds
Range: Melee
Description: Attack your enemy from the shadows using the cover of darkness. Each hit applies Flash for 8 seconds, decreasing your dodge chance by 7%, incoming damage by 3%, and increasing your outgoing damage, hit chance, and crit chance by 5%. Stacks to 20.

Like ShadowScythe General, this class trades one of its resources for another. You'll find yourself slowly increasing in power as you use your attacks, at the cost of revealing yourself from behind the cover of darkness. When you do, be prepared to unleash massive damage on every attack, because max stacks of Flash gives you +100% outgoing damage, +100% hit chance, and +100% crit chance.


Rank Needed: 1
Type: Physical
Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 3 seconds
Range: Melee
Description: Sequentially cut through your opponent’s defenses with three strikes, each dealing strong damage. The first strike increases all your outgoing damage by 20%, the second strike increases all your physical damage by 20%, and the third strike increases your critical hit damage by 50%.

This skill grants one of three effects in order: increasing all out by +20%, increasing phys out by 20%, and then increasing critical hit damage by 50%. You'll want to time it right if you want to choose which effect you want to pair with your other attacks.

Yami no Māku

Rank Needed: 2
Type: Physical
Mana cost: 20
Cooldown: 14 seconds
Range: Long
Description: Wrap your weapon in shadows and lash out, releasing a shockwave of homing dark energy. The darkness gradually consumes your opponent before fading away, applying a DoT that grows progressively stronger for 8 seconds. Also has a 35% chance to apply Spinning Dragon, reducing the next hit you take to 0 damage.

This is a long-range unavoidable DoT that grows in power as it ticks down, providing guaranteed damage against even the most agile of enemies. A 35% chance to inflict Spinning Dragon on your foe offers protection when your opponent manages to hit you through your dodges.


Rank Needed: 3
Type: Physical
Mana cost: 3
Cooldown: 3 seconds
Range: Melee
Description: Gouge your target with your weapon, dealing strong damage. You also absorb their life force, restoring your health based on damage dealt. Also applies one stack of Flash.

Drain a little bit of HP from your foe while dealing damage. While you build up stacks of Flash to increase the damage you deal and receive, this skill can provide enough sustain to hold on for a little longer. It gives more stacks of Flash though, which will further increase the damage you take...

Jigen Kōgeki

Rank Needed: 5
Type: Physical
Mana cost: 20
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Range: Melee
Description: Use your control of the shadows to tear through reality itself, dealing strong damage. If Yami is applied on your opponent, deals massive damage depending on how much time is left on before it fades (less time means more damage). Consumes all stacks of Flash.

The big 'wow' skill, this deals more damage when the Yami DoT is about to expire, is boosted by your stacks of Flash, AND purges Flash to reset your dodge! Time it correctly and dish out enormous amounts of damage when your foe least expects it, or use it early to bolster your evasion. Watch out however, this skill does not automatically hit -- if you miss, you may be more vulnerable than you like for much longer than you want.


Rank Needed: 4
Type: Passive
Description: Increases dodge chance by 75%.


Rank Needed: 4
Type: Passive
Description: Increases incoming damage by 15%.


Rank Needed: 10
Type: Passive
Description: Increases haste and crit chance by 15%.

At Rank 4 and above, your control of the shadows becomes as instinctive as breathing. 


Yami no Ronin is an exciting class with great applications for both solo and PvP play. With its high dodge but challenging class mechanics, this is one class that will certainly give you an edge in combat, if you have the reflexes to use it!

Thanks to Pisces for the class design, Cheese Wizard and Immortal Joe for the Design Notes post, and the whole class team for their hard work!

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