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    Real Swordsman FAQ by JBKMDX

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    RAGNAROK ONLINE
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    The Real Swordsman/Knight FAQ:  Version 4.0
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    Table Of Contents
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    I. Introduction
    II. Version History
    III. Swordie/Knight Stat Builds
    IV. Swordie Skills
    V. Knight Skills
    VI. Swordie Skill Builds
    VII. Knight Skill Builds
    VIII. Equipment for Swordie/Knight
    IX. Where to Level
    X. To do list
    XI. Thank You’s
    XII. Legal Stuff
    
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    I. Introduction
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    Hey, I’m JBKMDX.  The reason I decided to make a Swordsman/Knight FAQ 
    for Ragnarok Online is for all Swordsman and Knights to find everything 
    they need in one guide without having to search over so many different 
    forums asking the same question without anyone answering them.  Feel 
    free to email me any questions, comments, or criticism to:
    
    JBKMDX@yahoo.com
    AIM: JBKMDX
    In RO, on the chaos server:  JBKMDX
    
    I will assume that you know a decent amount about RO(Ragnarok Online).  
    Because of that, this guide focuses on the Swordsman and Knight.  If 
    you want to learn about the basics of RO, go take a look at Weggy’s 
    wonderful FAQ.
    
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    II. Version History
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    Version 1.0 - Initial Release - 5/18/02
    Initial release.  Finished writing the FAQ.  
    
    Version 2.0 - 1st Revision - 5/22/02
    Corrected some errors.  Added a couple of skill builds.  Modified the
    leveling places.
    
    Version 3.0 - 2nd Revision - 5/24/02
    Corrected some minor errors.  Almost finished the leveling places.
    Added a note about dex in each of the swordies.  Added onto the 
    Hybrid swordie's description.
    
    Version 4.0 - Third Revision - 3/17-03
    After a 6 month absence from RO, I'm back.  A major update.  I updated
    the information to include beta 2, and I also expanded the FAQ to
    include the knight as well.
    
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    III. Swordie/Knight Stat Builds
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    Intro to Swordie/Knight stats:
    
    For all of you wondering what each stat does for the swordie/knight,
    here it goes.
    
    Strength (Str) - This stat raises your attack power, or how much damage
    you hit the enemies.  Also, it raises your weight, and the amount of
    items that you can carry.  This stat has bonuses for every 10th amount
    that you either put into it, or get by job bonus levels.  I took the
    liberty of putting the individual min/max bonus damage you get on the
    left column, and the actual total amount you get on the right.  When I
    say total amount, I mean the bonus at that level, plus all the previous
    bonuses from the levels below it.
    
    10 STR: +1 min/max damage 
    20 STR: +4 min/max damage   (+5 total min/max damage)
    30 STR: +5 min/max damage   (+10 total min/max damage)
    40 STR: +8 min/max damage   (+18 total min/max damage)
    50 STR: +10 min/max damage  (+28 total min/max damage)
    60 STR: +12 min/max damage  (+40 total min/max damage)
    70 STR: +13 min/max damage  (+53 total min/max damage)
    80 STR: +15 min/max damage  (+68 total min/max damage)
    90 STR: +17 min/max damage  (+85 total min/max damage)
    100 STR: +19 min/max damage (+104 total min/max damage)
    
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    Agility (Agi) - One of two main defense stats for the Swordie/Knight.
    This stat raises your dodging ability, which is great for one-on-one
    fighting, and MVPing bosses like Orc Hero, Baphomet, etc.  This skill
    drops for each monster you are fighing at the same time.  So, if you
    had a 95% dodging rate against a Poison Spore, you would have a lower
    amount when fighting 2 spores simultaneously.  Also, this stat raises
    your attack speed, which is how fast/often you swing your sword.  There
    are no bonuses for this stat.
    
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    Vitality (Vit) - This is the other defensive stats.  There are several
    different things that this stat does for a swordie/knight.  First, it
    raises the amount of HP that your character has.  Second, it lowers the
    amount that enemies hit you for, which is 1 vit = 1 point less damage
    taken from the enemy.  Third, it raises the amount that your HP is 
    regenerated every second, and the amount that your HP Recovery skill 
    regenerates HP every 10 seconds. 
    
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    Intelligence (Int) - Not all that useful for a swordie/knight.  Most
    people prefer to not even touch this skill.  It raises your SP, and it
    raises your Magic Defense (MDEF), even though no enemies use magic as 
    of yet, but probably will in the future.  If you want to put ANY points
    into Int at all, put 10-20 max.
    
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    Dexterity (Dex) - Sure, with Str you can hit hard, but what good is it
    if you can't hit anything?  That's right, this stat raises your
    accuracy, which helps you not miss, and hit enemies more often.  Most
    people raise Dex to around 30-40.  You really shouldn't go much higher
    than that.
    
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    Luck (Luk) - Every 10 points of Luk = +1% critical and +1% perfect
    dodge.  You have to raise this skill in increments of 10, otherwise,
    you are just wasting points.
    
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    ~Vitality Swordie/Knight~
    
    
    The best at tanking (taking damage), but has the slowest attack speed.  
    He is designed to be able to take on multiple monsters at once, while 
    using hp recovery to recover his hp at the same time.  Starting stats:  
    9 str, 1 agi, 5 vit, 1 int, 5 dex, 9 luk
    
    Now for the vitality swordie stat guide.  Please note, that these 
    values include the bonuses:
    
    Str to 10
    Vit to 10
    Dex to 10
    Vit to 50
    Str to 20
    Dex to 20
    Vit to 60
    Str to 30
    Vit to 75
    Str to 70
    Dex to 40
    Vit to 80
    Str to 100
    Vit to 100
    
    Your final stats should look something like this:
    
    Str 92+8
    Agi 1+2
    Vit 98+10
    Int 1+0
    Dex 34+6
    Luk 1+4
    
    Comments:  Want more Vit?  Equip 2 necklaces.  Want more Dex?  Equip 2
    gloves.  If you wanna put 10-20 points into Int, drop some vit and
    adjust accordingly.  The same goes if you want more dex.
    
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    ~Agility Swordie/Knight~
    
    
    He is best suited for 1-on-1 fights.  Because of his high flee, 
    monsters won’t be able to hit him.  He has the fastest attack speed, 
    but, when fighting multiple monsters at once, for each additional 
    monster he fights, his dodge drops 10%.  Starting stats:  9 str, 9 agi, 
    1 vit, 9 dex, 1 int, 1 luk
    
    Now for the agility swordie stat guide.  Please note that these values 
    include the bonuses:
    
    Str to 10
    Dex to 10
    agi to 30
    str to 20
    dex to 20
    Agi to 50
    Dex to 25
    Str to 70
    Agi to 85
    Dex to 40
    Str to 100
    Agi to 95
    
    Your final stats should look something like this:
    
    Str 92+8
    Agi 98+2
    Vit 1+10
    Int 1+0
    Dex 34+6
    Luk 1+4
    
    Comments:  You can only have a maximum of 98 agility at level 99 with 
    these stats. You can lower dex to 35 and raise agi instead if you want.
    Equip 2 brooches for more agi.  Equip 2 gloves for more dex.  It's your
    choice.  If you wanna put 10-20 points into Int, drop some vit and
    adjust accordingly.  The same goes if you want more dex.
    
    
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    ~Hybrid Vit/Agi Swordie/Knight~
    
    Not as good as he once was, although still good.Starting stats:  9 str, 
    9 agi, 5 vit, 1 int, 5 dex, 1 luk 
    
    Now for the hybrid swordie stat guide.  Please note, that these 
    values include the bonuses:
    
    Str to 10
    Dex to 15
    Vit to 50
    Agi to 30
    Str to 20
    Dex to 20
    Vit to 60
    Str to 30
    Int to 10
    Luk to 3
    Dex to 40
    Str to 70
    Agi to 50
    Str to 100
    Vit to 80
    
    Your final stats should look something like this:
    
    Str 92+8
    Agi 48+2
    Vit 78+10
    Int 10+0
    Dex 34+6
    Luk 3+4
    
    Comments:  Brooch, necklace, glove.  Take your pick.  Tweak the stats
    as you see fit of course.  There was only 4 leftover points, so I just
    threw them into luk.  I put 10 points into Int for more SP.  Take them
    out if you don't want them.
    
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    ~Hybrid Agi/Vit Swordie/Knight~
    
    
    Like the other Hybrid, but with more agi.  This build seems to be the
    way to go nowadays.  Starting stats:  9 str, 9 agi, 5 vit, 1 int, 5 
    dex, 1 luk 
    
    Str to 10
    Dex to 15
    Vit to 30
    Agi to 50
    Str to 30
    Dex to 30
    Agi to 70
    Str to 50
    Agi to 90
    Dex to 40
    Str to 100
    
    Your final stats should look something like this:
    
    Str 92+8
    Agi 89+2
    Vit 30+10
    Int 1+0
    Dex 34+6
    Luk 6+4
    
    Comments:  Brooch, necklace, glove.  Take your pick.  Again, tweak the
    stats as you see fit.  A little different with this build.  I put 6
    points into luk and with 4 it gets the bonus to criticals.  None in Int
    this time.
    
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    IV. Swordie Skills
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    1 Handed Sword Mastery (Passive)  
    Increases attack damage when using 1 handed swords
    
    Level 1  : attack +5
    Level 2  : attack +10
    Level 3  : attack +15
    Level 4  : attack +20
    Level 5  : attack +25
    Level 6  : attack +30
    Level 7  : attack +35
    Level 8  : attack +40
    Level 9  : attack +45
    Level 10 : attack +50
    
    Comments:  If you're going to be using 2 handed swords as a Knight, 
    then leave this at level 1.  However, if you like the extra defense
    instead of attack, use this.  You will need to raise 2 handed sword
    mastery to level 5 if you want to use counter attack, so plan your
    skills carefully.
    
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    2 Handed Sword Mastery (Passive)
    Increases attack damage when using 2 handed swords
    Prerequisites:  1 Handed Sword Mastery - Level 1
    
    Level 1  : attack +5
    Level 2  : attack +10
    Level 3  : attack +15
    Level 4  : attack +20
    Level 5  : attack +25
    Level 6  : attack +30
    Level 7  : attack +35
    Level 8  : attack +40
    Level 9  : attack +45
    Level 10 : attack +50
    
    Comment:  You'll need to raise this skill to level 5 to use counter
    attack.  If you want to use the 2 handed skills for the Knight, be sure
    and max this.
    
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    HP Recovery (Passive)
    Increases the speed of HP recovery when sitting or standing still.
    
    Level 1  : (Max HP/500)+ 5 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 10%)
    Level 2  : (Max HP/450)+10 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 20%)
    Level 3  : (Max HP/400)+15 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 30%)
    Level 4  : (Max HP/350)+20 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 40%)
    Level 5  : (Max HP/300)+25 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 50%)
    Level 6  : (Max HP/250)+30 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 60%)
    Level 7  : (Max HP/200)+35 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 70%)
    Level 8  : (Max HP/150)+40 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 80%)
    Level 9  : (Max HP/100)+45 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 90%)
    Level 10 : (Max HP/50) +50 HP per 10 seconds (healing items+ 100%)
    
    Comments:  This is a must have skill for every swordie.  Max this skill 
    out first.  It raises the amount your HP regenerates every 10 seconds,
    plus, it raises the effectiveness of all healing items.
    
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    Bash (Active)
    Flashy attack skill
    
    Level 1  : 133% damage ( SP required:  8 )
    Level 2  : 166% damage ( SP required:  8 )
    Level 3  : 200% damage ( SP required:  8 )
    Level 4  : 233% damage ( SP required:  8 )
    Level 5  : 266% damage ( SP required:  8 )
    Level 6  : 300% damage ( SP required: 15 )
    Level 7  : 333% damage ( SP required: 15 )
    Level 8  : 366% damage ( SP required: 15 )
    Level 9  : 400% damage ( SP required: 15 )
    Level 10 : 433% damage ( SP required: 15 )
    
    Comments:  Get a level 5 bash at first, since the SP requirements jump 
    from 8 to 15 SP at level 6.  At low levels, 15 SP is a lot to spend, 
    and you will only be able to use it a couple of times.  Later on, when 
    you get a higher SP around 70 to 90, you should max this skill out.  
    Also, the damage fluctuates when using this skill, so don't count on it 
    always doing the damage percent shown.  You must max this skill out to 
    meet one requirement for bowling bash.
    
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    Magnum Break (Active)
    A powerful fire element explosion which damages & repels everything 
    within a 3 tile radius. 
    SP required:  15
    
    Level 1  : 20 Hp used, 115% of attack
    Level 2  : 20 Hp used, 130% of attack
    Level 3  : 19 Hp used, 145% of attack
    Level 4  : 19 Hp used, 160% of attack
    Level 5  : 18 Hp used, 175% of attack
    Level 6  : 18 Hp used, 190% of attack
    Level 7  : 17 Hp used, 205% of attack
    Level 8  : 17 Hp used, 220% of attack
    Level 9  : 16 Hp used, 235% of attack
    Level 10 : 16 Hp used, 250% of attack
    
    Comments:  A great skill for mobs...until you get bowling bash with the
    knight that is.  This skill will knock enemies back.  You must raise 
    this to level 3 to meet one of the requirements for bowling bash.  
    This is is fire elemental skill, so the damage will fluctuate 
    depending on the enemy's relation to the fire elemental.
    
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    Provoke (Active)
    Reduces selected target's defense and raises attack
    SP required:  10 (for all Levels)
    Period of effect:  30 seconds
    
    Level 1  : Target's attack + 2%  defense - 6%
    Level 2  : Target's attack + 4%  defense - 12%
    Level 3  : Target's attack + 6%  defense - 18%
    Level 4  : Target's attack + 8%  defense - 24%
    Level 5  : Target's attack + 10% defense - 30%
    Level 6  : Target's attack + 12% defense - 36%
    Level 7  : Target's attack + 14% defense - 42%
    Level 8  : Target's attack + 16% defense - 48%
    Level 9  : Target's attack + 18% defense - 54%
    Level 10 : Target's attack + 20% defense - 60%
    
    Comments:  Not a very useful skill, you need this skill at level 5 to 
    get endure and to use bowling bash.
    
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    Endure (Active)
    Prevents you from flinching when hit.  Good for escaping mobs. 
    Prerequisites:  Provoke - Level 5
    SP required:  10
    
    Level 1  : 10 seconds
    Level 2  : 10 seconds
    Level 3  : 15 seconds
    Level 4  : 15 seconds
    Level 5  : 20 seconds
    Level 6  : 20 seconds
    Level 7  : 25 seconds
    Level 8  : 25 seconds
    Level 9  : 30 seconds
    Level 10 : 30 seconds
    
    Comments:  You need at least a level 1 endure to meet another
    requirement for bowling bash.
    
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    V. Knight Skills
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    2 Handed Quicken (Active)
    Doubles your attack speed for fixed amount of time.  Only useable with
    2 handed swords.
    Prerequisites:  2 Handed Sword Mastery - Level 1
    SP required:  20
    
    Level 1  : 15 seconds
    Level 2  : 20 seconds
    Level 3  : 25 seconds
    Level 4  : 30 seconds
    Level 5  : 35 seconds
    Level 6  : 40 seconds
    Level 7  : 45 seconds
    Level 8  : 50 seconds
    Level 9  : 55 seconds
    Level 10 : 60 seconds
    
    Comments:  Great skill.  Max this if you're using 2 handed swords and
    if you want to get bowling bash.
    
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    Counter Attack (Active)
    Block an enemy's attack, and return damage with a critical hit.
    Prerequisites:  2 Handed Sword Mastery - Level 5
    SP required:  2
    
    Level 1  : 0.3 seconds
    Level 2  : 0.6 seconds
    Level 3  : 0.9 seconds
    Level 4  : 1.2 seconds
    Level 5  : 1.5 seconds
    
    Comments:  Wanna MVP bosses easily?  Max this skill.  Activate this 
    skill just before the enemy attacks to counter.  Master the timing and 
    MVPing bosses will be a piece of cake.  You will need to max this skill 
    to be able to use bowling bash anyways.
    
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    Bowling Bash (Active)
    Knocks an enemy back into nearby enemies causing damage to all the
    enemies.
    Prerequisites:  2 Handed Sword Mastery - Level 5, Bash - Level 10, 
    Magnum Break - Level 3, 2 Handed Quicken - Level 10, Counter Attack - 
    Level 5
    SP required:  15
    
    Level 1  : 150% Damage
    Level 2  : 200% Damage
    Level 3  : 250% Damage
    Level 4  : 300% Damage
    Level 5  : 350% Damage
    Level 6  : 400% Damage
    Level 7  : 450% Damage
    Level 8  : 500% Damage
    Level 9  : 550% Damage
    Level 10 : 600% Damage
    
    Comments:  Like magnum break and bash?  Get this skill.  You can do
    INSANE amounts of damage with it.  Excellent for mobs.
    
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    PecoPeco Riding (Passive)
    Ride a tamed PecoPeco.
    Prerequisites:  Endure - Level 1
    
    Level 1  :  Allows you to ride a tamed PecoPeco
    
    Comments:  Good for getting you somewhere fast.  If you're getting this
    make sure and max cavalier mastery or else you'll hit at only 50% of
    your regular attack speed on the PecoPeco than you would without it.  
    Also, you'll only hit for 100% damage on medium enemies on the PecoPeco 
    with a spear.
    
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    Cavalier Mastery (Passive)
    Increases your attack speed while riding a PecoPeco
    Prerequisites:  PecoPeco Riding - Level 1
    
    Level 1  :  60% of your regular attack speed
    Level 2  :  70% of your regular attack speed
    Level 3  :  80% of your regular attack speed
    Level 4  :  90% of your regular attack speed
    Level 5  :  100% of your regular attack speed
    
    Comments:  Max this if you plan on riding a PecoPeco.  Otherwise you'll
    only hit at 50% of your regular attack speed.
    
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    Spear Mastery (Passive)
    Increases attack damage when using spears
    
    Level 1  : attack +5  (On a PecoPeco - +5)
    Level 2  : attack +10 (On a PecoPeco - +10)
    Level 3  : attack +15 (On a PecoPeco - +15)
    Level 4  : attack +20 (On a PecoPeco - +20)
    Level 5  : attack +25 (On a PecoPeco - +25)
    Level 6  : attack +30 (On a PecoPeco - +30)
    Level 7  : attack +35 (On a PecoPeco - +35)
    Level 8  : attack +40 (On a PecoPeco - +40)
    Level 9  : attack +45 (On a PecoPeco - +45)
    Level 10 : attack +50 (On a PecoPeco - +50)
    
    Comments:  A must-have when using a spear.  Max it if you plan on using
    spears at all as a knight.
    
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    Pierce (Active)
    Uses your spear to stab through an enemy.  Small - 1 hit, Medium - 2
    hits, Large - 3 hits.
    Prerequisites:  Spear Mastery - Level 1
    SP required:  7
    
    Level 1  : 110% Damage
    Level 2  : 120% Damage
    Level 3  : 130% Damage
    Level 4  : 140% Damage
    Level 5  : 150% Damage
    Level 6  : 160% Damage
    Level 7  : 170% Damage
    Level 8  : 180% Damage
    Level 9  : 190% Damage
    Level 10 : 200% Damage
    
    Comments:  Depending on your level, and what size enemy you're fighting
    this skill can be good or bad.  Use on large enemies at max level for
    the best effectiveness.  Otherwise, you're better off with a maxed bash
    for the smaller enemies.
    
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    Spear Stab (Active)
    Uses your spear to impale an enemy and knocks them back.
    Prerequisites:  Pierce - Level 5
    SP required:  9
    
    Level 1  : 115% Damage 
    Level 2  : 130% Damage 
    Level 3  : 145% Damage 
    Level 4  : 160% Damage 
    Level 5  : 175% Damage 
    Level 6  : 190% Damage 
    Level 7  : 205% Damage 
    Level 8  : 220% Damage 
    Level 9  : 235% Damage 
    Level 10 : 250% Damage 
    
    Comments:  Not a good skill.  Get it to level 3 for Brandish Spear.
    Only knocks ONE enemy back.
    
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    Brandish Spear (Active)
    While on a PecoPeco, you swing your spear around in a wide angle, 
    damaging all enemies in a radius.
    
    Level 1  : 120% Damage, 1 Tile Spread Range
    Level 2  : 140% Damage, 1 Tile Spread Range
    Level 3  : 160% Damage, 1 Tile Spread Range
    Level 4  : 180% Damage, 2 Tile Spread Range
    Level 5  : 200% Damage, 2 Tile Spread Range
    Level 6  : 220% Damage, 2 Tile Spread Range
    Level 7  : 240% Damage, 3 Tile Spread Range
    Level 8  : 260% Damage, 3 Tile Spread Range
    Level 9  : 280% Damage, 3 Tile Spread Range
    Level 10 : 300% Damage, 4 Tile Spread Range
    
    Comments:  Great skill for high-spawn aggressive maps.  It's an
    improved version of Magnum Break on a PecoPeco and using a spear.  Max
    it if you're using a spear.
    
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    Spear Boomerang (Active)
    Throws your spear like a boomerang at the enemy.
    Prerequisites:  Pierce - Level 8
    SP required:  8
    
    Level 1 : 150% Damage, 3 Tile Range
    Level 2 : 200% Damage, 5 Tile Range
    Level 3 : 250% Damage, 7 Tile Range
    Level 4 : 300% Damage, 9 Tile Range
    Level 5 : 350% Damage, 11 Tile Range
    
    Comments:  Hit all enemies that the spear comes in contact with.  You
    should definitely max this skill if using a spear.
    
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    VI. Swordie Skill Builds
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    Swordie Job Level Bonuses:
    
    Job level 2:  1 STR 
    Job level 6:  1 VIT
    Job level 10: 1 DEX 
    Job level 14: 1 STR (2 Str bonus total)
    Job level 18: 1 VIT (2 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 22: 1 DEX (2 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 26: 1 LUK 
    Job level 30: 1 AGI 
    Job level 33: 1 STR (3 Str bonus total)
    Job level 36: 1 DEX (3 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 38: 1 VIT (3 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 40: 1 STR (4 Str bonus total)
    Job level 42: 1 VIT (4 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 44: 1 LUK (2 Luk bonus total)
    Job level 46: 1 AGI (2 Agi bonus total)
    Job level 47: 1 STR (5 Str bonus total)
    Job level 49: 1 STR (6 Str bonus total)
    Job level 50: 1 STR (7 Str bonus total)
    
    At Job Level 50, you should have the following bonuses:
    
    Str +8
    Agi +2
    Vit +10
    Int +0
    Dex +6
    Luk +4
    
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    ~1 Handed Sword Swordie~
    Switches to Knight at Job Level 40
    
    HP Recovery to level 10
    Bash to level 5
    1H sword mastery to level 10
    Magnum Break to level 3
    Bash to level 10
    Provoke to level 5
    Endure to level 1
    
    Comments:  Unless you're going to be a spear Knight, it doesn't make
    much sense to go with 1 handed swords.  Pretty much the standard skills
    here besides the sword mastery.  You will still have the option of
    being a 2 Handed Knight user, however, since if you max out all the
    Knight's 2 Handed skills, you have 17 points left over.  If you want to
    be able to use counter attack as a spear Knight, you're going to have 
    to sacrifice 5 points somewhere for 2 handed sword mastery and the only 
    place you can do that is from 1 handed sword mastery.
    
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    ~1 Handed Sword Swordie~
    Switches to Knight at Job Level 50
    
    HP Recovery to level 10
    Bash to level 1
    1 Handed Sword Mastery to level 10
    Bash to level 5
    Magnum Break to level 3
    Bash to level 10
    Provoke to level 5
    Endure to level 1
    
    Choice between increasing Magnum Break, Provoke and Endure.  Can also
    choose to max 2 Handed Sword Mastery.
    
    Comments: Pretty much like the job level 40 1 Handed swordie.  However,
    this gives you the option of maxing out 2 Handed Sword Mastery if you
    want to, or maxing the other 3 skills:  Magnum Break, Endure, and
    Provoke.  You will still have the option of being a 2 Handed Knight 
    user, however, since if you max out all the Knight's 2 Handed skills, 
    you have 17 points left over.  If you want to be able to use counter 
    attack as a spear Knight, you're going to have to raise 2 handed sword 
    mastery to level 5.
    
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    ~2 Handed Sword Swordie~
    Switches to Knight at Job Level 40
    
    HP recovery to level 10
    Bash to level to level 1
    1 Handed Sword Mastery to level 1
    2 Handed Sword Mastery to level 10
    Bash to level 5
    Magnum Break to level 3
    Bash to level 9
    Provoke to level 5
    Endure to level 1
    
    Comments:  This leaves you with a level 9 bash, which you will max when
    you convert to a Knight.  You can either have a level 9 bash or you can
    have a level 2 magnum break, it's up to you.
    
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    ~2 Handed Sword Swordie~
    Switches to Knight at Job Level 50~
    
    HP recovery to level 10
    Bash to level to level 1
    1 Handed Sword Mastery to level 1
    2 Handed Sword Mastery to level 10
    Bash to level 5
    Magnum Break to level 3
    Bash to level 10
    Provoke to level 5
    Endure to level 1
    
    Choice between increasing Magnum Break, Provoke and Endure.  Can also
    choose to max 1 Handed Sword Mastery.
    
    Comments:  Again, this is close to the job level 40 2 Handed swordie,
    but with the option of maxing out 1 Handed Sword Mastery, or raising
    the other 3 skills:  Magnum Break, Endure, and Provoke.
    
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    VII. Knight Skill Builds
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    Knight Job Level Builds:
    
    Job level 1:  1  VIT  
    Job level 3:  2  VIT  (2 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 4:  1  STR  
    Job level 5:  1  LUK  
    Job level 8:  3  VIT  (3 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 10: 2  STR  (2 Str bonus total)
    Job level 11: 1  DEX  
    Job level 12: 1  AGI, 4 VIT  (4 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 15: 3  STR  (3 Str bonus total)
    Job level 17: 5  VIT  (5 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 18: 6  VIT  (6 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 19: 2  DEX  (2 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 20: 2  LUK  (2 Luk bonus total)
    Job level 21: 7  VIT  (7 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 22: 4  STR  (4 Str bonus total)
    Job level 27: 5  STR  (5 Str bonus total)
    Job level 28: 3  LUK  (3 Luk bonus total)
    Job level 29: 8  VIT  (8 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 31: 3  DEX  (3 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 33: 6  STR  (6 Str bonus total)
    Job level 36: 9  VIT  (9 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 37: 4  LUK  (4 Luk bonus total)
    Job level 38: 2  AGI  (2 Agi bonus total)
    Job level 40: 4  DEX  (4 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 43: 10 VIT (10 Vit bonus total)
    Job level 46: 7  STR  (7 Str bonus total)
    Job level 47: 8  STR  (8 Str bonus total)
    Job level 48: 5  DEX  (5 Dex bonus total)
    Job level 49: 6  DEX  (6 Dex bonus total)
    
    At Job Level 50, you should have the following bonuses:
    
    Str +8
    Agi +2
    Vit +10
    Int +0
    Dex +6
    Luk +4
    
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    ~Spear Knight~
    
    Counter Attack to 5
    Brandinsh spear to 10
    Cavalier mastery to 5
    Pierce to 10
    Peco riding to 1
    Spear boomerang to 5
    Spear mastery to 10
    Spear stab to 3
    
    Comments:  You can use this build for any of your previous swordie
    builds, however, you need 2 Handed Sword Mastery at level 5 to even
    think about using counter attack.  If you don't want to sacrifice some
    of your other spear skills to get counter attack, just skip it and put
    the points into endure, or any of your other swordie skills.
    
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    ~2 Handed Knight~
    
    Bash to 10, or Magnum Break to 3 (depending on which you rose)
    2 Handed Quicken to 10
    Counter Attack to 5
    Bowling Bash to 10
    PecoPeco Riding to 1
    Cavalier Mastery to 5
    
    Comments:  This build leaves you 17 points to do with what you please.
    You can try out some of the Knight's spear skills, or you can raise
    some of the other swordie's skills such as Endure, Magnum Break, or
    Provoke.
    
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    VIII. Equipment for Swordie/Knight
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    ~1 Handed Swordie~
    
    Weapon        - Sword - Blade - Tsurugi (or Ring Pommel Saber) - 
                  - Flamberge
    Shield        - Guard - Shield 
    Head (Upper)  - Hat - Helm
    Head (Middle) - (This is completely your choice)
    Head (Lower)  - (This is completely your choice)
    Body (Armor)  - Adventurer's Suit - (Padded Armor is optional) - 
                  - Full Plate Mail
    Robe          - Hood - Manteau
    Feet (Shoes)  - Sandals - Boots
    
    Comments:  As you can see, you have some options depending on what
    kind of weapon you want.  You can either use the RPS, or Tsurugi.  The
    Middle and Lower Head equipment is pretty much your choice.  You can
    choose from the Fin Helm or Purple Glasses for the Middle Head, and you
    can choose from the Cigar or Iron Cain for the Lower Head.  These are
    only suggestions though.  You also have the option of buying or finding
    the Padded Armor.  Steel ChonChons drop these, although not very much,
    but you can try killing them when you're able to in order to find them.
    
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    ~Spear Swordie/Knight~
    
    Weapon        - Spear - Pike - Partizan (optional) - Lance
    Shield        - Guard (not needed for long)
    Head (Upper)  - Hat - Helm
    Head (Middle) - (This is completely your choice)
    Head (Lower)  - (This is completely your choice)
    Body (Armor)  - Adventurer's Suit - (Padded Armor is optional) - 
                  - Full Plate Mail
    Robe          - Hood - Manteau
    Feet (Shoes)  - Sandals - Boots
    
    Comments:  The main reason I put this here was in case you wanted to
    only use spears instead of 1 handed swords as a swordie (which you 
    really shouldn't do).  If you've just become a Knight, you should have 
    more than enough money to get the Lance, if you can't, go to Geffen 
    Dungeon Level 1 and kill lots of Poison Spores.
    
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    ~2 Handed Swordie/Knight~
    
    Weapon        - Sword - Blade - Bastard Sword (or Two Handed Sword if
                  - you are rich) - Claymore (when you become a Knight)
    Shield        - Guard (until you can afford to buy a 2 Handed Sword)
    Head (Upper)  - Hat - Helm
    Head (Middle) - (This is completely your choice)
    Head (Lower)  - (This is completely your choice)
    Body (Armor)  - Adventurer's Suit - (Padded Armor is optional) - 
                  - Full Plate Mail
    Robe          - Hood - Manteau
    Feet (Shoes)  - Sandals - Boots
    
    Comments:  If you can afford to purchase oridecons which around around 
    500k, don't bother getting the Two Handed Sword.  The Bastard Sword is
    very cheap to upgrade, and will be stronger at +6 than the Two Handed 
    Sword is without its expensive upgrades.  The Claymore is the best
    sword for the Knights to use, but the upgrades are extrememly expensive
    to get.  I still highly recommend that you use this sword unless you
    have some good elemental weapons to use instead.The Middle and Lower 
    Head equipment is pretty much your choice.  You can choose from the Fin 
    Helm or Purple Glasses for the Middle Head, and you can choose from 
    the Cigar or Iron Cain for the Lower Head.  These are only suggestions 
    though.  You also have the option of buying or finding the Padded 
    Armor.  Steel ChonChons drop these, although not very much, but you 
    can try killing them when you're able to in order to find them.
    
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    IX. Where to Level
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    This is a rough guide to leveling up.  You may want to stay and level 
    in some places longer than others.
    
    1-10:  Geffen field.  East of Geffen city, mass amounts of monsters to 
           kill but may lag at times. Job change to swordsman.Go one screen 
           west of prontera and kill porings.  Basically, anywhere one
           screen from any city.  Porings, Fabres, Lunatics, Roda Frogs,
           Pupas, ChonChons, Willows, Condors, Pickies, and PecoPeco Eggs 
           are recommended.
    
    10-20: Rocker Field.  Kill Rockers until lvl 15 when you are able to 
           kill Hornets as well.  Or, you can go one screen West and one
           screen south of Prontera.  There are also Rockers there too.  
           Pickies, Rockers, Mandragoras, Desert Wolf Puppies, and Savages
           are Recommended. 
    
    10-20: Culvert level 1,2,3.  Kill everything, but watch out for the
           farmiliars, they are tough unless you have a decent weapon like 
           a blade, and are at a good enough level to fight them.  This 
           place is also geared more towards the Vit Swordie than the Agi 
           Swordie since whenever you hit a thief bug, or a female thief 
           bug, all the thief bugs of that kind attack you.  Level 2 has 
           the highest spawn rate.  In Culvert you will want to kill most 
           everything.  Tarou, Thief Bug Egg, Farmiliars, Thief Bug,
           Female Thief Bugs.  Level 3 is recommended for those with
           low Vit and Armor.
    
    20-30: Culvert level 2,3.  This place will give you good experience
           until around level 32.  You can choose to stay here if you can
           last.  Highly recommended for Vit Swordies.  You will want to
           limit yourself to the kinds of monsters you fight this time.
           Stick with fighting lots of mobs of thief bugs and female thief
           bugs.  Culvert level 2 is recommended for faster leveling.
    
    20-30: Bibilan Level 1, Payon Level 1, Desert Area.  This is an 
           alternative to Culvert.  In Bibilan Level 1 kill everything,
           but watch out for the Jellyfish.  In Payon Level 1 you kill
           zombies, poporings, and familiars, but make sure and bring pots.
           It will be difficult at first, but you will need less and less
           as time goes on.  You can also try the desert area fighting
           monsters like PecoPecos, Snakes, Boas, Wolves, etc.  Other
           monsters to kill are Spores, Ambernites, Rockers, Hornets, and
           Mandragoras.
    
    30-40: Horn Forest, Smokie Forest.  Exit out of Prontera at the North 
           End.  Go West West North.  In here are Cocos, Ambernites, and 
           Horns.  You may want to hold off on killing the Horns until 
           around 35.  Also, if you want an alternative to that, Exit out 
           of the West side of Prontera, and go West West South.  Here
           you will fight Poporings, Cocos, and Smokies.  Other monsters
           recommended are Golems, Metallers, Stainers, Savages, and
           Elder Willows.
        
    
    40-60: Bibilan level 2.  Tons of monsters to kill there.  There are a
           lot of bots here, so be careful.  Decent spawn rate.  This
           area is recommended for Agi swordies, as it is much harder for
           them to survive in Geffen level 1.  Other monsters to try are
           Savages, Floras, Elder Willows, Argos, Caramels, and Big
           Foots.  You may want to hold off fighting Caramels and Big
           Foots until you are level 50-60 and/or a Knight.  Agi Swordies
           will find it much easier to fight them earlier on than the
           Vit Swordies will.
    
    40-60: Geffen level 1.  Poison spores, dustinesses, and poporings are
           Recommended.  Extremely high spawn rate with lots of mobs. 
           Agi swordies may want to avoid this area until they have a 
           sufficent amount of agility and/or lots of zeny for pots.  At
           first, you're gonna HAVE to bring pots.  As many as you can
           hold.  If Vit swordies pump Vit to around 60 though, they
           should be fine.  Agi swordies will have a MUCH harder time.
           With little to no Vit, it's not recommended that they level up
           here.  You can try and start leveling here at 30, but I doubt
           you will last very long.  This will still be a good place to 
           level even when you first become a Knight.  You'll want to 
           raise your job level to around 20 first.  Then you can move 
           onto the harder dungeons.
    
    40-50: You may want to try Orc Forest instead.  Kill lots of Orcs 
           there.  Be sure and bring some potions when you first level up
           here, as the Orcs are aggressive, and tend to mob you at times.
           Stay away from Orc Hero and brings lots of pots.
    
    50-60: Orc Dungeon works pretty well for levels 50-60.  Harder than
           Orc Forest/Village, but better experience as well.  You can
           also try killing Floras, Argos, Caramels, Big Foots, and
           Sohees as well.  At levels 60-70 you can try killing Zenorcs.
    
    40-55: Payon level 2 is a decent place.  Kill the archer and soldier 
           skeletons.  It will be hard at first, so you may want to either
           bring lots of potions, or come back at a later level when
           you are stronger.  But, the earlier you level here, the better
           the experience, as is with every leveling place.
    
    40-50: Sunken Ship.  Lots of pirate skeletons here to kill.  They are
           aggressive of course, so make sure and stay out of the death
           rooms, and as usual, bring lots of potions at first.
    
    50-60: Payon level 3.  Munaks, archer and soldier skeletons, and elder
           willows to kill.  Good spawn rate.  Make sure and bring potions 
           when you first level up here, as these are some tough monsters, 
           most of which are aggressive.
    
    55-70: Bibilan level 3,4.  You may want to hold off until level 60
           depending on your level though.  Argiopes and Sohees will work
           pretty well for levels 60-70.
    
    60-70: Pyramids Level 2,3.  You can try your luck here now.  Depending
           on your build though, you may need to bring a party with you.
           Other places to level up include the Sphinx Dungeon, Payon 3-4,
           Bibilan 3, and Coal Mines 2-3.
    
    70-80+:Pyramids level 4, Geffen Level 3, Sphinx 3.  It's up to you 
           which place you want to level at.  You can also try places like
           the hidden temple. Payon level 5, Pyramids Level 5, or any of
           the other upper level dungeons.
    
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    X. To do list
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    Fix any errors that I've made in the update.
    Add a "becoming a swordsman" and "becoming a knight" sections.
    Improve the leveling places in the later levels.
    
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    XI. Thank You’s
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    Me - For writing this thing, you rock!
    God - *snicker* Yeah right!
    Christy & Gravity - For creating RO.  Happy now?
    CJayC - For creating gamefaqs, and putting my FAQ up.
    H0BG0BLIN - For letting me use the formatting for his FAQ on mine, and 
                for help reviewing my FAQ.
    Weggy - For help reviewing my FAQ.
    Joe The Dude - I got my skills from his skills section
    YakFanBoi - For sending in a couple builds, and the stats
    holyknight14 - For help on various places to level
    heating cold - For correcting my mistake that Plate Mail was Plate
                   Armor, and giving more places to level up.
    Sidearms5 - For help on various place to level, sending in a swordie
                build, and pointing out the obvious on who made the game.
    RayKnight - For additional comments on the Hybrid swordie, and about
                adding more dex to the swordies.
    vgmaster88 - For letting me use some of the skills from his knight
                 skills section.
    ro.pak0.com - I got some good ideas for updated builds, stats, and 
                  where to level up there.
    
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    XII. Legal Stuff
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    This document is copyright 2002 Josh Kee-Markle.  You may only use this
    with my permission.  So far, the sites that have my permission to put
    this faq up are the following:
    
    Gamefaqs
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    If any other website, or magazine is illegally using my FAQ, please
    contact me, so I can sue the pants off of them and make lots of money.
    
    DONE…AND STUFF