Defense Page/Knight Guide by Free_Play

Version: 1.3 | Updated: 06/02/07 | Printable Version

Defense Page / White Knight FAQ              version 1.3
Written by Shassia (Laurie Jones), Windia server.

=== I. Table of Contents ================================================

   I. Table of Contents
  II. Version History
 III. Overview FAQ
  IV. Getting Started: Ability Points and Beginner Skills
   V. Warrior Skills and Point Allocation
  VI. Page Skills and Point Allocation
 VII. White Knight Skills and Point Allocation
VIII. Equipment and Scrolling
  IX. Fighting Style and Techniques
   X. Appendix of Silly Arguements
  XI. A Final Note
 XII. Acknowledgements
XIII. Legal Disclaimer

=== II. Version History =================================================
5-13-07 v0.1 Finished basic template.
5-14-07 v0.2 Completed FAQ and ability/skill sections, excluding detailed 
             WK skill descriptions.
5-15-07 v0.3 Fully finished the guide. Waiting to be proofread before 
5-17-07 v0.4 Spelling and minor errors corrected, WK allocation adjusted.
5-20-07 v1.0 First complete version ready for distribution.
5-23-07 v1.1 More elaborate explanations for some equipment choices.
             Adjusted Table of Contents and adjusted the formatting.
5-29-07 v1.2 Last tweaking of WK Allocation and added Appendix.
6-02-07 v1.3 Numerous small clarifications. Added Final Note.

=== III. Overview FAQ ===================================================

Q: What is a Defense Page?
A: It is exactly what it sounds like. Traditionally, Warriors sacrifice 
defense for any means possible to improve their attack power. A Defense 
Page is more of a tank, striving for a competitive damage output 
while taking only a fraction of the damage that other character builds 
take. If you are serious about learning about how this works, PLEASE read
the entire guide. People approach me in-game quite regularly, asking me
questions that have all been answered here. Do not expect to just skip to
the skill point allocation sections and know what this build is like.

Q: Taking a lot less damage sounds nice, but how much power do you give up?
A: Not as much as people think, but there are sacrifices to be made. It is 
hard to put it into concrete numbers, but if you still want some ball-park 
figures, then expect about a 20% drop in your max damage numbers. This does 
not take into account that you will be swinging faster (Fast, sometimes 
Faster attack speed), with more accuracy than many other builds, and does 
not account for the extra damage done by Power Guard. It is not a surprise
that people tend to have a preconceived notion that Defense Pages do
grossly inferior damage to other builds. Done correctly, the people you
meet and party with won't know the difference.

Q: What do you get in return? I had always thought that extra WDEF didn't 
   do much.
A: Again, there are many factors, most importantly your level, your equips, 
and the attack power of the monster you're facing. Going by prior 
experience, many monsters that are considered appropriate to your level, 
the same ones that do triple-digit damage to others, will do 1 point of 
touch damage to you. Higher attack monsters that get over 1 point of damage
(what I like to call your "attack threshold") will still do a fraction of 
the damage that it otherwise would. For example, in your 40s at Drake's 
Meal Table, Wild Cargos will be doing less damage to you than Cold Eyes do 
to someone else at the same level. You'll be invulnerable to Cold Eyes. 
More to the point, you will be able to defeat creatures that others 
wouldn't dare to try, let alone be successful against. The trend will be 
that whatever list you see for monsters to train against for your level, 
you will be able to do so ten to twenty levels earlier than other builds. 
With preparation, you will be able to defeat creatures up to thirty levels 
sooner than many of your counterparts. Defense Pages often wander around 
areas that they have no business being in just because they lose their fear
of dying. You become impossible to kill under normal circumstances. It is
a good partying build, but an absolute soloing powerhouse.

Q: We've been talking about WDEF, but what about enemies that use strong 
   magic attacks?
A: If you are on top of an enemy touching it with your Power Guard while 
meleeing, then their magic strikes and other special attacks won't connect. 
This is a much different build than most are accustomed to, so your 
fighting strategy has to change with it. Please see section VI, "Fighting 
Style and Techniques."

Q: Is this build expensive for those that are unfunded? Can I improve 
   performance if I am funded?
A: This is another nice trait about this build. One-handed weapons, 
especially Blunt Weapons, are as cheap as they come. Scrolls adding Weapon 
Defense are also as cheap as they come. Because you are taking a lot less 
damage, you will spend far less on potions. So for unfunded characters, I 
can't think of a less expensive build. For those that are funded, WDEF 
scrolls can be purchased at a reasonable price even for low-level equipment.
Scrolling low-level gear makes you an impenetrable beast right from the 

Q: So, why a Page? Why not any Warrior?
A: Despite having Hyper Body, Spearmen don't use shields and don't have 
Power Guard, making them ill-suited for this build. Fighters are a more 
reasonable alternative, having Power Guard and later Shield Mastery just 
like Pages, along with useful abilities as a Crusader that stun groups of 
mobs, but Rage reduces Defense, if only by ten points. Pages instead get 
Threaten, which is often the difference between taking some damage and no 
damage at all. White Knights can render groups of enemies helpless with 
area stun or freeze, with a repeatable six-monster area-effect 90%-stun 
250%-base-damage element-infused attack. So while I'd love to see a Defense 
Fighter in action, I feel that Pages lend themselves a bit better for this 
build, and will concentrate on them exclusively.

Q: I'm still not sold on this idea. Doesn't effective training revolve 
   around killing mobs as quickly as possible?
A: This build allows you to hunt tougher monsters and reap the greater 
experience point rewards that come with them. Not dying as often (or at all) 
as well as a reduced need to restock your health potions further increases 
your training efficiency. This guide is not about convincing anyone that 
this build is better than any other. Rather, it is to offer a fun, 
effective, distinctive alternative to what is currently out there. I've 
done it, made FRAPS movies about it, performed demonstrations of it, and it
works. Period. Any gaps in my knowledge were filled in by high-level White 
Knights. This guide will explain in detail every reason behind the 
strategies involved, but I refuse to lace every part of it with 
defensiveness. The bottom line is, if your mantra is that the best defense 
is a good offense, look elsewhere.

*******If there's anything you learn from this guide, learn this:********
*                                                                       *
* In a traditional Warrior build, a little extra defense won't do much. *
*   But when you have a LOT of defense, it makes a LOT of difference!   *
*                                                                       *

=== IV. Getting Started: Ability Points and Beginner Skills ============

Ability Points:
At character generation, attempt to get your INT and LUK as close to 4 as 
possible, just like any other Warrior. STR and DEX will not matter as much, 
since you level so fast early in your career that you can even things out 
in no time. As you level, allocate points so that your DEX is twice your 
level, and put STR into everything else. Continue doing this until at least
level 40 when you have 80 base DEX. Increasing it more is based on personal 
preference, but I find this to be more than enough. You don't want any less 
because one of the big plusses of this build is the ability to take on 
creatures many, many levels above you... but what good is being able to 
withstand their attacks if you can't hit it and kill it? On the other hand,
putting much more than that will compromise your damage totals even further
against all creatures, not just ones that are hard to hit. Breaking out 
+accuracy equipment and using sniper pills as needed is preferable to 
nerfing your damage against everything.

Beginner Skills:
Same old story here, and not worth fussing over. All three skills are useful 
early in your career, but become forgettable rather quickly. I recommend 
Recovery because it's useful early even if the amount is laughable, and 
Nimble Feet can help you catch boats on time.

=== V. Warrior Skills and Point Allocation =============================

Improving HP Recovery: A passive skill that adds hit point regeneration 
when you're standing still. Everyone has 10 hp base regen; this skill adds 
to that. At the max level of 16, you would regen 10 + 50 = 60 hp per ten 
seconds, which is better than sitting in any chair. Regardless, compared to
your other skills this is of minimal importance. When you have thousands of
hit points, no one wants to stand around for ten minutes waiting to heal. 
You'll be using potions. Regardless, five levels are needed as a 
prerequisite for Improving Max HP Increase.

Improving Max HP Increase: A passive skill that at max level 10 gets you 40 
extra hit points when you level up. Max level also grants you 30 extra hit 
points if you choose to raise your hit points upon level-up instead of STR 
or DEX, though only HP Warriors do that.

Endure: Normally you do not regenerate hit points while on a ladder or rope. 
Endure is a passive skill that allows you to do so at whatever your current 
standing regen amount is. At level 1, you will regen once every 31 seconds;
at max level 8 you regen at the normal standing rate of 10 seconds per 
increment. Three levels are needed as a prerequisite to put points into 
Iron Body.

Iron Body: This is a skill that you have to activate. Each level adds two 
to your Weapon Defense, and adds more duration to the effect. Max level 20 
gives you 40 extra Defense and lasts for five full minutes.

Power Strike: An active attack skill that increases the strength of your 
normal swing, at the cost of magic points. Max level 20 is 260% of your 
base damage, so if your swing would have done 1000 damage, then it gets 
increased to 2600. Eventually you will be weaning yourself off normal 
attacks and using this as your default swing.

Slash Blast: An active attack skill that hits multiple creatures in a line
that starts just behind you and stretches forward a few paces. It is weaker
than Power Strike against single creatures, maxing out at 130% damage at 
level 20, but it becomes far more effective when you find yourself 
surrounded by foes. Best used if you are able to hit three or more enemies
with it.

Note: This build goes on the assumption that you are unfunded. If you are
funded, you can spend money on stacks of Pain Relievers instead of putting
points into Iron Body so soon. They are found only in Omega Sector, cost
1200 meso each, last a half hour and raise your WDEF by 30. The costs are
obviously prohibitive to new players, but for those with a lot of money to
throw around, it's another tool in your early-career arsenal.

First point: Improving HP Recovery 
             (prerequisite for Improving Max HP Increase)
Level 11: 3 points to Improving HP Recovery (total: 4)
Level 12: 1 point to Improving HP Recovery (total: 5), 
          2 points to Max HP Increase
Level 13: 3 points to Max HP Increase (total: 5)
Level 14: 3 points to Max HP Increase (total: 8)
Level 15: 2 points to Max HP Increase (total: maxed at 10), 
          1 point to Slash Blast 
Level 16: 3 points to Endure (prerequisite for Iron Body)
Level 17: 2 points to Power Strike, 
          1 point to Iron Body
Level 18: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 4), 
	  1 point to Iron Body (total: 2)
Level 19: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 6), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 3)
Level 20: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 8), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 4)
Level 21: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 10), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 5)
Level 22: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 12), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 6)
Level 23: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 14), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 7)
Level 24: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 16), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 8)
Level 25: 2 points to Power Strike (total: 18), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 9)
Level 26: 2 points to Power Strike (total: maxed at 20), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 10)
Level 27: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 3), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 11)
Level 28: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 5), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 12)
Level 29: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 7), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 13)
Level 30: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 9), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 14)

For more than forty levels, starting with level 17, your skill points will 
be used to improve your defense AND your offense at every level. First, you 
have to put points into Max HP Increase as early as possible or it will 
haunt you for the rest of your career in the form of having lower hit point
totals. All builds should start this way.

I grant you that having to waste an early level to spend points on Endure
looks wrong, at first. I personally think Endure is the worst skill in the
game. However, getting Iron Body started early works better than you might
think. You get to see noticeable damage reduction every single level, not 
just the levels where you can get new gear. Power Strike only gets started 
one level late and finishes four levels late by doing this. 

One point is allocated early to Slash Blast purely as a way to clear out
groups of weak creatures, and will be finished up along with Iron Body
during your second job. Pausing Slash Blast at skill level 9 is a good 
spot, as it only costs 10 hit points and 8 magic points for 85% damage.
This is more than sufficient for the occasions that you will need it. 
Notice that we are and will continue to stagger Slash Blast at the "sweet
spot" levels where they cost no more to use than at the previous level but
do more damage. See the Appendix in section ten for further explanation,
if you wish for one.

=== VI. Page Skills and Point Allocation ==============================

Sword Mastery: A passive skill that increases the base damage and accuracy 
while using a sword. At max level 20, your base damage is increased 60% and
you will have +20 accuracy. Although swords are generally fine weapons, and
offer more stable damage, I discourage them for the use of this build 
because you will not have access to the Maple Doom Singer or the Tubes
unless you go hybrid (maxing both sword and blunt weapons). Going hybrid 
spends many, many more points for minimal benefit, while the loss of being
able to use Doom Singers for their added accuracy effectively will negate 
any advantage you have against high-level creatures with a lot of avoidance.
Swords are more common, making them easier to find in the Free Market, but
also making them more expensive as the demand is higher. The same can be 
said for the scrolls, too. 

Blunt Weapon Mastery: The passive skill that increases the base damage and 
accuracy while using blunt weapons. This also maxes out at level 20 with 
60% increased base damage and +20 accuracy. Blunt weapons have a larger 
damage spread than swords, meaning that they have lower minimum damage and
higher maximum damage. As explained earlier, they are less common but 
cheaper to buy and scroll than their sword counterparts. There is also a
far better selection of one-handed blunt weapons than there are swords. For
the purposes of this guide, we will assume that you are choosing the blunt
weapons route.

Final Attack Sword: We won’t be using swords, so let's skip to the blunt
weapon version, below.

Final Attack Blunt Weapon: Final attack is an automatic follow-up to either
Power Strike or Slash Blast. At its best at max level 30, it goes off 60% 
of the time, at 250% of your base damage. Note that this does not combine 
with your original skill; this second attack uses its own, separate 
modifier. Slash Blast is calculated a bit differently, as the damage from
Final Attack is divided between the number of creatures that you hit. An 
attack skill plus Final Attack is faster than two separate attacks, and it
uses no extra magic points. It is useful in many Warrior builds, but not 
this one. More on this later.

Sword Booster: Huh? What are swords?

Blunt Weapon Booster: A skill that needs to be activated. It kicks up your
weapon speed by one notch, so slow becomes normal, normal becomes fast, and
fast becomes faster. Adding extra points increases its duration and 
decreases the hit point and magic point cost. At the max level of 20, it 
costs ten hp and mp, and lasts for three minutes and twenty seconds.

Threaten: An active skill that affects all creatures in a circular radius
around you. It lowers both their attack power and their defense. Whether 
this is by a straight amount or a percentage continues to rage on as a 
debate to this very day, but either way the difference is noticeable. At 
the max level of 20 it lasts for a full minute, and the radius of effect 
gets larger as you level it too, something not mentioned in the description.
The common perception is that Pages do not have a party skill. Well, by 
increasing everyone's damage done and decreasing their damage taken, that 
is most definitely a valuable skill for everyone in your party. It looks 
cool, too. Nothing screams, "I'm a Page!!" more than using this.

Power Guard: This skill is the foundation of our build. It is not just 
damage reduction; it is damage reflection. At max level 30, 40% of any 
damage that you would have taken instead strikes the creature. If that 
weren't enough, it greatly reduces the distance you get knocked back after
getting hit, allowing you to stay close to your target. HP Warriors use 
this skill as their main form of attack. Defense Pages use this to augment
their weapon damage, further reduce their own damage, and stick to their
enemies like glue.

First Point: Blunt Weapon Mastery
Level 31: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 3), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 15)
Level 32: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 5), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 16)
Level 33: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 7), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 17)
Level 34: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 9), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 18)
Level 35: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 11), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: 19)
Level 36: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 13), 
          1 point to Iron Body (total: maxed at 20)
Level 37: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 15), 
          1 point to Threaten (prerequisite for Power Guard)
Level 38: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 17), 
          1 point to Threaten (total: 2)
Level 39: 2 points to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: 19), 
          1 point to Threaten (total: 3)
Level 40: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 11), 
          1 point to Power Guard
Level 41: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 13), 
          1 point to Power Guard (total: 2)
Level 42: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 15), 
          1 point to Power Guard (total: 3)
Level 43: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 17), 
          1 point to Power Guard (total: 4)
Level 44: 2 points to Slash Blast (total: 19), 
          1 point to Power Guard (total: 5)
Level 45: 1 point to Slash Blast (total: maxed at 20), 
          2 points to Power Guard (total: 7)
Level 46: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 10)
Level 47: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 13)
Level 48: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 16)
Level 49: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 19)
Level 50: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 22)
Level 51: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 25)
Level 52: 3 points to Power Guard (total: 28)
Level 53: 2 points to Power Guard (total: maxed at 30), 
          1 point to Blunt Weapon Mastery (total: maxed at 20)
Level 54: 3 points to Threaten (total: 6)
Level 55: 3 points to Threaten (total: 9)
Level 56: 3 points to Threaten (total: 12)
Level 57: 3 points to Threaten (total: 15)
Level 58: 3 points to Threaten (total: 18)
Level 59: 2 points to Threaten (total: maxed at 20), 
          1 point to Booster
Level 60: 3 points to Booster (total: 4)
Level 61: 3 points to Booster (total: 7)
Level 62: 3 points to Booster (total: 10)
Level 63: 3 points to Booster (total: 13)
Level 64: 3 points to Booster (total: 16)
Level 65: 3 points to Booster (total: 19)
Level 66: 1 point to Booster (total: maxed at 20), 
          2 points to Improving HP Recovery (total: 7)
Level 67: 3 points to Improving HP Recovery (total: 10)
Level 68: 3 points to Improving HP Recovery (total: 13)
Level 69: 3 points to Improving HP Recovery (total: maxed at 16)
Level 70: 3 points to Endure (total: 6)

I mentioned earlier that this build totally forgoes Final Attack. Now we
explore why: First of all, you will be using one-handed weapons which are
fast to begin with, let alone when we start putting points into Booster. 
Second, Final Attack is inconsistent and uncontrollable. It goes off when
it feels like it, and when our strategy is to stay on top of a monster 
using touch damage to avoid being pounded by long range or magic attacks,
randomly being unable to move due to Final Attack going off is a bad thing,
especially if said creature is already dead and there are more ready to put
a hurt on you. Final Attack is not useless, but leaving it half-baked is a
detriment to your damage output, slowing your training considerably. You 
could put 30 into into Final Attack and not max Booster, but again, you 
will be left open for a pounding at crucial times. Also, at the time of 
this writing, the fourth jobs that are available in other versions have new 
attack skills that are incompatible with Final Attack. HP Recovery, Endure,
and a maxed Booster, as nominally useful as they are, will at least be as
fully functional at level 120+ as they are at level 70. The same can not be
said for Final Attack.

As for the order of the other skills, we are continuing the trend of 
improving both your offense and your defense at every level. Mastery is 
developed earliest, as it helps your damage output considerably, both in 
raw damage increase and improved accuracy. Finishing up the useful Slash 
Blast is next. Following that, we work on Power Guard, as its damage 
reflection and knockback reduction is essential to this build's fighting 
style. Threaten is raised afterwards, because at lower levels Power Guard
will do more for you. Threaten is a targeted skill used only against the 
big fellas that need to be kicked down a notch, while Power Guard will 
always be on and the less you have to keep refreshing it and the more 
damage it can reflect, the better. Booster is next, making your fast weapon
even faster (especially if you chose to use a Tube), and then the last few
levels are pretty much throwaways. Well, at least from now on just standing
will get you better hit point recovery than using a Relaxer to sit on.

=== VII. White Knight Skills and Point Allocation ======================

Increased MP Recovery: Magic Points replenish at a base of 4 per ten 
seconds when sitting, 3 elsewise. This passive skill adds to that, but 
there are diminishing returns after level 10. Up until then, you get an 
extra +2 mp per tick. From level 11 on, you get another +1. This skill will
save you millions upon millions of mesos over the long haul.

Shield Mastery: A passive skill that adds 5% to the weapon defense of your
shield per level, effectively doubling its defense at the max level of 20.
At level 90 you can, with scrolling, definitely add 80+ defense, and with 
luck even add 90+. That's a sizeable difference. It stands to reason that
they will release higher level, better shields in the future, as well.

Charge Blow: For this skill to work, you need to be charged with any 
element. Activating it "blows" your charge... you will have to recharge 
after... but in the process it will damage up to six enemies, and often 
stunning them as well. At max level 30, it costs 25 hp and 26 mp, has a 
250% damage modifier (10% short of a Power Strike but against multiple 
enemies!), PLUS any elemental weakness modifier, and stuns 90% of the time
for a duration of four seconds. Yes, by this point you will be able to 
keep your enemies stun-locked as you recharge. Yes, this is as awesome as
it sounds.

Fire Charge: A skill that adds a fire element to swords, whatever those are.

Flame Charge: Adds fire element to your blunt weapons and all your attacks.
Its duration (max of three minutes and twenty seconds), damage modifier, 
and effectiveness against creatures weak to fire increases with each level.
There are other guides that can tell you the exact calculations, but here's
the gist of it. Let's use max Power Strike and max Flame Charge as an 
example: Power Strike is 260% base damage. Level 30 Fire Charge starts out
as a 120% modifier, just as the description says, regardless of what their
weakness is, which alone makes your Power Strike 312% base. But if the 
creature is weak against fire, there is a modifier to your 120% modifier... 
it starts at 106.5% at level 1, and climbs 1.5% per level until it reaches
150% at level 30. So now your 120% modifier to Power Strike becomes a 180%
modifier to Power Strike, which now makes it 468% damage to creatures weak
against fire.

Ice Charge: Adds ice element to swords, if we used them. We would if we
could, but we can't so we won't!

Blizzard Charge: Adds an ice element to all your attacks with blunt weapons.
While the raw damage is less than fire charge (max base modifier of 105%,
with the same elemental weakness progression of max 150% as the other 
charges, making the Power Strike we used in the last example 409.5% damage
at charge level 30 against creatures weak to ice), there is an added 
benefit. Most creatures, whether they are weak to ice or not, are frozen 
for a random amount of time, but for a minimum of one second, increasing to
a minimum of two seconds at level 16, and up to a maximum of six seconds.
Remember, this can be used in conjunction with Slash Blast to continually
keep a group of enemies on ice as you pummel them. This is also as awesome
as it sounds. One thing worth noting: if you Charge Blow your Blizzard 
Charge, the freeze effect overrides stun. That's okay, though, since they
amount to the same thing.

Thunder Charge: Those crazy sword-users! Such kidders!

Lightning Charge: Adds a lightning element to all your attacks. Although 
its max level 30 base modifier is the highest of the elements at 125%, 
making it the best choice for elementally neutral attacks (neither weak nor
strong), the list of mobs that you can train on during your third job that
are weak to lightning is shockingly short at this time. Well, it's 
basically limited to Spirit Vikings. But hey, your Power Strike does 487.5%
damage to them at charge level 30.

Magic Crash: Some creatures, such as Grim Phantom Watches (often called 
Grims for short), as well as some bosses like Zakum cast Magic Defense Up
buffs on themselves. This is an active skill that removes it. Increasing 
the skill level both decreases the mp cost of using it, as well as 
increasing the likeliness that it will work. Max level 30 costs 7 mp and 
will work 100% of the time. Note that this is only going to be used in 
parties, as we don't cast offensive magic, and sparingly at that. This 
build ignores it completely in favor of stronger skills.

First Point: Blizzard Charge
Level 71: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 3)
Level 72: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 6)
Level 73: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 9)
Level 74: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 12)
Level 75: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 15)
Level 76: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 18)
Level 77: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 21)
Level 78: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 24)
Level 79: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: 27)
Level 80: 3 points to Flame Charge (total: maxed at 30)
Level 81: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 3)
Level 82: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 6)
Level 83: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 9)
Level 84: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 12)
Level 85: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 15)
Level 86: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 18)
Level 87: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 21)
Level 88: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 24)
Level 89: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: 27)
Level 90: 3 points to Charge Blow (total: maxed at 30)
Level 91: 3 points to Lightning Charge
Level 92: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 6)
Level 93: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 9)
Level 94: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 12)
Level 95: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 15)
Level 96: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 18)
Level 97: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 21)
Level 98: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 24)
Level 99: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: 27)
Level 100: 3 points to Lightning Charge (total: maxed at 30)
Level 101: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 4)
Level 102: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 7)
Level 103: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 10)
Level 104: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 13)
Level 105: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 16)
Level 106: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 19)
Level 107: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 22)
Level 108: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 25)
Level 109: 3 points to Blizzard Charge (total: 28)
Level 110: 2 points to Blizzard Charge (total: maxed at 30), 
           1 point to Shield Mastery
Level 111: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 4)
Level 112: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 7)
Level 113: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 10)
Level 114: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 13)
Level 115: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 16)
Level 116: 3 points to Shield Mastery (total: 19)
Level 117: 1 point to Shield Mastery (total: maxed at 20), 
           2 points to Increased MP Recovery
Level 118: 3 points to Increased MP Recovery (total: 5)
Level 119: 3 points to Increased MP Recovery  (total: 8)
Level 120: 3 points to Increased MP Recovery (total: 11) 

This part of the build is actually not all that radical. The first point we
will put into Blizzard Charge, because its ability to freeze an enemy is 
far more useful than any tiny damage boost that you get from level 1 Flame
Charge. We just got promoted to White Knight, and Charges are cool, but 
let's face it: they only last for 12 seconds at this point, so you won't be
using it all the time. So why are we learning the skills in this order? Why
not Blizzard Charge first? It is the most defensive of the three Charges,
after all, and we are now Defense Knights!

Well, you actually could do Blizzard first, but know this: You will level a
lot slower. There is just no way around this fact. Despite its useful 
freezing effect, Blizzard Charge has inferior damage, and an inferior list
of enemies that are weak to it when compared to Flame Charge. One of our
goals, remember, is to remain competitive damage-wise with other builds. 
Without maxing Flame Charge first, we will be left too far behind, unless
you want to be fighting Red Drakes, Bains, and Death Teddies (who are not
ice-weak but can be frozen) for forty levels or more. Whenever the maps for
Zipangu are available, this may change because of the better Bain maps 
found there, but for now Flame Charge is your best bet.

Charge Blow is next. You will find the stunning effect to Charge Blow to be
invaluable. The vast majority of the high-level White Knights that I have 
talked to that put off learning Charge Blow in favor of learning other 
elements first have regretted their decision. Your maxed Flame Charge will
have to tide you over for a while, as Charge Blow is not terribly useful at
a low level. Once maxed, it is a beast of a skill.

The reason Lightning is not learned first has already been explained: The
list of training-calibur enemies that are weak to Lightning is short. Well, 
there's only one: Spirit Vikings, an enemy you certainly won't be facing as
a new Knight. However, by learning this second, you'll have it maxed for 
when you are finally ready.

You can actually learn Lightning Charge and Blizzard Charge in either order.
Really, you can't go wrong. You may also optionally take Blizzard to 16,
and then max out Lightning, then return to max out Blizzard. What you choose
will make a difference in where your most effective hunting spots are, but
either way you will not have a lack of places to go.

The passive skills are learned last. If for some reason you chose to be a
2-handed Defense Knight (kind of a contradiction but hey, it could happen)
then substitute Increased MP Recovery for Shield Mastery and save Magic
Crash for last.

=== VIII. Equipment and Scrolling =======================================

The quality of equipment that you wear will greatly affect your 
effectiveness. There is really no need to go into detail for every ten 
levels as to what you should be wearing. Instead, lets instead prioritize
what we are looking for in our armor, piece by piece.

Note: One thing that is commonly done in other multiplayer RPGs but not so
common in MapleStory is to have different sets of gear. Yes, this is more
expensive, and if you can't afford it, or are not willing to spend the
money for it... well then, you'll manage. But at all times throughout
your Mapling career, there will be some monsters that you will be facing
where you will need more accuracy to hit. Or maybe they are easy to hit
but they hit hard so you will need more defense. Or maybe you slice
through them like warm butter, meaning you can go with STR and attack gear.
The more options you give yourself through differently scrolled equipment,
the more effective and efficient you will be no matter what situation you
are faced with. I have my normal defense plus accuracy gear, and my power
gear. At times we will be diverting from our everyday gear to look at
some backup choices.

In general: Our focus is on WDEF, accuracy, and avoidability. STR and DEX
are more than welcome, with DEX being more important as a Page and STR 
becoming more and more important as you make the transition to White Knight
and start making your march toward level 100. The difference in level 
between you and the monster is the single greatest factor in determining 
how often you hit something. As you level, you will get a good feel as to 
what you can and cannot hit. As a Page, I often found my magic number to be
40. If the monster's avoidance plus the amount of levels higher he was than
me reached 40, then I would start to miss, but it would be manageable 
(sites such as BasilMarket or HiddenStreet will have this information for
you). The higher that difference got, the harder it got for me to make up
the difference. So in other words, if you love hunting the big guys, nudge
your DEX a little higher. If you are content with your current capability,
by all means choose STR instead. One last thing: do your quests! Lots of 
great armor and weapons are obtained through questing.

Tops, Bottoms, Hats, and Shields: You can rely on store-bought items early
in your career. If you are funded, go ahead and 100% WDEF scroll everything
as it makes a humongous difference in the early stages. These scroll 
sellers are found in the swamp outside Kerning, the forest outside the 
northern part of Ellinia, and in Orbis Tower. If you are using the Free 
Market or an auction site like Basil, be sure to be aware of what the 
average WDEF, STR and DEX is for each item. Extra STR and DEX usually cost
a lot of money; WDEF does not. Using 100% scrolls on new armor as you get
it continues to work well until later when the armor stores don't carry
anything for your level anymore. At this point you will be switching to 60%
scrolls. If you have a duplicate piece of armor, go ahead and try a 10% or
two. If they fail, you can NPC it, but if one works then you can continue
with 60%s to be safe, or more 10%s if you're feeling lucky. As cursed
(dark) scrolls become more readily available, then we can scroll some gear
for our power set, as well.

Gloves: If you want to have an attack-scrolled Warrior Glove for when you
don't need the extra accuracy, then be my guest, especially early in your
career if you're funded. But as you move on, you'll want to keep regular
Warrior gloves updated, and scroll for DEX rather than attack. The extra
accuracy helps greatly for the big-game monsters that we like to hunt, and
the small amount of avoidability that comes with the DEX helps, too. Not
to mention that DEX scrolls are far cheaper than attack scrolls! As for
finding gloves in the first place, keep checking the Free Market or Basil,
because making them on your own is a losing proposition monetarily.

Shoes: As we have discussed before, whether you want STR, DEX, or a little
of each is up to you and depends on what else you have on. As for scrolling,
DEX scrolls again play to our strengths here, adding more accuracy and 
avoidability than Jump scrolls at a lower price. If you can afford shoes
scrolled with Speed for your power gear, go ahead. No, it won't make you
do extra damage, but moving faster increases your training speed.

Capes: Your choices are limited early. Old Raggedy Cape will be your first
at level 25 via a quest. It has 10 avoidability which is perfect; scroll 
for WDEF or DEX, your choice. I took the WDEF route. Your next cape will
also come via a quest at level 42. The Icarus Cape comes in three different
versions. You want version (1) with 15 avoidability. If you don't get it 
initially, trade until you do. From 50 onward the capes you will be using
are straight WDEF/MDEF capes from quests and monster drops. Keep in mind 
that the black capes often have more defense than other versions. Since we
already have Tubes at our disposal if you like Fast weapons, your best bet
is to go ahead and get the +5 STR cape like every other Warrior does at 
level 60 after completing the Goblin quest in Korean Folk Town. Go ahead 
and scroll it with STR, and that will make it your offense-oriented cape
for when you don't need the extra defense.

Earrings: Keep your earrings updated for the extra Magic Defense. At the
time of this writing, Gachapon-only DEX scrolls are just becoming available,
but they are horribly expensive due to them being so new, and thus rare.

Weapons: Keep your weapons updated and scroll with 60%s as soon as possible.
If you have the money, always strive to make a better version of what you
have. At level 43 you will absolutely need a Maple Doom Singer and its +30
accuracy for big-game hunting, but one-handers will continue to be your 
default weapon of choice.

Okay, about Tubes: They are more rare and expensive than your normal, run-
of-the-mill blunt weapon. They are usually (but not always) a little
weaker, too. However, they are Fast weapon speed, which becomes Faster when
combined with BW Booster. This is very, very useful and the crazy attack
speed will spoil you for other weapons. They also come with various other
handy bonuses depending on which version you get. At level 70, the Colorful
Tube is more powerful than The Judgement mace, and it's the sole reason why
I discourage BW users from choosing the Goblin Bat after doing the three
Goblin quest. Tubes are expensive! But oh, so worth it.

=== IX. Fighting Style and Techniques ===================================

Until you get Power Guard, your way of going about engaging mobs won't be
much different than your typical warrior. You'll just take a lot less 
damage, and occasionally have to swing one extra time to finish something
off as compared to a more traditional build.

At level 40 is where you will start making your metamorphosis with this
build. At level 40 you will have your first few levels of Threaten and 
first get Power Guard. At 43, your Power Guard will be a bit stronger and
you will be able to equip your big-game specialist, the Maple Doom Singer.
You will have a few different ways of going about your business, depending
on your situation.

Against normal, easy to hit enemies with no strong magic attacks you will
stick with your 1-handed weapon plus shield configuration. Threaten will
not be necessary for these easier enemies, and Power Guard is really only
used for it's very nice reduced knockback effect.

For enemies that are easy to hit but have ranged magical attacks, stay with
the same equips but keep bumping into them with Power Guard as you attack.
Jumping at the mobs will allow you to get in closer without stopping your
weapon swings. Purposely getting hit with touch damage plays right into 
your strength, and you will reflect damage right back at them as added 
damage. When you are hit, you are temporarily invincible, represented by 
your character blinking. During this time, offensive magic and any other 
special attacks will go harmlessly through you. Make sure that when the 
blinking wears off that you are in contact with the creature again, and 
repeat this process until it dies. This technique that I call the bump n'
melee is essential to master.

For the big nasty creatures that are far above you in level and impossible
to hit with your normal setup, you need your survival kit. This includes 
your Doom Singer, any extra DEX and accuracy gear you can get a hold of to
replace STR gear with, and Sniper, Warrior, and Dexterity pills from 
Ludibrium. Use Threaten before engaging the enemy and charge in jump-
swinging. These are battles of attrition whereby you will slowly wear them
down with Power Guard and hopefully the more-than-occasional weapon hit.
These battles are too expensive and laborious to be used as efficient 
training, but they can be done to fulfill quest requirements or used just 
for bragging rights. It is vitally necessary that you continue to use the 
bump n' melee technique to avoid taking any more damage than you should be.
Because of all your defense, you are safe from dying unless you do 
something suicidal such as attacking a Bone Fish at level 40 or something,
but obviously if you still have 0% accuracy then you are in over your head
and should retreat. But let's put it this way. At level 56 I went exploring
for fun, cutting a path from El Nath all the way to Zakum's doorstep. There
was not one creature that I couldn't defeat, and most I beat handily. This
includes both versions of Yeti & Pepe, Werewolves, Lycanthropes, Cerebus 
and Bains. Bains were the only mobs that gave me much trouble at all; I 
pretty much had to wear it down with Power Guard, which I did just to
complete my grand tour. Never did I feel like I was in any imminent danger 
of dying, and that, my friends, is the true beauty of a Defense Page.

=== X. Appendix of Silly Arguements =====================================

As I said in the beginning, I would explain everything that went into the
choices made for this build, but I would not lace this guide with

Well, I saved that for this part, haha! 

I have gotten a ton of support, guidance, and constructive criticism in 
assembling this build, and this guide. But then there are those who 
instead just tend to blindly claim that their way is the one best
way, and this isn't it. They will drone on about "proven" methods and
belittle other approaches to training without really listening to new,
effective methods. I've heard it all, and if you choose to be a Defense
Page/Knight, you will too. Here's what you can say to them, if they're
worth talking reason to. Otherwise, just smile, nod, and go on with
your awesome self.

"I'd rather do more damage than use a few less potions."
That's fine, but I get to spend all that potion money on better equipment.
Or optionally, use my potions on harder monsters that give better
experience points.

"Why bother with a Defense build when all Warriors are tanks."
That's like saying that Hyundais and Porsches are both fast; these
statements are half-truths. Traditional Warrior builds get smacked around
like everyone else; they just have more hit points. What does big damage
to them, making some monsters untrainable on, are scratches to us.

"Extra defense is only worth it if it saves you from being one-shot KO'd"
I've heard this a few times, and it isn't even logical. What percentage
of your deaths are from being killed in one hit? It almost never happens.

"I never die anyway."
That's great! By the way, "seldom" does not mean "never".

"Your damage is gonna suck."
It just doesn't. Will we get outdamaged by other Warrior builds? Usually.
Especially low/no-DEX Warrior builds, which is to be expected even over
traditional Warrior builds. But cmon, I was just back at the Lycanthropes
today at level 71, and they die in less than ten seconds. I two-hit zombies
just like every other warrior, except I do it at Faster attack speed. I 
hunt Ghost Pirates now, too. Which leads to the next statement:

"I can kill all the stuff you can and do more damage too."
Yes, other Warriors can kill high level mobs, but no, it's not worth it
to them because they take way too much damage. This is exactly what I try
to get through to the critics. They say, "I can do that too but its stupid,
other stuff is easier." They don't get what I've been trying to say: the
harder stuff to you IS our easy stuff. If I want to wade into a group of
Dark Yetis and Pepes at 71, I can, and be not much worse for the wear. A lot
of Warriors spend level upon level upon level upon LEVEL at Field of Golem.
Who the heck wants to stay there for thirty freaking levels? Maybe someone
else enjoys that, but I sure don't. There are literally twenty other places
I can go to get comparable or better experience. One Ghost Pirate is worth
five Golems, that's all I gotta say. This is not conceit; it's just the

"With this build you're going to level really slow."
It took me exactly two months to reach Knighthood. That's not slow.

"Why don't you max out Slash Blast? I don't get that at all."
This is a very commonly asked question. First of all, it is eventually
maxed out. Secondly, you should be using Power Strike unless you have three
or more enemies you can hit, even if Slash Blast is maxed out, or you are
compromising your damage output and wasting potions. Slash Blast is a
great skill. Slash Blast is a necessary skill. But Slash Blast should be
generally taking a backseat to Power Strike in most situations, even if
you love sitting in densely spawned areas like the Ant Tunnel and Field of
Golem for most of your career. For these minority of situations where you
do have a line of creatures to line up and hit all at once, the levels
you have in this skill are sufficient to suit your needs. Now... in a
perfect world, I'd love to have supreme tanking ability and outdamage
everyone else simultaneously. But as we all know, that is not possible. The
first sacrifice Defense Pages make is having to waste a level putting
points into a worthless skill like Endure just to get Iron Body going. The
second sacrifice is that Slash Blast levels slower. When all is said and
done, your extra durability will be far more noticible than your half-
levelled Slash Blast.

=== XI. A Final Note=====================================================

Understandably, a new build in any MMORPG (online RPGs like MapleStory) is
met with a certain amount of skepticism. Being a veteran of such games
since their birth in the mid-90's, and a player of numerous MUDs before
then, the ranges of public reaction to such new strategies are very
familiar to me. People often have very strong opinions about the "right 
way" of doing things.

The tiniest fraction of new character builds (or whatever new strategies
are involved) gain immediate acceptance. Most require elaborate, prolonged
demonstration that they work. Even if being a tank isn't your cup of tea,
let me assure you that this build works as advertised. Your damage will,
all other factors being equal, be a little lower. But the discrepancy is
slight enough that very few (if any) people will take notice. The reward is
that you are invulnerable to all enemies that are listed in guides as being
appropriate for a Warrior of your level. You can either choose to follow
these hunting guide locations and take your 1 point of touch damage from
mobs, or do what I did and spend your potions like everyone else but use
them fighting tougher, more rewarding creatures.

My last comment has less to do with this guide and more to do with the
Mapling community at large. Many people bemoan the general population as
being obnoxious, immature, and generally stupid. Of course, this never
seems to apply to the person complaining.

I encourage everyone to contribute to their community, both in Maple and
out in the real world, by spending a little time each week helping or
mentoring someone who needs a hand. Not only will it improve the world
around us, but it also creates some very special moments that you will
treasure forever. 

=== XII. Acknowledgements ===============================================

I'd like to take the time to thank all the members of my guild, Transcend,
for their support and wisdom as I trekked along this path less travelled.
In particular, I'd like to give special thanks to Patrick (Piaculus) and
Chris (OminousArrow) for the time they spent with me both discussing game
mechanics and adventuring alongside me.
Special thanks also to the following people:
Louise (Coquille) for the extra proofreading.
Stephan (Hiarch) for reminding me that using Pain Relievers are better than
                 using a low-level Iron Body skill. 

I'd like to thank the members of the Basil community, especially TmanTrex
and LordRaid from Bera, and zashim4 from Khaini who most graciously 
answered questions regarding certain White Knight skills.

Finally, at the risk of sounding trite, I'd like to thank you, the reader.
Seeing more people be open-minded about how MapleStory can be enjoyed makes
me happy.

=== XIII. Legal Disclaimer ==============================================

This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
private use. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed
publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other
web site or as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited. The 
ONLY websites that have this permission currently are and The author is in no way affiliated with Wizet or Nexon, the
companies responsible for MapleStory.

Copyright 2007, Laurie Jones.