Bruiser Guide Index
1.0 - Bruiser Basics
Why choose Bruiser?
There is just something about being able to hold your own as a
tank, and be able to deal out some very nice damage. The bruisers
damage output is simply astounding, and with some skill and decent gear, they
make very good tanks. The brawlers may have to work a little harder to tank,
but they can definitely do it. Along with that, the graphic movements of
the Bruiser combat arts are quite impressive. I've always favored the
brawlers in part for that. They get the coolest looking kicks, punches,
and weapon attack animations of any of the classes!
Can Bruisers solo?
For sure! It's my opinion that all classes can solo when
one knows their class, but it's true that some do it better than others, and the
Bruiser is one of the classes that do pretty well solo. They won't be
taking on any yellow ^^^ heroics, but they do pretty darn well against even the
toughest opponents. It's important that you learn your combat arts, and
test yourself against a wide variety of mobs. You'll find with persistence
and experience, that soloing can be not only possible, but very successful once
you get the hang of your class.
What is a Bruiser's role in a group?
Bruisers are fairly versatile. They can either take on a
defensive stance and play main tank, or move into offensive stance and play as
back up tank or DPS. This makes it nice to find your way into a group,
being able to fill a variety of roles. I personally like to play back up
tank and DPS in a group with my bruiser, especially when I have a guardian or
berserker available to me as main tanks. There will be those that will
always believe that the brawlers cannot tank, but rest assured, they can.
The brawlers tend to tank better with the shamans and druids as healers, but
even with the clerics, they can still do very well. And as I said with
soloing, it's all about knowing your class and understanding how the bruiser
What's the best race for Bruiser?
Bruisers use mostly agility, stamina, and strength stat wise, so
some of the more lithe races, the humans, and half elves, are great choices if
minor stat variations are that big of an issue for you. However, race
choice makes very little difference when you are actually playing, and make less
difference, the higher in levels you are. So my best advice here is to
play whatever race that happens to strike your fancy! After all, you are
the one that will be staring at that backside every time you log in.
How should I equip my Bruiser?
Bruisers wear leather armor. And I always recommend doing
the armor quests for your class, because the stat boosts are always very
nice. And the bruisers can wear gi's! I love the gi's and even
though they tend to have lesser mitigation than typical armor of the same tier,
being able to look the part of the bruiser is just too fun to pass up.
Leather wearers are fairly easy to equip at a decent price, I simply keep an eye
out on the broker for upgrades for my gear.
Weapon wise, I prefer a bo staff, but that is very much a
personal choice. Hand wraps, batons, bo's, staffs, they are all good
weapons. Some do smaller amounts of damage very quickly, others do more
damage, just a bit slower. You may want to try various types of weapons to
find which suits you better. And I'll admit it, the animations on the bo
with the bruiser is what won me. It just looks very cool!
Have questions or comments? Something to add to this guide? Feel free
to email me!
Bruiser Guide Index
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