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Black Orc Guide

Updated Sun, Sep 28, 2008 by Brokain

Black Orc Guide


Overview: In the Warhammer universe, few things are as intimidating as a Black Orc.These mountains of solid muscle are dedicated to one thing in their lives. Fighting stronger opponents. What makes a Black Orc even more intimidating is that the only way they stop getting bigger is if they are defeated by a tougher opponent (Grimgor Ironhide, a Black Orc Warlord, is almost 15 feet in height!). With so much sheer physical power and intimidation behind them, it's no wonder that the Black Orc is shaping up to be one of the more popular classes in Warhammer Online:Age of Reckoning.

Strengths:
  • Black Orcs literally don't know the meaning of the word "ow." They have a large amount of hit points to work through before they die.
  • Black Orcs can wear plate armor, which only enhances their already huge resistance to physical damage.
  • Some of the early Black Orc attacks include debuffs to their enemies damage and armor, and buffs for the Black Orcs in the form of enhanced mitigation. Did we mention these guys were tough?
Weaknesses:
  • Black Orcs seem to be slow runners, so closing distance on a Ranged DPS class can be harder than usual.
  • Lack of effective ranged attacks make it difficult to fend off a Ranged attacker, especially if you have to run around to get to them.
  • Black Orcs attacks follow a line of progression to get to "Da Best Plan" which delivers the most damage. Due to the amount of time in between each attack, the Black Orcs sometimes seem slower than other classes in their attacks or DPS. Also, if you hit the wrong attack in the sequence, it starts you over at the first attack so you need to be careful when button mashing.



Black Orc Quick Info
Faction: Destruction
Race: Greenskin
Role:Tank, pure and simple
Armor: Heavy Armor
Primary Weapons: Swords (choppa's), Axes
Primary Stats: Strength, Toughness
Mythic's Official Black Orc Description

“Now den, some times what da boyz need is a lad what can take a beating, and beat back! Dey need a lad wif a serious pair of tusks! Dem needs a Black Orc!”
- Grumlok, Orc Warboss on Strategy

"Da bigger da Orc, da stronger da Orc. Da stronger da Orc, da more dat's Orc's da boss. No wonder da Black Orcs is always da bosses!"
- Splinta, a Goblin in the Bloody Sun Boyz tribe

Armed and armored to fight in the thick of melee as a warrior and tanker, the Black Orc matches physical hardiness with a down and dirty brawler’s fighting style that makes him the heart of any war band. With choppa and shield in hand, he can face down any foe unshaken. However, it is his unique approach to fighting that makes him as deadly with his fists as with either of those tools. He’ll knock you down so you can’t fight back, and then kick you while you’re down. There’s no honor among Greenskins, and there’s no such thing as a fair fight – and that’s the way he likes it!


PvE Overview

The Black Orc dominates PvE opponents through outlasting them in battle and being able to take on multiple targets at a time. With possibly the most hit points of any class in the game, plus heavy armor for better mitigation, you'll be able to wade into the thick of whatever quest you're doing at the time and not even think twice about it. With a few good healing potions, you can take on Champion class foes a level or two below you and hold out long enough to win. Get a healer to follow you around and you can do whatever your green little heart desires because there's very few things that will be able to handle you.

In a group, the Black Orc is the tank. End of story, good night, pass your test papers to the front. With their ability to soak all sorts of damage and taunt, they're the stuff that healers dream about. This will also free up your healers for a little extra DPS and DeBuff support, since they can take their eyes off "Tiny" for a bit longer.

RvR Overview

Black Orc is latin for "unstoppable force"... well, almost. These guys are the toughest opponents you'll find out there. The only thing that can stop them is a few Ranged DPS or a Ranged DPS located in a strategic position, because if he has access to you, the Black Orc player will likely have enough hit points and damage mitigation to reach you before you kill him. Get a group of these guys in an organized RvR force and you've got serious trouble on your hands. Get that healer following you around from the PvE overview and no one (or two or three) can stop you, unless they stop the healer first



Black Orc Mastery Paths
Path of Da BrawlerA This Path of Mastery has one purpose. To make you nothing short of just plain gross. This path of mastery enhances your DPS, making your fight shorter, thus allowing you to move on to your next fight, thus making you a better Orc. And in the end, isn't that what we really want in the world? more Black Orcs with higher DPS capability? In order to reach your full potential in this path though, you'll have to let go of your love affair with the shield because "two 'ands is better fo' choppin'!"

Path of 'Da Toughest:  A This Path of Mastery focuses on out lasting your opponents... well, even more than you usually do. The follower of the path of 'da toughest believes that unlike "'da brawler", using a shield is the best way to live longer. It enhances your defenses and takes you into the Twilight Zone of toughness with the idea that the one left standing at the end of the fight is the true winner.

Path of 'Da BossA This Path of Mastery is about bossing people around... sort of. If you're an Orc, and you want to lead, then this is the path for you. It's filled with group support buffs and enhancements for the "bellows" line. This path allows yuo to make the team stronger, thus making you successful, and preparing you to lead you own WAAAGH!! someday. *sniff* They grow up so fast.


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