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Like other arcane casters, a sorcerer has a chance to
identify and counter spells cast by an enemy. The
counterspell has a chance to either completely nullify the spell or
enemy spell into something beneficial to the sorcerer and his group.
For example, a
Sorcerer's counterspell may reflect a damage spell back at the caster.
When using counterspells you must do three things:
- Identify that an enemy spell is being
cast. Identification is dependent on your wisdom and
intelligence attributes. You should
see an icon along with a timer indicating the amount of time remaining
before the enemy spell is cast.
- Identify the particular spell. You not only
see that a spell is being cast but you are able to identify the
spell. In addition to seeing the spell icon you will
receive an audible signal that you can use your counterspell
abilities. If you are unable to identify the spell you can
still attempt to
interrupt it by using another spell like Color Spray.
- Use your Counter Spell. Once you hear the auduble
signal you should be able to use your counterspell.
Counterspells can be resisted.
A weakness is a player created
vulnerability in your enemy
that remains for a short period of time. Some weaknesses can
by using certain skills. When
exploits a weakness the attack used becomes more powerful and may add
additional damage but may debuff the enemy or buff you or your party. style=""> For more information on
take a look at Ten Ton Hammers href="http://vanguard.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=568">Weakness
FAQ and chart.
DUNGEONS & GROUP PLAY
sorcerer's job in a group is simply to do damage and not draw aggro,
sincesorcerers are unable to
withstand direct enemy attacks for long.Keeping
a sorcerer who has drawn aggro alive quickly drains the mana
of your group's healer and endangers the group. You
should do your best never to draw aggro. But, If you do
get aggro you should never run. There
is nothing more annoying to a tank and
to your group then watching mobs chase a sorcerer around a dungeon. style=""> If you get aggro simply
freeze or slow the
mob while taking a few steps backward.
make excellent solo players. Soloing
requires smart play and knowledge of the MOBs you are
fighting. Fortunately the
sorcerer has many spells
that allow her
to keep distance between herself and her enemy. Sorcerers
are also quite effective using area of
against 2 dot MOBs.
have the best burst damage of any of the arcane casters. They
can do an amazing
amount of damage
every quickly. A Sorcerer's nukes come in 3
elements: arcane, fire and ice.
Arcane spells are sustained nukes--ones the sorcerer can cast
maintain a good level of damage. Most arcane spells provide feedback,
an effect that
generally returns some of the energy (mana) used to cast the spell back
sorcerer over a few seconds.
Fire spells are blast nukes--ones the sorcerer can cast to cause big
a short time. Fire spells also cause a burning damage over time (DoT)
remain on the target for a few seconds. Be aware that the DoT effect
will break roots, stuns,
Ice spells typically do small damage and impair the movement of the
The Sorcerer gets a handful of buffs, most of them self-only.
that protect the target(s) from arcane, fire and ice, or all energy
types at once. Examples
are Arcane mantle and elemental mantle.
that either raise the armor class (AC) or energy regeneration rate of
the sorcerer. Examples
are Force Barrier and Conjure Energy Shard.
Buffs that change the damage, cast time, or energy cost of the next
spell the sorcerer casts. The
Mimic spell line is a good example.
Buffs that protect the target(s) from spell
damage. Mirror Ward
reflects incoming spell damage.
- A buff that makes the Sorcerer or her defensive target
invisible for a short duration.
for a Sorcerer consist of movement
impairment wrought by the ice spells, a short-term root that also has a
to blind the target, and the ability to strip your target's buffs
While not known for their kiting, a Sorcerer
should always keep his foe at a distance. Sorcerer's can kite
and should at least learn some kiting skills.
To learn a bit more about kiting see Ten Ton
Hammers kiting guide, href="http://vanguard.tentonhammer.com/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&ceid=569">Kiting
Ton Hammer Sorcerer