Updated Sat, Dec 05, 2009 by Savanja
Aion is a game that not only allows for multi-dimensional combat, but encourages it to the point where players may never again want to return to strictly land bound gaming. Having never...
Aion is a game that not only allows for multi-dimensional combat, but encourages it to the point where players may never again want to return to strictly land bound gaming. Having never played a game quite like Aion, I was very anxious to make my way to ascension and earn my wings so I could get my taste of freedom and find out what all the hype concerning Aion flight has been all about. I have found that flight is not at all overstated and while the best way to get to know flying is to learn the system hands-on, we want to give you a running head start with some quick facts that will make mastering flight a lot quicker and easier!
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Aion’s lore tells us that prior to the world shattering, flight was common in Atreia and Elyos and Asmodians alike enjoyed this powerful gift as thoughtlessly as we enjoy drawing breath. After the world split, flight had been somewhat forgotten for a time until the discovery of the shards of Aion that were found scattered across the lands. Elyos and Asmodians reclaimed their gift of flight through ascension and Daevas once again soared through the skies of Atreia.
It is amongst these shattered pieces of Aion that we find our ability to fly, and while flight isn’t possible in all parts of the world, it is in many major areas throughout the world and within the Abyss.
There is no flight through your first 9 levels. The ability is granted once you have completed your ascension quests and you join the ranks of the Daevas. Your first real introduction to flight will be the cities after you have left the newbie area. It is here that you will learn about maneuvering, fighting, and gathering while in the air. It can get a little tricky though, so I strongly suggest flying around as much as possible at first to get the hang of it.
Pieces of Aion need to be present in order for players to have the ability to fly. The Abyss highlights aerial combat so you may plan on using flight as part of your strategy here. Around the rest of the world, the best way to tell if flight is possible is to glance at your UI. There is a button on the lower right hand corner that shows a wing graphic when you’re in an area where you can fly and turns black when you cannot fly. This flight indictor will be your best friend whenever you fly.
You can take off by hitting your “Page Up” key and land by hitting the “Page Down” key on your keyboard. I personally did not like the location of those keys but luckily the game also provides a hotkey icon that you can find in your skills window under the actions tab. Drag and drop the icon from this tab to your hotbar where you can use it to take off or to land. If you prefer mouse control over keyboard, you can also click the flight button on the lower right hand corner of your UI.
Learn to use your UI flight tools.
Flight movement is controlled by your mouse and arrow keys. Use your forward key (either the up arrow if you use the arrow keys, the W key if you use WASD for movement, or the Num Lock for auto-forward) to propel yourself through the air. To maneuver, hold down your right mouse button and mouse look in the direction you wish to travel! Pushing the mouse away from you makes you fly up and pulling it down towards you brings you back down to the ground. You can fly in either first person or third person camera view and Aion’s key mapping allows for customization of the keys you use in game so if the default doesn’t work for you, you have plenty of options to work with.
Other than the previously mentioned limits to where you can fly, there is another significant limitation that you will always need to keep in mind.
Flight has a time limit. I learned this lesson the hard way in the middle of playing with my flight controls and ended up respawning in my bind location before I even realized what had hit me!
Aion has falling damage and if you are hovering miles above the ground when time runs out, you will die when you hit the ground. That nifty little flight indicator button that we have already talked about also has a timer around it. This ring around the button has 16 bubbles that tick down while you fly and turns red and angrily flashes when it gets down to 4 bubbles to indicate time is almost up. That is generally enough time to find a place to land assuming you haven’t gotten yourself somewhere rather dangerous. You can land in out of the way places like ledges, cliffs, on top of buildings and other structures so even if you aren’t near the ground, finding some place (any place!) to stand while you wait for your flight bubbles to tick back up again is totally okay!
Because flight is a key feature in Aion, there are ways to boost your flight capabilities. Skills and consumables have the ability to raise both your flight time and your flight speed. If you are questing, early on you will likely receive flight time extension potions that will come in handy as you are learning this new aspect of gameplay.
Fall from this distance and you will die!
Most skills follow the same rules as ground combat, but there are class skills that are focused on aerial combat. So far the only skills that I have come across are passive flight skills, but it is clear that some class skills will be more effective while in flight than others.
Flight is a fun factor in PvE gameplay and it will quickly become a favorite form of travel the very first time you find that you don’t have to walk around anything and instead can fly right over. Many of the PvE zones don’t allow for flight, so it generally ends up being more of a convenience skill than anything but it does make scouting for mobs and adventuring a lot nicer!
In PvP flight becomes a strategy, a hindrance or a blessing, and a whole new level of combat that most players have never experienced before. The Abyss is a dangerous place and each player will need to utilize flight in order to stay competitive on the battlefield. Learn your controls early and play with them often to master this element of gameplay that could very well be the edge in winning!