Updated Sun, Sep 06, 2009 by Savanja
Along with powerful magic and debilitating debuffs, Aion's Spiritmaster summons elemental spirits to do his bidding. Calling upon earth, air, fire, and water this mage destroys his enemies and assists his allies with a awe inspiring skill that will undoubtedly please any player bold enough to play this class.
Aion Associate Producer Lani Blazier is back to talk with Ten Ton Hammer about another fabulous Aion class. In this interview we get the details on the mage pet class, the Spiritmaster. Find out how these elemental masters wield their magic and how they fare against the creatures of the world and against players in PvP!
Ten Ton Hammer: The mage subclasses of Aion—Sorcerer and Spiritmaster—harness the power of the elements in two different ways. Can you explain some of the lore behind the Spiritmaster and how Spiritmasters come to command the elements?
Spiritmasters wield the power of the elemental spirits.
At first glance, Sorcerers and Spiritmasters actually do have some similarities. Both subclasses serve Kaisinel, Lord of Illusion (if Elyos), or Lumiel, Lady of Wisdom (if Asmodian). The big difference between a Spiritmaster and a Sorcerer is the relationship between either of them with the elements. A Sorcerer is fundamentally a scholar. A Spiritmaster is an artist. Spiritmasters have an instinctive rapport with wind, fire, water, and earth. They can coax fearsome elemental spirits into existence with the power of their charisma and their will, then send them hurtling toward their enemies. A Sorcerer could tell you what formula invokes the power of fire, but a Spiritmaster would just snap his fingers and order his Flame Spirit to attack. If you asked him how he did it, though, he’d just shrug.
While Spiritmasters receive training and gradually learn more about commanding the elements, their training is more individual one-to-one mentoring and involves a lot of self-discovery (to say nothing of some harsh self-testing). Sorcerers, on the other hand, gain power through more traditional instruction and research.
Ten Ton Hammer: For any pet class, the pet is a huge part of the look and feel of the class. It seems that Spiritmasters can conjure various elementals to do their bidding. Do these pets grow with the character or are they replaced by bigger, badder pets as a character gains in levels?
We call Spiritmaster pets “spirits.” The spirits a Spiritmaster can summon grow in power as the character gains levels. Specifically, characters obtain new skills that allow them to summon larger and more powerful versions of the spirits as they level up. During Aion beta, a Spiritmaster has skills to summon one of four spirits at a time: earth, air, fire, or water (at level 10). Upon Aion’s release, characters will also be able to summon an additional fifth kind of spirit that is specific to a character’s race.
Ten Ton Hammer: Are the pets something that you cast and they stay with you until you dismiss them, or does the Spiritmaster cast a pet for each battle?
Spirits persist, rather than being short-term and useful for only one fight. Once your character summons a spirit, it stays with your character until it dies, the spirit dies, you log out, or your character crosses into a new zone. The spirit is relatively cheap and fast to summon, so as a Spiritmaster, you will want your character to have a spirit by its side at all times.
Ten Ton Hammer: How reliant is the Spiritmaster on its pets? Do these elementals simply aid in battle or will this class be heavily dependent upon its pet for damage and support?
This pet class is just as powerful solo as they are in a group.
Spiritmasters are strong at solo play, and Spiritmasters are all about their spirits. They want to have a spirit with them whenever possible, but part of the tactical play of a Spiritmaster is selecting the right spirit to summon to master the kind of monsters you are facing. Spiritmasters change spirits depending what they are about to engage with. A Spiritmaster is fairly dependent on its spirits for damage and support.
Ten Ton Hammer: Can you explain each of the types of pets and what they will do for their Spiritmaster? Does each pet have a clear role?
Currently in the Aion beta, Spiritmasters can summon four kinds of spirits, each based on one of the core elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. At Aion’s release, we will introduce a fifth spirit. This new spirit is specific to a character’s race. Asmodian Spiritmasters will be able to summon a spirit that is a combination of the elements of fire and earth, and Elyos Spiritmasters will be able to summon a spirit that is a combination of wind and water.
Each spirit has different abilities. It can be challenging at times to recognize which element would be best to call on, and it is a mark of a player’s experience in the class to become skilled at this decision. Using the right spirit at the right time can be the difference between winning or losing a battle.
Fire spirits specialize in melee combat. Earth spirits are the masters of defense, making them good for tanking. Water spirits focus on ranged magical damage. Wind spirits have magical melee abilities.