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- "I want to fight tougher monsters!"
- Featureless Protagonist: Possibly helped by the sprites' featureless faces, this was to be expected. It's common in the fandom to give their characters their own features later.
- Faking the Dead: Play Dead, a quest skill specific only to their class that is meant to help Novices survive any powerful mobs they happen to come across. Once they job change, even if it's to Super Novice, it's greyed out for good.
- Gainaxing: The chest area of female Novices bounce while wearing breastplates. Ragnarok Wisdom speculates that their breastplates are made of jellopy, a jelly-like substance found in Porings.
- You Have Researched Breathing: The /sit command. You only learn how to sit down around base level 3. It's not entirely clear why you didn't know how to sit down before then.
Super Novices are a special kind of class which exploits nearly every first class skill. Super Novices also sport highly effective armor and shields which reduce elemental attacks. Super Novices are the most versatile among all classes have "true freedom" in build and skills.The downside to this freedom of skills is very low HP and SP. Super Novices lose the use of the Play Dead skill and also lose exp upon death with 1 HP remaining, just like a regular first class. Super Novices only can equip anything a normal Novice would be able to, including specialized Novice only equipment.Super Novices also have a Job Level of 99. Recently, they can reach Base 150 and Job 50 with skills from Second classes (especially from the 2-1 line) and one from High Wizard (Stave Crasher).Additionally, Super Novices have their own unique cart, should they choose to get one.Aside from the tropes gotten from being all the first classes in one,
- An Adventurer Is You: While of course this is a (MMO)RPG, the Super Novice is unique in RO in that you're not restricted to just one skillset.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Or a combination of two or three, if you so desire.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Given that you have all the skills available to you, it would be very easy to make a Super Novice into one of these. Want a magic-casting, sword-using, stealth-based character who can also open shops? With some finagling of skill points, you can achieve it. Granted the character won't be as powerful as their second class counterparts, but that's the price paid for versatility.
- Lethal Joke Character: Most players don't see the Super Novice as anything more than a joke at worst and an interesting but weak class at best. The instant-cast Super Novice build, only applicable before Renewal, plays with that perception. They were capable of unleashing the pain of the Mages' arsenal instantly due to their high cast times aided by investing in Archer dexterity-buffing skills as well as being self-sufficient in healing. Still not as good as the second class counterparts, but a notch up from just a plain Novice perception.
- Magikarp Power: Getting to this class is painful, but after getting there you'll be powerful (though, as noted above, less powerful than you'd expect).
First Job Classes:
- "Defend the right..."
- An Adventurer Is You: Usually as a tank, though the damage-dealer role is just as popular.
- The Berserker: If a Swordsman has done the quest for the Auto Berserk skill and has less than 25% of their health, this skill automatically activates to give them a strength buff and defence debuff. It isn't as terrifyingly effective as a Lord Knight with Berserk/Frenzy, but it still counts.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter in the trinity, obviously. Physical in-your-face combat.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: The HP Recovery skill, which lets the Swordsman regenerate health at a much faster rate than any character.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The Swordsman has access to many weapons, but given that they have passive enhancements for using One-Handed and Two-Handed Swords, one would naturally assume that the Swordsman is better geared with said swords. One-handed is best for attack speed and allows for shields. Two-handed brings more damage. Some take another road, such as...
- Knife Nut: Higher attack speed, some defense, yet does less damage on medium and large monsters. Usually temporary.
- An Axe to Grind: Not used often as they have very low ASPD (Attack Speed) and, by extension, damage output.
- Blade on a Stick: If you really, really need that extra 2-square reach. Also an uncommon choice for a swordsman, but it is usually recommended for people wanting to level faster - by poking immobile mobs called Greatest General that were of a fairly high level and would squish a swordsman if they could move.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Should you choose the one-hand sword and shield option, the shield helps with the defence.
- "The force of nature..."
- Black Mage: Going by definition. Mages utilise multiple elements - Fire, Water (in the form of ice spells), Wind and Earth - and base spells start out as Bolts (except for Earth, which comes in the form of stone armour).
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage of the trinity, obviously. Ranged magic combat with a propensity of having low defence.
- Fire/Ice/Lightning: 'Lightning' here is actually the Wind element, but the overall look of the spells remains Lightning in nature.
- Kill It with Ice: Skills like Frost Nova and Ice Bolt make this a reality. They have the special status of turning a mob's element into Water when frozen, which is then compounded with Lightning to deal a ton of damage. Does not work on Water-element mobs for obvious reasons.
- Kill It with Fire: Similarly, skills like Fire Ball and Fire Wall. While having no special property, Fire is one of the more damaging elements in a Mage's arsenal as well as being the one element most low-level mobs are weak to, and therefore just as popular as the Water-Wind combo.
- Linear Warriors, Quadratic Wizards: Aspiring Novices will have to contend with low damage and survivability while having to melee monsters. But once they become Mage, they will start to dish out huge damage while exploiting the Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors, allowing them to hunt monsters way above their level. Subverted in the late-game however, where many enemies are of the Shadow or Holy elements which are incredibly resistant against elemental magics; Lvl 4 Holy monsters are outright immune to elemental spells.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: A low-level Guard, or a very big magic book. Usually recommended when solo levelling.
- Shock and Awe: As mentioned above, the Water element is weak to Wind. Hence it is common for Ice-specialised Mages to invest in Wind skills as well.
- Soul Power: Soul Strike has you summoning ghosts to hit enemies with Ghost element magic. Its prerequisite, Napalm Break, is described as 'throwing psychokinetic energy', which leaves to the imagination as to where these ghosts come from.
- Squishy Wizard: Most Wizard builds designed for efficiency are these since most of the stat points tend to be distributed towards faster casting and higher magical power. Wizards built for the guild wars are only slightly less squishy.
- "A benevolent picaroon..."
- An Adventurer Is You: The DPS, given that they naturally have a higher attack speed while every other class has to actively invest in it.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: Very much the Thief in the trinity, exactly as it says on the tin.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: They could, but most thieves don't. A sword gives higher damage for attack speed, which a Thief player would consider not necessarily optimum.
- Knife Nut: Daggers are a Thief's staple weapon, especially because of their faster attack speed. While they can equip bows, their range is severely lacking compared to an Archer.
- Video Game Stealing: Successful use of the Steal skill gives you one random item from the monster's droplist. This item is "extra" and doesn't affect the actual drops. Of course, many droplists contain bodyparts from their monsters...so yeah, you can "steal" the beak of a bird that's attacking you (with that beak), kill it...and get the beak again.
- You Have Researched Breathing: Quest skills Find Stone (picking up a stone), Stone Fling (throwing stones), and Sand Attack (throwing sand). Like /sit, it's not clear why you specifically need to seek out people to teach you those skills - and why other classes can't do it.
- "Penetrate the evil..."
- Archer Archetype
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The female Archer's skirt is both short and open-ended.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Some situations would find you firing arrows at various distances with obstacles between you and the target. Your aim doesn't suffer for it.
- Multishot: Double Strafe and Arrow Shower - two arrows and multiple arrows, respectively.
- Trick Arrow: Various elemental arrows, even immaterial ones. Generally useful only if you're going to be dealing with a mob that is weak to that element.
- Zettai Ryouiki: The female Archer's tights are midway up the thighs.
- "Deal with a hope..."
- An Adventurer Is You: More like "An Entrepreneur is You". They have a lot of skills that facilitate trade.
- An Axe to Grind: A Merchant's main weapon. Because of the lower stats they have, axes give the best damage they can do. Not that other weapons are out of their reach as well, but the axe is the depicted weapon of the Merchant.
- Bag of Holding: Your pushcart is a variant. It can hold up to 8000 in weight, meaning that you can basically have 8000 items that only have a weight value of 1 if you so desire. This is a lot and you will normally find most Merchant players will immediately invest in this regardless of being combat built or not.
- Common Character Classes: Merchants start out as Warrior by default with a touch of Support. The Blacksmith line balances the Warrior and Support role while the Alchemist line leans a lot more towards Support with a touch of Nuker.
- Discount Card: and Overcharge Card, too. Discount Card reduces vendor prices, and Overcharge Card increases the prices you sell at to said vendors.
- Improvised Weapon: They're traders, not fighters. They hurl money to defend themselves. And ram their carts into monsters.
- Intrepid Merchant: This is the best way to describe the Merchant class in the game. Any Merchant player will travel far to various towns, selling and buying, and go and fight monsters for that elusive item. They have skills to generate cash, they have carts to help with the extra load and they can set up player shops straight from these carts selling anything. It doesn't get more straightforward than that.
- Money Sink: Mammonite, the aforementioned money-hurling skill. 600% damage for up to 1000 zeny.
- We Sell Everything: You can use your Vending skill to sell anything, even Vendor Trash if you so desire.
- "As divine grace..."
- Church Militant: People wanting to be Monks gave this flavor to their Acolytes.
- Magikarp Power: It's more obvious when levelling to be a support Priest. You're restricted to using maybe two skills at best and a few easy maps, and if you can't find a party (thankfully parties will want you) expect yourself to take a long time. Then when you hit Priest, the world suddenly opens up and you can probably become a fairly fearsome tanking support with few shades of your former self and everyone wants you in their party.
- Revive Kills Zombie: The more minor variant, as Heal harms undead-type monsters. It is also the main way for a full-support Acolyte to Level Grind.
- White Mage: To the Mage's Black Mage, in addition to buffing skills.
Doram Exclusively Class
Summoners possess the fortitude to tame the sea, the land, and the essences of life itself.
- Badass Adorable: They are Doram, the Petting Zoo People Cat Folk with magical power.
- Elemental Powers:
- The Red Mage: Their sea skills are supportive skills, while land and life skills are offensive skills.
Bringing the art of taekwon-do to Ragnarok Online is the completely martial Taekwon Kid. A unique class themed around unarmed combat in the form of powerful physical kicks, this class brings in an additional gimmick in the form of the Taekwon Missions - tasks that allow players to climb ranks across the server and gain bonuses in doing so.At job level 40 they may choose to become the physically oriented Taekwon Master or the spiritually blessed Soul Linker.
- Combo: Like the Monk classes, Taekwon Kids can use kicks in tandem with "stances", which are statuses that activate at either 15% or 20% chance. Using the kick corresponding to the stance gives an additional damage bonus and other statuses. Unlike the Monk, the trick is to use the right kick within seconds of the stance activating to reap the benefits of the kicks. Taekwon Rankers utilise this to their full advantage.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Always barefooted, with bandages, regardless of what shoes you've equipped them with.
- Elemental Powers: Mild Wind lets Taekwon Kids change the element of their weapon. This is a simple but potent skill, as a Taekwon can change their element into any element in the game at the touch of a button, and if you're playing Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors this is a game changer.
- Extremity Extremist: With their legs and feet, compared to the Monk's fists. All of their animations are kicks.
- Mechanically Unusual Class: The Taekwon Kid has a mechanic where the majority of their special attacks are only usable at random, when a prompt comes up in battle while they are attacking. This gives the class a very frantic feel compared to the typical classes and allow them to dish out some large amounts of damage. It is the also the only class to have a skill dedicated to giving missions to complete in order to gain ranking on a server.
Should the aspiring novice seek out the ways of the ninja, Amatsu offers such individuals with the Ninja. A class built to strike at the right time, the Ninja utilises the largest number of throwing skills possible in the game along with magic-based elemental ninjutsu to deal damage.At job level 40, they can become either a Kagerou (male Ninja) or Oboro (female Ninja).
- Cast from Hit Points: Killing Stroke
- Elemental Powers: Magic-build Ninjas are considered an alternate Wizard since their ability set is all based on the elemental attacks they have.
- Highly Visible Ninja: The colours may be desaturated, but it's hard to deny that they're still wearing rather obvious primary colours.
- Improbable Weapon User: Ninjas can flip tatami mats to deal damage and cause knockback. Oddly this is not a physical weapon they can carry, it just exists as a skill as if Ninjas carry a tatami around with them 24/7.
- Lethal Joke Character: Like most of the extended classes, Ninja is normally considered to be somewhat gimmicky - that is, until you find out their Killing Stroke skill does a ton of damage when combined with Rapid Throw in Pv P.
- Money Sink: Rapid Throw, which uses up to 100,000 zeny to inflict around the same amount of damage (1 damage per zeny). Also in a gameplay perspective the entire class, because like the Gunslinger the ammunition costs for throwing weapons can ramp up a fair amount.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: A Ninja can hurl Shurikens, Kunai, or Huuma Shurikens. Throwing builds were quite useful pre-Renewal and will always use Huuma Shurikens.
For players favouring a more long-ranged gung-ho approach to their Ninja and Taekwon counterparts, the Gunslinger can provide them with what they're looking for. With a set of impressive firearms ranging from Rifles to Shotguns to even Grenade Launchers, they're here to bring the thunder onto monsters and players alike.They can eventually change their job into the Rebellion.
- Badass Longcoat: The male Gunslinger has a really nice longcoat, and the sprite's animations fashion a stylish 'cool' flavour to the class. It's definitely meant to invoke the image.
- BFG: The Gatling Gun appears to be longer than the sprite's height, and the sprite wraps its arms around the gun to support it while firing. In the official art the gun is definitely taller than the character.
- The Gunslinger: This class is no doubt based on this trope. Depending on your playstyle you can pull off Vaporizer and Trick Shot with various skills and the Gatling Gun weapon, or Shotgun and Pistol with the right skills, and with the corresponding poses and animations. The Coin skills add even more flourish, with your character casually flipping them into the air. If shooting with style is your thing, this is it.
- Guns Akimbo: The Gunslinger comes with dual-wielding pistols like they were born to do it. The sprite either concentrates on one target with both guns, or shoots in different directions without looking.
- Improbable Weapon User: Aside from guns, Gunslingers can somehow also use money - by converting it into gold coins - to attack. A Coin build is entirely viable, though not optimal.
- Magikarp Power: They have the most painful Job Change Quest for newbies, require expensive ammunition and are just downright weak compared to other Expanded classes. Pick up a Grenade Launcher and a pair of guns, however...
- Money Sink: Coin Flip, although its cost (1z per use) is nothing compared to the Ninja and Whitesmith's Money Sink skills. The ammunition cost alone is a bigger offender of the trope.
- More Dakka: With a sufficient amount of points in the DEX stat, a Gunslinger with a Gatling Gun has increased attack speed and appears to be essentially pouring lead into whatever they've got their sights on.
- No Shirt, Long Jacket: The male Gunslinger appears to have his chest bare under his coat in the official art.
Advanced Job Classes
Knight > Lord Knight > Rune Knight
- "A spirit of chivalry."
- Battle Aura: Knights glow yellow when they're under the effects of Two-Hand Quicken.
- Beehive Barrier: The Lord Knight's Parry. Appears as a hemisphere-shaped shield, and anything that hits it makes a satisfying clang.
- The Berserker, for Knight builds capitalizing the...
- Berserk Button: In a surprisingly meta and straightforward fashion. Lord Knights have this ability, which is simply termed Berserk. It gives them a very high power boost at the cost of all of your other abilities (and you can't even chat) and regeneration. Of course, you the player activate it with a push of a button. A well-built Berserk Lord Knight is a sheer powerhouse, if you don't mind being left with 100 health or being extremely weak in defence later on.
- Breath Weapon: If you choose to take on a tanking path with your Rune Knight, you'll get to wield a powerful area-of-effect skill with your Ferus. This is because your dragon's breath attack is entirely dependent on your health.
- Chainmail Bikini: Looking at the class progression, it seems the female Knight has joined the female Crusader in losing a game of strip poker (official art for better view). She's gone from being fully covered to maybe about 1/5th of it - shoulders, forearms, calves, half the breasts and hips. This has not gone unnoticed by the players◊, with someone even making reference to Ragnarok Wisdom's comic on magical power being inversely related to covered up surface area◊.
- Dragon Rider: Rune Knights get an armoured Ferus as a mount. It looks like a large bipedal lizard akin to a dinosaur.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Knights remain one of the very basic classes in RO from their Swordsman roots, and one of the easiest to play. Almost every player have/had one in their careers. Of course, they are armed with swords of all kinds.
- Lightning Bruiser: Their attack speed can be boosted very high with a combination of the Two-Hand Quicken skill, speed-boosting potions and a huge investment in the Agility stat. Since they may be too fragile to be a tank, they serve as the DPS.
- Mighty Glacier: Knights that use spears tend be much slower in attacking, but they make up for this by having a huge amount of health and defence. These are usually the tanks.
- Magic Knight: Rune Knights are knights wielding powerful Black Magic, if the skill Enchant Blade is anything to go by. They also craft Runes to use in battle for boosts.
Defender (kRO) / Crusader (iRO) > Paladin > Royal Guard
- "One preparing for the holy war."
- All Your Powers Combined: The Royal Guard's Banding ability is essentially this, since it adds power and abilities of a few Royal Guards with the skill in close proximity.
- Battle Ballgown: The jRO redesign of female Royal Guard wears an armored dress.
- Bare Your Midriff: The female Paladin loses the armour around her midsection earlier than the Knight does.
- Blade on a Stick: One-handed spears combined with shields are usually the Crusaders' equipment loadout of choice.
- Cast from Hit Points: The Paladin's Martyr's Reckoning sacrifices health to deal a ton of damage.
- Chainmail Bikini: The female Royal Guard appears to be losing a game of strip poker throughout the class progression.
- Church Militant: If the description for the Paladin on the iRO wiki is anything to go by.Do you believe in the gods? Witness the Paladin's might and see the power of the divine for yourself! Non-believers are sure to convert and sinners will repent! The Paladin is a shining symbol of piety and devotion who uses his fighting ability in the service of the gods and his fellow man. His skills can punish the wicked or inspire the faithful.
- Giant Flyer: Royal Guards can ride Gryphons.
- Magic Knight: Crusader-type players are essentially heavily armored knights who wield White Magic.
- Mighty Glacier: The skills of Crusader-types seemed to be geared more to this end, but if they so choose they can be...
- Lightning Bruiser: Spear-based Royal Guard builds can be this with the Spear Quicken skill.
- Shield Bash: Plus its sister trope Throwing Your Shield Always Works. There are even builds capitalizing on this ability.
- Stone Wall: They are one of the best tanks in RO, second only to defensively-built full-support Priests.
- The Paladin: The entire progression is themed around the class using the power of faith, at least until the Royal Guard. What the fandom decides is an entirely different matter.
Wizard > High Wizard > Warlock
- "The spirit of nature."
- All Your Powers Combined: The Warlock's Tetra Vortex will use four elemental orbs the Warlock previously summoned in backwards order. It is entirely possible to have the attack inflict Wind-Water-Earth-Fire in one go.
- Area of Effect: The area of effect increases with the class progression. Mages start off with 5x5. Wizards up it by going 7x7, with their flashiest skill at 9x9. While the range is unclear depending on the server, the Warlock's ultimate spells will cover at least nearly 2/3rds of your entire screen.
- Bare Your Midriff: The female Warlock has now gained this look.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The class was already meant to deal damage like no other, but Warlocks have now taken the crown with their giant area spells and equally powerful enhancements to boot.
- Pimped-Out Cape: The High Wizards and Warlocks in alternate outfits wear capes with fur and a Mystical High Collar.
- Pretty in Mink: The female Wizard and High Wizard wear fur lined capes◊. So does the jRO redesign of both genders of Warlock.
- Squishy Wizard: The extra stat points can be used to pump health a bit more as the class advances, but they still trade off health and defence for higher magic attack and faster casting speeds.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The Warlock's Comet spell range is huge. It covers nearly all of your screen and is absolutely unnecessary in every scenario except War of Emperium 2.0.
Sage > Professor (kRO) / Scholar (iRO) > Sorcerer
- "One who pursues eternity."
- Anti-Gravity Clothing: The female Sages wear a gold ring that hovers above their shoulders◊.
- Anti-Magic: Their skills make them good at this. Magic Rod makes them immune to single target cast by absorbing the enemy's SP and receiving no damage, and Land Protector prevents Area of Effect spells from working. These and other spells actually make them a good counter to other magic classes.
- Cast from Hit Points
- The Scholar's Indulge restores some SP in exchange for health.
- The Sorcerer's Spirit Cure allows the caster to give up some HP/SP to restore their summoned spirit's HP/SP.
- Counterspell: Spell Breaker, a Sage skill, cancels an enemy's incoming spell and receives the SP consumed by the enemy instead.
- Pretty in Mink: Those scarves around the Scholars' necks are foxes. Complete with head.
- Status-Buff Dispel: With properly-named Dispell.
- Summon Magic: The Sorcerer has four summons based on primary elements. Only one can be summoned a time.
- Throw the Book at Them: Usually preferred by Battle Sages.
- Took a Level in Badass: While Sages are capable of good damage, they pale in comparison to Wizards. That is, until they become Sorcerers, gaining a lot of powerful AoE skills and ramping their damage potential on par with the Warlocks.
Assassin > Assassin Cross > Guillotine Cross
- "The shadow of death."
- Absolute Cleavage: The female Assassin Cross.
- Blade Spam: Sonic Blow and Cross Impact.
- Combat Stilettos: Taken quite literally in the sense that the official art◊ shows the female Assassin Cross not only wears high heels, but also that her heels have blades protecting the back of her legs.
- Cool Mask: The Assassin Mask and the Guillotine Cross-exclusive Silent Executer. They look like ninja masks in terms of appearance.
- Critical Hit: One of the most popular builds for them.
- Dual Wield: Of katars, swords, axes and knives. The only class that able to do so naturally until Kagerou/Oboro.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: Assassins, Assassin Crosses and Guillotine Crosses in alternate outfits have tattered red scarves.
Rogue > Stalker > Shadow Chaser
- "The night's fallen angel."
- Back Stab: One of their skills. Deals massive damage and have perfect accuracy, but can only be performed from behind. Goes into Awesome, but Impractical due to its sensitivity to positioning and facing, but if you have another Rogue partner in a flanking position....
- Difficult, but Awesome: For all their tricks, Rogues are very difficult to use properly in PvE. But find the right build, and they can just be as deadly as they are in Pv P.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: Some peculiar Rogue builds may elect to pursue both branches of weapon masteries at the expense of every other skills, making them dangerous physical attackers for both long and short range.
- Knife Nut: Default weapon of choice unless they're capitalising on bow builds.
- Magic Knight: From Stalker onward you have the option of making a powerful magical and physical attack build.
- Multishot: Rogues get the Archers' Double Strafe.
- Power Copying: The Rogue's Intimidate and Shadow Chaser's Reproduce skills allow the character to learn the move last used on them, regardless of the move being from players or monsters. Stalkers gain the additional ability to permanently be able to use that move; the Shadow Chaser's Shadow Spell takes it all the way by providing a list of previously learned skills to use. Most dangerously, they can copy the highly overpowered MVP version of certain skills. If you think getting hit 25 times by lvl 5 Waterball is bad, try being hit 100 times by lvl 10 Waterball.
- Pretty in Mink: Females wear it since Rogue. Males are catching on past Stalker.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: All of the males.
- Zipperiffic: The jRO redesign of both genders of Shadow Chaser spotted many zippers around their outfits.
Hunter > Sniper > Ranger
- "A guardian of nature."
- Bare Your Midriff: Female Hunters, Snipers and Rangers, as opposed to their base class.
- The Beastmaster: Hunter and Sniper get falcons, while Rangers get big wolves called Wargs.
- Beast of Battle:
- The Ranger can command their Warg to fight alongside them. Rangers can also use them as mounts.
- Falcon-associated builds have all three classes dealing damage with their falcons. For such small sprites they can be pretty painful.
- Frilly Upgrade: Averted. Their costumes are possibly the most sensible and practical of the third jobs.
- Modesty Shorts: The female Hunter sports these under her skirt, compared to the female Archer.
- Pretty in Mink: Snipers. Both of them.
- Rain of Arrows: The Ranger's Arrow Storm, which is basically an improved version of the Archer's Arrow Shower.
- Trap Master: Hunters and Snipers have a large variety of traps that either explode on contract, immobilize, cause sleep or blindness. The Ranger has more traps that change the attribute of the enemies and set the area on fire.
- Who Wears Short Shorts: The female Hunter, Sniper and Ranger throughout their class progression.
Bard > Clown (kRO) / Minstrel (iRO) > Minstrel (kRO) / Maestro (iRO) / Joker (idRO)
- "The wind's musical poet."
- Dub Name Change: Look at all the name changes! In general the fandom seems to adopt the international version's changes.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The basis of Frost Joke/Unbarring Octave. You tell a joke or pun so bad that it freezes enemies on the screen. Yup.
- Instrument of Murder: Physical damage and shooting arrows, in the case of Arrow Vulcan.
- Let's Duet: Some of the more powerful skills are actually duet performances meant to be done alongside a Dancer-class within the same party. Without a partner, the skills simply fail. In this case, the Bard-class provides the music.
- Magic Music: For both offensive and supportive purposes. Taken Up to 11 with the Maestro's Saturday Night Fever, a skill that apparently causes players to disco so hard that they lose HP, SP, defence and flee in exchange for an incredible amount of attack.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: The Pang Voice quest skill, which has a chance of confusing the target. It's described as "screaming out at a single target".
- Musical Assassin: While most skills are support, a few songs like Dissonance deal damage directly.
- Nice Hat: The Minstrel and Maestro's artwork display these, and you can get the hats in-game.
- Rain of Arrows: The Minstrel's Arrow Vulcan and the Maestro's Severe Rainstorm, both very effective for seemingly harmless musicians.
- Scarf Of Asskicking: A very nice stripy scarf for the Maestro sprite. The official art shows that Maestros wear at least two scarves.
- Shout-Out: One of the Maestro's Chorus skills is called Dances With Wargs.
Dancer > Gypsy > Wanderer
- "The passionate primadonna."
- Fluffy Fashion Feathers: The Wanderer is depicted with these.
- Let's Duet: Some of the more powerful skills are actually duet performances meant to be done alongside a Bard-class within the same party. Without a partner, the skills simply fail. In this case, the Dancer-class provides the show.
- Magic Dance: Their dances are mostly support and give buffs to the party.
- Stripperiffic: Naturally.
- Rain of Arrows: The Gypsy's Arrow Vulcan and the Wanderer's Severe Rainstorm. They are just as powerful as their male counterparts with these skills.
- Underboobs: The Gypsy seems to have this on her sprite.
- Whip It Good: Several skills require a whip to use, such as the aforementioned Arrow Vulcan. It's not entirely clear how Gypsies whip their arrows at targets, but it's a given that it hurts either way.
Blacksmith > Whitesmith (kRO) / Mastersmith (iRO) > Mechanic
- "The power of craftsmanship!"
- Animal Motifs: Bears, and this is more evident as Mechanics.
- Absolute Cleavage: The females throughout class progression.
- An Axe to Grind: Blacksmiths by default can (and usually do, since axes are more powerful than the other alternatives) wield one-handed and two-handed axes. The class line as whole has skills that enhances Axe weapons and their damage.
- Arm Cannon: One of the Mechanic's Madogear skills.
- Battle Aura: Blacksmiths and Mastersmiths note glow red when they're under the effects of Power Thrust and Maximized Power Thrust.
- Bare Your Midriff: The females throughout the progression. Male Mechanics take it Up to 11, see Walking Shirtless Scene below.
- The Blacksmith: Well, yes the whole class line in general specializes in this yet...
- Boring, but Practical: Blacksmiths can also choose to forsake the "smithing" part of their profession and go full combat, relying on Status Buffs to ramp up their physical attack, attack speed, and just whack the enemy with an axe or mace. Blacksmiths built solely for combat are known as Battlesmiths. Some players take advantage of this by playing full battle build until they hit the max cap, and then resetting their stats to a Forging build to support their characters. See also Foil below.
- Cast from Money: Carrying over from the Merchant class, Maximize Power Thrust lets the Mastersmith increase their damage up to 200% at the cost of up to 5000 zeny.
- Difficult, but Awesome: For those capitalizing on Madogear and Turret skills as well as Weapon Forgers, the amount of ingredients and catalysts to have at hand in order to use the skills is ridiculous. But when you have them, you're essentially prepared to whip out your tools for Weapon Crafting and for deploying your Madogears and Turrets in a blink of an eye.
- Drop the Hammer: If it's not axes being wielded, it's this since mace-class weapons also benefit from most bonuses that axe-weapons have. Hammers may count as axes in this game, but the skill Hammer Fall is pretty much dropping the hammer in action and it is no less painful.
- Elemental Crafting/Elemental Weapon: Only the Blacksmith line has the capability to forge a weapon imbued with an element.
- Equipment Upgrade: The Mastersmith's Upgrade Weapon skill allows them to upgrade weapons with a higher success rate than NPCs.
- Foil: To the Alchemist line. The Blacksmith line focuses on direct combat via Status Buffs, use their pushcarts as Improvised Weapons, and they don't have to be entirely dedicated to Item Crafting to be an effective class, making them Boring, but Practical, unlike the Alchemist line.
- Gainaxing: The chest area for females throughout the class progression tend to jiggle quite a lot in their idle battle animation.
- Gadgeteer Genius: To put it simply, Mechanics can build entire automatic turrets with a portable furnace, a hammer, and a few pieces of iron and/or steel. One additional ingredient optional. At maxed level building one takes one second.
- Humongous Mecha: The Madogears, which the character can wear and stomp around. The Mechanic has an entire skill tree dedicated to Madogears.
- Improbable Weapon User/Improvised Weapon: The Mastersmith literally whacks the opponent with the pushcart and then ramming them when using High Speed Cart Ram.
- Overclocking Attack: Power Thrust and Maximum Power Thrust has a 0.1% chance of damaging a non-Axe or non-Mace weapon with every attack the wielder makes while under its effects. Maximize Power allows the Blacksmith to deal maximum damage with the wielded weapon, but at the cost of disabling SP regeneration and draining a small amount SP per second.
- Pile Bunker: Available both as a Mechanic-exclusive mace-class weapon, which is the strongest mace-class weapon in the game and as a Madogear skill, which inflicts damage and acts as a Status-Buff Dispel.
- Playing with Fire: The Mechanic's Lava Flow causes lava to erupt from the ground as an Area of Effect, dealing fixed damage and inflicting Stun and Burning status.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: The Mechanic's Axe Boomerang lets them throw an axe at a target, knocking the target back and dealing even more damage the heavier the axe is.
- Ramming Always Works: The Mastersmith's High Speed Cart Ram is an improved version of the Merchant's Cart Revolution, with an added chance of a stun at a cost of up to 1,500 zeny.
- Rocket Punch: The Mechanic's Knuckle Boost skill.
- Sprint Shoes: Their Cart Boost skill, shared with the Geneticist.
- Status Buff/Support Party Member: The Blacksmith and Mastersmith has a lot of weapon-buffing skills (Power Thrust, Adrenaline Rush, and Weapon Perfection), but they're mostly exclusive to axes and maces.
- Stripperiffic: Applies to both genders. Males show off their impressive pectorals (and gradually their abs too), and the females are all wearing skimpy halter tops and short shorts (in the case of the female Mechanic, an unzipped jumpsuit).
- Subverted in the jRO redesign of the class, where both genders fully wear their jumpsuits.
- Tornado Move: The Mechanic's Axe Tornado whips us a dust storm with just a swing of an axe, with bonus damage if the axe being wielded was imbued with the wind element.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: The males seem to be gradually losing their shirts in the progression.
- Wrench Wench: The female Mechanic definitely counts. The only wrench in the game is a mace-type and acolyte-only but a monkey wrench is listed as the required tool to dismantle the turret.
- Who Wears Short Shorts: The females throughout class progression.
- Wrecked Weapon: The Mastersmith's Shattering Strike has a chance of shattering the opponent's Weapon or Armor in Player Versus Player or outright decreases a monster's defense and magic defense.
Alchemist > Creator (kRO) / Biochemist (iRO) > Geneticist
- "One who invaded God's territory."
- Animal Motifs: Crows and Ravens, which their capes allude to wings.
- Absolute Cleavage: The female Biochemist.
- An Axe to Grind: Like the Blacksmith, the Alchemist line can use these, but it's heavily Downplayed compared to the Blacksmith.
- Badass Cape: Throughout class progression.
- Difficult, but Awesome: Nearly all their skills require some sort of catalyst, and making those catalysts often require hours upon hours of farming. But once you do get enough materials for them, their damage potential is massive.
- Foil: To the Blacksmith line. The Alchemist line focuses on Item Crafting, modifies their pushcarts to the point that it can fire cannons, and they need their items as Required Secondary Powers to use their skills, which opens up more utility compared to the Blacksmith line in the expense of being Difficult, but Awesome.
- Healing Potion/Mana Potion: In addition to being able to create these, Alchemists can also hurl them at allies to heal them. No one's explained about the glass adding more to the injuries, but it's most likely accepted that the damage is negligible.
- Green Thumb: There is an entire skill tree dedicated to nothing but summoning plants to do your dirty work for you.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: The Alchemist line is more focused towards swords than axes.
- Improbable Weapon User: One of their exclusive weapons is bags. They can throw Acid Bottles and firebombs. And the Geneticist has an entire skill tree focused on modifying their carts into bazookas.
- Mini Dress Of Power: The females throughout class progression basically wear a furred cape with a strapless dress that ends halfway down the thigh.
- Molotov Cocktail: The Alchemist skill Demonstration/Bomb. Gets taken Up to 11 with the Geneticist's Demonic Fire, which causes an area to go up in flames.
- Non-Human Sidekick: The Homunculi and Homunculi S.
- Pretty in Mink: The female Alchemist has that lovely furry cape...
- Sprint Shoes: Their Cart Boost skill, shared with the Mastersmith.
- Tornado Move: The Geneticist's Cart Tornado whips us a dust storm with just a spin of their pushcart, with bonus damage based on the pushcart's weight.
Priest > High Priest > Arch Bishop
- "I believe in God."
- Beehive Barrier: The skill Kyrie Eleison.
- Cleavage Window: The female Arch Bishop.
- Dual Wield: Accidentally done if you use 1-hand Books and a book Shield.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: The jRO redesign of female Arch Bishop wears a lolita-like dress.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: The female high priests have a large, white ribbon on their outfits◊.
- Green Thumb: Epiclesis, which summons a life tree.
- Healing Hands: What the sprite animation looks like it's doing when a healing spell is used.
- Holy Hand Grenade: Naturally. The Arch Bishop gets more options.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: due to the pre-Renewal party exp distribution system minimal parties were common. Such parties consisted of a DPS who dealed damage and a priest who did... well, everything else: healing, buffing, tanking, ķiting, scouting for the mobs, even additional damage when needed. While being a priest in a two-person party was more demanding, skilled priests who pulled that off were valued highly.
- The Medic: The entire class, but Full Support priests are specifically built to be this.
- Sexy Priest: Both genders get equal share, what with the males' bared chests and the females' shapely legs with stockings.
- Solo Class: In the years before third and fourth tier classes existed, there was a particular set of player created builds called Battle Priests (so named because of their offense focused setup) that took advantage of the Priest's higher than average mace damage (when combined with buff spells) and self sufficient healing to solo almost every part of the old game content except MVP monsters. New content and an evolving Metagame has made the design obsolete, but some aspects of its concept still endure.
- Stone Wall: Defensively-built Full Support priests are the champion tankers in this game, even overshadowing the Crusader line.
- Turn Undead: One of their skills, even.
Monk > Champion > S(h)ura (kRO, iRO) / Gladiator (idRO)
- "The lonely ascetic."
- Bare-Fisted Monk: Though nowadays most of them prefer maces.
- Barehanded Blade Block: While Blade Stop can be used with any weapon class, a Monk with no equipment using this against an opponent wielding a blade essentially plays this straight. It's described to "catch" an attacker.
- Church Militant: It's unclear whether they follow the same religion as the Priests, but they are obviously meant to be religious fighters either way.
- Combo: Certain skills cannot be used without a skill preceding beforehand. Once that skill is used, any player can gleefully unleash a chain of skills with ease onto the target.
- Does Not Like Shoes: The Sura.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Sky Net Blow, described to be a spinning punch.
- Extremity Extremist: Hands and arms, as opposed to the Taekwon's legs and feet.
- Limit Break//Desperation Attack: Hell Gate.
- One-Hit Kill: For a time Asura Strike/Guillotine Fist was a popular skill with Monk players in PvP and the War of Emperium because of this. It got to the point where defeating a GF Monk without using the same class or skill was a mighty achievement.
- Sarashi: Female Sura have them wrapped around their chests.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: If the official art is anything to go by, male Sura appear to have shrugged off their gi around their waists solely to show off their chests.
Kwansung (kRO) / Taekwon Master (iRO) / Star Gladiator > Seongje (kRO) / Star Emperor
To become one with the universe, the Taekwon Kid has opted to study the power of the celestial bodies and literally wield it with their fists - and feet - along with advancing their knowledge of taekwondo. By utilising the knowledge from books as energy to fuel this power, the Taekwon Master performs greater achievements in both physical and spiritual aspects.
- Interface Screw: Solar, Lunar and Stellar Shadow. 30% additional ASPD for the cost of darkening all but the space around your character on your screen. Mind you, it is a big bonus...
- Mechanically Unusual Class: The Taekwon Master can assign the Sun, Moon or Stars to a place or target. Once that occurs, only the corresponding offensive or supportive skill can only be used in that area or on that target. In addition, the Taekwon Master gains additional EXP on Sun, Moon or Star-aligned days as well as additional bonuses cast at the corresponding time and place. Confused? The good thing is that it's not necessary to utilise all the SLS skills if it gets too much.
- Super Mode: Solar, Lunar and Stellar Union. Movement speed increases, and all your attacks never miss as well as ignore defence.
- Power at a Price: But every attack you make drains your health. Attacking a player below 20% health kills you outright.
- Power Floats: When in this mode, Taekwon Masters float. They also glide around the map to move, and this state can last even if you log out and log back in. When fighting, however, they temporarily drop back down to the ground.
- Throw the Book at Them: Oddly enough for a martial-arts inspired class. Though the official site describes that they only use the energy inside the books.
Soul Linker > Soul Reaper
The Soul Linker is what happens when the Taekwon Kid gives up their martial prowess for a spiritual revelation. They come armed with powerful buffs, debuffs and magical attacks, aided by ancestral spirits. Even better, they can bestow the power of these ancestral spirits upon others to grant them their strengths.
- Bag of Spilling: They lose the Taekwon Kid kicks skills upon becoming a Soul Linker.
- Knife Nut: It's entirely possible for a Soul Linker to wield either daggers or staves, but very often they use daggers.
- Lethal Joke Character: PvM-wise. Outside that, they’re still formidable buffers.
- Magikarp Power: In order to maximize your magical power for Soul Linker you must sacrifice some strength. And since they lose the kick skills, you must not take them during your time as Taekwon Kid. Combined with “no weapons for you”, leveling will be difficult at best, but once you build your Soul Linker right they're nearly unstoppable.
Kagerou (male) / Oboro (female)
The Ninjas have now split into gender-specific clans and become far more offensively oriented than ever before. Where the Ninja used to gain the upper hand with ranged attacks, the Kagerou/Oboro now close in for the kill. They are not afraid to get down and dirty, and they're certainly not afraid to do as much damage as possible.
- Dual Wield: The second class to do so after Assassins.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Even moreso than the original base class.
- Katanas Are Just Better: They wield them in the official◊ art◊.
- Knife Nut: There's that and Kunai, and there's also the Huuma Shuriken - giant four-bladed throwing weapons.
- Lunacy: The Oboro's exclusive skills seem to be related to the moon.
- Money Sink: Muchanage/Rapid Throw. In exactly the same way a Merchant chucks zeny using Mammonite.
Lighthalzen Somatology Biolaboratoy ghostsThe monsters who inhabit the Lighthalzen Somatology Biolaboratory. They’re basically stronger versions of First and Transcendent classes with ghostly figures. They're so popular that they deserve their own entries. They are:
- 2nd floor – Egnigem Cenia, Laurell Weinder, Kavach Icarus, Armeyer Dinze, Wickebine Tres, Erende Ebecee
- 3rd floor – Seyren Windsor, Kathyrne Keyron, Cecil Damon, Howard Alt-Eisen, Eremes Guile, Margaretha Sorin
- 4th floor – Randel Lorentz, Celia Alde, Alphoccio Bazil, Trentini, Flamel Emul, Gertie Wie, Chen Ryu
- Ambiguously Gay: The most popular interpretation for Howard and Flamel (who are incidentally based off the Merchant class.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: A few of the Ghosts cast player skills at way higher levels than the player max. For example, Kathyrne Keyron casts a level 26 Jupitel Thunder when players can only cast up to level 10. The MVP version of Egnigem Cenia can use Spiral Pierce/Clashing Spiral (a skill that's exclusive to the Lord Knight class for players) despite being based off the base swordsman class.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In two variations.
- Some of them have appeared earlier as NPCs. The most recognizable one is Seyren, who appeared during Megginjard’s Seal Quest. Wickebine, whose elder sister (who goes by the same in-game name) is one of clients involved in the Blacksmith Job Change Quest.
- Most of their hairstyles are the ones used for their respective classes’ official sprites. Averted by 4th floor inhabitants except Gertie; they either use either Third classes ones (Celia, Flamel, Chen), unrelated Second classes ones (Alphoccio, Randel), or even a completely new one (Trentini).
- Elemental Powers: One for each class group, until Howard’s element got changed, bringing in a previously unrepresented element. Played with by 4th floor inhabitants, which are more based on their respective classes’ characteristics.
- Fire – Egnigem, Seyren, Flamel
- Water – Howard (from Noghalt update onwards), Chen
- Wind – Kavach, Cecil, Alphoccio, Trentini
- Earth – Armeyer, Howard (until Noghalt update)
- Holy – Erende, Margaretha, Randel
- Poison – Wickebine, Eremes, Gertie
- Ghost – Laurell, Kathryne, Celia
- Fate Worse Than Death: Terra Gloria gives us more insight of their situation, based on what has been (so far) translated. With the apparition of Seyren as both a NPC and a key character, is revealed that while his original body died, his mind did not, and thus was stuck as a spirit due to being experimented to become a Bio-Weapon. By the time you get the mini-epilogue, it seems that he has lost every bit of humanity he had left. Geez, poor guy.
- "It" Is Dehumanizing: If the Cursed Spirits Quest is anything to go by, this is what really happened on them. Which leads to…
- Killed Off for Real
- Mr. Fanservice: especially Eremes and Flamel.
- Name's the Same: In-universe examples:
- Wickebine Tres and Wickebine the Catgirl. It’s confirmed that they’re siblings, but still.
- Margaretha Sorin, meet Kafra Sorin.
- Flamel Emul and Nicholas Flamel (from the Alchemist Job Change Quest).
- Kathryne/Katrinn sounds similar to a certain Mage with a Blinker.
- Egnigem Cenia and Egnigem from Megginjard’s Seal Quest. It’s unknown whether they’re related or not.
- No, Chen isn’t a half-human half-cat youkai.
- Punny Name: Flamel. He is an alchemist and his element is fire.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Everyone has this, though it may vary in both official and fan works. The ones that consistently drawn with them are the First Jobs ghosts.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some players still torn between their in-game names and the names in the cards.
- Token Mini-Moe: Armeyer for 2nd floor, Kathryne for 3rd, and Celia for 4th.
Characters from Ragnarok DS