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- "I want to fight tougher monsters!"
- Featureless Protagonist: Naturally, possibly helped by the sprites' featureless faces. It's common in the fandom to give their characters their own features later.
- Faking the Dead: A quest skill specific only to their class. Upon job change it's completely greyed out.
- Gainaxing: Female Novices 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: In any way you wish since you're not restricted to just one skillset.
- Easter Egg: Made into a class.
- 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.
- Lethal Joke Character: The instant-cast Super Novice used to be, before Renewal.
- 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.
- 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, obviously.
- 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: One-handed is best for ASPD and allows for shields. Two-handed brings more damage. Some take another road, such as...
- Knife Nut: Higher ASPD, 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's a viable levelling tool (poking immobile mobs for levelling, for example).
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Should you choose the one-hand sword and shield option, the shield helps.
- "The force of nature..."
- Black Mage: Going by definition.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: Although Lightning is sometimes referred to as "Wind".
- Kill It with Ice: Skills like Frost Nova and Ice Bolt make this a reality.
- Kill It with Fire: Similarly, skills like Fire Ball and Fire Wall.
- 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: Often in partner with water elements for obvious reasons.
- 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.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief: The final in the trinity.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: They could, but most thieves don't because they're more likely to be...
- Knife Nut: 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).
- "Penetrate the evil..."
- 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.
- Zettai Ryouiki: The female Archer has a Rank A - midway up the thighs.
- "Deal with a hope..."
- An Adventurer Is You: More like "An Entrepreneur is You".
- An Axe to Grind: A Merchant's main weapon.
- Bag of Holding: Your pushcart is a variant.
- Discount Card: and Overcharge Card, too. Useful for selling Vendor Trash and buying consumables.
- Improvised Weapon: They can 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 vend straight from these carts. 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.
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%. 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.
- Elemental Powers: Mild Wind lets Taekwon Kids change the element of their weapon.
- Extremity Extremist: With their legs and feet, compared to the Monk's fists.
- 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
- Highly Visible Ninja: The colours may be desaturated, but it's hard to deny that they're still wearing rather obvious primary colours.
- Lethal Joke Character: Oh so much. Especially the Killing Stroke and Ninpou builds.
- Money Sink: Zeninage/Throw Zeny. Also possibly the entire class, since the ammunition required for the skills can ramp up quite a bit.
- Throwing Your Weapon Always Works: With Shurikens, Kunai, or Huuma Shurikens. Throwing builds were quite useful pre-Renewal.
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.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: 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."
- 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 gave them very high power boost at the cost of all of your other abilities (even the ones to speak) and regeneration. Of course, you the player activate it with a push of a button.
- 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.
- Chainmail Bikini: The female Rune Knight appears to be competing with the female Royal Guard, especially after the new look was patched in.
- Dragon Rider: Rune Knights get the Ferus as a mount.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Swordsmen and Knights are one of the very basic classes in RO, 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 tankers.
- 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: 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.
- 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.
- Chainmail Bikini: The female Royal Guard appears to be losing a game of strip poker throughout the class progression.
- 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 this. What the fandom decides is an entirely different matter.
Wizard > High Wizard > Warlock
- "The spirit of nature."
- All Your Powers Combined: Warlock's Tetra Vortex.
- Area of Effect: Warlocks excel at multiple spells that cover the visible map.
- Bare Your Midriff: The female Warlock, certainly.
- Person of Mass Destruction: To enemies, Warlocks deal massive damage and then some.
- Pimped-Out Cape: The High Wizards wear capes with fur and a Mystical High Collar.
- Pretty in Mink: The female Wizard and High Wizard wear fur lined capes◊.
- 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 31x31. It covers more than your whole screen sight 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.
- For Massive Damage: Enchant Deadly Poison increases your Atk by 400% for its duration.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Assassins and Assassin Crosses 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 PvP.
- 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.
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.
- For Massive Damage: The skill Unlimit ramps up their damage to insane levels for a minute.
- Frilly Upgrade: Averted. Their costumes are possibly the most sensible and practical of the third jobs.
- Pretty in Mink: Snipers. Both of them.
- Rain of Arrows: The Ranger's Arrow Storm.
- 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.
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 Eleven 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!"
- 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. An axe-wielding Mechanic has skills that passively enhance the damage dealt.
- Bare Your Midriff: The females throughout the progression. Male Mechanics take it Up to Eleven, see Walking Shirtless Scene below.
- The Black Smith: Well, yes, there's that, but Blacksmiths can also choose to eschew the "smithing" part of their profession and go full combat. 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.
- Crazy-Prepared: For those capitalising on Madogear and Turret skills as well as 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 the Madogears and Turrets in a blink of an eye.
- Drop the Hammer: If it's not axes being wielded, it's this. Hammers may count as maces, but the skill Hammer Fall is pretty much dropping the hammer in action and it is no less painful.
- 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.
- Money Sink: Maximise Power Thrust lets the Whitesmith increase their damage up to 200% at the cost of up to 5000 zeny. In addition,
- 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.
- 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.
Alchemist > Creator (kRO) / Biochemist (iRO) > Geneticist
- "One who invaded God's territory."
- Absolute Cleavage: The female Biochemist.
- An Axe to Grind: Like the Blacksmith, the Alchemist line can use these.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Molotov Cocktail: The Alchemist skill Demonstration/Bomb. Gets taken Up to Eleven 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...
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.
- 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.
- 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' She's Got 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
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.
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
- "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