Skills (manual)

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Skills

Heroes start out with at least one skill, and gain more as they advance in levels. Skills come in different types: passive, combat, noncombat, and buff.

Passive skills are always active—you don't have to do anything, and you continually gain the benefit.

Combat skills can only be used in combat, and generally help heroes inflict damage, hinder their opponent, or something similar. They require Power Points (PP) to use.

Noncombat skills can be used only when you're not in combat. They can do any number of things, such as heal your hero or temporarily improve one of your abilities. They require Power Points (PP) to use.

Buffs are also noncombat spells, but they can be cast on other players as well as yourself. They require Power Points (PP) to use.

Skill Points

Skill points let players improve skills. Each skill starts at 0 and can have up to 10 skill points invested in it. Players earn skill points when they level up, and may obtain skill points by other methods.

For buffs, only the skill points of the buff TARGET count. That is, if a player with 10 points invested in a buff casts it on you and you don't know the skill at all or don't have skill points invested, you will receive the skill at the base effectiveness. In other words, skill points represent the player's mastery of the skill -- no points, no mastery. On the reverse, if a player with 0 skill points casts a buff on you and you have 5 points invested, you receive the buff at the 5-point level. In this case, it doesn't matter how inexperienced the other player is, your mastery still carries through.

Skills by Class

Each class skill is listed below, along with its effect. Equations are given to explain how invested skill points will affect the ability. Equations have an X to denote a multiple of the number of current skill points invested. They also list a Max: line just to simplify what the value of a maxed-out skill would look like.

Damage spells with caps can have "hard caps" (absolute limit) or "soft caps" (point at which damage becomes lessened by some factor).

Elemental

1. Proper Grounding

Equation: +2 to each stat, then +1 to reflexes, intellect, and strength, in succession, per point.

Max: +5 STR, +5 INT, +6 REF

1. Throw Sparks

Equation: 4-7 + 2X + (level/2), hard capped at 15 + 3X

Max: 24-27 + (level/2); hard capped at 45

2. Air Shield

Equation: defense increased by 5 + 3X; capped at 35; duration = (30 + X)

Max: +35 defense; cast for 40 minute duration

3. Ice Bolt

Equation: 5-10 + ((2-3)*X) + level + [intellect factor]; soft capped at 30 + 3*X

Max: 5-10 + ((2-3)*10) + level + [intellect factor]; soft capped at 60

4. Groundquake

Equation: Equation: Foe hit and foe dodge reduced by 5 + X; 20% + X% chance to stun

Max: Foe hit and foe dodge reduced by 15, 30% chance to stun

5. Proper Hydration

Equation: Regenerate PP at a rate of round((X+2)/3) per turn; get a bonus point at 10

Max: Regenerate 5 PP/turn

6. Lightning Bolt

Equation: 2-8 + 2-8 + 3X + level + [intellect modifier]; soft cap at 60 + 3X

Max: 34-46 + level + [intellect modifier]; soft cap at 90

7. Fire Shield

Equation: attacker takes 5 + 2X + round(level/5); duration = 30 + X

Max: attacker takes 25 + round(level/5); duration = 40 minutes

8. Stone Armor

Equation: defense = 10 + 2X + level; capped at 30 + 2X; duration = 30 + X

fire, ice, and elec resist = 5% + (X/2)%

Max: +50 defense, 10% fire, ice, elec resist; duration = 40 minutes

9. Tornado

Equation: damage = 4-8 + 3X; foe to-hit and dodge reduced by 10 + X

Max: 34-38 damage; foe to-hit and dodge reduced by 20

10. Lifeblood Manipulation

Equation: heals 50 + 5X% of HP; costs 20 - round(X/2) PP

Max: heals 100% of HP when cast; costs 15 PP

11. Metalmorph

Equation:

Cost = 20 per conversion
0 Convert Titanium
1 Convert Plasteel
2 Convert Simple Items
3 Convert Cybertronium
4 Convert Depleted Dust
5 Convert Complex Items
6 Convert Tritanium
7 Convert Foundry Items
8 Convert Polysteel
9 Convert Infernium Slabs
10 Convert Byzantium

Max: can convert all items

12. Firestorm

Equation: 15-30 + 10X + 2*level + [intellect bonus]; no cap

Max: 115-130 + 2*level + [intellect bonus]

13. Summon Water Sprite

Equation: Summons sidekick for 30 minutes. If sprite acts, it either:

A) does 4-8 + (X-2X) ice damage, or
B) delevels by 3-5 + X

Max: Sprite does:
A) 4-8 + 10-20 ice damage, or
B) delevels by 13-15

14. The Fire Within

Equation: +10% + X% max PP; +X% spell damage

Max: +20% max PP; +10% spell damage

15. Sundowner Breeze

Equation: Foe toughness increased by (2 * level) + 2X; duration = 30 + X

The 2*level portion is capped at 20 + X.

Max: +50 foe toughness

16. Salt of the Earth

Equation: Spell critical chance increased by 1 + round(X * 0.6)

Spell critical values are capped at +/-20%.

Max: +7% spell critical chance

Naturalist

1. Kangaroo Punch

Equation: 4-6 + X damage

Max: 14-16 damage

1. Ant's Strength

Equation: 5 + X STR; 10 + X max HP; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: +15 STR; +20 HP; duration = 60 minutes

2. Charge of the Bovine

Equation:

weapon damage multiplied by 1.5 + (X/10); to-hit increased by 10 + (level) + X, capped at 30

Max: weapon damage x 2.5; to-hit +30

3. Mantis Reflexes

Equation: 5 + X REF; 5 + X initiative; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: +15 REF; +15 initiative; duration = 60 minutes

4. Echolocation

Equation: 10% + X% item drop

Max: 20% item drop

5. Memory of the Elephant

Equation: 5 + X INT; 10 + X max PP; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: +15 INT; +20 max PP; duration = 60 minutes

6. Armadillo Armor

Equation: damage absorption = 2 + X + round(level/6); duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: 12 + round(level/6); duration = 60 minutes

7. Snout of the Swine

Equation: 15% + X% chips; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: +25% chips; duration = 60 minutes

8. Starfish Regeneration

Equation: regenerate 2 + round(X/2) HP/turn; get a bonus point at 10

Max: regenerate 8 HP/turn

9. Talons of the Raptor

Equation: melee damage +3 + X + round(level/3); capped at 10 + X; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: melee damage +13 + round(level/3); capped at 20; duration = 60 minutes

10. Trample of the Rhino

Equation: weapon damage multiplied by 2.5 + (X/10); to-hit +10 + 2X + (level), capped at 50

Max: weapon damage x 3.5; to-hit +30 + (level), capped at 50

11. Summon Wolf

Equation: wolf does 6-10 + X damage; duration = 30 + 6X

Max: wolf does 16-20 damage if it hits; duration = 90 minutes

12. Nurture vs. Nature

Equation: sidekick bonus of 10% + X%; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: 20% sidekick bonus; 60 minute duration

13. Spines of the Echidna

Equation: attacker takes 5 + X damage; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: attacker takes 15 damage; duration = 60 minutes

14. Sinus of the Shark

Equation: +3% + X*0.3% chances of combat adventures; duration = 30 + 3X minutes

Max: +6% chances of combat adventures; duration = 60 minutes

15. Summon Water Buffalo

Equation: duration = 30 + 6X; damage is either:

(7-12)+(x-2x) or
(15-21)+(x-2x)

Max:duration = 90 minutes; buffalo does damage if it hits: 17-32 or 25-42

16. Maul of the Cave Bear

Equation: weapon damage multiplied by 3 + (X/5); to-hit +15% + X% of current to-hit, minimum of 20 + X

Max: weapon damage x 5; +25% increase to to-hit, minimum bonus of +30

Gadgeteer

1. Endurance

Equation: +3 + (X/2) HP; bonus point at 10

Max: +10[sic] HP

1. Stun Gas

Equation: foe hit and foe offense reduced by 5 + (X/2); chance of stun 20% + X%

Max: foe hit and offense reduced by 10; chance of stun 30%

2. Upgrade Armor

Equation: Choose from Resistance, Superabsorbance, or Motorized

Resistance: 5% + X% resistance to fire, electric, and sonic damage

Superabsorbance: 2 + (X/2) absorbance (with a bonus point at X = 10)

Motorized: Reflexes + 4 + (X/2) (with a bonus point at X = 10); Initiative 5 + X;

Max:
Resistance: +15% fire, electric, and sonic damage

Superabsorbance: +8 absorbance

Motorized: +10 reflexes; + 15 initiative

3. Basic Martial Arts

Equation: to-hit increased by 10 + X

Max: to-hit increased by 20

4. First Aid

Equation: out of combat cures 10-20 + 3X HP; in combat, heals 6-10 + 2X;

Max: 40-50 out of combat; 26-30 in combat

5. Sugar Purifier

Equation: device adds 20% + 3X% to the time gains of sugar. Duration is 15 minutes, but each item of sugar eaten reduces duration by 15 minutes (i.e., you need one cast per item eaten--this is per item, NOT per fullness).

Max: +50% time from consumed sugar

6. Upgrade Weapons

Equation: Choose from Frickin' Sharp, Lethalized, or Self-Balancing

Frickin' Sharp: to-hit 10 + 2X

Lethalized: fire damage 1 + floor(X/2); electric damage 1 + ceil(X/2)

Self-Balancing: @ 0-5 points: -X% chance of fumbles; @ 6-10 points: no fumbles; (X-5)*10% chance of a fumble becoming a critical

Max:
Frickin' Sharp: +30 to-hit

Lethalized: +6 fire damage, +6 electric damage

Self-Balancing: no fumbles, and 50% of would-be fumbles become critical hits

7. Metal Detector

Equation: +15% + X% item drop

Max: +25% item drop

8. Advanced Martial Arts

Equation: offense increases by 10 + 3X + level power

Max: +30 + level offensive power

9. Aerodynamic Vehicle

Equation: +1 vehicle range; +30 - (3X) seconds turn length

Max: +1 vehicle range, no effect on turn length

10. Improved Tinkering

Equation: improves options for upgrade armor (at 0 points) and upgrade weapons (at 5 points)

Extends the duration of all gadgeteer buffs/skills by 10 + X minutes

Max: improves upgrade armor and weapons; all gadgeteer buffs/skills get +20 minutes

11. Electric Net

Equation: deals 4-8 + 2X + sqrt(level) damage; reduces foe dodge by your level * (.5 + (X/10))

Max: deals 24-28 damage + sqrt(level) damage; reduces foe dodge by 1.5 * your level

12. Catalyze

Equation:

0 Catalyze Titanium
1 Catalyze Plasteel
2 Catalyze Medicines
3 Catalyze Cybertronium
4 Catalyze Caffeine
5 Catalyze Clockwork Cores
6 Catalyze Cryonite
7 Catalyze Vehicles
8 Catalyze Cavorite
9 Catalyze Tok'l Ore
10 Catalyze Illuminum

Max: can convert all items

13. Shock Grenade

Equation: damage = 5 - 15 + 3X + (level/2);

foe to-hit and offense reduced by 20 + 2X

Max: damage = 35-45 + (level/2); reduces foe to-hit and offense by 40

14. Stealth

Equation: +3% + X*0.3% chances of noncombat adventures

Max: +6% chances of noncombat adventures

15. Sniper

Equation: Ranged damage +5 + 2X

Initiative +10 +2X

Max: Ranged damage +25; Initiative +30

16. Battle Armor

Equation: Defense increases by 30 + level*(X+1)

Max: Defense = +30 + 11*level

Psion

1. Mind Poke

Equation: 3-6 + X psychic damage; capped at 10 + X

Max: 13-16 psychic damage; capped at 20

1. Aura: Vim

Equation: to-hit and dodge = 10 + X;

Max: to-hit and dodge = +20

2. Knit Flesh

Equation: heals 2-4 + 2-4 + ((2-4)*(X/2))

Will also remove one or two negative effects (stitches, concussed?)

Max: 4-8 + 10-20

3. Telekinesis

Equation: 4-8 + X + (level/2) + [intellect bonus]; hard cap at 20 + 2X

Max: 14-18 + (level/2) + [intellect bonus]; hard cap at 40

4. Aura: Mystery

Equation: spell damage increased by 2X + (level/2); might need a cap?;

combat spell cost -1

Max: spell damage increased by 20 + (level/2); might need a cap?; combat spell cost -1

5. Premonition

Equation: initiative increases by 5 + 2X + (level/5)

Max: initiative increases by 25 + (level/5)

6. Mind Jab

Equation: 8-16 + 3X + level + [intellect modifier]; soft cap at 30 + 3X

Max: 38-46 + level + [intellect modifier]; soft cap at 60

7. Wind Warrior

Equation: does 5-7 + X if it hits

Max: does 15-17 if it hits

8. Aura: Keen Observation

Equation: XP gain increased by 1% + (X/2)%; +20% + X% chips drop

Max: +6% XP gain; +30% chips drop

9. Knit Bone

Equation: heals 10-20 + 10-20 + 3X HP

Removes several negative effects (stitches, concussed, internal injuries)

Max: heals 50-70 HP

10. Meditation

Equation: grants 10 + 2X minutes to bedtime each rollover

Max: grants +30 minutes to bedtime

11. Electronic Understanding

Equation:

Electronic robots take 50% + 5X% damage from Mind Jab and Psionic Blast
Positronic robots take 10% + X% damage from Mind Jab and Psionic Blast

Max: Mind Jab and Psionic Blast will do 100% damage to electronic robots, and 20% damage to positronic robots

12. Aura: Vigor

Equation: regen 2 + round(X/3) HP/turn; +20% + X% max HP

Max: regenerate 5 HP/turn; +30% maximum HP

13. Psionic Blast

Equation: 15-30 + 8X + level*3 + [intellect modifier]; no cap

Max: 95-110 + level*3 + [intellect modifier]

14. Detachment

Equation: 20% + X% damage absorption

Turn length increased by (20 - X) seconds

Max: 30% damage absorption; turn length increased by 10 seconds

15. Biofeedback

Equation:

Starting at 0: Fire and ice resist = 5% + X%
Starting at 5: Add sonic resist = 5% + X%
Starting at 10: Add psychic resist = 5% + X%

Max: Fire, ice, sonic, and psychic resit +15%

16. Aura: Mental Magnetism

Equation: plus or minus (3% + X*0.3%) chances of noncombats

Max: +/- 6% chances of noncombats

Notes

  • Also worth mentioning in this context are Effects which you can get through other means. They are temporarily and don't cost any power points (PP).
  • For information about skills before skill points were introduced, see here.