Bladedancer / Spectral Dancer Guide

by DK on February 26, 2020
Bladedancer / Spectral Dancer Guide
February 26, 2020

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Welcome To The Ultimate Bladedancer Guide!

Bladedancers are Dark Elves (Warrior) that can be selected after finishing the Class Transfer quest at lvl 31. They specialize in spears or dual swords and wear heavy armor. Even as a Warrior class (which are typically slow but tanky), Bladedancers are like a mixture of Warrior and Rogue classes, as they can deal powerful strikes while dancing through the battlefield with their fast and sharp attacks.

Bladedancers are top-notch in dealing high amounts of damage. This character shines in both PvP and PvE, as he is a great addition to a party with his Attack Aura and Active Buffs which raises the DPS potential of your whole party. However, he is not as good when it comes to tanking heavy sources of damage which is why you should compensate by investing some stats in HP and DEF as well as HP Drain substat.

In solo PvE, Bladedancers should not encounter many problems because he has 2 AOE skills (Spinning Slasher and Hurricane Storm) and both have high damage output. Just make sure that as your levels get higher, invest some HP drain in your substats to leech HP when fighting multiple monsters. In PvP, Bladedancers can disable his opponents while dishing out heavy damage. This character is like a jack of all trades; not the fastest and highest damage dealer, but adept in all scenarios.

Bladedancers are versatile in most situations be it PvE Field & Dungeons, PvP Arena, Siege & Clan Wars. What sets him apart from other characters is the demand for Bladedancers in parties (Elite Dungeon, Fields, PvP). Core hunting, Farming Resources and Proofs of Blood are easy tasks for a Bladedancer.

 

Character Review

Pros:

  • Offers one of the highest DPS in the game
  • Strong skills with excellent Crit Rate and Crit Damage
  • Great damage buffs to boost your already high damage (as well as your allies’)
  • One of the best PvP classes in the game
  • Highly wanted in Siege fights due to his DPS and attack buffs.
  • Has a unique passive that increases your Crit Damage

Cons:

  • One of the more challenging classes to play due to his low health and defenses, forcing you to time your potions right to survive
  • Squishy, dies very easily if not controlled properly. Any heavy hit will easily knock him down.
  • As the most popular class in the game, it can be difficult to find a clan that isn’t filled to the brim with them
  • Again, the most popular class in the game. Don’t play him if you want to stand out.
  • Requires good equipment to really shine. High grades & Soul Crystals are necessary for him to dominate the battlefield

 

Best Equipment

 ItemImage
WeaponDunamiss Dualsword (PvP / Overall 1st priority)L2R Dunamiss Dualsword
Dual StormBringers (PvE magical monsters)L2R Dual StormBringers
Dual Samurai Long Sword (PvE normal monsters)L2R Dual Samurai Long Sword
Dynasty Dualsword (Boss hunt)L2R Dynasty Dualsword
Dual Sword of Revolution (elite monsters) L2R Dual Sword of Revolution
ArmorDominus SetL2R Dominus Headgear

L2R Dominus Armor (Human)

L2R Dominus Gloves (Human)

L2R Dominus Boots (Human)
AccessoriesNassen Set (Chasing / Movement increase / Manual Evasion) L2R Nassen Necklace

L2R Nassen Earrings

L2R Nassen Ring
Black Ore Set (PvP wise / Anti-Crit)L2R Black Ore Necklace

L2R Black Ore Earrings

L2R Black Ore Ring
Elven Set (Highest ATK stat of all accessories / Stun resist)L2R Elven Necklace

L2R Elven Earring

L2R Elven Ring

 

Skill Priority and Usage

Get at least a level 1 “Fever” skill before following the order of priority. Build around your 3 passives (Attack Aura, Warrior Weapon Mastery and Combat Mastery) followed by your active buffs and skills depending on your focus (PvP or PvE).

 SkillImageDescriptionPvPPvE
ActiveSpinning SlasherL2R skills Spinning SlasherSwings the weapon in a large arc to deal damage and knockdown enemies.5th/6th5th/6th
Hurricane StormL2R skills Hurricane StormSpins to attack and slow surrounding enemies. You can move while using this skill.5th/6th5th/6th
Dance of the WarriorL2R skills Dance of the WarriorIncreases P. Atk of you and your party members.7th/8th/9th7th
Dance of FuryL2R skills Dance of FuryIncreases Atk. Spd. of you and your party members.4th4th
PassiveWarrior Weapon MasteryL2R skills Warrior Weapon MasteryIncreases Atk, when you equip a Sword & Shield, Spear.2nd2nd
Heavy Armor MasteryL2R skills Heavy Armor MasteryDecreases damage taken when Heavy Armor is equipped. This effect stacks up to 4 times.7th/8th/9th8th/9th
Attack AuraL2R skills Attack AuraIncreases the Atk of you and your party members. This effect is region-wide.1st1st
FeverL2R skills FeverHas a chance of generating a buff that increase Critical Damage when a Crt.Atk. lands.7th/8th/9th8th/9th
Combat MasteryL2R skills Combat MasteryFurther increases Atk. when a Spear or Dual Swords is equipped.3rd3rd
Dark Elven PotentialL2R skills Dark Elven PotentialTheir splendid battle senses grant them a higher Crit. Rate when attacking enemies. (Bonuses to Acc. and Crit. Rate.)InnateInnate
RareMissile BoltThis powerful skill deals critical damage to a few enemies.✔ (Use when you need more DPS, usually for low levels)
Meteor ShowerThis skill is ideal for attacking many enemies in a large area.✔ (Use when you need more DPS, usually for low levels)
Absolute ShieldThis skill greatly improves your Def. so you are able to withstand powerful enemies.X✔ (Use when you already have high DPS)
Healing StrikeThis skill is a very effective means of healing to extend your HP effectively for a duration of time.X✔ (Use when you already have high DPS)

Specific Skills Usage

  • Focus on Attack Aura to raise your party’s overall DPS
  • Active Skills like Dance of Fury & Dance of the Warrior should be prioritixed if you’re more party-heavy
  • Make sure to add one point to every single passive to really benefit from them
  • The Bladedancer’s skills all have great AoE range, use that to your advantage!

 

Main Stats and Sub-stats Priority

EquipmentSoul Crystal (Not applicable in NA/EU servers)Pet Mount
Weapon - Critical Rate / Critical Damage or P. Atk / Attack SpeedPurple - Critical Damage (All)Helmet - Critical Rate (All)
Helmet - P. Def / M.Def / EvasionOrange - Critical Damage (All)Armor - Critical Rate (All)
Armor - P. Def / M.Def / Speed or Evasion or ResilienceRed - Critical Damage (All)Saddle - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)
Gloves - P. Atk / Penetration / Evasion Yellow - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)Boots - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)
Shoes - P. Atk / Atk. Speed / Speed or Evasion or ResilienceCyan - Critical Damage (All)
Necklace - HP Drain / Atk. Speed / Crit ResistGreen - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)
Earring - HP Drain / Speed / Critical Resist or PenetrationBlack - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)
Ring - HP Drain / Critical Rate / Critical DamageBlue - Critical Resist or Resilience or Evasion (user preference)
Silver - Critical Damage (All)

*Note: If you are aiming to level fast, prioritize Bonus Exp. Gain substat above all else, then follow the priority list above.

 

Other Useful Class Tips

  • Dual Swords are recommended over Spears.
  • Nassen Accessory Set is the best for overall DPS. Go for Black Ore if you’re looking for a set for PvP, though.

 

Special thanks to CASTILLO (OMFG) for his content contributions!

 

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  • Nokedli
    January 9, 2018 at 4:15 am

    I have to totally disagree with this guide. Suggesting to level up Attack Speed Buff (worst scaling buff in the game) is laughable.

    http://l2revolutionworld.com/dark-elf-bladedancer-skills/

    At the moment Rank 18 is the most you can get,
    due to the level Cap (not like it changes anything, becuase it’s terrible at max level as well). Wasting X amount of SP + Adena on extra 3% is the worst thing you can do, especially as F2P player.

    You DON’T need to level up any of the active buffs ( Dance of the Warrior (P.Atk ) can help you out at the early levels tho, but after 350k CP at lvl 120 CP the skill became useless, compared to +20% attack speed BUFF at lvl 1.) ,they scales terribly, You wan’t them both level 1.

    As being one of the TOP BladeDancers (BD) on my server PvP wise, i can tell you most BD use 1 Buff In Arena / PVP anyway, that will be the Attack Speed one (Fury) at lvl 1.

    Since you are heavily on your passives (+1 Active Skill (not mandatory to have), YOU NEED FEVER, even tho it says its 10% because of your attack speed buff, it will be on you like 80% of the time.

    90% of your damage will be AutoAttack, so not having FEVER is the biggest mistake ever.

    • Nokedli
      January 9, 2018 at 4:34 am
      Rating
      Ease of Leveling8
      PvE (Field & Dungeons)8

      The better your gear, the better Fever will be. At max level (Rank 18) now. It gives 50.60% Crit Damage Increase (30% is at Rank 1).

      Your Crit Rate will be decent in a good gear, so every time you Land a Critical Strike its extra 20.60% damage. Not to mention it’s up most of the time, neither cost mana.

      Leveling Dance of The Warrior seems okeyish (especially at the early levels), as i stated before. But don’t forget M.Attack users DON’T get any benefit out of it (if you are thinking Party wise).

      If you are thinking of a long run, i DON’T recommend to put any skill point on any active buffs, just keep them at Level 1.

      Warrior Weapon Mastery > Attack Aura > Combat Mastery / Fever > Heavy Armor Mastery (Lv. 12-14 this also scales terribly) Spinning Slasher > Rush impact (if you PVP) / Dance of Fury (Both PVP and PVE).

      Spinning Slasher is way better in PVP, :
      1. It’s a stun, all what PvP is about
      2. It’s instant, meanwhile Hurricane Storm(HS) is not.
      3.It’s BURST, meanwhile HS is not and can be interrupted.
      4.Scales a bit better, but it hit’s less target.

      In arena you will use 1 Buff ( Fury ) + Spinning Slasher, + Rush Impact or Hurricane Storm (depends).

      Rush Impact is better, due to CC + BURST + semi ranged action.

      As RARE SKILL goes :
      1. Healing Strike / Meteor (Tanky Autoattack mode)
      2. Meteor / Missle Bolt (GGTHXBYENORE)

      Arena : Dance of fury buff at the beggining > Rush Impact > Meteor Strike > Spinning Slasher > Missle Bolt, Everything will die (in stun-lock) without being able to touch you (talking about Same CP).

      • DK
        January 10, 2018 at 2:05 am

        Thanks for your insight. Active buffs especially the attack speed buff is crucial in group battles(not as effective 1v1 but still helps). In this Meta, when engaging enemies the victor is decided in a short timeframe so being able to burst down in combo is your big-ticket. I would take a definite 23% (soon to be 24%) with 40s duration and AOE rather than Fever which needs to be activated first in a horrible 10% rate and only lasts for 7s. Fever shines on a PvE environment where you able to attack enemy waves for it to be able to proc reliably.

        The reason why Hurricane Storm is favored over Rush Impact is the open area PvP where SS+HS is effective against enemies who are clustered so you can wipe 5-8 players with this combo. 1v1 arena you can either use Rush impact/HS + SS

      • DK
        January 10, 2018 at 2:08 am

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You make a good point and I’m sure readers will find this valuable 🙂

  • Nokedli
    January 9, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I wrote a wall of text and it got deleted?

  • ROBBIE
    January 15, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    Ok I’m confused what skills password should I use 🙁

    • DK
      January 15, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      what do you mean and how may I help you? if you meant skill priority then work on maxing out your passives first. Active skills are your 2nd priority. PvE: Spinning Slasher + Hurricane storm + Active buff. PvP Arena: Spinning Slasher + Rush Impact/Hurricane storm + Active buff

  • Robbie
    January 15, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks DK. Should I max fever ?

    • DK
      January 16, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      PvE wise – yes one of the top priority
      PvP wise – yes but low priority. In the end you will eventually max all skills anyway 🙂

  • Robbie
    January 17, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks DK

  • IC
    March 22, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    how to get equipment without using gem ?

  • DL
    March 27, 2018 at 7:40 am
    Rating
    Ease of Leveling9
    PvE (Field & Dungeons)8.5

    I wanna ask
    I am going to make my bladedancer focus on quest and story inside it, which needs me more exp and leveling in dungeon or daily quest, which maybe mostly do it auto
    May I know what skill prio will be the best to fill in?
    What buff should I max first?
    Is active skills good or, just focus first on warrior weapon mastery, fever and attack aura will do?
    And the equip, I hardly find dunamis sets, is there any clue to get them besides gacha?
    Thank you :3

  • Mikojat
    April 26, 2018 at 2:09 am

    when im put sp into combat mastery it didnt increase my CP, is it normal or bug ? please help thanks :))

    • DK
      April 26, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      It is normal. Combat Mastery does not increase your basic stat (Basic stats are: Attack, Def, Crit Rate, Crit Resist, Penetration, etc.), instead it increases your output damage. Think of it as a damage multiplier outside of your attack damage. I hope you get my explanation 🙂

      I hope you get my explanation 🙂

  • Rafael
    June 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I’m confuse. Which passive skill should I NOT lvl up??

    • DK
      June 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

      Low priority or NOT to lvl up early game: Heavy Armor Mastery & Combat Mastery

      Priority to lvl up (in order): Warrior Weapon Mastery > Attack Aura > Fever > then your active skills

  • Asterisk of Bauim
    July 9, 2018 at 5:58 am
    Positives

    Faster quest, faster EXP / Faster kill mob / Faster EXP PVP Wise Character choice / Great choice on sieige
    Party Buff + CP up bonus
    High Crit High DMG

    Negatives

    DEF is a SO - SO
    too slow to chase PVP open area against rogues

    Rating
    Ease of Leveling9.4
    PvE (Field & Dungeons)8.6
    PvP (1v1)10
    PvP (Siege)8.5
    PvP (3vs3 Honorable Battlefield)9.2

    Focus on leveling up 1st…
    trust me…

    when you get to 100 where EXP is so little
    then you have time to make a choice
    of a better skill set stats

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