Once the core skills Deflect (Fighter and Assassins) or Reflect (Mystic Knights) are learned Perfect Blocks become available - these are well timed blocks that can reflect damage back to an attacker, with strong a knockdown effect.
Holding the shield in front serves to block many attacks including melee, arrow, and some spells such as Ingle.
Stamina recovery is halted whilst blocking, and every block also drains a little stamina.
Blocks can be broken by either attacks that are too strong, or when stamina is totally exhausted by blocking.
Each shield or magick shield has an innate blocking ability - this factor is not improved by other armor or equipment, or by increased stagger resistance. The augment Periphery improves the blocking ability, and sometimes enhancing a shield helps as well.
Standard blocks with a shield cannot inflict debilitations with a Rusted Shield or Rusted Magick Shield. Enchanted shields do not generally damage or inflict secondary effects either - however Magick Shields enchanted with counter type spells will return elemental damage to attackers, even if the reflect skill has not been learned.
A Perfect Block activates when the [block] button is depressed at the precise frame when an enemy attack connects with a character's Shield or Magick Shield. Success is signified by a white flash and a brief time-dilation effect ("slow-motion"), both of which differentiates a regular block from a Perfect Block. Unlike regular blocks, Perfect Blocking expends no Stamina.
The ability to successfully Perfect Block without being overwhelmed is affected in the same way as the guarding power of the shield affects the ability to normally block. If the guard is broken whilst attempting a well timed block the 'white flash' effect of the blocker will indicate the good timing, but secondary effects will generally not be triggered.
Perfect Blocking will cause a strong knockback effect to small and medium-sized enemies in front of the shield, whilst the effect on larger foes can cause staggering and will eventually contribute to a knockdown. Even with an un-enchanted shield a reflected melee blow can cause significant damage to the assailant.
Fighter and Assassin
For Fighters and Assassins a Perfect Block with an elementally enchanted shield such as a Scorched Pelta or Dragon's Roost has a less powerful and dramatic visual effect than that of a Mystic Knight's elemental riposte, but it still damages the enemy, causes knockback and can inflict elemental damage. An enhanced Rusted Shield can also inflict torpor or poison with enough perfect blocks.
Elemental damage can be temporarily bestowed on Assassin- or Fighter-wielded shields via enchantment buffs. The existing element of an enchanted shield such as a Scorched Pelta or Lambent Shield can be temporarily overwritten with an elemental buff from a Mage, Sorcerer or Mystic Knight.
A permanently enchanted shield has strong debilitating power - however this power is much reduced when the shield is temporarily over-enchanted. (See Elemental Debilitation.)
Broken perfect blocks do not inflict debilitations or damage.
- Main article: Mystic Knight Shield Counters
A Mystic Knight that Perfect Blocks with a shield enchanted with a Counter, Riposte, or Feint spell will trigger a powerful Elemental counter in addition to a very powerful knockback effect - see Mystic Knight Shield Counters.
A Magick Shield's inherent elemental property, such as a Thunder Kite Shield or Lustrous Greatshield has no real effect on the damage or effects from a perfect block - there is an exception when the shield is overenchanted with Demonswrath. The shield cannot be enchanted by spells from a supporting Mage or Sorcerer (such as Fire Boon) -such spells only affect the Knight's primary weapon.
However both enchanted and unenchanted shields can be given a useful elemental enchantment with a Mystic Knight's elemental Counter, Riposte, and Feint spells; in addition to the other specialized Magick Shield spells.
Broken perfect blocks for Mystic Knight will not trigger riposte spells, but can still inflict elemental damage when the shield has been enchanted with a counter type spell, just as is obtained from normal blocking with the same spell.
A number of skills allow variants of riposting, parrying, or countering attacks if done with good timing.
|Hindsight Slash |
|Fighter||Swords||Timed evade has far greater knockback.
Melee attacks only
|Assassin||[Needs good timing for the counterattack]
|Flight Response |
|Shields||[Needs good timing for the flying leap]|
|Easy Kill||Daggers||[Needs good timiing for the counter]
Not effective against ranged attacks or most spells.
(The higher tier skill Masterful Kill doesn't need to be timed)
- The term "Perfect Block" is from the skill descriptions for Demonspite and Holy Aid.
- Perfect Blocking is made easier (that is to say, the window of opportunity is increased by five frames) by the Fighter augment Prescience.
- Pawns are capable of performing Perfect Blocks and will utilize them often. It can be very helpful to watch a good Fighter pawn in action to demonstrate the necessary timing to correctly perform a Perfect Block against different enemy attack animations.
- Enemy spells such as Comestion, Levin and Frigor can be Perfect Blocked.
- Some Mystic Knight Shield Counters increase the time window in which a Perfect Block can be performed, but Holy Aid, Holy Wall and the Demonspite based spells do not have easier Perfect Blocking.
- Both normal and perfect blocks can inflict debilitations or trigger elemental effects such as thundershock - the frequency of elemental secondary effects is not increased by enhancing or rarifying.
- Perfect Blocking increase the rate of debilitation by around 20-30% compared to an equivalent but poorly timed block.
- Some Magick shield enchantments benefit from perfect blocks - Demonspite charges far more rapidly, whilst Holy Aid recovers more health.
- The Rusted Shield, Rusted Magick Shield, Wooden Wall, and Magick Buckler all have particularly poor guarding ability and are often unable to block even weak blows from small foes such as goblin.