All careers in Warhammer Online use Action Points (AP). Most abilities drain action points when used, but each career also has a special mechanic that allows them to do their own special thing.
A Witch Elf is a blest bride of the Dark Elf god, Khaine. They find rapture in combat and drive themselves into a crazed Blood Lust (BL), which can only be made into satisfaction through a frenzied attack to finish their enemy. This is the Witch Elf mechanic at its heart. You use attacks that build your BL to a level between one to five, then use one of your Frenzy abilities. The strength of the Frenzy correlates directly to how much BL you've built up.
There's also the Witch Elf Kiss abilities, of which you can only have one active at a time. A Kiss is a powerful ability that lasts over a period of two minutes and typically both damages and debuffs a target in some fashion. There are three Kisses in total and they're each tied to one of the Mastery paths offered, so they become stronger as you stack points up in a matching path.
Finally, there's the Shadow Prowl ability. With a two second cast, a 60 second cool-down and the cost of draining your AP while in effect, this stealth mechanic is nothing like most other popularized MMOs stealth. There are abilities that can only be used from behind an enemy while prowling, but the nature of Shadow Prowl forces the player to choose the time and place of its use wisely. If you mess it up, you'll find yourself with little-to-no AP and one or more more pissed off enemies ready to chop up your barely-clothed butt.
|Meet the Witch Elf
Abilities learned during levels 1-5
|Meet the Witch Elf levels 6-10
Abilities learned during levels 6-10
|Meet the Witch Elf levels 11-15
Abilities learned during levels 11-15
Witch Elf Mastery paths
- Path of Carnage
Specialize in toe-to-toe combat.
- Path of Suffering
Specialize in poisons and weakening effects.
- Path of Treachery
Specialize in surprise attacks and positional combat.
Tossing aside the idea of sneaking, this Melee DPS career revels at charging into combat with the right strategy at the right moment. Sure, it's still effective -- and easier -- to throw all your Mastery points into a single path like Brutality and then hammer down on single opponents. Actually, the career is designed to be played in such a manner. However, if you want to spread your Mastery points across the board and setup your Marauder to be more flexible, you'll be able to strategize for strong single targets, multiple targets and heavily buffed/healing supported enemies. Just be sure you don't make a mistake in front of an observant enemy, or they'll take advantage of the time required to switch from one mutation to another.
Marauder Mastery paths
- Path of Brutality
Specialize in lingering effects and weakening foes.
- Path of Savagery
Specialize in dealing heavy damage to a single target.
- Path of Monstrosity
Specialize in fighting multiple opponents at once.
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