That's not a complaint you could possibly level against the men and women who heal for Order in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. These stalwart soldiers of the faith, bastions of runic power, and masters of the arcane arts are front-line fighters all. They might not do as much damage as their DPS comrades, but they're certainly not all 'hanging out' near the back either. Join us for a stroll with the healing heavyweights of Order: The Archmage, The Rune Priest, and the head-cracking Warrior Priest.
Casting healing spells adds a point of Tranquility to your High Magic bar. Each of those points improves the casting time of the other type of magic by 20%, or improves the potency of instant cast spells by 5% per point. That is, after casting five Tranquility spells, the next Force spell cast will be an instant cast (100% improvement) or would be 25% more potent if it was already an instant-cast spell.
This is fundamentally similar to the mechanics of the Goblin Shaman, but with a veneer of Elven refinement. Most crucial, whether you're healing or deep in the fray you're not going to be relegated to the back row: your fellow pointy-ears are going to want you up-front blasting away with that cannon of a staff!
Archmage Mastery Paths
- The Path of Isha: A path focused on healing and restorative powers.
- The Path of Asuryan: A path focused on offensive and damaging powers.
- The Path of Vaul: A path focused on hindering and weakening foes.
Even so, in combat the Priest is far from a back-row participant. He's got a number of major blasts to add to any fray with the greenskins, and players of all stripes are sure to love his ability to add short-term offensive and defensive powers to their skillbars.
The stuntie lineup is three strong, and the Rune Priest plays a powerful role in the center of that triad. Watching them rush into the fray alongside their Ironbreaker and Engineer comrades is inspiring; with the Black Orc towering above the diminutive healers it can be something of an effort for the dwarven lineup to press into the Greenskin ranks. Watch a high level Rune Priest demo his powers in the video below:
Rune Priest Mastery Paths
- The Path of Grungni: A path focused on immediate, direct effects.
- The Path of Valaya: A path focused on longer-duration effects.
- The Path of Grimnir: A path focused on wide-area effects.
When enough Fury is built up, the Priest can blast out healing and more powerful destructive spells on a massive scale. Sigmar is his watchword, and in battle the warpriest is something to behold. Along with his mechanical doppelganger, the Disciple of Khaine, this holy roller is probably one of the biggest departures Warhammer Online takes from 'normal' healing mechanics.
Standing at the back and healing simply won't work for this guy at all, and taking one into the fray will prove the old D&D addage: Priest are overpowered.
Warrior Priest Mastery Paths
- The Path of Salvation: A path focused on healing and restorative powers.
- The Path of Grace: A path focused on melee attacks and protective effects.
- The Path of Wrath: A path focused on melee attacks and weakening effects.