The ability to dodge during combat is a deceptively simple mechanic, but one that can be critical to your survival and overall effectiveness in combat. In this guide we walk you through the basics of dodging, and provide details on the supporting boon, Vigor.
Early on in PvE you will be prompted with an on-screen tip that helps introduce you to your ability to dodge (shown below) and the default key mapping to do so. You can initiate a dodge roll by double-tapping any of the directional movement keys (WASD) to dodge in that direction, or by pressing the [V] key. The main benefit for doing so is that you will be temporarily invulnerable to attacks, so will not take any damage regardless of what skills an enemy uses against you.
This can really save your proverbial bacon in many situations as it allows you to avoid larger direct damage attacks, crowd control effects, or can even help you quickly move out of the radius of an area-of-effect (AoE) attack. A perfect example of the latter would be the massive damage dealt by the trebuchets in the Battle of Kyhlo structured PvP (sPvP) map.
Before we get too far into any advanced usage situations or concepts, let’s take a closer look at the nuts and bolts of how the system works.
Dodge System Basics
As noted above, the default key mapping for preforming a dodge is to double-tap one of the directional movement keys, or pressing the [V] key. You have the ability to alter this to another key of your choosing, which can also help you avoid accidentally dodging when you didn’t intend to. Nothing is worse than accidentally dodging off a platform it took you 20 minutes to reach while out exploring, after all!
To alter the default mapping, open the Control Options window by pressing the [F11] key on your keyboard. From here you will be able to remap the dodge ability to another key of your choosing. For example, many players will map the dodge ability to one of the thumb buttons on their mouse which can be incredibly handy if you naturally prefer mouse movement to using the default keyboard controls.
Now that you have your preferred mapping set, I cannot stress enough how important it is to begin using the ability to dodge early on during combat. This is going to help you achieve two critical things:
- Knowing how and when to dodge in combat can mean the difference between staying alive and taking an untimely dirt nap
- It will give you a better feel for how long it takes the dodge meter to replenish
What’s this about the dodge meter replenishing you ask? Good question, so let’s take a look at how this aspect of the dodge system works.
The Dodge Meter and Vigor Boon
Located directly above your health meter are two small yellow bars. This is your dodge meter, and is split into two halves which represent your ability to dodge twice before depleting the meter. You will need at least one of these filled to be able to dodge; if it drops below that point from consecutive dodges you will not be able to dodge again for a brief period.
The meter will naturally replenish over time, but you can also speed this process up via a handy Boon called Vigor. Vigor increases endurance regen by 100%, and can stack in duration. This boon is often overlooked in builds, but can make a sizable difference in your overall survivability. Simply put, the more often you can dodge, the less often you will be hit by incoming attacks.
To learn more about Vigor be sure to check out our Complete Boons Guide. You can also view a complete list of skills and traits for each profession that grant Vigor below:
|"Save Yourselves!"||Vigorous Precision|
|Call to Arms||Vigorous Focus|
|Toss Elixir H (random)||Invigorating Speed|
|Lightning Reflexes||Primal Reflexes
|Siren's Call (random)||Critical Infusion
As you can see above, necromancer is the only profession that does not have any skills or traits that grant Vigor, at least not directly. They can still randomly gain Vigor through the utility skill Well of Power which transforms negative conditions into boons every two seconds. Through Well of Power, Bleeding (a very common condition) will be transformed into Vigor, so necro builds do still have the ability to grant Vigor, albeit not in a direct fashion.
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