Skill sword
"Swords! The pointy bit goes in the other guy." Skills in this group make use of swords more effective and deadly, providing bonuses and special moves when you attack while wielding (what else?) a sword.
Level Icon Bonuses Effect
Swordplay0 64
Student of FencingJust remember: the pointy bit of the sword goes into the body of your opponent. This is just the first step on the road to good swordsmanship and as such only provides minor combat bonuses.
Dmg slashing+1
Stat counter+2
Swordplay1 64
Liechtenauer's OverhauWhat exactly IS an Overhau? So glad you asked: it's a particularly teutonic (and particularly painful) attack which you have a chance to execute with each melee attack upon learning this skill.
Dmg slashing+1
Stat counter+2 Stat edr+2
20% chance of inflicting Liechtenauer's Overhau on attack.
Skill sword
Sword PracticeWith long hours of practice skewering flies, your deft use of the sword has grown defter still.
Dmg piercing+1
Stat counter+2 Stat edr+1
Passive: 8 % chance of inflicting Crippling Wound debuff on attack.
Swordplay2 64
Thibault's TrompementWhy go around when you can attack right through your foe? This skill can be used to attack all the tiles in a line through an opponent.
Dmg piercing+2
Stat meleepower+1 Stat edr+1
Ability: Thibault's Trompement
Sword lore64
Sword LoreStudious research into the use of swords has unlocked terrible secrets: You have a chance of executing exceptionally grievous attacks in combat while using swords.
Stat meleepower+1 Stat edr+1 4% chance of inflicting Crippling Wound debuff on attack.
8% chance of inflicting Bleeding Out debuff on attack.
Swordplay3 64
Sword PoetThe pen is said to be mightier than the sword, but a true warrior uses his sword AS a pen. With this skill, you master the use of the sword and counter-attack.
Dmg piercing+1
Stat meleepower+1 Stat crit+1 Stat counter+4 Stat edr+13
20 % chance of casting the I'm Not Left Handed buff when hit.
  • Notes
    • Dual-wielding weapons of the same type for which you have the relevant skill will provide a total of one-and-a-half the passive bonuses (e.g., +2 counter chance becomes +3). Dual-wielding different weapons will provide the full passive bonuses for each type.
  • Trivia
    • Johannes Liechtenauer was a 14th-century German fencing master. Gérard Thibault d'Anvers was a 17th century Dutch fencing master.
    • An "Overhau" (actually, Oberhau) is a German term for a downward strike with a sword.
    • "Trompement" in fencing is the act of hitting one's opponent at the end of a successful feint.
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