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The Vanguard is an Epic Battles role which focuses on directly engaging the enemy before them.

As you kill enemies you gain access to new skill and abilities to unleash powerful area based effects and damage.

When you fall in battle those around you will be inspired by your loss and fight harder.


Vanguard panel.jpg

Putting traits in the Vanguard line will open up the Vanguard panel during Epic Battles. This panel will track earned killstreak points, give access to killstreak skills, show the current hero death effect and allow the user to choose bonus effects for killing recruit and soldier-type enemies.

Incite Foe

Incite Foe is a taunt earned from Vanguard Rank 1 that will cause nearby enemies to attack the player. Higher Vanguard ranks give this skill more potency in the form of wider range, affecting more targets and giving it a damage component. Rank 2 will also cause NPCs to ignore the targets affected by Incite Foe skill allowing the player to rack up killstreak points.

Killstreak points

The player has a chance to earn killstreak points when landing a killing blow on a mob. Accumulated killstreak points can be expended by using killstreak skills. Killstreak points also indicate the level of the current hero death effect. The maximum amount of points a player can earn at a time as well as the earn chance can be modified in the Epic Battles trait panel. The absolute maximum amount of killstreak points is 20. Any killstreak points earned after reaching the maximum will be lost.

Killstreak skills

Killstreak skills offer offensive abilities and debuffs to Vanguards at the cost of consuming killstreak points. Effect duration, cooldown, potency and target count can be modified in the Epic Battles trait panel.

Killstreak cost Skill Effect (mobs)
4 Rending Bark-icon.png Rending Bark +Incoming damage
8 Demoralizing Shout-icon.png Demoralizing Shout Damage over time
12 Enfeebling Cry-icon.png Enfeebling Cry -Run speed, +attack duration, skill inductions
16 Piercing Roar-icon.png Piercing Roar Damage
20 Stunning Bellow-icon.png Stunning Bellow Stun, multiply morale

Hero death effects

As killstreak points accumulate, hero death effects become active. If the player dies, nearby allies and NPCs will receive the benefits of the hero death effects. Hero death effects stack meaning that the current highest effect and all before it will apply. The tooltips do not show the buff that will be bestowed. Hero death effects are modified by increasing Vanguard ranks in the trait panel. If the player consumes killstreak points with killstreak skills, the current hero death effect will change accordingly.

Killstreak requirement Skill Effect (allies)
4+ Encouraging Setback-icon.png Encouraging Setback -Incoming damage
8+ Stimulating Loss-icon.png Stimulating Loss Heal over time
12+ Motivating Fall-icon.png Motivating Fall +Outgoing damage
16+ Galvanizing Defeat-icon.png Galvanizing Defeat +Run speed, -attack duration, skill inductions
20 Inspiring End-icon.png Inspiring End Heal

Defeat effects

When landing a killing blow on an enemy, there is a chance to receive a buff according to that mob's 'type'. Types are indicated underneath a mob's floating name and are designated as either Recruit or Soldier. Players can choose between 4 recruit effects and 4 soldier effects using the drop-down arrow on the Vanguard panel. Chance to trigger, duration, cooldown and potency can be modified in the Epic Battles trait panel.

Recruit defeat effect Effect (self)
Empowerment-icon.png Empowerment +Damage
Invigoration (Vanguard skill)-icon.png Invigoration Power over time
Serrated-icon.png Serrated +Critical rating
Fleetness (Vanguard skill)-icon.png Fleetness +Run speed, -attack duration, skill inductions

Soldier defeat effect Effect (self)
Fortification-icon.png Fortification -Incoming damage
Eye for an Eye-icon.png Eye for an Eye Reflect % of damage
Rejuvenation-icon.png Rejuvenation Heal over time
Entrenchment-icon.png Entrenchment Negate % of damage


Starting Traits

Killstreak Earn Chance-icon.png Killstreak Earn Chance

Recruit Defeat Effect Duration-icon.png Recruit Defeat Effect Duration

Vanguard Rank 1

Killstreak Max-icon.png Killstreak Max

Recruit Defeat Effect Chance-icon.png Recruit Defeat Effect Chance

Vanguard Rank 2

Killstreak Skill Cooldown-icon.png Killstreak Skill Cooldown

Soldier Defeat Effect Duration-icon.png Soldier Defeat Effect Duration

Vanguard Rank 3

Healing (Vanguard trait)-icon.png Healing

Soldier Defeat Effect Chance-icon.png Soldier Defeat Effect Chance

Vanguard Rank 4

Killstreak Skill Target Count-icon.png Killstreak Skill Target Count

Recruit Defeat Effect Strength-icon.png Recruit Defeat Effect Strength

Vanguard Rank 5

Run-speed (Vanguard trait)-icon.png Run-speed

Recruit Defeat Effect Cooldown-icon.png Recruit Defeat Effect Cooldown

Vanguard Rank 6

Killstreak Skill Duration-icon.png Killstreak Skill Duration

Soldier Defeat Effect Strength-icon.png Soldier Defeat Effect Strength

Capstone Traits

Damage (Vanguard trait)-icon.png Damage

Killstreak Skill Strength-icon.png Killstreak Skill Strength

Soldier Defeat Effect Cooldown-icon.png Soldier Defeat Effect Cooldown