Black Desert’s upcoming mountain of Eternal winter Expansion will be here soon, and with it will come a new class in the long-running MMORPG. A greatsword-wielding class, the Drakania leans on their dragonborn roots in the most conspicuous way: with fire and style.
As the “antithesis” of the Warden born of the dragon Labreska, Pearl Abyss developers wanted to create a high-contrast, dragon-infused warrior. Enter the Drakania, a greatsword-wielding class born of the dragon Markthanan the Exiled. The two classes are polar opposites: while the Barbarian is massive and muscular, the Drakania is lithe, with “fine lines,” according to the development team.
The original battle of the Drakania arose out of the conflict between the Labreska and the other dragons. As such, the new class’s moveset reflects the fury of those opposed to Labreska.
At first I was afraid that the Drakania would be slow – and to an extent it can be, depending on your combos. Charges that hit the enemy with a combination of lightning and fire initially made the Greatsword Slayer’s weight feel sluggish. I was afraid it would remind me of the warrior I wouldn’t say I liked when I first started playing black desert years ago.
However, the more you use the weapon, the more attacks you chain together, and the more you use the Drakania’s secondary weapon, the Shard Dagger, the faster and deadlier the class becomes.
Black Desert’s Combat has always been conspicuous. I’ve loved the effects work of the Pearl Abyss team since I first took on Steel Imps with my Sorceress. However, I admire the work done on the Drakania Attacks.
Charging up the regular Brimbolt Strike and watching the light and power of the movement shatter the ground around the Drakania makes the attack feel more powerful. Chaining attacks together, the once seemingly powerful Huntress dances around the Drakania with ease, burning anything in her sword’s path.
Some abilities are reminiscent of the dragon from which the Drakania descended, sprouting wings from her back or, in one case, even casting the shadow of the mighty Markthanan himself. These touches sell the origins and lore of the Drakania and look great doing it.
Also, summon a Lightning Dragon to smack enemies in the distance? Yes, please.
The Drakania’s secondary weapon is a dagger embedded in the Slayer greatsword called the Shard. Using the Shard Dagger is also as simple as piecing together combos, and it serves a purpose. Some of the Drakania abilities have an effect that makes them powerful. By charging the shard, you can bypass these windups, making the attacks even faster and deadlier.
Walking around and learning the ropes as Drakania will be improved thanks to the new area, Mount of Eternal Winter. I’ve roamed the early zones of black desert for years, and I’m pretty sure I’ve killed Red Nose more times than I can count. So it was fun to have a new playground to test out the new class.
The new zone is covered in perpetual snowfall, which gets heavier the higher you climb its peak. I love the rugged landscape with the new nomad-inspired settlements and camps. This is accompanied by great music with throat singing and traditional drums and stringed instruments that set the mood.
I’ve had the opportunity to level a Drakania from the ground up and roam the Mountain of Eternal Winter with a maxed-out character for just under a week now, and I still feel like I’ve scratched the surface of both. The new class is flashy, which is one of my favorite things Black Desert’s Combat, and it’s eye-catching in a way that feels unique to the class itself. Summoning the dragon, hitting enemies with a mix of charged lightning and flames, and summoning abilities that make me think the dragon Markthanan is fighting himself is what sets the Drakania apart from the rest Black Desert’s other classes.
And that’s important to me. Twenty-four classes is quite a lot, and while some feel like they’re gender swaps of previous classes (like the ranger and archer, for example), the Drakania feels entirely unique. It will be interesting to see how the new class shakes up the current PvP meta when it hits live on April 6th.
https://www.mmorpg.com/previews/black-deserts-latest-class-drakania-unleashes-the-dragon-in-the-flashiest-way-imaginable-2000124699 Black Desert’s newest class, Drakania, unleashes the dragon in the most garish manner imaginable