Mechanics – Flank

2 Jul

Now that you have your own pet, you will sometimes ear a “chime” sound when you are attacking an enemy. That chime will probably be accompanied by a couple of pink arrows on your pet’s target. When that happens, your pet has flanked an enemy and opens up two special maneuvers for the Lore-master.

Now, the documentation on Turbine’s part on the flank mechanic is not the best, so I hope you find this guide useful. For a young Lore-master you can expect to ear and see flank signs as soon as you get your first pet, the raven.

Tooltip of the Flanked state

When an oponent is flanked,  the Lore-master has 3 options to take advantage of that state:

– Use Improved Staff Strike, it will do double the damage. Improved Staff Strike is a traited version of your normal Staff Strike skill and we will talk about it on later posts.

Use Sign of Battle: Wizardry (or Wizard’s Fire for more advance Lore-masters), and heal yourself for a small amount. The heal usually amounts to a morale-pot on-level. This heal can crit and restore up to two times its normal morale heal.

Use Staff Sweep: As of the November 2010 update, Lore-Masters can also use the new skill Staff Sweep on a flanked oponent to receive a considerable power over time buff.

Flanked target - icon on the right

The flanked effect lasts 7 seconds. The advantages are also exclusive. You can either do a double staff strike or go for a heal. After one of them is used, the flanked state is dispersed.

Now, the flanked state is not a skill you can use. It’s something that has a chance of happening within your pets own attacks. So the faster a pet attacks the more chances you have of opening flanked states. For this I recommend the use of Sign of the Wild: Rage on your pet if you are going for increased flanked chances, since it speeds up your pet’s attacks.

As for pets, some flank more often than others. This is a list (of my experience) on which pets flank the most:

  • Bog-Lurker: This legendary pet can flank a lot. It can flank a few attacks in a row and sometimes both my skills that take advantage of the flanked state can be on cooldown. It is, however, a bit unreliable. It can flank 4 times in one fight and none in the next encounter.
  • Eagle: From my own experience, the eagle is the most reliable flanker. It usually flanks once every 15 to 20 seconds, making it a very safe pet if you want attack a powerful enemy, since it can give you reliable heals on a constant basis.
  • Raven: From all the normal, non-legendary pets, the Raven is the one that flanks the most. Just be sure to deactivate auto-firing distraction since it won’t attack while distracting a foe.
  • Lynx and Sabre-tooth: From my own experience these two cats have the same flank chance. Not very often but often enough if you want to have a DPS pet with some flanking chance.
  • Bear: This furry friend does not flank very often. From my experience it is the lowest flanking pet, but as with all other pets, your mileage may vary.

Pink arrows on a flanked enemy.

One last thing. To see see the “Pink Arrows” on a flanked enemy you should enable the “Particle Effects” option (Menu-> Options-> Combat Options) to see this effect. For a more detailed explanation on the flanked mechanic you can check the Lorebook page.

Updated: Edited to reflect the November Lore-Master update. Changes were made to which level the LM acquires certain skills along with a new flanked mechanic, with staff-sweep.


18 Responses to “Mechanics – Flank”

  1. xhii July 2, 2010 at 12:51 #

    Theoretically the LM has three options for using a flank, the third being a Sabretooth or Bog-lurker skill that may trigger a fellowship manoeuvre on flanks. 🙂

    • wickedpt July 2, 2010 at 14:35 #

      Isn’t that only true for the Sabre-tooth? I thought the Bog’s FM starter worked like the Burglar’s exposed throat and it didn’t need a flank event. I’ll look into it! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

      • xhii July 7, 2010 at 21:29 #

        Oh you are absolutely right about the Bog-lurker, says it’s just a general 20% chance to apply a FM stun.

  2. Kirah July 3, 2010 at 04:19 #

    It might be worth mentioning that Improved Staff Strike also has a chance to stun your opponent, but only when your pet has flanked.

    I’m not sure about the figure for the damage. The Lorebook entry has a discussion about it that comes out with a number more like 3x the normal staff strike damage. (I haven’t done a proper test, so I can’t confirm.)

    Thanks for writing these articles. I’m definitely referring my friends with budding young Lore-masters to your site 😀

    • wickedpt July 3, 2010 at 20:50 #

      I beleave that ISS will stun an oponent on a critical hit, wether the enemy is flanked or not.

      As for damage, i think its roughly 2x the damage, but it depends on other modifiers.

      Thanks for the input! 🙂

  3. Melneth July 4, 2010 at 02:42 #

    I’d like to add that if you can’t see the flank cues enable particle combat response and if you can’t hear the flank increase the VO channel volume.

  4. Khosael July 16, 2010 at 15:45 #

    Thanks for putting this together! I wish I’d read something like this back when I first earned Sign of Battle: Wizardry. The whole flanking mechanic is woefully underdocumented– especially in-game. I enjoy crawling the forums as much as the next loremaster (hey–we tend to be readers, right?) but it seems a glaring omission that this mechanic is never explained in-game. I mean, you have to VISIT A TRAINER to earn it. Why not just have the trainer offer a simple explanation of how flanking works? It seems an obvious solution to me.

    It took me some outside reading to figure out that “flanked” is a randomly-applied state–and not something that I could force. I wasted a lot of time trying to get my pets to attack foes from the rear or from the side!

    Thanks again for the post. I like the blog!

  5. Courage September 29, 2010 at 05:51 #

    Thank you so much for this! I was unsure exactly how the Flank mechanic operated, and this guide spells everything out clear as day.
    A thousand thanks is not enough, as this has been bothering me greatly, but one more must suffice.
    Thank you!

  6. wickedpt April 6, 2011 at 08:22 #

    Updated with Staff-Sweep. I’m sorry it took so long. 🙂

  7. Dantric October 9, 2012 at 21:42 #

    This has been the SINGLE most useful (guide?… for lack of a better term) for the lore master class. I have started reading from the first entry (level 1). My LM is currently level 25, and I have found so much useful information, but not only from wicked’s input, but also from the input of those leaving comments and suggestions.

    I cannot tell you how confuzzled and frustrated I’ve been trying to learn this class. Much of the in-game information is very limited, which has left me to much trial and error (mostly error, haha). I used some skills not really knowing what for or why, but because there was a deed for it. I wish I had found this information at the beginning.

    A very awesome guide, thank you so much for this. Added to my favorites as a source, and definitely worthy of recommending. Also, I agree with what someone had previously suggested… if it’s not already, I would definitely see about getting this as a sticky in the forums. Thanks again, and keep up the great work. 😀

    • wickedpt October 12, 2012 at 11:37 #

      Thank you for the kind words.

      I’m thinking of starting to write again, but probably not on this format. Turbine revamps levels, classes and skills alot and its draining to keep coming back to the same posts to edit and update.

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