Timing, strategy, and team composition all play a role when it comes to combat in Aion. In fact, part of the reason why the game is so successful is the developers’ dedication to creating a combat system unlike any other in the mobile gaming world. The depth of choices is part and parcel of the fun.
However, some players might struggle when it comes to getting the right heroes together. This guide will help you determine the best hero set-ups and tactics for each confrontation. You’ll also find out how to overcome those edge of your seat battles you should be winning, but always fall short from completing.
Some of the pointers that we’ve provided in the BlueStacks guide to playing Aion are also useful here.
Due to the nature of the game, the pre-battle tactics represent roughly 80% of your win condition and it all starts with your hero set-up. A balanced party is what most people go for and, although there are no specific rules on what this involves, you should aim to have a character who can tank, a melee and a ranged DPS, as well as a healer. The 5th position is up to you in PvE., but another DPS is usually the way to go. Remember that, when fighting strong opponents, it’s best to have a dedicated Templar tank, such as Candor.
Otherwise, if you find that your party power exceeds that of your opponent by more than 5-6k, you could speed things up by putting a gladiator, such as Ren, in the tankspot. This will enable you to add yet another DPS to the party. Another healer is also an option, but only if Ren is able to tank up the damage himself. Otherwise the boss will roam and kill your squishy backliners.
The next thing you want to pay attention to when deciding on a 5-man team for a specific encounter is the boss’ repertoire of abilities. You can see these by clicking on the right side of the boss portrait, where there might be 1 or several icons representing skills that can be countered. For instance, in this battle, we need a knockdown hero. Luckily, Ren can take care of business. The more stars your heroes have between them, the easier the battle.
Another important matter to consider are leader skills. You’ll notice that our entire party (above) has a substantial 30% bonus to attack. This is due to the right melee hero, Fire Praedo. Once we take him out, our party power goes down considerably, like so:
You can access the Battle Tactic by clicking the “Tactic” button on the right-hand side of the screen. The choice you will use the most is the “All-Out Attack”, which dramatically increases your physical and magical attack power. This is especially useful when you activate the Consecutive Battle option for dungeons or adventure regions that require a lot less power than you currently have. Another important matter is that the divine skill usage for this choice favors ranged DPS first, then melee, followed by defense and support.
A runner-up tactic is “Focus”. This one gives you increased SP acquisition, which basically means you’ll be casting your skills faster, while enabling your party to aptly focus on interrupting enemies, rather than damaging them. The only downside to this strategy is that the main ability of several heroes, including Ren, Praedo, and Gullin, is also an interrupt one. If the AI does not detect an interruptible ability in the boss’ set-up, the former won’t use it at all, which will significantly slow down your auto battles.
The third and least used tactic is “Try to Survive.” This is meant to give you a bit more survivability by providing a 25% increase to your party’s physical and magical defense. In order to maximize your chances at staying alive, the healing ability will only be cast when there’s at least one ally that has their health under 80%, which is neat.
Sidekicks can often be the deciding factor between winning a boss fight and having to do it all over again. For instance, in this adventure fight, our party’s power is just 3k over the one required by the adventure stage. However, if we add a sidekick, we can double our total power when they come in battle. Note that this can happen only when and if one of your party members is killed, while each sidekick has a counter indicating how many times you can use them.
Finally, affinities are also something worth considering before you plunge into a fight. As you may have noticed, all your heroes belong to a specific element, which is assigned to them when they first join you. In Aion, affinities advantage are as follows – fire beats wood, wood beats water, and water beats fire, while light and dark counter only each other. Although this does not mean that your hero will lose to an affinity advantage, the latter usually means higher accuracy, better defense, and improved chances to deliver critical hits against the opposite affinity.
Nothing is more rewarding than downing some bosses in Aion and this is where it all happens. Battles can be difficult to manage, even on slow speed. Luckily, the BlueStacks interface comes to our aid with the Keymapping tool. This nifty feature lets us assign predefined functions to our keyboard and mouse so that we don’t have to focus on clicking or tapping the right area.
As you can see from this image, every ability, special ability, and combat setting has a key assigned to it so that you don’t have to worry about the accuracy of your movements while battling. One thing you may have noticed already is that you can auto-combat in Aion. While this spares you having to constantly be there when your party is fighting, it is not as effective as doing it yourself. Harder bosses won’t yield easily to auto-combat, if at all. More importantly, taking charge of battles means you can chain your abilities to effectively counter the boss and then land combo-hits for increased damage.
With this guide, you’ve now got what it takes to defeat even the hardest bosses in Aion. Although it might take some preparation, from figuring out the best hero combinations to countering specific abilities, choosing the right tactics, and then the combat itself, there’s a reason why this game is considered one of the best mobile tactical RPGs. At the end of the day, few things can compare to that moment when you defeat an encounter that requires more power than you have, all because you had a superior strategy.