Holy Seal - the Skill Bar Talent
All classes have the same skill bar talent, the Holy Seal, which needs to be activated in the same way as any other skill during a fight. The quick trigger for the Holy Seal on your keyboard is the letter Q. There is no QTE for it.
Holy Seal's damage is about the same as your auto-attack (the action your character does if you do not trigger a skill) but it has one additional purpose, to stun your opponent. If your Holy Seal is higher than the Holy Seal of your opponent, then you have a high chance of stunning them of up to 3 rounds. The bigger the difference in Holy Seal, the longer the effect of the stun will last. The stun effect is only available in pvp battles.
There is much controversy over the use of Holy Seal in pvp. Many people feel that it is overpowered and removes the use of tactics and skill from the game. However, the use of Holy Seal does also require some thought and tactic. Players sacrific a lot of exp to get this skill and timing of it's use is critical.
Please note that Holy Seal has already been nerfed in two ways;
1) the cool down has been increased from 45s to 60 seconds - I used to be able to open with Holy Seal and then use it again before the 50% damage came up in a fight, now if I open with Holy Seal, I cannot use it again until after 50% damage comes up. This again means that the user of seal has to think about when is best to use it to make the most of it, because likelihood is you will only use it once during the fight.
2) the casting speed has been slowed considerably - as mentioned I used to be able to open with Holy Seal and 8 times out of 10 I would hit first thereby stunning my opponent before they have even caused damage to me; now if I open with Holy Seal I will definitely hit second and may even lose a turn in trying to use it.
Some tactics when using Holy Seal for the purpose of stunning your opponent:
- Consider who you are fighting - if a knight then you may wish to save the Holy Seal until they shield (if you can't cause damage to them then at least they won't be able to cause damage to you either); if a mage, then try to pre-empt their use of heals, by stopping a mage from using restoration or blessed light you can turn a fight on it's head and convert a loss into a win; if an archer then stunning them before they can aoe or when your troops die is useful since they will be prevented from focussing their attacks on you.
- Wait until the 50% damage is coming up - preventing your opponent from causing this additional damage to you while being able to cause the damage yourself if certainly a great tactical advantage, especially against someone with high defense stats, such as Knights.
- Use the Holy Seal when your opponent is slow to cast or using a slow casting skill, such as a delphic, this way you wont lose a turn and may even hit first if well timed.
- If you have an archer on your team, or are an archer, you might want to use the Holy Seal before the Battle Prowess Buff has been added so that your higher damage causing hits have this boost (a buff an archer adds to all team mates/troops every time they have a critical hit and can be stacked to a maximum of 5).
- remember though, each fight is different, so judge accordingly. Do not use a blanket rule for all fights as it will not always work. Play smart and don't assume your stun will work every time
- If your sole purpose in using Holy Seal is to stun someone then if you have already been stunned by that player you might as well not try to use it at all. You can only stun people who have a lower Holy Seal than you, if they're able to stun you, it means that their Holy Seal is a higher level.
There are other tactical uses for Holy Seal
- the seal does still cause decent damage on par with the basic skill or auto-attack for each class.
- the seal itself doesn't have any rage generating abilities but your class skills/pve set rage generating abilities will make it a rage generating skill. It is probably the least useful to an archer in this use since rage generation is not guaranteed. Also remember that auto-attack actually generates 2 rage before class skills so would be better to use if this was your sole purpose.
The key thing about Holy Seal is that you HAVE to level it in order to level your Passive skills. Level 5 Holy Seal unlocks level 1 Passives, then the next Passive level is unlocked every 10 Holy Seal Levels (5, 15, 25 etc). If you are someone who hates Holy Seal but value the other Talents, then you will still need to level Holy Seal to make the most of other Talents.