What is the War Avatar system?
In essence, you collect cards through various means and equip said cards to gain bonuses such as more attack, more defence, more stat points, more spirit etc.
How do you collect cards?
Currently known ways of collecting cards are:
- Yellow quest chain "Deja Vu" that starts with General Summer (521 629 in Archosaur) after you reawaken. Follow the quest chain to receive packs that reward you with a random grade C card. The quest will also give you packs with a chance for a grade B card. A continuation of the quest will appear upon reawakening a second time but unfortunately it's broken at some part.
- New daily quest "Assault on Sky Owl" inside Primal World (Sky Owl Stronghold area, NPC will teleport you there, 349 469 Resistance Force Spy) available for lvl 50+.
- New instance inside Primal World, Flowsilver Palace. Exchange rewards for packs that contain a random card. NPC is located in Kirin Town (Primal World) at 380 467. Requires lvl100+ and be reawakened. Guide to the instance.
- New event, Sunset Valley Bloody Battle. Runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 19:00-20:00 server time. Requires lvl100+ and be reawakened. Event seems to not work.
- Boutique item, War Avatar Treasure Box. Costs 2 gold.
-Boutique item, War Avatar Chest: S Costs 150 gold
War Avatar Chest: A Costs 50 gold
War Avatar Chest: B Costs 15 gold
More information on Primal World dailies here.
Should I bother with it?
It's optional but the cards can improve your character a lot. If you get a good set of cards your defense/attack/spirit is boosted. You'll probably be unable to compete with other people if you neglect it.
Do I need to reawaken in order to use the cards?
You don't need to reawaken in order to use the War Avatar system. Your cards will not disappear if you reawaken. However, if you don't reawaken you won't have access to free card packs from dailies/chain quest.
Wait, what is reawakening?!
What is this "Spirit" attribute you're talking about?
It works for both PvP and PvE but the damage increase in PvE is less than in PvP. It's PvP oriented.
In order to access the War Avatar window open your bag and click on the War Avatar button. Once you open the window you will see something like this without cards.
Now let's observe the window. You will see six empty slots. You can equip cards on those slots, one card per slot. Also, each slot offers different bonuses.
Destroyer slot: Physical + Magical Attack
Battle slot: Physical + Magical Attack
Longevity slot: Health + Physical Defense
Durability slot: Health + Magical Defense
Soulprime slot: Spirit
Lifeprime slot: Spirit
If you put your mouse over a card you will see something like this. As you can see the card says "Type Battle" therefore you should equip it on the Battle slot. You can equip the cards in any slot you wish but you won't receive the card's full bonus if you do so. You will receive the base stats of said slot but you won't get any additional bonuses (blue adds on the cards or leveled up bonuses). Each card type should be equipped to the corresponding slot for best results if possible.
If you equip a card, you can un-equip it. They work like gear pieces.
List of cards and their add-ons.
There are currently over 200 available cards to play around with. In order to check them out, access your War Avatar window and click the bottom right button "War Avatar Book". You'll see something like this. It seems that you can only check the stats of cards you have acquired previously using the book.
In order to find your cards, click the bottom right button "War Avatar Bag" to see something like this. Cards will automatically be placed in the bag. You can drag & drop cards from the War Avatar Bag to your inventory and vice versa.
Cards come in grades. The currently known grades are C, B, A, S and S+ from weakest to strongest. It is not known if S+ cards are available in the game. Every other card exists as far as I know.
Apart from that, cards have a secondary level which you can level up yourself. Leveling a card up will increase its base stats (attack or defence or spirit) but it does not affect additional bonuses (displayed in blue letters).
In order to level up a card you will have to make the card devour another card. The devour button is at the bottom center of your War Avatar window. Select the card you want level up by simply clicking on the card slot or your equipped card. Have your War Avatar Bag open and click the Devour button. Once you do it, your cursor will change shape. Simply select the cards that you wish to get devoured by clicking on them. Devoured cards will disappear. You cannot feed higher level cards to lower level cards.
You can also choose to make a card devour a War Avatar Box (the box that contains a random card).
Additional things to know about the cards.
Some cards have a "set bonus". Just like gear, collect all cards and equip them to get the set bonus. Unfortunately all the current known methods of acquiring cards is random so you need luck to get all the cards of one set. Check this thread for a compilation of card set bonuses. It's generally better to opt for sets. Card sets increase the (white) stats of the cards.
When you are checking a card out, it will display your own class at "Current class" regardless of which class is using the card.
Cards are bound to the character. They cannot be traded or account stashed. You can't drop or trade cards either.
Some card stat multipliers are affected by the class using it.
Cards can be reawakened. This can be done at the War Avatar Master NPC in Kirin Town, Primal World.
When a card has reached max level you can consume another (of the same type) card to reawaken your max leveled card. Just like characters, a reawakened card will go back to level 1 but its base stats and growth will be higher. If you want to reawaken a card for the second time, you'll have to feed it a reawakened (once) card.
A card can be reawakened two times at most. The first reawakening will offer 130% of base stats and the second will offer 160% of base stats.
Each character starts with 10 base Leadership.
In general, the cards have a set amount of leadership required in order to be equipped. For example if you equip six C cards that all require "Leadership 1" you will have to use 6 points out of 10 from your Leadership to equip them.
Higher grade cards will typically require higher leadership. The amount of leadership is not grade exclusive though and it may vary among cards of the same grade and same type. The minimum leadership a card can have is 1 and the maximum leadership a card can have is 3.
Overall, the better cards you get, the more leadership you'll need so you'll have to eventually increase your leadership. To do this, you'll have to buy War Avatar Cataclysts from the boutique (currently the only way of acquiring them) and talk to the War Avatar Master NPC in Kirin Town, Primal World.
The amount of Cataclysts required to increase leadership depends on the current amount of your leadership. You need 10 to increase it to 11, you need 20 to increase it to 12, you need 30 to increase it to 13 and so on.
If you open your War Avatar window you will notice on the left side a thing that is called "Nuema". The Nuema grants you additional bonuses. Nuema is not affected by the card, as far as we know, but different card slots will offer different kinds of Nuema.
Destroyer slot: Physical + Magical Attack Nuema
Battle slot: Physical + Magical Attack Nuema
Longevity slot: Health + Physical Defense Nuema
Durability slot: Health + Magical Defense Nuema
Soulprime slot: Spirit Nuema
Lifeprime slot: Spirit Nuema
Nuema bonuses of attack, HP, defence and spirit are class based. Check this and this to learn about the Nuema stats and multipliers.
Nuema levels are called "Tiers". There are currently 5 Nuema Tiers and each one of them has a level requirement.
Tier 1 - Lvl 1
Tier 2 - Lvl 20
Tier 3 - Lvl 45
Tier 4 - Lvl 60
Tier 5 - Lvl 80
Each Nuema Tier will increase the bonus as seen here.
In order to level up your Nuema Tier you will have to farm Nuema orbs.
Every day the server will select random bosses that will drop Nuema orbs. Open your War Avatar window and select the bottom right button Nuema Listings to access this window.
Each boss with drop an Origin Orb with a chance to drop an Essense Orb. However, it's not exactly a drop. Once you kill the boss a peculiar spirit will appear. Click on the spirit to select it and absorb the orb. The orb will automatically go into your inventory and it's bound. Right click the orb and your Nuema will automatically receive EXP.
Essence Orbs give triple the EXP of Origin Orbs.
If you use high tier orbs on a low tier Nuema, the EXP will be nerfed (by half according to the PWI news).
Each orb has a Nuema type but the orbs dropped are a random type therefore you cannot choose which Nuema to level up.
Additionally you can only get one orb per boss kill so your best bet is to solo the bosses. If you kill a boss in a squad and all the squad members attempt to absorb the spirit for the orb, only one single member will receive the orb randomly.
You can absorb only up to 20 orbs per week. The limit resets every Friday-night/Saturday-morning (in other words Friday night at midnight server time). Access the Nuema Listing window to check your orb limit (at the top).
"General strategy to farm nuema for early level (from tier 0 to tier 3), is to wait the day that quinzi shows up on the nuema listing and spam the instance (use an alt to reset). BH29 is the fastest instance that can be spam effectively because of its tiny size (2min per run). Comparatively, fb19's take forever just to get to the boss."
Additional things to know
Inside Primal World, at Kirin Town you will find the War Avatar master. This NPC has 3 unique gifts for you.
If you collect 10 lvlC cards, talk to the NPC to receive a free lvlB card. The cards will not be consumed but they are required in order to receive the free card. Likewise, you if you have 10 lvlB cards you can receive a free lvlA card. If you have 10 lvlA cards you can receive a free lvlS card. This is a one-time only quest.
According to this NPC you can also turn in an S grade card and transform it into an War Avatar Artifact that will mature into an Emperor Soul. Could this be the way to make S+ cards? I have no more information on it.
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