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Ninjitsu is the main skill of the Ninja, and combines the arts of stealth, espionage and assassination. With it, and the book of Ninjitsu, a Ninja can evoke a number of special abilities including transforming into a variety of creatures that give unique bonuses, using stealth to attack unsuspecting opponents or just plain disappear into thin air!
Focus Attack
Mana Cost: 10
Minimum Skill Needed: 30
Summoning all of her skill and strength for a single attack, the Ninja strikes the enemy with great precision. Besides giving a damage bonus, Focus Attack also increases the effectiveness of any magical properties on the weapon the Ninja uses for the attack. The strength of these bonuses is dependent upon the Ninja's skill in Ninjitsu.

Death Strike
Mana Cost: 30
Minimum Skill Needed: 85
Striking the enemy with a special technique, the Ninja can cause damage long after the actual blow. After receiving a Death Strike, if the Ninja's opponent moves more than five steps, or five seconds elapse, the opponent will suffer damage determined by the average of the Ninja's Hiding and Stealth skills. Ranged weapons only do half the normal Death Strike damage

The damage dealt is far greater if the Ninja's opponent chooses to run away rather than stand and fight. Only highly skilled Ninja can execute a Death Strike.

Animal Form
Mana Cost: 10
Minimum Skill Needed: 0
Using an ancient secret only known to a few, the Ninja mysteriously takes the shape of a beast, granting himself animal-like ability. Animal form gives the Ninja the ability to transform into an animal, gaining special bonuses unique to each type of creature. There are 12 animal forms available to a skilled Ninja, including stealthy animals such as Rats, ferocious beasts like the Kitsune-tsuki, and fast runners like Ostards and Unicorns.

Anything that can dismount a player character will force an opponent out of Animal Form. This includes weapon special moves such as Dismount and Riding Swipe, items such as bolas, and any creatures with Dismount, Raging Stomp, or Bola Throwing AI. The same timer will come into play for returning to animal form after being bola'd as currently exists towards remounting after being bola'd.

Ki Attack
Mana Cost: 25
Minimum Skill Needed: 80
Focusing his Ki, the Ninja uses momentum to strike the enemy with tremendous force. The Ki Attack is a special attack that requires the superb timing and quick movement of a well trained Ninja. In order to execute this attack, the Ninja will have to initiate the Ki Attack and then quickly close the distance between himself and his opponent to deliver an effective blow.

The farther the Ninja travels to deliver the blow, the more powerful the Ki Attack.

Ki Attack only works with melee weapons, not archery weapons.

Surprise Attack
Mana Cost: 20
Minimum Skill Needed: 60
Attacking from the shadows, the Ninja catches her opponent off-guard and unable to fully defend himself. An attack that can only be initiated by a Ninja in stealth mode, Surprise Attack inflicts a defense penalty on the Ninja's opponent for a short duration. Using this ability automatically reveals the Ninja, who then cannot stealth again for another 5 seconds. The defense penalty applied to the Ninja's opponent is dependent upon the Ninja's skill in Ninjitsu.

Mana Cost: 30
Minimum Skill Needed: 40
Sneaking up behind the enemy undetected, the Ninja plunges his sword deep into his enemy's back, inflicting great damage. Similar to Surprise Attack, Backstab requires the Ninja to be in stealth mode in order to initiate this special attack, but instead of lowering the defense of the Ninja's opponent, Backstab applies a significant damage bonus to the attack.

Using this ability automatically reveals the Ninja, who then cannot stealth again for another 5 seconds.

The strength of the damage bonus is dependent upon the Ninja's skill in Ninjitsu.

Mana Cost: 15
Minimum Skill Needed: 50
With great skill and precision, the Ninja stealthily jumps high into the air and lands a considerable distance away. Upon landing, the Ninja's stealth ability determines if they remain hidden from view.

Mirror Image
Mana Cost: 10
Minimum Skill Needed: 20
Delving into the mystical aspect of Ninjitsu, the Ninja summons a perfect replica of her likeness in order to confuse her enemies. Those skilled in Ninjitsu can create a Mirror Image of their self, which can absorb a single attack from an enemy before disappearing. Ninja can create up to 4 Mirror Images at a time, making it quite difficult to determine which Ninja is real.

Mirror Images will appear as if they are fighting, but they do not actually do damage to the enemy.

Ninjitsu and the Fast Cast Property
The Fast Cast property is capped at 4 for the use of Ninjitsu skills.
Additional Information
Professional Title: Ninja
Skill Used by: Using Ninjitsu skills
Trainers: Ninja
Primary Stat: Dexterity
Secondary Stat: Intelligence
Handy Additional Skills for Ninja:
Hiding - One of the fundamental arts of the ninja, a high Hiding skill will increase the damage done by a Death Strike
Stealth - Necessary for Surprise Attack and Backstab, and complements Death Strike and Shadowjump

Last Updated: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:46:57 +0000
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