Hey you guys, after making Freya, I ended up with a lot of Advanced Henna for the Expert Tattoo cleansing event that was going on. The video (at the end) shows all of all the cleanses I did, and there are huge gains to be made from tattoos, which is why I decided to exchange for Advanced Henna instead of saving chests to exchange fort the Sapphire Whale Card. However, I also want to layout some words of caution and clarity here in the blog, since there are crazy tattoo requirements for the new Patch 5.5 “Knighthood” Class Advancement feature coming up.
Regular vs. Expert Tattoos
So far there are two qualities of tattoos:
(Regular) Tattoo – can be upgraded with Henna and Advanced Henna
Using Advanced Henna on a Tattoo has a chance to turn it into an Expert Tattoo (visually indicated by the shiny halo around the icon), but is not guaranteed
Expert Tattoo – the increased (“+”) stat can only increase using Advanced Henna.
The ratio between the increased and decreased stats is much better for these (better than +2:-1) as long as you don’t use regular Henna on them again
You can use regular Henna to change the tattoo type (Intelligence, Defense, Endurance, etc), however this will revert to the regular Tattoo stat ratio (noticeably worse than +2:-1)
Moral of the story is that once you start using Advanced Henna on one of your tattoos, be prepared for it to become an Expert Tattoo, and for you to only be able to use Advanced Henna on it in the future. Since there is no guarantee that your normal Tattoo will upgrade into an Expert Tattoo when you use Advanced Henna, while your tattoos are still normal quality, it’s safe to use regular Henna to adjust which type of stats they have.
“Knighthood” Requirements and Revised Plans for the Future
We have a big upcoming patch (Patch 5.5), which includes a new type of Class Advancement called “Knighthood” (I think this term applies to all the classes…), where once you meet the requirements, you get a completely new set of skills that have two possible paths. I don’t know what sort of expectations I had for this feature I had, but I’m stunned by the tattoo requirements needed for it.
This is just crazy. On average you gain about +30 to your tattoo from Advanced Henna, and +5 from Henna. You need a total stat increase of 12,000 to qualify for Knighthood, so that’s approximately 40,000 Advanced Henna or 240,000 Henna in order to reach the bare minimum goal. After having used more balens than I have in many months, I’m only one third of the way there, so this is a really steep climb for the average player.
I previously did a blog post about wanting to have all Intelligence tattoos, but clearly that’s out of the question now if I want to class advance (and I want to!). I think in order to switch between the two paths at will, we’ll have to have +8,000 Strength/Intelligence, +4,000 Defense, +4,000 Endurance. From what I can tell, it’s best to work on one tattoo at a time and work toward one +Defense, one +Endurance, and two +Strength/Intelligence. I also claimed before that I wanted to subtract Charisma from my tattoos, but that’s probably not the best option now. You need at least 1 Troop Count in order to get Troop Enlightenment, which is quite important. At the time I said that, I didn’t know that the maximum tattoo attribute was so high and subtracted so much. Now that I know otherwise, it’s really best to subtract your non-main attack stat, so Intelligence for archers and knights, and Strength for mages.
Checkout the huge MATK gains I made from all the tattoos in the video!
Lucky Mount Draw!
So just as a little aside, even after exchanging all the chests I got from spender events (making Freya) for Advanced Henna (x200 chests for 1,000 Advanced Henna), I ended up getting very lucky when I opened less than 200 event chests and received the Sapphire Whale Mount Card and one of each of the Holiday Cheer pieces of clothing! I haven’t had a mount drop from chests in a long time, so I’m convinced that the game is just happy I finally made a merged sylph 😛
What do you guys think of the Tattoo system? Please discuss with the DolyGames community in the comments section! I think it’s clear Henna and Advanced Henna need to be available in greater quantities, or we’re going to be waiting ages before we see anybody “Knighted”. If you have questions about the upcoming patch, there’s only so much I can answer (because there’s only so much I know) — Cosmos posted the patch notes here: Guides for Wartune Patch 5.5 by R2_Sanguine.