Guardian Commander
Guardian battalion commander

Next week you'll be seeing more variety in the Armory.

The upgrade section will feature two sets of new items:

Reputation: you will be able to purchase these if you meet certain reputation levels (House Sima).

Honor: you will be able to purchase these if you meet have enough Honor (PvP Arena)

The objective for the new items is for you to have something to look forward to (carrot) but also be a test for a future feature - "weapon specialization". Each archetype will get two (or three) choices when it comes to weapons and armor. The third slot will give more choices - some trinkets will even give you skills.

The trick is to keep the roles pure and yet make the choices meaningful. Here's the roles, keep in mind these describe the STATS and not skills. Skills are complementary.

Guardian - Dd (defense); Charger - Da (Defense, some attack)
Raider - Ad (Attack, some defense); Assassin - Aa (attack)
Ranger - Au (Attack, some utility); Grenadiers Ud (Utility, some defense)

With that in mind, here's the two specs for each role. You'll notice that the first option is similar to the current one but it now comes with a tweak:

Guardian: 1) Pure tank (longsword with parry; armor with mitigation);
or 2) Fast tank (pollaxe with range; armor with extra movement)
Charger: 1) Fast tanky dps (lance with range; armor with extra movement) ;
or 2) Tanky dps (warhammer with crit; armor with mitigation)
Raider: 1) fast skirmisher (javelin with range; armor with extra movement);
or 2) Skirmisher (glaive with haste; armor with dodge)
Assassin: 1) fast burst dps (shortsword with range; armor with extra movement);
or 2) burst dps (claw with crit; armor with dodge)
Ranger: 1) fast ranged dps (longbow with range; armor with extra movement);
or 2) ranged dps (shortbow with haste; armor with haste)
Grenadier: 1) fast tanky mage (xbow with range; armor with extra movement);
or 2) tanky mage (handbow with dodge; armor with haste)

It's not as simple as the above but it's a good indication of the DIRECTION that we want to take new equipment.

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