The Sorcerer is the Crowd Control (CC) specialist of Aion and also a fearsome dps class with the hardest hitting spells in the game. Sorcerers use their powerful CC abilities to control the flow of a fight while also casting devastatingly powerful spells to dispatch their targets quickly. This class is primarily a DPS class with excellent CC capability.
The sorcerer is the main CC class in Aion as no other class has access to such a wide variety of ways to temporarily remove targets from a battle. This alone makes the sorcerer a worthy asset to any team as they can simply CC any major threats to their party, while their party focuses on the task at hand. While a sorcerer can easily CC multiple targets, they also have access to a few AoE CC skills as well, which can easily save their party from disaster or ensure the victory of their group. In addition to this excellent utility value, sorcerers have access to some of the hardest hitting, direct damage skills in the game and are known to easily dispatch a target in both PvE with one or two spells. In PVP however they still have a more complex play style due to their lack of healing skills and physical defense that requires a knowledge of other player's skill in order to win.For armaments, sorcerers, like spiritmasters, are limited to choosing either a tome or an orb to wield while on the battlefield. While orbs provide more magic attack, increasing magical damage done, tomes provide a slightly higher degree of magical accuracy, which reduces the chance that a spell will be resisted by the target. This difference is negligible at endgame and sorcerers can pick either weapon as the individual weapons stats are of more importance and either one can be an excellent choice.
In solo PvE, sorcerers simply raze through anything set in their path. With powerful spells, such as Inferno, at their fingertips, sorcerers rarely spend much time actually taking down a target. However, should things go badly for sorcerers, they can simply use any of the many snares or CC's at their disposal to instantly make a fight more favorable for them.
In group PvE, sorcerers are often sought after for their ability to make any battle go more quickly being one of the highest DPS in the game. As most, if not all, instances feature grouping of multiple elite mobs, sorcerers can simply CC one or more of them while aiding their party in focusing down the main target. This helps to relieve pressure on both the healer and tank in their group making for a much smoother run. Also, as some instances and areas of Aion feature multiple mobs where AOES are an advantage, sorcerers are sought after to finish runs in these areas quickly and efficiently.
In solo PvP, sorcerers must react quickly in order to CC, snare or silence their target. This can require quickly using a sequence of spells so that the opponent cannot simply cleanse their effects, or do this to the sorcerer first. If by some chance, their targets actually manage to survive their first few spells, sorcerers must snare or CC their targets indefinitely or carefully time their barrage of high damage spells so as to read their opponents buffs and shields, as sorcerer high damage skills are often on long cooldowns. Sorcerers are also equipped have some utility skills that can keep them alive even through their weak armor. In addition to the shielding Stone Skin spell available to both mage classes, sorcerers also have access to Blind Leap, which enables them to instantly put distance between their target while removing any snares or movement restrictions that have been placed on them. At higher levels, they also have access to Illusion, which allows them to a physical attack. However sorcerors have limited defenses against magical attacks other than elemental ward and their CCs.
In group PvP, sorcerers provide the heavy spiking ability to quickly dispatch the designated targets of their party. Their CC ability can also be used to great effect on enemy healers or plate classes by ensuring that their party's focus targets cannot be healed during a spike or by ensuring that the enemy plate classes can effectively be ignored. If a group is well organized, a sorcerer can cast AoE CC's as well as AOE and single target stuns to instantly incapacitate an enemy group and thus allowing their party to quickly and painlessly take down their enemies one at a time..
In summary, the sorcerer is an excellent DPS class with amazing CC capabilities. While sorcerers can be fairly straightforward and easy to play in PvE, their low HP pool and fragile armor ultimately makes for a soft target in PvP. Even with Stone Skin, and instant escape skills, sorcerers do not mitigate damage well and can be taken down quickly if not played skillfully or if caught by surprise. Proper timing on spell rotations, excellent spacing, and excellent use of CC's, snares, and silence are required to excel in PvP settings.
- Sorcerers wear cloth armor.
- PvP armor sets usually add a combination of Magic Attack and Magical Accuracy manastones.
- PvE armor sets usually add Magic Attack and Crit Spell manastones.
- Excellent damage output (burst and sustained)
- Excellent CC capability
- Good utility skills
- Low survivability