9 Dragons is the mmorpg that has the elements of classical shaolin. Anyone who is interested in martial arts might consider giving 9 Dragons a try.
Developer(s): JoongWon Games ( http://www.joongwongames.com/ )
Publisher(s): Games Campus ( http://www.gamescampus.com/ )
9 dragons takes place in ancient China where the martial arts was rather a life style then some feature to show off. World of martial arts is divided into two main sides which are "White" clans and "Black" clans. Both sides have more than one type of martial arts school at hand but its solely up to the player to pick a side.
You start off as an apprentice of a specific school you pick and make your way up top from there. Story is basically about which school will dominate the era and how will they contribute to their own side in this long time battle of clans.
It is about the chivalry of the martial arts towards the world of that specific era. It is not a war to be won, rather; it is the domination of styles and which is a better path to pick.
9 dragons; you start game by entering a clan and play a semi-tutorial gameplay. Once you reach the chapter 1, you get to choose a role in the clan. There are different types of clans in the game but they have 4 main classes to pick from according to their role in the clan and these classify as Warrior, Healer, Nuker and Hybrid.
There are 2 main sides in 9 dragons. These are called White Clans and Black Clans. You can choose one of the sides and progress further by joining a clan of that specific side.
Wu Tang clan believes in harmony in nature. Every study they do is based on the foundation of Yin and Yang. They are also called the The Clan of Heavenly Swords. Since they rely on nature and harmony, mastering their ways comes harder than most of the rest.
Blue Dragons are the front line for the Wu Tang Clan. They use a sword for their attacks and expertise on the Wind Sword and Cloud Sword to master the speed and power comes from them on the battlefield using it to their advantage.
Their base of power comes from mastering the Chi. They are range attackers who keep their distance on the battlefield dealing devestating blows on the enemy. Although they are the damage dealer type, they have some set of skills to help them use the chi power for protective ways such as shielding themselves to avoid damage from a temporary attack coming their way.
Red Phoenixes are the main healer for Wu-Tang Clan using set of skills to heal their allies and shield them in the midts of the battle. Though they have mastered the art of Thai-Chi to be effected against enemy when needed which is based on fist combat tactics.
White Tigers basically learns a little bit of each individual classes` set of skills. They don`t get to be as good as the masters of the specific class but they will be useful in many different types of situations requiring a hand. Only skill they cant master is the sword fighting since it requires a dedicated training of a lifetime.
Shaolin monks are the masters of unarmed combat in so many ways that they can be considered as unmatched in that field. They believe in the flow of nature so all their movements are fluid like water. The techniques they use are based on animal movements due to the vast observation of the nature itself within the flow. They are not very fond of weapons; mostly they use padded gloves to fight but in need, they are masters of Staves (Bo). Since they are against violance they mostly try to incapacitate the oponent. Women are not accepted in shaolin so all monks are to be played as male characters.
Luohan Monks focus on physical training, taking it to beyond limits to accept punishment enough to kill a regular human being. They master in hand-to-hand combat but also learns the way of different weapons such as Staves to be both defensive and offensive with it enough.
They are the range type of damage dealers. They use their internal Chi and vocal skills to blast out heavy damage from afar. There is another use of internal chi for them at hand and that is to push away the pain and punishment they take and suppress is to survive another day.
Diamond Monks use knowledge and internal chi to keep their party members alive and kicking. They are good at fist fighting for more towards defensive purposes.
According to their nature, Deva Monks are lone wolves. They tend to travel around the world by themselves which led them to master the fist fighting in case of any type of danger that stand in their way. Since they are mostly loners, they also have an expertise in healing as well.
The LEAGUE of BEGGARS:
As the name implies, people in the league mostly come from streets and they are or at least used to be beggars of some sort that lived off the streets of ancient China. There is not a school to be found on the fighting style of these people; instead the life on the streets is the school for them to learn the basic moves. Since their strenght comes from being street-smart, most of their skills rely on deception on the oponent to get him off guard to take it down.
Vanguard Beggars use Drunken Monkey Style as their main way of fighting. They are also able to use weapons in a fight since they by instinct learn to use their surroundings while living off the streets. Mainly they use staves to fight but this doesn`t limit them with only single weapon. For them, everything around them thats lying around in the street might turn into a deadly weapon.
They are physically weak compared to Vanguard Beggars. But on the other hand, they use their inner spiritual power or chi to overcome great punishment by protecting themselves or deal a good amount of damage to their opponent for a safe distance.
Strategy Beggars trust in their perspective in a fight. Although they lack the physical power and figthing skills to take down an opponent fast enough, they excel at healing their allies and also increasing their capabilities temporarily by using their own inner spiritual power.
Although they are not really masters in anything, they are to be considered jack-of-all-trades. They can fight and they can heal. They are not masters them all but they will get through the day.
Heavenly Demon is the evil brother of that Wu-Tang clan. They use the similar type of expertise like sword fighting. Their motto is considered as "best type of defense is offense" so they end up not caring on the defensive side. Rather, they are fully focus on the offensive attacks for devastating blows which ends up creating the effect of evil chi. There is a reason that they are also called as Disciples of Evil.
They learn the ways of Heavenly Demon Sword and Infernal Sword to dish out some serious damage in the fronlines of an attack. Their skills are top notch with the use of a broad sword that they wield. Being fearless in any type of combat makes them very deadly and feared.
Storm Demons rely on their inner spiritual force. There are two main set of skills. Iron Demon Skills are used for protective way such as shielding themselves against damage and sort. Gold Demon Skills are used for long range chi attacks to reign down on their enemies.
They are skilled in fist fighting skills. But what they are known for is the evil skills that they have which lets them absorb opponents` inner power or chi to use it to their advantage to turn the tides on the battlefield.
Fire Demons are to be considered as all-rounders. They learn all the set of skills and ways of the other demon clans except the sword fighting.
Sacred Flower is made up of women only. They use the assassination techniques to take down their opponent. Although their set of skills require less internal power or chi than other clans, they have unique ways to approach their target using abilities such as seduction. They also have ways to control the mind of their enemy which gives them an advantage on the weaker minds.
Mistress of War:
They prefer Flying Wheel as their main weapon. Although they are deadly in close range, they have a few set of skills for the mind control abilities to lock down their target while bring death into the situation.
Mistress of Spirit:
Although they lack the physical power to stand against close range attacks, they are the masters of mind control and manipulation. They rely on their inner strenght to deal heavy damage on the battle field from a safe distance.
Mistress of Heaven:
Mistress of heaven are the main healer class for the Sacred Flower clan. They heal their allies and also increase the attack power for them to be more effective. Although they mainly focus on supporting their allies, they have the legendary dagger skills which makes them just as dangerous as any other class in the clan.
Mistress of Cloud:
They are the medium of the Sacred Flower. They learn all different types of attacks and set of skills. They are to be considered as the "scouts" of the clan.
THE BROTHERHOOD of THIEVES:
Brotherhood of thieves formed when poorer people than the medium had to gather up and back up each other up in the mountains. They usually live up and around the mountain area of China. Since it is hard on survival on high areas, thieves learned up all about raw power and putting it to good use in fighting style combined with savagery. As the weapon of choice, once used as mountaineering and hunting tools became their main weapons to lash out the full-on savagery on a non-decorated, raw and direct fighting styles.
Warrior bandits are very tough due to their living environment and conditions. It is a hard life up in the mountains so they are very strong. They use spear and axe as their main selected weapon but they also have some skills up their sleeves to confuse their opponent and take the advantage in hand especially if they are in their own territory. Knowledge about the terrain of their homeland helps them a lot during a combat situation. That is why they dont usually prefer to hang around the main city hub.
They are the master of blending in with their own environment. Since armored bandits are range class, they prefer to wear down their opponent instead of a one big deadly hit to finish of. Another reason for this is they can surely take a beating for a while but they are not as tough as the warrior bandits.
Gold Rogues are the healer/support class of the thieves clan. They can help their allies by healing them or their combat statistics for a specific duration. They are not completely helpless in a combat situation but they usually prefer to avoid going in 1 on 1.
Taishan Bandits usually can be considered as loners. They scout ahead to help their allies using the blending in techniques with the environment. They use axe for close combat and chi for their long range attacks. They have the knowledge to heal themselves in case the situation goes to their disadvantage.