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This page is for general HentaiVerse playing advice. For help with shortened terms see the acronyms page. For extra help beyond this wiki simply Ask The Experts.

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Pre-Level 50

Keep stats balanced (except for int/str depending on your playstyle) and do not invest in a particular build unless you are certain. Determine which play style you think best suits you.

Mages: Weapon should be Willow/Redwood staff of Focus. Armor choice should be "of the Elementalist".

Melees: Weapon should be "of Balance" if you have problems with accuracy, but you likely won't have accuracy problems except at higher levels. You can use "of Slaughter" on main hand if you're using Dual-Wield/One-Handed style.

Picking Your Role

(See Play Styles and Fighting Styles)

All styles are viable by the end-game but vary in ease of use and affordable equipment. New players are advised to use the 1H/Light armor style as it has the most survivabiltiy, which will allow you to do higher difficulties much earlier than other playstyles. Mages are not recommended for new players because it is a glass canon playstyle that requires very good gear to kill enemies quickly before they can kill you.

All playstyles require investment in supportive spells (either cure for healing or buffs such as haste).



Light Armor

  • Leather armor : Medium mitigation, burden, and interference. Low piercing mitigation, low evade.
  • [Shade armor] : Increases attack damage, zero burden, more evade than Leather Armor, but lower damage mitigation, including no piercing mitigation.

Heavy Armor

  • Highest mitigation but also the most burden and interference.
  • Has a variant which increases attack damage (Power armor).



  • Highest damage versus single targets. Good for high difficulty Ring of Blood and legendary Arena challenges.
  • Can take advantage of 2 different procs (e.g. stun and penetrated armor) because of offhand strikes.
  • Final fighting skill can hit multiple targets.
  • Relies mostly on evade/parry for survivability.
  • Best attack speed and crit chance, but relatively low survivability.


  • Domino Strike has the chance to hit multiple targets.
    • Easiest style to apply procs on multiple monsters.


  • Usable only by equipping a Katana in mainhand and a Wakizashi in offhand.
  • Partial benefits from 2H and DW.
    • Domino Strike limited to 5 monsters.
    • Offhand damage but no parry bonus.
  • Generally only good for new (below lv.100) or advanced (above lv.300) players.
    • Does NOT give any weapon proficiencies, but benefits from existing ones.

Regardless of Build

The following are universal regardless of whether you choose a melee or a mage build.


  • Do NOT invest into abilities you do not actively use (e.g. Holy/Dark abilities if you use only Elemental). AP consumed counts across all equipment sets. Abilities only take effect if equipped in an unlocked mastery slot. At lower levels, you will have more AP than you can spend as you have not unlocked most of the available abilities yet, but this will start changing at about level 200. To get more AP, you can train the Ability Boost skill.
Ability Reason
Top Priority
HP Tank Increases health pool, massively increases survival
MP Tank Increases mana pool, greatly useful
Second Priority
(Applicable Armor & Weapon abilities) Improve with proficiency and work well with the fighting style to which they belong

Mages can ignore Staff Damage and Staff Accuracy

Better Mana Pots Mana are the most recommended type of restorative to bring into battle
Better Cure Reduces cooldown and increases the amount of hp healed. Vital as health potions are very weak in this game.
Better Regen Stronger and longer heal-over-time
Better Haste Increases how fast you attack/cast spells compared to monsters. This increases your survivability as less monsters will be able to attack you for every attack you do, and they will also charge their MP/SP skills slower.
Stronger Spirit Procs earlier and uses less SP per proc
Better Protection Solid survival boost
Better Shadow Veil Decent survival boost, especially at lower levels
Better Imperil Increases damage done using Imperil, especially good for mages
Faster Imperil Reduces cost and cooldown of Imperil as well as increases targets affected
SP Tanks Good for melee (to use Spirit Stance more) or once Spark of Life / Spirit Shield become useful
Better Spark Not as important if SoL is auto-cast, but helps to reduce MP usage otherwise. Very important once you start seeing monsters with SP bars regularly (approximately level 150+) as SP attacks deal a lot of damage and can one shot you.
Better Drain Very weak increase in damage
Faster Drain Already a fast spell, still a long cooldown
Better Absorb Just procs more often, still a weak spell. Most monsters do not deal magical attacks either, and the MP gained is very low. Only really useful to some extent when fighting certain boss monsters such as the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Better Slow Replaceable with Better MagNet once the MagNet spell becomes available
Mind Control Both spells are not highly useful even when they break less often
Better Blind, Faster Blind Weaken is more useful
Ether Theft Already occurs as part of the Mage play style

Mage Builds

Mage Philosophy

  • Glass Cannon: kill them faster than they kill you.
    • Uses primarily damage and evasion stats.
    • Fairly expensive to be powerful.

Mage Weapon

  • EDB-suffix (Surtr, Heimdall, etc.) or Destruction staff. High MDB or EDB for the elements you use.
    • Preferably Willow/Redwood if using elemental spells, Katalox if using holy/dark spells
    • Oak if you primarily use holy spells.
    • Redwood is the cheapest alternative for new players.
    • MDB > EDB = Proficiencies, Proc chance and duration preferably be 30-40% with 3-4 effective turns. The use of EDB/prof depends on the amount of EDB bonus you have.

Mage Armor

  • Matching Phase gear of the element you use, with a prefix if you can get it. Recommended to stick with one element.
    • Proficiency cloth (Demon-fiend, Heaven-sent, or Elementalist) can be used when you have insufficient funds, but are less recommended as you get higher in proficiency.
  • EDB > PAB ≥ Evade, generally speaking.

Mage Stats

(Does not include stats from equipment).

Stat Equal to Priority
STR Level * ~0.5 Lowest
DEX Level * ~0.9 Low
AGI Level * ~0.9 Low
END Level + a bit Mid
INT Level + a bit High
WIS Level + a bit High

Mage Abilities

  • Optional: Better Arcane Focus.
  • Holy/Dark Builds: Spirit Theft, Dark Imperil, Holy Imperil.
  • Elemental Builds: Spike Shield; use one that benefits your spell cycle (e.g. if you cast Cold spells a lot pick Flame Spike Shield).
  • Discouraged: Staff Damage; you rarely melee and the damage is negligible compared to your spells.

Melee Builds

Melee Philosophy

  • Efficiency and enduring attacks.
    • Uses high defenses in combined with regen spell to survive most attacks. Uses either Block, Evade or Parry as a primary defense stat.
    • Still need mana to maintain buffs / cast curative spells.

Recommended Combos

  • 2H Weapon + Light Armor
  • DW Weapons + Light Armor
  • 1H Weapon + Shield + Light Armor or 1H/Shield + power armor at higher levels

Melee Weapon

  • Ethereal versions of weapons are always preferable, especially at higher levels.
  • 1H: Rapier of Slaughter with a Force Shield with high Block chance.
  • 2H: Mace/Estoc "of Slaughter" with high attack damage and proc chance/duration.
  • DW: Rapier in your main hand for damage and Wakizashi in your offhand for the high parry chance. Preferably with "of Slaughter" suffix for main hand weapon and "of Nimble" suffix for offhand weapon. Some combinations include:
  • Club of Slaughter + Rapier of Nimble - Not viable. The chance to inflict Penetrated Armor is low.
  • Club of Nimble + Rapier of Nimble - Not viable. Too little ADB.
  • Club of Slaughter + Rapier of Balance - Good offensive combination but lacks defense.
  • Rapier of Slaughter + Wakizashi of Nimble - Plays closer to 1H (less healing used). High Parry due to DW's Parry bonus. Good for Grindfest.
  • Rapier of Slaughter + Wakizashi of Swiftness - Another combination that plays like 1H.
  • Rapier of Slaughter + Wakizashi of Balance - The most offensive DW combo.
  • Rapier of Nimble + Wakizashi of Nimble - The most defensive DW combo. Less damage due to low ADB.
  • Rapier of Balance + Wakizashi of Balance - Not recommended. Somewhat works if combined with a Shadowdancer set.
  • Rapiers/Estocs have the penetrated armor proc which lowers the enemy's damage mitigation by 25%, which is very useful when fighting bosses and rare enemeies. Maces can stun the enemy, while Axes, Shortswords, etc only have the Bleeding wound proc which does very little damage.

Melee Armor

  • Light: Leather "of Protection" or Shade "of Fleet/Shadowdancer" gear and with the "Agile" prefix if possible.
    • Shade is recommended only at higher levels as it is more difficult to repair and has lower damage mitigation.
  • Heavy: Preferably with "of Protection", "of Barrier", "of Balance" or "of Slaughter" suffix and with the "Mithril" prefix if possible.


  • Should have around 100%+ before level 200 to ensure the attacks won't miss.
  • Should aim for 150%+ after level 200 against high PL monsters that have higher evasion.

Melee Stats

(Does not include stats from equipment).

Heavy armor players should use less AGI whilst Light armor players should use more. Int provides SP which is useful for Spirit Stance, but is not necessary.

Stat Equal to Priority
STR Level + a bit High
DEX Level Mid-high
AGI Level ± a bit Mid-low
END Level + a bit High
INT Level * ~0.7 Lowest
WIS Level Mid

Melee Abilities

  • Recommended: Better Silence.
  • Optional: Better Heartseeker.

Leveling Adjustments

As you progress in levels you'll start facing monsters with increased Power Levels, mostly above PL 400 (and thus with powerful spirit attacks). Most of the fights will become significantly more difficult at roughly level 150+. There's a few adjustments you can do:

  • Lower your difficulty setting until you get accustomed to the new monsters. Try to play on at least Hard level to obtain shards.
  • Get better equipment (especially a better weapon). Do not worry if its a few levels lower than you, the stat difference isn't that big.
  • Utilize your scrolls and deprecating spells such as Weaken, Silence, and Imperil.
  • Use more buffs, such as Haste, Protection, Shadow Veil, etc.
  • It may be wise to invest in an Innate Arcana slot if you haven't already. The first slot costs 50 hath.


Principles for worthy equipment, in order of importance:

  1. Suitability to the playing style (refer to Equipment Ranges for max/min base values)
    • High weapon damage (of Slaughter) for main-hand one-handed weapons (Club, Axe) and two-handed weapons
    • High parry chance for off-hand weapons (Rapier, Wakizashi)
      • Alternatively, high attack accuracy so procs will occur more often
    • High chance/duration/damage for procs (bleeding, stun, penetrated armor, ether tap)
    • High MDB/EDB for staffs (Katalox)
    • High EDB for Phase armor
    • High evade/ADB for Shade, high crit rate for of Shadowdancer suffix
    • High mitigation (of Protection) for Plate and Power armor
    • High block rate for shields and Shielding prefixed armor
    • High ADB for Power armor of Slaughter
  2. Ethereal weapons
    • Rare and worth more than normal equips because of void damage
  3. Rarity
    • Rare equips: Wakizashi, Katana, Katalox, Phase, Shade, Power, Force
  4. Prefix
    • Better quality produces better equips
  5. Primary Attribute Bonuses
    • Make sure the equips have the best PAB for specific styles.
      • INT/WIS for mage builds.
      • STR/END/DEX for melee builds.

Low level players should look for free or cheap equipment in the WTS subforum.


  • Utilize your restoratives. They're meant to be used, not for collection.
    • It is always safe to use an item since it takes 0 action speed.
    • Draughts are best used on long battles as a weak regen. Potions are more for emergencies. Elixirs are better off for when the aforementioned 2 are on cooldown or when both effects are desired right away.
    • Low level players can obtain free draughts from some players, check the WTS forum.
  • Remember that token, trophy, and artifact drop rates are not affected by difficulty so fighting on Hard is fine for farming them.
  • Tokens of Blood used for fighting FSM/TT&T give the best return on investment. Clear all the other Ring of Blood challenges only once for their credit bonuses.
    • Consider TT&T only if you are capable of beating it at PFUDOR difficulty.

Monster Lab

  • Do not increase the INT of any monsters without magical attacks unless it is to inflate their PL.
  • Don't use happy pills instead of crystals until you have stronger monsters (PL 400+).
  • For Chaos Upgrades: Scavenging > Fortitude > Swiftness > Brutality > Dissipation > (Everything Else)
    • Remember that all chaos upgrades slow a monster's morale drain rate.
  • You can check for gifts as often as you want but remember that it takes at least 1 hour for new gifts to appear and weaker monsters likely won't have them that frequently.
    • Remember that monsters who haven't given you a gift in 3 days will acquire one automatically.
  • Remember to name your monsters' special attacks or they won't be used in combat.
  • Avoid using food if it says it will restore less than 1,000 hunger; same with Pills restoring less than 6,000 morale as this is wasteful.

Hath Perks


Resplendent Regeneration -> Effluent Ether -> Vigorous Vitality -> Suffusive Spirit1

EE/VV/SS increases your maximum HP/MP/SP but not the base HP/MP/SP, so restorative items still recover the same amounts.

1 - Mages can skip SS as it carries no benefit for them.

Crystal Perks

More valuable the more rounds you can survive in Grindfest (minimum 200+).

Innate Arcana

  • 1st: Haste
  • 2nd: Shadow Veil/Protection

Shadow Veil/Protection can be substituted with Spark of Life or Spirit Shield when you're playing on high difficulty. However, remember that putting SoL and SS on IA has risks since they can dissipate if you fall below 10% mana. SoL will not be recast if you are below 25% and its effect is triggered.

Ring of Blood Strategies

  • Universal: Weaken, Slow, Imperil, Silence. If you don't have silence, keep Spark (or Spirit Shield with over 50% health) and Haste up at all times. Shadow Veil is also good, but is not a must.
  • Mages:
    • Armor: Use those which boosts your damage in specific element. Heimdall for FSM, Fenrir for IPU.
    • Weapon: Preferably a Destruction staff with high magical damage bonus. EDB/prof staff is acceptable. High ether theft duration/chance is always a plus.
    • Strategy: Use the strongest spells of the damage type(s) matching the weakness(es) of the opponent. You can also use infusions to raise the spell's power.
  • Melee:
    • Armor: Preferably mitigation armor with high mitigation bonus. Usual armor is also okay, but you'll receive more damage.
    • Weapon(s): Void weapon is recommended (either ethereal weapon or use a voidseeker shard). For Dual Wield a club for Main Hand and a rapier as Off-hand. For two-handed, either a mace or estoc. Use the weapon with highest weapon damage.
    • Strategy: Just beware of the health left. Always keep Silence on.

Grinding Proficiencies

Proficiency grinding is mostly only needed for Deprecating and Supportive proficiencies if they are below 50-75% of your level. Weapon, armor, and magic proficiencies usually keep up with you unless you are power-leveling. It is usually not necessary to grind proficiencies unless you are trying to change playstyles as they will eventually catch up to your level anyway. It is normal for your weapon/armor proficiencies to lag behind your level by a large amount until level 250 or so, and it is normal for supportive proficiency to be much lower than your weapon/armor proficiencies.

Proficiency gain is a random chance based on how many times you attack (for weapons) or are attacked (for armor, including parries and misses). Proficiency gains for magic are based on how many times you use the skill, the chance of increasing it is based on the current MP cost of the spell.

  • Weapons - Use a weak weapon to increase the amount of hits it takes to kill a monster
  • Armor - Fight as many monsters as possible, so that more will attack you.
    • Do not use Haste when training Armor; you want monsters to attack you as often as possible. Using Haste may allow you to play on a higher difficulty level however (due to increased survivability), which has it's own rewards.
  • When grinding magic proficiencies it is recommended to change your equip according to your current proficiency level. Use cloth armor and mana-conserving staff at low proficiency to save mana, then gradually change to equips with high interference when your proficiency gain rate starts to slow down.
    • Supportive - Spam Cure. Protection is also viable.
    • Deprecating - Spam Weaken.
    • Elemental - Spam any elemental tier 1 spells.
    • Divine - Spam Smite.
    • Forbidden - Spam Corruption.


  • You can turn these in for equipment or sell them any time you want. Their value at the shrine never changes, thus there is no real point in hoarding them.
  • Trophies should never be sold to the bazaar; shrining them will almost always be worth more or at least they can be sold to players for more than the bazaar pays.


Warning: Training is a massive credit sink and generally offers very little rewards except for Adept Learner and Ability Boost. Do not start dumping all your credits into Scavenger, etc. Maxing Scavenger will cost more than 17 million credits and will only increase the chance of item drops from 10% to 12.5%; these are meant for players with a lot of credits to spend.

  • Train Adept Learner to ~100.
  • Train Ability Boost whenever you need more AP for your main abilities, as you will eventually reach a point where you have more abilities to train than AP.
  • Train Pack Rat as your item consumption dictates. Same goes for Scholar of War and Tincture. An extra point in Pack Rat can be useful to allow you to use 1 draught and potion of each type (not including elixirs).
  • Keep Scavenger, Archaeologist, LotD, and Quartermaster balanced cost-wise.
  • Set Collector isn't useful unless you have enough equipment and want to try different play styles.

Equipment Shop

  • Clicking on the padlock (padlock open.png) next to a piece of equipment prevents it from being sold (padlock closed.png).
  • Most gear in the bazaar will be very high level or of Average quality (or lower). It's usually better to buy directly from players on the WTS subforums.

The Forge

  • The first 5 upgrade levels don't require bindings (but may cost Rare Materials), thus making them relatively cost effective.
    • You will get 90% of the materials you used to upgrade an item when salvaging it, except for catalysts. Therefore, it is fairly inexpensive to upgrade items at a low level as you can salvage to get most of the materials back.
    • 5 levels of upgrade is roughly a 1.08% increase for the relevant stat. This is most effective on large stats such as attack damage, or ones in which a small increase makes a significant difference (parry, mitigation, etc). Primary Attribute Bonuses usually do not see much of an increase at low levels.
  • Do NOT spend bindings on upgrades unless you have amazing pieces of equipment, especially if it requires a rare material as well.
  • Salvage high quality common tier equipment only if its bazaar sale value is worse than the possible material(s) that would be gained.
  • Low-grade materials and wispy catalysts can be used on fair quality equipment to get easy forge experience, but grinding Forge exp is not necessary as you can always get someone else with a higher forge level to upgrade an item for you (unless it is bound to you)
  • Reforge equipment right away when it gets a potency you don't want as every level of potency requires another amnesia shard to remove.
  • Remember that stacking infusions increases their duration but not their effects.
  • Soul Fragments should never be bought. They can be easily farmed by clearing Random Encounters (regardless of difficulty).

See also