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[CLASS] Striker Master Awakening Guide Part 2

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edited 5:54PM December 14, 2019 in Player Guides
Striker Master Awakening Guide
Written by Eustella (NAE)

Table of Contents
I.Class Introduction
II.Attribute Points, Skills, Builds
IV.Gems and Lapenshards

This is Part 2 of the Striker Master Awakening Guide and we will be talking about Rotation, Gems and Lapenshards, Gear and Pets.

III. Rotation

In this section we will go through rotations for both awakening builds. We will also look at all three raids and go through specific scenarios for each build.

Punch Build Rotation
Your main rotation for punch goes like this.

Shockwave Punch > Double-Fist Smash EX > Fire Dragon Uppercut > Vulcan Punch EX > Ultimate Rush.

You will want to use Mega Blow on cooldown, so if you find that Mega Blow is about to be off cooldown, it takes priority over Vulcan Punch EX and Ultimate Rush

Shockwave Punch > Double-Fist Smash EX > Fire Dragon Uppercut > Mega Blow > Ultimate Rush.


- Note that when you pop Meridian II EX and are standing on top of Holy Symbol, you will most likely have too much attack speed where you will notice that after a full rotation, your Shockwave Punch is not back up. In this case you will want to use either Giant's Fist as a filler.

Frost Pillar Temple
- You can hit Bjorn on his pillar with jump > Vulcan Punch or Fire Dragon Uppercut
- Mega Blow when you know he will stand still
- Feinting Guard to preserve EX while you chase him if he does not jump to another platform

Madrakan Spire
- Mega Blow where you think he is going to be and stand there for a few seconds.
- Anticipate where he is going to run and Shockwave > Double-Fist Smash EX as he moves.
- Can always use Fire Dragon Uppercut as he runs through you to maximize damage.
- When he breaths left then right, you can preemptively Double-Fist Smash to the other side of use Mega Blow.
- Do not Mega Blow towards the edge of the area, the AoE will disappear.
- You can chase Lukarax with Ultimate Rush

Rock 'n' Rollin Pink Bean
- Don't use Mega Blow on Mini-Beans, they will scatter from the knockback
- Hold cooldowns for when he does his yo-yo move.
- Giant's Fist eagle statue when you can but you are better off staying on boss.
- Can use Mega Blow on eagle statue but possible chance of triggering damage reflect.
- You can Shockwave Punch > Double Fist Smash the eagle statue from the base floor.

Kick Build Rotation
Your main rotation for kick is as follows:

Setup Kick > Spin Kick EX > Tornado Cutter EX > Ultimate Destroyer Kick.

Setup Kick > Spin Kick EX > Tornado Cutter EX > Mega Blow > Ultimate Destroyer Kick


- Make sure you are hitting the boss with all nine hits of Tornado Cutter EX.
- When you pop Overcome, the timing of your moves are not aligned, so use Giant's Fist as a filler when Ultimate Destroyer Kick is down. You can also choose to use Tornado Cutter as a filler as well. Make sure you are using Mega Blow on cooldown.

With the core rotation down, you want to also make sure you are using Taunting Feint every 20 seconds. This is ideal but not realistic. Sometimes you can use it earlier to prevent a lot of damage or knockback, and sometimes there is nothing to counter. Try to have as much uptime on this buff as much as possible since it is a big increase in damage.

Frost Pillar Temple
- Use Taunting Feint when he dashes to keep buff uptime.
- Do not use Mega Blow near the edge.

Madrakan Spire
- Make sure you are in front of Lukarax before he dashes so you can hit him 9 times with Tornado Cutter EX.
- At the top Taunting Feint yellow tiles if needed for buff or the AoE that pulls you in.

Rock 'n' Rollin Pink Bean
- Don't use Mega Blow on Mini-Beans as it will scatter them outwards.
- Save your cooldowns for when he does his yo-yo move.
- Taunting Feint his rolls.

IV. Gems and Lapenshards

Gems will all depend on your accessories. If you have Kandura's Pendant, Madrakan set, Eupheria pet and/or top 10 Dark Descent Belt, you will run one accuracy gem. If you do not, then you will want to run 2 accuracy gems, 7 main stat gems (DEX).


For Lapenshards you will want to go with these:

Kick Build Lapenshards

- Replace Pink Bean with Zakum, replace Eupheria with Nairin, and if you want you can swap out Veliche with Lumarigons if you wish.
- Veliche is a very strong lap with big AoE pulls and overall a good lap. It is a pain to set up Lumarigons + Gigantica + Overcome so I will be running Veliche on Kick.

Punch Build Lapenshards

- Replace Manor with Infernog and replace Eupheria with Nairin when both are high enough.

Note for both trees, you can replace whale with Wandering Blade (Paika Lap). This is only if you plan on building full crit or up to 200% crit damage to make it worth.
For Zakum, make sure you take off Eupheria for Nairin and for Punch you can cancel the animation of Lumarigon's Pride with Meridian Flow II EX then go straight into Gigantica.

V. Gear

Depending on how much you are willing to spend on your striker will depend on what accessories you will want.

Kandura's Pendant is a great choice for a necklace but is fairly expensive. It provides accuracy which is quite important in our current content, as well as the damage increase that it gives is very strong. The only downside to this accessory is that you take damage for every attack based off your maximum health. If you are not careful, do not have money to sustain potions, or don’t have a priest/soulbinder, you can end up killing yourself.

Another choice as a necklace is a Tairen Pendant. You can either work towards one of the Tairen set or you can buy a level 50/60 one. The only difference is how much gear score they give and HP. Your ideal stats are Pierce/Damage to Boss Enemies. It is a much cheaper option than the other necklaces, but it will be much weaker unless you get both of whatever stats you choose close to their max rolls. Also something to note is that if you have the money, buying accessory fodder to three socket is much easier than grinding out 27 accessories (including the one you are socketing/using).

Another good necklace would be the Siren Necklace. It is just a better level 60 absolute.

The best in slot neck however is Paika's Lapenshard Pendant. Not only does it give you 20.4k bonus attack every second for one attack, the two set bonus gives you 3% pierce which is insane. For Punch it is a bit hard to time the bonus attack proc but if you can time, you want to use it on One-Inch Punch, Mega Blow, Double Fist Smash, or the last hit of Ultimate Rush. For Kick you want to time it for Ultimate Destroyer Kick and Mega Blow.

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You have a few options for capes. You can either go with Balrog wings, Madrakan Shadow Mantle or an Absolute cape.
Madrakan Cape is the best cape for Strikers. The set effect, Madria's Whim, is very strong and is weighted more towards the good effects than bad effects. Ideally, you want Pierce/Boss but if you cannot get these two, then Pierce/Melee is also good. The other set effect is that you gain 5 accuracy which is really nice, so may swap out an accuracy gem. The biggest downside to this cape is that the drop rate is very low and if you want to buy one, they are very expensive.


Balrog wings are another great choice. It will always have Pierce/Melee so no need to worry about finding one with the stats you need as well as everyone runs Balrog for their alts, so there are a lot of wings on the market.


The last option is an Absolute Cape, and like all Absolute accessories, you can either buy a level 50 or grind a level 60 one. Your ideal stats will be Pierce/Boss but again, Pierce/Melee will be fine.

Madrakan Monarch Earrings are your best in slot earrings. When used with the cape, you gain Madria's Whim and 5 accuracy and the effect is very strong. Getting a 3 socket Madrakan Monarch Earring can be very expensive, so unless you can afford it, go with Absolute Earrings. Pierce/Boss or Pierce/Melee are your choices.


The top 10 Dark Descent Belt is extremely strong belts. There are two belts, one which is given to the person who scores the highest points in Dark Descent for their class and those who score and rank 2-10.
(left is rank 1 belt and right is rank 2-10 belt)

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Blizzard Belt can be better than the Dark Descent Belts if you can get perfect or near rolls on it.

Balrog's Lapenshard Belt is the best in slot belt because of the set effect with Paika's Lapenshard Pendant.

Note that the Dark Descent Belts have an expiration date every time you obtain them, so this means that you have get top 10 for your class every two weeks.
If you are unable to get the Dark Descent belt, then you will want to go with Tairen Belt.

Frost Ring is best in slot if you have enough accuracy. Note that Frost Ring says decrease accuracy by 4%, but through testing it only decreases your accuracy by 4 not 4%. Regardless, the 2 additional pierce you gain on top of whatever you roll makes this ring the best choice as long as you can afford it. Go with Pierce/Boss or Pierce/Melee.


If you can not afford a Frost Ring then go with an Absolute Ring. Pierce/Boss or Pierce/Melee are your choices.

Something to note is that I have suggested to either go Pierce/Boss or Pierce/Melee because attack speed is not worth on Striker as it can mess up with your skill cooldowns. As well as it is preferred to go Pierce/Boss over Pierce/Melee because Lapenshards scale with boss damage and not melee damage.
Armor, Weapon and Sets

For armor you will want to go with the epic armor. Either go with Tairen's Combat set for the 6% movement speed or the Antique Arigon set for the 20% ground mount movement speed. This is if you going from legendary armor, if you have high rolled and high enchanted Ascendant armor, you do not have to change armor. Note that epic armor gives 20 more main stat than Ascendant armor and gives more physical and magical attack.

For your weapon, you have a few options. If you are at physical pierce cap (15%) without a weapon, you can go Pierce/Fire damage. If you need the physical pierce then go with Pierce/Physical Pierce.

For legendary armor you have two choices. If you are planning on playing Punch Tree you will want to go Tairen Officer and if you plan on playing Kick Tree you will want to go Antique Infernuke.

VI. Pets
There are 3 main pets you can choose from.
Landevian is the worst choice out of the 3 pets because it gives attack speed. You will want to go with either Ishura or Eupheria. Although Ishura gives you 4% attack speed, it is a proc. It also gives you 3% boss damage which is massive. Eupheria is not as strong, however, when paired with Kandura's Pendant, you can afford to take out an accuracy gem for another main stat. The heal from Eupheria is pretty big, which allows you to sustain yourself a little bit when you drop below 30% HP. If you do not need the accuracy, go with Ishura but if you need it, or rather have accuracy over the extra damage, go with Eupheria.
The stats on the pet will depend on what you need. Even with Black Shard Nexus having pierce resistance, I still think pierce should be the one stat you will always want. The others are preference, whether you need physical pierce, or if you want accuracy. For example, my current pet is a Eupheria with 3 accuracy, 90 crit damage, and 3.6% pierce.

The Master Awakening expansion introduces new level 70 epic pets and legendary pets. A legendary pet will beat an RGB pet however, it will be a while until you get a good/usable legendary unless you have an unlimited source of mesos.

VII. Videos
I will post videos of each raid here. As of this time, I have S+ Frost Pillar Temple and Madrakan Spire.
S+ Frost Pillar Temple (Regular Awakening)
S+ Madrakan Spire (Regular Awakening)

I also stream at whenever I get the chance.

If you have any further questions, you can either message me in-game, Eustella (NAE), or on discord at Lorra#4130

This is my first guide I have ever written so apologies if there were any mistakes but hope you found this guide helpful!


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    Just FYI, you could have easily had this in one thread.
  • LorraLorra
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    NBGO wrote: »
    Just FYI, you could have easily had this in one thread.

    If I put them together I would have been 10k characters over the limit so I broke it up into 2 parts.