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Ninjas are a subscription exclusive class. The Ninja is a fast, hard hitter that can turn their enemies into healing items. Unmatched in strength growth, a ninja can be a hard hitter for the entire game. For all of the strength a ninja gains, they eventually lose pace with soldiers and merchants in attack power due to their main weapon type (gloves) not adding attack power on its own.

Equipment Edit

The Ninja can equip cloth armors and glove weapons. Glove weapons are unique in that they all have an added status ability that has a chance to activate when a ninja attacks, and that they have no attack power on their own. Gloves can have a chance to inflict poison, curse, sleep, slow, confuse, soften or kill (instantly kills non-boss/player targets). Confuse and kill are currently restricted to unique gloves (Delicate Ninja Glove for confuse, Malevolent Gauntlet for kill).

Skill Trees Edit

Skill trees are the basis of leveling and customizing your character in NEStalgia. The skill tree menu unlocks at level 5 and at that point the player will be able to customize their character with the five points available. There are three ways to gain additional points:

  • Gain an experience level, which grants one point.
  • Progress through the plot of the game, which grants one point after completing the main quest connected to Verity's lighthouse and an additional point after completing the main quest connected to the Arctic's ice palace.
  • Spend 100,000 gold on a Greater Moon Blessing, which grants four points all at once.

As of v1.62 this allows for a maximum of 38 points to spend.

Assailant TreeEdit

BranchLevelDescriptionImage
Spirit Fingers 5 +2% chance for equipped glove status effects to trigger when attacking per point, up to a maximum of +14%. 404x318px
Fair Fight 5 +5% physical damage when outnumbered by foes in battle per point, up to a maximum of +15%.
Ambush 5 +5% chance to surprise monsters in the first round of battle per point, up to a maximum of +10%.
Pierce 20 3% spell pierce per point, up to a maximum of 12%. This branch includes the ability 5-Point.
Double Punch 5 2% chance to hit with a second half-damage blow when attacking per point, up to a maximum of 12%.
Blitz 15 +5% to multi-target ability damage per point, up to a maximum of +20%. This branch includes the ability FistFury.
Soul Eater 8 +6% to the amount of HP stored in Bottled Essence consumables per point, up to a maximum of +18%. This bonus is calculated separately from +HEAL and as such does not count against that stat's cap.
Extra Powder 25 +10 to the maximum amount of damage that Kamikaze can inflict per point, up to a maximum of +30.

Assailant Tree OverviewEdit

  • Spirit Fingers: Any ninja that wishes to maximize the chances of their glove's on-hit trait kicking in should invest as many points as they can spare in this branch.
    • Fair Fight: Later on in the game most battles will start with the ninja and their party being outnumbered, so this branch allows a way to get a quick and easy damage boost that can prove to be enough to defeat a monster in a single strike.
    • Pierce: The spell piercing is limited in use, due to a ninja's source of elemental damage being whichever enchant they choose. With that said, 5-Point can be quite handy, providing a source of high and (mostly) unblockable damage.
  • Ambush: Being able to turn a normal battle into one where the party gains first strike 5 to 10% of the time has it uses. It helps that Ambush is not connected to a different branch as well as that it is available as soon as skill trees open up.
  • Double Punch: The chance isn't a high one, but it is nonetheless a chance to inflict an additional 50% damage at no MP cost. In the long run, the 12% chance gained from this tree may prove to be enough to allow some enemies to be felled in a single round without the aid of a critical hit.
    • Blitz: This branch is of use to any ninja looking to contribute solid multi-target damage to a party. The cost per use is modest, but a ninja's naturally low MP pool can make FistFury seem as pricey as a wizard's fully powered Firewall, Blizzard or Tornado.
  • Soul Eater: Essence can be an effective way to maintain a healthy level of HP for party members and the ninja. As such, increasing the power of bottled essences without having to dedicate equipment and seed slots to +HEAL is arguably an effective use of skill points.
  • Extra Powder: Sometimes a battle calls for a ninja to take charge by... well... triggering an explosive charge. Making that explosion as big as possible is the sole purpose of this branch.

Elusion TreeEdit

BranchLevelDescriptionImage
Lightning Fast 5 +2% to agility per point, up to a maximum of +12%. This branch includes the ability NinjaNet. 404x318px
Retaliate 6 25% chance to counter with a half-damage blow after dodging an attack per point, up to a maximum of 100%.
High Jump 5 +6% chance to dodge when using JumpKick per point, up to a maximum of +18%.
Deft 15 +1% to bonus dodge per point, up to a maximum of +2%.
Cunning 5 +1% to both defense and intelligence per point, up to a maximum of +8%.
Trickster 6 +5% to all confuse and poison ability success rates per point, up to a maximum of +15%. This branch includes the ability Trick.
Lone Warrior 8 -5% to damage taken when outnumbered by foes in battle per point, up to a maximum of -15%.
Eschew 20 +6% to the dodge chance bonus of both Vanish and SmokeBomb per point, up to a maximum of +18%. This branch includes the ability SmokeBomb.

Elusion Tree OverviewEdit

  • Lightning Fast: Ninjas are already the most agile class by a fair margin, so at first glance adding more agility would seem to be overkill. However, investment in this branch is the only way for a ninja to learn how to use NinjaNet, which can allow other party members a way to attack earlier than enemies that normally would have the initiative.
    • Retailiate: Much like Double Punch, this branch gives a ninja a way to tack on additional melee damage to an enemy. Some would pause at the requirement that the ninja dodge an incoming attack, but there are multiple ways to increase a ninja's evasion and/or decrease an attacker's accuracy.
      • Deft: Additional evasion is nice, and that bonus helps increase the frequency of retaliations off of missed attacks.
  • High Jump: JumpKick has an added chance of avoiding attacks as is, but if that chance isn't enough then points in this branch will increase those odds. As with Deft and other branches that increase evasion, points in this branch will increase the odds of a counter-attack via Retaliate.
  • Cunning: In spite of having solid natural intelligence growth, ninjas are still somewhat vulnerable to magic damage when compared to classes such as warlock or wizard. Points in this branch will not only work to lessen incoming magic damage, they will also increase the damage of Essence and add extra physical defense.
    • Trickster: Trick allows a ninja to confuse a single target at a fair MP cost (5 MP, half the cost of the Confuse spell that can be learned by wizards). Further investment in the branch raises the success rate, which is always good if confusing a target is a high priority.
    • Eschew: Yet another skill branch that improves evasion, making Smokebomb and Vanish even better at keeping attacks based on accuracy from landing. As expected, that extra evasion makes for a nice synergy with Retaliate.
  • Lone Warrior: Just as Fair Fight increases physical damage when there are more enemies than allies, this branch increases overall defense. It's available early on and doesn't require investment in any other branch, so points placed in this branch can prove a good way to reduce the amount of damage taken in the early rounds of a battle.

Foundation TreeEdit

BranchLevelDescriptionImage
Stamina 5 +2% to max HP per point, up to +10%. 404x318px
Wisdom 5 +2% to max MP, up to +10%.
Luck 5 +3% chance to resist all attacks that have a randomized success rate per point, up to a maximum of +15%.
Fire/Ice/Storm Enchant 12 (Can only choose one branch to go into) +4% Fire/Ice/Strom damage added to physical attacks and 4% converted to Fire/Ice/Storm per point, both up to a maximum of +20%.

Abilities Edit

Abilities are skills that the player can use both inside and outside of battle. These abilities will either be bought on the skill tree using skill points or will be learned automatically once the player hits a certain level. Soldiers currently have no abilities that can be used out of battle.

Learned Automatically
AbilityMP CostLevelDescription
Vanish 2 1 Overworld invisibility; In battle, the ninja vanishes (increased evasion rate; first strike) and damages a single target.
JumpKick 3 3 Power up for one round then deals normal damage and stuns a single target.
Essence 4 8 Damages a single target and creates a healing item if the target dies. Healing items can not be created from bosses, mini-bosses or players.
Shuriken 7 14 Inflicts minor physical damage to an enemy group with a chance to poison.
Kamikaze 30 25? Kills the ninja and deals physical damage based on the difference between their HP at time of death and their max HP. The greater the difference, the greater the damage.
Learned from Assailant Tree
AbilityMP CostBranchDescription
5-Point 20 Pierce Deals major damage to a single target after a 5 round countdown.
FistFury 6 Blitz Inflict direct physical damage to an enemy group.
Learned from Elusion Tree
AbilityMP CostBranchDescription
NinjaNet 9 Lightning Fast Causes the slow status on an enemy group.
Trick 5 Trickster Chance to confuse a single target.
SmokeBomb 12 Eschew Vanishes and allows all allies to attack first for one round in battle.