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Strider is a Basic Vocation in Dragon's Dogma.

DescriptionEdit

Wielding dual daggers and a shortbow, Striders deal damage with quick speed and deadly accuracy. Striders also have trap abilities and trick arrows that allow them to confuse and disorient enemies.

Primary Weapon: Daggers

Secondary Weapon: Shortbow

Primary Offensive stat: Strength

Strengths and RoleEdit

Quick Damage Dealer: Striders deal large amounts of damage at close range using flurries of lightning quick slashes with their daggers and can rain arrows down on foes with their quick-loosing shortbow from safe distances.

Maneuverable: Striders are fast on their feet. They move around the battlefield with speed and agility. They also have the ability to use tactical rolls and double jumps to evade enemy attacks. Their shortbows are great for firing arrows in quick succession while on the move. However, they lack the range and power of the Ranger's Longbow.

Acrobat: Along with maneuverability on the battlefield, striders have the ability to maintain grapples and climb larger creatures longer and faster than any other class, allowing them extended and quick access to enemy weak spots.

Versatility: The strider class is perfect for any situation. They can serve as ranged damage dealers and assist mages/sorcerers or go in for the kill alongside other melee classes, giving them free rein on the battlefield while they use specialist pawns (Fighters, Warriors, and Mages for instance) to fill the front and back lines. As pawns, their versatility makes them able allies in a variety of combat situations.

Distraction: Dazzle Blast can stun and distract enemies from your teammates, allowing them to attack unhindered. The Ensnare/Implicate skill can be used to knock down smaller targets (Up to and including monsters the size of a Saurian), useful for stopping quick targets like wolves and opening them up to attacks. Many bow skills break through the guard of enemies and allow allies to attack freely, they also stun the enemy to stop them casting spells and skills.

Stealing Items: Striders are the only class than can steal items from enemies by using Pilfer or Master Thief.

WeaknessesEdit

Balanced Defense: Unlike the Mages or Fighters, Striders do not excel in physical or magical defenses. They promote a more balanced defense making them vulnerable to either form of damage, especially early in the game.

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All Strider Skills

All Strider Skills

Lack of Stun Power: Compared to most of the other builds in the game, Striders do not have as much ability to knock stronger enemies early in the game. Even though they can unleash a flurry of blows, it is unlikely to stun the enemies.

Speed Over Power: While the strider is the fastest of any other vocation, their damage output per hit in both melee and ranged combat is easily exceeded by the Warrior and Ranger vocations.

No blocking ability: Unable to equip shields, the Strider must rely on the dodge roll and dash skills to avoid attacks.

No sniping ability: Unlike the Ranger and Assassin, the Strider has no zoom in skill which would allow for sniper shots from afar.

SkillsEdit

Augments: 18,600 DP
Core: 6,000 DP
Bow Skills: 20,350 DP
Dagger Skills: 35,800 DP

Total: 80,750 DP

Dagger Skills:Edit

Skill Rank DP Description
Scarlet Kisses Already Learned - Concentrates a flurry of slashes on a single point, easily shredding foes with meager endurance.
Biting Wind 2 400 Dashes past the target with blades extended, delivering slashes that can be followed with further attacks on contact.
Toss and Trigger 4 700

Steps in with a blade strike that sends the target aloft. Additional button presses throw and detonate a store of powder.

Ensnare 4 900

Casts out cords to snare lightweight foes, pulling them to the ground to incapacitate them. (Limited range)

Helm Splitter 4 900 Dives through the air while spinning, blades extended. Especially effective when performed from high places.
Cutting Wind 5 900 An advanced form of Biting Wind. Slashes past the target, appending more strikes to the onslaught upon connecting with a foe.
Dazzle Hold 5 900 Casts a firework explosive into the fray that stuns nearby foes.
Reset 5 900 Returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.
Sprint 6 1,800 Leans in and dashes forward with blades drawn, ready to perform further feats with additional commands.
Advanced Trigger 6 1,400 An advanced Form of Toss and Trigger that detonates a larger store of powder.
Implicate 6 2,500 An advanced form of ensnare allowing the user to throw a snare to capture multiple targets at once. (Limited range)
Skull Splitter 6 2, 500 An advanced form of Helm Splitter that employs a faster spin to deliver a greater number of slashes during the spinning dive.
Mad Dash 6 2000 An advanced form of Sprint that reduces stamina consumption and extends the duration of the run.
Pilfer 6 2000 Steals items from foes caught unaware. Especially effective against foes who are sleeping, blinded, or being held by allies.
Hundred Kisses 7 2000 An advanced form of Scarlet Kisses that focuses a quick flurry of slashes on a single point, allowing for more strikes.
Dazzle Blast 7 2000 An advanced form of dazzle hold that tosses an explosive crafted to stun foes within a broader radius.
Instant Reset 7 2000 An advanced form of Reset employable even while under attack that returns the user to a neutral stance, eliminating openings caused by other actions.
Master Thief 8 3500 An advanced form of pilfer that lets the user steal multiple items at once and increases the chances of nabbing rare items.
Stepping Stone 8 3500 Leaps forward in a flying kick, then uses the target as a foothold to jump still higher.
Leaping Stone 9 5000 An advanced version of stepping stone. Kicks forward from an extended range, then jumps off the target high into the air.


Bow SkillsEdit

Skill Rank DP Description
Threefold Arrow Already Learned - Fires Three arrows in rapid succession.
Triad Shot 1 200 Fires three arrows in a wedge pattern.
Cloudburst Volley 1 250 Sends a wall of arrows skyward to rain down on a broad area.
Full Bend 3 700 Draws the bow with all the user's might, then looses a shot straight ahead.
Pentad Shot 4 900 An advanced form of Triad Shot that fires Five arrows in a wedge pattern instead of three.
Downpour Volley 4 1,100 An advanced form of Cloudburst Volley that expands the area of the attack.
Mighty Bend 5 1,200 An advanced form of Full Bend that requires less time to nock the arrow, enabling faster successive firing.
Splinter Dart 6 2,000 Sends up an explosive arrow that splits in mid-air, showering the area with smaller missiles. Hold the bound button after shooting then release to make it explode at the height you want.
Fivefold Flurry 7 2,000 An advanced form of Threefold Arrow that fires five arrows in rapid succession.
Fracture Dart 8 3,500 An advanced form of Splinter Dart. Sends up an explosive arrow that splits in mid-air, showering an even wider area with smaller missiles.
Whistle Dart 8 3,500 Looses an arrow that produces a piercing screech, halting foes for a moment's time.
Shriek Dart 9 5000 An advanced version of whistle dart that emits a louder cry to stun more enemies.


Core SkillsEdit

Weapon Skill Rank DP Description
Dagger Carve Already Learned - Continuous attacks with a dagger. Press X/Square repeatedly.
Dagger Two Step Already Learned - A two-level stabbing strike straight forward. Press Y/Triangle.
Dagger Vault Already Learned - Executes a jump to a higher location. Press A/X.
Dagger Roundelay 1 600 An advanced form of Two-Step that appends a whirling slash to victims. Hold Y/Triangle.
Dagger Engrave 1 800 An advanced form of a Carve that includes kicks after a flurry of dagger blows to strike at a broader range.
Dagger Double Vault 5 1,800 An advanced form of Vault that kicks at the air to propel the user in a second leap.
Dagger Forward Roll 5 2,200 Curls forward into a tumble effective as an evasive maneuver. Hold Right Bumper and press X/A.
Bow Loose Already Learned - Fires equipped bow. Can execute while moving.
Bow Quick-Loose 2 600 Requires less time to notch the next arrow after firing.


AugmentsEdit

Skill Rank DP Description
Dexterity 2 700

Enables you to clamber up cliffs and other terrain more quickly.

Endurance 2 700 Increases your maximum Stamina by 100.
Damping 3 1,300 Decreases recoil after firing a bow.
Eminence 5 2,200 Increases the damage of Jumping Attacks by 30%.
Grit 5 2,200 Halves the recovery time when you run out of stamina.
Arm-Strength 7 4,500 Halves the Stamina consumed when you cling to objects or climb terrain.

Leg-Strength

9 7,000

Makes you one weight class lighter for the purpose of moving.


StatsEdit

Base StatsEdit

HP Stamina Attack Defense Magick Attack Magick Defense
430 540 70 70 70 70


Stat GrowthEdit

HP Stamina Attack Defense Magick Attack Magick Defense
Under Lvl 10 25 25 3 3 3 2
Lvl 10+ 25 25 3 3 3 2
Lvl 100+ 5 15 1 1 1 1

TipsEdit

  • Brain Splitter (a third tier skill acquired in Dark Arisen) is probably the single most powerful attack in the entire game. A GoreChimera can be killed with just one button press. Use this in combination with the Leaping Stone skill and the Eminence augment to maximize its power.
  • Rusted Bow is arguably the most useful single weapon in the Strider's arsenal. Bring this weapon along to inflict Torpor (slow) on your enemies, then switch to your most most powerful bow. Note that the higher the enhancement of the Rusted bow, the higher the chance it will inflict Torpor. Only 9 monster classes are immune to Torpor (slow) : Griffins, Cockatrices, ghost creatures, Eye creatures, Living armor, The Ur-Dragon, The Dragon (Grigori), Death, and Daimon's second form.
  • Hundred Kisses can be performed while climbing on top of a large enemy. This is probably the best skill for Striders to employ against the Daimon forms (slow him down with a Rusted bow first to make it even easier).
  • When climbing an enemy (like a Gorecyclops or Daimon), equip the augments Opportunism (+20% strength), Arm Strength (for climbing stamina), and Adhesion (for grip). Equip Gloves of Might for even for grip and climbing speed.
  • Cutting Wind is excellent for dodging and for attacking fast enemies like Hellhounds. The move will autolock on the closest enemy if you do not aim the control stick in a specific direction.
  • Fivefold Flurry is the ranged skill you should have at all times. It's great for taking out enemies quickly without the worry of leaving yourself too exposed.
  • Instant Reset can be used to cancel out animations to rapidly repeat attacks like Brainsplitter, or to quickly stand back up after being knocked down. It can also be used for rapidly turning on and off the Lantern when the Arisen gets drenched. Also works with Assassin, Ranger and Magick Archer.
  • Strider is the first vocation one can obtain both the double vault and roll skills. These are essential for navigating terrain and dodging, as the strider has no way of blocking attacks.
  • Double Vault allows you to jump and then change direction in mid-air to either side, or forward again to gain a small increase in distance and height. This works well when chests are located in odd places where it's easier to jump forward and right rather than diagonally or attempting a large gap.
  • Use the Stepping/Leaping Stone skills to set up a combo with Skull/Brain Splitter.
  • Ensnare/Implicate works well against any foe smaller than (and including) Saurians, including Harpies and Hellhounds. It's a quick way to pull them toward you or Pilfer as they hold them down.
  • Sprint can be used to quickly close the distance between you and an enemy or to escape as well. It also serves as a slide when the Heavy Attack button (PS3: Triangle 360: Y) is pressed, enabling you to slide under a much larger foe or trip a smaller foe, causing them to fall over.
  • Being closer to one's target maximizes a bow's damage output:
Distance Damage Output
0-10 Meters High
11-25 Meters Moderate
26-30 Meters Low
31-90 Meters Very Low

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