Preface Spoiler: Preface Hi guys, as I was browsing the forums etc on Toram, I noticed that while there are a lot of players new to the game looking for advice/guides but there was a distinct lack of such guides to be found. Most guides I find are either outdated or feature a close to, if not level cap build. While I do believe that one of the appeals of Toram is the freedom and flexibility of builds, sometimes, a new player just doesn't have the luxury to invest points into a character, only to change them when they don't like it. So, I decided to make this guide, based on my own knowledge and preferences, on a Shield Mage build at level 150 (When level 4 skills are first unlocked). Do note that this guide id by no means the best or perfect in any way, and is simply meant to be a guideline for new players who are lost on what to do at this first milestone of the game. Intro to Mage Spoiler: Leveling For new players, the first obstacle you will face is leveling up to 150. With regards to leveling via farming mobs, I believe there are sufficient guides out there so I won't further elaborate but generally, farm mobs close to your level, maybe slightly higher. If the mobs are too high or too low compared to your level, there is a penalty and the exp gain is minimal. For those of you who are too lazy to farm mobs, the fastest way to hit level 150 is to complete the main quest. After completing main quest, you should end up at around 140-145. Use a leveling guide to farm up to 145 and then just farm Venena Normal till 150. If you find yourself stuck at a main quest, flee from battle and then change difficulty to easy. Spoiler: More about Mages As a mage, do not expect to always top damage charts(Although it does happen a lot). While you do have a great amount of damage, many other classes can out-damage you at their peak. While saying that, being a mage has its perks. Basically, while you may not have the largest damage numbers, you provide consistent damage as spells are not affected by accuracy and won't miss. Furthermore, in my opinion at least, you do not require very expensive gears to perform well. Yes, better gears do help, but they are not a deal breaker unlike for some other classes. Finally, as a mage, you have more flexibility; you can be a DPS character, support when needed, and even farm with AOE skills. And while this guide is about Shield Mage in particular, there are many other options for what you want to equip as your weapons as a mage. Shield Mage Basically, if you choose to be a shield mage, you are trading off some of your damage for increased survivability. Here are some pros and cons of my shield mage. Spoiler: Pros - Higher survivability. - More forgiving - Easier to learn Spoiler: Cons - Less damage than other variants - Unable to use Resonance - Only 1 DPS Skill Spoiler: Play style Basically, your play style with this build is straightforward. Your main, in fact only, DPS skill is finale. However, you have a rather good amount of defensive and supportive skills to protect you and your teammates. And to be honest, finale as your damage skill is enough. In a fight, cast finale with sneak attack when your teammates have taken aggro and just repeat. Depending on what defense type is needed, cast protection/aegis. When needed, use your support skills to help out your team (Heal, Recovery etc.) Spoiler: Stats INT - 255 VIT/DEX - As you prefer. DEX for faster cast time on your support skills (Does not affect finale. It will, however, reduce its casting aggro). VIT for more HP/DEF. Spoiler: Skill Tree Legend: Required Skills Recommended Skills Optional Skills (Last Priority, By own discretion) For skills preceding required skills, all are assumed to be level 5 Magic Skills (Level 4) Impact Level 7 Required to half MP cost of next ability Level 7 makes cast time instant Finale Level 10 Main DPS Magic Mastery Level 10 Increases ATK and MATK slightly MP Charge Level 10 A must have for MP recovery Maximizer Level 10 A must have for MP recovery Use after MP Charge only, if not cast time is 10 seconds and that is detrimental in a fight Shot Skills (Level 2) Sneak Attack Level 7-10 Essential to prevent aggro from finale Take note that it does not prevent aggro from the cast time of finale, only when the finale hits. Also does not prevent aggro from support skills Survival Skills (Level 2) HP Boost Level 10 More Survivability MP Boost Level 10 To help you reach 2000 MP Play Dead Level 10 Reduces revive time greatly if you were to die Support Skills (Level 4) Heal Level 10 Massive heals (Full HP for DPS Characters in 1 heal, 2-3 heals for tanks) Can also be used to revive teammate from distance Will heal your own character if cast without a target Brave Aura Level 10 Very good damage buff Accuracy down does not affect mages at all Take note that the buff ends if you are hit Recovery Level 5 Remove ailments/prevent for a duration after cast if not ailment Useful against many bosses Take note it doesn't remove/prevent Flinches, Tumble, Knockback, Stuns Same as Heal if want to cast on self First-aid Level 10 Greatly reduces revive time of teammate when using aid ability Shield Skills Level 3/4 Protection Level 10 Good Physical Resistance Buff for whole party Aegis Level 10 Good Magic Resistance Buff for whole party Force Shield Level 10 Increase DEF and Physical Resist Magical Shield Level 10 Increase MDEF and Magic Resist Shield Bash Level 1 Combo Ender Guard Strike Level 10 Deals damage to the boss whenever you guard Battle Skills Level 4 Magic Up Level 10 Increases MATK slightly Not important at all. Only when have excess skill points Increased Energy Level 10 Increases MATK slightly Not important at all. Only when have excess skill points Assassin Skills Level 2 Backstep Level 1 Good for dodging AOE when you have no time to walk out Not as essential as compared to other mage builds since you can guard with shield. Mononofu Level 2 Shukuichi Level 1 Good for closing distance when going up against mobile bosses Spoiler: Combo Main DPS Combo: Impact - Finale (Smite) - Shield Bash (Consecutive) Spoiler: Equipment I don't really have an equipment list to recommend, but Heaven's Feather Garb is a good budget Armor choice. Well that's about it for what I can currently think of. I don't consider myself to be even close to extremely knowledgeable about the game, so if there are any suggestions or feedback, please do comment down below. The guide will constantly evolve with suggestions from the community and will hopefully come to be a very useful tool for newer players. Thank you for reading and I hope this was of help to you.