The Man-at-Arms school focuses on enhancing physical damage and defense as well as disabling enemies through crowd control such as Knock DownsCannot Move or Act
Helping Hand . However, every character should consider a one level dip for access to one of the strongest heals in the game, Cure Wounds, a free self teleport with Battering Ram, and the only knock down removal in game, Helping Hand. In the late game, Man-at-Arms offers some strong AoE buffs like Inspire and debuffs like Nullify Resistances and Terror. Flurry with a two-handed weapon that normally takes 4 AP to attack with grants 4 attacks for the AP cost of two. The damage here is very weapon dependent, unlike with magical skills.
Apart from skills, levels in Man-at-Arms unlock more talents than any other ability. Remarkably, a level 5 in Man-at-Arms is not required for any skill, but unlocks the talents "Sidewinder" and "Weather the Storm".
|Skill||Lvl Rq||Skill Lvl||AP||Min Str||Min Abil Lvl Req||Melee Weapon||Description|
Charge forward, hitting all enemies in a straight line for 50% weapon damage and chance to Knock DownCannot Move or Act
Cripple-4 AP Recovery
An enormous fist smashes your enemy and has a chance to Knock DownCannot Move or Act
Immediately heal a nearby target for X vitality.
Decreases Willpower and Bodybuilding. Sets Warm-10% Fire Resistance
Inflict a BleedingDamage Over Time
Spin around with your weapon and hit all adjacent enemies for 90% weapon damage.
Attack with a flurry of your weapon and deal 100% weapon damage.
Help a Knocked DownCannot Move or Act
|Melee Power Stance||1||3||0||8||1||Yes||
Improve damage of melee attacks. (Toggle Stance)
|Melee Precision Stance||4||6||0||9||2||Yes||
Improve chance to hit with melee attacks. (Toggle Stance)
Decreases all physical and elemental resistances of enemies around you.
Dive like a flaming Phoenix to another spot and leave behind a fire surface where you lift off.
Enter an enraged state, which drops your armor rating and dexterity, but you do more damage and have higher critical chance.
Make enemies around you flee and cover.
Perform a whirlwind attack, hitting enemies around you for 120% weapon damage.
|Ability Level||Talent Unlocked||Description|
|1||Opportunist||Gives you the ability to perform attacks of opportunity.|
|1||Thick Skin||Gives you 5 extra base armour + Man-at-arms × 2.|
|2||Picture of Health||Gives you 5% × Man-at-arms extra Vitality.|
|5||Sidewinder||Removes your defense penalty when flanked.|
|5||Weather the Storm||Gives you 5% × Man-at-arms extra Elemental Resistance.|