A new level of main skill, the “Absolute” skill, has been added in Black Desert Online KR. The Absolute skills are only available for the Warrior and the Ranger at the moment. It is the final level of main skills, acquirable after Awakening. The Absolute skills can deal massive damage with multiple times higher damage percentage. Additional updates for the Absolute skills are scheduled to be released after the Arena of Arsha - Fall Season.
Absolute Skills are available for most main skills except for the passive skills and some Flow skills. For example, the Warrior mainly uses Spinning Slash and Scars of Dust before Awakening. These skills have an Absolute version, but other skills like Chopping Kick, Charging Thrust, and Shield Strike also have an Absolute level.
The Absolute levels of main skills have much higher damage percentage than the regular levels the skills have, and you are not forced to use only Awakening skills anymore. On average, the Absolute Skills have 2 to 3 times higher damage than the regular version of the same skill. The damage output is as high as the damage output of Awakening skills, and it is possible to use pre-awakening skills as your primary skills even after Awakening.
One downside of the Absolute Skills is that the skills require a lot of skill points. Some Absolute Skills even require more than 50 skill points to learn, and skill point management has become more crucial. Players are still debating whether they should spend their skill points mainly on Awakening skills or Absolute skills, or should distribute the points equally between the two.
Although the Absolute Skills are available after Awakening, the skills cannot be used with Awakening weapons, as their base skills are all non-awakening. If you are planning to use the Absolute skills, you will need to switch between awakening mode and non-awakening mode a lot so it is better to learn how to skillfully switch between the two modes.
※ The term "Absolute" is a temporary translation and is subject to change when the update is live in NA/EU. The Korean term is 진 (pronounced as Jin) , and could mean Truth, Absolute, or Nature.
◆ The Warrior's Absolute Skills
◆ The Ranger's Absolute Skills
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PvP damage for Absolute: Evasion, shotgun, and pinpoint were nerfed on Saturday but it was before the tournament. According to last week's patch notes, PvP damage for the Absolute skills are set to be low for the Arsha Tournament and will be buffed after. :)