Announcing two new powerful abilities to add to your arsenal – Dash & Bash! To celebrate, we also have a prize box promo with select energy sales … read on for more info!
Venturing into the Clockworks has always required mastery of the martial skills central to Knighthood: stab your enemies with swords! Bomb them into component pieces and extract the loot-y bits inside! Riddle them with lasers! And also block their attacks!
Perhaps a certain dynamism was lacking, though: Spiral HQ has implemented an additional training regimen: henceforth, all Knights will be able to utilize the powerful Shield Bash move, and become masters of evasion with the speedy Dash dodge!
Both new abilities have default mappings in each control scheme, or can be set via custom controls. Read on for the official training manual!
Executing a Dash move will provide you with both a burst of speed and limited invulnerability: this will allow Knights to evade enemy attacks along with traps and hazards. The move has a cooldown period, with a graphical timer just above the quickslot bar.
When used, a Knight dashes in the direction they are currently moving, or if standing still, the direction they are facing.
Bash – or more accurately, Shield Bash – is used to charge one or more enemies. It causes a small amount of damage and, more importantly, knocks them back and stuns them for a limited amount of time. To use Shield Bash, you need a shield at full power (so the move cannot be performed after absorbing attacks). Additionally, you will need to tactically deploy
you bashing, as using the move drains some of the shield’s power. A shield bash will always be executed in the direction a Knight is facing.
Stormy Prize Box Promo
From now until June 2nd, 2013, we’re giving away free stormy Prize Boxes with select energy purchases!
Thunderbolts and Lightning: Very Very Frighting
Each Stormy Box is available with select energy purchases in game. Possible prizes include unique Storm Helmets
and Eyes of Fury
along with a rare chance at Wings of Fury
Each box also has a chance to contain a bonus item, such as a Slot Upgrades or a Heat Amplifier.
Remember: Prize Boxes require no key to open, and all items found inside a Stormy Prize Box are unbound!
With the new moves available, we also have some additions to the Player v. Player arenas:
- The Recon Cloak can now take multiple hits before breaking, much like the Guardian and Striker class abilities.
- Dash can be used in Lockdown, but not in Blast Network.
- Shield Bash cannot be used in either Lockdown or Blast Network.
- Item pills and icons have been updated with more detail!
- The weapon selector wheel can now be disabled in Preferences.
- Modifier keys can now be bound to keyboard, mouse, or gamepads. These can used as regular buttons.
- Updated/changed various minimap icons for vendors.
For more info on prizes, items, and odds, and additional notes on this week’s update, click here to visit the Spiral Knights official site.