Dual Blade is a special branch of the Explorer Thief class. The Dual Blade is created separately, has a separate tutorial, and has a few intermediate job advancements in addition to the usual 5. Their first job+ is Blade Recruit, their second job is Blade Acolyte, their second job+ is Blade Specialist, their third job is Blade Lord, and their fourth job is Blade Master.
Dual Blades are "rogue" thieves who have strayed from their original path. Instead of following the Dark Lord, they obey Lady Syl, who blamed the Dark Lord for her father's death when in reality it was the Balrog who had killed him. As such, she created her own band of thieves, the Dual Blades, to eliminate the Dark Lord. Their base is in the Secret Garden that can be accessed through a portal in Kerning City.
The Dark Lord. It's an unfortunate name, for it brings up images of evil and fear. Yet the one who bears that title does so not because he is evil, but because he spends so much time in the dark, battling against the things that would bring Maple World down. It's a high and lonely destiny, one borne well by all those who have carried the title.
The former Dark Lord was a great man who spent his life fighting against the forces of darkness. As all Dark Lords must, he had carefully groomed possible successors. His two greatest students were a young man named Jin and his own daughter, who is known to us now only as "Lady Syl". Both were excellent students, people of great strength and moral character and he cherished and loved both of them. In turn, Lady Syl and Jin revered their teacher and developed a great affection for each other. Times were happy as they all trained and worked together.
The trouble began with an urgent request from Tristan, the Dark Lord's friend. It seemed that Balrog had been resurrected and was destroying Victoria Island. The Dark Lord immediately headed out to help but when he arrived in Sleepywood, his friend Tristan was nowhere to be found. He eventually tracked down Balrog and faced him in mortal combat. Alas, Balrog is a foe not so easily beaten for his evil is not merely physical, but spiritual as well. The Dark Lord lost his focus for a split second and allowed Balrog's evil to slip past his shields – and he lost his soul. The Dark Lord had become one of the very monsters he had spent his life defeating and began attacking Kerning City.
Jin, who had followed his master against his wishes, witnessed everything. In despair and agony, he tried to appeal to the thing that was his former master, trying to get it to remember the man of virtue and honor he once was. Alas, it was no use! Jin knew what he would have to do, what his true master would have wanted and he defeated the monster that wore his master's beloved face. Tears stinging his eyes, Jin carried the body back home to bury him in honor and succeed him as Dark Lord.
As it happened, Balrog claimed two victims that day. Lady Syl, her mind and soul shattered by the loss of her beloved father, blamed Jin for not protecting him. In time she came to believe that Jin had even engineered her father's death in order to take his position as Dark Lord. Nothing Jin could say or do could convince her that she was mistaken, that he would have given anything to save her father's life and that he never wanted to become Dark Lord in this way. It did not work. Lady Syl's heart grew cold and bitter, hating the man she had loved with a cold fury that was like a wall of ice between them.
The last time they saw one another, Jin made one last entreaty to Lady Syl, begging her to remember her father's honor and greatness and the love they had once shared. Lady Syl merely promised him that when the end came, his death would rival her father's in pain and anguish.
Now there is a secret war raging in the heart of Kerning City. Lady Syl and her Dual Blades continue her struggle against the Dark Lord from an unknown location simply known as "The Secret Garden". Her new organization is growing in strength while more and more skillful Rogues are disappearing. The Dark Lord knows that Lady Syl is getting ready to make her move, though he does not yet know what that move will be.
Meanwhile, a man named Ryden in a back alley of Kerning City begins talking to travelers here and there, making an interesting offer.
At the Secret Garden, Lady Syl takes care of her plants, gathers her forces and nurses her ever-growing rage and bitterness towards the Dark Lord.
Yet in the silence of her empty heart, a tiny ember of something she'd long thought extinguished remains. Whether it can burst into flames before she and the Dark Lord destroy one another, no one knows.
The Dual Blade job branch, unlike other Thieves, has their own tutorial, where they start in The Secret Garden. Using Daggers as primary weapons and Kataras as secondary weapons, Dual Blades utilize fast attacks, some of which can be chained together.
Dual Blades, unlike other Explorer Thieves, do not gain a job specialty skill in 2nd job, but have other abilities to make up for it. For example, Dual Blades have Shadow Meld, a buff that gives 100% critical when the player dodges attacks, as well as Final Cut, a damage buff that increases final damage temporarily. In 3rd job, they gain a skill called Mirror Image, which mimics the player's attacks, dealing extra damage at a reduced rate. This skill is also required for Mirrored Target, which allows the player to place a dummy to lure enemies away from the player and can activate Shadow Meld whenever it gets hit.
1st Job Advancement
1st Job Advancement+
At Level 20, the player will receive a lightbulb on the side from Lady Syl, asking the player to come to her private room. She will ask the player to retrieve the Mirror of Insight by heading to the Marble Room and attacking the Glass Marbles inside, dropping the Glass Marble, which the player can pick up and consume. Keep consuming these marbles until the player obtains the Mirror of Insight. Once obtained, head back to Lady Syl to advance from a Rogue to a Blade Recruit.
2nd Job+ Advancement
At Level 30, the player can return to Lady Syl's Room and talk to Lady Syl. She will allow the player into another map with the task to collect 30 Dark Marbles from the Shadow Blade Lords inside. Upon returning, he will advance you from a Blade Recruit to a Blade Acolyte.
2nd Job Advancement+
At Level 45, return to Lady Syl's Room once more and talk to Lady Syl. She will give the player the task of eliminating 99 Crocos in Kerning City's Swamp Region. Once completed, return to Lady Syl to advance from a Blade Acolyte to a Blade Specialist.
3rd Job Advancement
At Level 60, the player will receive a lightbulb on the side from the Dark Lord once again, who will teleport the player to the Chief's Residence in El Nath to speak with Arec. He will teleport the player to the Dead Mine's Holy Ground at the Snowfield, where the player must click on the Holy Stone at the bottom of the map to enter another dimension. Once there, walk to the right portal to enter the Dimensional World and defeat Dark Lord's Clone inside to obtain the Black Charm. Return to Arec with the quest item in hand to advance from a Blade Specialist to a Blade Lord.
4th Job Advancement
At Level 100, the player will receive a lightbulb on the side from Arec. After speaking to him, the player must head to Leafre and venture to the Forest of the Priest, which can be accessed by walking to Valley of the Antelope 1 and entering the portal on the top right (indicated by a wooden face-like structure) to meet Hellin. She will give the player the task to obtain the Heroic Pentagon from Manon, Herald of Heroes and the Heroic Star from Griffey Herald of Heroes. Return to Hellin and speak to her again to advance from a Blade Lord to a Blade Master.
5th Job Advancement
For information on the 5th Job Advancement, visit this page.
Post-RED Dual Blade artwork
- Originally, the Japanese version of Dual Blade is linked to Evan, where they have a misunderstanding and become enemies, and the player will fight Evan as a Level 20 boss. This was later changed back to the original storyline.
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