Best Age of Wushu class – what is the best class to play?
Have you ever wanted to become a martial artist? Well, it’s no wonder you’ve decided to play Age of Wushu. Not many MMORPGs offer such an immersive gaming experience. However, the game doesn’t offer much information on how to play it. To make matters worse, the forums don’t even work.
Before you start enjoying this gaming masterpiece, read the countless fan guides on how to create your character. One of the first things you will need to choose is your school.
Unlike factions and sub-sects, schools are unique for several reasons. First, you can only be in one at a time, and when you choose to betray it, you will lose all progress associated with that school. Since you will end up camouflaging yourself and traveling through each faction and division, you must choose the right school at the start.
But how to determine which one is the best? In this list, I have ranked all the schools based on the overall benefits they offer. When compiling the list, both internal skills and skill sets were taken into account.
As always, I believe that the most important thing in any game is to have fun. If you like a particular style of play, go for it, even if it’s not the strongest. I have described what style of play each school promotes to help you make decisions.
10. Beggar sect
Disciples of the Beggar Sect like to dress in ordinary rags.
The last school on this list is Beggar’s Sec. This is the worst school you can join in the current meta. He doesn’t have any strong points. The kits are completely useless. Two decent ones, Dog Beating Staff and Dragon-Subduing Palm, are available in stronger forms for players who aren’t in the Beggar’s sect.
6th salon is just awful. He may get a buff in future patches, but in his current state I would advise you to stay away from him. Joining him will only make you weak.
9. Cult of Ming
A girl from the Ming cult prepares her arrows for a furious shot.
The Ming cult appeared before the Tien Shan as the ninth school available. However, this was a big disappointment. Neither the sets nor the inside are good enough for considering this school. Ming Cult’s only salvation may be his 4th set. While this set of spears may be suitable for PvP, it pales in comparison to the Tien Shan. As with the beggar sect, I would not recommend joining this school.
8. Valley of wanderers
A member of the Valley of the Wanderers stands in front of his sect’s fiery pit.
Many people choose the Valley of the Wanderers as their school before traveling to other sub-sects and factions. Whether you play for free or pay to win, Wanderer’s Valley offers the best PVE set in the entire game – the Blade of Doom.
Thanks to the damage accumulation mechanic, he has the highest DPS potential in the game. In addition, the rage move allows you to heal for a percentage of the damage you dealt.
Why it’s great:
Perish Blade’s vampiric effect makes it the best choice for most Age of Wushu PVE content. It even allows you to go through most of the dungeons alone, which means you won’t have to run after the loot – it will be all yours.
However, the set has its drawbacks. New bosses reduce your healing, rendering it useless. In Forbidden instances like Cloud Valley, it’s better to use ranged sets. Also, you will need sets with lots of controls for some PVE solo mini-bosses like Lingxiao heroes.
Unfortunately, this is not the case in Perish Blade. It does not have the form of a reliable CC. Rage even works against you, as it pushes mobs away from your main AoE attack.
You might be wondering why Pilgrim’s Valley is so low on this list despite having one of the best sets in the game. The answer is simple – you can get low-level chapters of Perish Blade through the script theft event, which occurs six times a week.
Although the damage dealt will be slightly lower, it’s enough. Most people play Age of Wushu because of its innovative PVP mechanics – they don’t care about dungeon crawling. So, it might not be worth going there just because of one set of skills.
And, unfortunately, other sets of this school are quite inefficient. While Windchasing Blades may be usable in mass PVP after the rework, there are plenty of better sets to choose from. The Lethal 13 Sword set was once great, but now it’s outdated – anyone with a decent set in the shop will outdo it. The rest of the sets are not even worth mentioning, since no one uses them.
As for the insides, the Valley of the Wanderers leaves much to be desired. Its 6th Inner is mediocre at best, which is why most people choose either a sub-sect or inner Jianghu. However, their 4th internal is decent in PVE – it increases your critical attack damage and adds extra healing. This makes him a great boss tank. But then again, most people don’t really care about PVE.
The valley of wanderers is different:
- Playing solo most of the game’s PVE content.
- Boss tanking
- Keeping you alive during fights
Choose the Valley of Wanderers if:
- Do you like to grind Forbidden exemplars
- You are a casual player who enjoys PVE.
- You want to farm rare items without having to split the loot between your team
7. Tien Shan sect
Two members of the Tien Shan sect engage in a chilling battle with each other.
Tienshan is the newest school to appear in Age of Wushu. When it first came out, many players abandoned their current ones to go to the Tien Shan. Was their decision justified or was it a serious mistake?
Why is it wonderful
The main and, perhaps, the only strength of the Tien Shan is its powerful 4th set – the Tien Shan Sword Skill. It has so many moves with knock-ups and stuns that it can be quite painful to fight. Even the most powerful cash packs can’t beat this pack. While this may be the only Tien Shan set worth anything, it is so good that it justified joining this school.
Unfortunately, the internal state of the Tien Shan is rather bad. This is practically the worst version of Wudang’s inner world.
What makes the Tien Shan different:
- Has the best free PVP set in the game.
- Has a lot of crowd control
- Has high damage
Choose Tien Shan if:
- If you like duels
- You don’t want to rely on your ping to win.
- You want your opponent to cry after you destroy him
Shaolin monks practice martial arts at dawn.
Shaolin is a school exclusively for male characters. While it may not be the best school in the game, it offers a powerful indoor and hardcore 1v1 PVP set. If you choose to join Shaolin, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
For example, your character is not allowed to drink alcohol at this school, otherwise you will get a lot of discipline points. Also, getting married will require you to buy an expensive item to bypass the restriction.
Why is it wonderful
After the patch fix, Long Style Boxing has become a formidable set for PVP. He has a stun that ignores yellow armor and his parry is an attack. This means that it guarantees that you will break the opponent’s parry.
Other sets are not as strong. They are too situational to be used often.
In terms of innards, Shaolin has some of the most durable in the game. Their 6th inner increases your damage and defense. At the same time, you have a chance to restore HP after being hit.
At higher levels, you will also get a third effect – whenever you are attacked, you have a chance to break free of control. Of course, these effects are at their best when you are fighting other players.
What Shaolin excels in:
- Offers some of the best defensive stats in the game.
- Excellent HP regeneration
- Lots of crowd control
Choose Shaolin if:
- Do you like the tank style of play?
- Prefer PVP oriented internal
- Ignore the few restrictions this school places on you.
- Do you like pvp
Wudang students practicing Wyvern leaving the sea movement from the Taiji Fist.
Although not exactly what it was during the 5th Inner Era, Wudang is still one of the best schools you can choose from. His internal skills and skill sets focus on damage tanking.
But unlike the Valley of the Wanderers, it works quite reliably in both PVE and PVP. Although he doesn’t have the highest DPS, the tortoise path to victory works surprisingly well.
Why it’s great:
All schools give the player 5 unique sets. However, usually only one of them is good. This is not the case with Wudang – its four kits are great for different scenarios.
The first is the famous Wind Sword. Once you get your recycling, you will use it quite often. In PVE, it offers a mechanic that is unique to only a few sets – air refilling. This means staying airborne so the AI doesn’t target you while you take out the boss. The best thing? It also has quite high DPS compared to other air tank sets.
Since you are untouchable, this is a great alternative to the more common Baneblade. He is also ranged and has an AOE knockdown. This makes it great for mass PVP as well.
Another formidable set is the tai chi sword. Or rather, two of his skills. This is Pegasus flying in the sky (commonly called a steed) and circled the moon three times. Steed swaps your HP and IP bars. This will allow you to avoid sticky situations in both PVP and PVE.
Circle the Moon restores your IP so you should use it right after Steed. While these skills have a high cooldown, they can change the course of your fights. The other moves in this set aren’t all that special, though rage is great for clearing mobs.
However, you can also get Steed and Circle the Moon through script theft, which might devalue attending this school a bit.
You will also get access to Taiji Fist. Naturally, it is not as strong as its ancient version, but it can be a valuable asset. Stroking a peacock feather makes you immune to damage for a short time. It even converts the damage you take into HP.
Fury is a high damage area stun. But more importantly, its animation lasts longer than the 7 seconds it takes before you can switch to another set. That’s why people use this set in PVP.
Upon arrival at Penglai Island, all schools received their 5th kits. In the case of Wudang, it is the Flexible Sword. You should only use this set in 1v1 PVP combat. Because it’s fast and reactive, you’ll need decent ping to use it effectively. But if your ms is low, you will be able to destroy your opponents in seconds.
6th Salon Wudang is decent. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. It revolves around tanking – every time you take damage there is a small chance that you will absorb it and reflect it back to the attacker.
While this sounds good on paper, it depends too much on luck. According to rumors, it will be significantly improved in the next patches. However, it may be years before this happens.
What does Wudang excel at:
- Tank Damage
- Extending your fights
- Area Damage
- Filling with air
Choose Wudang if:
- Do you prefer slower combat?
- You like to negate all your opponent’s damage
- Do you enjoy running single instances?
4. Royal Guard
The apprentices of the Kingsguard brandish their sabers, willing to shed the blood of their enemies.
Royal Guards is the best school for Yang based players. Since “Shaolin” and “Beggars Sect” are so ineffective, it is understandable why this is so. While their interiors are pretty lackluster, they do have some great PVP sets.
Why is it wonderful
Most people flock to the Kingsguard for the Bloody Knife skill, their powerful 4th set. He uses one blade along with a flying claw. With the Bloody Knife skill, you can quickly dash towards an enemy to deal damage.
There are a lot of DoT moves in the set that drain your opponent’s HP. In addition, the parry buff and rage move have leech properties. Sustain can be very valuable in PVP. The only downside to this set is that it depends on ping.
Although Soul-Chasing Claw is also ping-based, this is another great set for PVP. While this set of flying claws may be external, it counters most of the ranged sets in the game. With it, you can stun your enemies and pull them towards you. During its heyday, every Tangmen player despised this set.
The rest of the sets are not worth mentioning – they are essentially useless.
The same goes for the internal skills of the Royal Guard. I suggest heading to the Bloodblade Clan, a sub-sect of them, to get a good inner if you’re playing as Yang. Most players do just that.
How the Royal Guard is different:
- Disables most ranged sets
- Offers a mix of damage and support
- Good damage over time
Choose the Royal Guard if:
- If you are a Yang player
- you love pvp
- Want to counter many metasets
Tangman’s apprentice who is an expert in both poisons and ranged attacks.
Veteran players have been flocking to Tangmen since the 6th Inner came out. Their interior is one of the best offensive interiors in the game, allowing you to greatly increase your critical damage and haste.
But the real reason Tangmen is so popular is the 4th set, Invitation of the King of Hell. This is probably the strongest AoE set in the game right now.
Why is it wonderful
Although Tanman only has one powerful set, he is one of the best in the game. Hell King’s Invitation is a set of ranged darts that deal insane damage to everyone around you. The wide range and high damage already make it a formidable set.
However, there is another reason why it is so faulty – there is a special weapon that makes your ranged moves deal triple base damage. If you equip him with this set, you will dominate every massive PVP battle.
That’s more or less everything about sets. The fifth is good for 1v1, but it’s overshadowed by sets from checkout stores. So can any set, no matter how amazing, justify attending this school?
The answer is yes, because Tangmen also has one of the best free insiders in the game. It increases not only your critical damage over time, but also your critical damage rate and overall damage. These effects are great for both PVE and PVP.
Thanks to the skills of inner alchemy, you can change your characteristics and run this inner one with inner sets. Many people use it along with the palm of the Buddha to do a lot of damage.
Tangman’s second internal tank is great for PVE. At max level, it places a stacking debuff on enemies. Each stack of debuffs causes them to take additional damage from each . This makes it very popular for boss fights and can cut your clear speed in half.
The only drawback of Tangmen is the lack of defensive techniques. You can compare their playstyle to the assassin archetype in many other games – a fast and powerful glass cannon.
But with so much variety in the game, you can probably make up for it. Another problem may be that you only receive two benefits from the school. Great interior and one nice suite. The other four sets are just not as strong.
What Tangman excels at:
- The best ranged set in the game
- Incredibly Powerful Free Inside
- High area damage
Choose Tangman if:
- Do you enjoy an offensive style of play?
- You want to deal massive damage to your opponents
- I prefer long range
Disciple Emei practicing the Yue Deva Sword Technique.
Emei is an extremely powerful school. I would put him at the top of this list, if not for one drawback – only female characters can join it. It has a large inner yin as well as two extremely powerful sets. Emei offers both offensive and support capabilities.
Why is it wonderful
Emei’s first set is called Golden Diamond Soft Palm. Since its release, it has been an invaluable support set in both PVE and mainstream PVP. Rage gives nearby teammates and you a strong shield that can absorb a lot of damage.
As a member of Emei, you can upgrade it to max level, which will make it much better. The set has a range which means you can use it very safely. Further refinement followed, and Golden Diamond Soft Palm got even better. Parry is now ranged, allowing you to use it in 1v1 scenarios and completely obliterate your opponents.
The second valuable set is the Flying Sting. In terms of output DPS, he is very close to Perish Blade. Although it lacks the effect of a leech, it greatly improves your defensive stats. This is one of the most popular sets that people use in PVE.
However, it also has uses in PVP. His stun ignores yellow armor and allows you to chain your moves into devastating combos. If your opponent allows you to increase your defensive stats and damage, you have already won the duel.
The third set is Pink Cloud Strike. It has a very narrow application and is nowhere near as valuable as the others. However, AOE healing can be useful in Forbidden instances, especially when combined with the Golden Diamond Soft Palm AOE shield.
The 4th set of Emei is decent too. This is strictly a 1v1 PVP set. Although not as strong as before, it is quite decent for a school set.
This school also has an internal Emei-zing. When it comes to the inner side of Yin, it may even be the best. While you remain in combat, you will periodically gain charges. At six stacks, you will take 30% less damage and deal 30% more soft damage with your attacks. The buff lasts until you attack or are attacked three times.
This buff gives you a great combination of attack and defense, making it one of the best internal buffs in the game.
But there is also a secondary effect. If you would otherwise take lethal damage, it restores 15% of your maximum health and knocks back nearby enemies.
What Emei excels in:
- Excellent combination of offensive and defensive capabilities
- Great DPS output
- Good support kits
- Great for both PVE and PVP.
Choose Emei if:
- You want the most versatile sets in the game
- Like both PVP and PVE equally
- I prefer a well thought out fighting style
Apprentice Scientist engages in a fierce battle with a member of the Beggar Clan.
No school will give you as many benefits as Scholars. He topped my list thanks to his incredible inside and formidable kits. Like Emei, it offers both offensive and supporting moves.
To this day, Scholars has the most powerful PVP school in the game. It is open to everyone who has bothered to master the skill of cultural life. So before you try to join, make sure you have chosen to be an artist, scientist, weiqi performer, or musician.
Why is it wonderful
As I said above, Scholars has one of the best 1v1 PVP sets the school has to offer – Leisure Kick. This inner set has a rage move that can negate most of your opponent’s HP in a matter of seconds.
When set up correctly, using this technique effectively ends the fight. Just be aware that the set is very ping dependent. If you are not American, you may find it difficult to get it to work.
Scholars also have Boundless Sword, a great dual sword support set. It adds extra soft damage to your team’s attacks. Fury restores the IP of your entire team and adds even more additional damage. This makes it a great set to explore Forbidden Instances.
But the most requested move in this set is the Parry Boost, the Weapon Twist Move. This will cause you to regenerate % IP whenever an enemy hits your parry. If you don’t have the expensive Sun Moon Demon King Feather book, you will need this move in every PVE dungeon.
Unlike most schools, the rework didn’t make the first intake of Scholars so strong. The Sword of the Falling Flower is only useful in PVE due to its splash damage. The other two sets are not worth mentioning at all. Most people just don’t use them because they are terrible.
Scholars’ 6th Courtyard, Moonlit Garden, is one of the best freebies in the game. Similar to Emei, it increases your attack damage and reduces the damage you take by up to 50%. Also, it forces you to ignore a certain percentage of your opponent’s parry.
Whether you like PVP or PVE, these effects are great for both. The only downside is that the RNG is involved in triggering these effects.
Their 2nd inner is also coveted by all players. While it’s useless in combat, it’s great for moving around the world. At max level, increases movement speed by 33%. Combined with Windrider you will travel the world. You can sell higher level pages to other players and earn money this way.
What are scientists good at?
- Has one of the best free PVP sets.
- Terrible inner
- Great for supporting your teammates
- Very versatile
Choose scientists if:
- you love pvp
- Prefer abusive internal
- Want the best parry buff in the game
- Want to support your team in Forbidden Instances
Best Age of Wushu class – what is the best class to play?