Non-combat abilities are cool

Massively OP had a discussion topic on non-combat abilities yesterday. It’s a topic I care about, if only MMORPGs had more non-violent or flavourful abilities I’d be happy! Combat remains the main focus of most character skills in all the games I play but here are a few fun, if not always very useful abilities:

Infravision, Everquest 2

Everquest 2 is a remarkably broad and detailed game, I could have written this post with just EQ2 examples. It has Infravision for some races, which gives you a trippy ‘heat-vision’ style view of the world, like if you wear night-vision goggles. It also has blurred underwater vision, a condition that can be fixed through various spells and consumable items.

Eye of Kilrogg, World of Warcraft

There are plenty of WoW skills, past and present, that are just fun to play with. The Warlock spell Eye of Kilrogg is particularly fun, however. It gives you a remote control eyeball to zoom around with – great for mapping areas in relative safely, or for just seeing how far you can get it away from your character before the spell runs out.

Portal Entre, Guild Wars 2

A helping hand

This spell has some combat utility I suppose, but honestly I only ever slot it on my Mesmer when we’re trying to do jumping puzzles or the like. Being able to drop a portal down to a lower level, either as a safety net to jump back after an attempted jump, or as a shortcut back up if one of us falls, can be such a time-saver!

What’s your favourite non-combat ability in a MMORPG?

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4 Responses to Non-combat abilities are cool

  1. I have a soft spot for Eye of Kilrogg mainly because it’s a throwback to Warcraft II. The nostalgia is real.

    Also the Companion Dance skill in SWTOR is never not delightful.

  2. Moongy says:

    That’s one of the main things I hate in FFXIV, aside from bard’s instruments all classes are lacking non-combat abilities that would make them feel unique. Same with SWTOR, which is even more barebones.

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