Black Lotus

black-lotusINFORMATION

FROM:

  • ACCEL WORLD

LEGION:

  • NEGA NEBULUS

SPECIAL ABILITY:

  • ACCELERATION

MAIN ELEMENT:

  • NONE

ROLE:

  • ATTACKER

UNLOCK:

  • Unlocked in EP02


~SPECIAL MOVES~

 

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 NAME

 DESCRIPTION

 SP-rushing1  Death by Piercing  Rushing Attack. Charges in with one arm blade extended forward. Covers a lot of distance.

  • GAUGE COST: 200
 SP-combo2  Death by Barraging  Combo Attack. Pounces forward and delivers an uncountable amount of kicks at the speed of 100 per second.

  • GAUGE COST: 200

 

 ~INCARNATE SKILLS~

 

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 NAME

 DESCRIPTION

 I-OSS-combo3  Starburst Stream: CLEAVE  Combo Attack. Inspired by Kirito’s Dual Wield skill. Charges in and performs a lightning fast 16-hit combo with both arm blades.

  • COOLDOWN: 15
 I-projectile2  Vorpal Strike  Projectile Attack. Propels a beam of concentrated energy forward.

  • COOLDOWN: 10
 I-multi-projectile3  Starburst Stream  Multiple Projectile Attack. A projectile version of Dual Wield’s “Starburst Stream”. Sends 16 balls of energy at the target.

  • COOLDOWN: 15
 I-combo4  The Eclipse  Combo Attack. Creates a large sphere containing a 27-hit barrage of super quick attacks.

  • COOLDOWN: 30
 I-projectile4  Vorpal Strike: Burst  Projectile Attack.  A stronger version of Lotus’ Vorpal Strike. Propels a powerful beam of densely concentrated energy at the target.

  • COOLDOWN: 30

 

 ~HEALING & BUFFS~

 

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 NAME

 DESCRIPTION

 DefUPAtkDOWN  Overdrive Mode: Green  Increases Self Defense. Decreases Self Attack.

  • Defense Increase:
    • Lv1 = 33%
    • Lv500 = 50%
    • Lv1000 = 67%
  • Attack Decrease: 50%
  • Duration:
    • Lv1 = 20 Seconds
    • Lv500 = 30 Seconds
    • Lv1000 = 40 Seconds
  • COOLDOWN: 180 Seconds
 AtkUPDefDOWN  Overdrive Mode: Blue  Increases Self Attack. Decreases Self Defense.

  • Attack Increase:
    • Lv1 = 30%
    • Lv500 = 40%
    • Lv1000 = 50%
  • Defense Decrease: 100%
  • Duration:
    • Lv1 = 20 Seconds
    • Lv500 = 30 Seconds
    • Lv1000 = 40 Seconds
  • COOLDOWN: 180 Seconds

 

 ~PASSIVE SKILLS~

 

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  NAME

  DESCRIPTION

 Neo Acceleration Allows the use of faster Accel Move & Super Jump techniques.
 “Terminate Sword”  Black Lotus’ unique fighting style.
 Stamina Saver  Reduces the cost of stamina based actions by 20%.
  Increase Physical Defense  Decrease amount of damage received by physical attacks by 10%.
  Increase Status Ailment Recovery  Increases the rate of recovery from bad statuses by 20%.
  Increase Attack  Increases physical damage dealt by weapons by 10%.
Increase Special Gauge  Increases Max Special Gauge by 10%.
 Increase Special Gauge Regeneration  Increases the rate of gaining Special Gauge by 10%.
 Increase Critical Rate  Increases the probability of landing a critical strike by 20%.
 Cooldown Time Decrease  Decreases the cooldown time of Sword Skills & Special Moves by 10%.
 Increase HP  Increases Max HP by 10%.
 Switch Boost  Increases the power of Switch by 10%.
 Skill Connect Boost  Increases power of Skill Connect by 10%.
 Increase BP Drop  Increases the BP dropped by enemies by 10%.
 Cooldown Time Decrease+  Decreases the cooldown time of Sword Skills & Special Moves by 20%.
 Increase Special Gauge+  Increases Max Special Gauge by 30%.
 Increase Special Gauge Regeneration+  Increases the rate of gaining Special Gauge by 30%.
 Increase Attack+  Increases physical damage dealt by weapons by 20%.
  Switch Boost+  Increases the power of Switch by 20%.
 [Lv1000] Skill Connect Boost+  Increases power of Skill Connect by 20%.
[Lv1050] Increase Critical Rate+  Further increases the probability of landing a critical strike. (Should be 30%. Could be 40%)
[Lv1100] Boss Attacker  Increases the amount of damage dealt to Boss type monsters. (Likely between 20% & 30%)
[Lv1200] Increase HP+  Increases Max HP by 30%.

 


~HOW TO PLAY BLACK LOTUS~

This section is written as an more in-depth extension to the AW & SAO Character Overview post and is meant to be used hand in hand with the General Leveling Guide. The purpose of this How-To-Play is to offer players of all levels a skeleton plan which enables them to build their characters up to their full potential. With that being said, it is indeed recommended that you do follow the steps described here.

Accel World characters need a solid team (In particular, a competent Buffer) in order for them to truly shine. They serve as mainly Elemental Attackers and should only typically be used when the team already has all of the key characters that make up Buffer, Debuffer and Healer.

I am aware that AW characters are PvP oriented but I don’t really care about PvP so this How-To-Play is written with co-op play mind.

-Equipment Selection-

Black Lotus doesn’t have a Main Element. Therefore it makes sense to pick Elemental Equipment that is used the most or has the most boss weaknesses. In this sense Ice or Dark are your safest bet so selecting Ice/Dark Engraved Stones and Enhanced Armaments that Increase Ice/Dark Abilities would be applicable in most cases.

But since a AW characters rely on Elemental Damage for their main damage output, they can benefit greatly from simply using the appropriate Elemental Engraved Stones & Elemental Equipment for each corresponding Boss Weakness. It may appear as a hassle to constantly change equipment for every Boss Weakness but the difference is effectively Double Damage since elemental damage is multiplied by 2 if a boss is weak to that element (Also, if a boss resists an element, that specific Elemental Damage will be reduced by 90%).

For information on which each Bosses weaknesses and resistances, there are Weak/Resist spreadsheets on the Boss Guides page.

In the event that a boss is indeed Resistant to all elements, pick the Engraved Stone and the Elemental Equipment that the team will most likely end up using. Example: a Team with Strea, Seven & Kirito will result in a definite use of Enhance Earth since there is no other Elemental Enhance in the team makeup.

**For some tips on how to select the appropriate Accessories for your character, consult the Selecting Equipment guide.

-AW Combat Guide-

AW characters cannot fly. On top of this, using Special Moves consumes the Special Gauge which is only filled by landing Square & Triangle attacks. This makes AW Combat a lot more complicated as you constantly have to be attacking to build the Special Gauge meter while at the same time trying to control your altitude. But don’t worry, a little bit of practice and picking up some good habits will help you become effective at combat as well as gain enjoyment from using these characters.

Building Special Gauge Meter:

When a fight starts, you will typically always have 0 meter. It would be ideal if there was a nearby mob monster you could smack around for meter gain but if there isn’t do not rush straight to the boss. If you rush straight to the boss you could become out of range of the SAO characters buffs with increase your strength tremendously. Patiently wait for your SAO teammates to cast all of their buff skills and once they are finished, Accel Move in for combat.

Spend the first few moments of the Boss fight restricting yourself to Square and Triangle attacks in order to build a good amount of meter. You can use your Incarnate Skills to punctuate your normal attacks but the purpose here is meter building, not damage output.

Triangle attacks build the most meter but don’t use them if you have below 50% stamina. If you run out of stamina, you will simply fall straight to the ground since you will become unable to Jump, Dash, Super Jump & Accel Move which are important for maintaining altitude.

Once you have around 60%+ meter, you can start using Special Moves rather aggressively and do Skill Connect combos into Incarnate Skills. Just keep in mind that you will be restricted to building meter if you completely exhaust your meter gauge. Because of this, it is recommended that you can get into the good rhythm of using short Skill Connect combos into Incarnate Skills and then building meter while the Incarnate Skills are on cooldown.

The reason why is a good idea to never completely exhaust your meter gauge is for CHRISTMAS. “Christmas” is what I call it when a boss is either DOWNED or does an attack with long duration and is rendered completely helpless for around 30 seconds. This is the time when everyone drops what they are doing and focuses completely on damage output. A lot of AW characters wait for Christmas so they can activate their Mega Buffs and deal high damage. So if you don’t have any meter when it’s Christmas, you will miss out on your biggest chance to deal maximum damage.

Controlling Altitude:

Majority of the Bosses in this game do in fact fly. Therefore it is extremely important for characters who cannot fly to know who to maintain a stable altitude where they feel comfortable and are in full control of the situation.

Your 4 main tools for controlling altitude are Square Attacks, Jumps, Super Jumps and Accel Moves.

Since all of the tools used for Vertical Movement consume a considerable amount of Stamina, there are times when you will just have to float in a safe place and use Square Attacks in order to maintain altitude while regenerating Stamina. Square Attacks don’t use any Stamina. So if you ever run out of Stamina, use Square attacks so that you don’t fall all the way to the ground.

For advanced players, would be ideal if you could land these Square Attacks on a Boss since you could build meter at the same time. If you spot an incoming attack you can simply Jump Cancel the Square Attack into a a quick Guard. If your timing is perfect, you can Instant Block the attack and go right back into Square Attacks without losing any altitude.

Jumps can be used to maintain altitude but be careful. If you use many jumps in quick succession you will rapidly drain your Stamina Gauge and fall right to the ground in failure. For this reason, you should train yourself to use basic jumps simply for maintaining your level of altitude as opposed to long distance upward movement.

Super Jumps and Accel Moves are the tools used to cover large amounts of distance. Quite often when you use one of these techniques, you can move a lot more than intended to and be caught off guard that you are now more displaced than you expected to be. This is especially the case with the Super Jump.

When you are in a boss fight and you have fallen considerably far underneath a boss, use the Accel Move in order to get back onto the Boss’ same Altitude level. Note that this will only work if you can still lock on to the boss. Do not use the Super Jump if you can still lock on to the boss unless you are prepared to elevate much higher than the boss. If you cannot lock on to the boss it means that you are really far below a boss and a Super Jump will be needed to put you into lock-on range.

But be careful since using an Accel Move from underneath a Boss puts you directly in front of the boss and you will be vulnerable its attacks.

-Video of Offensive Skills & Sample Play-

-Using Black Lotus-

Accel World characters are built for combat. They do not have many buff skills so they do not have to worry about constantly casting buffs the way SAO characters do. Because of this, they have a lot of freedom in their playstyle and benefit a lot from being played aggressively. But keep in mind that there is a huge difference between playing Aggressively and playing Recklessly. AW characters don’t have free access to Healing Skills so you have to play with caution.

Black Lotus only has two Special Moves whereas all of her other skills are Incarnate Skills. On top of this, her only two Special Moves have relatively low Gauge Cost. This means that she doesn’t need to spend much time building meter and can focus mainly on dealing damage.

Surprisingly, majority of Black Lotus’ Sword Skills are long range projectile type attacks. Outside of this she does have a quick Skills and a Skill that covers distance. But a sensible way to play Black Lotus would be to build Skill Connect combos from long range and then cover Distance with Death by Piercing and continue the combo with her more powerful Close Range Incarnate Skills.

Death by Barraging has insane DOWN potential. Very few monsters can stay on their feet after recieving 2 or 3 of those skills. herefore, its use should be prioritized when a monster is not DOWN or is getting up. Its even viable to only store Special Gauge meter for the use of this Skill. That’s how good it is.

Black Lotus has no Super Armor in her skill set meaning that you should only attack from a distance with her projectile attacks until you see an opening. But even so, her Close Range Skills have rather long duration so you might have to focus on DOWNing a monster in order to create a chance for maximum damage output.

-Using Buff Skills-

Accel World character buffs typically provide a larger increase than SAO buffs but have a considerably shorter duration. Since Buffs can be overwritten in this game I would like to emphasize that AW chara buffs do in fact overwrite SAO Buffs, but once the AW buff duration is over, they revert back to the SAO buffs. However, This doesn’t hold true when an AW buff changes the kind of element used when it comes to Element Enhance buffs (Same Element overwrites are still good though).

“Mode Green” could be used when you have just eaten a strong attack and you are about to die. It can help if you need to pop an item Healing item but are afraid you will get hit. Just be aware that you will be unable to deal any kind of damage for the next 40 seconds.

“Mode Blue” grants the highest attack boost in the game. It makes you receive double damage so you have to use it with utmost care. Since it only lasts for max of 60 seconds, you should only use it when you can maximize damage. Using it when you have tons of Special Gauge meter or when a Boss is DOWNed will yield some incredibly good results.

-Healing-

AW characters have no access to Healing Magic. Therefore, Healing Items become their main source of HP Recovery outside of relying on Healer teammates. Since they have few skills and end up having lots of free space in their Pallet, you can equip tons of Healing Items directly to their Pallet for quick healing access.

Since using a Healing Item leaves you vulnerable to attacks, its good form to first super jump as high as you can and then use an item while falling to the ground.

When you take damage with AW characters, don’t be a hero. Pop a quick HP Regen item and then continue fighting cautiously. If you have taken considerable damage, fall back to safety and use an Ancient Fruit (Full Recovery item) or a Pure Healing Crystal (Party HP 50% Recovery item).

It would be the best thing for you, as an AW character, if you had a healer who would care about you and heal you constantly. But don’t be a burden to the team. Understand that you don’t have free access to healing and don’t fight recklessly.

 -BK’s Opinion on Black Lotus-

I’ve always had Lotus pegged as a Front Line attacker so it was kind of strange to me when she got mostly projectile based Sword Skills. Outside of bow users, she’s one of the very few characters who can actually have a playstyle centered around long range combat.

But that’s not all. Let me tell you something.

Black Lotus is extremely good.

She’s got a 50% Attack buff (Blue Knight is the only other character that gets such a high increase buff) and a close range skill with surprisingly high DOWN potential. To top it off she’s also got two really strong Grade 4 Skills. Do you know what that means?

It means that she’s actually the true Boss Bully of the game.

This one time, I walked in on Abaddon & Satet having their pre-game huddle. Believe it or not, Abaddon started sobbing uncontrolably when he heard that there was a competent Black Lotus on the opposition.

If making Abaddon sob doesn’t make Black Lotus a AW Low Key God, then man. I don’t know what does.

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