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Job Base: Swordman
Job Type: 2-2
Changes At: Prontera Castle
Number of Skills: 18
Total Skill Points: 132
Total Quest Skills: 1
Job Bonuses
+7 +2 +7 +6 +3 +5



Crusaders are a fine blend of physical strength and faith-driven magic prowess, making them a versatile class. They are capable of melee combat with a spear or a sword and shield, of playing a supportive role in parties with beneficial magic skills, and of sacrificing their health to wield powerful holy magic.

Jobchange Guide

See Crusader Job Change Guide for detailed information.

Changing into a Crusader from a Swordman requires the player to complete a number of tasks:

  • Item Collection
  • Endurance Test
  • Written Test
  • Battle Test

After completing these tests, the player will be transformed into a Crusader. Most of this takes place inside of the Prontera Castle.


There are a few primary builds of Crusaders:

  • Grand Cross, which deals Holy magic damage to the enemy.
  • Sacrifice, which allows the crusader to take damage in place of an ally.
  • Shield, which deals ranged damage from afar.
  • Spear, which deals rapid melee damage at close range.

Grand Cross

Stat Build

  • STR: Low - Moderate
  • AGI: None
  • VIT: Low - Moderate
  • INT: Very High
  • DEX: Moderate - High
  • LUK: None

Skill Build: (Job 42 Swordsman)


Grand Cross, which is often abbreviated GC, is a skill that relies on both the Crusader's ATK and MATK to deal damamge to the enemy. Just as Grand Cross relies both on ATK and MATK to deal damage, the damage from the ATK portion is reduced by the enemy's DEF, while the MATK portion is reduced by the enemy's MDEF.

  • Strength is important due to the fact that it adds damage to the skill and also increases carrying capacity. Strength gives a noticably smaller bonus to GC damage than Intelligence however.
  • Vitality is important due to the fact that GC Crusaders tend to mob enemies to level, however the HP casting cost of Grand Cross increases as max HP increases.
  • Intelligence is very important for a Grand Cross Crusader, and many players get 9x base intelligence, many even maxing it. There are a number of reasons for this:
    • It is the primary source of damage output
    • It provides needed SP Regeneration
    • It increases the effectiveness of Heal
    • It increases the effectiveness of SP Recovery Items
  • Dexterity is important to a Grand Cross Crusader because it controls the speed of the cast. Most GC Saders will balance both this and their strength after finishing their Intelligence. It is not uncommon for a player to have a build that is very high in both Intelligence and Dexterity, and have little points allocated elsewhere.


Stat Build

Skill Build: (Job 43 - 50 Swordsman)


This will cause you to end up with 5 skill points remaining. Thoe skill points can be allocated into a higher level of guard if you find yourself needing to tank things or you like the skill, or you can max out Smite in order to stun people in WoE, and place the remaining points in either Guard or Cure.

For a crusader that will level using a Soul-Link and Shield Boomerang, it may be possible to forgo getting dexterity in favor of more agility or vitality, as Shield Boomerang never misses when under the influence of a Soul-Link.

Magnum Break is used as an AoE skill in WoE and PvP in conjunction with a weapon such as Sword Breaker or Mail Breaker to spread status or to knock people out of Cloak. It is not generally used for damage purposes.

In order to gain the best DPS with a Soul-Link, 182 attack speed is the ideal. This has to do with the animation delay of the skill. Nothing more than 182 attack speed will help when using Linked Shield Boomerang.


Stat Build

  • STR: Low - Moderate
  • AGI: Low - Moderate
  • VIT: High - Maximum
  • INT: Low - Moderate
  • DEX: High - Maximum
  • LUK: None

Skill Build (Job 46 - 50 Swordsman)


This build is generally reliant on parties for leveling, as they typically have low strength and intelligence. This is not a soloing character, however it is probably the most useful of all of the crusader builds for WoE. It utilizes high vitality and high dexterity to quickly cast Sacrifice on any characters that would make good use of more HP or an uninterruptable cast time.

Agility Spear Crusader

Stat Build

  • STR: Moderate - High
  • AGI: High - Maximum
  • INT: Low - Moderate
  • VIT: Low - Moderate
  • DEX: Low - Moderate
  • LUK: Low

Skill Build (Job 42 Swordsman)

(Crusader with unused skill points)

Some builds will occasionally forsake the PecoPeco Riding and Holy Cross skills in order to get a high level of Heal.

This build emphasizes doing powerful normal attacks at a rapid rate. Leveling spots include places such as Byalan Island and Ice Dungeon, as well as any map that standard melee characters level at. The class plays similar to the more familiar Agility Knight.


Grand Cross: Shield:
Upper: Upper:
Helm [1] Helm [1]
Beret Beret
Feather Beret Feather Beret
Dress Hat [1] Dress Hat [1]
Cute Ribbon Alice Doll [1]
Grand Circlet -
Mid: Mid:
Robo Eye Robo Eye
Sunglasses [1] Sunglasses [1]
Fin Helm Fin Helm
- Masquerade
Lower: Lower
Evolved Pipe Evolved Pipe
Iron Cain Iron Cain
Pirate Dagger -
Armor: Armor:
Glittering Jacket [1] Glittering Jacket [1]
Formal Suit Formal Suit
Odin's Blessing Odin's Blessing
Weapon: Weapon:
Haedonggum [2] Blade [4]
Flamberge [2] Main Gauche [4]
Tsurugi [2] Mailbreaker
- Swordbreaker
Shield: Shield:
Shield [1] Cross Shield [1]
Sacred Mission [1] Stone Buckler [1]
Stone Buckler [1] -
Useful GC Cards: Useful Shield Cards:
Headgear: Headgear:
Elder Willow Card Cramp
Isilla Card Vanberk Card
Incubus Card Incubus Card
Willow Card Willow Card
Permeter Card Permeter Card
Armor: Armor:
Angeling Card Mineral Card
Archdam Card Archdam Card
Marc Card Marc Card
Porcellio Card Pasana Card
- Dokebi Card
- Swordfish Card
- Roda Frog Card
Weapon: Weapon:
Andre Card Anacondaq Card
Wolf Card Hydra Card
Zipper Bear Card Orc Lady Card
Zenorc Card Vadon Card
Shield: Shield:
Thara Frog Card Thara Frog Card
- Tamruan Card
Garment: Garment:
Raydric Card Raydric Card
Accessory: Accessory:
Heater Card Heater Card
Zerom Card Mantis Card
- Tarou Card

Class Data


See Swordsman Skills for first class skills.

Skill Description Levels Type
Cavalier Mastery.png Cavalier Mastery
Reduces the 50% ASPD penalty when riding a PecoPeco. 5 Passive
Cure.png Cure
Cures the target from Silence, Chaos and Blind status effects. 1 Supportive
Defending Aura.png Defending Aura
Reduce incoming ranged damage; protects party members via Sacrifice. 5 Supportive
Demon Bane.png Demon Bane
Increases attack against against Demons and Undead monsters by up to 30. 10 Passive
Divine Protection.png Divine Protection
Increases VIT defense against Demons and Undead monsters by up to 30. 10 Passive
Faith.png Faith
Increases Max HP and resistance to Holy-property attacks. 10 Passive
Grand Cross.png Grand Cross
Summons a Grand Cross around the caster, damaging the caster and enemies with Holy property waves. 10 Offensive
Guard.png Guard
Blocks physical attacks with a Shield by chance for 300 seconds. 10 Supportive
Heal.png Heal
Restore a target's HP, or damage Undead targets. 10 Supportive
Holy Cross.png Holy Cross
Summon a holy cross that inflicts Holy damage on a target, blinding it by chance. 10 Offensive
Peco Peco Ride.png Peco Peco Ride
Enables Knights or Crusaders to ride a Peco Peco. 1 Passive
Resistant Souls.png Resistant Souls
Temporarily increase resistance against Demon race and Holy property attacks. 5 Supportive
Sacrifice.png Sacrifice
Protects a party member by taking all of the damage inflicted on said party member. 5 Supportive
Shield Boomerang.png Shield Boomerang
Throw your shield at an enemy, dealing damage based on ATK and the shield's properties. 5 Offensive
Shield Reflect.png Shield Reflect
Reflect a fraction of the damage received back at an enemy. 10 Supportive
Smite.png Smite
Hurl your shield at an enemy, dealing damage based on ATK and knocking them back. 5 Offensive
Spear Mastery.png Spear Mastery
Adds +4 ATK (+5 while on a PecoPeco) per skill level to Spear weapons. 10 Passive
Spear Quicken.png Spear Quicken
Temporarily increase Attack Speed when using a Two-Handed Spear. 10 Supportive

Quest Skills

Skill Description Levels Type Job Level
Shrink.png Shrink
Adds a chance to knock back opponents when you successfully block an attack with Guard. 1 Active None Shrink Quest

Soul Link

See Crusader Spirit.

Job Bonuses

Stat Bonus +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +11 +12
STR 7 11 17 23 25 32 48 - - - - -
AGI 30 36 - - - - - - - - - -
VIT 12 15 22 40 41 46 50 - - - - -
INT 9 20 21 35 38 44 - - - - - -
DEX 14 28 34 - - - - - - - - -
LUK 1 2 3 4 5 - - - - - - -


See Also

External Links

Crusader & Paladin
2nd Class
Cavalier Mastery • Cure • Defending Aura • Demon Bane • Divine Protection • Faith • Grand Cross • Guard • Heal • Holy Cross • Peco Peco Ride • Resistant Souls • Sacrifice • Shield Boomerang • Shrink • Smite • Spear Mastery • Spear Quicken
Battle Chant • Gloria Domini • Martyr's Reckoning • Rapid Smiting
Quests Crusader Job Change Guide • Crusader Skill Quest • Rebirth Walkthrough
Weapons One Handed Sword • Spear • Two Handed Sword
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