As you progress through Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris‘ campaign, you’ll be obtaining additional sword skills while mastering the intricacies of chain burst and skill connect combos. But, there’s one more factor to consider when building up your characters and preparing for combat — and that’s a character’s class. Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris features six classes (or Ex Skills) that can be unlocked via your skill tree: Scout, Berserker, Tank, Healer, SP Buffer, and Debuffer. Here’s our guide to help you out.
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Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris – Unlocking character classes
First, take a look at the default skill tree with no sword skills or classes unlocked. This is what it would normally look like if you got past the first chapter of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris without spending a lot of skill points.
As you continue to progress, however, you’ll obtain more skill points from the following:
- Leveling up
- Defeating significantly higher-level enemies
- Completing trials/challenges from various warrior statues (you can see one example below).
These skill points are necessary to unlock not just sword skills, but the remaining combat skills and passives. That’s because classes need you to attain certain criteria before they’re made available:
- Unlock all the pre-requisite perks in the skill tree that lead up to the class’ node.
- Complete the specified combat tally (ie. blocks, chain bursts, total healing done, and the like).
- Interact with a statue that will grant you its blessing (seen below).
For the required combat tallies, it seems those that are done by your allies will also count. For instance, if there’s a requirement for healing, just make sure your party members are all focused on healing everyone. As for the statues, only one specific statue found in Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris‘ game world will provide you with the unlocking requirement (so we’ve listed them down below).
Anyway, once you’ve unlocked a class’ node via your skill tree, check your skills menu/skill palette and click on the Ex Skill. This will allow you to choose a particular class for your character, including any behaviors/tactics they may end up using during battles.
Anyway, here’s an example of the skill tree where the character classes are no longer hidden after obtaining the necessary skills. However, some are still not unlocked due to missing certain requirements (ie. combat tallies or statues):
Next, here’s a close-up of the Scout skill tree which is already unlocked (look at that nifty Firespark skill that lets you do chain bursts on your own):
Now that we’re done with the basics, it’s time to take a look at the requirements for each class/Ex Skill in Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. Refer to each page below for the class/Ex Skill you wish to unlock:
Note: After you’ve unlocked the classes, you can also find out how to obtain the secret Ex skills for each class.