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  • Manually setting screenshot mode camera positions

    How to manually/numerically set your camera positions and orientations for screenshot mode

    What is screenshot mode?

    You can start screenshot mode from the menu. It gives you up to three cameras in modifiable positions around your character. When you hit the screenshot key (Print Screen by default) in this mode, it captures the normal image, but also images from each of the cameras. Since these cameras can move further away than the standard viewpoint camera, and can translate and rotate away from your character, it's a very useful mode for taking group pictures or capturing different angles.

    Why manually modify camera positions?

    There are limits the game imposes on positioning the cameras in-game. Frequently if you're near the range limit in one direction, the camera movement will get "stuck" so you can't even rotate to look at a desired angle. Camera positions set numerically do not seem to have limits, so it allows for very unique shots.

    You can also position all three cameras close together with slight differences to get a 3-D effect when put into a GIF.
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    If you do some post-processing (e.g. with Photoshop and After Effects), you can create 60 fps smooth "videos" from the three images:
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    What file to modify and how to apply?
    <Installation Path>\vindictus\appdata\en-US\cfg\<Character Name>_ssm.cfg
    

    Edit the file, save it, and restart Vindictus to apply the settings. If you set the camera position or change the options in-game and "Save", it will overwrite the file.

    What do the file contents mean?

    Default camera positions will look like this:
    <Cam0>0.000000,120.000000,50.000000,-3.000000,-90.000000,0.000000</Cam0>
    <Cam1>-120.000000,0.000000,50.000000,-3.000000,0.000000,0.000000</Cam1>
    <Cam2>0.000000,-120.000000,50.000000,-3.000000,90.000000,0.000000</Cam2>
    <Options>1,1,1,100.000000,0,1,0,0,1</Options>
    

    The <Options> are the most basic - they correspond to the screenshot mode options set in-game (gear icon at the top of the windows):
    <Options>Use Camera 1, Use Camera 2, Use Camera 3, Opacity, Hide Effects, Hide UI, Save with Screenshot Mode UI, Play Frame Stabilization, Save Hi-Res Screenshot</Options>
    

    The other three lines correspond to the position and orientation of the three cameras. The config file is zero-indexed, so Cam0 = Camera 1, Cam1 = Camera 2, Cam2 = Camera 3. The numbers are basically:
    <Cam#>X, Y, Z, Pitch, Yaw, Polar</Cam#>
    
    Angular units are in degrees. Game-generated camera angles seem to be wrapped to 0-360, except the default, which goes negative for some reason.

    X: Translation in the direction the character is looking. Positive X is in front of the character, negative is behind.
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    Y: Translation to the side of the character. Positive Y is to their left, negative is to their right.
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    Z: Translation in the vertical direction. Positive Z is up, negative is down.
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    Pitch: Angle indicating camera "tilt". Zero is looking parallel to the ground, moving it from zero to positive will tilt down, from zero to negative will tilt up.
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    Yaw: Angle indicating camera "pan". Positive looks left, negative looks right.
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    Polar: This is a confusing one. While Yaw and Pitch are angles relative to the camera reference frame, the Polar angle is a "pan" angle relative to the character reference frame. This is especially confusing because this is an overdefined position; since "roll" isn't allowed, 5 coordinates are sufficient to describe any possible position and orientation. The Polar angle is superfluous, except as a convenient modifier for changing the camera pose while maintaining its target at the player. A positive number will move the camera clockwise around the player, and a negative number will move counter-clockwise.
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    How can I make 3-D GIFs?

    The recommendation is to position one camera in-game and save the position. That will update the config file with the new position for that camera. Then close out of screenshot mode so it won't change the file any more. Copy the coordinates for the correctly-positioned camera into the other two camera coordinates, so they all have the same basic pose.

    Then make modifications to two of the camera positions to make them move how you want for the 3-D effect. If you are looking at your character, and want the effect to move around your character (like the first GIF in this post), it's easiest to just update the sixth coordinate (Polar angle) by a few degrees, with maybe a touch on Z and Pitch to move vertically while still looking at your character.

    For reference, the GIF demonstrating Polar coordinate changes had a difference of 10 degrees between each frame, while the GIF demonstrating Pitch changes had a difference of 1 degree between frames. You may want to go with 0.5-1 degree differences, depending on how far the camera is from the character.

    Once you have your images, you can use any of a number of programs or sites to turn them into a GIF, or even process them further to make a smoother video. The exact steps are outside the scope of this guide though.

    Credit

    Full credit for this guide goes to Anthonytonyboy who did the experimentation to determine what the numerical changes do, made all the images, and pushed for the guide to be made.

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    See more example 3-D GIFs on his Tumblr.
    Anthonytonyboy
  • Staff Evie Guide 2022

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    Scope and Target Audience

    This is an updated Staff Evie guide, after several patches have changed her skills, mechanics, and damage numbers. This is targeted at new and semi-experienced Staff Evies. Players entirely new to the game should look for explanations of general gameplay and mechanics in other guides, and very experienced Staff Evies probably won't get much out of this. This guide won't go through all skills individually - it assumes you have read skill descriptions and played around with the skills and mechanics enough to understand what they do.

    Let me know if information is factually inaccurate (not just differing from your opinion), or if you think any other information should be added, and I will update the guide.


    Skill Priority

    Similar to most characters, you'll want to follow this as a rough priority order when increasing skills while leveling. Disclaimer: this is just my opinion; many people have a somewhat different priority. Remember that you'll eventually have enough AP to max all skills.

    Highest priority:
    • Follow character growth goals first
    • Weapon/Armor Mastery
    • Smash Mastery/Critical Rate/Combat Mastery
    • Character-specific block/dodge/counter skills

    Get these to at least rank A:
    • Strength/Intelligence Mastery
    • Willpower Mastery
    • Agility Mastery

    Subsequent priority:
    • Character-specific commonly used skills
    • Standing Endurance/Life Flare
    • Battle Respiration/HP Potion Proficiency
    • Finish up STR/INT/WIL/AGI masteries
    • Stamina Mastery/Health Mastery/Stone Skin
    • Less-commonly-used skills

    Staff Evie-specific skill priorities

    Highest priority:
    • Focus - necessary to cast spells
    • Casting Save - very useful
    • Continual Focus - very useful, just need to unlock it

    Block/Dodge/Counter skills:
    • Mana Amber
    • Quick Step
    • Mana Shield
    • Flying Sparrow - just unlock for now, additional skill ranks just increase damage

    Commonly-used skills:
    • Primary Damage: Guided Lightning, Ice Blow, Fire Shock, Lightning Wave, Ice Spear, Fire Storm, Lightning Bolt, Ice Blast, Firebolt
    • Effect Boosters: Fire Mastery, Lightning Mastery, Ice Mastery
    • Normal Attack: Magic Arrow

    Less-commonly-used skills:
    • Healing: Healing Corona, Regeneration, Revive
    • Damage: Rage Conductor, Flying Sparrow, Eagle Talon
    • Suppression: Meteor Swarm, Reverse Gravity
    • Debuff: Clipped Wings

    Never used skills - can choose to not even unlock:
    • All Alchemy skills
    • Mana Mine
    • Hallucinate
    • Secondary Weapon Prof.

    Skill Awakenings
    • Damage on everything that can take it
    • Cooldown reduction on everything else
    • Efficient SP on the couple skills with no other options

    Focus the higher-ranked stones on Tier-3 spells for damage and Continual Focus for cooldown.


    Artifact

    Greater Werewolf Paw

    Cat and Fang don't provide much benefit.


    Terminology

    It's easier to refer to Evie's nine main spells by focus level (tier) and element rather than the spell name. So:
    • Firebolt = Tier 1 Fire = F1
    • Lightning Wave = Tier 2 Lightning = L2
    • Ice Blow = Tier 3 Ice = I3
    • etc.

    Some of her skills may be referred to by old names, like "Raze" for Rage Conductor. Others will simply use abbreviations, like "CF" for Continual Focus, or descriptive words like "hop" for Quick Step and "shield" for Mana Amber.


    General Tactics

    Cast Save and Continual Focus are some of Evie's most useful abilities. Get used to using them frequently.

    Lightning Mastery lets you restore stamina while attacking. No need to pay much attention to the stacks - just mix in more L1 or L2 when you start getting halfway down on stamina.

    Tier 3 lightning and ice spells do much more damage than Tier 1 or 2, but take the longest to charge up. Use Continual Focus to fire off two Tier 3 spells for the price of one. Combining it with Casting Save makes it easier to fire the spell off in an advantageous position or timing with the boss.
    Charge to Tier 3 -> save spell -> Continual Focus -> use saved spell -> hold right-click to immediately use another Tier 3 spell

    You generally will do more damage if you use Continual Focus to fire off two Tier-3 spells in a row. However, some bosses, situations, or play styles may call for:
    Have saved tier-3 spell -> CF -> Use saved spell -> Cast Save next tier-3 spell
    This is especially useful in Ein Lacher or other solo content, as the boss is solely focused on you. It will let you continuously have access to Tier-3 spells without ever having to charge them up. You just can't use them any faster than Continual Focus' cooldown. Also handy if a boss has somewhat small windows for attack (like during redeemer teleport phases), or if the boss is about to start attacking so you don't have time to launch a spell.

    Fire Mastery is useful for increasing the damage of fire attacks. It's most potent if you can get 2 stacks of mastery then cast F2 or F3 (because there's not much of a damage difference between the two). Don't sweat the spell order too much though - just regularly land fire spells to increase mastery stacks and damage.

    Staff Evie is mostly a mid-range character. Lightning spells have the most range (other than Rage Conductor). Those should be used when the boss is furthest away. I2 and I3 can be used when a little closer. Fire spells require being at close range to hit. If using fire spells, generally you want to Sparrow in -> F2 -> block -> F1 -> Hop next attack + Sparrow out (for a lot of reasonably fast-attacking bosses).


    Quick Keys and Other Controls

    You want to be able to use saved spells at the same time as you move forward. You can leave them at the default Alt+1/2/3, but I find it easier to at least make the first saved spell used with Tab. Others have changed all three to Q/E/R (and moved Use/Kick to something else, presumably). You can assign these in Options -> Controls -> Advanced -> Miscellaneous section -> Casting Key #1/2/3.

    Continual Focus should be your most-used ability. Put it somewhere easily accessible while still using movement keys (e.g CF on 1 with ring/pinky finger while middle finger can use forward/back).

    You may want to keep Healing Corona and Regeneration easily usable at the same time as a saved spell for reasons listed in the Bugs section below. Having a single key to use a saved spell makes this easier, than trying to hit Alt+1+<other quickslot> at the same time. I keep Regeneration on 3 and Healing Corona on 4 (keeping 2 for artifact).

    Casting a spell by assigning it to a quickslot is slower than focusing and casting it normally. You could assign spells to the extra quickslots (above/below the main bar) simply for the purposes of seeing all the cooldowns in one location. Not a requirement though.

    All other active skills are generally one-offs per battle. Put them wherever you feel comfortable, along with items.

    If you put an Alchemy Kit in a quickslot, it will gray out that slot until you hit escape anytime you switch to it. Since Alchemy is useless, I would not recommend putting a kit in a slot.


    Tricks

    Spell selection:

    Most of Staff Evie's gameplay is in managing time. Spells require different focus times (depending on tier), but they also have different windup times, duration, and recovery times that are individual to each spell. The windup time is the time between hitting the key to cast the spell, and the first damage being able to be done. At extreme ends, I1 has a nearly-instantaneous windup, while I3 has a fairly long one. Duration is how long Evie will "continue" casting the spell. Most spells are one-and-done, but L3 has an extended duration. Recovery is about the required animation time after casting the spell before Evie can move again. I1 has a fairly long recovery time, while L3 can be interrupted mid-duration, so doesn't really need any recovery. When selecting a spell to use, consider how much time you have before the boss attacks again, and maybe go for a shorter spell if you are time constrained. Also, if you are trying to squeeze in an attack right before the boss dies or does a phase change, spells with short windup are the ones to use.

    Charging spells:

    Holding right-click to increase focus level is very slow, since it will pause for a bit at each level. If, once you reach a focus level, you release right-click and immediately press and hold it again, it will begin charging to the next level faster. Getting this timing right without accidentally canceling the focus takes practice. Be aware that charging focus levels timing changes on laggy connections. You may need to watch the indicator carefully, or even just hold right-click the whole time if it's too laggy. Or just host yourself.

    If you hold right click while landing from Flying Sparrow, you will jump to focus level 2. This is slightly slower than standing and focusing using the above method, but if you need to reposition anyway it can be a good way to get a spell off quickly.

    If you have used Continual Focus and fired off a spell but then needed to dodge an attack, as long as you don't right-click to charge up the next spell, the Continual Focus effect will not be used. If you move a bit to reset everything, then charge up and use a spell (or use a saved spell), you can then Continual Focus into the next spell.

    Walking focus is much slower than standing or Sparrow->focus, and if you are halfway between focus levels and stop walking, it snaps back to the lower level. Generally don't bother using it.

    Avoiding damage:

    The shield has longer invulnerability frames than the hop. There is even a split second after dropping the shield that you are still protected.

    You can shield immediately after casting a spell (while still in recovery animation). This is very helpful in surviving boss attacks, though takes more stamina than shielding at other times.

    Shield can be activated in the middle of a hop, with no gap between i-frames. I believe there is only a tiny gap between going shield -> hop. You can be mostly invulnerable by chaining hops and shields, so long as your stamina lasts. This is useful for surviving "continuous" attacks (like Brigid's or Macha's wing-spins).

    Evie is very vulnerable when focusing or casting spells. You can hop out of focusing (don't try to hop in a particular direction or else she'll probably cast a spell instead). You can also cancel by releasing right-click and quickly clicking and releasing it again (since it starts to charge to next focus level, but releasing it cancels the charge quickly). You can't shield immediately while focusing though - you'll need to either hop->shield or cancel->shield.

    Hop has i-frames, but once you start Flying Sparrow, you lose those. Use Flying Sparrow to dodge red-attacks though, since it travels much further than the hop. You can also delay right-clicking until after the hop has i-framed the first attack, and then Flying Sparrow away from the boss to avoid follow-ups.

    You can shield in the middle of Flying Sparrow (mid-air). Once you release the shield, it will complete the sparrow (preserving momentum somehow), and you can even land into a focus level 2 if you want.

    If you have continual focus active, you can shield in between casting the first spell and casting the second, as long as you don't move. This can be handy for launching two tier-3 spells at a boss with only small windows for attack.

    The starting animation of Rage Conductor has i-frames that only red attacks can knock you out of. Generally focusing up to tier-4 takes too long to use this for intentionally dodging attacks, but if you see an attack coming as your focusing up, you can judge whether you can finish the focus before the attack hits, or if you need to abandon the charge and dodge.


    Optimal Damage Rotation

    Sandbag rotation:
    • Save L3
    • CF -> use saved L3 -> I3
    • F2 -> F1 ->F3

    This optimizes spell usage for cooldown times (assuming awakenings, I believe). If the boss is actually moving around/attacking, it's hard to keep up that strict rotation. In that case, refer to the General Tactics section.


    Party Play

    Staff Evie is a "sandbag character", meaning she shines when the boss is busy with other people and she can attack with impunity. Since she does best in a party, be considerate to your party members.

    Since Evie typically stands at some level of range from the boss, if she aggros the boss it'll be pulled away from close-range attackers who then have to chase it. If you get the boss attacking you for a long sequence (especially Romel or a redeemer boss), you won't generally be able to do many attacks between theirs anyway. It's polite to either shield in-place, or dodge attacks back towards party members to keep them in range of the boss.

    Keep an eye on your party health, and consider dropping a Corona or Regeneration if someone is getting low on health. This matters most in Redeemers (and especially Hell Redeemers) where potion resources are limited and come with downsides. In these battles, consider using a prearranged signal to indicate when you've dropped a corona so you don't need to interrupt play to type in chat. Evie has an emote (voice line) "Heal!" in the Friendship Seal shop that may work (you can assign it to F5-F11 in emote menu). Or just use "Nice!" (F1) a couple times so it shows in chat (as long as you don't make it sound like you are calling the next suppression in normal raids).

    When maxed out, the Revive skill will bring back party members with 60% of their health, as opposed to Phoenix Feathers that only restore 50%. It takes about the same time to use, but requires Evie be above half her stamina to use it, and completely drains her stamina afterwards (resulting in a brief "exhausted" animation). You can use Revive if you will have a moment to recover, but if being out of stamina will put you in danger (like in redeemers), consider just using a Phoenix Feather. If you have both bound and unbound feathers (temporal missions vs. NPC shop), you can bring two slots of feathers with you, so running out generally isn't an issue.

    Evie has two suppression skills, but both are of a shorter duration than other characters' standard holds. Meteor Swarm is a longer duration than Reverse Gravity, so generally prefer that one. If you are chaining holds on S3 raids, consider going first and last in the hold sequence (to give time to rebuild SP after first hold, if necessary).


    Bugs

    Full List compiled by Anthonytonyboy

    Beneficial:

    You can use an active skill without using any SP or putting it on cooldown if you use a cast-saved spell at the same time (or hit the skill key then the spell key immediately after). This is easiest to do if the key to use a saved spell is remapped to just one key instead of Alt+1/2/3. Theoretically what spell it is doesn't matter, but in practice I've found that a long-duration spell (like L3) is necessary to do this for Regeneration, while a mid-length build-up short duration spell like F1 works fine for Healing Corona. The Corona will still cause the 2 minute debuff where the healed party member cannot benefit again from a Corona. However, each Corona only heals up to 4 people, so 8+ parties may benefit from multiple Coronas. And the normal Corona cooldown is 3 minutes, so this still improves healing efficiency. You can practice this glitch easily on boats with Mana Mine (if you have that skill unlocked), since it has a short cooldown if you mess up.

    If you use Reverse Gravity on the sword that Epona drops after the Lazar phase, it will eliminate the encroaching circle around the party.

    Detrimental (most common ones, see Tony's post for full list):

    Evie sometimes gets animation-locked - most noticeable when you are unable to use saved spells. If you move, it breaks the lock and she can use saved spells again. Additionally, Evie can cast a saved spell basically at the same time as the Continual Focus animation is happening, but only if you are attempting to move forward. If standing still, the CF animation needs to finish before using a saved spell. Always be walking except when focusing.

    The common UI bug (invisible character names and other elements) hits Evie harder than most, since it hides her saved spells and focus level indicator. Hit the "Hide display" key (default is numpad minus) three times to cycle the UI to fix it.

    Evie sometimes gets "frozen" briefly after taking a hit to the shield. I've seen this most often with "meteor" hits from Balor, Brigid, or even Druid. This frequently leaves her vulnerable to the next meteor or other attacks. Best way to avoid this bug is just to use hop to dodge these types of attacks rather than the shield. This bug is a pain.

    Sometimes using a saved spell will result in multiple saved spells disappearing, and sometimes even a different spell being cast. They "fixed" about half of this bug, but it still happens. If you start to use an animation like "/sit" (F11) after the boss appears, this appears to prevent the bug from occurring.

    Not necessarily a bug, but if you stand right next to a boss, Evie's non-AoE spells will frequently miss. Try to avoid casting at point-blank range, especially on smaller bosses.

    If you shield immediately after casting a spell, Evie will sometimes repeat the spell animation complete with effects. She doesn't actually cast the spell again, and no damage is done, so it mostly is just additional animation time. You can hop out of it though.


    Other Guides

    Credit

    Thanks to Chim, Karpfen, and Vacuum (on Discord) for corrections about spell damage.
    Paks
  • [Official] Vindictus In-Game Cosplay Thread

    Aengoth the Jeweler from Morrowind

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  • [Official] Vindictus In-Game Cosplay Thread

    Earth (Tanaka Daichi) from the Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki (A Certain Middle-Aged Man's VRMMO Activity Log) manga

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  • [Official] Vindictus In-Game Cosplay Thread

    Susan Sto Helit from Discworld

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