Dragoon

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Dragoon Guide by dbull620

Basic rule on horse equipment: high balance horse equipment means sacrificing acceleration, and vice versa
Non-AGI: prioritize balance to make yourself harder to dismount (metal or scale horse armor)
AGI: prioritize acceleration since dodge takes care of sacrificed balance (leather horse armor)

Standard Build Dragoon - Enkidu or Myrine (standard killing machine build, you cannot go wrong with this build since you deal much damage while having enough survivability to kill another)
99 STR / 50+ DEX / rest in STA
50 in Horsemanship / rest in Thrust

Alternative STR-Build Dragoon - Human (sacrifices some STR for increased attack speed, allowing you to land more hits especially if you aim to dismount - also, that relatively high dodge can work miracles at the heat of battle)
80 Str/~50 dex/ ~50 Sta/Rest Agi
50(47) in Horsemanship/71 in Thrust/23(26) in Defense

Glass Sword Dragoon (powerful no-nonsense killer build while mounted, but for obvious reasons run for your dear life once you're off your horse!)
99 STR/rest DEX
50 Mounts/71 Slash/12 Cleave

Melee-Charging Dragoon (standard AGI-based close combat build, most suited for engaging foot soldiers since their attacks will likely miss and you can choose to either nubcharge or engage in melee to finish them off)
90 AGI/70 STR/rest DEX
54 Thrust/26 Slash/50 Mounts/8 Evasion

Countercavalry-Charging Dragoon (an advanced build for skilled players because it sacrifices melee power for evasion - extremely effective against scout-types and engaging other horsemen as long as you can perfect your charge timing and maneuvering)
99 AGI/60 DEX/rest STR
71 Thrust/49(50) Mounts/16(8) Evasion

Fanatical Dragoon (for those whose source of joy is humiliating other horsemen by dismounting them without yourself getting dismounted in return, the high DEX and added Concentration skill work miracles in tandem with Dismounting Stab and Horse Assault)
99 AGI/rest DEX
71 Thrust/26 Slash/44 Mounts

Truly Fanatical Dragoon (a notch higher than the abovementioned, the user dismounts annoying enemies and finish them off with nubcharging - an advanced build of its own since you're at risk of being dismounted yourself and is especially suited for skilled players)
99 DEX/rest STA or STR
71 Thrust/26 Slash/44 Mounts

Trolling Dragoon (for those who simply want to annoy enemies - after all, provocation causes untrained enemies to do mistakes - but just make sure you avoid warlords or fanatical Dragoons)
99 AGI/rest STA
71 Thrust/50 Mounts/12 Defend

Dragoon Skill Limits

Melee Finesse Prayer Special
Slash Thrust Cleave Bash Defense Ranged Evasion Grace Exorcism Horsemanship
Default 5 2 5 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
Max 60 90 60 30 50 20 20 0 0 70
Skills 5/7 6/6 5/6 2/7 5/8 2/8 2/8 0 0 3/3

Class Skills

Warrior Skills
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
warrior-05.png Warrior L5 Provoke 0 0 / 15s / 1s Taunt a monster
warrior-12.png Warrior L12 Brewer passive Potions 12% more effective
warrior-18.png Warrior L15 Lunge 25 0 / 30s / 120s Increase Attack Speed (Melee Weapon)
gladiator-20b.png Gladiator L20 Empower passive Increase attack Speed
gladiator-20a.png Gladiator L20 Leg Sweep 21 0 / 10s / 5s Attack + snare (Melee weapon)
gladiator-28.png Gladiator L28 War Cry 31 0.5s / 1.5s / 480s Party Physical Attack buff
gladiator-35.png Gladiator L35 Raging Soul 35 0 / 60s / 30s Higher attack, lower defense
growth_zpsc872ae8c.png Gladiator L60 Growth Passive LP +5%
dragoon-45.png Dragoon L45 Equine Charge 19 0 / 9s / 0 Mounted Spear charge attack (Spear, Riding)
jousting_zps97c1d66d.png Dragoon L45 Jousting passive Use some skills and charges from horseback
dragoon-50.png Dragoon L50 Charge 41 0 / 20s / 0 Mounted Charge/Dash/Rush (Spear)

Skills

Melee Skills
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
melee-004.png Melee 4 Slash 10 0 / 10s / 0 Attack that can't be evaded (Melee Weapon)
melee-035.png Melee 35 Bash 18 0 / 10s / 0 Attack + pushback, chance to stun (Weapon restrictions)
melee-070.png Melee 70 Misdirection 10 0 / 60s / 0 Lose aggro
melee-100.png Melee 100 Ossify 24 0 / 30s / 10s Knockdown immunity, lower Attack Power, Immobile
swindon_zps4cf2fd58.png Defend 20
Avoidance 20
5 0 / 20s / 2s
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
slash-08.png Slash 8 Slice 15 0 / 10s / 0 Double attack (1H weapons)
slash-12.png Slash 12 Whirling Strike 28 0 / 15s / 0 AOE melee attack (2H Sword)
slash-21.png Slash 21 Parry 9 0 / 10s / 2s Avoid enemy attacks (2H Weapons, Dagger)
slash-26.png Slash 26 Concentration 18 0 / 20s / 120s Increased Accuracy of next attack
slash-41.png Slash 41 Brutal Strike 14 0 / 10s / 0 100% chance to hit target, ignores armor (Melee Weapon)
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
thrust-08.png Thrust 8 Heave 16 2s / 10s / 0 Basic spear attack (Spear)
thrust-26.png Thrust 26 Triple Stab 22 0 / 30s / 0 Triple attack + action delay (Spear)
thrust-35.png Thrust 35 Dismounting Stab 28 0 / 90s / 60s Attack + chance to dismount enemy
thrust-41.png Thrust 41 Spear Volley 24 1s / 30s / 0 Ranged attack with spear (Spear)
thrust-54.png Thrust 54 Quadruple Stab 43 0 / 16s / 0 Quad attack, bonus damage with Triple Stab (Spear)
thrust-71.png Thrust 71 Horse Assault 13 0 / 7s / 0 Bonus damage vs mounted enemies
and chance to dismount enemies (Spear)
assault_zps6e5f11d4.png Thrust 81 Assult 24 0 / 15s / 0 Attack forward with Spear (Spear)
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
bash-08.png Cleave 8 Clobber 19 0 / 25s / 0 Attack + increased chance of a critical hit
(Axe, unusable by Ascetics)
bash-12.png Cleave 12 Riposte 12 0.5s / 10s / 2s Counterattack (2H Weapon)
bash-21.png Cleave 21 Roar 30 0 / 120s / 60s Increased critical hit rate (Axe)
bash-21.png Cleave 21 Roar 30 0 / 120s / 60s Increased critical hit rate (Axe)
bash-41.png Cleave 41 Split 22 0 / 20 / 0 Attack (Axe)
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
blow-08.png Bash 8 Stun 15 0 / 8s / 0 Attack + 30% chance to stun (Blunt, 2H Blunt, Wand)
blow-26.png Bash 26 Ground Shock 38 0 / 18s / 0 Attack + chance to interrupt casting (Blunt weapons, Axes, Wand)
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
defense-08.png Defend 8 Blocking 5 0 / 2s / 0 Stationary Blocking mode, Defend skills only (Shield)
defense-12.png Defend 12 Shield Bash 14 0 / 10s / 2s Counterattack? with shield (Shield)
defense-21.png Defend 21 Parapet 25 2s / 30s / 120s Increase critical hit resistance, lowers Dodge
defense-26.png Defend 26 Auto-guard 20 0 / 30s / 120s Auto counterattack? with shield (Shield)
defense-31.png Defend 31 Shield Charge 18 0 / 10s / 0 Rush and knockdown enemies in your path (Shield)
defense-41.png Defend 41 Defensive March 10 0 / 5s / 0 Move while Blocking (Shield)
Finesse Skills
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
tech-03.png Finesse 3 Backstep 5 0 / 3s / 1s Quick dodge by hopping backwards, +100 Dodge
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
archery-08.png Ranged 8 Flaming Arrow 12 0 / 30s / 0s Fire + arrow = Flaming arrow (Bow, Crossbow)
archery-12.png Ranged 12 Cobra Arrow 12 0 / 30s / 0 Poison + arrow = Cobra arrow (Bow, Crossbow)
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
evade-08.png Evasion 8 Dash 18 0 / 30s / 2s Temporary movement speed buff
evade-16.png Evasion 16 Quick Step 35 0 / 90s / 60s Self dodge buff
Horsemanship
Unlock Skill MP Cast / CD / Duration Description (Required Item/s)
ride-20.png Mounts 20 Summon Vehicle 22 3s / 180s / 0 Summon a horse
ride-31.png Mounts 31 Horse Guardian 5 0 / 0 / 0 Absorb attacks against your Horse
ride-40.png Mounts 40 Equine Advantage passive Increases range of mounted ranged attacks, 1H sword attacks