Rune Knight

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Rune Knight
Rune Knight.png
Job Base(s): Knight
Lord Knight
Job Type: 3-1
Race: Human
Changes At: Capital City
Number of Skills: 11
Total Skill Points: 75
Total Quest Skills: 0
Job Bonuses
+5 +4 +6 +10 +8 +4

Rune Knight.jpg


Rune Knights are the final evolution of the Knight classes. Their name is often abbreviated and then referred to as just "RK". They have traded in their Pecos for new dragon mounts and are ready to do some serious damage with an arsenal of new powerful attacks while also having the highest HP pool compared to other classes.

Rune Knights have a slower startup leveling-wise, but through persistence and dedication, they can become one of the most versatile and powerful classes in the game. They were unfortunately cursed with a somewhat poor skill tree layout, forcing players to have to get 22 job points right off the bat to max a basic AOE leveling skill (Ignition Break), or going with a Dragon Breath build early on, which may not be very strong in the first 20-30 levels. Rune Knights aspiring to have a Dragon Breath end-game build but do not want to use a skill/stat reset may resort to being mainly a party tank for 20-30 base levels until their HP and SP pools are higher for better damage, as that is how the Dragon Breath skill formula is calculated. The upside is that Bowling Bash is one of the most powerful non-third class AOEs and can be used until level 110-120 or so, but does require a good weapon and some practice with the gutter lines. Dragon Breath ignores reductions in PVP / WoE and is one of the main killing skills, but is dependent on party buffs such as Magic Strings and Sacrament.

And then of course there is the reason why they are called RUNE Knights: the runes themselves. Players that choose the Rune Knight class are introduced to a new system of buffs and attacks in the form of rune stones. These stones provide the user with immensely powerful buffs that ranges anywhere from a large increase in DEF/MDEF, potting ability, and massive damage increase. Creating runes does consume materials unfortunately, but the sheer power of these runes makes it worth the cost. It is highly recommended that every Rune Knight should get Rune Mastery for end-game use.

Even though the Rune Knight class sounds like a lot of work, many players that choose to go this route find themselves falling in love with their character and losing interest in all other classes.

Job Change Guide

See [Job Change Guide] for detailed information.

In GatheringRO you don't have to go through the official job quests to change your job. Simply talk to the Job Master NPC who's waiting for you in the Capital City.


You can see all the latest player created class guides right here.

[Player Created Class Guides]


Dragon Breath Build

Hundred Spears Set

This set is mandatory for maximum damage with Hundred Spears (and all four pieces must be worn to get the bonus damage). Can be obtained for FREE by doing Mora Village quests and earning coins. This set also compliments the Dragon Breath skills nicely due to the HP increases and possible SP enchants on it. It is recommended to put SP and HP enchants (SP enchants will generally give better Dragon Breath damage) or cards boosting HP/SP in the slots.

15036.png Ur's Plate 2883.png Ur's Seal [1] 2475.png Ur's Greaves [1]2574.png Ur's Manteau

Goibne's Set

This set is good for players that have a lower budget but still wish to enjoy the Dragon Breath build or to have higher HP. It's really just an all around tank set to get a player started until they can make a more customized set. Recommended to wear all set pieces for the HP and SP bonus. Only downside to this set is the lack of reductions and slots to card any of the pieces. Replace the set with Variant Shoes once able to afford it.

2354.png Goibne's Armor 5128.png Goibne's Helm 2419.png Goibne's Greaves 2520.png Goibne's Spaulders

Morpheus's Set

This focuses more on the SP side of Dragon Breath but lacks reductions for survivability purposes. Unfortunately, this set has no slots so there will be no reductions from where Raydric Card or other Neutral resistance normally goes. Also, note that this set increases cast time (a negative effect). Some other classes use this set to prevent cast interruption, but Dragon Breath is uninterruptible already and does not require the "Phen Effect".

2649.png Morpheus's Bracelet 5126.png Morpheus's Hood 2648.png Morpheus's Ring 2518.png Morpheus's Shawl


For Dragon Breath:

  • Damage:
  • 1181.png +9 Tae Goo Lyeon [2] with 4094.png Archer Skeleton Card x2 and Expert Archer enchant x2 from Malangdo. A total of Expert Archer 10 (e.g., EA5 EA5 OR EA6 EA 4) with 2x Archer Skeleton Cards will have the same damage as a weapon carded with 4x cards. When upgraded to +9, Tae Goo Lyeon reduces after cast delay by 20% and reduces SP consumption by 20%. Note: This is a two-handed weapon.
  • 1505.png Mace [4] with 4094.png Archer Skeleton Card x4 for indestructability
  • 1208.png Main Gauche [4] with 4094.png Archer Skeleton Card x4 for slightly higher ASPD (important to reduce animation delay if DB chaining)
  • 1234.png Moonlight Dagger (max SP +10%, can be enchanted at Malangdo for SP+200; moot after December 10, 2014 update that changed Dragon Breath formula)
  • HP regen:

For Hundred Spears:

For Clashing Spiral damage:

Cards to use with weapon:

4094.png Archer Skeleton Card


with each of the common racial resist cards

For MVPing:

2115.png Valkyrja's Shield [1] with 4253.png Alice Card


Anything that adds HP/SP, reduces after cast delay, or reduces cast time. Some options include:




With these cards depending on the situation:

  • 4403.png Kiel-D-01 Card (luxury card; for upper and mid headgear with Dragon Breath; a non-card alternative is to be under the effect of Magic Strings from a Maestro)
  • 4288.png Carat Card (for upper headgear at +9 or higher)
  • 4269.png Incubus Card (for mid headgear)
  • 4366.png Kathryne Keyron Card (for upper headgear; a non-card alternative is to be under the effect of Magic Strings from a Maestro)
  • 4582.png Bungisngis Card (for high upgrade headgear)

For MVPing:

Any combination of the above with any of the elemental resist cards based on the resist needed.


Other good options aside from the set pieces are:

Cards to use with armor:



Card options for Garment:

  • 4593.png Menblatt Card (increase DPS: +1% ranged damage per 10 base DEX)
  • 4133.png Raydric Card (-20% damage from attacks with Neutral property)
  • 4174.png Deviling Card (-50% damage from attacks with Neutral property but +50% damage from attacks of any other element)


Recommended Items (Luxury):

Ignition Break Build


13413.png Twin Edge of Naght Sieger (red) [3]
1185.png Violet Fear [2]
1181.png Tae Goo Lyeon [2]
1422.png Hunting Spear [1]
1471.png Hellfire
Cards to use with weapon:
4427.png Sword Guardian Card
For Bowling Bash builds
4140.png Abysmal Knight Card
For MVPing


2138.png Bradium Shield [1]
2168.png Immune Shield [1]
Only if overupgraded
2122.png Platinum Shield
with each of the common racial resist cards
For MVP:
2115.png Valkyrja's Shield [1]
4253.png Alice Card

Upper Headgear

There is no 'PREFERRED' helmet for PVM. Anything with STR/VIT/ATK on it will work. Or use a rideword hat, rudolph headband, witch hat/alarm mask combo, fish in mouth, or any other healing or HP/SP leech headgear you can get.
For MVPing:
5363.png Abysmal Knight Helm [1]
18611.png Black Frame Glasses [1]
18591.png Mini Glasses [1]
2202.png Sunglasses [1]
2204.png Glasses [1]
Any combination of the above with any of the elemental resist cards based on the resist needed.

Lower Headgear

5305.png Pirate Dagger


Other options aside from set pieces are:
2394.png Glorious Suit
2357.png Valkyrian Armor [1]
2375.png Diabolus Armor [1]
2376.png Assaulter Plate [1]
Cards to use with armor:
4337.png Porcellio Card
4031.png Pecopeco Card


2576.png Heroic Backpack [1]
2537.png Diabolus Manteau [1]
2554.png Nidhoggur's Shadow Garb [1]
Card options for Garment:
4133.png Raydric Card
(mandatory for being able to handle large mobs and mvps)


2423.png Variant Shoes


2655.png Bloodied Shackle Ball
2408.png Shackles
2720.png Medal of Honor
Card options for Accessories:
4272.png coming soon

Agi/Frenzy Build


It Is recommended to enchant these weapons with 2x Crit to free up other slots for more ASPD boost
1191.png Alca Bringer
1185.png Violet Fear [2]
1181.png Tae Goo Lyeon [2]
Cards options to use with weapon:
4464.png Aunoe Card
4172.png The Paper Card
(better if using the full card set)
4425.png Atroce Card
4163.png Gryphon Card
4086.png Soldier Skeleton Card
For fun cards:
4320.png Bloody Knight Card
4203.png Mutant Dragonoid Card


Pretty wide variety of gears available. As always a healing hat is preferred. These are nice too:
18522.png Evil Marching Hat [1]
18666.png CD In Mouth
18597.png Mercury Riser
(only if overupgraded)


2576.png Heroic Backpack [1]
2553.png Dragon Manteau [1]
2399.png Dragon Vest [1]
(there is a quest to get a free dragon manteau: Doha's Secret Orders)
2371.png Pantie [1]
2523.png Undershirt [1]
15037.png Peuz's Plate
(obtained for free by doing Mora Village quests)
Card options for Garment:
4102.png Whisper Card
(mandatory for levelling unless you have a ton to spend on healing or slave healer)
4129.png Bapho Jr. Card
Card options for Armor:
4401.png Alicel Card
4387.png Ancient Mimic Card
4337.png Porcellio Card


2434.png Black Leather Boots
2440.png Sprint Shoes
22005.png Temporal Luk Boots
Card Options for Shoes:
4016.png Thief Bug Card
4097.png Matyr Card
4009.png Chonchon Card


2910.png Bakonawa Agimat Tattoo
2790.png Bradium Brooch [1]
2655.png Bloodied Shackle Ball
2408.png Shackles
Card options for Accessories:
4272.png Zhu Po Long Card
4331.png Heater Card
4091.png Kobold Card
For more damage output:
2678.png Ring of Flame Lord
2679.png Ring Of Resonance

Class Data


Skill Description Levels Type
Enchant Blade.png Enchant Blade
Enchants your weapon with magic, allowing you to deal additional magic damage with your physical attacks.. 5 Supportive
Sonic Wave.png Sonic Wave
Slam your weapon into the ground to unleash a shockwave that strikes an opponent at a distance. Has a range of 11 cells. 5 Offensive
Death Bound.png Death Bound
The damage you receive is amplified and used against the attacker. However, you still receive half of the amplified damage. 10 Active
Hundred Spears.png Hundred Spears
Spear exclusive skill. A skill that strikes a single target rapidly in quick succession to deal high damage. 10 Offensive
Wind Cutter.png Wind Cutter
Creates a huge pressure that throws enemies away. There is a chance to inflict Fear status on those affected. 5 Offensive
Ignition Break.png Ignition Break
The rune knight makes their weapon incredibly hot, triggering an explosion that deals damage to all targets nearby. Targets closer to the player receive higher damage. 5 Offensive
Phantom Thrust.png Phantom Thrust
Spear Exclusive Skill. The rune knight strikes a target from far away, pulling that target towards the user. 5 Offensive
Dragon Training.png Dragon Training
Allows the user to use a dragon mount. Increasing the skill level recovers your lost attack speed when using the mount, and also slightly increases the damage of Dragon Breath. 5 Passive
Dragon Breath.png Dragon Breath
Commands the dragon to breathe fire. Targets within range will receive Fire Element damage with a chance of causing Burning status, which deals damage over time. 10 Offensive
Dragon Water Breath.png Dragon Water Breath
Deal water-elemental damage with your dragon's breath. Targets within range will receive Water Element damage with a chance of causing Freezing status. 10 Offensive
Dragon Howling.png Dragon Howling
The dragon lets out a terrible howl, causing Fear status to those within range. 5 Active
Rune Mastery.png Rune Mastery
Allows the Rune Knight to craft Runes. 10 Passive
Full Throttle.png Full Throttle
Fully restores HP when cast and increases movement speed increases for the skill's duration. All stats +20%. 1 Active

Job Bonuses

Stat\Amount +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10
STR 10 11 33 51 60
AGI 20 21 41 53
VIT 4 14 23 32 45 59
INT 1 2 5 12 13 22 30 39 46 50
DEX 3 15 19 24 31 40 44 55
LUK 47 48 49 57


Equip Attack Speed From 2nd Class
Bare Handed 156 0
Shield -5 0
Dagger -10 −1
Sword (One Handed) -12 −7
Sword (Two Handed) -15 −3
Axe (One Handed) -18 −8
Axe (Two Handed) -20 −5
Mace -5 0
Spear (One Handed) -8 +7
Spear (Two Handed) -12 +13
ASPD Potions Usable
645.png Concentration
656.png Awakening
657.png Berserk

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