Review of Killer Guides’ TERA Guide

When it comes down to game guides, it’s always the question if the product lives up to the hype. I’ve seen plenty of so-called strategy guides over the years come and go, with sleek looking sales pages only to see that the actual guide is some hastily thrown together Word document with a bunch of screenshots to boost page numbers.

So I was more than a little sceptical the very first time I gave Killer Guides a try (which back then was for RIFT). Known for making class and leveling guides available for pretty much all major MMO titles, at the time Killer Guides had over 200 guides for titles such as World of Warcraft, Aion, and Rift. They apparently had a few people in early beta versions so I was able to download some of the content already several weeks before the game went live. They recently added TERA Guides to their ever growing portfolio and I decided to see if the quality lives up to it.

First things first though – the site offers two types of memberships: Life-time downloads of individually purchased products and an all access pass membership that includes access to absolutely everything on their site. Having purchased 3 single guides from them in the past and finding the manuals a great help during my time in Rift (and later on SWTOR), I got their all access pass.

Here’s where things get interesting. Their TERA guides have actually been available (while in development) weeks before the official game launch. I’m still baffled how a third party guide company actually gets their content out faster than official guide publishers (I assume they are not allowed to publish it any earlier).

For TERA I’ve started with their general TERA guide. While layout-wise things haven’t changed much, it appears that the level of details has even increased dramatically since earlier games. Mind you, I was quite happy with earlier guides (otherwise I wouldn’t have upgraded to their all access pass), but after seeing the TERA line there was apparently indeed a way to improve on the concept.

I particularly liked the leveling chapter, which includes some unique strategies I haven’t seen anywhere else. Tested them, and was pleasantly surprised with the results. Some tips are so simple yet I missed them. If the guides weren’t of a (rather restrictive) single user license, I’d would have loved to share some pointers here.

Other solid sections include a reference on glyphs and equipment. While it’s a general guide with a focus on leveling, it still provides a solid insight into optimizing individual characters and classes. If you’re a min-maxer who really needs to get that last 7% of efficiency for your archer, berserker or lancer, you can probably get your hands on one of their class guides (which are of equal size to the main guides, but focus on a single class alone).

PvP is definitely one of the more competitive aspects in TERA, so it was good to see that it got its own, thorough section in the guide. While I’m still not yet a Vanarch candidate, I think I now got a much better picture on how to pull my weight in the battlegrounds. However, for the real in-depth analysis of individual classes, tactics and counters though you’ll have to pick up a class-specific guide from them.

Killer Guides LogoIn Summary:

From a long time gamer who got his hands on the first batch of TERA guides over at Killer Guides, I would say if you decide to buy a guide, this one is your best bet. All of their guides come with life-time free updates so when the game gets patched or an expansion comes out, you get access to the updated content at no extra charge. Aside from an all access pass for all game guides, there’s also TERA guide bundle that only includes the TERA guide set.

Tera and ESO, Which One Is Better Action RPG?

With the Elder Scroll Online soon to be released, there is an argument between gamers about which one is going to be a better action based MMORPG between Tera Online and combat in the Elder Scrolls Online? Tera is known to be one of the best action based MMORPG out there. Not only being a fast pace online game, Combat system in Tera requires a lot of skills from players. Unlike other MMORPGs, players have to aim skills in Tera themselves, and they can also be evaded. So, player has to execute with perfect timing and this requires fingers’s quickness and accuracy.
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The Elder Scrolls Online, on the other hand, is claimed to be an action based MMORPG too. Since this game is only in beta testing, only a handful of people knows how does it like. Plus, nobody cannot say a single word about the game as it is protected by NDA. As far as we know, this is the first time for the Elder Scrolls leveling series that goes online. The previous series are all a single player game. With this single player experiece, it becomes a strong poing of the combat system in the Elder Scrolls.

It is hard to compare which is the better action based MMORPG at the moment as we do not have an information about the Elder Scrolls Online much. All we know is this series always have an outstadning combat system, and this pros is likely to exist in the online version. If you ask me which one is better, I will say. “Both games are best”

New TERA Dungeons Revealed Here

At the heard of a great TERA experience is a good dungeon run. With all the action – packed into a game like TERA, their dungeons are no less exciting. The best part about these new and improved dungeons is the lewt!

TERA’s new instance dungeon matcher system helps you to find the right classes or characters such as a healer, tanker, or DPS character to give you that complete team. No more spamming the chat channels to find your party only to find you’ve recruited all the same type of classes. Also the rewards in these new dungeons have been doubled and tripled. As the official site mentions

Do your part, and you might be the proud owner of a Raiment of Nezrakul, Cauterus Axe, or Skysplitter’s Bow.

DungeonLevelDungeonLevel
Bastion of Lok20Ebon Tower58
Sinestral Manor26Ebon Tower (Hard)60*
Cultists' Refuge35Kelsaik's Nest58
Necromancer Tomb41Kelsaik's Nest (Hard)60*
Sigil Adstringo45Labyrinth of Terror58
Golden Labyrinth48Labyrinth of Terror (Hard)60*
Akasha's Hideout48Balder's Temple60
Akasha's Hideout (Hard)48*Balder's Temple (Hard)60*
Ascent of Saravash48Fane of Kaprima60
Saleron's Sky Garden53Fane of Kaprima (Hard)60*
Suryati's Peak56

* Hard mode is intended for well-equipped characters.

Here are the New Dungeon Features

  • New Dugeons: added Sigil Adstringo, Ascent of Saravash, Suryati’s Peak, Balder’s Temple, and Fane of Kaprim
  • Instance Dungeon Matcher: A automated system that helps you build your perfect party for the dungeon instance
  • Improved Drop Rates: Finish off a TERA boss and get nastier loots
  • Smoother Progression: Sigil Adstringo, Ascent of Saravash, and Suryati’s Peak have all been re-designed so TERA fans and experience them faster in-game.

More on Tera Dungeons

TERA Closed Beta Test 5 (CBT5)

Here are the details straight from the official site www.tera-online.com for the last and final round for the closed beta tests.

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Closed Beta Test 5: April 6-8
Our fifth closed beta will bring it all together: the search for Elleon, the battle against the Cult of Lok, and the promise of more to come…
Closed Beta Test 5 Information:

Maximum Level: 38
Character Slots per Server: 3
Servers: Arachnaea (PvE), Serpentis Isle (PvE), Dragonfall (PvE),
Valley of Titans (PvP), and Jagged Coast (PvP)
Duration: Friday, April 6 at 12:00 PM Pacific to Sunday, April 8
at 11:59 PM Pacific

For all those who don’t know, every CBT has a contest of some sort that is going on. They want you to be creative!

Be creative, be smart, or be lucky in one of three contest series being held during our final three closed beta tests. Capture footage, design infographics, cut videos, or simply play your characters to the level cap for a chance to score prizes from Logitech and En Masse Entertainment!

For CBT 5, they want you to answer the question: “what is TERA?” through a narrative machinima video.

Do this and you might just win some Logitech goodies! Here are the submissions details and rules.

So if you are looking to get ahead with Tera information, I would recommend you to take a look at this compilation of Tera leveling strategies.