Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth launches next month on October 17 in North America, and ATLUS has some new class trailers to show off including the game's spiritual Shaman class.
In Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, the player goes on a journey to reach the top of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. Legends say that whoever braves reaches the summit will have their greatest wish fulfilled, however, things aren't that simple. Besides being a gigantic labyrinth, the Yggrasil tree is home to many nightmarish creepy crawlies and terrifying foes just waiting for a tasty treat to come waltzing by.
Sometimes a party doesn't need more damage dealers or absorbers. Sometimes a party needs someone who can bring the buffs and make the team an even deadlier fighting machine than before. Luckily, the wise and powerful Shamans does just that and more! The spiritual Shaman is a support class that utilizes various prayers to help allies deal more damage and take more hits. Besides helping boost stats and raising resistances for the party, Shamans can even nullify all of its buffs to unleash a deadly attack wave against foes. In the right situations, this move can mean the difference between life or death.
Wielding both a giant scythe and the mysterious energy known as miasma, Harbingers are reapers of destruction ready to protect you at a moment's notice. Besides being able to dish out the damage by cutting down swaths of enemies, Harbingers can harness the powers of miasma to help the party or hurt enemies. Using TP, they can summon powerful miasma armor with passive support or status ailment abilities (like curse, paralyze, etc...). Be warned though, wearing the armor will drain a little bit of HP. They might be an unconventional class, but can be a force to be reckoned with in the right hands.
Meet the real hunters of Yggdrasil, the Rover class. With an expertise in long ranged attacks, the Rover class can deliver some hard hits while in the back line. Their knowledge of nature is a hot commodity in battle, especially when it comes to special quests that involve exploring uncharted territory. Besides pursuing monsters, these hunters can also get help from animals to provide both offense and defense support.
It's no secret that death awaits all who enter the Yggdrasil tree, but did you know that you can bring death into the tree? Ok, that sounds a bit confusing, but it all makes sense when we explain what the Necromancer can bring to the table. These masters of the undead arts aren't the best fighters, but they can summon wraiths to do their dirty work instead. These wraiths are not only able to dish out and absorb damage, but can also be sacrificed for the greater good. Want to heal the party? Sacrifice a wraith! What about disable enemy defenses for a few turns? Sacrifice a wraith! Trying to increase the party's magic strength? Sacrifice a wraith! Although Necromancers are a bit unconventional, they're skills are invaluable to the party.
If you're looking to dish out more damage while adventuring in the Yggdrasil Tree, you can't go wrong with having a Pugilist in the party. These masters of martial arts and bare-knuckle brawling are ready to punch some beasts in the face, so be sure to slot them in the front line and let them loose. Besides being able to inflict game changing binds and paralysis on enemies, Pugilists can sacrifice HP in order to deal out some very punishing attacks. It's never a bad idea to roll around with someone whose fists are considered deadly weapons.
And if you want to try out some of these classes, the demo for the game is now available. It lets prospective explorers create whatever party their heart desires (every character and class is available) in order to get a head start on all the map-making and FOE-escaping Etrian action. Although the level caps at 10 and the tree can only be explored up until the third floor, parties and progress transfer to the main game when it comes out. The demo is available from the Nintendo eShop.
And for those picking up the game physically in stores, there's a special launch edition of the game available, with the following bonuses:
- 24-Page Art Book: Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.
- 6-Track Music CD: A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
- Outer Box: The Yggdrasil tree and eager adventurers adorn this colorful outer box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.
For those wanting to get a preview of the art book, check out this preview from ATLUS. It will be available physically and digitally for $39.99 in North America, with a TBA release date for Europe.