Feb 182015
 

Abundant Step is one of the coolest features in DDO. There’s something about the ability to zoom ahead, to go from here to there in an instant, to reach otherwise unattainable locations that is super fun. So much fun that I’ve written about it. Twice. That much fun.

And then along came Favored Souls and their ability to Leap of Faith. Same thing, really, even though Leap of Faith involves wings and Feather Fall. Still really the same. Still fun. Still worth writing about.

Then came Cannith Boots of Propulsion (or as we call them, “shooty boots”), giving Abundant Step to the masses. Only once every ten minutes, not enough to incorporate in your melee style, but still, Abundant Step for everyone.

And then the floodgates opened. Epic Destinies, Iconic Classes, new Enhancement trees. Everything that Turbine touched was given Abundant Step-like abilities. So many it’s hard to keep up. But I did.

Here’s a video showing all of the different types of Abundant Step in action:


Here are the details of each type:


Abundant Step

Level 12 Monk feat
10 Ki
Unlimited use
3 second cooldown


Cannith Boots of Propulsion

Named loot item
0 Spell points
Unlimited use
10 minute cooldown


Fly By Attack

Tier 5 Draconic Incarnation epic destiny
0 Spell points
Unlimited use
1 minute cooldown
Special: Does elemental damage to enemies in the path and may knock them down


Leap of Faith

Level 17 Favored Soul feat also tier 5 Exalted Angel epic destiny
10 Spell points
5 uses. Uses recharge, rapidly in public, slowly in instances
5 second cooldown


Shadow Jaunt

Shadar-Kai core enhancement
0 Spell points
5 uses. Uses recharge, rapidly in public, slowly in instances
1 minute cooldown which it (unfortunately) shares with Shadow Phase


Shield Charge

Tier 4 Vanguard enhancement
0 Spell points
Unlimited use
35 second cooldown
Requires an equipped shield
Special: requires a selected opponent, within range
Special: does damage to enemies in the path


Shield Rush

Tier 5 Vanguard enhancement
0 Spell points
Unlimited use
25 second cooldown
Requires an equipped shield
Special: does damage to enemies in the path and may knock them down

I have no idea why Vanguard has two of these, but it does, and the fact that you can do this one anytime even without a selected opponent makes it the better of the two. On the plus side, the two methods do not share a cooldown timer; one may execute them each consecutively.


Snowslide

Level 9 Druid spell
25 Spell points
Unlimited use
15 second cooldown
Requires Winter Wolf form

Has twice the range of any other form of Abundant Step (watch the video!)


Vault

Tier 5 Thief-Acrobat enhancement
0 Spell points
Unlimited use
15 second cooldown
Requires an equipped quarterstaff


Wind Dance

Tier 5 Air Savant enhancement
10 Spell points
5 uses. Uses recharge, rapidly in public, slowly in instances
5 second cooldown


As you can see in the video, all of the various types are all really doing the same thing. Animations differ, but they all cover the same distance (except Snowslide which goes roughly twice as far as the others). It is hard to be scientifically precise but as near as I can tell, all but one of them cover exactly the same distance.

Note how Shadow Jaunt looks like it is going to come up a couple of steps shorter than the others, but then magically (and all in one frame) catches up to the same basic length.

If there is any variance at all (and I opine that there is not), it would be in the vertical plane rather than the horizontal. Some of the jumps may seem to leave one higher in the air at the end point than the others, while Snowslide never seems to leave the ground at all. I suspect this is just an illusion, but am not certain.


I looked up “Leap” in the Merriam-Webster thesaurus while writing this. I love the related words list: bounce, hurdle, leapfrog, lope, skip; buck; caper, capriole, cavort, frolic, gambol, romp; attack, pounce; shoot, skyrocket.

They sound fun, don’t they? That’s because they are. In DDO, very fun.

🙂 😀 🙂

  6 Responses to “Spring Forward: All of the Different Kinds of Abundant Step”

Comments (6)
  1. Excellent work Geoff! I always wondered how the various methods compared. Your video was very well done too.

  2. I think we need a new one, “fey frolic” with a visual effect of sparkles, butterflies & flowers.

  3. Good post Geoff, only one flaw…… Shield rush is tier 5 and Shield Charge is tier 4. And Charge has no knockdown effect.

    • Edited. Thanks for the correction! Interestingly the wiki is currently showing a typo that has Shield Charge as tier 4 and as tier 5 and does not have Shield Rush at all.

  4. excellent work. second blog I’ve bookmarked in as many days.

  5. The Vanguard stuff IS different. Both go in a straight line. Shield Charge (T4) seems a bit shorter than the rest, and has no vertical portion at all, regardless of the enemy selected (so you won’t travel up or down if you and the enemy are on different planes).

What do you think?

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