Pandora Saga was a fantasy MMORPG set in a land inspired by medieval Europe, where three violently feuding nations are at total war with each other. Players were able to choose from three factions, six races, and four classes that expanded into 28 advanced classes.
|Publisher: Atlus Online, Marvelous USA
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Closure Date: February 28, 2014
Pros: +PvP Focus. +Branching classes. +Great community.
Cons: -Grindy. -Hard to solo. -Imbalanced PvP.
Pandora Saga Overview
Pandora Saga was a free-to-play MMORPG that focused largely on massive-scale PvP battles between the game’s three factions: the Kingdom of St. Pfelstein, the Empire of Latuga and the Confederation of Varik, chosen as a player alignment at level 20. The game also offered smaller-scale PvP that allowed players to grind for PvP points, which were arenas that pitted players against each other in duels. It featured a robust class system that began with four starting classes—Warrior, Scout, Acolyte, and Mage—and branched into new classes available at level 20 and 40, totaling 28 classes. Another character customization aspect of the game was its multiple playable races, offering players a chance to play as a Human, Elf, Myrine, Enkidu, Lapin or Dwarf, which all had racial abilities and unique body types. It is of note that the game’s first 20 levels were notoriously grindy, consisting only of solo starter quests and running from point to point. The game did not truly begin until players hit level 20 and gained access to the game’s many social features, which was viewed as the real game, similar to Final Fantasy XI.
Pandora Saga Key Features:
- Six Playable Races – Pick from unique races (Human, Elf, Myrine, Enkidu, Lapin, Dwarf) each with their own racial abilities, equipment set, and weapon proficiencies.
- Four Starting Classes – Pick from one of four classes (Warrior, Scout, Acolyte, Mage) then pick a specialization at level 20 and level 40, totaling 28 classes available to play.
- Massive-scale PvP – Battle over 300 players in the game’s massive faction vs. faction PvP, winning points and ranking from kills.
- Highly Social Gameplay – On top of the game’s massive PvP battlegrounds, it offers open PvP, PvP arena, group questing, and guilds that are a requirement for progressing in the game, as it is difficult to play solo past level 20.
- Crafting System – Imbue and craft your weapons with special attributes with the game’s extensive crafting system, using gems and raw materials to craft awesome equipment.
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Pandora Saga Classes
- Warrior – Front line melee fighter, branches into melee DPS roles and Tank roles.
- Scout – Sneaky class that branches into high-DPS long-ranged physical attackers and stealthy melee classes.
- Acolyte – Basic healing class that branches into a straightforward, squishy supportive role or a more self-reliant, defensive and offensive support class.
- Mage – Elemental ranged DPS attacker that branches into direct damaging roles and a damage-over-time attack style.
Level 20 Advancements:
- Gladiator – Advances from Warrior, offers a more offensively-focused class that rushes into combat head-on.
- Knight -- Advances from Warrior, offers defensive skills that help protect fellow party members.
- Archer -- Advances from Scout, focuses on projectile weaponry and long-range techniques.
- Provocateur -- Advances from Scout, specializes in close combat, taking advantage of stealth abilities to surprise the enemy with traps and sneak attacks.
- Priest -- Advances from Acolyte, focuses on healing and support magic and is necessary in any party.
- Ascetic -- Advances from Acolyte, taking a more offensive approach combined with protective abilities.
- Wizard -- Advances from Mage, excels at direct magical attacks and powerful elemental abilities.
- Sorcerer -- Advances from Mage, focuses on arcane magic and negative status effects rather than direct damage.
Level 40 Advancements:
- Juggernaut– Advances from Gladiator, excelling in heavy weapons such as two-handed axes and broadswords, crushing the enemy with deadly blows.
- Dragoon -- Advances from Gladiator, adding mounted horse combat with the use of powerful spears to quickly weave in and out of enemy blind spots.
- Warlord -- Advances from Knight, offering the highest defensive potential of any class as well as bringing a huge variety of defensive skills to the table, acting as a vital party member for any group.
- Paladin -- Advances from Knight, balancing defense and offense to create a versatile and adaptable class that excels in mounted combat and the use of magic.
- Sniper -- Advances from Archer, focusing on the bow in combat to utilize a variety of arrows and shots that make a versatile DPS class.
- Hunter -- Advances from Archer, excelling in mounted combat, mobility and crossbows.
- Assassin -- Advances from Provocateur, focusing on slipping past enemies in the darkness and delivering massive sneak attacks.
- Saboteur-- Advances from Provocateur, expert at lying traps and taking the enemy by surprising, offering a variety of tools for use in combat.
- Cleric -- Advances from Priest, gaining access to a wide array of healing abilities, and are an important part of any party composition.
- Enchanter -- Advances from Priest, focusing primarily on support skills that buff ally attack power and defense.
- Monk -- Advances from Ascetic, skilled at close-quarter combat and enemy control, as well as having a high resistance against debuffs.
- Exorcist -- Advances from Ascetic, focusing on defensive ability, interrupting magical attacks and nullifying negative status effects.
- Warlock -- Advances from Wizard, serving a glass cannon type role that offers massive damage potential with very low defensive capability.
- Conjurer -- Advances from Wizard, focusing on teleportation that allows the player great mobility and the ability to traverse great distances.
- Corruptor -- Advances from Sorcerer, acts as a hybrid magic-melee class that excels at taking down mounted units, weakening enemies with their sword before finishing with magic spells.
- Shadowblade -- Advances from Sorcerer, focusing on disruptive magic and confusing the enemy.
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Pandora Saga Additional Information
Developer: Rosso Index
Publisher(s): Atlus Online, Marvelous USA
Open Beta Date: January 7, 2011
Release Date: February 15, 2011
Closure Date: February 28, 2014
Development History / Background:
Pandora Saga was developed by Japanese game developer Rosso Index, and published initially by Atlus Online through their international servers, alongside Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine and Knights of the Sky. The game began with a closed beta in 2010, with an international open beta available in early 2011. It released in February 2011 in English with shaky translations, which reflect its eventual closure of its international servers, staying open only in Japan. The game was released through Steam in 2012, which helped boost its American playbase. The game went through a change of publisher in 2013, as Atlus Online was acquired by XSEED and renamed to Marvelous USA, including Pandora Saga as well as a few other games that Atlus Online had been maintaining internationally. Marvelous USA closed its PC Online department a year later, deciding to focus on console gaming primarily, shutting down its servers for Pandora Saga and other games on February 28, 2014.
Pandora Saga is still available to play in Japan, which can be played by determined English-speaking players with knowledge of the Japanese language.