The new Arcanist Class coming to ESO with the Necrom Chapter will have a new mechanic that's completely unique to the class.
The mechanic is called Crux, and gives Arcanist players something extra to manage while also being designed to be fairly easy to learn and keep under control.
So what exactly is Crux, and how will Arcanists be able to utilise it?
What is Arcanist Crux in ESO?
The Arcanist Crux mechanic can be viewed somewhat similarly to a "combo" mechanic, rewarding players for certain ability combinations. However it is not exactly the same as that - it's more flexible than many combo systems in other games.
Crux is basically a "charge" that you can accumulate by using some abilities on your Arcanist. Then, you can cast other abilities to spend the Crux points. You can still cast these abilities if you don't have any Crux, but consuming the Crux will empower the ability. Some Arcanist abilities are independent from Crux and do not generate or spend any Crux points. You can store up to three Crux points at a time.
We have a couple of examples of skills that will make use of Crux. Runeblades is a skill that launches harmful projectiles at an enemy, and casting this spell will also generate Crux. On the other hand, Runespite Ward is a skill that conjures a damage shield that explodes after some time, and it can be empowered by consuming Crux.
We don't know yet how the game will give you feedback about your current Crux status, but it seems likely that it will either be a UI element or some kind of visual effect attached to your character, similar to the floating daggers seen on the Bound Armaments skill.
As mentioned earlier, Zenimax have designed the Crux system to be easy to use, and the Arcanist class can operate perfectly fine without making active use of Crux at all. However to get the most out of the class it will be important to get to grips with this new mechanic and be conscious about which abilities use Crux and how much of it you have accumulated at any given time in combat.
We hope you enjoyed this article about the Arcanist Class in ESO Necrom. The Elder Scrolls Online is a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) developed by Zenimax Online Studios.