With TERA going into headstart tomorrow, I figured it’s still not too late to tell you what hitboxes are in this game. I’m guessing that many players are still undecided on their class and race choice, so hopefully this post will make your decision easier. However, it might make it harder as well, so caution is required.

What are hitboxes?

Races comparison in TERA Online

As you can see from the image above, races in TERA come in different sizes. Every race has a different hitbox, which is essentially an invisible “grid” around the character that determines whether a particular spell or ability will hit you or not.

The biggest race is Baraka, closely followed by Aman. Middle-sized races are Castanics, High Elves and Humans, and smallest ones are Popori and Elin. There’s also a different hitbox size depending on whether you play a female or male gender of a particular race: as you can see from the comparison above, females are generally a bit smaller than their male counterparts.

Baraka and Popori only have a male gender, and Elin are only female (or they’re all something in between, or both, depends how you look at it).

Why hitboxes matter?

When playing a tank, you can literally block entire passageways with your shield thus ensuring monsters and their attacks cannot hit your friendlies. Now that’s tanking! On the other hand, if you’re a DPS class you might want to avoid getting hit, which is often easily done by playing a race of smaller physical size. This is not only helpful in PvE situations, but extremely beneficial in PvP as well.

It’s important to note that hitboxes also determine the difficulty of your friendly neighborhood healers trying to top up your health: targeting you will be just as easy or difficult for them as it is for opponents.

So which race to pick?

  • For tanks: (Lancer and Warrior): Baraka and Aman are obvious choices.
  • For melee DPS (Slayer, Berserker): Human, High Elf and Castanic
  • For ranged DPS (Sorcerer, Archer): also Human, High Elf and Castanic are good choices
  • For support (Priest, Mystic): Elin and Popori are often the best picks

Tanks and melee damage dealing classes will be getting most damage, which is the reasoning behind players often picking races that are easier to heal. Ranged DPS needs heals quite often as well, but not nearly as, so you can go with a race that is smaller or smallest. Support classes usually can heal themselves and it’s their job to stay alive as long as possible, so picking the smallest races is often a wise choice.

Is it really THAT important?

No, it’s not. Tons of players are picking race/class combos simply because they like their looks, completely disregarding hitboxes. Whether you want to be one of them is completely up to you: this post is intended to be only informational.

Anything else I should know?

As a matter of fact yes, there is. Different races also have different racial skills, both active and passive. You might want to consider them as well when picking your class.

For more detailed information on classes, races and their best combos, I suggest you read this article. It has more detailed comparisons of hitboxes and recommendations on which combos are better than others.

Screenshot of a Human race Slayer in TERA Online

The role of the Slayer in TERA seems destructive and intimidating, and it very well should, as this character is known for their melee damage. Weapons of choice are few, and from all the different classes the great sword is used only by this one, and Slayers are known to force death taking blows to their enemies. Among the blows are the swinging of the sword, the circular motion attacks with the sword, the leaping strikes that deal a lot of damage to enemies, the rush attacks, shouts, and the kicking attack. Although their sword blows are mighty their armor type is very low or light, due to the ability to move swiftly among the battlefield.

If you want to fight like a tornado, taking down the enemies that line your path, this might be the best character of choice. Being the most aggressive player on the battlefield with evasive moves, swordplay, and overwhelming force, this character is able to mow down any opponent that stands in the way of victory. The slayer has mobility and damaging capabilities that make this character the ideal choice for the front line of battle among the team. Leveling up a Slayer gives you access to more skills and more abilities, along with new gear and equipment.

Screenshot of a Human race Slayer in TERA

Where ever you see a Slayer, you will see his one true friend, the two-handed, double-edged great sword packed full of power to deal the most damage possible. If the slayer ever goes into a roundhouse attack, any enemies that stand in front, behind, beside, or in the vicinity is likely to be dealt a death attack with this powerful great sword. On the battlefield, with very light armor, this character has the ability to move quickly to avoid any damage that an opponent might try to deal to him. With being quick, during an attack, they are able to retaliate against their enemy with a death blow.

The MP of a slayer is built up by their combo attacks and when repeated they tend to gain the power they need for more dodging which helps with the damage attacks from the rear. Even though most classes gain extra skills on each level that they advance this certain character differently, each two levels passed he will gain powerful skills to help with his attacks and defense; however, proficiency and power will be gained from using these skills and from his beginning skills. Slayers are great for the every life, because they can do the normal reality things that humans can, by kicking, flipping, whirling, rolling, leaping, swinging, and the thrust of the all mighty great sword.

Screenshot of a Popori Slayer

When a group of enemies decide to attack, the whirl wind defense is the best choice, while twirling around the gigantic great sword, the opponents will fall taking a great deal of force from the sword and more when they hit the earth. Even though their armor is light, they are still in hand to hand combat right beside their friends the warriors. They have more speed and mobility than your berserkers and the ability to take out many enemies at once is one that is treasured. The slayer can also sneak with light armor not making a sound, around behind their enemies for a sneak attack, making them ideal for the perfect team.