In Ragnarok Online 2, there are generally 4 types of skills: Passive, Supportive, Active, Offensive. Passive skills are always "activated" although they may require the user be attacked or otherwise influenced by other environmental effects in order to go off. Active skills must be manually activated by the player- some have a set time period in which they stop by themselves, others can be manually deactivated, and some are one-time-use skills that require manual activation each time the player desires to use them. Supportive skills provides beneficial buffs or otherwise provides positive benefits to the target when cast. Active skills do not inflict actual damage, differentiating them from Offensive skills. All Offensive skills are also Active skills, but not vise-versa. Finally, Offensive skills are simply Active skills that also do damage to other players and/or monsters.
Skill Use Phases
Skill use is a five-step process.
- Skill used
- No visible indication.
- Cast time
- Cast bar is visible below your character.
- Skill activation
- Skill cast animation begins.
- Animation delay
- Your character goes through a aftercast animation.
- Skill use complete
- The specific skill cannot be used again for a fixed time. (not all skills have cooldowns).
For a fixed time after the player has used the skill, the player will be unable to use that same skill again. They may however use any other skills they wish.