Hello, it is I. The SWARD Master '-'
A lot of people in our community already know a lot about class certificates, but of course there's always a part that doesn't, or isn't too familiar with it in general, this post is meant for them obviously. shhh me.
So, let's first talk about the ones that most people should know. The 1H Weapon Master and the 2H Weapon master.
This cert bonus activates when you use 4 green certs, which are obtainable from Hunter, Engineer, Ranger and Inquisitor. It increases your P-ATK and M-ATK of 2 handed weapons by 16%.
This cert bonus activates when you use 4 orange certs, which are obtainable from Thief, Martial Artist, Blade Dancer and Samurai. It increases your P-ATK and M-ATK of 1 handed weapons by 8%.
With certs there's a lot of different options. Of course, most people usually use the 4 greens or the 4 oranges for the attack boost on whatever class they're using, which is highly suggested.
If your class uses 2 handed weapons, then you use 4 green certs, if you use 1 handed weapons, you use 4 orange certs. The reason is in the above spoilers.
Then, you still have room for 3 certs. Before I go into that, in the spoilers below you can see what bonus the other color certs gives you when you match 4 of them.
This cert bonus activates when you use 4 blue certs, which are obtainable from Cleric, Bard, Shaman and Sage. It increases your healing and received healing effects by 20%, while also increasing your max MP by 5%.
Note: MP for this cert means Mana.
This cert bonus activates when you use 4 yellow certs, which are obtainable from Warrior, Knight, Templar and Dragon Knight. It increases your shield DEF by 50% and increases your max HP by 20%.
This cert bonus activates when you use 4 purple certs, which are obtainable from Magician, Illusionist, Warlock and Luminary. It increases your max MP by 20% and M-CRIT Rate by 10%.
Note: MP for this cert means Mana.
Depending on what class you use, you can sometimes match 3 certs for a bonus.
For example Revival Leaf.
This cert bonus activates when you use 3 blue certs. It increases the healing effect of Cure and the damage that Earth Shock does by 10%.
Now of course, if you're a dps player, you could be missing out on some strong certs if you try to match 3 for a small bonus.
In my opinion, don't do that because sometimes it's easily obtainable through stats alone.
That's why I would suggest getting a bonus of 2 of the same color.
A bonus of 2 is almost always a stat being increased by 2%. I say almost always because sometimes if you match 2 of the same color, you can also get a class-specific bonus. Like Thief's Sprint.
This cert bonus is activated when you use the orange 10% HP and orange 8% EVA bonus. It increases the effect time of Gallop by 5 seconds. (Basically, you can run fast for 5 seconds longer.)
This is not suggested, but now you know it exists.
For DPS, the best ones would be LCK, STR or AGI depending on your build. Luckily all 3 of these are easily obtained.
If you use 2 orange certs, you gain +2% AGI.
If you use 2 green certs, you gain +2% LCK.
If you use 2 purple certs, you gain +2% INT.
If you use 2 yellow certs, you gain +2% STR.
If you use 2 blue certs, you gain +2% WIS.
You get the drill. If you use 3 different colors for the last one, chances are you're missing out on an extra 2% stat boost. If you don't have any perk but you have 2x the same color, you might want to change the certs where they basically touch, and the boost should pop up.
There's a lot of different ways of creating your certs, but I would say, if you're a dps, always use the green or orange ones, depending on what type of weapon you use. After that, try going for the LCK +2% boost.
Thank you for your time, even if you knew most of it already. Hopefully it could help some random person who strolled onto the forums and didn't know much about cert bonusses yet.