The Daily Grind: What’s your favorite non-combat ability in an MMO?

Combat abilities in MMOs are big, flashy, and usually leave a mangled corpse. That’s why they’re there. But sometimes you wind up with non-combat abilities that are just plain fun to use. Everyone always loved White Mage teleports in Final Fantasy XI, even when there were faster ways to get from place to place; they just look cool, a bit intense spell. Mage portals and tables in World of Warcraft are fun to drop, and everyone loves a Death Knight with Path of Frost.

Today, we want to celebrate non-combat abilities. Travel powers in Champions Online, mounts in Guild Wars 2, little things that exist to offer some extra utility and flavor. What’s your favorite non-combat ability in an MMO? Is it something that made you pick your character build just so you could play around with it, or does it just look and feel neat?

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Tulerezzer

Feign Death… and second place isn’t even close.

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Blade and Soul flying around just for fun.

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Bryan Correll

SWG’s crafting, of course.

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GamingSF

GW2 – Portal Entre is so very useful out of combat
EQ2 – all the environmental stuff, like the various vision spells/effects, breathing underwater, conjure food/water etc.
WoW – similar to EQ2 plus vision stuff like Eye of Kilrogg or Farsight.

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flyingltj

My favorite non-combat ability in an MMO is currently “scam detection.” When I see an MMO being discussed or advertised now I use my “scam detection” skill and it tells me if it’s a P2W cash grab, a rip-off clone, or a traditional fly-by-night scam.

Needless to say, this skill has saved me thousands of dollars and I have not played many MMOs in the past decade.

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Adam Russell

The jump from Steamjet Pack in everquest. Its great. You go flying at jetspeed – also stacks with bardspeed.

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johnwillo

Druid shape-change in WoW. It’s what pulled me into WoW, my first MMO, in 2004. That first trailer where the night elf transformed into cat form blew me away. Also, in Burning Crusade, being able shift to bird form and fly for the first time was an ecstatic feeling of freedom. Soaring ever higher…

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Zen Dadaist

Travel stuff usually – flight, weird mounts, hyperspeed, teleportation etc.

That said being able to transform others is usually very handy. Got an obnoxious troll purposefully blocking access to something by way of their own huge hitbox? Transform them into a small sheep/leet/whatever. Carry on with your day.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Disengage (hunter’s ability in WoW) has been my long time favourite MMO skill, not only combat but overal. For those who dont know, it makes you jump backwards and when being talented, it also increases running speed for few seconds.
I like that it has many varied uses: you can use offensively to shorten distance, defensively to get away, you can use it mid air to not fall to death. You can trick people with it on roofs jumping down and then jumping back. It requires some skill to use correctly for forward jump. These are all indications of well implemented skill.

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Gamhuin

Gate, portals and translocation! I played a wizard in EverQuest. Being able to get around and help others avoid the horrors of the “BOAT!” experience back in the day always made me happy. The mighty wizard spires themselves were an inspiration to me, even so that they exist in my tabletop D&D game and I plan to have the symbol from the spires inked onto my skin as my next tattoo.

Secondly, super jump from City of Heroes. Best travel power in an mmorpg, no – best movement ability in any game to date!

I’m also very keen on games that give me feign death emotes (whether it has a function like EQ or WoW or if it’s just an emote, like in FFXIV). There is just something to be said about being able to fall over dead to signify AFK status or as a form of commenting on frustrating situations in the game.