THE BUILD: “FlameTongue” – Rune Knight Build

Ragnarok Online WoE Rune Knight Build

Please take note that this is a GUIDE. You are not required to copy exact stats, equips and skills. What works for me may not work for you. You have been warned.


The Knight class were always offensive, nimble and tough naturally. Three of the features that are a deadly in any aspect of the game. With the introduction of 3rd classes I believe the Dragon Breath Rune Knight offers the most destruction above all the classes in-game. So ride that dragon of yours and listen up!

Build: WoE/PvP/PvM Nuke

Codename: FlameTongue

flametongue THE BUILD: FlameTongue   Rune Knight Build

dragon breath

The Breakdown:

Obviously the main skill Dragon Breath is utilized and complimented with both build and equipment. Dragon Breath damage mainly comes from your current HP and from your max SP. So basically the more HP/SP you have the better.

Other skills you should max are Dragon TrainingSpear Boomerang, Clashing Spiral and Rune Mastery.

Dragon Training is mainly there for increased weight and Dragon Breath damage. Other bonuses like ASPD and spear damage are not essential in this build.

Spear Boomerang (13 cells if maxed) is your cheese harass skill. If you are not using Dragon Breath you should be using this to status lock, hit lock and cancel spell casting. I recommend using a Pike[4] with 2x Magnolia Cards & 2x Metaller Cards enchanted.

Clashing Spiral is your leveling skill after changing to a Rune Knight. It is your second option if your opponent is wearing a fire armor(use Water Converter).  Get buffed with Gloomy Shyness for more Ouch! I recommend using a Archer Skeleton Hunting Spear because it’s one handed and heavy.

Rune Mastery is mainly there for the Verkana Rune. Upon using the Verkana Rune you will cast Millennium Shield which will give you 2~4 shields to survive 1 Hit KOs. Pretty much ideal when battling a Shura.

The Build:

Pre-Balance Patch

  • VIT 125
  • INT 100
  • DEX 110
  • LUK 64

STR can be ignored due to the fact that most servers have Gym Passes(+200 weight limit). High VIT and 100 INT should be enough to get a decent chunk of damage especially to those caught off guard without fire armors. DEX is mainly for Dragon Breath casting time while the rest of the stats go to LUK.

Post-Balance Patch

  • STR ??
  • AGI ??
  • VIT 125
  • INT ??
  • DEX 110
  • LUK ??

The Dragon Breath build will take hits from the balance patch from what I’ve heard. So I’m not quite sure how to build it right after. Crucial points will obviously be the INT, since it no longer gives us frost immunity. The balance patch also brings improvements to Howling of Madragora Resist formula which I believe is very crucial with the VIT and LUK stat. VIT and DEX will most probably stay as is.

The Equipment:

  • 2x Magnolia 2x Metaller Pike(curse and silence status effects), Archer Skeleton Hunting Spear(for Clashing Spiral)
  • +5-10 Thara Frog Immune Shield(1% less damage from nuetral property per upgrade starting at +5)

Item Buffs you can use:

Food buffs (+30 VIT & INT), Increase HP Potion, Increase SP Potion, Soul Scroll(increase max HP & SP for 30 mins)

This build focuses on all aspects of the game, whether it be PvM,WoE,PvP or even MVPing. Equips are fine to use for all of those scenarios with minimal changes. The Smokie Upgrade Clip is for hiding obviously which some skills can be avoided while the Horong Upgrade Clip is for revealing hidden characters while adding a little pressure to those classes during chases.

Dee’s Comments:

If you’re a newbie then this is the build I suggest for you. It is easy to pilot but can have awesome results if played correctly.

I’ll leave your imagination to run wild with the market of MVP Cards we have today to improve this build. See you next Sunday for another session of THE BUILD.


I’d like to hear what you think. Comment Below!

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72 Responses to “THE BUILD: “FlameTongue” – Rune Knight Build”

  1. Nice Site Dee! I plan to play Ragnarok Online again!

    Posted by Rex Carangan | May 6, 2012, 6:07 pm
  2. Dee I’m confused can i put hydra on my HS? and why archer skeleton is your card of choice(putting on HS)? imma little bit confused XD thx for reply

    Posted by Moe | May 7, 2012, 12:52 am
    • welcome to the site Moe. Archer skeleton is better for Spiral pierce because it does more damage than hydra. The additional ranged damage is higher than the race damage the hydra gives as long as you use ranged attacks. Don’t be confused with the +10% ranged vs 20% race, formula-wise the archer skeleton Hunting spear does more damage with spiral pierce.

      Posted by deesrojournal | May 7, 2012, 4:34 am
    • Just quoting what dee said, Archer skeleton amplifies the damage as a whole, while Hydra Card only amplifies Weapon Attack.
      Let me set an example, Using a un-carded and un-refined hunting spear Having 180 attack would lets say deal 10,000 damage. Carding it with a Archer skeleton would amplify the whole thing by 10% resulting in around 11k damage. On the other hand using a Hydra Carded one would be far less significant since it only Amplifies the weapons attack, plus refines of course. Resulting in 180+(180*0.2)=216, and that would be the new attack power of your weapon but it would be even more significant with refines. And btw, I heard that the archer skeleton effect was nerfed to only bow type weapons, not sure about this though.

      Posted by Reydiculous | May 7, 2012, 8:36 am
  3. hi,, can i use triple kingbird krasnaya??? will it be more powerfull?? Thanks!!!

    Posted by MankZ | May 9, 2012, 10:25 am
  4. Hey I’m really confused right now with this post-balance patch thing. I already have a rune knight with around 90+ int. Is that alright?

    Posted by Setsuna F. Seiei | May 17, 2012, 8:46 am
  5. sir i’m just wondering isnt clashing spiral a melee attack? doesnt it need str? and BTW is this build a purely DB or DB/CS type? anyways sorry for the noob questions :D

    Posted by jin mori | May 22, 2012, 9:38 am
  6. hi Dee, im playing in New Iris ph, the Archer Skel card says it only adds +10% more damage when you attack with an arrow, so why in HS?

    Posted by John Navarro | June 4, 2012, 10:02 am
  7. hello sir just wanna have some guides about the runes of rk, and some combo’s of it. im planning on runes as the main skills of my RK. thanks and more power

    Posted by Van Rosario | June 4, 2012, 2:41 pm
  8. hello, i’m planning to make RK like this 1, right now i’m still a knight and i’m planning to use DI/DL set when i become LK, is it advisable(because i’m adding int anyway for RK)? and where to lvlup using the set?, or i just stick to no str/agi and just use spiral pierce for lvling? thanks :)

    Posted by jei | June 9, 2012, 2:28 pm
  9. hello, i’m planning to make RK with this build pero panu po ipaLVL ung LK na no str/agi?? need to stick po ba to spiral pierce until 99?, i have DI/DL set po, advisable po ba if I go int during LK cause anyway nmn magINT dn me kapag RK na, thanks po, and regarding sa post-balance san makita ung guide para dun?? kababalik ragna ko lng sir thanks again :)

    Posted by JEI | June 9, 2012, 11:28 pm
    • answered you other inquiries below. there shouldn’t be any problems since you don’t need str nor agi for spiral piercing. i prefer mob killing with DI + DL combo since it is faster exp wise. be sure to have lots of pots. :D

      Posted by deesrojournal | June 12, 2012, 9:27 am
  10. hi dee i’m playing rune knight also but the build is Damage Per Second (DPS) can you make a DPS build ? it would be great thanks :D so that i can get more idea to improve my dps RK thanks a lot

    Posted by Ed Santos | June 10, 2012, 6:21 pm
  11. may i know what is your recommended stats for that build? Thankyou

    Posted by Jhay | June 25, 2012, 4:09 pm
  12. i dee. im a old player from ragna since 2002… i just want to ask about the DB type is sit ok to minimize dex and maximize vit/int as ur skill for DB plus Clashing spear is about the weight of the spear.. Just my opinion ^___^

    Posted by Johnny | July 13, 2012, 11:03 pm
    • if its your personal preference to have low dex then by all means do it. please keep in mind that the faster you cast DB the better. not to mention that you need dex to hit with clashing spiral. welcome to the site johnny!

      Posted by deesrojournal | July 18, 2012, 7:58 am
  13. if you only want to DB then by all means go 120/120/75. you may want to get some luck though for madragora resist. welcome to the site merge!

    Posted by deesrojournal | July 18, 2012, 7:48 am
  14. is it ok f my stats for DB and CS are vit 116,int 120,dex 92?

    Posted by NOLI | July 21, 2012, 1:07 pm
  15. gud day po aq q lng po my LK po kz aq lvl 95 un stat nya ay str:40 vit:90 dex:80 and, int:30 pwd po ba xa mg DB type pg ng RN job na un character q..?

    follow up question din po kung ok lng din gamitin pamalit sa HS un +10 quad archer skel carded na pike..?

    Posted by Erza | July 29, 2012, 9:02 am
    • your LK build isn’t that screwed up for the DB build. i suggest leaving str as is and pumping INT. pikes are crap unless you want to pierce things. CLashing Spiral with a heavy weapon like hunting spear is a better choice. welcome to the site erza!

      Posted by deesrojournal | August 5, 2012, 10:37 am
  16. hi, just started playing RO again from iris server to new iris server =)… I have my main char as GX and I also have 99/70 LK. I would like to know if in time that I can go through PVP mode, which would be the best option for weapon , glorious spear, archer skel HS, or 2 metaller 2magnolia pike… if I will be using DB and spiral pierce??? thanks a lot…

    Posted by Tawkz | August 10, 2012, 7:11 am
  17. follow up question:
    1. anung card yung sa sleep
    2. Clashing Spiral, will it make the enemy sleep? or kelangan normal attack? =)
    3. pag nag glorious spear ako, will it affect the DB damage by 70% to demi-human?

    Posted by tawkz | August 21, 2012, 4:07 am
  18. update please :D cause i heard there is coming another balancing patch hehe :) thx dee

    Posted by Moji | August 23, 2012, 9:03 pm
  19. when it will happen?

    Posted by Moe | August 28, 2012, 9:29 pm
  20. and btw is icepick can maximize the damage of db?

    Posted by Moe | August 28, 2012, 9:30 pm
  21. so hindi po efective ang thana dun? just curious

    Posted by Vladirimir | August 30, 2012, 12:41 am
  22. thanks for the tips dee
    ask q lng tatama na ba ang cs sa mga agi type if my dex is 92? kc right now my dex is 70 and i use spear dynamo but i still miss especially when it comes with GX?

    Posted by jang | September 5, 2012, 2:11 pm
  23. and one more thing dee//
    if DB`s damage is based on current HP and SP
    db prang mas ok if Diabolus set ang gamitin?

    Posted by jang | September 5, 2012, 2:15 pm
  24. ooh i see :)) thanks a bunch dee :))
    DB will hit GX right? kc magic type?

    Posted by jang | September 6, 2012, 1:33 am
  25. Dee, link for royal guard build is wrong. :) it redirects to rune knight

    Posted by asd | September 13, 2012, 1:46 am
  26. sir dee anu po mas maganda weapon pang DB combat knife, glorious spear, or 4 carded pike you mention? tsaka pde nyo po ba akong bigyan ng build ng genetic yung MVP type po pati gamit pasend nalang po sa email ko thx pow and more power

    Posted by tokwacorporation | September 27, 2012, 9:58 am
  27. hey dee I just wanna ask if you already have the latest stat build for DB/HS type I’m quite confused on my stat build if int is still necessarily to be max or lesser thanks for the reply!! /no1

    Posted by kim | September 30, 2012, 10:05 pm
  28. hi im from newloki pro.. i just want to ask regarding status card will it work with DB skill of RK>, eg. my mail breaker with sleep/magnolia/plankton.. and also will archer skel card will increase DB because pneuma can block DB skill..

    int doesn’t increase DB damge anymore?.

    Posted by Roy | October 31, 2012, 9:23 am
  29. Nice Blog/Article. It gives me an idea what can RK do in Ragnarok. Thanks for sharing this info :)

    Posted by Jeff | November 6, 2012, 12:58 pm
  30. Sir dee… nice guide.. i heard Hundred spears is way stronger than clashing spiral after the balance patch… any idea if str would affect this skill?? im planning to go hundred spears/ Dragon breath build…. I have no idea how to lvl an int swordie 0.o

    Posted by wishbone | November 14, 2012, 8:03 pm
  31. So does AS card still work with CS?

    Posted by ohcomeMON | November 14, 2012, 8:16 pm
  32. i just want to ask dee. coz i read above that DB affects by current hp and max sp.
    so for max damage of DB.. u need high max SP using sp cards like incubus n carat card.
    then ur hp bar should always be full? correct?

    Posted by Justine Formoso | December 7, 2012, 1:50 am
  33. sa post-build sir! priority ba talga ang Luk sa STR? just curious, if im planning to make DB type RK must mgnda ba tlga ung Luk ang meron kesa sa STR?

    Posted by bebbit | January 4, 2013, 4:56 pm
  34. hello dee nice site lol i build my character according to your guide but then im thinking changing it to spear type RK which is strom blast + ignition brake what do you think is my +9HS will be useful or better get sa glorious set? thank you !!

    Posted by seclusionist | January 25, 2013, 7:44 pm
  35. wala po ba kayong build para hundred spear type yung walang ur’s set at boss card 11k damage sa PVP

    Posted by marc constantino | February 7, 2013, 9:17 pm
  36. sir do you know a build for ignition break?
    my current stats is str 110, vit 110, agi 50, int 42, dex 100, luk 10
    but when i try it to people my DB is much stronger than my Ignition break.
    thank you for helping.
    pde din tumulong iba wag lang mang TT RESPECT PLEASE THANKS :)

    “tomorrow will be dark if i fail today”

    Posted by tom | April 8, 2013, 6:40 pm

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