The RPG genre is quite the fertile ground in which developers enjoy a great deal of leeway when coming up with games. The term role-playing game itself only requires that there be some sort of role for the player to assume, with the rest - the characters, the storyline, the gameplay, and the theme - being left up to the developers. As a result, the RPG genre is full of magnificent titles, and the flash-game world isn't a stranger to this style of game either. You've got the usual titles like Sonny and Idle Mine, but one that stands out with almost 10 million plays on Kongregate is the sublime sequel to sensational original RPG game, Monsters Den Book of Dread: Book of Dread. Flash-based RPG games really don't get more epic than this, and nor do the characters that comprise your evil-fighting team. The cleric in particular is of interest to this religious enterprise.
In this game, players can expect the usual epic features of the RPG world such as a quest of substantial length and a variety of supernatural foes to go up against, but perhaps the most interesting thing that lures people in for the long haul is the diverse nature of the characters you can choose to play as. There are a whopping seven character classes to choose from: warrior, cleric, mage, ranger, rogue, barbarian, and conjuror. While these aren't exactly new concepts to the RPG world (games like Diablo 2I have similarly diverse character classes), it is this range that gives Monsters Den Book of Dread an edge over most of its rivals. Though the characters are many, it would be appropriate for the purpose of this website to focus on the efficacy of the cleric.
Cleric: General Information
The description of the cleric that is issued at the beginning of the game is a good place to start when judging his usefulness in your team. He is described as a holy warrior that can call upon divine powers to help out your team. The cleric is able to provide some significantly useful healing powers as well as possessing some useful attacks. Heavily armoured, the cleric can be an attacking force in your team but the drawback is that the cleric cannot use a very wide range of weapons and thus relies on his supernatural powers during battle.
Your starting skills with the cleric typify the nature of him as a character. You start with a melee attack, the ability to heal one teammate at a time (and also cure any poisoning they may have), and the smite ability which is a ranged attack. The smite attack is key to the cleric's efficacy as it deals a huge amount of damage to undead opponents, making the cleric an absolutely essential part of your team.
In addition to the above three skills that are always active, you also have the chance to unlock and utilise three additional skills to make for six in total. It makes sense to enable the Fervor skill, which increases damage from melee attacks (this is useful because the cleric is weakest in this area). Heal All is also a great skill as it expands on the basic Heal ability by allowing you to heal the rest of your team as well. Revive is also a great boon to your team because it allows you to put a downed team member back into the action.
Cleric or No Cleric?
When it comes down to whether you should have a cleric as part of your team, the answer would be a resounding yes. Not only does he provide you with the ability to potentially heal all of your team members and cure poisoning, his supernatural attacks are also incredibly useful for taking out enemies at medium range. Though his melee attack is initially his weak spot, unlocking the Fervor skill means that you can deal a massive amount of damage with a melee weapon. Couple this with the smite ability, and you've got a supreme warrior that no Monsters Den Book of Dread team can do without.
Visit the developer's website Monstrum Games for more details about the Monsters Den series as well as a range other fantastic titles.