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Copy and pasted from Mana Cost and Mechanics, a page that I wrote on the Castle Crashers Wikia. NOTE: This may not be 100% accurate. As of now this is the most accurate analysis any individual has produced, to my own knowledge. If you have any criticisms then pleas by all means post them in the comments so that I can update the information. Splash Attacks Splash attacks are the most diverse form of magic; even at level 1, the characters are still drastically different from each other to the point that there's still plenty of material to build a tier list off of. Standard - 9 Casts Per Mana Bar This is the cheapest form of mana regeneration, used by the majority of the characters in the game. With +5 magic it's boosted to 12 casts. If you don't see a character in the following sections, then you can infer that they use this form of mana regeneration, however most notably Fencer, Industrialist, Ninja, Fire Demon, Brute, and Snakey use this magic. Sustained - 6 Casts Per Mana Bar Characters with sustained magic use this form of mana regeneration. If it's not sustained, then it takes 1/6 of the player's mana away. With +5 magic it's boosted to 8 casts. Bear, Saracen, and Red Knight use this form of mana regeneration. These splash attacks appear to be disadvantageous, or even terrible at first, but Bear and Saracen can use their magic to perform unique juggle combos, and are potentially the most efficient characters for killing normal-sized enemies. Red Knight's magic makes him a decent support character, similar to King. Expensive - 2 Casts Per Mana Bar This is the most expensive form of mana regeneration, used by only a few of the characters in the game. This cost is in exchange for unparalelled crowd control, or some other benefit. Important Note: This form of mana regeneration is not a disadvantage. If casting twice from a full mana bar is a disadvantage, then a double-barrel shotgun is the weakest gun of all by the same reasoning. With +5 magic it's boosted to 2.67 casts; you won't be able to cast it more times in a row, but it will still regenerate faster, and your mana will not be completely drained, allowing a third cast after a very short waiting period following the second cast. Blue Knight, Iceskimo, and Pink Knight use this form of mana regeneration. Aerial Splash Attacks The same as normal splash attacks, just casted from the air. Only certain characters use this form of magic. Ice Shards - 2 Casts Per Mana Bar Blue Knight is the only character who uses this attack. Important Note: This form of attack is not a disadvantage. If casting twice from a full mana bar is a disadvantage, then a double-barrel shotgun is the weakest gun of all by the same reasoning. With +5 magic it's boosted to 2.67 casts; you won't be able to cast it more times in a row, but it will still regenerate faster, and your mana will not be completely drained, allowing a third cast after a very short waiting period following the second cast. Airborne Tornado - 9 Casts Per Mana Bar Saracen and Bear are the only characters who use this. Unlike its use on the ground, this has normal cost. Most of the time the player will use it for juggling. With +5 magic, it can be casted 8 times. Airborne Frogglet Blacksmith uses this attack. Literally the only difference between this and another air projectile is that it does half as much damage. It can hit multiple enemies, but it's still not that useful because it just knocks the enemies flat on their backs rather than up into the air so your teammates can juggle them. Projectiles Projectiles are much less varied than splash attacks, almost to the point that they have little to no impact on gameplay with only a few exceptions. Note: Both styles of bombs fall at a 60 degree angle in the air, causing them to hit enemies standing under the player, unlike projectiles at a 45 degree angle. Standard - 9 Casts Per Mana Bar This is what most characters use. It's just a generic ball that does damage, nothing special at all. Unless the ball is ice, fire, poison, or moves faster than normal -- with the four speedy exceptions being Ninja, Iceskimo, Alien, and Necromancer -- then it does nothing of interest, making projectiles practically useless for most of the characters that use this type, aside from the aforementioned exceptions. It can be casted 12 times with +5 magic. If a character isn't listed in one of the other sections, then it can be inferred that they're standard. Bomb Style (Fire) Gray Knight, Royal Guard, and Conehead use this projectile. Bombs are potentially the most powerful projectile in the game in terms of bonuses, special effects, and other unique qualities, and are even better than that in terms of their lack of disadvantages, which is none at all. Important Note: Considering range a disadvantage for bombs is like saying that a Jedi is at a disadvantage to a Stormtrooper in Star Wars. Bomb Style (Non-Elemental) Pink Knight, Necromancer, and Hatty Hattington use this projectile. These aren't nearly as powerful as bombs, but Pink Knight's projectiles can critical hit. Necromancer's projectile is different from a bomb, but there are still strong similarities. His Projectile is the fastest of all, and when casted from the air, it doesn't break on the ground, and unlike bombs, it travels to the end of the screen. It's easily one of the most useful projectiles for players who are good at levitation, as it can be used effectively for aerial combat, in a situation where the player can't afford to take any more damage. Note: Hatty doesn't use his bomb-style projectile on the ground, but he uses the standard format of projectiles on the ground. Reduced Damage (Non-Elemental) Alien is the only character that uses this; it moves faster than normal projectiles, and it can be casted three times the normal rate. The only problem with this is that it wastes mana to do so instead of actually timing the casting like everyone else, because no matter what an enemy can't be hit if it's still on the ground, so any excess shots are just wasted. Alternate Splash Attack - 6 Casts Per Mana Bar Saracen is the only character that uses this; it knocks enemies up in the air to either take fall damage, or be juggled. It can be casted 8 times with +5 magic. XXXY Combos All XXXY combos use no mana at all. There are six different types: default, lightning, fire, poison, ice, and non-elemental. Magic Jumps All magic jumps use the same amount of mana, and aside from ice, poison, and fire, they're all the same. The only exception, is the fact that Iceskimo has an advantage over Blue Knight, and vice versa, depending on the situation. Magic Jumps technically have no cost, as they fully recharge before you can use another, but they otherwise could be casted 9 times from a full mana bar.