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Reaver augmentations

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The Reaver augmentations
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Wielded by Raziel (player)
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The Reaver augmentations, also known as the Reaver upgrades, were a set of seven additional add-on abilities for each of the Wraith Blade enhancements that were originally planned to feature in Soul Reaver 2. They were not included in the finished product.

Background[edit | edit source]

Discussing abilities planned for Raziel to earn in a May 2000 interview concerning Soul Reaver 2, Amy Hennig commented on the development of the Wraith Blade enhancements "right now there's seven elemental Reaver enhancements that you can find, that you have to find. This is stuff that we wanted to have in the first game, but there was just too much, we couldn't do it all. So things like Earth Reaver, Air Reaver, Water Reaver, Fire Reaver, that kind of thing. There's seven of those, and then seven enhancements of those enhancements." as well as confirming the presence of "nine additional spell-type things" She caveated this information, saying it "could change", "based on our schedule and what we're going to have to adjust as we go".[1] Later previews in the August 2000 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly added: "You'll find seven reaver augmentations that bestow special charge-up moves. Find the Fire Reaver augmentation and you can cast a ring of fire by holding the attack button. The Dark Reaver augmentation gives you temporary invisibility, the Light Reaver power-up will illuminate an entire room and blind light-sensitive enemies, etc."[2][3]

The final version of Soul Reaver 2 incorporated no side-quests - neither the "spell-type things", nor the Reaver augmentations intended for Raziel to obtain - and only four of the seven planned Reaver enhancements made an appearance.[SR2] A remnant of the augmentations remains in the retail version as the invisibility effect of the Dark Reaver augmentation can be activated with cheat codes, but none of the other augmentations was present and it is unknown how much the effects were realized before being cut, as well as how and where they were intended to be gained.[3]

Though the effects of most of the Reaver augmentations were initially unclear, Legacy of Kain: Defiance would feature the return of the charging and augmentation effects as part of the regular powers of the permanent Reaver enhancements, without having to be gained separately.[DEF][3] As such, Raziel could use the mechanic of Feeding the Reaver to charge and enable the Reaver to perform Charged attacks and Reaver spells.[DEF][4]

Augmentations[edit | edit source]

The following table illustrates the planned Reaver augmentations and their eventual appearances.

Reaver augmentation Principle Associated enhancement (SR2) Gained (SR2) Associated enhancement (Defiance) Gained (Defiance) Effect
Air Reaver augmentation
Air Reaver (SR2) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Air Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Whirlwind Blast
Dark Reaver augmentation
Dark Reaver (SR2) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Dark Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Invisibility
Earth Reaver augmentation
Earth Reaver (SR2) (cut) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Earth Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Earthquake
Fire Reaver augmentation
Fire Reaver (SR2) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Fire Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Fire Blast
Light Reaver augmentation
Light Reaver (SR2) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Light Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Bright Stun Blast
Spirit Reaver augmentation
Spirit Reaver (SR2) (cut) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Spirit Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Major Damage Blast
Water Reaver augmentation
Water Reaver (SR2) (cut) Separately gained upgrade (cut) Water Reaver (Defiance) Reaver spell of associated upgrade, gained along with enhancement Ice Blast

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Icon-IGN.png Soul Reaver 2: Director's Interview - PlayStation 2 Feature at IGN (by Douglass Perry), page 6 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Glyphs" defined multiple times with different content
  2. 2.0 2.1 Electronic Gaming Monthly, August 2000 issue
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Wiki-Icon-TLW.png Reaver Upgrades at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)
  4. Icon-Prima.png Prima Games / JDP and Gerald Guess. Prima's Official Legacy of Kain: Defiance Guide. (2003)
  5. Wiki-Icon-TLW.png The Pillar Glyphs at The Lost Worlds (by Ben Lincoln)