"You'll have to carefully aim your attacks, move out of harm's way, and dodge like there's no tomorrow."

The 12 Best Action Combat MMORPGs

"Tera came out in 2011 bringing something new to the MMO world. The game is regarded as one of the few MMORPGs that have “true” action-based combat."


"Your attacks won't hit the target unless your aiming is on point. Blocking and dodging keep you alive, so make sure to learn the ropes of action combat early on."

Black Desert Online 

"Bless Unleashed, brings superb visuals and fun action combat that reminds of single-player action games."

Bless Unleashed 

"Players can take their pick at standard tab-targeting or action combat. You can switch between the two systems."

Sword of Legends Online 

"Neverwinter, a Dungeons & Dragons action MMO has fast-paced and fun combat. The developers did a great job adapting D&D mechanics to create an engaging combat system."


"New World, the most touted MMORPG of 2021, has skill-based action combat. The beauty of this system is that you don't BIS gear to prove dominance on the battlefield."

New World 

"When it comes to combat, ESO follows in the footsteps of its single-player predecessors. Abilities don't have cooldowns, but they cost resources so you cannot spam indefinitely."

Elder Scrolls Online 

"Guild Wars 2 has hybrid action-target combat that falls somewhere between World of Warcraft's and Tera's systems."

Guild Wars 2 

"Count on Blade & Soul for martial arts-based action combat. There is no tab-targeting, all attacks are aimed."

Blade & Soul 

"Vindictus is one of the veteran MMOs out there. It came out in 2010, but its action combat has stood the test of time."


"Phantasy Star Online 2 has one of the most unique MMO combat systems. It's action-based and requires perfect timing."

Phantasy Star Online 2 

"Some say that mastering C9 combat is an ongoing process. You always have new things to learn and tricks to pick up."

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