|Balance Reaver enhancement|
|Balance Emblem enhancements|
Kain with the Balance enhancement in Defiance
|Introduced in||Legacy of Kain: Defiance|
|Obtained at||Sarafan Stronghold|
|Parameters||*Allows Reaver gauge to be charged|
*Disperses Blessed barriers
*Charged Attack: increases damage to struck enemies
*Reaver Spell: Splash damage on nearby enemies
The Balance Reaver enhancement was an augmentation for The Reaver used by Kain in Legacy of Kain: Defiance. Presumably of Ancient Vampire origin, Kain gained it when he acquired the Balance Fragment of the Balance Emblem .
The Balance enhancement was the first Reaver enhancement gained by Kain in Defiance. Kain found the enhancement in Chapter 1 as he investigated the Sarafan Stronghold and discovered the hub of the Balance Emblem laid across his path in the 'Sanctuary' area of the stronghold. Collecting the fragment, Kain found it had endowed the Reaver with elemental Balance energy, upgrading its power[DEF][DEF-C1].
The Balance enhancement caused the Reaver blade to glow with red energies and once found, it enabled the Reaver to be upgraded, allowing Kain to charge the blade and take advantage of Charged attacks and Reaver spells for the first time. A single strike from the Balance enhancement was sufficient to dispel the Blessed barriers throughout the stronghold, whilst in combat, its charged attacks dealt further damage, whilst its Reaver Spell caused splash damage to nearby enemies.[DEF].
- This Reaver enhancement and accompanying fragment of the Balance Emblem are not explicitly named in game, where it is referred to simply as "Balance Emblem" in menus - the name given for the whole artifact[DEF].
- The Prima Guide notes the Balance Reaver enhancement simply as "Balance": suggesting that it is affiliated with the Pillar of Balance and that the accompanying fragment represents Balance - with the enhancement itself also known as the"Balance Reaver" .
- In game files the Balance enhancement is referred to as "reaver_blood" and as "Blood Reaver" under debug menus [DEF].
- Given Kain's speculations and Moebius' reaction to Kain's possession of the Balance Emblem, it is likely that he left the Balance fragment for Kain to find[DEF-C1][DEF-C3].