Stances are grouped into types according to their stance EXP requirements. The table below shows the stance types and the stance EXP required to reach Lv.25. The data is derived from datatable_stance.ies and datatable_xp.ies files from each client.
Sword 2 (v4.1)
All basic stances and most veteran stances (except Forgotten Magic) used the standard stance EXP type (10001). Most expert stances require 5 times as much stance EXP as the basic stances. Occultism and Enhanced Tactics are the winners, requiring twice the amount of stance EXP as the other expert stances (e.g. Flintlock).
|Type||Stances: Sword 2 (v4.1)|
|10001||All Other Basic & Veteran Stances|
|10012||Hapkido, Equites, Rapiere, Gorgeous, Rapiere of Grim, Hanging Guard, Waxing, Arnis, Tested Guard, Flintlock, Darkness, Madness, Augury, Forgotten Magic|
|10024||Occultism, Enhanced Tactics|
Despite what most players may believe, Darkness stance requires the same stance EXP as other expert stances (e.g. Flintlock). It just seems to require a lot of stance EXP, because a lot of the EXP are "wasted" when the character automatically changes stance due to his SP being reduced to 0 by levitation.
Granado Espada: Singapore (v5.0)
In v5.0, all basic stances (except for Valeria's First Aid) are re-classified into faster stance EXP types. These new types (10031-10061) require significantly less stance EXP to reach Lv.25. This change may be the reason why some players find their stances have automatically reached Lv.25 after the patch.
|Type||Stances: GE-SG (v5.0)|
|10001||Defender, Advance Garde, Cauchemar, Advance Garde of Grim, Low-Guard, Rapida Espada, Sidewinder, Stave Guard, Mighty Cruz, Raid Assault, Low-Guard, Sidewinder, Sight Shot, Outrage Shot, Gigantic Blaster, Gigantic Marksmanship, Close Encounters, Sagitta, Incantation, Anathema, Domination Fire, Domination Ice, Domination Lightning, Tactical Assistance, Serenade, First Aid (Valeria)|
|10012||Martial Arts Compendium, Crusader, Equites, Rapiere, Gorgeous, Rapiere of Grim, Hanging Guard, Semilunar, Tronada Cruz, Arnis, Tested Guard, Secret of Moonlight, Bloody Feast, Flintlock, Superior Blaster, Dual Blaster, Demolition Burst, Tested Burst, Darkness, Madness, Occult Assistance, Forgotten Magic|
|10024||Death Chopping, Occult Magic, Prelude, Enhanced Tactics, Innocentio|
|10031||Bareknuckle, Back-Guard, High-Guard, Hack and Slash, Combatant, Middle-Guard, Back-Guard, Novice Guard, Esgrima, Middle-Guard Spirit, Standing Shot, Novice Marksmanship, Targan Shot, Straight Shot, Kneeling Shot, Psychokinesis, Possession Fire, Possession Ice, Possession Lightning, First Aid, Fortitudo, Install Trap, Construction, Defensive Construction, Amicus, Castis|
|10041||Defending Guard, Twin Blades, Plow-Guard, Roof-Guard, Blandir Cruz, Penetrar Cruz, Twin Blades Spirit, Plow-Guard, Roof-Guard, Aiming Shot, Freestyle Shot, Double-Gun Shot, Kneeling Shot, Defending Shot, ESP, The Illusionist, Evocation Fire, Evocation Ice, Evocation Lightning|
|10051||Book of Earth, Book of Wind, Book of Flame, Book of Ice, Book of Mind, Epee Garde, Sabre Garde, Tail-Guard, Corte Duplicado, Esgrima, Heaven or Hell, Shotgun Blaster, Hunting Blaster, Siege Burst|
|10061||Main-Gauche Garde, Epee Glacier, Sabre Glacier, Main-Gauche Garde of Grim, Epee Garde of Grim, Grim Guard, Flame-Guard, Heaven or Hell of Grim, Arbalester, Levitation, The Elemental Lord, Minstrel, Rescue*, Marionette|
The slowest stance EXP type (10024) also gains several more expert stances - Death Chopping, Prelude, and Innocentio.
Note (*): Rescue stance is the unique (weapon-less) stance of Snow Rescue Knight, a character that was "under development" for v3.0 but later abandoned by IMC. The stance includes Intensify, Fortify, Resuscitation, Acceleration, and Mass Cure skills. At Lv.25, it has Block +10 bonus.