Viper is very good, if not the best of the Martial styles. When upgraded to the maximum, its regular attacks are one of the fastest in the game, and the strong attack of this style is definitely the most deadly and fastest among all strong attacks in game. Additionally, the strong attack of viper style moves you forward a little bit every time, so it can be delivered from some short distance between you and the opponent. Another benefit of viper style is poison damage. Every single hit of this style poisons the enemies, and it can be extremely useful in the higher difficulty settings. The only enemies immune to the poison are those immune to martial styles, meaning you can poison anything but golems.
If you have the PC version of Jade Empire, you can acquire this style by obtaining the following meditation doctrines: Eye of the Viper, Fang of the Viper and Scale of the Viper.
Eye of the Viper - found in a chest in the Swamp Cave where you defeated Gao the Lesser; make sure you do not leave before looting the cave as you cannot return.
Fang of the Viper - given for following a "low path" solution in Yifong and Fuyao.
Scale of the Viper - rewarded for defeating Grand Inquisitor Jia.
Viper emphasizes speed and unpredictability, alternately lulling the opponent with rhythmic movements and striking with incredible speed. Individually, this style's strikes are light, but they are only a part of its arsenal. Those who have mastered Viper's mysteries know a series of pressure points that can sour the blood and disrupt their foes' vital organs. Rare is the warrior who can withstand the lightning quick strikes of Viper while being torn apart from the inside.
- This style can complete a Harmonic Combo.
- It is not possible to obtain both the Iron Palm style and the Viper style as the second scroll of each style is obtained by mutually exclusive conversation options in the Pirate lair area in Chapter 2. See quest Yifong and Fuyao. Viper is associated with the Closed Fist, whereas Iron Palm is associated with the Open Palm.