Update v27.96.08 v27.93.80 delayed to May 30, 2017. Best Blowout Support Event until July 04.  

There is a clocking event for sGE, from Oct 1 (5pm) to Oct 29 (5pm). If you login for at least 1 hour a day for 28 days, you will receive the following reward on Nov 05, 2009:

  • 1 Forgotten Territory Pass
  • 1 Ancient Territory Pass
  • 1 Ancient Shelter Pass
  • 1 Field Manual
  • 1 Combat Manual
  • 30 Pet Food
  • Sylph Wings (7 days)
  • Fairy Wings (7 days)
  • Phoenix Wings (7 days)

There will be partial rewards for 7-days, 14-days, and 21-days as well. For more details, see Hickory Dickory Dock.

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Meanwhile, there was also a hacking "event" earlier this month, over which some frustrated players have quit. Others continue to complain in Hacked Or Epic System Failure? forum topic. Some points to remember:

  • Never give out your password to anyone, not even guild leaders, friends, or "pilot" trainers... and especially not potential phishing sites.
  • Avoid playing in a public-access computer (e.g. Internet cafe), if possible. Or at least, change your password on your own computer after doing so.
  • Do not use 3rd-party software which may have Trojan horses or keyloggers.
  • Scan your computer system regularly to clean out virus, malware, etc.
  • Avoid suspicious webpages, if possible. Set your browser to higher security.

When the game launcher is started, it will automatically load a specific webpage, as such SNW Launcher Page or IAHGames Launcher Page. This page can be changed to some other site, such as Twitter.

To change the laucher webpage, do the following. Always remember to back-up files before you modify them.

  1. Open updater.config.xml file in Granado Espada folder with Notepad.
  2. Find the line <URL Key="Notice" Value="..."> and change the value to...
    Value="http://www.rss2html.com/public/rss2html.php?TEMPLATE=template-1-3-1.htm&XMLFILE=http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/27072530.rss"
  3. Save and start the game launcher.
This will load the SNW Twitter RSS Feed via RSS2HTML. You can refresh the page by clicking within the window and press F5. RSS2HTML also allows limited color themes, simply change the first 2 numbers of URL value template-1-3-1 to other numbers. The first number (1) is layout 1-3, while the second number (3) is color scheme 1-6. So to load layout 2 with color scheme 5, use template 2-5-1 instead.

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To use sGE Twitter RSS Feed instead, change the value above from 27072530.rss to 47653239.rss. This is however not recommended, since sGE Launcher Page tends to be updated frequently with news, unlike SNW Page.

Edit: If you change the launcher page to another website, make sure that that site is CLEAN and free from malware, virus, etc.

The newly elected Chancellor of Orpesia opened the way to Errac (also called El Dorado in this game edition), and lots of players rushed into the new land. Within a few days, the first part of the server quest (500 Elemental Jewels) was completed, resulting in the arrival of the Location Storage Soldier to provide a start point in Errac.

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The family also joined in the rush. Unfortunately, they were only Lv.2-3 Experts, so most of the mobs in Tierra Dias and Tierra Noche had orange names. In 3 days, they farmed Rhodolite Piece x35, Excrement Lump (aka Nightsoil) x15, and Ancient Runes - Ti x2, An x2, Te x1, and Ar x1.

The family bought a Symbol of Sagittarius, but it turned out to be way over-priced... which is really stupid, since the family cannot get the expert stances anyway because Great Stones are only accessible from cash shop and are not tradable until v3.4. Why did they not put the stones in the feso shop like they did for kGE v3.0.13? Ugh. Anyway, since there is no rush to get expert stances and the family doesn't suffer from Nar-fetish, it may be better to wait until v3.2 before entering Occulta Dungeon, as the drop rate for Dr. Lorenzo's Diary 1517 will then be increased by 10 times.

Anyway, the experts made 4 visits to Bellem's Relics, and looted Conqueror Shotgun, Vampiric Edge, and other Lv.84 elite rubbish. Anahita (f/sco) and Jack found their 26th Fire Isle Treasure in Free Zone: Bracelet of Behemoth, Elite Muerte Balada, and Elite Staff of Simurgh.

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The family name variable for the notice was somehow messed up again in the new patch. So until the bug is fixed (again), when the notice flashed, all treasure hunters will have to look anxiously around to see if the chest is theirs.

Imperial Wheel (jGE) has been updated for Sept 2009. Other than the following new items and the standard cash shop items, it also included a Lv.96 elite armor.

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Hron's Scam Box Treasure Trove - Type 2
Meanwhile, sGE has released Hron's Treasure Trove - Type 2. It included several Lv.92 elite weapons previously from ABS (e.g. Silver Skullic Bracer, Crystal Shooter), Lv.96 elite armor costumes for fighter/wizard, and several wigs. This will be available in cash shop (1,500 G-Points) from 24 Sep to 15 Oct 2009.

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Night soil is a euphemism for human feces, which is excreted into a container or bucket, and is sometimes collected in the container with urine and other waste. In urban areas, usually slums, a night soil collector will arrive regularly, at varying time periods depending on the supply and demand for night soil collection. Usually this occurs during the night, giving the night soil its name.

Excrement is a more general term for feces, shit, and crap... but you know that already. I wonder what China/Taiwan editions of Granado Espada call this item? 魔兽屎? 妖大便? Heh.

kGE has released its v4.0.31 Patch Notes for the test server. It seems like they are testing out releasing version info without pictures for faster news delivery. What's the point of telling us there's new costumes without pictures? Meh.

1. Top Raid - Land of the Dead
A new raid will be available in Land of the Dead. Not much else is revealed as yet.

2. Scout Constellation Stance - Enhanced Tactics
A new expert stance Enhanced Tactics will be available. It requires Symbol of Scorpio. From kGE Screenboard, the stance include Melee Enhancement, Magic Enhancement, Shooting Enhancement, Escape Artist, and Principal.

Book of Wind has more information about the stance in v4.0.33. It seems Scout, Soho, Soho the Wind, Viki, and Emilia (but not ETS) will receive the stance.

Screenshots of the skills and rosario have been uploaded to ImageShack Gallery here. The images are taken from 道具相关.

3. Elite Trump Weapons
A new weapon series has been added. Elite Trump weapons can be enchanted, unlike the unique Trump weapons.

  • ATK Rating 31
  • Requires Lv.96 Enchantment Chips for enchantment
  • Max. Upgrade Accelerators (Enhancement Boosters): 15
  • Base damage is slightly higher than regular Trump weapons
  • Veteran Exclusive
  • Trade in Arsene Circus Ticket + Archangel's Heart + Siren's Scale + Seed of Rafflesia

4. Constellation Weapon Adjustments
Constellation Weapons gained built-in options (e.g. Desert Storm's Acc +10). A list of changes is available at Book of Wind.

5. New Costumes
New costumes and hats for elementalist - Olga Patricia (male) and Patricia Rose (female).

The picture below is taken from kGE Magic Scroll. There is also a full-body picture available at kGE Screenboard.

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6a. Misc. - Secret Guard Update
Secret Guard contract will be terminated when the apprentice family reaches family level 15. Availability for Secret Guard will be added to Family Profile.

6b. Misc. - Arsene Circus
Mission can be entered with a key, crafted with 5 Pure Silver Bars (available from Item Dealer NPC) and "ground-water" (?). The latter drops from monsters, probably in Reboldeaux sewers.

6c. Misc - Leather Armor
Karjalain will be able to wear Fighter Leather. Lorch and Auch Infantry will be able to wear Scout Leather.

6d. Misc. - Martial arts MHP Add Options
Martial arts stance on the basic performance of the MHP will be granted additional options.

7a. Others - New Raid Mission
A new raid has been added. Keys can be created from a NPC in Auch. Mission start point is in Bahamar Underground Cave.

7b. Others - Al Quetz Moreza, Holy Water Chamber
Mission can be done once per day, independent of Arsene Circus raid. In addition, a NPC in Reboldeaux offers monster hunts which rewards EXP cards.

7c. Others - Ania's Stance & Weapons
Constellation weapon has been added for Ania. Its recipe can be acquired from Haman in Errac. Semi-Lunar stance has been modified.

7d. Others - Adjustments to Martial Arts Stances
Martial Arts stances and skills will be adjusted slightly.

7e. Others - Trump Lute ATK Speed
Trump lute (aka instrument) has added ATK Speed 20%.

8. Coming Soon™
The following will be revealed in the next official kGE update.
  • Secrets of the 5 Elements - Wind: Torsche's Mansion Basement
  • Character - Catherine Torsche
  • Constellation Lute Stance - Symbol of Virgo
  • Constellation Cannon Stance - Symbol of Sagittarius
  • Constellation Sabre Stance - Symbol of Cancer
  • Raid Mission: Griffon
  • 5 Attribute Buff
  • Event Mission Renewal

On the first day of v3.0.13 update, the family revived and killed Cortes to recruit Selvaria (Selva), named after Selvaria Bles, who is the um... well-endowed Valkyria serving under Prince Maximilian in the game/anime Valkyria Chronicles. Thanks to RingWoody and Misericordiia families for the squad to take down Giant Avalanche Apparition! The family won't be focusing on her leveling just yet though.

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Destiny's Chains (v3.2): ATK +5%, ATK Speed +10%, DEF +20

The experts started on the quest to trail Emilia's father into the sewers. However, as the chancellor of Orpesia has not yet been elected, Errac is still not accessible. Candidate registration just started yesterday, so hopefully the new chancellor will start the server quest quickly next week.

So instead, they made 7 visits to Bellem's Relics, and looted Elite Ring Mail, Elite Striform, Elite Camisa de Soldado, and other Lv.84 elite rubbish. Jack and Anahita (f/sco) failed in treasure hunt again, in which nobody found the darn thing. Then, Jack led some pioneer members to do 5 Interchange Lv.1 missions, and looted Castor Guard and Pollux Sword.

Meanwhile, the veterans looted another Sword Breaker in Scorching Plateau, where Maimonides (m/mus) reached Veteran Lv.2. They also spent a day in Los Toldos, using 82 Mysterious Powders to farm 103 Pure Otites. They crafted Elite Skullic Bracer, Elite Dragon Tooth, and Elite Iron Pistol.

And the personal "quest" to make/buy lots of Lv.36 Enchantment Chips continues...

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A few players were asking about the Secret Room Tickets earlier today, since the low-level bosses are getting attention again due to Constellation Symbols. The bosses of the 4 old dungeons can drop colored tickets which allow access to secret rooms where you can loot some random elite equipment from treasure chests. See also Colored Tickets of the Secret Rooms (sGE) and 2ch Wiki (jGE).

TicketBossAccess PointLoot
RedDilos LatemnAl Quelt Moreza Parsonage (G8)Lv.28 Elite
YellowTreasure GolemTetra Ruins Catacombs (I8)
Lv.36-52 Elite
BlueChimera
Porto Bello Cabin (B7)
Lv.52-68 Elite
GreenRavyn's Heart
Skeleton Dungeon 1F (K5)
Lv.84 Elite

Furthermore, there is a hengestone inside the Red Ticket Secret Room. [Source] For other hengestones, see Wiki of the New World.

Sword of the New World has updated to v3.0.13 today, along with X-Trap 2779. The Constellation Symbol Boxes should also be added to cash shop as well. See Echoes of an Empire Details and The Big Maintenance.

For more in-depth details, see sGE v3.0 Patch Notes and sGE Version Updates articles. (The main game content should be almost identical, except for in-game events and cash shop which IMC usually allows the hosting companies to have more customization.)

To get to the new civilization, the Chancellor must be elected to open the way as mentioned here. If the in-game elections are still bugged, then this patch will be totally LOL. The Commerce Negotiation server quests are detailed here. Detailed guides for Nar and Selva are already available at Book of Wind: Characters or That Iguana's Selva Compendium and Nar-gh.

Those who waited for v2.9b will remember the epic failure back then. Now, it looks like the G1 team is getting its act together.

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Waiting... Waiting... Waiting... Server Online Soon™


Update: Some edition-specific changes/notes are as follows. See also 3.0 Update Is LIVE!.

  • Personal Shop is now enabled and accessible from main menu.
  • New items added to Cash Shop. See pictures below. Secret Area is also known as Ancient Shelter, Amrita is also known as Liquid of Heaven or Ambrosia.
  • Veteran stance quest for Calypso (aka Calyce) has been reported by some players to be fixed.
  • Elections will start on Friday, Sept 18, 8pm (PST).
  • Great Stones (100k feso) are NOT in Feso Shop... I don't think they are tradable in v3.0. So you must top-up game credits to get expert stances?! Oh crap...
  • The no-timer bug for temp wings and costumes has been corrected when the items are equipped. Timer starts when the previously-bugged items are equipped, so if you already have them, do NOT take them off!

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For reference, Mysterious Powder costs 20 gold.

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The 2 new symbol boxes...

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/broad WTB: Will you open the box with 7m... Item Name FAIL

Granado Espada will be featuring in Games Convention Asia 2009 at Suntec (Singapore) during 17-20 Sep 2009. There will be some events to get free laptop skins and handphone wipers.

On 19 Sep (3pm), there will be an RMT auction for +7 Elite Le Noir and +7 Constellation Weapons. According to the event notice... "All proceeds from this event will be donated to charity."

See sGE @ Games Convention Asia 2009 for more details.

Update: See the Post-Event Article. The charity organization concerned was Community Chest. The +7 ELN was sold for SGD 600-1488. The total donation from the event was SGD 3628.

Jack trained Miata (Claire) and Candide (Lorch) in Rion Dungeon Hollow, while Flatulus (Gracielo) trained in Gigante Beach, where he met another spinelling family - Khyahra. Miata (Claire) finally reached Lv.68, and received her +6 Elite Slayer.

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The experts made 6 visits to Bellem's Relics, and recovered Conqueror Shotgun, Grim-Wight, Elite Graciegote, and other Lv.84 elite equipment.

While farming chips in Fire Isle Zone 2, the new veterans looted Wooden Controller and Wooden Whistle. They also looted Lv.96 chip in Scorching Plateau. They wanted to test their luck with Capybara Treasure Box, so they hunted a few Golden Bats. But they gave up after one bat killed the whole team as Anahita (f/sco) lagged and wasn't able to move and lure it around the attackers.

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Even after maintenance, the lag still persisted. I even got disconnected talking to NPC merchants and gambling chips with Tiburon. Disappointing, but thankfully, a few days after maintenance, the lag was gone.

The Grandmaster rank is now available for sGE. It requires a rather ridiculous family level of 45 (Grandmaster) and 50 (Righteous Grandmaster)... See The Noble's Court.

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An amusing quote from the forums regarding the new noble rank...


only super botters wud get the stat flags, change the name to righteous botter pls :3 [Source]

It seems like some players are still confused about how many soups you need to get Garcia (aka Gavin for sGE). Some guides say that you must complete Trace of Cruelty quest (1 soup) to finish Garcia's quests (1 soup), thus you need 2 soups in all. This is NOT true. You do not have to complete Trace of Cruelty quest at all; you just need to start the quest. You can recruit Garcia with just one soup. Here is how to do it.

  • Do Katovic Snowfield Quests until Trace of Cruelty quest. Invierno will ask you to collect the soup ingredients - Cabbage x50, Beet x50, Wolf Meat x50, and Golden Apple x20.
  • Once you have the ingredients, he will ask you to collect 3 quest items in Glacial Forecourt (aka Snowfield of the Ice Wizard). See Trigger Spot: Trace of Cruelty entry.
  • Talk to Invierno, who will ask you to make a soup.
  • Click on the pot next to Invierno, and make one soup. After this, do NOT talk to Invierno again. You are advised to put the soup in your vault to avoid accidental usage.
  • Complete all the pioneering quests up to Bahamar Pioneering Quests.
  • Continue with Garcia's Recruitment Quests, until Seal of Novia quest where you have to defeat Novia.
  • Talk to Invierno about curing Garcia. He will ask for one soup and 10 philosopher's stones.
  • Take the soup from your vault, then talk to Invierno again. You should see the following screenshot where you get to choose which quest you want to use the soup for.
  • Choose "Save Garcia" option in the dialog, and the soup will be used for recruiting Garcia instead of Trace of Cruelty quest.
  • Then, return to Auch and carry on with Garcia's Recruitment Quests to get his card.

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Edit: There was reportedly a "Vanishing Cabbages" bug. See Garcia Soup Bugged?.

This is the reason why Claude should have never asked Claire to do those ridiculous quests... Terrible things happen when a girl gets desperate.

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Donning his Bear Suit, Empedocles (m/ele) seduced an unsuspecting little girl (Claire) into the family, naming her Miata, an unstable half-demon child who fights demons with her great sword in Claymore manga. For some unknown reasons, the Bear Suit also attracted Flatulus (Gracielo), who was named after the Ephebian God of the Winds in Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. See Claire-Bear for a comic rendering of this family event.

The experts made 4 visits to Bellem's Relics, and recovered Daemon Sword, Dragon Hunter Bayonet, and other Lv.84 elite equipment. Anahita (f/sco) and Jack found their 25th Fire Isle Treasure in Zone 2: Bracelet of Leviathan, Elite Bracelet of Uranus, and Elite Peacemaker.

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Originally, the family intended to revisit Los Toldos again this weekend, but couldn't make it due to a persistent lag over the past few days. Even moving was a problem - there was a 1-5 seconds lag between clicking on a spot and the characters starting to move. As such, the family can't do much, except AFK in Gigante Beach. I hope next week's maintenance will resolve this lag. It is getting annoying.

SNW is going to implement 2 new cash shop boxes, which has a chance to drop constellation symbols and chips. They are somewhat similar to sGE's Zodiac Box and Zodiac Chest here.


OoPS Support Box: As trade negotiations with the Erracan people close, the Office of Pioneering Support (OOPS) has collected new materials and made them available to Pioneers! This box randomly awards one of the following: Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Leo, Lv.100 Enchant Chip and more! - 150 Gold

OoPS Erracan Box: As a display of devotion to their new allies, the Erracan people have sent these special boxes for the Office of Pioneering Support (OoPS) to provide pioneers with. This box randomly awards one of the following: Symbol of Sagittarius, Symbol of Aquarius, Lv.100 Enchant Chip and more! - 150 Gold

It's a chance for 2 chips. [Source]

The new "random" boxes will always give you something of at least it's value (be that a Warp Scroll Permit, Quarters Permit or better things like Enchant Chips or Amritas). We really are working to make the item you get worth the 150 gold. [Source]

Now that doesn't mean the Symbols will drop out of every box. That's not our intent. But we are confident it will give those who do not have the ability or time to raid an alternative, which is our intent.

In general we really want to be selling items on the cash shop that pit time versus money. Not "Power" versus "Time". The XP manuals are good examples of the time versus money thing. For someone who doesn't have the time (or consistent internet connection) to level up their characters they can pay to level their characters faster.

For raiding clans, they will quickly create the new weapons and stances. They will most likely do it first too. But these boxes will allow non-raiders (especially those who don't control Faction Wars) a chance at them as well. That to us is a "Time" versus "Money" option that we are glad to offer.

But again, don't assume you'll get a Symbol every box and don't assume you'll need to buy 10,000 boxes to get one. There is a happy medium. [Source]



When the boxes are released, I hope the box spammers will do a sample list of how many symbols drop out of 50 or 100 boxes. There is also a Sage Necklace Promotion for gold-buyers.

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Update: The following is a list of known drops. See also 51 OoPS Boxes and OoPS Box Discussion.
  • Lv.90 (920k) EXP Card x6
  • Secret Area Pass (1 day)
  • Ancient Area Pass (1 day)
  • Lacquer +6: General
  • Lv.92 Enchantment Chip x8
  • Lv.100 Enchantment Chip x2
  • Earth Stone x2
  • Strength Potion x2
  • Amrita x2
  • Socket Flux
  • Symbol of Sagittarius (Erracan)
  • Symbol ofAquarius (Erracan)
  • Symbol of Capricorn (Support)
  • Symbol of Leo (Support)
  • Symbol of Taurus (Support)

A friend asked me to run an EXP test again for veterans and experts. This test was conducted using a solo character (i.e. one-character team) without any EXP buff (e.g. Combat Manual). The sGE family used is Lv.22+0, while SNW family used is Lv.24+0. Currently, SNW is v2.9, while sGE is v3.4. Of course, there may be hidden EXP factors which are not held constant, so this is more like an estimate than a precise, controlled experiment.

The following is the actual EXP amount gained from killing the specified monster by a Lv.1 Expert*. (Advancing from Lv.1 to Lv.2 Expert requires about 270m EXP.)


MonstersGE EXPSNW EXP
Escudo Prefer* (Lv.111) 4,257 4,257
Eligo (Lv.110) 12,555 12,555

The following is the actual EXP amount gained from killing the specified monster by a Lv.1 Veteran*. (Advancing from Lv.1 to Lv.2 Veteran requires about 140m EXP.)

MonstersGE EXPSNW EXP
Thief Leader* (Lv.99) 2,578 2,578
Bear Walker* (Lv.104) 4,456 4,456

As you can see, there is no difference in EXP gained between the 2 game editions for soloing a veteran or expert. So the difference will be mainly in the buffs available (100% Combat Manual, Home Premium Service, etc.).

Note (*): Lv.1 Veteran or Expert (v3.0) is essentially a Veteran or Expert with 0%-9.9999% EXP (v2.9). For a conversion table, see Veteran Levels. The monster names listed above are from sGE. The corresponding SNW names are Escudo Preffer, Villain, and Bear Worker.