Updated Recruit Cherlyn, Recruit Amy, and The Smyphonia Episode 1 Scenario quest guide...   ♥♥♥    

GE-Korea has released a new GM article - 운영팀에 도착한 전투 기획자의 편지.

PvP Changes
Rather than type out a whole list of changes already available elsewhere, I'd just refer you to Silver Server v5.0.12 and Silver Server v5.0.15.


New Stances: Peltast & Shadow Sting
Peltast, the new javelin stance, uses Symbol of Scorpio and is aimed at elementalists and scouts. Shadow Sting, the new crossbow stance, uses Symbol of Libra. The rest of the text is about revisions from its beta version. See Book of Wind: Stances for the latest update.

http://yfrog.com/2mv50stancej


Existing Stance Revisions
Several stances have been revised. See Silver Server v5.0.12 and Silver Server v5.0.15.


Next Update Preview
The next update article will include:
  • Improved Helena
  • Improved Ania
  • Revised Martial Arts
  • Revised Buff/Debuff System
  • Buff/Debuff - Enhanced Visibility

GE-Korea has released Magic Circle 7 from July 29 to Aug 11, 2010. Claire's costume set was previously released in GE-JP Imperial Wheel VIII in March 2010.



Blue Serpent Costume • Male Fighter
Blue Serpent Costume • Female Fighter
De L'Ange Souriant Costume • Claire
De L'Ange de L'Argent Hair • Claire

In conjunction with Sword 2 Alienware Level-Up Contest, there are several websites which give away 5,000 gift codes to registered users. The gift code includes 5 Strength Potions (Event), 5 Boost Potions (Event), 10 Health Regen Potions (Event), 10 Soul Regen Potions (Event), 5 Soul Crystals (Event), and 1 costume (varies by website).

The following are the known websites offering gift codes.

  1. MMOSite - Andre D+G Beachwear (Mus) Costume
  2. MMOGames - Andre D+G Beachwear (Wiz) Costume
  3. SpawnPoint - Cockatrice Costume
  4. MMOHut - Red Bear Suit Costume
  5. FilePlanet - Andre D+G Beachwear (Ele) Costume
  6. Alienware - Andre D+G Beachwear (Fig) Costume
  7. MMORPG - White Croc Suit Costume
  8. Game Items - White Bear Suit Costume
According to the press release here, there are more than 50,000 codes in all. Each website is giving out 5,000 codes, so there should be at least 10 websites offering codes. Find them and post the links in the forum topic here. I will update this blog post as more sites are discovered. Thanks to Edengar, Nightseal, burials, and thephoenixbird for finding the current websites.

There is also a free Le Blanc Costume that comes with the code StayAnonymous. See Free Le Blanc Costume and G1 Games Without Identity Theft.

Sword 2 Summer Sale
From now until July 31, buy any Gold or Premium package to get 1 free Constellation Box (max 10 per day per account). Buy any Explorer Pack (aka HPS) to get 1 free Primavella costume for Emilia/ETS.



[GE-SG] LEONORA'S KNOWLEDGE
IAHGames is hosting another burn-cash-to-gamble event from now until Aug 19, 2010. Prizes include Elite Le Noir, Artisan Earring, Hestia, Dragon Heart, Recipe - Kurenai, and the unreleased expert stance books (e.g. Crusader). May the richest player win!

This is basically similar to Help Efreet Become King event in 2009. Certain event items are extremely rare, making it very hard to acquire and prompting players who have already spent some cash to spend even more to get their money worth. Although the event is set for about 3 weeks, the top prizes will likely be claimed within 2-3 days by the cash spammers, leaving other players with lots of redundant (non-tradable) event items.



[GE-CN] SUMMER EVENTS 2010
Meanwhile, GE-China is also having some events for Summer 2010, including x2 EXP Rate and cash shop freebies.

Sword 2 has a new patch for this week's maintenance, bringing Idge's Chest II and Andre's Wardrobe II. The new items include:

Patch 119968
Data tables for cash shop, NPC shop, and consumable items have been updated in ies.ipf.

The family spent 1 day in Secret Citadel of the Gods and collected 345 Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards. Cthulhu (Poppet) looted 1 Red and 3 Green Rough Stones. Thelandira (f/mus) mastered Flintlock and was promoted to become the 6th Master.

http://yfrog.com/mzmastermusj

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Leo, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Sagittarius, 1 gem recipe, and 1 Lv.92 elite armor recipe from 11 Team Arena missions. She reached Veteran Lv.7 this week, but her Forgotten Magic is still not done.

http://yfrog.com/b5queenbladejThe daily raids on Arsene circus yielded Mystic Shoes, Chevalier Gauntlets, and Elite Metallic Suit Recipe. Arsene's Treasure Chest dropped 5 White Gold Bars... again.

Romina and Pazuzu (STF) reached Master Lv.2, but the latter's Enhanced Tactics reached only Lv.21. Well, at least, the first 4 skills are maximized. After acquiring Keenness of Altair 2 weeks ago, Romina dumped her Chess Sword with the Market Manager and finally sold it for a pile of feso.

This week's collection of 37 Rough Stones was refined and exchanged to HQ Bloodstone, GQ Obsidian, GQ Spodumene, and other lesser jewels. The family also acquired several Ancient Runes - 5 Ti, 4 Te, 8 Ar, and 7 An.

Sword 2 is having a level-up event for new accounts (limited to 1 per person). There are different prizes for meeting different conditions. The conditions include:

  • Level 3 characters to Lv.50 by Sept 17, 2010
  • Level 3 characters to Lv.110 by Aug 20, 2010
  • Level 3 characters to Lv.120 by Sept 17, 2010
The prizes include Alienware Laptop, Gold, Tiger Pets, Elite Le Noir armors, and Constellation Weapons. For contest details, see Win An Alienware M11X Laptop and Sword 2 Alienware Level Up Contest. MMORPG.com has a feature article about the event here.

Some clarifications from G1 about the event:


You can level up using any means that does not break the ToS. If a feature is "available in-game to use", you can. [Source]

There was an oversight in the announcement. ALL BETA TESTERS are automatically entered into this contest if they met the non-registration requirements: Specifically had 3 level 50 (or higher) characters by 9/17 or level 110 characters by the monthly dates. [Source]

Just to further clarify. This means that someone who has been playing since the beginning and has a quarters full of masters or experts and did in fact play during the sword 2 beta is already entered into all of the above parts of the event? No new leveling required.
Yes, that is correct. [Source]


See Announcement? :O for other forum opinions and rants.

Winners Announced!
See Level-Up Winners Part 1 and Alienware Grand Prize Winners Announced!. Congrats on all winners!



[GE-SG] Enchantment Challenge & 'Butter' Me
Meanwhile, IAHGames is also hosting some events. During July 20 to August 2, there is a ridiculous enchantment event. Prizes include Constellation Weapons and Elite Trump Armors. See Enchantment Challenge. On July 24, there is an in-game event at 4pm to find the GM and trade selected items for prizes. See 'Butter' Me.

Imperial Wheel 12 (GE-JP) has been released for July 23-27, 2010. See the news article 「インペリアルホイール 第12弾」開催!! for the announcement. See also Costume Catalogue for more art. Other rewards include Draconic Pistol.

Click on image above for full-size view.

La Flamme De L'Amour Du Rubis
Fire Bracelet • ATK 277 • ATK Rating 33
Fire ATK +40

La Consideration De La Cornaline 
Lute • ATK 269 • ATK Rating 33
Fire ATK +40

La Nature Du Grenat
Knuckle • ATK 200 • ATK Rating 33
Fire ATK +40

L'Amelioration Du Spinel
Sword • ATK 261 • ATK Rating 33
Fire ATK +40

Selene
Great Sword • ATK 444 • ATK Rating 32
Undead/Daemon ATK +10%

Le Lion Noble
Body Costume + Hair (Leo) • Baek Ho

Le Verseau De La Liberte
Body Costume + Hat (Aquarius) • Vincent Rio

Elite Arcanero Plate
Leather (Fig) • DEF 197 • DEF Rating 30
Max HP +1500, Max SP +100

GE-SG (v4.5) introduced the Bounty Hunter's Guild, accessible from the major towns. The main loot doesn't seem to be worthwhile in v4.5 though. There is a loot upgrade in v4.7. See Bounty Hunter Guild zzzzz forum topic. The tokens acquired from these missions can be used to purchase the following items in v4.5:

Item Token Amount
Lv.1 Polish Normal 2
Lv.20 Polish Normal 2
Lv.40 Polish Normal 3
Lv.60 Polish Normal 4
Lv.80 Polish Normal 4
Lv.100 Polish Normal 5
10 Pet Food Normal 30
Tough Leather Veteran 5
Chain Veteran 5
Treasure Box Key Veteran 5
RES Necklace (Physical, Fire, etc.) Veteran 35
Stance Book - Veteran (MP)* Veteran 50
Stance Book - Serenade, Sagitta Veteran 6
Stance Book - Forgotten Magic Veteran 50
Wings (1-day)* Veteran 5
Veteran Promotion Scroll Veteran 40

Note (*): These stance books include Tactical Assistance, Mighty Cruz, Raid Assault, Low Guard, Sight Shot, Outrage Shot, and Gigantic Blaster. The wings include Lucifer's Wings, Devil Wings, Phoenix Wings, Golden Phoenix Wings, Fairy Wings, and Sylph Wings.

The family spent 2 days in Secret Citadel of the Gods and collected 675 Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards. Soteira (Helena) gained 2 levels to reach Veteran Lv.6. The family has enough EXP Cards now to promote the desired characters, but since the various stances are still not mastered yet, there is really no point using the cards for now. It is getting annoying and boring.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Aries, Symbol of Libra, and 4 gem recipes from 11 Team Arena missions. Romina raided Arsene Circus for Tracking Boots and Elite Grim Stick Recipe. Elite La Ventisca Recipe was found inside Arsene's Treasure Chest. All the rough stones gathered over the last 2 weeks were refined/exchanged to HQ Spodumeme, HQ Bloodstone, and other jewels.

Disconnections and getting stuck at loading screen are common occurrences this week. It's really annoying when it takes more than 10 minutes just to change teams. After maintenance, the time zone was screwed up for several maps, causing some timed items (e.g. passes, wings) to expire before their time after entering those maps.

http://yfrog.com/jw5elementsmj

The family finally decided to send the Masters to investigate the Holy Water Chamber. Chief Haman revealed that the Sky Road entrance is located in the northern Katovic region. The Ancient God's Temple required a key, which is linked to the 5 Elements.

After consulting with Andre, the family was tasked with finding the 5 Elements, while Violacea investigate the Sky Road. Andre handed over a secret key from his friend, Dios Latemn. In Hidden Holy Water Chamber of Al Quet Moreza, the family's Masters met Ortega Fruholen, who was the first person to be recruited by Archduke Felipe to form the Ten Nobles.

http://yfrog.com/m9ortgaj

Vincent Rio revealed that his father Leonardo Rio was the mayor of Auch, founder of Leonardo Express, and the left-arm of Ferruccio. His father died in the political chaos, when Ferruccio hid himself. His mother died, and he escaped to Bristia with his butler's help. The entire incident was supposedly organized by Ortega. In Bristia, Vincent still felt threatened by Vespanola, so he came back to the New World and ended up opposite Lorch, the son of his enemy.

According to Lorch, the Fruholen family has been loyal to the Vespanola's king for 200 years. He suspected Montoro was behind his father's corruption. Montoro basically whored himself into the Ten Nobles, and expected to become No.3 Noble when the Fruholen were driven to the New World. Lorch brewed Fruholen Shield Potion, which can counter Fruholen Force, a form of twisted psychokinetic force.

After defeating Jorgen Fruholen, Montoro said the family is ideal for evaluating his experiments, and took Jorgen with him. The recovered Holy Water (which can correct all wrongs) cured Ortega, who remembered Jorgen visiting Montoro's castle... The entire quest earned the family 4 Damaged Ancient Polishes, 2 Veteran Enchantment Chips, and 6 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards.

There are 3 types of mini-bosses in Team Arena - Giant Komodo, Golden Spider, and Thoracotomy. These mini-bosses are hostile to everyone (i.e. both teams). When they spawn, there will be a yellow notice on the top of the screen:

Thoracotomy/Giant Komodo/Golden Spider monster has appeared.

This means that the mini-boss has spawned in one of the 11 spawn spots. Several spots are in the patrol route of the mobs, so they will come under attack by the mobs and sometimes by Scylla and King of Greed.

http://yfrog.com/jqtaminibossj

These mini-bosses are higher levels (about Lv.125-135) than their normal counterparts, but this can easily be compensated by Team Arena buffs. They can drop the same items (e.g. Lv.92 Enchantment Chip, Lv.84 Elite Equipment). If most of the damage is done by players, they also drop about 50-70 Arena Coins each. They don't seem to despawn after Dios is killed, so it is possible to encounter them when opening the treasure chests at F6/G6.

Unlike the Kings of Greed in Team Arena, these mini-bosses inside Team Arena count towards the kills for boss hunt missions. These missions can be acquired at Rescue Knight Militia in Ustiur Base Camp and at the colony managers of Rio Albi and Lago Celeste. A completed mission gives Lv.80 Polish, Amber, and 30 reputation points. So if you do Team Arena often, this may be an easy way to acquire more reputation points, which are needed for the instanced mission raids.

For other issues relating to Team Arena, see [v3.2 Feature] Survive the Team Arena! and Team Arena FAQ.

In the underground lake of Bahamar Underground Cave, there is a huge serpent which serves as a raid boss in Granado Espada. In Sword of the New World, there seems to be some confusion over the actual name of this raid boss. (Other editions of the game do not have this issue.) So... should it be Uraeus or Uranus?

http://yfrog.com/jauraeusitemsj
Hey, you! So which U are you?

http://yfrog.com/5csesostris23jUraeus is the stylized, upright form of an Egyptian spitting cobra, used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, and divine authority in ancient Egypt. It is a symbol for the goddess Wadjet, one of the earliest of Egyptian deities, who often was depicted as a cobra.

Wadjet was the protector of Lower Egypt, so her image was worn by the pharaohs as a head ornament, which conveyed legitimacy to the ruler. At the time of the unification of Egypt, the image of Nekhbet, the white vulture which held the same position as the patron of Upper Egypt, joined the image of Wadjet on the Uraeus that would encircle the crown of the pharaohs who ruled the unified Egypt. Together they were known as The Two Ladies, who became the joint protectors and patrons of the unified Egypt.

Later, the pharaohs were seen as a manifestation of the sun-god Re, and so it also was believed that the Uraeus protected them by spitting fire on their enemies from the fiery eye of the goddess.



http://yfrog.com/5jplaneturanusgUranus (Greek, sky) is personified as the son and husband of Gaia, Mother Earth, in Greek mythology. Uranus and Gaia were ancestors of most of the Greek gods, but no cult addressed directly to Uranus survived. Most Greeks considered Uranus to be primordial, and gave him no parentage. His cruelty to his children, including the Cyclopes and the Hecatonchires, led to his castration by Cronus, the youngest of the Titans. He was thus overthrown by Cronus, who in turn was eventually overthrown by Zeus.

The name Uranus is also given to the seventh planet from the Sun, and the third-largest and fourth most massive planet in the Solar System.



In short, Uraeus is an upright snake. Uranus is the elder sky god. Maybe G1 didn't know that Uraeus is a proper word/name. They need to stop changing text unnecessarily... and fix the text that are actually broken.

The experts spent 3 days in Secret Citadel of the Gods and collected 1,000 Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards. Thelandira (f/mus) reached Expert Lv.10, while Soteira (Helena) reached Veteran Lv.4. Elsewhere, Maimonides (m/mus) reached Veteran Lv.7. The family also found Cut Pyschokinesis RES Necklace Recipe in Caebolan.

Romina raided Arsene Circus for Aiming Gloves, Assassin Gloves, and 2 Lv.92 Elite Armor Recipes (some of which are sadly worth less than a Cabbage these days). 5x2 White Gold Bars were found inside 2 Arsene's Treasure Chests.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Sagittarius, Symbol of Pisces, Symbol of Gemini, Symbol of Aquarius, Symbol of Virgo, and Concentration Ring from 12 Team Arena missions, thus completing the 2nd set of symbols. But the family is too poor to buy all the runes. Still not too sure what to craft anyway.

Adorabelle (f/ele) gained her last bit of EXP in Team Arena (MCC3) and was finally promoted to become the family's 5th Master. Unfortunately, she still haven't master both her expert stances yet.

http://yfrog.com/6xmasterelej

Gilgamesh (Claude) crafted Passion of Regulus and used 2 Lacquers: +5 Expert and 80 Upgrade Accelerators to upgrade it to +6. He then added some vis to trade it for +7 Keenness of Altair. The sword's re-enchantment for ATK+Golem+Daemon used up 115 Veteran Enchantment Chips and Enchant Boosters.

Sacharissa (Idge) bought the recipe and crafted Elite Schvarlier Armor. This cursed piece of crap consumed a lot of resources just to become +6 with 2 Sockets... The enchantment process yielded DEF Rating +1 twice, and DEF Rating +2 once, before finally yielding DEF Rating +3. In total, it used up the following items:
  • Socket Flux x24
  • Upgrade Accelerator x220
  • Lacquer: +5 Veteran x7
  • Enchant Booster x23
  • L100 Enchantment Chip x389
The pioneers of Orpesia finally presented 10,000 Symbols of Ancient Warrior to Chief Haman in Errac. The server quest has been available since v3.0 update in Sept 16, 2009. It took us almost 10 months to complete it. We are such a bunch of slackers. The new item shop in Errac (F6) sells assorted spinelles (e.g. Angler Spinelle for 10m vis each). Ancient Star Orbs (1,000 vis each) and Intensified Potions are also cheaper than elsewhere. Well, at least now there is no need to buy star orbs from the scammer in Auch.

http://yfrog.com/15erracshopj

Some more screenshots of Prison de Joaquin mission has been posted at GE-KR Screen Board - <오슈섭> 발레퀘 초딩들의 발악..ㅠ.

http://yfrog.com/jpvaleriachainedj

Gosh. Is that shapely woman Valeria? *drool* This is so much better than that stupid Loli look. I wish she can be kept in this appearance and shape. Pedobears are FAIL.

GE-Korea has introduced 2 new Expert Stances - Peltast (Javelin) and Shadow Sting (Crossbow) in v5.0.10. For screenshots of the stance and skill descriptions (Korean), see 석궁 자벨리 익스 스탠스. See also Silver Server v5.0.10.

http://yfrog.com/5nexpjavxbowj

Sword 2 has released 3 new boxes (250 Gold each) in the cash shop. See New Boxes Reloaded for full details.

  • Mystery Box includes character cards (ATP, ICP, BSI, STF), keys for instanced raids, and 30 Earth Stones (10k feso).
  • Andre's Wardrobe includes Crystal Wing (90 days), Constellation Symbol Box, Mabro Metis Costume (m/wiz), Olga Patricia Costume (m/ele), and Gilded Wolf Hair (Lorch).
  • Idge's Chest includes Sylphic Wing (90 days), Elite Magnum (AR30 Pistol), Katana (AR30 Sabre), and Lv.92 (DR28) Elite Armors.
The price for Citadel of the Gods Pass has been revised from 800 Gold to 250 Gold... which is still stupid. Considering what it does, it should be priced somewhere between Ancient Area Pass (125 Gold) and Secret Area Pass (200 Gold). Bleh. Whatever. I give up.

Portable Ammo Boxes
New portable ammo boxes have been added to Feso Shop. Comparing with the Item Merchant NPC, it will cost the following amount of vis to buy 10,000 ammo of the given type. Ratio refers to feso-to-vis rate, so you can compare the given ratio to your server's existing feso exchange rate to see if it is cost-efficient.

10k Ammo Feso Vis Ratio
Gunpowder Bolt 30 6,000 1:200
Steel Bullet 40 15,000 1:375
Ele/Psychic Sphere
2,500 250,000 1:100



Patch 118595
Updated localized data-table for weapons in ies.ipf.
Updated model (.lma) files for Elemental Bracelet and Crystal Shotgun in item_hi.ipf.
Updated texture (.dds) files for Elemental Bracelet and Crystal Shotgun in item_texture.ipf.
Updated environment texture env_eyene.dds and env_metal_a.dds in item_texture.ipf.
Updated illustration (.bmp) files for Elite Magic Broom, Elemental Bracelet, and Crystal Shotgun in ui.ipf.

Patch 118665
Updated data-tables in ies.ipf for cash shop, consumable items, and misc items.
Updated shared.ipf for feso shop, including selected Expert Stance Rings (30-days; 300k feso), Invisible Potion (5k feso), Dignite Costumes (300k feso), and new portable ammo boxes.

Patch 118679
Updated localized data-tables in ies.ipf for cash shop and misc items.

Patch 118866
Updated model (.lma) files for Home Premium Services and Secret Area Pass.
Updated ge.exe in release folder.

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Regulus (Latin, "prince" or "little king") is the brightest star in the constellation Leo (Latin, "lion") and one of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky, and lies approximately 77.5 light years from Earth. Regulus is a multiple star system composed of four stars which are organised into two pairs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leo_constellation_map.pngOf the brightest stars in the sky, Regulus is closest to the ecliptic, and is regularly occulted (i.e. blocked from view) by the Moon. Occultations by the planets Mercury and Venus are also possible but rare. The last occultation of Regulus by a planet was on July 7, 1959, by Venus. The next will occur on October 1, 2044, also by Venus. Other planets will not occult Regulus over the next few millennia because of their node positions.

Regulus has about 3.5 times the Sun’s mass and is a young star of only a few hundred million years. It is spinning extremely rapidly, with a rotation period of only 15.9 hours, which causes it to have a highly oblate shape. This results in so-called gravity darkening: the photosphere at Regulus' poles is considerably hotter, and five times brighter per unit surface area, than its equatorial region. If it were rotating only 16% faster, the star's gravity would provide insufficient centripetal force to hold it together, and it would tear itself apart.

The experts spent 3 days in Secret Citadel of the Gods and collected 1,095 Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards. Thelandira (f/mus) reached Expert Lv.9 and mastered Close Encounters, while Pazuzu (STF) started training Enhanced Tactics. It seems expert stances take twice as long to master as veteran stances. Thereafter, Thelandira (f/mus) started on Flintlock instead. They also tagged along to pay a visit to the huge Heaven Giant Keeper.

http://yfrog.com/87hgkej

Pazuzu (STF) took up Fritz's challenge, and after defeating his 15 minions, finally stabbed him down using Arnis. No, Fritz, we don't want your stupid Hapkido (aka Master's Martial Arts). The masters gained 3 Expert G (27m) EXP Cards and 1 Great Stone (100k feso) for their efforts. During the quest, they learnt that Dios Latem was framed for treason by Sir Lyndon 6 years ago. Grandma, Andre, Ulrich, Dr. Torsche, and Fritz are now preparing to face the threat of Ernandez, the right-hand man of Archduke Felipe.

http://yfrog.com/0jmmaonj

The family decided to let Soteira (Helena) take charge of Team Arena. She reached Veteran Lv.2, and looted Symbol of Aquarius, Symbol of Gemini, and Symbol of Leo from 8 missions. Arsene Circus yielded minimum drops this week. Eww.

The family's Premium Treasure Chest expired this week. So far, it dropped Symbol of Scorpio and Symbol of Aries. The drops for this week are...
  1. [Win2] L100 Enchantment Chip x3, Otite Perfume x1, Symbol of Gemini x1
  2. [Win1] Upgrade Accelerator x2, HQ Emerald x5
  3. [Win2] Socket Flux x1, Karjalain Box x5, Veteran G (14m) EXP Card x1
  4. [Draw] HQ Sapphire x2
  5. [Win1] Mysterious Powder x5, Enchant Booster x10
  6. [Lost] Soul Crystal x1
http://yfrog.com/28griffonj

Finally, a decent screenshot of KFC was taken this week. Previously, it always died before I could take a proper screenshot (i.e. one without it flashing white due to being hit by all the pew-pew musketeers).