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

Magic Circle 9 is now available until Oct 13, 2010. Other rewards include Valeria character card. The musketeer costume was previously released in Imperial Wheel: Feb 2010.



Blue Serpent Plate Costume • Fighter
Flamme Blanche Costume • Male Musketeer

GE-Korea has released a new preview article - 그라나도 에스파다 - 6.0 업데이트 미리보.


1. New City: Byron
The story continues from Otite of Wind update. After leaving Dr. Torsche, pioneers found that Ortega was being pursued (by Montoro?). Byron is under the jurisdiction of Vespanola, so New World pioneers will receive few welcomes. To move to Byron via Ricardo, you must have family level 20+ and completed Holy Water Chamber quest and Catherine Torsche's recruitment quest.

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There will be several new quests added, including "Black & White" quest in which you have to make certain decisions on which path to take to complete the quest. There are also something involving Alejandro and Adelina.

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2. New Fields
Several new fields will become available - Red Sunset Forest (Lv.110-115), Misty Forest (Lv.106-125), and Raven Forest (Lv.115-125). Castle Byron can be accessed from Raven Forest in the future. The mobs drop several crafting materials, which are also used for Byron quest.

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3. Byron Field Mission
A new raid mission for 5-30 players have been added. It can be attempted once per week. The goal is to defeat 12 monsters, resulting in roulette rewards. The lobby can be opened from NPC Guard.

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4. New Character: Raven
A new character will be added. To recruit Raven, you must have completed the recruitment quests for Garcia and Catherine Torsche.

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Raven's personal skill Trigger is unique in having dual aspects. Encounter Trigger increases melee damage and accuracy, while Hit-N-Run Trigger increases fire damage and critical. You can switch between the two types of Trigger by using the personal skill a second time clicking on the buff icon.

Raven has a unique rapier+pistol stance named Croisement (끄로즈망), which is said to introduce new elements into PvP. His other stances include Aiming Shot, Freestyle Shot, Sight Shot, Rapiere, and more. See Screen Board: Croisement for the new stance/skill screenshots and video.

Raven has STR 70, AGI 70, CON 60, DEX 70, INT 30, and CHA 30. See character creation screenshot at the Korean Screen Board: Character Creation & Quest.


5. New Items
Byron fields drop new items, such as assorted Pieces of Naraka and Letizia Shiny Box.

There are 7 types of Pieces of Naraka. Each type drops on a different day. Bringing them to the alchemist NPC (after completing certain new quests) will create a Symbol of Naraka, which will be used as a crafting material at a later date.

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Letizia Shiny Box can be opened with Shiny Key. When the box is opened, there will be a private roulette, and the item will be added to inventory. The items include various cash shop items, jewels, and pet items.


6. New Costumes
Added Blue Serpent Plate costume (fig) and Flamme Blanche costume (m/mus) to Magic Circle IX. Flamme Blanche costume was previously released in Imperial Wheel: Feb 2010.

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7. Next Update Preview
Raven's stance will be revised further, as well as the raid mission. A new dungeon will be added.

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G1-Neume said Sword 2 is planning for v6.0 in early 2011:


We are planning to get this update (6.0) early next year. Byron is an interesting city and how it plays out is interesting as well. I'll be honest, I'm not too sure how it will fit into the story but at the moment I would bet that it will have something to do with the King. [Source]




Another GM Tip article was released a couple of weeks ago - [레이드/미션] [GM Tip] 죽음의 땅, 최강의 보스 스올!! - which is about Land of the Dead Raid. It is pretty similar to the article by IAHGames on [v4.5 Feature] Los Toldos Raid. So, I will just point one difference...

In the Korean article, Sheol also drops Greek Croma (DR 33) recipes, in addition to everything else.

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate was a Berkeley, California-based chocolate maker, founded in 1996 by sparkling wine maker John Scharffenberger and physician Robert Steinberg. Scharffen Berger is currently produced by Artisan Confections Company, a subsidiary of The Hershey Company.

The company was a manufacturer of chocolate — as opposed to the far more common chocolatiers, who make their products using chocolate acquired from wholesalers and manufacturers — the first American company founded in the past 50 years to make chocolate "from bean to bar". Scharffen Berger primarily produced chocolate bars, using small-batch processing and focusing on dark chocolate varieties with high cocoa solid content.

See Scharffen Berger for the official website of the chocolate company.

The stats in the screenshot are for an event version of the raid boss. See Vergo the Cursed for actual raid information. (Vergo is the localized name used in GE-SG. Scharffenberger is the actual default name.) For the instanced raid, see Mission - Federigo.

The family spent a day in the Ancient Citadel of Caebolan with the current apprentice. After fighting Heavenly Vespanola Soldiers (Lv.125) for a while, they farmed some Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards and Rough Stones. Soteira (Helena) reached Expert Lv.3, while the apprentice gained 4 Expert levels. Adorabelle (f/ele) finally mastered Augury, and Pazuzu (STF) mastered both Enhanced Tactics and Martial Elements: Earth.

Ghae (Andre) crafted Le Noir for Thelandira (f/mus), using the recipe acquired from Arsene's Treasure Chest during Week 102. The +6 upgrade used 30 Upgrade Accelerators and 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran. The enchantment process used up 90 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 90 Enchant Boosters to attain DEF Rating +3, after over-writing DEF Rating +2 once.

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Adorabelle (f/ele) decided to re-enchant her Elite Le Blanc acquired last week. The enchantment process consumed 70 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 70 Enchant Boosters, over-writing the original DEF Rating +2 to get DEF Rating +2 twice, before finally getting DEF Rating +3. The +6 upgrade process consumed 40 Upgrade Accelerators and 1 Lacquer +5: Veteran. The family will most likely refrain from +7 upgrade until the upgrade revision in v4.5.4. Opening the 2nd socket used 13 Socket Fluxes. But the 3rd socket refused to open after 26 Socket Fluxes.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Pisces, 2 Symbols of Sagittarius, Lv.92 elite armor recipe, and 5 gem recipes from 13 Team Arena missions. The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded only Tracking Boots and Lv.92 elite armor recipe. This week, the first Uraeus dropped Mega Talt x2 and Elite Camarylis Recipe. The second Uraeus dropped a Constellation Box (Symbol of Sagittarius)... Yes, this is Sagittarius week. Adorabelle (f/ele) won the firecracker bids for Einaptor Sword (sword) and Boreas (sabre) out of Lightning Gate.

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Imperial Wheel 14 (GE-JP) has been released for Sep 24-28, 2010. See Costume Catalogue for more art. Other rewards include Catherine Torsche character card. See full-body screenshots of the costumes at kGE Screen Board.

Click on image above for full-size view.

La Concentration Du Saphir
Rifle • ATK 392 • ATK Rating 33
Ice ATK +40

La Purete De L'Aigue-Marine
Ice Bracelet • ATK 277 • ATK Rating 33
Ice ATK +40

Le Caractere Agressif Du Jaspe
Rapier • ATK 207 • ATK Rating 33
Block +5, DEF Penetration +10

La Balance Sucree
Body Costume (Libra) • Romina

Le Belier De La Passion
Body Costume + Hair (Aries) • Eduardo

Elite Ruidestencia
Robe • DEF 168 • DEF Rating 30
Max HP +1500, Max SP +100

[GE-CN] Game Service Termination
After running for 3 years, The9 has announced that they will be closing Granado Espada 《卓越之剑》 for China region. The reason cited was contractual issues with the Korean developers. Account activation and top-up will be disabled on Sept 22, 2010. The game service will cease operation on November 21, 2010. See the official announcement 第九城市关于合约到期终止运营《卓越之剑》的公告 for details.


[GE-TW] Server Merge
Taiwan GE just had a server merge last week on Sept 15, 2010. Accounts on Achilles (阿基里斯) server have been merged into Baroque (巴洛克) server. See New World Migration Plan for details.

Andre's Wardrobe VI and Idge's Chest VI have been released for Sword 2. New items included:

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Note (*): The reason why Rainbow Shield adds only RES +8 to your fighter is because of his/her low Intelligence (30). Intelligence affects RES. See Book of Wind: Character Stats for details. You can do a comparison by using the shield on other characters (e.g. Catherine STR, Catherine INT). This has been noted in IAHGames Forums in 2009; see Issue With Rainbow Shield topic for more details and discussions.

GE-Japan's Granado Espada Plus: Visual Chronicle book included some concept art of unreleased (at the time of publication) pets. They look like variants of Buppet (aka Moppet, Broomy).

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The family continued to train the apprentice family in the high-level maps. Meanwhile, Adorabelle (f/ele) and Qilue (f/sco) reached Master Lv.3. The latter also started training Arnis and got it to Lv.18. Lara (Brunie) was promoted to Veteran Lv.1, and learnt Outrage Shot and Sight Shot.

The family won the firecracker bids for Lightning Gate, and Athena (f/fig) gained Cumulonimbus (shield) and Boreas (sabre). The Masters also won another bid for Dragon Heart Recipe.

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Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Aquarius, Symbol of Cancer, Symbol of Capricorn, Symbol of Taurus, Le Noir (wiz) Recipe, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 1 gem recipe from 13 Team Arena missions. The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Chevalier Greaves only. Lv.100 Enchantment Chip x3 and Veteran G (14m) EXP Card x6 were found inside 2 Arsene's Treasure Chests. More crap came from Uraeus this week - Mega Talt x2, Elite Pendera Jacket Recipe, and Elite Geniaruleano Recipe. This week's collection of 45 Rough Stones couldn't even yielded a single HQ Spodumene or HQ Obsidian. The best was GQ Spodumene x3.

Adorabelle (f/ele) received Elite Le Blanc with DEF Rating +2 from Phalanx clan. It hadn't been upgraded yet, as she considered re-enchantment for maximum DEF Rating.

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This week, G1 injected free Ethereal Treasure Chests (aka Hrin's Treasure Box) for DNS Downtime Compensation and Elite Treasure Chests for Founder's Club on Face Book rewards into most accounts. Each Ethereal Treasure Chest drops 10 Great Stones (100k feso each). In addition, there were also bonus 10 Soul Crystals and Symbol of Aquarius. Several Lv.92-100 Enchantment Chips and Earth Stones (10k feso each) were acquired from Elite Treasure Chests as well. As a result, feso rate in Orpesia has plummeted down from 1:40 to about 1:15.

The family also joined Sharffenberger Swashbuckle Event on Friday (about 6pm PST). As expected of such events, it was a lag fest. The boss itself didn't drop anything worthwhile... I saw a Bracelet of Snowslide (Lv.76 Unique) as one of the drops. After the fight, G1-Cresius gave the family AM Box x2, which dropped 10 Enchant Boosters and 10 Soul Crystals. Yarr! Me be wanting Adelina the saucy wench!

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As mentioned previously here, Sword 2: Renaissance will be delayed, tentatively to around November 18, 2010. This delay will also push the version further to v5.0.23 instead. See Book of Wind: Patch Notes for more details.


Slight update. It appears we'll be updating to 5.0.23 instead of 5.0.3. We'll keep you posted but since we need to re-translate things we're looking at moving further than originally anticipated. [Source]

The reason for the move is to get several major server side changes for Arena PvP. [Source]

I DO KNOW that you should expect the PvP balancing to be in this patch. That was one thing IMC was very worried about and helped to drive the decision to take release this change. [...] All in all, Renaissance is all about the Cross world Arenas and we want them to go off without too much of a hitch. [Source]

Finally, once Renaissance is live we are planning to "change" what it means to be Veteran. I can't go into too much detail but if you are "active" in a month we'll be rewarding you just for logging in. If you are "premium" in a month you'll get additional rewards. All that is over and above the regular promotions and the like. [Source]




There are also some more information about upcoming changes to the cash shop. I will just summarize the points below. All information are tentative, and may be subject to change at a later date. See Neume's posts in New Standard (Leveling) Budget for details.
  1. Explorer Packs (aka Home Premium Service) may be removed and added to gold packages. So when you buy gold, you will get one for 30 days.
  2. There will be one last set of costume boxes (probably referring to Andre's Wardrobe) before changing to a new system with cheaper boxes.
  3. Majority of the items in Package tab of the cash shop will be removed, leaving just a few items, such as Level Pack (for fast leveling), +1 Upgrade Pack, and Arena Pack (a cross between current PvP Pack and Wheel of Destiny Pack).
  4. Master Battle Pack (includes 1-day Combat/Tactics/Survival Manuals) will stay and be reduced in price (currently 250 Gold).
  5. A Crafting Pack will be added, possibly including Socket Flux, Enchantment Chips, Enchant Boosters, Upgrade Accelerators, and Lacquers.
  6. All the permanent costumes will be removed from cash shop, and re-introduced in a "limited time only" fashion.
  7. Mysterious Powder will be available in bundles of 10 or 20, at even lower prices.
Sword 2: Dominus
See Dominus Web Game for screenshots of the user interface.



Sharffenberger Swashbuckle Event
Join in a special Sharffenberger raid event in Old Port of Coimbra during Sep 17-19 (Fri-Sun), and receive a Treasure Chest back costume (7 days). Each day, 5 lucky players from each server will win Adelina the Pirate card. See the event details on G1 Forums and Face Book.

Post a picture of yourself in pirate costume until Sep 19, 2010, and stand to win 6,000 Gold. See Avast ye Pirates! for details.

GE-Japan's Granado Espada Plus: Visual Chronicle book included some concept art of unreleased (at the time of publication) weapons. The only known weapons below are the elemental javelins - Thunder Edge, Flame Edge, and Icicle Edge.

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DOWNLOAD This variant skin is modified from Alice Blue skin. The main differences are charbaseinfo.tga and gauge.bmp, which are made by Cactuar family (GE-JP). This skin is also used as sample in GE-JP's Wiki Skin Instruction Page - グラナド・エスパダ@2ch Wiki*.

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After being inactive for the first half of the week, the family returned to the Secret Citadel in Caebolan to train the apprentice family by killing Heavenly Vespanola Soldiers. Eventually, Romina reached Master Lv.4 and Soteira (Helena) reached Expert Lv.2, while the apprentice gained 5 Veteran levels out of the entire pass. They also farmed Tracking Boots and 100 Veteran B (1.4m) EXP Cards.

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Elsewhere, Maimonides (m/mus) trained some more pioneers. Thereafter, Selvaria (Selva) was promoted to Veteran Lv.1. Sacharissa (Idge) crafted Selva's Glove and enchanted it with ATK Rating +1 with only 4 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 4 Enchant Boosters.

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Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Libra, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 2 gem recipes from 5 Team Arena missions. Romina completed 5 raids on Arsene Circus and returned with 2 Chevalier Greaves. Lv.100 Enchantment Chip x3, Veteran G (14m) EXP Card x6, and Vampiric Edge were found inside 3 Arsene's Treasure Chests. Adorabelle (f/ele) returned from a raid in the Silent Maze with Einaptor Sword. Sadly, Uraeus was full of crap this week - Mega Talt x2 and Elite Pendera Jacket Recipe.

This week's collection of 24 Rough Stones yielded nothing worthwhile. Soteira (Helena) traded with Precious Metal Merchant for 15 Ring Boxes. The skill rings included Shining Ballad Ring, Barsel Ring, Spirits of Ice Ring, and Carnage Ring. There were 2 stance rings - Martial Elements: Mind and...

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Enhanced Tactics! Finally!

This week's Colony War was a bit quiet. Phalanx clan took back the colony lost during the previous week. Otherwise, it was mostly just a few players running around, hitting random colonies for fun. See Orpesia Colony War Status: Sep 11, 2010 for more details.

GE-China is having some events for mid-autumn. See 赏中秋明月迎新版降临 九月劲爆活动登场 for more details and screenshots.

Login For Freebies
Login during Sep 09-19, 2010 and get free items, such as special potions, Pet Food, Veteran EXP Cards, Gold Archangel's Wings, etc.

Cash Shop Promotion
Buy selected cash shop items and get free Veteran EXP Cards.

Web Game: Deprodine Weapons
Added Deprodine Sword, (LOE) Bracelet, Bayonet, and Staff. These weapons have been modified to being Expert Exclusive, but still have ATK Rating 34.

Upgrade Promotion
If you successfully upgrade the same item 5 times, you can select one to be automatically upgraded to the next level. For e.g., upgrade 5 Serpent Rifles to +5, and select one of them to become +6 for free. This promotion does not apply to Deprodine Weapons and all +9/+10 items.

Sierra & Princess Gabriela Character Cards
These 2 character cards are given away to players who meet certain requirements. To get Sierra card, you must have two +8 Constellation Weapons with ATK Rating +3 and two +8 Elite Le Noir with DEF Rating +2 or +3. To get Princess Gabriela card, you must have a +9 Constellation Weapon with ATK Rating +3 and a +9 Elite Le Noir with DEF Rating +2 or +3. An item used to qualify for one card cannot be used to qualify for another card.

These 2 characters currently have no stance available, so they are mainly for bragging rights.

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Andre's Wardrobe and Idge's Chest have been updated again after 2 weeks. The Type V boxes include:

  • Clarcana Costume (sco)
  • Black Wisteria Costume (Calyce)
  • Mabro Peira Hat (f/wiz)
  • Star Knuckle: L92 • AR 30 • ATK 183 • Stun 7%
  • Frozen Swordfish Cannon: L92 • AR 30 • ATK 485

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Patch 122742
Updated data tables for shop, consumable items, and cash shop items in ies.ipf.

Due to some commitments, the family was mostly inactive for this week, and will remain so for much of next week. The family farmed a few Ancient Runes, then completed a few solo raids... and was mostly offline otherwise.

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Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Pisces, Symbol of Gemini, 1 Lv.92 elite armor recipe, and 2 gem recipes from 4 Team Arena missions. Romina raided Arsene Circus 5 times and recovered Aiming Gloves, Assassin Boots, and Elite Behemoth Bracelet Recipe. Thelandira (f/mus) raided Uraeus again, and received Constellation Box (Symbol of Aries), Elite Camarylis Recipe, and Elite La Ventisca Recipe.

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Al Rischa (Arabic, "the well rope") is the traditional name for Alpha Piscium, one of the 21 main stars in the constellation of Pisces. It is also known as Kaitain and Okda.

The distance from Earth is about 139 light years. It is in fact a binary star system. The two stars take more than 700 years to orbit one another and they will make their closest approach to each other around 2060. The stars have masses of 2.3 and 1.8 solar masses respectively and shine with a total luminosity of 31 and 12 times that of the Sun.

Sword 2: Renaissance (v5.0.3) will be delayed, tentatively to around mid-November.


Due to a major issue with the translations we are postponing the launch of Renaissance. Right now we don't have the final release date but it appears to be closer to the first few weeks of November (around the 17th or 18th).

[...] We are currently working to create a number of fun things in the mean time and try to focus on gearing up for Renaissance including some fun GM Events and Promotions as well as a potential PvP Tournament.

Also it is important to note that Renaissance's schedule will not effect the Sword 2: Dominus web game we've been plunking away at. We still intend to release that as scheduled so you'll be able to experience that prior to the launch of Renaissance. [Source]




[Sword 2] DNS Downtime Compensation
Everyone who logged in during August 01-11, 2010 will receive the following free items (injected over the next 2 weeks):
  • 5 Secret Area Passes
  • 3 Premium Wing Coupons
  • 5 Quarters Slot Permits
  • 5 Ethereal Treasure Chests