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

American server was updated to New Era Episode 2-3 + Armonia Side Stories (v25.97.54) on Jun 29, 2016. The previous update was 5 months ago (Jan 28, 2016). The purpose of this post is to consolidate all the links to the patch notes.



External Links
New Era Episode 2-3 Site
[Patch Notes] v24.89.71 to v24.98.20 - Truman's artifacts
[Patch Notes] v25.04.52 to v25.08.73 - New Era Episode 2, Evil, Clock Tower Basement
[Patch Notes] v25.17.12 to v25.26.97 - New Era Episode 3, Leona
[Patch Notes] v25.31.84 to v25.39.12 - Rose Duke artifacts, Achievement system, Time Regained
[Patch Notes] v25.44.07 to v25.50.87 - Sariel, Free Queen of Pioneering Grandma
[Patch Notes] v25.54.38 to v25.59.20 - Judith
[Patch Notes] v25.61.96 to v25.68.20 - Revised skills, improved crest drop rates
[Patch Notes] v25.73.64 to v25.80.65 - Lucifer Garden mission, Free Sorang
[Patch Notes] v25.83.73 to v25.90.29 - Elemental Master, Baron penalty, Lucifer missions
[Patch Notes] v25.94.03 to v25.97.54 - Mirzar Pioneer Merchant, Free Sniper Bernelli

Since Aug 2008, I have spent a total of USD30.00 on this game. A decent amount of expenditure control for so many years of gaming, I think. I will consider myself as having quit this game. I stayed on this long partly because my laptop tends to overheat and crash when I tried the newer games with more intense graphics engine. (The old laptop still works fine for everything else I do on it, so I don't see a need to buy a new system just for gaming.)

There are too much repetitive stuffs, but not all of them are specific to GE itself. Many MMO elements are just tired and dead. The repetitions of collecting materials, crafting equipment, and upgrading/enhancing equipment only to start the entire cycle again. Eventually, it gets really boring if there is no new content to play with.

Even the game update has become too predictable and formulated. Each update brings mostly the same thing - 1 new character, 1 new stance, 1 new map, 1 new scenario, 1 new recruitment quest, 1 new field raid, 1 new mission, etc. And IMC just keeps recycling old stuffs. For example, the new map in Symphonia Episode 2 is full of recycled monster models from Viron Clock Tower.

As if this tired update content wasn't enough, even Korean server has been slowing down in terms of update. Symphonia Episode 2 was updated in Feb 23, 2016 for Korean server. It's May now, and they are still at Episode 2. Previously, they were updating at a rate of once per month. I guess IMC is too busy messing about with Tree of Savior to care about GE anymore.

If even Korean server is like that, you can forget about American server... I stopped logging in-game since around Feb 2016, but I checked T3Fun website after every maintenance, there was nothing that could motivate me to login so far. And that's the thing about MMO in general. It's mostly a matter of habit. Once you lose the habit of logging in frequently to play, you just don't have the motivation to do it again. It's a kind of routine activity. To prevent players from breaking their login habits, the publisher needs to keep the game updated frequently. This is something T3Fun doesn't seem to get.

This blog will no longer be updated. I will leave the blog online, but blog comments and chat box will be locked eventually to prevent advertising spams.

Image from Supernatural S11E08


Related Links
Tree of Savior Announces F2P Release and New SEA Server

The Baron System has been in the game since v2.1.18. There were some old guides in Singapore GE forums, which have been offline some time ago.


This guide is based on American game client (v24.85.71), thus it does not account for any changes in later patches.


American server is having a Play-Time Event again. You get 1 point for every 10 minutes spent in-game.



Related Links
Play Time Event Mar 23 - May 31, 2016

Korean servers updated to The Symphonia Episode 2 on Feb 23, 2016. Similarly, Japan servers updated to the same patch on Mar 23, 2016.


I haven't been online in-game lately... and I wasn't checking the websites either so this came kind of late. I'm not really motivated to translate stuffs either, so if you want the quest guides or patch notes, check the links below for non-English versions.


Related Links
Symphonia Episode 2 Preview Site
Patch Notes v26.23.48
2016/3/23 アップデート情報
迪特蕾希編入任務 (包括新時代的交響曲EP2)

EuroGamez is having an Easter Event. Collect 50 Eggs (rare) from field monsters, then give to Event NPC in Reboldoeux for 1 Socket Tranquilizer (Event) and 1 Easter Egg. Give 5 Easter Eggs to Ludin in Gigante Port for a random reward, such as 1 Prospe Weapon Recipe Box, 1 Draconic Weapon Box, 10 Magic Enchant Sedatives, etc.



Related Links
Happy Easter Event! March 22-29, 2016

Sometimes, an official patch accidentally replaces its native language world maps with Korean maps. This is currently the case with the American server.

This private patch replaces the existing world maps with English versions for Armonia and New Era updates. Do NOT use this patch for The Symphonia (or later) updates, as they would have additional areas in the world maps.


This is NOT an official patch. Do NOT post in the official game forums.

Sorceress of Red Flames quests were added in v26.19.55. In v27.56.86, this quest will be made easier by reducing amount of quest items or improving their drop rates. You will need the following items to recruit Cherlyn:

  • Philosopher's Stone x500 (x100 in v27.56.86)
  • Bristia Style Meat Stew x1 = Old Journal 2 x25, Clear Rum x50, Brawn x10, Wolf Meat x10, Comodo Meat x10, and Cook Stone x1.
You will need the following items to create Witch Craft (AR34 grimoire):
  • Ambrosia x3
  • Magic Weapon Crystal - Grade 33 x3
  • Elemental Jewel x15


This guide has been updated according to American game client (v26.60.82).

Synopsis :
After her defeat by Ararat, Cherlyn has been visiting Ulrik for rematch. You defeat her Treasure Golem, which Ulrik claimed to have ended its contract because Cherlyn did not give it what it needed.

After drinking some tea, Cherlyn runs off to recruit Lava Leaf, but fails to subdue it. She returns to Ulrik's hut to treat her wounds. Ulrik tells her that she needs to stop treating her summons as merely weapons.

Cherlyn has nowhere to go, since Hernandez kicked her out for her failure and she contemplated suicide. Ulrik worries that other servants of the marquis would come after her. She tries to take her frustration out on you, but you kick her ass instead.

She runs off to recruit Pollux, which rejects her due to her insincerity. You collect some materials for Cherlyn in her tsundere mode. She then returns to the Whirlpool of Flame and shows that she remembers how Treasure Golem cared for her. It is still not enough, so you cook a meat stew for Ion to treat Catherine in exchange for some of his frost power.

Using Ion's frost power, Cherlyn manages to subdue and recruit Lava Leaf. She then challenges Ulrik, but Viki intervenes with Steel Ararat. Cherlyn defeats it with her new fire golem. Ulrik comments that Cherlyn has grown and asks her to stay with you since she has nowhere to go...

Europe server has updated to Elemental Master update (v25.83.73), including Armonia Side Stories for Sariel and Judith.



Related Links
[Pre-Notice] Feb 2016 First Big Update - Part 1
[Pre-Notice] Feb 2016 First Big Update - Part 2
Family Growth Support Feb 23 - Mar 22, 2016

Since New Era Episode 1, it is possible to get roulette rewards for multiple Time Piece missions.

  1. Take Time Crystal quest for the first mission (e.g. Nephthys).
  2. Complete that mission (Nephthys).
  3. Open the mission lobby for the same mission (Nephthys) by paying 200 Shiny Crystals.
  4. Exit the mission lobby.
  5. Cancel Time Crystal quest for the first mission (Nephthys).
  6. Take Time Crystal quest for the second mission (e.g. Demonic Jurgen).
  7. Complete the second mission (Demonic Jurgen).
You could probably repeat this to get roulette rewards for all 7 Time Piece missions + 1 initial mission. You would have to pay 200 Shiny Crystals for each additional one though.



Granado Espada 關於時間的轉轉 2015 09 11

This trick was first discovered by 夢幻水果 of Athena server.

This recipe shop is still available in New Era Episode 1 (v24.85.71) update. You must have completed the crafting quest involving Ice Crystal and/or Philosopher's Stone to buy/sell items.

The following post summarizes changes based on patch notes for Korean live servers. American server is currently at v24.85.71. See Patch Notes page for other versions.




This event was introduced last week. I haven't attempt it yet since it's troublesome to take note of the time. It seems like some rewards are fairly good, even though they are not listed in the event page. This has led to a drop in prices for premium characters and rings.


Basically, raid a specific mission within 1 hour of the listed time. If you get a specific item determined by GM at the start of the event for that day, you will get a reward (also specified by GM in server notice) after the event ended.

Also, no maintenance today, so Christmas Event will be extended for a week.

Okay, I tried doing the one for Demonic Minotauros. It was rather bad. I was getting lag to the effect of 0.5-2 FPS at the mission gate. The GM wasn't on to announce what item was needed and what the reward would be. If they can't be on at the time, then they should have simply listed the required items and rewards in the event webpage instead.


Related Links
Gabriella's Retaliation Feb 03-22, 2016
Valentine In New Era Feb 01-20, 2016

T3Fun has finally updated the American server to New Era Episode 1 (v24.85.71). The previous update was 5 months ago on Aug 27, 2015. I was about to quit the game for the lack of updates...


Since the last update, T3Fun has stopped releasing premium characters via Lyndon Box. They were released in Lucky Shop instead... probably because it is easier to change coding for the website than for game client? Well, it didn't matter, because the drop rates for all new characters suck just as much regardless of delivery platform.
  • Silver Flare Lynn - Sep 18, 2015
  • Kevin - Oct 28, 2015
  • Codename L - Nov 13, 2015
  • Grim Reaper Sariel - Dec 16, 2015

Added new blog header for Leader of New Era updates.

Christmas 2015 Event has also been implemented.


Related Links
New Era Episode 1 Preview
Granado Espada Online New Era
Patch Notes - Added Content
Patch Notes - Bug Fixes
Patch Notes - Skill Changes
Patch Notes - Misc. Changes

The following post summarizes changes based on patch notes for Korean live servers. American server is STILL stuck at v23.97.53. See Patch Notes page for other versions.



The second publisher of Granado Espada for China, 九合, has not been updating for some time, so I got tired of finding nothing new and stopped visiting their website for news... Uh, it turns out they have officially shut the game down since July 31, 2014. (I didn't even notice until now.) They compensate all existing cash shop credits with 50% bonus by converting them for other games.


According to the official notice - 《卓越之剑II》停止运营补偿公告 :

《卓越之剑II》服务器已经在2014年7月31日全面终止游戏运营工作。在《卓越之剑II》运营的这三年中,我们有许多回忆,也有过许多的遗憾,于此不尽完善之处,感谢玩家朋友们的包涵与体谅。我们衷心感谢大家在过去的时间里对《卓越之剑II》这款游戏的热爱与支持。由于机房等不可抗拒因素,我司决定给予玩家剩余金币的150%进行补偿。

九合 ran the game for 3 years since March 2011. The history of the servers in China are:
  • 10/2007 - 九城 opened servers.
  • 11/2010 - 九城 shut down servers.
  • 03/2011 - 九合 opened servers.
  • 07/2014 - 九合 shut down servers.
See also Granado Espada 2: China and GE-China RIP for more details.

Japan servers have updated to Symphonia Episode 1 with new customized content, such as AR41 weapon series and Soul Secreta stance for Leona.



Snow Kevin, Kevin, and Evil are now voiced by Yurika Kubo (久保ユリカ), who performed in Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? (Loki), Love Live! (Moritani Hiyori), and Everyday Life with Monster Girls (Tionishia).

Risky is voiced by Aranami Kazusa (荒浪 和沙), who performed in Robot Girls Z (Grendizer) and Because I Don't Like My Big Brother At All!! (Kondou Mayuka).

Amy and Cadet Amy are voiced by (???). Hm. The voice actress isn't listed in the 1/20 Update article.

DOWNLOAD SOUND FILE
The latest sound effects file for this version has been uploaded as se_jap_20160120.zip. This file includes Japanese voices for Snow Kevin, Risky, Amy, and Cadet Amy.

Download


Related Links
新アップデート「花都イノリー」
12/22 アップデート情報
11/18 アップデート情報
1/20 アップデート情報

Operator quests were added in v25.26.97. The quest revisions in v27.56.86 will make the quests easier. You will need the following items:

  • First Class Fish Sausage x1
    • Old Journal 2 x35, Great Fish Meat x30, Spider Meat x5, Brawn x5, Wolf Meat x5, and Comodo Meat x5.
  • Great Caborum x1 (Daria's Route Only)
    • Old Journal 3 x35, Great Cabosse x30, Honey x20, Clear Rum x20, and Beet x20.
  • Dragon Heart x5 or Growth Stone x2 (Moon Stone x3 in v27.56.86) or Elemental Jewel x2 (Shiny Crystal x500 in v27.56.86)
  • High Quality Wood x1,000

This guide has been updated according to American game client (v26.60.82).

Synopsis :
In order to prepare Illier against the Black Scorpion Army of Targa, Amy convinces you to rob some capybaras of their papers to make an operation map. You ask a rich girl to cover for stolen supplies, so Amy can complete her map. Once completed, the other soldiers have to join in the training by the brutal drill instructor. They blame you for it. You feed the company commander to learn that Amy's plan once failed to a suicide attack because she was over-eager. The commander took the blame for the failure back then.

Amy pushes the responsibilities of her soldiers to kill monsters onto you, then asks you to collect reference manuals for her. Even though you are not part of Illier Army, you tag along to uncover a spy from Targa. The spy however tries to blow himself up with an otite bomb. A complaining soldier called Sergeant Leyen runs away with the bomb and dies. Feeling responsibility for another death, she takes her grief out on you.

Amy wants to make up to the bereaved family, so you have to do the dirty work for her instead. You recover Armonium from the Abyss, hire some Pegadilla mercenaries to protect them, and give them more wood than they really know what to do with. Leyen's father says his son died proudly for his country and asks the gift to be used to support an orphanage instead. Amy wants more practical experience, so she secretly joins you.

Europe server is having an attendance check (15 days) event for new players and existing players. Other than some common cash items, new players can also get Old Pioneer Piece artifact.



Related Links
All Family Support Jan 19 - Apr 19, 2016

WAYI has implemented IP Block for GE Taiwan . Well, it's not like they have been keeping their website very updated. In fact, I didn't even see any notice for Christmas Event until I recently saw the forum post 聖誕活動 & 林頓箱子- 聖誕節特殊集合 . So don't expect any more news update on this blog for Taiwan server.

Image from Magi Episode 7.

According to 華義在懷疑受到DDos攻擊之後,就把香港IP鎖了 , it was supposed to be a measure against DDoS attack. I don't know, mass IP blocking seems like a wrong measure to me...

T3fun finally managed to get Granado Espada (USA) on Steam and kept featuring New Era content when they have not even updated to New Era Episode 1 in more than 4 months...


Steam is an Internet-based digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation offering digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer, and social networking. T3Fun is making it like it's a big deal, but personally, I can't figure out the point of having Steam for GE. What exactly does it do for the game?

Why would I want to install Steam? According to this , Steam installation provides these benefits:
  • Instant Access to Games
    You mean I don't have instant access to games I installed on my hard disk? *confused*
  • Join the Community
    Can't you already form clans, chat in-game, and use forums without Steam?
  • Create and Share Content
    Uh, I don't see how Steam helps to customize or create new content for this game...
  • Entertainment Anywhere
    Except this game still doesn't run on Linux or Mac. Steam doesn't make the game client run in non-Windows O/S, does it? 
  • Digital Rights Management
    What DRM? This game is free-to-play, free-to-download.
Why would I install additional software if it doesn't serve any meaningful function? I suppose you can use Steam as a centralized location to buy other games, but that doesn't apply to GE, does it? Or can you buy cash shop credits with Steam?



Apparently, you can link an existing T3Fun account to Steam account. Forum user Armmine said here :

To link your existing game account to your Steam account kindly Log In your Steam >>> Run Granado Espada from Steam >>> When the Granado Espada Client prompt up just kindly Log In by using your existing game account.

The events linked below are all meant for new accounts created with Steam.


Related Links
Steam-Powered Granado Espada
Welcome to New Era: Create Steam Account Jan 07 - Mar 08, 2016
Gear Up: Enhance Elite Trump Weapon Jan 07 - Fen 08, 2016
New Era Fever: Recruit Sirius & Laura Jan 07 - Mar 08, 2016
Crazy Fever: Recruit JD Jan 07 - Feb 08, 2016
#GESTEAM for Facebook Jan 07 - Feb 08, 2016

Ramiel said in Official Statement: New Era Update :

2015 has gone by and we are very thankful for the support you gave us this past year. We have been through both good and bad, yet still we were able to keep the expedition going.

As we usher in a promising new year, we would like to address some of the community's major concerns about the game.

“New Era Episode 1 Patch Update”
Our major patch updates had under gone multiple content testing before we can launch it live. The initial test phase had already been completed a few weeks ago. We are now finalizing the whole content to make sure that it will work fine with no significant issue, as much as possible. Unfortunately due to latent system component instability we are encountering major road blocks in commencing with the final testing phase. Since November, our technical department has been working hard alongside with the game developers in undertaking this rather vexing case.

“Christmas Event”
Due to system incompatibility issues, we were unable to patch this event (yes, the one involving the new Polar Bear costumes). To put it simply, the Christmas event files will not function properly when patched with the current game version.

Image from Overlord - Episode 04.

Because you refused to update early, now you have even more issues updating? This is like... You refused to update your Windows 95 back then. Now, when you finally decided to get Windows 98, everyone else is already on Windows 8 or 10. Of course, nobody will have a clue about compatibility issues you may have for Windows 98! Ugh. That's why you need to keep the damn server updated, and not lag infinitely behind all the other servers.

In early celebration of GE's anniversary on January 9, 2016, we will be giving away one +7 Evil weapon of choice to 20 lucky players each day starting January 6, 2016 (after weekly server maintenance).

The following criteria will be followed when choosing the daily winners:
  • Accounts which have history of play activity from December 25, 2015 to present.
  • Accounts with at least family level 20
An account may only win once for the entire event.

They need to stop making these events in which only 3 players and 17 alts win, while other players get absolutely nothing. Just give 1 item to everyone who logs in on that day. The item is not tradable anyway.

Like Shiny Crystal Hogger event, Farm & Fortune follows the same problem with rewarding only Top X players. When only a small number of players get anything, the event is barely worth posting about on the blog.


Related Links
Granado Espada Pre-Anniversary Giveaway Jan 06 - ??, 2016
Simon Says Jan 06 - Jan 31, 2016
Farm & Fortune Jan 06 - Feb 03, 2016

Noblesse Oblige scenario quests were added in v26.03.46. In v27.56.86, this quest will be made easier by reducing amount of quest items or improving their drop rates. You will need the following items:

  • Pure Talt x1,000 (All Routes; x100 in v27.56.86) + 150 (Route A)
  • Pure Ionium x1,000 (All Routes; x100 in v27.56.86) + 150 (Route A)
  • Pure Quartz x1,000 (All Routes; x100 in v27.56.86) + 150 (Route A)
  • Pure Aidanium x1,000 (All Routes; x100 in v27.56.86) + 150 (Route A)
  • Pure Etretanium x1,000 (All Routes; x100 in v27.56.86) + 150 (Route A)
  • Cast Iron x2,500 (All Routes; x200 in v27.56.86) + 200 (Route B)
  • Composite Steel x5,000 (All Routes; x450 in v27.56.86) + 200 (Route B)
  • Otite Piece x1,000 (Route A; x100 in v27.56.86)
  • Pure Otite x20 (Route A; x5 in v27.56.86)
  • Essence of Purity x20 (Route B; x5 in v27.56.86)
  • Essence of Balance x20 (Route B; x5 in v27.56.86)
  • Essence of Corruption x20 (Route B; x5 in v27.56.86)
  • Any Constellation Weapon x1 (not consumed)
  • Philosopher's Stone x1,000 (x100 in v27.56.86)


This guide has been updated according to American game client (v26.60.82).


Synopsis :
The military cliques of Illier are gearing up, possibly for war against Targa or a civil war. As a constitutional monarchy, Illier nobles swear a pledge to be loyal to the king, serve the country, and protect the weak.

Leona suspects Stratavista to be involved, so she got a private flying ship from Marchetti and Caisse. You arrive in Armonia to find insignia in Latina that the Pope recognizes.

Lynn is poisoned in a fight with some hunters, whose leader Jason says that nobles no longer care about the peasants since Duke Bethel took the fiefdom of Duke Bernier. After protecting them from wild beasts, you enter Bethel to meet Amy Shausen, who wants you to collect id tags of the casualties in the plains.

Bethel Free City was built by Duke Bethel to defend the capital Ilissia. Duke Bethel claims to be protecting the peace in Bethel against the troops of Duke Herbert, who refused to contribute in sending troops to investigate the plains. Leona and Lynn are taken by Bethel.

In Illier, Patrician clique seeks to prevent war through diplomacy, while Evora clique insists peace must be established by force. Amy, chief of staff of Evora, explains that Duke Bethel leads the Patrician clique.

Amy wants you to help with demolishing the slums to prevent a plague in exchange for releasing Leona and Lynn. After agreeing to help, you change your mind upon seeing the soldiers killing peasants. You found a way to shield the peasants from the bombardment of the Witchcraft Troops.

After learning about the bombardment, Amy confronts Duke Bethel as the troop is commanded by Count Bagellan who serves Duke Bethel. The duke says that sacrificing the weak is necessary, but Amy says he is violating the pledge.

You defend Amy as the duke orders an attack. Lynn arrives and threatens to report the situation of the slums to the archon. Lynn reveals that her sister is opposed to Duke Bethel and is at the center of a brewing civil war.

Amy visits the slums and agonizes over the peasants' conditions. Amy asks Leona to buy the land in Bethel Great Plain for the peasants. Later, Lynn reports that the archon agreed to cooperate in search for Stratavista if you investigate the crop failure in Bethel Great Plain.

You find a rune in the plain, but Duke Bethel refuses to allow its analysis. Evora sends troops to help, and you find similar runes on the monsters in the plain. You encounters a treant monster called Talos, but a mysterious dark soul tells him to go back to sleep.

Through a time piece, the dark soul claims that God created many weapons to save humans from the abysses and Talos was the strongest weapon that destroyed five subordinates of Oscuras. The dark soul wants to use Talos to destroy mankind.

Amy says that Talos is being shackled by Armonia rune spells and that it is powered by the stars. You show some twisted symbols to Hamaan, who says that there are another five constellations imbued with the power of God. Unlike the pure twelve, these five hold dark destructive power. These ancients fought among themselves over this division and it led to the end of the golden age. Then the chaos were stopped by demigods, sent by God to stop humans from killing each other.

Meanwhile, Patrician wants to destroy Talos, while Evora wants to control it as a weapon for Illier, possibly t ocounter the Focused Magic Cannon of Vespanola. To defeat Talos, you approach Harpe Valeron, foster son of Ignacio Valeron, to upgrade a constellation weapon. He agrees to do so after his foster daughter Violet was injured by Talos on her way back from Armonia.

As Patrician and Evora argues, Dietrich the royal guard commander arrives to give an order from the king and the archon. Lynn spearheads the effort to destroy Talos, but her prototype sword breaks after damaging Talos' core. Assisted by the Witchcraft Troops, you defeated Talos and noticed a dark shadow near it.

Leona thinks it is strange for elusive Stratavista to appear so often and it warrants more investigation...