Showing posts from August, 2010

Sword 103: Intuition of Al Rischa

Qilue (f/sco) finally mastered Enhanced Tactics, and retired to make room for Pazuzu (STF) to train his stances, while the masters collected some Ancient Runes.

Visca (Grace) crafted 2 Intuitions of Al Rischa for Thelandira (f/mus). The +6 upgrade for both pistols used 120 Upgrade Accelerators and 3 Lacquers +5: Expert. It took 3 Socket Fluxes to open both 2nd sockets, and another 46 Socket Fluxes to open both 3rd sockets. The enchantment used up 124 Veteran Enchantment Chips and Enchant Boosters so far, but it is still not entirely satisfactory.

Armed with her new toys, Thelandira (f/mus) brought the family on two Uraeus raid missions. The first raid yielded Constellation Box (Symbol of Leo), Elite Geniaruleano Recipe, and Elite Metallic Suit Recipe. The second raid yielded Constellation Box (Symbol of Aries), Elite Geniaruleano Recipe (again), Elite Daemon Slayer Recipe, and Elite Dragon Coat Recipe.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Virgo and Le Noir (wiz) Recipe from 12 Tea…

Summer Sale, Free Code, & Birthday

[Sword2] Summer Sale V
The last summer sale is on until Aug 31, 2010. Buy any Explorer Pack to get free Colchium costume (Lisa), Premium Treasure Chest to get Iberis costume (Brunie), and/or 20 Great Stones to get Fraulein costume (Claire). See also Summer Sale Play & Win for list of daily winners.

[Sword2] Free Item Code
Follow the instructions below to receive a free Lucifer's Wings (30 days), Combat Manual (EXP +20% for 7 days), and Forgotten Area Pass (1 day):
Login to G1: Sword 2 website.Click "Redeem Code" button.Click "CODE xxx-xxx-xxx" button.Select your server, and input 9Dragons as the code. [Source]
Click "Activate Code" button.Re-login to the game, and click "Receive Premium Item" from toolbar or Leonardo Express.

[GE-SG] Happy Birthday & New Costumes
GE-SG is having the Spring Fever Festival event (already done in Sword 2 and GE-Korea) during Aug 26 to Sep 23, 2010. See [In-Game Event] Happy Birthday.

In addition, Hellena's …

[GE-KR] World Cross PvP Renewal

New update article 그라나도 에스파다 - 월드 크로스 PvP 리뉴 is available for GE-Korea. The following is a crude translation, and may not be 100% accurate.

1. World Cross PvP
Inter-server PvP has been revised with respect to ATK Rating, DEF Rating, ATK, and DEF. Equipment seems to be less significant.
No level limit.Duration reduced from 12 min to 5 min.Reward is acquired from new NPC in Auch by consuming some sort of PvP points.Rank is updated daily at 3am.

2. Stances & Skills
Major revisions for Helena and Ania. See Patch Notes v5.0.31. Helena: Job skill (Summon Frost) has been replaced by Memorise (메모라이즈), which reduces casting time. The buff is removed when skill is cast, but persists if skill is interrupted.
Ania: Revised Gorgeous stance to be usable with one tonfa. Added buff skill Counterstrike (반격), which is affected by her block.Bloody Feast, Master's Martial Arts: Increased base damage.Hanging Guard, Master's Martial Arts: Increased skill damage.
Ancient Star Orbs: Reduced amount of or…

Magic Circle 8

GE-Korea has released Magic Circle 8 from Aug 26 to Sep 08, 2010. Baek Ho's costume set has previously been released in GE-Japan's Imperial Wheel XII. More screenshots are available in the new update article 그라나도 에스파다 - 월드 크로스 PvP 리뉴. I'd do a more in-depth post on that some time later.

Blue Serpent Costume • Male Musketeer
Blue Serpent Costume • Female Musketeer
Le Lion Noble Costume • Baek Ho
Le Lion Noble Mask • Baek Ho

Imperial Wheel: Aug 2010

Imperial Wheel 13 (GE-Japan) has been released for August 2010. See the news article here for the announcement. See also Costume Catalogue for more concept art. Other rewards include Elite Trump Armor (DR 30) and Draconic Weapon (AR 32).

L'Augmentation D'Azulite
Gaiters • ATK 161 • ATK Rating 33
Lightning ATK +40

La Defie Du Peridot
Sabre •ATK 317 • ATK Rating 33
Lightning ATK +40

L'Activite De L'Agate
Cannon • ATK 531 • ATK Rating 33
Ice ATK +40, Accuracy +20

L'Eveiller De L'Amethyste
Staff • ATK 308 • ATK Rating 33
Mental ATK +40, Max SP +15%

La Vierge Delicate
Body Costume + Hair (Virgo) • Claire

La Reve-Comme Poisson
Body Costume (Pisces) • M'Boma

Idge's Chest IV & Andre's Wardrobe IV

Sword 2 has replaced Andre's Wardrobe III and Idge's Chest III with Andre's Wardrobe IV and Idge's Chest IV, after the former has been in cash shop for 2 weeks. The new items include:
Mabro Peira Costume (f/wiz)Blaue Spiel Costume (Rio)Rosa Patricia Hat (f/ele)Silver Striker (Pistol): L92 • AR30 • ATK 253 • Undead ATK +20%Small Frozen Swordfish (Dagger): L92 • AR30 • ATK 168 • DEF Penetration +3
Patch 121545
Updated data tables for shop, USA cash shop, and USA consumable items in ies.ipf.

New Pioneer Support

New families created after v4.0 patch can get free pioneer items and buffs from Pioneer Support Officer in Reboldeaux (G7), based on the current level of the leading character. Each pioneer item set and buff can be received only once per family. Families created before v4.0 patch do not get these special benefits.

LevelEXP +50% Buff1-102 hours11-304 hours31-506 hours51-708 hours71-9010 hours

LevelSupport Items1-15Lv.20 Polish x2016-35Lv.40 Polish x2036-55Lv.60 Polish x2056-75Lv.80 Polish x20, Soul Crystal (Event) x1076-99Forgotten Area Pass x3, Progressive Potion* (Event) x10x4

Sword 102: Elite Geniaruleano

Ghae (Andre) crafted Elite Geniaruleano using the recipe looted from Uraeus 3 weeks ago. Upgrading it to +6 took 90 Upgrade Accelerators and 3 Lacquers +5: Veteran. The enchantment process used up 481 Lv.96 Enchantment Chips and 60 Enchant Boosters, over-writing DEF Rating +2 once before finally getting DEF Rating +3. Soteira (Helena) inherited her old Elite La Ventisca.

This week, Uraeus dropped Mega Talt x2 again. Of all the possible recipes, it had to drop the one for wizard coat - Elite Calienalbino Recipe. The daily raids on Arsene circus yielded Aiming Gloves, 2 Assassin Boots, and 1 Lv.92 elite armor recipe. Le Noir (mus) Recipe was found inside Arsene's Treasure Chest.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Leo, Symbol of Capricorn, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 5 gem recipes from 11 Team Arena missions. This week's collection of 22 Rough Stones was refined and exchanged to HQ Obsidian, Spodumene, and other jewels.

Maimonides (m/mus) reached Veteran Lv.8, while training a …

Sword 2: Renaissance Date

The next update for Sword 2 (v4.1.2) will be Sword 2: Renaissance (v5.0.3). The tentative release date is Oct 03, 2010. See Book of Wind: Patch Notes and GE-SG v4.5 Launch for more details.

(Current version is) 4.1.2. Next update will be 5.0.3. [Source]

I DID say we'd release Revelations in August. That changed when we decided to update to Renaissance instead. The current plan is to push that live no later than 10/3. The Retail Box has several contingencies we are looking at right now. As does the CE. [Source]

The first preview has been posted - v5.0.3 Preview: Medals.

New & Improved Occulta Fortress

From GE-Korea's [GM TIP] 오쿨타 요새 리뉴얼, Occulta Fortress will be revised in v5.x. See [V3.0 Feature] Occulta Fortress and Arconis' sGE Secrets for comparison with the current version. A question mark (?) denotes confirmation needed due to uncertainty from sloppy translation.

You can enter Occulta Fortress from Errac Tierra Dias or Noche (E9/F9). It seems like no Ancient Rune is needed to enter anymore. (In v4.5.0, entry cost was reduced from 5 to 3 runes.)

Inside Occulta Fortress, the traps in Room of Mechanic (G6) have been removed. You can move to the secret area from the green arrow (E6). Notice that the screenshots did not include Nar, so perhaps he is no longer necessary to open the way.

Use Ancient Runes - An, Ar, Ti, and Te (1 each) to summon Kobold General, which can drop Recipe - Elite Le Blanc (low drop rate) and Ancient Rune - Ar.

Once the Kobold General is dead, you can move to the next area. Use the Key [Occulta, General's Room] to enter the room (F3/G3). All monster…

GE+ Visual Chronicle: Monsters

GE-Japan's Granado Espada Plus: Visual Chronicle book included some concept art of unreleased (at the time of publication) monsters. The following extract features several new golems and one daemon (lower-right corner). Some of these golems have since been released in Dr. Torsche's Mansion Basement (v4.5). And, uh, I think one of them is in Castilla Ruins (v5.0).

Summer Sales & Catherine Torsche

[Sword 2] Summer Sale IV
Buy Premium Treasure Chest from now until Aug 26, and get a free Deinclian Trump Costume (wiz). One lucky player per server every day (until Sep 30) will win some random items. A few other costumes were also included in the previous promotions. See Summer Sale II and Summer Sale III.

See Summer Sale Play & Win for list of daily winners.

[GE-SG] Catherine Lives!
Catherine Torsche will be released on Aug 19, 2010. A special item package and Olympics Back Costume have been added to Hellena's Circus of Fate. See [v4.5] If You Think You Seen It All and [HCOF] New Olympics Back Costume.

Draconic Sword and Shield are now available in ABS since Aug 13. See [ABS] Draconic Series Release.

Sword 101: Expert Helena

Adorabelle (f/ele) and Romina reached Master Lv.2 and Lv.3, raising the family to Lv.34+3. They acquired Ancient Runes - 1 Ti, 23 Te, 1 Ar, and 29 An. Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Scorpio, Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Libra, and 3 gem recipes from 13 Team Arena missions. After mastering Forgotten Magic, she consumed EXP Cards to be promoted to Expert Lv.1.

The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Chevalier Greaves and Mystic Shoes. Lv.100 Enchantment Chips x3 and Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards x6 were found inside 2 Arsene's Treasure Chests. Well, at least there weren't any White Gold Bars. The family traded in 110 Gold Corns, and received 3 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards, 2 Lucky Pouches, 1 Amethyst Fragment, and other stuffs. This week's collection of 28 Rough Stones was refined and exchanged to 1 GQ Spodumene, 2 Obsidian, and other jewels.

The masters joined 11 other families to raid the Holy Water Chamber in Al Quet Moreza Nartex. There are 2 hunt missions available in Employme…

GE+ Visual Chronicle: Characters

GE-Japan's Granado Espada Plus: Visual Chronicle book included some concept art of unreleased (at the time of publication) costumes, monsters, weapons, and pets. The following extract features the concept art of Ania's head-gear, Karjalain's hat, and assorted Ania's costumes.

Idge's Chest III & Andre's Wardrobe III

Sword 2 has released Andre's Wardrobe III and Idge's Chest III. Mystery Box, Andre's Wardrobe II, and Idge's Chest II have been removed from cash shop. The new items include:
Schneweis Costume (Romina)Arcanero Plate Costume (fig)Olga Patricia Hat (m/ele)Frozen Spearfish (Javelin • L92, AR30, ATK 233 • ATK Speed +8%, Freeze 10%)
Natachi (Great Sword • L92, AR30, ATK 418)
Patch 120747
Updated ies.ipf for data tables of shop, cash shop items, and consumable items.

Update/Login Error
There was a DNS change involved in this maintenance. If you are unable to login/update, see Unable to Login? READ ME! forum topic. You can simply open updater.config.xml with Notepad and replace:

Make a backup copy of the original file, if desired.

Ass of the New World

A friend sent me this nice picture over the weekend. I decided to share it with my blog readers. Blue Serpent Costumes for fighters are part of Magic Circle VII by GE-Korea.

Sword 100: Flanks!

Qilue (f/sco) reached Master Lv.2, as she continued to train her last level of Enhanced Tactics. Adorabelle (f/ele) finally mastered Occultism, since acquiring the stance 10 weeks ago. Time to start on Augury.

Soteira (Helena) reached Veteran Lv.8, while looting Symbol of Gemini, Symbol of Leo, 2 Symbols of Libra, 2 Symbols of Taurus, 2 Lv.92 elite armor recipes, and 2 gem recipes from 15* Team Arena missions. The daily raids on Arsene circus yielded Assassin Boots and Chevalier Gauntlets. This week's collection of 34 Rough Stones was refined and exchanged to GQ Obsidian, 2 GQ Bloodstones, and other jewels. No worthwhile HQ jewels this week. Meh. Trading in 100 Gold Corns resulted in 1 Angler Spinelle among other junks.

Note (*): It is possible to do more than 14 Team Arena missions this week, because the server clock for Thueringen Lakeside was screwed up for a few days, causing the mission to open at a completely different time compared to Reboldeaux Queen's Gate.

It seems …

D-Blazing Skin

I found a new GE skin at a Japanese blog. It is just called Skin 1, so I will dub it D-Blazing Skin after the blog's URL. See ブレイジングデイズ: スキンその1 for more screenshots and download links.

The old skins previously hosted by Zera can be found at 天下騎士党: リスト - カテゴリ. JavaScript must be enabled for the website. It looks like a guild website for GE-Japan. Thanks for making the "lost" skins available.

Fire Isle Treasure Hunt

The treasure hunts on Fire Isle have been available since v2.4, so this is actually a very old game feature. There doesn't seem to be any guide on it so far, so here it is.

What Do I Need To Hunt?
There are several things you need to be a treasure hunter. You must:
Have at least 1 veteran (or above) character in the party, otherwise you cannot open the treasure chest.
Have at least 1 character capable of using detection skill, i.e. Scout, Angie, Yeganeh (aka Diego), Jack, or Lorch. See Install Trap stance.
Have Fire Isle Treasure Key (1m vis) in your inventory.Have Fire Isle Zone 1-3 Keys in your inventory, if you intend to hunt beyond the Free Zone.
The keys can be purchased from Carlos in Gigante Port and the Key Merchants in Fire Isle. It is best to buy them from Carlos before the hunt begins to avoid wasting time during the hunt itself.

Using detection skill provokes nearby monsters, so make sure your characters can survive getting hit by the mobs in the zones you are hunting. Stoppi…


Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila (Latin, "eagle") and the twelfth brightest star in the night sky. Altair rotates rapidly, with a velocity at the equator of approximately 286 km/s. A study revealed that Altair is not spherical, but is flattened at the poles due to its high rate of rotation.

Altair is located 16.8 light-years from Earth and is one of the closest stars visible to the naked eye. Along with Beta Aquilae and Gamma Aquilae, it forms the well-known line of stars sometimes referred to as the Shaft of Aquila.

The name Altair has been used since medieval times. It is an abbreviation of the Arabic phrase النسر الطائر, an-nasr aṭ-ṭā’ir ("The flying eagle"). This name probably goes back to the ancient Babylonians and Sumerians, who called α Aquilae the eagle star.

The Koori people of Victoria also knew Altair as Bunjil, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle, and β and γ Aquilae are his two wives the Black Swans. The people of the Murray River knew the s…

Sword 99: Uraeus

The family used the few materials available to craft Uraeus Scale. Thelandira (f/mus), Visca (Grace), and Qilue (f/sco) completed Uraeus raid mission, and received Elite Geniaruleano Recipe, Elite Rescue Suit Recipe, 2 Lv.100 equipment, and 2 Mega Talts. Short of buying from the market, there are sadly only enough materials for 8 more raids.

Soteira (Helena) looted Symbol of Scorpio, Symbol of Virgo, Symbol of Taurus, Symbol of Aries, 1 Lv.92 elite armor recipe, and 1 rare gem recipe from 12 Team Arena missions. The daily raids on Arsene Circus yielded Assassin Boots and Mystic Gloves. Grim-Wight and 6 Veteran G (14m) EXP Cards were found inside 2 Arsene's Treasure Chests.

The family traded in 150 Gold Corns to the Vagabond Peddler for the following:
2 Lucky Pouch x22 Moon Cake
1 Amethyst Fragment x21 Amber Wasp Spinelle x21 Angler Spinelle
1 Escudo Preffer Amber1 Invisible Potion
1 HQ Sapphire2 Lv.92 Enchantment Chips1 Joaquin Barrier Defense Warfare Mission x3This week's collecti…