Showing posts from March, 2011

Asoka In Russia

GE Russia has added new cash shop box, which included sword and polearm of Dragon series (AR 32), as well as Blae/Phshi Rastere Costumes (i.e. Greek Croma for musketeers). The boxes will be available during March 23-30, 2011. See Драконье оружие снова в продаже!.

Asoka Character Card will be available in the upcoming cash shop box soon. Prior to the release, players who have made game-related creations (e.g. costumes, pictures, collages) stand a chance to win the character card as well. See Асока талантливым игрокам.

Lost Elemental Gate Weapons

A few weeks ago, someone asked about this... The elemental weapon series (AR 32) originally included 3 more weapons - javelin, blunt, and bayonet. These were the weapons used in the veteran stances back then in v2.x, and were not implemented in the drop tables of Fire/Lightning/Ice Gate raids, supposedly because they were "too powerful". (But really, gate weapons generally suck when compared to their serpent or chess counterparts.) I think GE China (the previous one managed by The9) may be the only edition to have these weapons.

The weapons do not have innate particle glows, probably because they were never implemented for the most part and thus not fully finished.

Simple Black Renaissance Skin v1.04

The Japanese blog 続・日々の生活 features Simple Black Renaissance Skin. It is designed for v5.x and above clients. For v4.x clients, you can just delete minimap.tga from the skin folder to revert to v4.x default minimap skin.

Download the .zip file from GE UIスキン Uploader. The password is 201101111758. JavaScript must be enabled.Unzip the file into Granado Espada\release\user\skin folder.Start the game launcher, and click Config button.Tick Enable User Skin and click Save.Start the game client.
You can find more skin-related materials at 続・日々の生活: UIスキン まとめページ. The author also has a new blog at それでも日々の生活.

Sword 133: Valleria & Hamal's Leadership

Mnemosyne (Torsche) and Orpheus (Rio) finally mastered Death Chopping and Prelude stances inside Bahamar Ancient Area. Athena (f/fig) and Artemisia (Calyce) reached Master Lv.3 and Lv.4 while raiding, and Mnemosyne (Torsche) reached Expert Lv.2 while training stance.This raised the family to Lv.42+3.

Gilgamesh (Claude) crafted +4 The Leadership of Hamal 1S (polearm). It was upgraded to +7 with 140 Upgrade Accelerators, 3 Lacquers: Expert +5, and 6 Lacquers: Expert +6. It was enchanted with ATK + Daemon with 19 Veteran Enchantment Chips and Enchant Boosters. The 2nd socket was opened after 11 attempts.

On the other hand, +6 The Judgment of Bywn (staff) continued to fail +7 upgrade, and even repeatedly downgraded to +4! It finally became +7, after using up a total of 560 Upgrade Accelerators, 13 Lacquers: Expert +5, and 24 Lacquers: Expert +6, which cost the family about 1.7 billion vis just for the stupid upgrade. The family had to sell off several Constellation Symbols just to pay for…

Magic Circle XV

Magic Circle XV (Korea) is now available until April 6, 2011. Linaria Costume Set was first released in Japan's Imperial Wheel: Aug 2009.

War of Hero Costume • Claude
More Younger Wig* • Claude Linaria Costume Set (Body Costume + Hat) • Catherine STR/DEX/INT*
Note (*): The hair for Claude is a new one. The old hair is called "Wig For Looking Young" (default English name). This new one is called "More Younger Wig". In Japan GE data tables, there are 2 Linaria costumes. The other one (ClassName: LinariaCostume_bat) is meant for Catherine the Summoner.

For more screenshots of Claude's new costume, see 끌로드 코스튬 2종 세트 ㅎ.

Leonele's Personal Skill: Leadership
From Hanbiton Screen Board post 오타났네...

Russia v5.0, Taiwan Tigers, Thai Mifuyu

GE: Thailand
Thailand GE is having a cash promotion during March 2011. Top up game credit and stand a chance to win Mifuyu Card, Kurenai (AR33 Great Sword), or Kurenai Recipe. The official notice says "Mifuyu", instead of "Asoka". If it is just a renamed "Asoka", then I'd expect there to be [Sect of Moonlight] stance book as well. But there is no mention of stance book anywhere on the page. (Mifuyu uses Hanging Guard, and thus she has no need for special stance books.) See สด! ด้วยบัตรเงินสด วัน-ทู-คอล!.

New cash shop boxes have also been added. Featured drops include Dragonic Revolver, Dragonic Shotgun, and Rose Wing (30 days). See Patch Update ประจำวันที่ 21 มีนาคม 2554.

GE: Taiwan
Taiwan GE is having a cash promotion during March 24-30, 2011. Featured drops include Angel Rod (AR 33), Blue Serpent Costume (ele), and Crystal Wing (90 days). See 《天使武器第十一彈-天使權杖抽獎》. Black and White Tiger Pets were also available in a separate promotion. See 《星座寵物回饋送第一重》

Enhanced Silver Baron

Drag and drop The Silver Baron (acquired from Claude's Recruitment Quests) onto NPC Claude in Reboldeaux. He will give you 10 Bellem's Boxes. Talk to Claude again to give him 100 Elemental Orbs, 100 Magical Orbs, and 1 Shiny Crystal. He will upgrade it to Enhanced Silver Baron, which is a Lv.40 sabre with ATK Rating 18. (For comparison, Lv.40 pioneer weapons have only ATK Rating 15. Lv.52 elite weapons have ATK Rating 18.)

Sword 132: Huop...?

The family continued with the task of training new stances. Athena (f/fig) mastered Tronada Cruz. Mnemosyne (Torsche) and Orpheus (Rio) continued to train Death Chopping (Lv.15 → Lv.22) and Prelude (Lv.12 → Lv.21) respectively. Orpheus (Rio) reached Master Lv.2 while training stances, and Qilue (f/sco) reached Master Lv.7 while raiding. Quetzalcoatl (Nar) was also promoted to Expert Lv.1.

Qilue (f/sco) put on a Bear Costume and joined Animal Sambal Parade at the last minute to receive 2 AM Boxes, which dropped 10 Enchant Boosters and 50 Hermes Potions. The treasures of the Lunar Maiden this week consisted of 5x6 Lucky Pouches, 3x2 Rice-Cake Soups, 1 Strength Potion (Event), 1 Brown Bunny Band (30 days), and 2 Bunny Bands (30 days). So many Bunny Bands... I'd rather have some of the other permanent hats/costumes.

The family did the usual raid missions, and received Symbol of Pisces and Symbol of Scorpio from Team Arena, Symbol of Capricorn and Enhanced Mental RES Necklace Recipe f…

Granado Espada 2: China

A different publisher has acquired the rights for Granado Espada for China region, now renamed as 《卓越之剑2》. Closed Beta Test will be scheduled on March 24, 2011. The new release will be v6.3.2, which will include Raven. See 3月24日引爆荣耀测试限量开启! for the notice on beta test.

The official website for the new GE China is The full client is now available for download.

GE China was previously managed by The9, and ceased operation on November 21, 2010. See GE-China R.I.P. for more information.

Castilla Quest Items

Castilla Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 quests require certain quest items which can be acquired in Castilla Mine, Castilla Relic, and Castilla Tower of Chaos respectively. The following is a list of quest items and their drop rates based on datatable_questcheckup.ies file (v5.0).

MissionQuest ItemRateChaos MonsterCastilla MineSteel Ararat of Chaos Magic Stone1/5Steel AraratCastilla MinePhobitan General of Chaos Heart1/5Phobitan GeneralCastilla MineBasilisk  of Chaos Heart1/5BasiliskCastilla MineChrysalist  of Chaos Claw1/5ChrysalisCastilla MineChimera of Chaos Cranium1/5ChimeraCastilla Mine

Target Info Settings

Renaissance (v5.0) patch brought several new in-game options to Sword 2. However, there are 2 play options which are not saved (always reset to default) when the client is closed. These in-game options are Turn Off Target Information and Hide Target Information.

To prevent the client from resetting both game options to default setting, do the following:
Close the game client, if it is currently running.Open user.xml in Granado Espada\release folder with Notepad (or any text editor).Find <Config ....> and add Targetinfo="0" Targetoption="0" inside the tag. See sample below.Save and exit Notepad. R-click on user.xml file and select Properties.Under Attributes, tick Read-Only option. Click OK, and restart the game client.

<Config UseGlow="0" UseWater="1" UseCharEdge="0" RndCharToRefWater="1" UseFastLoading="1" UseEnvEffect="1" UseEnvSound="0" EffectLevel="0" CaptureFormat="1&qu…

Sword 131: Prelude

Several stances were mastered this week, including Crusader for Athena (f/fig), Tested Burst for Lolita (Claire), Domination Lightning for Orpheus (Rio), Incantation for Mystra (f/wiz), and Anathema for Mystra (f/wiz). Athena (f/fig) started training Tronada Cruz stance (Lv.1 → Lv.18) after acquiring it with Symbol of Aries. While training in Bahamar Ancient Area, they also looted 6 Old Chess Pieces and 2 Snail Shells. Adorabelle (f/ele) reached Master Lv.7 while raiding Joaquin Underground Prison. Mnemosyne (Torsche) consumed more EXP Cards to reach Expert Lv.1, and acquired Death Chopping stance (Lv.1 → Lv.15) with Symbol of Capricorn.

The family took some keys from Lunar Maiden, but didn't really bother to look for the chests. The random ones the family found by accident dropped Lucky Pouches, Mystic Ampules (Event), Bunny Band (Max HP +300 for 30 days), and Full Moon Rabbit. See Lunar Maiden Drop List for a list of known rewards.

The family did the usual run of raid missions.…

[GE-KR] v7.4 Preview

GE Korea has released an update preview for v7.4. All information may be subject to change before official release. See 그라나도 에스파다 - 영입 NPC 리오넬.

1. New Character: Leonele
 You must have completed Black Or White quest (regardless of which option is taken) to recruit him. His stat scores are STR 50, AGI 80, CON 40, DEX 80, INT 40, and CHA 40. Leonele starts at Lv.80, making him the highest level character to be recruited so far.

According to the anniversary sneak preview here,  his weapons are rifle, bayonet, and pistol. He uses coat (musketeer), belt, gloves, and boots. It say doesn't what kind of belt/boots/gloves, but it should be the same types used by musketeer.

His unique Expert stance is called Punisher using rifle + pistol. It has the same range as Flintlock stance, but has low accuracy and long-range skills. The other stances shown below are Freestyle Shot, Double-Gun Shot, Outrage Shot, and Standing Shot.

Edit: There was some translation confusion, as 장총 was translated as sh…

Lunar Maiden & St. Patrick

Sword 2 is having the Lunar New Year Event 2011 which was hosted in other editions about a month ago. Pose before the event NPC in Queen's Gate to get a key (1/day). It can open event boxes appearing in random maps for items such as Full Moon Rabbit, Bunny Band (30 days), Bunny Hat, Traditional Korean Costume, and Rose Wings. See Lunar Maiden forum topic.

There will also be some events for St. Patrick's Day. See St. Patrick's Day Festivities forum topic.

Login For Freebies: March 11-13, 2011
Login during the weekend and receive 3 Green Dyes 1 Albaes Hat (Max HP +300 for 30 days).
According to Quinzel, this item can be used to create "high end gear such as Elite Albaes". Players sometimes dump whole Lv.84 elite items on the floor when their inventory is full due to all the roulette loot. And G1 is expecting people to craft such items?

Find the GM: March 17-19, 2011
During the event period, AMs (i.e. GMs) will appear in random maps. Find them while wearing somethin…

Chibi Mifuyu & Reckless Emilia

I found 2 more chibi fan art - Reckless Emilia and Mifuyu/Asoka by khakki at Deviant Art. Check out his gallery here for other pictures.

See also Granado Espada Deviant Art group for more game-related pictures.

Sword 130: Master Crazy Emilia & Tower of Chaos

Eisheth (Crazy Emilia) continued to spend time inside Skeleton Dungeon Ancient Area, eventually mastering Madness stance. Thereafter, she consumed EXP Cards to reach Master Lv.1 from Expert Lv.1. Her companions also trained their stances. Athena (f/fig) reached Master Lv.2, mastered Peltast (Lv.18 → Lv.25) and started on Crusader stance (Lv.1 → Lv.16). Likewise, Artemisia (Calyce) reached Master Lv.3, and mastered Shadow Sting (Lv.17 → Lv.25).

The family traded for a new armor, and decided to re-enchant it. After running out of Enchant Boosters, the family continued enchanting regardless and finally got DEF Rating +3 with 190 Lv.100 Enchantment Chips and 177 Enchant Boosters. The armor was successfully upgraded from +6 to +7, using 4 Lacquers +5: Veteran, 4 Lacquers +6: Veteran, and 120 Upgrade Accelerators.

Later in the week, Artemisia (Calyce) also used 40 Upgrade Accelerators and 4 Lacquers +6: Expert to upgrade her crossbow from +6 to +7. The staff and javelin had to be left at +…

Toggle Camera Navigation

Since Singapore Granado Espada updated to v6.3, the ChangeCamera(1) function no longer works. (See Navigate Camera & Show State.) However, there is another function that does the same thing.

Add the following to your user-defined hot keys by opening the .xml file with Notepad:

<HotKey Name="NavCam" Scp="NavCamToggle()" Key="F1" UseAlt="NO" UseCtrl="YES" UseShift="NO" OnEdit="YES" />
Restart the client, and turn it on/off when pressing Ctrl-F1. Ensure that you do not have more than 1 function assigned to the same hot key. This function also works in Sword 2 client v5.0.23.

Thanks to PhoenixDragon and his/her anonymous (as requested) informer of IAH forums for the update.

Reassign Hot Keys
The new patch (v5.0) updates the game user interface, and added several new functions. You can edit the hot key file and reassign the hot keys by changing the Key and UseAlt/Ctrl/Shift parameters. For example, I find it too …

[Sword2] Cross-World PvP Delayed

Quinzel has released some new information for Sword 2. See Cross-World PvP Arenas Update for full text.

Content Updates
Cross-World PvP Arena has been delayed to v6.3 instead. Not surprising, since many other editions did not receive it either. The early v5.0 version is supposed to be quite messed up, hence the reason for the "content lock".

On the other hand, work on localization of v6.3 has begun. G1 has also asked for v6.7.

Upcoming Events
There will be a belated Lunar New Year event, most likely it will be the same one as mentioned in Lunar New Year Event 2011. Apparently, IMC did not think that Sword 2 (regionally distributed for North America/Europe) would be familiar with "Asian" New Year. There will also be another EXP bonus event as well.