Recruit Selene quest guide has been updated.

Imperial Wheel V: Christmas 2011

Imperial Wheel V (Japan) has been updated for Christmas, available from Dec 22, 2011 to Jan 04, 2012. See the official notice - インペリアルホイールV Special Edition開催!. The various weapon costumes are all costume versions of existing weapons. Click on image below for full-size view (950x1295).

Rubber Arm Lavaleaf
Weapon Costume • Great Sword

Avaricia Roar
Weapon Costume • Elemental Bracelet

Theaters of Chimera
Weapon Costume • Sabre

Novia Tragic Love
Weapon Costume • Sword

Mockery of the Treasure Golem
Weapon Costume • Pistol

Hatred of Necroshaman
Weapon Costume • Crossbow

Santa Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Asoka, Mifuyu

Santa Costume Set
Body Costume + Hair • Valeria

Elite Le Noir Recipe
Assorted recipes for DEF Rating 32 armor.

Character Recruitment Sets
There are also sets for various characters - Cruz, Ludin, Lionel, Lisa + Catherine Torsche, Ralph, Helena, and Beronif. Each set includes the character card(s), unique stance book (such as [Furious], [Punisher], etc.), Blue Serpent Armor (DR31), Magic Accessory (belt or earring), and 1-2 special edition (AR33) weapons (such as Assembly Logic Bangle).

Stance Book Set
A set of stance books (1 each) for [Punisher], [Innocentio], and [Blitz Assault].

Semi-Promotional Characters?
I have this before, but I will say it again. Some characters seem to be designed to be semi-promotional characters. Unlike fully promotional characters (e.g. Emilia the Sage, Asoka), the only way to get them is to pay cash for them.

These "semi-promotional" characters are like shareware programs. They are freely available, but only in a crippled version (i.e. no expert stance). To be fully functional, you have to pay for them. Well, that makes sense, from a marketing perspective.

If the character is free, players tend to train and promote them to Master. But once you have the character as Master, you would probably feel more compelled to get the stance book, so as to not let the character be wasted. Whereas fully promotional characters can just be ignored or forgotten, a "crippled" Master character would probably be an eye-sore to players. With abysmal drop rate for the stance book, frustrated players would be more inclined to gamble for them in web games or random boxes from cash shop. The end result is... Kaching!