PSO2 Live Broadcast 16 Gallery

GOOD_EVENINGI can’t understand a word of Japanese! As such, all I can really do for a live broadcast post for now is post a gallery of images. I hope they’ll be useful for those who can read japanese and just something pretty to look at for everyone else. Well as pretty as screen-shots from a livestream can be, anyway.

PSO2 ES
Question and Answers
Campaigns, Contests and Collaboration
Attack on Titan Teaser Image

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Videos

All of the following videos were uploaded by Manta Oyamada of PSO2UP.

Episode 2: Official Update Page and Broadcast Information

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The official update page for the start of Episode 2 has been posted up. It of course comes with a trailer, which I’ll embed as par for the course, however this one is unusually lengthy. You can find a rundown of the update page here on Bumped.

This post will pretty much be going over some information about particular aspects of Episode 2 that I’ve come across, as well as sharing my thoughts on them. If I find more information I’ll probably go and put it into a new post because I think this one is quite long enough now..

The background music at the start is the theme of the new Coast field’s boss, Bal Rodos. From around 2:49 on-wards I believe it’s the Coast field’s theme.

It seems Bal Rodos is Lv55 in the trailer, which puts it on the same level as Sanctum. So I guess that’s how they’re going to be keeping Advanced Quests relevant for longer, which makes me wonder if Lilipa3 will share the same fate. Seabed shouldn’t, as it’ll be released after Super Hard is out.

You can watch the live broadcast in its entirety through the following links:


Braver

The class is defined by the two new weapon types, both of which seem to at least look decent. The Katana has good mobility and area-of-effect capability, which will be good for all of melee’s demands. Katanas are at least more mobile than Swords for example, but the damage numbers that they put out seem.. small. In fact their stats and even Photon Art modifiers seem relatively low, however they could well make up for this in damage per second given how rapidly they can attack. Bows on the other hand seem to lay somewhere between Launchers and Rifles with a bit of Twin-Daggers thrown in for good measure. Certainly versatile but I have yet to be convinced of their overall effectiveness.

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Tsukimi-sazanka, Gekka-zakuro, Kanran-kikyo, Sakura-endo, Hien-tsubaki, Asagiri-rendan, Master Shot, Penetrating Arrow. Thanks to Qwerty for these names.

Braver seems to be a class oriented around the Ability (or Dexterity) stat primarily. It has an Ability Up skill, which is notable for being at lv3 in the livestream as that indicates it’s a pre-requisite for something. Both Katanas and Bullet Bows also require dexterity to equip, or at least all of the weapons shown so far do. However there may be no need to go raising a pure Dexterity Mag just for this class, as the requirements are quite low anyway. One revealed Braver skill, namely “Braver Mag”, converts up to 50% of the S-atk and R-atk into Dexterity. Whether or not this will add to your base and count for equipping things I don’t know (data suggests it’s a passive skill).

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Ability Up 1, Braver Mag, Step, Step Advance, Snatch Step, Step Attack, Just Reversal, Average Stance, Katana Combat, Katana Gear, Rapid Shoot, Reversal Cover, Rapid Shoot Up

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The Braver Skill Tree. Skills are: Ability Up, Sriking Up, Shooting Up, Average Stance, Average Stance Up, Average Stance Critical, Average Stance Charge
Katana Combat, Combat Just Attack Bonus, Combat Finish, Katana Gear, Rapid Shoot, Rapid Shoot Up, Rapid Shoot Mastery
Weak Stance, Weak Stance Up, Ability Up 2, Weak Stance Critical, Weak Stance Charge
Step, Step Advance, Snatch Step, Step Attack, Just Reversal, Reversal Cover, Rare Mastery Braver, Braver Mag. Source: Dengeki Play.

Of interest to me are the utility skills surrounding step, as for melee it’s absolutely crucial to mobility. Snatch Step is a skill that will deal damage during a Step. It is seperate from Step Attack as that skill allows you do perform an attack at the end of a Step. You can perform step with both Katanas and Bullet Bows at that, so you’re not losing out if you choose to go ranged.

While you can guard with Katanas, Braver doesn’t have any guard skills at all. The broadcast demonstrates that Just Guarding is possible with Katanas, but possibly only through their gear. If this is the case, I wonder if there’s any point investing in Just Guard should someone decide to have Hunter as their subclass? Or if the regular Just Guard would apply to the Katana without gear applies or even if it would affect the weapon at all.


Coast Enemies

The trailer revealed a number of enemy names, as did the coast field playthrough that was done during the live broadcast. I’ll list them here with names and pictures where I can.

Torpon

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A small shelled enemy, weak to both fire and ice element interestingly. Better picture of them from the official site below. At a distance they appear to be similar to Micdas, possibly sharing the same bone structure. The one on the right below makes be doubt that a little..

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Aculpus

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Seems to share its skeleton with Naberius’ Galphs. Of course, their attack behaviors don’t resemble them much, with them swimming through the sand with their fins poking out. Land sharks. They also appear to do a somersault attack.

Blumegalla

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It’s a flower! It pretends to be a regular giant spikey flower and then jumps out at the player after spraying something about. It also fires laserbeams because why not. Smaller versions of this enemy exist as well, namely Blumetta. They appear to share the same bone structure as Sanctum’s Pendira’n.

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A picture of both of these enemies is up on the official page, re-hosting below.

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Blundarl

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One of the new bird-type Darkers. The second one named I believe, after Luda Sorcerer. A higher quality picture of Blundarl is posted below.

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Strahda

StrahdaForgive me for the quality of these pictures, but it’s from a compressed video and there don’t seem to be any clear shots of these enemies sadly. Anyway, this is the somewhat legendary BIRDBIRDCROW in the flesh as it were. Their weak point looks like an exposed brain… It’s the standard orange colored weakpoint that most Darkers have it’s just how it looks given its position.

Another variant of this small bird is Tyraluda

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Unfortunately there are no official pictures that I’m aware of for either of these.

So it seems that the Coast field’s elements are Fire and Ice for the natives and Wind and Light for the Darkers.

Now that we have a planet full of fish, after having been fighting fish-based Darkers for a while now, I wonder if a planet populated by insects is on its way in 2014? After all, PSO2 still doesn’t have a Grass Assassin!


Subclass EXP

Old news now, but confirmed at least once and well, it being on the official update page means Sega aren’t going to be changing their minds about it. It’s sad, but subclass EXP will be capped to level 40. Before that, your subclass will gain 10% of the EXP that your main does. Yeah it’s not particularly popular this decision, but it’s still decent at least initially for a subclass. However I imagine like others, I was hoping this would mean the end of having to switch to a class you don’t like playing in order to support a class you do, but alas.


Class Appropriate Rare Drops.. From Bosses

Nothing like hearing the rare drop jingle only to get an item you can’t even use, eh? Well from Episode 2 this problem will be slightly alleviated! By how much of course isn’t really all that specific and I have a feeling that, as a player, you honestly won’t be able to tell that the drop rates had been increased at all. 1/1000 is barely better than 1/2000 for example and I highly doubt they’d give that generous a boost anyway. The idea is at least good, I just have no faith that the difference will be at all noticeable.

Also, despite the update page itself not mentioning bosses according to an article on Shougai which contains a transcript from Sakai and someone else, it only applies to boss enemies. This is kind of a shame as a number of decent items do still drop from regular enemies, but it’s a least a step in the right direction.


EXP Penalty Readjustment

The EXP penalty, which I’m still not a fan of even now, is being relaxed somewhat. Instead of altering the rates however instead they’ll be increasing the number of levels before it applies from 5 to 11. They’re um, turning up to 11 as it were…

This means that you’ll be able to run Advanced Quests a little earlier, however you’ll still have your EXP reduced to 75% at least initially (unlocks at 45, enemies start at 56). However, being able to start running Advanced Quests at lv46 is a significant improvement over having to wait until Lv52. It also means you can skip ahead areas more quickly at the lower levels, which doesn’t really affect Normal mode at all for new players in any case.

On arrival to Hard mode, you’ll be only 1 level out of reach for Forest Exploration.

On arrival to Very Hard mode, you’ll be able to run all the Free Field quests except for Sanctum Exploration and presumably Coast.


Client Order Adjustments

Reducing the cool-down time for daily repeatable Client Orders (not to be confused with Daily Orders… I know) from 24 to 22 is a big deal. Why, you might ponder, it’s not much of a change. It means they truly become daily orders. The current cool-down of 24 hours is problematic because it introduces what I call “crawl”, whereby the time you can re-do the Client Order crawls around the clock and becomes later with each day.

Say you start the Order at 12:00pm, it takes you half an hour to complete and you turn it in at 12:30pm. The next day you can’t start it any earlier than 12:30pm, so the next day you won’t be able to start it until 1:00pm. Then 1:30pm, etc. A 22 hour cool-down gives you a much better chance of being able to take on these Client Orders at a time you’d prefer to take them. It’s good to see the change, but annoying that it took them a year to do something about it.

Solemn Sentinel and Other Future Content

flycrySo yeah, we got a date for the new field. The 8th freely accessible field will be arriving on the 10th of April. This post will go over some of the content announced for this date as well as looking further ahead at future content. It will also act as a place to share my thoughts on some of the things announced between my last post and the present.


Solemn Sentinel Update

As has been the case throughout PSO2′s life a trailer for the new content was released as well as a new update page. Embedding the trailer below.

Dragon Altar’s map is a lot less organic than the other Amduscia areas, which makes sense given that it’s manufactured by the natives. While this concept makes it close to something like Lilipa’s Underground Complex in structure it seems to be fairly different.

altarmapUnlike the Complex, Dragon Altar’s layout is separated into rooms. Unlike any field so far, these rooms can be separated by doors. This makes me think of it as more like any of PSO’s areas, as it isn’t an open field like PSO2′s other areas. At the very least it looks like there’s enough that’s different about the field that will make it stand out from the others.

In terms of level range, the field seems to cover levels 50-55, which means that this field will be one drop tier below Advance Quests. I wonder if Lilipa3 will cover levels 55-60?

Presumably the existence of this field means we’ll be getting a “Marathon Training: Amduscia II” mission added at some point.

Like DRAGONLAND, the enemies in this field all appear to be weak to dark element attacks.


New Enemies

Pendolan

dragonhammerSo yeah, as I guessed this is indeed “dragonhammer”. Pendolans swing their hefty tail about to attack.

Deegala

flydeegPreviously known as “DragonFlyRaptor”, affectionately known as “FLY DEEG” to about 3 people. Unlike “Deeg”, however, the name for this critter really is Deeg, not Digg. If you’re confused, “Deeg” is the official translation of Digg as seen in footage of the localized client shown last year.

Deegalas appear to be the adds present in the field boss’s arena.

Sol Dilandarl

dragonchariot_01One of the “dragonchariots”, in this case the ranged type. Interestingly, Dinians are riding them. This was first seen in footage revealed a while back, which turned out to be part of the new benchmark which I’ll mention later in this post. Wonder if they die together or if they can be separated?

Goronzoran

dragonfatThe mini-boss of the new field. Fair to say that PSO2 really has had nothing like it. In fact I don’t think Phantasy Star in general has had anything like this.

I’m sure the main attraction to the boss (unless fat lizards are your thing) is the ability it has to summon Vol Dragon. Well, the internal name for this “Vol Dragon” is DragonSummonerIllusion as was mentioned in a previous post. It won’t be a fully powered Vol Dragon, that’d just be mean. Remember, this is a mini-boss, which means in a party of two or more you’re going to be fighting two of these fat bastards at once. Add in summon-able Vol Dragons and it’d just be a mess. To lend credence to this, it appears that the summoned dragon can’t actually be targeted.

Dragon Ex

dragonexThe name of the field’s boss was revealed some time ago. I wasn’t able to comment then but I can share my thoughts on it now, so that’s what I’m gonna do.

Dragon Ex is a dumb name. Moving on..

The fight itself looks like it’ll be similar to fighting Quartz, only Ex is much more sluggish and naturally more focused on melee-ing its foes. Unlike other dragons, Dragon Ex doesn’t appear to be able to fly.


Hatsune Miku costume, hairstyle, Mag and posters in PSO2

mikumikumikumikuNo one cares.


Skill Tree Changes

Been wanting to talk about this for a while. With a new level cap of 60 (which you won’t need a Client Order to unlock, thankfully) comes a new set of skills. There will also be tweaks to a couple of major skills in the Hunter tree. To Sega’s credit, all players will receive an item that can reset all their skill trees. Really glad they’re doing something like that, it’s a decent thing of them to do.

So what are the new skills like? I’ll be re-posting Bumped’s interpretation of them here as well as thoughts/speculation.

  • Fury Combo Up (Hunter)

“During Fury Stance, by performing a series of Just Attacks, you’ll do bonus damage”

Not a bad sounding skill, it’s rewarding the player for decent timing after all. Wonder how the damage will scale? It also seems like faster weapons would benefit more from this than slower ones, in particular I’m thinking Knuckles will benefit from it well. Especially as their Gear ability increases their attack speed..

  • Killing Bonus (Ranger)

“PP Restores when enemies die close to the player.”

Depending on the kind of PP restoration it gives, it might make builds less focused on PP more viable. I’d imagine due to the nature of the weapon, Launcher would benefit the most from this skill. Naturally, it’d be utterly useless against bosses.

  • Photon Flare Afterburst (Force)

“T-ATK increases for a certain amount of time after the end of the Photon Flare skill.”

I don’t really get this skill, it increases T-atk after a skill that increases T-atk has expired? I assume that it loses the HP penalty that Photon Flare incurs? There’s another issue with this skill that I’ll bring up later.

  • PP Slayer (Fighter)

“When PP is less than 50%, S-ATK and R-ATK increases.”

Not much to say about this skill. It just lets you do more damage from Photon Art spam. Kind of boring.

  • Perfect Keeper (Gunner)

“When HP is 100%, your damage towards enemies increases.”

Likewise, Gunner almost never gets hit anyway. I have a bit less of a problem with this one however given that it’s rewarding you for playing the class well I guess.

  • Rare Mastery Techer (Techer)

“T-ATK increases when equipping 10 star or higher weapons.”

This is stupid. I have bad news for Techers as well, because according to datamining efforts ALL classes have a skill like this. Why is it even needed? When you’re using 10* or higher weapons you’re already doing more damage than you would with most things below it. Yeah there are exceptions if you manage to get 50% element with certain 7-9* weapons, but the point remains. While it isn’t rewarding pure luck with the presence of the exchange weapons, it’s still effectively rewarding luck to a degree.

Skill Changes

A few Hunter skills will be altered on the 10th of April. Warcry’s target priority will be improved it seems but the bigger thing on people’s minds are the changes to Guard Stance and especially Fury Stance, as both of these skills will be changed to percentage increases.

Whether the change to Fury Stance is a good thing or not depends on what they mean by a percentage increase, because if it’s a percentage increase to damage dealt then this could potentially be a nerf depending on your current character’s stats. Before going into the mathematics, the basic premise is larger numbers benefit more from % increases to damage whereas lower numbers benefit more from plain stat increases. More to the point, the closer your attack stat is to the enemy’s defense stat the more important a stat boost is. To have some numbers to back this up; given 100 S-atk vs 100 S-def the resulting damage is 1. If S-atk is 250 and the enemy’s S-def is still 100 (say you used Fury Stance as it was) your damage is now 30. If Fury changed to % increase on damage you’d still be doing 1 damage.

If however this is a percentage increase to your stats, then it’d be functioning just as it is now. More importantly it would be functioning correctly for the game’s lifespan, which it wouldn’t have without such a change. 150-250 S-atk is a significant boost to attack at lv50, but the higher our characters go the less useful that becomes. The other question of course is would Fury Stance include S-atk up skills or just your base racial stats?

This leaves me wondering about skills like Photon Flare and Photon Flare Afterburst, which is the Force equivalent of Fury Stance in effect. Will that switch to a percentage increase in stats or will it keep the problem that Fury Stance had?


New Character Creation Benchmark

dorficonThis was a surprise! The character creation benchmark got an update, changing the stage from the Forest and Urban areas to Amduscia areas including the upcoming Dragon Altar field. That’s about it, it’s the same otherwise.
You can get the new benchmark from here (about 654MB).

phallicWhile on the surface there isn’t anything new aside the field, there are some interesting things under the surface which will be talked about in the next section.


Towards the Future

There is yet more content on the horizon, both officially announced and extracted from the data in the client. In this case the client is largely the new benchmark.

Enemies

Seems there’s a new variant of the bird themed enemies named “BirdCentaur”. My slight speculation of the “Bird Warriors” being somewhat Tengu-like may be a wee bit off, particularly with the addition of another bird named “bird_double_head”. Another new enemy is “MarineOarFish”, which may well be the enemy that “GoTo_0690_WaterBoss” concerns itself with. An oarfish is an actual thing, you can see one here at Wikipedia. That might feel a little familiar to a Phantasy Star Online fan, eh? Of course there’s no guarantee that it will function the same as De Rol Le did, as PSO2′s bosses are quite a bit different to bosses in past games.

Going by the area code (06xx) as well as the name of the enemy, the MarineOarFish is likely the boss of the un-announced “Coast” area. I wonder if the bird enemies also inhabit this field?

Area 2000 is a Tower. Before I would have said something like “a tower on lilipa” but that’s the wrong planet identifier for one thing (lilipa is 04xx for reference) plus Falz Arms and Falz Elder seem to be set to make appearances there. Interesting. Area 2000 used to be “DifficultQuest” before, so the chances are good that this field belongs to a new quest type scheduled to arrive later.

There’s still nothing on Lilipa3, although a new emergency trial who’s only reference is ” scene_oc_dwarfhome_defense”. Could the new field be the homestead of the Lilipans? Related to the field, it appears that Cougar, the cross-over boss from Border Break, has a rare variant. I mention it in this paragraph as chances are it’s the boss of this field. If so, I think it’s a bit weird really. A cross-over boss just doesn’t seem fitting as an actual boss as opposed to a thing on the sidelines somewhere.

With the exception of the content associated with Lilipa3, this stuff should all be here before the Summer gets going. There is no sign of Dewmans just yet, but Beasts may have become a more likely addition than they were with the addition of “race_beast” to the client. Before, the only reference to Beasts was in a random list which suggested that it might have just been data that carried across from PSU. It does not guarantee that they’ll add Beasts as a playable race, but as I say it does increase the chances of it happening. I wonder if they’ll hand out free character slots when they add new races?

PSO2 Episode 2

Outside of the client, it seems Episode 2 has been announced. It was announced during the Sympathy Concert which celebrated 25 years of the Phantasy Star franchise. No images of what was shown has turned up, but it seems it may have been no more than a key-word style teaser much like the original announcement of PSO2. To quote Bumped:

  • Oracle’s Collapse
  • Arks Road/Lord?
  • Photoners
  • “Who is the real enemy?”
  • The Third Darkers
  • The Beginning and End of the Arks
  • New Race, New Planet, New Classes.
  • New Weapon Categories.
  • Coming this Summer!

So presumably the new weapon types (Compound Bow and Katana) will belong to the new classes. Given the disparity between the amount of data there is in the client for Beasts and Dewmans it seems certain that the new race will be Dewmans. The new planet will host the un-announced Coast area more than likely, given the order of the area codes so far.

By third type of Darkers they mean a type of Darker other than insect and fish. Could these be Bird Darkers or are the bird enemies the natives of whatever planet the coast field belongs to?

That’s really all I can tie into this announcement from the datamined stuff that I know about. Who knows when we’ll hear more about this, but it probably won’t be this side of the game’s first anniversary.

Advanced Quests

digdorfAdvanced Quests are the latest addition to PSO2, offering more difficult content for smaller parties. It was a feature that was announced a while back and it was initially the cause of worry among the player-base due to the steep entry fees. So now they’ve been out for a week, how have they worked out so far? This post will be talking about how Advance Quests work (as is understood so far) and share my opinions on them.

The Mechanics

  • You need to be lv45+ to be able to run an Advanced Quest. Despite this the EXP penalty is still very much in effect.
  • Monsters will start off at lv56, which means that players will be penalized exp unless they’re lv51 or over.
  • Advanced Quests cost Advanced Capsules. One capsule corresponds to each area and each area drops the next area’s capsules, effectively making Advanced Quests resemble Phantasy Star Universe’s “Guardians Boost Road”.
  • The costs are as follows:
    • Advanced Forest: 10 Advance Capsules a / アドバンスカプセルa. 50,000 Meseta per capsule.
    • Advanced Caves: 10 Advance Capsules b / アドバンスカプセルb. 60,000 Meseta per capsule.
    • Advanced Desert: 10 Advance Capsules c / アドバンスカプセルc. 70,000 Meseta per capsule.
  • You can get your first batch of capsules for free by simply talking to Koffie.
  • You have 1 hour to complete the quest.
  • The quests consist of 3 blocks, all of which are single-party areas.
  • Monsters do not respawn, however the spawns themselves are denser than normal.
  • Quests end with a boss, but the boss itself is randomly chosen from a selection.
    • Advanced Forest: Rockbears or Fang Banthers
    • Advanced Caves: Caterdr’ans or Vol Dragon
    • Advanced Desert: Tranmizers or Zeshrayda
    • All rare variants can also be encountered
  • You can invite NPCs to these quests.
  • You can encounter Mr.Umblla, the Naura Cake Shop and Arks Clones in these quests. Be aware that Mr.Umblla can hit very hard.
  • There is no chance of being abducted or encountering a warp to a parallel world.
  • Advance Risk is acquired upon completing an Advanced Quest. Each completion will earn you +1 risk.
  • Unlike Guardians Boost Road, only the leader’s risk will affect the Quest
  • For each +3 risk the enemy levels will raise by 1 (up to a maximum of lv60).
  • Higher risk will increase the encounter rate of boosted enemies
  • Level 15 Photon Art Discs can drop

Speculated – Based On Observation

  • Risk seems to affect spawn density and the density of PSE Bursts.
  • Rare monsters seem to be more common in Advance Quests, might just be luck.

This may not be a complete list of information about Advanced Quests. I’ll add more or edit anything people point out is wrong with the information here.


Thoughts

Yeah, they’re alright. Certainly not nearly as bad as people were worried they were going to be, with the primary worry being the cost to run them. The capsules drop at a decent rate, although it’s easier to cover the cost of the next quest entirely as your risk goes up, so at least initially you may have to buy missing capsules.

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Boosted versions of rare bosses are particularly dangerous. If you have less than 1100 HP and are not geared (or specced) to defense then getting hit could easily spell an instant death.

In terms of difficulty they’re not really much harder than regular quests aside from monsters being able to hit harder, faster and are much more durable. If you’re under-geared, you will have a miserable time trying to kill things, however the quests have a decent chance of dropping red weapons. If you’re not well geared, I would suggest buying some of these from player shops assuming you can equip them (their requirements are rather high). They’re not as good as 10*s due to a negative Ability modifier on them (which will give you large variance) but they function perfectly well as starter weapons. I’m glad they elected to include weapons like this, as it puts players on much more even footing gear wise.

I would not recommend soloing these. Not because you wouldn’t be able to, necessarily, it’s just you’re better off partying with people. The spawn rates will be a fair bit higher, which means more shots at drops and arguably more importantly more capsule drops to cover the cost of subsequent runs. You’ll also be able to acquire your magic stones more easily, which means you’ll be able to get the exchange shop 10*s more quickly. I’ve stated before how I dislike how this game heavily favors groups, but there you go.

Related to this, based on speculation I said that Desert would drop Indra stones. I was basing this on the fact that Wind Stone: Vayu could be exchanged for wind-element weaponry and Fire Stone:Agni could be exchanged for fire-element weaponry. Made sense that Lightning Stone: Indra would be for lightning-element, but instead the stone required is Earth Stone Privthi. So I apologize for that. You can find a list of what’s available on the Pyroxene Shop at the Arkive here. 

It also has to be said that the EXP penalty is bullshit. It was bullshit before, it’s just highlighted more directly in these quests. If you’re unaware, there is an EXP penalty that will apply to players if they are fighting monsters only 5 levels higher than them. The penalty becomes significantly more severe as the gap grows. Presumably, it’s a mechanic to help prevent people from just power-leveling their way to cap by just following players in Multi-Party Areas. The way in which it manifests in Advanced Quests is just absurd though. Why let lv45+ players enter the quest if they’re going to get significantly less EXP than they would for fighting monsters their own level? Never mind that they’ll be struggling more. Further along, a lv51 player acquiring 3 risk would actually be nerfing their EXP per kill. What kind of bonus system penalizes a player for succeeding? A stupid one. The EXP penalty needs to be removed like they did for PSU, at the very least in quests like this.

The fact they only released one new level for photon art discs is also pretty ridiculous. Talk about drip-feeding.

Overall though, I like Advanced Quests. If nothing else because it feels nice to have enemies that will always present at least some difficulty as opposed to falling over the moment they’ve spawned. It’s not so hard you’ll be tearing your hair out, but it’s tricky enough that you will at least need to pay attention.

The Future – A Glimpse

wuhBeing too unwell to update while all this new information is coming out sucks! So rather than post news as if it were new, this post will share my thoughts on the things heading our way.


Part 2 of Valorous Vanguard

The next part of the update was revealed, embedding the trailer below. This update will be arriving on the 13th of February.


Advance Quests

It’s looking like they may all in fact cost a player 500,000 Meseta to get started. An unfortunate situation, but how unfortunate utterly depends on the drop-rate of the capsules within the quests themselves. The primary worry is it will grant richer players (mostly those who bought player shops) an unfair advantage over poorer players. Paying players already have a fair number of advantages within the game (in particular with regard item upgrades).

57rogbeltAdvance Risk, which is acquired upon clearing Advance Quests, will increase the levels of the enemies as well as the appearance rate of boosted enemies. I wonder if this is a value only taken from the leader or if the value is a party-wide total? If it’s the latter, I’m not looking forward to the elitism it could cause but that ought to be mitigated by the weekly resets.

Should also be noted that generally speaking boosted enemies are easier to defeat than regular enemies. A potentially clumsy way to increase the difficulty of the quests in that light.

updateimageThroughout the lead-up to Advance Quests we’ve been teased about new weapons dropping in them. I’m sure you’ve noticed the weapons on the update page pictured above. Among them is what appears to be a golden version of Vol Scale.

ui_item_1010042It has been in the client for some time, as well as rare versions of other boss-part items. This particular one pretty much certainly drops from Burn Draal, the rare version of Vol Dragon. It’s possible that they will drop in the Advance Quests initially due to the enemy level being in the appropriate tier. There are other things that may turn up too, such as rare-versions of boss-part units. I wonder if Zeshrayda’s units will finally turn up as well?

Red-Double-Sabers

Image taken from this post at Bumped.

In the above image you can see two other rare variants of boss-part weapons. Rogbelt Knuckle and Draal Vorg, rare variants of Rock Knuckle and Fin Volg respectively. As far as I know, there is no information about red weapons or where they’re going to turn up.

In case you’re curious about the description of the Red Double Saber, here’s a translation by Espiokaos:

An experimental double saber with symbolic coloring. Its dazzling red color will surely grab everyone’s attention.

I can’t say I’m not eager to find out if these missions are any fun to run or not. Naturally the capsule system is concerning but for all I know it could work out. It could… I’ve felt that way about numerous things that Sega has introduced which then failed miserably… At the very least the spawn density looks good, though I’m not sure if the layouts are set or random at this time.

Initially there will be three Advance Quests; Forest, Volcano and Desert. These will require their own capsules as has been said, but I wonder if any capsule can drop in any Advance Quest or if they only drop their own?


Pyroxene Weaponry

The first thing to note is that none of the new items use Iritista Rainbow Spellstones. But that’s OK, because unlike the Iritista weapons these ones actually seem to be powerful. Those of you crying WELFARE RARES should probably relax too, because these items require a rare precursor item as well as a large number of stones to acquire. The general exchange pattern is:

  • Precursor rare item + 90 stones

There are three new stones:

  • Wind Stone Vayu
  • Fire Stone Agni
  • Thunder Stone Indra

These can be found in the Advance Quests, so presumably there’s one for each area. Vayu for Forest, Agni for Volcano and Indra for Desert.

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Like the previous selection of Pyroxene weapons they all seem to come with Mutation + Attack Ability III, So for each of the stats listed there you’ll need to take away 40 in order to fairly compare them to the currently available weapons. They’re all still at the top of their classes compared to what’s out, which is why the previously cheap precursor items have all soared in price in player shops. That’s one way to keep low-level rares valuable I suppose, though I wonder if that’s such a good thing. On the other hand, it means that finding rares in the lower levels is still potentially worthwhile.


Story Content

During the 5th PSO2 Broadcast on NicoNico a trailer was shown teasing future story content. Embedding below.

As it turns out, all fun times relating to Hadred and pals will be taking place in Chapter 9. There is a side-story, but it’s named “Arks Combat Tournament” and appears to have you going up against Claris Claes and Huey, both of whom are legendary Arks members (with Huey being a member of the Council of Six). I wonder if they’ll be actual boss-fights like Persona and Gettemhalt, or if they’ll simply be something like Arks Clones functionally speaking. Also can’t help but wonder who else this quest will pit you against.

OMNOMNOM

Turns out that blue-haired girl will be about, so she wasn’t some tentative character after all. Here what’s presumed to be Hadred protects her from being attacked by a Kuklonahda

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The trailer appears to show you going up against Hadred in the Sphere Arena, but this screen-shot suggests that something else is about to go down. What Darker is about to warp into the arena?

Chapter 9 will be released first on the Vita version, whereas the side story is set to arrive on the PC version first. No information on when the platforms will receive each other’s exclusive quests yet.


Other Things

Longterm Schedule

It was finally posted up, expanding upon the previous roadmap page here. You can find a translated version of it on PSO-World here. I’ve also updated the update schedule on the side of the site here to reflect it.

“Phantom Tower” makes me think of the towers of planet Lilipa. I wonder if that’s a possible hint toward the third area of the planet, despite not adding a field itself? It would be the last planet to gain three areas assuming Amduscia is getting a third. However, it looks like Chrome Dragon + the rare variant are being added without a field. A new field is coming in the “Solemn Guardian” update, but that has its own boss so I have no idea what planet that will end up going to. It also seems that Ultimate won’t be arriving any time soon, with a long-term cap of lv60.

Horrible thought, but that new field better not be hidden behind RNG upon starting an Advance Quest or some bullshit like that…

As a final note, nothing hints towards the arrival of Dewmans as a playable race.

Outfits

Back to what’s coming up on February 13th, turns out all the outfits that were seen in the data-mined scratch cards are on their way.

lilipascratch01lilipascratch02Wonder how the Lilipan costume will scale with players…

Part 1 of Valorous Vanguard

lavalovaSo yeah, the first part of this update has arrived with a bit more than I expected it to. This post will be going over various aspects of it.


Marathon Training: Naberius II

First off, a new Time-Attack quest was added. Taking place on Naberius, like the name of it suggests, it spans the Forest, Tundra and Ruins areas.

pso20130123_122647_001I’ve only tried it a few times solo and there doesn’t seem to be a lot to it really, just kill your way towards the goal. When I get to try it later in a group I’ll see if there are any differences, but so far it doesn’t seem like a complicated quest.

The mission boasts some pretty nicely sized spawns, but overall there aren’t that many encounters to go through. There are two places where the road splits, leading to different bosses and mini-bosses. I’ll go over where and what now.

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  • North exit: De Malmoth
  • East exit: Wolgahda
  • South exit: Gwanada
  • West exit: Rockbear

What’s significant is this is the quickest way to access these minibosses, so you may want to take this into account when doing Client Orders that require them. All four of these routes will converge on the block pictured below. The two exits are at A-1 and C-1 respectively, each will take you to a different boss encounter.

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  • East exit: Fang Banshee
  • West exit: Fang Banther

Again, good for their respective Client Orders. You’ll likely be heading west more than east if this is what you’re running the quest for. Both routes converge on a block with waves of Darkers, which include the game’s first guaranteed spawn of Predikahdas and Dikahdas. Beyond that is Dark Ragne, who is fighting some Natives. All enemies in the final block will need to be defeated in order for the quest to clear, including the natives (they do not de-spawn when Dark Ragne is defeated).

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New TACOs

Speaking of Client Orders, this quest arrived with its own selection of Time-Attack Client Orders. Like the others, you unlock them by completing the Time Attack quest at least once on any difficulty. The rewards are as follows:

  • Normal: 30,000 Meseta, 3000 EXP
  • Hard: 65,000 Meseta,  6000 EXP
  • Very Hard: 100,000 Meseta, 12,000 EXP

All of them are on 24 hour cool-downs. They require you to get at least A-rank on the respective difficulty.


Where’s the Chocolate Emergency Quest 

pso20130123_150843_024RUB IT!

The seasonal emergency quest set in Amduscia’s Volcano Cave area. This is a points based quest where points are gained by clearing numerous Code: Attacks, in which you’ll need to keep various female NPCs alive. Presumably it’ll be the same but all male NPCs when White Day arrives.

Not entirely sure what the point of the block at the end is, it just seemed to contain one Code: Attack starring Lisa. Was expecting Cake Sisters but they never showed up. If I find anything else out I’ll update this bit.

The quest may have a raised rare enemy occurrence rate in general, so it may be wise to bring along Dagan Nero and Deegnatz Client Orders as well as the Caterdraal one.


Campaigns, Campaigns Everywhere

Numerous campaigns have been launched this season. There’s the Valentines Campaign, the Password Change Campaign and the “Give Us Money” Campaign.

  • Valentines
    • 23rd of January to the 6th of February
    • Just complete Xie’s seasonal Client Orders. Completing one will net you a mug for your room and completing them all will get you a couple of Valentines Gift room decorations. So, if you don’t have a room or are ever planning to get one this campaign is utterly worthless.
    • To be distributed 13th February
  • Password Change
    • 23rd of January to the 6th of February
    • Change your password. Simple as. Well I say simple, I mean a horrible nightmare if you’re attempting the Hiragana capcha by yourself. Doing so will get you a couple of useless room decorations as well as the actually useful 30 Grinders.
    • To be distributed 20th February
  • Give Us Money (Scratch Campaign)
    • 23rd of January to the 13th of February
    • Give Sega money. Well it’s more than that, give Sega 3000+ AC’s worth of money and use it all on the AC Scratch. Doing so will get you a Rappy Suit. Woop.
    • To be distributed in mid-March

Other Things

fainaDaily Quests Boosted

The utterly useless Daily Client Orders have all had their rewards increased. So are they actually worth bothering with now? It still depends on the quest, it seems. As an example:

 討伐:ゼッシュレイダⅠ / Defeat Zeshrayda I

8100 -> 28,350 EXP
1560 -> 5460 Meseta

That’s quite a buff for that one. On the other hand…

周回:アムドゥスキア走破・VHⅡ / Run Marathon Training: Amduscia VH II

500 -> 1750 EXP
448 -> 1568 Meseta

It’s a boost, sure, but it’s still not really worth it. The only thing that can be really said here is it is definitely worth checking out which orders you have for the day, as they can potentially more than double the amount of EXP you gain per kill of a specific critter.

Over End Tweaked

overendOver End’s power was raised as well as the speed of the attack animation. Or so they say, anyway, because the animation speed really doesn’t feel all that different.

The power on the other hand is definitely higher, going from 1429% to a whopping 1941% at lv14. I don’t really have the best gear to take advantage of it, as the game has seen fit to deny me any sword better than a Dinian Edge since the game came out, however I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more Over End spam for a while. It feels like it overpowers my other photon arts to a fair degree, which is alarming given that those are attached to much better weapons. Sega is as good at balance as it ever was…


Towards the Future

If nothing else it’s nice that we got an actual update that we can tangibly appreciate. Not something either hidden behind RNG or on a time-limited basis, like we’ve been having the last two months. As this game moves ahead, I would prefer to see more content additions that can be accessed at my leisure like this.

In February we’ll be seeing Advance Quests. I’m sad to say that the data-mining does suggest that there is some kind of currency you need to collect in order to access these quests, which is worrying. Hopefully they won’t be too RNG based….

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The AC banner for the next Scratch update was found in the client. It’s clearly continuing the theme of outfits designed after fields, with this one being for Lilipa’s Desert. That just leaves Lilipa’s Underground Complex, Amduscia’s Floating Continent and Naberius’ Ruins to go. Unless they\re also going to base one on Darkernest of course.

Not much to say about them. Giant shoulders on the Cast, the Newearl belly-dancer is kind of cute, I have no idea what the fuck with the Caseal and the Human one is alright. I like the fleshy outfits this time, but they all definitely fit the desert theme. Naturally, as this content hasn’t been officially revealed there’s no guarantee that they’ll be exactly like this when they’re released.

Clones: Information

hueeeyThis update added a chance that your character could come under attack from Arks Clones. These copies of player characters function similarly to friend partners, only the slightly important difference of being able to kill you.

clonezThis post will act as a repository for any relevant information I come across regarding clones. I’ll add more as I encounter information.

There’s a reason I categorized this under rumourmill as well as features, as some information is difficult to completely verify due to the rarity of the emergency trial.

Encountering Clones

  • Clones can only be encountered in single party areas, with the exclusion of boss arenas.
  • The number of clones matches the number of human players in the party.

Clone Abilities

  • Clones have a significantly higher amount of HP than players and even NPCs. Their HP is comparable to minibosses. It’s not known if this varies by character build yet.
  • Default clones are based on the default class appearances on character creation and are named after numbers in various languages.
    • So far, these clones are much more durable than clones of actual players
    • These clones don’t really deal much in the way of damage
  • Clones of actual players can hit severely hard, possibly depending on their build. Experience so far teaches that clones of Forces or Techers can be especially lethal (though this may be due to my own build).
    • The clones of actual players I’ve encountered weren’t as durable as the default clones. This could be due to the builds of these characters, however.
  • Clones can buff each other, though I’ve yet to see clones healing each other.
  • Clones can apparently apply Weak Bullet to players.
  • Clones can be grappled and knocked around and anything else that would affect a player. So they’re not like the NPC bosses so far.
  • Clones can be flinched
  • Clones have an invincibility window when they’re getting up, just like players do.

Rewards

  • Clones seem to always drop Photon Spheres, they can sometimes additionally drop Meseta.
  • Completing Code:Clone e-trials appears to be the way to obtain the new Zan series units.

Becoming a Clone

  • You will need to successfully clear the quest in Darkernest that can randomly occur instead of the quest you selected.
  • This quest can only be triggered at a time-attack gate at Very Hard difficulty.
  • Getting an S-rank on a Very Hard quest before hitting the starting gate in a Time Attack quest seems to be related to it. However whether this includes non time-attack based quests as qualifiers isn’t certain,but the current theory is that S-ranking multiple Time Attacks raises your chances.
  • Your clone is created at the very start of the abduction quest, not the end.
  • The official blog only gives a little hint. You will need to get “a high evaluation” many times. It also suggests that you can’t just repeatedly abandon then hit the gate to get an attempt.

Miscellaneous

  • If a clone is air-locked by say a Gunner juggling combo they may appear to just be standing around to other players.

The Clones are Coming.

i_think_im_a_clone_nowFilthy. The final part of Where Darkness Gathers is impending, with the last two panels on the update page having been revealed. This is the actual final part this time, not me jumping the gun. Along with this a new post was made at the official PSO2 blog here.

Trailer below:

Much of the stuff at the beginning is things we’ve already seen; New Year’s lobby and the outfits that were released yesterday. The new material is due to arrive on the 9th of January


Darkernest

darkernest_01A new field is coming. Much like “DRAGONLAND”, Darkernest is not the official name of the field it’s just the internal name used for it. Not certain what the structure in the sky is, it looks like an upside-down city of sorts, perhaps the collected wreckage of an ARKS ship? You can clearly see space in the center of it so it’s not a spherical object as was presumed before.

wolgahda_and_chumsThe field is populated by nothing but Darkers of both fish and insect flavours, including “Predikahda” which is a new enemy internally known as “mantiswarrior”. A lucky few players have already encountered Predikahda Nero in a Parallel Map.

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A new emergency trial where you get attacked by an infected Arks Dropship.

So where does this new field fit in? Is it just limited to the escape quest (detailed in the next section of this post) or is it also a regular selectable field? Going by the website and blog the only mentions of the field are with the escape quest, but the trailer shows portions of the field with and without a timer. Presumably the escape quest is the timed one, so is the non-timed one the regular field?

hunar_darkernestWhat about Falz Hunar? He’s only mentioned as being encounter-able in the new Emergency Quest set in the Urban field, yet he’s clearly also in the Darkernest in the trailer complete with an intro. Is he the final encounter in the escape quest, or is he part of the regular version of Darkernest as its boss?

hunar_darkernest_bThe trailer shows Hunar in what can only be interpreted as a boss arena (as all other boss arenas have the same general map layout). The trial text indicates that the quest’s aim is to defeat Hunar as well as 4 other targets. ARKS Clones? But Arks Clones are meant to be a rare encounter, so it’d a little contradictory if they also fight alongside Hunar in a regular field. Despite the lack of a timer however, this could be the same as the escape quest, so this would be its end goal. This doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility of a regular field existing, but all things seem to point to the field as something you won’t see all that often.


Code: Clone

Occasionally,when you attempt to start a quest the Campship will be attacked by Darkers and you’ll be forcibly transferred to the new Darkernest field. In this quest, your objective will be to escape from the field within the time limit. Unlike normal quests you will not be able to return to the camp ship at any time. Not even to re-stock on items. This would appear to give Forces and Techers a pretty clear advantage in this quest…

Only ARKS considered “elite” by the Darkers will be kidnapped. Exactly what this means still isn’t certain, but I doubt it will require all that much.

d-arksIf you succeed in escaping your character’s data including appearance, weapons, photon arts and even auto-words may be copied and used to create an ARKS Clone. This clone can attack anyone at any time, including you, in a rare emergency trial. This effectively acts as a pseudo-PVP mode.

d-arks2ARKS Clones will drop items when defeated, just like regular enemies. There will be weapons that can only be obtained from ARKS Clones at that. I wonder if those will turn out to be the red versions of basic weapons which were data-mined a little while ago? You can obtain better drops if you defeat your own clone or the clones of your friends.

There hasn’t been any real specifics released yet, but going by the screen-shots I think a few things can be assumed:

  • The number of Arks Clones might scale to the party size. The screen-shots show a party of four encountering a group of four clones. If you’re on your own, presumably you’ll only face one. I wonder if a full multi-party will end up fighting 12 clones at once? If this is the case you’re probably more likely to encounter your own clone if you spam MPAs…
  • The strength of Arks Clones is set to the quest you’re currently running. Which seems to be sensible, I mean it would be pretty bullshit for a new player running Oodan Extermination at lv1 to encounter a lv50 clone…
  • ARKS Clones use the partner character symbol, which makes me wonder if they also use partner character AI…
  • As ARKS Clones are presumably aligned with Darkers they could attack native enemies, as well as be attacked by them.
  • ARKS Clones do not have Mags. Makes sense.

Then there are questions

  • Will the stats of ARKS Clones be the same as players? Will they be the same as Friend Partners (low attack, high health, ignores all entries on the skill tree) or what?

Presumably their attack will be lower and health higher at least. Afterall, players are engineered to fight monsters with thousands to tens of thousands of hit-points whereas players themselves only have hundreds. If the clones were the same as players, fights would be extremely short which doesn’t really make for a particularly interesting struggle.

Due to the way PSO2 is engineered, actual PVP is something that would never work out sadly. It has little to do with balance or the gameplay, it has much to do with how the client and network functions. As such, this is the closest you’re getting and it’s a bit of an experiment on their part. Will this experiment work out is what we’ll see when the update goes live on the 9th of January.


New Longterm Schedule

Well it’s sort of a long-term schedule. There is little to no actual detail and some entries are vague but here goes.

  • January
    • Code: Clone, the addition of Darkernest and all the junk this post was talking about pretty much.
  • February
    • “Valorous Vanguard” update? - Valentines!
    • Level cap increased to 55
    • New type of quest: “Advance Quests”
    • Adjustment to the way in which rare items are acquired?
    • Launch of the PSVita version of PSO2
    • Start of the “Those Who Walk Together” update, which carries on through March
  • March
    • New Story Quest. Presumably this is the side story quest and not the beginning of Episode 2.
    • New boss - Chrome Dragon?
    • New additions to the premium set.
  • April
    • New Field – Note that Darkernest is the last known field in the client, so this one could be completely new. Given that Chrome Dragon might have been added as a story boss it’s possible that this new field would have it. If so, this could be a new field on Amduscia…
    • Class level raised – amount not specified
  • May
    • New type of high difficulty quest. Whether this is a new difficulty (like Ultimate) or not isn’t really explained. 
  • June
    • One year anniversary event

There will also be various scratch rotations going on as well as the usual bug fixes. Presumably new outfits and accessories throughout. Thanks to Mewn for help with interpreting this.

Hopefully some of the confusion will be cleared up before the update hits, but we’ll see soon enough either way!

[Sources: Official Blog, 4Gamer, Mewn and Espiokaos for help interpreting parts]

New Partner Characters

got_tired_of_standing_around_in_the_lobbyNew partner cards can be obtained for a few NPCs. This post will list them and the Client Orders that unlock them.

At this point in time, I do not know the unlock requirements for these Client Orders. Note: the exp values displayed in the images are for a lv21 character.


Revelle

revelle_cardComplete the following objectives

  • Defeat a Gwanada on any difficulty.
  • Defeat a Wolgahda on any difficulty.
  • Defeat a Zeshrayda on any difficulty.

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Jozseph

jozseph_cardComplete the following objectives on any difficulty, each must be cleared within 30 minutes with an S-rank

  • Clear Transformer Takedown on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank
  • Clear Subdue Caterdra’nsa on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank
  • Clear Wolgahda Extermination on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank

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Barbara

barbara_cardComplete the following objectives

  • Clear Sub. Tunnels Exploration on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank
  • Clear F.Contintent Exploration  on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank
  • Clear Ruins Exploration  on any difficulty within 30 minutes with an S-rank

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Klotho

klotho_cardComplete the following objectives:

  • Clear Marathon Training: Naberius on any difficulty with an S-rank
  • Clear Marathon Training: Lilipa on any difficulty with an S-rank
  • Clear Marathon Training: Amduscia on any difficulty with an S-rank

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New Voices for NPCs

Along with this, you may have noticed a bunch of NPCs have gained voice acting! The list of NPCs I’ve noticed with voices who didn’t before:

  • Revelle
  • Jozseph
  • Barbara
  • Hans
  • Lola
  • Emeline
  • Gerard
  • Franka
  • Kressida
  • Xie

December 5th Update and Live Broadcast

gettemhalt_looking_at_a_cloudAs has become a PSO2 tradition an update page with trailer, screenshots and little detail for the update named “Where Darkness Gathers” has arrived. Embedding the trailer below.

Given the pattern of previous trailers it’s fairly safe to assume that the background music will be the theme of Dark Falz. Or a least for one of his forms.

This update is fairly immense..


PSO2 Live Broadcast 4

PSO2 will be having yet another live broadcast, talking about the upcoming update as well as attempting to play some of it. It’ll be broadcast here on the 4th of December, the day before the update.

Schedule:

  • JST: 21:00, 4th December
  • GMT: 12:00, 4th December
  • EST: 07:00, 4th December
  • CDT: 06:00, 4th December
  • MDT: 05:00, 4th December
  • PDT: 04:00, 4th December
  • HADT: 02:00, 4th December

Dark Falz

falz_wavingFalz will be appearing in an emergency quest which was already talked about. This quest won’t actually be arriving until the 12th of December, however.

As was explained before, defeat enough Falz Arms in the time limit in order to battle against Dark Falz Elder. However, it tallies up the total number of arms defeated by the entire ship, it’s this that determines if you’ll be able to go on to fight Dark Falz Elder or not. The game will inform you at various intervals how well your ship is doing. I wonder if the Falz Arms that are defeated on Normal will be worth as much as the ones defeated on Very Hard?

dec_ss_01_lYou’ll be battling Falz atop a chunk of a destroyed Arks Ship, somehow being able to breathe in space. It’s ok, we could apparently breathe in space in PSU as well. Probably because photons.

Notice the white names in the above screen-shot, confirming that it’s a multi-party quest. Also, remember this thing? There seems little doubt that it is in fact a Falz Arm that we see flying off at the end of this trailer. I wonder if, like other Darker bosses, Falz Arm will be able to spawn anywhere in the world. Falz Elder probably won’t. I imagine you’ll need to complete this emergency quest at least once in order for it to show up outside of the quest however, the same as you have to with Fang Banthers.


Parallel Maps

Something that was found some time ago through data-mining were suggestions that rare maps would be coming. Looks like that just got confirmed in the form of “parallel maps”. During regular runs, a teleporter may appear that will take you to a parallel universe. Rare monster encounter rates are boosted in these maps, so you’ll want to find them!

raremap_cityraremap_forestraremap_tundraThose areas certainly are pretty. These are the only three fields are shown off, currently, so presumably the parallel variants of the other fields aren’t completed yet.


Christmas Lobby

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The lobby will be all Christmas-y leading up to the death of millions at the hands of Dark Falz.Xieeee Xie will also be back to give out Client Orders as she did for Halloween and, just like then, will give out a special item for completing all her Orders. I guess she’s set to become a seasonal event NPC at this rate.


Magic Rocks are Back

The magic rocks are back, as the sub heading indicates. So far the only rock is Iritista which can be exchanged for various 10* weapons.

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The 10*s you can exchange them for seem to be rather lackluster. That purple Ruins Charm, named Ruins Gloam, is weaker than Lambda Alystine.

Have a nasty feeling that the stones themselves will be much harder to acquire than the stronger 8/9* weapons too, but that’s based on nothing more than a feeling.


Soloable Time Attacks

Time attack quests will now be solo-able. How the missions themselves have changed isn’t revealed yet as far I know. This change should also be introducing new Client Orders for soloing these quests. .


Joining Parties in Other Blocks

Loved the idea when it was presented back at the start of November, so it’s great to see it’ll be with us soon. It’s one of those features that feels like it should have been in the game from the start.

This is one of the promised features to be added, an increase to the number of simultaneous Client Orders that premium users can register as well as a boost to medical drinks (also for premium users) will be added.

Really not liking the sound of the premium-only medical drink boost, it has some real potential as a true pay-to-win feature.


Towards the Future

This update doesn’t seem to include the “Darker Nest” field, which contains a couple of new enemies (the mantiswarriors!). I’m also not sure if this update will include the rare variant of Dargash, but we’ll see on the day I suppose.

The update site indicates that there will be no story mission this month, as the grayed out buttons on the update site are “System” and “AC Scratch” respectively. Possibly due on the 19th of December.

Looking further ahead, there’s the question of whether or not the Vita release will see a mission involving Hadred being added, which is the named version of a new dragon-type enemy (which also has a rare variant).

To finish this post off, a concept piece of Falz Hand from Sakai’s blog. Incidentally, according to Sakai we’re not quite done with the first Episode just yet. There is more to come in January with an update tentatively titled “A Future Worse Than Death”.

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[Sources: Official PSO2 blog, Update site, Bumped, PSO-World]