Upcoming Content: Festa Part 2 and Gathering

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Some new details about upcoming content are out, in part from events and part from the update site itself. Check out Bumped’s summary of the Sapporo event here and the official update site here.

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Additional Story

What’s that? You wanted more slice of life high school anime in your PSO2? Well you’re in luck, my friend, as we’ll be hitting a number of anime tropes late February including a bath scene! I can feel myself dying inside already.

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No, don’t get excited. This isn’t Xie, it’s just someone who looks a whole lot like her!

Between this and the actual anime, I will be honest I’m kind of holding out that some actual plot will happen at some point. Will it be this update? Probably not.

There is the persistent mystery of who ESC-A are (the company behind the magical wireless internet they have over there and the owner of the giant blue tower) and why their technology is having the effect that it is. I mean it’s managing to create life out of fantasy and projecting people’s PSO2 characters into the actual Arks fleet. They’re completely faceless at the moment and it’s kinda wierd… Earth also feels incredibly empty as well for a planet full of people, but then so did Harukotan and Amduscia; Both planets with some form of society and intelligent life.

There’s also the fact that all these wierd Arks are meant to be a recent phenomenon and even our boss, Ulc, doesn’t know where they’re coming from. After the events of Chapter 1, we know that they’re projections of characters played by Earthlings, sure. But the Anime is set 1 year prior to the events of Chapter 1 and there is an Arks operative freely travelling between Earth and the Arks Fleet. What’s up with that? By the way I have a horrible habit of getting invested into stupid plots for stupid things…

Part 2 of the Festa

Part 2 will arrive with a new bingo card as well as a new Limited Quest. The new one will function pretty much exactly the same as the current one with a few minor differences:

  • It will have some different enemies; essentially the ones that didn’t appear in the previous quest
  • Nemesis weapons will drop instead of Slave weapons
  • Caligulas seem to drop!

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The new bingo is only marginally better than what we have now if only because it gives 20 gold medals instead of 10. It’s still a fairly weak offering compared to cards of the past. I can’t tell if this replaces the current Bingo card or not given the video doesn’t show the menu navigation to it.

Gathering Info

Gonna just cut to the chase: this system will only be put in place in Forest, Ruins, Coast and Tokyo. That’s it. Why so few areas? Are they going to expand into others later? If so, why so few at first? I don’t get it.

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When I first heard about the gathering system I was immediately cynical about it. We’ve had systems introduced to PSO2 in a half-assed state before and then subsequently completely forgotten about. Photon Art crafting is the major one. As I said at the time, “Prove this cynical shithead wrong, Phantasy Star Crew, see your system through!”. They might still! For all I know the Skill Ring and Cuisine systems might turn out to be excellent. They might expand on the system in a timely manner, eventually opening the system across the entire selection of fields. It’s just that starting off with a measly four is for me, kind of worrying. I’d understand if it was a feature that requires a party, as it’s not a good idea to split up the player-base too much for these things. But this is a solo activity…

I don’t really dislike the idea of gathering as if nothing else it does add some purpose in running around on the planets. The Skill Ring system does have some serious potential to be interesting, as it can augment our character skills in various ways if the listed abilities are anything to go by. For reference:

  • Double Saber Whirlwind Lv. 1
  • JG Heavenly Fall Lv. 1
  • JG Sonic Arrow Lv. 1
  • DB Snatch Lv. 1
  • KA Gear G Release Lv. 1
  • Killing Bonus Lv. 1

No, this is not the entire list (could you imagine?). There were some other skills mentioned as I recall, but I don’t know what they were. Who knows with Cuisines, frankly.

Also come on, we have a volcanic cavern peppered with ore veins and a mining facility filled with abandoned materials. We can’t go mining in the actual mine?

At least Henri will be back.

 

Enter The Love Cave

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Valentines is here again and once more we’re saving the women of the ARKS (of which there’s a fuckin lot of them) in the volcanic caverns of Amduscia. We’ve also gained a Limited Quest, “Chaotic Darkness”, as part of the PS Festa 2016 Web Event set in the often forgotten Facility field of Vopal, set to the Temple VR Field music of PSO (A Longing to Ancient Times). As it is a web event, I’m expecting the usual selection of prizes, so it may well be time to get your Dudu on soon…

Just gonna go over some details of the update quick. I know I’m behind on Episode 4 stuff. A Summoner guide is in the works, just been needing to get some particular bits of data for it… Kinda dropped the ball there but oh well.

As new information is coming out for this quest, the contents of this post may change. Let me know if there’s anything I got wrong.

Bingo details can be found at Bumped here. Frankly the prizes aren’t that good this time around, or else I’d put together a quick clear guide.

Limited Quest

As is the trend with these quests lately, it starts on a group teleporter before you’re allowed to begin the run. While I’m sure there are some advantages conferred by this, I’m not a huge fan of standing around waiting for the counter to hit 12/12.

The quest stars every kind of enemy that isn’t a Phantom or regular Aberrations. The bigger thing about the quest is it has multi-boss spawning E-Trials that can include multiple Dark Falz humanoids (as well as Dio Hunar). This quest also sees the introduction of 2016 Weapons Badges, which can be obtained much the same way as the 2015 badges could in their debut Limited Quest, however Bronze Badges don’t seem to exist.

The Exchange

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You can use these badges to purchase a selection of nostalgic weapon camos (at 350 gold badges a pop) as well as exchanging them for stones. You can exchange 20 gold for 1 Caligula, Torana or Pleiades stones or 5 gold for a Yurlungur or Gale stone.

This means that you can effectively obtain an Orbit weapon using nothing but badges. You will need to obtain the Neros from elsewhere in order to get an Austere however. That’s not such a bad thing as Neros themselves aren’t too horrendous to obtain. They’re not exactly easy to get either but they’re a fair sight easier than Caligula.

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Somewhat interestingly, they added an exchange to the Shiny Stone shop that lets you swap 100 of any spellstone for 1 gold badge. This includes small AQ stones, Elder’s Iritista and Loser’s Syncesta. This means you can effectively obtain an Orbit weapon by running VHAQs at the minute, which is a bit surprising though that’s quite a nasty exchange rate.

Just for fun, lets see the numbers required:

  • 400 Caligula for 1 60% Austere weapon (requires 200 Nero from elsewhere.)
  • At 20:1, this requires 8000 Gold Badges
  • Requires 800,000 Spellstones of any variety

Yikes, that is a LOT of VHAQing! That said, clearly the intention isn’t to let you run AQs for Orbits but rather it’s to let you actually do something useful with all those stones laying around doing nothing. Let’s do the same for Orbit:

  • 90 Torana and 180 Pleiades for a 60% Orbit weapon. As each individual stone is the same price, lets call it 270 stones.
  • At 20:1, this requires 5,400 Gold Badges
  • Requires 540,000 Spellstones of any variety

Given you can obtain the whole weapon this way, Caligulas only really seem worth it if you absolutely require an Austere weapon for whatever reason (maybe you’re close to the 400 Caligula you need already and so on..).

As for wether or not it’s feasible to obtain the number of badges required in the time the Limited Quest is available it’s hard to say. It’s only available for two weeks and the event itself only for a month, so I’m going to go with “no” unless your tolerance for grind is legendary.

Ultimately this exchange seems to be a means for topping off, not for starting from scratch. It lets you clear out your inventory of stones you don’t need to help you get closer to that Austere or Orbit weapon of your dreams. It’s a terribly impractical way of starting from scratch, particularly if you also want to get some Weapon Camos.

While you can exchange 2015 badges for 2016 ones, it’s at a rate of 10:1. The Yozakura series weapons still require 2015 badges though. While Yozakura are a terrible investment for 13*s anyway, they do have marginal use as fodder for element swapping and synthing, so bare this in mind before you throw all your 2015s away. The old ways of obtaining 2015s now only give 2016 badges at that, so unless they update the exchange the series has become completely unobtainable now (as opposed to almost unobtainable before).

Other Quest Info

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Falz Angel can drop 13* weapons appropriate for your class, which seems to be limited to the slave-series weapons. He can also reportedly drop 13* eggs. This change applies to any Falz Angel in the lv71+ level range as far as I know, however it’ll only be in effect during the lifespan of the limited quest. It seems Slave-series weapons are also an area drop of the entire quest, but may not be subject to the class-based bonus to rates that Angel reportedly has.

Diabo Igrithys turns up, but is the regular slowed-down kind you encounter in Ultimate Naberius. It, Gal Gryphon and Falz Angel seem to be more likely to appear towards the end of the quest (around the 1800 point mark). I don’t think Gryphon can actually spawn any earlier than this, but the roughly 1800 point mark seems to spawn a guaranteed selection of rare-dropping bosses.

Unfortunately, Dio Hunar doesn’t seem to be able to drop Caligula or Ares stones (or at least if it can the rates are abysmally low) like it used to in the Christmas Emergency Quest. This is because the EQ version was Lv80 and this one only Lv75.

Valentines Emergency Quest

Another run around in circles affair with a gate that likely won’t get fired until your MPA is 12/12. Standard stuff, really. Has every flavor of Darker along with the Amduscia natives. The main attraction to this quest is the mutated Diabo Igrythis. This variant of the fire-y bird is the same as the pre-nerf Ultimate Naberius, so it will seem much faster and more aggressive than its Limited Quest cousin. As with other seasonals, this Emergency Quest can happen whenever there’s a general emergency on its planet, as well as at the scheduled times.

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This Diabo interestingly drops a large number of badges and Gale stones. It also drops items with Mutation II affixed onto it, which boosts the chance of fusing Stat III affixes into Stat IV affixes. Diabo seems to be a guaranteed spawn once you hit the 210 point mark.

 

Atrocious Ocean – Limited Quest Notes

hiyaOr whatever you want to call the quest, I’m referring to the current event’s limited-quest that takes place in the Coast field on Vopar. Much the same as the previous event, Border Breaking Chaos, it features a number of out-of-place creatures and comes with a boss not easily encountered otherwise. Last time, this boss was Persona. This time, it’s Chrome Dragon and its rare variant Haze Draal.

The quest has been out a week now, so I don’t really need to go into much detail about it. Not much to say anyway, its your typical Multi-Party Area approach of wandering around with up to 11 other people until you’re done. I kind of like the quest all the same though, as the boss encounters the quest throws at you can be difficult enough to make you kind of want a large number of players about. Sure, if the party is decently geared up the bosses still won’t last all that long but it makes a change to feel like it’s appropriate to have that many players about, unlike the typical multi-party fair where you really don’t need more than 2 players at most but the game is expecting the encounters to stand up to 12 somehow.

Applicable Client Orders

Naturally, there’s the current event’s round of Client Orders from Xie, I don’t need to mention them. However you may or may not be aware that there are other Client Orders you can take on while doing the quest for some additional exp. Note this will only list EXP rewards, not any Meseta or item rewards.

Information on Xie’s Client Orders, the PS:Vita exclusive Toro and Kuro Client Orders and other information relevant to the ARKS Unity Festval can be found on Bumped here.

Note that anything requiring Lv60+ enemies can only be completed on the Super Hard version of the quest.

Daily Cooldown:

Hans

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  • 徘徊する海王種 / Prowling Oceanids
    Defeat 60 x lv50+ Oceanids in the Coast field.
    12,500 Exp
  • 海岸の新たな試練 / New Coastal Trial
    Defeat 70 x lv61+ Oceanids in the Coast field.
    29,500 Exp
  • 甲殻を持つ三つ首 / Three-Headed Shells
    Defeat 3 x Lv60+ Vid Gilos.
    13,500 Exp
  • 砂塵を巻く鋼の狩人 / Steel Hunters
    Defeat 5 x Lv50+ Dingales.
    12,000 Exp
  • 闊歩する人形機甲 / Swaggering Puppets
    Defeat 5 x Lv21+ Gilnas.
    8000 Exp
  • 人形の繰り手 / Wind-up Puppets
    Defeat 3 x Lv21+ Gilnas Cores.
    6000 Exp
  • 強鋏の海獣 / Marine Pincers
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Biol Meduna.
    14,500 Exp
  • 漆黒の鋏獣 / Jet Black Scissors
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Gwanahda.
    30,000 Exp.
  • 牙をむく原生 / Snarling Natives
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Rockbear.
    30,000 Exp.
  • 暴威をまとう海の王 / Tyrants of the Sea
    Defeat 2 x Lv50+ Org Blan.
    13,000 Exp
  • 飛来せし鉄の巨影 / Flying Metal Shadows
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Varder Soma.
    13,500 Exp
  • 変幻自在の巨大機甲 / Phantasmagoric Titans
    Defeat 2x Lv21+ Tranmizers.
    10,000 Exp

Uncommon: These Client Orders, in my experience, involve less commonly encountered monsters during the quest so are less reliable to complete.

  • そびえ立つ黒き巨体 /  A Towering Dark Figure
    Defeat 10 x Lv47+ Kuklonahda
    9500 Exp
  • 火弾を放つ黒甲 / Black Shells and Fire
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Zeshrayda.
    13,500 Exp
  • 氷息を吐く雌雄爪獣 / Ice-Breathing Pair
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Snow Banther and Snow Banshee.
    36,000 Exp.
  • 破壊をもたらす黒曜 / The Bearer of Destruction
    Defeat 2 x Lv50+ Wolgahda.
    11,000 Exp
  • 森林を駆る雌雄爪獣 / Forest Claws
    Defeat 1x Fang Banther and Fang Banshee.
    16,000 Exp

Note: Hans’ other kill orders that require monsters of a given type are all bound to their respective fields, so they won’t count here.

Ravelle

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  • ブラッディ・スカフォード・Ⅴ / Bloody Scaffolds V
    Defeat 5 x Lv50+ Predicahda.
    8000 Exp.
  • マイルドマイルド・マーダー・Ⅲ/ Mild, Mild Murder III
    Defeat 2 x Lv34+ El Dagan.
    7000 Exp.
  • イレイザー・レポート・Ⅰ / Eraser Report I
    Defeat 20 x Lv50+ Strahda.
    7300 Exp.
  • イレイザー・レポート・Ⅱ/ Eraser Report II
    Defeat 20 x Lv50+ Tyraluda.
    8000 Exp.
  • イレイザー・レポート・Ⅲ/ Eraser Report III
    Defeat 5 x Lv50+ Blundarl.
    8500 Exp.
  • イレイザー・レポート・Ⅳ/ Eraser Report IV
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Luda Sorceror.
    9,000 Exp.
  • ファナティック・キリング・Ⅰ/ Fanatic Killing I
    Defeat 15 x Lv60+ Dolluahda.
    9,000 Exp.
  • ファナティック・キリング・Ⅱ/ Fanatic Killing II
    Defeat 10 x Lv60+ Solda Kapita, 10 x Lv60+ Gul Solda and 10 x Lv60+ Due Solda.
    9,500 Exp.
  • イレイザー・レポート・Ⅴ/ Eraser Report V
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Bleu Ringahda.
    12,500 Exp.
  • エクスタミネート・ジャーニー・Ⅱ/ Extermination Journey II
    Defeat 3 x Lv60+ El Ahda and 1 x Lv60+ Gwanahda
    8,000 Exp.
  • ファナティック・キリング・Ⅲ/ Fanatic Killing III
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Decol Malluda.
    12,000 Exp

Lottie

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  • 強力な侵食核!?/ Powerful Corruption!?
    Defeat 1 x boosted Lv60+ enemy (any) in the Coast field.
    14,000 Exp

Uncommon: Blumegalla is kind of uncommon in this quest I’ve found. So you’re gonna end up having to encounter a boosted variant of an uncommon creature in order to complete the following order.

  • 海岸のブーストエネミー・Ⅰ/ Coast Boosted Enemy I
    Defeat 1 x boosted Lv50+ Blumegalla in the Coast field.
    5,000 Exp

Rubert

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  • ヴァーダーソーマの部位破壊を!/ Varder Soma Parts Destruction!
    Defeat 1 x Lv51+ Varder Soma after destroying tne main cannon.
    9,000 Exp
  • ブリュー・リンガーダの弱点は!?/ Breu Ringahda’s Weakness!?
    Defeat 1 x Lv51+ Bleu Ringahda via its core.
    18,000 Exp.
  • ヴィド・ギロスの部位破壊を!/ Destroy the Vid Gilos Parts!
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Vid Gilos after destroying its middle head.
    11,000 Exp.
  • ビオル・メデューナの部位破壊を!/ Destroy the Biol Meduna Parts!
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Biol Meduna after breaking its tail.
    13,000 Exp.
  • ソルダ・カピタの弱点は!?/ Solda Kapita’s Weakness!?
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Solda Kapita via its core.
    11,000 Exp.
  • グル・ソルダの弱点は!?/ Gul Solda’s Weakness!?
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Gu Solda via its core.
    11,000 Exp.
  • デコル・マリューダの弱点は!? / Decol Malluda’s Weakness!?
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Decol Malluda via any of its red cores.
    13,000 Exp

Weekly Cooldown:

Girard.

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  • ラッピーなる希少種 / Rare Rappy Species
    Defeat 1 x Lv21+ Rappy.
    10,000 Exp.
  • 頑強なるミ・ミクダ / The Tenacious Mi Micda
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Mi Micda.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 砂に隠れし希少の機甲 / Rare Desert Mechs
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Dinga Polce.
    26,000 Exp
  • 岩石由来の希少種 / Rare Rock Species
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Rogbelt.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 黒砂の希少種 / Rare Black Sand Species
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Gwanahda Nero.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 特異なる変形機甲 / The Unique Transformer
    Defeat 1x Lv41+ Tranzexia.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 海岸を闊歩する希少種 / Rare Coastal Swagger
    Defeat 1x Lv50+ Org Keratos.
    20,000 Exp
  • 海底にうごめく希少種 / Rare Seabed Squirmers
    Defeat 1x Lv60+ Magisa Meduna.
    33,000 Exp
  • 海底に立錐する希少種/ Rare Seabed Drillers
    Defeat 1x Lv60+ Nove Malidarl.
    32,000 Exp
  • 希少なる巨大鉄騎 / Rare Metal Craft
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Embryo Varder.
    30,000 Exp.
  • 舞い踊る鮮血の希少種 / Rare Blood-Dancer
    Defeat 1 x Lv50+ Nove Ringadarl.
    36,000 Exp.

Uncommon: The following orders are concerned with rare variants of monsters whose common version doesn’t appear commonly in the quest.

  • 疾走する蒼き希少種 / Sprinting Mech
    Defeat 1x Lv41+ Signo Blue.
    20,000 Exp
  • 水面を彩る花の希少種 / Colorful Rare Flower
    Defeat 1 x Lv60+ Fjorgalla.
    20,000 Exp.
  • おおきなはなの希少種 / Rare Flower Species
    Defeat 1x Lv41+ Dal Malri.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 雪と舞う一対の希少種 / The Pair Dancing in the Snow
    Defeat 1x Lv41+ Batha Oran and Bantha Elena.
    20,000 Exp
  • 森を駆ける一対の希少種 / Pair Running Through the Forest
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Bantha Ong and Bantha Donna.
    20,000 Exp
  • 希少なる巨大ダーカー / Rare Gigantic Darker
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Dark Agrani.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 悪意の大型希少種 / Giant Evil Rare Creature
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Alonagahda.
    20,000 Exp.
  • 紅き甲羅に包まれし希少種 / Darkers on a Rare Shell
    Defeat 1 x Lv41+ Rigshrayda
    20,000 Exp.

Those I’ve not listed are either so unreliable to complete in the quest that I’ve chosen not to list them or perhaps I’ve just plain forgotten them. if you think it might be the latter, let me know. Hope this list is of some help.