Wings Over Atreia: Ode to 3.0
*cue pitch pipe*
Twinkle, twinkle, tiny patch,
How I wonder in which you’re at?
In the East they perform with ease,
In the West you are just a tease!
Twinkle, twinkle, three point oh,
Hurry please I want you so!
Twinkle, twinkle, tiny patch,
I’ve tried to be patient. I genuinely have. I even avoided any wayward glances at Aion’s Korean patch notes (translated, of program) for three.. That way, I could have my excitement a little greater. I suggest, we already know I am dying for housing, and I also know mounts are involved. But there is usually so a lot a lot more, and I was attempting to make the wait far more bearable. I stood firm in my resolve.
Then I broke down. I peeked. And oh how the many-tendriled beast of anticipation took hold of me as soon as yet again! Of program there is often the requisite “fixed this bug” and “changed that appearance” filler, but when mining deeper, you also discover some definite valuable nuggets. Aion’s up coming patch has some “how cool,” some “oh wow, that’s really unexpected,” and some “about time!” thrown in as nicely. From new zones to new cases to new features, there is plenty coming our way. Don’t want to tax your scroll wheel and sift by means of the entire patch notes your self? Wings More than Atreia delves in to uncover some of the most tantalizing treasures for you.
So what is going to make the cut for our tiny three. roundup? Naturally, there is no achievable way to report on all the extra attributes and fixes (and we are really grateful that the list is not so small that it could match in one week’s article!). We will in fact hold off on discussing some of the new goodies like housing in favor of providing display time to the new lands, new instances, surprising new capabilities, and a couple of of the interesting tiny adjustments that Daevas can expect when the patch is finally released.
This land is your land, this land is my land...
For all the Daevas who suffer from the been-there-carried out-that doldrums, Atreia will be expanding with two completely new zones. The previously undiscovered lands of Sarpan and Tiamaranta will be opened to each dark- and light-winged folk. Each zone, of course, comes with new quests as nicely as new bosses for your loot-hoarding wants. As with the last major land expansion, Assault on Balaurea, only the highest-degree Deavas will be ready to access the new lands.
Sarpan’s story mirrors that of Balaurea as a whole. The Cataclysm stranded Daevas and humans, cutting them off from everyone else. Here, they lived in hiding as refugees till “a potent mysterious figure” (Kahrun) came into the image and led the Reians to victory above the Balaur and drove them out of the land. But do not be fooled into pondering the lands are safe lots of dangers nevertheless plague the area.
Tiamaranta has the auspicious privilege of becoming the stronghold of Dragon Lord Tiamat. Apparently, as excellent lord dragons are wont to do, he did not think just any land would do, so he manipulated reality in various components of that region to make certain lands to individually tailor the land and make him much more strong (I guess modifying the thermostat wasn’t enough). The region consists of the Lands of Petrification, Gravity, Rift, and Anger, with a giant castle referred to as Eye of Tiamat in the center of all 4. It is inside two regions of this area — the Eye of Tiamat and the Balaur Legion Garrison — that Asmodians and Elyos can fight against every single other.
Wait, did I just say that there were only two places in only a single of the regions exactly where factions can PvP one particular one more? Yes, yes I did. And I am not creating that up! *insert preferred acronyms here* But prior to your thoughts blows a fuse and the smoke alarm goes off, verify out what is becoming added along with this new set-up.
Bring it on!
Probably the a single item that produced me do a double (and then a triple) take is the addition of consensual dueling between factions. Honestly, I uncover this to be an amazing addition! Even better, the new lands will not be the only location that consensual PvP is practiced as NCsoft is adding neutral areas to currently existing lands as effectively. How several occasions have Daevas wondered just who would truly come out on top rated in single combat? This was by no means really achievable simply because even if the two contestants have been fighting, anybody walking by could hop in and skew the final results. What a great opportunity for Asmodians and Elyos alike to put their money exactly where their mouths are, to place up or shut up in the land of bragging rights.
There are a handful of restrictions. Daevas will not be able to trade with, use the private shop of, group with, or stick to enemy players. My question, nonetheless, is a resounding “WHAT ABOUT CHAT?!” Roleplayers can swoon with delight about the opportunity to truly interact with the opposing faction for much more in-depth story lines, particularly if they allow chat among the two races. And anybody who has close friends on the opposing side can catch a break and truly hang out with them a bit with no finding ganked by passersby.
Level up, level up!
Of program, anytime a significant expansion with new lands comes out, we get the resulting improve in the degree cap. Daevas who felt stagnant at degree 55 can now soar on up to degree 60. And with this enhance comes a lot of related modifications, which includes far more gear, new skills, and other sundry stuff for these who move on up the degree ladder. Without having going into as well much detail about the additional degree-connected stuff (’cause giving each class equal due would just exhaust my word count), there is a single definite adjust that Daevas need to have to anticipate: The high-finish level 60 PvP gear can only be worn by Daevas who are ranked one or greater. This implies no much more fighting the very best-geared PvP people only to get no AP reward since they are all of the lowest AP ranks. I think this is a wonderful way to inspire higher-ranked Daevas to venture out of their security zones and take dangers to continue to participate in PvP.
Doin’ the dungeon crawl
More than the last couple of weeks we have targeted on methods to get your dungeon crawl on. Aion obliges individuals who want to knowledge some PvE one-stop loot shops by announcing six new circumstances. Now personally, I study more than the notes and only count 5 revealed, so unless they are counting Landis Forest/Dorgal Manor as two separate situations (even though they share the exact same description), we could have an undisclosed dungeon yet. Sadly, I’m betting on the former. Of course, each and every boasts new loot drops and new boss mobs to vanquish in order to obtain stated loot.
Tahmes: A six-Daeva dungeon open to all Daevas level 56-60, Tahmes delivers a quick cooldown of only six hrs. Each races enter this dungeon from Sarpan with out any entrance quest. Ever feel that only Daevas fight against Tiamat? This dungeon is actually the prison of the dragon Raksha and his rebels who opposed the Dragon Lord. I swear Aion is still teasing me about the possibility of grouping together with the opposing faction, as the wording of “the Reians are asking for aid from each the Elyos and the Asmodians, in order to cease the dragon’s resurrection” could imply just that. I know, I know — it really is never going to happen.
Rentus Base: Capitalizing on the no-entry-quest notion of the the previous dungeon, RB (Okay, I am generating that moniker up, but it holds to tradition), the only other single-group dungeon to be added, sends Daevas levels 58 by means of 60 into a great secret fortress that was built to launch a counterattack but instead fell to the forces of Tiamat thanks to some treachery on the part of the leader of counterattack.
Landis Forest/Dorgal Manor: A double-group dungeon, LF/DM pits twelve Daevas against special spirits and an evil Draken sorcerer who is experimenting with and attempting to harness the spirits’ power. To delve into this new lore, Daevas ought to be level 58-60.
Aturam Sky Fortress: Groups did not get all the lovin’ in 3. this fortress adds an additional dungeon to the solo cases collection. Not only that, but it is the only dungeon readily available immediately to Daevas when 3. releases, as the minimum degree requirement is only 55. Once more, there is no entrance quest (notice a trend right here?), but the only way to reach the last boss is by initial finishing the quests provided by the NPC Hariken.
Sand Lord’s Lair: Of all the new dungeons, this one particular located in Sarpan boasts the largest Daeva count: 24. Daevas do not require to full any type of entry quest, but they must be in between the levels of 57 and 60. Here, your alliance gets the chance to encounter intelligent mutant sand bugs that ate their final opponents and absorbed their consciousness, memories, and language!
New dungeons aren’t the only items getting attention substantial alterations are coming to existing circumstances Steel Rake and Beshmundir Temple. A solo portion (mid-degree only) is being introduced in SR, and in Besh, the adds that surround Dorakiki the Bold are staying eliminated. That implies no one particular has to forfeit her DP as the sacrificial puller anymore!
Despite the fact that I haven’t left significantly space for a lot of other golden nuggets of information, there are two that I just cannot wait to share. There is no want to dress the initial little tidbit up, so let’s just quote the patch notes right: “Players can now use ‘Remove Shock I’ even when silenced.” Booyah! This is a single of the number of modifications that I think all victims will herald with ticker-tape.
And despite the fact that I genuinely can’t give equal time to all classes and skills, I did squeal happily at this next tiny reveal (properly, I am an Assassin after all!). 3 of the Sin’s capabilities will be usable even though moving: Assassination I ~ III Agonizing Slash I ~ IV and Agony Rune I ~ II. When your lifestyle depends on speedy strikes and dodging, this tends to make full sense.
Regrettably, that about wraps up our accessible time and area this week. Nonetheless, there genuinely are so several far more juicy morsels of expansion goodness to share, such as XP, mounts, and PvP. So tune in following time when we will uncover — and possibly even drool on — more of the upcoming 3. goodies.
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