fifa15guide – 2nd Anniversary Item & Systems Changes

The 2nd anniversary event isn’t just about a party, there are also great changes coming to Blade & Soul!

The 2nd anniversary event isn’t just about a party, there are also great item and systems changes coming to Blade & Soul! In addition to the changes below, you’ll be able to purchase Obsidian Gems for Solar Energy in the Dragon Express, we’ve increased the drop rate of Transcendence Engines in Irontech Forge, and overall are reducing Baleful/Seraph weapon upgrade costs by reducing the amount of Transformation Stones needed (for Stage 6-7) and removing the need for Premium Transformation Stones but offsetting by increasing the amount of standard Transformation Stones needed (for Stage 8-12).

As always you’ll want to check out the full patch notes when the update is released.

Daily Challenge Quest Choices

You can now choose from 9 quests to complete for the Daily Challenge. You can complete any 3 to earn the Daily Challenge Reward.

3v3 Tag Match Rating Changes

In this update we’re changing the 3v3 Tag Match team ratings to better account for differences in the individual player ratings, and end matches with a more representative win/loss change. We’ll be continuing to monitor ratings changes and appreciate your feedback on how we could do more to create competition that is fair and balanced.

Draken Legendary Accessory Upgrades

Draken Legendary accessory tokens (Lord of the Flame’s Horns, Zakhan’s Claw, Acrimor’s Wing, and Hand of Xanos) are being removed, and can be exchanged via the Antiques UI to a new item: Draken Core. You can then use 200 Draken Cores to purchase a Stage 1 Oath Necklace, Destiny Ring, Eternity Belt, Divine Dragon Bracelet Chest, or Tiger Bracelet Chest from the Dragon Express. Places you normally would have received the Draken Legendary accessory tokens will be replaced with Draken Core.

In addition, Stage 10 Legendary Accessories can now be salvaged to receive a Red Dragon Crux or Blue Dragon Crux. A Dragon Crux can be used to upgrade the seed item for the next generation of Legendary Accessory to Stage 1, greatly reducing the overall cost. This change allows you to recuperate some of the resources you’ve put into a Legendary Accessory, and applying it toward the next generation.

Legendary Jewel/Element Alternate Cost

In addition to the existing 20 Gold option, you’ll be able to purchase a Legendary Jewel or Legendary Element from the Dragon Express for 10 Gold, 30 Soulstone Crystals, and 15 Sacred Crystals.

Crafting System Update

This update will also reduce crafting costs across multiple Guilds—such as reduced costs for Brilliant Keys, Void Fragments and Ascendance Stones, and Silver Cauldron’s tradable potion chests—as well as providing Guild Supplies when crafting Normal recipes, and a random amount of Lucky Guild Boxes when crafting Trade or Masterwork recipes. New recipes are also being added; including new Earthseer charms, Forgekeeper Phantom Weapon Chests, Acquired Taste Meat Dumplings, and more.


Stay tuned for the full patch notes for all the specific changes.

Customize Select Cosmetics in the Tailor Shop –

Create your own look with an array of colors and patterns to choose from.

Blade & Soul’s 2nd Anniversary update introduces a new system that allows you to tailor the look of select costumes and adornments to fit your own personal style. 

Flaunt Your Style

Choose a new color and pattern on some of your favorite cosmetics to create a whole new look that will make you stand out from the crowd. Cosmetics that are customizable will have a costume symbol on the top left corner of their item icon.

To begin designing the new look of your garment, press CTRL + C or left click on an eligible cosmetic from your inventory and select the Tailor Shop option to enter the Tailor Shop. From this screen, you’ll be able to preview all the cosmetics that can be customized, with more to come as they are developed for this new feature.

Select a cosmetic that you own and change the color and pattern to your heart’s content – even hair color is customizable on head adornments! Once you have your design made to your liking, you’ll be able to finalize the changes with gold and Chromatic Thread that can be found in the Hongmoon Store for 40 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin.

Tailoring your Cosmetics

A cosmetic will require an unlocking fee of Chromatic Thread in order for it to become a Custom garment. Costumes will require 10 Chromatic Threads and adornments will require 3 Chromatic Threads. Once the cosmetic has become Custom, the costume symbol will illuminate, indicating that it’s ready to be designed. This process can occur prior to designing your new look by left clicking the item and selecting Tailoring or at the end of the design process.

Keep in mind that once a cosmetic has been altered into a custom piece, it can no longer be traded, regardless of its properties before customization. If later down the road you’d like to change the look again, you’ll only have to pay the fee of 1 gold and 1 Chromatic Thread for each section changed; and if you’d like to have the original outfit back, you can revert it back for 20 gold.

Fashionistas Around the Earthen Realm

If you’d like to try out the new system but don’t have the cosmetic you want, don’t worry! The clothing merchants located throughout the Earthen Realm will be able to assist you. They have a selection of some of the customizable clothing in their wares to trade with for Chromatic Thread – including the snuggly Dreamland set.

fifa15guide – Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest & Emerald Gem Package Now Available

The Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest and Emerald Gem Package are available until February 7.

It’s Blade and Soul’s 2nd Anniversary! To go along with the celebration, you’ll be able to purchase the new Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest for a chance at new costumes—including the Silver Saberfang set—as well as some previous ones you may have missed. Also available starting today is the Emerald Gem Package, which is similar to the previous Amber bundle, and offers a Hexagonal Emerald and other goodies.

Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest

Available January 17 – February 7 in the Featured Tab
Price: 139 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin

The Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest is pouncing its way onto the Hongmoon Store. You’ll be able to pick up the chest for 139 NCoin/Hongmoon Coin, as well as a bundle of 10 chests for 1,251 NCoin (Save 10%). The Silver Saberfang is a new premium costume set that offers matching weapon skins, accessories, and pet! Wearing all pieces of the outfit will grant you a new special emote called (appropriately) Prowl.

The Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest works very similar to the Rosethorn Chest. When opening chests you’ll receive a random costume, and if you don’t like what you received, or already own it, you’ll be able to salvage it for Silver Saberfang Claws that you can spend in the Dragon Express. Be sure to check the tooltip on the costume before you salvage it, because different costumes give different amounts of Silver Saberfang Claws. Once you’ve accumulated enough Claws, you’ll be able to use them to purchase various costumes from the Dragon Express—including the Silver Saberfang costume itself.

The Silver Saberfang Outfit Chest has a chance to contain:

  • Silver Saberfang Costume
  • Lights Out
  • Silver Saberfang Kitten (Familiar Outfit)
  • Silver Saberfang Pet
  • Boss Mode
  • Ascension
  • Commitment
  • Resilience
  • Pink Velvet
  • Mercy
  • Savannah
  • Business Casual
  • Soulmate
  • Light Specter
  • Dark Specter

Items can be purchased from Dragon Express using Silver Saberfang Claws. Below is a list of the items that can be purchased, and how many Claws they require.

Dragon Express


Silver Saberfang Claws

Silver Saberfang


Silver Saberfang Hairband


Silver Saberfang Mask


Silver Saberfang Wings


Silver Saberfang Illusion Weapon


Silver Saberfang Kitten


Silver Saberfang Kitten Hairband


Silver Saberfang Kitten Wings


Lights Out


Lights Out Hair


Lights Out Mask


Boss Mode


Boss Mode Duster


Boss Mode Shades






Ascension Head Adornment (Male)


Ascension Head Adornment (Female)




Resilience Head Adornment





Emerald Gem Package

Available January 17 – February 7 in the Featured Tab
Price: 1,000 NCoin

The Emerald Gem Package will be available for sale starting January 17 for 1,000 NCoin. This bundle contains the new Viridian valuable, the new great big green—the Emerald gem—along with other items you’ll probably find useful too. This bundle is purchasable up to nine times, and the Hexagonal Emerald is also available in the Dragon Express for 120 Solar Energy.



Hongmoon Hexagonal Emerald


Hongmoon Gem Fragment


Sealed Legendary Gem Hammer


Clarity Charm



Grab the Silver Saberfang costume to prowl around in, and the Emerald Gem Package before they leave the Hongmoon Store on February 7!

Premium Membership Revamp Now Live on fifa15guide

We’ve overhauled the Premium Membership system with better rewards.

The new Premium Membership system is now available! Our overall goals with the revamp were to remove complexity, improve the overall baseline rewards, and ensure that they all feel like strong bonuses to gameplay—not blockers to enjoying the game if you don’t have Premium.

We’re also giving everyone a chance to try out the new system with 7 days of FREE Premium Membership time from the 2nd Anniversary Festival Gift, available for free from the Hongmoon Store. Head over to the 2nd Anniversary Festival Overview article for more info.

You’ll of course want to head over to the new Premium Membership page for an overview of the new system, but below we’ll cover a few of the highlights.


Goodbye Premium Ranks

The Premium Rank and Point system is gone, and instead when you’re a Premium Member you’ll get all the same great benefits as if you were at the maximum tier of the previous system. No additional purchases are required—all the maximum bonuses are baseline now.

For those of you who ranked up your Premium Tiers, you’ve been provided additional days of free Premium Membership based on the below table.

Rank Achieved

Free Premium Days





















Goodbye Chi Recovery Benefit

Having Premium for the improved Chi recovery rate really didn’t make much of a difference, so it was already on the chopping block, but when reviewing our goals of how we’re revamping the system it was further cemented that this was something that didn’t belong in Premium.

This is one of two bonuses we’ve removed from the system, everything else is otherwise an addition or improvement.

Showroom for Everyone

The second bonus we’ve removed is the Showroom (previously called the Wardrobe). This is now a baseline feature available to all players. We want those who have Premium to enjoy the benefits it provides because it adds to the game experience, and not because they feel forced to have it to be able to do basic things like manage their inventory space.

Earn Hongmoon Coin

With Premium Membership you’ll now earn 15 Hongmoon Coins every day just for logging in. There’s a little bit of “vacation protection” built in too, and you can accrue up to 45 Hongmoon Coins (three days’ worth) before needing to log in and collect it—any accrued Hongmoon Coin will need to be picked up within 30 days or it’ll reset the next time you log in.

Daily Premium Cache

Every day Premium Members will be able to purchase a chest from the Hongmoon Store for 30 Hongmoon Coins. It’ll always contain Fortune Potions, a Rare Element, Solar Energy, and Excellent Hongmoon XP Charm; as well as a chance at some rarer items, like a Sacred Oil, Gem Powder, or Legendary Jewel—or just a big sack of gold.


We hope you enjoy these improvements to the Premium Membership system! Head on over to the new Premium Membership page to see all the benefits, and the FAQ.

2nd Anniversary Festival Now Live on fifa15guide

The celebration arrives January 17.

2nd Anniversary Festival Gift

Event: January 17 – February 7

It’s our anniversary, but we got you a present! The NCSOFT West-designed Shadowrunner costume is finally finished, and (spoilers) you’re getting it for free! Collect your free 2nd Anniversary Gift bundle (limited to one per account), by visiting the Featured tab in the Hongmoon Store. The 2nd Anniversary Festival Gift will bestow upon you:

  • 2x – 2nd Anniversary Coins
  • 22x – 2nd Anniversary Cupcakes
  • 22 – 2nd Anniversary Fireworks
  • 7 Days of Premium Membership
  • Shadowrunner costume & Weapon Skin Chest


Mythical Music Event

Event: January 17 – February 7
Redemption Period: January 17 – March 21

What’s a celebration without music? This 2nd Anniversary Festival invites you and your friends to go full audiophile and collect Music Box Cylinders to keep those beats thumping. Complete the Daily Challenge to receive a Music Box Cylinder, which can be turned in once per day to Celesta in Jadestone Village for a Completed Music Box. Open a Completed Music Box and you’ll receive some guaranteed rewards like the 2nd Anniversary Coin, as well as a shot at rarer materials like Moonstone Crystals, a Sacred Crystal Bundle, Elysian Crystals, and more.

Take your 2nd Anniversary Coins and head to the Dragon Express to purchase the limited-time Purity costume, 2nd Anniversary Cake Hat, and Candle Glasses available through the Redemption Period.

Purity & Anniversary Adornments


Realmrift Supply Chain

Event: January 17 – February 7
Redemption Period: January 17 – March 21

Relive Blade & Soul’s launch by returning to a challenging limited-time special event version of Blackram Supply Chain. Characters over level 50 can enter an updated version of this classic, and collect special daily rewards. This isn’t going to be as easy as other event dungeons, so be sure to come prepared.

Complete the prerequisite letter quest “A Letter from Nowhere” to gain access to a Daily Quest, that once completed will provide a Corsair’s Gift Box. Open the gift box for guaranteed and rare rewards, including the Corsair’s Comb—a currency that can be spent in the Dragon Express during the Redemption Period to obtain a number of cosmetic rewards.

  • Pirate Princess
  • Gangplank Style
  • Custom Gangplank Style
  • Red Gangplank Style
  • Poharan’s Eyepatch
  • Blackram Officer Uniform

The dynamic quest “The Other Poharan” also provides a Corsair’s Comb and 3 Fortune Potions each time, so that’s a good way to subsidize your Daily Quest gains. Also keep a lookout for the special Realmrift Supply Chain Soul Shield Chest which drops from each of the dungeon’s bosses, and contains a Sacred Longgui, Raven, or Beluga Soul Shield when opened.

Prefer to spend your time on progressing your character and not collecting costumes? Throughout the Redemption Period you’ll also gain access to special event Transmutation recipes. Make a Premier Hongmoon XP Charm by Transmuting 50 Corsair’s Combs, a Special Hongmoon XP Charm, and 20 gold. You can also make a Pentagonal Obsidian with a Special Square Obsidian of the corresponding element, 60 Corsair’s Combs, and 20 gold.

Merchant of Wonders

As we said before, the Realmrift Supply Chain is a challenging event dungeon, and so for completing it we’ve sweetened the pot a bit. When completing Realmrift Supply Chain, there’s a 100% chance to encounter the Merchant of Wonders, who will offer you a chance at everything available through the event, and more. Be sure to stick around and check out what he has to offer after each run.


Systems & Items

The update brings a number of bigger systems changes, and we’ve taken a quick look at a few of the more impactful ones in this overview.

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Tailor Shop Customization System

The hotly anticipated costume customization system arrives with this update, allowing you to alter the materials and color of select costumes.

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Premium Membership Update

We’ve overhauled the Premium Membership program by reducing complexity and improving the bonuses. There’s never been a better time to bump your Blade & Soul experience up to the next level.

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Silver Saberfang Chest

The Silver Saberfang Chest has arrived, and brings the ability to obtain a number of impressive costumes—the ultimate being the Silver Saberfang set itself, of course.

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2nd Anniversary 4.1 Patch Notes


  • Mythical Music Event
    • The Mythical Music Event is available from January 17 through February 7.
    • Complete the Daily Challenge to receive a Music Box Cylinder, then head to Celesta in Jadestone Village to redeem it for a Completed Music Box.
    • Open the Completed Music Box to receive 2nd Anniversary Coin event tokens and consumables, as well as a chance at additional upgrade materials.
    • Redeem 2nd Anniversary Coin via the Special tab in Dragon Express for rewards, including but not limited to:
      • Purity outfit
      • 2nd Anniversary Cake Hat
      • Candle Glasses
  • 2nd Anniversary Gift
    • Head to the Hongmoon Store to receive a free 2nd Anniversary Gift! Limit one per account. The gift contains the exclusive NCW-designed Shadowrunner outfit and more:
      • 2nd Anniversary Coin x2
      • 2nd Anniversary Cupcake x22
      • 2nd Anniversary Fireworks x22
      • Shadowrunner Outfit x1
      • Shadowrunner Weapon Skin Chest x1
    • Furthermore, equipping the Shadowrunner Outfit will grant you the Shadow Warrior title!
  • Realmrift Supply Chain
    • Level 50+ characters can return to face familiar foes such as Slashimi and Vice Admiral Poharan in Realmrift Supply Chain! Realmrift Supply Chain is only available via Cross-Server Dungeon (F8) and has no lockout.
    • Open your Quest Journal (J) to receive the “A Letter from Nowhere” quest. Complete the quest to access the “A Rift in the Supply Chain” daily quest and the dungeon.
    • Complete the daily quest to receive a Corsair’s Gift Box which contains Corsair’s Comb event tokens and consumables with a chance at additional upgrade materials. The dungeon dynamic quest also rewards 1 Corsair’s Comb.
    • Each boss drops a Realmrift Supply Chain Soul Shield Chest which provides a Sacred Longgui, Raven, or Beluga Soul Shield when opened.
    • Chef Tae Jangum and Vice Admiral Poharan have a very low chance to drop Tae Jangum Pet and Poharan Pet, respectively.
    • Redeem Corsair’s Comb via the Special tab in Dragon Express for cosmetic rewards and upgrade materials, including all three colors of Gangplank Style Hair!
    • During the event and redemption period, you can transmute Special Hongmoon XP Charm, 50 Corsair’s Combs, and 20 Gold for Premier Hongmoon XP Charm.
    • During the event and redemption period, you can transmute 1 Square Obsidian, 60 Corsair’s Combs, and 20 Gold for Pentagonal Obsidian of the same element.
    • Defeat Vice Admiral Poharan in Realmrift Supply Chain to receive a visit from the Merchant of Wonders, who will offer a chance to purchase all available rewards from the event and more!


  • You can now store Heroic Weapons obtained from dungeons in the Weapon tab of the Showroom
  • You can now choose from 9 quests to complete for Daily Challenge. You can complete any 3 to earn the Daily Challenge Reward.
  • The calculation for rating in 3v3 Tag Match has been modified for more consistent gains and losses.
  • The Daily Challenge Reward Chest now includes a Heroic Friendship Charm and has a chance to drop White Orb.
  • Raven King’s Ferocity/Energy/Animus no longer drop from Generals Moyun and Shuna in Skybreak Spire. New tradable items Sealed Raven King’s Ferocity/Energy/Animus now drop from the Raven King in Skybreak Spire.
  • Increased the drop rate of Transcendence Engine in Irontech Forge
  • The Nirvana outfit is now available from Tower Trader NPC Kangcha in Mushin’s Tower for 20 Yunsang Prayer Beads.
  • The minimum quantity of gold that can be listed in the Currency Exchange has been increased to 10, up from 1.
  • Upgrade and Fortune Charms are being removed and can be exchanged via the Antiques menu.


  • Lord of the Flame’s Horns, Zakhan’s Claw, Acrimor’s Wing, and Hand of Xanos will no longer be available and can be exchanged via the Antiques window for a new item, Draken Core. Dungeons that previously dropped these items will now drop Draken Core.
  • Demon Eye will no longer be available and can be exchanged via the Antiques window for a new item, Hellion Core.  Hellion Core is now available from Starstone Mines, Hollow’s Heart, and Ebondrake Lair.
  • Legendary Accessories can now be purchased for 200 Draken Core or 250 Hellion Core from Achievement Merchant NPC Kiyeon in Zaiwei, provided the achievement requirements are met.
  • Reduced the amount of Transformation Stones needed to upgrade from Baleful/Seraph Weapon Stage 6 to Stage 7.
  • Premium Transformation Stone is no longer needed to upgrade to Baleful/Seraph Weapon Stage 8-12 and have been replaced with increasing amounts of Transformation Stone.
  • Stage 10 and Awakened Legendary Accessories can now be salvaged to receive a Red Dragon Crux or Blue Dragon Crux.
    • Red/Blue Dragon Crux can be used to upgrade the seed item for the next generation of Legendary Accessory to Stage 1.
    • For example, you can salvage Destiny Ring – Stage 10 to receive a Red Dragon Crux which can be used to upgrade Hellion Ring to Skyshatter Ring – Stage 1 for a reduced cost. Blue Dragon Crux will be used for future generations of accessories.
  • You can now purchase Obsidian Gems and Hongmoon Hexagonal Emerald for Solar Energy in Dragon Express.

Tailor Shop

  • In addition to other methods of acquisition, players can spend Chromatic Thread to obtain customizable costumes from Clothing Merchant NPCs in-game. Chromatic Thread is now available in the Hongmoon Store.
  • Customizable costumes and adornments are designated with a special icon in the upper left.
  • Left-click a costume and click Tailor Shop to customize your costume. There is a base cost of 10 Chromatic Thread per costume and 3 per adornment. Additionally, each individual modification costs 1 Chromatic Thread and 1 Gold.
  • Once a costume has been customized, it cannot be traded, regardless of its properties before customization.
  • You are able to remove customization for 20 Gold, which will restore the item’s original properties as well.
  • Customized costumes and adornments have their own storage slot in the Showroom.


  • You will now receive Guild Supplies when crafting Normal recipes and a random amount of Lucky Guild Box when crafting Trade or Masterwork recipes.
  • Radiant Ring
    • Reduced crafting cost of Brilliant Key.
    • Reduced crafting cost including removing Hongmoon Gem Powder for Diamond Pouches below Gilded Triangular.
  • Forgekeepers
    • Reduced crafting cost of Master Field Repair Tool Box, Void Fragment, and Ascendance Stone.
    • Added Illusion Weapon Chest Recipes.
  • Soul Wardens
    • Reduced crafting cost of Artisanal/Masterwork Shield Base Bundle and Sealed Soul Shield Engravings.
  • Earthseers
    • Reduced crafting cost of Revival Charm Bundle and Resuscitation Charm Bundle.
    • Add recipes for Hongmoon Focus Recovery Charm, Illusion Charm, and Champion’s Charm.
  • Acquired Taste
    • Reduced crafting cost of tradable food chests.
    • Reduced crafting cost including removing Dumplings from Masterwork Soup recipes.
    • Added Meat Dumpling, Meat Dumpling Food Chest, and Renowned Meat Dumpling Soup recipes.
  • Silver Cauldron
    • Reduced crafting cost of tradable potion chests.
    • Reduced crafting costs including removing lesser potions from Masterwork potion recipes.
    • Added Frenzy Potion Masterwork recipe.

Warmane Legion Black Temple Entrance

The Black Temple will be the fortress-citadel of Illidan Stormrage, Lord of Outland. It was when generally known as the Temple of Karabor, and has changed hands quite a few instances over the generations.

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It can be a level 70 raid instance in Outland, containing tier 6 drops and also the Twin Blades of Azzinoth. The entrance for the Black Temple does not appear to be its most important gates, but rather an instance portal set within a breach inside the southern battlement, beneath the ruins of Karabor[71.0, 46.3]. It no longer has a necessary attunement.

Although the attunement is no longer expected to get entrance to the Temple, you could nonetheless complete it. Beneath is usually a short guide on the best way to.

First, you may have to complete Akama’s Guarantee. Then players adventuring inside the Serpentshrine Cavern will have access to a quest from a Broken NPC namedSeer Olum in Fathom-Lord Karathress’s room (the quest is entitled The secret Compromised). After delivering a message to Akama, he informs Illidan of Kael’thas’ treachery in an effort to attempt to prove his loyalty (Illidan believes him, but continues to be suspicious). You’ll then must slay Al’ar within the Eye of Tempest Retain so that Akama can convince Illidan he is nevertheless loyal.

The subsequent part of the attunement involves killing Rage Winterchill, a lich boss, which is also the first boss within the Battle of Mount Hyjal instance. Right after this that you are sent to Xi’ri outdoors the gates of Black Temple. You need to slay the demonic Illidari forces outdoors the Temple so as to deliver a distraction for Akama andMaiev to slip into the Temple undetected. Just after that Xi’ri rewards you with the[Medallion of Karabor].

The Black Temple would be the fortress-citadel of Illidan Stormrage, Lord of Outland. It consists of tier 6 set pieces too as many notable products, which includes The Twin Blades of Azzinoth. It’s also identified for giving reputation for Ashtongue Deathsworn, very easily earned by way of clearing the raid a number of times.

Like several TBC instances, Black Temple made use of to require attunement. This earned players the title of <Name>, Hand of A’dal which is no longer obtainable, even though the questline nevertheless exists.
Optional Attunement
Complete the Tablets of Baa’ri (Aldor / Scryers) quest line which can be a fairly lengthy questline in Shadowmoon Valley which also requires you to locate an NPC in Tempest Maintain: The Arcatraz.
Venture into Serpentshrine Cavern and speak to Seer Olum who is positioned in Fathom-Lord Karathress’s space and accept The key Compromised. You have to kill Fathom-Lord Karathress for him to come out.
Return to Akama in Shadowmoon Valley.
Comprehensive Ruse in the Ashtongue by killing Al’ar in Tempest Retain: The Eye.
Complete optional attunement for Hyjal Summit: The Vials of Eternity. This calls for players to loot vials in the end bosses in Tier 5 content: Lady Vashj and Kael’thas Sunstrider.
Enter Hyjal Summit and kill Rage Winterchill and loot Time-Phased Phylactery for An Artifact From the Past.
Turn in the linking quests to A’dal in Shattrath City then to Xi’ri outdoors the Black Temple.
Xi’ri will provide you with A Distraction for Akama which rewards you with Medallion of Karabor.
Higher Warlord Naj’entus
Shade of Akama
Teron Gorefiend
Gurtogg Bloodboil
Reliquary of Souls
Mother Shahraz
The Illidari Council
Illidan Stormrage

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crashes BlazBlue into Persona 4 Arena and more –

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle crashes BlazBlue into Persona 4 Arena and more -

Arc System Works, the Japanese face-punchers behind the BlazBlue games and the surprisingly rad-looking Dragon Ball FighterZ, are bringing yet another of their fighting games our way. They’ve confirmed a PC release for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, a tag-team fighting game which throws together characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena (Arc’s fighting game based on Atlus’s magic teen RPG), French-Bread’s Under Night In-Birth (which Arc publish on PC), and… Rooster Teeth’s web cartoon Rwby? How curious! I’m still left wishing Persona 4 would come to PC but hey, at least we finally have The Man’s approval to make Chie kick faces on PC in some form.

Cross Tag Battle will bring these four worlds together to kick the dickens out of each other. They’re tag-team battles, so pugilists will be able to swap in and out mid-fight and team up for mega-attacks. I have high hopes for big fancy combos. I’m awful at fighting games but I do like Arc’s style of face-puncher and people who know far better than me do tell me they are solid.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is coming to PC via Steam on June 5th. Arc spent a few years catching up on PC, bringing old games over late, but this is due on the same day as consoles.

“That’s all good and well,” you may ask, “but can I buy DLC?” Oh buddy, you can DLC your face off. The game will launch with twenty characters then Arc plan to release another twenty as DLC. Good grief.

Go on Chie, give ’em a good kicking.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? –

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? -

As gaming headsets go, the Roccat Khan Pro is delightfully diddly. Normally when I put on a headset, it feels like I’m encasing my head in something akin to a bike helmet, so large and cumbersome are their various ear cups that they’d probably provide adequate protection in the event of a roadside collision.

That might be because of my apparently pea-sized head, judging by the number of adjustments I always have to make to get a good fit, but it’s a rare thing indeed when I find a headset that could almost pass for a regular pair of over-ear headphones. You know, if it didn’t have a mic poking out the side or gigantic logos emblazoned on the ear cups.

In truth, I still had to put the Khan Pro on the tightest headband setting to make it comfortable, but the actual overall footprint of the headset is blissfully small compared to something like the monstrously over-sized Corsair Void Pro RGB, meaning it takes up less room on your desk and is easier to chuck in a bag. It’s light, too, weighing just 230g.

That’s partly because it’s largely constructed from great swathes of plastic, but the good news is that said plastic feels pretty robust. Even its spindly microphone feels like it would survive an accidental sitting on, making you only half grimace when you find out it costs £70/$100.

Alas, despite the Khan Pro’s petite dimensions, my old pal Aching Headband reared its ugly mug once more after about 30 minutes of wear time. The faux leather ear cups were perfectly comfy both with and without my glasses on, but the rather sparse amount of padding up top meant I had to keep shifting it around to alleviate the discomfort.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? -

I also frequently couldn’t find the small volume knob on the very back of the left ear cup. I have long hair, and I usually tuck it behind my ears when wearing headphones so it doesn’t irritate me. Of course, this means it falls just in front of the volume knob to form an almost perfect curtain around it. It got easier with time, but the knob itself isn’t very big either, making it easy to miss when you’re blindly fumbling around for it.

I’m sure most of you won’t have this problem, of course, but I’m equally certain that you’d also prefer to have a decent-sized volume knob over the giant ROCCAT KHAN logo hogging the rest of the ear cup.

Fortunately, the fold-down, bendable microphone on that very same ear cup is one of the Khan Pro’s strongest features. Audio was clear and pop-free when I took it for a test-run in Audacity and I didn’t hear any signs of distortion despite many deliberate attempts to try and perforate my ear drums.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? -

Alas, the quality of the Khan Pro’s actual audio is somewhat less impressive. Now, Roccat’s marketing the Khan Pro as a headset for them there esporters, so it may be that the drivers have been tuned to function best in rip-roaring, crowd-cheering stadiums rather than the altogether more quiet, solitary spaces of your own home. Unfortunately, the Khan Pro doesn’t support Roccat’s Swarm software, so there’s no way to tweak any kind of equaliser settings to suit your personal tastes, so you’re stuck with what you get straight out of the box.

Either way, the Khan Pro left me underwhelmed. Game audio was… fine and didn’t disrupt other members of my household, but it wasn’t hugely atmospheric either. In Hellblade, for instance, Senua’s inner voices certainly felt like they were whispering in my ear, but their flat delivery just didn’t produce the same kind of creeping spine-tingling sensation I felt with the Void Pro. Instead, everything just felt a little flat and uninspiring.

The same thing happened when I tried the Khan Pro with The Evil Within. Sloshing through the fifth chapter’s dingy sewers produced plenty of crisp, tinkling water detail, but the screams and moans of its monsters lacked the kind of haunting depth I’d expect from having their death-rattles plunge straight down my ear canals.

Roccat Khan Pro review: A small wonder? -

The Khan Pro has two separate 3.5mm connections, but comes with an adaptor in case you want to plug it into a laptop or monitor with a single headphone jack

Doom, meanwhile, felt almost a little overwhelming for the Khan Pro, its industrial backing music drowning in a general moosh of thumping noise. Incoming fireball arcs and plasma shots also didn’t seem to transition smoothly from one ear cup to the other as I moved around, and instead popped between them like some sort of demonic tennis ball, making me feel like I was constantly going deaf in one ear.

Listening to more general music was a bit of a letdown as well, with the bass in Final Fantasy XV’s battle soundtracks turning into a bland, muddy mess that all but drowned out the high piano notes on top. Drum beats in rock tracks also sounded quite dull and flat, while vocals frequently struggled to be heard above their backing instruments.

If the Khan Pro was a fraction cheaper, I probably wouldn’t mind so much. At somewhere in the region of £30/$40, it would be a decent pair of stereo headphones with a good mic. But when it actually costs more than twice that amount, it comes dangerously close to Corsair’s Void Pro, which produces a much better sound and goes for just £10 more in the UK and actually $20 less for those in the US. The Khan Pro may have size on its side, but the shadow of Corsair’s jumbo headset is a tough one to escape.

RimWorld’s next big update will be version 1.0 on fifa15guide

RimWorld’s next big update will be version 1.0 on fifa15guide

Sci-fi colony catastrophe sim RimWorld is finally almost ready to leave early access and launch in full with a shiny version 1.0, creator Tynan Sylvester has said. It’s a game that one could keep adding to forever, he says, but after five years of development he’s ready to draw a line in the sand and call it ready. Sounds fair, really. He still plans to work on it, mind, but it will officially be finished. Additions and tweaks coming with v1.0 include reworking caravans, a water-driven power generator to make rivers useful, and improved loading times for mods.

Sylvester posted in a Reddit thread today, talking about facing endless feature suggestions and demands from a wide spectrum of players.

“My job is to serve RimWorld players as a whole. That includes super hardcore players with 200 mods, who know every detail of the UI and want more ultra-power user options to make everything more automated, faster, fewer clicks, more fluent. It also includes the 76-year old grandmas and 10-year-old kids who email me to thank me for making a game they can actually play. It includes the people who talk on forums, and the great silent majority who never say anything online at all.”

So balancing everything has been quite the task – and one that would not ever be finished. As he said in a follow-up post, RimWorld could be mahoosive but it’s almost done-enough.

“This game can expand endlessly. That’s it’s nature. It’s not a closed story like Portal 2. It’s an open system endlessly moddable, expandable. You can always play longer, more colonists, more wealth, more colonies, more mods, again and again and again. There’s always more to want.

“So faced with an endless treadmill of requests, I must draw the line somewhere. But where?

“Five years. I figure five years is a decent enough place. Five years are enough for $30. Five years are enough to call a game finished.

“(Of course, it’s great to suggest new things beyond that, but to demand a developer work more than five years on one game for one sale is not, in my opinion, reasonable. In truth I think any dev who does two years has earned his keep; five years is getting into ridiculous territory. Not that I’m complaining of course; I’ve always liked working on RimWorld.)

“It won’t be perfect, of course. Nothing ever is. And I won’t even be finished with it. But – it’ll be finished.”

Fair does. RimWorld may be heavily inspired by Dwarf Fortress but I can certainly understand not wanting to follow in the footsteps of Dwarf devs Bay 12 and work on the same game forever – DF is at 16 years and counting.

That second posts also goes into more details on things to expect in version 1.0, so do go read if you’re curious. When will v1.0 arrive? We’ll have to wait to hear that.

Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream on fifa15guide

Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream on fifa15guide

To see Yume Nikki appear on Steam feels like the closing of an era. This surreal game is a relic from a bygone age, when the concept of “indie” was still strange and the World Wide Web felt smaller, darker and more mysterious. It’s the stuff dreams are made of, which is fitting, since it revolves entirely around sleeping.

Released in 2004 by Japanese game developer Kikiyama, Yume Nikki (“Dream Diary”) is about a girl exploring bizarre and horrific landscapes every time she falls asleep. Despite being made with the RPG Maker engine it’s not an RPG, but a proto-walking simulator entirely focused on exploration and atmosphere. It was never meant for a Western audience, but someone liked it enough to translate it into English. It became a cult game.

There are many reasons for its popularity; here are a few of them. It features a cute Japanese girl as protagonist, runs on almost any machine and is easy to play. Its dreamy imagery encourages discussion and dissection. This led to the birth of many theories about its story and inspired enthusiastic fans to create similar games.

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But most importantly, Yume Nikki had the memetic quality of a creepypasta and it spread much in the same manner, through word of mouth and via imageboards. While not truly a horror game, it does make you feel like the protagonist of a horror story, peeking under the many layers of the game to uncover mysteries you weren’t really supposed to see. Playing it was like listening to that kid in the schoolyard who would tell you about some convoluted procedure to catch Mew in your Pokemon game, totally for real, believe me. Only this time, there really is something underneath that truck.

The best way to approach it for the first time is with your eyes blinkered. Don’t read guides and don’t watch Let’s Plays, lest the assorted secrets of the game become just a bucket list for you to tick off. The game may be old, but it’s still a fascinating experience, albeit a bit rough around the edges.

The first hours are, sadly, the most frustrating, and that can push people away before they fall under the game’s spell. The first worlds you can visit are looping, desolate and huge, and it’s easy to run in circles and get lost (a small hint: there’s a bicycle in one of the starting areas that will speed up your movement). It takes a while to become familiar with the landmarks, and to find the doors that will lead you into deeper, more secluded areas. As you keep exploring, you start collecting “effects”, like the aforementioned bicycle. Some allow you to explore new zones, most are just aesthetic. All are needed to unlock the ending, but there’s no pressure to reach it: the dream ends only when you want it to.

Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream on fifa15guide

And you might not. There’s a pleasure in getting lost while exploring weirder and weirder places, but also in learning how to retrace your steps so that you can explore even deeper dreams the next night. You’re a lost child, and yet you’re always somewhat in control, free to wake up every time the dream takes a turn you don’t like. Free to wander and look for new landscapes, strange creatures and cryptic imagery.

Yume Nikki doesn’t stand out as much as it once did. That’s not just because RPG Maker games have become a more common sight on storefronts like Steam, but also because when it was first released 14 years ago the idea of an intentionally obscure and surrealist top-down game, with no combat and no real conflict, was much stranger than it is in 2018. Yume Nikki was a forerunner of the walking simulator in its purest form, before games like Proteus popularized the concept. It showed people that RPG Maker could be used to create games of completely different genres, spawning an entire movement of RPG Maker experiments which gave birth to the likes of OFF, Space Funeral, Gingiva and Lisa the Painful. It reminded people who played modern Resident Evil games that you don’t need polygons and hi-res graphics to get scared, inspiring a renaissance of pixel art horror games like Ao Oni and Ib. Without Yume Nikki, the whole indie scene would probably be a bit less weird.

Yume Nikki’s legacy: an invitation to dream on fifa15guide

Over the years, it inspired countless fan games, art, animations, an officially licensed manga and a light novel – both made with Kikiyama’s approval, but without their direct involvement. The mysterious countdown on the Yume Nikki website indicates a sequel could possibly be in the works, but it’s too early to know who would develop it. Kikiyama, the the creator of the original, has been difficult to contact, which only adds mystique to the legend.

In a sense, Yume Nikki can be considered the House of Leaves of the videogame world. It’s a story about dark places, both in the physical and in the mental sense, and the discourse surrounding it has become inextricable from the oeuvre itself.

Perhaps Kikiyama may never give us a proper sequel, but the legacy lives on in a fragmented and vaporous form, its seminal influence still visible in modern works like Undertale.

A fitting destiny for a game made of dreams.

Yume Nikki is free.