Busters and Halos in Phantasy Star Nova

Phantasy Star Nova, releasing later this year, will feature new aspects never before seen in Phantasy Star Online 2. With a new class and new weapon types, players will get to experience the thrill of battling the Gigantes on the ground and in the air. Famitsu got their hands on a demo which will release in August at the Japanese PlayStation Store. Parts of the information within this article are gathered from Famitsu’s personal experience and magazine articles. All screenshots and renders below are press materials and are not from the demo.

 

New Class: Busters

 

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Busters are an all-purpose class that can wield a wide variety of weapons, including halos and piles. “Piles” are harpoon-like weapons with a “stake” attached to the end, that are fired into the enemy’s skin. Attacking the location where the stake landed will allow players to deal heavy damage.  However, one negative aspect about these weapons are their slow attack speeds. So it might be best to switch to a sword to drive in the stakes directly.

 

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Pile Gran Arts: “Pile Shooter”

 

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Pile Gran Arts: “Burn Smash”

 

 

New Weapon Type: Halo

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Halos are another new weapon type that have an interesting new feature. Not only can they do long distance attacks, but they can also create scaffolds in the air to let players ascend to new heights.

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Halo Gran Arts “Resonance Cannon”

 

 Vs. The Gigantes

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Ascend the scaffold and attack the stakes!

The Gigantes is a biomechanical beast that fires missiles and bullets as it approaches. Considering that its armor is strong, you’ll have to focus on its weakpoints that emit a yellow light. Attacking those locations can break off the armor exposing a wider vulnerable area. Hammering in the stakes around the weakpoint can also deal heavy damage.

 

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PSO2′s Virtual On and Shining Force Cross Exlesia Collaboration

 

July 30th Update

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We’ve finally made it to Part 2 of the Phantasy Star Festa and 2nd Year Anniversary Event! This time the “Silver Steel Blade” will serve as our new limited quest where several bosses may appear at the same time. The quest’s main attraction is Knight Gear, who’ll be making a cameo appearance from the arcade game, “Shining Force Cross Exlesia!”

 

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Defeat Knight Gear to receive some lovely collaboration items like [*Knight Gear Edge], [Knight Gear Face], room items, and music discs!

 

Knight Gear will also drop these 11 star items on Super Hard!

 

Interlocking Web Event Continues!

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The interlocking web event will target the “Silver Steel Blade” limited quest starting July 30th, 2014. The rules are the same as before; players must clear the new limited quest over and over to contribute points towards unlocking the rewards each week. Points are accumulated through the power of all ARKS members, let’s aim towards clearing the goals!

 

New Client Orders and Bingo

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進化 デバイス / ナイトギア (Evo. Device / Knight Gear)

(Summer) Xie will be handing out new client orders for the upcoming limited quest. You’ll even be able to acquire Evo. Device / Knight Gear as a reward!

 

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The [2nd Anniversary Bingo II] will ask players to complete objectives within the new quest and client order. Completing a bunch of these tasks will net you boost items and more.

 

Virtual On Lobby

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Temjin 747 A and Fei-Yen will be on prominent display throughout the lobby starting July 30th through August 13th!

 

Sega Arcade Selection Scratch

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A scratch filled with costumes, accessories, weapon camos, and a mag device from Shining Force Cross Exlesia and Virtual On Force. 

 

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テムジン747A 1P (Temjin747 A 1P)

 

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フェイ・イェン 1P (Fei-Yen 1P)

 

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進化 デバイス / SFC妖精 (Evo. Device / SFC Fairy)

 

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アイオールメイル (Ior Mail)*

 

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*サルワトゥース (Sarwatooth)*

 

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ジャヒーローク (Jahiroke)*

 

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*アルマゲスト (Almagest)

*Please help suggest better names for these costumes and weapon camos.

 

PSO2 x SFC Cross Campaign
A sneak peek at the cross collaboration.

 

 

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PSO2 JP: Temporary Ability Crafting (Mini Guide)

Temporary Abilities are additional effects appended onto units for a limited time. These effects may increase various stats, improve drop rates, or provide support in different ways.

To get started, you must first “Update a Data Drive,” then craft “Temporary Ability Data” items. After the entire process is complete, you may use these data items to attach the abilities onto units. 

  • ※ Performing this action binds the unit to its owner. This prevents the item from being sold or traded to other players.

The information presented below is in an unfinished state.
More details will be added in the upcoming days.

Updating the Data Drive

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Head to a [Crafting Terminal] or [My Room Terminal] to get started.

Craft Menu

  • 武装エクステンド: Equipment Extensions
  • テクニックカスタマイズ: Technic Customizations
  • 時限能力インストール: Temporary (Timed) Ability Installations
  • アイテム分解: Item Desynthesis
  • 戻り: Return

Temporary Ability Installations

  • 時限能力データ作成: Create Temporary Ability Data
  • データドライブを更新: Update Data Drives
  • データドライブを確認: Check (Saved) Data Drives
  • 戻り: Return

 

▲▲ Click the Recipe/Materials tab to continue. ▲▲

 

 

 

 

Select A Recipe

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Select a crafting line and choose a recipe.

The recipe list is split up into 4 categories. (All) (Rear) (Arm) (Leg)

 

This section is incomplete.

Unit / Location

Details

リア/森林1
Rear / Forest 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Forest

—————————–
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/凍土1
Rear / Tundra 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Tundra

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/遺跡1
Rear / Ruins 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Ruins

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/火山洞窟1
Rear / Caves 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Vol. Caverns

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/浮遊大陸1
Rear / F. Continent 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
F. Continent

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/ 龍祭壇 1
Rear / Dragon Altar 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Dragon Altar

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/ 砂漠1
Rear / Desert 1
 

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Desert

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

リア/ 地下坑道1
Rear / Sub. Tunnels 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Sub. Tunnels

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/ 採掘場跡1
Rear / Quarry 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Quarry

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/海岸1
Rear / Coast 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Coast

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

リア/海底1
Rear / Seabed 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Seabed

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

 

 

This section is incomplete.

Unit / Location

Details

アーム/森林1
Arm / Forest 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Forest

—————————–
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/凍土1
Arm / Tundra 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Tundra

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/遺跡1
Arm / Ruins 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Ruins

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/火山洞窟1
Arm / Caves 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Vol. Caverns

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/浮遊大陸1
Arm / F. Continent 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
F. Continent

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/ 龍祭壇 1
Arm / Dragon Altar 1
 

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Dragon Altar

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/ 砂漠1
Arm / Desert 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Desert

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

アーム/ 地下坑道1
Arm / Sub. Tunnels 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Sub. Tunnels

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/ 採掘場跡1
Arm / Quarry 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Quarry

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/海岸1
Arm / Coast 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Coast

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

アーム/海底1
Arm / Seabed 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Seabed

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

 

 

This section is incomplete.

Unit / Location

Details

レッグ/森林1
Leg / Forest 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Forest

—————————–
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/凍土1
Leg / Tundra 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Tundra

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/遺跡1
Leg / Ruins 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Ruins

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/火山洞窟1
Leg / Caves 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Vol. Caverns

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/浮遊大陸1
Leg / F. Continent 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
F. Continent

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/ 龍祭壇 1
Leg / Dragon Altar 1
 

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Dragon Altar

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/ 砂漠1
Leg / Desert 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Desert

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

レッグ/ 地下坑道1
Leg / Sub. Tunnels 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Sub. Tunnels

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/ 採掘場跡1
Leg / Quarry 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Quarry

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/海岸1
Leg / Coast 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Coast

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

レッグ/海底1
Leg / Seabed 1

Random Main Effect (Lv.1)
Seabed

—————————–
Random Sub-Effect
S-ATK +10 ~ +20
R-ATK +10 ~ +20
T-ATK +10 ~ +20

 

The window displayed in the middle on the right side lists the main effect that has the greatest chance to appear. This window will update with a different main effect each day at 13:00 JST. 

 

Crafting Materials

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Planet Crystal Icon

Each recipe requires three kinds of materials:

  1. Crystals corresponding to the recipe’s planet.
  2. Unit Crafting materials corresponding to the location of the unit.
  3. Meseta

Insufficient materials will appear in red text.

Planet Crystals

  • ナベリウス結晶 (Naberius Crystal)
  • アムドゥスキア結晶 (Amduscia Crystal)
  • リリーパ結晶 (Lillipa Crystal)
  • ウォパル結晶 (Wopal Crystal)

These items can be found in quests or purchased from player shops.

Unit Materials

  • アイロリアス IroRears
  • アイロアムス IroArms
  • アイロレグス IroLegs
  • スティリアス SteeRears
  • スティアムス SteeArms
  • スティレグス SteeLegs

These items can be obtained through Item Desysnthesis or purchased from player shops.

 

▲▲ Click the Saved Data tab to continue. ▲▲

 

Data Drive Screen

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Updated Data Drive

This menu lists the crafted data drive’s effects and stats.

Data Drive Explanations
(Unfinished)
Effect Description
効果発揮条件
Effect Appearance Condition

Specific Field / Quest Type

  • x: Specific Field
  • xFR: Specific Free-Field
  • xAR: Specific Field’s Arks Quests

Determined by recipe style.
For Example:

  • (Rear / 森林1)
    Forest Field
  • (Rear / 森林探索1)
    Forest Free-Field
メイン効果
Main Effect
(Random)

  • レアドロップ上昇
    Rare Drop Boost
  • HP自動回復1
    Auto HP Recovery 1
  • 回復薬効果上昇1
    Healing Item Effect UP
サブ効果
Sub Effect

Additional Stats

  • 打撃力 S-ATK+
  • 射撃力 R-ATK+
  • 法撃力 T-ATK+
追加効果
Extra Effect
Appears by achieving a
[Great Success].

 

Saved Data Drives

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Temporary Ability Installations

  • 時限能力データ作成: Create a Temporary Ability
  • データドライブを更新: Update Data Drives
  • データドライブを確認: Check Saved Data Drives

 

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Data Drives are saved into one of three slots corresponding to the unit’s location on the body. Please be aware that crafting a new data drive will overwrite whatever was saved on that slot.

 

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A screen like the one above will appear asking if you’d like to overwrite the data drive. Press the left button to save (保存).

 

◆◆ You’ve reached the end of the Data Drive crafting section. ◆◆

 

 

Temporary Ability Data Creation

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Once you’ve finished saving a data drive, you can start crafting items that attach to the unit. Choose one of the three data drive slots and supply the required materials.

Temporary Ability Data requires three kinds of materials:

  1. Photon Drops or related items
  2. Unit Crafting Materials
  3. Meseta

[Temporary Ability Data] crafting is more concerned with the time frame the effect lasts. If you are unhappy with the recipes shown in the Data Drive selection screen, please refer to the 3 tabs in the previous section.

Select a Crafting Line and a Data Drive to initiate the crafting process.

 

Temporary Ability Data Items

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After the craft is complete, an item like the one displayed above will appear in your inventory under the consumables tab.

Temporary Ability Data

  • Effect Conditions
  • Main Effects
  • Sub Effects
  • Extra Effects
  • Time Period: 7日 Days

Refer to the Data Drive section at the top of this post for more details about these effects.

Those who achieved a [Great Success] upon crafting this item will have more days added onto the effect.

 

Attaching Temporary Ability Data

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Check the consumables tab in your inventory to apply the Temporary Ability to the unit. When the item is ready to be consumed, the confirmation screen will target the unit currently equipped to your character. The unit it selects is based on whether the data applies to rear, arm, or leg units. Press the left blue button to apply the ability ※ Please Note: Performing this action binds the unit to its owner.

 

More information will be added in the upcoming days.

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