PSO2 Episode 3: Releases with Bouncer Class and Casino

~ August 27th, 2014 ~

~ August 27th, 2014 ~

~ August 27th, 2014 ~

Bouncer is a new class proficient in striking, tech, and aerial combat. They have access to two new weapon categories, striking weapon “Dual Blades” and tech weapon “Jet Boots.” They can also activate support effects like Shifta and Deband automatically, by utilizing the Jet Boot’s weapon action.

Dual Blades are a striking weapon characterized through the sword fighting style of “Nito-Ryu.” They can perform close range combat, and produce photon blades. They can recover lots of PP, attacking the area the photon blades pierced the enemy.

 

Jet Boots are tech weapons that can attack with Technics and Photon Arts. In conjunction with the Jet Boots weapon action, they can automatically trigger support effects like Shifta and Deband. These actions allow Jet Boot users to support the party while fighting enemies. Not only can they double jump, but they can also change the element of the weapon through charged technics!

 

New Skills for All Classes

A sample of some of the new skills coming to each class.

War Brave (Hunter)

  • Hunter Main Class Only
  • Applies a 30 second damage bonus and recovers PP depending on the number of enemies attracted during War Cry.

Limit Break (Fighter)

  • Fighter Main Class Only
  • Temporarily applies bonus damage to striking power while reducing the max HP.

Bullet Keep (Ranger)

  • Ranger Main Class Only.
  • Loaded special bullets will not disappear even if you switch to Launchers/Assault Rifles.

Twice Chain (Gunner)

  • When twin machine guns are equipped, it doubles the chain number.

Chain F Bonus (Gunner)

  • During Chain Finish.
  • Reduces Chain Trigger’s recast time based on the chain number.

Charge Escape (Force)

  • Force Main Class Only
  • Temporarily preserves the charging state of a Technic during an evasive action.

Shifta Strike (Techer)

  • Techer Main Class Only.
  • Increases damage towards the enemy during Shifta.

Charge Shoot (Braver)

  • While bullet bows are equipped, it increases the bullet speed and power of charged normal attacks.

 

Planet Harukotan

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A planet of two nations, ‘White’ and ‘Black’, where the two powers clash.

Planet Harukotan is inhabited by giant beings hailing from two nations. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be referring to each nation of Giants as “Shirokotans” from the “White Nation” and “Kurokotans” from the “Black Nation.”

Both nations border a huge river, an area of non-aggression for each side. However, the Kurokotans broke this law and began invading the other nation.

 

White Territory

Stone walls and tiled roofs can be seen from all around. With cherry blossoms in full bloom, it expresses a Japanese-style atmosphere. The buildings were made to conform to the size of its inhabitants. Climb aboard the roof to get a better shot at the enemy’s weakpoint.

 

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A kurokotan—triumphant in size—Gigur Gunnegam wields a huge sword dealing out ice attacks.

 

Various new enemies will appear, from flaming wheels, to gigantic Onis, and Toyish Darkers.

 

Episode 3: Chapter 1

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Episode 3 kicks off with a new story quest on Planet Harukotan! You can start Episode 3 immediately even if you haven’t cleared Episodes 1&2.

 

The quest takes place during an invasion by the Kurokotans; who are attempting to raid the shrine of the Ash Maiden. Kotoshiro, the Ash Maiden’s guardian, wants to confront them alone. Matoi heads to the White Territory, sensing something amiss behind the invasion.

 

New Characters

Episode 3 will introduce new characters including Sukunahime (a.k.a the Ash Shrine Maiden) and her guardian Kotoshiro. In addition, Katori and Saga will make their debut dealing with the Bouncer class.

 

Shirokotans vs Kurokotans

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Kurokotans are approximately 8m tall.
These ones in particular have an Oni like appearance.

 

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Shirokotans are shorter, around 4m tall.
Help them battle enemies in Emergency Trials.

Event Chronicle

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The launch of Episode 3 lets you view all the events of Episode 1&2!

 

Interdimensional Enemy: Nyau

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Nyau is a cat with a mischievous personality, who just can’t stand the prospect of losing in battle. Brandishing his signature weapon, Nyau challenges the Arks in a competition of strength. But once he loses his weapon, he’ll go on a tantrum and run away. Still, one must remain vigilant, as a large enemy may spawn.

 

 Casino Area

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The Casino Area is a new amusement center filled with attractions in a delightfully gorgeous atmosphere.

 

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Mesetan Shooter: Cooperation is the key to victory!

Mesetan Shooter is a shooting game that you can play with up to four players. Shoot the enemies on the stage and acquire the coins that roll out from them.

 

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Rappy Slot: Aim for a Big Jackpot.

Rappy Slot is a 1 player slot machine game. Achieve a winning pattern to earn coins; and hit the jackpot to earn much more! Various Rappy animations will appear on the screen to liven up the game.

 

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Earn coins by logging in each day!

Casino Coins are required to play the attractions. You’ll automatically receive a Casino Coin pass upon logging in each day. This Casino Coin Pass can be used to exchange for coins at the “Coin Exchanger.” One Pass equals 100 Casino Coins, but if you’re really lucky, you may get even more!

 

There’s all sorts of things you can do at the Casino. Why not take a tour on a giant balloon, or try to find the hidden Lillipan. After you’re done, there’s no need to return to the main lobby, as the Quest and Shop counters are available here for your convenience.

 

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Trade in your Casino Coins to obtain wonderful prizes! Acquire casino-themed weapon camos, or ‘Rare Enemy Triggers’ that summons a rare enemy. Don’t miss your chance to obtain the prizes as some items are swapped out after a period of time.

 

Arks Lobby Makeover

The Shopping Lobby has been given a Southern Tropical makeover, with an entrance to the Casino area located at the back. The Gate Area has been renovated to look like an airport. Plus there’s now a map to help guide you to the locations of the various shops and NPCs.

 

 

Balance Adjustments for All Classes.

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The development team has adjusted the balancing for each class in various ways. Some changes you can expect in the Episode 3 update include:

  • Improving the speed for Striking Weapons. (Except Knuckles.)
  • Adjusting PAs and Technics in various ways. Using level 16 as reference, they revised the power levels through Level 1 ~ 15.
  • Adjusting the arrangements of the Skill Trees and reducing the points required for some skills. These arrangements free up points, allowing for more freedom! (Accompanying this update, an [All Skill Tree Reset Pass] will be distributed to all players.)
  • Making all classes available from the start!
  • Increasing the character’s movement speed.

 

‘My Set’ Feature

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‘My Set’ is a new feature available at the Class Counter, allowing you to register up to 10 slots of equipment. These slots may include weapons, units, mags, photon arts, technics, and even your main and sub classes’ skill trees.

 

Craft System Expanded

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Jet Boots and Dual Blades will be among the available craftable weapons categories when Episode 3 launches.

 

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New Timed Ability recipes will cover Story Quests icon confused , Advance Quests, and the new field on Planet Harukotan. Timed Ability crafting level cap will also be rising to 40.

 

Character Creation Improvements

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You can adjust the placement of accessories.

 

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Choose a 4th Accessory Slot

 

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Set a new face variation for boys and girls!

 

 

Rare Enemy Trigger

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Rare Enemy Triggers are items that let a specific enemy appear in a free-field. When the Rare Enemy trigger is used at the start of the quest, an Emergency Trial will appear in Area 1 of the quest. After successfully completing the trial, it will grant the Rare Drop and Rare Enemy boost effects.

 

Recommended Quests

Recommended Quests are a new type of quest, that selects different quests depending on the day. The selected quest is available even to those who have not yet unlocked them. Daily Orders and Client Orders related to the quest are available here for your selection.

For some Daily Orders, in addition to the rewards you receive, there’s also a Daily Boost which grants an effect similarly to a Triboost.

 

PSE Balance Adjustments

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Some PSE effects have improved, including effects such as “Decreased PP Consumption” and “Increased EXP values.” Furthermore, the designs of the PSE omens were changed to make them easier to understand.

 

Other Improvements

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The updated ‘Urban Recovery’ quest summarizes the contents of the three City EQs. Head to the deepest area to fight Dark Ragne. Along the way, you’ll encounter Falz Hunar, Zeshrayda, and more.

There’s a whole slew of other improvements included in the Episode 3 update. Some of these include:

  • Viewing the position of all 12 players on the Area Map.
  • Making Area 1 for Emergency Quests into Multi-Party Areas.
  • Increasing the party exp bonus to a maximum of +40% when you form a party with other players.
  • Adding EXP rewards to Team Orders with clear conditions requiring just to defeat a specific enemy.
  • Improving some of the support effects for the Photon Tree and letting it fill with more water.
  • Making [Emergency Quests] display at the top at the Quest Type selection screen for easier access.

 

Scratch Previews

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It’s finally here! Now you can preview scratch content on your character. From costumes and parts, to hairstyles and accessories, you can preview all sorts of things, including lobby actions. This function extends through the My Shop window as well, so you can preview hairstyles, accessories, and lobby actions while shopping.

 

Symbol Art Parts

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24 new characters and 16 new parts are available for selection.

 

 

HP/PP Overhead Display

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The overhead display shows HP and PP above the character.

 

Chat Channel Colors

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There’s now an option in settings that changes the background color of the chat box. The colors correspond to the selected channel; like orange for Team Chat, or purple for Whisper Chat.

 

Order Item Improvements

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The details window will now display the name of the client requesting the item. In addition, the window will also display if the Client Order can be reaccepted. Client Orders, like Koffee’s, that can only be performed once, will have a blue icon container for their items.

 

Matter Board Improvements

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Completing certain nodes on the matter board will open up a number of nodes.

Some of the previous matter board rewards have changed. Players who obtained the matter boards targeted for the changes will be distributed the new rewards in the future.

 

Gold Rush Fever AC Scratch

The Gold Rush Fever AC Scratch features Bouncer themed costumes and Casino outfits. This scratch releases a few days later on  August 29th at 14:00 JST.

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ディーラースーツ Dealer Suit

 

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ディーラードレス Dealer Dress

 

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サイハジン Saihajin

 

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フウリンカ Fuurinka

 

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トウシャモノノフ Tousha Mononofu

 

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オウカテンコウ Ouka Tenkou

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PSO2 JP: Maintenance (8/20/2014)

 Just one more week until Episode 3 launches on August 27th!

August 20th Maintenance

  • 8/20/2014 @ 11:00 ~ 17:00 JST
  • 8/19/2014 @ 10:00 PM ~ 4:00 AM
  • Maintenance occurs every week on Wednesday in Japan.

PSO2es Maintenance

  • 8/20/2014 @ 10:55 ~ 17:30 JST
  • 8/19/2014 @ 9:55 PM ~ 4:30 AM EDT

Campaign Rewards

  • 3 Complimentary Liliparium for the Timed Ability Campaign!

New PSO2es Chips

  • Jozsef increases defense for a limited time.
  • Azanami increases attack power for a limited time.
  • The PSO2es guide will update with these two chips later this week.

 

Emergency Quest Schedule

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▲▲ Eastern Daylight Time ▲▲
Please [Refresh] the calendar after maintenance has ended!

▲▲ Japanese Standard Time ▲▲
Please [Refresh] the calendar after maintenance has ended!

Eastern / Central / Mountain / Pacific / Hawaii

São Paulo / London / Berlin / Moscow

Bangkok / Philippines / Sydney / Japan

 

Please Note:

  • The Emergency Quest schedule will update automatically during maintenance. Please wait until after maintenance has ended to see the current schedule.
  • If you are using a mobile device or external application, please resync the calendar periodically to receive the latest updates, as the schedule may change at Sega’s discretion.
  • Boost Events that occur for 24 hours will appear in this calendar with their start and completion times as separate entries.
  • Boost Events that occur for several hours will use the “period” suffix in their titles. Please check the Google Calendar itself to view the event duration.

 

Daily Order & Daily Craft Campaign

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Complete Daily Orders and Daily Crafts during the campaign period to receive prizes!

Campaign Period

  • August 20th ~ August 27th’s maintenance.

Campaign Qualifications

(1) Turn in three or more daily orders to receive:

  • Grind Risk Reducer +1 (x2)

(2) Turn in seven or more daily orders to receive:

  • +50% Tribooster (x1)

(3) Complete three or more daily crafts to receive:

  • +50% Rare Drop Booster (x2)

(4) Complete seven or more daily crafts to receive:

  • +50% Tribooster (x1)

※You must turn in these orders to Faina after completing them to qualify. Orders accepted prior to the campaign qualify so long as they are turned in during the campaign period.

Prize Distribution Date

  • Mid-September at the Visiphone after maintenance.

 

Timed Ability Campaign

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Complete achievements to raise your Timed Ability crafting level during the campaign period to receive various prizes!

If you log in to PSO2 once during the campaign period, you will receive 3 Liliparium (S) as a prize.

Campaign Period

  • August 20th ~ August 27th’s maintenance.

Campaign Qualifications

(1) Achieve Craft Level 2 and up for Timed Ability Installations to receive:

  • +100% Tribooster (x1)

(2) Achieve Craft Level 4 and up for Timed Ability Installations to receive:

  • +20% Ability Affixer Success (x1)

※The character with the highest craft level on the account qualifies for the campaign.

Prize Distribution Date

  • Mid-September at the Visiphone after maintenance.

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Zeno, Echo, Afin Joins Phantasy Star Nova + Special Product Codes!

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Popular characters from Phantasy Star Online 2 will be joining your party in Phantasy Star Nova. Zeno, Echo, and Afin will be available as party members as long as you have Phantasy Star Online 2 data stored on your PlayStation Vita.

In addition, Phantasy Star Nova will be playable at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show! Here you can battle a Gigantes not featured in the Demo or go up against the powerful Gigantes ‘Agrios.’

 

Special Phantasy Star Nova Product Codes

Initial releases of Phantasy Star Nova comes with several product codes. With this you can obtain costume and EXP Boost recipes for Phantasy Star Nova, as well as codes for various items in Phantasy Star Online 2.

 

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Product Code costumes for PSNova

Phantasy Star Nova Product Code 

  • ヴィテスシュタルク Vites Schtark (Costume Recipe)
  • グラスフォーアネーム Grass Phorename (Costume Recipe)
  • EXP Boost 2X (10 Recipes)

Phantasy Star Nova Friend Referral Product Code

  • Give your friend 30% OFF the purchase of Phantasy Star Nova (DL ver.)

 

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Item Codes for Phantasy Star Online 2

Phantasy Star Online 2 Item Codes

  • エイディルール / エイディルールC
    Eyde Rule / Eyde Rule C (Lutina’s Costume)
  • セルレイダー  / セルレイダーC
    Cell Raider / Cell Raider C (Seil’s Costume)
  • PS NOVA メインテーマ
    (PS NOVA Main Theme BGM Disc)
  • Color Change Pass
  • Jukebox (Room Item)
  • 1000 FUN Ticket
  • +100% Tribooster

 

Phantasy Star Nova Original Pouch

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This [Phantasy Star Nova: Original Pouch] will be going on sale the same day as the game’s release. It costs 2,280 yen and features an emblem of the Delta Variant on the front.

Want more Phantasy Star Nova information? Check out our comprehensive Demo Guide!

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