~ 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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
Interdimensional Enemy: Nyau
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.
The Casino Area is a new amusement center filled with attractions in a delightfully gorgeous atmosphere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
‘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
Jet Boots and Dual Blades will be among the available craftable weapons categories when Episode 3 launches.
New Timed Ability recipes will cover Story Quests , Advance Quests, and the new field on Planet Harukotan. Timed Ability crafting level cap will also be rising to 40.
Character Creation Improvements
Rare Enemy Trigger
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 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
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.
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.
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
HP/PP Overhead Display
Chat Channel Colors
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
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
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.