PSO2 JP: Maintenance and Patch (12/2/2020)

Maintenance

Level 100 Cap arrives after this maintenance!
(The Web Panel Boost will still be active for 7 hours after Maintenance.)

PSO2 Maintenance
Japan Timezone 12/2/2020 @ 11:00 ~ 17:00
Eastern Timezone 12/1/2020 @ 9:00 PM ~ 3:00 AM
PSO2es Maintenance
Japan Timezone 12/2/2020 @ 10:55 ~ 17:30
Eastern Timezone 12/1/2020 @ 8:55 PM ~ 3:30 AM
Patch Size 76 MB

 

 

Patch Notes

Class Updates

Level Cap

  • Increased the Level Cap to Level 100.

 

 

We'd like to thank all of our current patrons for helping to keep the site afloat! If you like the work that we do, please consider donating 1$ or more to continue our Phantasy Star coverage!

 

 

Emergency Quest Schedule

Boost Event 49

Please Note:

  • The Emergency Quest schedule will update during maintenance.
  • Please resync the calendar periodically to receive the latest updates, as the schedule may change at Sega's discretion.
  • This calendar is unable to show Emergency Quests that occur at random.
  • You can see the Emergency Quest schedule on your phone by subscribing to the Google Calendar.

 

New Campaigns

Sage's Crest Campaign

Beat the following goals to obtain Sage's Crests. The crests can be exchanged for ★15 Weapons at Zieg!

Campaign Period

December 2nd ~ December 9th

Campaign Tasks

  Goal Reward
1 Sage's Crests (x10)
2 Sage's Crests (x10)
3 Sage's Crests (x10)
4 Sage's Crests (x10)
5 Login 3 Days Sage's Crests (x10)
6 Link with PSO2es and Quick Search once Sage's Crests (x10)

※Goal 6 will be distributed at a later time.

 

On-Going Campaigns

Web Panel Rewards

November 25th ~ December 2nd @ 23:59 JST

Rewards

  • +150% FUN
  • +450% Experience
  • +450% Meseta
  • +450% Rare Drop Rate
  • +200% Rare Enemy Occurrence

 

Premium SPECIAL PRICE

Buy 30 Days of Premium for a SPECIAL PRICE during the period.

Campaign Period

  • November 25th ~ December 16th

SPECIAL PRICE

  • 1,000 AC

 

AC Shop Bargains

The following bundles contain AC Shop items at a discounted price!

Period Date: Until December 9th's Maintenance

【冬到来】初心者おすすめセット
Recommended Starter Set
Cost: 500 AC
+10 Item Pack Expansion
Mag Ticket
Bonus Key Tokyo [Gold]

Character Storage Expansion
Cost: 600 AC
+50 Character Storage Expansion
Bonus Key Tokyo [Gold]

EXP + RDR Boost Set
Cost: 4,900 AC
+150% EXP Boost (x3)
+400% RDR Boost (x5)
Bonus Key Tokyo [Rainbow]

 

Puso Ni Comi Secret Phrases

Puso Ni Comi has a new season of animated episodes! Check the Official PSO2 Channel for new Episodes. While on PSO2, say the Phrase shown at the end of the Episode to receive a [Pusoni Memory 3].

Secret Phrases

  • Ep.26: ぷそ煮コミおかわり最終回みた?
  • Ep.25: みたらしさん卒業するってよ
  • Ep.24: 大川さんってJKなの?
  • Ep.23: 等身大ゼクト降臨
  • Ep.22: 触手警察だー!
  • Ep.21: 新しい扉、開かない?
  • Ep.20: いつから見てたの?
  • Ep.19: 汚されたいんだ
  • Ep.18: 倉庫パンパンになってない?
  • Ep.17: 女の子とラッピーとカジキ
  • Ep.16: これは乙じゃなくてポニーテールなんだからね
  • Ep.15: 物欲センサーってあると思う?
  • Ep.14: あなたもお試し済み?
  • Ep.13: チャット発言先に気を付けよう
  • Ep.12: 女の子がカジキに丸のみ?
  • Ep.11: マグの中身って何かな?
  • Ep.10: レッツゴー野良緊急!
  • Ep.9: 朝までクエストガン回し
  • Ep.8: 銃座はどんどん強くなってるぞ
  • Ep.7: 初めてしてみたいです
  • Ep.6: スリスリぺちぺち
  • Ep.5: ドルチェと牧野の中の人公開中
  • Ep.4: 男の子だ!!!
  • Ep.3: キャストはえっちだ
  • Ep.2: キャラクリデータはとっておこう
  • Ep.1: アニメぷそ煮コミおかわり

Phrases Expiration Date

  • March 31st, 2021 @ 23:59 JST

Revisiting The Phantasy Star Series! (Part 1): Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst

The 20th anniversary of PSO is coming up on December 21st! We'll be looking back at the past online games. Starting us off is Phantasy Star Online Blue Burst.

PSOBB is a definitive edition of the first ever PSO title. It bundles together Episode 1 and 2, while marking the release of Episode 4.

 

Playing PSOBB Today!

The game is still playable today thanks to the hard work of fans. If you're interested in playing, I suggest joining the Private Server [Ephinea]. More info on Ephinea will be at the bottom of the post.

 

Classes and Characters

Choose between 3 Classes and 4 Characters per Class. The Character chosen will greatly impact gameplay, so you may want to do some research beforehand. There will be a few customization options you can make to the Character for a unique feel from other players.

Importance of Class and Character

Classes will have general Weapon Types they can utilize, but some weapons are can only be used by certain Races, Genders, etc. Characters stats will also greatly differ from each other.

 

Once completed with Character Creation, a Section ID will be chosen for the character based on your Character Name. Use the Section ID Calc on PSO-World to acquire the desired ID.

On the Ephinea Server, you can use a command to change your Section ID (This one has a cooldown of 3 months) and Character Name (Infinite use).

Importance of Section ID

The Party Leader's Section ID determines the drops that the Party can get.

 

Party Play

Players will start in the Lobby Area after loading into the game. Head to the Counter to join or create a Party. There can be up to 4 players in a party.

 

For the solo players out there, there is an Play Mode called [One Person]. Selecting it will scale the game for a solo adventure.

 

Combat Introduction

Weapons have a Normal, Strong, and sometimes a Special Attack. Special Attacks can range from causing status effects to casting unique attacks if the right conditions are met. Humans and Newmans will be allowed to use Technics, while CASTs can utilize Traps.

 

Ephinea Private Server

The Ephinea Private Server is a great way to enjoy PSOBB for new and old players. What makes it great is the quality of life changes made to the game to modernize it without taking out the old flavor to it. Read up on all the changes and new features they made here.

We took time to talk with one of the Admins of Ephinea to learn even more.

Check Out Ephinea!

 

Interview with Ephinea Admin Matt

-Ephinea has a lot of unique features, could you tell us about some of the best features?

If I had to pick a "best" feature for Ephinea, it would be the PSO2 Drop System (or an individual drop system). Sodaboy created this system for Ephinea back in 2015, and we believe it was most likely the feature that made Ephinea stand out amongst the other PSOBB servers at the time. In fact, due to its success, all other popular PSOBB servers have implemented this feature themselves.

I'm sure we all remember playing PSO back in the "good old days", yet if you wanted items, you had to watch out for "ninjas", play by the honour system, or just simply solo if you're after something extremely rare. On Ephinea all these worries are gone, as each player gets their own drops after killing enemies, meaning playing with others doesn't hamper your chances at getting something that has already dropped, and you can hunt in groups without concern, which is always more enjoyable than sticking to yourself all the time. It's a multiplayer game, after all!

Of course, we have various other features too, such as a shared experience system, meaning you no longer have to waste time tagging enemies and can play to your class' strengths, and the Hunters Boost Road which promotes the playing of older, less played quests amongst the titans such as Towards the Future and Maximum Attack 4, promoting some variety in play.

A notable mention is all the "quality of life" features that Ephinea has implemented as well, such as 32 character slots, the ability to have a section ID irrespective of character name, the ability to stack items such as materials and grinders, and it's these modern changes that really help bring the experience together, and could be argued to be just as important as major features such as the individual drop system.

 

-The Individual drop system is quite important. Were there any adjustments made to the drop rates now that everyone has their own drop pool?

Originally due to balance concerns, we ended up making it so that the individual drop system would lower the drop rates of all items dropped in the party. I can't remember off the top of my head, but it was something like this:

  • 1P: 100%
  • 2P: 81%
  • 3P: 63%
  • 4P: 54%

However, after observing how players reacted to this, we ended up just bringing the rates up to a flat 100% rate for any number of players, as essentially what this system did was tell people they're being punished for playing with others. While it could be argued your overall time/drop ratio was higher with more people, this isn't how it felt to players: What they saw is that having more people in your party meant that you are less likely to get what you want.

I think it makes more sense for no reduction in drop rates with more players, as if you think about other games, you tend to get bonuses for playing with other people, so why should you have a penalty for doing the same thing on PSO? In terms of the overall economy, people could just do 4 solo games and have 100% drop rate to themselves, but you want people to be playing together, there shouldn't be incentives for playing alone (but saying that, there shouldn't be penalties for playing alone either — it's perfectly valid to want to just do some things by yourself!)

While the system still improved the situation of people soloing all the time for hunts, it wasn't perfect, and after we raised everything to 100% drop rates, now you have a choice if you want to hunt in a group or alone — there's no perceived losses for running with groups anymore.

 

-Indeed, penalizing for playing together is never any fun. Regarding Game Balance side of things, how close is Ephinea to the Official PSOBB in terms of class and weapon balance?

Almost 1:1, we wanted PSOBB Ephinea to be a place where you log in and it's like you're back on the official PSO.

There have been some minor changes though, which include:

  • Ability to use Clio on HUnewearl (we felt like this was a SEGA mistake to not let her do it, just felt right!)
  • Ability to obtain Rambing May and Girasole with Hit, along with some handful of SEGA event items.
  • Some repurposed TypeMs to make them identical to the popular Charge weapons — these are just for the recoloured aesthetic!

There are no plans to make anymore changes, Ephinea is here for fans of PSO how it was, and we don't plan to extend the game per se. The game can be played infinitely without any extras really, considering the brutal Hit % system! There's always some piece of gear you can improve…

 

-It's nice to know fans of the game from 20 years ago can still play the same game, and new players can play it how it was. Going back to drop rates, there is an account type called Hardcore that boosts the drop rates. Can you tell us about it and where the idea came from?

Hardcode Mode was a mode that Sodaboy added — I'd have to ask him myself, but if I had to guess, the inspiration for the mode is from Diablo 3, as Soda is a pretty big fan of that game (and honestly, so am I! Been a while since I played though, Monk is the best class)

Hardcore Mode permanently kills your character if you are to die without a Scape Doll — this includes your inventory and character bank too, so if you're not careful, you could easily lose your hard-earned items. Anything in your Shared Storage is safe though, so you have somewhere to keep items you don't want to lose when not in use. Of course, there are incentives to playing Hardcore Mode, namely +100% EXP and +30% Rare Drop Rate; if you take risks, you deserve the rewards!

Due to this, Hardcore Mode players are unable to trade with Normal Mode players though, but you can still play with them providing that you have the individual drop system turned on.

 

-If I remember correctly, it announces your death to the server. Is that still present?

It sure is! Of course, it only does this if your character is at least level 20, as we wouldn't want people just remaking characters constantly for the announcements.

The banner will mention who died, their level and class, what killed them, along with whatever their last chat message was. Sometimes there's some great banners, such as level 200 players dying with messages such as "I have a Scape Doll, it'll be fine!" — not so sure it was fine!

 

-You guys recently just finished your Halloween Event, and held an anniversary event a little bit ago. I imagine you're preparing for a Christmas Event in December. How long does it usually take to create an event?

Depends on the scope of the event really. Officially, we consider ourselves to have 3 major events (Easter, Anniversary and Christmas), and 3 minor events (Valentine's, Summer and Halloween).

Each event is designed to be different to one another, so events feel unique and have their own feel, rather than each event being the same by either being extra items or boosted rates (although these things certainly do feature in the events, we like to be a little more creative with how they're handed out!).

I'd say that for each event, it perhaps took us a few days of discussion to come up with how they should work, then some days work from our talented developers, Sodaboy and tofuman, but now events don't take particularly long to prepare as we simply just use the previous year's base and add/change some items or rates depending on feedback. Generally now, it's just a case of changing the rewards, as we are pretty happy with our event schedule and mechanics, and don't feel they need any major changes anymore.

We are in the middle of preparing for Christmas 2020 of course as you say, so we hope that Ephinea players new and old are looking forward to that!

 

-PSO's 20th Anniversary hits quite close to Christmas on December 21st. Do you have any special plans for it?

Actually, I haven't even thought about it, in fact, it's only because you told me now that I know the 20th anniversary in December!

I suppose I will have to bring it up with the other staff members and see what they think, but I think it would be very nice to do something for the 20th Anniversary!

 

-Perhaps a Special Boost Day! Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?

Honestly, I think it's quite amazing that people still love and play PSOBB to this day — not that I blame them! I find it quite touching that people are still interested, and I'd definitely advise anyone reading this to give PSO1 a whirl and check out Phantasy Star's first foray into the online world! Naturally, I would recommend you give it a try at the Ephinea PSOBB Server, which you can play at https://ephinea.pioneer2.net/, and we would love to see you there!

-Thank you for your time to do this interview.

 

The Series will continue with [Part 2: Phantasy Star Universe]. Check back later for it!

PSO2 JP AC Scratch: Melodic Ensemble

Melodic Ensemble
(Until 12.23.2020)

 

ミクコンフリクト[Ba] | Miku Conflict Repca [Ba]

 

メイコV3・レプカ[Ba] | MEIKO V3 Repca [Ba]

 

ミクV4X・レプカ[Ba] | Miku V4X Repca [Ba]

 

ルカコンフリクト・レプカ | Luka Conflict Repca

 

カイトV3・レプカ | KAITO V3 Repca

 

ミクダヨースーツ | Mikudayo Suit

 

Lobby Actions

  • 650「ディーバモーション1」 | 650 "Diva Motion 1"
  • 651「ディーバモーション2」 | 651 "Diva Motion 2"
  • 652「ディーバモーション3」 | 652 "Diva Motion 3"
  • 717「ディーバモーション4」 | 717 "Diva Motion 4"

Vocaloid Music Discs

  • エイリアンエイリアン
  • ネトゲ廃人シュプレヒコール
  • みくみくにしてあげる♪
  • ワールズエンド・ダンスホール
  • AFTER BURNER
  • スノーマン ver.KAITO
  • ルカルカ★ナイトフィーバー
  • Catch the Wave

Costumes

  • 初音ミク・レプカ | Hatsune Miku Repca
  • 巡音ルカ・レプカ | Megurine Luka Repca
  • 鏡音リン・レプカ | Kagamine Rin Repca
  • エドマチクララ | Edomachi Clara
  • キリンキジカ | Kirin Kizika
  • りら・レプカ | Lila Repca
  • エリシランス | Elysilance
  • マカタクイナ | Makata Quina

Male Costumes

  • 鏡音レン・レプカ | Kagamine Len Repca
  • ニクスハルデン | Nix Harten

Female Cast Parts

  • ヒメタカガラ・ボディ | Hime Takagara Body
  • ヒメセイタカ・アーム | Hime Seitaka Arms
  • ヒメコンガラ・アーム | Hime Kongara Arms
  • ヒメセイタカ・レッグ | Hime Seitaka Legs
  • ヒメコンガラ・レッグ | Hime Kongara Legs

Male Cast Parts

  • タカガラ・ボディ | Takagara Body
  • セイタカ・アーム | Seitaka Arms
  • コンガラ・アーム | Kongara Arms
  • セイタカ・レッグ | Seitaka Legs
  • コンガラ・レッグ | Kongara Legs

Hairstyles

  • 初音ミク・ヘアー | Hatsune Miku Hair
  • 初音ミク・ヘアー2 | Hatsune Miku Hair 2
  • 初音ミク・ヘアー3 | Hatsune Miku Hair 3
  • 巡音ルカ・ヘアー | Megurine Luka Hair
  • 鏡音リン・ヘアー | Kagamine Rin Hair
  • 鏡音レン・ヘアー | Kagamine Len Hair 
  • ニクスヘアー | Nix Hair 
  • クララヘアー | Clara Hair
  • キジカヘアー | Kizika Hair
  • りらヘアー | Lila Hair
  • エリヘアー | Ely Hair
  • クイナヘアー | Quina Hair

Head Parts

  • シセイタカ・ヘッド | Shi Seitaka Head 
  • ヒメセイタカ・ヘッド | Hime Seitaka Head
  • シコンガラ・ヘッド  | Shi Kongara Head 
  • セイタカ・ヘッド | Seitaka Head 
  • コンガラ・ヘッド | Kongara Head

Face Aesthetics

  • りらメイク | Lila Makup
  • りら瞳 | Lila Eyes

Accessories

  • ニクスヘッドギア | Nix Headgear
  • ニクスアイパッチ | Nix Eye Patch
  • クララヘッドギア | Clara Headgear
  • キジカヘッドギア | Kizika Headgear
  • キジカメガネ | Kizika Glasses
  • りらハット | Lila Hat
  • エリヘッドギア | Ely Headgear
  • エリテール | Ely Tails
  • クイナリボン | Quina Ribbon

Voice Ticket

  • 女性追加ボイス76 | Female Extra Voice 76
  • 女性C追加ボイス76 | Female Extra C Voice 76
  • 女性追加ボイス77 | Female Extra Voice 77
  • 女性C追加ボイス77 | Female C Extra Voice 77
  • 女性共通りらボイス | All Female Lila Voice
  • 女性共通エリボイス | All Female Ely Voice
  • 女性共通クイナボイス | All Female Quina Voice

Male Voice

  • 男性追加ボイス60 | Male Extra Voice 60
  • 男性C追加ボイス60 | Male C Extra Voice 60

Mag Device

  • 進化デバイス/ミクダヨー | Evo. Device/Mikudayo 
  • フードデバイス/法撃 | Food Device/T-ATK

Weapon Camos

  • *ギャランニクス | *Galannix
  • *クララレンダン | *Clara Rendan
  • *キジカナルカミ | *Kizika Narukami
  • *ブルームブラスター | *Broom Blaster
  • *エリアコーディ | *Ely Accordi
  • *クイナスピカ | *Quina Spica

Room Items

  • DIVA・ポスターA | DIVA Poster A 
  • DIVA・ポスターB | DIVA Poster B
  • DIVA・ポスターC | DIVA Poster C
  • DIVAアーケードユニット | DIVA Arcade Unit

Item Enhancement

  • 特殊能力保護(5枠以下) | Ability Protection (5s or lower) 
  • 特殊能力(法撃&PP/3) | Add Ability (Tech&PP/3)
  • 強化大成功(100%) | Great Grind Success (100%) 
  • 属性強化+5% | Attribute Enhance +5% 
  • 特殊能力(HP&PP/3) | Add Ability (Stamina&PP/3)

 

Scratch Bonus

Play this AC Scratch a specific amount of times for exclusive bonus items!

Normal AC Tickets
Frequency Rewards
5 times Melodic E Music Pack:
DECORATOR
Living Universe(M&L)
10 times Partner Card Pack A:
Aka Oni-hime Shiki PC
Aka Oni-bou Oudo PC
15 times Partner Card Pack B:
Ao Oni-hime Shiki PC
Ao Oni-bou Oudo PC
20 times
Partner Card Pack C:
Clara PC
Nix PC
Lila PC
Quina PC
Ely PC
Kizika PC
25 times Ability Protection (6s or Lower)
30 times Melodic E Ticket
40 times Bonus Key Tokyo [Gold]
50 times EX Tri-Boost +200%
60 times Melodic E Ticket
120 times Melodic E Ticket
Gold AC Tickets
Frequency Rewards
2 times Free Salon Pass
4 times Bonus Key Magatsu [Silver]
6 times Bonus Key Rappy F
10 times Ability Protection (6s or Lower)
12 times Melodic E Ticket

※Players can receive each item only once.
※All of these items are untradeable.
※Melodic E Ticket allows you to choose 1 item from this AC Scratch.

 

FUN Scratch

PSO Music Disc

  • Nebula Montana PART2

Hairstyles

  • アシメセミロング | Asymmetrical Semi Long

Makeup Pattern

  • スペルサインB 赤 | Spell Sign B Red
  • スペルサインB 紫 | Spell Sign B Purple
  • スペルサインB 青 | Spell Sign B Blue

Body Paint

  • ファスナーペイントF | Zipper Paint F
  • ファスナーペイントM | Zipper Paint M

Accessory

  • 重ねバングル 銀 | Stacked Bangles Silver
  • ツバキコサージュ 白 | White Camellia Corsage
  • ツバキコサージュ 赤 | Red Camellia Corsage
  • ロボ仮面 | Robo Mask
  • ヒールローラーB | Heel Roller B
  • ヒールローラー | Heel Roller
  • ナイトビジョンA | Night Vision A
  • くわえチョコドーナッツ  | Giant Chocolate Donut
  • くわえいちごドーナッツ | Giant Strawberry Donut
  • くわえアンパン | Bitten Bread
  • ホーンヘッドギア | Horn Headgear

Lobby Action

  • 131「期待する」 | 131 "Hope"

Room Items

  • レトロ・テーマ | Retro Theme
  • レトロクロック | Retro Clock
  • レトロカップ | Retro Cup
  • レトロポット | Retro Pot
  • レトロフォン | Retro Phone
  • レトロランプ | Retro Lamp
  • レトロテレビ | Retro Television
  • レトロオブジェ | Retro Object
  • レトロシャンデリア | Retro Chandelier
  • レトロキャビネット | Retro Cabinet
  • レトロキッチン | Retro Kitchen
  • レトロベッド | Retro Bed
  • レトロソファ | Retro Sofa
  • レトロチェア | Retro Chair
  • レトロテーブル | Retro Table
  • 仕切り展示台 | Roped Off Pedestal
  • カイーギテーブル | Conference Table
  • ジム・イス | Gym Chair
  • ジム・デスク | Gym Desk