[5/7/2020] Meina’s Distorted Desire

Introduction

The long awaited Amigo post after the LAN Amigo has finally come.
Not all the changes they mentioned during the LAN Amigo are in this post. Actually some were slightly changed as well.

Here’s a Summary of the changes the post will discuss about:

Summary:

  • Meina, Glenn, Jola has a chance of respawning as a stronger version of itself.
  • Skills changed for Archery, Sorcery, Malediction, Battlerage, and Swiftblade.
  • Percentage stats – like Evasion – that is gained by player’s base stats have been slightly changed.
  • Language Proficiency has been increased to 20k. (No longer will have symbols.)
  • 3rd season of Mistsong Banquet is out.

Stronger Meina, Glenn, and Jola

These three bosses are familiar names for the players. They used to be formidable bosses against the players, but now the players have become too strong and these bosses don’t really challenge the players anymore. Now these bosses have a chance of respawning upon death as a stronger version of itself and drops better loot so behold!

Meina and Glenn

The new Meina and Glenn

Unfortunately they don’t really mention the new patterns it might have so it is up to the KR players to figure out what they do.

Jola

The new Jola

Like Meina and Glenn, there only talked about the lore of these new bosses. So there’s not much to mention about. If you want to know the lore, let me know and I’ll translate them as well.

Skill Balance Changes:

Archery

The changes are roughly what they mentioned how Archery would shape into during the LAN Amigo.

The intention the Archery changes are the following:

  • Focusing on changing the fighting style by making it more movement oriented with some CC skills.
  • Improving ways to counter situations when the opponents are untargettable and improved methods of chasing the opponent.
  • Adding more skill combos and expanding Archery to become usable by itself.
SkillChanges
Concussive Arrow (Includes Ancestral Skills)Combo: 17% increased damage against snared targets.
Double Recurve(All Ancestrals) While in effect, Concussive Arrow becomes instantly castable.
(Life) 3% Crit Rate increase for 3 seconds.
Snipe(All Ancestrals) Combo: When hit, stuns flying targets for 5 seconds.
(All Ancestrals) Combo: 21% increased damage against snared targets.
(Lightning) Changed so that it can be used during casting. (Like how flame concussive arrow works.)
Missile Rain(Basic) Changed to a 5 charge skill that can be used on targeted location.
(Mist) Can be used without targeting an enemy.
DeadeyeName changed to Hit & Run (Liberal Translation).
While moving, player receives the def pen buff. When stationary for 1 second, the buff is removed.
No longer gains range increase buff
Steady ShootingCannot shoot targets closer than 4m.
No longer walks while skill is on. (Players still have 0% parry, block, and evasion.)
They really want archers to use Hunter’s Guile and Snare lol I don’t think its usable though.
You don’t really need this, cuz I translated it above.

Possible new combo: Hit & Run, Steady Shooting, Stealth (10 stack), 30m Snare, Stalker’s Mark, Double Recurve, Concussive Arrow, 3x Blazing Arrow, Charged Bolt.

Sorcery and Malediction

Malediction was always in the discussion of skill balance, because it had great damage and also was able to adapt on many sticky situations. As the developers are aiming to separate Sorcery and Malediction, they can’t just simply nerf Malediction as well. This patch won’t solve all the problems, but XL is trying to form an environment where both skill-sets can be used separately by removing the synergy between the two skill-sets.

SkillChanges
Soulbound EdgeRemoved Combo effect that gains increased damage with Malicious Binding.
Prioritizes targets within 20m that are hit by Crashing Waves.
Ring ThrowReduced skill range to 5m (from 10m).
Cannot be used on targets that are behind you.
Flamebolt (Flame)Casting time changed to 1s (from 1.5s).
Reduced damage based on the casting time change. (Roughly 33% reduced per hit.)
Arc Lightning46% increased damage against targets that are affected by Burning, Freezing, and Electrical Shock.
Removed existing 70% Crit Skill damage increase.
Mana FountainRemoved Attack Speed increase effect.
Decreases Cast Time 25% (from 15%).
When equipped with 2H weapon, reduces Global Cool Down (GCD) for Sorcery skills by 10%.
So many changes!
Again, you don’t need this, but more images look great so there’s that.

Battlerage and Swiftblade

Luckily the synergy between Battlerage and Swiftblade isn’t as great as Sorcery and Malediction due to Swiftblade utilizing the Left hand weapon. At this moment, it it not strong enough as a DPS skill-set itself, so users currently incorporate it with Battlerage. In the future, the Dual Wield Swiftblade users will be able to rely less on Battlerage.

SkillChanges
Battlerage Trip effectsWhen equipped 2H weapon, trip increased to 3.5s (from 3s).
When equipped 1H weapon or Dual Wield, trip reduced to 2.5s (from 3s).
Blink (Includes Ancestral Skills)Can use the skill during GCD while in effect of Fleeting Footsteps.
(Fleeting Footsteps buff doesn’t remove while using Blink during Combo effect)
Battlerage = 2 Hand, Swiftblade = Dual Wield.
Again, you don’t really need to see this.

Miscellaneous Skill-sets

Skill Changes
Backdrop: WaveRemoved Concussive Arrow instant cast.
EnervateWhile on effect, target cannot receive buffs from songs.
Critical Discord (Includes Ancestral Skills)While under effect of Discord, target cannot use Shield related skills.
Pain HarvestImmune to Bleeding while caster is under effect.
MettleBear’s Vigor gains 5% of received damage as Mettle (from 10%).
Boastful Roar deals damage equal to 100% of your stacked Mettle (from 60%).
Mocking Howl increased threat level by 500% of your stacked Mettle (from 100%).
Shield Slam: GaleCool Down reduced to 2s (from 4s).
Removed effect that cancels target’s skill cast.

Percentage Stats

Like mentioned in the LAN Amigo, the devs can no longer increase percentage stats that are gained by base stats as they are reaching its limits. As a result, they are changing the linear increase of these percentage stats into more of a logarithmic one so that as the base stats increases, the efficiency of the percentage stats will slowly decrease.

One thing to note that having 1000 Strength and 1000 Agility gives the same amount of Focus compared to having 2000 Strength. Same applies to Cast Time as well.

XL decided not to completely remove Parry from Strength and Evasion from Agility, because it would affect class synergies. On the other hand, Evasion was completely removed in Intelligence. To compensate this, Intelligence and Spirit gained more Cast Time than XL previously planned for.

As for compensating for the reduction of Crit Rate across every stats, XL increased the Max Critical Damage cap from 300% to 350%. This affects Archers the most, because the change lets Archers use Steady Shooting without wasting the Crit Damage increase effect from it. Also affects Dual Wield Swiftblade players as well.

The table does not show stat changes for Block Rate as well as some other percentage stats, but they have been applied the same treatment.

Basically…
When Stamina < 2000, Block Rate after the patch will be higher than before.
When Stamina > 2000, Block Rate after the patch will be lower than before.

Armor Type Changes

Cloth type is shit and everyone knows that. XL decided to buff Cloth as a result and also decided to slightly buff Plate as well. Plate really didn’t deserve a buff in my opinion.

7 Set Cloth Effect

  • Removed Shackle Reduction.
  • Silence duration reduced to 30% (from 20%).

7 Set Plate Effect

  • Shackle duration reduced to 30% (from 20%).

Attack Speed Changes

Until this patch, while casting Magic skills and Healing skills with scepters, staves, clubs, and greatclubs Global Cool Downs (GCD) were not applying the weapon’s attack speed. This resulted on having a constant GCD regardless of the type of weapon you are equipped with. In this patch, XL now applies attack speeds from scepters and staves to reduce GCD. (Clubs are not implemented yet and will come in the June patch.)

Here are some attack speed changes for each weapon type:

  • Scepter: 1.2s -> 1.0s (No changes in atk speed or skill dmg, because old atk speed wasn’t applied before.)
  • Staff: 1.3s (Attack speed 30% reduced. Skill damage 30% increased.)
  • Shield: 2s -> 1s (Shield skills now use shield’s attack speed instead of right hand weapon’s attack speed)

To clarify,
these changes don’t affect Cast Times of skills. The decrease of attack speed by using a staff basically increases the GCD when using Magic skills.

The equation for skill animation speed & skill damage are the following:
Reference

  • Skill Animation Speed = Base Skill Animation Speed / Weapon Attack Speed
  • Skill Damage = Base Skill Damage * Weapon Attack Speed

In regards of Shield skills, in previous builds, Shield Skills skills used the Right hand Weapon’s attack speed when calculating attack speed. As a result, users could have different GCDs when using shield skills even with the same shield.

Side Note for some abandoned changes

These are some explanation about the changes discussed during the LAN Amigo that was ultimately abandoned/postponed.

Shield Block during GCD

During the LAN Amigo, XL mentioned that they were thinking about removing shield blocks while the player is in GCD. This was aimed to nerf DPS classes that equipped a shield. This change was abandoned, because it was also going to hurt tanks and healers which XL did not intent. As a result, XL will be looking for better implementations.

Sonic Wave breaking Imprison

A lot of the players showed concerns about Sonic Wave breaking Imprison. XL thought of this change, because there were not enough skills to counter Defense and XL didn’t want the tempo of the fights to slow down by more and more players picking Defense. However Imprison is a key skill used by Tank players while Sonic Wave is used by many DPS players. This change was thought to just immobilize Defense players, because there are much more players equipped with Sonic Wave than Tanks equipped with Imprison.

Mistsong Banquet Season 3

Like Season 1, Season 2 was a big hit and XL decided to make season 3 of the Mistsong Banquet.

Change Summary:

  • After round 16, a Treasure Mole appears which needs to be killed in a limited time.
  • Round 21 is added that spawns mobs (max # of mobs: 50) from round 20 with short intervals.
  • Laser Cannons damage and range are increased and Thunder Cannon’s attack speed is slightly reduced.

Round 16 is a break round where you won’t lose even if you weren’t able to kill all the Treasure Moles. But these moles give you a lot of Crystals and is key for succeeding round 21. Round 21 will spawn a ton of Guardians, so it is important to kill as many as you can while maintaining your middle tower’s HP up to round 20.

New Mistsong Banquet Season 3

Thunder Cannon and Flame Cannon was superior to the Laser Cannon so the Laser Cannon got buffed while the Thunder Cannon’s efficiency got reduced by roughly 3%.

Language Proficiency Expansion

XL fucked up with the language proficiency way back then and is finally fixing them. Even with 10k max proficiency players would still have symbols in their chat. Players’ configured language was also getting reset upon exiting instances.

Advanced Language Proficiency Book. We don’t know the required mats yet.

Changes:

  • Expanded the max language proficiency to 20k which entirely removes symbols from your chat.
  • Configured Language is never reset until user changes it.
  • Current speaking language can be checked from the a UI.
Location of where you can increase your language proficiency

Don’t worry. Your existing language tutors can also teach you up to 20k proficiency so you don’t have to go to those locations.

The Dwarf tutor that teaches the Nuia language.

Weapon & Armor Type Change Scrolls

The armor type change scrolls available in Unchained can only be used for Hiram gears below T5. This new scroll allows players with T5 Hiram or T3 Library to change their armor type.

XL also released Weapon Type Change Scrolls as well which lets player change Hiram and Library weapon types. These scrolls are RNG and are sold in the Credit Shop. Wait what? lol

Left scroll is for T5 Hiram and T3 Lib armor. Middle scroll is for T5 Hiram and Lib weapon. Right scroll is for T3, T4 Hiram and T1, T2 Lib weapon.

Even with these Weapon Type Change scrolls, you cannot change a 1 Hand weapon into a Right hand Weapon, change 2 Hand weapon into a 1 Hand weapon, etc. Basically Bows can’t change itself to anything else until XL releases the new upcoming Rifle.

UI for Weapon Type Changing Scroll.

Lunagem Type Changing

Lunagems were a pain to change, because you would have to unsocket them, transmute them, and then socket them again. XL is adding a Lunagem Tranmuting stone in the Credit Shop that uses 200 labor to change a single Lunagem. lol free money for XL YAY

Example only shows craftable Lunagems, but you can also change Honor Lunagems as well.

Luckily for the Koreans, XL will be giving a certain amount of these gems for free, because of the Skill Balance changes like how they did with the Armor Type Scrolls with the Armor Type balance changes back then.

Don’t worry and trust Gamigo. You know deep down in your heart that they won’t gives those scrolls to us for free.

Conclusion

XL is gracious enough to give their KR players free Lunagem transmuting stones and free Stat Migration items, because of the changes from this patch. I doubt Gamigo would ever give those to us, but I guess we never really know.

I suspect that, in the future, XL will nerf the Sky Emperor Glider. A bunch of whiners are requesting XL to nerf it in the KR Archeage Forum. I hope they don’t…

Ipnysh Sanctuary Guide (WIP)

Got some Ipnysh Sacntuary (Golden Shrine) boss videos that you guys might be interested in. The 2nd boss and the 4th boss are the hard ones with the 2nd boss being the hardest.

Thanks to Kimnuts for making the videos that I referenced to write up the guide!

1st Boss

The boss boss round consists of 4 mini bosses that all have different mechanics. Before you start, the runs are much easier if your healer can rez quickly.

1st boss by Kimnuts.

1-1

First of all, all the boss skills can be used while standing still and even when it’s moving. It is crucial to make sure you can recognize the actual physical motions of the boss for each of the skills. In future phases, clones of the boss spawn and you can’t see their casting bars, so you need to memorize the visuals of each pattern.

The boss skills are the following:

Tramp Earth (대지 밟기)
Tramp Earth

The boss does a couple jumps and the last jump is the high jump. Once the cast is over, jump to avoid damage. Seems to have about 15m range.

Charge (돌진)
Spawns a mat and charges.

Melees behind the boss needs to back off when it does the charge. It also hits players that aren’t on the mat if they are behind the boss.

Bucking (뒷발치기)
As always keep distance from the boss.

Hits targets behind the boss. Pretty simple.

Fling Up (올려 차기)
Seems like you should always just move away when the boss runs towards you.

Hits targets in front of the boss. Main aggro should avoid the attack using mobility skills like backdrop.

Seems pretty easy as long as you have archers as your DPS. Basically you want 1 healer and 4 DPS (any class) to quickly nuke down the boss. If you die too much, spec defense. Even 3 DPS with 2 healers (1 main healer and a rezzer) can be a good choice.

Once the boss has 80% HP, it spawns Rapters that are immune to your attacks. You need to align yourself so that the boss attacks hit the Rapters. Or you can just lift the Rapters will CCs like Bubble and the surrounding towers will attack the Rapters.

Try not to get lifted, because those towers will also hit you.

Once the boss has 40% HP, it will spawn a clone of itself which disappears in 40 seconds. The clone also can lift you so be careful. The purple traps in the middle lifts you up if you stand on it so be aware. The only way to deal with the clone is to just ignore it and full DPS the boss.

1-2

If you get hit by the boss’ Sunder Earth, you insta-die. The main aggro just needs to move away from the boss and avoid the Sunder Earth.

When the boss hits 70% HP, it spawns suiciding robots. If you hit them, they explode and causes an AOE trip around itself. It’s stationary when spawns, but later on moves so kill them asap. You can notice that the boss acts up weirdly if the main aggro dies. This can sometimes cause the boss to reset, so you just have to pray for it to no reset.

When the boss hits 40% HP, it spawns a clone that also does the same thing. The clone is immune to damage so it will eventually always get aggroed to the healer. But when it first spawns, it will initially aggro to whoever is closest to the clone. The aggro will eventually change to the healer, so the healer needs to heal while kiting the clone.

1-3

For this boss, you also just have to be careful with the aggro. When the boss spawns, stick to the center of the map, so that the boss doesn’t move to somewhere else.

Stay inside the center quadrant like this.

At the start, out of the 9 quadrants of the map thorns spawn on all the quadrants except the center one. These thorns will trip you if you get hit.

This boss has 2 patterns and you only have to pay attention to one of the pattern. The boss’s normal attack is a shock attack and the boss shoots the attack towards the main aggro. If you get hit by it, you get pushed and tripped, so you need to avoid it by doing long stutter steps. You can see it how it’s done below.

You can see the red circle player is doing long stutter steps to avoid the shock attack.

The shock attack has a mini skill channel at the start and immediately starts a slightly longer skill channel. When the 1st mini channel ends, move to the side. Once the 2nd skill channel ends, go back to where you were.

Occasionally the boss spawns suicide robots on the 4 corners of the center quadrant so stay away from it. These suicide robots seems to blow up when it gets aggro.

When the boss reaches 60% HP, the thorns on the ground swap and only spawns at the center of the map. It also spawns the Mechanoid Hog looking boss clone you saw from 2nd phase of the 1st stage. Like the previous phase, this boss clone only gets aggro from the healer, so the healer needs to kite the clone.

At 40% HP, the thorns now spawn on the outer quadrants, so get back inside. The clone could still be alive. (Seems like you can kill it using the thorns to your advantage? Please verify.) If it is still alive, your healer who should have the aggro of the clone needs to stay on the outer quadrants and kite the clone while healing.

Suicide bots will now spawn again on the outer quadrants, so a DPS (preferably an archer with missile rain) needs to blow them up to make the healer’s life easier.

During the entire time, the main aggro just needs to kite the shock attack.

1-4

So finally the 4th phase boss in level 1. Over all the patterns are identical to the 1st phase, but it uses Sunder Earth (that one shots people). Luckily it doesn’t spawn the rapters. Instead is spawns the suicide bots.

At the start, there’s no special pattern. Just look at the boss’ movements and react accordingly.

At 85%, a clone from the phase 2 spawns. Remember you need to pay attention with the clone as they can also do patterns. It can use Sunder

At 75%, 2 clones from phase 1 spawn. As always clones eventually aggro to healers, so its crucial for the healers to position correctly so that the clone attacks don’t hit the DPS.

At 50%, 2 clones spawn from phase 2, but they stay stationary and only uses Sunder Earth. This will one shot you.

At 20%, 1 clone from phase 4 spawns. It basically does all the patterns. Basically assume that all the clones will to all the patterns, since there’s too many clones in the map. Clones do disappear after 40 seconds since they are spawned though.

2nd Boss

2nd boss by Kimnuts

Ah I guess you finally beat the first bosses. Now its Carlisle and Talmon that you need to kill.

In Kimnut’s video, the party has 2 healers, 3 archers. 2 of the archers have shields and specced defense.

You can notice that the bosses have several buffs and debuffs at the start. They start with 500k shield. If you hit the boss when the shield is present, you “get” the same type the boss has. Carlisle is light type and Talmon is dark type. If you get hit by the boss with the same type as yourself, you will only receive 1/3 of the actual damage. You also need the same type to react on a specific boss pattern. So it’s important to have two players tanking each of the bosses.

The buffs and debuffs

The first buff is the type of the boss. The 2nd buff is the the shield. The first debuff is probably the timer till it hits Enrage mode. When the boss is in enrage, you basically can’t beat it, because it gains 300% increased damage and 80% received damage. Just reset at the point.

The boss skills are the following:

Carlisle’s Sword

Hits targets infront of the boss. Basically the front 180′ angle.

When Carlisle uses this skill, the boss moves forward slightly. You need to pay attention so that the boss’s skill doesn’t hit your back, since the skill wouldn’t get blocked and will kill the tank.

Carlisle’s Cross Attack

Creates a Cross shape mat that deals massive damage.

The Cross Attack’s cross mat is very large and can reach from one end to almost the other end so both tanks should be aware of this.

Carlisle’s Mobilization

Notice that the boss channels twice.

Once the shield of the boss is gone, the boss enters the 2nd phase and will start be using this skill. After the first skill channel, it will teleport to the main aggro. Seems like the players with the same type of the boss needs to get close to the boss or said player will gain 200% reduced healing.

Carlisle’s Aura Blade

Also be careful so that the skill doesn’t hit your back.

Like Carlisle’s Sword, you want to back up slightly.

Until the shields go away, the extra DPS shouldn’t be hitting the bosses. I would assume this DPS player won’t get any specific type since the player waited to hit the bosses until the shield disappeared.

You can notice the player “비콸” is waiting until the shield is gone.

Main Focus of the beating the bosses:

DPS and do the patterns until both bosses has 5% HP (265,000 HP) left. To be safe, slow DPS when you get close and avoid AOE skills. When a boss hits 5% HP, it will go into sleep mode that heals the other boss up to 30% hp. You want both bosses entering sleep mode and burn both of them at the same time.

Basically all of the bosses’ attacks hurt, but the tanks need to get hit by the skills called “Carlisle’s Sword” and “Talmon’s Staff”. They are kind of like the bosses’ basic attacks. The reason behind this is whenever the tank dodges those skills, the boss gains a buff stack called ” How dare you dodge this? (어쭈 피해?)” that increases the boss’s received damage and damage by 30%.

Also the bosses gain Mettle stacks whenever it is hit and “Carlisle’s Sword” and “Talmon’s Staff” both deals consumes the Mettle stacks to deal extra damage. When the attack is blocked, 100k Mettle stacks seem to deal 10k more damage.

Apparently there’s also a presumed bug:

  • If Carlisle gains 300k Mettle stacks Carlisle’s Sword will not deal any damage.
  • If Talmon gains 400k Mettle stacks Talmon’s Staff will not deal any damage.

Luckily attacks from the bosses can be blocked, parried, and evaded, so the 2 tanks need to spec Defense with a shield and use Shield Slam whenever available to dodge the bosses’ attacks. With block, the hits are manageable.

Because the boss starts with 50k shield at the start, the tanks can’t keep aggro from the healer. It’s important for the tank to use hard aggro skills like “Boastful Roar” to keep it aggroing to the healer. It’s also important to make the boss face towards the wall so that it won’t accidentally hit other players.

Pro tip: You can notice that the main tank archer swapped to normal Endless Arrow. This is probably to prevent the GCD so that he can use his defense skills on time.

Cost of Erenor Infusions (Territory Coins)

So on April 2nd 2020, XL released the Hidden Story patch that briefly mentioned about NPCs being able to sell Erenor Infusions in exchange of Territory Coins.

Yes, I know you can craft Erenor Infusions using Territory Coins and other mats, but this new addition only required Territory Coins. People thought this might be a potential way to get cheaper Erenor experience compared to the traditional Ayanad Staff feeding method or crafting your own Erenor Infusion. We finally got some information about how many Territory Coins would cost you to get those Erenor Infusions and they aren’t looking great.

The Table

Grade# of required Territory Coins
Arcane?
Heroic?
Unique?
Celestial?
Divine250
Epic500? (My guess)
Legendary750
Mythic?
Eternal?
Characters can only exchange one Erenor Infusion per day from all the Territories you own.

Some rough NA Math

So I bought a ton of Lord’s Coins for 35 gold per piece hoping it to be worth the investment. Heck even if it wasn’t really worth, I had enough time to sell them or even use a portion myself.

Legendary Infusions

Amount of gold you spend getting Legendary Erenor exp buying Infusions = 750 * 35 (How much I spent per coin) * 4 (staff gives about 8184 exp, but infusions gives u 2k) = 105,000 Gold.

It usually costs around 60,000 ~ 70,000 Gold for a 2H Ayanad Leggy Staff. (8184 exp)

So for buying Infusions to be equivalent in efficiency compared to staves, Lord’s Coins have to be around 20G ~ 23G which is definitely not the case in NA Legacy.

Divine Infusions

Amount of gold you spend getting Divine Erenor exp buying Infusions = 250 * 35 (How much I spent per coin) * 3.7 (staff gives about 7343 exp, but infusions gives u 2k) = 32,375 Gold.

It usually costs around 10,000 ~ 12,000 Gold for a 2H Ayanad Divine Staff. (7343 exp)

So for buying Infusions to be equivalent in efficiency compared to staves, Lord’s Coins have to be around 10G ~ 13G which is also not the case in NA Legacy.

Conclusion

So yeah, nothing else really left on my end. The hype that Erenor would become easier to make was just a hype and actually never was true. Once I get more information about other grade, I’ll update the table.