Blade & Soul NA Impressions

Want to know if Blade and Soul NA is worth your time or interest? I’ll give you my impressions and initial review of Blade & Soul here.

Granted, this video only has my experience up until level cap in the localization of Blade and Soul but I think my stance is pretty firm and my impressions or review aren’t likely to change after that.

Weapon Path & Gem Hammer Changes Coming to Blade & Soul

Today NCsoft has announced a heads-up on a few progression changes coming to Blade & Soul in next few weeks, including the weapon upgrade paths and some new ways to improve your weapons with gems. Check below for the details:

Weapon Upgrade Paths
Currently, there are two paths players can take while upgrading their weapons, which are described as Moonwater Plains and Silverfrost Mountains—named after the areas you collect the materials for your weapons. On June 1 the final tiers of Moonwater Plains—the Siren and Pirate weapon paths—will be retired, and any weapons on those paths will be diverted to the Silverfrost Mountains path at the next applicable evolution.

To clarify, True Profane will now only be able to progress to Oathbreaker and True Siren will only be able to progress to True Oathbreaker. The path from True Pirate will remain unchanged and can only progress to True Breeze.

Part of the reason for this change is that in an upcoming in-game event you’ll be able to reduce your upgrade costs with a new item called a Nebula Weapon Upgrade Stone. These stones can be used in place of an Evolution weapon to reduce the amount of materials and gold required for weapon upgrades, and can reduce your upgrade costs by 10–40%.

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To give you some more background on our decision, in the original Korean version of Blade & Soul these weapon paths were retired at the release of the Silverfrost Mountains expansion. When NCsoft looked at average player progression at the time Silverfrost was going to come out, they made the decision to give players an option on how to progress, and kept the old path. While Pirate and Siren are considered to generally be cheaper routes to take, it requires continuous farming of lower-level dungeons to obtain the necessary materials. The official team think the player experience would be better served by being able to play in the new Silverfrost content, while also removing some of the weapon upgrade path complexity and short-term upgrade costs. With the weapon upgrade discounts provided by the Nebula Weapon Upgrade Stones in the upcoming in-game event, this is a great time to retire the old paths, help everyone upgrade faster, and get players into more of the content they want to be playing.

If you’ve been collecting Pirate Emblems and other upgrade materials for the Moonwater Plains weapon path, you have until June 1 to choose this path.

Gem Hammers and Gem Sockets

A while back NCsoft had identified an issue with players potentially losing the gem sockets they unlocked with Gem Hammers when they upgraded their weapon to the Silverfrost Mountains path. While this is how this system is intended to function, and has functioned in other regions, could be improved. Since then NCsoft have been continuing to work on the functionality, and starting May 11, any gem sockets opened with Gem Hammers on your weapon will no longer reset when transitioning from the Moonwater Plains weapon progression path to the Silverfrost Mountains weapon progression path. You’ll also still have the chance to gain additional gem sockets beyond the ones you’ve unlocked. Due to your feedback this is a change being made for other regional versions of Blade & Soul as well.

In addition, the official team is making changes to the number of Gem Hammers needed to unlock additional gem sockets, and unifying costs for all Moonwater Plains and Silverfrost Mountains weapon paths.

To help cover the potential loss of gem sockets due to the upgrade to Silverfrost, NCsoft have previously distributed Gem Hammers to anyone who was affected. They’ll being running another distribution of four Gem Hammers to any new characters affected with the May 11 maintenance. More details on this process can be found in the Gem Hammers for Affected Players forum post. If you’re in the process of upgrading your weapon to the Silverfrost Mountains path, please feel free to go ahead and do so.

The Shattered Empire Overview & Patch Notes of BnS

After a long wait, the Shattered Empire update will finally hit Blade & Soul tomorrow. This update will bring several new contents to the game. Today NCsoft released an overview of the new features and changes in this update, as well as the full patch notes on the official website. Check below for the details:

Blade & Soul Update 2.1 – Shattered Empire

The Shattered Empire Overview & Patch Notes of BnS

Continue your adventures in Silverfrost Mountains with new dungeons, a new section of Mushin’s Tower, and a brand new 6v6 objective-based PvP mode. See more on the update overview page.

Group Content

The Shattered Empire Overview & Patch Notes of BnS

The Shattered Empire update brings two new dungeons; Cold Storage, a fairly simple but lucrative daily dungeon; and a new pinnacle in difficulty: Sogun’s Lament. In addition, Whirlwind Valley ushers in a brand new 6v6 objective-based PvP mode. See more in our Group Content article.

Spring Bounty XP Event

From April 27–May 11 earn additional experience to help propel you toward the end-game, or even just level up some new characters and classes. During the event the following bonuses are active:

+50% XP from defeating NPC enemies/monsters
+50% XP from daily quests
+100% Guild Points from gathering/crafting

These bonuses also stack with all other XP bonuses, including the one provided through a Premium Membership. Get the most out of your leveling speed potential!

Shattered Empire 2.1 Patch Notes

General
Daily Challenge is now available! Earn bonus rewards for certain Daily quests and get bonus rewards if you are able to complete 4 or more!

A Daily Challenge Tab has been added to Dragon Express where you can redeem Heavenly Energy.

Reduced the amount of Soulstones needed to craft Moonwater Plains items, including Moonwater Transformation Stones.
Additional sliders have been added for Monster and Background Effects Quality.
Fixed an issue where the /dance emote was not working.

Dungeons
Increased the amount of Frozen Stingers available from Avalanche Den, Lair of the Frozen Fang, and Awakened Necropolis.

PvP
Whirlwind Valley is now available! Whirlwind Valley is an objective-based 6v6 PvP mode where teamwork and coordination is key. This PvP mode is not gear equalized.
Fixed the use of unintended items in Duel Arena and Tag Match.

The following items are now available through PvP currencies from Duel Arena, Tag Match, and Whirlwind Valley (additional requirements are needed):

Hongmoon Pellet
Bloodshade Harbor Hongmoon Skillbooks (untradeable)
Retreived Hongmoon Secret Technique – Volume 1
Retrieved Hongmoon Secret Technique – Volume 2
Chilling Flame Elixir

Items
You can now resist Asura’s Brand in Sogun’s Lament when equipping the following items:

Awakened Oathbreaker Belt
True Oathbreaker Belt
Awakened Scorpio Belt
True Scorpio Belt
New items can now be stored in the Wardrobe, including the following previously avaialble items:

First Mate
Lover Boy Bow Tie
Bunny Fluff
The following items can now be mailed with Outfit Delivery Stamps:
White Night
Lover Boy Bow Tie
First Mate

Localization
Fixed and updated a large amount of text, voiceover, and cutscene localization in English, German, and French.

System
Fixed an issue where some accounts were not able to send mail to other characters on the same account.
Fixed an issue where external links could not be launched from the Announcements (F1) window.
The deletion timer for characters level 16 and higher has been reduced to 12 hours.