Blade & Soul User Interface Guide

Status Bars
At the top left of the UI, we can see the status bars of your character. The red bar is your health bar, indicating how much damage your character can sustain before having to recover. The bar below your health is your resource, or “fuel,” meter. Your character wouldn’t be able to perform any special abilities without this meter. The green bar is your Qing Gong meter, one of Blade & Soul’s unique traveling systems. This green bar will slowly drain until depleted while using this system. Once the meter is completely exhausted, you will be forced out of Qing Gong and have to wait a bit for the meter to recover.

Party Unit Frames
To the far left under the status bars, you can find the party unit frames. These frames show which number each party member is, who the party leader is, their health in the form of a blue bar, their name, and their level. By right clicking on a specific party member, you’ll be open to several options such as group looting options, trading, removing that party member if you are the party leader, whispering, and more.

Action Bars
In the bottom center and a bit to the right, you can see the action and consumable hotkey bars. These bars have default key-bindings which allow you to use your character’s abilities. The “F” key, while also being a host to abilities for the various classes, also acts as a standard “action” button that allows you to use objects in the game, pick up objects and bodies, and loot corpses. Some buttons will change based on your target’s status, whether they are on the ground, stunned, or in the air. Some also change depending on if you executed a successful block or not. Ability key-binds are as follows: Tab, 1-4, R, F, Z, X, C and V. For classes such as the Blade Master, Kung-Fu Master, and Destroyer, your “R” key abilities are your standard attacks and are used to generate resource points, allowing you to use your special abilities found on other hot-keys. The consumable section at the bottom right consisting of numbers 5-8 allow you to drag items like food or potions and use them from said hot-key, allowing for quicker and more efficient accessibility during combat.

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Chat Box
At the bottom left of the screen, you’ll notice the chat box. Here you can see general chat, party chat, whispers, guild chat, system messages, and so on. The color codes for these texts should seem familiar to any MMORPG player. White is ordinary speak, blue is party chat, green is guild chat, tan is general chat, and so on. Wish to filter out some channels to remove some clutter? You can do that! You can even create entirely new tabs with custom filters to keep your chatting experience as organized as possible. Another great feature in Blade & Soul’s chat box is the ability to link various items to other players.

Minimap & Map
To the top right of the screen you’ll find a standard mini-map. The mini-map displays a wide array of information for the user to take advantage of. The top left section of the mini-map will display the name of the area you are currently in. To the right of this, you can find the current zone channel that you are in. This number will vary depending on how many people are in the zone overall across all channels. Much like Aion, NCsoft’s most recent MMORPG title, you can change to another zone channel willingly just by clicking on this indicator. From the screen shot above, you can see the buttons to the right of the channel indicator/changer on the mini-map and also what they do. One of those buttons include the teleportation feature, which can actually be used from any location by simply pressing that button. The only downside to this is that the teleport scrolls required for this feature are somewhat expensive, at least for a low level character. You can also use the “M” hot-key to view the full-sized map and the “N” hot-key to make the maps transparent by removing terrain.

Quest Tracker
Below the mini map you have the quest tracking system. You can use this tool to track the quests you are currently working on. Yellow triangular arrows indicate storyline quests. These quests are directly related to the storyline in Blade & Soul and will typically lead to cut-scenes upon accepting or completing them. Blue triangular arrows indicate side quests. These are quests given to you along your travels that generally have no real impact on the main storyline. When these triangular arrows turn into a star, this indicates that you have completed said quest. We can also see the title of the quest in green text, and the quest objective in white text. When you accept a group quest, there will be a teal cylinder next to the title of the quest. Attempt these quests solo, and you shall meet your demise! If you wish, you can also close the quest tracker completely by clicking on the black button with two white arrows under the mini-map.

Experience Bar
Stretching across the bottom of the screen is the experience bar. Here, you can find how much experience you are required to earn before you will gain a level. Just above the experience bar in the far left corner of the screen, you will find your character’s name and current level. As you hover over the experience bar, you can see how much more experience is required to level and how much experience you have gained in total.

Social Tab Buttons
To the left of the main action bar is the social tab. Here, you will find various in-game social functions, including a button to view mail, latest news, your friend list, the auction house, and even a calendar. We can’t get into details with these features as they were disabled for CBT1.

Character Tab Buttons
On the opposite side of the screen in the far right corner, you will find the various character tabs. Here, there are buttons to view your character profile, giving you access to your character’s stats, equipment, and accessories. There is also a button to view your quest log, your skill book containing all of your spells and abilities, your inventory, and a button for training. At level 15, this button will be used to access what we commonly refer to as your “talent tree.” The inventory feature in Blade & Soul is quite convenient. It allows you to filter items in your bags based on item quality. Finally, there is also a button to access the game menu which hosts a variety of options ranging from video, audio, key-bindings, and just simply logging out.

Blade & Soul Naryu Labyrinth & Mushin’s Tower Floor 8

These challenging max-level additions all arrived to Blade & Soul with the Unchained update on March 2.

Naryu Labyrinth
The Naryu Labyrinth is an Epic difficulty max-level dungeon available in 6- and 4-player versions. While the encounters and enemies you’ll face are certainly challenging all on their own, you’ll also need to jump, glide, and find your way through this sprawling maze. Each room contains a unique encounter that—when defeated—will unlock a door at random to the next room. Progressing will follow with a similar random advancement to the room beyond, the room beyond that, and so on; creating a unique and challenging experience each time you enter the Labyrinth.

While there are countless individual rooms that you’ll progress through randomly, there are three total floors to descend, and a boss to defeat that guards each of the exits to the next floor below.

Blade & Soul Naryu Labyrinth & Mushin's Tower Floor 8 Blade & Soul Naryu Labyrinth & Mushin's Tower Floor 8

Each boss has their own tantalizing treasures to take once they’ve been defeated, but along the way you’ll also acquire Naryu Labyrinth Relic Pieces, which can be turned in to Exchanger Junsu just outside the entrance for a Labyrinth Treasure chest, which contains a variety of items, including the coveted Black Sun costume.

Blade & Soul Naryu Labyrinth & Mushin's Tower Floor 8

The Gods of Wind and Thunder, Fujin and Raijin, are a difficult trial for even the most coordinated groups of warriors, and among the gods’ most sought-after treasures are their costumes, allowing anyone to become the embodiment of the wind and thunder itself.

Mushin’s Tower – Floor 8
The next floor of Mushin’s Tower has unlocked, and warriors capable of conquering the prior seven floors can now take on the three embodiments of Mushin himself. He has returned to take a personal hand in training those hoping to continue their ascension of the tower.

Blade & Soul Naryu Labyrinth & Mushin's Tower Floor 8

Mushin’s embodiments will use powerful techniques, and those challenging him will need to defeat each one separately against increasingly strict time limits. Among the great treasures he drops are the Fury weapon skins, and Mushin’s Soul Shield—an entirely new Soul Shield set.

While Floor 8 completes the first section, it’s clear the tower continues to rise far above this floor, and it’s no doubt that more will be unlocked at some point, though no one knows when that may be.

You Can Download Blade & Soul’s Launch Client Now

NCsoft has released Blade & Soul‘s final launch client for players to download athough they won’t be able to play until at least January 15. You can find the  at the official site here. If you have purchased Founder’s Pack you can play the game at at 10am PST / 7pm CET, January 15 adead of other players. The rest of the players will be able to play at 12:01am EST, January 19.

Keep in mind that previous CBT client won’t work at launch and CBT participant must uninstall the old client and download the new client. The game has added new customization options, hairstyles, skintones and more for launch and you can learn more about that at the offical launch guide.

You can bookmark our guides to get a smooth start at launch.

Be sure to check out the video posted below for a glimpse at the new class in action.