Blade & Soul Introduces Shattered Empire Group Content

Blade & Soul is going to release the Shattered Empire update on April 27, bringing three new pieces of multiplayer content, in the form of two new endgame dungeons, and a brand new PvP game mode. Recently NCsoft revealed the details of these upcoming contents to give players a first look of the update. Check below for the details:

Whirlwind Valley
This is a brand new 6v6 PvP mode that challenges teams of players to capture and maintain control over a number of objectives to earn points. The first team to 1800 points, or the team with the most points when the timer runs out, wins. Your team can earn points by holding objectives, defeating enemy players, and for killstreaks. After a match you’ll earn Battle Points, which you can then use to purchase rewards from new Battlefield Traders that have a wide range of items for sale including upgrade materials, Soul Shields, and costumes.

Blade & Soul Introduces Shattered Empire Group Content

Whirlwind Valley is entered through the F8 (Cross Server) menu, and unlike the Arena, player gear is not equalized. This means that your progression in the game content—and quality of your gear—will play an integral role, but good strategy and teamwork will ultimately decide who wins.

Sogun’s Lament
Explore a ruined palace compound far in the frozen north of the Silverfrost Mountains. The tragic tale of Prince Sogun is told throughout your adventure here, and you may finally be able to help put his tortured spirit to rest. You must fight your way through the palace’s defenses, including a small army of elite troops and summoned monsters, before finally facing off with Asura—the palace’s final boss.

Blade & Soul Introduces Shattered Empire Group Content

Sogun’s Lament is the most difficult piece of new group content, offering a new pinnacle of difficult content for coordinated groups of players to attempt to tackle. Available in 4- and 6-member difficulty, the drops from Sogun’s Lament allow for the continued progression for weapons and accessories.

Cold Storage
Cold Storage is a new Heroic group dungeon that can be completed once per day, unless a Cold Storage Reset is purchased from the Hongmoon Store. It offers consistently sought-after rewards, and most players will want to complete this fairly low-difficulty dungeon every day to assist with their progression.

Blade & Soul Introduces Shattered Empire Group Content

The second boss, Kaari Lord, is optional, and can only be spawned by collecting three colored orbs (which are tradable) from the first boss Winter Mane. By defeating bosses and completing the dungeon you’ll earn rewards like experience, Frozen Stingers, and Freezing Orbs—which can be used to purchase Frozen weapons, Hongmoon Skillbooks, and clan crafting recipes.

Do that crafting or pay 4-6g in Blade And Soul

Do that crafting or pay 4-6g EACH on the Market by the insurmountable possible bots that mass farm these things every day and players selling them in the mix. But anyways the worst part about it is it being time gated, you’d be much better off making 4 free accounts and making 5-8 different chars and craft the same thing of one type if you want a lot of something like 5-7 moonwater pickaxes for instance,
and then just log in and out and switch to all your chars and queue them up for 20 hours to farm this one white cedar sap to wait another 12 hours to make a moonwater pickaxe that only works once to mine 1 mineral node and then breaks which yields you anywhere from 1-6 moonwater quartz. (Hold those pickaxes for huge mineral piles they’ll give you 3-6 quartz).

Which is really stupid.
Why stupid? Think about all the botters in the game, what do you think is going on there? This time-gated system not only hinders legit players it BENEFITS bots by a billion, shuns new players to not even bother with it as the game develops and makes the system altogether worthless.

Do that crafting or pay 4-6g in Blade And Soul

NCSoft claimed there were over 2 million players active in Blade And Soul at some point. I told myself no freaking way. If I could rank 2000 something in my Force Master class in PvP(and I freaking suck, hate the PvP and am a PvE-oriented player) that means the other 1.9 some odd million players are pure trash. THERE’S NO WAY I would never believe I’m in the top 1 percentile as I know I’m not that good and admittedly so know my own faults of non-commitment to the competitive scene within BnS. I would gauge myself in anywhere in the 150k-200k rank or unranked crap since I don’t play it competitively in any sense.

But no here I am halfassing PvP arena and my class rank is like 2011 and all time ranking 18,908 with people telling me how to play the class when I don’t even care how to play my class. I only did PvP to get Soulstones so I can progress in PvE faster than at a snail’s pace.

Blade and Soul: Is the bot situation dampening your fun

While playing last night I watched region chat. And people were voicing a lot of anger towards bots. I usually don’t pay attention to those chats. It’s usually just trolling and whining. This time I decided to watch. They seem to have a point, then I went into world pvp. And witnessed a completely bot side of pvp. That’s when I said whoa we need to talk about this.

Blade & Soul: Silverfrost Mountains Dungeon Preview

With the upcoming Silverfrost Mountains expansion NCsoft is introducing eight exciting new dungeons to Blade & Soul—five Expert (blue), and three Heroic (purple). While these will present a significant new challenge for even the most highly trained martial artist, the rewards will be even greater, providing new weapon and accessory upgrade progression paths, Soul Shields, and cosmetic rewards.
Below are brief overviews of the three Heroic dungeons being introduced in the upcoming Silverfrost Mountains expansion.
Awakened Necropolis

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A demonic invasion has been sealed inside a city’s walls, and the demons have been making coordinated escape attempts to spread their vile influence. The demons are rallying their forces once again to smash through the blockade, and it’s up to you to help the Soul Wardens keep them under control.
Battle through a horde of undead to face the Unholy Jiangshi Demon, then you’ll need to split your team up to simultaneously defend separate Demonseal Cores from waves of demons, and finally enter the Necropolis itself to face the Scorpion Queen.
Lair of the Frozen Fang

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In the northern parts of the Silverfrost Mountains live a tribe of savage monsters called the Jomu, who kidnap humans to serve as slaves and blood sacrifices. The Jomu worship the Tetralisk Queen as an ancient deity, and are attempting to empower demonic snakes to let them escape their frozen captivity.
Fight your way to the first two bosses Godem the Fist and Jarakhan, and then challenge Court Lady Sa. Next you need to take on Chuchu, a large winged boss that will summon miniature yetis while you attempt to defeat him. You can choose what order you take on the final two bosses, but you won’t be victorious until you defeat both the Bladescale Naga King and Tetralisk Queen.
Avalanche Den

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While the Yeti in the Silverfrost region have been known to kidnap the odd villager from time to time, the Angler Yeti is a special case as it uses illusions to lure victims into its clutches. This has posed a particularly dangerous threat to the locals, and it’s up to you to stop the Angler Yeti and keep it from capturing any further victims.
The Avalanche Den presents a number of unique obstacles, including cavern fungus and giant snowballs that you’ll need to dodge to avoid being grabbed or knocked down. You’ll need to use snowballs to knock the first boss, Mighty Chubarro, from his perch to defeat him. The final boss, the Angler Yeti itself, will attempt to freeze and smash any of those attempting to stop its terrible reign.

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.

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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.

Blade & Soul Reviews – Is It Worth to Play

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Blade and soul has been a game that many of us have been waiting for years to get our hands on, after seeing all the trailers and gameplay footage, having first-hand experience at the game gives a completely different feeling of its own, but the real question is, have you enjoyed it or did you come to dislike it much quicker than you thought?

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Visuals:
First off I just want to say that the visuals for a game that’s already “old” enough considering it’s release date on other countries is quite fantastic, I’ve done the “rush” to cap thing in many different games though I decided to more or less just start off very casual in order to just take my time and enjoy something that we’ve been denied over the years.

The game has many vista points where you can have a quick admire at just how pretty the game can actually look due to the pleasant locations and brilliant lighting effects, the game has some really vibrant areas which makes trekking through areas a nice experience. Obviously this goes without saying that you would be able to tell the difference in the texture quality in some cases on if you was to compare this game to more recent games like black desert, but the art style of Blade and Soul is what I think saves it and makes it still look quite relevant for its time.

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Gameplay:
I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the general gameplay of the game going from 1-45, none of it is to do with the levelling speed or the way you actually level up via quest grind, for me it was the way that the game felt very repetitive and lacking in the mob department.

As I progressed my way through the levels, I started to notice the lack of variety in what I was killing, I can’t remember the last game I played where “human” style mobs were the main enemy that you would be killing mostly throughout the game, especially as you get closer to 45 and then actually hit 45. When you hit the level cap and start doing dungeons, you’re mostly just battling against human mob types that are also using class based stances, aka destroyer, forcemaster, blademaster, assassin and kungfumaster, then you will also be seeing a fair amount of mob only “classes” which is a spearman, gunman, archers and a sword and shielder.

Even though the lack of mob variety (and lack of general interesting ones at that) seemed to be at an all time low for me, I’d rather not make that the butt of this whole thing, it was just simply something that had me feel the increased boredom when I wasn’t really facing anything new as I went forward through the game outside of the odd undead encounters, bears/lions/giant birds, frog people and a few other varients with predictable attacks in where you would just find your self laying waste to the enemies, generally you would be trying to lure up groups of mobs as much as you could as to make the process go quicker when it was viable due just how very easy it is to CC crowds of mobs with no AoE cap.

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As it’s already quite an obvious thing and has been mentioned in other write-ups, making sure to get a good build is the obvious key to blowing through mobs, either with it being killing 1 at a time or mass luring, though when levelling in PvE I would easily always suggest to keep an AoE/CC based build if possible for your class. As I levelled up a kungfumaster, I was heavily limited to 1 by 1 kills until I got access to skill points with the ability to build how I wanted, it changed it from slow 1 on 1 killing experience to an AoE/CC machine, something that I wasn’t expecting considering how the kungfumaster is introduced to you at lower levels, though saying that, I wouldn’t recommend using the set builds that are offered to you.

Story/quest content:
I had heard that Blade and soul had quite a decent story to it, I saw some pretty nice cutscenes here and there over youtube and such so I knew that I had something to look forward to whilst levelling up, I don’t usually make it a thing to read through side-quests either as with many games it tends to be a lot of “who cares” with things such as “hi there stranger, fancy bringing me some meat by killing me some pigs” etc etc, not to say that Blade and soul lacked those quests…because it certainly did have some here and there which unfortunately takes away from the main story when you go from an epic story to dealing with a guys farm.

The cutscenes in this game really dragged me into the story and kept me immersed, some of them were quite long which made me enjoy and appreciate it just that much more, you can really tell the developers put a lot of effort into what they were making and the story they were telling. I’ve played my fair share of MMOs where I will usually skip reading the quests which can often even include the main story quests as they tend to not really drag you into it enough and sometimes have cutscenes that are either being told with pictures (which I don’t mind but it doesn’t drag you into what’s happening and can result in an easy skip) or just general in-game stuff with nothing all too big going on, I think this is what made me really enjoy and have that “I can’t wait to see what happens next” going off in my head after the scene ended, personally I don’t think I can give it enough praise as I’ve not really enjoyed an MMOs story in far too long, perhaps the last one that did it properly was swtor.

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Outside of the main story content, I was quite surprised to find that the blue side quests actually had some interesting little storys to each area you was at as opposed to a load of content quest fillers to drive you along the levels. I enjoyed reading through a good amount of them as at times it would tie in with the main story it self to give you more of an idea on what’s happening around each zone, so really you could say that while the main yellow story quests is all you really needed to read as you progressed, the blue quests would give you that bit extra like with a general rpg if you’re one of those people that want to complete everything instead of just the story which can result in over double of your game time.

As I mentioned with the side quests having some of their own sub-storys, I enjoyed them enough to want to keep reading for the fact that there was a good amount of relevance to what was happening, such as being in the desert area dealing with yonkais brigade and helping soha out with another sub characters little army of “Yes Men” which then turns out to flow into the main story.

I do wish that all of it could of been as interesting as it was, much like I said earlier was that the game did have some general “throw-away” quests which I think was just there to help elongate the levelling time and offer some source of exp outside of doing dailys instead which would of been the worser option if forced upon some players, for me personally it was a pain to deal with as I kinda forced my self to read through the quests anyway even though I wasn’t bothered which took away from the general experiences I had been having up to those moments, but aside from that, I thoroughly enjoyed it all.

 

The 100-Floor Infinite Tower in Blade & Soul

Compared with the Mushin’s Tower, the Infinite Tower in Blade & Soul is 1v1 battle with unique rules and mechanics, and it has 100 floors. The Chinese server will first open the door to the tower later this month and welcome the bravest challengers. You can expect to play this content in the western version in the future.

Each floor you’ll duel an NPC represents a particular class in the game, and it’ll test your knowledge and experience against each type of opponent.

You don’t go into fight unprepared, as you can choose an addition control skill before each fight. Making good use it will increase your chance to prevail.

Infinite Tower

It’s a long way to climb to the 100th floor but there’s a special rule: if you defeat an opponent in very short time, you may be able to skip some of the following floors as a reward. Of course there’s a leaderboard showing the best fighters in the towe