Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) 7. FAQ3 Greetings, Saviors. Today we would like to go over some of the class features that a lot of the players may feel are nerfed and the explain to you the reasons behind those changes, as well as the general direction that the Re:Build update will be heading in the future. The Removal of Skills The removal of class skills is the cornerstone on which Re:Build’s balance adjustments are based on. With Re:Build, each class is made to be given 6 to 8 skills that players can choose from, as we came to the decision that some skills had to removed due to one of the following reasons: - The skill is rather useless and can easily be replaced by other better skills - The skill hurts the class’ characteristics - The skill overlaps with roles played by other classes - The skill has a negative impact on the overall balance of classes 1. Swordsman Tree Class Removed Skill Changes Reasons & Future Plans Swordsman Pommel Beat Restrain Double Slash Concentrate We believe that the base class in a tree must provide players with the foundations on which they can plan their build. [Pommel Beat] was removed because it was heavily underused and [Double Slash] was removed for the reason that it is merely an inferior version of the [Skyliner] skill. While skills like [Gung Ho] increased character ATK value by a percentage, [Concentrate] was removed because it was a skill that raised ATK value by a fixed amount, which inevitably ends up “better” or “worse” when compared to similar skills. Highlander Skull Swing Vertical Slash The central mechanic behind the Highlander class is the chaining of its skill sets. This meant that the class required excessive amounts of skill points to be fully effective, so we have removed two of the less efficient skills. Despite the removal of the two skills, the ATK values of the remaining skills have been increased to compensate for the removal. Peltasta Umbo Thrust Langort Threat level 50x → 10x We aim to make Peltasta the main tanker class in TOS. Re:Build’s Peltasta skills are defense-oriented and have been carefully selected to increase synergy with other shield-wielding classes. Other skills that did not fit in with the class’ tanker roles were removed during the process, leaving the class with 7 core skills. Due to the balancing changes in Re:Build, Peltasta’s threat level could not remain 50x, as that would mean that the class would continuously maintain threat from monsters. The threat level is reduced to 10x and is now more dependent on how the player utilizes the array of skills available. We are planning to add more features that let players manage threat level in our future updates. Hoplite Long Stride Hoplite’s [Long Stride] was removed as it basically serves the same purpose as [Dragon Fall], only weaker. To compensate for the removal of [Long Stride] the overall skill factors of all Hoplite skills have been increased. Barbarian Helm Chopper Giant Swing The Barbarian class skill set was in need of cleaning up as the class had too many skills. [Giant Swing] was removed because it was an underused skill and the strike-type skill [Helm Chopper] has been moved to the Hackapell class. Skills like [Embowel], [Stomping Kick] and [Pouncing] could have been removed instead but they seemed to fit in better with the Barbarian class’ concepts. While they may be considered just as underwhelming in terms of effectiveness, we plan to provide improvements for those skills following further inspection. Cataphract Skill duration and cooldown time for [Trot] Having greater mobility in a PvP environment is a huge advantage. Until Re:Build, the Cataphract’s skills had been limited by its low rank, but now that the class has increased skill factors we felt that its mobility had to be limited instead. The effects of [Trot] can be sustained with reuse but now with the downtime and also with having to reuse the skill makes the class more vulnerable in PvP situations. Doppelsoeldner Mordschlag Doppelsoeldner was a class that had too many skills, which in turn required selective skill point investment on the part of the player. In order to diffuse this, skill acquisition levels are adjusted and Zornhau, Zucken and Redel can officially be chained one after another. [Mordschlag] was removed because it was deemed unfitting for the Doppelsoeldner class that wield two-handed swords in wide arcs. Rodelero High Kick Like the Doppelsoeldner class, Rodelero was a class that required many skill points. Also, to keep the class concept of ‘DPS with a shield’, we have removed the [High Kick] skill. With the removal of High Kick, the ‘increased strike-type attack’ buff has been moved to [Shield Shoving] to maintain the chaining of skills that were available before Re:Build. Fencer Lunge Attaque Coquille Attaque Au Fer [Lunge] was removed because it lacked compatibility with other skills that used the rapier, and [Attaque Coquille] was removed because it was deemed harmful to the balance of the game due to its ‘ignore defense’ property that applies to critical attacks. [Attaque Au Fer] was removed because it was difficult to implement skills that make the target drop their weapon. As compensation, the cooldown of [Epee Garde] has been reduced so that the skill’s effect can be maintained continuously. Also, the damage of some skills has been enhanced to reinforce the class characteristics that make use of amplified damage through critical attacks. Templar Summon Guild Member Warp to Guild Member Build Guild Tower Reduce Craft Time Buff Share Templars were a class designed for guild functions. Because of this, the class has had many systematic difficulties such as players not being able to use rank reset. The same problems persisted after Re:Build, so all previous skills relating to guild system functions have been removed and the Templar has been altered to specialize in GvG content. We are hoping that the Templar class will be an influential part in TOS’ GvG content and are currently investigating to see if there’s room for further improvement. Retiarius Vital Protection Standardization of skill factors: Dagger Finish, Trident Finish The Retiarius’ [Finish] skills have been nerfed somewhat due to the standardization of skill factors with Re:Build. Skill factors share a common formula and it is impossible for us to increase the efficacy of Retiarius skills alone. We are looking to make adjustments to restore the impact of one-handed spear attacks that go hand in hand with the class’ Rete skills. Hackapell Leg Shot Hackapell has lost the use of pistols since having been moved to the Swordsman tree and hence the skill [Leg Shot] is removed. This was a heavily underused skill because most would choose swords over pistols in the subweapon slot when playing the Hackapell class. To improve overall class function over class concept accuracy, [Helm Chopper] has been added to the list of Hackapell skills in the place of [Leg shot]. 2. Wizard Tree Class Removed Skill Changes Reasons & Future Plans Wizard Surespell Quick Cast Sleep The Wizard class has been given basic attack and defense magic as well as debuffs that can increase the efficacy of party members’ attacks. [Quick Cast] was transferred to the Chronomancer class as it seemed redundant in the Wizard class with the removal of the circle system. However, the cooldown of Wizard skills has been reduced and we changed the Rod Mastery attribute to make up for the loss of Quick Cast. Pyromancer Flare Pyromancer has become a DPS class following the implementation of Re:Build. In order to make the Pyromancer a more simple damage centered class, we have removed [Flare], a skill which required delicate controls, and added [Prominence] in its place. Psychokino Telekinesis While [Telekinesis] had been a critical skill in PvP, it was next to useless in the game’s PvE content. We felt that the Psychokino had enough viability in both PvP and PvE with its remaining skillset, which includes great skills like [Heavy Gravity]. Alchemist The Alchemist’s role as a support class has been reinforced with the addition of [Sprinkle HP Potion] and [Sprinkle SP Potion] skills. The crafting of various potions and the [Homunculus] skill still requires work, and we will make this one of our top priorities for early 2019. Sorcerer Attack Ground Hold [Attack Ground] and [Hold] were removed as they overlapped with [Summon: Force Attack] and [Summon: Cancel Attack], which are skills that are available for all summoning classes. Another reason for their removal was because they were skills that should have been available without the need to invest points into. If there is enough feedback from players who feel that it is now more difficult to control their summons, we will work towards improving this particular aspect of the summoning classes. Chronomancer Haste Quicken [Quicken] and [Haste] were given to another class as we felt that the two skills were more physical in nature rather than magical, which is what the Chronomancer class should be concerned with. Following the Re:Build update, the role of party support has been moved to classes in the Cleric and Scout trees while the Chronomancer class will now focus on providing synergy between the different classes within the Wizard tree. But being a support class first and foremost, it will have skills like [Reincarnate], [Stop] and [Pass] all provide the player and the party members the upper hand in combat. Necromancer Dirty Pole Flesh Strike The number of skeleton summons reduced from 10 to 5 As the number of summons grew, it was more difficult for each of the summons to be balanced in terms of power. Therefore, we reduced the total number of summons for the Necromancer class and instead increased each of their powers, while also adding the Skull Wizard to give them more variety. In the case of [Flesh Strike], we gave the skill for the Skull Mage to use instead as we wanted to make the Necromancer a class that specializes in summons above all else. Elementalist Prominence Freezing Sphere As the Elementalist had a variety of skills of different properties, it could not be helped that its skills overlapped with many of the other classes within the Wizard tree. Because of this, [Prominence] was given to the Pyromancer class and [Freezing Sphere] was given to the Rune Caster class as [Rune of Ice]. The overall number of elemental skills has been reduced but the Elementalist’s efficacy was kept intact with the addition of the [Elemental Essence] skill which boosts the efficacy of the class’ skillset. Warlock Dark property damage increase for curse (hex) spells Drain Dark property damage increase removed Classes in the Wizard tree that were above rank 7 had been somewhat nerfed for the overall balance of the new class system. We’ve planned to overcome this by enhancing the synergy between dark property damage and curses and giving more utility to other skills. For example, players can now use [Demon Scratch] to pull enemies in, and also use the skill as the opener for chaining different skills. [Drain] removed With the rebalance of skills, it was difficult to balance the increase in magic damage that the skill provided previously, or give players a replacement skill which had a similar function. With the removal of [Drain], we’ve come to question the combat methods employed by the Warlock class and what skills a Warlock would require. We are currently working to make Warlocks a class that fights using evil spirits and we’re thinking of enhancing synergies with the Featherfoot class to create a Wizard class utilizing Dark property attacks. Featherfoot Blood Curse [Blood Curse] had to be removed as the Featherfoot class’ maximum HP value was adjusted with the rebalancing of the game. Currently, AoE damage skills that can be used while in [Levitation] are in the works and also greater synergies with the Warlock class is planned as mentioned above. Rune Caster Rune of Protection Rune of Ice Rune Caster had been a class with a vague role so we have adjusted the Rune Caster class to a more DPS-centered class. In the process, the [Rune of Protection] and [Rune of Ice] skills have been altered. [Rune of Ice] is now an attack skill. Also, [Rune of Protection] has been made to provide damage reduction while casting and give a knockdown resistance attribute to provide the class with stable casting abilities. The [Skilled Casting] attribute will now reduce Rune Caster skills’ cooldown with each casting to a minimum of 0.5 seconds to give the class more free time to deal with the different perils it faces while in combat. Shadowmancer Overall damage decrease The Shadowmancer class had high damage skills that went beyond the rules set for balance in order to deal with the problem of having a huge delay after skill use. The reduction of skill damage in Re:Build was necessary with the reduction of the aforementioned delay. As for the class role, seeing how the Shadowmancer class had great survival skills in PvP, we’ve decided to focus and enhance this aspect for the class in the future. Onmyoji Overall overheat decrease The goal of Re:Build is to emphasize the different class characteristics. In other words, each class’ shortcomings must also be apparent as much as their advantages are. The core concept behind the Wizard tree is AoE damage over a given time duration. The overheat for the Onmyoji class has been adjusted to reflect this and the playstyle will also be changed. However, the cooldown for [Howling White Tiger] and [Water Shikigami] has been reduced to provide continued damage. Taoist Dark Sight While [Dark Sight] was extremely overpowered for content such as Earth Tower, it did not have any uses outside of this particular feature. The Taoist has become a DPS class, having been transferred to the Wizard tree, while [Lightning Charm] has replaced [Dark Sight] in enhancing the class’ dealing capabilities. Bokor Ogouveve As all summoning classes are now in the Wizard tree with the introduction of Bokor in the Wizard tree. We felt that a class that deals with the management and enhancing of summons was required. Opposed to classes like the Sorcerer, a class that summons a single Demon Lord, or the Necromancer, a class that summons an army of undead, the Bokor will use zombies as consumables in combat. [Oguveve], being a skill that enhances the STR of zombies, was removed in order to reinforce the new class concept we had planned for the Bokor. Any future improvements made to the Bokor class will introduce more skills akin to [Damballa]. 3. Archer Tree Class Removed Skill Changed Skill Reasons & Future Plans Archer Full Draw Heavy Shot Kneeling Shot The Archer is a class that can remain mobile while attacking so [Swift Step] has taken the place of the [Running Shot] skill in providing the Archer with attacking while speedily moving about. [Kneeling Shot] was moved to the Quarrel Shooter class to provide focused attacks that the class needed. Hunter Snatching Pointing The Hunter class is limited in the skills they can use in that they must fight alongside their companion. [Snatching] and [Pointing] were removed because they were the two skills that were the most underused. The remaining skills were enhanced for synergies with other classes in the tree and stability of gameplay style. Quarrel Shooter Running Shot [Running Shot] was a skill that did not conflict with the class concept of the Quarrel Shooter as a defense-oriented class but it was a skill that ruined the balance of the Archer tree builds. We added skills such as [Block and Shoot], [Shield Guard] and knockback defense in order to reinforce class roles. [Running Shot] was instead replaced by [Swift Step], made available for the Archer base class so that all Archer tree builds can make use of the skill. Falconer Hovering Call Damage decrease due to the addition of Pre-Emptive Strike The Falconer’s [Call] skill was rather unfair because it was necessary for players to invest in the skill in order to gain full control of the Hawk. We felt that it was redundant to have the Hawk leave after every skill so we removed [Call] in the process of making this improvement. [Hovering] was removed because it did not fit in with other Falconer skills so it was replaced with [Tomahawk], which is another attack skill. Cannoneer Shoot Down Removed the increased damage effect of Bazooka Up to this point, we have envisaged the Cannoneer as a class that provided powerful ranged attacks while remaining stationary. But since Cannoneers were the only class that made use of cannons, there wasn’t much else for players to do when using the [Bazooka] stance. With the absence of other classes that use cannons, the devs felt that it was necessary for the Cannoneer class to take a step into a different conceptual direction. As a result, [Bazooka] has been toned down and the remaining skills have been enhanced instead. [Shoot Down] was removed and it has been merged with the [Cannon Shot] skill to provide a more focused skillset. Musketeer Attribute: Armor Break Birdfall The Musketeer was a class that relied heavily on the attribute [Sniper’s Serenity: Armor Break]. It was intended that Musketeers have the upper hand in facing enemies with high DEF but, since the debuff was in effect for all party members and not just the Musketeer alone, it affected the balance negatively overall. It turned the Musketeer into a supporter and not a DPS class. The Armor Break attribute was removed to consolidate this problem and [Grooving Muzzle] was enhanced to maintain the Musketeer’s advantage over opponents with high DEF, making it so that damage could be dealt even during skill cooldown time. Mergen Triple Arrow’s explosion is now activated by chance Mergen is a powerful two-handed bow class both before and after Re:Build. Triple Arrow’s explosion was much too overpowered: as the character’s AoE attack ratio increased, the explosion chance had to be lowered to 50%. To counter this, Mergen’s [Spread Shot] was changed so that it is affected by AoE attack ratio to keep the damage output changed as least as possible overall. 4. Cleric Tree Class Removed Skill Changes Reasons & Future Plans Cleric Safety Zone Deprotected Zone Divine Might Heal mechanic changed [Heal] in the past was too powerful in that it hindered variety in the Cleric tree builds as a support class. Now [Heal] targets a single player and will be a specialization that needs to be invested in to yield maximum effect. Skills like [Safety Zone] that annul the incoming damage were the most powerful defensive skills available in the game. This made the Cleric tree builds even more restrictive and made the gameplay even more repetitive overall. For this reason, most of the support skills that grant invincibility to the whole party have been removed. Priest Exorcize Stone Skin SPR factor adjusted for Blessing and Sacrament Priests are not an offense-focused class, so skills such as [Exorcise] were removed and replaced with [Turn Undead], while [Stone Skin] was moved to the Paladin class in order to reinforce the class’ role. The skill factor for Blessing and Sacrament has been altered. We are aware that the currently implemented skill factor is in need of further review and we will continue to balance the class along with the Pardoner class. Krivis Melstis changed so that only the caster is affected [Melstis], a skill that increased the duration of all beneficial buffs, was a very powerful skill. The problem was that the Krivis class is a DPS class and not a support class. For reinforcing class roles and balancing issues, [Melstis] had been a staple skill of many Cleric builds so it was changed so that it only affects the caster rather than remove it altogether. Druid Telepath Sterea Trofh skill change Carnivory skill change The class design goal for Druid is to create a physical/magic hybrid class. In order to achieve this, we increased the damage of [Chortasmata] and changed [Carnivory] into a buff that increases physical and magic critical damage. Despite the removal of one offensive skill, this buff allows the Druid class to have greater synergy with the other classes in the tree. The change made to [Strea Trofh] was for the same reason as [Safety Zone]. [Strea Trofh] was changed into an evasion skill to increase the viability of melee fighting while using [Lycanthropy]. [Telepath] was removed as it was useless in most of the game’s content and prone to cause balance issues in PvP settings. Dievdirbys Statue of Goddess Ausrine effect change [Statue of Goddess Ausrine] was a skill that granted invincibility to the whole party and hence one of the skills that hindered variety for builds and play styles in TOS’ late-game content. We removed the skill’s invincibility and made it so that players can now be more mobile without having to lose the buffs gained from other Dievdirbys statues to reinforce mobility, which was one of Dievdirbys’ biggest shortcomings. The class will provide increased DPS capabilities with [Carve Owl]’s improved damage increase and [Statue of Goddess Ausrine]’s increased mobility. Oracle Forecast Change Arcane Energy changed [Forecast] was removed as it was a skill that won’t be of any use with the new content that is to be added into the game and [Change] was removed because the change in monster stats made it inapplicable in Re:Build. The Oracle class was restructured to supplement these changes. [Arcane Energy] is changed so that it can be used repeatedly without concern for SP consumption and [Prophecy] was changed so that it could negate incoming crowd control skills. Players can also make use of the [Death Sentence: Reset] attribute to increase party damage by up to 50% and use [Foretell] to support allies to victory. Monk Double Punch affects basic attack Iron Skin, Golden Bell Shield effect change [Double Punch] was the game’s only skill without a cooldown. It was governed under a unique skill factor. It also caused problems as the efficacy of the skill could be affected by many different factors including those outside the game. In order to combat this, [Double Punch] was changed into a buff that altered the character’s basic attack instead of being a skill in itself. Because of the Monk’s melee tendencies, [Iron Skin] was changed into a buff that reduces received damage which can be continuously used, and [Golden Bell Shield] was changed to provide players with reduced cooldown and increased damage when using Monk skills. Paladin Smite Turn Undead Sanctuary Phys DEF, Mag DEF increase adjusted The increased defense and additional damage gained through [Sanctuary] decreased by half overall. But since the DEF values on shields and armor have been increased and the HP of monsters has been lowered, the skill will not feel as nerfed as it does on paper. [Turn Undead] was moved to the Priest class in order to reinforce the Paladin’s role as a defensive support/DPS class. [Smite] has been removed but since it is available to use in the Cleric class, players will still be able to make use of the skill. Chaplain Magnus Exorcismus The Chaplain class now is free from being bound to the Priest class and can stand on its own with its new skills, which can boost the class’ offensive capabilities. [Magnus Exorcismus] was removed as it did not fit in with the rest of the Chaplain skillset which focused on enhancing attacks. Plague Doctor Bloodletting Pandemic: Increased Range attribute Disenchant Plague Doctor is a class that specializes in buffs and debuffs. The biggest problem with the Plague Doctor class was that there was little in the way of interactivity as its skills had long cooldowns and duration. [Bloodletting] and [Disenchant] were removed to prevent players from removing enemy buffs easily but [Fumigate] was kept so that ally debuffs can be removed. Also, [Modafinil] has been added to the Plague Doctor’s arsenal to increase party mobility. The [Pandemic: Increased Range] attribute was removed as we deemed it to be the culprit behind making the Plague Doctor class much too overpowered. Kabbalist Double Chance Ein Sof nerfed Players relied too much on [Ein Sof] as it was a skill that increased characters’ HP drastically and it hindered players from investment in newer gear, so we’ve decreased the maximum HP gain for [Ein Sof] out of necessity. Nonetheless, combat and player stats have been rebalanced through the update so [Ein Sof] is still an essential part of the Kabbalist skillset. [Double Chance] was a skill that overlapped with [Gevura]. [Double Chance] was removed because of this and [Gevura], which increases maximum damage as well, was kept instead.Despite the nerf, [Ein Sof: Stacked Healing] remains and Kabbalist is still one of the key healer classes in the game. Zealot The effect of maximum SP capacity adjusted It became more difficult to increase the damage dealt by [Blind Faith] since SPR no longer affects the amount of SP a character has. But players can still use item effects to increase their SP and as monster HP has been lowered overall the skill is still just as valid as it was before Re:Build. Exorcist Reduction of chained skills from the removal of Magnus Exorcismus The [Exorcise] - [Magnus Exorcismus] - [Entity] chain is now impossible but we will soon be introducing new skill chains that can be utilized by the exorcist class. 5. Scout Tree Class Removed Skill Changes Reasons & Future Plans Scout Flu Flu Flare Shot Perspective Distortion Camouflage Scan The skills that were underused have been removed and buffs related to critical rate and evasion have been added. Attack skills that make use of the dagger and pistols have been added, replacing the bow. Squire Penalty Reduction Base Camp nerfed - Players can warp only when in the same zone - buff duration x2 bonus removed Squires are one of TOS’s main crafting classes. While they lack combat abilities, they affect the game as much as the other classes. But in their current state, they lack in their role as a support class and [Base Camp] is also rather underused. This is why we want to add new functions and improve existing skills for the Squire class to fit into its new role. The basis of this change will be the [Base Camp] skill. We want to make the [Base Camp] skill something more than a convenient warping point. For this to be possible, we made it so that [Base Camps] can now be installed in a wider range of areas (except for instanced dungeons). But also in order to balance the efficacy of the skill, we made it so that players can only warp to a [Base Camp] when in the same zone as the installed [Base Camp]. The twofold increase in buff duration was removed as it was open to player exploit. Shinobi Reduced shadow clones for Bunshin no Jutsu, and shadow clones only mimic Shinobi skills Before, the validity of the builds that included Shinobi was whether Bunshin no Jutsu was able to mimic the skill or not. This went against the philosophy behind Re:Build. The damage of other Shinobi skills have been increased and the new [Raiton no Jutsu] skill has been added to reduce the player’s reliance on the [Bunshin no Jutsu] skill. However, the charging time for [Bunshin no Jutsu] was removed to make it possible for the class to deal sudden bursts of damage. Thaumaturge Transpose Swell left/right arm merged The efficacy of [Swell Left/Right Arm] was dependant on the target characters’ equipment. Also, having two different skills that serve a similar purpose was rather inconvenient. The two skills have therefore been combined as [Swell Hands] and the increase in attack damage was reduced slightly for balancing. [Transpose] was removed as it did not fit in with the new rank system where character stat is automatically distributed. Thaumaturge will undergo further adjustments in the future as it is a key support class in the Scout tree. Enchanter Empowering After Re:Build, SP has become one of the most important stats. Skills that increased the maximum SP have been either altered or removed and [Empowering] was removed because of this same reason. While Enchanters needed to invest in DEX in the Wizard class tree, there is no need for players to needlessly invest in DEX stats now that the class belongs to the Scout tree. Due to this stat synergy, skills like [Enchant Lightning] and [Lightning Hands] can be improved naturally with the Scout tree’s stat progression. In case of [Lightning Hands], we must admit that it is yet not as effective as we intended it to be. But since the DEX focused stat progression is now introduced, we will further review the skill to see if any more adjustments are required. Linker Spiritual Chain Lifeline nerfed Linker’s [Lifeline] was a great skill in that it allowed party members to share each of their strengths. But since most players had min-maxed stats prior to Re:Build, everyone became overpowered while under its effects. On top of this, using [Spiritual Chain] to share buffs made the party next to invincible.[Lifeline] was changed so that only the caster’s highest stat is shared among the party, and [Spiritual Chain] was removed altogether. Now that the Linker class is in the Scout tree, skills like [Electric Shock] and [Joint Penalty] will see more use, but there still are further plans for adjustments after seeing how the change in [Lifeline] pans out in the future. Rogue Vendetta Capture [Vendetta] and [Capture] have been removed as they were underused skills in the Rogue class. [Capture] was a fun skill but it was difficult to utilize and always had been a source of problems for many players. Rogue’s overall DPS has been increased as it is an offensive class specializing in daggers. The [Knife Throwing] skill has been added to increase the critical rate and enhance the class’ offensive concept. Schwarzer Reiter Wild Shot The Schwarzer Reiter has come to wield one-handed swords as its main weapon after moving to the Scout tree. [Wild Shot] has been removed because of this change, but since Schwarzer Reiter has always maintained continuous ranged attack using the [Limacon] skill, [Wild Shot] won’t be missed as much as other skills. Bullet Marker As explained before, many classes have their number of skills reduced after Re:Build, but Bullet Marker is an exception. This is because the Bullet Marker is a hybrid class that has both mounted and unmounted skills. The Bullet Marker was designed to be compatible with all mounted and unmounted classes and hence it has 1.5 times the number of skills when compared to other classes. Tree of Savior is a game with a myriad of class combinations and play styles available. There is always the risk of implemented mechanics not playing out as the devs had first intended. We promise that we will do our best to keep our eyes out for any serious concerns that hinder the game’s balance in the future and also keep our ears open to the feedback from our players. Thank you for reading.
Greetings Saviors! Today, we would like to go over the issues the game has been facing with regards to optimization and the results of the various tests we have been conducting in order to solve the aforementioned issues in client stability. Optimization of Performance 1. Server Optimization Most of the critical calculations pertinent to the game are taken care of on the game’s server. Of the many calculations that take place, we have been specifically focusing on streamlining the combat calculations by processing combat calculations at source code layer instead of the script layer. As a result, we have managed to speed up the combat calculations by 10 times when tested offline, and by 3 times when tested on our internal test servers. This optimization process is currently in a near-ready state for application and we are currently undergoing further tests in order to ensure that it does not cause any complications when implemented on our live servers. 2. Client Optimization Background Multi-threaded Loading As you can see in the “before” section of the video above, players are faced with a large number of objects when entering a large city in-game. The current client is made so that all objects must be drawn before a new area is displayed. The advantage of this method is that all objects present in an area can be shown at once but at the same time it stops the game momentarily until all objects have been drawn, hence the stuttering. What we are trying to apply to the game to resolve this issue is the drawing of objects in ‘real time’. This could mean that certain in-game objects, such as the Gender Switch player shop that appears around 8 seconds into the video, may take a longer time to load but it will bring about noticeable improvements in reducing the frequent stuttering that plagues our players while visiting the more populated areas of the game. Distributed Packet Processing Packets are units of information that are transferred between the server and the client. Distributed packet processing is when the client divides the many packets sent from the server for more efficient processing rather than processing them all at once for smoother gameplay. The dev team has been testing this feature with custom clients in the current live settings. Although we have reached some progress in this aspect and have not found issues with the feature in its current state, we want to take the time to make sure that we have left no stone unturned as this would change a big part of how the game works internally. That’s all for today but we will return again with more optimization news, which will include our attempts to enhance the PvP experience for our players by better syncing character positions between players in-game. Thank you for reading!
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 Greetings, Saviors! Today we’re following up on the previous [Re:Build] FAQ post with a few more questions received from players after the release of the first announcements. We will also include a few comments on feedback from test-server kTOS players, to give you a better idea of the current concerns surrounding this update and the direction in which it continues to be developed. Q. What principles have framed your balance decisions so far? We’re taking class balance into a different direction now, compared to when we first started developing [Re:Build]. Here’s how. Our initial ideas for balance: We wanted to ensure that every class maintained its own unique value and distinctive characteristics, no matter what build you chose. In our idea, this meant leveling out all skills to the same “height”. The standard we used for that was the current Rank 6, not simply because it’s between Ranks 1 and 10, but because we wanted to avoid having skill-based classes overperform basic attack ones, and skill factors in Rank 6 correspond to that middle ground we were looking for. More specifically, skills higher than Rank 6 were dialed down, while those below it were boosted to Rank 6 standards. We then deleted a few skills that ended up too powerful even after the numeric adjustments, like Armor Break, a support skill in the damage-oriented Musketeer class. On the other hand, we added new skills to classes where we considered the current skill set insufficient to its role in the game. Paraclitus Time, for instance, was introduced to the Chaplain repertoire to reinforce its identity as a close-range basic attack class. The problem: Once the update was brought over to the kTOS test server, the main issue was that all skills in general felt like they had been excessively scaled down: an overall nerf. This was because of multiple reasons. First, high-rank classes – once the main damage dealers – felt significantly weaker after the factors were leveled out, which in turn amplified how the surge in low-rank class factors was perceived. On the other hand, low-rank dealer classes, who due to Rank limitations were making more use of their buffs and debuffs, suddenly saw a decrease in buff/debuff utility when their skill factors increased. Finally, our excessive focus on making each individual class reach maximum performance took a severe toll on the overall tempo of combat. We largely failed to consider practical aspects like skill cooldown, overheat, buff/debuff duration, and skill range, which made combat situations feel that much more frustrating. Our current direction: We’ve now turned our balancing plans around. Instead of basing balance around a uniform standard of performance, we want to focus on individual value. What we’re aiming for is a balancing system that allows classes to manifest their unique identity without threatening raw performance. Skill factors will of course be adapted to exhibit similar degrees of performance, but instead of trying to make up for the shortcomings of their effects, we want to emphasize their advantages. If, in this process, we’re unable to provide players with skills that are more satisfying than the ones they have now, we’ll have no choice but to bring back skills from the “delete” pile. A specific example: Running Shot, for instance, is a skill that players like for how it allows them to shoot while running (as the name implies). This skill was set to be deleted since it didn’t fit in with the concept of the Quarrel Shooter class, but because it is such a unique and beloved feature of the Archer tree, we decided to instead transfer it to the skill set of the Archer class by merging it with Swift Step. We won’t be integrating Running Shot in its entirety, of course, since the performance would still be out of proportion, but we are carrying over its basic function. This is only one example of how we can keep skill factors in check with the overall balance but still make use of a skill’s best traits. Q. Skills feel so impractical in this update. Is this Tree of Basic Attacks now? The fact that skill-based classes felt a decrease in skill usability after the test server update is not related to us having based the new balance changes around the results of basic attack Rank 6 classes. It was never our intention to slow down the overall combat tempo for skill-heavy fighters. We did perform several adjustments to skill cooltime and overheat since then, but the full process is not yet complete. With TOS being not just an MO but an MMO, however, we do expect the system where players need to go back to town for potions in order to maintain a good level of field efficacy to remain valid. Q. How come only some classes have skills that connect with other classes? It feels as if you’re forcing certain builds onto players. We do have a lot more skill combinations prepared for follow-up patches. We want to keep introducing them as quickly as possible. Q. The monsters don’t seem any weaker, so it feels like you dialed down everyone’s combat abilities. As mentioned earlier, our plans are not to lower, but to raise overall performance equally. We did intend for monsters to feel a little tougher, but we've been adjusting their difficulty to more reasonable levels. We initially increased monster abilities because, after [Re:Build], you will be able to change your class build much more freely according to your intentions (growth, farming, hunting, etc.), which means there is less of a need to balance out fields in a way that allows support-heavy classes to clear quests solo. We felt that having monsters blow up at the slightest contact with a skill was diluting the meaning of character growth and putting a damper on the challenge aspect of the game. With [Re:Build], we wanted to make sure that players were required to invest in their build, equipment and attributes to a certain degree to achieve a smoother field experience. That doesn’t mean, however, that we’re pushing players into party play at all times. There are features you can enjoy solo and others where you need a party: those two are meant to be somewhat separate categories. We’ve already strengthened this distinction in features like instanced dungeons and the Challenge Mode, but we want to continue doing that for these and other elements of the game as well. Q. Historically, Hackapells used a one-handed sword and a pistol. That seems more in tune with the Scout tree, doesn’t it? Why were they put under Swordsman? Historic accuracy is of course important but, when it comes to allocating class trees, fitting our existing resources into the new system successfully comes first, from the viewpoint of utility. We hope you understand. For now, our priority is to stabilize things from the perspective of playability, and only then will we consider polishing up the game lore. As for equipment preferences, Scout classes use mostly pistols and daggers; one-handed swords are a Swordsman trait. If we were to move Hackapells to the Scout tree for historical accuracy, they would probably gain a few pistol skills, but they would be forced to enhance and transcend two different weapons. Not only that, a class majoring in one-handed swords within the Scout tree would see very few new equipment items catered to their particular strengths, putting Hackapells in a position similar to the one they have now in the Archer tree. Q. You said you were going to reallocate the classes based on equipment compatibility, but no class in the Swordsman tree is properly compatible with mounted combat using a one-handed sword and a shield. We realize that there are a few gaps left in terms of compatibility. To be frank, this is mostly due to problems in the processing of animation data that we failed to solve completely. We are in the process of making all one-handed sword skills and classes compatible with mounted combat. Creating all the resources necessary for one-handed sword skill and class compatibility is going to take some time, so for Hackapells, for example, we expect to balance out these gaps with other improvements (overheat, skill factors, etc.) until the problem is solved. Then, as we work out the remaining compatibility issues, we will continue to gradually adjust the balance to common rules. Q. Weren’t Squires a type of knight apprentice? Why are they in the Scout tree? Squires may have been known as knight apprentices in the past, but that wasn’t always the case. Our Squire class is based on the traditional supportive role of historical squires, which is why we allocated them to the Scout tree. All skills in the class – apart from Deadly Combo, which focuses on self-protection – are geared towards that concept. We do feel that our Squire still falls a little short of what we intended, however, so we want to continue tweaking it to better fit our ideas. We want the Squire to offer on-site equipment maintenance, while also providing a decent amount of field/hunting support. Q. Having a fixed number of advancements means that, even when you expand the maximum level, we won’t be able to learn new skills. What are your plans? We introduced attribute level limitations according to character level precisely because of this. Once the maximum level is expanded, slowly we’ll start to add new attributes, and rather than creating new skills from the feedback we receive, we’re going to strengthen existing skills instead. That is, basically, our plan. These new attributes and level restrictions will also allow us to introduce more radical skill modifications. For instance, we could have an attribute that makes Meteor drop weaker but multiple meteors on the enemy. In a previous dev blog post we also toyed with the idea of a Master Circle, a system which was slightly revised to fit the [Re:Build] plans but is still valid. If in the future we consider that simply adding new attributes doesn’t inject enough novelty into the game, we may adapt the concept of a Master Circle. Q. Having jumps consume Stamina is too inconvenient. We’ve talked about this in the Rank System Changes Pt. 2 post. Basically, within the category of “resources to manage during combat”, we want skill use to consume SP while movement consumes Stamina. We won’t limit movement itself, but we did increase the consumption of Stamina on jumps, which in combat situations give you the advantage of evading certain attacks, canceling skills, etc. Q. What about the Homunculus, have you forgotten about it? We are currently focused on developing the first stage of improvements for the [Re:Build] update. We do want to get to the Homunculus eventually, but because of its complicated structure we may have to adjust very basic aspects of it to fit with our current vision for TOS, which will take time. We haven’t forgotten about it, however. We expect to have clearer details for an improved Homunculus early next year, at which point we will release more information about it through the dev blog (we want to get rid of the one-week lifespan, for example). Q. Trot is such an important skill for the Cataphract as a mounted class. Why did you limit its duration? While we do want to respect the identity of each class, we can’t do so at the expense of balance. Letting players expand their maximum speed indefinitely has unintended consequences in PvP that we cannot control. On the other hand, we realize that limiting the skill’s duration feels like a drastic change to existing Cataphracts. In line with this, we now expect to alter the skill again, either by removing duration limits but cutting some of the performance, or by applying some other kind of penalty. Q. When monsters use Barrier, the knockback is too harsh on close-range characters. Just like other monster skills, Barrier was introduced as an obstacle to specific types of classes (in this case, close-range fighters) and a way to diversify otherwise boring field combat. That said, we recognize that this variety can be overshadowed by inconvenience when too many monsters use the skill at once, so we’ve committed to making the following alterations: 1. Multiple monsters will not use the Barrier simultaneously. 2. Each monster will use Barrier only once. 3. Distance between monsters will be increased. Q. Corsairs still need to enhance and transcend two different weapons, all because of one skill that requires a pistol. Isn’t this a little unfair? Classes like the Scout, Corsair and Outlaw were all envisioned as hybrid dagger/pistol characters. They weren’t designed to use both weapons interchangeably, though. We see the Corsair not as a class that is forced to process both weapons, but one that can choose to specialize in either of them, becoming either a dagger-wielding Corsair or a pistol-wielding one. The same can be said about skills that are compatible with both weapons. These skills feel and act differently depending on whether you are a dagger- or pistol-specialized Scout, for example, which allows you the freedom of choosing between two distinct roles – or styles – from within the same class. In other words, we don’t intend to burden these classes with mandatory dagger + pistol setups, we want them to distinguish themselves as either dagger or pistol majors. Q. So classes in the Scout tree use one-handed sword + pistol/dagger setups, but the only skills in the entire tree that require a one-handed sword are the Corsair’s Double Weapon Assault and Hexen Dropper. Why not just turn pistols and daggers into main weapons? As we mentioned before, Scout-tree classes are intended for pistols and daggers. Apart from a few cases where the concept of the class/skill requires it, they aren’t really meant to use one-handed swords. Similarly, as a group of classes that specializes in subweapons, they cannot equip shields. Instead, they have the most attack-heavy attributes (critical rate, attack speed) and rely on evasion to keep themselves safe. Turning pistols and daggers into main weapons is a different issue altogether. We have to say, though: we do agree that using a one-handed sword does not suit these classes well. It would be hard to make them not equip a main weapon at all due to technical factors, but we will think of alternatives to make it work better in this context. Q. If players have no control over their basic stats, won’t they feel forced into certain classes to match their desired stat build? When we say we want classes to manifest their unique roles and identities, we aren’t just talking about their strong points; we want their weaknesses to show as well. From this point of view, when we give players 390+n stat points to customize at will, two problems occur. 1. You can invest stats to compensate for your classes’ disadvantages instead of amplifying its strengths, creating characters that pretty much have it all. This isn’t what we’re trying to do in TOS: we want people to play the classes, not the stats. 2. Players with vast knowledge on the games’ systems can take advantage of the stats to correct their character’s most crucial weaknesses. For those without the same knowledge, 390+ choices are too many, to the point where stat investments lose meaning. In order to avoid these two problems while still protecting the role of character customization in TOS, in the future we want to gradually allow players to invest more stat points at will, besides those obtained through Statues of Goddess Zemyna and quests. Q. The new UI is too inconvenient. You can’t tell a skill’s overheat unless you get at least one level of it, and the tooltips don’t tell you about mounting compatibility either. Those are problems we are aware of and already working to improve. As a final note, would just like to say that, as you can imagine, going over all the skills and features we’ve been receiving feedback on and reworking them into something satisfactory is going to take a good while, more than what we initially expected when we began developing [Re:Build]. We wish we had seen the need for this rework sooner, but we will take this as process to improve Tree of Savior in a way that is meaningful to all of us, and we are eager to continue applying your feedback and ideas into our development plans. Thank you to all the players who have been discussing the [Re:Build] news and communicating with us; we really appreciate your attention and enthusiasm.
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) Greetings, Saviors. As previously showcased in our dev blogs, the major contents available in TOS will be undergoing drastic changes with the implementation of the new class system. In this post, we would like to overview the compatibility issues and the solutions that we have come up with for issues that you may face with our [Re:Build] update. All event dates and periods will be re-announced after the schedules for the [Re:Build] update have been confirmed. Character 1. Class Tree Change for All Players - Available for all characters created before the date of the [Re:Build] update. - Available for the given period from the time each character enters the game. - One-time Class Tree Change + one-time return to original class tree (total of 2 changes per character). - Typing /classtreechange in the chat displays the remaining days available for Class Tree Change. <Players can change their base class through the ’Class Tree Changer’ NPC.> 2. 3,000 Class Change Points for All Characters - Available for all characters that have advanced in class at least once. - All characters can receive 3,000 Class Change Points once per day for the given period starting from date of the [Re:Build] update. - 3,000 points are issued automatically when the character enters the game during the event period (1 class change costs 1,000 points). <Classes can be changed by clicking on the ‘Advancement Info’ button on the UI at the bottom-right corner of the screen.> 3. Unlock Resets and Support for Hidden Classes - All hidden class unlocks will be reset during the [Re:Build] update because of changes in the class tree composition. - All players who have hidden classes unlocked are issued Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes corresponding to the number of hidden classes they have unlocked. - Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes can be retrieved from eligible players’ Market Retrieve tabs following the maintenance for the [Re:Build] update. - Players who have unlocked hidden classes using Class Unlock Vouchers obtained from Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes purchased with TP (untradable box/tradable voucher) will also receive Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes as compensation. - Players who have unlocked hidden classes using Class Unlock Vouchers obtained from Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes purchased with Popo Points (Box and Voucher untradable/voucher transferable via Team Storage) will also receive Unlock Voucher Selection Boxes as compensation. - UPDATE: All eligible players will receive the same type of Unlock Voucher Selection Box (untradable, but transferrable via Team Storage). 4. Attribute Point Extraction Fee Exemption - With the reduced cost of attributes, all players will be exempt from paying the fee (10%) for attribute point extraction. - Extraction fee exemption is available once per character and is provided to all players for a given period starting from the date of the [Re:Build] update. - This applies only to characters created before the update. Support for Existing Items 1. Class Costumes - On the date of the [Re:Build] update, all existing class costumes in your inventory are replaced with ‘Class Costume Vouchers’, that can be retrieved from your Market Retrieve tab. - This will apply for all 101 Class Costumes that have been purchased using TP or Exchange Medals prior to the [Re:Build] update. Swordsman Vouchers Wizard Vouchers Archer Vouchers Cleric Vouchers Swordsman Swimwear Costume (Male) 2 Wizard Swimwear Costume (Male) 2 Archer Swimwear Costume (Male) 2 Cleric Swimwear Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman Swimwear Costume (Female) 2 Wizard Swimwear Costume (Female) 2 Archer Swimwear Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Swimwear Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman Wonderland Costume (Male) 2 Wizard Wonderland Costume (Male) 2 Archer Wonderland Costume (Male) 2 Cleric Wonderland Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman Wonderland Costume (Female) 2 Wizard Wonderland Costume (Female) 2 Archer Wonderland Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Wonderland Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman Smart Casual Costume (Male) 2 Wizard Smart Casual Costume (Male) 2 Archer Smart Casual Costume (Male) 2 Cleric Smart Casual Look (Male) 2 Swordsman Smart Casual Costume (Female) 2 Wizard Smart Casual Costume (Female) 2 Archer Smart Casual Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Smart Casual Look (Female) 2 Swordsman Master Costume 2 Beholder Costume 2 Paladin Follower Costume 2 Paladin Master Costume 2 Warrior's Spring Flower Dress (Male) 2 Wizard's Spring Flower Dress (Male) 2 Archer's Spring Flower Dress (Male) 2 Cleric's Spring Flower Dress (Male) 2 Peltasta Master Costume 2 Mercenary Post Manager Costume 2 Christina Costume 2 Wings of Vaivora Costume 2 Warrior's Spring Flower Dress (Female) 2 Wizard's Spring Flower Dress (Female) 2 Archer's Spring Flower Dress (Female) 2 Cleric's Spring Flower Dress (Female) 2 Orsha Soldier Costume (Male) 1 Jurus Costume 1 Pilgrim Costume (Male) 1 Fedimian Merchant Costume (Male) 1 Uska Costume 1 Lord Delmore Costume 1 Manager Costume 1 Item Merchant Alf Costume 1 Orsha Soldier Costume (Female) 1 Grita Costume 1 Pilgrim Costume (Female) 1 Fedimian Merchant Costume (Female) 1 Wilhelmina Costume 1 Wizard Master Costume 1 Storage Keeper Costume 1 Equipment Merchant Jura Costume 1 Trump Swordman Costume (Male) 2 Trump Wizard Costume (Male) 2 Trump Archer Costume (Male) 2 Trump Cleric Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman School Look Costume (Male) 2 Wizard School Look Costume (Male) 2 Archer School Look Costume (Male) 2 Cleric School Look Costume (Male) 2 Trump Swordman Costume (Female) 2 Trump Wizard Costume (Female) 2 Trump Archer Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Servant Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman School Look Costume (Female) 2 Wizard School Look Costume (Female) 2 Archer School Look Costume (Female) 2 Trump Cleric Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman Royal Guard Costume (Male) 2 Mage Bunny Boy Costume (Male) 2 Archer Racoon Costume (Female) 2 Cleric School Look Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman Ceremonial Costume (Male) 2 Mage Bunny Girl Costume (Female) 2 Archer Ceremonial Costume (Male) 2 Cleric Servant Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman Ceremonial Costume (Female) 2 Wizard Ceremonial Costume (Male) 2 Archer Ceremonial Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Ceremonial Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman White Rose Costume (M) 2 Wizard Ceremonial Costume (Female) 2 Archer's Heavily Armed Costume (Male) 2 Cleric Ceremonial Costume (Female) 2 Swordsman White Rose Costume (F) 2 Wizard Gothic Costume (Male) 2 Archer Sailor Costume (Female) 2 Cleric Party Outfit (Male) 2 Swordsman Party Outfit (Male) 2 Wizard Gothic Costume (Female) 2 Archer Party Outfit (Male) 2 Cleric Party Outfit (Female) 2 Swordsman Party Outfit (Female) 2 Wizard Party Outfit (Male) 2 Archer Party Outfit (Female) 2 Cleric Christmas Costume (Male) 2 Swordsman Sailor Costume (Female) 2 Wizard Party Outfit (Female) 2 Cleric Christmas Costume (Female) 2 - Class Costume Vouchers can be traded for other class-exclusive costumes at the ‘Class Costume Trade’ tab of the TP Shop UI. <The Class Costume Trade tab will only be visible to players that have Class Costume Vouchers in their possession.> 2. Special Costumes - The effects of the following three special costumes will be changed in accordance to deletion or change in skills. - The following changes are applied during the maintenance for the [Re:Build] update: Costume Current Effect New Effect Cleric Special Costume (M/F) ‘Heal’ tile color change ‘Heal’ skill effect color change Quarrel Shooter Special Costume (M/F) ‘Running Shot’ attack effect color change ‘Deploy Pavise’ pavise object texture change Swordsman Special Costume (M/F) ‘Restrain’ skill effect change ‘Bear’ skill effect change 3. Gems - Due to the changes in gem effects, all gems (both colored and monster gems) are extracted from their equipment sockets without penalty and moved to your Market Retrieve tab during the maintenance for the [Re:Build] update. - Players are able to transfer EXP from one gem to another without any loss through the ‘Benevolence of the Goddess’ event that will be open for a given period following the [Re:Build] update. <Using an 8-star green gem to enhance a 1-star yellow gem will result in an 8-star yellow gem.> - In the case the players’ class tree has changed or skills have been deleted or transferred to a different class, the corresponding monster gem will be deleted and replaced with a ‘Monster Gem Selection Box: Class’. - Players can select a new monster gem for their new skill set using the ‘Monster Gem Selection Box: Class’. - ‘Monster Gem Selection Box: Class’ items given to players as replacement will be retrievable from the Market Retrieve tab. Old Monster Gems New Monster Gems Gem Skill Gem Skill Black Ridimed Gem Helm Chopper Black Ridimed Gem Aggress Goblin Charger Gem Shooting Star Goblin Charger Gem Sprinkle HP Potion Goblin Magician Gem Haste Goblin Magician Gem Modafinil Mine Fire Mage Gem Prominence Mine Fire Mage Gem Leghold Trap Nuo Gem Capture Nuo Gem Instantaneous Acceleration Earth Deadborn Scap Gem Skull Swing Earth Hallowventer Gem Stone Skin Earth Hallowventer Gem Exorcise Ducky Gem Spring Trap Ducky Gem Swell Right Arm Deadborn Scap Archer Gem Omikuji Deadborn Scap Archer Gem Running shot Denden Gem Sprinkle SP Potion Denden Gem Lunge Rubblem Gem Oblique Fire Rubblem Gem Collar Bomb Lemur Gem Prominence Lemur Gem Mordschlag Lichenclops Gem Visible Talent Lichenclops Gem Pointing Varv Gem Howling Varv Gem Swell Left Arm Bite Gem Advanced Orders Bite Gem Long Stride Bat Gem Tomahawk Bat Gem Full Draw Banshee Gem Fire Claw Banshee Gem Surespell Boowook Gem Bear Boowook Gem Vertical Slash Red Meduja Gem Block and Shoot Red Meduja Gem Transpose Red Infro Hoglan Gem Insurance Red Infro Hoglan Gem Freezing Sphere Red Zigri Gem Behead Red Zigri Gem Perspective Distortion Vikaras Mage Gem Hard Shield Vikaras Mage Gem Butterfly Siaulamb Lagoon Gem Quicken Siaulamb Lagoon Gem Quicken Socket Mage Gem Bully Socket Mage Gem Telepath Shredded Gem Raise Skull Wizard Shredded Gem Sleep Atti Gem Kneeling Shot Seedmia Gem Restrain Corrupt Velfiggy Gem Time Forward Atti Gem Wild Shot Wendigo Archer Gem Paraclitus Time Ultanun Gem Double Slash Wendigo Magician Gem Stone Rune Corrupt Velfiggy Gem Attaque Coquille Wendigo Searcher Gem Helm Chopper Wendigo Archer Gem Snatching Infrorocktor Gem Turn Undead Wendigo Magician Gem Telekinesis Infroburk Gem Sharp Spear Wendigo Searcher Gem Vendetta Yonazolem Gem Double Attack Jukopus Gem Concentrate Shaman Doll Gem Swell Hands Infrorocktor Gem Deprotected Zone Zinutekas Gem Concentration Infroburk Gem Umbo Thrust Green Corpse Flower Gem Dragon Fear Yonazolem Gem Flu Flu Chupacabra Gem Smite Shaman Doll Gem Turn Undead Corylus Gem Knife Throw Zinutekas Gem Spiritual Chain Cronewt Gem Flying Colors Green Corpse Flower Gem Langort Tontulia Gem Raiton no Jutsu Chupacabra Gem Safety Zone Truffle Gem Dagger Slash Corylus Gem Divine Might Tini Archer Gem Binatio Cronewt Gem Giant Swing Tini Magician Gem Elemental Essence Tontulia Gem Smite Pokubu Gem Rampage Truffle Gem Time Bomb Arrow High Vubbe Archer Gem Free Step Tini Archer Gem Heavy Shot Hogma Shaman Gem Enchant Glove Tini Magician Gem Flare Hogma Mage Gem Divine Might Panto Gem Pommel Pokubu Gem Kneeling Shot High Vubbe Archer Gem Flare Shot Hogma Shaman Gem Stone Skin Hogma Mage Gem Ogouveve <New monster gems effects after skill changes.> <Players can choose the monster gem corresponding to their class using the ‘Monster Gem Selection Box’.> 4. Weapons The following compensations are made in order to solve the compatibility issues that may arise with the class tree changes in the [Re:Build] update: 1) All weapons with 0 potential have their potential increased by +1. - This increase in potential will be applied during the maintenance for the [Re:Build] update. - This applies to all weapon items created before the [Re:Build] update. 2) All market fees for weapons, armor and accessories are refunded. - Available for a given period from the date of the [Re:Build] update. - This applies to all weapons, armor and accessories traded over the Market during the event period. - All market fees consumed during this period are refunded during the scheduled maintenance of the week after the event period is over. - Caution: All market fees (10% of item price) are refunded regardless of Token use state. The terms are only applied to items finalized in sale before a date to be announced. Does not apply to items other than weapons, armor and accessories. UPDATE: This measure will be replaced with a different event, to announced closer to the day of the update. 3) Events every week for either discount in item enhancement/transcendence/re-identification or looting chance +200%. Week Day Event 1st Week Sat 50% enchantment discount Sun 50% discount for even-numbered transcendence 2nd Week Sat 50% discount for item re-identification Sun Looting chance +2000 3rd Week Sat 50% enchantment discount Sun 50% discount for even-numbered transcendence 4th Week Sat 50% discount for item re-identification Sun Looting chance +2000 5th Week Sat 50% enchantment discount Sun 50% discount for even-numbered transcendence 6th Week Sat 50% enchantment discount Sun 50% discount for even-numbered transcendence 7th Week Sat 50% enchantment discount Sun 50% discount for even-numbered transcendence 4) ‘Weapon Type Change’ for special Legend-grade weapons (Lolopanther, Solmiki and Velcoffer) and Unique Raid weapons. - The service is available for a given period following the implementation of the [Re:Build] update. - Applies only to items created before the [Re:Build] update. - Available once per item (if the item’s ownership is transferred via 1:1 trading or the Market, however, it can no longer be exchanged). Unchanged on weapon trade Category Velcoffer Lolopanther, Solmiki Enhancement Lv YES YES Transcendence Lv YES YES Enchantment YES YES Awakening YES YES Set Stats Set stats transferred n/a Changed on weapon trade Category Velcoffer Lolopanther, Solmiki Potential and Sockets One-handed -> One-handed No change No change Two-handed -> Two-handed No change No change One-handed -> Two handed Potential +1 No change Two-handed -> One-handed (5 sockets) Socket -2, Potential +2 Two-handed -> One-handed (4 sockets) Socket -1, Potential +1 Two-handed -> One-handed (less than or equal to 3 socket) No change No change * Ichor extraction Extracted n/a * Ichor Extraction: To prevent Ichors from losing their value due to extraction and main weapon type change, all players are provided with 100% Ichor Extraction Voucher on the following grounds: 100% Fixed Stat Ichor Extraction Voucher for where fixed stat ichors are used 100% Random Stat Ichor Extraction Voucher for where random stat ichors are used Unique Raid Weapons - Stats of items from before the update are not maintained. They will be replaced with new item stats. - Due to potential and maximum socket adjustments, items may be different before and after the update. Unique Random-Stat Weapons - If changing from a one-handed weapon to another one-handed weapon, or from a two-handed weapon to another two-handed weapon, the item’s stats will be maintained. - If changing from a one-handed weapon to a two-handed weapon or vice-versa, the item’s stats are reset and an Artisan Magnifier is provided. - Due to potential and maximum socket adjustments, items may be different before and after the update. Velcoffer Cannons - Currently existing Velcoffer Cannons become designated as ‘(Old) Velcoffer Cannon’ after the update. - You can exchange your (Old) Velcoffer Cannon for a two-handed weapon at the NPC. This will give you a ‘Velcoffer Cannon (Two-handed)’ with the same stats, plus +2 sockets and +1 potential. - Exchanging your cannon with a ‘Velcoffer Cannon (Two-handed)’ counts as a one-handed to two-handed weapon change, so you will not be able to exchange your new ‘Velcoffer Cannon (Two-handed)’ for another Legend weapon with this service. - Even if you do not change your existing Velcoffer Cannon for a new one while the weapon exchange service is available, all ‘(Old) Velcoffer Cannons’ will automatically be replaced by a ‘Velcoffer Cannon (Two-handed)’ after the service closes. Socket and potential increases will apply as mentioned above for these items as well. - If an item that needs to be automatically exchanged is being kept in your Team Storage, it will be sent to the Market Retrieve tab of the first character in your Lodge list. If no character is available for that, the item is sent back to your Team Storage. 7) Appearance items obtained through TP purchase will be returned. - Weapons under appearance item effects will be returned to their basic appearance during the scheduled maintenance for the [Re:Build] update. - The appearance item used on the weapon will be returned to your Market Retrieve tab. - If you have used a Weapon Appearance Material from the TP shop to change weapon appearance and want to have the Weapon Appearance Material item returned, please make a request by sending us an inquiry ticket. We will only process the tickets received within the first two weeks of the [Re:Build] update in the following format: 1. Server Name: 2. Team Name: 3. Character Name: 4. Name of item used as material for appearance change: 5. Name of item that had its appearance changed: The above measures have been planned through careful consideration to minimize the distress that players may experience with the drastic changes that the game is undergoing. At this stage, all plans for dealing with compatibility issues are subject to further changes with the actual implementation of the [Re:Build] update and we promise to keep our ears open to the feedback from the community with the implementation of the [Re:Build] update and to always strive to make progress wherever possible. Thank you.
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) Greetings, Saviors! As you can tell from the title of this post, here we’ll be discussing in more detail possible questions you may still have about the [Re:Build] update. We remind you that the full extent of skill changes and other updates will be released only through the patch notes when this update hits, but we hope this can satisfy your curiosity on some of the patch’s novelties. Q. Why aren’t you letting players exchange armor items as compensation for compatibility issues? We have provided armor exchange services in previous patches that dealt directly with the functions of armor items, as not doing so would result in losses for players who had already farmed for items according to their own needs. With [Re:Build], however, the armor mastery changes don’t affect players in the same way, and so we’re not providing an exchange service for armor equipment. In this update, we’re increasing the performance of all kinds of armor mastery by the same standards, but the basic functions of the items themselves will not change. It may feel as though Leather-type armor becomes relatively more important with [Re:Build], but due to the formula adjustments, it ends up performing very similarly to what it does prior to the update. As for the “class-specific armor mastery” we talked about in part 1 of the [Re:Build] details post, that will come later with the introduction of the next generation of items. We aren’t sure yet of when that will be ready, but it will likely have a more direct impact on the game’s items, so we will certainly consider an exchange service when the time comes. Q. We’re worried that game content is going to remain unbalanced after [Re:Build]. We, too, recognize that the high efficiency of certain game features has caused players to largely forsake others. To combat this, we want to transfer some of the elements of popular content to features that are less efficient. On the other hand, this involves tampering with aspects of TOS beloved by many players, so we will need to be careful about any changes we make. Nothing is set in stone yet, but we’re working on a few content revisions to supplement and reinforce the purpose and meaning of each of these game features, and we will let you in on the details once we have more concrete information to share. Q. How did you end up choosing ‘Scout’ as the new class tree? Our main focus with this update was to make sure that the distinctive traits and personality of each class were maintained no matter what build you create. Equipment compatibility was, of course, a major aspect of it. Some compatibility issues were solved by transferring a class to a different tree, like in the case of the Hackapell which, despite currently being in the Archer tree, contains a majority of sword skills (only one skill uses a bow). This wasn’t the case with the soon-to-be Archer tree Rogue, Corsair, Shinobi, Bullet Marker and Schwarzer Reiter. For those classes, we decided to gather them up into a new tree altogether; one where they could synergize. Based on the variety of roles in this tree we added the closest related classes: Linker, Thaumaturge and Enchanter. Then, as you know, in TOS each tree is named after its base class. Rather than constituting a significant part of the lore, class trees help distinguish in-game roles in a way that is meaningful to your build, while still ensuring a healthy degree of variety. Of course, every class has its role in the game’s lore, and we realize that some classes will lose some of theirs by being transferred to a different tree. However, we believe that it is more important for players to be able to create their own unique character builds in a cohesive structure (hence the Bokor tree change, for example: we wanted it to be compatible with other summoning classes). Base classes are decided less on the basis of being the “tree representative”, and more on how well they work with the other classes in the tree. If you look at the Swordsman or Archer trees, for example, their base classes don’t exactly represent the identity of the tree in general. The important thing is whether they are compatible with other classes further up the tree, which is why the Scout, a class with few attack skills, no weapon restrictions and plenty of utility, was chosen as the starting class for the new tree. Q. Since you’re transferring Quick Cast to the Chronomancer skill set, aren’t you worried that it will become a mandatory class in builds with lots of casting? We understand that, in the current game, getting Wizard C3 is almost a mandatory step in casting-heavy builds. Because of this, our goal is to make most casting skills easier and more comfortable to use even without Quick Cast. Casting convenience will also be supported by weapon types like the Rod, increasing the importance of farming for varied equipment items. We hope these changes will define the Chronomancer’s Quick Cast as a nice plus, rather than a necessity, and we will continue to watch out for its usage to ensure it doesn’t become “mandatory”. Q. Where does the name of the new field boss – Boruta – come from? Boruta is the name of a noble devil from Eastern European folklore who busied himself with corrupting fellow aristocrats. According to tales, he preferred to leave those of lower social classes to the mercy of other treacherous devils. ※ Note that the above content is still under development and may be subject to changes before it is finally applied to the game.
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) Greetings, Saviors! This post will be all about the new content that's making its way to TOS with the [Re:Build] update. If you're interested in knowing how this update is going to change the rank system and other game features, make your way to our double post on that (click here for part 1). Otherwise, keep reading for more details on the new raids and items. Borutos Kapas A Large-Scale Field Raid <View of the Slibinas Lair.> Along with rank system changes, we are working on new game content where players can participate on a scale larger than ever before in TOS. ‘Borutos Kapas’ is a Lv 360 large-scale field raid. All eligible Saviors must join forces to stop the dragon Boruta from once again wreaking havoc on the Kingdom. In doing so, you can obtain new kinds of equipment, called ‘Seals’ and ‘Medals of Honor’, issued by the Kingdom in recognition of the contributions made in holding back Boruta’s reawakening. Stopping the almighty Boruta is not an easy task and you must be well equipped and well prepared in order to survive. Dragon Boruta - The Ultimate Field Boss Boruta and his kin were vanquished many eons ago when the goddesses and demon lords ruled the lands. Most of the dragonkin were hunted down by the goddesses and demon lords, or imprisoned by them in the darkest depths of the world. For millions of years, Boruta tried many times to return to the world to unleash his vengeance on those who shamed him, but had been held back under the watchful eyes of the goddesses. But now that the goddess’ powers have diminished significantly due to Medzio Diena, the treacherous Boruta begins to rear his head once more. The story of dragon Boruta was only told through the books until now. Are you ready to face this legendary creature? New Equipment and Rewards How to Obtain the Rewards Players are rewarded on the basis of their contribution in suppressing Boruta’s reawakening. This reward issued to players is called the ‘Medal of Honor’, and the guild who made the greatest contribution overall can receive a new type of equipment called the ‘Seal’. You can talk to Kupole Kaze located in the Vedas Plateau to find out how much contribution you and your guild have made in suppressing Boruta's reawakening. New Equipment Type: Seals A new type of equipment called ‘Seal’ is introduced with the [Re:Build] update. This item will affect the skills for all five class trees and enhance the stats attached to Legend-grade items above Velcoffer. As an example, the damage received by the player under the Ire of Karujas effect will be reduced from 20% to 5%. Seals can be enhanced by Blacksmith Teliavelis. To enhance a seal, two seals of the same grade and same enhancement level are required. Upon successful enhancement, the bonus stats inherent to the seal being upgraded will be activated. Medal of Honor: Boruta The ‘Medal of Honor’ is given out by Kupole Kaze when your contribution points in suppressing Dragon Boruta have reached a certain level. These medals can be traded with the Merchant NPC in your Guild Hangout for special items. New Legend Card: Boruta <New Legend Card: Boruta.> Successfully suppressing Boruta’s reawakening grants all participants a chance to obtain the new Legend Card. The Mark of Honor: Borutos Kapas <A character wearing the Mark of Boruta.> Boruta never forgets. When the Saviors join forces against him, he remembers those who scarred him the most in battle. All members of the guild that have the highest contribution points in the battle against the dragon will wear the Mark of Boruta. The Mark of Boruta is in the shape of a dragon’s wings and will last for two weeks. As good as it looks, it also puts you and your allies in great peril as Boruta’s attention and hatred will be drawn towards those who wear the Mark. Join the Strike Force! Joining the Strike Force: Collecting the Urbas Insignia To receive protection from Boruta’s wrath, players are required to have the ‘Urbas Insignia’. Giving the insignia to Kupole Kaze will help you withstand the damage lashed out by Boruta in Slibinas Lair. The effects of the insignia last until Boruta awakes the next day. The ‘Urbas Insignia’ can be obtained by hunting monsters in an area of Lv. 330 or higher following the [Re:Build] update. Strike Force Operation Schedules Monday to Saturday Sunday Times (server time) 06:00 to 03:00 the following day 1) 06:00 to 19:30 2) 21:30 to 03:00 the following day Boruta will attempt to spread his wings and escape from Slibinas Lair after a certain time has passed. When this happens, the Kupoles will attempt to stop Boruta from escaping. The Strike Force can assault Boruta any time to weaken him except when he is attempting to escape. About Boruta When Boruta awakes from his slumber, his longstanding hatred towards goddesses and humans causes the very unity between Saviors to falter. All characters not included in your guild become exposed to your attacks. Boruta is a dragon of immense vitality and power. It takes more than a little preparation to face against such a strong beast. Boruta’s intense malice will chase after you and attempt to steal your spirit. In this location, the dragon’s roar awaits its next victim… Companions and trusty summons will help protect you from Boruta’s hatred. The Dragon Regains His Strength… With the goddesses disappeared, as time passes Boruta will only become stronger and stronger. However, even the ultimate monster is no match to those chosen by the goddess, if only they join forces to defeat this powerful beast. Unique Raid: Astral Tower Closed Quarters Astral Tower Closed Quarters: What Are They? The Closed Quarters are a new area with entrance located on the 4th floor of the Astral Tower. Originally, there were several restricted sections in the Astral Tower. The one on 5F was closed off under Ignas’ command after he became head of the tower. Unsatisfied with rising to leader of the Schaffenstar, not only did Ignas collude with the demons, he made secret attempts to reach otherworldly beings from his closed quarters. In the Closed Quarters, you are accompanied by NPC Elder Ramunas, an ally with vast knowledge on the Astral Tower who will provide precious help during the raid. Ignas is a clever man, and he’s laid out multiple barriers throughout the quarters to deter intruders. Ignas’ closed quarters also include a series of power sources that keep those barriers running. In order to reach him, you will have to disable each one of the power sources, but there will be obstacles to your mission. Astral Tower Closed Quarters: Ignas Ignas uses a bow as his main weapon, dealing mostly long-range attacks, but he also specializes in Lightning magic. One may think an archer like him would be vulnerable to close-range attacks, but he isn’t foolish enough to let you come close… Besides his weapon specialization, Ignas is fast and very intelligent. He directs his attacks to whoever represents the biggest threat, and he has several traps set up to impede those who intrude in his space. Not only that, despite having been overthrown by the resistance forces, Ignas is still followed by numerous subordinates who will do anything to stop you. New Equipment ※ Note that the above content is still under development and may be subject to changes before it is finally applied to the game. That’s it for our detailed introduction to the main changes and additions coming to TOS with the [Re:Build] update! Next up, we’ll be discussing how the changes are going to be handled in-game and how players will be compensated for them, so keep following the blog for more information!
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 (Click here) 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) Greetings, Saviors! Welcome to part two of this detailed blog post on the upcoming [Re:Build] update. If you haven’t yet, make sure to read part 1 first (click here), so you won’t miss important info on the new advancement system, skills and attributes. Character Stats and Formulas We see three major issues with how basic stats are currently handled in the game. 1. Focusing stat point investment on a single stat has great consequences in the balance of individual characters. 2. Some stats display far more efficacy than others, according to their effects. 3. A single basic stat can influence several other stats, displaying excessive importance in item stats. In order to address these issues, we are automating stat allocation in tune with level-up progress and adapting stat effect formulas, while reducing the number of other stats they influence. Stat Allocation According to Level Our current basic stat system was designed so that players could freely customize their character builds as they level up. Unfortunately, with the maximum character level now reaching Lv. 390, this created an environment where many characters have all of their points invested on a single basic stat, resulting in an excessive influence on other stats. With the [Re:Build] update, characters no longer obtain stat points when they level up. Instead, basic stats increase automatically by about two points (twice the current amount) with every character level achieved, according to that character’s class choices. Every class has its own set ratio of stats, and your final basic stat composition is determined by the average of the ratios assigned to each of your classes. For example, if you pick only attack-focused classes from the Swordsman tree, you’ll likely end up with higher STR and DEX values. Similarly, should you go for more defensive classes, CON will be among your main basic stats. A less specialized, more balanced selection of classes will result in a relatively even basic stat composition. Of course, differences do exist even among characters of the same sort (dealer, tank, support, etc.), as each class and role introduces new basic stat setups. The following are the basic stat ratios applied to characters based on different class choices. <Basic stat differences between a Lv. 390 Swordsman-Highlander and Swordsman-Peltasta character.> Swordsman Tree Class STR DEX CON INT SPR Swordsman 0.75 0.5 0.75 0 0 Nak Muay 0.6 1 0.4 0 0 Doppelsoeldner 0.9 0.7 0.4 0 0 Dragoon 1 0.4 0.6 0 0 Lancer 1 0.45 0.55 0 0 Retiarius 0.9 0.6 0.5 0 0 Rodelero 0.7 0.4 0.9 0 0 Matador 0.9 0.5 0.6 0 0 Murmillo 0.8 0.4 0.8 0 0 Barbarian 0.8 0.8 0.4 0 0 Cataphract 1.1 0.4 0.5 0 0 Templar 0.65 0.7 0.65 0 0 Fencer 0.6 1.1 0.3 0 0 Peltasta 0.3 0.2 1.5 0 0 Highlander 0.95 0.8 0.25 0 0 Hackapell 0.75 0.8 0.45 0 0 Hoplite 0.8 0.5 0.7 0 0 Wizard Tree Class STR DEX CON INT SPR Wizard 0 0 0.4 0.8 0.8 Necromancer 0 0 0.3 0.6 1.1 Taoist 0 0 0.5 0.7 0.8 Rune Caster 0 0 0.55 0.85 0.6 Bokor 0 0 0.4 0.7 0.9 Psychokino 0 0 0.55 0.95 0.5 Shadowmancer 0 0 0.4 1.1 0.5 Sage 0 0 0.3 1 0.7 Sorcerer 0 0 0.2 0.7 1.1 Alchemist 0 0 0.55 0.65 0.8 Elementalist 0 0 0.2 1 0.8 Warlock 0 0 0.2 1.1 0.7 Onmyoji 0 0 0.4 0.95 0.65 Chronomancer 0 0 0.55 0.7 0.75 Cryomancer 0 0 0.7 0.7 0.6 Pyromancer 0 0 0.5 0.9 0.6 Featherfoot 0 0 0.6 0.7 0.7 Archer Tree Class STR DEX CON INT SPR Archer 0.75 0.75 0.5 0 0 Appraiser 0.85 0.65 0.5 0 0 Ranger 1.1 0.6 0.3 0 0 Musketeer 1.1 0.4 0.5 0 0 Mergen 1 0.6 0.4 0 0 Wugushi 1 0.5 0.5 0 0 Sapper 0.7 0.4 0.9 0 0 Falconer 0.8 0.5 0.7 0 0 Cannoneer 1.2 0.2 0.6 0 0 Quarrel Shooter 0.5 0.5 1 0 0 Pied Pier 0.7 0.7 0.6 0 0 Fletcher 1 0.65 0.35 0 0 Hunter 0.9 0.3 0.8 0 0 Cleric Tree Class STR DEX CON INT SPR Cleric 0.25 0.25 0.45 0.25 0.8 Druid 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.1 Dievdirbys 0.2 0.15 0.35 0.7 0.6 Monk 0.8 0.7 0.5 0 0 Miko 0.2 0 0.5 0.5 0.8 Sadhu 0 0 0.3 1.2 0.5 Exorcist 0 0 0.4 1.2 0.4 Oracle 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.4 0.8 Inquisitor 1 0.4 0.6 0 0 Zealot 0.7 0.8 0.5 0 0 Chaplain 0.7 0.7 0.3 0.15 0.15 Kabbalist 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.3 1.1 Krivis 0.7 0.15 0.3 0.7 0.15 Pardoner 0.15 0.15 0.4 0.5 0.8 Paladin 0.3 0.2 1.1 0.2 0.2 Priest 0.15 0.15 0.3 0.4 1 Plague Doctor 0.15 0.15 0.4 0.6 0.7 Scout Tree Class STR DEX CON INT SPR Scout 0.7 0.9 0.4 0 0 Rogue 0.6 0.9 0.5 0 0 Linker 0.7 0.8 0.5 0 0 Bullet Marker 0.75 1.1 0.15 0 0 Schwarzer Reiter 0.8 0.95 0.25 0 0 Squire 0.7 0.7 0.6 0 0 Shinobi 0.75 0.9 0.35 0 0 Thaumaturge 0.65 0.65 0.7 0 0 New Class 1 0.9 0.7 0.4 0 0 New Class 2 0.55 1.1 0.35 0 0 Enchanter 0.45 1 0.55 0 0 Corsair 0.85 0.75 0.4 0 0 With these calculations, a character consisting of Swordsman - Highlander - Barbarian - Doppelsoeldner has their STR increased by (0.75 + 0.95 + 0.8 + 0.9) / 4 = 0.85 per level. Final values are rounded out to the nearest whole number. The basic stat system then becomes more automated according to your level, but the original mechanism isn’t completely discarded. You can still invest stat points obtained from quests and Goddess Statues freely in a stat of your choice, and you can reset them with a Stat Reset Potion as well. When the [Re:Build] update hits, all stat points obtained by leveling up will be automatically reset so they can be reapplied. Basic Stat Effects The effects of each basic stat change as follows. Stat BEFORE AFTER STR Physical Attack +2 per 1 STR Physical Attack +2 per 1 STR +5 per 10 STR +5% per 10 STR Accuracy +0.5 per 1 STR DELETED +3 per 15 STR CON Max. HP +0.5% of max. HP per level Max. HP +0.3% of max. HP per level +1.5% of max. HP per 10 levels +1% of max. HP per 10 levels HP Recovery +2 per 1 CON DELETED +3 per 5 CON Max. STA +1 per 20 CON DELETED Block +0.5 per 1 CON DELETED +3 per 15 CON ADDED Physical + Magic Defense +2 per 1 CON +5% per 10 CON INT Magic Attack +2 per 1 INT Magic Attack +2 per 1 INT +5 per 10 INT +5% per 10 INT Healing +1.2 per 1 INT DELETED +10 per approx. 34 INT SPR Max. SP +0.5% base MSP per 1 SPR DELETED +1.5% base MSP per 10 SPR SP Recovery +2 per 1 SPR DELETED +3 per 5 SPR Summon Damage ((SPR / (level + 1)) * 100)% Summon Damage ((SPR / (level + 1)) * 100)% Healing +2.8 per 1 SPR Healing +1 per 1 SPR +10 per approx. 15 SPR +3% per approx. 10 SPR Buff Factor * Applied individually for every buff Buff Factor * Applied individually for every buff ADDED Magic Critical Attack +2 per 1 SPR +5% per 10 SPR DEX Attack Speed (DEX / 750)^0.75 Attack Speed (DEX / 1000)^0.5 Critical Attack +4 per 1 DEX Physical Critical Attack +2 per 1 DEX +10 per 10 DEX +5% per 10 DEX Block Penetration +0.5 per 1 DEX DELETED +3 per 15 DEX Evasion +0.5 per 1 DEX DELETED +3 per 15 DEX Level Attack +0.5 per level Attack +1 per level Defense +1 per level Defense +1 per level ADDED Critical Attack +1 per level Max. HP (400 * class tree value) + ((level - 1) * 80 * class tree value Max. HP (400 * class tree value) + ((level - 1) * 80 * class tree value Max. SP (200 * class tree value) + ((level - 1) * 12 * class tree value Max. SP (200 * class tree value) + ((level - 1) * 18 * class tree value Block +0.25 per level Block +1 per level Block Penetration +0.25 per level Block Penetration +1 per level Accuracy +0.25 per level Accuracy +1 per level Evasion +0.25 per level Evasion +1 per level Critical Rate +0.5 per level Critical Rate +1 per level Critical Evasion +0.5 per level Critical Evasion +1 per level HP Recovery Level * class tree ratio HP Recovery 1% of max. HP SP Recovery Level * class tree ratio SP Recovery 3% of max. SP Healing +1 per level Healing +1 per level Evasion, Block and Critical in Magic Attacks <Block, evasion and critical being applied to magic attacks.> Like what already happens with physical attacks, concepts of evasion, block and critical rate will apply to magic attacks as well. Here, values of accuracy and evasion, block and block penetration, and critical rate and critical resistance are based off the same stats that influence the effects of physical attacks. <(Left) A rod with magic critical attack values. (Right) HP restoring effects replaced by a magic critical attack stat in Animus.> Critical attack is divided into two different stats – physical critical attack and magic critical attack. The critical attack stat currently in-game turns to physical critical attack at the time of the update, while magic amplification values are adapted to the new magic critical attack stat. Magic amplification as a stat is, then, erased from the game. Some items may also see their stat values altered due to these changes. Evasion, Block and Critical Rate We’re readjusting calculation formulas for evasion, block and critical rate: instead of the [attacker’s stat - target’s stat] format, we will begin applying a [attacker’s stat / target’s stat] approach. In order to maintain evasion, block and critical rate standards, however, we also need to balance out accuracy, block penetration and critical resistance, which requires higher values on these stats. Following these changes, we are switching buff effect constants for ratio-based formulas. This also requires equipment items with higher stat values as characters enter the topmost level brackets. <Evasion values required to maintain the same evasion rate in relation to the opponent’s accuracy, before and after the update.> The graph above may show only the change in evasion values, but block and critical rate stats will produce similar results, though with different factors and formulas. In evasion, for example, when the number of monsters targeting you exceeds 5, every additional monster causes your evasion rate to decrease by 10%, up to a maximum of 50% (10 monsters). As for block, rather than completely nullifying the attack, it will instead cut its damage in half. SP Since new skills introduced after the update will no longer belong to upper ranks, they will no longer require increasingly high SP consumption. If left untouched, this could mean that a lot of characters would end up with excessive SP capacities relatively to how much their skills consume. To prevent that, we’re removing the influence of SPR on SP, and instead have it escalate according to your character level. Following that, the amount of SP consumed by skills is also slightly increased in concordance with the new level-based standards. On the other hand, apart from a few special cases, SP consumption will no longer increase in proportion to skill level. Threat and Casting Time Ratio Factors that determine the degree to which monsters “hate” you, currently referred to as “provocation” or “provocation values”, are unified into a single definition: Threat. Your threat values are displayed in the Character Information window along with other stats. Casting Time Ratio, a stat that tells the variation in skill casting time, is also a new feature displayed in the Character Information window. As new equipment is introduced after the [Re:Build] update, this stat is also set to appear in-game as an item stat. Movement Speed Buffs and consumables that increase movement speed will lose their ability to stack, applying only the highest movement speed value among those that are available. For example, if you receive a +10 movement speed buff and then consume a +5 movement speed potion, only the +10 buff (the one providing the highest value) will apply. That said, movement speed boosts originating from equipment items, Companions, Tokens and other special benefits will continue to stack regardless of this rule. Stacking Defense-Ignoring Effects The following table shows how stacked defense-ignoring effects will have a milder impact after the big update. Defense-ignoring Effect 1 Total Effect Defense-ignoring Effect 2 Total Effect Defense-ignoring Effect 3 Total Effect BEFORE 20% 20% 20% 40% 10% 50% AFTER 20% 36% 42.4% <Percentage of defense ignored according to the number of defense-ignoring stacks, before and after the update.> Items The rank system update is also bringing significant changes to equipment items’ main stats: attack (in weapons) and defense (in armor). Some items will inevitably have their stats updated due to the rearrangement of class trees, while others turn into entirely different equipment types, according to the new class-specific improvements. Main Equipment Stats <Comparison of weapon attack (left) and armor defense (right) values before and after the update.> As classes currently of different ranks and degrees of performance are adapted to the same standards, item growth is set to become more important than ever. In conformity with this, weapons have their attack values increased up to 70%, while armor items see a boost in defense of up to 50%. This, of course, calls for an adjustment of the game’s minimum and maximum attack values as well. There will be no change to enhancement value increases, however, making this equipment-boosting feature slightly less influential. <Defense values before (left) and after (right).> In order to ensure a clearer role separation between one- and two-handed weapons, we are giving shields a significant increase in defense of approximately 252%. A notable change, considering magic attacks are becoming blockable. Within weapons of the same type, the two-handed version can then provide higher attack values, while its one-handed counterpart secures higher defense and block abilities. Other Stats <The Masinios Crossbow undergoes a stat change due to skill Running Shot being deleted.> In cases where an item contains a stat related to deleted skills or ones that are undergoing significant changes due to class tree reallocations, etc. – as is the case of the Masinios Crossbow up here – those stats are replaced by a similar skill function or a different special stat. Gems Following the aforementioned revisions in skill factors, main item stats and evasion/block/critical formulas, regular gems are receiving a few necessary adjustments to their effects. They are as follows. When this update hits, all regular and monster gems will be extracted from equipment items penalty-free and sent to the corresponding character’s Market Retrieve tab. Once again due to heavy class/skill and tree rearrangements, some monster gems (skill gems) are set to become obsolete or unusable. In cases where, after the update, a character’s class has changed trees or a skill has been moved/deleted, any corresponding monster gems in their possession will be replaced with a Monster Gem Selection Box: Class. This item allows players to select one of five boxes containing a monster gem pertinent to their desired class tree. Cannons <Cannons as two-handed weapons.> In line with the class tree overhaul, cannons are reallocated to the two-handed weapon category with all that entails: two-handed weapon attack values and enhancement costs, and higher Blessed Gem requirements for transcendence. Cannons already transcended at the time of the update will see no changes to their stage of transcendence. New cannon varieties introduced after the big patch will come with a maximum of 5 sockets and increased potential. Here, too, cannons already in the game at the time of the update will not undergo any changes related to sockets or potential. <Legend-grade cannon with its number of sockets increased to 5 after the update.> The one item we will alter for this [Re:Build] patch is the Velcoffer Cannon, which sees its maximum sockets increased to 5. Existing Velcoffer Cannons will automatically receive two added sockets with no potential consumed. Other Important System Changes Moving and Jumping Stamina will no longer be consumed by regular movement, decreasing only when the character jumps. This way, Stamina becomes a basic resource to manage during combat, while diminishing inconveniences to regular character movement. <Example: dash differences in Wizard (top) and Archer (bottom) tree characters.> Dash becomes available to characters of all trees, but with different effects and degrees of performance. See below. Tree Effects Swordsman Dash is maintained even when you are attacked. Able to dash while mounted. Wizard Dash movement speed -4 Archer Able to dash only in non-combat situations. Dash movement speed +3 Cleric Same movement speed as the original Dash. (Lycanthropy: Human Form changes to reduce Stamina consumption by 50%) Scout Dash movement speed +3 Stamina consumption +100% Target Priority in Range Attacks In range attacks, the enemy with the highest AoE defense ratio is the first to be selected as the target. For attacks largely influenced by the character’s AoE attack ratio, the larger the number of enemies with a high AoE defense ratio, the harder it becomes to attack multiple enemies at once. On the other hand, this makes it possible for tank characters with a high AoE defense ratio to stand up to certain monster skills on their own. Kannushi Advancement Characters who changed from Miko to Kannushi via Switch Gender no longer need to switch back to female in order to advance to the Miko class again: they can remain a male character and advance straight to Kannushi. This applies to characters who use Switch Gender to become a Kannushi after this patch is applied, but also to those who are already a Kannushi at the time of the update. Characters who do not have the Kannushi class in their build at the time of the update will first need to become one via Switch Gender before this rule applies to them. Sorcerer Riding Skill Targeting After summoning a demon and mounting it with the Riding skill, any demon skills used are directed not to the demon’s target, but in the direction that the demon is currently facing. Skills that require a target to be designated, however, can be directioned towards the closest enemy. Improved Fields and Main Quests In order to combat the problem of long waiting periods between monster respawns in regular fields, which can interfere with the flow of hunting, we are increasing monster populations by 50-450% in a total of 81 regions. Besides this, we are addressing issues of low satisfaction with quest rewards by continuing to increase Silver and EXP yields, particularly in main quests. All 83 final (main) quests in their corresponding level bracket and region have their Silver rewards multiplied by 8-13 times, comparatively to the current game. Main quests and all subquests of level 300 and above also get the following increase in EXP gains. Lv. 1-100 main quests: 5 times increase Lv. 101-200 main quests: 5 times increase Lv. 201-300 main quests: 3 times increase Lv. 301-390 sub- and main quests: 5 times increase In regions corresponding to level brackets lacking a main quest, subquests that are significant enough to the game’s story become main quests as well. Level brackets affected by this change are as follows: Lv. 180-190, Lv. 220-250, Lv. 310-330. Another important change is that, after completing a main quest, any camp warps of lower related regions can be automatically activated. Visit a Wings of Vaivora NPC after completing any of the following quests to activate the corresponding camp warps. Everything Intact (3) Goddess Gabija Mysterious Slate (2) Old Story (7) Revelation of Fortress of the Land Secret Trade (3) Swindler Rexipher The Bishop's Last Mission (2) The Clown from the Closing Show The Demons' Goals The Dimensional Crack (7) The Final Battle (7) The Goddess' Hidden Message The Goddess' Sacrifice (2) The Hidden Sanctum's Revelation (1) The King of the Great Humans The Revelation of Kalejimas This is Only the Beginning To Gateway of the Great King Not only that, Goddess Statues will allow you to move directly to Master NPCs of classes included in your current build. <The new Goddess Statue function lets you move directly to a Class Master NPC.> In order to alleviate common frustrations related to object selection in mouse mode, a new priority selection function (Shift + left-click) is being added that will allow players to move and interact with NPCs more conveniently. Finally, timed items will automatically disappear after they expire, rather than remain in a character’s inventory. System messages will alert you of which expired items were deleted through the chat window. This rule also applies to expired items in the possession of characters at the time of the update. ※ Note that the above content is still under development and may be subject to changes before it is finally applied to the game. As mentioned in part 1, we have a lot of to cover about the [Re:Build] update, including all the new content that’s coming along in the patch. We have another post up about new raids, equipment and much more which you can read by clicking here!
Table of Contents 1. Rank System Changes Pt. 1 2. Rank System Changes Pt. 2 (Click here) 3. New Content: Borutas Kapas & Astral Tower Closed Quarters (Click here) 4. FAQ (Click here) 5. Compatibility Issues & Solutions (Click here) 6. FAQ 2 (Click here) Greetings, Saviors! Today we would like to continue our dev blog series on the upcoming [Re:Build] update! Here, we will be overviewing the changes made to the game’s rank and stat systems. As there is a lot of content to cover, we are breaking this post down into two parts, the second of which you can read here (click to go to the post). <A player hunting monsters using the new Pyromancer and Warlock skills.> The New Class Advancement System <New class advancement UI.> The current rank system allows players to pick their classes, each subdivided into three circles, and advance their character in rank by 9 times, reaching the maximum of Rank 10. The new class advancement system allows each character to advance their class three times, but each advancement is equal to reaching Circle 3 of the chosen class on the current rank system. Classes that only have Circle 1 skills (i.e. Shinobi, Rune Caster, Chaplain, Miko, Appraiser and Nak Muay) will have their skill sets expanded with the [Re:Build] update. In [Re:Build], players are able to choose a total of 4 different classes similar to how they can currently pick one base class and three different Circle 3 classes (total of 10 ranks). As much as it will be difficult for players to become a jack-of-all-trades with the new advancement system, our ultimate goal is to reinforce the strengths and weaknesses unique to each class/build, as well as to enhance party interaction and create synergies between the different builds available in the game. To adhere to the lore of the game, hidden classes can be chosen starting from the character’s second class advancement. This is because the unlocking of hidden classes is closely related to the lore of the game. Hidden class quests require the player to be somewhat knowledgeable about the game world, and Class Masters and quest locations are located in mid- to high-level areas. Class Level Maximum class level will be expanded to 45, as one class advancement is equal to advancing 3 Circles in [Re:Build]. However, the maximum class level for base classes such as Swordsman and Wizard will remain at 15, with part of their their current skills either transferred to a different class or removed from the game. Class Change System <Points can be earned for Class Change by completing in-game tasks, as shown above.> Similar to [Rank Reset], a [Class Change] system will be implemented into the game to alleviate some of the difficulties that players may experience in creating their unique character build. Players can earn up to 1,000 points per week and save up to 3,000 points in total by completing various tasks in-game. These points can be consumed for a single Class Change, which costs 1,000 points. Upon Class Change, the players’ class attribute points are reset to be spent again on the new class of choice. Existing Rank Reset Vouchers are repurposed as Class Change Vouchers that give players points for class change when used. Rank 8 Class Prerequisites Removed <Rank 8 classes that will no longer have prerequisites for advancement.> Prerequisites for advancement into Rank 8 classes will be removed, while hidden classes (i.e. Shinobi, Rune Caster, Miko, Appraiser, Nak Muay) will continue to require an unlocking process just as before, with the exception of the Chaplain class, which is no longer a hidden class. All characters that have already unlocked Rank 8 classes prior to the update will earn a title for each of the Rank 8 classes that have been unlocked. Even after the [Re:Build] update, players can still earn the Rank 8 titles by completing the corresponding class quests. Rank Reset for All Characters With [Re:Build], all rank advancements are reset and characters are returned to their base classes. Attribute points are refunded to the player to spend again, and class EXP is also returned to the player as new EXP Cards that correspond to the newly updated system. Characters that have already used Rank Reset Vouchers prior to the [Re:Build] update are also issued new EXP Cards of equal value. The ranks of Templar characters are also reset, as the system will allow for any Templar to reset their ranks, regardless of Guild Master status. New Class Tree and Class Reassignment Class Tree Reassignment The [Re:Build] update reassigns the classes from their original class trees in order to reestablish and further solidify the key characteristics that define each class tree. Including the newly introduced Scout class tree, there are 5 class trees in total. The changes in class tree composition have been made with factors such as the type of weapon used by each class and the class’ ability to mount in mind, and with the goal of maximizing the compatibility between the different classes within a single class tree, as well as the synergy between the different players within a single party. <Names in blue are classes that have been assigned to a new class tree.> The Swordsman tree consists of classes that utilize bladed melee weapons such as swords, spears and rapiers, as well as classes that are able to combat while mounted on a Companion. Hackapells originally belonged to the Archer tree due to the historical records that they used both swords and bows. The decision to move this class to the Swordsman tree was made because one-handed swords have become the natural weapon of choice for Hackapell players. The Hackapell class was moved to the Swordsman tree to maintain the overall consistency of the Archer tree at the cost of historical accuracy. Also, to fit in better with the Swordsman tree, Hackapells become able to equip one-handed swords as their main weapon, and equip daggers and shields in the subweapon slot. The Wizard tree includes all DPS-focused magic users, summoners and support classes that have spell-related buffs. The grouping was made with the focus on how different attack spells available within the tree can be combined for maximum synergy, and also on whether a candidate class’ skill set consists of offensive, defensive and self-targeting buffs. Following these guidelines, the summon-focused Bokor class and the DPS-focused Taoist classes are being moved to the Wizard tree along with some skill adjustments. Archer tree classes specialize in ranged attacks and wield bows and crossbows as their main weapons. Cannons are now two-handed weapons and their attack value is being increased to reflect this change. See the ‘Items’ section in part 2 of this post for more details on cannon changes. Also, we have a new class that uses muskets and cannons as main weapons planned for reveal in the first half of 2019. Cleric tree classes specialize in blunt weapons but, like the Wizard tree, they are not heavily restricted by weapon type. As the tree includes many different classes that play the roles of physical and magic DPS, healer and support, the classes within this tree are unified by the theme of being either healers or devotees of different religions within the game world. New Class Tree: Scout The new Scout tree will include classes from other trees, as well as two brand new classes (Assassin and Outlaw). The classes in the Scout tree are grouped by their main weapons of choice, which are daggers and pistols, and also by the availability of support spells that affect the player’s party as a whole. The key characteristics of support classes within the Scout tree is that they have no affiliation with religion or healing. Hence, the Linker and Thaumaturge classes have been moved to the Scout tree, as their skill set is optimized for party support. Newly introduced classes that major in support roles will be added to either the Cleric or Scout trees in the future. Another key feature of the Scout class tree is their focus on attack speed. They will be optimized for offensive roles with skills that have shorter animation and casting time in comparison to classes of the other trees. The Bullet Marker and Schwarzer Reiter classes have been moved to the Scout tree because of their focus on normal attacks, and the Enchanter is also transferred over from the Wizard tree because of its DEX-focused build. Scout tree classes wield one-handed swords as their main weapon, but most of their skills make use of the daggers and pistols equipped in their subweapon slot. As is tradition, the name given to each tree is identical to that of the tree’s base class. In the case of the new tree, the Scout class was chosen to become the base class with the compatibility with the other classes within the tree in mind. The base class for the Scout tree needed to be compatible with daggers, pistols and support spells. At first, the Rogue class was considered as the candidate for this tree’s base class, but it was ultimately abandoned because of the fact that the Rogue class’ skills are based almost exclusively on daggers. As the Scout class did not specialize on any specific weapon and had many skills that were in need of a rework, it was a better choice overall to be elected as the new tree’s base class. [Re:Build] reworks the Weapon Swap attribute in order to increase compatibility between the skills that utilize different types of weapons within a single class tree. The Weapon Swap attribute, formerly obtainable in the player’s second rank, will now be a default feature for all characters. Weapons will be swapped automatically upon using two different skills that require different weapons when the two skills are used consecutively, as long as the alternative weapon is registered for Weapon Swap. With the aforementioned changes, many classes that were formerly neglected will find a place in many players’ builds. The Taoist, as an example, was a class typical of this problem and was not fit to be neither a dealer nor a supporter, being used only as a support class in conjunction with the Krivis class skill, Zaibas. The [Re:Build] update moves the Taoist class into the Wizard tree and introduces new Lightning spells for the Taoist so as to repurpose it as a DPS class. <The Taoist’s Storm Calling skill can be used to maximize the efficiency of Electrocute.> Players will be able to use Quick Cast to overcome long casting times and also make use of Upper Level to reinforce tiled offensive skills such as Flame Ground or Toyou. These are just some of the examples of enhanced class compatibility that can be found in the Wizard tree with the [Re:Build] update. <Players can use Upper Level to reach flying enemies with tile-based skills like Flame Ground.> The skills of classes that have not changed trees, for example the Hunter, have been adjusted to improve the various aspects of the class. More details on classes and their skills will be revealed through the official patch notes. Class Stat Specialization Swordman Max HP Max SP Phys DEF Mag DEF Block HP Recovery 100% 60% 300% 300% 150% 120% Wizard Max HP Max SP Block Penetration SP Recovery 65% 100% 150% 120% Archer Max HP Max SP Accuracy Move Speed 70% 70% 150% 110% Cleric Max HP Max SP Phys DEF Mag DEF Critical RES HP Recovery SP Recovery 80% 80% 150% 150% 150% 120% 120% Scout Max HP Max SP Dodge Critical Rate ATK Speed 75% 60% 150% 150% 110% Each class tree will have specialized stats, and these stats will increase in proportion to the class tree stat specialization. With specialized stats, classes with similar skill sets will be played differently in combat and require different equipment settings. Apart from the stat differences as shown above, class trees will differ considerably in terms of skill AoE ratio, range and overheat rates. Along with specialized stats for different class trees, different classes within a tree will also affect character stat growth, which will be explained further in detail in the second part of this announcement. Class Tree Change <Players can change their character class tree with the help from the Class Tree Helper NPC.> We are providing a temporary Class Tree Change for all players in order to give the players the chance to experiment in the event that their favorite class has been removed from the player’s current class tree. More information about the Class Tree Change will be detailed in a future announcement. Templar <New Templar costume.> All guild-related functions are removed from the Templar class. Guild Masters will no longer be required to have a Templar character in order to gain access to guild functions. Templars’ skill set is also reworked so that their role becomes more GvG-focused. Skills With the new horizontally-structured class system in [Re:Build], skill factors are no longer determined by the rank at which the skills are acquired. Skill factor standards after the [Re:Build] update are as follows: Category Skill Factor Class Ranks Removed The skill factors are now independent of the skill’s rank and circle and all skills have consistent skill factors. AoE / Number of Targets Skill factor increases with smaller AoE and lower number of targets. Skill factor decreases with larger AoE and higher number of targets. Singular / Multiple Hits The casting time and the number of hits during casting are adjusted, along with new values that determine how the number of hits changes over skill duration. All skills have a skill factor that fits into a balanced range of DPS. Overheat / Cooldown Time Overheat and skill cooldown factors are reworked. Channeling Spells and Magic Circles Skill factors will be influenced by aspects such as threat levels while casting, difficulty in casting and maintaining the spell, the duration in which the player is inactive after the spell is cast, etc. Others If the skill has crowd control functions, its skill factor will be deduced. Item consumption will be taken into account on determining skill factor. The delay time present before and after casting a skill will also influence the skill factor. Do keep in mind that there are exceptions influenced by factors such as technical difficulties and continuity of the lore where the above rules either don’t apply or are applied in a different manner. BEFORE AFTER The overall damage produced by skills is reduced with these changes in skill factor, but the overall HP of monsters have also been decreased to reflect the changes made to the game’s balance. On the other hand, the difficulty of Saalus Convent and Mercenary Post missions will be increased, while the difficulty of Hunting Grounds is lowered in order to match the changes implemented in the [Re:Build] update. Buff Skills <The Swordsman’s Gung Ho skill changes from a fixed-value damage increase to a percentage-based increase.> Buff skills are being adapted to include new effect factors or ratios. In the current game, fixed-value effects stop many of these skills from performing satisfactorily at later levels, so this change is here to help their buff effects stay relevant even as the character levels up. Skills Being Added/Deleted and Moved With the [Re:Build] update, new skills will be added to reinforce the role and characteristics of the different classes and, in return, others will be deleted from the game due to their incompatibility with the class’ concept or negative influence on game balance. A new skill, ‘Elemental Essence’, is a good example of this change, as it emphasizes the Wizard’s character role as a master of the elements. Some skills will also be moved to a different class, again to fit into the target class’ role and characteristics. Another example would be ‘Quick Cast’, a cast time-reducing skill currently in the Wizard class, which aptly becomes a Chronomancer skill after the update. Quicken, a support skill that affects the caster’s entire party, is moved from the Chronomancer to the (soon-to-be Scout tree) Thaumaturge class skill repertoire. A full list of all the skills affected and how they change will be included in the patch notes corresponding to the [Re:Build] update. Multiple-use Skill Recharges Skills that can be used more than one time will change the way they recharge after cooldown. BEFORE AFTER +1 use recharged after cooldown All uses recharged after cooldown In the current game, when a player doesn’t exhaust all the uses of a multiple-use skill, that skill recharges one use at a time after the cooldown. With the [Re:Build] update, all uses of the skill are recharged simultaneously after cooldown, so there is no need to expend them unnecessarily. Party Member-Targeting Skills <Players will target specific party members with the ‘Heal’ skill instead of generating Heal tiles.> Buff skills applied to a single party member become targetable. Buffs like Healing Factor, for example, require the caster to place the skill tile on the ground for the intended party member to use them in the current game. With the new targeting function, Plague Doctors are able to cast Healing Factor on the desired party member directly. This feature also allows you to direct buffs towards yourself and avoid having them “stolen” by fellow players. Attributes Attributes are one of the base systems of TOS combat, one that so far has suffered from excessive costs and enhancement attributes skewed towards dealer classes. We’re setting out to solve this by significantly decreasing attribute costs and correcting the most inconvenient and unfair aspects of this system. Attribute Costs and Buff Enhancements <Graph comparing the accumulated costs of attribute points before and after Re:Build> Overall enhance attribute costs are readjusted to a standard similar to that of current Rank 7 skills. This change means you can raise two enhance attributes to level 100 with the same number of points used to level one Rank 10 enhance attribute to level 100 in the current game setup. Other attributes have reduced in cost as well. The overall attribute points spent per character has been decreased but the attribute points for skills below Rank 7 have been raised also. So, depending on the build, the total attribute cost that you may have required could be higher overall. Besides the cost reductions, one important change is the addition of Enhance attributes to buff skills. Important enhancing attributes will no longer be an exclusive feature of attack skills, becoming useful to support classes as well. With the enhance attributes that are made for buff skills in the Re:Build update, supporters can further increase the effectiveness of their build. Attribute Point Extraction <Attribute point extraction UI. For a given period after the update, all players will be given the one time chance(per character) to extract attribute points without silver costs.> A new feature is introduced that allows you to extract attribute points from one character in the form of scrolls, then pass them onto another character in your team. This function lets you extract attribute points in batches of 1,000, and it comes with an extraction fee (paid in Silver) equivalent to 10% of their original price. If one attribute point costs 1,000 Silver, that means a fee of 100 Silver per point. The items extracted cannot be traded to other players 1:1 or via the Market; they can only be transferred to same-team characters through the Team Storage. Also, you can extract only from your total of unused attribute points, not from points already consumed by attributes. Extracting used attribute points is only possible after changing classes or using other functions that automatically reset attribute points. Armor Mastery Attributes Armor mastery features assigned to characters are undergoing a few significant changes. Same-type equipment effects will trigger whenever a character equips not 3, but 4 items of the same group. Some effects will be altered, and their values will apply based on the effects of the lowest-grade armor item. For example, if 3 of your armor items are Unique and 1 is Rare, your overall armor grade will be Rare. Armor mastery effect changes are as follows. Armor Type BEFORE AFTER Cloth Magic damage taken -10% Normal Magic damage taken -5% Magic Magic damage taken -7.5% Rare Magic damage taken -10% Unique Magic damage taken -12.5% Legend Magic damage taken -15% Leather Critical rate +50 Accuracy +50 Normal Critical chance +4% Max. critical chance +10% (all grades) Magic Critical chance +8% Rare Critical chance +12% Unique Critical chance +16% Legend Critical chance +20% Plate Physical damage taken -10% Normal Physical damage taken -5% Magic Physical damage taken -7.5% Rare Physical damage taken -10% Unique Physical damage taken -12.5% Legend Physical damage taken -15% As you can see, Cloth and Plate armor effects remain the same, but apply in different degrees according to item grade. Leather effects, on the other hand, are adjusted to fit into the new critical formulas and add +10% to maximum critical chance limits, increasing the 50% threshold to 60%. Critical chance here corresponds to the actual ratio applied when the character attacks. If you have a 30% chance of critical, for example, that percentage is increased by 20% with Legend-grade armor, becoming 36%. After the [Re:Build] patch, we plan to introduce new class-specific types of armor mastery, including effects that are relevant to the characteristics of each class. Each type of armor will continue to be compatible with different class trees, namely Plate for Swordsmen, Cloth for Wizards, Leather for Archers and Scouts, and Cloth/Plate for Clerics. ※ Note that the above content is still under development and may be subject to changes before it is finally applied to the game. Head on over to part 2 of this blog post, where we discuss even more details of the [Re:Build] update (click here)!