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Aion 5.3 Abyss Changes Preview

With the Aion 5.3 update less than a week away we wanted to cover some of the changes for the abyss in the update!

Abyss Changes
The update will brings new type of grouping mechanic just for sieges called Coalition which will make it easier for players to participate and get coordinated. These new groups will be available to all players 10 minutes before the scheduled siege starts. If you wish to participate, be sure to join one, as you will only receive rewards from the siege if you are in the Coalition. Each fort will have its own Coalition, so be sure to apply for the one you will want to siege! The leaders of the Coalition will be determined based on Abyss rank, and the leaders will also have special skills assigned to them based on their Abyss rank, and their rank within the Coalition. These skills are very powerful and can be vital to winning the siege so be sure to take advantage of them!

At the beginning of each siege, the fortresses going vulnerable will be reset to Balaur for both the lower and upper fortresses no matter who currently occupies them at that time.

Lower Fortresses
In the lower fortress sieges, Shugos will be offering assistance to Daevas against the Balaur. For the first part of the siege, Balaur will attack the Shugos that are there to help out in the Lower Abyss. You will need to work together with your Coalition to save the Shugos from the Balaur. The faction that renders the most aid for each pack of Shugos will gain their assistance in taking the fortress. Each pack of Shugos offers something different! Rewards will be given to all players that participate in the siege regardless of faction and even if the opposite faction takes the fortress. There will be a minimum contribution level required on the losing faction to gain these rewards.

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Upper Fortresses
The Upper Fortress sieges will be changed so the winning faction is decided based on the contribution for the fortress siege, instead of the first faction to take the Diety. As the battle begins, players will be transported to the fortress for the Coalition they applied for and both factions’ scores will be at zero, while Balaur will be at 10,000. You will need to work with your Coalition to complete objectives around and in the fortress to gain points. At the end of the siege, regardless of who kills the Deity, the faction with the most points will be successful in obtaining the fortress. If the Balaur still have the most points, or the two factions tie in points, the fort will remain Balaur and both factions will receive participation rewards.

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Equipment and Rank Changes
Included in the update will be new sets of Abyss equipment for all ranks of Archdaevas. This new gear will require the new tradeable Spinel Medals and Abyss Points to obtain. The mechanics for Glory Points will be changing too. In order to be ranked by your GP, you will need to gain 1,450 in a calendar month to hold your rank, and it will no longer decay on a daily basis. If you do not meet that threshold, you will be ranked according to your AP until you gain enough GP. Players will also receive a weekly reward bundle for holding their Abyss rank which will be sent via mail.

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This concludes our previews for Aion: 5.3. You can view our previous previews that go over other new features and changes in the update here. Aion 5.3 launches next week, March 8, so be ready because the Balaur will not go easy!


Weekly Server Maintenance - March 1, 2017, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 4 hours.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. Omega Unbound Enchantment event will end. The top five enchanters from each server will recieve their prizes within a week.
  3. The Mysterious Enchanter event will end. Mystic items that meet the requirements will be converted.
  4. Kromede's Revenge event will continue for one more week.
  5. Character transfer queueing will be unavailable due the update next week.
  6. Panesterra Fortresses will be reset to Balaur.

Additionally, website login, new account creation, NCoin purchases, and store purchases will be unavailable until 11:00 AM.

Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!


5.3 Item and System Preview

Aion 5.3 is launching on March 8, 2017. There are many updates and changes in the patch other than what we've shown previously. Keep reading for a preview of server new items and system changes in this update!

Essence Core
Essense Core is a new item for Archdaevas that will allow you to obtain additional Essence points, which you will be able to equip on your character screen. Characters can equip up to three essence cores at any given time. Each Essence Core can be enchanted up to a maximum of +10, with additional Essence Points being added for each enchantment level. The amount of essence added is not randomized.

Essence Cores can be obtained through Aetherforging, and can be enchanted with Omega Enchantment Stones or the new Essence Core Solution, which will be available from bosses in Archdaeva instances. Essence Cores can be traded at any enchantment level.

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Atreian Passport
The Atreian Passport will be updated so it no longer resets every calendar month. Each day you log in, it will progress one more day on the calendar and give you the subsequent reward. After you receive the 28th and final reward, the rewards will reset.

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Empyrean Bracelets
The Empyrean Lords have forged blessed bracelets to be worn by Daevas. Empyrean Bracelets increase your PvP Defense, and can be improved via tempering up to tempering level 10.

At level 5 and 10, the Bracelet’s appearance changes, and a small amount of PvP attack is added at each level starting at level 6. The bracelet also gains a Manastone slot at tempering levels 5, 7, and 10. Failing to temper a bracelet will reduce the tempering level to zero, and will result in losing any Manastones that were socketed. Empyrean Bracelets are available for Daevas level 10 or above and are tradeable at any tempering level.

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Atreian Bestiary
The Atreian Bestiary is a log you will keep of monsters you kill in Iluma and Norsvold. Both regions will be available for each race. Each monster in the Atreian Bestiary will have five levels of rewards, which can be unlocked by defeating a specific number of a given monster.

After finishing a reward level, you are awarded with experience. Each subsequent reward level will have larger experience rewards, but will also require more monsters to be defeated than the previous level. You can view the locations for almost every monster in the Atreian Bestiary, but some rare ones you will have to find on your own!

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Skill Changes
In the Skills window, you will find a new tab where you will have the ability to create custom skill chains. You can set up to 4 skills per chain, and each character gets 5 chains total. After creating your custom chain, you can drag the first skill to your hotbar. When it is used it will chain to the next skill in the custom chain.

If a skill is already a part of a chain naturally, the natural chain must be completed before the next part of the custom chain triggers, and conditional statuses must still be met. You can arrange skills in any order, so get creative!

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There are many more additions to the update! Stay tuned for the next preview which will go over the Abyss Siege changes in 5.3.


Aion 5.3 Update Coming on March 8

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Ereshkigal's Dredgions are en route, and the Arena of Tenacity doors are preparing to open. The Aion 5.3 update will arrive on March 8, 2017!

Click here for our preview of the Arena of Tenacity and the Dredgion Defense. Also included in this update are new systems and items, such as Essence Cores, Empyrean Bracelets, and much more. There is something for all Daevas in this update so stay tuned for more information!


Weekly Server Maintenance - February 22, 2017, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 8:45 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. Omega Unbound Enchantment will continue for one more week.
  3. The Mysterious Enchanter event will continue for one more week. Mystic items placed in the private warehouse will be converted. If you do not wish to have your items converted, please keep the items out of the private warehouse. 
  4. Kromede's Revenge event will continue for two more weeks.

Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!


Dredgion Defense and Arena of Tenacity Preview

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Dredgion Defense

With the reawakening of the Tower of Eternity, the Aetheric field around Atreia has started to weaken. From her slumber deep within the Abyss, Ereshkigal sensed this weakness, and has dispatched an elite fleet of Dredgions to the capital cities in an act unheard of since before the Cataclysm. Work together with your fellow Daevas to protect your home!

Every Sunday after the update, Archdaevas will be able to queue for the Dredgion Defense for Sanctum and Pandemonium. The first 384 players to queue will be teleported into the starting area in their faction’s capital city. Regardless if the Dredgion Defense is full or not, the instance will start after a few minutes. The goal of the Defense is to earn as many points as possible by stopping the invading forces.

Players must work together and focus on several objectives simultaneously to defend their city. Ranks are awarded after defeating the boss, Zedas, followed by a direct assault on the Dredgion flagship for extra rewards. The difficulty of this final phase is determined by your score in the defense. Successful defenses will awards all players that participated in the instance with materials, consumables, and new equipment.

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Arena of Tenacity

Archdaevas can enter the Arena of Tenacity, a new tournament-format Arena. Up to 32 players can join each instance of the Arena, and will be put head-to-head in a 1v1, single-elimination tournament (multiple tournaments can run simultaneously). Players will be moved to the Crucible of Tenacity first, and will be automatically seeded for matches. In the Crucible, there are various NPCs and players can also spectate other matches while waiting for your turn. Spectator mode is only available from within the instance. Victory allows you to continue to fight the next opponent, and defeat will eject you from the Arena.

Each match excluding the finals is a timed best-of-three contest, with the first player to score two points moving to the next round. The finals match is a best-of-five, where the first to three points wins. Points are earned by killing your opponent, but if the time limit runs out while the players are tied in points, a two minute sudden death round will begin. If the players are both still alive after that, then the player who dealt more damage will win. Rewards will be given based on how far you advance in the tournament, with the winner receiving the most fabulous prizes!

The Arena of Tenacity will have seasons lasting for nine weeks, followed by a one week break. Every Arena of Tenacity tournament you participate in will count towards your ranking for the season, and when the season ends you will be given rewards of Kinah, AP, and GP based on your final placement.

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Aion 5.3 is coming soon. Stay tuned for more information and our release date announcement next week!


The Mysterious Enchanter Event

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Luxrinerk is the most fabulous shugo around and she has the wares to prove it. For a low kinah price, you can own one or more of Luxrinerk's items, but don’t be fooled; to de-mystify Luxrinerk’s wares you must enchant them to a required enchantment level. For the duration of the event, enchant these mysterious mystic items to receive the permanent version!

 

- How to Participate -

Purchase an armor, weapon, and/or accessory box from Luxrinerk. Luxrinerk can be found in both capital cities, Pandaemonium and Sactum. Armor and weapons from Luxrinerk are pre-enchanted to level 10. You can “rent” the equipment from her for the duration of the event, or go for the best by enchanting the armor and weapon to +15 or +18, +5 or +7 for accessories. At the end of the event, all items not enchanted to the minimum level required for an exchange will return to the Abyss with Luxrinerk!

 

- Exchange Table -

The following items will be exchanged for its equivilent.

Asmodians

Item Type

Prefix

Type

Level

Result

Accessories

Mystic Sauro Commander's

Tempering

5

Sauro Commander's

Accessories

Mystic Archon Commander's

Tempering

5

Shepherd's

Accessories

Mystic Archon Commander's

Tempering

7

Special Elite Ambassador's

Headgear

Mystic Archon Executor's

Tempering

5

Ambassador's

Headgear

Mystic Archon Executor's

Tempering

7

Elite Overlord

Weapons

Mystic Archon Functionary's

Enchantment

15

Special Ambassador's

Weapons

Mystic Archon Functionary's

Enchantment

18

Special Elite Ambassador's

Armor

Mystic Archon Official's

Enchantment

15

Overlord Armor

Armor

Mystic Archon Official's

Enchantment

18

Elite Overlord

Armor

Mystic Archon Functionary's

Enchantment

15

Special Emissary's

Armor

Mystic Archon Functionary's

Enchantment

18

Special Elite Ambassador's

 

Elyos

Item Type

Prefix

Type

Level

Result

Accessories

Mystic Sauro Commander's

Tempering

5

Sauro Commander's

Accessories

Mystic Guardian Commander's

Tempering

5

Custodian's

Accessories

Mystic Guardian Commander's

Tempering

7

Special Elite Emissary's

Headgear

Mystic Guardian Executor's

Tempering

5

Emissary's

Headgear

Mystic Guardian Executor's

Tempering

7

Elite Evangale

Weapons

Mystic Guardian Functionary's

Enchantment

15

Special Emissary's

Weapons

Mystic Guardian Functionary's

Enchantment

18

Special Elite Emissary's

Armor

Mystic Guardian Official's

Enchantment

15

Evangale Armor

Armor

Mystic Guardian Official's

Enchantment

18

Elite Evangale

Armor

Mystic Guardian Functionary's

Enchantment

15

Special Emissary's

Armor

Mystic Guardian Functionary's

Enchantment

18

Special Elite Emmisary's

 

During the event period, enchanting armor and weapons will also receive the benefit of only losing one enchantment level should the enchantment fail. This only applies to enchanting gear with enchantment stones; tempering is unaffected. Archdaeva gear is also unaffected.

The enchantment buff only applies to enchanting before max level. Any enchanting failure after maximum level is unaffected. Omega Enchantment stones already have this effect and do not receive any additional benefits.

Any items sucessfully enchanted to the required enchantment level will be converted during the next maintenance. Manastones and Augment will convert over as well! That means no waiting around for the event to end to receive the real item!

 

- Rewards -

Successfully enchanting the items to the required enchantment levels listed in the table above will be exchanged for the listed item. For the first exchange (2/22), only items in the private warehouse will be swapped over for the exchanged version. If you're in the process of enchanting, you do not have to worry about having your mystic item exchanged if you were not ready. For the second and last exchange of the event (3/1), all outstanding items will be exchanged if the enchanting criteria were met or removed if the criteria was not met.

 

The Mysterious Enchanter event ends on March 1, 2017. Enchant your mystic items today!