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The Nightmare Circus Returns 2016

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Having captured the Queen of Faeries Yume and intending to harness her power for himself, Heiramune continues his plot to invade Atreia. With Yume's ability to make dreams into reality, Heiramune intends to harness that power in order to cross realms and bring with him his Nightmare Circus. Treasure and reward await any Daeva brave and strong enough to face Heiramune and save Yume. 

- Instance Information -

  • Duration: October 12 through November 2, 2016
  • Dungeon Name: Nightmare Circus
  • Players: 2-6 Required
  • Level: 30+
  • Re-entry Time: Once a day and bonus scrolls are also available from the store.
  • Where: Sanctum, Pandaemonium

- How to Participate -

To help save Yume, you must be at least level 30 with a minimum group of two players. Yume’s faerie friends are available in Pandaemonium or Sanctum. Speak to them to start the Nightmare Circus instance. The fairies have asked the Daevas for help, and to hide your identity, you will be transformed into a Khum’gom, a bear-like creature. As a Khum’gom, your regular attack skills will not work; you will be given five preset skills including a healing spell. To become even stronger, you can transform into a Nightmare Circus Harlequin. The Harlequin transformations are available via an in-game quest. Additional ones can be purchased on the store.

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- Location -

Dungeon entrances located in the capital cities, Pandaemonium and Sanctum.

 

- Stage One -

Once you’ve transformed into a Khum’gom or a Harlequin, you can start the instance by attempting to break the cage lock holding Yume captive. Monsters will come down the three gates and circle the cage. You must defeat these monsters before the first boss, Mistress Viloa, spawns or you’ll have to fight them while she is there. Viloa will only appear for a short time so defeat her and grab the keys she drops!

- Stage Two -

When Mistress Viloa is defeated or despawns, she summons the second boss, Harlequin Lord Reshka. Upon appearance, he will spawn boxes which contain monsters that he can use. Destroy the boxes to stop Reshka from using them. Make sure you defeat Reshka before he despawns, or you won’t get any key from him to use later.

- Stage Three -

Nightmare Lord Heiramune, the final boss, will appear once Reshka is defeated or has despawned. Heiramune must be defeated to rescue Yume and will not despawn. During the fight, he will summon nightmare creatures and a phantom of himself, which will cast healing spells, to aid him.

Once Heiramune is defeated, Yume will be freed from her cage and her faerie friends will join in to thank you. The Nightmare Crates will spawn and players can open the crates with keys dropped or purchased from the store. A normal Nightmare Crate requires one key to open while the Greater Nightmare Crates need three.

Now that you've completed the instance you can run it again with a bonus scroll or wait until the instance cooldown resets the next day. Bonus scrolls are also available in the store to reset the cooldown timer.

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- Rewards -

These are the prizes available from the Nightmare Crates. The keys drop from the bosses after you defeat them. Mistress Viloa and Grand Lord Reshka will both guarantee a drop of two keys and they have a chance to drop additional keys. Nightmare Lord Heiramune will drop one key. Party members must roll for each key so set the ground rules for looting and rolling on the keys. If you want to open more crates, keys can also be acquired through the store.

Normal Nightmare Crate (Requires 1 key to open)

*Hyperion's Archdaeva Wings

*Enhanced Hyperion's Weapon Box

*Pure Hyperion's Armor Chest

*Spooky Spandex

*Omega Enchantment Stone

*Tempering Solution

*Plastic Surgery Ticket

*[Event] Fabled Godstone Bundle

*Berdin's Lucky Star (x1)

*Enchantment Stone

*Ceramium Medal (x3)

*Brilliant Archdaeva Manastone Bundle

*Berdin's Lucky Star

*Blood Mark (x10)

*Ancient Coin (x20)

*Blood Medal (x10)

*[Event] Heroic Godstone Bundle

*[Event] Dreamer's Reward

*Administrator's Boon - 1-Time Pass

*[Event] Dye Bundle

*Enchantment Stone Dust (x500)

*[Event] Scroll Bundle

*Major Relic Box

*[Event] Consumables Bundle

*[Event] Yume's Regard

*Helper Pixie Egg (15 days)

*Helper Pixie Egg (30 days)

 

 

Greater Nightmare Crate (Requires 3 keys to open)

 

*Omega Enchantment Stone (x3)

*Tempering Solution (x3)

*Berdin's Lucky Star (x5)

*Plastic Surgery Ticket

*Hyperion's Archdaeva Wings

*Enhanced Hyperion's Weapon Box

*Major Felicitous Socketing Box (Mythic)

*Pure Hyperion's Armor Chest

*Spooky Spandex

*Omega Enchantment Stone

*Tempering Solution

*Enchantment Stone (x2)

*Stigma Sack

*Berdin's Lucky Star (x2)

*Major Ancient Crown

*Ceramium Medal (x10)

*Brilliant Archdaeva Manastone Bundle

*Enchantment Stone

*Blood Mark (x20)

*Blood Medal (x20)

*[Event] Dye Bundle

*[Event] Heroic Godstone Bundle

*[Event] Dreamer's Reward

*[Event] Consumables Bundle

*[Event] Yume's Regard

*Helper Pixie Egg (15 days)

*Helper Pixie Egg (30 days)

 

 

 

The Greater Nightmare Crate has a higher chance to give the Dreamer's Reward. The Dreamer's Bundle may contain the following:

 

*Circus Card: Harlequin

*Rosenimbus

*Tea of Repose - 20% Recovery

*Tea of Repose - 50% Recovery

*Nightmare Circus Bonus Entry Scroll

*Greater Courage Scroll (1 hour) (x20)

*Greater Awakening Scroll (1 hour) (x20)

*Greater Running Scroll (1 hour) (x20)

*[Title] Dreamstrider Title (3 days)

*[Title] Dreamstrider Title (7 days)

*[Event] Lullaby Harp Skin

*Dream Faerie's Costume

*Dreamstrider's Shoes

*Dreamstrider's Gloves

*Dream Faerie's Diadem

*Dreamstrider's Pants

*Dreamstrider's Pauldrons

*Dreamstrider's Jacket

*[Event] Greater Crit Spell Scroll (x20)

*[Event] Greater Crit Strike Scroll (x20)

*Yume's Faerie Feather

*Yume's Empowered Faerie Feather

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- Event Tips-

  1. While the minimum group entry requirement is 2, we highly recommend you taking a full party!
  2. The mobs will not attack until they are alerted of your presence. Be careful and avoid accidentally training the mobs on your group because they will hurt!
  3. For even more HP and powerful attacks, you can use a Harlequin transformation when you enter the instance.
  4. Yume will heal you every few seconds if you're near her cage so consider fighting monsters near her.
  5. Try to take down as many mobs as possible before the first boss, Mistress Viloa, spawns or you’ll end up fighting her and a horde of monsters.
  6. The Stage One boss, Mistress Viloa, and the Stage Two boss, Grand Lord Reshka, will despawn if they aren’t defeated in the allotted time.
  7. When fighting Heiramune, designate certain group members to fight the Mammoths and Phantom Heiramune. Take down Phantom Heiramune as soon as you can, as he can heal the Nightmare Lord Heiramune.

Weekly Server Maintenance - October 12, 2016, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. The Nightmare Circus event will begin. Details will be available after the maintenance.
  3. Alchemy Event will end. Please use your Alchemic Essences and keys!

 

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


Weekly Server Maintenance - October 5, 2016, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 9:15 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 3 hours and 45 minutes.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. Alchemy Event will continue for one more week.

 

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


The Alchemy Event 2016

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Once again the Suspicious Alchemists have returned to Atreia with their treasure. It's your job to turn lead into special keys to earn fabulous prizes from their Treasure Chests. Find the Suspicious Alchemists in the capital cities, then turn lead into loot!

- Part One: Suspicious Alchemist -

Every day starting at 9 AM server time, see the Suspicious Alchemist NPC for a free [Event] Key Pouch.


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Copper Key

Gold Key

The Copper Key opens the Common Treasure Box and the Gold Key opens the larger Premium Treasure Box. Be sure to log in every day during the Alchemist Event and get your FREE Key Pouch!
 

- Part Two: Transmusting Keys -

Alchemist’s Pouches will be dropping from instance bosses. Use an Alchemist’s Pouch to obtain (1) [Event] Lead Fragment or (1) [Event] Alchemic Essence. Combining the two items will create an [Event] Key Pouch.
 

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Lead Fragment

 

Alchemic Essence

 

Key Pouch

The Treasured Alchemist's Pouch and Alchemic Essence are also available on our in-game or web store. The Treasured Alchemist's Pouch  is more likely to drop Alchemic Essence than the Alchemist's Pouch available in-game.

 

- Locations -

Alchemist's Pouches are a guaranteed drop from instance bosses. Please visit our forums for the full instance list.

 

- NPC & Treasure Box Locations -

Suspicious Alchemists with their treasure can be found in Pandaemonium for Asmodians and Sanctum for Elyos.

 

- Rewards -

Premium Treasure Box

[Event] Alchemist's Dress

Voidrunner Armor

[Event] Alchemist's Hat

Voidrunner Headset

Voidrunner Visor

Tea of Repose - 100% Recovery

Berdin's Lucky Star (x1)

Berdin's Lucky Star (x10)

Enchantment Stone (x5)

Omega Enchantment Stone (x1)

Omega Enchantment Stone (x3)

[Event] Tempering Solution (x1)

[Event] Tempering Solution (x3)

Manastone: Attack +5 (x100)

Manastone: Magic Boost +27 (x100)

Manastone: Crit Strike +17 (x100)

Manastone: Magical Accuracy +14 (x100)

Plastic Surgery Ticket

Broken Crystal Ball

Major Ancient Crown (x3)

Blood Mark (x5)

Blood Mark (x15)

Blood Mark (x25)

Blood Mark (x50)

Ancient Coin (x25)

Ceramium Medal (x5)

Blood Medal (x15)

Ceramium Medal (x10)

Brazen Bulwark Burster's Archdaeva Wings

Fabled Godstone Bundle

[Event] Dye Bundle

[Event] Fleeting Chromanimbus Container(15 days)

Lockbox Key Pouch

Stigma Sack

Tamed White Tiger Chest

Major Felicitous Socketing Box (Mythic)

[Event] Armor Box of Thunder

Brilliant Archdaeva Manastone Bundle

 

 

Common Treasure Box

[Event] Alchemist's Dress

[Event] Alchemist's Hat

Tea of Repose - 100% Recovery

Berdin's Lucky Star

Enchantment Stone (x5)

Manastone: Attack +5 (x100)

Manastone: Magic Boost +27 (x100)

Manastone: Crit Strike +17 (x100)

Manastone: Magical Accuracy +14 (x100)

Plastic Surgery Ticket

Broken Crystal Ball

Major Ancient Crown (x3)

Blood Mark (x1)

Blood Mark (x3)

Blood Mark (x10)

Blood Mark (x15)

Blood Mark (x25)

Ancient Coin (x25)

Ceramium Medal (x3)

Ceramium Medal (x5)

Ceramium Medal (x10)

Blood Medal (x10)

Blood Medal (x15)

Fabled Godstone Bundle

[Event] Manastone Bundle

[Event] Dye Bundle

Large Greater Supplements Bag (Mythic)

[Event] Ancient Coin Bundle

[Event] Fleeting Chromanimbus Container(15 days)

[Event] Lucky Scroll Pouch

Lockbox Key Pouch

[Event] Ancient Coin Bundle

Large Greater Supplements Bag (Mythic)

Stigma Sack

Major Felicitous Socketing Box (Mythic)

 

 

Command the power of Alchemy by finding the pouches and obtaining keys before October 12, 2016 because that's when the Suspicious Alchemists leave once more.


Weekly Server Maintenance - September 28, 2016, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 9:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 3.5 hours.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. Daeva's Day events will end.
  3. Ceramium Chef event will end.
  4. Glory Exchange Officer and Enchantment Stone Exchanger will be no longer be available.
  5. Alchemy Event will begin.
  6. Panesterra fortresses will be reset to Balaur.

 

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


Beyond the Windstream - Producer's Letter

Greetings Daevas and Happy Daeva’s Day!

 

As Aion turns the corner and completes its 7th year of live service in the West, it's as good a time as ever to take a step back and look at where it stands. This past year has not been without its challenges, and we definitely would not have made it through without the loyalty and dedication of you, our players. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you from the entire Aion team.

In this letter, I'll share with you some of the team's priorities and plans for the next twelve months. Bear in mind that we're already working on these as I write this, and on several of them simultaneously - while we might prioritize one or two in the immediate term, none will be neglected. Lastly, this is not an exhaustive list, just some insight into what we are planning for the coming year – as time moves on and other plans become more solidified, I will write more letters to address them.

 

The Long Term

With the 5.0 update just behind us, one of our top priorities is to improve the frequency of our game updates, and improve the communication surrounding them. In recent months, we've fallen further behind schedule than we would like to be, and this is obviously a problem. Also, it's not fair to our players to have to watch those from other regions enjoy an update for months on end, with little word from us about when that update will be out here. To that end, we are streamlining our update process and will be better about communicating with players on when they can expect to see content.

Another major item we have been discussing (and a hot topic in the community) is server merges. While Aion has much to offer, server population has been falling for some time. Those of you who remain are as dedicated as ever and are sustaining the game with your passion and patronage, but we still want the best possible environment for you to play in. Before making official announcements, there are several considerations we need to make - player-side impacts like rankings, housing and game economy, and team-side impacts such as scheduling needs and how this may (or may not) affect the overall schedule of our game updates. We are still in preliminary discussions regarding server merges so we're not ready to announce anything just yet, but look for this information in the coming months.

 

The Immediate Future

In the coming weeks, the Daeva’s Day events will wrap up, and we will move into Harvest Revel. Popular events such as Alchemy and the Nightmare Circus will return. Moving further out, we look forward to the next update to Echoes of Eternity arriving before the year is out, bringing with it a host of changes to the Arena as well as a level 66+ Dredgion and a new Archdaeva-exclusive crafting discipline. We will post more information as we near the release date, but know that we are all very excited to have you experience this update and the next chapter of Aion’s story.

If you’re looking into jumping back into Aion, we definitely encourage you and welcome you to do so! The success and longevity of the game would not be possible without your continued support and passion for the game.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we hope to see you in game.

Gideon


Leave Your Legacy: Wings of Atreia Winners

Happy Daeva’s Day! Last month, we held a contest for wing designs and we received numerous creative designs drawn on computer and/or by hand with color penciland crayon. Due to limited dev time availability, we are only able to select three winners from the original five, and we apologize for this change. With the limited dev time, we want to ensure the winning designs are recreated superbly in-game so please congratulate the winners of the Leave Your Legacy: Wings of Atreia!

 

Larxe - Siel

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Hyunjoong - Israphel

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Tsova - Siel

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Development time for each of the winning designs will be determined by the art director and dev team. Winners will contacted when their design is ready to be delivered.