First Look

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!


Aetherforging and Coalescence Preview

We have already gone over the new instances and arena changes in a preview here, and today, we will focus on the new crafting profession, Aetherforging, and a new means to dispose of unwanted gear called Coalescence.


Aetherforging
Once a Daeva becomes an Archdaeva they will have access to the new crafting profession, Aetherforging, automatically. With Aetherforging, you will be able to craft a variety of items including consumables, weapons, armor, accessories, pets and more. You can use Aetherforging anywhere without requiring you to be near a crafting station; just open the window and get busy!

To get started with Aetherforging, you can start crafting materials you will need for later designs. Nearly all Aetherforging crafts will be available to you without the need for design recipes. As long as you have the materials and are at the appropriate proficiency level, you can craft the item!

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Leveling Aetherforging works by crafting the available designs. There are no work orders available and there are a few crafts to help you start leveling Aetherforging. Leveling can take a long time, so be sure to craft as often as possible and use any crafting boosts you may have saved up!


Coalescence
Coalescence is a new way for you to dispose of you unwanted Archdaeva gear. After selecting the core item, you can add up to 6 additional pieces of equipment of the same type (weapon, armor, or accessories) and the same grade or better. You can then sacrifice them for a random item of the same type! By using more items and higher grade items in Coalescence, the odds of a high quality item goes up, along with a chance for the item to include enchantment levels.

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The next Aion: Echoes of Eternity update arrives on November 9, 2016. Stay tuned for additional previews! 


Aion: Echoes of Eternity Update Instance Preview

In the next update to Aion: Echoes of Eternity, new and updated instances will be available to put Archdaevas to the test!


Cradle of Eternity
Cradle of Eternity is an ancient lookout previously used to watch over Atreia. Long abandoned, a malevolent serpent named Typhon has taken up residence in this garden. As Archdaevas explored the Archives of Eternity in Norsvold and Iluma, a doorway was discovered to the Cradle.

It is your mission to rescue a missing agent previously dispatched, and purify the Cradle of Eternity by eliminating Typhon and his corruption. The instance will only be available to a party of Archdaevas after completing the Archives of Eternity quest line.

 

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Fallen Poeta
Poeta has once again been invaded by Balaur in the future, but something is... different. Using an artifact from the Tower of Eternity, a being known as Kroban now rules. Evade Lieutenant Anuhart and defeat Brigade General Tahabata to challenge Kroban and liberate Fallen Poeta.


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Fissure of Oblivion
Lady Siel created the Fissure of Oblivion to store and protect the memories of the Ancient Archdaeva. Using the memory of your past life, venture into the Fissure alone and transform into powerful ancient avatars. Within the fissure exists a Guardian whom you must face to prove you are worthy of your locked memories.


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Idgel Dome Landmark & Ophidan Warpath
These Battleground instances have been updated for Archdaevas with new victory conditions, but one factor remains unchanged—the enemy faction is also competing for control of Idgel Dome Landmark and Ophidan Warpath!


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Ashunatal Dredgion
The Ashunatal Dredgion, a stolen Dredgion commanded by Ashunatal Shadowslip, was discovered in the Abyss collecting the remnants of Tiamat's forces. Infiltrate the Dredgion with a group of fellow Archdaevas. Watch out for the enemy faction because they too have found their way inside.

In addition to these new instances, a new bracket for level 66+ Arenas will be available. Kamar Battlefield and Iron Wall Warfront will also be updated to be available for Archdaevas only.


The update to Aion: Echoes of Eternity is coming on November 9, 2016! We will be back for more information and guides!


Aion: Echoes of Eternity Update Preview

The next update to Aion: Echoes of Eternity will be making its way in November. This update includes new instances, new high level PvP arenas, a brand new crafting profession for Archdaevas, and more!
 

Aetherforging and Coalescence
Aetherforging is a new crafting discipline for Archdaevas only.  With Aetherforging you can craft a wide variety of items including consumables, gear, mounts, wings and more! No need to be at a crafting station either, open the Aetherforging crafting window anywhere to begin crafting!

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Coalescence is a new way to dispose of your unwanted Archdaeva gear! Use gear of the same type (Weapon, Armor or Accessory) and grade and receive a random piece of gear, and if you’re lucky a better grade and bonus enchantment levels. Save your gear, because the more items you use in one coalescence can yield better results.


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Instances
Two new group PvE instances for Archdaevas will be added in the update, as well as one new solo instance. Cradle of Eternity takes you into an ancient garden where a malevolent serpent named Typhon has taken over. Fallen Poeta takes you back into a Balaur controlled Poeta in the future. Fissure of Oblivion is a new solo instance in which you explore the memories of your past life.

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Additionally, Archdaeva versions of existing PvP instances are arriving. Idgel Dome Landmark, Ophidan Warpath, Ashunatal Dredgion and level 66+ Arenas will become available. Lastly, Kamar Battlefield and Iron Wall Warfront will be updated to be Archdaeva-only.
 

Archdaeva Transformation Abilities
Command the power of the elements and transform into mighty Avatars. These Avatars give significant stat bonuses and gain powerful exclusive abilities. Use your Essence to charge the transformation skills to enhance the transformation!


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These are just some of the additions in the new update. Stay tuned for other updates that look further into some of the content as we get closer to the release!


Upheaval Sneak Peek: Enshar Flythrough

Residing on the other half of the risen island is Enshar, home of the Tehji tribes and claimed by the Asmodian people as their base of operations.  Explore lush coral-speckled landscapes and towering organic trees that sway on the wind like a jellyfish in the sea.

Explore Cygnea and Enshar in Aion: Upheaval launching June 17, 2015.


Upheaval Sneak Peek: Cygnea Flythrough

Take a first look at Cygnea, where the Elyos have occupied their forces. Cygnea, which until very recently was in the depths of the ocean, still houses its abundance of aquatic life and features.  While above land now, you'll still feel as if you're below the waves whether you're fighting the Blackfin tribe or seeking the entrance to the Drakenspire.


Aion: Upheaval Skill Change Preview

A force is coming that will disrupt all we know. Beritra’s reach continues to extend further into Atreia, and his forces are growing stronger and more aggressive. For the battle ahead, Daevas will receive new skill training to aid them in the fight against their enemies, and hopefully stop the oncoming Balaur threat.

In Steel Cavalry, skill books were eliminated, making training easier and faster for Daevas. In Upheaval, the improvements continue: we are updating the Skill window interface and streamlining all class skills.

 

THE NEW UI

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As you level up, some of your skills level up too. In Upheaval, when a skill levels up, previous level versions of the skill will no longer clutter your skill window. It will continue to level up automatically and the highest level of the skill will update on your skill bar, if you have it placed there.

Want to use a lower level of skill? Never fear! Each skill level can be adjusted in the skill Details window. With the slider, you can adjust the skill to a lower level and set it on your skill bar should you chose so. With this new interface, you can even preview the higher-level version of the skill too if you haven’t reached the required level yet!  It’s a great way to see what you’ll soon be getting.

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Now that low-level skills will no longer appear in the skill window, you can view unacquired skills instead by checking the box at the bottom of the window. It will list all skills available to your class including Stigma skills. Skills you do not currently possess will appear greyed out.

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As you may have noticed, the Skill window is solely for class skills now. By clicking the Function button on the Skill window or Shift-K as the default hotkey, you will pull up the other character functionalities like actions, sign, craft skills and emotes.

 

Skill Changes by Class

In Aion: Upheaval skills are changing for all classes. Many improvements will be made, including adjustments to cooldowns and MP costs, consolidating redundant skills, and removing subpar ones. Look for more detailed information on this as the release of Aion: Upheaval draws closer.


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