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Posts posted by Vantheria-DN

  1. Composite manastones: Yes, people still use them. They don't sell for as much kinah as the archdaeva stones, but they are used. Also, the archdaeva stones will, presumably, be going away in 6.0 since they are removing the archdaeva system. Composite stones may become even more viable at that point -- or NCsoft may introduce a new type of stone; we don't know yet.

    Aethertapping: Aside from selling aether on the broker (which can be a bit tough because there is also an NPC who sells different types of aether in Panda/Sanctum, so you'd have to price yours cheaper), aether is used in some alchemy designs.

  2. Personally, I ended up uninstalling FFXIV because I did not care for the combat style or the UI. However, many people, including lots of friends of mine, love that game. So I recognize that I am in the minority.

    Regarding Aion's playerbase, there are only two servers now, as you undoubtedly know, so the game feels very populated. There are people to play with. Of course, MMORPGs--all of them--always have a toxic community; that's just the way MMORPGs are. However, there are a lot of nice people too. If you have a character that is level 65 from your previous playtime, I would recommend doing the archdaeva quest to get it to level 66. Then you can snoop around the endgame stuff for a day and get a feel for the playerbase yourself without investing too much time.

  3. As Kubei mentioned, the aetherforging materials. From the old crafts, only the materials that are usable in multiple crafts. For example, the elemental stones (all varieties) are used in multiple alchemy crafts. I always snatch them up from the broker and keep them in my alchemy pet.

  4. Hime and Gideon are all fine and everything, but I wanted to see Cyan! Cyan, are you a hottie?

    I kid, I kid. ;)

    But on a serious note, I wasn't expecting too much from the stream because they even said they're not done with the patch notes yet. I don't think even *they* fully understand what all has changed in 5.8. But it's just a small patch anyway, so probably not too much aside from Divine Fortress.

    The part with Gideon commenting on the overkill of the minions' damage cracked me up. Like THANK YOU, at least you guys secretly agree that those minions are a little too OP lol.

  5. Fine Elemental Stones are a "base" material, so you cannot craft them. Someone can correct me if I am mistaken, but I have expert alchemy on one of my toons, and I don't think I've ever seen a design for crafting the stones. You can get them in the following ways:

    1) Open world drops. They're more commonly found in the mid-level zones, such as Gelkmaros and similarly-leveled instance mobs, such as in Beshmundir Temple. I got about 20 doing one run of Beshmundir Temple a few days ago.

    2) Buying them on the broker. They average about 1,800 kinah per stone, so this is the cheapest and fastest way.

    3) Morphing them from aether. Buy the morphing book from the Aethertapping NPC in Panda/Sanctum; it's the last design on the last page. He's named Areke on Asmo side, not sure about Ely. Note, morphing books require DP, and you can only morph (if I recall correctly) 40 fine elemental stones with 4000 DP. So morphing them will cost you a lot of jellies and a lot of cooldown time on your jellies. Not to mention, you'll have to buy the aether if you don't have aethertapping leveled a small amount.

  6. 13 hours ago, Bryos-KT said:

    Yes, they are just previews. Though they do show skins that are available in-game. I literally thought the exact same thing when I started playing.

    (From left to right) 

    - Naked

    - Kaisinel/Marchutan Protector set (level 65 Daevanion questline)

    - Boundless set or Rift Warden/Protector set: First one comes from Sky Island, content for level 66+. Second one comes from Norsvold/Iluma invasions (66+ content again). You also have a recoloured version from Adma's Fall and Theobomos Test Chamber.

    - Labyrinth set: Comes from Archives of Eternity (level 66+ instance).

    - Delegate set: Agent Battle in Levinshor (65+ content). Really difficult to get nowadays.

    - Denku set: Crafted from materials obtained in Levinshor. Still a bit hard to do. Some pieces are around from previous events.

    - I forgot how this one was called. Contemporary Look or something? Or maybe a General costume?

    So I just looked out of curiosity, but for me, Contemporary Look (and yes, that is it because I have it on one of my sets) was under Mage, not the last one, Muse. Then I went out and went back in and then Labyrinth set was under Mage. I didn't realize it shows a different skin each time you go in lol.

    Random and irrelevant, but it just wasn't something I had ever noticed before lol.

  7. I think this may be a little too complicated of an idea.

    However, I do think that Arena of Discipline should have more of a level divide. 66-75 can be wildly unfair. I, as level 74, absolutely slaughter some opponents whom I suspect are only level 66 or 67. As a pve queen, my pvp gear is not that great. So I can't even imagine how quickly these lowbies must die against truly talented pvpers. I think it should be like 66-70 and then 71-75. Would make it a little more fair.

    That said, most of the Arenas are going away in 6.0, so I guess it won't matter that much anymore. :)

  8. For the ancient coin gears, you can purchase the base (orange/eternal) gears from the shugos over in Enshar. They are located on the west side of the map in Whirlpool Temple. After you have purchased those, you can then buy the morph designs from the NPC in Norsvold; his name is Teyar and he is inside the Materials Shop room. Then you can morph your orange/eternal AC gears into the purple/mythic versions -- called Remodeled Danuar.

    Alternatively, you can buy them on the broker too if you have the kinah. :)

  9. 2 hours ago, Kubei-DN said:

    People keep forgetting that although we desire changes, neither @Cyan or @Hime are allowed to comment. I know how it is, you want to speak and say what's going on, but can't because perhaps your superiors said you can't. I have the same issue with my workplace and my clients often complain, yet I can't say it.

    Ding ding ding! It surprises me that so many people truly don't understand how workplace culpability is a factor in many (most?) careers.

    Furthermore, Cyan and Hime are human beings and deserve to be treated with respect regardless.

  10. 28 minutes ago, DevilNest-KT said:

    as here ppl are really quick to make posts complaining and i didn't see anyone doing it, I thought i was the only one lmao

    A few of us were like "hey... :(" the first couple of days, but honestly, it's another unsurprising glitch that we're all pretty used to having in this game. So it's not worth the big vocal forum complaints, ESPECIALLY since the snowballs give crap anyway. One more +1 snowball is worth next to nothing.

  11. I stopped opening snowballs and just started selling them around day 4 of this event. It's a shame that NCsoft nerfed the RNG rate so severely, but it's unsurprising. Lots of people are sad that this once great event has become so unfortunate. Ah well, onward and upward to the next thing. :)

  12. Agreed completely. That's exactly the playstyle I like to use. Granted, there are times when I'm the only healer and so then obviously things are different. But if I'm with a cleric, yeah, "pseudo-templar" all the way. With the new profile gear saves, it's so easy to just do one click and switch from your dps set to your heal set for 2 seconds then immediately switch back. I don't know why so many chanters don't want to do it?

    I really want NCsoft to change Rage Spell to a toggle skill like our mantras. Like you said, I can't have it on most of the time because of that detriment to cast speed. If it was toggled, we could easily do a custom chain combo to toggle it off before immediately going into Healing Burst or whatever. Anyway, maybe in 6.0 Aion will increase the amount of HP that Healing Light and many of the cleric skills actually restores because so many of those cleric skills are just as useless as our Healing Light. But I digress.

  13. One of them, can't remember which (I think Theo?), gives the box to everyone. Like not the rolling loot, but the box everyone gets from the boss. That box contains orange gear, so that breaks into the Ancient Crafting Stones. I think that's what @Transcend-KT is referring to as the rolling loot drops are purple and break into Chronos Stones.

  14. 2. It depends upon which types of manastones you are looking to socket. For the archdaeva stones (power, precision, knowledge, etc), you can get low level ones from basically all group instances, but those +1, +2, etc are just trash. Anything below +6 is trash tbh. Do your weekly Lunas as doing them for seven weeks will grant you 90 of the +6 manastones in whichever category you want. You can also get +6 or higher sometimes from the boxes in Cradle of Eternity (although your level/gear may not be high/good enough to run that instance yet). Also, you can get a few from doing the solo instance Crucible Spire which you access from Marchutan/Kaisinel. That's archdaeva stones, broadly. For composite stones, aside from the aforementioned broker, you can get those from some of the older instances, such as Linkgate Foundry.

    3. I'm not sure what you are asking. Do you mean you are looking to run a solo instance that will get you new gear? If so, there is no such instance. The top three gear "brands" these days are Harvester (1st place) and Apollon and Sophisticated Frigida (tied for 2nd place, depending on your class and the individual gear piece). Aside from outright buying these on the broker, they are dropped from Bastion of Souls (Harvester), Cradle of Eternity and Trials of Eternity (Apollon), and Pandaemonium/Sanctum Defense on Sundays (Sophisticated Frigida). Sophisticated gear is a very rare drop from Panda/Sanctum Defense, and that instance will be going away very soon. So that gear is pretty much obsolete, despite its good stats. Harvester is obviously the best, but you will not have the level or gear to run that instance yet, so you could only get it by purchasing it outright or getting lucky in events. Apollon is very viable to get by playing in-game; make sure you're getting the upgraded Apollon -- it would have conditioning and manastone slots. The basic Apollon cannot be conditioned and manastoned. Cradle of Eternity is runable from around level 71 or higher. You can sometimes run it at a lower level if the group is willing to carry you. Note, most of these groups will be advertised as "2 boss." You can still get the gear from 2 boss. The third boss drops more gear, weapons, and sometimes the wings. Most "all 3 bosses" groups will be level 73+.

    4. Meh. Not really. I mean yes and no. The mythic AC gear might be better than what you have since I'm not sure what you have. However, it's not that much better than the free gear you get at level 55 now. (I'm aware you won't have that gear since you're returning.) That said, you need a lot of ancient coins to buy a full set of the mythic AC gear, and by the time you farm all of that, you will be able to run Cradle of Eternity and get Apollon which is much better. Most of us use the ancient coins for consumables, crafting designs, soul unbinding stones, etc. If you have absolute crap gear right now, you might just run a couple of Archives of Eternity and get that gear as a very temporary measure; it's called Labyrinth gear. Note, you will only have this gear for a few days most likely as it is NOT gear that you will want to keep. It would only be intended to carry you through your level 60s until you can get the Apollon gear (or Harvester). It's also purchase-able on the broker for crazy cheap.

    tl;dr: Tell us what your current gear is and then we can better assess what you need to be focusing on.

  15. Using transform in Arena is just embarrassing tbh. Like you really can't stand to lose THAT MUCH? You're basically saying, "I am not good enough to win via skills or gear, but I cannot bear to lose gracefully, so I'm going to let this OP transform carry me." I'd be too embarrassed to do that lol. Whatever though, different strokes for different folks.