Stigma Skill Calculator

Found a nice Stigma Skill calculator on Keen’s forums:

Can be found here!
Should be really useful in deciding a build for your character.  I am really interested in seeing how they expand the Stigma skill system as the game grows.  At the moment it is pretty simplified but they have said they will be expanding it.  Will we ever see the depth and ability to completely change your character that you see in WoW?  Hard to say at this point but it will be an interesting thing to watch!

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List of Extendable Weapons

After yesterday’s video post of extendable weapons, I found a nice list of them on Keen’s forums.  Below you can find the entire list reproduced.

Extendable Daggers

Extendable Daggers

Daggers, Level 35:

Dagger of Chaos

Kromede’s Silver Decorated Knife

White Flame Dagger

Daggers, Level 44:

Alukina’s Silver Decorated Knife

Daggers, Level 50:

Black Heart’s Dagger

Item 100200677 (No Official Name, Until English Translation)

Item 100200678 (No official name until English translation)

More after the break!

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Screenshot/Video Sunday: August 16th Edition

Back for a bit late Screen/Video Sunday!  Working too much last week and having issues to deal with at home so I have not posted as much as normal.  Should be back to normal this week though!  For right now, here is the new edition of my weekly Video and Screenshot feature!

First up is a pretty funny WoW vs. Aion video.  Its not meant as a true comparison, just as a humorous look at one players thoughts!

Closed Beta 6 Elyos raid on Asmodae:

SpoonerGod’s video tutorial featuring the Stigma Quest chain at level 20:

Some nice PvP from CBT 5:

Another great Rift Raid video from CBT 5:

Now for some screens!  Click to enlarge!

Aion meets Jurassic Park?

Aion meets Jurassic Park?

Are they fighting?  If so, it is the coolest thing ever!

Are they fighting? If so, it is the coolest thing ever!

Methinks that's a lot of hats!

Methinks that's a lot of hats!

That’s it for now, be back late tomorrow night after work and then resume my regular posting!

Another Great PvE Video by Exfylina!

Exfylina posted another PvE video up on You Tube, this one covering Queen Alukina.  This is an outdoor Raid boss in the Beluslan area.  She basically resides in a Water Palace of sorts.

The fight has an interesting mechanic at the beginning, in which she places everyone who damages her on a Hate List and in phase 2 pulls them close and drains HP.  Its an interesting mechanic but I think it needs to be tweaked a bit as having one person hitting her until 75% is kind of boring, in my opinion.

The video is very well done, as usual by Exfylina.  Take a look:

A Rift Primer

Rifts and rifting are one of the things I am most looking forward to in Aion.  For those who have not read up on Rifts let me give you a quick run through on what they are and how they work.

First of all rifts are the only way for Elyos to get to the Asmodian leveling areas and vice-versa.  They open randomly in many leveling zones, level 20 and up.  These can be used to get to instances on the opposite side, kill bosses on the opposite side or collect crafting materials.  Of course, the primary use for Rifts is PvP.  Other than the Abyss (available at level 25 and up), Rifts are the only way to engage in PvP with the opposite faction.

A few things to remember about Rifts:

  • They are a one way port.  In other words, you can go through one but you can not go back.
  • There is a Region announcement when a Rift opens up.  Both for defense and offense.
  • If you go through a Rift and die on the other side, you will respawn back on your side.  For this reason a Kisk should be taken with you and used.
  • 2-6 Rifts can open at the same time.
  • Each Rift has a time limit that it is open, a maximum number of players that can go through and a player level limit.

So, you can go through, but you can’t come back.  You must meet the level requirement to go through and only a certain number of players can go through.  Pretty simple right?  But, where are these Rifts located?  Let’s show a few maps and give you an idea where to find these.  Remember, they open randomly.  Just because one is marked on the map, does not mean it will be open when you go there.

Eltenen Rift

Eltenen Rift

This is the Rift Map for Eltenen.  The Blue Points on the map are the entry points for the Elyos.  The Red Points on the map are the exit points for the Asmodians.  If an Elyos enters a Rift on this map they will appear in Morheim.  An Asmodian who enters a Rift in Morheim will appear here.  Got it?

Okay, here is Morheim:

Morheim Rift Map

Morheim Rift Map

So, same idea here.  Blue is exit points from the Eltenen Map for Elyos.  Red is entry points for Asmodian, which exit to the Eltenen map.

As I said above each Rift has a maximum number of players who can go through, a level restriction and a cycle timer.  Here is a quick chart to help you understand it:

Symbol     Maximum Uses     Level Restriction           Cycle Timer

1/A                12 People                        28 or Lower                        2 Hours

2/B                20 People                      32 or Lower                        2 Hours

3/C                35 People                      36 or Lower                        2 Hours

4/D                35 People                      37 or Lower                        2 Hours

5/E                40 People                      40 or Lower                        2 Hours

6/F                 50 People                      40 or Lower                       2 Hours

7/G                50 People                       45 or Lower                       2 Hours

Next I am going to throw up the map for Interdiktah and Beluslan.  Same idea applies here; blue is Elyos entry/exit points and red is Asmodian entry/exit.

Interdiktah Rift Map

Interdiktah Rift Map

Beluslan Rift Map

Beluslan Rift Map

And here is the key for the map:

Symbol     Maximum Uses     Level Restriction           Cycle Timer

1/A                24 People                        35 or Lower                        2 Hours

2/B                36 People                       35 or Lower                        2 Hours

3/C                48 People                       46 or Lower                        2 Hours

4/D                48 People                      40 or Lower                        2 Hours

5/E                60 People                      50 or Lower                        2 Hours

6/F                 72 People                      50 or Lower                       2 Hours

7/G                72 People                       50 or Lower                       2 Hours

So, that’s the basics of Rifts and Rifting.  Expect frenzied PvP any time a Rift goes up in your area.  For those worried about ganking, there are always areas in the game that you can level with out having to worry about PvP at all.  In addition, there is a PvP anti-ganking system in place to keep people from ganking constantly.  That being said, those who are totally 100% against PvP may want to start looking for another game, as Aion may not be the place for you!

Special thanks to Keen of Keen and Graev for pointing these maps out to me!

****EDIT:  Apparently, a similar guide was posted on MMO Site, which is where the maps originally came from.  I did not know this as I found the maps and initial information on Keen’s website and was not sure where he got them.  I just wanted to give props to the apparent original source, which can be found here. Thank you to the readers who kindly pointed this out to me and thanks to MMOSite for the original maps!****