Yesterday we took you on a tour of levels 51-52 in Aion's upcoming free expansion, Assault on Balaurea, from an Asmodian 's-eye-view. Today, it's all about navigating those first treacherous two levels as the Elyos, and of course, we have new usually-friendly guides to lead the way.
These guides were put together with the help of Aion's PowerWiki team: Jennifer “Gennwu” Randall, Scott “Hammer” Hannus, and Sean “Knite” Orlikowski. Read more of their awesome work at The Aion PowerWiki .
The most likely place to start would be at the beginning, but sometimes, that's easier said than done. The skinny of it: enter Balaurea and head to the solo instanced Taloc's Hollow for level 51. For level 52 do the group instances in Udas Temple and Lower Udas Temple, then the Greater Stigma expansion quest. Oh, and be careful, I heard someone mention something about brainwashed minions and a dragon lord.
He was so helpful and well, we just liked him so darn much, Duddlinerk the Shugo is back to lead the way in all things Balaurean. At his side this time is the quirky, if not loud, Pinky the Elyos. Once you're past level 50, hitch your wagon to these guys and enjoy the ride through level 52.
Pinky: Where's my Pet? I will name him George… and I will hug him, and squeeze him, and pet him…
Duddlinerk: Daeva can have Pets!? Duddlinerk thought he was pet. Duddlinerk doesn't care for Pet Merchants in Capitol cities. Too many strange creatures on four legs. Shugo only needs two legs, and is smarter than pet!
Assault on Balaurea is bringing cute and cuddly pets to Atreia. Buy a Pet egg from Unos, the Pet Merchant in Sanctum, and then visit Amis to hatch your egg, name your pet, and even add custom accessories. Some pets are purely for decoration, while others offer practical uses and can give you additional storage, alert you when enemies are near, or turn your rags into riches!
**Several pets are also only available in exchange for Daily Quest Tokens, as drops from high level bosses, or through retail purchase of Aion: Assault on Balaurea.
Pinky: Shards! I'm level 51 and ready to enjoy Assault on Balaurea, but I don't know what to do first.
Duddlinerk: The first thing Daeva should complete is entry mission for Inggison. When Daeva opens quest window, Daeva will find mission named Lavirintos's Call. It is simple two step quest for blessed Daeva, so get started immediately, nyerk!
Dudds is right, if you wanna get to the good stuff, you've got to answer Lavirintos' Call (not so bad itself) which puts you Inggison bound. If that's not spelled out enough, here are some shots of the endeavor:
Pinky: Holy Aether Aircraft, what is this place?! I'm so scared and lost in this strange world.
Duddlinerk: Daeva is level 51! How come Daeva shows such weakness?! Daeva must stop brooding like self-loathing Asmodian. First mission introduces Daeva to new geographic features and hunting areas. Keep wits and remember to grab the entry quest for Taloc's Hollow. Don't disappoint Duddlinerk!
When you complete Secret of Inggison and Proving Yourself to Outremus, you can take the Taloc's Hollow's entry mission, Friends for Life. There are a plethora of quests in Taloc's Hollow, as well as new Collection items and Greater Stigmas.
Pinky: Shinyrific! The Assault on Balaurea update adds a new feature allowing you to see the locations of NPCs with available quests on your map.
When you enable this feature in Options, the locations of quest NPCs will be visible on the map. The feature can be useful when you want to confirm what quests that you can receive or plan to complete multiple quests more efficiently. It's especially useful while advancing in Balaurea.
Pinky: Hah! Assault on Balaurea now has level 60 Manastones. All Attack Manastones need to be changed to level 60 immediately. Off to Manastone Remover. GO GO!
Duddlinerk: Stop! Garrr! We now have a variety of level 60 Manastones, but there are no level 60 Attack Manastones. Daevas must check what's available before visiting the Manastone Remover.
Equipment level 41 and higher can be socketed with level 60 Manastones. To give you an idea of what's on the way, this list shows Normal | Superior level 60 Manastones:
Duddlinerk: Level 51 Daevas can learn new Skills and Stigmas, Nyerk! Matters not if Daeva is hunting or entrenched in ferocious battle, new skills are must haves. Learn new skills first, nyerk!
Pinky: New Skills can be purchased from class specific Preceptor NPCs and Normal Stigmas can be purchased from the Stigma Tuner, Clymene.
Duddlinerk: Now level 51 Daeva has expanded knowledge! Daevas level 51 and higher can also purchase Greater Stigmas using Abyss Points (AP). Enjoy utilizing stronger skills, nyerk!
Skill Manuals and Greater Stigmas are available for Daevas level 51 and above in the Cloister of Kaisinel in Sanctum. When Kaisinel's Teleport Statue is activated, you will teleport to the Cloister of Kaisinel.
**You can purchase Normal Stigmas in the Protectors Hall from Clymene, but Greater Stigmas are only sold in Cloister of Kaisinel.
Duddlinerk: Daevas should move on to hunting in fields of Inggison. Inggison full of vicious monsters level 51 and above. Vicious is good, Daeva! This means loads of sweet EXP, level 60 Manastones, Special Greater Fluxes, and new items, nyerk!
See those red circles? That means things only want to normal kill you. If you're in a zone marked with purple, things will want to kill you epically, meaning your brains are extra drippy in these areas.
Pinky: Windstreams and Geysers can be found throughout Balaurea. These help you move using gliding. In order to travel around Balaurea, you will need to master the use of Windstreams and Geysers, which can also help escaping from... err…winning battles against Asmodians.
Windstreams are like an aerial Roller Coaster. While you're wandering around Balaurea, you'll see several Windstreams. When you enter a Windstream by gliding, the wind will sweep you away and automatically move you along the Windstream without consuming your flight gauge; providing a quick route to your destination. Some windstreams can't be exited while en route to their destination, but many can be exited by releasing glide, free falling for a moment, and then gliding again for a landing. Windstreams can also be utilized for a more dynamic PvP experience.
Geysers are essential to survival in Balaurea. Geysers and updrafts allow you to glide upwards and can at times be used for entering a Windstream. These are located below cliffs or lower regions of the land. If you glide above the geyser, you can ascend to higher altitudes. Some Geysers are guarded and can only be used after defeating a monster.
Duddlinerk: When Daeva reaches level 51, Daeva is over the hill. Duddlinerk means Daeva can accept quests that offer Mithril Coin rewards. Mithril Coins can be exchanged for the Fabled Sunsoaked series and offer decent EXP to boot, nyerk!
There are a variety of Mithril Coin quests. Related quests take place in different instanced dungeons, as well as throughout Balaurea. So when you hunt, regardless of the location, you will be able to collect Mithril Coins. It's also helpful in leveling-up since the EXP reward is good. We've compiled a list of the Mithril Coin quests through level 52 below:
Required Level | Region | Quest Name | Start NPC | Quest Rewards
**The start item for the Mysterious Seed quest, Mysterious Seed, can be acquired upon completion of the Taloc's Wound quest.
Pinky: I must complete the quest, Blessing to the Agent!
Duddlinerk: Daeva knew already? This repeatable quest offers exceptional EXP and if Daeva completes it 30 times, Daeva will be bestowed with a Title and a Fabled Grade Weapon, nyerk!
Follow this quest chain to get Laestrygos's Mirage Greatsword: Blessing to the Agent -> Mirage -> For a Better Greatsword. The Fabled Grade weapon received from the quest, Blessing to the Agent, can be upgraded through a related quest. This will give you an option to extend the weapon after the upgrade, making this an even more desirable quest. The final upgraded weapon will be level 54 Fabled.
**There is no option to extend Orbs, Spellbooks, and Bows.
Duddlinerk: In Assault on Balaurea, new Daily Quest organization named Fortuneers has appeared.
Pinky: Ack! Do I go after Asmodians again? I'm scared of those darkling brutes...
Duddlinerk: Don't worry, Daeva! Fortuneers give rather quick quests (compared to other organizations), such as hunting monsters or delivering items, nyerk.
New daily quests can be received by joining the Fortuneers. The Fortuneers offer rewards such as Heroic and Fabled grade Items, Titles, Godstones, and more. Most of these items are permanent and are of higher value than rewards offered by the Alabaster Order. With the majority of quests taking place in Balaurea, you can also complete other quests at the same time.
Existing daily quests have also changed. New reward items, such as Pets have been added to each group. In addition, a Token Exchange NPC has been introduced, so you can exchange group specific tokens. Radiant Ops (PvP Quests) have changed up their rules a bit too:
Quest Name | To Obtain | Details
Asmodians Abated | Randomly on Mon, Wed, Fridays | Kill 2 Asmodians who came over to the field of your own race
Asmodae Infiltration Operation | Randomly on Tue, Thur, Saturdays | Kill 1 Asmodian by crossing over to the opposing race's territory
Daily Quest Tokens can also be used to purchase pets or exchanged for another Group Token.
Pinky: Taloc's Hollow is what? Something to eat?
Duddlinerk Nyerk! Duddlinerk can't believe Daeva hasn't been there yet! Taloc's Hollow is Solo Instanced Dungeon, Daeva must go now!
When you reach level 51, a new solo instanced dungeon opens up for you, Taloc's Hollow. Taloc's Hollow has elite grade level 51-53 monsters. Players can breakthrough the dungeon by utilizing items exclusively for this instance, such as Taloc Fruit (gives you equal abilities as a Guardian General), and Taloc's Tears (a powerful area-of-effect skill). You'll discover a variety of quests in Taloc's Hollow, including a quest to expand your Greater Stigma Slot (level 52 and higher).
**Re-entry time is 46 hours.
Yep, there's a lot to do down in the Hollow. We've got a few feats of note that might interest you right here:
**Mysterious Seed, the item which starts the Mysterious Seed quest, can be obtained once the Taloc's Wound quest has been completed.
Pinky: I'm gonna speed up to level 55, so I can go to Dredgion! Then, I can gank lower level Asmodians, bwahahaha!?
Duddlinerk: Nyerk! What!? Daeva now has access to two Dredgion battleships, depending on Daeva's level. Level 51-55 characters will be in Chantra Dredgion, so stop dreaming, nyerk!
After the 2.0 Update, the Dredgion level limitation is now 55. Accordingly, there are now two battleships. The existing Dredgion's name is now the Baranath Dredgion for levels 46-50, and the new Chantra Dredgion is for levels 51-55.
Just like Baranath Dredgion, the Chantra dredgion will have an entry request button that appears on the UI. The battle rules and map structure are, for the most part, the same. The main difference is that Chantra Dredgion's monsters are level 55 normal and elite grade and offer better rewards, such as Platinum Medals (which are needed for Primus Pilus Abyss items).
Pinky: But, I'll miss Dark Poeta and I never got to see Triroan. Draupnir Cave is like my hometown…wahhhhh!
Duddlinerk Daeva can still revisit existing instanced dungeons at level 51, nyerk! Many items in the existing instanced dungeons improved.
Daevas level 51 and above can still receive XP to level-up and score improved loot in the existing instances. Upper Abyss Instances, Dark Poeta, Draupnir Cave, and Theobomos Labs have all received enhancements to their loot drops.
Duddlinerk: When Daeva becomes level 52, be sure to meet Reemul for the Greater Stigma Slot quest!
The Greater Stigma quest, Stigma Master's Offer, is received from NPC Reemul who is located in Inggison Illusion Fortress. To complete the quest, kill Named Monsters that appear in the solo instance, Taloc's Hollow, and obtain 5 rare items.The limitation of rare items for a single entry is 3, so a minimum of 2 entries is required to obtain the 5 rare items. Once you open up the Greater Stigma Slot, you can purchase the new and powerful class specific Greater Stigmas. Behold the might of the Greater Stigma!
Pinky: Ding 52! I feel the power of Aion surging through me…I'm unstoppable! Is there a new dungeon, or someplace I can test myself?
Duddlinerk: Brave Daevas can go to Udas Temple. Divided into two floors of varying difficulty and offering two dungeons, Daeva will have opportunity to choose what you would like to do, nyerk!
Udas Temple is a gathering house for Fanatics who worship the Balaur Lord Udas. It has a 1st floor and 2nd floor, but is considered a single Instance Dungeon as far as story and rewards. The 1st floor is named Udas Temple and the 2nd, more difficult floor, is Lower Udas Temple. Both have different entrance hours.
Killing monsters in Udas Temple or attacking the dungeon will score you a significant amount of AP. Also, Named Monsters that appear inside the dungeon drop a variety of Fabled grade items and Eternal grade accessories. It's an alluring location if you want new equipment.
At this point, there's little else you don't know about the September 7 expansion, I suppose it's because at this point, you know quite a lot. What's most amazing, is that you've only seen the first two levels. Catch us tomorrow for levels 53-55 as an Asmodian, and don't forget to tip the guides, nyerk!