[color="#FFFFFF"][size="6"]These challenging max-level additions arrive with the Unchained update on March 2.
<p>The Naryu Labyrinth is an Epic difficulty max-level dungeon available in 6- and 4-player versions. While the encounters and enemies you’ll face are certainly challenging all on their own, you’ll also need to jump, glide, and find your way through this sprawling maze. Each room contains a unique encounter that—when defeated—will unlock a door at random to the next room. Progressing will follow with a similar random advancement to the room beyond, the room beyond that, and so on; creating a unique and challenging experience each time you enter the Labyrinth.</p>
<p>While there are countless individual rooms that you’ll progress through randomly, there are three total floors to descend, and a boss to defeat that guards each of the exits to the next floor below.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;"><em><span style="color:#D3D3D3;">Fujin and Raijin</span></em></span><br>
<p>Each boss has their own tantalizing treasures to take once they’ve been defeated, but along the way you’ll also acquire Naryu Labyrinth Relic Pieces, which can be turned in to Exchanger Junsu just outside the entrance for a Labyrinth Treasure chest, which contains a variety of items, including the coveted Black Sun costume.</p>
<p>The Gods of Wind and Thunder, Fujin and Raijin, are a difficult trial for even the most coordinated groups of warriors, and among the gods’ most sought-after treasures are their costumes, allowing anyone to become the embodiment of the wind and thunder itself.</p>
<p>The next floor of Mushin’s Tower has unlocked, and warriors capable of conquering the prior seven floors can now take on the three embodiments of Mushin himself. He has returned to take a personal hand in training those hoping to continue their ascension of the tower.</p>
<p>Mushin’s embodiments will use powerful techniques, and those challenging him will need to defeat each one separately against increasingly strict time limits. Among the great treasures he drops are the Fury weapon skins, and Mushin’s Soul Shield—an entirely new Soul Shield set.</p>
<p>While Floor 8 completes the first section, it’s clear the tower continues to rise far above this floor, and it’s no doubt that more will be unlocked at some point, though no one knows when that may be.</p>
[color="#FF8C00"]Starting at February 24, 4:00 AM PST / February 24, 12:00 PM UTC, all servers will undergo maintenance for approximately 4 hours. An in-game notice will be given 30 minutes prior to the maintenance starting.
Below are the list of changes introduced within the update:
[*]Valentine's Day Event ends -- Red and White Roses will be available for transmutation until 3/1
[*]Fixed an issue where the Marketplace would not display correctly in certain situations
[*]Updated class skill descriptions for French and German
[*]Routine server maintenance and modifications
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[color="#FFFFFF"][size="7"]Warlock Class Week[/size][/color]
[color="#FFFFFF"][size="6"]A flashy and bold ranged class who summons the spirits through charms and talismans.[/size][/color]
The Warlock class will become available in Blade & Soul on March 2 with the Unchained update. We’re dedicating this week to previewing the Warlock, and have a new class page where we’ve revealed techniques from the Hongmoon Secret Tome, wallpapers, and a class video.
Be sure to join us on the official [url="http://www.twitch.tv/bladeandsoul"]Blade & Soul Twitch channel[/url ]February 25 at 10am PST to watch our dedicated Warlock stream; and check out Twitch streamers [url="http://www.twitch.tv/bajheera"]Bajheera[/url] & [url="http://www.twitch.tv/WarcraftJen"]WarcraftJen[/url], [url="http://www.twitch.tv/sattelizergames"]SattelizerGames[/url], [url="http://www.twitch.tv/jf4nathan"]Silkwood[/url], [url="http://www.twitch.tv/virusbns"]VirusBNS[/url], [url="http://www.twitch.tv/MrHappy1227"]MrHappy1227[/url] & Mel, and [url="http://www.twitch.tv/kimvoslice"]KimvoSlice[/url] on Friday February 26 from 1pm-5pm PST as the Warlock is explored from a different perspective.
The Warlock is Blade & Soul’s second dedicated ranged class with great power but considerable fragility. Many of their powerful abilities have significant casting times and long cooldowns, requiring one of two strategies to be employed: keep enemies at bay or incapacitated long enough to be able to cast the high damage abilities again, or reduce cooldown times through expert timing of other abilities.
The most iconic aspect of a Warlock is their ability to summon a Thrall as an ally on the field. This Thrall lasts for only a short period of time, but can be useful in engaging an opponent while the Warlock is busy setting up the scene for their next big performance.
[color="#FFFFFF"][size="6"]The Warlock in Play[/size][/color]
The Warlock needs to eliminate opponents quickly and efficiently, or risk being overwhelmed and easily defeated. As such, their combos need to be set up on either reducing or resetting the cooldowns of their primary damage-dealing abilities—Dragoncall and Wingstorm—or triggering instant-cast scenarios.
In keeping with the shamanistic theme, Warlocks can apply certain afflictions on their enemies. A Brand on an enemy will increase the damage dealt by some spells, whereas a Target on an enemy will allow the Warlock to instant-cast spells and direct the Thrall’s attention.
For party play, the Warlock provides an incredible support buff. Their time-winding abilities can extend out to their party members by triggering Soulburn, which resets the cooldown of everyone’s skills, and gives them the Awakened state. When active, specific abilities for each class will also become Awakened, and receive a big power boost on top of the general buff.
In Arena PvP, the Warlock has a pretty substantive set of defensive skills to accompany their powerful offensive skills, but still suffers from a glass cannon status that could be easily exploited. The Thrall should be used tactically as their cooldown cannot be reset and their presence alerts the opponent for the potential for highly powered abilities activating upon the Thrall’s sacrifice. Prioritizing instant-cast abilities, fast casting speed, and skills that pierce defenses over high-damaging abilities can all help to ensure the Warlock can hold their own competitively against the other classes.
[center][color="#FFFFFF"][size="6"]The next Blade & Soul content update releases in just a couple weeks.[/size][/color]
<p>After unlocking the secret techniques of the Hongmoon Clan, and bringing the Blackram Pirates to their knees, even greater challenges await on March 2 with the release of our second content update: Unchained.</p>
<p>The final floor (Floor 8) of the first section of <strong>Mushin’s Tower</strong> opens, and the <strong>Naryu Labyrinth</strong> will be unlocked for those brave enough to face the trials within. In addition, players will be able to wield dark powers as the <strong>Warlock</strong>, a new class ready to be mastered.</p>
<p>The Jin and Lyn have reached into the beyond and tapped into the dark powers necessary to train as Warlocks.</p>
<p>Using mid-range abilities, the Warlock snares their enemies, executes fast and furious combos, and can then summon a massive, demonic Thrall to finish them off. The mixture of dark shadowy magic and explosively vibrant techniques, the Warlock has substance, in addition to being able to dish out serious damage. Stay tuned for our Warlock class week beginning February 22 for more information on this highly anticipated new class.</p>
<h4>Additional Character Slot</h4>
<p>With the addition of a new class to the game, the maximum number of character slots available will increase by one, to a new maximum of eight. We’ll also be providing everyone with an additional character slot unlock to hold their new Warlock—for free.</p>
<p>For those looking to test their skill, the Naryu Labyrinth offers a dynamic 3-stage encounter designed to challenge the abilities of max level players. After each encounter, one of the doors leading to the next area of the dungeon will unlock at random—every time you enter can be a totally new and challenging experience.</p>
<p>Naryu Labyrinth is a Heroic dungeon available in both 6- and 4-player versions.</p>
<p>The obstacles only get tougher as we climb to the final floor of the first section of Mushin’s Tower. Put your skill and preparation to the ultimate test as you take on an ethereal manifestation of Mushin himself in this Heroic single player encounter.</p>
<h4>Changes and Updates</h4>
<p>As with any large update, we’ll be including a number of new features, class balance changes, and updates to the overall game experience. Stay tuned for the full patch notes we’ll be posting shortly before the release of Unchained.</p>
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<h4>[size="6"]Get limited-time rewards and costumes befitting of the season.[/size]</h4>
<p>Spring is here, and the sweet smell of flowers has creatures throughout the Earthen Realm vying for each other’s affections. Let the thrill of new life guide you through the Valentine’s Day event.</p>
<h4><span style="color:#D3D3D3;"><strong>Transmutation of Love</strong></span></h4>
<p>Aside from the incredible new costumes available for your characters (more on those below), the Valentine’s Day event isn’t just about celebrating love, there are real rewards to be earned. Through the collection of event-specific White Roses and Red Roses, you can transmute—for a limited time—a powerful new gem, and treasure-laden chest.</p>
<p>Characters level 16 and above will receive a letter each day (automatically added to the quest log) from a character in the game asking them to visit in Jadestone Village. You’ll need to take on a small task to honor their affection in-town, and then set off to get whatever their little heart desires in the time allotted. Return before they lose interest in you, and you’ll receive 4–5 Red Roses and Love Potion consumable buffs. Players have the ability to buy a bundle of a dozen Red Roses once per day from the Hongmoon Store. Premium Members will receive a 33% discount on the Red Roses bundle.</p>
<p>White Roses, however, are primarily earned as rewards from dynamic quests in the following dungeons:</p>
<li>Tomb of the Exiles</li>
<li>Hall of Ogong</li>
<li>Blackram Supply Chain</li>
<h4><span style="color:#D3D3D3;"><strong>Valentine’s Day Bundles</strong></span></h4>
<p>The Hongmoon Store will have a new collection of Valentine’s Day related costume bundles for purchase, which also include White Roses to go along with them. These bundles will adhere to the same costume purchase limitations of three purchases per account, per day.</p>
<li>Lover Boy (costume), Lover Boy Bow Tie & Lover Boy Sunglasses</li>
<li>10x Unsealing Charms</li>
<li>12x White Roses</li>
<p>While these bundles are specific to the Valentine’s Day event, we have a bunch of new costumes—most of which are Valentine’s Day themed—now available or arriving soon. Head over to the latest Hongmoon Store Update article to see them.</p>