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Blade & Soul Korea is receiving quite a bit of content for the holidays!
Be sure to check out Blade & Soul's Winter Event here in case you missed it!

Blade & Soul's Legendary Patch is Almost Here!
On the 26th players will get to fight alongside their fellow adventurers in two all new dungeons, the Spiral Labyrinth and the Frozen Warehouse, to uncover the secrets of Blade & Soul's first legendary weapon! Players will also get to travel higher through the Tower of Mushin to experience the 8th floor! and challenge other players in the new competitive PvP dueling arena!

The Spiral Labyrinth
The Spiral Labyrinth will be separated into three descending floors, each floor will contain many rooms that hold a variety of challenges including some Qing Gong trials. Players must clear an entire floor in order to advance to the next. The awaited legendary weapons are stored in the Spiral Labyrinth, conquer this difficult maze and discover the hidden power that awaits you in these weapons.


Little information has been given about these legendary weapons. Their exact appearance and stats are currently unknown. However, Team Bloodlust was kind enough to provide an image that contains the silhouettes, check it out below.

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The Spiral Labyrinth will also provide a new outfit and weapon for those courageous enough to face the God of Lightning and Wind. The outfit comes in Gold and Blue. Keep in mind that these sets and weapons are not of legendary quality.

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The Frozen Warehouse
The Frozen Warehouse is a new six man dungeon that will require an immense amount of teamwork to conquer as players will only be allowed to enter the dungeon once a day. Defeat Chung-Ryong-Gwee, a relative to Juk-Ryong-Gwee, to receive a clue on the secrets of the Legendary weapons. You'll also have a chance to receive some new powerful gear as you progress through the Frozen Warehouse.

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The Tower of Mushin, 8th floor
An unexpected challenge awaits you here, you must pass the tests given by the Mushin himself, Chun Jin-Kwon. A new leaderboard system will be added so you can brag to your friends about your score.

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The Duel
This new feature gives everyone a chance to prove themselves as the best PvP player on the entire server! Better yet, all the servers combined! With a sophisticated match making system you'll always be matched against an opponent of equal skill and strength. The dueling grounds will contain two modes, 1v1 and 3v3. Any character above level 4 will be able to queue for their chance to spill some blood.

This feature will be tested first on the 26th before it's official release shortly after.
Blade & Soul's Winter Event
With today's patch (12/20) came a festive holiday outfit that can be purchased with in-game currency or through the cash shop. Players can also purchase new limited holiday payment packages (game time) and receive special gifts for doing so, including the the best life leach gem around and outfits! As if that isn't enough already, players who visit an internet cafe will receive in-game goodies depending on how long they played. Scroll down for more details.

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New Festive Outfits!
A new festive holiday outfit can be purchased for 1,000 in-game gold or $10 through the game's cash shop. Like most sets in Blade & Soul the outfit has a different appearance for each race and gender and can not be traded. The purchased outfit does not come with the Santa's Hat or Reindeer Antlers, these can obtained through a series of quests. The Red Nose head accessory can be obtained through the Internet Cafe Event, details can be found below.

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Internet Cafe Event
Starting today, the 20th, players who play Blade & Soul at an Internet Cafe in Korea will receive goodies depending on how long they've played. Goodies include the Red Nose head accessory for one hour played and the Sparkly Red Nose for three or more hours played.

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Everyone knows how a socket can significantly chance the value of a weapon. Team Bloodlust will seen be adding a coupon that will grant an extra gem socket on any weapon through an upcoming Internet Cafe event in Korea! The event will take place on January 16th at any Internet Cafe. More details to come.

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Limited Game Time Packs
New limited time offer game time packages are now available starting today, the 20th, through January 9th, 2013.

Special Limited Pack - 138,000 WON ($130)
  • 180 Days of play time.
  • Mushin’s Glaring Amethyst (Double Stat: 200 Life Leech when crit, Attack Power +3)
  • Hong Moon School’s Glaring Amethyst (200 life leech when crit)
  • Hong Moon School’s Glaring Diamond (Attack Power +35)
  • Black Tiger (New Limited Edition Outfit)
  • Phoenix (Limited Edition Outfit)

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Glaring Diamond Package - 69,000 WON ($65)
  • 90 days of play time.
  • Hong Moon School’s Glaring Diamond ( Attack power + 35)

Glaring Amethyst Package - 69,000 WON ($65)
  • 90 days of play time.
  • Hong Moon School’s Glaring Diamond (200 life leech when crit)
December 5th Patch Notes
Below you'll find the translated patch notes for the 12/5 update. This update contained part of the content promised in the Legendary patch preview including the Port Blood Shark (Night) instance and the unlocking of the 5th floor at the Tower of Mushin.

The 12/12 patch notes will be up soon.

As always, the Dojo is looking for some dedicated translators! So if you know Korean, have good English writing skills and interested in joining our team then feel free to toss Revast a private message!

December 5th Patch Notes
Source | Translated by Yuan

Combat & Skills
Assassin
  • Skill cooldown reduced for Mist Slash and Tear Slash.
  • The skill “Deep Thrust” and Tier 3 of the skill “Deep Thrust” in the training menu will now knock back 9m.
  • Changed the debuff icon for when you are poisoned.
  • Enemies will no longer resist attacks if they are inside a Tier 2 Smoke Bomb skill.
  • Fixed a bug with Tier 5 ~ 6’s Thunder Kick.

Lyn Blade Master
  • You can now use the skill “Charge” while using the Qing Gong, Qing Gong Jump and Glide.
  • Your “Chi Choke” can no longer be canceled by an ally performing Submission or Dominate.
  • Fixed a bug with the skill “Windmill”
  • Fixed a bug with Tier 5 Chi Choke talent.

Summoner
  • The skills “Cat’s Ferocity” & “Cat Tricks” both received new skill icons.

Area
  • Some unpopular areas in the beginning zones had their Dragon Pillars removed.

Dungeon
Port Blood Shark (Night)
  • You need to complete an entry quest before entering this instance.
  • You will need the item “Naryu Region’s Gold Coin” to enter for the first time and “Naryu Region’s Silver Coin” to re-enter from then on.
  • Daily quests have been added for the instance.
  • The Port Blood Shark (Night) instance can have up to 24 people taking down the named monsters and can be entered with either a party or by yourself.

  • Regular monsters in the Port Blood Shark (Night) instance will have a small chance to drop a Port Blood Shark Key and Luxurious Port Blood Shark Key.
  • Killing the “Toxic Man-eating serpent”, “Juk Ryong-Gwee” and “Hong-Rang” bosses in the Port Blood Shark (Night) instance will reward you with a “Supply Chest” which can be opened with a Port Blood Shark Key.
  • Killing “The Mysterious Man” in the Port Blood Shark (Night) instance will reward you with a “Rusty Mysterious Supply Chest” and/or a “Mysterious Supply Chest” which can be opened with a Luxurious Port Blood Shark Key.

Grave of Sacrifice
  • You can now block the Infernal Lord’s flame attack with the Destroyer’s Iron Wall skill.
  • The Infernal Lord’s Back pedal kick was taken out of its skill routine.

Port Blood Shark
  • Chung-Rang and Hong-Rang now drop new head pieces, Hong-Rang’s Bandana and Chung-Rang’s Blindfold as well as Chung-Sil exchanger and Hong-Sil exchanger.
  • Hae Moo-Jin will now drop Pirate King exchanger as well as Pirate’s Pride exchanger.
  • Also a slight nerf in the Juk Ryong-Gwee fight.

Solo Dungeon, the Tower of Mushin
  • A new system added where you can start from the 5th floor.
  • To start from the 5th floor of the tower you need to do a quest which enables that feature.
  • The cost to start at the 5th floor is 5 gold once you complete the quest.
  • Room of Chung-Woon and Room of Juk-Woon have been changed to an instance.
  • Room of Chung-Woon will now hold Hong-Sil instead of Chung-Sil.
  • You can now complete the quest “Training Start” and “Road to Training” from anywhere instead of heading back to the NPC to return the quest.

NPC
  • Added some new voice overs for NPCs.

Quest
  • Some items now provide higher grade weapons instead of normal grade.
  • Added an escort sign to the target you are escorting via a quest.
  • Fixed some typos in the quest text as well as voice sync problems with NPCs.
  • Fixed the cinematic where Jung Ha-Do first makes his appearance.
  • Other minor changes to various quests as well as fixes.
  • Added daily quests as well as quests that can be completed without the need to go back to the original quest giving NPC to complete.

Interface
  • Fixed various UI bugs.
  • Your summoned cat will now properly be matching the pet in your pet tab.
  • Your summon’s HP bar’s color will change depending on its fur color.
  • You can now fix the size of the summon’s UI.
  • Added a graphical effect to newly appearing items in your inventory since the last time you opened your inventory.
  • Added a bling effect to jewel type items in your inventory.

Items
  • Fixed typos in some item tooltips.
  • If you dismantle an item from the Sool-Wul Praries you have a chance to get Naryu Region Coins.
  • If you dismantle an epic grade item you will have a chance to get Naryu Region’s Steel Coin / Silver Coin.
  • If you dismantle an Heroic grade item you will have a chance to get Naryu Region’s Silver Coin / Gold Coin.
  • Fixed graphic issues of Bo-Pae set effects that disappear once you teleport to a new area.
  • The items Hong-Rang’s Bandana & Chung-Rang’s Blindfold had their item ranking raised to Heroic.
  • The facial hairs of characters will no longer stick out of items like masks.

System
  • You will no longer die from falling, instead go down to 1 health if you have a fall that would normally kill you.
  • Chi Meditation now takes 20 seconds for you to revive.
  • You can now stop giving Chi to an ally using Chi Meditation.
Blade & Soul: State of the Game
With 2012 coming to a close, NCsoft has reminded us how hard they are working on bringing Blade & Soul to our doorsteps with an outlook on their current status and plans for the localization of Blade & Soul for the western audiences. NCsoft is addressing not only the obvious need to translate the game, but actively addressing potential issues in an effort to make the game as enjoyable as possible for all players in all regions. Take a look at the official announcement below.

NCsoft West
As we approach the start of a new year, we wanted to bring you up to speed with what's been happening with Blade & Soul®, and what happens next.

The game is already in its finished form in the original Korean-language version, but bringing Blade & Soul to the West involves more than simply translating the text and recording new dialogue. Gameplay styles differ greatly in different cultures, meaning that what players in Korea consider fun and balanced might not be as well-received in Europe and America. Addressing considerations like these takes time and NCSOFT® is committed to doing it right--without sacrificing any of the elements that make Blade & Soul as popular as it continues to be in Korea.

The development team at NCSOFT West has been working closely with Team Bloodlust to ensure that we deliver the best, most faithful version of Blade & Soul to Western gamers. We are making progress and plan to reveal more details about the game in the coming year.

In the meantime, our goal is to build excitement for Blade & Soul, by introducing Western audiences to the game's beautiful graphics, compelling story and innovative gameplay. Then, when the time is right, we will release the sorts of details you have been waiting so patiently for.

Thanks for bearing with us, and stay tuned!

With potential changes coming to the game intended to better suit the regions it's released in, we will be interested in seeing Blade & Soul's western development during this exciting time and the community's reaction. Keep a close eye on the Dojo and NCSoft's official site for new developments.
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