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October 4th Patch Notes
A new major patch was released today for Blade & Soul (KR). This is just the start of whats to come for the last few remaining months of 2012. Be sure to check out the 7 Waves Update preview if you didn't catch that last week.

Points of Interest
  • The "Closet" is a new feature that allows you to store your clothes and accessories.
  • The Closet will start you off with 24 available slots. You may unlock up to 56 slots, though the price to unlock rows will gradually increase.
  • You can now enable a feature that alerts you when your daily quest has been reset.
  • You can now redesign your character after purchasing a "Customization Ticket" from the cash shop.
  • Added a feature that allows you to save the customization settings of a character and reapply them to another character.
  • You can now compare how big your character is to other races via a silhouette in character customization.
  • New backgrounds and camera angles have been added in character customization.
  • Several new customization elements and sliders have been added to each race and gender throughout character customization.
  • Jin Males received 3 new hair styles and Gon Males received 4 new hair styles.

Below you'll find the full translated patch notes.

October 4th Patch Notes
Source | Translated by Yuan.

Combat & Skills
Blade Master
  • Fixed a skill description error of Flying Sword skill saying it would be usable during the Summoned Sword state.
  • Fixed the animation glitch where it won’t display your character getting up if you used the “Block” skill while knocked down.
  • Fixed the skill bug of Tier 4 “Guardian Spirit” giving enemies an immune when they were within the skill range.
  • When you learn the Tier 5 of the “Spin Slash” talent the tooltip will now properly display you gain 7 Chi when you hit an enemy

Kung-Fu Master
  • Tier 6 of the skill “Landslide” will now recover 15% health instead of the previous 5%.
  • Targets hit by the Tier 1 of the skill “Choke” will now properly gain a “Unconscious” debuff.
  • Fixed the tooltip issue of Tier 4 Talent of the skill “Hidden Punch” saying it gives 15 second of critical hit chance buff when it is actually 1.5 seconds.
  • You can now use the skill “Escape” when you are unconscious.

Force Master
  • You can no longer use the skill Tier 2 of “Freeze Finger / Frost Finger” on an enemy that is in the air.
  • Your “Back Roll” skill’s cooldown will now show on your buff icon and will countdown until it is available again.
  • Fixed the bug of your Tier 1 “Ice Flower” curing both enemy and your ally’s unconscious state.

Assassin
  • Tier 2 of the “Smoke Grenade” talent will now recover more health in its AOE area, also lowering the cooldown of the skill to 24 from 45 seconds.
  • You can now properly teleport to your teleport Ward skill while under the effect of “Stealth”.
  • The skill “Heart Jab” skill now animates faster also it causes a shorter global cooldown.

Destroyer
  • When you learn the Tier 1 ~ 3 Talent of the skill “Iron Wall” you will now gain the increased 40% of your health healed.
  • When you learn the Tier 1 & Tier 3 of the “Iron Wall talentl your cooldown will be increased to 30 seconds.
  • When you learn the Tier 2 of the “Iron Wall” talent your cooldown will be increased to 45 seconds.
  • When you learn the Tier 3 of the “Kick” talent and if your skill causes an enemy the unconscious state you will gain an icon showing the time left to “Reuse” the skill.

Summoner
  • If you change your summon’s mode to “Follow” mode it will lose interest in its current target and follow the summoner.
  • Tier 5 of the “Flower Pollens” skill will now recover 20% of the health instead of the 5%.
  • Tier 6 of the “Flower Pollens” skill will now recover 100% of your Chi instead of the 50%.
  • When you learn Tier 5 & 6 of the “Flower Pollens” skill your cooldown of that skill will decrease to 24 seconds from 45 seconds.
  • Blade Master will be no longer to deflect the summoner’s takedown skill.
  • Fixed the debuff icon tooltip of the Tier 1 “Retreat” skill to properly display that it is display the cooldown time left on the skill.
  • Tier 6 of “Foxtail” skill will now properly knock back enemies when used during “down, groggy, unconscious, chi choked, dominated or submissioned”.

NPC
  • If you kill a “Corrupted Spider” you will now gain a Large Heroic Medal instead of a Small Heroic Medal.

Dungeon
Dungeon > Heroic Dungeon > Port Blood Shark
  • Toxic Man eating Serpent’s health was decreased.
  • Toxic Man eating Serpent’s “Poison Nova” skill will no longer stack up to 3 times and now will not stack at all.
  • Chung-Rang and Hong-Rang’s damages were decreased.
  • The game will properly kill off both Chung-Rang and Hong-Rang if you kill one of them when the other is Chi Meditating.
  • Chung-Rang and Hong-Rang will no longer be able to Chi Meditate when being submissioned, chi choked or dominated.
  • Hae Moo-Jin’s damages were decreased.
  • Phase 4 of the Hae Moo-Jin’s fight when he used the skill “Craze Winds” it will no longer deflect attacks.

Items
  • Eating “Small Vege Dumpling” now properly shows on the combat log.
  • The inventory will now play a proper sound effect when moving the items “Pirate’s Loot”, “Pirate King’s Symbol”.

Party & Community
  • Once you register your party in the “Party Finder” and select someone as a party leader, you will no longer receive messages from people who wants to join.

Interface
Closet
  • You will now also be able to access the “Closet” from the same NPC who let you access your storage.
  • You will gain 24 slots in total and unlock up to 56 more slots.
  • The cost of the slots gets progressively more expensive.
  • You can store “Clothes, cloth accessories, head accessories, face accessories, summon’s clothes, summon’s headpiece and summon’s accessories” in the closet.
  • You can use the “auto arrange” features in the closet just like the storage.
  • You can also separate them by their categories with the radio button on the bottom of the window.

Settings
  • You can now enable a feature that alerts you when your daily quest has been reset.
  • Fixed the bug of “Auto detect” feature showing in other areas other than the graphics tab.

Chatting Window
  • You can now set the opacity of the chatting window to 100.
  • When you press the “reset” button it will completely reset all the tabs in your chat window.

Gathering & Crafting
  • You will now be able to leave an organization even if they are in the middle of handling your request.
  • Lumberjack organization will now show you where you can find some “Zelkova” trees.

System
Appearance Change
  • You can now redesign your character after purchasing a "Customization Ticket" with a button that is integrated within the character select screen.
  • If you want to customize your character you need to purchase a “Customization Ticket” from the cash shop.
  • There’s now an “Appearance” tab in the photo journal.
  • You can press the “Save Appearance” to save the settings of your character’s appearance.
  • You can press the “Apply Appearance” to implement the saved appearance on your character.
  • The saved appearances will be stored My Documents\Pictures\BnS\CharacterCustomize as the file “race_gender_Date_number.jpg”

Character Customization
  • Jin males got 3 more hair styles and Gon males got 4 more hair styles.
  • You can now select different backgrounds and camera angles.
  • You can now compare how big your character is compared to other races via a silhouette.
  • The outfits you try on will now disaply outfits in this order: Undergarment - Lawful League – Demon Cult – Autumn Leaves – Proof of Event – Racial outfit
  • Some areas of the sliders were increased in its min max range.
  • All races will now be able to change how big their head is and their height.
  • Kuns will be able to adjust their shoulder size, length of their thighs as well as their calves, height of their eye brows, eye shape, eye width, distance between the eyes and shape of the bridge of their nose.
  • Gon males will be able to adjust their shoulder width, shoulder size, length of calves, eye size, eye shape and width of the bridge of their nose.
  • Gon females will be able to adjust their shoulder size, feet size, length of their thighs and calves, eye brow height, eye width and the distance between the eyes.
  • Lyn males will be able to adjust their neck length, shoulder width, thigh width, thigh length, calf length, upper body size, eyebrow height and eye width.
  • Lyn Females will be able to adjust their neck length, shoulder width, shoulder size, thigh length, calf length, upper body size, eyebrow height and eye width.
  • Jin males will be able to adjust their shoulder width, shoulder size, arm length, waist width, thigh length, calf length, eyebrow height, eye shape, eye width and eye to eye distance.
  • Jin female will be able to adjust their shoulder size, thigh length, calf length, eyebrow angle, eye size, eye shape and eye width.
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Blade & Soul 7 Waves Update
Team Bloodlust has just revealed Blade & Soul's future with a preview of their upcoming 7 Waves Update. Thes series of updates will brings along new and redesigned dungeons, PvP battlegrounds, a cross-server party finder and a new class.


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Content Summary
  • 1st Wave - The Sea Snake Supply Basement Dungeon Redesign
  • 2nd Wave - New Solo Dungeon, The Tower of Mushin
  • 3rd Wave - Cross-server party (dungeon) finder. Cross-server party invites
  • 4th Wave - New randomized dungeon, The Spiral Labyrinth
  • 5th Wave - 36v36 PvP instanced battlefield
  • 6th Wave - 1v1 Cross-server battleground
  • 7th Wave - New Class, the Lyn Blade Master

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1st Wave - The Sea Snake Supply Basement Dungeon Redesign
The first update will contain a complete redesign of one of the end-game dungeons, the Sea Snake Supply Basement. The dungeon will be revamped and re-sized into a 24 player field dungeon. The new Dungeon will be called Stormy Sea Snake Supply Basement. Similar to the open world bosses found around the world of Blade & Soul, the bosses of the new dungeon will drop at least one token for everyone to use on a near by Loot Wheel for a chance to win a weapon, Bo-Pae and armor. According to the development team the bosses of the newly revamped dungeon will be significantly harder then your average world boss.

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2nd Wave - New Solo Dungeon, The Tower of Mushin
After all the positive feedback that surrounded solo dungeons Team Bloodlust will be releasing a brand new solo dungeon for the second wave. This new dungeon, The Tower of Mushin, will increase in difficulty as you progress higher through the tower. You'll need to be on top of your game in order to progress through this challenging dungeon. The equipment rewarded towards the end of the dungeon will rival that of the equipment found in end-game multiplayer dungeons.

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3rd Wave - Cross-server party (dungeon) finder. Cross-server party invites
A new cross-server party matchmaking system will be released with the third update. This will allow you to find groups significantly faster for the various party oriented content. You'll also be able to invite friends from other servers to your party before you enter the queue.

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4th Wave - New randomized dungeon, The Spiral Labyrinth
The fourth update will appeal to the randomized dungeon crawling fans out there. This update will contain a new end-game dungeon called the Spiral Labyrinth. The dungeon will contain three floors of randomized content such monsters, bosses, floors and loot. Players will need to be prepared to expect the unexpected as they progress through this Labyrinth.

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5th Wave - 36v36 PvP instanced battlefield
The fifth update will be introducing the first instanced PvP battlefield, the Naryu Crystal Battlefield. This battlefield will feature a large instanced battlefield for 72 players (32 for each faction) to duke it out and conquer. The first to destroy the enemy teams base wins. Players will be able to solo queue or group queue for this battlefield. The battlefield will contain quests and will reward PvP loot.

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6th Wave - 1v1 Cross-server battleground
Team Bloodlust isn't holding out on us PvP fans. The sixth update will contain a cross-server one vs. one battle ground. The battle ground will feature a match making system that pairs you up with opponents of a similar PvP rank.

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7th Wave - New Class, the Lyn Blade Master
The seventh and final update will contain the anticipated 7th class, the Lyn Blade Master. Don't get this class confused with the already established Blade Master. The Lyn Blade Master will have a completely new set of skills, along with some old favorites from the original class. A variety of AoE's, stuns and an all new force grab - not to be confused with the Force Master's grab - will be at your disposal as a Lyn Blade Master. You'll even be able to grab bosses, something Force Masters haven't even mastered yet!

This class will be fairly easy to master compared to the original Blade Master and other classes in Blade & Soul according to the development team. It will also wield a new type of sword, so no need to worry about these little guys stealing your weapons, Blade Masters.

Be sure to check out the video posted above for a glimpse at the new class in action.
NCsoft West Addresses Censorship Concerns
NCsoft is putting to rest rumors that Blade & Soul is going to be censored in the west. NCsoft is required to abide by certain ESRB rules and guidelines in regards to its marketing. However, there are no plans to censor or change the in game content for its western users. We will all be able to enjoy the gorgeous art style of Hyung-Tae Kim in Blade & Soul.

Check out the official statement below.

Respecting the Vision
This is an exciting time for us as we can now use our official website, Twitter feed, and Facebook page to share information and provide status updates on the development of Blade & Soul® for Western audiences. We will use these platforms as a way to not only distribute official assets and information, but to directly address community concerns. With that in mind, we wanted to take a moment to shed some light on rumors that NCsoft West is censoring the content of Blade & Soul.

As you know, Blade & Soul features a rich, beautiful world inspired by the artistic style of Hyung-Tae Kim, an internationally renowned artist we consider ourselves fortunate to be working with. Hyung-Tae Kim brings with him a very recognizable and risqué anime style that, combined with the game's deep storyline and modern martial arts style combat, delivers a game experience like no other.

Due to ESRB guidelines, however, our marketing material must abide by a different set of considerations than the final product. This is why Blade & Soul's rating is listed as "pending." It is NCsoft West's intention to accurately depict the game in its original, unaltered form, with only minor adjustments for gameplay considerations.

In short: We are not planning to censor or alter the actual in-game content you have come to expect from an artist such as Hyung-Tae Kim and a studio such as Team Bloodlust. Rest assured that we love Blade & Soul as much as you do, and any modifications to the marketing material are not indicative of our plans for the final content.

We appreciate your concern, and we hope that we've helped set your minds at ease. We're very excited about bringing Blade & Soul to Western audiences, and we intend to do our best to deliver the game you want to play.

-- Blade & Soul Team, NCsoft West
NCsoft Confirms Western Development of Blade & Soul
NCsoft is thrilled to finally share with us a glimpse into Blade & Soul. The newest MMORPG offers a spine-tingling blend of fast-paced martial arts combat infused with Asian myth and folklore. Conceived by acclaimed artist Hyung-Tae Kim and NCsoft’s Team Bloodlust division, B&S challenges players to seek vengeance on the evil Jin Seoyeon for the murder of the Hongmoon clan. Players can choose from four races, six classes and a variety of professions and take part in PvP conflict from the floating mountains of Crimson Peak to the Suwol Plain.


Check out the official announcement below.


SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 13, 2012: NCsoft ®, the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), today confirms its Western expansion plans for Blade & Soul, the wildly successful Asian martial arts fantasy MMO developed by Team Bloodlust, an in-house studio based in NCsoft's headquarters in Seoul. Blade & Soul has already captured the hearts of millions, consistently ranking as one of the top games in PC cafés across South Korea since its launch eleven weeks ago, and plans to reach the same level of success and popularity in Western markets.

Blade & Soul brings MMO and RPG gaming communities an online world rich in Asian martial arts, a theme that has traditionally been limited to fighting games. Once Blade & Soul launches in the West, players will have the ability to experience the flowing nature of action martial arts that they have come to love, but will experience it in a modern format blended together with deep story lines and an epic online world populated by millions.

Bringing to life the fantasy style and signature character movement made popular by the classic martial arts adventure films House of Flying Daggers and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Blade & Soul embraces the essence of historic martial arts combat, set in a beautiful world inspired by the stunning art of renowned artist Hyung-Tae Kim, Team Bloodlust's Blade & Soul lead artist. Kim's strong international manga following and his unique style of blending Japanese anime and Korean art will expand Blade & Soul's appeal to a broad range of audiences.

Exact release timing for Blade & Soul has not been confirmed, but NCsoft is already aggressively tailoring the title for Western players, working closely with Team Bloodlust to ensure the rich Asian martial arts theme stays intact.

For more information on Blade & Soul, visit the official website at www.bladeandsoul.com.

About NCsoft
NCsoft®, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Blade & Soul, Lineage®, Guild Wars® and WildStar™ franchises. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at www.ncsoft.com.

About Blade & Soul
Blade & Soul®, developed by NCsoft®'s Team Bloodlust, tells the story of players' quest for vengeance and redemption against a backdrop of Asian fantasy, set in a beautifully crafted online world drawn from the work of renowned artist Hyung-Tae Kim. Blade & Soul prominently features martial arts inspired combat and Qing Gong "light body" movement, as depicted in classic Asian martial arts adventure films. For more information on Blade & Soul, visit www.bladeandsoul.com.
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