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      [Read Before Posting] Blade & Soul General FAQ

      Hello Blade & Soul fans, Welcome to the official Blade & Soul Dojo FAQ! This thread contains commonly asked questions about Blade & Soul's Western versions. Have a question? Check to see if it's posted here or use our forums search feature before creating a new thread. This thread will be updated at all times by any of the Dojo staff members. For additional information on Blade & Soul visit our wiki, or check out the official Blade & Soul West website. Table of Contents <a href="#1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> <a href="#3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> <a href="#4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> <a href="#5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> <a href="#6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> <a href="#7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> <a href="#8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> <a href="#9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> <a href="#10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> <a href="#11">What are the playable races?</a> <a href="#12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> <a href="#13">What are the playable classes?</a> <a href="#14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> <a href="#15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> <a href="#16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> <a href="#17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> <a href="#18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> <a href="#19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> <a href="#20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> <a href="#21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> <a href="#22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> <a name="1">What is Blade & Soul?</a> Blade & Soul is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) by Korean game development studio, Team Bloodlust and is published by NCSOFT. <a name="2">Is there an official site for Blade & Soul's Western version?</a> You can find the official Blade & Soul West site here. <a name="3">What is Blade & Soul's release date?</a> The North American and European versions are currently set to be released on January 19th, 2016. Head Start for founder's pack owners will begin at 10:00am PST on January 15th, 2016, and name reservations for Disciple and Master pack owners will begin on January 11th, 2016. The game has already been officially released in the following regions: Korea: June 30, 2012
      China: November 28, 2013
      Japan: May 20, 2014
      Taiwan: November 20, 2014
      <a name="4">Has Beta Testing started?</a> Yes. CBT 1: Oct 29, 10am PDT - Nov 2, 10pm PDT [NA server only]* CBT 2: Nov 13, 10am PDT - Nov 16, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 3: Nov 24, 10am PDT - Nov 30, 10pm PDT [NA/EU]** CBT 4: Dec 11, 10am PDT - Dec 14, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** CBT 5: Dec 18, 10am PDT - Dec 21, 10pm PDT (English/French/German)[NA/EU]** *NA servers will only support English. **EU servers will support English, French, and German; except on CBTs 1, 2, & 3. <a name="5">What type of pay model will Blade & Soul use?</a> Blade & Soul has been announced as a F2P (free-to-play) title for the West and will have no content limitations. They have also stated that the game will not be "pay-to-win". <a name="6">Will the Western clients be censored?</a> No. <a name="7">Where will the Western servers be located?</a> Blade & Soul's Western servers will be housed in the following location: North America: Dallas, Texas US
      Europe: Frankfurt, Germany.
      <a name="8">Will there be Oceanic/SEA servers?</a> There are currently no plans to support Oceanic/SEA servers. However, NCSOFT has stated that if the community shows enough interest they will reconsider. A petition has been created for NCSOFT to reconsider. <a name="9">Will my characters from the other regions be transferable to the Western versions?</a> No. Transferring accounts is not possible, but transferring the physical appearance of your character from other versions is possible through the profile screenshot function in Character Creation. <a name="10">Will the Western version be region blocked?</a> There are currently no plans for region blocking. <a name="11">What are the playable races?</a> Jin, Gon, Yun, Lyn. Click here for more information. <a name="12">Why did they change the name of the Kun race to Yun for the Western release?</a> In North America, the word "Kun" closely resembles a derogatory racial slur. <a name="13">What are the playable classes?</a> There are currently six confirmed playable classes for the Western versions. The "Warlock" class can be found in the KR, CN, JP and TW clients but have yet to be confirmed for the North American and European release.
      Assassin
      Blade Dancer
      Blade Master
      Destroyer
      Force Master
      Kung-Fu Master
      Summoner
      <a name="14">Are there race and class restrictions?</a> Yes. The playable races in Blade & Soul are indeed restricted to a select few classes. Below you'll find what you can play each race as. Jin: Assassin, Blade Master and Kung Fu Master
      Gon: Destroyer, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      Lyn: Blade Dancer, Force Master and Summoner
      Yun: Blade Master, Force Master and Kung Fu Master
      <a name="15">What will be the Western versions initial level cap?</a> The initial level cap on release will be 45. <a name="16">Will there be a vigor/fatigue system the the Western versions?</a> No. <a name="17">What systems will this game be released on?</a> Blade & Soul will be released for Windows PC. <a name="18">What are the required PC specs for Blade & Soul?</a> Below are the PC specs taken from Blade & Soul's Korean client. [Minimum Spec] CPU : Intel Dual core/AMD Athlon 64X2 or better RAM : 2G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8600GT/AMD Radeon HD4600 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (32bit / 64bit) DirectX : 9.0c [Recommended] CPU : Intel Quad core/AMD Phenom II X4 or better RAM : 4G or better VGA : nVidia Geforce 8800GTX / AMD Radeon HD4850 or better HDD : 15GB OS : Windows XP (Service pack 2), Vista, Win7 (64bit) DirectX : 9.0c <a name="19">I didn't catch one of Blade & Soul's Livestreams, what did I miss?</a> You can view all past broadcasts here. <a name="20">Will there be founder packs for the Western versions?</a> Yes, you can view their packages here. <a name="21">Will Blade & Soul be on Steam?</a> This has not yet been confirmed. <a name="22">Will Windows 10 be supported?</a> Yes. Updated: December 25th, 2015

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  1. First Impression

    That's a great idea. I'll definitely have to do that. My PC is pretty solid so I may be alright on the PC Performance side but that grind for endgame gear certainly knee caps all bright eyed and bushy tailed players. If nothing else, the game is free and the campaign is engaging enough that I won't feel like it's been a waste. Hopefully I can get into a clan (called them guilds above) and that will ease the pain of the end game grind. Thanks for taking the time to read my first impression of Blade and Soul.
  2. First Impression

    Thanks for the feedback. That's some solid information. I'm shocked someone took the time to read that, especially since I'm certain I put it in the wrong forum as well. :sweats:
  3. First Impression

    This is a game I've followed for a LONG time, which you can likely tell by how long I've been a member to these forums. I have FINALLY gotten around to playing Blade and Soul. If you stumbled into this because you're in an MMO slump and were wondering if this is worth playing, keep reading. The TL;DR version is that so far, I'd say yes. There's no reason not to play, it's fun, the community is still active, and it's free... what do you have to lose? You were going to just watch some Netflix or Crunchy Roll anyway, right? I get the game installed and go to dive into some Blade and Soul. Oops, I have a 2FA from back when I played WildStar. Now what... well I contacted costumer support and then decided to head to bed for the night. When I woke up they had already answered my ticket and taken care of it. I thought that surely that can't be all. To my surprise I came home from work and was able to log right in and actually play the game. I can't praise NCSOFT enough for this. Customer support like that will keep me playing their games. Character creation; I decided that a Blade Dancer looked like a good time. Wasn't thrilled about being class locked as a Lyn, I've never really liked the Loli style characters but I have to say, this little guy has really grown on me. I made him as tall as he could be and then went into the details. This is a good character creator and as someone who spends literally hours creating a character I could tell that BnS had set the bar for some of the newer MMOs I've played (looking at you BDO). Story thus far; This game does not get the credit it deserves. All I had read was how this was a PvP centric game... and that there were P2W aspects and blah blah blah... eastern MMO P2W! Honestly, the intro to the game was really immersive. Fully voice acted, gave me a full understanding of who I was in the story, later introduced me to the villains, and gave me a purpose to actually play. This is personal preference, I know some people love an open sandbox game but I like having a story drive me through the questing grind. So far everything along the main quest line has been voice acted. Some certainly better than others but still, I appreciate that level of effort. Combat and Game Play; At first I wasn't that impressed with the combat, however, that's why I always play a game for at least 5-8 hours. The first thing that bothered me... this was an action combat game but I didn't see where my active dodge skills were? Hey, I want to dodge and dart back in and jump around and be a bad ass... where is that? Turns out that's what "STRAFE" is in the key binds. I think the default was "Q" and "E". OHHHHH... well that was not obvious to me. I honestly didn't figure this out until I was a good 4 hours into the game but it made a big difference, especially once enemies start ganging up on you and you can actually die. I've got a few more skills now as well so the combos are beginning to become fun and the combat is starting to be engaging. Some people may not like that you don't recover HP very quickly when out of combat but I gotta say, that aspect of the game really makes you focus on your combat ability. You miss click, run out of focus and it will actually punish you over time as you're running around with a 1/4 HP. All that said, the combat is legitimately fun and while I would say BDO feels a little more polished to me, I can say the combat in this game is very fun. BDO may have just been more intuitive for me as well. Questing; As I mentioned about the story has been pretty good. I know why I'm in this world and what my purpose is. While this game doesn't have the big glowing trail leading you to every objective the way the map works is very intuitive and I've never once felt lost or that I didn't know what I was supposed to do next. The biggest draw back to this type of MMO is that making alts can be a bit of a bore since you've already experienced all of this already. However, if it's your alt and there isn't any new story to latch onto, it's really easy to just blow through the voice acting and reading and get leveled up. The drop rates on items seems to be fair. Have like 4 or 5 outfits so far and I got a cool sword early on that I've "evolved". I'm a big fan of vanity stuff and I love the outfits in this game and I always appreciate when weapons actually have different skins. The tutorials are given to you as you play through the game and are simple to follow, like when I finally was taught about evading. Free to Play; Some games can be a bit limiting to the F2P audience... such as SWTOR. Thus far I haven't felt limited by the F2P model. I was happy to see that I could create any class using all of the available races. I checked out the cash shop and noticed that as a premium member you get a discount which is a great idea. I didn't look in great detail but from what I saw it didn't appear there were any P2W type items. Looked more Pay to Progress to me which I've never had a problem with. Some people have time to play a game, some people have money and can't spend the time. Shouldn't be a big deal but I'm sure the community can correct me here if I'm wrong. Community; Hey, speaking of community... so if you're reading this then you know the community is actually pretty active. The few questions I typed into chat were actually answered in a friendly manner. I remember when I went back to GW2 recently with my 4 max level characters and I asked, "I haven't played in about a year, what should be my focus to progress?" The answers I got were, "Uninstall" and "Give me 10 gold". So yeah... this community was much more helpful. I also noticed that there are guilds STILL recruiting players as of this month. So that gives me hope that when I hit max level maybe I'll have a group to do some end game content with, that's always a huge plus for me. MMOs are meant to be played with other people. While the story is delivered well and you can play through it as a solo player, eventually you'll want to do the big fun stuff at the end. That requires a party... and a good party (or guild) will keep you playing a game longer than anything in the actual game itself. Gripes; A dumpling would cost me my entire life savings in this game. A SINGLE Dumpling. Either those things are overpriced or it just takes a long time to make money in this game. That feels really broken to me right now. Maybe it gets better? There are some things that are not very well explained but the community is cool enough that they'll help you out or you'll figure it out if you keep clicking around. It's an MMO, if you've played one before then you'll get the hang of it. Finally the cash shop items are too expensive. I've never understood this. An outfit will run you anywhere from $10-$20 U.S. I have played League of Legends since before people knew what the hell that game was. I've probably spent nearly $1000 on that game in the last 5 or 6 years... you know why? Because at $2-$5 a pop, it's not that bad. I love spending money in games to support the devs and publishers. However $20 for a single outfit is a bit hard to chew for many of us. Just sayin'. Final Thoughts; This is a good game. I would put this over Tera, Neverwinter, SWTOR, a multitude of other F2P MMOs, AND Black Desert Online. Yep, I said that. I plan to max a character and see what end game is like. Hopefully I can make more in game money or those dumplings come down in price. So if you see a blade dancer named Finn Faolan running around on the Poharan server give me a wave.
  4. Guild Wars 2

    Thanks for that advice Garzel. I can't remember what level my Mesmer is right now because it's been THAT long since I've played. I didn't have any problems solo'ing anything with my warrior so maybe I'd enjoy Guardian. Plus every group seems to enjoy having a guardian in their dungeon party.
  5. Guild Wars 2

    Sheesh, I haven't played GW2 since Christmas... been so busy. My wife and daughter both have January birthdays and then I got a new WACOM tablet and have been trying to get back into drawing. What server are you guys on again? I think I need to start another character that may hold my interest better. My Mesmer just didn't do it for me. Thief is likely what I'll go with next. Everyone seems to enjoy that class.
  6. Guild Wars 2

    Awake, I don't think anyone considers that the typical "grind" that makes us all cringe. I'd agree with you that there's nothing wrong with adding content to play through by which the you ultimately get more rewards. GW2 did one thing very well in my opinion. They rewarded you for continuing forward and I think for me, that eliminated that "grind" feel that I get in so many other MMOs. You are encouraged to explore and keep moving into new areas rather than constantly running back and forth between two areas or quest givers. New dungeon, new area and new PvP map coming this weekend. Halloween events in October, Lost Shores in November and it looks like more content coming in December... they've had some cool events that people can play through for unique gear and such. That seems like a pretty solid effort to me, no?
  7. Guild Wars 2

    I agree with Vile on this one. I'm enjoying the steady play to get dungeon tokens. The grind for all of the Ori ore and junk like that doesn't really appeal to me. I mean, sure I'll save it up and EVENTUALLY I'll get to create or purchase something legendary but that grind mentality robs me of the enjoyment of just being in Tyria. It's the first MMO I've played where I didn't immediately jump into the PvP because the leveling and story became such a tedious grind. Next thing I knew my crafting was all maxed out and I was level 80. I never had that feeling of, "Ugh... just 10 more levels and then I can stop this..." All in all though, more content is necessary to keep the power players interested. At the same time the game is F2P so if you're bored for a bit, I'm willing to bet you still got your $60 worth and that objectively anyone would agree it was a great game. Ultimately as long as I can still enjoy the content without "HAVING" to grind for that gear, then I'll be happy.
  8. Guild Wars 2

    I guess I haven't hit that part yet. I'm still enjoying running dungeons for tokens and such.
  9. Guild Wars 2

    Seems to have worked for WoW... Sort of... I guess. Every Xpac is just more grinding.
  10. Guild Wars 2

    Sounds like you can't lose on this deal :smooth: Which server will you be jumping into? I already passed out my 3 demo invites as well. Shinaji, I love the sound of an Asura Guardian... I might have to do that too. I'm also not a big fan of the Charr, I don't really like the way the armor looks on them but I love my Norn Warrior.
  11. Guild Wars 2

    Figures, I finally put together my Epic armor and now they have Ascended... So you're a big fan of the Humans I see. I actually plan to use each race, I've even created all of the characters already. Though they may be subject to change. I have a Sylvari Thief, Asura Ele, Human (female) Guardian, Charr Ranger. I've leveled them a bit just to see how they play. I'm thinking I may switch the Ranger to my Human and make the Charr my Guardian. I don't like the way a lot of the armors look on Charr. I changed my build last night on my warrior and my survivability is quite amazing now. I was in a situation that I would have never lived through before. Was doing one of the Skill Challenges in Orr and there was a 2 Risen Vets as well. I thought for sure I was toast but as I continued I ended up beating the 3 then a couple of regular mobs spawned again and I was able to take them as well. It was very satisfying to know that coupled with my build, my evade and well timed shouts and etc. really made a difference. I still crit pretty often too so I haven't noticed a drop in damage output. I switched to a 20-0-0-30-20 build. So my shouts heal and I have Sweet Revenge from the discipline tree in case I should fall. I also use Wolf Form for Norn's because the number 2 ability has a ton of life steal so when I'm below 10K HP I jump into that and get back up to max. I'm curious about trying some cleric armor and seeing if that would hurt my damage output too much. Another build I was going to try was 20-0-20-30-0 which would give more HP regen based on adrenaline, but I wanted Sweet Revenge since it seemed more viable for solo'ing.
  12. Guild Wars 2

    Jade Quarry is currently ranked as the number 4 server in WvWvW in North America according to Arena Net. So It's a pretty active server. Last night I finished my Draconic Armor set. I transmuted the Helm, Shoulders and Gauntlets though. I'm also going to craft a lower level Barbaric set and transmute it with my AC Dungeon set that I'm currently working towards. If you jumped into Jade Quarry you'd be welcome to join my tiny guild, Sleepless Swords. I'm pretty active. Typically I play a minimum of 2 hours each evening and usually it's closer to 4 hours. Once the kids are in bed, Dad games it up :embarrassed: Glad you're enjoying your warrior. Which race's story line is that in? I've really enjoyed the story line for my Norn Warrior. My Warrior is my main, I went with a 0-30-20-0-20 build and I use a Great Sword and a Rifle right now. I find it necessary to evade out and do ranged damage in dungeons and it allows my health to regen. This build gives me pretty good health regen and 50% crit chance. I typically use shouts and signets. I haven't used banners yet. I was thinking of adjusting my build so that my Shouts heal but really don't want to sacrifice my crit chance. I'll have to experiment with it a bit more but the additional survivability would be great as I tend to draw a lot of aggro.
  13. Guild Wars 2

    Alright, I'll throw you a friend invite tonight and if you'd like I could toss you a guild invite as well? It's a VERY low key guild, no pressure, just have fun and play the game and be social as we try to grow a bit. I've only done 1 dungeon as well so you'll be in good company. I may not play much this evening as I'm supposed to practice League of Legends with my team for a local tourney next weekend. Other than that I pretty much just play GW2 and LoL. Which server are you on? I'm not familiar with "B2P" but I think the fact that there isn't a monthly sub has allowed me to enjoy the game a lot more. Instead of just rushing around and getting stuck in a "grind" I don't mind taking my time and really enjoying the environment. It's funny because as I was playing Tera I was also playing the GW2 beta and the art direction made me feel like I wasn't going to enjoy GW2. Now it's one of my favorite games with the slightly more "gritty/rough" art style while still keeping the world as a very breath taking place. I have really fallen in love with the style and now I'm trying to talk my wife into letting me build a new PC just so I can play it with the graphics maxed :embarrassed:
  14. Guild Wars 2

    What's up BnS Forum goers? Don't know why I haven't visited the forums in so long but I hit level 80 on my Warrior last week and remembered that I should see if anyone here is on my server and wanting to do some dungeons or PvP. I'm on the Jade Quarry server, if you are as well let me know and I will add you to my friends list or toss you an invite to my 2 man guild if you haven't found a guild yet. I've maxed out Armorsmithing and Weaponsmithing so I'd be happy to help out anyone here with some rare armors or weapons :big_smile: Now I am just looking to finish up my personal story and then enjoy the rest of what this great game has to offer. (Mostly I want to start collecting armors and weapons...) I've played a lot of MMO's and thus far this one has kept my interest the most. Not once did I start to feel burnt out during leveling... it was a very refreshing experience.
  15. Tera Online

    I purchased my copy of GW2 back in April. With it being F2P I figured there was no reason I couldn't play both games. They are also very different games so it won't feel like you're just grinding away doing the same thing. I still find Tera to be more fun than GW2 for general game play and graphic presentation. But if you're wanting a PvP experience then GW2 can scratch that itch.