En Masse is the new home of ex-Aion producer

Mistery of the missing ex Aion producer, Brian Knox, has been resolved. The man has moved to a new Seattle company called “En Masse” that is going to be the Western publisher and “localizer” (look, I just made up a word) of Korean and other Eastern games. Its staff are alumnis of Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft Corp., Electronic Arts Inc., ArenaNet and NCsoft. Their first game will be Bluehole’s TERA. You can read all about it at Rock, Paper, Shotgun along with an interview with ex aion_xaen.

Social fail weekend aka double xp

Apparently, there’s an overwhelmingly positive response of the Aion community to the double XP weekends because NCSoft is introducing another one of these, mere two weeks after the last one. Aion Life’s scientific team sat down to determine why the community likes double XP weekends so much. The image above is the result of their 2 month research that cost hundreds of millions. You guys check out when double XP weekend starts on your server below, while we feed our science team to the alligators.

NA East Coast Servers—Starts at 8:00 p.m. EST

Azphel
Israphel
Lumiel
Marchutan
Meslamtaeda
Triniel
Zikel

NA West Coast Servers—Starts at 8:00 p.m. PST

Ariel
Fregion
Kaisinel
Siel
Vaizel
Yustiel

NA Oceanic Server—Starts at 8:00 p.m. AEST

Nezekan

European Servers —Starts on Friday, February 26th, at 7:00 p.m GMT

February Community Address

Aion’s newly appointed producer addressed the community today with a monthly update of where the game is at the moment and what their plans are for the future. Chris himself admits that:

… at times you may feel like you’re wringing water out of a rock in regard to getting information from us, but we want to be cautious with telling you the correct information to not mislead the community. We are in constant communication with our development and production staff, and we really want to share with you more information on a regular basis, but due to scheduled release timing, localization efforts and Western development schedules, we aren’t always able to share what we’d really like to.

The following list of things to come is confirmed for sure in this address:

  • The first bigger game update will be coming in Q2 this year
  • more content at lower levels
  • increased rewards for quests
  • improved drop rates
  • server transfers are coming (as a paid service at least)

You can read the full letter to the community on the official site.

Aion Fire Temple Guide

When you hit level 30 Fire Temple will become an important instance for you. You can access it very often – a lockdown is 30 minutes from the moment you enter the instance, you have a very good chance to get your first gold loot and it’s a really good way to get XP.

Fire Temple Quests

The Fire Temple can be accessed from Morheim for Asmos, and from Eltnen for Elyos. The instance is actually located in Morheim so the quests that will take you to the Fire Temple will be marked as [Spy/Group] for Elyos.

Kyola Temple Boss – Lichna the Cruel

Before you enter the Fire Temple Instance take a look if there is a Named Temptress Lichna the Cruel inside Kyola Temple. This boss has also a very nice loot – blue and green weapons level 30.


Level: 35
HP: 38838
Rating: 4 dot Elite
  Impish Greatsword 

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  Impish Jewel 

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  Impish Longbow 

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  Impish Staff 

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  Impish Sword 

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  Impish Tome 

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  Lichna’s Necklace 

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  Lichna’s Spear 

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  Lichna’s Warhammer 

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  Lichna’s Dagger 

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Where is The Fire Temple Entrance

The Fire Temple entrance is a door in the basement of Kyola Temple in Eltnen. When you enter Kyola Temple go through the door on the right side (just faster access). In the first room (Thorntail Skyray and Shadow Bloodwing mobs) go right again. At the other end of the second room (Inflamed Temptress and Chaotic Temptress mobs) you will see another door, go through that door and go all the way to the other end of the room where you will see the entrance portal to get in.

The Fire Temple Map

Lava Gatneri – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:35
HP:47735
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Flame Chain Boots 

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  Flame Gloves 

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  Flame Chain Gloves 

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  Flame Shoes 

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  Volcano Chain Pauldrons 

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Blue Crystal Molgat – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:34
HP:59988
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Flame Leather Shoes 

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  Flame Plate Boots 

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  Flame Leather Gloves 

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  Flame Gauntlets 

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  Volcano Polearm 

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  Demise Moonstone Earrings 

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  Volcano Gauntlets 

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  Volcano Leather Leggings 

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  Volcano Polearm 

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  Volcano Polearm 

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Silver Blade Rotan – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:36
HP:49966
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Rotan’s Ring 

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  Rotan’s Link 

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  Flame Tunic 

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  Flame Mail 

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  Ambush III 

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  Eye of Wrath I 

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  Lapis Fossil Lazuli Earrings 

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  Volcano Breastplate 

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  Volcano Chain Boots 

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  Volcano Gloves 

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  Volcano Leather Pauldrons 

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  Volcano Mail 

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  Volcano Plate Greaves 

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Broken Wing Kutisen – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:36
HP:66220
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Harfuia’s Earrings 

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  Kutisen’s Tears 

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  Flame Jerkin 

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  Flame Breastplate 

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Tough Sipus – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:35
HP:63263
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Sipus’s Shield 

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  Sipus’s Belt 

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  Sipus’s Sash 

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  Weaken Spirit I 

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  Volcano Chain Boots 

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  Volcano Leather Leggings 

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  Volcano Leather Shoes 

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  Volcano Plate Pauldrons 

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Black Smoke Asparn – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:35
HP:47735
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  White Flame Jewel 

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  Flame Plate Greaves 

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  Flame Leather Leggings 

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  Flame Leather Pauldrons 

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  Flame Plate Pauldrons 

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Flame Branch Flavi – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:34
HP:45264
Rating: 5 dot Elite
  Flame Chain Pauldrons 

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  Flame Pauldrons 

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  Flame Chain Greaves 

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  Leggings of Flame 

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  Demise Moonstone Ring 

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  Volcano Chain Helm 

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The Fire Temple Last Boss

The last boss has two forms Kromede the Corrupt and Vile Judge Kromede. Vile Judge Kromede is another version of the last Boss in Aion’s Fire Temple instance. This version has a slightly higher chance of dropping epic loot.

To get to the last boss, take the left path but be careful not to fall into the lava. You will not die but there is no way out. If you want to avoid unnecessary fights go left or right and kill the mobs, instead of fighting through the middle of the room. When you clean your path, you can easily pull Kromede a side without aggroing other mobs in the room.

Kromede has very nasty AoE attacks so healers and rangers should stay back as far as they can. She also summons suspicious objects that explode causing additional AoE damage. You have a few seconds to kill them before they explode. They are easy to kill, so it’s a perfect moment for Gladiator to use Seismic Wave skill chain. The rest is tank and spank.

Video of my wife (lvl 37 Gladiator) and I (lvl 35 Chanter) killing the last boss in Aion’s Fire Temple instance. We have managed to clear the instance up to the last boss all by ourselves. The endevour took about 2 hours and we were so happy that the boss dropped some good loot. The boss later on dropped a gold sword for the missus, so it was well worth the time (and the XP was great).

Kromede the Corrupt – The Fire Temple Last Boss


Level:37
HP:107322
Rating: 4 dot Elite
  Kromede’s Warhammer 

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  Kromede’s Serated Knife 

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  Kromede’s Greatsword 

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  Kromede’s Jewel 

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  Kromede’s Longbow 

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  Kromede’s Staff 

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  Kromede’s Spear 

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  Kromede’s Sword 

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  Kromede’s Tome 

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  Kromede’s Necklace 

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  Design: Expert Adamantium Dagger 

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  Design: Fancy Garnet Earrings 

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  Recipe: Monitor Aether Dumpling 

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  Recipe: Tipolid Aether Bulgogi 

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  Flame Headband 

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  Flame Chain Helm 

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  Flame Helm 

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  Flame Hat 

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  Provoking Roar III 

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  Absorb Vitality IV 

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  Barrens Greatsword 

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  Barrens Headband 

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  Barrens Helm 

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  Barrens Leggings 

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  Barrens Shoes 

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  Barrens Spellbook 

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  Barrens Staff 

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  Fossil Garnet Ring 

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  Fossil Leather Belt 

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Vile Judge Kromede – The Fire Temple Boss


Level:37
HP:214644
Rating: 4 dot Elite
  Kromede’s Staff 

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  Kromede’s Serated Knife 

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  Kromede’s Greatsword 

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  Kromede’s Jewel 

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  Kromede’s Longbow 

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  Kromede’s Spear 

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  Kromede’s Sword 

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  Kromede’s Tome 

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  Kromede’s Warhammer 

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  Kromede’s Necklace 

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  Absorb Vitality IV 

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  Severe Weakening Blow III 

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  Unwavering Devotion I 

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  Arrow Deluge IV 

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  Blinding Burst I 

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  Ignite Aether III 

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  Promise of Aether II 

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  Provoking Roar III 

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  Trap of Slowing I 

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  Wind Cut Down II 

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  Flame Chain Helm 

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  Flame Helm 

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1.9 patch notes revealed

European and North American office “super secret” meeting took place today and major v1.9 game improvements were announced.

  • New skills for every class (including new skills specifically for countering stun attacks)
  • Dozens of daily quests with different objectives and rewards
  • New quests, increased quest rewards, and increased instance drop rates
  • Dredgion enhancements
  • Max item enchantment increased to +15
  • An increase in experience gain (including a new experience bonus system: Energy of Salvation)
  • Soul Healing, Soul Binding, and Flight Transportation cost decreases
  • A mechanic that allows two two-handed weapons to be combined to create one more powerful two-handed weapon
  • Looking for group (LFG) functionality improvements
  • Numerous user interface improvements

In parallel, big press conference was held in Korea to announce these same changes and their release to Korean test servers. Full patch notes are over 20 pages long and will be released later this week. You can read the official announcement here.

20 pages long!