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By Pantafernando 2017-05-12 18:27:37
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Announcing the Return of the FINAL FANTASY XI 14-day Free Trial! (05/12/2017)



We're pleased to announce the return of the FINAL FANTASY XI 14-day Free Trial! The free trial level cap has also been increased to level 50 to give potential adventurers a better chance to explore Vana'diel! Now is the perfect time to invite friends to join you on your journey!

View the Free Trial.
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By Pantafernando 2017-05-18 17:34:39
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FINAL FANTASY XI 15th Vana’Versary Logo

Feast your eyes on the 15th Vana’versary logo, available in various sizes: a mandragora with a suave hairdo!

Choose a size that best suits your needs and feel free to use it on your blog, website, or anywhere else you like by copying the script below!
* Those who have used previous anniversary logo scripts will have their logo automatically updated to the new one.



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By Pantafernando 2017-05-18 17:34:42
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Celebrating 15 Years of FINAL FANTASY XI! (05/16/2017)



Well met, adventurers!

Today we celebrate 15th years since FINAL FANTASY XI first opened its doors. When I think of what fifteen years mean, I picture watching your newborn child getting their learners' permit. Like all long paths, there have been a few bumps along the way, but we have been able to continue for the past decade and a half thanks to your steadfast support and dedicated. Words are not enough to express my gratitude.

Fifteen years.
I hope that the time you have spent in Vana'diel has been filled with wonderful experiences and memories. We're working harder than ever to continue to provide fresh experiences so that all adventurers will be able to enjoy even more exciting times into the future.

This post is accompanied by other announcements of various events and campaigns starting on Tuesday, May 16.

In the 15th Anniversary The One I Can Trust Campaign, we're trying our hands at something the likes of which you've never seen; as part of this event, we'll be asking you to decide upon a new alter ego that you'd like to bring with you on your adventures throughout Vana'diel. I've always been partial to Aphmau, so I plan on spending the year with her by my side.

The My Little Shadow Lord Campaign lets adventurers get their hands on a replica of the Shadow Lord to "watch over" their mog house?a perfect opportunity for the beastmen lovers among you!

We're also holding the Return Home to Vana'diel and Discount Campaigns this year. If any of your friends are curious as to what Vana'diel looks like in 2017, now's the perfect time to bring them back! Memories are all the sweeter when you have friends to share them with!

We've also got more stuff prepared, such as the stylish Onion Sword II for go-getters, available in the 15th Vana'versary Mog Bonanza, and the 15th Anniversary Quiz for the Ages special event.

But the events don't stop there. We're also preparing 15th anniversary Records of Eminence objectives and Vana'diel Day events, the details of which will be made available on the official forums in just a few short days. We're planning on going back to basics, and discussions in meetings about these events have often centered on nostalgia for the original release of FINAL FANTASY XI.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the FINAL FANTASY series. We can't let so momentous an occasion pass us by, so we've also prepared some equipment that fans of the series will surely recognize. There are a variety of ways of getting your hands on them, and we hope you find one that best suits your needs.

At risk of letting my message to you all get to long, let me finally express my satisfaction at the amount of content we've been able to bring you. The development team shrunk in the last year, and although we were aware that we wouldn't be able to make any major content additions, we were able to implement both Ambuscade and Omen, and, if I may be so bold, we are very proud of the work we have done. In this, the 15th year of FINAL FANTASY XI, we remain ever committed bringing you a variety of battle content and more within the coming twelve months.

The development and operations team will continue to work as hard as ever so that those new to Vana'diel can experience all that has to offer and that veterans will be able to enjoy each new day of adventures more than the last. Here's to fifteen years of Vana'diel, and to fifteen more!

Akihiko Matsui
Producer, FINAL FANTASY XI
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By Pantafernando 2017-05-18 17:42:32
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My Little Shadow Lord (05/16/2017)



Adorn your Mog House with Shadow Lord statues!

During the campaign period, players will have a chance to obtain three types of Shadow Lord statues when completing the Rank 5 mission. In addition, synergizing the three statues together will yield a Beastman Gonfalon. Now you can show your dark side by decorating your Mog House like it was controlled by the Shadow Lord and beastmen!

Campaign Period

From Tuesday, May 16 at 1:00 a.m. (PDT) to Friday, June 16 at 1:00 a.m.

Rewards

By completing the Rank 5 mission, players have a chance at obtaining one of the following items. Please note that the rate in which you can obtain these items will not differ depending on the level of difficulty.

- Shadow Lord Statue


- Shadow Lord Statue II


- Shadow Lord Statue III


Synergizing the above items together will yield a Beastman Gonfalon.
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By Pantafernando 2017-05-18 17:45:29
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Presenting "The One I Can Trust" Campaign! (05/16/2017)



The Jeuno Institute of Magical Studies is conducting a survey amongst the adventuring community to find their next cipher target. Respond to their survey and perhaps the one you dream of adventuring alongside may become a reality!

However, the Institute notes that the alter ego will vanish once this special occasion ends. Try and make your wish come true while you can!

Please make sure you read and agree to the rules before submitting an entry.
By submitting an entry, you agree to the following terms.

Since there is no PII being collected through this survey we can remove this limitation.

--Entry Rules-------------------------

Entry Requirement

- You have a playable character in FINAL FANTASY XI.
- You agree to the entry rules below.

Entry Period

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. (PDT)

Alter Ego Selection

- Any FINAL FANTASY XI NPC that hasn't been made into an alter ego as of Tuesday, May 16, 2017 is eligible.
- The selected alter ego will be displayed as they appear in Vana'diel.
- You can also suggest two Sphere effects. The winning alter ego will not use auto attacks, magic, abilities, or weapon skills.
For example: The alter ego Sakura has a sphere effect that grants Regen and also increases physical combat skill up rate.
If a Sphere effect from an existing alter ego is assigned then the effect will not stack.
The development and operation teams will set the final Sphere effect values.

Selection

The FINAL FANTASY XI development and operation teams will select the winning alter ego and Sphere effects. The winning alter ego is scheduled to be implemented in the September version update.

Alter Ego Availability

From the September 2017 version update to the May 2018 version update.
* Alter ego availability period may be subject to change.

Prize

The winning NPC will be implemented into FINAL FANTASY XI as an alter ego.

How to Submit an Entry

Please fill out the entry form with the following required information.
- Character Name
- World Name
- NPC you would like to see as an alter ego
* When entering the NPC's name, please remove any special characters, hyphens, spaces, and apostrophes.
Examples:
 Iron Eater: IronEater
 Yoran-Oran: YoranOran
- Two Sphere effect suggestions
* Please select from the attributes that are available as of May 16, 2017. Please use the exact official language used in the help text for the item, magic effect, or job traits. Also, please do not include any additional information such as effect values.
Examples:
 "Treasure Hunter"+ will be accepted, but TH+ will not
 "Magic Damage" will be accepted, but "Damage increase for magic spells" will not
 "Magic Burst II damage +" will be accepted, but "Magic Burst II damage +4" will not
- One (1) entry per Square Enix account. If multiple entries are submitted, only the last entry submitted will be accepted.

--Submission Rules-------------------------

If an entry falls into any of the below categories, or otherwise violates these terms of Square Enix's other terms or policies, the entry will be disqualified.
- Entries containing obscenity, vulgarity, discrimination, or any other offensive subject matter
- Entries that infringe the intellectual property rights (including copyrights), privacy rights, or other rights of any third party
- Entries that are counter to public order and/or morals
- Submissions with content judged to be grossly deviant from the established theme
- Entries missing any of the required fields
- Square Enix reserves the right to judge whether or not material is appropriate

Content submitted with the survey will be treated as User-Generated Content in accordance with the Square Enix America Mobile and Online Terms of Service, Section 5(A), which can be found here (http://na.square-enix.com/termsofservice).

Entry Form
The entry form can be found here.
https://support.na.square-enix.com/spform.php?id=20&la=1&h=958e3e29&_ga=2.256404555.1105693293.1495147368-960631.1426331958
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By clearlyamule 2017-05-18 19:24:29
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Should be noted that with the above SL campaign it's odd mention of difficulty level isn't a typo. Well not completely they forgot to put it in but doing the htbf of SL also grants the statues
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By Pantafernando 2017-05-19 17:51:08
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Freshly Picked Vana'diel 33 Digest

Hi, there!

To coincide with the February version update, Producer Akihiko Matsui held another Freshly Picked Vana'diel to go over some of the new content and discuss other topics pertinent to adventuring. The following is a digest of what was discussed.

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Hello, everyone. Matsui here.

Thank you for tuning into Freshly Picked Vana’diel 33. This month, we had our broadcast once again the day before the version update, so we could focus on the May version update, as well as bunch of other information.

For those of you who were not able to catch the broadcast live, or just simply want a recap on all the information the archived video is available and I’ve organized this digest.

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Table of Contents

Version Update
Battle Content: Ambuscade
Escutcheons
15th Vana'versary


Version Update
(0:06:16)
This segment of the show focused on the major aspects of the May version update.

Battle Content: Ambuscade
(0:07:31)
Video showed live gameplay of Director Fujito challenging the Ambuscade Primer Volume Two. The new alter ego “Ark Angel TT” can be seen fighting alongside him, so be sure to check out the video.

This time players will go up against Pteraketos tribe. Their HP is higher, but there’s only one boss with no reinforcements. They’re easier to damage as well, so the key strategy this time would be to watch your enmity carefully while fighting. Also, we changed the effects of Angry Seas and other annoying enemy abilities so it is easier to fight.

(0:15:46)
In April, we brought the Gigas tribe back into Intense Ambuscade and the data showed that the win rate was much higher. This may have been because players were accustomed to this enemy. During the broadcast we asked the viewers which monsters they would like to fight against in future. The results showed many requests for the Shadow tribe; therefore, we’ll consider adding them moving forward.

Escutcheons
(0:22:02)
We added a new Escutcheon questline in the May version update. By completing this quest, players will be able to further upgrade their Escutcheons which includes an attribute that will shortens the synthesis motion speed. The “60” in the attribute “synthesis speed +60” refers to the number of frames, so this attribute will shorten the motion by 60 frames (about 1 second). We plan to further increase this value in the future. And of course, we’re planning to attach other attributes as well.

(0:26:21)
Additionally, we have implemented Superior 3 equipment as a new craftable item. In the video we showed the stats on some of the equipment, so be sure to check it out. These pieces have pretty strong stats. As for the key item required for the crafting, this can be earned through the Escutcheon quest.



15th Vana’versary!
(0:30:59)
This year we celebrate the 15-year anniversary for FINAL FANTASY XI. In this segment, we introduced various upcoming events to celebrate the 15-year anniversary.

The theme for this year’s anniversary is to “relive.” We plan to bring various events where veteran players can feel memories of “oh yeah, I forgot this happened before.” We would like those players to relive past moments to feel nostalgia while sharing their past experience with players that may have started recently.

*Please note that the event names are subject to change.

Let’s Go! Vana’diel Day!
(0:34:04)
Every fifteenth day of the month, something will happen within Vana’diel. We’re planning the first one to take place on Thursday, June 15. We hope this can be something that everyone logs into the game to enjoy. We’ll follow up on the details for this at a later day on the official website.

15th Vana’versary Record of Eminence
(0:39:13)
We’re planning a special Record of Eminence which celebrates the 15-year anniversary beginning in July. We’re preparing an objective where players will track footsteps of the adventurers who began their journey from the three nations. Difficulty will range from easy to some that may be a bit difficult, so please choose the one that best fits your play style. Players will collect some “parts” as a reward, and by collecting them you’ll be able to get a mount... for more details, please check out the video. There will also be special 15-year anniversary tickets for the Gobbie Mystery Box as part of the reward. We’re planning to put something good inside these boxes, so please look forward to it.

15th Vana’versary Event “Quiz of the Age”
(0:53:39)
This 15-year anniversary event will commence Tuesday, May 16. In this event players will be quizzed on the knowledge they have gained throughout their adventure. Players will be given crab-themed goods as rewards, so make sure to try it out.

15th Vana’versary Mog Bonanza
(0:57:32)
A special Mog Bonanza celebrating the 15-year anniversary will begin Tuesday, May 16. We have added items such as the Onion Sword II cosmetic item as a reward.

The One I Can Trust
(1:00:17)
We’re planning to introduce an alter ego which will journey alongside our adventurers during the 15-year anniversary. The alter ego which will be implemented will be decided by your vote and can be from any NPC which hasn't been implemented as an alter ego already. We’ll also ask the players what kind of stats the alter ego should have; however, this is a support-type alter ego, so we’ll be asking what type of Sphere effect you would like to see added. Implementation is scheduled further down the road. Details for this event will be announced at a later date through the official website.

May 2017 Login Campaign
(1:05:49)
This event is currently underway. Be sure to login and get the Firetongue cosmetic weapon. Until now we have alternated between equipment and mounts, but as part of the 15-year anniversary, we have also included a very special statue. Even if you miss out on this, you’re able to re-obtain them later, so please don’t worry and play at your own pace.

Previous FINAL FANTASY Equipment
(1:08:29)
In this event we plan to introduce famous weapons from previous FF titles for FINAL FANTASY XI. We’ll go over the details at a later time, so stay tuned!

Dengeki PlayStation – Lightning Brigade Celebrates the 15 Year Anniversary
(1:11:57)
A special article is being added to the Dengeki PlayStation for three months. In the article you can read up on the Lightning Brigade challenging themselves to see how far they can go in 15 hours from character creation.

Famitsu 15 Year Celebration 16 Page Coverage!
(1:14:46)
The latest edition of Famitsu covers a special 16 page article of FINAL FANTASY XI. Various articles are covered, and one includes an interview with the voice actor Yuichi Nakamura, who used to play FINAL FANTASY XI a lot.

Niconico Live “Let’s All Celebrate FFXI’s 15 Year Celebration [Famitsu]”
(1:16:30)
A special broadcast is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. (JST) on the Famitsu channel celebrating the 15-year anniversary. We invite voice actors Yuichi Nakamura, Emiri Kato, and Yu Asakawa to the show, so be sure to check it out.

Return Home to Vana’diel Campaign and Discount Campaign
The Return Home to Vana’diel Campaign and Discount Campaign will begin Tuesday, May 16. Experience the world of Vana'diel with a variety of new content that has been added throughout the fifteen years of development, along with many system which may come to a surprise for our previous players. We would love to see you return back and try the game out in this special 15-year anniversary.

Mog House Decoration Contest
(1:18:36)
The Mog House has been expanded with the introduction of the 2nd floor/patio so we would like to hold a Mog House decoration contest with this additional area. The Community team has requested that we add a new furnishing item as a reward for the contest, so we’ll try our best to make this possible. We’re planning to hold this event sometime in winter.

Future Updates
(1:23:48)
As mentioned previously, the development team has been reduced, and for this reason we aren’t able to make and systematic changes that would affect the foundation of our system. For this reason, we would like to respond back to our players letting them know that we aren’t able to make those changes and give suggestions on how we may be able to fulfill the request by taking a different approach. We would like to continue to maintain our relationship with the players through forums and such and update you all moving forward.

That being said, this is the 15-year anniversary, so the development team would like to deliver new types of content in which players can enjoy playing as much as possible, so we’re currently preparing development for a new battle content. We’ll update you with further details as they become available.


The next Freshly Picked Vana’diel is scheduled in July. We’ll do our best to bring fresh information worthy of the 15-year anniversary, and we thank you for your support!

Until then, see you!
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By Bismarck.Dekusutaa 2017-05-19 23:09:56
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He keeps emphasizing the cut in dev staff. I worry the next announcement is going to be they are ceasing updates on a regular basis.

Did he talk about any roadmaps at all? Since he sort of dodged that question in last year's AMA.
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By Bahamut.Vinedrius 2017-05-20 03:31:29
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Was anyone able to get statue II from the merit BC? Either SL hates me or they forgot to add that one.
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By Asura.Xijaah 2017-05-20 05:50:55
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Bismarck.Dekusutaa said: »
He keeps emphasizing the cut in dev staff. I worry the next announcement is going to be they are ceasing updates on a regular basis.

Did he talk about any roadmaps at all? Since he sort of dodged that question in last year's AMA.
To be honest, they've been stressing it for roughly 2 years now, in every possible context and circumstance. Plus they said they will implement some sort of new battle content, which is actually more encouraging than what they got us used to.
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Bahamut.Vinedrius said: »
Was anyone able to get statue II from the merit BC? Either SL hates me or they forgot to add that one.
Yes but that character already had one so didn't actually get it
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By Ragnarok.Bepe 2017-05-20 09:08:57
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Well
Asura.Xijaah said: »
Bismarck.Dekusutaa said: »
He keeps emphasizing the cut in dev staff. I worry the next announcement is going to be they are ceasing updates on a regular basis.

Did he talk about any roadmaps at all? Since he sort of dodged that question in last year's AMA.
To be honest, they've been stressing it for roughly 2 years now, in every possible context and circumstance. Plus they said they will implement some sort of new battle content, which is actually more encouraging than what they got us used to.

Well we got omen recently and that was relatively successful I thought. So i wonder if this next content will be Omen part 2 with the relic gear.
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By Leviathan.Sidra 2017-05-20 09:10:15
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Asura.Xijaah said: »
Bismarck.Dekusutaa said: »
He keeps emphasizing the cut in dev staff. I worry the next announcement is going to be they are ceasing updates on a regular basis.

Did he talk about any roadmaps at all? Since he sort of dodged that question in last year's AMA.
To be honest, they've been stressing it for roughly 2 years now, in every possible context and circumstance. Plus they said they will implement some sort of new battle content, which is actually more encouraging than what they got us used to.

I think Omen caught all of us off guard. No one was expecting anything new like that, and while it's not earth shattering type stuff, it's fun engaging content with great rewards that wasn't there before. I have faith, at least for the next 1-2 years.
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By Justuas 2017-05-20 10:13:44
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Freshly Picked Vana'diel 33 Digest

Hi, there!

To coincide with the February version update, Producer Akihiko Matsui held another Freshly Picked Vana'diel to go over some of the new content and discuss other topics pertinent to adventuring. The following is a digest of what was discussed.
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By Asura.Syto 2017-05-26 08:57:27
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The next version update is scheduled for early June. (05/26/2017)



The June version update contains the monthly changes to Ambuscade and adjustments to certain weaponskills.

Also scheduled are quality of life improvements to the escutcheon questline based on user feedback.

Hmmmm.. MNK getting fixed???!! Or, is SMN nerfed?!?
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I am praying this is an adjustment to Scythe WS mods :D
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By Odin.Nappy 2017-05-26 09:00:13
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Asura.Syto said: »
The next version update is scheduled for early June. (05/26/2017)

The June version update contains the monthly changes to Ambuscade and adjustments to certain weaponskills.

Also scheduled are quality of life improvements to the escutcheon questline based on user feedback.

Anyone else thinking Reso Nerf?
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By Asura.Saevel 2017-05-26 09:25:55
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Odin.Nappy said: »
Asura.Syto said: »
The next version update is scheduled for early June. (05/26/2017)

The June version update contains the monthly changes to Ambuscade and adjustments to certain weaponskills.

Also scheduled are quality of life improvements to the escutcheon questline based on user feedback.

Anyone else thinking Reso Nerf?

Huh why would they?

It looks like H2H might finally get fixed to be like the rest of the WS categories.
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By Fenrir.Richybear 2017-05-26 09:46:39
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Come on SE, bring back Fast Blade to top-tier
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By Asura.Xijaah 2017-05-26 10:46:30
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Asura.Syto said: »
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The next version update is scheduled for early June. (05/26/2017)



The June version update contains the monthly changes to Ambuscade and adjustments to certain weaponskills.

Also scheduled are quality of life improvements to the escutcheon questline based on user feedback.

Hmmmm.. MNK getting fixed???!! Or, is SMN nerfed?!?
Garland too op
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By Vijara 2017-05-26 11:18:08
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Asura.Saevel said: »
It looks like H2H might finally get fixed to be like the rest of the WS categories.

Please let this happen.
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By eliroo 2017-05-26 12:57:36
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Shattersoul - FTP Transfers across all hits.
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By Blazed1979 2017-05-26 13:27:03
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Asura.Frod said: »
Asura.Syto said: »
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The next version update is scheduled for early June. (05/26/2017)



The June version update contains the monthly changes to Ambuscade and adjustments to certain weaponskills.

Also scheduled are quality of life improvements to the escutcheon questline based on user feedback.


Conclusion: GA Break WS's will now last 10 seconds longer and Tachi:Koki will boost TH.
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By Siren.Kyte 2017-05-26 13:31:34
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They actually did acknowledge Ageha's magic accuracy problem recently, so that (Breaks/Ageha) could very well be it.
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