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  1. Seasonal Event | Festival of Witches

    We’re glad that you’re excited about the event! This year’s Festival of Witches works in a way where mini games will open up hourly, with some other quests and things to do in the meanwhile. I’d recommend continuing to explore about the event - perhaps starting your school quest, or checking the Bulletin Board NPC near the center of the event town to see what’s coming up next!
  2. TalonRO's newest haunted festival has landed! For centuries, each annual Festival of Witches has been hidden from the view of the living - and each year has always produced a clear winner between the two rival schools. But, for the first time in nearly three centuries following the dark era of Ragnarok, an unprecedented tie between the two schools emerged on Halloween night! In order to break the tie between their students, the witches have extended their festival for the first time and opened its magic to the residents of Midgard. Since the adventurers of Midgard are new, their fresh take on the ancient festival will surely yield a clear winner - and it will be up to you to fight for a side in the end in this year's Halloween celebration: the Festival of Witches! You're officially invited to this year's Festival of Witches! Long considered a hidden festival of the witching academies, the two most prestigious schools of the dark arts have found themselves bound into an ancient traditional festival and competition to see which school's pupils have gained true sight into the powers of the dead. The Necromancers and the Spirit Channelers, Niflheim's two most powerful practitioners of the dark arts, have used the time of Halloween to test their finely-honed mystic arts in friendly competition for bragging rights in their mastery of magic. The Festival of Witches This year's Halloween event - the Festival of Witches - is an all-new seasonal event now available to play For full details, visit our Official Events section of the forums and learn all about this year's Festival event! To begin gameplay right away, visit with the Halloween Warper NPC in Prontera to begin and be assigned to a school! We hope that you enjoy this year’s Festival of Witches - running now and ending on November 23rd at 6:00pm Midgard (server) time. We're also happy to take this opportunity to include a few more gameplay changes! As always, we're dedicated to keeping TalonRO fresh with the latest updates and changes - and we're always delighted to take every chance to do just that! Our latest gameplay changes are designed to address essential needs to make your gaming experience on TalonRO the best that it can be! Read below for our latest gameplay changes: Gameplay Changes Restrictions on new costumes being available in the Dressing Coach has been removed. This restriction lift may however change as deemed necessary - thank you for your understanding! The GMC Saen MVP has received slight edits to its skill base. Our latest bug fixes are also part of our ongoing effort to ensure that TalonRO runs smoothly, and that your experience is running at full capacity! TalonRO always takes the opportunity with our monthly updates to address any lingering issues through player-based bug reports or those brought to our attention - all with the hope of making your gaming time great. Read below for this month's latest bug fixes: Bug Fixes Fixed the Gryphon Hat's casting rate of Lightning Loader to its proper described rate. We hope that you enjoy the Festival of Witches event - going on now through November 23rd, ending at 6:00pm Midgard (server) time - and, as always, happy gaming from all of us on TalonRO! It is our great pleasure and privilege to proudly feature artwork from the TalonRO community as part of our monthly patch update series! Artwork featured in this month's update includes work from PhantomPuppeteer, Orchestra, Yoshimi, Elza, Antei Kun, Marly, and GM Spica!
  3. You're officially invited to this year's Festival of Witches! Long considered a hidden festival of the witching academies, the two most prestigious schools of the dark arts have found themselves bound into an ancient traditional festival and competition to see which school's pupils have gained true sight into the powers of the dead. The Necromancers and the Spirit Channelers, Niflheim's two most powerful practitioners of the dark arts, have used the time of Halloween to test their finely-honed mystic arts in friendly competition for bragging rights in their mastery of magic. For centuries, each annual Festival of Witches has been hidden from the view of the living - and each year has always produced a clear winner between the two rival schools. But, for the first time in nearly three centuries following the dark era of Ragnarok, an unprecedented tie between the two schools emerged on Halloween night! The President of the Academies, Miriette, summoned each of the headmasters of the two rival school to meet in emergency session to determine how to break the tie between their students - and with it, a solution: for the first time, the witches have extended their festival and opened its magic to the residents of Midgard. Since the adventurers of Midgard are new, their fresh take on the ancient festival will surely yield a clear winner - and it will be up to you to fight for a side in the end in this year's Halloween celebration: the Festival of Witches! Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Festival of Witches presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic holiday adventure, this year's Festival of Witches presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes! The Festival of Witches is, at its heart, a competition: the two most prestigious schools of witches have found themselves in a tie during this year's Halloween rivalry. As such, the invitation to the Festival of Witches requires you to first be assigned to a school affiliation. The prestigious school of Necromancers channel dark spirits, and as such wield power and might to command the dead to carry out their will. Spirit Channelers communicate with the forces of light and balance their energies to invoke the power of the spiritual plane. Far from being good vs. evil - each school of witchcraft uses their magic for powerful ends, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the two schools to assist them in settling their unprecedented tie! School Affiliation Begin this year's Festival of Witches in the Academy Ground, dressed up to be a replica of Niflheim! Speak with the Halloween Warper in Prontera to enter! From there, she will assign you to one of the two rival schools of Witchcraft in Niflheim: The Spirit Channelers, led by Headmaster Azviar. The Necromancers, led by Headmaster Bryjar. Once in the Festival area, explore the festival of witches while supporting your assigned school team: The Spirit Channelers school - witches who use the forces of light to wield an array of spirit energies. The Necromancers school - witches who harness the mystic dark arts to command powerful magic. Note that your school assignment is chosen at random, and will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Festival of Witches, we recommend consolidating your individual participation to one character - so you can maximize your earned points and prizes most effectively! Note as well that the Festival does not take place within the Warp Girl accessible map of Niflheim, but within a special, magically-protected transformed version of the Witching Academy which keeps the monsters out of the Festival! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Halloween Warper in Prontera. In order to determine which of the schools reign supreme among the Witches of Niflheim, a series of magical and skill-based competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each faction to compete broomstick-to-broomstick as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your alliance-mates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer school-specific progression quest to continue to earn points or tickets for you and your team! Activities rotate every hour during the Festival of Witches - and can include everything from Festival-wide events involving both schools, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort! The headmasters of each school are eager to put the schools through a variety of challenges and paces - requiring you to be ready for anything which comes at you! So suit up, gear up, and gather your friends together as you embark on competitions, quests, and challenges for points, tickets, and prizes! Competition Times & Matches The Festival of Witches revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents School Quests & Specialty Adventures The Hourly Festival minigames rotate every hour, and may come from one of the following general types of minigames: Town-wide minigames. These games involve the participation of players across all of the Festival map. Great timed events include the return of favorites such as Simon Says, Simon Sequence, and Poring Seek. You'll encounter these games one at a time - and once the time is up, game progress will finish and team + individual points will be tallied! You'll also have a chance here to earn individual prize tickets as well. Limited capacity minigames. The Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine represent offerings of minigames where participation in the hour is limited to those who are able to sign up first! Rounds have been expanded in terms of capacity and speed to accommodate a significant number of players, but participation will be limited! For those players who aren't able to make the hourly deadline and capacity for a given event, there are other great options available through the School Quest or other activities in the Festival of Witches. Hunting minigames. No Festival of Witches would be complete without having an opportunity to put your magical (or other!) skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - either in Vanilla or Unrestricted mode, which is revealed when the hourly hunting map opens up. However, the Witches love to trick one another, and in an unusual display of events - the President of the Witching Academies, Miriette, has decided to allow killstealing to take place only within this event (and reminds you that TalonRO's rules of killstealing still apply back in the mortal world!). Be careful to watch out for those MVPs, too! A few will spawn during the minigame, but killing them will be well worth the points! Gather up as many goodies and points as you can in this special area. All monsters will die when the hour time is up, and the team which accrued the most kills within the hour will win additional points! MVP defense minigames. Being masters of Spirit Channeling and Necromancy, the witches have called upon their most fiendish friends to assist in another special type of hourly minigame, the MVP defense! When this event begins, one team will be responsible for keeping their Dark Sorcerer MVP alive as long as possible, while the opposite team will be on the offensive - trying to find and kill the other team's Dark Sorcerer! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your school's MVP is alive will earn points along with spawned Treasure Chests! If you can find and break those chests open for your team, you'll earn individual points for your team plus an opportunity to earn yourself some wonderful Festival Tickets! Meanwhile, the team on the offensive should focus on finding and killing the other team's MVP (and steer clear of cracking open treasure chests - as that will cause your team to lose points!). If the offensive team successfully kills the MVP that hour, the roles will switch and the Dark Sorcerer will appear for the winning team, switching them from offense and now into defense! Each defensive team earns points through two methods: keeping your MVP alive, and finding/opening Treasure Chests. The offensive team will want to kill the other team's MVP as fast as possible so they can be in defensive mode and thus start earning points! Individual Microevents. A great way to pass the time in between hourly games! Play Blackjack in the Festival grounds, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Festival of Witches - and what other surprises and scares might lurk between the two rival schools! School Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a school team, you'll have the option to embark upon a school-specific quest series. Each respective school Headmaster - Azviar or Bryjar - will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn individual and team points for your school! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to continue earning points in the Festival, as well as advance your school's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, depending on how Miriette decides the Festival is (or isn't!) solving the tie situation between the two rival schools. Miriette may decide to call upon an old and trusted friend in the Witching World - Kirkena - to offer her wise guidance as to the nature of the Festival of Witches for mortal participants, and to help players navigate a mysterious Labyrinth which seems to be the source of a particularly foul brand of evil magic... Points and Tickets are how the Festival keeps track of performance. In order to settle the score between each of the two rival schools, the work of each school alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Festival of Witches to see which school reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and School Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival schools for team awards, while Festival Tickets reward you for individual contribution and can be applied toward prizes. For example, monsters during the Hunting Minigames may drop Festival Tickets as items, but the team member who kills the monster will be credited with the school points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if the danger involves bigger matters than the rival Festival of Witches! School Points contribute toward determining which of the two schools will win the Festival of Witches this year. Every point may be awarded to either an individual player on a team while in the midst of an event, or distributed to the entire team when an event is won at the end of the allotted hour. In order to keep the fires of competition stoked magically hot, Miriette will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Festival, when the winning school will be announced! The two Headmasters have also agreed to award special honorary Witching Degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid mortals who have helped to settle this year's tie. Individual prizes will be handed out to winners of various minigames who have demonstrated that their skills are on par with the best-in-class Witches of either school! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Festival of Witches will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize! Festival Tickets, as mentioned earlier, can be accumulated and traded in for a wide array of wonderful prizes this year! Only one type of ticket - the Festival Ticket - exists in the Festival, and this will be the ticket you'll want to collect! Earn these tickets throughout multiple events in the Festival, and trade them at the Festival to earn a variety of wonderful and magical prizes from the Witches as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secrets of the dark arts will you learn from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out! Point Leaders for Individual, Games, and Schools The Festival of Witches features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets. Points are used to determine which school will win in this year's Festival of Witches. At the end of the Festival, the school with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that school will receive a special team prize! Players can earn points on behalf of their team by participating in any of the hourly rotating minigames. Points can be earned either based on individual performance during a minigame (e.g.: killing a monster during the Hunting Minigame), or when a team wins an entire game at the end of an hour by earning the most points (e.g.: the team with the best defense time in MVP Defense). Performing well in each of the minigames will earn you points - so the more you participate, the more likely it is that you'll earn more points! Every point award will be mentioned to either the player receiving the points, or to the entire team / map when points are not player-specific, such as winning a town-wide minigame. Overall point scores for each school will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning school will be announced at the end Festival of Witches to keep the suspense running high! Special Witching Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Festival of Witches as well, in addition to a winning school. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Festival of Witches using a single character of your choice, as points are not tallied across all characters in your master account. Overall, thirteen (13) players will win for top performance in each of the following categories: The top-three (3) Town-Wide minigame / Limited Capacity minigame winners by accumulated points. Performance will be based on the number of points accumulated on your character for: Simon Says, Simon Sequence, Poring Seek, Halloween Challenge, Zombie Run, and Devil's Claw Machine. Points accumulated through Blackjack will NOT count toward this individual performance total. The top-three (3) Hunting minigame killers by accumulated points: Performance is based on the number of monsters killed during this minigame, with MVPs counting for substantially more points. This score is cumulative across both Vanilla and Unrestricted modes, so both Headmasters highly recommend playing in both versions to earn the maximum amount of points in this category! The top-three (3) MVP Defense Treasure Chest breakers by the number of chests opened during the minigame. Performance is based on the number of Treasure Chests opened while you are playing on defense (remember that opening Treasure Chests while on offense will cause you to *lose* points!). Keeping the MVP alive while on defense will contribute points toward your school score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the Witching Degree awards. The single fastest party of four (4) in the Labyrinth when this minigame is made available. Be on the lookout for the Labyrinth minigame during the Festival of Witches. You'll be able to form parties of four (4) players for this minigame. The party of four (4) with the fastest completion time in the Labyrinth will win a Witches Degree Award this year as well! Overall, the winning school will be decided by Mirielle, the President of the Witching Academies, as a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The school with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The school who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The school whose members have the most individual Witches Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!) Finally, Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Festival of Witches prizes. You can earn these tickets through a variety of methods in each of the minigames or microevents, or in the Labyrinth event. These tickets are character-bound, and there is only one type of ticket available this year: the Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with the Halloween Prizes NPC in the Niflheim Festival map, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below! Competition games are the essence of the Festival of Witches! The two schools of Spirit Channeling and Necromancy are ready to solve their rivalry in a series of magical showdowns designed to celebrate the essence of the Festival, but to also make it clear and decisive who among them are the most powerful Witches in Niflheim. This year's series of games are certain to involve creative problem solving, strategic force, and intrepid bravery - with each game designed to test a variety of skills and proficiency. This year's offerings are summarized below - but be certain to try them all to not only experience the full range of the Festival of Witches, but to also earn points for your school and to earn tickets for yourself! We hope that you enjoy this year's offerings and games - and we hope that you'll emerge as one of this year's Witches Degree Award winners! Festival of Witches List of Games Blackjack & Guess the Number The Festival of Witches makes Niflheim's Haunted Casino open for business! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack rotating alongside a haunted Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win tickets! This microevent will be available during the Festival, and recommended for when you're waiting in between hourly rounds of other events! Simon Says Copy the movements exactly as ordered - or else, you're out! Be sure to follow the instructions carefully in this minigame which is harder than it looks. If you win, points and tickets await - plus the school with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Simon Sequence You've obeyed Simon, but can you find all the Simons in this meta-Simon experience?! If so, follow the sequence closely and run around the Festival for a chance to earn for you and your school. Poring Seek Mischievous Porionettes roam around the Festival when this minigame begins - can you be the one to kill the most within five minutes? You'll race against the clock and one another to see who will win the round, plus the school with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the Witches of Niflheim recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a witch's favorite! Fight through traps and snares and pitfalls as you work your way to collect points and tickets in this particularly challenging minigame. Zombie Run Survive against a horde of zombies, where your death is your school's biggest threat! Evade zombies in a successive round and win points and tickets along the way. Be certain to stay alive - since healing is off the table on this event! When you hear the cackle of Nightriff, you had best run as fast as you can! Note: Entering Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Zombie Run. Devil's Claw Machine The devil's claw descends from below, grabbing up participants as it goes! Can you outlast the explosive grip of the Devil's Claw as it targets players across a limited area? If so, then you'll be rewarded for your efforts! Note: Entering the Devil's Claw Machine with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries nor homunculi can be summoned during gameplay in Devil's Claw Machine. Monster Hunting Embark on a courageous monster hunt on behalf of your school and earn tickets and points! This year, each monster hunting map will be purely PvM as you fight against various Halloween-themed monsters. When the Monster Hunting minigame opens, it may either open in Vanilla or Unrestricted mode. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try on both when either mode is available! MVP Defense Guard your MVP and find treasure chests when in defensive mode, or go on the hunt to fight the opposing team's MVP in offensive mode. The longer your MVP stays alive, the more points your school will earn. Team functions switch when an MVP is killed, meaning that the old defensive team will become the new offense in the next round, and so on! School Quest Embark on a series of quests affiliated with each of the schools for a chance to earn points for your team. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your school's respective quest: For Spirit Channelers, speak with Azviar. For Necromancers, speak with Bryjar. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic, and it will be up to you and your friends to follow Kirkena's suggestions as you navigate through the challenge. The goal of the Labyrinth is to guide your party of four through the maze as fast as possible successfully! It wouldn't be a proper Festival of Witches without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the two rival schools, the President of the Witching Academies, Mirielle, will award prizes to members of the winning school's mortal faction! This announcement and ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your school will count toward your total score. Meanwhile, you'll have the opportunity to earn individual points, which will count toward your ranking as one of the top 13 participants to receive a Witches Degree Award, and with it an exclusive prize! Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Bags as well! Earn these bags in a number of ways, including through tickets, speaking with NPCs, and much more! What will you get inside of your bags this year? Finally, earning tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes, fantastic assorted prizes, and even new pet eggs! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Festival of Witches. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck! Prizes and Quests for Rewards Trade in your Red Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the Festival of Witches for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Bag! Note: Trick or Treat Bags are account-bound, as they were last year. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! Note: these costumes are account-bound items. Trade a hundred (100) Red Tickets in for a Bloody Branch! Trade in a single (1) Red Ticket for a Dead Branch as well Completing this year's School Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Hanging Dolls Costume upon successful completion! Note: this costume is account-bound. Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Egg! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning academy this year! What will your item be? There's only one way to find out - but it is a wonderful new haunted item that we know you'll be sure to enjoy! In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Witches' Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: A Magical Cat Hat Costume - considerably rare, this costume is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful wielder of magic! Your choice of MVP Card! Cards eligible for this prize are those currently available from the Reward Guru Maya Purple is furthermore excluded from this list This year's Festival of Witches has many new and exciting features and challenging minigames - which is why we want to make sure you're aware of all of this year's important rules, guidelines, and dates so you can make the most of your haunted adventure! Be sure to review the list below so that you're well prepared for all of this year's rules and processes - and we hope that you have an incredible and memorable time in Niflheim! Important Rules and Dates To begin in the Festival of Witches, speak with the Halloween Warper NPC in Prontera. From there, she will warp you into the academy grounds, made up to look exactly like Niflheim this year. This is where the Festival is taking place. School alignment is chosen at random upon speaking with the Halloween Warper. Once sorted into a Witching School, this will be your school affiliation for the duration of the Festival. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Festival of Witches will share in this affiliation. The use of multiple Master Accounts during this event, or possession of such multiple accounts at anytime on TalonRO, is forbidden and is a ban-worthy offense per TalonRO's server rules. The Festival of Witches hourly minigames will rotate and be available every hour, including during other standard offerings, such as GMC hours, War of Emperium, and other regularly scheduled events. The Labyrinth minigame is exempt of the hourly rotation, as is the School Quest series of challenges. Entering either the Devil's Claw Machine or Zombie Run with either a mercenary or homunculus will result in your automatic ejection from the event. Mercenaries and Homunculi cannot be summoned during gameplay in either Devil's Claw or Zombie Run. A status bulletin board is available in the Festival area to remind you of your school affiliation, as well as a readout of what the current hourly minigame will be (or the next one, if one is currently not in progress). The colors of the game type correspond to color-themed map markers, available on your minimap. The board also features some fun news and weather across the land of the dead (so you can pack your umbrella when it's raining fire, perhaps?). The Festival of Witches recommends participating this year on a single character, selected from your available characters in your Master Account. This is so that you have the best chance of consolidating points to be one of the 13 Witches Award Recipients! Moreover, Red Festival Tickets are character-bound - and so it is recommended that you earn Tickets using a single character throughout the duration of the event. Many of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, including Trick or Treat Bags, costumes, and many prizes obtained through the event. The only way to obtain these exclusive events is to participate, allowing everyone the chance to earn wonderful prizes no matter your zeny status! Finally, the Festival of Witches will end on November 23rd at 6:00pm Midgard (server) time, and within a few days, the winning school will be announced, along with this year's school prizes and Witches Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Festival of Witches - which is our delight to offer to you in this Autumn season! We're looking forward to the month ahead as we come into December, but we hope this will make for a very memorable and fun November! Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!
  4. Daylight Savings Time is about to end - and TalonRO is ready to make the switch! In order to make the time change, TalonRO will be offline for maintenance beginning at 0230 on Sunday, October 29th (Midgard server time). During this time, TalonRO will be offline for an estimated 45 minutes time and back online at an estimated 0315 hours - or 0215 in the new DST-ended time (remember: clocks roll backward one hour this time around!). This maintenance is planned to ensure that War of Emperium will still take place at the planned 0245 start in the new adjusted server time. We hope the impact to your gaming experience will be minimal - and you're welcome to join us in Discord during this maintenance period on Sunday morning server time. Thanks as always for your continued support and enjoyment of TalonRO - as always, happy gaming!
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  6. Though the Amazing Summer Race has ended, we're pleased to announce that this year's race in Port Malaya was an exhilarating success! With hundreds of races and missions having been completed, it's easy to know that plenty of adventurers have received some fun and wonderful prizes from their boxes. Our Summer Race will be back next year, and we'll have plenty of wonderful events in between now and then! However, the end of the Amazing Summer Race wouldn't be complete without announcing the top five participants who located the Amazing Summer Race NPCs first in the most number of times. These "Fast Five" will receive the completely unique Little Aquarium Costume! Our winners this year are: @~Yabusame~ @Slap @Ellie Valentine @yangs13 @SnowAngel Congratulations to our Fast Five winners! Please note that the Little Aquarium Costume is account-bound. To the winners of this event: please kindly PM @GM Seiren here on the forum with the name of your character to receive the costume. Congratulations to all - and we hope that you enjoyed the Amazing Summer Race very much! We'll see you for more adventures to come - and as always, happy gaming!
  7. GM Recruitment | Apply Today

    Greetings, Talonians! If you are still considering applying for a position with the TalonRO Gamemaster staff you're not too late - but time is running out! Our summer/autumn application round is coming to a close - and with many qualified applicants and interested players already in the mix, we're indeed still adding to our ranks to serve the TalonRO community! However, with such a strong applicant pool already in progress, new applications will be closed for submission on Sunday, September 17th. If you are considering submitting your application for one of the above GM positions, there is still time! Consider putting forward your best application for consideration using the information and links above. We sincerely appreciate all of the wonderful applications already submitted, and look forward to expanding the staff to include a wide array of diverse talents, backgrounds, and skills to best serve you - the wonderful TalonRO community! Thanks as always for your interest - and happy gaming!
  8. The Starlight Soiree | Summer Social

    Thank you for an incredible night at the Starlight Soiree! With 430+ players in attendance, this year's fourth annual summer beach party was a wonderful time full of great memories, music, and much more! Speaking of the music, of course, enclosed is a link to download this year's playlist! We hope that you enjoy the tunes and reliving the memories of the event. The Fourth Annual Starlight Soiree: 2017 Full Playlist (.mp3, 132mb) Thanks as always - we hope that you had a wonderful time! We hope that you continue to enjoy the summer events, and as always - happy gaming!
  9. Thank you for an incredible Starlight Soiree everyone!

  10. Don't forget! Soiree songs at: https://share.talonro.com/radio/

  11. The Starlight Soiree | Summer Social

    Thanks for the song recommendations, everyone! We'll be putting together the last of the playlist today - so a final request is now out! Please submit your recommendations for songs no later than Friday, August 25th at 3:00pm (24 hours before the event). We can't wait to party and celebrate together - looking forward to seeing you soon!
  12. I just wanted to run something past you for confirmation.

    Is the 3 month requirement absolute for the GM recruitment or is there a possibility for experience, and age, to become a deciding factor dependent on what position the individual in question (me) would apply before.


  13. GM Recruitment | Apply Today

    TalonRO is now hiring - and we're looking for you! We're looking to expand the GM team to include a variety of positions on the staff, including those who are not only interested in holding events regularly, but also people who have decent RO knowledge, want to help other players or possess a high degree of technical knowledge with coding skills. Specialties include the following open staff positions: Event The Event GM role is for those who are interested in regularly holding events in-game and on TalonRO's forums. Special attention is paid to hosting regular, consistent events of a high quality for players to enjoy in addition to TalonRO's regular gameplay. Staff in this area are encouraged to work collaboratively with other members of staff to deliver high-quality events which are well-planned, enjoyable, and hosted with broad availability for the community. Support & Player Relations The Support GM role provides a high degree of player based support, including regularly monitoring forum threads, General Reports and General Support questions, providing a high degree of in-game expertise and assistance to players requesting help through our various in-game chat channels and Discord. GMs are expected to have a high degree of consistent presence throughout the game at all times as much as possible and be highly visible to communicate and direct players to sources of information with professional assistance. Development The Development position works closely with development High GMs to formulate important needs and technical responses to in-game and exterior frames, including Discord, mobile environments, etc. Applicants will be expected to know how or be willing to learn how to successfully write and code scripts and quests for the server. A high degree of technical knowledge and timely execution with a self-driven work ethic is required for these positions. Prospective staff applying for development positions are asked to also submit a competency-based sample of their proficiency with coding. Preferred samples include eAthena-based work, but demonstrated experience in other coding languages alongside a willingness to learn eA will be considered as well. PvP & WoE PvP and WoE GMs specialize in these areas of specific gameplay and can lend considerable knowledge and expertise of both PvP and WoE to improve and enhance these modes of play on TalonRO. Expert-level knowledge of these gameplay modes and their meta are required, as is a high degree of imagination and flexibility to explore innovative solutions with PvP and WoE within TalonRO. We welcome all players who have played on TalonRO for three months or more to apply - even if you have applied for a position in the past. All applicants are expected to have mastery-level knowledge of Ragnarok Online and to provide a high level of quality support and assistance in a staff position. All potential staff members are also expected to moderate the forum by answering questions or bringing things to the attention of a High GM, with all positions reporting to a High GM. Candidates must also demonstrate solid English language skills regardless of the area in which they are applying. We invite all interested players to submit an application for an open position. All applications must be meet the following criteria to be considered as eligible: All forms and questions must be answered in full. One-liners, copy / pasted passages from Wikipedia, and other incomplete answers will not attract our attention. All fake applications will result in a ban from TalonRO. We kindly ask that you respect everyone's time! Players must have actively been playing on TalonRO for a period of three months or more time. Players who have applied for a GM position in the past are welcome to apply once more, as are players who are considering the GM position for the first time. Following these simple rules will help make your application stand out. Once a complete application has been submitted, a member of the High GM team will contact you if you are selected for an interview. If you've been wanting to be part of the dedicated staff which serve the amazing TalonRO community, now is your time! Click here to fill out an application to become a part of the TalonRO staff! Many thanks for your interest in helping TalonRO - and best of luck to all applicants!
  14. Summer has arrived to TalonRO! To celebrate summer, we have three amazing new events in store for you to enjoy. Plus, our endgame adventure with the Game Master Challenge enjoys a new update, plus new amazing prizes for its prize boxes! We also have new features, such as Palette Packs, to earn and enjoy to make your signature look even more unique! Enjoy a new monthly Costume Box and a new Tam Tam's Gift region this month as well - as always! We hope that these changes make your time on TalonRO enjoyable, fresh, and fun. Please take a moment to review all of our latest changes below - and as always, happy gaming! Summer on TalonRO isn't just limited to a single event - we're happy to feature three amazing events all month long! First is the return of a highly anticipated event: the Amazing Summer Race. This special event is a popular offering, and we know that some of you wait the entire year for this one! Join Talonians everywhere in a race across Midgard to search for clues, solve puzzles, and earn fantastic prizes! The second event celebrates summer and our amazing community through Tam Tam's Tiki Bar! This special calendar gives you an opportunity to receive a prize every day throughout the month of August. Earning a prize each day is fast and easy - and each day, you'll earn something unique, useful, or fun! Finally, summer wouldn't be complete without a big party at the end! That's why we're pleased to bring back the Starlight Soirée social event for one night only on the Lumen Isle on Saturday, August 26th from 1500 to 1700 server time! Enjoy live music, drinks at the tiki bar, mini games, the selfie booth, hot springs, and much more! For full details, you can visit each of our individual event posts within our Official Events section - or preview the entire summer offering at our special Summer 2017 Event page, where you can read about all of the season's latest offerings and how you can participate. Please note: our the Summer 2017 Event page is optimized for desktop viewing; for those on mobile, we recommend the individual forum-based threads. You've seen the teasers and the promotions, but we're pleased to unveil one of two new Game Master Challenges (GMC) now available in-game! Suit up and brave the challenges of the all-new GMC Lance: an aquatic challenge of death-defying feats and rapid-fire pace. Square off against the latest in the line of GMCs to put your PvM skills to their ultimate test. Form up your party and enjoy the latest run - and be sure to wish yourselves luck, because you might just need it yet! In addition to the GMC Lance update, we're also pleased to unveil the addition of some amazing new pets into the three GMC boxes. Each pet type corresponds to the nature of their box: the Saffron Box features the new Tiny Ventus and Ventus pet eggs with their windy, ethereal nature; the Cerulean box makes a splash with the new Tiny Aqua and Aqua pet egg; and burn bright with the new Tiny Agni and Agni pet eggs from the Crimson Box. The regular GMC box will also feature a chance to receive one of these new pet eggs, albeit at a reduced drop rate. We hope that you enjoy these amazing updates to TalonRO's beloved Game Master challenge! Grab your gears, clutch your weapons, and prepare for a newly updated wonderful battle. Game Master Challenge GMC Lance has been added into the rotation of Game Master Challenges. Speak with the Minigame Girl to learn more, or be on the lookout for when GMC Lance is offered in our GMC rotation. New pet eggs have been added into the GMC boxes. Each box offers a chance to receive one of the following new pets (in addition to their previous contents): Saffron Box: Tiny Ventus Egg Ventus Egg Cerulean Box: Tiny Aqua Egg Aqua Egg Crimson Box: Tiny Agni Egg Agni Egg Regular GMC Box: All above mentioned pets, except at a strongly reduced droprate Our latest gameplay changes are designed to address essential needs to make your gaming experience on TalonRO the best that it can be! The GM Staff is always assessing the state of gameplay and working to make things dynamic, challenging, and - most of all - fun! Read below for our latest gameplay changes: Gameplay Changes Items required to begin the Pintados Festival as part of the Port Malaya series have been reduced. This ought to make beginning this quest considerably easier! The Gonryun MVP Arena no longer is bound by its previous strict Vanilla requirement. This now behaves more like the currently available Vanilla version of Endless Tower. Various items, such as potions, are now allowed in the Gonryun MVP Arena. Anne the Stylist now features new "Palette Packs!" Palette Packs are new items which can be used at Anne the Stylist in Prontera to unlock new and exclusive hair styles and clothing dye colors! The first release of Palette Packs are available as part of the Summertime 2017 Boxes within the Amazing Summer Race. We hope to be able to feature even more Palette Packs in the future - so be on the lookout to unlock exclusive new looks! . Our latest bug fixes are also part of our ongoing effort to ensure that TalonRO runs smoothly, and that your experience is running at full capacity! TalonRO always takes the opportunity with our monthly updates to address any lingering issues through player-based bug reports or those brought to our attention - all with the hope of making your gaming time great. Read below for this month's latest bug fixes: Bug Fixes Repaired the Nightmare Amon Ra MVP monster from spawning the wrong slave mobs. Previously, this MVP would spawn slave monsters other than as intended. This has been corrected going forward. This month's Tam Tam's Gift region takes us back into the original magical fields and dungeon of one of Midgard's oldest centers: the Geffen fields and Geffen Dungeon! Journey through Geffen's beautiful fields, and venture deep down into the magical Geffen Tower Dungeon - and fight against this month's Champion Monsters to earn yourself valuable coins, additional experience, and much more! Tam Tam's Gift Region August's region includes the Geffen fields and Geffen Dungeon maps! Champion monsters for this month include the following: Kobold, Poring, Fabre, Orc Warrior, and Poporing. Finally, no monthly patch would be complete without our latest monthly costume box! Rainbow Sigrun and Walking Black Cat Costumes continue to take top billing to our monthly costume box, and this month's box brings about a special series of great additions such as the Open Air Headset Costume, Wrapping Ribbon Costume, and the chilling There is Something Costume, among others! Other additions to this month's box make it one worth obtaining - and be sure to do so, as each month a new box with new contents will take its place! August's costume box is currently available in the Reward Guru - and we hope that you get something fun to show off to the world of Midgard! August 2017 Monthly Costume Box This month's costume items include the following Rainbow Sigrun Walking Black Cat Costume Open Air Headset Costume Wrapping Ribbon Costume There is Something Costume Dragon Turtle Hat Costume Sun Visor Costume Wind of the Prairie Costume Hoplite Helmet Costume Aqua Quartz Crown Costume Beanie Costume Panda Hat Costume We hope that you enjoy this month's latest updates - and, as always, happy gaming from all of us on TalonRO! It is our great pleasure and privilege to proudly feature artwork from the TalonRO community as part of our monthly patch update series! Artwork featured in this month's update includes work from PhantomPuppeteer, Yoshimi, Elza, Antei Kun, Marly, and GM Spica!
  15. The return of TalonRO's wildly popular Amazing Summer Race brings the action back to Port Malaya for a season of intense team fun! The Amazing Summer Race this year begins once again in Port Malaya at the World Race Center Headquarters. Visit our special Summer 2017 Event site below for full details (optimized viewing on desktop devices)! Your journey begins by speaking with one of the World Quest Center staff members to begin the journey of the season. After registration, you'll need to find the person in each region who can start your quest after starting in Port Malaya. From there, this person will be hiding in one of four regions. Once they are located, you'll begin a quick quest. Collect one of each special regional badge by performing these quests that takes place all over Midgard and beyond! Your goal is to eventually successfully complete one of each type of quest, and decide to turn those badges in for a prize or bet them all on a harder quest whose rewards will be even greater! Our Summer 2017 Event feature site has even more details about the Summer Race this year, but we want to also recap some important changes to this year's race from previous races for those who have participated in the past: Summer Race Changes This year's Summertime Box and Advanced Summertime Box have been refreshed to a new version as a distinct item from prior year's boxes. This is to allow all players to have a fresh start this year earning new rewards, so everyone starts from the same place in this year's event! Event Galapagos have been removed from several common maps, and have been added some new maps to refresh their spawning locations. New item gathering, monster hunting and NPC finding quests have been added throughout the Amazing Summer Race this year - we hope that you enjoy these new challenges! NPC names and locations of various field agents have been moved and renamed as well to keep this year's Amazing Summer Race fresh and fun. Added more frequent ending time announcements to inform players when a race is about to end. Added a feature which will warp players away to the Race Officer. This is designed to prevent that area from getting overcrowded. You'll now be able to exchange multiple sets of badges, rather than one set at a time, for your convenience. The World Quest Center Race Officer will now display the number of missions you are able to continue to perform on your forum account. For those participating in the Fast 5 NPC finder competition throughout the Amazing Summer Race event, this year's prize is now the Little Aquarium Costume! Advanced Missions will now require three (3) missions rather than the previous two (2) mission amount. The Amazing Summer Race has some important rules we'd like to remind you to follow! Be sure to pay close attention so you're able to play effectively and fairly in this year's race. Rules for the Amazing Summer Race USE ONLY ONE MASTER ACCOUNT FOR THE RACE Please remember: it is strictly forbidden to use more than one (1) master account to get badges. Using the master account of a friend or family member to get more badges is forbidden and can lead to a permanent ban! BADGE EXCHANGE All race badges will be account-bound - but if you're too heavy with one kind of badge and need one of a different type, you can exchange that with the Race Staff for three of an existing badge type! The missions and regions of the Amazing Summer Race are many - so we want to make sure that you have a preview of what you're getting into before you embark upon the race! Regions Kordt Forest: The Kordt Forest is for all quests performed in a forest-type of area. You might find yourself deep within Mt. Mjolnir, or perhaps out roaming the Prontera Fields - just don't get lost in the woods! Sograt Desert: The Sograt Desert areas aptly refer to any area which is primarily desert. Although the Sograt Desert is the largest desert in Midgard, it is by no means the only one. Be sure to bring lots of water on your journey! Kokomo Tropics & Tundra: The Kokomo Tropics & Tundra are any collection of tropical or tundra areas around Midgard. While it might be tempting to bring along the summer suits and sunscreen, keep your eyes open when a quest is in this area! Darmian Dungeons: The Darmian Dungeon region refer to all quests which take place in a dungeon. Don't worry: all of the dungeon quests will be in open-access dungeons...though safety is not guaranteed when venturing in here! Missions Monster Hunting: Monster hunting is a staple of the Amazing Race! On these quests, you'll need to defeat as many of a certain type of monster as you can! Searching: If the regional Amazing Race staff member assigns you to a monster hunting quest, then you had better gear up for a quick run through of those monsters! You'll need to do so before the time is up as well! Item Gathering: In these quests, your searching isn't done yet! You'll have to hunt across Midgard to find a special individual to complete this assignment. Don't forget about this year's wonderful Summer Cocktails, either! Galapagos will be roaming about in special areas with ingredients to make wonderful summer cocktails - an array of which offer some special stat boosting effects (to say nothing of being refreshing on the beach, right?). Good luck earning and making some of these wonderful cocktails below: Summer Cocktails Spammers Heaven: Increase ASPD by 10% for 45 minutes. Seductive Bathory: Reduce Cast Time by 10% for 45 minutes. Sting's Slap: 10% resistance to Physical Attacks for 30 minutes. Blossoming Geographer: 10% resistance to Magic Attacks for 30 minutes. Drip of Yggdrasil: 10% EXP Boost for 30 minutes + No EXP loss when dying (30 min.; effect wears off after you die). Venatu's Beep: Increase ATK by 5% for 30 minutes. Myst Case's Surprise: Increase MATK by 5% for 30 minutes. Matyr's Mix: Makes you walk fast for a duration of 45 minutes. Old Dracula's Mix: 15% more Job EXP for 30 minutes. Raydric's Tonic: Receive level 7 Kaahi and level 7 Kaizel upon use. Sour Sidewinder: Receive level 5 Gloria, level 5 Impostio Manus, and level 5 Magnificat upon use. Finally, summer's sunset eventually falls upon us - and so the Amazing Summer Race will run through September 21st at the end of the summer season. We hope that you enjoy the wonderful features of this year's Amazing Summer Race - and as always, happy gaming!