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  1. GM Howl

    February Updates

    February has arrived to Midgard - and there is much in the great world of TalonRO to explore, celebrate, and see! We've had a lot of wonderful events in recent weeks come into view, including our amazing new PvM event Project V, our eighth annual Yule Ball, and our Valentine's Love Novel Contest, and of course our ongoing Winter Scarf Making to name just a few! February will see some more amazing events on the way, as well as one of our major projects that we're pleased to tease out a little more in today's monthly update! We've been busy behind the scenes making 2019 one of our best years yet - and we hope that your time on TalonRO is off to a great start in the New Year. Read on below for the latest in our February update: If you've been following our social media accounts, especially Instagram, then you might have noticed a small teaser about something exceptionally big! Project Iduna is a major update that is coming to TalonRO - and quite simply, it will represent a major leap forward in our pre-Renewal, dynamic environment that you've come to know and love. This latest enhancement will make new additions and innovations possible that weren't able to be done before - but Project Iduna's release will represent a major step forward in TalonRO's legacy which we know that you'll come to enjoy! Later this month, we'll be unveiling key aspects of this exciting update to TalonRO - but above is just a small sample of what this major update has to offer. This update preserves all of the key components of the TalonRO experience that you've come to love, while evolving the frontier of what is possible. We hope that you'll stay tuned to the latest teasers and features we're rolling out with this incredible update - it's going to be one of our biggest leaps forward yet! February is not a quiet month for events - and we're about to bring you two later this month that are community favorites: Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day! Both of these events have some wonderful and unique features to them - and will be landing in Midgard in just a few weeks when both LNY and Valentine's Day are upon us! You may be aware that there are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years, and 2019 is the Year of the Boar! People born in the year of the Boar have an ability to think logically, and are able to fix whatever problem they're in. Most are very kind and able to provide for the family - and most of them are wealthy! This year, two brothers in Louyang will be coming with requests to help them usher in the Year of the Boar. Will you strike it rich in this year's LNY event? There's only one way to find out - so stay tuned to our latest updates and Official News & Events for details upon release. Love is also in the air this year in Midgard with our Valentine's Day event - and it's not just the good people of Midgard who are falling in love. That's right - even monsters need love too! That's why this year's quest will feature a special series of quests to help a few select monsters find their one true love...if you're up for the challenge, that is! This event will be landing in Midgard right around the holiday - so be on the lookout for a whole month of fun events with great prizes and fun challenges! As with each monthly update, we've made a few necessary changes and general updates to make your experience on TalonRO fun and fresh. We hope that you enjoy the following updates and bug fixes: We have rotated in the following costumes in the Wave and GMC Boxes: GM Challenge Box now contains: Diabolic Lapel Costume White Bird Rose Costume Wave Challenge Box now contains: Feather Fedora Costume Eleanor Wig Costume Our latest Tam Tam's Gift Region includes a visit to the idyllic and yet haunting Lighthalzen Fields and the underground laboratory terror of Lighthalzen Dungeon levels one and two! The area of Lighthalzen is rich and opulent situated within the vast valleys and verdant fields - but is also home to a deep darkness far below that will challenge any adventurer to their limits! This is a great offering - especially so with this month’s champion monsters for an opportunity to earn additional great rewards and experience! This month’s TTG region includes: Lighthalzen Fields and Dungeon levels one and two This month’s Champion monsters include: Metaling Holden Caramel Horn Anopheles Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes. The Morroc Kid Servant Costume returns to the top spot after being off of the rotation for a little while! Further great costumes include the Baby Penguin Costume, Walking Leopard Cat Costume, and the Vesper Headgear Costume - all fashionable choices! 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! February'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. Morroc Kid Servant Costume (Item ID: 21022) Baby Penguin Costume (Item ID: 20950) Walking Leopard Cat Costume (Item ID: 21058) Vesper Headgear Costume (Item ID: 21159) Cyber Ear Costume (Item ID: 21121) Unicorn Helm Costume (Item ID: 20396) Der Meisterpinsel Costume (Item ID: 21151) Wonderful Beast Ear Costume (Item ID: 20812) Capricorn Diadem Costume (Item ID: 21178) Aquarius Diadem Costume (Item ID: 21179) Nekoring Hat Costume (Item ID: 20660) Sea-Otter Hat Costume (Item ID: 20871)
  2. TalonRO is pleased to bring back the eighth annual social gala event of the year with the formal Yule Ball! All of the wonderful fun of the Yule Ball is back, such as our formal wear gala, live music as suggested from the community, an ice bar and dance floor, prizes, and much more - set in the grandeur of the exclusive TalonRO Ice Palace. This is one event not to be missed! It's an amazing opportunity to meet new people, party with old friends, or even take that special someone to the party of the year! Be sure to check out our Official News event thread for all of the details about this year's event! The TalonRO Yule Ball streams music through our dedicated TalonRO Radio. You'll need to access TalonRO Radio separately on the night(s) of the Yule Ball to listen into our live streaming playlist. You can access the TalonRO Radio during the event by visiting https://share.talonro.com/radio/ You'll can also suggest songs for the Yule Ball easily! Simply leave the name of the song that you'd like in a post in this thread - it's that easy! If possible, please also drop a link for the song (such as a YouTube video link) so we can check it out easily! We have 2 hours of songs to get, so feel free to request a song! Tune into TalonRO during the event to listen to this year's live playlist at https://share.talonro.com/radio/ Simply visit the link above to be taken to a web player to listen in! Music will only be playing during the Yule Ball hours, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear music before 1600 on Saturday, January 26! Request a song by replying in this event thread with a link to the song you'd like to hear at the Yule Ball. With two hours of music to curate into a playlist, we'll try and get your request in the lineup! We hope that you can take a break from the grind, hang out with old friends (and maybe make new ones!), get your dance on, and win some prizes as well. The Yule Ball is an event not to be missed on TalonRO! This event attracts hundreds of players from all over TalonRO, and we hope that you can join in the year end festivities! The Yule Ball is one unforgettable evening of fun, festivities, prizes, and celebrations.
  3. TalonRO is pleased to bring back the eighth annual social gala event of the year with the formal Yule Ball! All of the wonderful fun of the Yule Ball is back, such as our formal wear gala, live music as suggested from the community, an ice bar and dance floor, prizes, and much more - set in the grandeur of the exclusive TalonRO Ice Palace. This is one event not to be missed! It's an amazing opportunity to meet new people, party with old friends, or even take that special someone to the party of the year! The seventh annual Yule Ball will take place on Saturday, January 26 from 1500 to 1700 Midgard (server) time! Like any big gala event, we're prepared to show you a more luxurious side of social events on TalonRO - while breaking out all the stops for a fun and unforgettable memory-making experience! You're invited to take place in this special event - with live music, prizes, formal wear, events, and so much more! Read on below for the details of what this special social event has to offer - no RSVP is needed! Come with a group, your guild, or use it as a wonderful opportunity to meet other Talonians, make new friends, and forge unforgettable memories. This year's Yule Ball will take place on Saturday, January 26 from 1500 to 1700 Midgard (server) time. As with all Yule Ball social gala events, this year's event will take place in the custom Ice Palace. This special palace and area is only open one time a year for this remarkable event! You won't want to miss it! A warp will be available in Payon to take you to the Ice Palace. This warp will be open during the Yule Ball hours on Saturday, Jan. 26. With formal wear especially crafted for each guest, plus Yule Concierge available to customize your look, formal wear dyes, and much more - you'll start the night off right looking your very best in a special Tuxedo or Evening Gown! Prizes and minigames will be rolling all throughout the evening as well, with a friendly team of Game Masters on hand to party the evening away together while hosting some fantastically fun games! Get to know your fellow Talonians at the Yule Ball this year as well - whether its out on the dance floor busting a move to our live DJ with music chosen by players, social corners with benches, fountains, and more, or up at the Ice Bar enjoying one of this year's custom cocktails! Finally, the end of the night will be complete with the crowning of this year's 2018 Yule King and Yule Queen - marking the end of the winter season and ready to welcome spring! Each guest upon arrival will receive their own limited edition Winter Formal Wear - especially made for the Yule Ball. This costume item will disappear at the end of the Yule Ball, but it will allow each guest to wear their holiday best for the evening's gala. Once inside, guests may visit with our team of Yule Stylists - now in a special room off of the Ice Palace - to get ready and dress their best with custom looks and formal wear dyes - to complete your winter ball look. We'll have a special concierge member back in Payon who can help take back your tuxedo or dress and get you back into your regular outfit. Our Yule Ball Concierge will be on hand to take care of our guests and their needs - including allowing you admission into the exclusive Yule Ball grand ballroom itself. Our concierge will also be recording the guest list for the evening - which is important because we'll be giving *random prizes* to guests throughout the night! That's right - just show up and you could win something fun just for coming to the Yule Ball! Once inside, we have a party unlike anything that you've experienced. We'll be DJ'ing this event with a LIVE STREAMING PLAYLIST! Even better, you can request the songs that you would like to hear ahead of time. We'll be broadcasting these songs on our own special TalonRO Radio as well, so you can connect to the radio at the time of the event and get your groove on out on the dance floor. Our wonderful team of Game Masters will be on hand to host live events throughout the evening, including drawing names for prizes given out to lucky random partygoers! Our Ice Palace also features a special social corner with benches, an ice fountain, and places to sit and relax. Warm up by the fire with friends and guildmates, or head up to our ultra deluxe Ice Bar. Our Yule Bartender will be serving up holiday-themed drinks, Hot Cocoa, and some other fun drinks that will surely create some interesting...err...effects! At the end of the evening, we'll be crowning our Yule Ball King and Queen by using the guest list at the Concierge. Our drawing will be at random - but you could win a deluxe Winter Crown costume set at the end of the night - perfect for the end of the winter season. Don't forget to stick around for our group community photo to commemorate the evening as part of the TalonRO community! The TalonRO Yule Ball streams music through our dedicated TalonRO Radio. You'll need to access TalonRO Radio separately on the night(s) of the Yule Ball to listen into our live streaming playlist. You can access the TalonRO Radio during the event by visiting https://share.talonro.com/radio/ You'll can also suggest songs for the Yule Ball easily! Simply leave the name of the song that you'd like in a post in this thread - it's that easy! If possible, please also drop a link for the song (such as a YouTube video link) so we can check it out easily! We have 2 hours of songs to get, so feel free to request a song! Tune into TalonRO during the event to listen to this year's live playlist at https://share.talonro.com/radio/ Simply visit the link above to be taken to a web player to listen in! Music will only be playing during the Yule Ball hours, so don't be alarmed if you don't hear music before 1600 on Saturday, January 26! Request a song by replying in our Official Event thread with a link to the song you'd like to hear at the Yule Ball. With two hours of music to curate into a playlist, we'll try and get your request in the lineup! We hope that you can take a break from the grind, hang out with old friends (and maybe make new ones!), get your dance on, and win some prizes as well. The Yule Ball is an event not to be missed on TalonRO! This event attracts hundreds of players from all over TalonRO, and we hope that you can join in the year end festivities! The Yule Ball is one unforgettable evening of fun, festivities, prizes, and celebrations.
  4. GM Howl

    Christmas 2018 Event

    The holidays are upon Midgard: Christmas is here in the Enchanted Village! Santa Claus is bringing holiday joy to boys and girls of all ages - and while he and his elves have been working away in Lutie all year long to prepare for this special time of year, a cold wind can be felt far in the distance... We hope that you'll enjoy this special time as much as ever in this year's return to familiar fun with new prizes, great twists, and enjoyable memories. This year, the fun starts once more with our special warp assistant in Prontera, who will take you right to the Enchanted Village. Once there, you'll be able to help Santa spread the magic of Christmas across the world by assisting with special tasks being part of sharing the magic of the season with friends. Embark on various games and earn wonderful Christmas Giftboxes by collecting Giftbox Pieces. You can also enjoy some of this year's seasonal highlights, such as letter writing, Antonia's Caroling, stocking hanging, and much more (with full details below!). We hope that you'll explore around the Enchanted Village this year and enjoy all that the season has to offer! This year in the enchanted village, mysterious events have been felt by all of its inhabitants - noticing that some have gone missing, or even are turning up frozen! Mandy and Sally - two of the villagers - have taken it upon themselves to enlist help in thawing out some of the frozen inhabitants. Perhaps if you were able to assist, it might be possible to learn more about the nature of the peculiar events of recent times... Begin your adventure to the Enchanted Village by speaking with the Christmas NPC in Prontera. Once in the Enchanted Village, embark on a series of games and holiday delights! Start in on collecting Giftbox Pieces, or enjoy other aspects of seasonal fun. You'll be able to enter the Enchanted Village anytime that the Christmas Event is active! This year, reports have come into Santa's Workshop that people have been mysteriously disappearing...even appearing frozen where they once stood! Part of this year's work will include learning more about these strange events which directly threaten Santa's power to deliver his goods this season. You can help by gathering up special Red and Green Giftbox Pieces in order to construct your very own Christmas Giftbox! This year's Giftboxes will grant some new and wonderful items - and you can make your own through a variety of games and challenges. Moreover, all minigames this year may grant you Snowflake Coins in addition to the Giftbox Pieces, as well as special Marbles. These snowflakes can be used at the vending machine in the Enchanted Village to purchase special rental weapons as well as a lovely variety of new costumes and classic holiday pets. Marbles are used for the special minigame Santa's Marbles, which is explained in greater detail in the Christmas Events section below. Moreover, you'll need to use these special items to fill your stockings - but you'll be able to earn these through a number of methods - making it possible to collect wonderful items in a great combination of ways! Finally, you'll only be able to obtain certain kinds of Giftbox Pieces through specific games. These Giftbox Pieces are account bound, so you'll need to earn them all individually. Once you do however, you'll be able to give them to Santa, who will reward your hard work with some very special prizes this year. On top of that, you'll be able to earn and do lots more in the Enchanted Village, such as letter writing, caroling, and so much more! How to Participate in This Year's Event Collect Red and Green Giftbox Pieces in order to trade them in and craft your own Christmas Giftboxes! Earn Giftbox Pieces by participating in various minigames, farming and events throughout the Enchanted Village. Each Christmas Giftbox will grant wonderful new items this year! Giftbox Pieces are account bound, so be certain to earn them within a single account to maximize your Christmas Giftbox collection! Most items that come out of the box however, are not bound. Minigames may also grant both Snowflake Coins and Marbles this year as well. Snowflake Coins can be used at the vending machine NPC in the Enchanted Village. You will be able to trade these in for special rental weapons, costumes, and pets! Both Snowflake Coins and Marbles have different purposes: Use Snowflake Coins at both the vending machine NPC in the Enchanted Village, as well as within the Stocking Hanging event in Santa's House. Snowflake coins can be earned both through minigames and also in special Christmas monster maps tied to this year's event. Use Marbles to participate in the Santa's Marbles events, also located inside of Santa's House. Marbles come from minigames at a low percentage chance. You can also earn great prizes this year through other fun methods, which are listed below in greater detail. These methods include: Antonia's Caroling - where you can earn Snowflake Coins and other useful goodies. Stocking Hanging - fill up your stockings this year in Santa's House in the Enchanted Village and earn something wonderful the very next day. Santa's Marbles - spell out special holiday sayings with various Marble letters to earn some extraordinary prizes! Some minigames will drop Marbles with letters ranging from A-M, while others will grant letters N-Z. Spell out one of Santa's Christmas sayings with these Marbles to earn something really special! Finally, this year's newest Christmas Instance Dungeon is part of this year's event! What is the mystery of the frozen people appearing in the Enchanted Village? Who is behind such an evil deed? With incredible new items obtainable from this new instance, it is one massive challenge you will not want to miss! Santa has a wonderful variety of games available for all of Midgard's boys and girls this year - including some classic delights and new twists in store! Four main events will provide you with an opportunity to earn Giftbox Pieces in order to construct your very own Christmas Giftbox. These events include the return of Blackjack / Guess the Number, Snowman Building, and the Christmas Time Trial! Each of these games will drop a combination of either Red or Green Giftbox Pieces. Collect both kinds of pieces to trade them in within the Enchanted Village for your very own Christmas Giftboxes this year! You'll also be able to earn prizes through other events as well. Stocking Hanging, located at Santa's House in the Enchanted Village, will allow you to receive something wonderful. Simply collect the required items for your stocking and wait a day - then check back in over the stockings by the fireplace to receive a special prize! We have also added back the farming maps on the east and west side of the Enchanted Village! One side for Vanilla, one side for Unrestricted. These mobs will drop useful items, great EXP, Snowflake Coins and sometimes even Giftbox Pieces. But most of all, they will drop a variety of new ingredients used to craft useful consumables. This year also features the return of Santa's Marbles. There will be a holiday-themed word that you can attempt to spell out by collecting Marbles across various minigames. Each Marble will have a letter printed on it. If you can spell out the holiday word of the day with Marbles in your inventory, you'll receive something incredible! You can participate in this minigame by talking to Santa Claus in the Enchanted Village as well. We hope that you'll give all of this year's events and minigames inside of the Enchanted Village a try - and that you'll earn some wonderful holiday presents along the way! Explore All that Christmas Has to Offer Blackjack & Guess the Number returns to Christmas! Play special party-based rounds of Blackjack (now more often than before!) rotating alongside a holiday-themed Guess the Number minigame. Strike it rich for your opportunity to win Red Giftbox Pieces! Snowman Building gives you an opportunity to assemble your own special snowman. The magical snowmen of the holiday season are starting to fall apart as the magic of Christmas dwindles - and they will need your help in putting them back together again! Find the Snowman Builder in the Enchanted Village to learn more. You'll need five (5) people in total to start building. Once you have your group together, head out and start rebuilding those snowmen! If you're successful with your efforts, you'll be rewarded with some Red Giftbox Pieces as well as a chance to get Marbles marked N to Z and perhaps even something else! Xmas Time Trials inside of Antonio's Toy Factory returns to the Enchanted Village! Back in the day, Antonio used to do research in his evil toy factory. However now the toy factory is open for all! Anyone can enter now to enjoy the challenge. This is also a team minigame requiring three (3) participants: all 3 members can only stay inside for 10 minutes. If you all are unable to get out after 10 minutes, the team must abandon the mission! It may take some time to learn the best ways of completing this but don't give up! Cooperate with your partners (through !map chat for instance), and complete all the tasks in the allotted time to find a way to retrieve some Green Giftbox Pieces as well as a chance to get Marbles marked A to M and perhaps even something else! Minigames may reward you with additional Snowflake Coins and/or Marbles, as well! Stocking Hanging is a special holiday tradition, where you are earn fantastic prizes! Located in Santa's House in the Enchanted Village, your very own stocking will be hanging over Santa's fireplace. Simply fill your stocking with a number of requested items, along with five (5) Snowflake Coins and let the magic set in! Check back in with your stocking one day later to see what's inside! Your items and coins will have transformed into something exquisite, including usable items, OPB and OBBs, hats, stat foods, and even a small chance to earn pet eggs or costumes! Note: stocking hanging contains a master account daily limit, allowing you to only create 3 stockings per day. Santa's Marbles is one of this year's most challenging, and rewarding, special minigames! It won't be as easy as last year but will definitely be worth the time! Collect Marbles throughout this year's events - each Marble will be inscribed with a letter upon it. A new holiday-themed word will be listed for you to try and complete with Marbles from your inventory. If you can spell out the word of the day with your Marbles, you'll be able to trade them in for some truly incredible prizes! Once a player gets a prize, the word will change to something new! Note: Marbles are all account-bound and cannot be traded - so you'll have to play a lot of minigames this year to ensure that you have a wide range of available letters to spell out the word of the day! Marbles may be obtained from any of the following minigames: Snowman Building may reward you with Marbles from letters N through Z. Time Trials may reward you with Marbles from letters A through M. Hanging your Stockings may reward you with any kind of Marble. Blackjack & Guess the Number will not furnish a chance to win any Marbles. NEW Instance Dungeon provides some incredible challenges this year, combined with some unbelievable prizes. Learn more about why the people of the Enchanted Village have gone missing, frozen, or potentially worse! Enlist of the help of both Mandy and Sally to help thaw out some of the villagers, and prepare to take on this year's most exciting challenge yet! Enter this year's Instance Dungeon by obtaining a Shining Diamond - obtainable throughout various methods in the course of the event. To begin the quest for access to this year's dungeon, speak with Santa. He will be able to tell you more about the methods needed! In addition to all kinds of minigames and events throughout the Enchanted Village, this year's holiday treats include some additional features and festivities! Moving about towns and cities this year is the Caroling Antonia, who will move and sing holiday tunes - all while dropping items and even Snowflake Coins! However, be careful that her halls aren't too decked - or she'll deck you by exploding! Caroling Antonia has racked up quite the body count over the years, and she isn't about to break her killing streak any time soon. Moreover, there's a chance that even more mayhem will follow Antonia this year as an encore act, the MVP Krampus, will have a chance to spawn in the town which Antonia has just appeared! If you're following Antonia, be prepared for a real fight! Krampus may also drop some wonderful items, so this MVP hunt could be well worth your while! As you also explore this year's mysterious events, enjoy this year's Vanilla & Unrestricted monster maps - where you can gather new ingredients and items to craft a wide range of new consumable items and other useful goods. You may even learn a thing or two about the nature of this year's chilly, frozen wind and the mysterious disappearances around the Enchanted Village... As you explore the nature of the mysterious frozen villagers in the Enchanted Village, thawing them out may yield some helpful insights and even special services to make the rest of your event time better. They might be able to help with exchanging certain kinds of tickets, craft new consumable items, and even make old and new costumes - and much more! Be sure to help thaw these folks out to advance your own progress, but to also learn the truth of this series of strange happenings. You'll also be able to send friends, guildmates, and even secret admirers special Holiday Greeting Cards this year through Lizzie in the Enchanted Village. Simply write your own message to your recipient, finalize your message with a reasonable Zeny fee, and if approved you'll hear your special holiday message broadcast all across Midgard! Finally, don't forget about our feature for account-bound items this year: you'll now be able to claim account-bound items from this year's Christmas Event on any of your game accounts within your master account once you've "unlocked" the item! Once you've obtained a special Christmas account bound item, such as a costume for example, visit with the Vending Machine NPC in Lutie while using another one of your game accounts that is associated with your master account. You'll then be able to claim a "copy" of that account bound item on your different account - allowing you access to all of this year's items no matter which of your game accounts you're using to participate! We hope that you'll enjoy these special holiday features as you spread laughter and seasonal cheer! Plus Special Features and Games Enjoy Caroling Antonia this year as part of Santa's holiday fun! She'll be exploring throughout various towns and cities in Midgard - be on the lookout for a global announcement when she is around next! As she sings and moves around town, she'll drop items - and even Snowflake Coins! - around her. Follow her to try and collect these special and festive drops. However, be careful not to stay too close for long, as Caroling Antonia may blow up at any time and knock you out! Once Antonia has blown up, there is a chance that the MVP Krampus will follow in her stead! Krampus may invade the same town/city, and defeating him may reward you with some excellent loot! Lizzie is also back to send out special Christmas Cards to your friends, guildmates, and even secret admirers! Simply speak with Lizzie in the Enchanted Village, fill out the To: and From: sections of your announcement, along with a few lines of text that you'd like her to send. Christmas Cards this year cost 50000 Zeny to send, and must be approved by a Gamemaster before they can be sent. Once approved, speak with Lizzie again to confirm the card (when you're ready, of course!) and she will read it aloud as a special global broadcast to all of Midgard! Because these are global announcements, please ensure that your messages are appropriate and conform to TalonRO's rules before writing them, otherwise they may be declined by a Gamemaster. Finally, account bound items from this year's Christmas Event can also be claimed on any of your other game accounts which are associated with your master account! To claim a Christmas account bound item on one of your other game accounts, simply speak with the Vending Machine NPC in Lutie. Once a Christmas account bound item has been obtained, this item will be added to a list of available items at the Vending Machine NPC, allowing you to obtain a "copy" of that item that will be account bound to that new account. For example, say you had received a special Christmas costume from this year's event which is account bound. Simply log into one of your other game accounts if desired, speak with the NPC in Lutie, and you can get a copy of that item! These items will always be account bound, but will allow you to have another version unique to your account as well - allowing you to enjoy your earnings on any of your characters & accounts! Items which are eligible for this special vending machine option include costumes and pets from the Snowflake Coin machine in the Enchanted Village, as well as potential items coming from the Christmas Giftboxes this year. This year's Christmas prizes are truly special - and you'll be able to earn a variety of amazing and wonderful gifts through a number of minigames, features, and fun. This year's Christmas Giftboxes contain a new assortment of special selections, ranging from new items and costumes, as well as extra special MVP cards at a rare drop rate! Trading in Snowflake Coins will also earn you an assortment of special rental weapons, which you can use to give your character an extra boost of ho-ho-horribly good bonuses! Snowflake Coins may also allow for you to earn a variety of other prizes, new and older costumes, pet eggs and much more! Stocking Hanging can also yield some additionally wonderful items as well this year, including special items, useful consumables, and even a small chance to earn even more costumes and/or pet eggs! Santa's Marbles may feature some of this year's most special items - including a variety of rare, useful, and premium items - like useful cards, Bloody Branches, extra-special pets, or other amazing costumes. Although spelling out the word of the day with Santa's Marbles will be very challenging, the rewards may certainly pay off big time! Finally, you can earn prizes and other small gifts all along the way in this year's Christmas event - making it a fun and worthwhile event for all to enjoy! Earn Prizes from This Year's Offerings Collect prizes through a variety of ways in this year's Christmas Event! Christmas Giftboxes will provide you with a wonderful potential assortment of prizes, including costumes, pet eggs, or even MVP cards if you're lucky! Snowflake Coins will provide you with a chance to purchase seasonal rental weapons, or costumes and other great items. Stocking Hanging can grant you special consumable items and other useful treasures, along with costumes, pets, and other gifts. Santa's Marbles will provide you an opportunity to win some of this year's best prizes - though this is one of the more challenging minigames provided this year! This year's Instance Dungeon and related quests offer a chance for some unique prizes, consumables, helpful services, and much more. This part of the event also affords you the opportunity to obtain some truly special items as part of this year's event, including the following gears: Gear Name Red Stocking Boots Antonio's Coat Antonio's Red Bag Slots 1 1 1 Description While it's torn in some places, it helps with ventilation. Of course, it's not convenient in the rain. A replica of the coat Antonio is wearing. Once worn, you feel like you could become the NEW Antonio. A red bag that on first glace would be santa's bag. But there's something moving inside. Hmm, what could that be? Effect - MaxHP + 5% - LUK + 3 - Add a 1% chance to autocast Level 1 [Quagmire] on yourself when you're attacked physically. Every refine level adds, - MDEF + 1 - Increase natural HP and SP regeneration by 2%. - MaxHP + 5% - All Stats + 1 Every refine level adds, - ATK & MATK + 1 - MDEF + 4 - Increase resistance to the Freeze status by 20%. - Every time you kill a monster, there is a small chance to drop Candy. Every refine level adds, - Slightly increased Candy drop rate. Class Shoes Armor Garment Defense 3 5 3 Weight 50 50 60 Required Level 40 40 40 Job Every Job Every Job Every Job If Antonio's Coat and Red Stocking Boots are worn together, If Antonio's Coat and Antonio's Red Bag are worn together, If Red Stocking Boots, Antonio's Coat, and Antonio's Red Bag are worn together, - MaxSP + 10%. - Every refine level of Red Stocking Boots adds Flee + 1. - ASPD + 3% - Every refine level of Antonio's Red Bag adds HIT + 1. - 10% more Experience from Demi-Human and Angel Race. - Increase resistance to Freeze status by 10%. - Increase Candy heal rate by 100%. - Increase Lucky Candy heal rate by 200%. - Enables use of level 1 [Teleport]. - Casting can't be interrupted. We hope that you'll enjoy all that the season has to offer as we celebrate 2017 coming to an end with our holiday event! To make sure that you have the most fun you can have, please be mindful of several important rules and features with this year's Christmas celebration. Important Rules, Dates, and Notes To begin this year's Christmas Event, speak with the NPC in Prontera, who will take you to the Enchanted Village. All Christmas Event minigames and events will take place within the Enchanted Village and its related areas and NPCs. Items such as Giftbox Pieces, Marbles, and Snowflake Coins are account bound in this year's event. Some of this year's prizes are account-bound as well, 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, this year's Christmas celebration will conclude on January 6, 2019 - allowing for you to enjoy the holiday fun throughout the remainder of the season! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, snow, and wonder of this year's Christmas celebration - which is our delight to offer to you as we close another wonderful year! We're looking forward to another year full of even more fun, enjoyment, and even more offerings that will make 2019 a year to really remember. Thank you as always for your support of TalonRO, and as always, happy gaming!
  5. No worries! We'll be announcing the House winner and individual competition winners shortly with our next news announcement. Stay tuned!
  6. The month of December is here, and our countdown to Christmas has arrived to usher in the spirit of the holiday season. We're thankful for every member of the TalonRO community, and this year we're pleased to present our Fourth-Annual Advent Calendar giveaway as a countdown to Christmas! If you're unfamiliar with this concept, Advent Calendars are special calendars which mark each day from now through Christmas Eve. Behind each day on the calendar is often something nice - a small gift in celebration of the big day coming on December 25th! This year, we're pleased to continue our holiday tradition to say thank you for being part of the TalonRO community and to celebrate you with countdown to Christmas - complete with presents! We're pleased to thank the entire TalonRO community with special small prizes, all the way through December 24th! Claiming your own Advent Calendar prize is simple - though you'll want to make sure that you can log in each day to TalonRO in order to claim all of your prizes! There's no way to collect prizes for days which you have missed - so the only way to get them is to check the calendar each day from December 1 through December 24 on Christmas Eve! Claim your Advent Calendar prize in four easy steps: Visit the TalonRO Advent Calendar and look for today's date! You'll only be able to open a present from the calendar on that current day, so we hope that you won't miss any of them. Don't forget: all days start and end on Midgard (server) time - so be sure to note what time it is on TalonRO! Find the day's present in the calendar and click on it. Each present will have a special holiday greeting card, as drawn by members of the TalonRO community! View the work of our Advent Calendar Art Contest winners are this year by visiting the calendar each day. Along with the card, you'll receive a special unique code! Take this code to our Advent Calendar NPC in Lutie and enter the code exactly as you see it after opening your Advent Calendar present in the calendar. Remember: each code is unique to your Master Account! You'll receive your daily Advent Calendar prize if you've entered your code in correctly with the Advent Giver NPC in Lutie, It could be something small and useful, or something much more rare and wonderful! All of these gifts are our way of saying thank you for being part of the TalonRO community! All Advent Calendar Gifts this year are account-bound and will only be available on the day they are offered - meaning that you can't log-in and collect prizes from later dates. To receive all 24 gifts, you'll need to visit the Advent Calendar and the NPC in Lutie each day from now through Christmas Eve. You'll also might be marveling at the wonderful artwork in the advent calendar - which was created by Talonian artists from past years! Incredible and amazing thanks go to all of the Talonian artists in the past who have contributed to the Advent Calendar to make it special and unique! We hope this fun and wonderful countdown will help ring in the holiday season on TalonRO with lots of cheer and bright wishes. Although there is much more to come in December, our Advent Calendar is just the kickoff we hope that you'll enjoy! Our best wishes to you all for a wonderful holiday and thank you as always for your support! Happy Gaming!
  7. Welcome to Melodia, home of Melodia Academy and the Haunted Festival ! Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Melodia houses a dark secret underneath its charming town, however. Though the leaders of each house within Melodia Academy know of the town's dark secret, the students are blissfully unaware...until this very year, where a dark secret stirs deep within. Melodia Academy invites you to be part of this year's festivities: both to enjoy all that the town has to offer, but also to potentially defend the town and its students from what lurks below - and it will be up to you to fight for Melodia in this year's Halloween celebration: the Melodia Haunted Festival! Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Melodia Haunted Festival presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic seasonal adventure, this year's festivities presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The Melodia Haunted Festival is, at its heart, a competition: four houses of noble origin serve the students of Melodia Academy. As such, the invitation to the haunted festival requires you to first be assigned to a house. There are four houses to choose from: Windsor House - led by Remy Guile House - led by Faa Sorin House - led by Sola Emure House - led by Sydo Each of the four houses of Melodia Academy are accepting applicants as well! In the grand tradition of Melodia Academy, all new adventurers are sorted into a house, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the four houses to assist them in this year's festival by becoming an honorary student! Speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy upon entry. Monny will enroll you into the Academy, and will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. While your preferences will be weighed in, Melodia Academy is ultimately responsible for sorting you into a house, and will pick for you based on what he believes your capabilities can offer. Note that your house assignment will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Melodia Haunted Festival, 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 a normal city, but within the town of Melodia, which is normally hidden from the world during the school year! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. Once here, you will need to choose a house. Once this is done, you will have the option to warp to either Melodia or Melodia Academy. You'll be able to walk to either Melodia or Melodia Academy from either place, but the warper will be able to drop you off at your desired location for convenience. In order to determine which of the houses reign supreme among the students of Melodia Academy, a series of competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each house to compete as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your housemates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer house-specific progression quest! Activities rotate every hour during the Haunted Festival - and can include everything from festival-wide events involving all houses, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort between houses working together! The leaders of each house are eager to put the students 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!  However - lurking below this year's festivities is something far more sinister than just challenges and minigames. Dark energy seems to be returning to Melodia, and the grandmaster of the Melodia Academy - Saberoth - has cloistered himself away at the same time. This year's main quest will involve your work to learn more about the recent disturbances which seem to be cropping up in Melodia during this year's Haunted Festival, starting with a desire to locate a strange artifact... The Melodia Haunted Festival revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents House 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 House Quest or other activities. Hunting minigames. No time in Melodia would be complete without having an opportunity to put your skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - you may select to enter Vanilla or Unrestricted mode at your own choosing! To enter the hunting grounds, head to the Staircase next to Zarevok in Melodia Academy. 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 as well as drops! 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. The houses of Melodia Academy won't always face against one another! The housemasters 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! Houses will be paired together in a 2 v 2 house competition! Houses will be divided into two teams, and given a unique costume to temporarily distinguish themselves so you know who is on which team! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your team'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 Red 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 or Guess The Number, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Melodia Haunted Festival - and what other surprises and scares might lurk in store! Main House Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a house team, you'll have the option to embark upon a new quest. Each respective house leader will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn both a special headgear and also access to further activities! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to advance your house's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, including events related to the action stirring forth within Melodia - including the installment of a special new instance dungeon which will offer exciting challenges, thrills, and prizes! Points and Tickets are how the Haunted Festival keeps track of performance. In order to see which of the houses will win in this year's competition, the work of each alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Haunted Festival to see which house reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and House Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival houses for team awards, while Red 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 house points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if there is any danger around the corner! House Points contribute toward determining which of the four houses will win 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, the Melodia Academy registrar will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Haunted Festival, when the winning house and runner-up house will be announced! The four houseleaders have also agreed to award special honorary degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid adventurers 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 students of each house! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Haunted Festival will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize! Red 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 Red 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 house leaders as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secret items will you collect from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out! The Haunted Festival features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets. Points are used to determine which house will win in this year's Melodia Haunted Festival. At the end of the Festival, the house with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that house 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 awarded 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 house will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning house will be announced at the end Haunted Festival to keep the suspense running high! Red Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Haunted Festival 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 Red Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with a special prize NPC in the center tent of Melodia, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below! Special Academy Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Haunted Festival as well, in addition to a winning house. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Haunted Festival 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 house score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the 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 Haunted Festival. 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 Degree Award this year as well! Overall, the winning house will win from a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The house with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The house who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The house whose members have the most individual Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!) Additionally, there will be a runner-up house which will also receive a prize! Competition games are the essence of the Haunted Festival! The four houses this year are eager to see who among them will win in this year's festival, so the competition is heating up. 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 Haunted Festival, but to also earn points for your house 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 Degree Award winners! Blackjack & Guess the Number The Melodia Haunted Casino is 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 house 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 house. 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 house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the students of Melodia Academy recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a 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 house'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 house 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 will open in both Vanilla and Unrestricted mode, and you can choose which to take on. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try out both sometime! 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 house 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! House Quest Embark on a quest for your house to grant you a special headgear and access to the instance dungeon. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your house's respective quest by speaking with your respective housemaster. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic and energy, 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! MVP Instance dungeon This year, an all-new instance dungeon awaits you as the hardest part of this year's festival. Embark on a journey to learn more about the dark forces stirring within Melodia as part of this season's most difficult quest! The instance will feature some of the Haunted Festival's most unique rewards - so it is not to be missed, even though it will be challenging! It wouldn't be a proper Haunted Festival without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the various houses, the degree ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your house will count toward your total score. Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Boxes as well! This year's ToT Boxes have been revamped with a new look - and new items with reduced junk items rates that make this year's bags some of the best yet! 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 Red Festival Tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes and fantastic assorted prizes! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Haunted Festival. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck! Trade in your Red Festival Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Box! Note: Trick or Treat Boxes are account-bound, as they were last year, however its contents can mostly be traded. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! On top of that you can choose to go for last year's costumes, too! 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 House Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Pitch Dark Evil Druid Hat [0] upon successful completion! Note: this hat is account-bound. Note: this hat can not be worn in Vanilla WoE/PvP but can be worn on Vanilla event maps. Item details: Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Pet! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning houses this year! This year, the Top 2 houses will win a prize! Naturally, the greatest prize goes to the top house: The house that places first will win a Blessing of Angels Costume (account-bound) The house that comes in second will win a Black Wing Costume (account-bound) In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: Deviling Pet (not account-bound!)- considerably rare, this pet is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful student of Melodia! 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 Melodia Haunted Festival 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 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 Melodia! To begin in the Melodia Haunted Festival, speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. From there, he will warp you into either Melodia or Melodia Academy. This is where the Festival is taking place. You will be able to have some say in choosing your house, but the Academy will make the ultimate decision. Once sorted into a house, this will be your affiliation for the duration of the Festival. To be sorted into a house, speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy. Upon enrollment into the Academy, Monny will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Haunted Festival 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 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, MVP instance dungeon, and main house quest series are exempt of the hourly rotation. Accessing the MVP instance access requires a King's Soul Stone item once this is available to you after completing the main house quest. This item drops from Halloween MvPs, or via other miscellaneous methods. 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 both Melodia and Melodia Academy to remind you of your house 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 Melodia (just pack accordingly if you see any dangerous activity!) Melodia Academy 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 Degree 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 Box, 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 Melodia Haunted Academy will end on Sunday, November 18th, and within a few days after that, the winning house will be announced, along with this year's house prizes and Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Melodia Haunted Festival - 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!
  8. November continues the haunted action this month with multiple events which are sure to provide both tricks and treats! Fall continues as December is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it's time for TalonRO's celebration of Halloween! Enjoy a completely new in-game event experience this year in the Melodia Haunted Festival! Don't forget too about our recent release of Old Glast Heim from last month - where you can come to the aid of the Glast Heim Knights on their quest to defeat the witch, Himmelmez. We're also unveiling part of our new TalonRO patcher, where your gateway to the world of TalonRO will receive a special update and new look - we hope that you'll like it! We hope that November's updates are plenty of fun, and feel welcome to read on for this month's latest updates and additions!  We're delighted to offer several unique events happening in November to celebrate the last vestiges of Autumn - starting with our new Halloween-themed event "Melodia Haunted Festival." Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Visit our Official Events section to read about this year's Halloween-themed event "Melodia Haunted Festival" with tons of great events, quests, stories, prizes, and more! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The TalonRO Patcher has recently been fully revamped and is coming soon! The new patcher has been designed to enhance your experience on TalonRO from the moment that you double-click to begin your adventures. Revitalized and reimagined from the ground-up, the new design incorporates news blocks, features from Instagram, and helpful information as you begin your journey through Midgard and beyond. Be on the lookout as this new patcher experience rolls out to the community soon - we hope that you'll enjoy the new look and feel of the patcher, as well as that you'll find the new content helpful and informative! As with each monthly update, we've made a few necessary changes and general updates to make your experience on TalonRO fun and fresh. We hope that you enjoy the following updates and bug fixes: The following changes have been applied to the Old Glast Heim instance: Resolved a potential issue regarding quests that were not properly being registered during the instance. Increased the droprate of Coagulated Spells from OGH mobs by a significant margin. Increased the number of Coagulated Spells received after killing Amadarais. Previously set at 1, the new drop amount will range from 1 to 3. Every treasure in the Treasure Room will now drop a Coagulated Spell at a rate of 100%. Previously, this drop rate was at 50%. The forum-bound limit applied to this instance has increased. Previously, the limit on this instance was seven (7) times a week. You will now be able to access this instance up to twelve (12) times per week. Eden Group now has the Stalactic Golem quest replaced by both Tri Joint and Megalith quests. Fixed a small typo found in the Eden Gym. The Pintados Festival is now always open - please enjoy and try it out! Resolved an issue within Unrestricted WoE where the higher-HP version of the Emperium was not spawning correctly. Previously, the regular Emperium was spawned in its place. Added a larger nonvending zone to Umbala to prevent abuse of !shopjump. Added a dummy version of the Dog NPC for Eden Group quests within moc_fild11 with the intent to guide players toward the correct NPC.  Tam Tam’s Gift Region this month is all about that spooky fun with an adventure through Glast Heim! As if you couldn't get enough of Glast Heim (including Old Glast Heim!), this month's TTG will make for an extra special time through one of TalonRO's most beloved dungeons. Enjoy exploring around both of these special areas with their dark and sinister aspects - especially so with this month’s champion monsters for an opportunity to earn additional great rewards and experience! This month’s TTG region includes: Glast Heim Dungeon Exceptions to TTG in Glast Heim include the following maps: gl_dun01 gl_prison gl_chyard gl_sew03 This month’s Champion monsters include: Gargoyle Raydric Archer Abysmal Knight Rideword Khalitzburg Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes. There's a new addition at the top of the order: the Morroc Kid Servant Costume! Further great costumes for this Halloween-themed box include the Ghostring Tall Hat Costume, Walking Kishu Inu Costume, and the Diabolic Lapel Costume - all perfect for the Halloween season! 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! November'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. Morroc Kid Servant Costume (Item # 21022)** Ghostring Tall Hat Costume (Item # 20657) Walking Kishu Inu Costume (Item # 21123) Diabolic Lapel Costume (Item # 20915) Forest Guide Costume (Item # 21122) Baby Deviling Costume (Item # 21052) Deviling Rucksack Costume (Item # 20926) Popping Popcorn Costume (Item # 21132) Gorilla Mask Costume (Item # 20706) Deviruchi Headphones Costume (Item # 20681) Assassin Skull Mask Costume (Item # 21129) Skeleton Hood Costume (Item # 21130) ** Please note: Monks / Champions will be unable to wear this costume at this time.
  9. Welcome to Melodia, home of Melodia Academy and the Haunted Festival ! Home to some of Midgard's most talented musicians, artists and and magicians, four houses serve to educate the students of Melodia Academy: Midgard's premier school for the magical arts. Created by two powerful wizards, Algo and Muse, and now led by their seventh generation descendants - the four house leaders, the students of Melodia Academy are hard at work using their talents to convert the charming town of Melodia for the annual Haunted Festival for Halloween! Melodia houses a dark secret underneath its charming town, however. Though the leaders of each house within Melodia Academy know of the town's dark secret, the students are blissfully unaware...until this very year, where a dark secret stirs deep within. Melodia Academy invites you to be part of this year's festivities: both to enjoy all that the town has to offer, but also to potentially defend the town and its students from what lurks below - and it will be up to you to fight for Melodia in this year's Halloween celebration: the Melodia Haunted Festival! Like Halloween celebrations of the past, this year's festival is action packed! However, the Melodia Haunted Festival presents an opportunity to experience an entirely new series of events, festivities, games, and goals! With an entirely new twist on a classic seasonal adventure, this year's festivities presents a unique opportunity to play together, challenge your fellow adventurers, and - as always - win some absolutely fantastic prizes! Begin this year's Haunted Festival in the Academy Grounds of Melodia! Speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera to enter. The Melodia Haunted Festival is, at its heart, a competition: four houses of noble origin serve the students of Melodia Academy. As such, the invitation to the haunted festival requires you to first be assigned to a house. There are four houses to choose from: Windsor House - led by Remy Guile House - led by Faa Sorin House - led by Sola Emure House - led by Sydo Each of the four houses of Melodia Academy are accepting applicants as well! In the grand tradition of Melodia Academy, all new adventurers are sorted into a house, and your goal is to first align yourself to one of the four houses to assist them in this year's festival by becoming an honorary student! Speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy upon entry. Monny will enroll you into the Academy, and will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. While your preferences will be weighed in, Melodia Academy is ultimately responsible for sorting you into a house, and will pick for you based on what he believes your capabilities can offer. Note that your house assignment will apply to all characters within your master account. For the purposes of the Melodia Haunted Festival, 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 a normal city, but within the town of Melodia, which is normally hidden from the world during the school year! To access the event area, you will need to speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. Once here, you will need to choose a house. Once this is done, you will have the option to warp to either Melodia or Melodia Academy. You'll be able to walk to either Melodia or Melodia Academy from either place, but the warper will be able to drop you off at your desired location for convenience. In order to determine which of the houses reign supreme among the students of Melodia Academy, a series of competitions are hosted at specific time-based intervals. This is to allow each house to compete as individuals and as a team across a variety of challenges. In between competitions, you and your housemates will have the opportunity to pass the time away in microevents, such as the return of Blackjack, or embark on a longer house-specific progression quest! Activities rotate every hour during the Haunted Festival - and can include everything from festival-wide events involving all houses, or very specific monster or MVP challenges which will require collaborative effort between houses working together! The leaders of each house are eager to put the students 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!  However - lurking below this year's festivities is something far more sinister than just challenges and minigames. Dark energy seems to be returning to Melodia, and the grandmaster of the Melodia Academy - Saberoth - has cloistered himself away at the same time. This year's main quest will involve your work to learn more about the recent disturbances which seem to be cropping up in Melodia during this year's Haunted Festival, starting with a desire to locate a strange artifact... The Melodia Haunted Festival revolves around a series of three distinct activities: Hourly Festival minigames Individual microevents House 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 House Quest or other activities. Hunting minigames. No time in Melodia would be complete without having an opportunity to put your skills to the test! When games of the hunting variety are open for the hour, suit up and get ready to go monster hunting - you may select to enter Vanilla or Unrestricted mode at your own choosing! To enter the hunting grounds, head to the Staircase next to Zarevok in Melodia Academy. 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 as well as drops! 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. The houses of Melodia Academy won't always face against one another! The housemasters 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! Houses will be paired together in a 2 v 2 house competition! Houses will be divided into two teams, and given a unique costume to temporarily distinguish themselves so you know who is on which team! If you are on the defensive team, every minute your team'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 Red 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 or Guess The Number, or speak with any of the festival goers to learn more about the Melodia Haunted Festival - and what other surprises and scares might lurk in store! Main House Quests & Specialty Adventures. Once you've been assigned to a house team, you'll have the option to embark upon a new quest. Each respective house leader will be able to help you get started, and each quest contains multiple parts and sections to earn both a special headgear and also access to further activities! Complete various sections of the evolving quest to advance your house's team to further glory! Plus, other exciting events may unfold as the Festival progresses, including events related to the action stirring forth within Melodia - including the installment of a special new instance dungeon which will offer exciting challenges, thrills, and prizes! Points and Tickets are how the Haunted Festival keeps track of performance. In order to see which of the houses will win in this year's competition, the work of each alliance will contribute into a total point system during the Haunted Festival to see which house reigns at the top! Each minigame, microevent, and House Quest will earn you points and/or tickets. Points go toward settling the competition between each of the rival houses for team awards, while Red 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 house points. Alternatively, specialty adventures may reward you with tickets, but possibly not team points depending on the nature of the mission - especially if there is any danger around the corner! House Points contribute toward determining which of the four houses will win 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, the Melodia Academy registrar will be keeping a record of the scores hidden until the end of the Haunted Festival, when the winning house and runner-up house will be announced! The four houseleaders have also agreed to award special honorary degrees to the thirteen (13) most intrepid adventurers 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 students of each house! Those individuals with the most points at the end of the entire Haunted Festival will be announced and receive a special, exclusive prize! Red 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 Red 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 house leaders as thanks for participating in this year's Festival. What secret items will you collect from earning tickets in this year's Festival? There's only one way to find out! The Haunted Festival features two distinct methods of performance tracking: Points and Tickets. Points are used to determine which house will win in this year's Melodia Haunted Festival. At the end of the Festival, the house with the most amount of points will win the Festival, and all players who are aligned with that house 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 awarded 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 house will be tallied, but kept hidden throughout the event. The winning house will be announced at the end Haunted Festival to keep the suspense running high! Red Festival Tickets can be earned throughout the minigames and microevents this year, allowing you to save them up and trade in for fantastic Haunted Festival 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 Red Festival Ticket. You may exchange these tickets with a special prize NPC in the center tent of Melodia, who can help you exchange these tickets for fantastic prizes and mentioned down below! Special Academy Degree award prizes for top individual performers will be handed out at the end of the Haunted Festival as well, in addition to a winning house. Note that top-performance is character driven - so to compete in this area, we recommend participating in the Haunted Festival 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 house score, while opening Treasure Chests will contribute points toward your individual performance scores in the 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 Haunted Festival. 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 Degree Award this year as well! Overall, the winning house will win from a best-of-three score card across three distinct categories: The house with the highest cumulative point scores across all events, and with all players. The house who won the most hourly games overall in various minigames. The house whose members have the most individual Degree Award recipients (there are 13, so that way there are no ties!) Additionally, there will be a runner-up house which will also receive a prize! Competition games are the essence of the Haunted Festival! The four houses this year are eager to see who among them will win in this year's festival, so the competition is heating up. 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 Haunted Festival, but to also earn points for your house 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 Degree Award winners! Blackjack & Guess the Number The Melodia Haunted Casino is 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 house 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 house. 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 house with the most wins will win additional team-wide points! Halloween Challenge Even the students of Melodia Academy recall this classic Halloween game involving candy - a 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 house'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 house 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 will open in both Vanilla and Unrestricted mode, and you can choose which to take on. Points and tickets for these modes will be the same, so we encourage you to try out both sometime! 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 house 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! House Quest Embark on a quest for your house to grant you a special headgear and access to the instance dungeon. A great experience awaits you, which is perfect for passing the time in between hourly minigame rounds! Begin your house's respective quest by speaking with your respective housemaster. The Labyrinth Once open, the Labyrinth is the home of some truly foul magic and energy, 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! MVP Instance dungeon This year, an all-new instance dungeon awaits you as the hardest part of this year's festival. Embark on a journey to learn more about the dark forces stirring within Melodia as part of this season's most difficult quest! The instance will feature some of the Haunted Festival's most unique rewards - so it is not to be missed, even though it will be challenging! It wouldn't be a proper Haunted Festival without some wonderful prizes! In addition to settling the score between the various houses, the degree ceremony will come at the end of the Festival - and until then, every point earned for your house will count toward your total score. Halloween wouldn't also be complete unless there were prized Trick or Treat Boxes as well! This year's ToT Boxes have been revamped with a new look - and new items with reduced junk items rates that make this year's bags some of the best yet! 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 Red Festival Tickets this year will allow you access to a wide range of fantastic prizes, including new costumes and fantastic assorted prizes! With only a single ticket type to keep track of, your tickets will add up into some wonderful prizes during the Haunted Festival. What you'll earn is up to the effort you put in, and a little bit of Halloween magical luck! Trade in your Red Festival Tickets at the Halloween Prizes NPC in the for any of the following amazing prizes: Trade six (6) Red Tickets in for a Trick or Treat Box! Note: Trick or Treat Boxes are account-bound, as they were last year, however its contents can mostly be traded. Trade fifty (50) Red Tickets for your chance at winning one of six new, exclusive costumes! On top of that you can choose to go for last year's costumes, too! 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 House Quest will also yield the possibility for an exciting prize! Quest completion will give a special new Pitch Dark Evil Druid Hat [0] upon successful completion! Note: this hat is account-bound. Note: this hat can not be worn in Vanilla WoE/PvP but can be worn on Vanilla event maps. Item details: Plus, every completion gives a slight chance to also receive a special Bandit Pet! Note: this egg item is account-bound. A special prize will also go to all adventurers who are affiliated with the winning houses this year! This year, the Top 2 houses will win a prize! Naturally, the greatest prize goes to the top house: The house that places first will win a Blessing of Angels Costume (account-bound) The house that comes in second will win a Black Wing Costume (account-bound) In recognition of outstanding efforts, each of this year's thirteen Degree recipients will receive an incredible two special prizes: Deviling Pet (not account-bound!)- considerably rare, this pet is sure to let everyone know that you're a powerful student of Melodia! 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 Melodia Haunted Festival 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 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 Melodia! To begin in the Melodia Haunted Festival, speak with the Ferryman NPC in Prontera. From there, he will warp you into either Melodia or Melodia Academy. This is where the Festival is taking place. You will be able to have some say in choosing your house, but the Academy will make the ultimate decision. Once sorted into a house, this will be your affiliation for the duration of the Festival. To be sorted into a house, speak with Monny the NPC in Melodia Academy. Upon enrollment into the Academy, Monny will ask you if you would like him to sort you into a house, or if you have a preference. Furthermore, this affiliation will be applied to your entire Master Account, and all characters within your Master Account who participate in the Haunted Festival 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 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, MVP instance dungeon, and main house quest series are exempt of the hourly rotation. Accessing the MVP instance access requires a King's Soul Stone item once this is available to you after completing the main house quest. This item drops from Halloween MvPs, or via other miscellaneous methods. 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 both Melodia and Melodia Academy to remind you of your house 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 Melodia (just pack accordingly if you see any dangerous activity!) Melodia Academy 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 Degree 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 Box, 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 Melodia Haunted Academy will end on Sunday, November 18th, and within a few days after that, the winning house will be announced, along with this year's house prizes and Degree Award recipients! We sincerely hope that you enjoy the magic, frights, and wonder of the Melodia Haunted Festival - 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!
  10. Are you ready for 10x rates on TalonRO? Make the most of this weekend and beyond with a special 10x base and job rate event! We're also pleased to announce this year's winners from the Amazing Summer Race's Fast Five rankings - with winners set to receive a special and exclusive costume. We hope that you'll enjoy the next few days on TalonRO - and thank you as ever for being part of this amazing community! Enjoy 10x Base and Job EXP rates now through the next voting goal milestone as special thanks for being part of the TalonRO community! Our EXP rate bonus has already begun, and will end in about three days when the voting goal is over again. Once the voting goal is reset, rates will return to their normal range - so be sure to continue to vote for the best rates possible! Your votes will still count during this time for when the EXP event ends! We're pleased to announce this year's Amazing Summer Race Fast Five winners! To recall: If you were the first person to find the regional agent during the event, a special announcement declared your success. This achievement was tallied throughout the event, resulting in a ranking for those who located the NPC first. Without further adieu, here are this year's Fast Five: Ellie Valentine Restless kulet12 Bobito Yatzii Winners this year will receive a limited-edition Water Mastery Costume! For this year's winners: Please send a PM to GM Seiren with the name of the character you wish to receive the costume item on. Note: the costume item is account-bound, so please be mindful of this when selecting the character to whom you would like the costume to be sent.
  11. October is Halloween month - and as Autumn leaves roll through, people of all ages across Midgard are getting ready for trick or treating, Fall adventures, and much more. In honor of this most haunted month, we're celebrating the release of an entirely new instance dungeon: Old Glast Heim! Journey through the past to explore the origins and adventures of one of Midgard's most haunted original locations. Come to the aid of the Glast Heim Knights on their quest to defeat the witch, Himmelmez - and collect items for an opportunity to earn new cards, equipment, and much more - all exclusive to this new instance dungeon! Plus, we've added in new updates this month along with the latest TamTam's Gift Region and Monthly Costume Box! The haunted thrills in October are just beginning - and with Halloween around the corner, the chill in the air is only going to feel colder. Read on for this month's latest updates and additions! Journey deep into the past, into the origins of a time when the castle of Glast Heim was ruled and controlled by a terrible malevolent force and magic. In the new instance dungeon of Old Glast Heim, you'll be taken on a journey with the knight, Hugin, and the intrepid Glast Heim Royal Knights, plus Varmundt and Heinrech, in stopping the plans of the Valkyrie Himmelmez and her sinister ambitions. Throughout the instance of Old Glast Heim will be opportunities to collect rare and valuable items - including Temporal Crystals and Coagulated Spells. Each of these items, when collected in sufficient quantity, will allow you to access some special cards for use in your equipment. You can also collect some new and rare equipment items throughout the instance, and journey forward to engage in new and challenging battles with a whole host of new enemies. The Old Glast Heim instance will take you back into the past to alter the course of history - will you and your party be up to this new challenge? Features of Old Glast Heim include the following notable additions: To begin, speak with Hugin just below the entrance of Glast Heim. Simply use the Warp Girl to go to Glast Heim, or use the Instances Warp menu to go directly to the instance itself when ready. Hugin will open the pathway to Old Glast Heim by generating a time gap - the result of forces and magic seeping into Midgard from an unknown source... All monsters and stats have been balanced for TalonRO's unique pre-Renewal environment! Never fear - this instance remains quite challenging, and we know that you'll be up to the perils of this dungeon. The instance and storyline of Old Glast Heim is an important one - we hope that you'll enjoy exploring this special part of TalonRO! Requirements and limits for Old Glast Heim are as follows: Old Glast Heim has a daily character cooldown. This instance can be played up to seven (7) times per week, per Master Account at this time. Old Glast Heim parties can be up to seven (7) players per party. Although this instance features a number of beneficial items to collect, pay special attention to the following: Temporal Crystals and Coagulated Spells. These items will grant you access to Temporal Boots later on. Other regular item drops on all Old Glast Heim mobs have also been strongly improved, as compared to official drop rates. Special cards and equipment are available through Old Glast Heim, though the "Temporal Boots" are not available as of yet; we anticipate to release them in a future monthly update or maintenance patch. All Treasure Room equipment drops from Old Glast Heim have been considerably improved as compared to their official versions, but will drop at a much lower rate. The following cards are available through the Old Glast Heim instance: Khalitzburg Knight Card. Compound on shield. Reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 5%. Reduces damage taken from medium and large size monsters by 15%. When paired with the White Knight Card: ATK + 10; increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 5%; reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 10%. This card is available by trading in 8500 Coagulated Spell items by speaking with the Khalitzburg Knight NPC at the instance entrance. White Knight Card. Compound on weapon. ATK + 5. Increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 15%. When paired with the Khalitzburg Knight Card: ATK + 10; increases physical damage inflicted on medium and large size monsters by 5%; reduces damage taken from long-range attacks by 10%. This card is available by trading in 6500 Coagulated Spell items by speaking with the White Knight NPC at the instance entrance. The following equipment is available through the Old Glast Heim instance in the Treasury Room: Staff of Geffen [1] MATK + 25%; DEX + 3; DEF + 5; MDEF + 5; Reduce Cast Time by 10%; Whenever you receive Magical Damage there is small chance to reflect all offensive magic against you at 40% chance for 2 seconds. Class: Two-Handed Staff; required level: 70; applicable job: High Wizard. ATK: 100 Silversmith Bracelet [1] MDEF + 3; enables use of level 1 Spell Breaker. Class: Accessory; required level: 60; applicable job: every job. DEF: 1 Goldsmithing Dagger [2] Indestructible (except in upgrade attempts); MATK + 10%; increases Mammonite damage by 20%; spend 10% less zeny when using Mammonite. Class: Dagger; required level: 1; applicable job: Novice, Swordsman Class, Merchant Class, Thief Class, Ninja, Soul Linker. ATK: 120 Ceremonial Sword [0] MATK + 15%; ASPD + 10%; HIT + 10; increases Holy Cross damage by 25%. Class: One-Handed Sword; required level: 40; applicable job: Novice, Swordsman Class, Merchant Class, Thief Class. ATK: 150 Engraved Armor [1] Reduces damage from Long Ranged attacks by 10%. Class: Armor; required level: 80; applicable job: Lord Knight. DEF: 6 Heavy Sword [1] Increases damage of Head Crush by 30%; increases damage of Charge Attack by 20%; 5% chance to auto-cast level 1 Critical Wounds when using Head Crush; for every refinement level, the cast time of Charge Attack will be decreased by 3%; for refinement rates 9 through 10, 5% chance to auto-cast level 2 Critical Wounds. Class: Two-Handed Sword; required level: 70; applicable job: Lord Knight. ATK: 330 As with each monthly update, we've made a few necessary changes and general updates to make your experience on TalonRO fun and fresh. We hope that you enjoy the following updates and bug fixes: The Waltz of Flowers costume is no longer account-bound. The Job Changer NPC in Prontera will now give new characters a warning if they have not finished the Newbie Tutorial. Glorious Battlegrounds items can now be worn on castle entrance maps. New Costumes have been added into the prize rotation for both Wave Challenge and GMC Boxes: New Wave Challenge costumes include the White Bird Rose Costume and Sorcerer Hood Costume. New GMC Box costumes include the Fairy Feathers Costume and Neev Barrette Costume. Tam Tam’s Gift Region this month takes us back through other nostalgic areas with the addition of both Geffen Fields and Geffen Dungeon! Enjoy exploring around both of these special areas with their magical and mysterious aspects - especially so with this month’s champion monsters for an opportunity to earn additional great rewards and experience! This month’s TTG region includes: Geffen Fields and Geffen Dungeon This month’s Champion monsters include: Kobold Poring Fabre Orc Warrior Poporing Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes. There's a new addition at the top of the order: the Morroc Kid Servant Costume! Further great costumes include the Rolled Piamette Hair Costume, Walking Orange Tabby Cat Costume, and the Short Cat Ears - all perfect for the Halloween season! 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! October'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. Morroc Kid Servant Costume (Item ID: 21022) ** Rolled Piamette Hair Costume (Item ID: 21059) Walking Orange Tabby Cat Costume (Item ID: 21035) Short Cat Ears Costume (Item ID: 21025) Chibi Beelzebub Hat Costume (Item ID: 21049) Roast Memory Costume (Item ID: 21072) Russian Roulette Costume (Item ID: 21074) Pig Nose Costume (Item ID: 21062) Helm of Dragon General Costume (Item ID: 20795) Ashura Fairy Hat Costume (Item ID: 20786) Libra Diadem Costume (Item ID: 21110) Charlies Hat Costume (Item ID: 20801) ** Please note: Monks / Champions will be unable to wear this costume at this time.
  12. THANK YOU for making this year's Starlight Soiree one to remember! With more than 350 players in attendance at this year's summer beach social, we had a wonderfully fun time exploring the Lumen Isle, dancing the night away, playing a few minigames together, and hitting up the beachside Tiki Bar for (more than) a few drinks! We hope that you had a wonderful time - and if you have screenshots of your time at the event, we'd love to see them! As requested, we've made this year's playlist available and open for your listening pleasure! With two hours of music from this year's event, we hope that you'll find something new, or even an old familiar song (hello Captain Jack!). Download | Starlight Soiree - Playlist 2018 (.zip, 122mb) Thank you for making this year's event fun and memorable as we transition into the Autumn months! Thank you for being part of this incredible community - and, as always, happy gaming!
  13. Saturday, August 25 at 1600 Server Time 10:00am Eastern US time zone || 10:00pm Philippines time zone The return of the summer party of the year is here! TalonRO is gearing up for the return of The Starlight Soiree! This celebration of summer is a real tribute to all things fun in Midgard: an island party at night with tons of prizes, music, and plenty of fun memories. The Starlight Soiree has all the elements of our big social parties - such as live music, games, prizes, and one-of-a-kind costumes - but also fun twists such as our Ocean Tiki Bar, Volcanic Hot Springs, and much more. As always, our social events aren't just anywhere; we're back at the TalonRO exclusive nighttime island paradise: Lumen Isle! Like our Yule Ball event, the Starlight Soiree is a beach party unlike any other - and we're breaking out all the stops to make for an unforgettable night of fun! Each guest on arrival to Lumen Isle will receive their very own Summer Suit Costume - made especially for the Starlight Soiree. These great Summer Suits are just for the Starlight Soiree and a fun new twist on some classic summer gear! Your beach attire will disappear at the end of the Starlight Soiree, but you'll be ready for fun on Lumen Isle's shores! Get on the dance floor, party on the shores, get a drink at the Tiki bar, or take a dip in the mountain hot springs - the night is yours! Our Starlight Soiree Hostesses will be on hand when you arrive by ship into Lumen Isle. They'll help you get on the guest list and get you ready for the night! They'll also record your name for the evening for a chance to win amazing prizes and participate in the Soiree's minigames! We also have our awesome Photo Selfie Booth this year, where you can take screenshot selfies with some of TalonRO's most beloved monsters and NPCs! We'll be Live DJ'ing songs selected by you with our live streaming playlist! You'll be able to request the songs you want to hear ahead of time - and we'll be broadcasting those on our very own TalonRO Radio as well. At the very end of the night, we'll be crowning our Starlight King and Starlight Queen using the Hostesses guest list! Our drawing will be at random - but you could win a deluxe Starlight Costume Headgear, which is exclusive to the Starlight Soiree. These exclusive costumes can only be obtained once a year - and they're ultra rare! Will you be one of the lucky players who will take home these incredible costumes? There's only one way to win - and that's to attend the Starlight Soiree! We can't wait to see you at this year's Starlight Soiree event! Get ready for an unforgettable night of partying, music, prizes, and much more! Read on below to learn more about how to request your own songs and stream our TalonRO Radio music live during the event. We'll see you there! This year's Starlight Soiree will take place on Saturday, August 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Midgard (server) time! A warp portal will appear in Payon at 4:00pm on Saturday to enter the Lumen Isle. Please feel welcome to gather in Payon beforehand and await the opening of the summer party! This new time supercedes our previous save the date for the Starlight Soiree. We apologize for the inconvenience as we had to move the time due to circumstances beyond our control. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you on August 25th! https://share.talonro.com/radio/ The TalonRO Starlight Soiree streams music through our dedicated TalonRO Radio. You'll need to access TalonRO Radio separately on the night of the Starlight Soiree to listen into our live streaming playlist. Accessing TalonRO Radio is easy! You can do it in three easy steps: 1. Open a Music Player of your choice. Follow the steps below for your choice of player: VLC Media Player iTunes Other Players 2. No matter what your music player is, enter in the following address to begin streaming TalonRO Radio: https://share.talonro.com/radio/ Streaming Radio Player -OR- https://talonro.com/radio.mp3 Direct for use with VLC / Media Player / Browser 3. Begin the Streaming! Listen in to all of the great selections from the TalonRO Community for this awesome Starlight Soiree party. Request a Song! Simply leave the name of the song that you'd like in a post in this thread - it's that easy! If possible, please also drop a link for the song (such as a YouTube video link) so we can check it out easily! We have two hours of songs to play, so feel free to request a song! We'll try and get it into the lineup.
  14. Thanks to all who were able to help with Battlegrounds Beta testing! Your assistance and ability to help test Battlegrounds is an invaluable first step in ensuring Battlegrounds will be a fun experience for all. During testing, many of you came up with some great ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on your experience during beta testing. We'd love for you to offer those thoughts here so we can keep them in one place. If you have suggestions based on your experience during the beta test, we'd love to hear them! Thank you for taking the time to lend your thoughts and suggestions on Battlegrounds coming out of this beta test. We hope to be able to offer more testing and updates as we refine this feature on TalonRO with your input. Many thanks!
  15. 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!
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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!
  19. 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!
  20. 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!
  21. 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!
  22. Saturday, August 26 at 1500 Server Time 9:00am Eastern US time zone || 9:00pm Philippines time zone Click here to view the event in your own local time zone The return of the summer party of the year is here! TalonRO is gearing up for the return of The Starlight Soiree! This celebration of summer is a real tribute to all things fun in Midgard: an island party at night with tons of prizes, music, and plenty of fun memories. The Starlight Soiree has all the elements of our big social parties - such as live music, games, prizes, and one-of-a-kind costumes - but also fun twists such as our Ocean Tiki Bar, Volcanic Hot Springs, and much more. As always, our social events aren't just anywhere; we're back at the TalonRO exclusive nighttime island paradise: Lumen Isle! Like our Yule Ball event, the Starlight Soiree is a beach party unlike any other - and we're breaking out all the stops to make for an unforgettable night of fun! View photos of the Starlight Soiree and more at our Summer 2017 Event site! Each guest on arrival to Lumen Isle will receive their very own Summer Suit Costume - made especially for the Starlight Soiree. These great Summer Suits are just for the Starlight Soiree and a fun new twist on some classic summer gear! Your beach attire will disappear at the end of the Starlight Soiree, but you'll be ready for fun on Lumen Isle's shores! Get on the dance floor, party on the shores, get a drink at the Tiki bar, or take a dip in the mountain hot springs - the night is yours! Our Starlight Soiree Hostesses will be on hand when you arrive by ship into Lumen Isle. They'll help you get on the guest list and even let you select a new hairstyle and choice headgear - all to get you ready for the night! They'll also record your name for the evening for a chance to win amazing prizes and participate in the Soiree's minigames! We also have our awesome Photo Selfie Booth this year, where you can take screenshot selfies with some of TalonRO's most beloved monsters and NPCs! One of the most exciting parts of the Starlight Soiree is a party unlike anything you've experienced! We'll be Live DJ'ing songs selected by you with our live streaming playlist! You'll be able to request the songs you want to hear ahead of time - and we'll be broadcasting those on our very own TalonRO Radio as well. At the very end of the night, we'll be crowning our Starlight King and Starlight Queen using the Hostesses guest list! Our drawing will be at random - but you could win a deluxe Starlight Costume Headgear, which is exclusive to the Starlight Soiree. These exclusive costumes can only be obtained once a year - and they're ultra rare! Will you be one of the lucky players who will take home these incredible costumes? There's only one way to win - and that's to attend the Starlight Soiree! We can't wait to see you at this year's Starlight Soiree event! Get ready for an unforgettable night of partying, music, prizes, and much more! Read on below to learn more about how to request your own songs and stream our TalonRO Radio music live during the event. We'll see you there! https://share.talonro.com/radio/ The TalonRO Starlight Soiree streams music through our dedicated TalonRO Radio. You'll need to access TalonRO Radio separately on the night of the Starlight Soiree to listen into our live streaming playlist. Accessing TalonRO Radio is easy! You can do it in three easy steps: 1. Open a Music Player of your choice. Follow the steps below for your choice of player: VLC Media Player iTunes Other Players 2. No matter what your music player is, enter in the following address to begin streaming TalonRO Radio: https://share.talonro.com/radio/ Streaming Radio Player -OR- https://talonro.com/radio.mp3 Direct for use with VLC / Media Player / Browser 3. Begin the Streaming! Listen in to all of the great selections from the TalonRO Community for this awesome Starlight Soiree party. Request a Song! Simply leave the name of the song that you'd like in a post in this thread - it's that easy! If possible, please also drop a link for the song (such as a YouTube video link) so we can check it out easily! We have two hours of songs to play, so feel free to request a song! We'll try and get it into the lineup.
  23. Visit Tam Tam's Tiki Bar Here! With August's arrival and as summer comes in full swing, we're happy to introduce one more summer special event! Thanks to our fun loving and beloved mascot, Tam Tam, we're serving up summery drinks (and prizes!) throughout the whole month of August. We're hoping that all of the TalonRO community is having an amazing summer, and this year we're pleased to present our special Tam Tam's Tiki Bar Calendar Giveaway! If you're unfamiliar with this concept, this works in a similar way to our Advent Calendar did in December. This special calendar marks each day throughout the whole month of August - and behind each day on the calendar is often something nice and refreshing for the summer months in Midgard! We're thanking our entire community with special small items that can be obtained each day. Here's how Tam Tam's Tiki Bar works: All Tiki Bar calendar gifts are account-bound and will only be available on the day they are offered - meaning that you can't log-in and collect prizes from later dates. To receive all daily gifts, you'll need to visit the Tiki Bar Calendar and the NPC in Comodo each day from now throughout the days in August. We hope that you'll enjoy our special summer calendar throughout the month of August - it's all part of our saying thanks for being a part of the TalonRO community, and we hope that you have a fantastic summer!
  24. Welcome to July on TalonRO! Our latest monthly patch brings about some fun, action-packed changes to gameplay, including five brand new cards, extended and upgraded features for the Port Malaya instances, a wide range of bug fixes, various updates, and so much more. 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! 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 The guild alliance system in WoE has been disabled. The primary reasoning behind this decision is that its main use was to effectively bypass the player cap for guilds participating in WoE. In addition, the current WoE space lacks the number of participating guilds that would make the addition of an alliance system essential or otherwise interesting. The !dropannounce command now plays a small sound when an item drops. Keep your sound effects on and hear an audible chime when an item you're looking for has dropped on your !dropannounce preferences. !dropannounce is a command within the Bonus Bundle, available via the Reward Guru will be 50 Copper Coins. Port Malaya's two dungeon instances have been upgraded for your enjoyment! Both the Bangungot Hospital and Bakonawa Lake instance cooldowns have been shortened to just 3-days. Previous, this was a 7-day cooldown for these instances. The Spirit Piece item, as dropped via MVPs in Port Malaya, has had its drop rate increased. The following new boosted effects have been implemented for the Bakonawa Agimat Tattoo item: ATK + 5%, ASPD + 5%. Previously, this was ATK + 3%, ASPD + 5%. The following new boosted effects have been implemented for the Buwaya Agimat Tattoo item: MATK + 7%, Cast Time - 8%. Previously, this was MATK + 7%, Cast Time - 5%. The Old Orange Box item now contains both Male Hairstyle Notes and Female Hairstyle Notes among its contents. The Nightmare Amon Ra will now drop Old Orange Box. With this, the Gold Jewel Cutter is now also available again. Current droprate for this item from the MVP is: 13.5%. Casting time of the Halter Lead item has been reduced from 2 to 1 second. You no longer need to be a Gunslinger in order to make Ammo Boxes or Bullets. Any class can do this now. Slightly updated the rates on the Wave Challenge Box. On top of that, Mad Hatter Costume has been replaced by two brand new costumes. The Wave Challenge Unlimited Mode will now begin at a higher level of difficulty than in previous iterations in order to skip some of the easier floors. This was previously equal to level 15 in the previous iteration. As an example: Level 1 will have the same difficulty as Level 15 in the previous iteration Level 10 will be equivalent to the old Level 25, and so forth. The Gamemaster Challenge (GMC) lobby will now be available to enter when a GMC is not running. Previously, the lobby of this minigame was only available during GMC hours. Nine new cards have been added to gameplay. More cards will be added in the near future! These new cards are available both as: Mob drops from their respective monsters, Via the Reward Guru for 10 Talon Coins each. These nine cards may also be used in Vanilla mode, and include the following: Miming Card Type: Accessory Card Reduce Casting Time of Lightning Bolt by 25%; inflict 25% more damage with Lightning Bolt. Dropped by: Miming Little Fatum Card Type: Weapon Card When dealing magic damage there is a 1.5% chance to silence the enemy. Dropped by: Little Fatum Parus Card Type: Headgear Card Increases effectiveness of Heal skills by +3%. Acolyte Class only: Every 2 refine adds 1% heal effectiveness. Dropped by: Parus Angra Mantis Card Type: Headgear Card Critical damage + 2%. Thief Class only: Every 2 refine adds 1% critical damage. Dropped by: Angra Mantis Pom Spider Card Type: Weapon Card Increases damage against Undead race monsters by 20%. Dropped by: Pom Spider Siorava Card Type: Headgear Card LUK +2 [Merchant and Merchant Upper Classes] Every 3 refine on the compounded item adds LUK +1. Dropped by: Siorava Red Eruma Card Type: Weapon Card When dealing magic damage there's a 1.5% chance to cause curse status. Dropped by: Red Eruma Wild Rider Card Type: Footgear Card AGI + 1. When dealing physical or magic damage there is a 5% chance to cast Level 1 Increase Agility on yourself. Dropped by: Wild Rider Mini Octopus Card Type: Weapon Card When dealing magic damage there's a 1.5% chance to cause blind status. Dropped by: Mini Octopus Mobs from various locations series have had their HP reduced slightly, and their item drop rates increased! This should allow for these mobs to be more valuable, while also slightly reducing their overall difficulty. Nightmare Pyramids All mobs now give twice the amount of EXP as their previous amounts. Malangdo Dungeon Mob Changes Octopus Cave Instance Mob Changes Malangdo Culvert Instance Mob Changes 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 Alchemy Glove not triggering Fire Bolt when using Magic attacks. Items which are account-bound from either events or the Daily Slot Machine have been reclassified in our database. This is to avoid interference with the !whosell command to ensure searches are limited to available items. The Vanilla mode mapflag has been removed from all Rental maps. All Rental maps are now unrestricted and available for immediate use. New headgear sprites have been enabled for viewing through the Dressing Coach NPC in Prontera. The Plagiarism Skill NPC will now properly exit if the skill level entered is "0" when prompted. This month's Tam Tam's Gift region takes us into the industrial center of Midgard: the Einbroch fields and Einbech Dungeon! Brave through the smog and fight your way through this industrial offering - and fight against this month's Champion Monsters to earn yourself valuable coins, additional experience, and much more! Tam Tam's Gift Region July's region includes the Einbroch fields and Einbech Dungeon maps! Champion monsters for this month include the following: Metaling, Porcellio, Demon Pungus, Mineral, Obsidian Finally, no monthly patch would be complete without our latest monthly costume box! The Rainbow Sigrun makes its reappearance to our monthly costume box, and this month's box brings about a special animal-based flair with additions such as the Walking Black Cat Costume, Warm Cat Muffler, and the Hopping Rabbit 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! July'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! July 2017 Monthly Costume Box This month's costume items include the following Rainbow Sigrun Walking Black Cat Costume Clock Casket Costume Warm Cat Muffler Costume Hopping Rabbit Costume Wolf Masquerade Costume Dog Officer Costume Angelic Guidance Costume Rose Casquette Costume Bone Head Costume Shark Hat Costume Drooping Perimeter 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!
  25. We're pleased to announce the return of our special Discord-based GM Team AMA - where you'll get to ask members of the GM staff your questions about TalonRO! AMA, which is short for "Ask Me Anything" is a popular format of rapid-fire questions and answers in real time, and we're taking your questions this Sunday, July 2 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm Server Time in Discord (to convert into your local timezone, click here)! During this special session, members from our GM team will be on hand to answer any and all of your questions in rapid format. Have you been curious about a special piece of TalonRO role? Are you looking for more information on the Ginnunggap? Have you ever wondered what it looks like to run an event behind the scenes? We're looking forward to your great questions about TalonRO and the game we all love! Please remember to keep your questions centered around TalonRO, and we'll do our very best to answer them! We hope that you'll be able to join us for this special AMA hour. To participate, simply visit our TalonRO Discord AMA channel, or click on the box below to be taken directly to our chat! We'll see you then - and, as always, happy gaming! And in case you missed it, we're pleased to unveil our special Twitch Streaming Center! Watch some of your favorite Talonians stream their live gameplay through Midgard - when they're streaming, you'll see a notification appear on the forums that a Twitch stream is available. Simply click on the person streaming to be taken directly through to Twitch - where you can watch their experiences and adventures in real time! Interested in becoming a TalonRO Twitch streamer? Consider signing up and we'll register your Twitch URL along with your Discord name so Talonians all over will know when you're broadcasting your adventures to the world! Sign up through our forum thread and we'll get you into the widget for when you're ready to stream live! We hope that you'll enjoy these features - and we're looking forward to seeing you at our GM AMA this Sunday! Thanks as always, and happy gaming!
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