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    • By GM Howl

      Welcome to March on TalonRO! In our latest monthly patch, we're delighted to incorporate new features, helpful new content additions, squash some bugs, and rotate our Tam Tam's Gift and Monthly Costume Box offerings! We're also pleased to introduce a wide range of new content to keep your experience fresh, challenging, and fun. This latest patch is designed to keep the game you love full of great updates, which we hope that you will enjoy! Please take a moment to review all of our latest changes below - and as always, happy gaming!

      Our March update includes a large compliment of gameplay changes, which we hope that you will enjoy! This includes the introduction of the Biolabs Level 4 dungeon instance - the Wolfchev Laboratory - along with group of related items, monsters, and quests all designed to enable exciting exploration into the deepest level of the laboratory! Plus, we're happy to unveil greater choice options with our slotted middle headgears. Previously, slotted middle headgears gave very specific stat bonuses - but with the March patch, we're allowing you to enchant the middle headgear of your choice with either a STR, AGI, or INT bonus! We hope that you enjoy these and our other gameplay changes listed below.
      Gameplay Changes
      All item descriptions will now show if the item is listed as an SQI Bonus Ingredient. Furthermore, the existing notifications on SQI Ingredients and NPC-buyable Items have been moved to the top of the item's description for maximum visibility. Special thanks to @Kirsch for work on this addition! Slotted middle headgears may now possess any of the three previously available stats (STR, AGI, INT)! All existing slotted middle headgears have been updated to this new format, where the stat bonus is applied using an enchant stone. To craft a slotted middle headgear, you will now need to go through the manufacturing process. All slotted middle headgears (except for the base versions) have been removed from the Reward Guru, but can easily be made by using a "base" slotted middle headgear + the unslotted middle headgear you wish slot. (Note: these "base" slotted headgears will continue to be available in the Reward Guru and are at the top of the middle headgear list in the Guru). To craft the slotted middle headgear of your choosing, you will now need: One of the "base" slotted middle headgears: Sunglasses [1] for STR, Contact Lenses [1] for AGI, or Glasses [1] for INT The unslotted middle headgear you wish to slot. Go and visit Chiqita in Prontera (prt_in 45, 97) and she will help you to make the slotted version. Depending on what base slotted middle headgear you used, your new item will get the proper enchant stone applied to it. All base middle headgears, as well as the non-slotted middle headgears, now mention the Chiqita crafting possibilities in their relative item descriptions. The refine rate requirement to create slotted versions of Port Malaya's Kalasag, Buwaya Sack Cloth, Bangungot Boots of Nightmare and Bakonawa Scale Armor have been reduced from a +9 requirement to +8. Additionally, the drop rate of the non-slotted versions of the above listed items have been substantially increased! HP and ATK values of iz_dun05 monsters (Sedora, Pot Dofle, Sropho and King Dramoh) have been lowered slightly, while EXP values have been increased. The bonus drop rate of the Old Card Album item from the Kraken MVP has been significantly increased. The drop rate of Saphien's Armor of Ocean has been increased from the Kraken MVP. The March Patch introduces the new Aegir Set, a new item combo consisting of 4 pieces of equipment: the Aegir Helm, Aegir Armor, Aegir Cloak and Aegir Shoes: The item combo effects have been modified only slightly, with the Water Resist bonus having been reduced from 50% to 30%. Each individual item possesses a combination bonus when wearing with an Aegir Helm. An additional combination is available when wearing the entire complete set. These items are dropped from the following monsters: Aegir Helm is dropped by Sedora. Aegir Armor is dropped by Red Eruma. Aegir Cloak is dropped by Kraken. Aegir Shoes is dropped by Giant Octopus. Biolabs Update
      The official Wolfchev Laboratory quest and instance have now been added! To enter Biolabs 4 and access the new Wolfchev Laboratory instance, players must have completed the Dangerous Rumors quest. To begin, have the party leader speak with Wolfchev outside of his laboratory in Human Experimentation Laboratory B4 (lhz_dun04 151, 276) to create this instance. Players who previously had access to the Biolabs 4 map will already have access to the map as well as the instance. There are special rewards for killing all of the LH3 and LH4 MVPs throughout this instance dungeon. These rewards can be obtained at the end of the instance should you qualify for them. The cooldown of the Wolfchev Laboratory instance is 72 hours. This cooldown is applied across your entire master (forum) account. Should you leave the instance while participating in an active run, you will be unable to reenter for the remainder of the instance duration. All spawned LH3/LH4 MVPs throughout this instance will have lower item droprates than those found in the non-instanced version. Paladin Randel now drops Gigantic Lance[1], albeit at a lower drop rate. You may also obtain it by defeating all the LH3/LH4 MVPs from the Wolfchev Laboratory instance. Its effects have also changed as balanced to our pre-Renewal environment with the following characteristics: Two-handed spear, Can only be equipped by Lord Knights, Now possesses 1 slot instead of 0 slots, 475 Weight and 150 ATK, ASPD - 10%, When using Spiral Pierce, knock back your enemies 4 cells, When unequipping, you lose 500 sp, For every refine above +4, increase ASPD by 1%. Professor Celia now drops Salvage Cape[0], also at a lower drop rate. You may also obtain it by defeating all the LH3/LH4 MVPs from the Wolfchev Laboratory instance. Its effects have also been balanced for our pre-Renewal environment: Garment with 1 DEF, Can only be equipped by High Priests and High Wizards, Item still has 0 slots, Allows usage of Soul level 2, Upon casting Soul, auto cast Illusionary Shadow level 1, While equipped, all SP usage will be doubled, When equipping, SP - 500, When unequipping, SP - 1500. The Giant Crossbow item no longer drops from Gypsy Trentini. This item is exclusively available from Cecil Damon. All LH4 MVPs now properly drop the S-Grade Coin Bag. All LH3 regular mobs now drop the Will of Warrior item. The LH4 Gear Exchange and Enchanting have been implemented as well! Gather Blood Thirst, Will of Warrior and Ghost Chill to purchase LH4 gears or enchant them with powerful stones. The enchant possibilities have been changed from their Renewal versions, which effectively is realized as lower stat enchantment possibilities. The GM Guild in-game has been given an update! The GM guild has been retitled to "TalonRO Staff" and given a new emblem. Many thanks to @GM Lance for the shiny new emblem as well. 
      As with most of our monthly updates, we've taken to squashing a few small bugs to ensure your experience is seamless! We hope that these changes are helpful to you as part of TalonRO's ongoing commitment to work hard toward making your gaming time with us excellent! Read on for our latest round of fixes and edits.
      Bug Fixes
      The following items have been fixed to possess their proper elemental magic attack boost: Mask of Fotia - ID #18737 Mask Of Aegir - ID #18799 Alchemy Glove [1] - ID #28543 A party check feature has been added when a new portal to Geffenia has been opened. This is designed to prevent the menu from freezing up during selection. The Wave Challenge has been optimized to work more efficiently. Players will not measurably notice this during gameplay, though please report any inconsistencies or potential bugs you may find, if any!
      March's Tam Tam's Gift Region takes us deep into the desert - the Sograt Desert! Keep the sand out of your boots as you explore around the Morroc Fields region, battling against familiar monsters and exploring the vast swaths of desert which comprise this enormous southern region. Plus, this month's Champion monsters take the form of Drops, Picky, Hode, Andre and Magnolia. We hope that you enjoy venturing through the Sograt Desert and all of the extra bonuses that result.
      Tam Tam's Gift
      The March region includes the Morroc Fields (moc_fild) maps, such as the Sograt Desert. This region excludes the Dimensional Gorge (moc_fild21 and moc_fild22) maps. This month's champion monsters in this region are: Drops, Picky, Hode, Andre and Magnolia
      Finally, the March 2017 Costume Box contents are now available in the Reward Guru! This exciting collection this month departs from the usual offering of the Rainbow Sigrun Wings! Farewell, coveted headgear - we hope that you'll make an appearance back soon. However, taking the rarest slot is the new and amazing Rainbow Star Costume! Plus, new additions such as the Clock Casket Costume, the extra cute Hanging Dog Ears Costume, and many others are sure to delight even the most discerning costume connoisseur! We hope that you enjoy our latest offerings in March's box as listed below:
      Monthly Costume Box
      Our full contents for March's Costume Box include the following items:
      Rainbow Star Costume Clock Casket Costume Hanging Dog Ears Costume I'm Watching You Costume Shalosh Headdress Costume Moon Cat Hat Costume Ten Gallon Flame Hat Costume Bride Mask Costume Eye of Juno Costume Aviator Hat Costume Skeggiold Hat Costume
      We're proud to feature artwork in our General News postings from the TalonRO community! Seen in the images above are artwork designs from Orchestra, Firstia, *aki, nagix3, Marly, Latif, and Avari! We hope that you enjoy these one-of-a-kind creations from TalonRO's own amazing community of players.
    • By GM Howl

      Happy February, Talonians! In our latest monthly patch, we're delighted to incorporate new features, helpful new gameplay changes, squash some bugs, and rotate our Tam Tam's Gift and Monthly Costume Box offerings! This latest patch is designed to keep the game you love full of great updates, which we hope that you will enjoy! Please take a moment to review all of our latest changes below - and as always, happy gaming!

      February's patch includes a number of helpful game edits - based on your feedback and suggestions, as well as fun additions to incorporate in service of making your experience the best that it can be! We've added in new elemental bullets for Gunslingers to give this underappreciated class a little more heft. Plus, new quest experiences are now available in-game to allow for new adventures and amazing new headgears! We hope that you enjoy these and our other gameplay changes listed below.
      Gameplay Changes
      We have temporarily reduced the spawn time on Evil Nymphs during the Winter Event. The Cerulean GMC Box now contains an additional item as part of its potential contents. This box contains the new Flying Drone Costume. New (official) headgear quests have been added in-game and are available throughout Midgard. Fairy Flower quest Hair Brush quest Statue of Baby Angel quest Frog Hat quest Soloplay Box quest New bullets have been added for the Gunslinger class to utilize in their weaponry. Added Shadow-type bullets. Added Ghost-type bullets. Speak with "Bullet Dealer Tony" to see the ingredients needed to craft Shadow and Immaterial bullets! "Magazine Dealer Kenny" now allows you to craft Shadow and Immaterial Cartridges. Both "Bullet Dealer Tony" and "Magazine Dealer Kenny" have been reorganized for easier navigating through the menus. The Dressing Coach in Prontera has been updated to include the latest headgears and costumes, including our latest Winter Scarves and the above-mentioned Flying Drone Costume, among others. The cooldown related to mining a rock within the mining ability has been moved to an earlier point of mining the rock. The intent of this change is to reduce the chances of multiple players interacting with the same rock at the same time. The latest TalonRO logo has been added to player screenshots taken while in-game to reflect our current theme. Items which are obtained from the Slot Machine (and which are account-bound) have now been given a weight of zero (0).
      We've also taken this opportunity in February's patch to squash some bugs and make a few changes to ensure your experience is seamless! We hope that these changes are helpful to you as part of TalonRO's ongoing commitment to work hard toward making your gaming time with us excellent! Read on for our latest round of fixes and edits.
      Bug Fixes
      Fixed a visual display issue with the Minigame girl in order to ensure proper display of available minigames. Fixed the EXP values related to item gathering quests. Edited the name of the Hillslion mob in-game to fix a spelling error with this mob's display name. Fixed issues relating to Malangdo-based quests and their entries in the Quest Log. Fixed being able to teleport to improper cells in the Port Malaya (Bangungot) Hospital.
      Our latest Tam Tam's Gift Region includes a visit to far-off lands with the addition of both the Amatsu and Gonryun fields! Departing from Yuno, these two fields are home to exotic monsters, great mystery, and enchanted encounters! Furthermore, this month's TTG extends into the Amatsu and Gonryun dungeons as well! Enjoy a unique opportunity to make the most of hunting for cheeses in Gonryun Dungeon, or avoiding papercuts from all of those stray papers in Amatsu Dungeon. Plus, this month's Champion monsters take the form of Miyabi Doll, Firelock Soldier, Baby Leopard, Poporing and Zipper Bear! We hope that you enjoy venturing through these two unique and challenging regions this month and all of the extra bonuses that result.
      Tam Tam's Gift
      February's region includes both the Gonryun and Amatsu areas. This includes the related fields as well as Gonryun Dungeon and Amatsu Dungeon floors. February's Champions mobs in this region are: Miyabi Doll, Firelock Soldier, Baby Leopard, Poporing and Zipper Bear.
      February 2017's Costume Box contents are now available in the Reward Guru! This exciting collection this month of course features the much-coveted Rainbow Sigrun Wings, but this month's latest offerings are also a real treat! The Under Lamp Costume continues onward in this month's box as well, giving you another unique opportunity to capture this elite, rare costume. Additional offerings like the Lovely Fox Ears Costume add a festive and playful element to any look, while the aptly named There Is Something costume is...well...really something! We hope that you enjoy our latest offerings in February's box as listed below:
      Monthly Costume Box
      Our full contents for February's Costume Box include the following items:
      Rainbow Sigrun Wings Costume Under Lamp Costume (lower costume) There Is Something Costume Cat Ears Hat Costume Piamette Red Bow Tie Costume Pope's Crown Costume Dowry Costume Remover Hat Costume Fantastic Wig Costume Tiraya Bonnet Costume
      We're proud to feature artwork in our General News postings from the TalonRO community! Seen in the images above are artwork designs from Orchestra, Firstia, *aki, Marly, Latif, and Avari! We hope that you enjoy these one-of-a-kind creations from TalonRO's own amazing community of players.
       
    • By GM Seiren

      Winter is in the air with our latest December Patch! As winter's chill moves through the Midgard, we're pleased to introduce a few early offerings, such as the return of our seasonal Advent Calendar event, plus new features such as our stylist save, gameplay and bug fixes, and our latest monthly Tam Tam's Gift and Monthly Costume Box. This patch is only the start of our holiday fun, with even more seasonal events to come in the weeks ahead - so read on and learn all about our latest releases, and thanks for your support and enjoyment of TalonRO!

      Our seasonal advent calendar has returned - and we're thankful for every member of the TalonRO community! Just as last year, we're pleased to present our Second-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!
      Advent Calendar Giveaway
      Visit our 2016 Advent Calendar Official News topic for full details. We hope this fun and wonderful countdown will help ring in the holiday season on TalonRO with lots of cheer and bright wishes. We hope that each of you have a wonderful holiday and thank you as always for your support! Happy Gaming!
      Have you ever been browsing through hairstyles or dye colors and found something interesting, only to want to change up your look again? What if you wanted to come back to that original look? You'll have to remember the right numbers for the dyes and hairstyles...or, you can now use our new "Stylist Save" feature which will allow you to store and name your own custom looks - ready to load at your command! You can save a look and name it to your liking, that way you'll always know which look you can choose from. This new feature will allow you to save and load your favorite dye colors and hairstyles with just a few clicks.
      New: Stylist Save Feature
      Added new option with the Stylist to save and load your stored styles for your character. You can now save your hairstyle, haircolor and clothing color - and load them from the Stylist as well. Styles are shared across characters in your forum account, up to a maximum of 15 slots. All saved styles can be conveniently named to your choice of title, allowing you to recall what you saved with a nickname for your look.
      Our latest winter patch features a special refresh to our War of Emperium castles - complete with a special castle rotation! All of the economy from the previous castles have been transferred to their new counterparts, so feel welcome use the table below to see what new castles have been rotated into the mix! We hope that you'll enjoy these new venues and have fun in War of Emperium!
      WoE Castle Rotation
      War of Emperium castles have been changed to the following new locations: payg_cas02 has changed to aldeg_cas04 aldeg_cas05 has changed to gefg_cas03 gefg_cas05 has changed to payg_cas04 prtg_cas01 has changed to prtg_cas02 schg_cas03 has changed to schg_cas01  arug_cas03 has changed to arug_cas01 Economies from previous castles have been transferred to their new locations.
      Our latest TamTam's Gift Region brings us to the beachy, humid region of the Comodo Fields. Although winter may in the air, it's never a bad time for some warmer weather and time in a warmer region! Please note: this region excludes both cmd_fild02 and cmd_fild03. Plus, our Champion mobs this month come from familiar faces, such as Alligator, Stem Worm, Aster, Crab, and Shellfish. Good luck exploring around Comodo's fields this month for additional opportunities to earn coins and gain valuable experience!
      TamTam's Gift Region
      December's region includes the Comodo Fields area. This month's TTG region excludes cmd_fild02 and cmd_fild03. December's Champions include Alligator, Stem Worm, Aster, Crab, and Shellfish.
      As with all of our monthly patches, we're happy to take the opportunity to squash a few bugs, introduce a few additions, and work to make your gameplay experience as best as possible! Read below for our latest additions and bug fixes.
      Gameplay Edits
      Wave Challenge announcements will now show the size of the party that previously finished the wave run. A "no vending" area has been set up in Mora to provide convenience for players entering the city. Bug Fixes
      Edited a bug which caused Nightmare Amon Ra to cast Fire Pillar at the incorrect level. Previously, this MVP was casting the skill at level 10; the MVP will now correctly cast the level 11 version of the skill. Fixed a bug related to Thanatos Tower which allowed players outside of the proper entering party (that opens the portal to enter the final floor) to enter the final MVP boss floor. With the bug fix, unauthorized players (those outside of the proper party) will not be able to access the floor during another party's attempt.
      Finally, the Costume Box contents for December are now available in the Reward Guru, while the November Costume Box has been removed from the Reward Guru. The Rainbow Sigrun Wings continue in for the holidays - but the amazing additions of the lower headgear Poring Soap Pipe costume and Kamima Baphomet Horn costume are just two of the other incredible offerings this month.
      Monthly Costume Box
      Our full contents for December's Costume Box include the following items:
      Rainbow Sigrun's Wings Costume Poring Soap Pipe Costume Kamima Baphomet Horn Costume Sun Visor Costume Glasses Without Lens Costume Baphomet Hat Costume Casual Drooping Pope Costume Note Headphones Costume Nekoring Hat Costume Captain's Hat Costume White Piggy Bank Costume
       
      We hope that you'll get something fun from this month's costume box! A new costume box is released at the beginning of the month, available in our Reward Guru located in Prontera. Best of luck in finding something fun!
      We're proud to feature artwork in this patch announcement sourced from our amazing TalonRO community. The community artwork here was uploaded to the forum's shared art gallery - so take a look! Kudos to all of TalonRO's artists - and we hope you see your art or character in this month's designs.