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By GM Howl
We hope that you're having a wonderful start to 2018 on TalonRO! Our latest updates and recap of events, new features and fixes, plus updates to our regular monthly content will hopefully bring plenty of joy and excitement to your gameplay experience! We invite you to enjoy this month's latest - including some things coming later in February to get excited about!
There's plenty to enjoy in February - including some new and fun events headed your way, plus updates on our Battlegrounds Beta testing, and much more! Be on the lookout this month for some of the following exciting additions and adventures:
Battlegrounds Beta | We're pleased to announce our Battlegrounds Beta Test first round testing! We hope that those of you who are interested in helping to test Battlegrounds will be able to join us on Saturday, February 17th from 3:00pm to 8:00pm. Our team has been working hard this month to create a thorough and an entirely new offering from the ground up - and we are excited to unveil and test this new addition with you!
Full details for how to participate can be found in our special BG Beta Official News post. Please note, this is a closed beta for players who have met the requirements for participation and have signed up for the closed beta Battlegrounds testing series.
Valentine's Day and Lunar New Year Event | Coming later in February, be on the lookout for our all-new Valentine's Day / Lunar New Year event! This is the year of the dog - but don't worry: this year's adventures won't be too ruff (hah...get it...? ). We're putting the finishing touches on this year's monsters, prizes, and much more - but we're looking forward to celebrating some puppy love in February!
The 2018 Yule Ball | Speaking of seasonal events, it wouldn't be a proper celebration to mark the end of winter without the return of the annual social gala of the year: the Yule Ball! Details on this event will be forthcoming over in our Official Events section in the coming days, and we look forward to sending you your invitation!
For those new to TalonRO, the Yule Ball is a special social event, involving live music, prizes, games, formal wear, and much more - all set in our one-of-a-kind Ice Palace venue! Be on the lookout for details in the next few days.
We're always looking to improve a few smaller things on TalonRO as well to improve your gameplay experience - from big events to small details. We hope that you'll enjoy the following notes on changes inside of Midgard this month:
The Dressing Coach NPC now features all of the latest costumes, available for you to try on today!
Fixed a small bug related to one of the cut-in images in the New Player Tutorial.
This month's Tam Tam's Gift region takes us into the heart of Brasilis as well as the legendary Turtle Dungeon! Journey through the jungles and mysterious dungeons of these beloved areas with a fresh sense of wonder and renewed adventure - and fight against this month's Champion Monsters to earn yourself valuable coins, additional experience, and much more!
Brasilis and the Turtle Dungeon are home to this month's TTG region! In Brasilis, this includes both the Brasilis Fields and the Brasilis Dungeon as well.
This month's champion monsters include: Permeter, Piranha, Iara, Jaguar, and Wanderer.
Finally, this month's latest Costume Box includes a variety of enjoyable new and rare costumes - the Rainbow Sigrun's remain the extra rare get, but new additions such as the Baby Penguin Costume, Fluffy Angel Cape, and Greater Dracul Horn! 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!
This month's February Costume Box include the following items: Rainbow Sigrun Wings Costume Baby Penguin Costume Fluffy Angel Cape Costume Greater Dracul Horn Costume There is Something Costume Sun Visor Costume Harvest Fiesta Costume Strawberry Hat Costume Fin Helm Costume Magistrate Hat Costume Feather Beret Costume
By GM Howl
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:
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:
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!
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.
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  for STR, Contact Lenses  for AGI, or Glasses  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, 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, 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.
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  - 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.