Grand Crusade is a major content update that brings a substantial amount of new features to Lineage II this Wednesday, March 29. In addition to the new conflicts with the Embryo that await Aden’s heroes in all-new Dungeons and Hunting Grounds, Grand Crusade provides a number of systems updates, including new quests, class skills, abilities, rewards, and many other gameplay and User Interface (UI) improvements.
Two new exalted quest chains will offer players additional challenges for even greater rewards. Completing the main quest in each chain will yield a more powerful version of Spellbook: Dignity of the Exalted. Further along in each quest chain players will also earn Spellbook: Vitality of the Exalted in two ranks. Here’s a quick overview of each new quest chain and the primary rewards they provide:
Exalted, Reaching Another Level
Exalted, Guide to Power
In addition, several existing exalted quests have had their difficulty lowered to give more players an opportunity to advance to the new chains.
The new Hunter’s Guild Faction is mobilizing adventurers with quests to dispatch raid bosses across the world, providing you with new rewards in exchange for Raid Points, including:
In addition, the Faction system UI has been improved. You’ll be able to view detailed info, such as available quests and benefits for each Amity grade, within the Faction window.
A new Monster Collection window lets players view the stats of defeated monsters, in addition to info on monsters in each territory and their associated Faction, dropped items, appearance, and HP/MP. There are four levels of monster Hunting Goals and the number of monsters that must be defeated increases with each level. XP, SP, and FP are awarded every time a new level of monster Hunting Goals is reached. Monster Collection rewards are available starting at level 99 or higher and progress is shared between main and Dual Class.
The ability system becomes available when a character reaches level 85. Characters receive 1 Ability Point each time they increase in level beyond 85. Abilities are still learned by consuming Ability Points, however, due to the changes to the point system, existing points are being reset with Grand Crusade and new points will be given based on a character’s current level. Players can consume SP to reset Ability Points. The Ability effects have been modified as follows:
Several general shared class skills have been adjusted, while some have been replaced with new skills. In some cases, learning these new skills will delete previous skills, even if those skills have been enchanted. The new skills themselves cannot be enchanted; however, their base power is intended to be greater than the enchanted skills they replace. Once a skill has been replaced by its new skill counterpart, the choice cannot be undone—make certain first that you want to replace a skill!
Additionally, some current skills have been changed or renamed for all classes. In this case, enchantments on renamed skills are automatically transferred to the updated versions of those skills.
You’ll find a comprehensive list of new features, updates, changes, improvements, and fixes in the official Grand Crusade patch notes. We’re thrilled to be releasing this latest installment in the Lineage II saga to all players in North America and Europe this week—we hope you enjoy!