NCSoft has announced that it will be making changes to Blade & Soul‘s weapon path progression, Gem Hammers, and Gem Sockets in the near future.
On June 1st, the final two tiers of the Moonwater Plains weapon progression?Siren and Pirate?will be retired. Following the change, players will go straight from Profane to the Silverfrost Mountains weapon path.
“To give you some more background on our decision, in the original Korean version of Blade & Soul these weapon paths were retired at the release of the Silverfrost Mountains expansion,” the developer explains. “When we looked at average player progression at the time Silverfrost was going to come out, we made the decision to give players an option on how to progress, and kept the old path. While Pirate and Siren are considered to generally be cheaper routes to take, it requires continuous farming of lower-level dungeons to obtain the necessary materials.
“We think the player experience would be better served by being able to play in the new Silverfrost content, while also removing some of the weapon upgrade path complexity and short-term upgrade costs. With the weapon upgrade discounts provided by the Nebula Weapon Upgrade Stones in the upcoming in-game event, we think this is a great time to retire the old paths, help everyone upgrade faster, and get players into more of the content they want to be playing.”
Another reason for the decision is that a new in-game event will be starting soon that awards a new item called a Nebula Weapon Upgrade Stone. This item can be used in place of an Evolution weapon to reduce the amount of gold and materials required to upgrade.
NCSoft will also be making it so all sockets unlocked on a weapon via Gem Hammers will be kept when it is upgraded to the Silverfrost Mountains path. Finally, the amount of Gem Hammers required to add a slot to weapons will be reduced.
You can read more about the upcoming changes here.