Design Notes

July 07, 2022

Now Available: Blacksmithing Update

This weekend, forge your own path!

An update that you all have long awaited is here- the Blacksmithing trade skill update! Now, heroes can visit Cysero’s forge in /battleontown to unlock all new enhancements and enhancement traits.

Back in April, you all donated a collective 1 TRILLION gold to let us know that you wanted a new and improved Blacksmithing rep. So, in response, we overhauled the rep faction, and gave it a number of rewards that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Once in the forge room, you can click the anvil to access a series of quests and shops to unlock these brand new enhancements. Here, you can:

  • Rank up Blacksmithing (now can reach rank 10!)
  • Unlock new Enhancements and Enhancement Traits
  • Apply your new enhancements for gold after unlocking them

Enhancement Traits?

This will be the name for all bonus effects and skills attached to enhancements. Similar to the Awe Enhancements, Blacksmithing enhancements will also have bonus effects and activate skills in certain conditions.

New Enhancement Pattern?

Along with the new Enhancement Traits is a brand new enhancement pattern- Forge! Similar to Wizard, Fighter, Thief, and so on, an enhancement pattern is what determines the stats your gear will provide. Forge is an extremely offensively-focused enhancement, providing primarily Luck, Strength, and Intellect.


How Do I Get Started?

Heroes can begin by finding a series of Blacksmithing Rep quests, where you’ll turn in materials or gold to increase your reputation. You’ll find that this rep takes longer than most- but the rewards are worth it!

Upon reaching certain ranks of Blacksmithing (and certain levels), you’ll be able to take on Forge Quests. These are long adventures to collect materials and story progress to unlock your new enhancements and enhancement traits.

There are two types of enhancements you can create: Weapon Enhancements and Cape Enhancements. The weapon forge quests can be done in any order, while the cape forge quests after Forge Enhancement must be done in order.

Weapon Enhancement Traits:

  • Forge Enhancement: unlocks the Forge enhancement pattern for weapons, requires rank 3, level 30, and completion of the Mobius questline to begin quest
  • Lacerate: a swift guaranteed critical strike that hinders your opponent, requires rank 4, level 40, and completion of the Mazumi quests in /greenguardwest to begin quest
  • Smite: an incredibly powerful strike, requires rank 6, level 60, and completion of the Sepulchure saga to begin quest
  • Valiance: a high increase to all of your core stats (multiplicative to other core stat buffs), requires rank 10, level 100, and completion of the Lord of Order quests to begin quest
  • Arcana’s Concerto: an ascending score that hurts your opponent and increases the damage they take (multiplicative to most defense reductions/damage taken increases), requires rank 10, level 100, and completion of the Astravia Saga to begin quest

Cape Enhancement Traits:

  • Forge Enhancement: unlocks the Forge enhancement pattern for capes, requires rank 3, level 30, and completion of the Yokai questline to begin quest
  • Absolution: a huge increase in your healing output at the cost of some damage, requires rank 9 and level 90 to begin quest
  • Vainglory: an increase in damage dealt at the cost of healing intake and dodge, requires rank 9 and level 90 to begin quest
  • Avarice: an increase in haste at the cost of defense and dodge, requires rank 9 and level 90 to begin quest

Weapon enhancement traits offer you a marked increase in power but are difficult to unlock. These are intended to be an alternative to Awe enhancement traits (with some being more powerful) that offer you more coverage and options in combat, and can be extremely powerful in the right situations.

Cape enhancement traits are for higher level players that wish to get the most out of their classes, and are willing to sacrifice some stats for another. These give you a positive benefit, but at the cost of losing stats somewhere else.

To learn more about the effects and numbers of enhancement traits, check out this guide!

In the future, we’d like to create more (and potentially helm and class enhancement traits), but we’d like to hear your thoughts first! Let us know what you think at @AQWorldsGame on Twitter, or on the Official Artix Games Discord!

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