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Forsaken World Developer Blog

Developed by top talent in the gaming industry, Forsaken World is the first MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment built from the ground up for the Western audience and is the most highly-anticipated game from the company to date.

Author: Obah

Contributors: therealjayve,pwecrabclaw,

Spotlight – Shard Gear

Posted by Obah Thursday February 17 2011 at 4:39PM
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Shards in Forsaken World can be found in all corners of the world - and can then be turned in for amazing gear with set bonuses!
 
 
In nearly every map in Forsaken World, elite mobs are roaming alongside their regular counterparts.  These elite mobs can drop some neat stuff, but most importantly, they drop specific types of Shards that can be traded in for set gear.  The type of shard you get is dependent on the level of the elite mob, so shoot for higher level elites if you need a higher level set!
 
 
These shards can be traded in at a set of merchants located near the boat in Freedom Harbor.  These merchants offer equipment divided by level range, from the lowest to the highest.  You'll need the required number of shards, along with a small fee of Soul Coins in order to purchase these items.  By far the easiest way to get nicely geared up, farming shards is a great way to ensure that you go into any instance or dungeon in perfect fighting form.
 
 
As an added bonus, you'll be given a handful of shards for free by simply leveling up your character and opening your supply stash every five levels.  You'll get free Obsidian Shards and Red Spot shards fairly early on, and later you'll even get some high level shards to play around with.  Make sure to kill any elite mob you come across, and you'll have enough shards to buy the full set!
 
 
 

Sockets, Gems, and Wings!

Posted by Obah Thursday February 10 2011 at 2:16PM
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Socketing gems in Forsaken World does more than boost your stats - it can also give you a set of eye-catching wings!
 
Gems in Forsaken World come from several locations.  You can reliably find gems in some instances such as God's Trial and as drops from dungeons.  Additionally, you'll get a few gems for free by simply leveling up your character and opening your supply stash every five levels.
 
 
 
 
You can use these gems at the blacksmith in Freedom harbor.  Firstly, though, you'll need sockets.  Sockets open on your gear once every three levels of fortification.  So, at a fortification level of nine, you would have three open sockets.  The maximum number of sockets any item can have is four.
 
 
Once you have enough sockets for your gems, you can begin socketing them in.  Each piece of gear can only take specific gem types, so pay attention to what each gem says it can be socketed into on its tooltip.  Additionally, only one gem of each type can be socketed into an item.  This means you won't be able to stack up on physical damage alone - you'll have to delve into other bonuses.
 
Each gem comes with its own color value.  When the color values of all socketed gems adds up to over 100, you will activate the wing effect for your character.  This wing effect grows more impressive for each 100 color value you add.  At 300 color, your wings will be at their biggest and most eye-catching!
 
Human Wings
Level 1
 
 
Level 2
 
 
Level 3
 
 
Elf Wings
Level 1
 
 
Level 2
 
 
Level 3
 
 
Stoneman Wings
Level 1
 
 
Level 2
 
 
Level 3
 
 
This is just 3 examples of the wings to be had in Forsaken World, so if you're interested in how the Kindred or Dwarf wings look, get out there and socket some gems!
 
So, if you want to be the talk of the town, save up your gems and use them to activate your characters wing effect!  The statistical bonuses at this point are just gravy.
 
 
 
Elf Wings
 
Level 1
Elf Wings
 
Level 1
Once you have enough sockets for your gems, you can begin socketing them in.  Each piece of gear can only take specific gem types, so pay attention to what each gem says it can be socketed into on its tooltip.  Additionally, only one gem of each type can be socketed into an item.  This means you won't be able to stack up on physical damage alone - you'll have to delve into other bonuses.
 
Each gem comes with its own color value.  When the color values of all socketed gems adds up to over 100, you will activate the wing effect for your character.  This wing effect grows more impressive for each 100 color value you add.  At 300 color, your wings will be at their biggest and most eye-catching!
Once you have enough sockets for your gems, you can begin socketing them in.  Each piece of gear can only take specific gem types, so pay attention to what each gem says it can be socketed into on its tooltip.  Additionally, only one gem of each type can be socketed into an item.  This means you won't be able to stack up on physical damage alone - you'll have to delve into other bonuses.
 
Each gem comes with its own color value.  When the color values of all socketed gems adds up to over 100, you will activate the wing effect for your character.  This wing effect grows more impressive for each 100 color value you add.  At 300 color, your wings will be at their biggest and most eye-catching!

Spotlight – The Prayer System

Posted by Obah Thursday February 10 2011 at 2:07PM
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The prayer system in Forsaken World is a quick and easy way to earn some extra experience, a useful buff, and if you're lucky some rare items.
 
The prayer system becomes unlocked as soon as you learn Prayer level 1 from the skillbook you automatically get by clicking the Zodiac sign at the top of the screen.  You get this book as the final gift for new characters, so keep clicking that symbol until you get it.  Right click on the book to learn the skill.
 
 
After learning the skill, you will be able to pray to the gods once every hour.  The first four times you pray during any one day will earn you experience, a buff, and on rare occasions an item reward.  To pray, all you have to do is click the Zodiac symbol when it is lit up and glittering.  This means that you are eligible to pray to the gods.
 
 
Praying will also contribute to the amount of progression that your server will experience.  All servers will be able to "level up" into new eras, the speed of which this occurs depending directly on how often the entire player base utilizes the prayer system.  Keep praying to unlock new features like the guild base system!
 
 
After you've prayed for the fourth time during a 24 hour period, you can still pray to the gods.  You won't get any more items or experience, but you'll still get the buff, so it's definitely still worth doing.  You'll also be doing your part to level up the server.  Stick with it, and you'll find that the prayer system is a fast and easy way to get some extra experience and rare rewards.
 
 

Closed Beta Phase 4 Information

Posted by Obah Thursday February 3 2011 at 12:59PM
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Starting February 23rd, Phase 4 will herald in the final section of the Forsaken World closed beta!
 
 
Phase 4 is going to differ greatly from previous testing phases.  Most importantly, anyone with a redeemed beta key will have access to the game at this point in time.  Say goodbye to random selections!
 
Coinciding with the launch of Phase 4, several big changes to the Forsaken World beta will occur.  First and foremost, there will be a complete character wipe.  Everyone will start on an even playing field for the start of Phase 4.  Additionally, the level cap for this phase will be raised to 60.  This of course means that between the levels of 50 and 60, expect to find new dungeons, instances, and events to try out.
 
 
Another major development will be the launching of Phase 4 with the inclusion of a PvE server.  This server will be located on the West coast, and will feature the ability to adventure in Forsaken World without fear of being killed by other players.  PvP on this server will be mutual, with players having to flag themselves before being eligible to attack one another in the open world.
 
Based off player feedback, Phase 4 will also see the adding of additional channels.  There will be ten channels total, which will ease up on the strain being reported by some people in highly crowded areas.  These new channels will also increase the amount of elite mobs and resource nodes available for harvesting.  Take advantage of them!
 
 
Phase 4 will be the final section of Closed Beta testing for Forsaken World.  This is everyone's last opportunity to get their feet wet before the launch of Open Beta on March 23rd!

Overview – Fortification System

Posted by Obah Wednesday February 2 2011 at 7:00PM
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Fortifying equipment in Forsaken World is a quick and easy way to take a regular item, and turn it into something so much more.

Fortification does two main things.  Primarily, it will increase the statistics that your weapon or armor has.  The higher the fortification level, the more damage your weapon will do, and the more defense and related statistics your armor will have.  Secondly, it will also unlock sockets for you to embed gems into.  Any weapon or piece of armor can reach a maximum of four sockets.

Fortifying an item is a painless process.  First and foremost, you need star crystals.  There are many grades of star crystals available, ranging from Dim Star Debris to fully fledged Star Crystals.  The better quality the star crystal, the higher the chance for success.  Most items will have a maximum fortification level of 12, so shooting for that is never a bad idea.  The bonuses at such a level are truly impressive.

Now, as is expected, success in fortification is not a guaranteed thing.  However, failing to fortify an item will not penalize you at all.  You'll lose the fortification crystals, but the item itself will not break, and you won't lose any levels of fortification in the process.  This way, even if the chance of success is small due to using lower level crystals, you can still fortify your gear with ensured results by simply being persistent.

Getting your gear into prime fighting ability is an important aspect of excelling in Forsaken World.  This fortification system, along with all of the other gear enhancement options available, serves as the corner stone upon which your gear customization can be built upon.  Take advantage of it!

The Priest – Focal Points

Posted by Obah Wednesday February 2 2011 at 6:58PM
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We've explored the Priest already with a class spotlight article, but it's high time we start taking a look at what a Priest is fully capable of.  We'll start things off with the obvious line of healing abilities, and then get into specifics from there.

Needless to say, the Priest is the premier healing class in Forsaken World.  Sure, other classes can heal, but the Priest just does it better.  By a lot.  With three talent trees focusing on healing, light damage, and water damage, you can focus your priest on being either a party supporter, or a highly focused spellcaster with party support on the side.

With both single target and area of effect heals, the Divinity tree will allow your priest to keep your party members going longer than any other class.  Talents in this tree augment your natural healing abilities, and also grant you some critical party support skills that will keep everyone on their feet - even in the face of giant worm monsters or hostile players looking for a fight.

The Rebel tree is for Priests that don't really feel like being an automated healing device.  Sure, your party won't stop whining for more heals, but they've got potions and stuff and will just have to deal with it.  You'll be too busy lobbing beams of light and divine energy around to care too much about your groups dwindling health bars.  It's not called the Rebel talent tree for nothing.

The Frost tree is full of talents that increase your ability to control your target's ability to run away.  With abilities that keep your targets from fleeing, you're setting up the proverbial alley-oop for your protector to jam his hammer down on the target's skull - repeatedly.  This tree's offensive abilities are best enjoyed with other like minded individuals.

Overall, the Priest class is capable of doing more than just healing.  You can spice things up a bit with some offensive abilities, and depending on how hardcore you want to be, go a fully offensive route.  Be prepared to remind your party members though that they have plenty of potions and food to do the healing for them, though.  Hopefully they'll understand.

Weapons and Gear

Posted by Obah Wednesday February 2 2011 at 6:56PM
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Whether you're impaling monsters or shrugging off massive blows, the way you equip your character is often times the deciding factor in how a fight will pan out.

Forsaken World has a wide and varied amount of equipment available for the aspiring adventurer.  Along with regular pieces of armor and weapons, there is a variety of ways to customize these pieces of equipment to fit your play style.  Socketing, identifying hidden stats, and fortification can all combine to make your set of equipment unique for your own build.

Sockets in equipment are directly related to the level of fortification you apply to it.  With the maximum number of sockets being four, you will be capable of embedding a large variety of gemstones within them to increase your stats and abilities.  Additionally, embedding gemstones can have several unique effects on your overall appearance.

   

   

Fortification is the bread and butter for gear enhancement in Forsaken World.  Besides adding gem sockets, fortifying a weapon will increase its base statistics to new levels of power with each successful fortification attempt.  Forsaken World's fortification system is very user friendly, where progress on an item is saved with no strings attached.  Failing to fortify an item does not result in any penalty for the attempt.

Finally, identification is a system familiar to many players.  Most items will come with hidden statistics that must be unlocked with an identification scroll.  The higher level the item, the more powerful of a scroll you must use.  The best part is that if you don't like the stats that are unlocked, you can reroll them with another scroll until you get the desired results.

Combine all of the above to create your own perfect set of gear!  Whether you want all the extra health and defense to be had from socketing gems, or get that small edge in power by having the perfectly tuned identified statistics, weapons and armor in Forsaken World will return your devotion threefold.

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