Draconid Outburst

As promised to a couple of folks on Discord (quite a while back), here is my impression on the legendary fire bracer, Draconid Outburst.

Thankfully, I was fortunate enough to have obtained from the Skill chest when it was boosted a month ago. After a while of testing and using it, I hope I can cover as much of Draconid Outburst’s pros and cons in this entry as possible.

The outline of the post will consist of the skill mechanics, strategies as to how and when to use it, and a comparison between DO and the other well sought-after bracers.

Update 23/04/18: Reduced the number of ‘this’ from the entry. Also corrected some minor mistakes in the text. 

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Easter Eggs [Valenthian Rooftops]

A short (and not-so-informative) post on easter eggs on the ongoing ‘Valenthian Rooftops’ event mission. After continuously delivering presents, I decided to explore a bit around the event map and let’s just say nostalgia runs high and I’m rather impressed by what the DH team has put in.

Literally taking place on top of the ‘den’ where your character is based in, one might have noticed certain familiar characters positioned right below where you’re standing.  Altogether, there are 5 key spots where players can see the going-ons of the different NPCs and how they’re ‘celebrating’ the festive season (see map).

*All these NPCs appear in the Den or in the solo mission storyline at some point in time. If you’re not familiar with the storyline, I provided links to read up on the different character’s backstories (featured in the wikia).

The Musician and his audienceIMG_0176

Starting at the top left corner is the Musician strumming away at his guitar(?) with a public performance cheering for him. Well…I assume the music is good as it’ll be awkward to have dancing couples twirling around bad music.

In the home base, the musician sits at the right of the portal (just below the bandit) and plays different tunes depending on the occasion. You can hear his rendition of ‘Jiggle Bells’ if you have your volume up and ‘interact’ with him.

Ser Vahn Cullen and his soldiersIMG_0179

At the gates, you’ll be able to see Ser Vahn Cullen on guard along with his soldiers. Interestingly, the arrested Regent Kalator (blocked by my dodge roll button) stands alongside at the corner, still with his hands bound behind his back. (I really wonder how long they’re going to keep him in that state.)

Harland and the MagesIMG_0178

Harland having a conversation with a warmage hexcaster, a warmage officiant and a dark variation of the hexcaster (aren’t they supposed to be evil?).

Madie and her banditsIMG_0177

A gathering of thieves: Madie (with her oversized crossbow) and her team of right hand bandits.

*Courtesy of Gameloft_Syrann for pointing out this nifty detail I missed:
Apparently, Syrann can be spotted at the top right stealing presents from the box as well. 😀

The Mercenaries and The MerchantIMG_0184

Last but not least, and also my favourite, would be the gathering of ‘old friends‘ at the lower left corner of the map – Lady Tzimeko (Xinkashi), Dendrik (Kenashi), Garossus (Forsaken Sands), Magpie Prince (Mid-autumn event) and Parth the Merchant.

*The first three characters were from the previous update-exclusive solo raids where you farm tickets to open chests (see Dummy0151’s retrospective post to learn mrore).
*The last character, Magpie prince, is a little difficult to see as he’s in the corner, but you’ll be able to tell from his equips (smoke veil, frozen blades, blue glowing armor). 

From the animation, it looks like Lady Tzimeko has some issues with Parth and is arguing with him while the other 3 guys standing beside them. (Could be some displeasure about how easy her event is.)

Well…that’s about it.

Just a bit of updates: I’m currently working on a post on how to break the Voror Knight and also am looking into the mechanics of the Stronghold formations. The Fire WC set comparison is also on the way as they just announced it as the next and 4th gear.

Also, if I’m fortunate enough to get the new christmas blades and armor, I plan to review them as well.

Stay tuned!