If you've already been in-game, you've noticed that the latest two phases have been very similar to the first two. In fact, they follow the same pattern: start with powering up a generator using crafting materials then move into an instance to clear out the filth. However, even though they are similar and some phases are moving slowly, there's a chance folks might miss out. And if there's one thing I don't want to see, it's others missing out! To prevent that and to keep my fellow TSW fans from floundering in the dark, here's phase two of The Whispering Tide Event guide, with tips and tricks for grabbing the lore, getting the goodies, and even preparing for forthcoming phases.
Just as with the first phase, the third involved combining pure resources with a special event item to make fuel to power a generator; the difference this time was that the materials were pure fire and pure dust (a fact that helps us plan for the future, as we'll discuss at the end). Turning in fuel also granted players more Extant Third Age Silver, six for the initial quest turn in and one for each additional fuel added.
Alas, also like the first, it went by fairly quickly. If you missed out on this part of the event, don't worry -- there are (and presumably will be) additional ways to get more of this special currency just by participating in other phases of the event. But if you were hoping to use the cache of dust and fire, you might have missed that chance.
One, the portal has moved; if you didn't participate in fueling the guardian last phase, you'll need to know where to go to get the mission and enter the instance. This can be done one of two ways: You can either access the new portal's branch by jumping off next to Seoul to that branch below like before, then immediately turning to your right and aiming for the branch you'll see down there, or you can follow the branches to the Scorched Desert Egypt portal and jump down. The first way can be tricky (get right up next to the edge at the base of the tree to jump), but it is quicker than the latter -- as long as you don't miss!
Third, this time the mission grants you two Extant Third Age Fragments upon completion, which is a good thing, since prices for items have gone up (more on that later).
And finally, though the instance itself seems shorter than the last, the lore is more difficult to get, which bring us to...
You see, unlike the first two which were pretty easy to get, the next two lore pieces require a little more effort. Lore #4 actually takes some creative movement in order to reach, while #3 requires some extra fighting you wouldn't necessarily do in the course of the instance mission.
The third lore isn't obvious either, and I actually missed it completely my first run. When you kill the final boss, don't be in a hurry to leave. Instead, go to the left of the platform and drop to the branch below. You have to fight through three groups of mobs, and the lore will be at the end. To return to the front to leave and complete the quest, take the portal at the end.
Yes folks -- if you were hoping to save up enough over the course of the event to buy the pet and bee outfit as I was, you'd better account for inflation. The pet that cost 2,500 Slivers and 75 Fragments before now costs 3,000 and 100, respectively. The pants have also gone up in price (300 Slivers, 20 Fragments). And on top of that, the gloves will set you back even more than the pants, emptying 350 Slivers and 30 Fragments. From that, I anticipate that each piece of the special outfit that is added over the event will cost more than the last.
This event looks a bit brutal for the most casual of players if they have any interest in getting the goodies. At the rate of two Fragments per dungeon run and only one run per 30 minutes from the time you finished the last, playing four plus hours (to count run time) a day will net you only 16 Fragments. At that rate, it will take a week (6.25 days to be exact) to get the pet -- and how many people can manage to can play four hours every day? But wait, if you don't have Slivers, then to get the requisite 3k by purchasing with Fragments, you'd have to add another 47 days to that! And that's not even taking into account whether you can actually get a group on the 30-minute mark (remember, /chat join whisperingtide to get into the event channel -- it might help with groups). Oh, but wait -- the prices will probably go up by then anyways, so let's add another couple of weeks to that just to be sure. [Update: Now that the normal version has no lockout timer, the time necessary is cut significantly!]
I don't know about you, but with my available time, even with as much as I love this game, I don't think I will manage to get the pet and outfit on my main, let alone on my streaming character, Emylia. I really, really, really hope that prices stay constant now and/or rewards are bumped. Otherwise, I'll lose out.
Now that we have seen the pattern, we can pretty safely extrapolate that the next phase (or an incoming future one, at any rate) will involve combining pure resources with an event item to help power up a new generator in order to open yet another portal. And since metal, fire, and dust have all been used, I'd say that the next batch of crafting materials needed will include water. So hopefully you didn't discard any water while breaking down items for the previous two stages that used the other three.
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