Monthly Archives: January 2010

Aion Auction House tips

With the latest patch notes the main Auction House search frustration has disappeared – searching items in the Auction House is no longer case sensitive! Before heading to the Trade Broker here are some tips you should be aware of:

  • Shugo trade brokers can be found in every major town.
  • You can access auction items by clicking on the Auction Broker or by pressing C on your keyboard. There are three main tabs on the broker window: Buy, Sell and Sold Items.
  • Whether you are buying or selling items, the first thing you should do is check prices at any general merchant, because you don’t want to sell bellow merchant prices.
  • Search result items can be sorted by name, level, price or by unit price (when you are selling a stack of items).
  • The search function will only search your currently selected category and sub-categories. It will apply this filter until you reset it.
  • If you want to check the price of an item you already have in your inventory, you don’t have to type the full item name. Open the Auction window- Buy tab, then simply Right Click the item in your inventory and the complete item name will show up in the search bar.
  • If you want to split your item stack hold down Shift button + Right Click on the stack you want to split and then specify an amount you want to sell.

How to get Advanced Stigma Slots in Aion

At level 20, when you finish the quest A Sliver of Darkness (Elyos) or No Escaping Destiny (Asmo) you will be able to equip your first Stigma Stones. As a reward you will get your first Stigma Stone for free and 300 Stigma Shards. Two Stigma slots will be available and after that you will unlock new stigma slot every 10 levels.

After patch 1.5 there are 8 stigma slots available. Five regular ones and three advanced. In order to unlock the advanced stigma slots there are certain quest-chains that need to be completed first. Advanced Stigma stones can be equipped if prerequisite stigma stones are already equipped. Regular stigma stones can be equipped in advanced stone slots, but advance stigma stones cannot be equipped in regular slots.

You will need to complete the following guest-chains:

Asmodians Elyos

A Suspicious Call
[Group] The Shulack’s Stigma
[Group] A Booklet on Stigma
A Future Threat
[Group] Essential Material
[Group] Secret of the Greater Stigma
Price of Goodwill
[Group] Secret of the Shattered Stigma
[Group] How to Use Stigma
A Secret Summons
[Group] Door Into Darkness
[Group] Stop the Shulacks!

  • The first one ([Group] Secret of the Shattered Stigma) requires you to go into SR Middle. The quest description is a bit mis-leading. It tells you that you need to kill the Engineer (which would be the boss for SR Lower) and get something out of his safe. However, that safe is located in SR Mid, the same room you get the book from (it’s actually the Obelisk/Kisk in the corner).
  • The second advanced Stigma quest ([Group] How to Use Stigma) again sends you back to Steel Rake. This time, you have to gather three Surkana’s, which will drop from the bosses. So prepare for at least two runs into SR Lower / Upper, since you need to get the drops from the Engineer and the Captain.
  • The third advanced Stigma slot finally sends you into Dark Poeta ([Group] Stop the Shulacks!). You have to collect 100 Processed Drana, which is a group-drop from mobs in there (about 10-12 per run) as well as a manual from a Shugo Professor, which is located inside the mines shortly before you fight the Telepathy Controller boss.

We would like to thank Hoschi for writing this additional information.

News, community edition

The wife and I play Gladiator and Chanter. We nicely complement each other that way. I almost went Cleric, but if I play another healing only class I swear I’ll go mad (3 years of healing in WoW is quite enough thank you very much). I had a lot of fun the other day because we were capable of going into Eracus Temple on our own without a group and were able to finish a couple of quests.

On his blog, Taugrim describes a similar situation where a Chanter and Templar went solo into Fire Temple and managed to defeat Kromede. The full article with a lot of useful tips is located here and you can view the video of the endeavor below.

I still recommend you visit Taugrim’s blog for some knowledgeable Aion tips.

While we’re on the subject of Fire Temple … Mojeaux of “Yet Another Aion Blog” wrote about his adventures he had in Aion for holidays. He also did some Kromede grind for the weapon and leveled his alts for the Daevaonian set. You can imagine him being very happy with the Double XP weekend. Read all about it in his latest blog post.

To perfectly complement this instance walkthrough blog post week we have Hoschi and his Dark Poeta guide. Excellent guide that is. Very detailed and certainly worth the read.

News: Protect your Lotro Account

Due to an increase in the reports of compromised LOTRO accounts and hacked accounts in other games, Turbine strongly encourages all players to change their passwords immediately.

To help reduce the likelihood of having your account compromised…

Aion grabs a lot of “best of 2009″ rewards

Aion_Tamat was so kind to compile a list of all the sites that featured Aion in their “best of 2009″ articles. IGN, TenTonHammer,, ZAM, The Escapist and others found Aion to have made an impact on the gaming scene last year. You can find the full list and the exact awards in the official post on the Aion website.

And looking back at 2009, all things considered, it was a great year for Aion and its community. After a well received beta testing period the game launched successfully, despite all the queues, and sold a large number a copies (over a million in the US and EU combined I believe). The game really feels familiar the moment you start playing it. Everything is where it should be and similar to other games in its genre, but what I appreciate the most is that it plays just differently enough to feel like a fresh new experience. Gamers recognized that and many decided to stick with it despite the grind. In my opinion the game delivers on its PvP promise as well. The war is constantly waging in Atreia.

There are problems of course. XP curve is too steep, gold sellers are extremely aggressive and the game needs a slight shift of philosophy if it plans on keeping its western customers. But, considering the numbers and the gaming experience it brings Aion is a huge success. Best of 2009 for sure.

Whats more important is 2010. The year will bring a lot of very “unpleasant” competition. We have Star Trek Online launching in a few weeks along with Global Agenda, and lets not forget that 2010 is the year when Cataclysm launches (WoW expansion). There’s All Points Bulletin on the horizon as well, and that game will surely target the same crowd as Aion (all about PvP). I’m not even going to mention the possibility of Star Wars The Old Republic being released in 2010 because I would have to clone myself several times to be able to play all the things I wanted to (and lets face it – how do you compete against a game that has swords, but made of lasers – its like sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads (TM Austin Powers)). It will be exciting to see what NCSoft has planned for us in such an eventful year.

I was monitoring the sales charts of the digital download system Steam during the holidays and I was pleasantly surprised to see Aion in the top 20 top sellers although it was not on discount. This alone is a great sign that the game is doing something good and that people want to explore the world of Atreia. Now NCSoft start giving us more of that world (and Double XP weekends plx :) ).