Axkva Min! An EiF Spin!

Once again, an Empire in Flames takes content from Star Wars Galaxies and puts its own unique spin on it. Below is the write up of Axkva Min, a heroic instance EiF Style by one of our players, Jeil Tain.


Axkva Min has recently been patched in with full loot tables and now it’s time to begin your journey into the instance and defeat the Nightsister threat.

You will need to complete a one-time quest to enter the dungeon. Speak to your respective factional quest giver to obtain the unlock.

Neutral Players will need to speak with Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra in Mos Eisley.

She can be found inside a guildhall at /way 3480 -4684
Her specific waypoint is /way 3475 -4665


Imperial Players will need to speak with a Cloaked Figure on the Imperial Star Destroyer on Kuat.

Access to the ISD can be found at /way 4493 5449
His specific waypoint is /way 3814 4922

New Republic players will need to speak with Luke Skywalker in the Senate Building on Hanna City, Chandrila.

Senate Building can be found at /way 500 -2935
His specific waypoint is /way 520 -2915


The quest giver instructs you to travel to Dathomir. With a group in hand [5], make your way down the Nightsister Stronghold POI Cave. At the bottom you find the Prison door. Make your way inside when all parties are ready, as you will only have 40 minutes once inside. Additionally if the entire party wipes, the instance is over. At the time of writing this guide store your pets prior to entering the instance. Only 1 person needs to access the door.

The Chamber Door can be found at /way -3915 80

Key Tips

  • Bring Disease & Bleed Resist Foods/Buffs and Cures if possible.

Nandina & Gorvo

The first challenge is a pair of bosses. They can be killed in either order, but combat with one engages the other.

  • Split Gorvo from Nadina, roughly 30-35m. This will require two “Tanks.” They have large AoE attacks and stacking them together will lead to a total party kill.
  • Gorvo uses an AoE Knockdown effect as well as Area Disease.
  • Nandina uses a series of force and fencer attacks, most notable is Area Bleeds.
  • Whichever your party chooses to kill first, make sure all damage dealers focus on the same target. Long engagements can reduce survivability in the later stages of the instance due to encroaching battle fatigue. 

Lelli Hi

The second challenge within the Prison, Lelli Hi, will require the party to be mobile and attentive to their surroundings.

  • At intervals throughout the fight, Lelli will spawn “Mushrooms” underneath all players in the party.
    • These Mushrooms have a short fuse and will explode causing massive damage.
    • We recommend keeping your character in movement throughout the entire fight, so as to avoid animation lock when performing abilities which would prevent you from running away from the Mushroom.
    • Lelli Hi is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities and liked to Intimidate her foes.

Kimaru

The third challenge, Kimaru, can pose a challenge much like Lelli, if you fail to move out of dangerous effects.

  • Throughout the engagement, Kimaru will unleash portals of fire and small storms of electricity. 
    • You need to avoid standing in these effects for any more than a split moment, as prolonged exposure leads to death. While timing tends to be slightly more forgiving than the Mushrooms in the previous fight, the Electrical storms are difficult to see, so you need to keep your eyes open.
  • Kimaru is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities, but also has the ability to Bleed her targets.

Suin Chalo

The final challenge prior to fighting Axkva herself; Suin calls upon her trusted warriors to strike hard and true.

  • Suin will randomly call forth one of four possible warriors to assist her during the battle. 
    • These Nightsisters need to be dealt with very quickly, as their damage output is beyond the sustainability of a Doctor’s ability to heal.
    • Hur’dem is vulnerable to Acid.
    • Doum is vulnerable to Heat.
    • Oxvul is vulnerable to Electricity.
    • Ekomal is vulnerable to Cold.
  • Suin is known to use the Swordsman suite of abilities and will use an area Intimidate attack on occasion. 

Axkva Min

The namesake of this heroic instance, Axkva Min, is the reason the Prison exists and is the final encounter. She briefly speaks of a dark master and offers you a position at her side…

  • Axkva primary mechanic is to imprison group members and drain them of their life.
    • At random, party members will be encased in a red Crystal which needs to be destroyed. If left alone, the Crystal will continue to damage its target until they are dead.
    • Occasionally some players will feel a ploom of damage as green force effects spew forth. There is nothing to be done to avoid this, we only recommend players stay topped off on health as much as possible. 
    • Axkva has been witnessed to use Swordsman suite abilities and will constantly Intimidate or Stun her target.

I hope this little guide helps you and your friends succeed. I would also like to note that this guide was written with the expectation that overall you understand this is endgame content and should have defensive foods, buffs, and various proper equipment. 

-Jeil

 

Friday Feature – Creature Handler Revamp

Creature Handler is one of the most unique and popular aspects of Star Wars Galaxies. Unfortunately, Creature Handler is seldom seen as “competitive” – its creatures are relatively low in damage and can’t take punishment like a properly defensively-stacked player can.

The Empire in Flames team has been well aware of the problems with Creature Handler for some time, but because of other development priorities (the Galactic Civil War, new content, Jedi), the team chose to wait and hash out a proper revamp to bring creature handlers back into their own in such a way to make the experience rewarding without nerfing anyone or anything…and leaving open the possibility of further adjustments that don’t include a “pre-nerf” situation.

Design Dilemnas

Fixing creature handler requires solving several problems. The foremost is that EiF’s combat has been vastly overhauled; simply buffing individual pets either means invalidating “normal” pets, or completely throwing out PvE balance.

Another problem is with pet levels – creature handler by design allows a player to have multiple low-level pets or one big pet. Actual combat experience shows players tend to go with big pets because they find anything lower than level 50 isn’t worth it.

Finally, we need to ensure that we can adjust balance going forward; if we can’t, we have the potential to completely break EiF’s combat system.

An Old Take on Creature Handler with a New Twist

At SWG launch, Creature Handler included two skill modifiers that were unrelated: “Additional Pets” and “Max Level of Pets”. The “Additional Pets” modifier was used to determine how many pets a creature handler could have active; “Max Level of Pets” determined how powerful their pets could be.

Early pre-CU made Creature Handler a must-have – players could run around with three full-grown rancors (at the time, extremely powerful compared to players) and dominate virtually everything. SOE promptly nerfed the system, making “Max Level of Pets” cumulative – instead of each pet out having to be under the max level cap, the total levels had to be under the level cap.

The EiF team looked at changing the system back to the pre-nerf situation – after all, three pet rancors under the EiF system would hardly be overpowered. However, it created its own issue – the only pets players would want to use were the most powerful. Other pets, which may be fun, would be ignored.

A Full Solution

Creature Handlers are still restricted by the “Max Level of Pets” modifier. (A master creature handler, post-revamp, will have a rating of 75; Singing Mountain Clan players get an additional +5.) That “max level” is calculated against a creature’s base level.

The pet, when summoned and if full-grown, will scale in level to the player’s “Max Level of Pets”. For example, a Narglatch Guardian is CL25. When summoned by a master Creature Handler, he will enter the world at CL75, with roughly appropriate damage and HAM.

Naturally lower-level pets, when summoned at high levels, have a higher damage rating and more HAM than a pet that’s naturally at that higher level. However, naturally higher-level pets have better accuracy and better armor resists, making them more likely to hit and easier to keep healed.

And with “Additional Pets” no longer checking against the sum of “Max Level of Pets”, triple pets of various types is now a potentially powerful solution.

Not Just the Creatures, but the Handlers, Too

Even with the changes, we wanted to add more choice – and improvement options – for creature handlers.

To that end, we did a quick revamp on embolden and enrage.

Embolden now provides a taken-damage reduction to a handler’s pets, along with a small increase in pet accuracy.

Enrage provides a done-damage boost to a handler’s pets, along with a large increase in pet accuracy.

Embolden and enrage are mutually-exclusive; only one can be active at a time. Will your pets do more damage or take less?

Finally, we added a new SEA type – “Max Level of Pets”. This SEA is not used for control calculations; a player with no CH can’t use it to call a CL35 pet, for example, but it is used to calculate a pet’s adjusted level.

What Will You Do?

 

 

Friday Feature – Galactic Career Day 5/31/2019

This week’s Friday Feature is courtesy of player Jacobus with contributions by Kelta. Thank you for the excellent breakdown of EiF’s profession choices!


For those of you familiar with the rise and fall of Star Wars Galaxies during live, you’ll remember several professions to choose from during the Pre-CU and CU eras.  NGE shrunk that number to nine linear professions. There was good and bad to be found in both systems and the developers of Empire in Flames have combined all of the good into one brand-new system!

The developers here put it best:
“Think of the professions as what you do and the skill trees as how you do it.”

With Empire in Flames you build your template by investing skill points into branches across several skill trees ranging from rifleman to pistoleer, artisan to armorsmith, or musician to image designer.  All of that, I’m sure, sounds familiar. However now there are eight trees which have been set aside as “professions.” These professions allow you to play with builds you enjoy while also finding a unique niche in the galaxy!

Professions

Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunters have a whole slew of special abilities which can be used with any weapon from sword to pistol, rifle to pike, in order to apply states, bleeds, fire, or just unadulterated levels of damage.  Bounty Hunters also make use of the Bounty Hunter Mission Terminals to get access to NPC bounties which have some rather profitable payouts in addition to a chance to drop some decent loot.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Droid Track: The ability to use droids to track NPC bounties across the galaxy.
  • Rich Movepool: Bounty Hunters have access to more specials (and therefore more states and debuffs) than any other profession making them a powerhouse when it comes to DPS.

Commando

The commando has access to heavy weapons and blast damage allowing them to deal serious damage against turrets and walkers in GCW events, as well as anything else with those specific vulnerabilities. As Masters of heavy weapons, they can use:

  • plasma flame throwers and their specials to inflict action burns
  • acid launchers to do the same to the mind pool
  • launcher pistol with blast damage and access to all of the pistol specials one may learn as a pistoleer.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Rocket Launchers & Grenades: With these weapons, commandos can do massive amounts of damage in one volley.

Doctor

Doctors are some of the best healers in the galaxy.  What gives the Doctor their edge is in their abilities to heal states, heal from a distance, and heal over an area. Those skills make them a much better healer for groups or large-scale engagements than the pocket/single-target healer that is the typical medic.  Additionally, they are able to buff players beyond their normal levels to bolster the numbers found floating in their health and action pools for an added edge in combat. Also, a doctor with a good understanding of crafting can produce some very good medicines for themselves or those in the market.  

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Area Heal: In large engagements where many players are taking damage, this is a welcome reprieve.
  • Ranged Heals: Able to heal from a range, a doctor is able to keep themselves further from danger and therefore healing longer.
  • Heal States:  Be it something like blind, dizzy, or stun or something more pressing like bleeds and fire, the doctor is able to cure the state and remove the disadvantage.
  • Buffs: Though not necessary like they once were given the redistribution of HAM stats in Empire in Flames, buffs are still a necessary bonus when every point matters.

Entertainer

Entertainer is a great complement for the other professions that were a part of its line on live. They are able to earn a new fame stat which increases the payout for entertainer missions and they get access to more flourishes and instruments than one otherwise would as just a dancer or musician.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Fame: Money tight?  Well for anyone famous enough, the NPCs on the mission terminals will be more than happy to pay larger sums for someone worth the notoriety.

Merchant

Merchants are able to run a business like no other. They set up vendors and have some interesting ways to cut costs when it comes to things like overhead, maximizing their profits or the profits of those utilizing their unique service.  As a Merchant, crafters can make some serious money by getting their product out there rather than just waiting for referrals or requests. With the server’s reliance on merchants over the bazaar terminal, their services are invaluable!

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Lower Maintenance Costs: This helps cut down overhead on your place of business for better profit margins.
  • Hire & Dress Vendors: This will allow for branding as well as organization of your goods for your shoppers.

Ranger

Rangers are the explorers and frontiersmen of the galaxy, having better terrain negotiation and burst run duration than any of the other professions, an ability to track players, NPCs, and animals, as well as added defenses against wild creatures they may encounter.   Additionally, they can craft and throw traps in order to apply all sorts of debuffs and snares to both creatures and players. All of that coupled with a unique ability to harvest organic resources from felled animals makes them unrivaled hunters. Lastly, when all is said and done, rangers can also craft and set camps in the wild in order to provide the benefits otherwise found back in cities.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Harvest: Rangers are the only profession able to harvest animal resources for crafters, giving them a rare niche in the galactic economy.
  • Traps: Throw these can help prevent animals or players from escaping and can complement your build with debuffs you may not otherwise have access to.

Smuggler

Right now this profession is waiting for the Underworld Release which will come after the Jedi Release on the current development road map.  However that does not make them useless by any means, as they have access to some specials that are unique and damaging and (just as is the case with bounty hunter) weapon agnostic.  Smugglers also have the ability to purchase faction points, effectively buying their way into the good graces of either the New Republic or the Empire. Skilled slicers, Smugglers can also assist crafters by slicing weapons and armor for better results and they are able to slice mission terminals for bigger paydays.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Slicing: Be it a terminal for a larger payout or improving weapons and armor, this is how a smuggler will make their money.

Squad Leader

As the name implies, this is a profession designed to lead groups into battles and other content. Squad Leaders possess abilities which can increase the damage output of their group, increase the group’s speed and mobility, help with wounds, utilize system messages for better communication, etc. They are a valuable asset in the increasingly tough instanced dungeons being released and an absolute necessity in the large-scale PvP offered by the Galactic Civil War events.

Unique Skills & Abilities

  • Retreat: This temporarily allows for better movement speed and terrain negotiation for everyone in the group.
  • Volley Fire: Makes the attacks of those in the group more effective as a whole.

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Sandarie
Community Manager

Friday Feature: Last Six Months! Whew!

I took a little hiatus and returned recently to so many updates and additions to an Empire in Flames. I started to compile the list and realized I likely wasn’t the only one who would like to know what EiF has been up to! It was a lot of fun turning the devs loose on the list I started. I was able to see which areas were important to each staff member. EiF is blessed to have gathered a diverse group of people who give so much to the community. Contributing to this article was Halyn, Anishor, Jeil, Kelta, Phoenix, and Abi.

Enjoy! If you haven’t visited EiF in awhile, this is the time! The Easter event is coming and Anniversary Week is around the corner!

Content

  • Planets
    • Coruscant
    • Moncal
      • Screenplay added
    • Kuat
      • Screenplay added
    • Chandrila
    • Hoth
  • Instances
    • Sith Shrine
    • Nym’s Auction coming soon!
  • Loot
    • Tatooine, Dantooine, and Dathomir have receive major loot overhauls
    • 650+ new paintings added
    • Corvette SBD Loot Tables Fixed
  • Faction Recruiters
    • More items
  • GCW
    • Warfame
    • New planetary control system
    • Planetary Control Bonuses
  • Painting Vendor
    • AOJ’s Original Artwork
  • Annual Events
    • Anniversary Riddles
    • Boonta Eve
    • Galactic Egg Hunt
      • Sponsored by A.M.A.
  • EiF Events
    • Jato RP Campaigns
    • The Exchange – Black Market (Get sponsor 😛 )

Crafting

  • Architect
    • New wall appearance added
    • Some furniture has color choices added
    • New craftable houses
  • Armorsmith
    • New craftable armor types
  • Artisan
    • Flooring appearances – 100+
  • Bio-Engineer
    • Backpacks can now be crafted with BE tissues.
  • Droid Engineer
    • C1 Droids
    • Wearable Dark Trooper Exoskeleton
    • BB Droids coming soon!
  • Tailor
    • Backpacks can now be crafted with BE tissues.
    • Armored dusters
  • Weaponsmith
    • Updated Proton Carbine with original fire & sound effects.

Quality of Life

  • Newsnet Terminals in Starports
    • Patch notes
    • GCW updates
      • Galactic Politics Results (Imperial Council/NR Senators)
      • Planetary Control
    • Current events
      • Player Sponsored
        • Weekly Game Night
        • New Zeltros Lottery
        • Galactic Racing Circuit
      • EiF Sponsored
    • Around the Galaxy
  • Player City banks also have a Bazaar terminal
  • /Rattle can be used to make your pets/droids “Talk”
  • NPC droids now come in variety of colors.
  • New armor encumbrance calculations – minisuits now equivalent to full suits
  • Player buildings can now have additional lots added to increase storage – assign as many of your 10 lots as you’d like to a building you own
  • Locked briefcases can now be sliced
  • HIgh-speed airspeeders – T-16 Skyhoppers, T-47 Airspeeders, Twin Pod Cloud Cars

Combat Professions and Skills

Smuggler

  • Last Ditch has been updated – use it as a last ditch.
  • Added Shoot First – used to initiate combat
  • Added Lucky Strike – roll the dice and be rewarded with a high damage special

Doctor

  • Revive Player now revives player with more than 1 health.

Melee Damage SEAs turned on, gives up to 5% extra damage

Sandarie, Community Manager

GCW Recruiter and Quartermaster Loot!

(Our feature today is a guest post by Demiurge. Well done and thank you!!!)

Galactic Civil War Rewards and You!

With the onset of Empire in Flame’s Galactic Civil War patches, players now have the opportunity to spend those hard earned faction points from PvE activities or War Fame gained from Invasion testing and upcoming PvP events.  The purpose of this Friday Feature is to familiarize players with the options available to them from their faction’s Recruiters (Faction Points) and Quartermasters (War Fame). Hopefully this information helps you make informed decisions concerning the items you are purchasing from these vendors.  Because most of the items purchased come in the form of schematics, there is no way to actually “see” what the finished product looks like. That’s where this Friday Feature comes in. We will be reviewing the rewards, so you don’t waste those precious points!

We will examine the rewards purchasable from your faction’s recruiters using regular Faction Points first.  Keep in mind all prices listed are non-smuggler prices.

Let’s examine the list of items available to Imperial players:

Armored AT-AT Pilot Bodysuit (1800 Faction Points)

Armored Imperial AT-AT Pilot Helmet (1800 Faction Points)

Imperial Stormtrooper Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

Imperial Assault Trooper Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

Imperial Scout Trooper Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

 

Now let’s take a look at the faction rewards offered by the New Republic Recruiter:

New Republic Trooper Helmet (1800 Faction Points)

New Republic Marine Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

New Republic Assault Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

New Republic Battle Armor (Total Set = 23,400 Faction Points)

 

3 Different versions of the A280 Firearm.  One rifle, one carbine, one pistol. Each version costs 5500 faction points and are energy damage types.

 

Now we will look at the new items introduced via faction quartermasters using War Fame.  Many of these items are available to both rebel and imperial factions. We will identify which are unique to a particular faction and which is available to all.  Again, let’s look at the Imperial rewards first.

Imperial Galactic Marine Armor (Total Set = 1,500 War Fame)

Battle Tested Stormtrooper Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

Battle Tested Shocktrooper Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

Battle Tested Scout Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

(Entire set available.  This is obviously only two pieces of it…)

ARC-170 Flightsuit (75 War Fame)

Imperial Armored Duster (250 War Fame)

Imperial Galactic Marine Backpack (150 War Fame)

 

Now we will take a look at the items available specifically to New Republic forces.  

 NR Special Forces Armor (Total Set = 1,500 War Fame)

 Battle Tested Assault Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

Battle Tested Battle Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

Battle Tested Marine Armor (Total Set = 1,000 War Fame)

 + DIRT (Real Picture not available)

New Republic Armored Duster (250 War Fame)

NR Snow Trooper Backpack (150 War Fame)

 NR Flight Suit – Recolorable (75 War Fame)

 

Now let’s take a look at some of the items available to both sides.  These include houses, decorations, and a ton of new weapon options.

The Spire House (1,000 War Fame) – 3 Lots

The VIP Bunker (500 War Fame) – 1 Lot

The Commando Bunker (500 War Fame) – 1 Lot

Keep in mind, the Commando and VIP Bunkers are smaller, one room buildings.

A Bacta Tank (150 War Fame)

A Command Console (150 War Fame)

A Map Table (150 War Fame)

A TK Knuckler (250 War Fame) – ACID DAMAGE

A Polearm (250 War Fame) – ELECTRICITY DAMAGE

A One-Handed Sith Sword (250 War Fame) – STUN DAMAGE

A Two-Handed Sith Sword (250 War Fame) – COLD DAMAGE

A DLT19 – Heavy Blaster Rifle (250 War Fame) – ENERGY DAMAGE

A Prototype Sniper Rifle (250 War Fame) – ENERGY DAMAGE

A Legendary Blaster Rifle (250 War Fame) – ELECTRICITY DAMAGE

A Heavy Carbine (250 War Fame) – ACID DAMAGE

A Proton Carbine (250 War Fame) – COLD DAMAGE

A Bothan Carbine (250 War Fame) – ELECTRICITY DAMAGE

An Intimidating Pistol (250 War Fame) – KINETIC DAMAGE

A Legendary Pistol (250 War Fame) – ENERGY DAMAGE

An Insurgent Pistol (250 War Fame) – ENERGY DAMAGE

These are currently all of the items available to players.  Save your points and plan ahead/accordingly in order to outfit your characters however you see fit.  

Good Hunting!