Blade & Soul introduced a quite unique and highly addictive way of obtaining some rare outfits, evolution material weapons and accessories and Shield pieces. We played around a few hours with these spinning wheels and these are our findings.
Wheels of Fate are located in some of the major zones of Blade & Soul and by obtaining certain types of essences you are able to spin them and receive various nifty rewards. Some of these rewards are essential to obtain as they are required to evolve our weapons and accessories.
We can already encounter a Wheel of Fate around level 8 in Foshi Pyres where we can obtain one of the best-looking outfits, the Jiangshi Raiment and also the first weapon that is necessary to evolve our class weapon.
The essences that are required to spin the Wheel of Fate are acquired from World Bosses that spawn very often, usually within minutes. Most of the times, you will find plenty of players who are grinding these bosses (mainly on Channel 1) and you don’t even need to group up to receive the essences.
As I am fond of killer outfits, I actually spent days grinding some of the World Bosses to obtain them, including the Wolfskin that drops from the Wheel of Fate located at Lilystalk Tradepost in Lycandi Foothills. For this specific outfit, you will need to hunt Fallen Sacred Beast Lycan the Mighty. What a name, right?
There are other decent outfits that drop from Wheels of Fate, like the Stinger which can be obtained near Yehara’s Mirage in the Cinderlands.
Whether you succeed in getting these rare items from the Wheel of Fate or not, entirely depends on your luck, but the higher level outfits seem to have very small drop rates and most of the time you will be getting Shield and weapon chests that not always drop items that match your class.
As long as you manage to find some players around to kill the World Bosses, you should gain plenty of useful stuff from the Wheels of Fate, but be warned, you might just get addicted to it.
As you very well know crafting/gathering constitute a major part in any MMO and Blade&Soul isn’t an exception.
But how good is Blade&Soul’s crafting/gathering system?
It seems that according to forums discussions, the opinions on crafting are mostly mixed, with the majority of the players feeling pretty disappointed about how it works, but also not being downright opposed the idea.
Personally, I have to agree with the majority here, while Blade&Soul does not require grinding to level up, the crafting/gathering system mechanics make up for it for the most part.
Being forced to buy only one item per order is a fatal blow to those who are multicrafting with multiple characters.
Another thing people seem to dislike are also the long respawn times of the resource nodes.
Here are some other opinions on crafting from other players :
For the most part I find the crafting and gathering disappointingly shallow. It’s pretty skip-able, and unimpressive. Obviously not a focus or target audience for the game.
It seems designed to keep people logged in for as long as possible playing a Farmville-style system.
I think the craft system is refreshingly non-grindy. It takes a real investment of playtime yo level crafting.
In my opinion, it is a pain in the rear. If you want materials you either have to buy it or pray that bots or other players didn’t gather a node first.
Gathering materials is already a pain as it is and takes a lot of time if unlucky.
Soul Shield names, location and level requirement 1-45:
Thousand Soul set from first roulette, graveyard area. Kill Jiangshi world boss for essences. Req lvl 6
Demon set from Blackram Narrows. Suggest you do not farm unless you’re lucky with getting the set or unlucky with getting the weapon for evolution. Req lvl 18.
Viridian set from merchant in Jadestone village. Need 8 Viridian valor stones, req lvl 20.
Desert heroic set from merchant by the inn in the desert. Need 8 cinderland valor stones, req lvl 28.
Desert scorpion set from roulette outside of the inn. Kill Picky world boss for essences. Do not recommend farming. Req lvl 33
Sacrificial set from Tomb of the Exiles. First real good set, recommend farming if you’re close to getting it done after you get your weapon evolution material. Worth enchanting if you have extra materials. Useable all the way to 45. Req lvl 36
Lycan set from roulette in Lycandi Foothills. Kill Fallen sacred beast world boss for essences. Req lvl 37
Moonwater set from merchant in Hogshead Hamlet. Need 8 moonwater valor stones. Req lvl 41.
Profane set from roulette at bottom right area in Moonwater plains. Kill profane jiangshi world boss for essences. Req lvl 42.
At 45, 4 different soul shields that you can farm to mix and match.