Elsword

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Elsword
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Developer(s) KOG Studios
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
        Genre(s) Fantasy MMO Fighting Platform Side-scroller
        Mode(s) Multiplayer

        Elsword (Korean: 엘소드) is a free-to-play, 2.5D action MMORPG developed by the South Korean company KOG Studios. It features real-time action gameplay and includes both player vs. environment and player vs. player modes. There are several playable characters within the game, each with unique backstories and distinct abilities. While playing the game is free, some items and costumes can be purchased through in-game "Item Mall" using real currency.

        Gameplay[edit]

        Elsword features skill-based action gameplay combined with role-playing elements and community features typical of an MMORPG, such as guilds, chat, and item trading. Gameplay can be controlled using either a keyboard and mouse or a gamepad.

        Classes[edit]

        Elsword the Knight (Warrior)

        Elsword is a swordsman, capable of executing swift attacks with one hand or strong blows with two. He uses his sword 'Great Sword' and his basic fire abilities to eliminate his foes.
        During Destruction Aura, certain commands and skills have a 100% crit chance. Also, getting hit while in Destruction Mode causes Elsword to Stoic Break, knocking all enemies back and gaining Super Armor for its duration. During Vitality Aura certain commands restore mana faster with certain skills requiring less mana.
        First Job Change
        • Sword Knight - specializes in swordsmanship.
        • Magic Knight - combines magic with swords, capable of creating fireballs and sword-shaped magic attacks.
        • Sheath Knight - enables the use of the Bladed Sheath, "Conwell".
        Second Job Change
        • Lord Knight - a title given by the Velder Kingdom to warriors who have reached God-level swordsmanship.
        • Rune Slayer - makes use of an advanced magic named "Rune", combining magic with Rune and storing it in the user's sword, granting the user explosive-level power.
        • Infinity Sword - can summon an unlimited amount of swords to use when fighting, also with an upgraded Conwell.

        Aisha the Magician (Sorcerer)

        Special Abilities: Charge and Memorize
        Being a magician, she can attack by swinging her staff, or shoot fire balls with magic.
        If Aisha stands still, she meditates, rapidly recovering mana. 1 second of charging activates Memorization Mode. Using a skill during this mode uses its mana cost and puts it on cooldown, but 'memorizes' it. She can use the memorized skills (maximum of 3~4 memorizations) with no additional mana cost, but at a reduced 70% damage.
        First Job Change
        • High Magician - uses advanced magic, combined with knowledge.
        • Dark Magician - combines demonic energy with magic, which makes use of Dark Fireballs and Hell Magic.
        • Battle Magician - a melee-type magician that uses magic-reinforced staff wielding.
        Second Job Change
        • Elemental Master - uses the magic of the Four Elements (Fire, Water, Earth, Air) combined with other elements (Lightning, Poison, Ice, etc.); replaces Water with Ice.
        • Void Princess - makes a contract with a devil named "Angkor", making use of Void Magic and Hell lasers in addition to her original dark magic.
        • Dimension Witch - can control space and time by the use of "Moon Stone".

        Rena the Ranger (Archer)

        Special Abilities: Charge and Nature Force
        As an Elven warrior, she excels both at melee combat and archery, and can also combine both techniques.
        Rena is able to summon Nature orbs (displayed as 'NF') to assist her in battle. She gains 1 NF per 6 attacks, maximum of 5 NF. When using a skill, NF is consumed to ignore defense and prevent knockdown. Some skills requires a certain amount of NF to be activated. During Awakening, Rena does not require NF to activate skills, but will not trigger the NF bonus. When Rena has 3 or more NF, she gains increased Charge and speed. If Rena stands still, she starts charging, increasing her mana regeneration.
        First Job Change
        • Combat Ranger - specializes more on martial arts combat, in addition to her archery magic.
        • Sniping Ranger - specializes in Archery, capable of marking targets and quick-shooting.
        • Trapping Ranger - makes use of traps and melee attacks with legendary sword, "Erendil".
        Second Job Change
        • Wind Sneaker - combines the magic used to create energy arrows with martial arts to boost the user's power and speed, as they have reached their limits.
        • Grand Archer - Master-level Archery, sniping enemies with a hail of arrows and capable of piercing metal when strong, or a soundless arrow when swift.
        • Night Watcher - uses a moonstone-strengthened Erendil, which was enhanced after her battle with the revived King Nasod.

        Raven the Taker (Berserker)

        Special Abilities: Nasod Arm Core and Lightning Rage
        Raven is a half-Nasod who wields a sword in one hand to deal fast slashes and can also use his Nasod Arm to deal devastating punches and blast fireballs.
        Activating Awakening summons his Nasod Arm Core. They deal damage when a skill is used, or they greatly reduce damage taken when hit. Nasod Arm Core is consumed completely when launched and is consumed slowly when blocking. Additional Core charges can be gained by hitting enemies or getting hit.
        If Raven actives Awakening Level 3, he will be shrouded in lightning, dealing damage to nearby enemies. Additionally, his Nasod Arm Core capabilities are greatly enhanced.
        First Job Change
        • Sword Taker - specializes in swordsmanship rather than his left Nasod Arm, in fear that it will overtake him.
        • Over Taker - upgrades his Nasod Arm despite the risks of being taken over.
        • Weapon Taker - makes use of the "Overheat" system, which strengthens his attacks and his Nasod Fireballs but at the cost of his own life.
        Second Job Change
        • Blade Master - seals his Nasod Arm completely and uses only his sword, reaching master-level swordsmanship capable of even cutting dimensions.
        • Reckless Fist - uses a Limit-enhanced Nasod Arm with reckless power, but is already at its limits of being mentally unstable and starts to lose his own consciousness.
        • Veteran Commander - upgrades his "Overheat" System and strengthens his Nasod Arm, which was on the brink of destruction due to an overuse of Overheat.

        Eve, Another Code (Mechanic, Summoner)

        Special Abilities: Glide and Queen's Core
        Eve uses her powers of machinery to take down enemy forces for her. She can summon Nasods from her kingdom to aid her in her battle.
        A dash-jump causes Eve to 'Glide', increasing movement speed that diminishes over time. Eve can dash multiple times in the air, granting her high Air Mobility.
        Activating Awakening summons Queen's Core to aid her in battle. It shoots lasers when skills are activated and blocks damage completely when attacked. It is consumed completely when attacking and is consumed slowly when blocking. Additional Core charges can be gained by attacking enemies or by getting hit. Also, at the expense of Core charges, she can 'backslide', escaping from additional hits. Activating Awakening Level 3 boosts Queen's Core, significantly increasing its damage and blocking capabilities as well as its recharge speed. When Queen's Core is deactivated (when the awakening duration runs out), Eve gains health and mana depending on the level of the awakening.
        First Job Change
        • Code: Exotic - gains exceptional mobility and increased melee capability, while maintaining her sanity. The warrior Queen obtains a multitude of situational skills as she advances.
        • Code: Architecture - able to summon Oberon to aid her in battle. Oberon is a Nasod built by Eve, designed to use it's dual swords to attack under her command. Code: Architecture boasts a range of special active skills dealing heavy physical damage, as well as having utility-based active skills that deal great amounts of magical damage.
        • Code: Electra - utilizes the code to construct a functional Nasod device: the El energy reactor. The power of the El is easily manipulated by Eve, expressed with high-powered electron beams. Beautifully lethal, Eve can unleash various forms of El-force generated by the El energy reactor as she pleases.
        Second Job Change
        • Code: Nemesis - "Nasod's Queen of Destruction". She depends more on her enhanced arsenal of weaponry rather than relying on her gears and summons. By developing her weapon arsenal, Code: Nemesis gained access to a plethora of different types of weapons such as the Nasod Wing Drones. Her combo style becomes more diverse with improved drone attacks and overall basic combos.
        • Code: Empress - creates an additional servant named "Ophelia", combining Oberon and Ophelia's attacks to make an infinite combo. Should a battle last long enough, she also gains access to her 3rd servant, Ferdinand.
        • Code: Battle Seraph - gains the power to utilize sharper and more formulated lasers, gaining a 3rd El energy reactor mode and high mobility, in exchange for her 'Emotion Control Circuit'.[1]

        Chung the Guardian (Shooter, Cannon Blaster)

        Special Abilities: Ammo and Berserk Mode
        Chung’s weapon is the large cannon, Destroyer, and his armor is the full body panoply, Freiturnier.
        Chung's certain commands and skills use Ammo. If he does not have Ammo, then he cannot use skills, or his attack commands will deal no damage at all. He reloads 1 Ammo every 2 seconds if he is standing still, or he can reload it using skills or commands. He has 6~12 Ammo.
        Activating Awakening level 3 allows Chung to go into Berserk Mode. When activated, Chung instantly regains his full Ammo capacity, giving him infinite Ammo for its duration.
        First Job Change
        • Fury Guardian - upgrades Destroyer to make more powerful shots, and Freiturnier to better withstand enemy fire.
        • Shooting Guardian - makes use of a gun named "Silver Shooter", as he felt that the use of his heavy cannon made openings.
        • Shelling Guardian - deals with heavy artillery and a wide range of heavy weapons from a distance, but can also inflict powerful blows at enemies in close range.
        Second Job Change
        • Iron Paladin - upgrades Destroyer to its limit, destroying enemies in a single blast. He also upgrades Freiturnier to its limit, blocking all attacks.
        • Deadly Chaser - makes use of two Silver Shooters, as having just one still made openings.
        • Tactical Trooper - makes additional changes to his "Shells", combining El-energy crystals to his Cannon Shells.[2]

        Ara, 小侠 or Little Xia (Martial Artist)

        Special Abilities: Spirit Orb and Fox Form
        Ara is a skilled martial artist that uses a spear. She is a highly versatile character with extremely long melee attack range, as well as superior attack speed and mobility, having an air-dash in addition to the double jump. Ara is able to 'cancel' certain skills with another skill, sometimes gaining Spirit Orbs when done so. This enables her to chain Actives and Special Actives with ease, even if that skill is not in the skill slot. However, due to this, Ara's skills have a lower damage than other characters.
        Ara's skills may use Spirit Orbs, Mana, or both. Spirit Orbs can be obtained by certain skills and grants her access to certain skills. Activating Awakening Level 3 will turn her to the Nine-Tailed Fox, gaining increased health, damage, defense, and speed. In this mode, she gains 1 Spirit Orb each time she kills an enemy.
        Ara's second class changes might be unavailable in some countries.
        First Job Change
        • Little Hsien - capable to doing quick attacks in mid-air as well as enhanced combos.
        • Little Devil - uses powers from the demon realm, allowing her to materialize spirit energy weapons like spears and wolf spirits.
        • Little Specter - Ara's and Eun's souls now share the same body, allowing Ara to do martial arts that are strengthened by Eun's specter powers and fox-like reflexes.
        Second Job Change
        • Sakra Devanam - melee attacks have a longer and wider range. Combined with the new aerial martial arts attacks she learns, she gets a higher advantage when fighting in the air.
        • Yama Raja - capable of more materialization of spirit energy weapons, including a spirit energy form of herself to steal the souls of her targets.
        • Asura - able to create more phantom claws and use them as an extension of her body.[3]

        Elesis the Free Knight (a Knight unbound by the rules of the kingdom)

        Special Ability: Chivalry
        She is able to evade and gap close with extreme effect unlike her brother Elsword, who incorporates a more defensive fighting style. In addition to her swordplay with her 'Great Claymore', Elesis is capable of harnessing and expressing energy into fire, enhancing her combat efficiency.
        In Gale mode, certain skills will have reduced mana cost and cooldown, making her capable of spamming skills in rapid succession, although with reduced damage.
        In Annihilation mode, certain commands and skills will have 100% crit chance, granting extremely high damage while the Annihilation gauge lasts. Also, Mana Breaking while in Annihilation Mode causes her to Stoic Break instead, knocking all enemies back and granting her Super Armor for a few seconds.
        Elesis' 3rd Job Path might be unavailable in some countries.
        First Job Change
        • Saber Knight - capable of shrugging off multitudes of attacks while maintaining her composure, simultaneously delivering armor crushing blows coupled with refined fire magic.
        • Pyro Knight - focuses primarily on conjuring fire and unleashing its fury from her sword. Also capable of numerous short to mid-ranged skills.
        • Dark Knight - able to use Dark Powers, which allow her to use brute force to kill her foes. She can use some of her HP to make her skills hit more often and the lower her HP gets, the more damage she'll deal to her enemies. Her Gale Mode is now able to heal her and her skills that use Annihilation Mode now deal even more damage at the cost of losing more HP.
        Second Job Change
        • Grand Master - a Master of Swordsmanship, capable of overpowering a Velder Kingdom's Lord Knight in a 1 on 1 battle.
        • Blazing Heart - a master of fire magic, the Blazing Heart employs a highly effective and versatile skill set, from unleashing the erratic Blaze Wing to lodging her claymore into her foes to set them ablaze with Sword of Red Lotus.
        • Crimson Avenger - masters her Dark Powers allowing her to become even stronger than before. Her many passives compensate for her powerful attacks which cost more health.[4]

        Add the Tracer (Special Mechanic, Tactician)

        Special Abilities: Dynamo Configuration and Dynamo Mutation
        Staying true to his concept of being a mechanic, Add fully utilizes his mechanized weapon, the 'Nasod Dynamo', to aid him in battle. The Dynamos are not only able deal physical damage to targets, but are able to fire rays of electricity as a way of dealing magical damage. As a ranged alternative, his dynamos can also be configured to form a powerful electric cannon by the same way.
        Attacking or getting hit gives Add Dynamo Points. Having 100 or more Dynamo Points (maximum of 400 Dynamo Points) enables Add to go into Awakening, called 'Configuration'. During Configuration, Add gains access to special commands and skills. Configuration has a 5 second cooldown and gives Add 1 Dynamo Mutation Orb (maximum of 6 orbs). Using certain Skills in Configuration mode consumes the Mutation Orbs - minimum of 1, maximum of 3 - gaining increased damage or added effects per orb consumed. 'Dissolution' cancels Configuration Mode and returns Add to Normal State.
        His third choice of first and second class changes are available only to KR server. Add might not be available in some countries.
        First Job Change
        • Psychic Tracer - connects his Dynamos to his mind, enabling him to control them and the energy it stores and generates with only willpower.
        • Arc Tracer - upgrades the AI of his Dynamos and gains the ability to summon Drones to assist him in battle through Dynamo Factory.
        • Time Tracer - finally succeeds in applying the ability of manipulating time and space through his Dynamos, and continues his own journey to find an energy source that will allow him to better calculate his time-space errors.
        Second Job Change
        • Lunatic Psyker - upgrades his Dynamos even further by installing a more stable power source, giving him more destructive power.
        • Mastermind - develops technology that allows his weapons to move on their own according to his will.
        • Diabolic Esper - uses the knowledge he gained from his experiments in an effort to destroy the world, due to him being unable to return to the past that he wanted.[5]

        Lu/Ciel the Duo (Lu: Special Berserker / Ciel: Gunblade Assassin)

        Special Ability: Combination Gauge and Dual Mana System
        With a dual character play-style, players can either defeat enemies with strong demonic magic with the melee attacker, Lu, or with quick slashes and gun shots as the ranged Ciel, or utilize both to chain numerous combos. Lu and Ciel are capable of switching between them depending on the situation. While resting, they can click their current character to switch.
        During Combat, they can switch using certain commands or skills. Switching gives them points of 'Combination Gauge'. When they have 10 Combination Gauge, they can use their ultimate skill, 'Combination Skill', which consumes all 10 Combination Gauge. This does not use mana and it does not have a cooldown.
        Lu and Ciel do not share mana and the tagged out character rapidly recovers mana. To compensate for this, they have a relatively high mana cost.
        First Job Change
        • Chiliarch/Ciel - gains the ability to use terror energy and summon stronger demons.
        • Royal Guard/Lu - becomes able to extract soul energy from his enemies and uses a large cross-shaped firearm in addition to his gun blades.
        Second Job Change
        • Dread Lord/Chiliarch - becomes the sword of Lu to crush their enemies mercilessly.
        • Royal Guard/Noblesse - becomes stronger through Ciel's support and has the power to use Soul Spears.

        Skills[edit]

        There are different types of skills you can choose from as you level up.

        • Passive - an always-on effect without any mana cost, as long as the conditions are met. There are many types of Passives, e.g. increases Attack or Defense, gives special effects, enhances other skills, etc..
        • Active - requires some mana to activate; mana cost and cooldown is very low but does not do significant damage. Actives may damage your opponent, may help your allies, or even restore your health or mana. Mana cost ranges from 0~100 and cooldown ranges from 0~65.
        • Buff - gives you and your allies a special effect or a power boost for a limited time when activated. It's activation can be easily interrupted, so it has a very short cooldown. However, the buff usually gives a huge advantage to a side, so the mana cost is relatively high. There are also skills called De-Buff Skills that weakens your enemy for a short time. Mana cost ranges from 50~80, cooldown ranges from 10~30 and buff duration ranges from 3~100.
        • Special Active - has a special skill image when activated. The damage is relatively powerful, so it has a very high mana cost. Most Special Actives cannot be used in a combo, but there are some that can. Special Actives have a very low chance of being interrupted, but if it is, its mana will not be refunded and its cooldown will start. Mana cost ranges from 35~300 and cooldown ranges from 5~30
        • Locked Skills - require completing a quest to be unlocked. After completing the quest, Camilla gives you a skill unlocking book that can unlock a certain type of Locked Skill. Due to this down side, they are usually stronger than most skills. Once unlocked, can become a Passive, Active or a Special Active. There are 4 Locked Skills for every character: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert, unlocked at level 30, 40, 45, 60, respectively. The higher the Seal Level, the harder it is to unlock.
        • Combination Skill - only available for Lu/Ciel. It is a skill that utilizes them both to do a strong attack. It does not require any mana, but it requires a full Switch Gauge and depletes it completely. There is also no cooldown, as it takes a long time to gain full Switch Gauge.
        • Hyper Actives - strongest skill; may be unavailable on other servers. It is also a Locked Skill and can be unlocked at level 65. Hyper Actives may decrease an enemy player's life to half or even cause a One-Hit Kill when landed successfully. They require 300 MP to use and always have a 180-second cooldown, even if you have a cooldown-reducing buff or a mana cost reducing buff. Additionally, Hyper Actives use up 1 El Essence, which can be obtained from El stones (1 El stone yields 3 El Essences).

        Player vs Environment[edit]

        Players traverse the land of Elrios, defeating enemies and leveling-up to unlock new job classes and skills. As players explore the world, they travel to nine unique regions, each containing a "hub" town and around 6 dungeons. In towns, players can receive quests from NPCs, purchase items, and interact with other players. Dungeons are instanced, offering co-op play for up to four players at a time. Some dungeons feature branching paths, light puzzle-solving, and interactive elements such as collapsing buildings. The game also features a number of special dungeons. Presently, there are a total of 70 different levels.

        There are ten different playable characters to date (Lu/Ciel is only available in KR), each with three different job class paths that can be chosen starting at level 15. Each job class path offers specialization in a different play style along with unique skills.

        Player vs Player[edit]

        Player vs player(PvP) takes place in a special sparring arena designed for different numbers of players. Up to eight players can brawl at the same time.[citation needed] Both "survival" (i.e. everyone vs everyone) and "team" modes are available with team battles supporting up to 4 vs 4. Servers have the option to fight 1 vs 1, 2 vs 2, and 3 vs 3 matches. In the Korean version of Elsword, 2 vs 2 was removed due to its unpopularity. This option was also removed later in the North American and European version, but was re-installed on July 14, 2014 for the North American version and on July 30, 2014 for the European version.

        Story[edit]

        The story of Elsword takes place in Elrios, a mystical land nurtured to life through the power of a gem known as the El Stone. When the El Stone is stolen, Elsword and his allies go on a quest to recover it and bring the thieves to justice. Along the way, new allies join his team, known as the "El Search Party". While this story ties the eight regions of the world together, each region has multiple subplots that unfold as players complete the dungeons in that region. In addition, each character has a personal story that is told as they level up and select their job class path.

        Characters[edit]

        Playable Characters[edit]

        Elsword

        Voiced by: Jeong Yu-mi (Korean), Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese)[6]
        Elsword (Els in Elsword Japan), is an ambitious but hot-headed young swordsman, trained by the commander of the Crimson Knights, his sister, Elesis. Elesis left her little brother to lead a mission, never to return. Elsword is the leader of the El search party and is now searching the land for two things - El, the precious gems that power his kingdom, and his missing sister.

        Aisha

        Voiced by: Rhee Ji-yeong (Korean), Rie Kugimiya (Japanese),[6] Dania Cericola (Italian)
        Aisha was already a mage of the highest order at the tender age of 12 until a ring of sinister power absorbed her abilities. Intelligent and brash, she joined the El search party and once again starts her journey to relearn all that she lost and to find the ring that stole her powers.

        Rena

        Voiced by: Jeong Mi-sook (Korean), Yui Horie (Japanese),[6] Alessandra Karpoff (Italian)
        Rena is an elf living in the mortal world. Her place in this world is jeopardized by the weakening of El, the power gems that energize everything including the connection to her home world. If this power fades, the ties that bind the two planes will vanish, as will Rena herself. She joined the El search party and uses her abilities as a Ranger to protect the El and her friends.

        Raven

        Voiced by: Bak Seong-tae (Korean), Mamoru Miyano (Japanese),[6] Paolo Sesana (Italian)
        Raven is a fellow commoner from the Kingdom of Velder who rejected the idea of nobles and aristocrats. However, he was still proud of his kingdom, and thus worked hard to become the Captain of the Crow Mercenary Knights. Being a commoner in such a high-ranking position, he caused jealousy among the nobles. He was later framed by his friend and sentenced to prison. His friends, comrades, and fiancée (Seris) rescued him and hid within the forest in the outskirts of Velder. But it did not take long before they were all surrounded by Velder soldiers and slaughtered one by one. Everything that Raven cared for and loved was stripped away from him, right before his very eyes. Just then, a figure appeared and offered him a contract. For rebirth and power, he would conquer Velder and have revenge on the ones who caused his suffering - Raven agreed. Reborn with a prototype Nasod claw, he became the leader of the Velder Rebellion and blindly fought to destroy the kingdom he once protected, until he met a crew of young, ambitious heroes who reminded him of his duty. In atonement for his sins, he decides to lead a new life, joining Elsword and his friends on an adventure of finding the missing El.

        Eve

        Voiced by: Woo Jeong-shin (Korean), Mamiko Noto (Japanese),[6] Loretta Di Pisa (Italian)
        Eve, an upper-class Nasod, was once called 'The Little Queen of Nasods' when Humans and Nasod coexisted in Ancient Elrios. The times were peaceful and they worked side by side with their creators. However, the reign of prosperity was fleeting, as the power of El began to weaken. Nasod civilization declined without its power source. They sought help from the humans but were denied and, thus, the Nasod-Human war began. Years passed with the humans winning the ancient war but at the same time diminishing the El's power. Only a few ancient Nasods survived the war and made it back into their preservation capsules. For thousands of years, Eve was preserved in her capsule unit to avoid the catastrophe until an El fragment accidentally flew into it. Eve woke up only to find out that she was stranded alone in this new present time. She gathered her remaining energy and ancient knowledge and joined the El search party to revive King Nasod and the Nasod race as the last Nasod in the world. After all, a queen cannot be without a king and Eve understood that best.

        Chung

        Voiced by: Yang Jeong-hwa (Korean), Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese)[7][8]
        A prince of the Seiker family, known protectors of Hamel City, the capital of Senace Kingdom - it is to this name that Chung was born. Widely known as Prince Seiker, Chung was trained for combat from his early years. When Senace Kingdom came under attack, his father devoted himself to defending it. Unfortunately, a demon possessed him, causing him to lose all control of his own body, and the noble fighter unwittingly came to lead the enemies to attack Hamel. Prince Seiker tried to hold his father to try and stop him, but was seriously wounded. With the help of Elsword and his friends, Chung escapes the battlefield and is on his way to recovering from his wounds. Meanwhile, most parts of Senace are now occupied by the demons. He then decides to leave Hamel to the Crimson Knights and go with Elsword and his friends in the El search party to train and become stronger than ever. He swears to himself that he will not use the Seiker name and will call himself Chung until he returns to save Hamel and take the Water El back from the demons. He is named Lacher in Elsword Japan.

        Ara Haan

        Voiced by: Yeo Min-jeong (Korean), Satomi Satō (Japanese),[9] Emanuela Pacotto (Italian)
        Ara is the daughter of the Haan Family, a warrior family that protected the seal of the Nine-Tailed-Fox for generations. At first glance, Ara looks like a kind and polite girl, but because of her family's influence, she is actually a highly skilled martial artist and spear wielder. Her brother, Aren Haan, began his training early and was able to become strong enough to become the Defense Captain of Fahrmann's capital. One night, the village they lived in was attacked by an army of demons. Ara tried her best to fight back, but was outnumbered and cornered. In the destruction, Ara fell into a room containing a mysterious altar. A large hairpin that was pinned to the altar was thrown across the floor. Ara is approached by her brother, Aren, who is now Ran, the demon general who had led the invasion. Aren, who had inherited his strong spirit from the moon, was corrupted and reborn as Ran due to the Dark El contaminating the moon's power. Ran conquered Fahrmann's capital and led his army to retrieve the village's El-fragment.
        As Ran is about to kill Ara, the last survivor, she instinctively protected herself with the hairpin on the floor. The pin unleashed a powerful light and Ara fell unconscious. When she woke, Ara found herself alone in the center of the village. The nine-tailed fox had possessed her and fought the demons back. Ara then hears the spirit's voice, Eun, who had been sealed in the pin for centuries. Eun makes a contract with Ara: she will lend Ara her power and help her find her brother, Aren. In exchange, Ara has to help Eun find the power of the El stone. Ara accepts, and they go on their journey to search for Aren.
        The duo arrives to Hamel after hearing of the demon invasion there, but Ara is too late and can only find traces of the demons. After searching, Ara comes across the El Team, who mistakes her for another demon. After the misunderstanding, Elsword tells Ara that they already had fought the demons and that Ran had escaped from the Water Temple. He offers Ara to travel with him and his team, as they may come across Ran again. Ara agrees, joining in hopes of finding her brother as well as the El stone to fulfill her contract with Eun.

        Elesis

        Voiced by: Yoon Yuh-jin (Korean), Marina Inoue (Japanese), Elisabetta Spinelli (Italian)
        Elesis is strong-willed but is prone to acting before talking. She would do anything as long as it's for her younger brother, Elsword, who she cares deeply for. Elesis' sword skills were passed down to her from her father who is a retired Velder Kingdom Knight, and has shown extraordinary proficiency in sword fighting. Elesis had predicted that demons would bring danger to the continent and, as a result, joins the Velder Knights to stop the demon invasion in order to protect Elrios and her younger brother. Elesis is not in the El search party.

        Add

        Voiced by: Jeong Jae-heon (Korean), Ryōhei Kimura (Japanese), Renato Novara (Italian)
        Add is a descendant of a family that researched Nasods. His entire family was exterminated after being caught researching the forbidden secrets of the Nasods. Add fell into an Ancient Library while escaping and was trapped all alone. Fortunately, there was a steady supply of food to sustain himself as well as a large number of books about the Nasods. Add spent his time reading them and waited for the day he could escape. With his vast knowledge, Add eventually invented the Nasod Dynamo using the parts from broken down Nasods found inside the library. Using the weapon's power, he escaped from the collapsing library. However, the isolation of being trapped alone for so long left Add insane along with an obsession to find rare Nasod codes. While traveling to look for more Nasod schematics, Add finds that the race no longer exists. The library where Add had lived in distorted time inside, and sent him to a timeline far into the future. Thus, Add manipulates Wally in order to gain strength and find a way to get back to the past. That was until Add found traces of Eve from the corrupted Nasod King. Add is technically an enemy of the El Search Party.

        Lu

        Voiced by: Kim Hyeon-ji (Korean)
        "All these unfamiliar memories came to me..."
        Lu was one of the demon lords that supported the Demon Realm, but because of her subordinate's betrayal, she lost all her powers and was sealed away for a long time. In a last ditch effort, she undid the seal and escaped to Elrios but due to the immense consumption of mana required for jumping into Elrios, her appearance turned into that of a child. After her contract with Ciel, she starts to track down demons invading Elrios in order to regain her power and status.

        Ciel

        Voiced by: Kim Yeong-seon (Korean)
        A famous assassin in the criminal underworld, he is Lu's bodyguard and butler. After Lu escaped through the gap in space and time, Ciel rescues and accompanies her. He loses his life to demon assassins, including Karis, that were after Lu, but manages to revive as a half-demon by making a contract with her. Out of gratitude for saving his life, Ciel aligns his cause with Lu's and travels with her until her goals are completed.

        Non-playable Characters[edit]

        These are the more notable non-playable characters that the players may encounter in their gameplay.

        Ruben[edit]

        • Hagus - Chief of Ruben Village; gives several quests to warriors and travelers (i.e. players) to prove their strength
        • Lowe - Camp Drillmaster; also appears in PvP as an "Epic" NPC and in Gate of Darkness as the first ally to replace a player
        • Ann - shopkeeper; purveyor of the basic equipment needed to explore a dungeon; wrote the skill note Deadly Cosmetics

        Elder[edit]

        • Hoffman - Great Merchant of Elder and head of the Velder Commerce Association; helps with the 1st Class Advancements for almost all playable characters
        • Luichel - former bandit, current Accessories shopkeeper of Elder
        • Echo - Alchemist; wrote the skill note Recycling the Ashes
        • Lenphad - Blacksmith and Equipment shopkeeper; younger brother of Hanna from Velder; works with his sister in the chain of equipment shops, Swordsmith Cats

        Bethma[edit]

        • Stella - Sheriff of Bethma
        • Chacha Buch - Alchemist; Vapor's colleague
        • Toma - owns Equipment shop, Acetylene
        • Richian - Accessory shopkeeper; brother of Rosean; owns Richie Mine (which his father passed down to him) and one of Luichel's business rivals

        Altera[edit]

        • Adel - Chief of Altera; also teaches young Ponggo about literature and writing
        • Agatha - Equipment shopkeeper
        • Amos - Alchemist
        • Aida - Accessory shopkeeper

        Feita[edit]

        • Lento - Knight of Feita Altar; Allegro's bodyguard
        • Allegro - Lord of Feita's Assistant

        Velder[edit]

        • Vanessa - Velder Garrison Centurion; also appears in Ereda Island as one of Velder's Spearman Chief Gatekeepers; wrote the skill notes Deep Cut and Seamless Spearmanship
        • Hanna - Equipment shopkeeper; Lenphad's big sister who runs Swordsmith Cats
        • Grail - Alchemist; became a dog after a failed experiment
        • Praus - Accessory shopkeeper; likes Hanna but was rejected
        • Noel - Wandering Bard; former mercenary; acted as a tactician to help Vanessa and the El Search Party during the Velder Invasion

        Hamel[edit]

        • Penensio - Chief of the Red Knights; also appears in PvP as an "Epic" NPC and in Gate of Darkness as the third ally to replace a player
        Voiced by: Hideki Ogihara (Japanese)[7]
        • Daisy - Secretary of Duke Rod Ross
        • Horatio - Equipment shopkeeper; aka the "Flaming Horatio"; wrote the skill notes Opportunity Chance, Earth Quake, Scars of Burns and Armor Destroyer
        Voiced by: Yōsuke Akimoto (Japanese)[7]
        • Lucy - Accessory shopkeeper
        Voiced by: Rei Matsuzaki (Japanese)[7]
        • Denka - Alchemist
        Voiced by: Shinya Fukumatsu (Japanese)[7]

        Sander[edit]

        • Emirate - Village Chief; aka "Red Beard"
        • Rosean - Accessory shopkeeper; sister of Richian
        • Dafarr - Equipment shopkeeper; weapons expert; wrote the skill note Imbalanced Weight
        • Vapor - Alchemist; colleague of Chacha Buch

        Lanox[edit]

        • Edel - Chief of Lanox
        • Sdeing - Blacksmith Leader; boss of Ash Covered Village; Steel's father
        • Steel - Equipment shopkeeper; 13-year-old Dwarf Blacksmith; only 140cm tall but weighs over 70kg; Sdeing's daughter
        • Faceoff - Alchemist; real name unknown; lost his face while using a forbidden alchemy to resurrect the dead, according to rumors
        • Ember Ryota - Accessory shopkeeper
        • Ignia - Fire Priestess
        • Sebastian - Edel's butler

        All Villages/Resting Areas[edit]

        • Ariel - COBO Service Representative; found in all Villages except Ruben; gives out missions mostly related to actual events
        Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (Japanese)[6]
        • Camilla - Sparring Area Administrator; found in all Villages except Ruben
        Voiced by: Yui Horie (Japanese)
        • Luriel - COBO Bank Service Attendant and Ariel's younger sister; found in all Villages except Ruben
        Voiced by: Hitomi Harada (Japanese)[6]
        • Helen - Peddler; found in all Resting Areas
        • Glave - Henir's Time and Space Administrator; found in all Resting Areas and Feita Village

        Others[edit]

        • Luto - former Administrator of Henir's Time and Space; found in Hell Mode Secret Dungeons
        • Myu - COBO Product Sales Sector Representative; found in all Villages (except Ruben) during Events; occasionally handles Ariel's role of providing event quests and exchanges
        • Adams - Former Alchemist; found in Ruben, by the riverside; sometimes appears in towns as an Event NPC, handling Ariel's role of providing event quests and exchanges
        • Rod Ross - Duke of Hamel
        • Sasha - Water Priestess of Hamel
        • Anudran - Wind Priestess; found in Sander and Caluso Tribal Village
        • Artea - Earth Priestess of Lanox
        • Gloria - Light Priestess of Lanox
        • Darkmoon - Dark Priestess of Lanox

        Media[edit]

        Manhwa[edit]

        There are a series of manhwa based on the game, published by Korean publisher Haksan Culture Company in a series of magazines called ElType. The magazines are created by KOG Studios, the creators of Elsword. They involve a main story in each magazine with short comic gags in the beginning and end. After the first four volumes had been released, the series went on a hiatus due to the main artist of Elsword leaving. Later on, KOG has created a short series of manhwas different from ElType, involving Chung and his transformation into his 2nd Job advancement. Eltype Season 3 has been introduced, this time featuring Add.

        ElType has been rebooted with a new team of artists during the release of Ara. The new title is now ElType Season 2. The first volume introduces Ara and her lore, along with numerous different short comics, each illustrated several different artists.

        Official Guide Book[edit]

        There is an official guide book (공식 가이드 북) for the game, released on 8 October 2010.

        Japanese-style webcomic[edit]

        In 2014 an Elsword manga-style webcomic was released in Brazilian territory, exclusive to the website.[10] It was written by Fábio Yabu, responsible for already established series Combo Rangers, and freely available.[11] The webcomic is aimed for children.

        Relationships with Grand Chase[edit]

        Elsword was originally a reboot of Grand Chase, another MMORPG created by KOG Studios. The two games shared many similarities, such as Elesis, Aisha, and Rena formerly named Elesis, Arme, and Lire, respectively, who were few of the main characters of Grand Chase. The obvious identical traits (such as the aforementioned) were scrapped when Elsword came out of beta testing as the two games were hosted by different companies. However, there are still many similarities between the two games, such as similar skill systems, names, character stories, traits, and monsters.

        References[edit]

        1. ^ http://elwiki.net/w/Eve
        2. ^ http://elwiki.net/w/Chung
        3. ^ http://elwiki.net/w/Ara
        4. ^ http://elwiki.net/w/Elesis
        5. ^ http://elwiki.net/w/Add
        6. ^ a b c d e f g "「ELSWORD」,メインキャラクターの声に鈴村健一さんや釘宮理恵さん,堀江由衣さんなど。" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 
        7. ^ a b c d e "「ELSWORD」新キャラクター「ラシェ」のCVに沢城みゆきさん起用を発表" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 
        8. ^ "「ELSWORD」新キャラクター「ラシェ」のCVに沢城みゆきさん起用を発表" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 
        9. ^ "「ELSWORD」,スキルのバランス調整や新コマンドが追加されるスキルリニューアルが実施。新キャラクター「アラ・ハーン」のティザーサイトも公開" (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 
        10. ^ Erika Tsuha. "Elsword vai ganhar mangá nacional". ANMTV (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
        11. ^ Elsword the Webcomic, in Portuguese

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