January 2021 Arks Hour
The 5th episode of PSO2’s ARKS Hour just aired today to showcase upcoming content updates following the maintenance tonight at 10:00 PM PST. GM JJ Dragon and Gwizofthestars hosts the episode along with special guest, content creator XingKazma. I’ll just be summing up what was discussed, what’s new, and what’s showcased. Let’s get to it!
The hosts first start off quickly by introducing the long awaited Divide Quests, showing us some footage of how it works and how to complete it. Here are some points to note about this new quest:
- Limit of 10 lives on start
- 4 players can choose Life path or Points path to either get more lives or get more points
- Every 5 stages is a boss fight
- 30 stages on release
The Divide Medal Shop will have weekly limits to the items you can redeem. There is also a weekly cap to points and rewards per character, so you can farm the quests on your alts as well. The shop will contain 15* materials for Plus Potentials, Puras and Steel weapons, and later on Ayer and Cras weapons. The shop also includes some special abilities, weapons, and other materials.
Valentine’s Day Event & Bingo
Xia is back with new client orders and a shop to collect some heart-shaped weapon camos for Talis and Twin Daggers, and a cute mag device! There will also be a new Bingo to complete with many cosmetics to collect as prizes.
Of course they have to go through all the content we already see in the official PSO2 website’s News before giving us anything new to dwell on. Most of what they’re showcasing is pretty expected. The next content they showcased was the new event Urgent Quest: Where the Chocolate Went.
- Takes place on Amduskia so get those Timed Abilities ready!
- Map is similar to the Challenge Mile volcanic caves
- Hosts say it’s good for EXP
- Drops weren’t really mentioned
Space Magatsu is here! The ARKS Hour hosts showed a new LQ: Death, Destroy of Worlds where we get to fight Magatsu in space. The quest begins with fighting trash mobs in Harukotan and some Luminmech bosses before ascending into space to fight a very daunting and evil-looking Magatsu. The mechanics seem really cool, so it’s going to be an exciting quest! Remember, running this quest will give you an ARKS Link Boost to some other UQs for bonus buffs!
AC Recycle Badge Shop
The hosts did not talk too much about the shop besides showcasing a few things that were for sale. You can already see the list at the bottom of the post here. Showing us the shop confirms that S8: Sky Dance Support will cost 40 Recycle Badges, so let’s hope you guys stocked some up…
Special Guest: XingKazma
The special guest of this episode of ARKS Hour is a content creator, XingKazma. The hosts did a mini interview about his Phantasy Star history and about his gaming. XingKazma talked about their podcast with Anamana! called Oracle Fleet and their content creator group: ARKS Council.
New Weapons & Episode 6 Deluxe Pack
There’s a new weapon line that we’ve been expecting: Puras and Steel(Stil in JP). Of course decide carefully if these weapons will benefit you, or you’d be grinding Divide Quests for some time. The hosts just talked about how… big they looked. They also introduced the Episode 6 Deluxe Pack currently for sale. The value and worth of the pack is up to you! The pack includes ARKS Badge: Red that you can exchange for cosmetics. The stream made it kind of misleading by showing the cosmetics as if they came in the pack. You’d still have a limited amount of badges to exchange.
Please note that the pack only gives 1 month of Premium service and 1 month of Material Storage.
Valentine’s Day AC Scratch: Sweet Romance
The hosts watched the scratch cosmetic showcase video together. There’s not much to say besides directing you to watch the video if you are interested in scratching. Here’s a sneak peek, though.
Mission Pass Season 13
Here’s something new we haven’t heard about until now! The hosts introduced a sneak peek of the cosmetics available in the next Mission Pass two weeks from now. We see CAST outfits and some accessories. Let’s hope there’s more interesting things to find out about the season in the upcoming weeks.
The ARKS Hour stream begins to wrap up with the Letters sent by players answering the question, “What’s the best location for a PSO2 date?” If you’re curious, here’s the Twitter post.
Here’s the Stream Giveaway! We got another weapon camo waiting for us. All you have to do is type IARKSYOU in chat(Alliance chat works) and then claim the reward in your Visiphone.
At the end of the episode, the hosts had a small Q&A session with the viewers. I’ll list some of the more important info below:
- Stay tuned for Luster
- No news on Ultimate Booster exchange
- Silence on disabled trading and receptors, despite many viewers’ pleas
To sum it up, they can’t answer anything at the moment. Anyways, that wraps it up for ARKS Hour Episode 5. Stay tuned for the next one as it’ll always be for major content updates!