Aion: Shadows Over Balaurea - Item and System Changes
On May 27, Aion: Shadows Over Balaurea will arrive! With a wealth of system changes on the way, we’ve put together this guide so Daevas can prepare for the new content. In it, you can find details on the new Renown system, as well as basic functionality of the new Gemstone and Runestone systems, all of which will be available in just one week!
Check out the highlights below, and expect the patch notes on release day to provide all the details you might need!
Renown experience can now be earned by completing various quests and zone content across Balaurea.
Increasing your Renown level will unlock additional content, such as new merchants, quests, and more!
Renown is earned on a per-zone basis. For example, quests in Inggison will only increase your Renown for Inggison.
Renown decays each week, so be sure to maintain your Renown level for the best rewards!
Higher Renown levels within Inggison and Gelkmaros will allow players to open rifts to invade the opposing faction’s zones. Higher Renown levels will increase the number of players a rift can accommodate.
The Gemstone system grants players access to new active abilities. Gemstones can be socketed into Necklaces, Earrings, Rings, and Belts.
Each Gemstone possesses three primary attributes: Class, Color, and Quality.
Class: Indicates which classes are permitted to use the Gemstone. This is listed in the Gemstone’s name.
Color: Indicates which equipment sockets can accept the Gemstone. Some equipment has a Rainbow socket, which can accept any Color of Gemstone; however, most accept only one color.
Quality: An indication of the relative power of the Gemstone. Quality can either be Normal, Shining, or Dazzling.
You can attempt to modify the Color and Quality of Gemstones via Combination (note that Class cannot be modified).
Color: Combining two Gemstones of different colors will yield a Gemstone of a third color.
Quality: Combining Gemstones of different Qualities can randomly yield either a Normal or Shining Gemstone. Dazzling Gems cannot be created via Combination.
Gemstones can be improved via Refining, which is a process similar to Enchantment for pieces of gear. It requires Refining Stones.
Refining may be required for some Gemstones in order for their abilities to become usable.
When Refining, there is also a chance the Gemstone can become Corrupted. Corrupted Gemstones cannot be further Refined until they are Sanctified using a Sanctification Potion.
The Runestone system grants players access to new passive abilities. While the system operates similarly to Gemstones, Runestones can be socketed into Plumes, Bracelets, and Wings without any restriction.
When three runes of the same set are equipped (ex: 'of illusion'), all transformations belonging to that set will receive a stat bonus based on the lowest level rune equipped.
For example, having two Level 3 "of illusion" runes equipped and one Level 2 "of illusion" rune will add a +2 to your Kaisinel transformation
Runestones can be enhanced via Refining, which boosts the power of their passive effects.
When Refining, there is also a chance the result can become Corrupted. Corrupted Runestones cannot be further Refined until they are Sanctified using a Sanctification Potion.