The long-awaited Tower of Fantasy (ToF) version 2.0 update was finally released on global servers on October 20th.
Dubbed the Vera expansion, this major update welcomes new characters, locations and gameplay mechanics. Here are some detailed highlights of what the update details.
Into the unknown
The new region of Vera is made up of a vast desert, home to the contrasting cyberpunk metropolis known as Mirroria.
A big change from Aesperia’s lush landscape, Vera is much more bar. Here, players could end up in a disorienting sandstorm and therefore have to seek shelter. There are also quicksand hazard spots that should be avoided.
Common enemies here include red-flaming lizards, horror beasts, and sandworms.
According to the game’s developer report, after players above level 74 have reached 40% of May’s map exploration, they will be able to access strange entrances to seemingly similar but different worlds known as Greyspace Fessures.
There is also something called Greyspace Entities, which are powerful enemies like Abyssants.
These are world bosses which include Magma, a huge crocodile-like killing machine with skills in wind and sand, and Rudolph, a metal moose-like creature that can summon lightning.
Another garment is called Devourer, the Puppet Singer which has a traditional yet futuristic Japanese-inspired design. This boss releases wind turbines and launches dash attacks.
Then there is Weaver. Found in Sadness Valley, he summons doppelgangers and becomes invincible while those doppelgangers are around.
As anticipated in the preview trailers, Mirroria is a huge neon pyramid city that hovers above Vera’s sand dunes. To the uninitiated, it might seem like a safe oasis, but as disputed in the official May preview, it may actually be a more sinister space than that.
On the bright side, Mirroria features useful functional flying cruisers and a futuristic subway so players won’t run out of resistance and die in flight as they try to navigate the city.
Welcome to the new simulacra
With the update, we will also see three new playable characters join the ranks: Ruby, Lin and Saki Fuwa.
Holder of the power of the flame, Ruby is an “adorable bunny on fire” whose main goal seems to be to help Lin. This is because Ruby is under Lin’s care “due to some agreements”.
Her normal attacks include Spark Attack, Aerial Discharge, Lockdown Zone, Blazing Dive, and Gotcha. His abilities include Sparkling Collider and Super Nova. His signature weapon is an SSR named Sparky.
You can watch Ruby in action in her Simulacrum Showcase video.
According to May’s preview video, Lin is the daughter of the “last regional Archon” who earned the current Archon’s trust through her. Known as Mirroria’s special advisor, she has kept the peace in Vera Plane and Mirroria.
Apparently, she’s a neat freak and a rule-making advocate.
Lin’s signature weapon is the Shadoweave SSR.
Described as a “mini adult”, Saki Fuwa is a frost keeper with a signature weapon known as the Heartstream. Not much is known about her for now.
A rewarding return
A new round of Login Bonus Supplies comes in tow with loads of other rewards available for Update 2.0. According to ToF’s perks page, here’s what gamers old and new alike should expect.
For new players joining ToF, here’s what’s up for grabs if you register within 180 days of launch:
- Gold Core x10
- Dark Crystal x500
- Chief of the Astra
- Aida pioneer
- Starry sand
There are also two beginner bonus categories: Starpath Navigation and Side by Side.
Starpath Navigation is obtained after completing the Newcomer mission and will be available for 21 days after character creation. The prizes include:
- Gold Core x5
- Proof of purchase x5
- SSR weapon of player’s choice
Side by Side is a permanently available bonus for all registered players. It comes in two rounds. Round 1 includes 10 Gold Cores and a limited vehicle (Vehicle: 2613).
Round 2 includes 10 red cores.
Players returning to ToF will receive three exclusive Stellarway Restart reward categories.
The first reward (Reward 1: Sender Login) is a login reward that increases with the number of days spent away from home. Includes:
- Gold core x 5
- Energy Crystal Dust (Orange) x 1200
- Proof of purchase x 5
Reward 2: Return Mission is available for those who complete the daily return mission. The minimum items payable are:
- Gold core x 4
- Energy Crystal Powder (Orange) x 600
- Proof of purchase x4
Partnering with Returned Wanderers will give players the third reward (Reward 3: Return Privileges), which includes extra return points.
The Mirroria Tour will be available from From 27 October to 9 November. Limited rewards include:
- Red core x 3
- Energy Crystal Dust (Orange) x 1200
- Aim x 500
From From November 1st to November 14th, the Ultimate Weapon challenge will be open. The strongest performer will win these limited rewards:
- Red core x 6
- Avatar frame: external body
- SSR Relic: Omnium Shield
- Chat bubble: TYPE-2
- Aim x 1000
- Space-Time Crystal Shards x 10
- Battle Corner Title
Daily access prizes are also up for grabs, which include:
- Red Nucleus x 10 (October 20 to November 1)
- Red Nucleus x 5 (November 1 to November 15)
It looks like there will be a Childlike Innocence event from From November 17th to November 23rd where players can collect bubbles to trade for cosmetics and voice packs such as:
- Chat bubble: floating paradise
- Accessory: starry glasses
- Avatar Frame: Bad Trails
- Red core x 3
- Voice pack of the International Children’s Day of Mi-a
Twitch goes down
From From 20 October to 26 OctoberThere will also be Twitch Drops available for those who watch the Tower of Fantasy live stream on Twitch for the required duration.
|Gift box I||Gift box II||Gift box III||Gift box IV||Gift box V|
|0.5 hours of cumulative viewing||1 hour cumulative viewing||2 hours of cumulative viewing||3 hours of cumulative viewing||4 hours of cumulative viewing|
|– Black core x 1,
– True Wanderer x1
|– Dark Crystal x 50
– Random SR Relic Shards Box x 5
|– Dark Crystal x 100,
– Random SR Relic Shards Box x 10
|– Gold core x 1,
– Random SR Relic Shards Box x 15
|– Red core x 1
– Unleashed Sands x 1
Twitch streamers can also earn rewards after claiming the Tower of Fantasy Twitch Drops mission on the dedicated webpage starting October 20 at 9:00 UTC.
Special prizes will be awarded to those who stream for 30 or more hours during the event period, including a Vera Observer title and 10 Gold Cores. Qualified streamers can claim rewards by October 27th.
A hot voice
Along with the update, Tower of Fantasy officially debuted on Steam, bringing the game to a wider audience.
With abundant rewards and brand new enemies to fight, the Vera update could take the open world MMORPG to the next level.
You can watch the Tower of Fantasy version 2.0 trailer here.
- Read our previous articles on the Tower of Fantasy here.
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