Much of the hype of Blue Hole Studio’s upcoming MMORPG TERA stems from the game’s action-oriented and manual-targeting system, which gives players a degree of control over their avatar that few other titles offer. In truth, TERA more closely resembles a console action game in this respect. However, in a massively multiplayer environment, variety is the spice of life, and having eight different playable classes may not be enough to create significant variety between players. Thus, publisher En Masse Entertainment has released details on the crystal enhancement system, which opens up a new world of variety and customization to players.
The official post on the TERA website goes into detail about exactly how Crystals work, but the gist of it is fairly simple to grasp:
- Players can socket crystals into both weapons and armor. Red crystals are offensive and are attached to weapons, while blue crystals provide support and are socketed to armor.
- Crystals run the gamut from common to rare, and the effects of rarer crystals are much stronger than the easy-to-find varieties. These effects are very diverse, and many only come into play under specific conditions. Some of the more basic effects simply boost HP or Mana, whereas others will only activate when the player is knocked down, attacking from behind, or facing specific monsters. This encourages players to experiment with the system to find the most effective build for their characters.
- The maximum limit is four crystals per item, which makes eight the magic number of crystals players can equip at a time. Of course, the rarity of the equipment and its level also dictates how many crystals it can hold, so depending on your build you may not be able to equip all eight.
- Crystals have a chance of breaking if the player is killed, or if they are removed from equipment once it’s been socketed. The percentage at which this happens is not clear. However, the official post considers Crystals consumable items, suggesting that they are somewhat common.
Check out the official Crystal Enhancement post on TERA‘s website for an in-depth look and examples of the system.