HEAD START PATCH NOTES


General Changes

The Head Start update will come with a massive number of changes, improvements, and lessons we learned from Closed Beta 1 and 2. Check out all the changes below!

  • Head Start between Oct. 1 to Oct. 10 (Official Launch) will only be open to players who have purchased or received a Founder's Pack.

  • All items for the Founder's Pack will be distributed.

  • The Founder's Pack items will be distributed to the first character logged into each region.

  • Merets will only be distributed to one region and aren't transferable.  A pop-up will appear when you first log in and ask if you would like to accept these Merets in this region.  If you click Yes, you will receive the Merets in this region.  If you click No, please relog into the region of your choice and accept the Merets. The Meret window will continue to appear each time you log in until the Merets are redeemed.



  • For the Daily Wonders item in the Legendary Package, you will have until Dec. 31, 2018 to use the item and until Jan. 31, 2019to claim all items before it becomes inactive.

  • The mail containing your Founder's Pack bundle will expire in 99,999 days, instead of 30 days.

  • General Updates

  • Language support for Brazilian Portuguese has now been added.

  • Up to 6 character slots are now open per region, and up to 3 additional slots can be purchased per region.

  • Mail containing purchased Blue Merets will now expire in 99,999 days, instead of 30 days.

  • The chat format in the Chat Window has been improved to reduce confusion between varieties of chat channel.

  • Right-clicking on a 2nd one-handed weapon now equips it in an open weapon slot.

  • Recovery items picked up or rewarded are auto-assigned to the 1-8 quickslot.

  • Equipment appearance extraction item (Glamour Anvil) data prep is ongoing. You may see items in the game mentioning this on the tooltip.

  • Exploration Goals have been updated in the following maps:

  • Lava Crest

  • Berrysweet Castle

  • Prism Falls

  • Goldus Pharmaceuticals

  • Ant Tunnel Plaza

  • Demonspring

  • South Tyranny Road

  • Vanished Ruins

  • Debloon Ranch

  • Wallowville

  • Mouse+Keyboard Control: Polishing pass has been done on this control type and we will keep working on adding more tweaks continually.

  • Max Vision increased for easy manageability.

  • Improved pathfinding logic.

  • Added checks for looping movements.

  • Resolved transparent region clicking issue.

  • Resolved dungeon block interchanging collision issue.

  • Now mouse-clicking chooses the location at the same pane rather than the ground while on a flying mount.

  • Resolved action being canceled while moving by mouse.

  • Resolved character not aligning correctly on the left side of screen during hair/face customization.

  • The gamepad control guide is now added and will be available when using a Controller.

  • Please note that only the Xbox Controller Controls will be displayed, regardless of which controller is used.



  • Spellstone and Guardstone:

  • Any location giving out Spellstone or Guardstone items has been swapped, and gives out mostly Gemstones instead.

  • The Spirit Guardstone can no longer be purchased from Puri (the Havi Fairy).

  • The Spirit Guardstone and Spirit Spellstone will no longer drop in the the Abandoned Mine B1, Abandoned Mine B4, and Hard Dungeons. Instead, there's a chance those dungeons will drop Gemstone boxes.

  • Spirit Guardstones will no longer be granted as rewards when reaching Foraging rank 13 or Alchemy rank 13 in Life Skills.

  • PvP Arena has been disabled.

  • Please note that we are investigating ways to improve this part of the game from feedback we've received during Closed Beta, and it will be closed until further changes have been made. There were many players who liked and disliked the system, with how equipment factors into the PvP, and we're looking to see if we can factor in the option of both sides in our next iteration.

  • Gemstone

  • Gemstone system has been added.

  • Stellar Chests throughout the fields are added. These chests offer materials required for Gemstone upgrades.

  • Level 50 Dungeons/Dark Descent have been tuned based on the Gemstone addition.

  • Dungeon Update:

  • Level 50 Dungeon difficulties and rewards have been tuned for horizontal expansion.

  • Additional safe spawn points have been added to Cherry Blossom Forest.

  • Open World Field Updates:

  • Reduced the health of monsters that were too high when compared to other field monsters of the same level and similar appearance.

  • Some Exploration Goals have been altered to make them feel less of a chore.

  • Difficulty of monsters at beginner zones has been reduced to increase the survivability of players up to level 10.

  • Level-balancing Adjustments:

  • Increased the experience gained when defeating regular field monsters.

  • Experience gain from clearing dungeons no longer reduce after reaching max daily/weekly dungeon clear reward limit.

  • Experience gain from clearing normal dungeons has increased from 4,000 to 10,000.

  • Dungeons:

  • Reduced the combat difficulty of Adventure Dungeon boss monsters.

  • Voice Over:

  • Male and Female Priests have a brand new voice over.

  • Skill use voice over during combat has been swapped out to simple exertion to reduce repetition.

  • Cooldown is applied to idle voice over and "not enough stamina" voice over.

  • Joddy has been encouraged to not be so shy, and now talks if you chat with him.

  • Enchant Updates:

  • Enchant-able equip level for Hat/Gloves/Shoes are increasing from level 20 to level 50. Other equip types will still be enchant-able at level 20. 

  • All enchant level increase on equips will now increase the stats by 1 at minimum.

  • Revive Related Changes:

  • Instant Revive with Meret is no longer available.

  • Instant Revive with mesos is now available in Hard Adventure Dungeons.

  • Limit for "Revive in a safe place" is increased to 5 times in Dungeons (up from 3).

  • Instant Revive with mesos is now on a flat meso fee per level and will not increase per use.

  • Cherry Blossom Hill Dungeon now has a checkpoint at the middle of the dungeon.

  • Epic Quests:

  • Reduced 1:1 combat difficulty (mainly the attack damage) of boss monsters during an Epic Quest.

  • Epic quest chapter book no longer rewards SP/AP. Instead, these rewards are now tied with level up trophies.

  • Epic quests will grant enough EXP to start next Epic Quest.

  • Some Epic Quests now open portals for easy transportation to next Epic Quests.

  • Epic Quest-related Dungeons now have 1-button Party finding option.

  • When entering a dungeon through an Epic Quest, there's now an option to join a party.

  • My Home: Furnishing:

  • The cost of Housing Blocks have been changed.

  • Basic Terrain Blocks that used to cost mesos are now free.

  • Advanced Terrain Blocks prices are greatly reduced.

  • Furniture Blocks prices are greatly reduced.

  • You can now expand your House for free.

  • Removed the interior level conditions of furnishing items when they are being used.

  • UI Update:

  • New icon indicators will now appear if there are unused Skill or Attribute points to be used.

  • New items in your inventory will now be clearly marked as "New".

  • The amount of unread mail will now be displayed if there is unread mail in your mailbox.

  • Guilds

  • Gemstone merchant has been added.

  • Guild Storage has been added.

  • Guild House can now be extended to Lv. 5.

  • Guild Level can now be extended to Lv. 15.

Misc Changes

  • Razer Chroma:

  • You can now turn off the Razer Chroma lighting effects by adding <chroma disable="true"/> in the GameOption.xml file (located in your MapleStory 2 game folder > appdata > Config).

  • Splash Screen image and the Login Screen has been updated.

  • NGS banner has been updated.

Event Updates

In-Game

  • Mushking Royale Pre-Season has ended and will no longer be available until the next season.

  • Make sure to claim all of your rewards from the Royale Pass before the Head Start Maintenance begins!

  • Rewards from the following events have been sent to your in-game mail:

  • Beta Challenge Event Rewards

  • Closed Beta 1 Participation Rewards

  • Mushking Royale Pre-Season Rewards

  • Road Trip to Closed Beta Rewards

  • Tria's Tournament of Champions Rewards

  • Closed Beta 2 Survey Rewards

  • Closed Beta 2 Exploration Goals Event Rewards

  • Scavenger Hunt (1-3) Rewards

  • Maple Throwback Rewards

  • Character Fan Art Rewards

  • Maple Runway Rewards

  • LIT Harbor Livestream Rewards

  • PAX West Livestream Rewards

  • Royale Park Screenshot Rewards

  • Oct. 1 - Nov. 8: Pet Mania Event:

  • Players can start the event by talking to NPC Bobby in Queenstown.

  • Players must be at least Level 50 to acquire the quest.

  • Learn more about this inaugural event when the Head Start begins on October 1st!



Community

  • Oct. 1 - Oct. 9: Head Start Trailer RT/LIKE Event.

  • Oct. 1 - Oct. 21: Halloween Costume Contest.

  • Keep an eye out on the MapleStory 2 Twitter and Facebook pages for more information!

Sales Updates

  • Premium Shop is now open.

  • Red Meret Shop is now open.

  • Some functional Meret systems are now activated:

  • Premium Club

  • Rotors Walkie-Talkie

  • Emergency Radio

  • Helium Balloon

  • Guild Summon Scroll

  • Name Change Voucher

  • Gender Change Voucher

  • 1-slot Character Card

  • Skill Tab Voucher

  • Goldus MTM (Remote Bank Storage)

  • Maple Milestone Pack and Freebie Style Pack are available.

  • After playing for 10+ hours, Maple Milestone Pack and Freebie Style Pack will become available.

  • Maple Milestone Pack is only available for purchase within 24 hours after activation.

  • Emote Bundle and Arlano Instrument Bundles are available until November 8th, 2018.

  • Panda House Furnishing Pack and Halloween Furnishing Package are available for purchase.

  • Housing related purchases are now available for purchase.

  • Basic terrain blocks are free.

  • Design Templates for Weapons, Housing, Mounts are now available for purchase.

  • Minivan Template (Mount) has been added.

  • Paulie's Random Hair list has following changes.

  • Female:

  • Long Velvet Hair is removed.

  • Cute Wave Hair is removed.

  • Uneven Long Ponytail is added.

  • Romantic Short Cut is added.

  • Male:

  • Smart Cut is removed.

  • Braided Highlights are removed.

  • Traditional Ceremonial Hair is added.

  • Chic Startz Hair is added.

  • Rosetta's Hairstyle Shop and Ren's Cosmetic Shop get additional vanity items unlocked by trophies.

  • Doctor Dixon's Face Plastic Surgery Shop now sells Halloween Themed "Dead Serious" and "Freaky Fiend" faces.

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