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HOT NEWS: Don't have a clue what you're doing? Neither do we, but we found some links from some people who do! Check the hyperlinks in the resources section!

 

We have a Discord for our Ship 2 alliance, courtesy of @Terria and @Willei! Join us for voice chat on PC, as well as discussion and alerts on Emergency quests! https://discord.gg/aX7F9Ka

Hi!

A group of us on RLLMUK play Phantasy Star Online 2, on Ship 2. You should play with us!

So, what's Phantasy Star Online 2?
It's the sequel to Phantasy Star Online, an Action RPG that came out on the Dreamcast based on the Phantasy Star series of RPGs that have been on Sega consoles for a long time. Since then, it's spawned a series of expansions and own games based on various times in the same world (Episodes 2-4), a sequel that has it's own series of games (Phantasy Star Universe/Portable), and spin-off games (Phantasy Star Nova, IDOLA and Phantasy Star Zero).

Oh, hey, I played that on Dreamcast. Is it like that?
Well, 20% Yes, 80% No. The best way I can describe it is that it has the same progression of sorts (beat up enemies, get cool stuff, lets you beat up harder enemies), but the gameplay itself is mostly a bigger departure than you'd expect - The game is much faster, requires a fair amount of skill at higher difficulties to avoid being killed in one hit, and has a fairly immersive combat system that feels more in line with Platinum Games products.

So, it's a hard/unfair game?
Nope! It's actually quite embarrassingly easy early on, with most of the challenge not being available until you hit a certain level in the game (Roughly level 50, when Super Hard difficulty is unlocked on all missions).

As a fan of anime, I like how fucking massive all the eyes are in this videogame, but I don't like disgusting anime fans. Is there a solo mode so I can fuck them off into orbit?
Yes and No. There's an extensive story mode and you can play, and you can set your party is it's just you. However, there's certain parts of levels that are classified as 'Multi-Party,' where the game automatically puts you in instances with multiple players.You'll also need these players for Raid-style fights (known as Emergency Quests) every couple of hours they're held, as they're the best possible source of gear and experience.

Note that you CAN turn off in-game text chat, voice chat and Symbol Art. Which is recommended, as it's a completely unfiltered experience, and it's not going to take long until cartoon porn appears as a macro. Trust me, I've seen some shit on the Japanese server. 

So, how much do I need to pay? 
Nothing! It's based on a Free-To-Play model.

...Is it really free-to-play? Am I going to sell my left kidney to get guns from lootboxes?
There's a LOT of lootboxes in this game, however they are mostly cosmetics and crafting boosters which are very much unnecessary. In addition, every piece of cosmetics in the game can be sold via the in-game shop terminals. If whales pick up something they don't want, you might find it on the shop to buy with in-game currency!

There are big convenience items like the Premium Pass, however it should be noted that you will also obtain passes to an expanded personal quarters and hiring a shop to sell items that you would get from the Premium Pass via a lootbox mechanic called FUN Scratchcards. FUN is a currency that can be earnt in-game - and later on, can be bought in bulk with a resource called Excubes, which in turn can be farmed to infinity by 'recycling' unwanted 10-Star Rare Weapons - Which you will get TONS of when you hit level 75 onwards. Hang in until then!

Is there any 'gotchas' I need to look out for if playing for free?
Yes.

- Make sure you're on the right Ship/Server before you create a character! Moving a character or creating a new one after your first three costs real money.
- Understand your character and build before committing to passive skills! Rerolling or adding a skill tree costs real money.
- Check what sort of Mag you need before you feed it! All builds use pure S-ATK, R-ATK, T-ATK or DEX Mags because dodging is your friend as opposed to defence in this game. More Mags cost real money, but you get multiple mags from multiple characters.

Let's say I'm fucking rich. What should I spend my money on if I solely want to spunk it on this game if I like it?

First off - Character slots. For about a fiver, you get a new character to level. There's multiple bonuses to this:
- You get another 300 slots of storage per character you have.
- You get a fresh level 0 Mag to make into one of the pure attack Mags I mentioned. as before, pure attack is best, because the game is based around dodging attacks than tanking them.
- More money - Every level 60-plus character is able to earn about 2 million meseta every week from specific, basic tasks.

After that, It's up to you. Choice purchases include Inventory and Storage upgrades (as they are permanent), Premium Set (in case you can't be bothered with spending FUN), and a la carte real money lootboxes, known as AC scratch (They tend to contain account-locked hairstyles and beauty accessories that you don't get with the 'premium' lootboxes that give out full outfits, meaning you can earn an astronomical amount of in-game money by selling them).

So, what character should I play?
Whatever the hell you want, if you're playing casually - Later on, when you're soloing extra hard content, Specific combinations of Main Class and Subclass will give you the best course of success, but outside of that you'll be fine with whatever. What is MOST important is figuring out WHAT you're supposed to do with a specific class - Take the time to go through the Training Missions at the quest counter to learn class mechanics, and see what you like most. It's going to be better to pick a role that you actually enjoy playing as, because everything can steamroll content with the right combination.

Also note that you have free reign over changing classes - in fact, after you create your character based on one of six classes, you can go to the class counter and pick from a total of Nine classes. The only thing you are locked into is Race and Sex of your character, so choose wisely! Actual looks and body proportions can be changed, but it requires a Salon Pass - you'll get these as login bonuses throughout a month and as certain rewards.

Okay, cool. How do I play this, anyway?
The western version of the game is now out on X-Box, and PC (Via Steam, Microsoft Store, or PSO Tweaker) in 33 countries. If you can't see it, your country probably has some sort of law against gambling. Sorry, fam. 


Resources (WARNING: Spoilered content is potentially out of sync with NA Servers, due to differences in activities and rewards):
 

  

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Making the most of PSO2's F2P model, by RellCesev on Reddit
If you're overwhelmed or lost, try reading this - by RellCesev on Reddit

 

PSO2 Builds Compilation (Current NA Version - look into these builds when you have decided how you'd like to play the game!)
PSO2 Builds Compilation (Current JP Version - warning, based on classes we don't have yet!)
PSO2 Passive Skill Simulator

Looking forward to hearing from everyone else playing - If it's popular enough, we can have a Team Room that looks like Pioneer 2 from the original PSO!

Edited by Siri
Updated for Steam Release!
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Weebs gonna weeb.

 

Will be weebing when on PC. Seems like most other communities are also picking Ship 2 also, which is good.

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Thankfully, the servers didn't shit themselves, and I've been going through the motions. Couple of notes:

 

- There's now a 'Fresh Finds' shop, that is effectively the Treasure Shop from the JP server. Has limited time cosmetics and boosters that can be bought with various currencies including real money. Worth taking a look at, but save SG for storage. Or...

 

- The season pass. You get points from completing featured client orders, and that gives you some free gubbins for the month (around 100 SG, and a couple of accessories). However, you can buy a gold ticket for 200 SG and pick up everything from the premium track, which includes a full outfit for all race/sex combinations, and they're pretty cool looking. SG is tough to come by, however - you usually get it from titles or achieving something, so it's fairly sparse unless you hand out the cash. I would say it's good value if you're playing multiple characters - in addition, if you have Game Pass or buy the Sonic/Ragol supporter packs, you get the key for this month. Note that you get SG back as well from the premium track, so you'll be in good stead each season. Well worth a look.

 

- There's less random reward materials compared to the JP version, as there's currently less content - there's two weapons badge types, but rewards only goes up to 13-Star weapons (the Nox Series). It's worth mentioning that Photon Boosters in this version can now be used to buy a series of 11-Star weapons, which is much better than just weapon cosmetics in the JP version.

 

- Game still hands out boosters out the wazoo. However, Bonus Missions don't exist in this version yet because we're only at Episode 3 out of 6, so you'll only get Triboosts for the weekly stuff. You'll still be after that Meseta reward, mind. 

 

- Level Cap is at 75. Worth getting to still because of the bonus stats you get, but EXP slows down at about 40. Advance Quests are your best bet for EXP gains, and they're still fairly easy if you don't get hit.

 

Anyway, back on it!

 

EDIT: I fudged my understanding of the Mission Gold Pass - it's valid for the entire season, and you get most of the rewards from it (some of the premium offerings is a choice of two sets of items - if you don't like bunny ears on your cast, you can pick some booster items instead!)

 

As a result, I do recommend the gold pass, and it weighs in at about a tenner if you want to rush obtaining SG, but at the moment you get one for free with game pass, or by buying the $30/$60 packs that come with a bunch of stuff, and are better value in comparison to buying items a la carte.

 

EDIT 2

If you're playing on X-Box and have Game Pass Ultimate, you'll be able to get a pack containing both a Gold Mission Pass, 30 day Premium Set Pass and a stack of AC Scratch Tickets!

 

https://pso2.com/news/announcements/gamepassultimate

 

It's not up at the moment because of a problem, and it's supposedly US/Canada only, but with any luck it just requires switching regions to claim it.

 

Also, as per the news, it sounds like rewards will be arriving every month. If it is to this level of value, you might just be better off getting Game Pass Ultimate via an Xbox Live Gold upgrade deal and not giving Sega any money.

 

So, uh, there's that.

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So who's playing this?

 

I hit level 22 today.

 

Quite an enjoyable little time waster at the moment and ive just discovered the scratch cards lol

 

How do i find my personal quarters?

 

I've unlocked a few things for it but i cant work out how the hell to get there. 

 

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I'm still playing, although in a slightly reduced capacity until PC version drops in May - I've hit 75 on Gunner, but there's no real incentive to go hard with capping anything else until successor classes turn up. The NA team says that they aim to catch up to the JP content within a year, so it should be soon-ish - hopefully at the same time as the PC version's release.

 

For Personal Quarters, access the quick menu by pressing select - there's a couple of options for that, the salon and the café. You can also get there my moving blocks via the lifts, but that's slow (I should know, I didn't know otherwise during most of my time on the translated version!).

 

Also, while I'm here, nice bit of Anamana content about leveling, which makes a lot more sense for the current NA server content:

 

 

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Cheers for the leveling guide.

 

I'm still finding more and more quests i think i couldve done earlier on but at least i've found it all out now i suppose. 

 

I was really hoping there would be some more people from MUK playing it. 

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It's happening, boys.

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May 27th for the PC version. I'll be the guinea pig for "moving" my X-Box Account to PC, but given how UWP works it'll probably just say 'hey, you're Siri, right' and then I click OK and it does stuff.

Again, we'll likely set up camp on Ship 2. Note that joining the alliance means you get an additional EXP/Meseta/Drop rate increase if we get enough points!

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So you have to have seperate accounts on PC and Windows? I was hoping to be able to switch between dependent upon what the TV is being used for...

 

Also, why am I on Ship 1? I have to restart to change dont I?

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Nah, it will likely just ask for your Gamertag via UWP and use the data that it's tied to. This is all conjecture mind, nobody actually knows yet, hence the "guinea pig" expression.

As for Ship 1, on JP you can either create a new character on Ship 2, or pay to move a character to another ship - I'm not aware if the ship transfer option has been implemented on the X-Box version, however, and it's been an age since I booted it up last.
 

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The thing I'm finding difficult to understand is buying AC, MS wont let me use my Paypal account because its a UK account

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Yeah. You can add AC to your game account with Paypal, but you need to be on the US Storefront like you need to be when you download the game.

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Thats what I was doing (the credits dont appear on the UK store anyway), but it wont go through, I've googled and apparently it knows I'm logging into a UK Paypal account rather than the US one

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Im ship three so looks like i can either put some effort into training a new character up for ship 2 now or just starting from scratch next week again. 

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I've restarted on Ship 2, didn't really like the appearance of my Ship 1 character anyway :)

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I've placed all the previous videos on leveling up in a spoiler tag, as it's very likely now that none of the luxuries in the JP Version won't be around until the end of the year - according to the NA team, their goal is to reach parity with the JP Content by that time. A lofty goal, given the current state of the world IRL, but it'll be interesting to see. I mean, they did deliver on releases thus far, despite the amount of whining on Twitter.

Anyway, here's a new video:
 


In case you don't want to watch a decent guide, here is a quick and dirty guide to being an absolute fucking chad in PSO2:

Spoiler



- Create a new character, and go through the tutorial mission. Don't get hung up on picking a class on the character creation screen - immediately after the mission, you get access to another three classes, and tutorial missions to learn how each class works in a controlled environment. Change your class at this point, and stick with it until level 20. Ideally, until level 50 - I'll explain this later.

- At some point, you'll be invited to invest a skill point earned from leveling into your class' passive skill tree. Put that one point into the first passive in your tree, and leave everything else apart from the top row (they can be unlocked for free). 

- Follow Alfin and Koffie's client orders, along with anything that's in the 'Main Missions' section of your Arkz Missions list. Above all else, if Koffie tells you she has a mission for you, DO IT IMMEDIATELY - It'll likely unlock something that's integral to the game (increasing the level cap, or subclasses).

- At level 5, Koffie will issue you a Mag  - Don't feed it anything, because if you don't know what you're doing, it will cost real money to rectify it. Mags typically only benefit you if stats are dumped entirely into one attack category by feeding it solely weapons and using certain decorations to get rid of anything else.

- If you get lost or want a change of pace, just play through each expedition in sequence to unlock all the areas. Completing them will give you new client orders for that specific area.

- When you get offered by Koffie to unlock Hard mode, do it and jump on that difficulty straight away because it's not actually hard. Same with Very Hard - the game only gets tough when playing alone by about level 50 (Super Hard Mode).

- At about level 40-50, You will get offered to play Advance Quests. Welcome to your new home - run Very Hard Advance Quests (VHAQs) until you're sick of it. Super Hard Advance Quests (SHAQs) are available as well, but are only worthwhile to run for specific items, NOT experience points.

- For optimal peak chad, get to level 50 with any character class before the weekly reset that happens on each Wednesday. This is because every week, you will be given a set of tasks, which come with big rewards - These rewards are at their highest once you hit level 50.

- At this point, If you're level 50 with one class and have completed all the expeditions, You will also note that clients now offer orders for killing enemies and completing missions in harder difficulties. These are chump change EXP rewards for a level 50 class, but once completed can be handed in at any point,  so NOW feel free to swap into a new main class after completing them and level it anywhere from 1-10 levels a time.


Or, the even quicker version:

- Make character, pick whatever class you want but keep it until level 50
- Follow Arkz missions, and/or every new Expedition area you get (likely until level 20)
- Go to Koffie, Unlock Hard Mode. Level Cap and Subclasses (and then pick your subclass)
- Run everything in Hard Mode until Very Hard Unlocks, then run Very Hard (until level 40)
- Go to Koffie, Unlock level cap and Advance Quests
- Run Very Hard Advance Quests until you hate yourself (up to Level 75)
- At level 50, complete big EXP (20-30k) client orders and switch to another class to cash them in
- Break all the above up with Time Attack, Extreme Quests and Emergency Quests (when they show up - you'll hear on the tannoy when it's going to happen)
- Level 50 is the priority so you can earn 2+ Million Meseta a week for slutty costumes, you fucking pervert

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22 hours ago, Siri said:

 


Or, the even quicker version:


- Level 50 is the priority so you can earn 2+ Million Meseta a week for slutty costumes, you fucking pervert

 

Haha 2 Mill is easy enough from the kill and grab missions in the cafe. 

 

Not that i do the pervy thick chicc thing lol as im a dude on it and i have a great collection of Kimonos to get with my Katanas.

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On 19/05/2020 at 18:59, Siri said:

Yeah. You can add AC to your game account with Paypal, but you need to be on the US Storefront like you need to be when you download the game.

 

Cheers, this is exactly what I came in here to ask...see you lot soon on Ship 2.  

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1 hour ago, Mitchell said:

 

Cheers, this is exactly what I came in here to ask...see you lot soon on Ship 2.  


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As it turns out, I might actually be wrong about that - I've been fucking around with it today while I had a spare moment. Basically, Microsoft accounts are super antsy with having your payment method and Microsoft store region match. I tried using my Revolut prepaid card and Paypal directly, and kept getting the following error:

"The region where your payment method was issued and your Microsoft Store region need to match."

Maybe you can get around it by making a new Paypal account that's got a duff US address on it and then slap the Revolut on top of it, but it would require more dicking around than I care for.

In the end, I went and got an XBox digital gift code via Amazon's american website (I've already an account spare to buy American PSN games). After that, you just change your store region, buy whatever AC you want, and then just added the credit you got from Amazon at the checkout.  Although I should mention that depending on what billing address you state, the checkout automatically calculates tax and that's not included in the price, so you should probably buy a bit more than you need.
 

Anyway, @Terria caught this on twitter:

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For times in the United Kingdom, that's 7am Wednesday for the preload, and 1pm Wednesday for the server launch.

Remember that in order to see the download or to buy premium currency, you need to be on the American Microsoft Store. For Windows 10 (which you need for Microsoft Store), that's a piece of piss. Do the following:

- Open up your start bar or search button/bar, and type in "region"
- Select "Region Settings"
- Change the drop-down list entry under "Country or Region" to "United States"
- Open up Microsoft Store, search for Phantasy Star Online 2, and download!
 

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And is it right that once you've got the launcher downloaded you don't need the windows store for any future updates etc?

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It sure will be terrible when I am having IT issues working from home tomorrow with everything going slow and blaming Virgin Media for it whilst downloading 70 gig of PSO2.

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26 minutes ago, spork said:

And is it right that once you've got the launcher downloaded you don't need the windows store for any future updates etc?


My guess is that it'll act like any other UWP game if it's going to log you in via your XBox Live credentials to allow for cross-save - So effectively, no. The game will still need Windows Store.

You don't need to be in the right region to play or update the game once you've downloaded it, mind. Only if you want to buy the F2P currency.

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So, me and THE BOYS are looking at the preload this morning:

- Again, game is only available on the US Microsoft Store. Don't be like the dweebs on twitter, and just change your region.
- Game will start a 11gb download. spoilers: Not the full game.
- After that, you can run the game. This seems to have it's own launcher, so... maybe it's not UWP? That doesn't make much sense, mind, because the game needs to use *something* to enable Play Anywhere. Anyway, that will download the remainder of the client. Should be about the same size as the standard JP client at the time (EDIT: Reports are stating it's about 70gig following the update which is accurate to the JP client at the time, so keep that in mind)

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The 0x87E0000D error happens if you haven't updated Windows to the May Update, which is sort of required to have the XBox login gubbins integrated to games.

 

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On 25/05/2020 at 21:04, Siri said:


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That's cool!  Thanks for your help....I've got US PSN stuff from Amazon before with an Alaskan US address (no sales tax...) so I'll go down that route of I want to buy anything.  Any tips on what is good value, helps early on, etc?  

 

My download has been fine...says I have 30 mins to go now, aftere the first 11gb.  So looks like it's chugging along nicely.

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23 minutes ago, Mitchell said:

 

That's cool!  Thanks for your help....I've got US PSN stuff from Amazon before with an Alaskan US address (no sales tax...) so I'll go down that route of I want to buy anything.  Any tips on what is good value, helps early on, etc?  

 

My download has been fine...says I have 30 mins to go now, aftere the first 11gb.  So looks like it's chugging along nicely.


I've enchanced the except I wrote back in march to help out with that!
 

On 17/03/2020 at 17:41, Siri said:

Let's say I'm fucking rich. What should I spend my money on if I solely want to spunk it on this game if I like it?
First off - Character slots. For about a fiver, you get a new character to level. There's multiple bonuses to this:
- You get another 300 slots of storage per character you have.
- You get a fresh level 0 Mag to make into one of the pure attack Mags I mentioned. as before, pure attack is best, because the game is based around dodging attacks than tanking them. Overall, the optimal set up is four Mags that have 200 in S-ATK, R-ATK, T-ATK and DEX respectively.
- More money - Every level 50-plus character is able to earn about 2 million meseta every week from specific, basic tasks.

After that, It's up to you. Choice purchases include Inventory and Storage upgrades (as they are permanent), Premium Set (in case you can't be bothered going through dozens of FUN scratch cards to get a player shop), and a la carte real money lootboxes, known as AC scratch (They tend to contain account-locked hairstyles and beauty accessories that you don't get with the 'premium' lootboxes that give out full outfits, meaning you can earn an astronomical amount of in-game money by selling them).

Also, having a quantity of Star Gems (SG) helps as well, and you should try to have an excess of 200 by the time a new season pass rolls around on the NA version - they are a secondary premium currency that you earn via the Story Mode and as a daily login reward. The 200SG means you can pick up a Gold Season Pass, which earns you several outfits and bonus items across a single month. You also get Star Gems via the season pass as well, so in turn you should constantly have 200 SG in your account if you complete the pass before the season is up.

Buying SG is entirely optional - You get something ludicrous like 100 SG from each chapter alone, and when you spend it on the Season Pass' Gold Pass you earn that SG back from rewards alone. it's just that afterwards the amount you earn in-game dries up very quickly. Remember, just keep it for the Gold Passes - don't be tempted to use it to get more chances at fishing minigames!

 

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