TERA just launched a new companion system for Skywatch

    
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TERA’s seventh anniversary celebrations roll onward, this week with a big bonus: a content patch specifically adding a new companion system to the game’s PC version, intended to allow players “some backup for the game’s most challenging content.”

“Players earn their first partner at level 66, which have beneficial abilities such as casting combat buffs or automatically using HP and MP potions when their player needs them. As with any relationship with a friend, it’s a two-way street; partners run out of stamina over time and need special items to keep them in fighting form. Players will put their companions to the test as strange and deadly butterflies from a mysterious fortress in the sky have spread a strange pollen across the land. Clues to a cure lie in the Gossamer Vault instanced dungeon, where players must face off against two new bosses: the Hellgrammite and the Gossamer Regent. Successfully completing the dungeon rewards players with gear, upgrade materials, and items to empower their new companions!”

En Masse did note in this press release that later this month it’s retiring the game’s standalone launcher; you’ll be able to access it through the En Masse launcher instead. “The process of upgrading is simple, and there’s no need to re-download the game,” the studio explains, promising a hard date soon.

Source: Press release
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Warning to casual Tera players. The whole level 66-70 content including this companion system, is one massive grind fest. It’s accompanied by cash shop items to extend the amount of companions you can register (10 max but extendable with an expansion ticket), a voucher to change a companions gifted skill (complete RNG so you may need a bunch), and name change voucher (first name change is free).

The old system didn’t have any limits to the number of pets that could be registered and could also be freely renamed multiple times. Krafton paywalled all of this with the new companion system.

The grind is also real. A consumable token used for purchasing fodder pets (which you use to level and then combine for a chance at one of these companions) are rare drops from field mobs. Their entire 66-70 design isn’t geared even towards the casual grinder (you need to seriously no-life grind or use exploits like some folks who hit 70 in less than a week).

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“As with any relationship with a friend, it’s a two-way street; partners run out of stamina over time and need special items to keep them in fighting form.”

“Successfully completing the dungeon rewards players with gear, upgrade materials, and items to empower their new companions.”

And here comes the pay to win side, sure, you might be able to gain them by playing, by going through a huge grindfest, or just put some money through the overpriced cash shop…