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Path of Exile Patch 3.9 Fixes: 10-4 for The PS4

Path of Exile Patch 3.9 Fixes

Not a lot of people consider the PS4 as the best platform to play Path of Exile on. Nevertheless, there are quite a lot of exiles that chose the bestselling Sony console as their home. To further improve the playing experience of the PS4 base, Grinding Gear Games has released Patch 3.9.2D. That means hunting for PoE Orbs is going to be a lot smoother than before!

What Issues Have Been Fixed?

The problem with PS4 having different hardware, software, and pretty much everything is that it’s going to have issues that are exclusive to the platform.

Here are some recent problems:

  • Unusable corpses are targetable by corpse skills
  • Blight encounters cannot be completed
  • Client crashing after using a sextant when there are no socketed watch stones

The patch also improves upon a number of things. First of that is Unique Maps are searchable on the Atlas again, making your life as a post-game exile much easier. Also, divination cards that give Shaper-related items have their Shaper background again, and maps influenced by the Shaper and the Elder now have fancy backgrounds.

Certain skills are also getting fixed. For example, the bug where Ignite applied by Explosive Arrow dealing no damage has been fixed, and so is the one where Volatile Dead orbs don’t detonate once the maximum number is reached.

The patch also added a few new features for Conquerors of the Atlas and Metamorph. They’ve now added frames to the map stash, which indicates if it’s under a Conqueror’s influence, as well as more modifiers Awakened Sextants can apply.

The games also added a lot of visual indicators for a wide variety of reasons.

They are for as follows:

  • Visual indicator at the Atlas’s centre, showing which Conquerors have already been defeated
  • Forwatchstones(especially those socketed in Citadels) so you know whether a sextant is applied or not
  • For maps in map stash which will tell you if the Awakening Objective has been completed
  • More modifiers that Awakened Sextants can apply

Aside from that, the patch also improved a few features related to these two sets of content. First and foremost would be the maps, which now display Atlas Region by default. By pressing L3, you’ll be able to see the map’s completion, bonus objective completion, and awakening objective completion status.

As for gear, the two rings, Mark of the Shaper and Mark of the Elder will now give you a bonus if the other ring you equip is Shaper or Elder-influenced.

What About the Bugs?

Other than the improvement of features, the patch also fixed quite a handful of bugs related to the content, which are the following:

  • Conqueror’s Exalted Orbs ignoring modifiers that prohibit it from rolling Caster Modifiers and Attack Modifiers
  • Conqueror encounters spawning in unreachable areas as well as performance issues they and their monsters cause
  • A visual bug of the organ collection graphic when killing Metamorphtargets being seen only by the creator of an area.
  • Individual map in the influenced region that previously had the current Conqueror’s influence effect having a lower chance to gain the same effect
  • Conqueror’s Exalted Orbs ignoring “Cannot roll Caster Modifiers” and “Cannot roll Attack Modifiers” modifiers
  • Certain sextants in a watchstone socketed in a citadel giving the same or similar modifier in another watchstone of the same citadel

There are many other bugs related to Conqueror’s and Metamorph that have been addressed, so the PS4 experience for those taking on the endgame is going to be smoother from now on.

GGG has always been known for running Path of Exile smoothly, and they’re not about to stop now. So PS4 players, it’s time to go back and go PoE Currency farming in an Atlas because it’s better than ever!

A Brief Introduction to Path of Exile’s Item Mechanics

PoE Items

Path of Exile’s item mechanics almost looks like they require a doctorate to understand. From categorizing to item crafting, you have many factors to study to master it. Knowing how the mechanics work, however, is essential for your PoE currency hoarding or leveling up progress.

As you fight, items gather. Defeated enemies drop rates all kinds of PoE items. The more you kill, the more items you get. With a limited inventory space, you can’t collect all of them to sort later. How are you able to figure out which ones to leave and which to take?

Don’t fret! This guide will help you figure that out, among other things.

The Basics

Items have characteristics. Specifically, they have Rarity, Item Levels, and Affixes. PoE orbs don’t have the latter, but some can manipulate the characteristics of other magic items.

Rarity indicates the potential of a base item. There are four rarities, Normal, Magic, Rare, and Unique. Normal rarity items can be considered the ‘base’ and rawest form of that item type. It lacks any modifications higher rarities may have. As this characteristic increases, the amount of modifications the currency item can have also increased.

Unique items are a bit of an anomaly. As its name implies, each unique item has different sets of modifications from each other.

Item Levels determine how strong the modifiers on an item can be. Higher levels mean better modifications. These modifications are the Affixes, which manipulate the effects of the item. There are eight tiers for these modifications. The highest and most effective affixes are tier 1 ones.

With chaos orbs and lucky rolls, even normal rarity items can become valuable. How will you be able to judge though?

Judging Items

Generally, you’d want either Life modifying prefixes or Energy Shield modifying affixes on your equipment. The former modifies Maximum Life or Innate Defense (Armor or Evasion). The latter is more focused on Innate Defense and/or Stun and Block Recovery. You might find hybrid items, though they aren’t as valuable as pure ones.

Suffixes are a more complicated affair. What determines synthesized items possible suffixes is its type. Helmets may gain a bonus to Intelligence, while boots have increased Movement Speed. Something you can look at and instantly know to be valuable is a high-tier Elemental Resistance boost when you get elemental damage and elemental hit. If an item quantity has a 110% resistance to any element, you know it’s valuable. Chaos resistance less so, but some players would absolutely need it.

So, in summary, you need to figure out if it’s a Hybrid or not, then figure out if the modifier tiers are high enough. You can adjust these goals according to what you need. The last advice to give would be to research more and practice. Research the best modifier values for each item type. Then you should go and play to practice identifying the loot you get.

The more you play, the better you will get active skills at judging what’s valuable skill gem and what isn’t. This isn’t a race, so you don’t need to rush. Take your time to understand everything you need to. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun as you go along.

Keep on enjoying Path of Exile!

FAQ                                                     

What is a fractured item in the Path of Exile?

Fractured items were found in the Synthesis league. They were items and equipment that contained permanently fixed modifiers, and could be used to create synthesised items. After the Synthesis leagues ended, Fractured items were not added to the core game.

What is a magic item in Path of Exile?

Magic items have the same base statistics as a normal item of the same type, but have magical modifiers on them given by affixes, up to one prefix and one suffix. … A magic item can be upgraded into a rare item using a Regal Orb. Current modifiers are retained and a new one is added.

What is a shaper item?

Shaper items are found in Shaper-influenced maps or dropped by the Shaper (including Uber Elder fight).

Do spells count as attacks Poe?

Physical damage: it affects all physical damage, be it attack, spell, dot or secondary

 

 

 

Run Elder City Square for Path of Exile Orbs

Path of Exile Elder City Square

When you’re looking for Path of Exile maps to run for PoE currency farming, look no further than the Elder City Square. We’ll be listing why it’s a good map to run as well as some key notes for you to look at.

Why Elder City Square?

First off, you can loop its layout. Sure, it has alleys that branch off the main square, but at its most basic, it’s a loop. You can go around killing the mobs, only going to the center when facing off the bosses. This makes clearing the map easier. In turn, that lets you run it more times in a single sitting. That results in more PoE Chaos Orbs, Exalted Orbs, Jewellers Orb, Orb of Alchemy, Orbs of Alterations, Blessed Orbs, and Orb of Fusing for you in the long run.

Second, it has a good mob density. Loot piles up quickly, so you have to decide which to keep and which to throw. Keeping everything will make you less efficient if you have to go back and forth to your hideout just to unload your inventory. Using stricter filters to get the most valuable PoE Item and stuff can go a long way to keeping your efficiency up.

Lastly, the loot you can get from this map is quite valuable. With several runs, you’ll get back your investment and more. Sell all these magic items in bulk, which is more satisfying than selling small things after runs.

Additional Notes

Corrupt your maps with Vaal orbs. In addition to making your runs a little more challenging, it increases your potential for profit with a bigger or more valuable unique item loot pool.

Save up your awakened sextant by running maps with bad mods. Just try again in the next run. Since you’re not constantly rerolling, you get profit and spend less on your resources (simple sextant and Orbs of Scouring, for example).

Do your missions for bonus loot or resources. Otherwise, just keep them in mind. The chaos of battle sometimes makes it hard to keep track of what you want to do. Missions from Jun, Alva, Einhar, and Niko should be your priorities. Jun, Alva, and Einhar missions reward more loot. Niko awards more sulfate to use in Delves.

You, as an individual, have your own preference in running maps. The saying goes ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’ and that certainly applies here. You don’t have to follow Path of Exile guides or do what others are doing. They might be more efficient than you, but you have your own interpretation of ‘efficiency’. As long as you enjoy the game, you can play and run the map in any way you want.

Conclusion

Elder City Square is not the best farming map, per se. It is, however, still a good map to grind in, especially for Harbinger’s Shards. Rack up those Harbingers Orb, Ancient Orb, PoE orbs and PoE currency guides by running this map. You can just go round and round killing mobs, until the time comes to fight the bosses. Even then, they’re not much of a challenge. Runs finish quicker, you do more runs, you get more profit.

Enjoy Path of Exile!

Elder City Square FAQ

  1. What are the best maps for Elder Orb 3.8?   

    Alleyways Map and Armoury Map are the best options overall due to layout, monster count, and density. Choose Alleyways Map if you plan on using your Elder orb on Armoury Map, otherwise, we prefer Armoury. An alternative option is Mesa Map, which has a great layout but poor density and monster count.

  2. How does Elder influence work?     Elder Influence will always take over a node (map) if a node has Shaper Influence, it is adjacent to Elder Influence, and you run that map. Running a map here means clearing around 60% of monsters on it OR killing the boss. … Running an Elder Influenced map results in it losing Elder Influence.
  3. How is elder influence spreading?

  4. What are shaper influenced maps?                                                                                              Shaper influenced areas can contain additional enemies or hazards or enhances the map boss by the Shaper, making them more difficult. These areas have a chance to drop a rare Shaper item with at least one Shaper affix. Once a Shaper-influenced map is cleared, it will disappear

 

HOW TO BEAT FFXIV’S OPERATION ARCHON

Operation Archon is the last story quest of the base game. As such, players need to beat it to unlock postgame content and beyond. However, to beat it, you need a full team of eight, as well as a sound strategy to follow. Don’t worry, this won’t make you spend your hard-earned FFXIV Gil.

Read on for the strategy and team composition.

FFXIV OPERATION ARCHON

Team Composition

You have 8 slots. Assign four slots to damage dealers, two to tanks, and two for healers. This way, you can separate into two teams. Two damage dealers, a tank, and a healer make up each team. As for why, it will be detailed in the strategy section.

For recommended classes, Summoners are valuable since they can call in creatures to temporarily fill in the roles of downed allies. They’re also exceptional damage dealers through their damage over time effects. Then there are White Mages, who have the best HP recovery skills and buffs. However, even if you haven’t recruited any of those two, you’ll still be able to beat the quest if you follow the strategy. That is, as long as you also complete the roles.

Strategy

There are two tankers in the team. While one takes on the boss, the other acts as an off-tank. At a certain point in the fight, extra mobs will appear. It’s the off-tank’s job to keep those enemies from harassing the main tank. That’s why you’ll need two teams. One will focus on the boss, and the other will focus on the extra mobs that will appear.

Now, the boss has three major damage-dealing attacks to avoid. First, it shoots sparks in front of it. A critical hit can OHKO DPS and healers in range. Avoid being in front as much as possible if you’re not a tanker. Second, it shoots out a ring of fire that will damage anyone caught inside. You’ll see the range of the ring where it will land. Lastly, it will fire missiles that can kill anyone in the middle of the explosion. A red circle will appear where the missile will land. The main tank will have to drag the boss out of range so the DPS can continue dealing damage while avoiding the missiles.

Keep on damaging the boss while being mindful of the above strategy, and you’ll see the fight to the end.

Additional Notes

It doesn’t matter which Final Fantasy classes you recruit. What’s more important is being able to follow the strategy and having the right characters for each role. The teams can be broken into 3 and 5, as long as one character fills each role in the three-man team. They should also be able to keep the extras at bay so the other team can do their jobs properly. Communicate and work with your teammates, not against them.

If you find your attacks are not effective from behind the boss, try going to the side. Pay attention so you don’t end up in front of it though. Healers should keep the party’s HP topped up as much as possible as they join in the attack.

And that’s that for Operation Archon! Following these instructions should let you finish the fight easily so you can get back to farming FFXIV currency. Continue enjoying Final Fantasy XIV!

PICK THE BEST MMO FOR YOU!

BEST MMO FOR YOU

The Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy XIV are currently among the most popular MMOs out there right now. With so many top-tier games to choose from, how do you pick which one to play? Do you want a good storyline? Do you look for the best combat system? What about content?

There are so many things to consider, but fortunately, we’re going to make it a little easier for you. We’ll be focusing more on the content and gameplay, so there’s no talking about the currencies (FFXIV Gil, ESO and WoW’s gold), nor any leveling up or farming guides. Each of us has different preferences, so we’ll just explore the games’ strengths and weaknesses and let you choose for yourself.

World of Warcraft

By virtue of being the “senior” among the three, we’ll go with World of Warcraft first. WoW boasts massive content, a huge world to explore, and hours upon hours of gameplay.

Strengths:

  • Has the most content
  • Good combat system
  • Class customization (to an extent)

Weaknesses:

  • No benefit to exploration
  • Raids are a little daunting for beginners
  • Content updates usually rehash old content in new environments

WoW has been going on for fifteen years. It’s has had seven expansions, bringing the level cap higher and higher to its current total of 120. Each expansion also added quests and additional activities to do. However, fatigue may be setting in, as some players have noted that new content updates are getting a little lackluster. Progression also gets slow at a certain point, and leveling becomes a sluggish, slog to 120. After that, there’s not much to do afterward, especially if you don’t like raiding and dungeoneering.

World of Warcraft is for those who won’t mind rather repetitive content and quests. Those who love raiding with others or with a guild will also enjoy this game. It is not for those who like good stories (though some zone questlines may tickle your fancy), nor those looking for varied content.

Final Fantasy XIV

FFXIV is the middle child who suffered a life-threatening accident only to be revived three years later, bigger and better than ever before. In other words, it shut down soon after its first launch due to a slew of negative reviews. In 2013, it got re-released with the subtitle A Realm Reborn, which players received more favorably. Now, it’s enjoying a sizable number of consistent subscribers who enjoy the game.

Strengths:

  • Good storyline
  • Varied quests
  • Many, many activities are available for players

Weaknesses:

  • No class customization
  • Combat is slower compared to the other two

For the record, progression is tied to the main quest. While those who like good storylines won’t mind, those who do not could end up quitting before getting to the better content. It’s neither strength nor weakness, as you can decide whether it’s something you want to sit through or not. Anyway, since the story is an important part of the game, it kind of makes or breaks the FFXIV. It has a trial version, so you may see if you can sit through the story or not. If you can, great! If not, that’s fine, you can try the other games on this list instead.

Elder Scrolls Online

Hailing from the acclaimed makers of the Elder Scrolls series, the youngest entry of the three featured games is as good as it gets. It has solid gameplay, and while it doesn’t have the scope of content that the other two have, it more than makes up for it in other ways. Like FFXIV, it had a troubled first release but was better received the second time around.

Strengths:

  • Solid combat system
  • Good progression system
  • Class customization

Weaknesses:

  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Works better as a single-player game

The game’s non-linear gameplay allows players to go wherever they want. Enemies they encounter will have levels scaled to the player’s level. It also has a different combat system than the other two, being more action-based. The two other games have tab-targeting systems, which could be something that you don’t like.

Additional Notes

World of Warcraft doesn’t have a player housing feature. It’s something to consider, especially if you like that kind of feature. ESO may be more appealing to fans of the series, similar to Final Fantasy XIV. There’s also the graphics, and whether you prefer the cartoony look (WoW), the anime look (FFXIV), or the realistic look (ESO).

Then there are the subscriptions to figure out. WoW is on a subscription basis, while the other two are free to play with limitations. You can subscribe for access to more content, as well as receive other advantages. Otherwise, you may try them out for a bit to see if they fit your preferences.

If in-game economics is your thing, doing some research on that topic would definitely help. FFXIV currency can be farmed without even fighting once. You can just focus all your time in leveling your professions and crafting things to sell. In ESO, you’re more likely to use your crafted items as there is no auction house. Player-owned shops are tied to guilds. WoW’s crafting system is abysmally bad and not even worth mentioning.

At any rate, go and pick the one that tickles your fancy the most! Sometimes, you really need to try it out for yourself to make a decision. Just make sure to enjoy the game!

SWORD AND SHIELD: FFXIV PALADIN TANKING GUIDE

So you decided to try the Paladin, the best Final Fantasy XIV  tank when it comes to damage reduction (and even prevention) as well as boss fights. Unfortunately, things might just not be going well for you, considering you’re here. No biggie because we’re here to help. So before you save up on FFXIV currency and buy a new shield, read up so you can be the stalwart defender Eorzea!

Changing Your Stance

Assuming you haven’t nailed down the basics yet, here are a few pointers that are sure to come in handy during your time as a Paladin. First is the hotly contested choice between Sword and Shield Stance. When do you use which? Well, that depends. If you’re not that confident in your ability to maintain aggro consistently, then it’d be best that you stuck with Shield Stance. While your DPS will suffer, you can at least be sure that your other party members won’t get the aggro and be killed in the process. We’re sure you already know how fast that particular situations snowball into a total wipeout that can cost you hard-earned FFXIV Gil.

On the other hand, if you can keep aggro without turning on Shield Stance, you’re better off with Sword Stance so you can help the DPS a little.

Your Heavy Rotation

Another common discussion among Paladins is the rotation. So, which one(s) should Paladins use? Here’s our take on which rotations you should use depending on the situation:

For gaining enmity:

  • Fast Blade > Savage Blade > Rage of Halone
  • Fast Blade > Riot Blade > Goring Blade
  • Fast Blade > Savage Blade > Rage of Halone
  • Fast Blade > Savage Blade > Rage of Halone

By the time you’re on the fourth rotation, you have already established enough enmity. Now you can move on to dealing either physical or magical damage.

For physical damage:

  • Fast Blade > Riot Blade > Fight or Flight (if available) > Goring Blade
  • Fast Blade > Riot Blade > Royal Authority
  • Fast Blade > Riot Blade > Royal Authority

Rinse and repeat.

For magical damage:

  • Fast Blade > Riot Blade > Goring Blade
  • Requiescat > Holy Spirit x 5

Once you have depleted your mana and Requiescat is on cooldown, switch back to dealing physical damage.

Always on the Defensive

What good would a Paladin be without non-global cooldown defensive abilities and spells? These are what make a Paladin indispensable and simply the best when it comes to taking damage. Having said that, here’s a quick rundown as well as when you should be using them.

  • Sentinel – This is the most potent non-invulnerability defensive ability in the game, reducing damage by 40% for a short time. It may not seem like much, but it’s a huge help in very sticky situations.
  • Hallowed Ground – Despite the long cooldown, it’s arguably the best invulnerability ability because of its duration and the fact that it makes you completely damage-proof.
  • Sheltron–A very helpful ability that allows you to mitigate tank-buster damage. With best-in-slot items, it can reduce up to 25-30% of one hit. Use it as often (and as properly) as possible to get the most out of it.
  • Passage of Arms – Aside from the fact that it reduces most damage taken by 15, its group bonus now activates right after casting time, and even works 5 seconds after deactivation.
  • Divine Veil – This AOE shielding ability is better than many others of its kind, so it’s highly encouraged that it’s used.

Basically, for the Paladin, the key is in knowing which ability to use and when to do so. With knowledge and practice, you’ll eventually get it. There’s more to being a Paladin than these points mentioned. Nevertheless, this is already a good start. Hopefully, you’ll be a much better protector of Eorzea from here on out.

Botany FFXIV Gil Guide

Botany FFXIV Gil Guide

Among the Disciples of Land, Botany is one of the more accessible ones, and for many good reasons! Thus, it’s highly advisable that you take it up. Here’s how you can level up and make your fair share of Gil in Final Fantasy XIV as one.

Beginning the Botanist Life

As a Botanist, you’ll be earning FFXIV Gil by using the materials you gather for the following Disciples of Hand classes:

Carpentry, Weaving, Culinarian, and Alchemy. You can also sell the materials as they are and have them purchased by other crafters for a good price. In addition to that, gathering plants is a rather calming activity, a good way to take a break from hectic questing and constant battles.

To start your life as a Botanist, talk to Fufucha at Gridania (6, 8). He’ll be giving you a low-level hatchet, signaling the beginning of your life as a botanist. Now you can start leveling and gearing up.

Leves for Leaves

As early as level 1, you can already start gathering. Take on the class quests, as well as the Level 1-5 Levequests from Gridania Adventurers’ Guild and The Bannock. Once you hit level 10, you can get level 10 Levequests from Central Shroud, Bentbranch Meadows. The next Levequests locations are as follows:

  • Level 15 – East Shroud, Hawthorne Hut
  • Level 20-25 – South Shroud, Quarrymill
  • Level 30 – Eastern La Noscea, Costa del Sol
  • Level 35 – Coerthas, Observatorium
  • Level 40 – Coerthas, Whitebrim
  • Level 45 – MorDhona
  • Level 50 – Ishgard

But don’t just be content with class quests and Levequests. You should also try your hand at rotations. Not only will this ensure that your daily grind won’t be stale; it’s also going to prepare you for the future.

It might seem a lot less convenient, but it’s now a more diverse and flexible experience. Plus, the materials you’ll be gathering at this point are going to be more useful. That means more worth in FFXIV Gil. Do note that before you start leveling up past 50, you should visit Fufucha.

The reason behind the breath of fresh air in Botany leveling after 50 is Scrips and collectibles. For this new kind of gathering, you’ll be tapping unspoiled botany nodes, which you’ll be gathering as collectibles. You’ll then hand them over to an NPC in MorDhona, which can earn you up to hundreds of thousands of EXP per unspoiled collectible Botany node.

Endgame and Business

By that point, it’s going to be a cycle until you reach level 60, when you’ll have to start buying “Regional Folklore Tomes” to unlock new Botany nodes. Keep in mind that they’re worth lots of Scrip.

Now, for the million-Gil question: What specific materials are going to earn you the most? Well, as much as we’d like to give a definite answer, it’s far too server-dependent to give one. For that, you’ll have to check the Mogboard.

However, as a basic rule, general materials used to craft basic materials are a quick and easy way to make Gil. Good examples of these are logs and cloth, as well as ingredients used for foods and potions. Heck, materials required to be turned in for Botany quests can also be quite the sell. After all, selling materials are all about selling to the lazy: you’re doing someone else’s work for their money.

When compared to other Disciples of Land, Botany is right in the middle when it comes to profitability. It could’ve been better, but it’s definitely not in a bad place. That means it’s all up to you how you’re going to make Disciple of Land work for your favor.

Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCE and Cloud Strife Beginnings

Final Fantasy VII: AVALANCE and Cloud Strife Beginnings

RAll the major lands of Gaia were engulfed in endless wars for supremacy. These wars left so much pain and desolation that the planet and its inhabitants were on the verge of hopelessness. Shinra Electric Power Company would then emerge as the dominant force on Gaia, establishing order through totalitarian control of the planet’s economy—but at what cost?

Cloud Strife had always looked at SOLDIERS and the Shinra Power Company they worked for with awe. Having lived in the slums, barely able to make ends meet, he was always fascinated by the stories the older boys in the neighborhood had to tell.

At that point in his life, he was looking forward to working for Shinra Electric Power Company. When he was 14, he would become one of the thousands of young men who sent letters to the corporation seeking (and ultimately hoping) to be one of its elite enforcers.

However, His first few attempts were not encouraging. Before he would become a soldier, Strife would be hardened by life on the mean streets. He spent months wandering around Midgar taking any kind of work he could get.

Cloud had become very asocial, struggling and barely able to make ends meet ever since he could remember. Through the struggles, however, he had learned to depend on himself. At Midgar, he would meet all manner of seedy characters from bullies, con artists, as well as unscrupulous merchants. All this only served to reinforce his anti-social behavior.

Weeks before he was called to work with AVALANCHE, he had met a flower merchant named Aerith Gainsborough. She was a cheerful and charming young woman he had encountered by chance while wandering the streets of Midgar.

At first, he was suspicious of her. He had never encountered someone like her while he was growing up. Even though Cloud was suspicious, he would increasingly grow fond of her.

When Cloud was finally called to be a soldier, working for Shinra Electric Power Company he was over the moon. He trained daily with some of the elite soldiers working for Shinra. He was determined to be the best. Shinra would send him on assignments for weeks at a time.

It is not that Cloud had not heard about the Jenova Project. He had heard the rumors that some evil scientist had discovered a means to turn the planet’s lifestream and channel it into ordinary humans who would then acquire the power of the ancients. He had also heard that those who were part of this project often turned into monsters. He just did not have a clue that the corporation he sought to work for as an enforcer would be the very company that was sucking the very life out of Gaia and condemning it to extinction.

After spending some time working as a SOLDIER, he began to notice that he was experiencing emotional and psychological distress. He had been talking to Aerith who he often met while he was walking down the streets of Midgar. It was Aerith who would enlighten him about the Cetra, the lifestream and why the biggest corporation on the planet was looking for a flower vendor.

Aerith provided a lot of important information to Cloud and the AVALANCHE team they had just formed. However, the strange flashbacks and the unpredictable emotions caused by Mako had started taking a toll on Cloud. Especially, given the fact that he felt he was spending a lot of time with Aerith at the expense of the relationship he had with Tifa – his childhood friend.

It is at this time that Cloud built a fake persona using memories he absorbed from his friend Zack, while he was a soldier exposed to Mako. Cloud soon discovers that these strange flashbacks were created subconsciously to cope with the fact that he had failed to qualify as a first class SOLDIER while his friend Zack had.

As part of AVALANCHE team, Cloud works with Barrett – the team leader- to destroy all the Mako generators. Cloud is still working to overcome the adverse effects of the Mako energy he was exposed to when he was working as a SOLDIER. He has been trying to resolve his feelings towards Tifa and Aerith. At first, seeing him as a mere antisocial mercenary trained by Shinra, Barrett has no time for Cloud.

However, Barrett still needs Cloud’s skills. After all, he saved Aerith, an ancient who was wanted by Shinra. The Corporation needs her to get more information on utilizing the planet’s lifestream and activating Black Meteor. Barrett also knows he needs Cloud’s skills and experience working as a SOLDIER if the team is to pursue Sephiroth to the other end of the world.

The planet is rich in crystals referred to as Materia. The AVALANCHE team can use a combination of materia to launch fast and automated counterattacks. They manage to break into the Shinra Headquarters where they locate Sephiroth and his alien mother Jenova.  Will they be on time to save the planet?

Disclaimer: This article is a guest post written by Nicole Allen