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Sept 9th - And then there was Pankration...


Today's version update brings with it the long-awaited opening of Pankration.

Armed with soultrapped, combat-enhanced monsters from around Vana'diel, adventurers now have a venue where they can gather and place their beasts in direct competition with one another...The Pit.

[What is Pankration?]

image Pankration (pan-kra-tee-on) is an ancient sport that pits fierce beasts against one another in a winner-takes-all melee. The Pankration battlecages are located in Al Zahbi, meaning that only players who have installed the Treasures of Aht Urhgan expansion pack can access this exciting new feature.

 

 

Where is Pankration?
Pankration matches are held in one of four special battlecages located in an area of Whitegate known as the Pit. A Pankration official near the Pit entrance can instantly teleport adventurers to any of the cages for the low, low price of...nothing.

*Please note that a tax of 10% will be placed on any bazaars held within the Pit.

image How Much is Pankration?
Pankration would be free...if the word ‘free’ meant ‘requiring monetary funds.’ Unfortunately, that is not the case. Pankration participation requires a special type of currency known as ‘jettons.’ Jettons can be earned by participating in matches or can be bought with Imperial currency. Speak with Zandjarl near the Pit entrance for details.



[Pankration Participation]

1. Finding a Monster
Before you can participate in Pankration, you’ll need to find a monster. Here are the steps:

I. Purchase a Soultrapper and some blank soul plates from a Pit vendor.

II. Equip the items in your Range and Ammo slots

III. Find a monster and “use” the Soultrapper on it.

IV. Keep trying until you capture the monster’s image on a soul plate.

*Some monsters’ images cannot be recorded.
**It is possible to capture the image of monsters claimed by other PCs.

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2. Making a Soul Reflector
Now that you’ve found a monster, you’ll need to prepare it for battle. Here’s how it’s done:

I. Trade a soul plate to the appropriate Pit official and confirm if it can be forged into a soul reflector.

II. If it can, trade the plate with an ice crystal to the same official, and for a small jetton fee, he will present you with a new soul reflector.

III. Trade your soul reflector to the appropriate Pit official for inspection. If it passes a series of tests, it will be deemed an official soul reflector.

*Access options such as monster status confirmation and name adjustment by trading a soul reflector to the soul-forging official.
*Some soul plates cannot be forged into soul reflectors. However, their data can be used to enhance existing soul reflectors. See below for more details.
*Once a soul plate image has been added to a soul reflector it cannot be returned to its original state.

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3. Entry
The Pit consists of four “battlecages” where Pankration matches are constantly being held. Once you have acquired an official soul reflector, take it to a registration officer to sign up for one of the following two types of battles:

- Exhibition (Battlecages “Annihilation” “Bloodlust” “Carnage”)
As long as there is an opening, players can enter their monsters in exhibition matches at any time they wish. However, there are no level restrictions in any of the three cages, and no records of winners or losers will be kept. If players wish, they can have their monsters pit against those of their choice by forming a party with another monster’s owner and both submitting their applications at the same time.

- Tournament (Battlecage “Diablo”)
Here, players can pit their monsters against the current cage champion. If it wins, it is declared the new champion and will continue to battle opponents until it is dethroned.

4. The Cage
When a player’s match is about to begin, he or she will be paged. Once the battle begins, the monsters will be released into the battlecage. The monster that reduces its opponent to 0 HP within the allotted match time (3 Earth minutes) is declared the victor. Matches can be viewed from the following two locations.

image - The Command Platform
After being paged, participants can proceed to one of the cage officials to be transported to a platform where they will be able to give simple orders to their monsters via a system of speaking tubes.

- The Viewing Stage
Adventurers whose monsters are not currently participating in a match can take in all the excitement of the other matches from an elevated stage in front of each battlecage.

5. Confirming Results
Once a battle has ended, players must trade their official reflectors to a registration officer to confirm match results. Only after confirming match results will participants receive their rewards, and their monsters earn experience and skill points. DO NOT forget to complete this process as the results and rewards for each match will only be available for a period of 3 days (Earth Time), after which time they will be lost.

*The maximum amount of EXP that can be earned in one confirmation is 2000 points. Adventurers with monsters competing in the tournament should confirm results regularly to avoid EXP loss.

Draws
If both monsters are still standing at the end of 3 minutes, the match will be declared a draw. In this case, the experience point and jetton reward will be split evenly between the participants.

*If a tournament match results in a draw, the current champion will continue into the next round.

[Monster Customization]

There are many different ways players can customize their monsters. The following is a sample of some of the ways a monster can grow and develop:

Leveling Up
Monsters gain EXP for their performance in battles, and after obtaining a certain amount of EXP, their levels will rise. The current level cap for Pankration monsters is 50.

Learning Magic and Abilities
All monsters possess magic and/or abilities corresponding to their family. However, certain skills often remain dormant until monsters attain a certain level. It is not always a good idea to dismiss a monster as weak until you have had the chance to see it perform at a level where it can call upon a full arsenal of skills.

Feral Skills
The aforementioned inherent characteristics such as abilities, battle techniques, and magic spells are known as “feral skills.” Some of these skills have levels and will improve as a result of participating in Pankration matches.

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1. Adding Feral Skills
Trade an official (or unofficial) soul reflector and a soul plate to a reflector forger, and for a small jetton fee, the attendant will add the plate’s skill to the reflector’s monster. Please note that due to job restrictions, some monsters cannot equip certain feral skills.

2. Feral Points (FP)
Equipping feral skills requires feral points, and all monsters have what is called a “feral point capacity.” Monsters will not be able to equip skills if they do not possess enough FP. The FP requirements for feral skills can be confirmed by trading a soul plate to a reflector forger, while a monster’s FP capacity can be confirmed by trading a soul reflector.

Discipline & Temperament
The following traits will change depending on the type of orders a player gives their monster, as well as the frequency with which he/she gives them:

- Discipline
The more disciplined your monster is, the more likely it is to correctly respond to orders given during a match.

- Temperament
Monster temperament is measured in two ways:
Wild vs. Tame
Aggressive vs. Defensive

A monster’s temperament directly affects how it acts during battle. For example, a tame and defensive monster may choose to use stunning techniques on an opponent attempting to cast a powerful spell or use a weapon skill.

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# Sep 12 2007 at 9:46 AM Rating: Decent
you know for people who think if they grab a specific mob they can play it most HNMS and stuff u cant even use them to fight u can take their attributes but u cant fight using them, or like u cant use trolls or gobs or things of that nature either. Not for fighting at least u can use their attributes.
Battle Arena
# Sep 11 2007 at 2:54 PM Rating: Good
Wouldn't it be great if you could fight the monsters, just like in FFVII's Battle Arena!!
Wyrms
# Sep 11 2007 at 8:31 AM Rating: Decent
got jormangand, vurtra, guiver, and tiamat yesterday WOOT no one will b able to stop me except those ppl that have lv.20 monsters in the pit and i get owned in 10sec. they should matck up mobs by lvl not just throw them in a pit and say fight when theres a 10 lvl gap between them, i mean serriously do you knowhow embarressing it is to have your jormy taken down by a friggin black mandy. /sigh

just my 2 gil
mobs
# Sep 11 2007 at 3:33 AM Rating: Good
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Just so you know, just because you have wyrm, it doesn't mean they'll use spike flail right away (pretty sure you can't use wyrms in the pits either). I captured the Ash Dragon in Ifrit's Caudron and I lost to a black mandy, so it's balanced in that effect. However, you can be placed in matches against mobs much higher than your mob, so that HNM you're using can get it's *** handed to it by a higher level bunny.
mobs
# Sep 17 2007 at 7:00 PM Rating: Decent
sorry. Saw Wyrms, thought Worms. my bad >.<


Edited, Sep 17th 2007 8:19pm by Davidmarcus
mobs
# Sep 11 2007 at 10:35 AM Rating: Good
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the soultrapper gives you the family type and not the exact same mob you took a photo of.
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Fafnir ability
# Sep 10 2007 at 8:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Fafnir ability has been copied and is currently selling for large amounts of gil. Terrorize, I believe.
5000 Jetton items?
# Sep 10 2007 at 8:48 PM Rating: Good
Does anyone know what the 5k items are? I have no way of getting that many. Thanks.


Krunk of Fenrir
crash
# Sep 10 2007 at 7:35 PM Rating: Decent
anyone having a problem with FFXI crashing when you're in the pit?
2Handed?
# Sep 10 2007 at 5:15 PM Rating: Decent
All I wanna know since I can't log in because its a school night, is how is the 2handed now? Better or Worse and how worse?
What if...????
# Sep 10 2007 at 5:08 PM Rating: Decent
What if on the way off chance SE are planning on using this "soultrapper" as a test for a new job for WoTG????Think if you will of a fully costumizeable pet to fight with...sweet stuff d(^.^)b
What if...????
# Sep 12 2007 at 10:06 AM Rating: Decent
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A customizable pet? Like...An automaton? :P
mmm
# Sep 10 2007 at 1:39 PM Rating: Decent
-Giovani wants to battle!
-Quadraxis sends out Tunnel Worm!
-Giovani sends out Jormungand!
->Fight! pkmn Item Run!
Stone 10
>Sand Spin 15
Tremors 15
Sound Vacuum 25
-Tunnel Worm uses Sand Spin!
-It's super effective!
-Jormungand takes 0 damage.
-Jormungand uses Spike Flail!
-Tunnel Worm takes 1458 damage.
-Tunnel Worm fainted!
-You were defeated by Giovani
dragon time
# Sep 10 2007 at 12:48 PM Rating: Good
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i'm gonna try for the shadow dragon in xarcabard. prolly cant get it but worth a shot.
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# Sep 10 2007 at 11:29 AM Rating: Decent
What do you mean not right, there is nothing wrong with fighting animals, let alone in a game, I find it ridiculous how us Americans find it that serious, I mean why send a guy in jail for fighting an animal, which is what we all eat everday no metter what animal
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# Sep 10 2007 at 2:09 PM Rating: Decent
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cedricmjp wrote:
What do you mean not right, there is nothing wrong with fighting animals, let alone in a game, I find it ridiculous how us Americans find it that serious, I mean why send a guy in jail for fighting an animal, which is what we all eat everday no metter what animal


The difference is.

A. Animals raised for meat serve a usefull purpose not mere entertainment.

B. Cows are killed humanely not fitted with razor sharp knives and then allowed to tear each other apart.

and yes sometimes farm animals are not killed in a humane manner. This is just as disgusting as **** fighting or dog fighting.
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I thought of it first:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=130073657654872218#20
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# Sep 11 2007 at 12:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Cows are killed humanely not fitted with razor sharp knives and then allowed to tear each other apart.



Killed humanely? That's an oxymoron if i've ever heard one.
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# Sep 10 2007 at 12:48 PM Rating: Good
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cedricmjp wrote:
What do you mean not right, there is nothing wrong with fighting animals, let alone in a game, I find it ridiculous how us Americans find it that serious, I mean why send a guy in jail for fighting an animal, which is what we all eat everday no metter what animal



Ok, you're retarded.

But those above. This is a game, it's no different than Pokemon. Hello Obvious Reference... jesus.
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# Sep 10 2007 at 11:03 AM Rating: Good
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Ok... so why is it saying my version isn't correct and I can't log in even though I DL'ed what they put up....
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# Sep 10 2007 at 11:51 AM Rating: Good
YfandesofBismarck wrote:
Ok... so why is it saying my version isn't correct and I can't log in even though I DL'ed what they put up....


Same happen to me, just close down pol and restart it, that fixed it for me.
not right
# Sep 10 2007 at 10:52 AM Rating: Decent
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I have been wondering the same thing dancing bear, and not just because of Vick. We have banned rooster, bull and dog fighting long ago in the US. Are we the only ones who think this stuff is wrong?
not right
# Sep 10 2007 at 2:13 PM Rating: Decent
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susaninthegarden wrote:
I have been wondering the same thing dancing bear, and not just because of Vick. We have banned rooster, bull and dog fighting long ago in the US. Are we the only ones who think this stuff is wrong?


Bull baiting was banned in england in the 1700's, a time which wasn't exactly known for compassion toward animals *or* people. So yeah I'd say that there must b e something very wrong with it if a country that was known for holding "prisoner's carnivals" as public entertainment (public executions of criminals) thought that fighting animals was wrong.
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I thought of it first:

http://ffxi.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=10&mid=130073657654872218#20
not right
# Sep 10 2007 at 4:54 PM Rating: Decent
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lol Good point. Still it bothers me to see this kind of thing. So much like the gladiator idea in Rome. It might be fun to throw a few people in with them though now that I think about it.
not right
# Sep 10 2007 at 12:47 PM Rating: Decent
I think you're confusing reality with a game. And it's not like this hasn't been done before...it's just neat to see it with FFXI mobs.
I'll setlle for...
# Sep 10 2007 at 9:46 AM Rating: Good
I'll settle for taking a snapshot of Jaggedy-eared Jack and taunting my oponents with the fact that they're never going to get the drop. Smiley: sly
creepy
# Sep 10 2007 at 9:15 AM Rating: Default
Can any one say Michial vick.. cage matches?? Is Ffxi not paying attention.. Just seems a little not right..
creepy
# Sep 12 2007 at 12:55 AM Rating: Decent
omg get a life.... its not real life its a copy of pokemon and realy nothing more.
creepy
# Sep 10 2007 at 12:59 PM Rating: Good
Oh seriously... might as well ban all beastmasters then huh?

Ridiculous.
I love it
# Sep 10 2007 at 9:12 AM Rating: Good
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I think this is a great idea ^^

btw is that Vrtra getting soul coppied in the first picture? that's hawt!

Edited, Sep 10th 2007 1:16pm by kabulo
faf
# Sep 10 2007 at 10:11 AM Rating: Good
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actualy its faf/nid in that picture cause it clearly appear to be in dragon aery and i guess that you need the monster to be not engaged to allow you to use item wich mean you c any1 with faf or these kind of hnm as they get claim as soon they pop
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faf
# Sep 10 2007 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
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**It is possible to capture the image of monsters claimed by other PCs.


Yeah, you can capture images of claimed mobs according to the update notes, however...

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*Some monsters’ images cannot be recorded.


...the image just shows me that someone is trying to capture faf's image, not necessarily that they are being successful at it.

For me? I think I'll try to get a white bunny and fuse in the attitude of a tremor ram. >:D (Hope that's possible. *crosses fingers*)
Is that a Wyrm?
# Sep 10 2007 at 9:10 AM Rating: Good
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Oh God, so you CAN get Wyrms.

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So how many people are going to grab Jormy and play GM Dave?
Is that a Wyrm?
# Sep 10 2007 at 12:03 PM Rating: Good
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Miel wrote:
Oh God, so you CAN get Wyrms.

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So how many people are going to grab Jormy and play GM Dave?


if it is possible, a whole lot. :D
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