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A new post on the official Dauntless developer blog talks about how the game's crafting system fits in with the lore, describes the general process of hunting for components, and tries to sell you on temporary boosts, because what F2P game is complete without them. Here's an excerpt:
If anyone is close to understanding the mysterious ways of aether, it’s Ramsgate’s oldest resident, the aethersmith Arkan Drew. He’s forgotten more about aether than most slayers will ever know. There are even rumours his longevity is the result of prolonged exposure to the substance.
Arkan’s role as an aethersmith is to distill aether into a usable and concentrated form called archonite. Archonite captures the behemoths’ elemental power, but it also retains the deeper nature of a behemoth; rage, savagery, cunning, brutality, and other vital forces.
Any equipment forged with archonite will inherit the behemoth’s power sealed within. A sword forged with frost archonite from a Pangar could empower attacks with ice damage. Chain blades crafted with blaze archonite from an Embermane could dole out deadly fire attacks. And when it comes time to upgrade these weapons, you’ll need not only more elemental archonite, but perhaps the Brutal archonite distilled from a Drask and the Cunning of a Shrike.
The smiths at Ramsgate are equally creative and resourceful, so expect them to put your behemoth parts, archonite, and the other materials you gather to good use. And while the specific contents of a core will always be in the hands of fate, slayers will have the opportunity to purchase temporary boosts which will impact the quantity of the materials that they gather from a hunt. It’s a great way to get a bit more out of each trip to the aethersmith.
Slayers looking to get more from every hunt will have the option to purchase temporary boosts in the Dauntless in-game store. These boosts are enabled when purchased and last a predetermined length of time. There will be two tiers of boosts available to slayers: Champion status and Patron status.
When you activate Champion status, you will receive more materials when you slay a behemoth. This is a great way to make your hunts go further.
When you activate Patron status, everyone in your party (regardless of their status) will receive more materials when you slay a behemoth. Additionally, this perk stacks so that the more slayers in your party who have Patron status, the greater the effect. This is the perfect perk for slayers who plan to roll with a group of friends.
Enabling Patron status will give you a chance to discover cosmetic items dropped by behemoths. As discussed in our previous blog post, dyes and other materials are usually only found in Chroma Cores. But with Patron status, there will be a small chance that cosmetic items will drop when you slay a behemoth.