Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling game mechanics in an immersive manga inspired world.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,961 reviews) - 83% of the 3,961 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jul 2, 2014

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"A Korean side scrolling, mmo, rpg, with a manga style. Very colorful, fun, with multiple characters to play, and constantly updating with new content."

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October 13

Get Ready with Pumpkins and Candy Baskets!

Hi-ya, Elpeeps! Starting tomorrow, warm up with Elsword’s pre-Halloween event as we enter week 3 of this Halloween month. And it just can’t be right without the pumpkins and candy, don’t you agree? Make space in your inventory and play daily for all the loot!

Advanced Pumpkin Cultivation

Can you just imagine the sheer amount of pumpkins needed for Halloween?! Well, Ariel’s on it, and she’s rewarding everyone who will help raise and protect the pumpkin supply. So, what do pumpkins need to grow fast? Fertilizer, of course! Bring her as many Sacks of Fertilizer as you can get from timer and quest rewards. You can earn El Shards, potions, elixirs, amulets, and even a 7-day mount, among others.

Keep the Candy Baskets for the Halloween Dungeon

The Candy Basket is one of the items for which you can exchange Sacks of Fertilizer through Ariel. It’s not really for eating, but actually the ticket to the upcoming Halloween dungeon. You’ll only be able to use it after the patch on October 21st, so hang on to it!

Item Mall Goodies

Still searching for your ideal Halloween costume? Maybe you’ll like tomorrow’s release. It isn’t particularly spooky, but definitely divine. Check out the Anubis outfits~

If you’re just looking for accessories, then we got you covered, too. Four types of Anubis accessories are arriving as well, three of which have their own set effects. Try these on after midnight!

See y’all in-game!

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October 6

Unveiling Sander’s Secret Dungeon

Hi-ya, Elpeeps! Starting tomorrow let the magical winds carry you into an uncharted area of the desert. Brace yourself for The Rage of Behemoth!

The Story

Sander’s Secret Dungeon challenges players at Lv. 60 and up, as Elboy and the Elgang are mysteriously transported back in time and find themselves in Sander of old, where a war between the Sander tribes and the Enraged Behemoth breaks out. Suddenly, their mission becomes clear—to seize the colossal desert creature in hopes of restoring peace. Steel your nerves for when you meet the Behemoth’s Enraged Manifestation.

Secret Dungeon Rewards and More

The rest of the secret dungeons are getting updated as well. First, the rewards: Bethbites are getting replaced by region-specific stones such as the Sander Stone, Hamel Stone, Velder Stone, etc. We’re also introducing region-specific Coins, updated crafting materials, and exclusive equipment drops. Take a look at the Sand Blast equips from Sander!

In addition, Secret Dungeons will also have fewer stages and uniform difficulty mode. Don’t worry if you’re not there yet. There’s some loot for you guys at Lv. 59 and below in the events starting tomorrow. Just hustle up to Lv. 60 and have Luto’s Secret Key on hand soon. Let’s beat this Behemoth!

Item Mall Goodies

Get some sunshine, Add! Grab the chance to acquire Salvatore Solace Costumes from Add’s Ice Burner!

Meanwhile, how about the wicked counterpart of Ramiel? Meet your next new mount—Baal, Lord of Destruction. BTW, expect both Ramiel and Baal to appear in monster form sometime during your dungeon runs. You know, to make things even more interesting, and actually give you a chance to earn a Lord Baal mount. Tip: Defeat Baal first!

Finally, a couple of choices for your Halloween costume. Take a look at these outfits for Lu and Ciel!

See all these in-game after the patch tomorrow!

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"A great experience right from the beginning — there is so little downtime that you'll find yourself pulling off combos in no time. Combat is where the game truly shines."

“Winner: 2011 Best Sidescroller”

"Top 3 Action Games - Reader's Choice"
--MMO Site

“Beautiful, 3D stylized scenes cleverly accented with manga charm.”

New Job Update: Luciel's 2nd Jobs Noblesse and Dreadlord

Luciel's 2nd Jobs: Noblesse and Dreadlord

Move up with the duo of demons!
Job change quests open at Lv. 35

The Next Step for Royal Guard

With substantial help from Ciel, Lu finally gets back her authority in the demon realm. She can now control evil spirits with the astounding power of her lineage. One by one, she makes enemies obey using her royalty and charm, finding those who betrayed her and stripping them of their influence.

• Acquire the ability to freely expand Lu's claws for immense destructive prowess.
• Venture into the domain of close quarter combat.

The Next Step for Chiliarch

As Lu acquires control over terror, she and Ciel summon the ultimate demonic power. With it, Ciel's evolution into a demon progresses. Bit by bit, like his master, Ciel himself becomes a lord of terror, while his criminal instinct kicks in so that he may better protect his dearest Lu.

• Ciel acquires various abilities fueled by Creeping Terror.
• Change between attack styles more flexibly.

Learn more here: http://en.elswordonline.com/luciel/

About This Game

Elsword is a free-to-play, online action RPG that uses classic side-scrolling beat ‘em up gameplay mechanics and deep customization to bring a unique manga experience to life.

In Elsword, you star in your own comic book while experiencing all the excitement of a massively multiplayer online game. Get ready for fast-paced gameplay, stunning animation, and epic bosses. Whether conquering hordes of enemies in dungeon runs or showing off your skills in the PvP arena, Elsword is the most intense free-to-play action RPG to date.

Key Features

•Co-Op Gameplay - Party-up with friends to explore over 50 unique and beautifully rendered dungeons, towns, and secret levels.
•Unique Characters, Unique Stories- Players can choose from nine customizable characters, each their own unique story, play style and special skills to develop.
•Skill-Based PVP Combat- Elsword offers intense and strategic PvP with matchmaking and multiple competitive modes. Challenge your friends in matches of up to 8 players at a time.
•Customize like Crazy- Each character features multiple job changes, dozens of skills and endless opportunities for customization. Create or discover your personal look.
•Community Support- Constant game updates, item and content expansions, and special events including GM Livestream play sessions, community contests and PVP Tournaments are all a part of the Elsword experience.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 1GHz
    • Memory:Above 1GB
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 5 Series
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:3GB Space in the hard disk
    • OS:Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor:Intel/AMD 2GHz or higher
    • Memory:Above 2GB
    • Graphics:Nvidia GeForce 7 Series
    • DirectX®:11 or higher
    • Hard Drive:4GB Space in the hard disk
Helpful customer reviews
190 of 221 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
986.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Salt simulator 2015
Stay away from pvp, the game is awesome, pvp community is extreamly bad. Creative/guild community is awesome, just join a guild thats not based on just an anime (for example: NARUTOADDICTS) and youll be fine; people are very helpful (as long as you are in a guild).
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100 of 151 people (66%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
123.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
too repetitive

very grindy

PAY TO WIN. between the costumes and iceburner sets and events and pets this becomes very obvious after a while

character customization does not exist unless you pay for costumes which have stats and set bonuses

limited inventory and bank unless you buy from cash shop

hotbars for skills and items make it known you're limited there as well unless you got the cash shop item for those

any thing good i had to say about this is overshadowed by the fact that pay to win becomes blatantly obvious. i kid you not.there is infact an event happening at the time i write this post that's all about rewarding players with bonus items for spending as much money on cash shop as possible

i have better games to play with others
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156 of 247 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I would like to recommend this game, but, sadly, I can not.
Game is fun and very addictive, but is pay2win.
Because od P2W system, I cannot recommend this.
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72 of 107 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
207.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Dungeons are fun.
But as an S rank NW, I can confirm that pvp is pay to win as hell. No matter how well you can outplay your opponents, most of 'em will just be cashed up Lv70s that oneshot you with supers or something. Pretty frustrating.
Aside from pvp though, too many things that should be basic features in the game are insanely expensive and only apply to each individual character... You looking to fully enjoy that new character? Check your wallet, son.
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33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,932.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
This can be an extremely addicting game, if you give it enough time to do so. Right in the beginning, you choose from a decently large variety of characters. To be honest, it's not really that great until you hit level 15 and can start your job change. A job change basically means you get more skills, a new look, and better stats. There are, however, both pros and cons to this game which I will also review.

> Lots of potential time to put into it
> Variety in characters
> Different playstyle, even in just one character
> PvP can be based more off of strategy than pure strength
> Lots of people - lots of friends
> Community is, for the most part, pretty good. Better than most.

> CAN be pay to win (The game's gold currency (ED) can be used to buy items that normally cost real money)
> Trading could possibly make you lose your ED
> Broken economy
> Unbalanced characters (Though, there are character rebalances every so often)
> PvPers who rage when they lose

Final verdict:
It's a great game and definitely worth a try. Try not to be too discouraged by it being a bit slow in pace up until level 15 (which you could easily get in 30 minutes) and the broken economy. The variety in characters and even variety within each character should keep you busy for a LONG time. It's easy to make friends, because a lot of people are pretty friendly.
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