Structured PvP is now a reality with TERA’s battlegrounds! Seize field objectives and slice into the opposing team. Build teamwork, blow off steam, and earn valuable gear.
A newly discovered island that makes people mad? Sign up and ship out.
The recent discovery of a “kumas island”—with what appear to be gigantic toyboxes often filled with massive diamonds—has sparked a flurry of competing expeditions full of adventurers with big dreams of striking it rich. Unfortunately, the island is not what it seems. What appears to be a giant playroom for kumases may in fact be a kind of madhouse. Those who venture there report severe hallucinations in which they believe they or their comrades are kumas infants. Worse still, the “diamonds” they bring back have so far all proven to be worthless rock candy?
Kumasylum pits up to 10 players versus a group of up to 3 players, the latter of whom play a kumas “nanny” and two kumas babies—and the sides are chosen at random. Players receive a quest to enter the Kumasylum battleground at levels 31, 41, and 51, and level 60 players receive a daily quest to participate.
To enter the battleground—just click the gray button with the two amani facing off. It’s below your compass, right next to the red Instance Matching button. The gray button opens the Battleground Matching window for you to select “Kumasylum” to queue up. You can leave the queue with no penalty, but if you leave or go AFK while in the battleground, you will be kicked from the battleground and labeled with Deserter’s Shame, unable to queue for any battlegrounds or dungeons for 30 minutes.
Corsairs’ Stronghold presents a simple challenge: Can you destroy the anchorstone faster than your opponents can?
Corsairs’ Stronghold is an equalized 20-versus-20 battle for level 30 characters and above. When you enter the battleground, your skills will scale to the level 60 versions, and all of your gear will be standardized with the same number of crystal slots as the gear you were wearing when you entered. Players between level 30 and 59 will be able to earn XP in Corsairs’ Stronghold, offering players a new leveling path.
Click the gray button below your compass to open Battleground Matching, then select Corsairs’ Stronghold. You can enter with a group or go in solo and join an existing team. You’ll initially be assigned to either attack the anchorstone or defend it. But you’ll have a turn at each.
You can leave the queue with no penalty, but if you leave or go AFK while in the battleground, you will be kicked from the battleground and labeled with Deserter’s Shame, unable to queue for any battlegrounds or dungeons for 30 minutes.
You’re level 60 in TERA and you think you’re ready to take on PvP in the battlegrounds? Before you jump into the fray, make sure you know the rules.
To enter the battleground—just click the gray button with the two amani facing off. It’s below your compass, right next to the red Instance Matching button. The gray button opens the Battleground Matching window for you (and your party) to queue up.
Fraywind Canyon is a 15-versus-15 battle. If you queue up alone or with a party of five or fewer, you select the first option, “Party,” to be randomly assembled with other small groups into a team of 15 to compete against another team similarly constructed. Conversely, you can make or join a raid of 15 people, also known as a prebuilt or premade. The second option, “Raid,” will pit you against another premade team of 15.
You can leave the queue without penalty, but if you leave or go AFK in the battleground, you will get kicked from the battleground and be labeled with Deserter’s Shame for 30 minutes. Deserter’s Shame makes you ineligible to queue up for battlegrounds or dungeons.
The best part of Champions’ Skyring is its brutal simplicity: kill or be killed. This 3-versus-3 battleground will put your teamwork, reflexes, and tactics to the test like never before.
In the upper right corner of the screen, just below the mini-map, you’ll see a Battleground Matching button—look for the icon of two amani facing off. From the Battleground Matching screen, you can select either Champions’ Skyring or Fraywind Canyon (a 15-versus-15 battleground described here). You can queue for only one battleground at a time.
The game will match you with two other players if you aren’t already in a group of three. Whether you’re in a premade or game-matched group, you’re allowed only one healer per team. You’ll be matched against a team with a similar rating to yours. If you’ve been in queue for a while, the matching system will gradually become less “picky” about pitting you against a similar team, because it knows: you wanna fight!
There’s no penalty for leaving the queue, but if you leave the battleground (or go AFK), the game bounces you out of the battlefield and gives you a debuff, deserter’s shame, for 30 minutes. Deserter’s shame means no queuing up for more battlegrounds or dungeons.
If you’re a competitive PvP player, choose a rated match in the Battleground Matching screen. You’ll face other highly rated teams and climb the ranks.
You don’t need gear of a certain level to contribute to a guild-versus-guild battle, enter Fraywind Canyon, or fight it out in open-world PvP, but the right gear can make a difference in whether you live or die. TERA has a range of PvP gear, and you can work up to the best with some hard work and dedication.
The Argon Queen update brought new dungeons to TERA. New dungeons mean new armor and new weapons—including some suitable for PvP. Meldita, the final boss in Argon Corpus, drops armor and weapons from the tier 13 PvP victor’s set. The Nexus Sovereign in Nexus Traverse drops not only the victor’s set, but also Fraywind armor pieces.
If you’ve already built up some Agnitor reputation, buying tier 12 and tier 13 armor and weapons from the Agnitor merchant in Zulfikar Fortress may be the fastest way to gear up. If your Agnitor rep is lacking, you can quickly build it by doing daily quests and battling in the Nexus and Nexus Traverse.
When you fight in Fraywind Canyon, you’ll build up Bellicarium credits, which you can use to purchase tier 13 Fraywind armor and weapons. When you enchant Fraywind gear, you’ll get PvP benefits every time.
Either hard work or dedication can get you part of the way there, but the best PvP gear in the game—the conjunct and visionmaker sets—relies on a bit of both. Both tier 14 PvP sets are crafted—you can’t buy them from a merchant and they won’t drop off any boss.