In Sword Art Online, most quests can be completed repeatedly, however, most such quests have a "cooldown time" after the quest is completed before it becomes available again, though certain quests, usually the ones offering high-value rewards, can only be completed once.
In some quests, instance maps would be generated, so that different players could accept the same quest without interfering with each other or being interfered with.
Initiation and ProgressEdit
Initiation of an NPC-given quest begins by interacting with NPCs that have a gold «!» symbol above them. Usually, a phrase like "Is something troubling you?" is used to accept a quest from an NPC, though this is not the only possible variant and it's not applicable to all quests. Certain quests might also require certain conditions to be met, like accepting an offer for a cup of water, before the quest can be accepted. After a quest is initiated, the respective NPC's gold «!» will change into a «?», denoting a quest in progress; however, the quest will not progress unless the quest giver's entire speech, which tends to be rather long during certain quests, is heard. Certain quests have side-objectives that need to be completed before the final objective becomes available. All currently available objectives are displayed as golden «!» on the map, while the final objective that is currently unavailable is displayed as a grey «!» on the map. Once a quest is accepted, the quest appears in the player's quest log with information on the current progress of the quest.
The Cardinal System in Sword Art Online and ALfheim Online comes with a feature called «Automatic Quest Generation Function». With this feature, the Cardinal System automatically collects folklore and legends of the world, adapts it for the game and continues to generate infinite amounts of quests using proper names and story patterns. These quests can also lead to an "end of the world" event or one that greatly changes the terrain of the world, as the Cardinal System was given authority to change the world of Aincrad to its discretion, seeing as the world was meant to be destroyed in the end anyway. This feature has usually been disabled in ALfheim, but if activated from the management side, the Cardinal System seems to retain the authority of changing the world to its discretion without even getting permission from the management team. Examples of such quests are the Excaliber Quest in ALO and the «Witch of the West and the Three Treasures» quest in SAO.
List of Known Quests in Sword Art OnlineEdit
|1||«Cows' Counter Attack» (逆襲の雌牛, Gyakushū no Meushi?)||Unknown||Cream|
|1||«Secret Medicine of the Forest»||Obtain a rare drop from Little Nepents.||«Anneal Blade»|
|2||Martial Arts quest ||Break a demonic rock with one's bare hands.||«Martial Arts» Extra Skill|
|3||Guild Formation Quest||The completion of this quest is required for players to form their own guilds.|
|3-9||Elf War Campaign Quest||For this campaign quest, the player can choose to either aid the Forest Elves or the Dark Elves. Includes 10 chapters of quests on the 3rd Floor alone. This is the first large scale campaign quest in Aincrad and likely ends with the Dark Elf Queen's Quest for the Dark Elf side.|
|6||Meditation Extra Skill Quest||Unknown||«Meditation» Extra Skill|
|9||Dark Elf Queen's Quest||Unknown||Queen's Knightsword|
|22||«Witch of the West and the Three Treasures»||Defeat the Witch and save Dorothy. Includes 3 optional side-objectives to obtain the «Scarecrow»'s brain, the «Tin»'s heart and the «Lion»'s courage, but these quests aren't necessary for the completion of the main quest. The 3 NPCs accompany the players throughout the quest. The quest is based on the Wizard of Oz.||Ability to purchase Log House|
|30||Ogre Slaughter Quest||A slaughter quest to kill ogres wearing strange masks. Repeatable once per week.|
|55||Frost Dragon Quest||Confronting X'rphan the White Wyrm, rumouredly with the presence of a master smith, to acquire a rare material.||Secret reward: Crystallite Ingot|
|Unknown||«Angel's Ring»||Surpass trials set by a holy angel. One of the parts includes fighting a giant fluffy demonic monster type bunny with wings.||Ring of Angel's Whisper|
|Unknown||«Karma Recovery Quest»||Unknown||Reverting the player's orange cursor back to green[† 1]|
List of Quests in ALfheim OnlineEdit
- «Angel's Ring» (imported from Sword Art Online with changed difficulty)
- Beast God Slaughter quest
- «Deep Sea Plunderers»
- «Guardians of the World Tree» - 1st Grand Quest
- «The Holy Sword of the Ice Palace»
- ↑ This quest is only necessary to revert a cursor from orange to green for the 4th time. For the 1st to 3rd times it automatically reverts after some time, while, starting with the 5th infraction, the orange cursor is permanent.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Day Before
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Volume 2 Warmth of the Heart Part 2
- ↑ Progressive Volume 2
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Volume 8 First Day
- ↑ Volume 8 Caliber Part 3
- ↑ Progressive Volume 1 Chapter 1 Part 4
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Progressive Volume 1 Intermission
- ↑ Progressive Volume 2
- ↑ Progressive Volume 2 p.367
- ↑ Volume 10 Chapter 4 Part 3
- ↑ The Fourteenth Autumn
- ↑ https://twitter.com/kunori/statuses/239385339188367360
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